Thursday, 22 March 2012
The Horror Of War Continues
The horror of war continues and yesterday another British soldier met his death in the savage surroundings of Afghanistan.
The serviceman, from the 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), died after being struck by an IED. He was working alongside an Afghan security forces' patrol when the blast occurred.
His death takes the British armed forces' total number since operations began to 405.
When David Cameron was being sickeningly feted by the US President last week, it was reported the two leaders would be agreeing tentative plans for British and US troops to end their lead combat role by the middle of next year. The only information publicly available is that Obama has pledged to bring home, by this September, 30,000 extra US troops that he sent to Afghanistan as part of his 'surge'. Cameron says he will bring back 500 extra troops.
It sounds a relatively easy task to pack up an army and bring them home, but Afghanistan is proving to be a a logistical nightmare. Craig has the story of Defence Secretary Philip Hammond's visit to Tashkent at the end of February, when he attempted to negotiate our retreat.
Not only will our children be paying all their lives for the follies of recent and present warmongering politicians, but their children's children and many future generations.
I hope Observer doesn't mind if I quote her comment from the previous post. It sums up what many of my friends and acquaintances think: