I’ve used this title before. I last used it for a post I did on the soldiers of the First Word War who had had the temerity to instigate their own truce with the enemy. Having done so they shared photographs and details of their lives before the war. The soldiers of both sides were just the same. They were just ordinary men who wanted nothing more to live a life in peace, a life free of hunger, poverty and war. Ordinary men.
Now we have the nastiness of Afghanistan being reported nightly, or should I say those soldiers who have been killed being reported. The whole saga of conflict from the Iraq invasion onwards is utterly disgusting. Or should that be the Iran/Iraq war, which was the starting point? Countless thousands of serving men and women gone or horribly injured or mutilated if we take into account all of the armies involved regardless of friend or foe. To what end? Oil? One world governance? Arms sales? The drug trade? Religion?
The latest news from the “front” addresses three different issues. The first is, of course the killing of UK troops by Afghans, who are either dressed to look like Afghan troops or police. That’s unfair as far as war is concerned but of course there are no rules for war, it’s barbaric and inhumane no matter how you consider it.
Trust? How? It’s not possible. There exists a cultural gulf, which is wider than a very wide thing indeed. The sensible thing to do would be to pack up and leave. What about those Afghans who have been loyal and played a part in the coalition forces? Give them an opportunity to leave the country along with the troops. Easy to say very difficult to deliver.
A more worrying part of the same news is of course the sudden increase in soldiers being killed in roadside explosions. The services hierarchy and the government allowed soldiers to go out on patrol etc. in snatch Land Rovers which worked well enough in Northern Ireland but which were totally unsuitable for a guerrilla war.
Eventually the troops were supplied with proper mine protection vehicles although it took far too long and more than one attempt to get it right. Does the increase in deaths from explosions mean the Afghans have found a way of overcoming the vehicles armour and design? That would be very bad news if they had and another reason to get out the troops of there.
Lastly we have the continuing saga of Harry Windsor. Here is a typical gung-ho young man desperate to get his hands on men’s toys, fly a helicopter and shoot things. The last report on his activities said that the attack on the large coalition base had resulted in Harry being moved to a secure area. He was not in any danger. Unlike the other soldiers.
Get him out of there. Not for his own protection but for those of the forces who are within his unit and the wider forces. What Harry wants is of no concern to anyone but his family. He can only ever play at being a pilot or a soldier.
Of course the media are incapable of reporting anything much apart from Harry getting his man parts out in Las Vegas or Kate getting her lady parts out in France. Outrage? By the container load but not because these “royal” people have not recognised their responsibilities. Oh no. It’s not their fault. The press is bad. We, in the UK are not to see the pics. The rest of the world can but not here.
I really don’t care one way or another about what the “royals” do or don’t do. As long as it does not cost the taxpayer a penny. They seem to have loads of holidays, loads of trips, loads of access to things that we can’t. In this day and age, why?
Because they are not ordinary people. By accident of birth or connection they are treated as if they are “royalty”. They are you say? There is no such thing nowadays. Their continued existence is purely a necessity for the, mainly, English establishment.