Thursday, May 27, 2010

Afghanistan death toll of UK Troops rises to 288, Labour's legacy of death continues, Troops out now, home and safe!

Dear All

We should remember that despite a change in the UK Government, we are still in Afghanistan and military personnel are getting killed in the line of duty.

A British marine has been killed in Afghanistan according a Ministry of Defence (MoD) report. An explosion in Helmand province killed the marine, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, while on foot patrol on Wednesday.

This is a tragedy for his family.

The number of British military personnel killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 stands now at 288.

We are fighting a war which is unwinnable; we can take ground because of superior firepower but nowhere near enough hearts and minds.

And we are propping up a corrupt government led by Hamid Karzai.

This war will not stop and the solution is not military but political.

Lt Col James Carr-Smith, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said the marine had been conducting a reassurance foot patrol in the Green Zone around Sangin when he was struck by an explosion.

Green Zones are supposed to be safe.

Carr-Smith said;

"His boldness and commitment to the mission will not be forgotten. He died a marine. He will be sorely missed and we will remember him."

Cold comfort for his family!

That sentiment has been said 288 times so far, when will the last time be?

It is time to get out and save our troops; occupation isn’t working and only provides the insurgents with opportunity to kill by remote control.

Occupation cannot be part of military thinking for future campaigns.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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