SAYS: END THE KILLING
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