David Cameron led tributes to the armed forces who "made our country great" at a ceremony to mark the transfer of repatriations of fallen troops to a new RAF base.The Prime Minister said "we cannot thank them enough" for their efforts and the sacrifices they make.
That may be true. I have nothing but admiration for the professionalism of our armed forces, however misguided their actions are, at times. But then, that is down to their commanding officers and the politicians.
I often wonder though if your average soldier marching through Afghanistan ever considers, exactly, why he is there? When you go onto armed forces message boards, there is plenty of bitching about their role, so why then does someone join up? I don't know, because I have never been in the military although of course my forebears have fought in World wars. At one time in my earlier years before I had the possibility of exploring what actually is going on in the world, I might have gone 100% for the king and country shite.
Should we be in foreign countries now that we have 'discovered' the rest of the world and everyone in these countries like India, Pakistan and Australia, actually know who and where they are. Well apart from the Australians, of course. I personally believe that our armed forces should be deployed to defend Britain, not sent to Afghanistan to build gas piplines. Don't believe me? Just Google, Afghanistan, oil and gas and you'll be on the road to discovering the truth!