Fighting force needs support
THE marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds and the highest morale and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marines.
These words were spoken during World War II by the First Lady of America, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Can you imagine the boost in morale she gave her troops. What a difference today. We have the Minister of Defence, every politically correct commentator and even members of the general staff prepared to kick our soldiers, once again, in the guts for being soldiers.
The Prime Minister has been prepared to turn a blind eye and let her underlings do the dirty work.
Has one of these generals ever had the opportunity to lead a platoon into battle, cas-evac his casualties, write a letter to the next of kin of one of his soldiers?
If so, he can then comment on the conduct and political incorrectness of his fighting soldiers.
In the public eye, this furore will be past history within a week or so.
But the lack of support to our fighting men will linger forever.
These r o ugh men a nd women take, occupy and hold ground from the enemy so we, the protected, live on in ignorant bliss.
For every niece, nephew and second cousin, who cannot get a seat in the church, at the funeral of the next Australian Digger killed in action, tell one of the politicians, generals, admirals or field marshalls there for the photo opportunity to move one pew back in the church, ‘‘ You didn’t support him or his mates when he was here, so move to the back row.’’
To our men and women fighting for freedom, remember, you will always have the support from us, the ones like you who have met the dragon and spat in his eye.
And another thing, which will never diminish is your honour and sense of ‘‘ Duty First’’. It will stay with you forever.
Beyond a joke
REGARDING the soldiers saying what they think, what a shame we do not have recordings of past conflicts ( World War I, World War II etc) when soldiers on both sides said what they thought of the opposing side.
This word ‘‘ racist’’ is getting beyond a joke and seems to me to be all one way.
Why is it not called racist when white people are abused, robbed, bashed, raped, called everything under the sun by non-whites.
So they called the Afghans a few names, what did it harm them?
Can you imagine what they call us and our soldiers, do we care? Of course not, it’s like water off a duck’s back
I suggest that all those who complain about it, grow up.
This sort of thing has been going on forever both ways and will continue to do so.
Yes showing it on Facebook and TV was insanely irresponsible, can’t wait for the other side to show their version, should be hilarious.
PLEASE, what grade are we in?
I am sure the ‘‘ Afghan Taliban enemies’’(TB , March 26) our soldiers are f i ghting are much more worried about being shot, machine gunned, mortared, shelled, bombed or strafed than what amounts to being called a few ( nasty) names.
We should be more concerned about when they are all coming home.
DANGER: Once again our soldiers serving in Afghanistan get kicked in the guts for being soldiers