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SIX he­roes ar­rived at RAF Brize Nor­ton yes­ter­day.

But they ar­rived – like al­most 400 of their col­leagues be­fore them – in coffins draped with the Union Jack.

Most Bri­tish peo­ple want Our Boys and Girls back from the dust-blasted plains of Afghanistan.

But they don’t want them back like this.

Make no mis­take, our armed forces in Afghanistan have not been beaten. But they are fight­ing a war that can­not be won.

And un­til there

is a to­tal and per­ma­nent pull­out from the killing fields, more flag-draped coffins will re­turn to tearful rel­a­tives, to be­wil­dered fa­ther­less kids.

Ev­ery man and woman who signs on the dot­ted to join the armed forces knows that they may be called on to make the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

But in pre­vi­ous wars we have known why that sac­ri­fice has been made.

The young men slaugh­tered in the World War One trenches died to stop the Kaiser’s march across Europe.

The RAF he­roes shot from the skies over Kent died to de­fend Bri­tain from Hitler.

The men mown down by Ar­gen­tine ma­chine guns at Goose Green died to lib­er­ate the Falk­lands from a fas­cist in­vader.

But we are less sure why our men are dy­ing in Afghanistan.

And that is why we should not be there.

Bri­tish troops should NOT be dy­ing in a war with­out clear aims. They must be brought home. Brought home alive. And brought home now.


( Nigel Coupe, Jake Hartley, Daniel Wil­ford, Daniel Wade, Christopher Ker­shaw and An­thony Framp­ton TRIBUTES:

Flow­ers were place by many as the sodiers’

coffins passed by GRIEF: Fam­ily and friends feel pain, as an old sol­dier

pays his re­spects

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