DISPATCHES FROM HELL
THE SHEER HORROR-and heroism -of
British soldiers' lives on Afghan frontline is revealed in an awesomely
moving new exhibition.
MUCH of the footage is grainy and shot in bad light, but
the life-threatening nature of the human drama is clear we are taken
into the heart of fire-fights, sense the shock of being ambushed and
BRAVE and DESPERATE
We feel the crump of mortars exploding and watch the
flashes of light as the enemy returns fire.
THERE is DUST
adrenaline and expletives.
Then comes a devastating trail of fire from the sky,
creating craters in the earth.
The explosives are visible before you here the whine
of the gun. The figures in the makeshift shelter
-thank God for the
These compelling images are from videos taken by
British soldiers in
This is the reality of that
There is a raw, insider quality about the footage that
television coverage cannot match.
The images are all the more remarkable for being
made public by the
displayed in an astonishingly museum exhibition that
looks back not at the conflict of a previous generation, but at battles
And it is all the more poignant opening today, so soon
after four more members of the UK Armed Forces were killed in
-including a Royal Marine.
There have now been more
than in Helmand
there have been
THE RATE OF ATTRITION IS HIGHER THAN
WORLD WAR II
It is a different kind of war
The enemy is more likely to be a sniper than a
roadside bomb. It is a war fought on foot, in a land that is one
The injuries are from gunfire
sustained during daily skirmishes in temperatures of over
46 degrees centigrade
To understand what it is like, press a button in the
exhibition's audio display and hear the matter -of-fact account of
Sergeant Andy Stockton of the moment he realised that his arm had been
severed by shrapnel.
He calmly instructs his fellow soldier where to tie an
armband to stem the flow, because his own hands are too slippery with
blood. This is the brutal nature
OF OUR PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN.
Yet it was never meant to be like this. A small force of
3,200 troops arrived in May last year on a humanitarian mission to
help the local people.
[LIES-LIES-AND MORE LIES to think that any hope of
reconstruction while interfering in the affairs of another sovereign
state in the Middle East country which many seasoned experienced
commentators stated would stir up more hatred for foreigners in that
part of the world. And that has proved to be the case as we can now see
with the increasing casualties of our soldiers and the civil
The then Defence Secretary John Reid, famously assured the
that he hoped there would not be a shot fired in anger.
However within weeks, soldiers from 16 Air Assault
Brigade were under constant fire and fighting with
By time the Brigade finished their tour in October,
479,000 rounds of ammunition had been fired
[479.000 more than John Reid had estimated]
in 498 exchanges with the
-many lasting for hours.
OUR SOLDIERS CAME CLOSE TO RUNNING
OUT of FOOD
WATER and AMMUNITION.
Nobody slept through a night medical teams were
working five hours a day-seven days a week.
15 soldiers Killed
As the commanding officer of the 3 Para battle group, Lt
Col Stuart Tootal , put it to me this week, in an ironic echo of Reid's
'The fighting was continuous and relenting. Every man
and women became a fighter. I don't know anyone who didn't fire a shot
These are the origins of our present commitment to
There are now 7,700 troops there, more than the 5,500 in
It is the war that is unchallenged by Gordon brown and
supported by the Generals.
-that summer of 2006 was a premonition of the future.
THE MISSION IS AS DIFFICULT AS
IT IS INDEFINITE.
The Americans would like larger scale military action and
more air bombing of the border areas where the Taliban regroup.
The Americans are also frustrated with the British
softly-softly approach to the heroin crops. The British still believe
they can win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people and that is the
way to beat the Taliban while their exasperation is with the European
Nato countries who are not committing troops and will not share the
tougher, more dangerous operations.
The battle for hearts and minds sounds NOBLE NOTION
WHEN IT IS AIRED IN THE SAFETY OF
But what does it mean in the choking heat and dust of
where you cannot tell who is a friend and who is an enemy
and where you are likely to be greeted with a Rocket propelled Grenade
as a handshake?
IT'S A PLACE WHICH SOLDIERS REFER TO AS
The EXHIBITION is at the National Army Museum and is
'The Soldier's Story'
It was conceived by members of the 16 Air Assault Brigade
who want the PUBLIC
to see what they would otherwise
HERE IS THE BLOOD SACRIFICE
Para signaller Rowan Bailey who was 18 last summer , said
to me that he had not told his family what happened because
HE DID NOT KNOW HOW TO.
It is difficult now to remember the optimism with which
the GOVERNMENT sent in the ARMY.
Winning hearts and minds meant setting up outposts in
villages away from the main camps. The Taliban swarmed around these
until the Apache helicopters arrived and rescued our platoons.
On the walls are soldier's testimonies of the action they
describe briskly as 'intense'
One account reads:
'Safety catch off and return
fire. Now the problem was where to fire; the enemy was not seen and we
knew that our friendly call sign was somewhere ahead. The last thing we
wanted to happen was a blue on blue (friendly fire).'
'Everybody was firing on instinct, locating the enemy
by the crack and thump of rounds.'
I spoke to a platoon of Ghurkhas at the Exhibition,
proud and immaculate in blazers and ties. They had been ambushed at
Sangin -a Taliban swamp in the north of the Province.
They talked of snipers hidden in alleyways, behind the
small windows of houses, on rooftops. The information from local police
was sometimes true and sometimes maliciously false, so every judgment
AN ACT OF FAITH
AS for support of the local population, it was always
conditional on winning. The platoon commander, a quiet, intelligent man,
said that the Afghans expected instant results. If command of the area
and economic benefits were not quickly visible, then they were ready to
be wooed by the Taliban
The respected military author
is publishing a book this autumn about the summer of
2006. He believes that the experience of Afghanistan has changed what it
TO BE A BRITISH SOLDIER.
'It was a NEW WAR-nothing quite like it had been
fought before, not even in Korea. We were fighting every day. Every time
you set foot outside, you were shot at.'
A young tank gunner's testament at the
Helmand, The Soldier's Story
at the 'National Army Museum, Chelsea London.
-bears this out.
' I remember sitting there, I could see little
silhouettes of people coming along. I could see the bullets flying over
the tops of the vehicles. I could hear the guys on top firing back.
There were bullets bouncing off my window, and all
along all the vehicles we were getting hit by bullets.
A year on, Lt Col. Tootal reflects on what happened.
'We went there to provide peace support and
construction but we were suddenly involved in the most intense fighting
since the Falklands. These were not set-piece battles, they were
continuous engagements. It was eyeball to eyeball, slugging it out..'
Afghanistan was meant to be a positive contrast to
We knew why we were there, we had a mandate and we were
proud to be leading the Nato forces. Afghanistan was the cradle of 9/11.
Soldiers trying to save face in Iraq were envious of those sent to the
popular mission [later to be called Mission Impossible] in Afghanistan
[We are astonished at the apparent naivety of those in
command who thought that they would be welcomed with open arms by the
population and that they would be able to lead a PEACE MISSION with much
emphasis on construction. They soon learnt the truth which many
commentators ( including ourselves -not experts on foreign policy but
with the knowledge of the Russian incapability in their invasion to
conquer the country with over 100,000 troops. There is also the lessons
the British learnt in the REGION in the 19th CENTURY to protect and
check Russian incursions into India -Afghanistan was the buffer zone at
that time.) who warned that the insurgents would swarm into
next-door Afghanistan from Iraq and rent their carnage-and so it has
proved. One did not need to be a MASTERMIND to see the trouble coming
but the GOVERNMENT deliberately IGNORED THE FACTS because it did not fit
in with their plans. The puppet pro-Western Afghan Government which only
had influence around the capital Kabul hardly made matters better and
the British government saying that they would eradicate the poppy fields
was unrealistic and they dropped the policy at the earliest opportunity.
British diplomatic sources from the Middle East theatre had warned the
GOVERNMENT of the consequences of invading Iraq and the delicacy of the
situation in Afghanistan BUT TO NO AVAIL.]
'From the moment our troops arrived something was clearly wrong.
Everyone was stretched to breaking point. No one talked any more of
building schools or solving the heroin problem. Instead, 3,300 British
troops were scattered round an area half the size of England, fighting a
newly resurgent enemy.'
Lt Col Tootal believes the situation is now more stable
-partly because of the respect, earned by those 3,300 fighting men and
their logistical support. However, the question is:
HOW AND AT WHAT COST?
[We fear for our troops when their officer's are so
openly confident that they are holding the line when in reality it is
touch and go as it has been said that they have not as yet run out
of ammunition and provisions and the need of speedy retrieval of the
wounded, because of sparse air-support and supply.]
Defence chiefs are adamant that conditions have improved.
There are 7,700 troops, they are better equipped and we are sharing the
burden with other countries. Some construction is under way, infant
mortality is reduced and more girls are returning to schools, having
been banished by the Taliban.
[This GOVERNMENT propaganda is missing the point.
Afghanistan is the responsibility of the Afghan people. However, hard,
our the troops fight to allow change to take place will be fruitless
because in the end the defenders of their soil will prevail because they
know that it can be no other way and our boys and girls will be dying
CAUSE which CANNOT BE WON.]
But for the Army it is still a desolate and dangerous
place, where you are likely at least to be felled by diarrhoea (last
summer, 140 men were sharing three toilets, which were actually oil
[But it seems the GOVERNMENT had not been slow to sent
GENDER and whatever
to Afghanistan instead of concentrating on the more
urgent needs of our Armed Forces.]
And as many Taliban as we kill, there are more trained in
the madrassas of Quetta in Pakistan. our young soldiers leaving for
Afghanistan with little knowledge of the place come back harder and
SOME DO NOT RETURN.
The truth is that in all the political controversy over
Iraq, we have lost sight of the greater battle of Afghanistan. Tony
Blair introduced the war apocalyptically.
'This extraordinary piece of desert in the middle of
Afghanistan-the middle of nowhere -is where the future security in the
early 21st century is going to be played out.'
At a time in the history of England a nation-state
which has done more than any other tin the last two centuries to help
many peoples in the world to achieve their own
England now finds her very future
is at imminent threat from
by traitors within our own Government and their
pro-EU fellow-traveller's within our communities - our troops are losing
their lives for a way-of-life which back home will no longer be in
existence because the
were refused a
To decide if they were to be ruled as a PROVINCE from
rather than by their own
PARLIAMENT at WESTMINSTER
The fact is that the war by the defenders of soil invaded
by foreigners has a religious dimension of passionate determination to
oust the infidel invader from its territory. That is the reason why the
attacks on our troops are relenting .We need to remember what is
happening at this time in history because in the future such a holy war
could easily occur in England by the millions of devoted followers of
Islam fighting to claim their rights to be ruled in a
As we have consistently stated in the past when one
welcomes large numbers of immigrants from a different religious culture
one is stoking up great troubles in the future. This should have been
seen decades ago. Tony Blair and his crazy cohorts only had one aim in
mind from the beginning to destroy the
culture and identity of
At such a time our inherited
is under attack from the very
that has in the main become the manipulated
instrument of the
who could see that a once Christian nation was destroying
it's itself by disowning it's own religious faith under the eyes of the
fervent believers of Islam.
We warned years ago of the tenacity of a people with
their strong and fervent faith and that unless we found
we would not be able to stand, as brave as our historic
people have been proved to be in our almost 1500 year history in our
island homeland of
We now have amongst us
(that we know about) living mainly in
England with 144,000 supporting terrorism.
As we have stated before to understand
the feelings of these people one must put oneself into a similar
situation by imagining what would happen in our country if New Zealand
was invaded by an Islamic nation state. Would not the English, Welsh and
Scottish people who have kith and kin there and no doubt the bulk of the
population insist on our going to their rescue.
The invasion of Iraq WAS
ILLEGAL and OUR PRESENCE in AFGHANISTAN a constant reminder to
Muslims everywhere that foreign troops are on their soil. We are not
surprised at the number of 144, 000 who supported terrorism in fact we
would have expected a much greater figure as every MUSLIM has an
obligation to assist those of their faith who are under attack where
ever they are just as we would expect a British or we hope very soon an
The present seed of dissension among a
section of our population was sown by British governments over many
decades and particularly over the past ten years in permitting such
large immigration from those who place their religion FIRST in THEIR
LIFE and who would naturally wish to convert all around them to their
faith and in time change the constitution of the country into a
It was extremely naive by any
imagination for our Foreign Office to think that such a situation would
not apply in ENGLAND
if large scale immigration or asylum of
where permitted to settle in this
If millions of Christians were
permitted to live in a Islamic State with a religious constitution they
would be required to change their religion and in certain circumstances
may even lose their lives. At least
THE POSITION IS
CLEAR in an ISLAMIC STATE.
IN ENGLAND the threat of a
sustained campaign to change our secular State to an Islamic State
WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US.
As we have mentioned so many times in
the past ONLY those who gave an undertaking to integrate fully into our
community should be permitted to settle HERE. This was ignored by our
successive governments and we shall all have to pay a great cost in
community disorder for years to come.
Many may say what can we do about
Well for a start we need to cherish our
Christian inheritance its history -its buildings which are
scattered throughout our land . Whether we are believers or no because
as the vacuum is created by the lessening of the importance of fostering
our own long established Christian Faith which brought about the
unification and cohesion of our English Shires into a
then into that vacuum another more
strident and less- forgiving religious dimension
which also appeared to the oriental
world in the 7th century will take its place.
Over the PAST TEN YEARS our SOCIETY has become
DEVALUED to such an extent that
MURDER/BRUTAL ASSAULT/BURGLARY and ROBBERY
on our streets is now becoming an almost usual DAILY
occurrence because the RETRIBUTION against the PERPETRATORS has been and
still is an INSULT to the FAMILIES and FRIENDS of the INNOCENT VICTIMS.
WHY HAS THIS HAPPENED?
Because of New Labour's destructive phobia with the
Our once innocent children are now treated as adults
-that they must be given the full facts of LIFE instead of concentrating
on VALUES in society of
-whether from a religious perspective or otherwise.
We have become in the main a throw-away petulant people
because there is very little left of the sure foundation of our
communities built up over the centuries.
Our streets -roads-lanes and our very homes are no longer
safe havens because apart from the criminals at our door we have now the
greatest number of interfering busybodies of officialdom with
access to our once proud boast
'An Englishman's Home is his Castle'
We are being attacked from all sides and the Dawkings of
this world are relishing the disorder and destroying if they can what
faith there is in stability in order to obtain what they term the
Well the last ten years of Tony Blair and the so-called
'Rights' brigade have destroyed far more positive RIGHTS by their
politically-correct mantra which will be a disease that will flourish
because it is mounted by those who have an obsession with so-called
EQUALITY which in reality lowers the aims of achievement in order to
increase the so-called beneficiaries.
The individuals themselves and society in general are the
losers and those across the world who learnt our Victorian values of
WORK and FAIR-PLAY will reap their REWARD while our YOUNG will be denied
the very same values because their misled mentors insist on CHANGE.
Governments hate to admit mistakes though our present
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made a small advance but unless the
first defense for the householder the
[Each underlined word has a separate bulletin]
is restored back on his patch the is no chance to prevent
crime before it explodes in
DEATH in the STREETS.
And the so-called 'Rights' mania should be dismantled by
our exit from the 1998 Human Rights Act and articles of the 1951
Convention of Human Rights which was the brain child of the Government
at the time.
In the International sphere:
There is also the problem that NATO is being manipulated to foster
the behind the scenes aims of certain members of that organisation, We
have the German interference in
Croatia and in
Kosovo which has inflamed the
Balkans. The fact that it is a NATO force
does not of itself give it validation on the International plain
particularly as the two leaders (one no longer a Prime Minister-and the
other the leader of the most powerful country in the world who he
himself will soon exit the scene).]
There is a testament on the summer of 2006 at the
from Brigadier Ed Butler, who commanded 16 Air Assault
Brigade during six - month tour. It is placed near a roll call of the
dead and is a powerful reminder of the debt we already owe to our
'The costs in blood and treasure have been high but determination,
fortitude and quite exceptional bravery to achieve the task in hand has
been humbling. This must never be taken for granted by the nation.'
Helmand -The Soldier's Story
is at the
National Army Museum in Chelsea, LONDON.
[Font Altered-Bolding & Underlining used -Comments in
They are moving our
troops from Iraq to Afghanistan-out of the frying pan-into the fire
British troops are seen in
Afghanistan by local people as no better than the Taliban [growing
We still need kit to beat
the Afghan bombers says Marines
Afghanistan has cost 40
British Servicemen -[In August 2007-total reaches 68]-With NATO troops
nowhere to be seen.
TRUE SITUATION IN
IRAQ-[and no doubt in Afghanistan]-COLOSSAL DAMAGE of the HUMAN RIGHTS
LEGISLATION-HIDDEN TO MAINTAIN TROOP MORALE-by General Rose.
[So our brave troops not only
to contend with a brave and determined enemy in the field BUT ALSO back
in BLIGHTY with the liberal lunatics of politically correctness but also
with their disastrous 'RIGHTS,' agenda. These same idiots have prepared
the ground for the minorities within our midst to gradually take over
In THE TIMES of Sunday the 5th August we hear that
extremist Islamist organisations are
using their minority privilege to set up school in
order to perpetuate their extremist Islamic doctrine. BUT as we have
said so often why should they not do so in a country to which they were
welcomed with open arms and told by
that they were permitted to retain their own identity and
not bother a wit about the culture of the country who had welcomed THEM
and told not forget to remember New Labour at election time and that
their integration was only a second thought by a
GOVERNMENT of LOONIES
which has spent the last ten years informing the
minorities that under
NEW LABOUR their 'RIGHTS' are PARAMOUNT.
Those Muslims who are prepared to compromise find that
they are such an insignificant minority that their efforts to encourage
their fellow Muslims to integrate falls on fallow ground because of the
present Foreign Policy of the Government in its continuing attack on
To prove our point about the naive attitude of
Governments over the past four decades but particularly the present
which has witnessed a the change in the character of our island race in
accepting the politically correct lunatics who have done so much harm in
our once close communities but as the
Daily Mail COMMENT Column of Saturday
has stated we have become
AT THE MERCY OF AN OVER-MIGHTY STATE
(In our words)
A NATION OF MICE WHERE THE WORLD ONCE FOUND LIONS
Governments and Local Government and the Civil Service
are in being
TO SERVE YOU
YOU HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO GET TOO BIG FOR THEIR BOOTS AND
NOW CONSIDER THEMSELVES
YOU ALL LET IT HAPPEN
At the next election throw them ALL OUT what ever
PARTY and only elect INDEPENDENTS or those who are prepared to
THAT IS TRUE DEMOCRACY]
What you may ask what could the above have to do with the
present Government policy to refuse a Referendum on the
Well over the past 40 years the numbers of the EU fanatics in our
country have grown and are now in not only local and central Government
but in QUANGOS and in many other public funded bodies all over the
country. .That is why they want
to fit in to the continental
mode .They are all itching to move into a Continental system which
gives them more power to dominate the voter and to tell them
WHAT IS GOOD FOR THEM.
They prefer the continental system as it reverses the
traditional system in England of the service provider being the SERVANTS
of the COMMUNITY
who know what is best for the voter.
You can see it happening every day in your village -your
town -your City and
YOU LET IT HAPPEN.
They ignore our traditional customs and enjoy tightening
their grip on a once
That is why you are now paying out the hard earned monies
to countless officials who enjoy their authoritative role to suppress a
ONCE FREE PEOPLE.
THE PEOPLE HAVE
SPOKEN-IS THE EU COMMISSION LISTENING?
Ditch the EU TREATY after IRISH
[Daily Mail-Wednesday, June
MORE THAN HALF of voters believe Britain should
drop the controversial European Treaty in the wake of its
rejection in last week's
The poll comes as the Tories launch a last-ditch
bid in the
HOUSE of LORDS
today to delay the
have signed a
within the past few days
, calling on the
NOT TO RATIFY THE BILL
[WHY DON'T YOU?]
IF YOU CAN SAY
'WE WANT OUT-WITHOUT
[Only an ultimatum by millions of
subjects that the new EU TREATY can never be accepted such as signing
RENUNCIATION of EU CITIZENSHIP
Details from petition creator
With the signing of the Maastricht
Treaty the people of Britain were given
EUROPEAN and BRITISH
The extra tier of citizenship was
thrust upon the people without their consent -and in many cases
The PEOPLE of GREAT BRITAIN should be
allowed the option of opting out of the EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP if they so
wish. The GOVERNMENT will then be able to provide those who have opted
-only such as British (not EU)
passports, driving licences and other national documents.
EU laws will also NOT APPLY to those who
HAVE OPTED OUT OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP
Let the people speak!
[Latest Addition - June07]
Daniel Hannan - Forming an OPPOSITION
to the EU
GORDON BROWN WANTS TRUST-BUT WHY WON'T
HE TRUST YOU?
HELL ON EARTH IN IRAQ
67% want powers back from
EU-ICM poll-June 21-2007-95%
of British people want a
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'The Spirit of England'
In London on
St.George's Day -1953
WITH THE ONLY PARTY WITH A MANDATE
TO SET YOU
THE QUESTION THAT THE
VOTER MUST ANSWER
YOU WISH TO BE GOVERNED BY YOUR OWN PEOPLE, LAW AND CUSTOM OR BY THE
CORRUPT ,EXPENSIVE UNACCOUNTABLE AND CORRUPT ALIEN BUSYBODY BRUSSELS’
-SIMPLE IS IT NOT?
TO RECLAIM YOUR DEMOCRACY DON'T VOTE
FOR THE TRIPARTITE PARTIES IN WESTMINSTER
SMALL PARTIES THAT SPEAK THEIR MINDS
WITHOUT SPIN AND LIES.
-ITS PARLIAMENT -WALES-ITS
AWAITS ITS PARLIAMENT-WHY?
[All underlined words have a