Today yet another young man’s body was ‘repatriated’ via Wootton Bassett. Liam Tasker was the 358th fatality since 2001. And I can’t tell you how depressed it makes me, I can’t help thinking that it’s such a waste of young lives. Mind you, I was against the war in Afghanistan from the beginning as I think that we should be able to learn from history instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Wootton Bassett came to a standstill today for a soldier who was born in the same hospital as my two boys. In fact he was born just a few months before my eldest son, but he moved away to another part of Fife in his childhood. I suppose they’ll still add his name to the local war memorial though.

The ashes of Theo, his 22 month old sniffer dog were flown home on the same aeroplane. Theo died of a seizure shortly after his handler died.

I blame Tony Blair.

4 thoughts on “Afghanistan

  1. I blame it on all the leaders of all the governments. So easy to declare war, or whatever they choose to call it, when they aren’t putting themselves in danger. We die, we pay.

    • Joan,
      Blair and Bush seemed to think that sending in troops was a solution to everything, I don’t think they would have been so gung-ho if their own children were in the firing line. Thankfully my sons weren’t interested in guns or ‘joining up’ – they didn’t even point fingers and shout BANG BANG!
      I dread to think how much Afghanistan is costing in money terms each day. What a waste of money and lives.

    • Michelle,
      I’m usually a bit of a news junkie but this weekend I’ve been avoiding it because what with wars, revolutions, New Zealand and now Japan – it’s all just too depressing.

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