The despair Of The British nation.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Hand wringing is not good enough.

A Soldier's Declaration

I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.
I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defense and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow-soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.
I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust.
I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerity's for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.
On behalf of those who are suffering now I make this protest against the deception which is being practiced on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of those at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize.


I await with some interest my "bete noir's" contribution to my continued postings on the war in Afghanistan. I consider our forces and military to have the greatest professional and moral fibre of any fighting force now or in history. I include the bravery, skill and cunning of The Taliban adversary and suspect, just like boxers in a ring, our troops will have a grudging and reluctant respect for an enemy suffering horrendous casualties for a cause perhaps even more passionate than our own.

Herein lies a conundrum. The fighting, the killing and the terrible cost of all this will only end with a withdrawal by foreign troops and some form of political settlement. So why are we still there? Because of the failings written of above. For those of you not familiar with them, they are by Siegfried Sassoon, July 1917.


Anonymous said...

I have to post anonymously or risk my job. You are spot on with this and The Sassoon quote is just amazing as to how it fits your stance on Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

You remember the Duke of Wellington was talking of the Battle of Waterloo when he said that it was not that the British soldiers were braver than the French soldiers. It was just that they were brave five minutes longer. And in our struggles sometimes that's all it takes-to be brave five minutes longer, to try just a little harder, to not give up on ourselves when everything seems to beg for our defeat.
Paul H. Dunn (1924 - 199

Oldrightie = quitter

Oldrightie said...

That was quick! You really have no idea do you? Oldrightie a quitter? Anything but. When are you going to drop the Anonymouse?
Furthemore, Brown and Labour are so useless at anything they pursue it is not a question of quitting, it is about saving lives lost through Government negligence and incompetence. Still, I am flattered you bother with my unimportant little blog.

subrosa said...

OR some people post anonymously for various reasons. I post on military matters but I never mention why and I've no intention of doing so.

I was touched, very touched by this post.

Goodnight Vienna said...

The quote from Sassoon is coming now from the mouths of Generals when they retire. The govt is on a hiding to nothing - they must allocate more resources.

Oldrightie said...

Subrosa, thank you. I recognise a military bearing above all else.
GV, thank you also. I am aware that we cannot all always agree with each other but there are times when all decent people can come together. I feel this is one of them.

Harry Blog said...

O/R I agree with everything you have said on this Blog with regard to our Troops and the war.I post under the Name of Harry Blog but you can see who i am by going to my Blog.And yes i am a Vet.

Anonymous said...

I support the US mission in Iraq, but the Afghanistan campaign is one of the stupidest moves I can imagine.

It's being pursued only to prove some Leftist theory that we should have been there all along and never have gone to Iraq.

And brave British and US troops will pay the price for the politicians' gamesmanship.

Jim Baxter said...

Indeed. As true today as it was then. There has only been one war in the past 100 years which had to be fought and that was WWII.

Oldrightie said...

These welcome comments show how powerful reason can become when used by people seeking decent and non partisan feelings.
Tragedy is not the sole preserve of socialists.

Barking Spider said...

I see, OR, what you meant by your comment over at my place! They never leave their names, do they!

BTW I'm still getting your feed with, as far as I can tell, no problem.

Jim Baxter said...

I suppose I could lose my job too. I don't care. There are brave people losing their lives and suffering dreadul injiries to polish of the vanities of our despicable politicians. That I don't care is, therefore, easy for me to say and I mean no disrepect to those who have to care and who wish to remain anonymous.

It is easy to be brave when you have no fear. I expect I'll find something else to do if and when it happens.

I Have noted Subrosa's remarks on this war - I have agreed with them. I have not posted my agreement on her site because I had nothing to add except that, 'I agree'. I'll add that now.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, it has ever been thus. The courage and honour of men and women have been perverted to despicable ends by those who have neither courage nor honour.

Anonymous said...

The Above

The dishonorable roll call of People without any patriotism

The white feather squad

Run rabbit - run rabbit - Run! Run! Run!
Run rabbit - run rabbit - Run! Run! Run!
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Goes the farmer's gun.
Run, rabbit, run, rabbit, run.

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Phillip said...

You can tell that anonymous has misunderstood the whole lot.

Jim Baxter said...

Good to be called a coward by an anonymous though. Made me smile in a thread that contains nothing else to smile about.

Roy said...

OR Please keep posting on this topic, there are a lot of us out here who support you on this. This morning we have Millipede of all people pontificating that he knows better than the Senior Army personnel and that equipment and manning shortfalls are not the answer. What a fool he is, and he hopes we will believe him, some hope! What can we expect from this government which has always had our national defence as a low priority. Another year of them to go, are we to get an almighty screw up in Afghanistan as well as the economy and everything else they touch. For the sake of all our brave boys out there in the front line I hope not.

Clarinda said...

I suspect with his misguided sneering towards those that continue to make articulate comments about the human and political horror of war - all is indeed not fair - 'Anonymous' is of the type that would be significantly challenged to fight the skin off a rice pudding or place two peas in a straight row. I use these as metaphors for his failing to put up a decent debate. What with a large chip on his shoulder and splattered with peas and rice pudding - he has made a real dogs dinner of intelligent debate.
The support and respect for our troops and families is boundless while our contempt for war-mongering politicians is also well-deserved - now that's fair?

Oldrightie said...

Another thank you all for your support. I wil blog on my "welcome home" to the troops when I've been there on Tuesday, in Hereford.

Barking Spider said...

As I said, OR, the cretins who leave great sweeping statements, with nothing but a large chip on their shoulders for argument, always talk a good fight but never have the guts to leave their names!

killemallletgodsortemout said...

Well posted, OR.