Wednesday, 7 March 2012
It's Too Easy To Forget
The Ministry of Defence's website states: 'Britain's own security is at risk if we again allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorists. It is therefore vital to the UK that Afghanistan become a stable and secure state that is able to suppress violent extremism within its borders'.
Afghanistan always will be a country with a medieval culture. It is corrupt and the eleven years of this war have done nothing to stem the corruption. In fact it could be said that due to the gigantic sums of money the West has given to the country, the West has encouraged and extended the corruption culture.
As at 15 February, a total of 398 British forces personnel have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001. Very seriously injured casualties number 275 and seriously injured or wounded 279. Field hospital admissions of those wounded in action number 1,874 and there were 5,487 aeromed evacuations carried out.
These statistics do not include the six soldiers now confirmed killed yesterday while travelling in a Warrior armoured flighting vehicle when it was caught in an explosion.
The soldiers only started their tour of duty a couple of weeks ago, having left the UK on Valentine's Day. Five were from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and were conducting a routine unpartnered patrol in the desolate scrubland of border between Helmand and Kandahar provinces. Recovery has been hampered by terrible weather conditions.
This is the biggest loss of life in one incident since an RAF Nimrod crashed after a fire broke out on the plane moments after mid-air refuelling in 2006, when 14 service personnel died.
The death of these soldiers takes the fatality figures to 404 of our armed forces who have been killed in country which is resolutely determined to defend its culture. We should not be there and when- if ever - our troops are withdrawn, history will not record this war as anything other than a dreadful result of political warmongering. Few, if any, of our politicians will have given a second thought to the dead, their colleagues and families today.
I care and I'm sure many others do too. It's too easy to forget.