War me­mo­rial and dis­placed peo­ple

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BERNARD FA­GAN Avon­dale Drive Hayes

I WRITE in re­sponse to Arthur Boff ’s let­ter in your Septem­ber 16 edi­tion. I would like to put him straight on a few his­tor­i­cal facts and present day re­al­i­ties.

1) The Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial that Mr Boff refers to was erected in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion Pol­ish troops, par­tic­u­larly their pilots, played in de­feat­ing the Nazis and pre­vent­ing the UK from be­ing in­vaded.

It is not a mon­u­ment that cel­e­brates pride in “Uxbridge history of tak­ing in peo­ple dis­placed by war”.

2) At war’s end ev­ery na­tion who had as­sisted in fight­ing the Nazis were in­vited to march on the vic­tory pa­rade down White­hall (ex­cept the Pol­ish who were banned for fear of READER Sarah Bet­teridge from Hayes was en­joy­ing a walk on the open land by Green­way when she spot­ted this au­tum­nal coloured but­ter­fly mind­ing its own busi­ness among the

up­set­ting Stalin who had an­nexed Poland into the new USSR).

Many feel that the Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial was also erected out of shame for hand­ing the Pol­ish peo­ple into the clutches of a dic­ta­tor.

3) The refugees, asy­lum seek­ers, eco­nomic mi­grants or oth­ers, who are cur­rently on the march across Europe may very well be Syr­i­ans as Mr Boff as­serts or not.

I ac­cept that these peo­ple may have fled with­out hav­ing time to gather their pa­pers, but I also recog­nise the po­ten­tial for crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists to min­gle with the gen­uinely dis­placed.

Syria and much of the area leaves and net­tles.

If some­thing catches your eye around the bor­ough email a photo to steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror. com and please re­mem­ber to in­clude your de­tails.

around her, are held by IS. These peo­ple have made no se­cret of their ha­tred for the West, our cul­ture and Chris­tian­ity and they have also stated that they “will flood Europe with Ji­had war­riors”.

They have treated their fel­low Mus­lims who re­sisted their per­verted ver­sion of Is­lam in the most bar­baric way imag­in­able.

It is my belief that we in the UK or any Euro­pean coun­try can­not al­low these peo­ple to roam our streets with­out first check­ing their iden­tity and in­tent.

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