Sunday, September 23, 2007

UK Army Chief Loses Touch With Reality

Just read this news article on the BBC, and was completely infuriated.

So the man in charge of the British Armed Forces thinks the public should have more respect for servicemen returning from the conflict in Iraq. My question to him would be "Why?"

I have a feeling that the reason that people don't is because the British Army has no business being in Iraq in the first place. Iraq was invaded by American and British Forces with no mandate other than that fraudulently contrived by Bush and Blair.

Nearly all of General Sir Richard Dannatt's comments showed that he has lost the plot when it comes to the relationship of the Army to the population. For example:
"When a young soldier has been fighting in Basra or Helmand, he wants to know that the people in their local pub know and understand what he has been doing and why."
I'm sure that the folk down t' local know exactly why British Forces are in Iraq—so that the West can maintain some semblance of control in the region by installing puppet governments whom are 'open' to courtship by Western business interests. Just ask anyone from Nicaragua. Or Haiti. Or the Dominican Republic. Or Honduras.
"Soldiers are genuinely concerned when they come back from Iraq to hear the population that sent them being occasionally dismissive or indifferent about their achievements."
Achievements? So illegaly pacifying a country for foreign interests is something to be proud of... And who exactly sent the troops to Iraq in the first place? The general public has no control whatsoever over the actions of the Army... The Army is commanded by politicians at the highest level. Anyone old enough to chew solids knows that politicians act in their own interests under the guise of representing the people.
"We must move from being a society that uses the military as a political and media football and more towards seeing the military for what it is... [which is] the instrument of foreign policy conducted by a democratically-elected government acting in the name of the people."
The Army are simply trained thugs with government backing - they are not representatives of the people of Britain, nor are they carrying out the will of the people. Hasn't he seen the widespread, large-scale protests against the war?

Where do they get these people?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally believe, that English people, are unable find out what is happening in Iraq, because uh,
some, people out there, don't have televisions and, British soldiers need more local pubs, and uh… I believe that soldiers like such as in South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like such as… and, I believe they should uh, the military over there, in the U.S. should help the U.K. or should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so Afghanistan will be able to build up their future. Because the Iraq is a large country, and the UK army Chief, and, uh... and the soldiers need more local pubs.

10:31 am  
Blogger David said...

Too true. Here in the states, MOST of us share your outrage. I know I do. Our problem seems to be a sort of social impotence. That is, we know what's going on and even what needs to be done but when it comes time to act, we... don't. Or worse, don't believe that it'll make any difference. Our Government should be afraid of us, not the other way around... Chuck Palahniuk said it right -- we're all Hindu cows.

Anyhow, y’know... I’m actually using this comment space to “email” you as I have no other way of making contact… My wife – Gwen -- is an aspiring author… She wrote her first novel between January 1st and January 31st 2007 as part of the Novel Writing Challenge that I put in front of her called: “No plot? No Problem!” created by Chris Baty, founder of the National Novel Writing Month. she had been “stuck” on the same sentence for quite a bit so, I did what any devoted husband/frustrated artist would do: I helped light a fire under her butt.

Now here it is a mere eight months later and she is gearing up to do it again!! This time however, she has decided to assemble a small group of friends to join her. Six writers, six novels + 31 days at 50,000 words each for a grand total of 300,000 words = Gwen’s Novel writing Challenge.

As I like to write, she extended her invitation to me…Unfortunately, I've never actually finished any writing project before in my life. Not unless you count my rants or the occasional journal entry.

Somehow I always manage to get distracted by bright colors.

Over the years, what I have ended up with is some really bad poetry, an ever growing collection of "scenes" and -- as is often the case -- a bunch of brilliantly entertaining to-do lists. So, here I am: about 5 hours away from start time. The plan here is to post highlights of my progress on a blog. Not the Myspace blog -- that's mostly a public online journal sort of thing. No... this is my until-recently-very-private-for-my-eyes-only-keep-out blog... if you‘re interested and would like to check it out, here's the addy: There's only one entry at the moment as I deleted everything else I had on there when I started my Myspace (not to worry, I saved it all to a secret file first) and gave this one a facelift... I'm rambling. Sorry, I do that when I'm nervous.

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