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IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN
They loved their comrades -their families and friends and they gave their all for their country in
Total number of British service personnel killed in the above theatre of war has reached .- 268
The above figure covers ALL fatalities whether killed in action or by accident
2 Aircraftsmen killed in Afghanistan - April 13-2008
[5 - SAS soldiers have been killed in the last year. The Puma helicopter should have been replaced years ago but the MoD has been under resourced and therefore many deaths among our Armed Forces could have been prevented.
BBC Foreign Correspondent
[Daily Mail-Saturday November 3-2007
The last few paragraphs:
I asked a number of soldiers whether Afghanistan was a fight worth dying for and they all - with the exception of one major - answered 'NO'
With more than 80 soldiers killed -the vast majority in the 18 months since the British moved into Helmand -and hundreds more injured, the British Army is sustaining casualties at a rate not seen since World War II. A real war is being fought. And it is these very soldiers who told me this war is now an effort which is unsustainable - especially given the decades -long commitment our leaders are now talking about.
by Daily Mail Columnist
General Dannatt speaking today on Friday 21, September,2007 - the soldier's soldier and general is asking that the population at large should be more supportive of their service personnel when they return back into their communities.
As a good soldier and leader of men that he is, he is trying his best to look after his troops not only in the battlefield but also when they are in their home communities back home, and no one can condemn he for it.
The difficulty is that the battles which are being fought in Iraq particularly, do not have the support of the majority of people at home .Most people now realise that it is an illegal war which Bush and Blair arranged for their own reasons - though many believe it was to obtain a friendly regime in power in order to gain oil concessions.
Afghanistan as every one knows was invaded by the Americans in 2001 and the country was brought under their control. They then let matters go from bad to worse and then decided to get Nato involved in order to get it respectability for its actions in that region which has again been associated with oil supplies.
With the withdrawal of our troops to Basra airport it has enabled the insurgents to attack our troops in Afghanistan. So for every life saved in Iraq by their partial withdrawal more of our troops will die in Afghanistan.
General Dannat must realise that he and his troops are in a no - win situation as Iran and other Islamic nations will do what ever is necessary to drive our troops from the region.
To expect the general public to behave as if there were no countrywide revolt against the war in Iraq and the mission impossible in Afghanistan is an impossibility.
Of course our troops must be afforded the respect of their fellow subjects which we are sure already exists but to expect the majority population to say that they are doing a great job in that region is beyond the pale.
They are doing their job professionally as expected of some of the best troops in the world and even the insurgents would acknowledge that but they are doing no more than a holding exercise.
Bush and Blair and the MoD and those members of Parliament who voted for the illegal war in Iraq are the real culprits who have placed our service personnel in the caldron of fire which is being fed by the anger of the Islamic World at this dangerous, foolish and foolhardy adventure which past history has shown will end in more bitterness and a further Middle East conflict of even more dangerous proportions.
General Dannatt wishes to give heart to his hard pressed service personnel at a time when because of the failure of the MoD to encourage more members of the public to join the forces in order to give his hard pressed troops more time home with their families he can see that they are under constant pressure with little relief and when they are wounded they are not afforded the proper care in a dedicated military hospital and if members of the TA will have to do with one week a year training in the UK and if wounded not afforded the same close support of members of the military establishment.
Of course everyone knows that our soldier's have to fight wherever they are sent. The must be supplied with the latest equipment -body and transport and support armoured transport and air cover and recovery on a scale which the fourth richest country in the world must provide.
We can understand General Dannatt's appeal to the people at home but he also knows that it is the Government and those who voted for the intervention that have the real responsibility for the cross he and his troops bear in their battle to do their distasteful task with the minimum of casualties until the politicians close the book on the errant war.
The public's attitude is very similar to the American parallel of Vietnam and we all know the affect of that unpopular war in the U.S, Their casualties on arriving back in the States were also treated abominably in sub-standard conditions, until the public outrage changed their government's attitude to care for those who have been disabled in body and mind for as long as it takes.
General Dannatt as we know is not only a General of his flock he is also a Christian and therefore everything he says should be afforded respect and his utterance on behalf of his troops will know doubt drive home, but in the final analysis it is the politicians who have to lead the way out of the present impasse and find a way to PEACE.
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HELL ON EARTH
WE HAVE RUN OUT OF TROOPS
[Daily Telegraph-July 21,2007]
As General Dannatt said in October 2006:
“The treatment of soldiers in civilian wards shows society’s lack of understanding of the needs of our troops
It is not acceptable for our casualties to be in mixed wards with civilians, Sir Richard says.
‘I was outraged at the story of someone saying:
“Take your uniform off.”
‘Our people need the privacy of recovering in a military environment – a soldier manning a machine –gun in Basra loses consciousness when he is hit by a missile and next recovers consciousness in a hospital in the UK.
He wants to wake up in a familiar sights and sounds, he wants to see people in uniform. He doesn’t want to be in a civilian environment. We exacerbate the culture shock.’
Brown in your homeland you have some of the most famous
regiments in the country. Knowing the man you are we feel sure
that you will put the interests of the fighting man high on your
list and will reverse the decision to close Military Hospitals.
Gordon Brown in your homeland you have some of the most famous regiments in the country. Knowing the man you are we feel sure that you will put the interests of the fighting man high on your list and will reverse the decision to close Military Hospitals.
Cost should never be an issue as such brave men should have the thanks of a nation the fifth richest in the world and the needs of our wounded to be treated in a Military Hospital should be the least we can do for those who offer their lives for their country as an ongoing sacrifice.
1 soldier killed in Afghanistan -July 12-2007
PART TIME TA SOLDIERS lacking training and basic fitness-used as
Our troops are asked to fight for a lost cause in order to save the face of George Bush
A DUTY TO OUR MEN
[Tuesday, July 3, 2007]
In each theatre, our overstretched serviceman rose to every new and he made of them with exemplary courage.
AND HOW DID MR BLAIR REPAY THEM?
For ten years, he put soldiers' lives at risk for want of basic equipment, allowed the wounded to endure third-class treatment on general wards and neglected servicemen's wives and children in sub-standard housing.
Our troops' workloads grew heavier, their overseas deployments more frequent and their opportunities to see their families increasingly rare.
NO WONDER SO MANY HAVE
The all-party Public Accounts Committee says the number of personnel leaving some sections of the
-to a ten-year peak , leaving acute shortages of manpower.
And as more servicemen leave, of course the pressure on those remain.
In the damning words of committee chairman Edward Leigh:
'The MoD has been relying for too long on the goodwill and courageous spirit of our servicemen and women to compensate for the increasing shortages of personnel.'
The new Prime Minister cannot allow this national disgrace to continue.
[Loosen the purse-strings and let the mistakes of the past be rectified without delay .For once show us that you know how to treat no doubt the bravest and most loyal fighting service in the world which has not deserved the barbarous treatment of neglect of vital equipment-accommodation
medical care which must be extended for as long as needed.]
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Because of the reluctance of the Government to immediately withdraw our troops from Iraq our brave soldiers are having to give their lives to a cause which has been proved to be false and indeed a great LIE.
Why should one more soldier have to die in order to allow politicians to find a way to extricate an exit which suits their purpose.
Because of the nature of the illegal war for which one day Tony Blair must surely face a trial it is inconceivable that the present state of affairs as to accepting the deaths as the usual consequence of war but instead it should be acknowledged that ALL next-of -kin of British deaths in this particular conflict should receive an additional special compensation payment in keeping with the illegal nature of the War.
Of course the next-of-kin could not put a price on their loved ones and no amount of compensation will take away the grief and suffering in the years ahead.
BUT to be blunt almost everyone else -the armament suppliers and general suppliers of the material of war and reconstruction needs are making their considerable profit which only increases as the war continues and the conflict worsens.
As we have said before the Government would have been much more cautious if they had to pay a minimum of
£1million for each loss of life
and corresponding compensation for injury and long-term disability.
At present in our society the death of a human being has become devalued as we have seen on our streets particularly over the last decade. This acceptance has de-sensitised life and the deaths of our brave troops -with their sad arrival in our country on an almost daily occurrence has heightened that acceptance.
It is not enough for Government to say that they are looking for a way-out and that we cannot withdraw because of a greater tragedy unfolding. But what is to say that even after another 100 of our brave soldiers are laid to rest over the next twelve months that there would still be a blood-bath before the region is free of strife-if ever over the next decade.
WE might all look back in five year's time and see quite clearly that a withdrawal in 2007 would have saved hundreds of our soldiers lives and that the delay had only made matters worse as it is for the Iraqi people as a whole who have to decide the fate of their country and not a implanted so-called democracy which has only added to the fuel of faction in that country.
-who have given their lives for their country
A VERY HONEST GENERAL
IN HIS FIRST INTERVIEW
THE NEW HEAD OF THE ARMY
Breaks ranks to talk with
About why we should
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