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Aug. 14th, 2010 | 10:16 pm

It's amazing how - at least according to the eulogies on Radio 4, which always tells the truth - every British soldier killed in Afghanistan was a dedicated human rights exponent, charity worker, devoted to helping the Afghan people, loved by them all, built an orphanage while teaching girls to read at the same time. Nobody, ever, seems to have joined the army for any other reason; it was never the only job on offer, they didn't go because their mates did, they were never indifferent at best and actively hostile at worst to people who didn't appreciate them being there.

Maybe somebody should have told these laudable dead young men who were so devoted to peace and justice that maybe joining the fucking army wasn't the best thing.

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Saintly soldiers

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 15th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)

Well, at least most of us can agree that no matter what their characters, they were all cannon fodder.

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from: lilyvalley
date: Aug. 16th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)

Hey, did you see this video? I had no idea penguins were that damned cute. Now I want one.

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from: madeleine
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)

Don't forget the pathos of families that have to make do without their soldier. Here we're treated to sad stories of farewells, etc when soldiers are shipped out.

I end up wondering if they ever thought about the mom/dad actually having to go somewhere to earn the money, govt housing etc that they've been given.

And of being cannon fodder.

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