The comments say more than I ever could:
# Thank you very much – all of you …
But really, speaking as a recently retired soldier, we are fine. We did what we did because that was our calling. To protect the weak, to stand up for what is right and to do the bidding of our democratically elected government is our lot. We live by a code, our core values, in no particular order: Courage both physical and moral, selfless commitment, loyalty, repect for others, integrity and discipline.
Serving and retired service personnel of all ranks are bonded by our core values. It is a shame that society in general does not share them. If it did, there would be no need for this debate and no need for the report. Rest easy all of you – we will continue to look after you no matter what you think of us. Quite a bargain when you think about it – and you should think about it.
Amen. And this:
# With the amount of information available nowadays the public know enough to determine themselves whether they consider wars or military interventions are just or not. I feel the problem is our forces have been used for political ends rather than defending our country and the attitudes are towards the politicians and senior ranks rather than those who have to carry out the work. Unfortunately people dont differentiate and have a hard time accepting people participating in and being prepared to participate in by joining up, what many believe to be unjust and unnecessary actions.
# It’s not so much disrespect for the armed forces as disrespect for the conflicts they have been engaged in. Respect comes from fighting just wars not unjust conflicts. Blame the politicians.
That’s so. There is a compatibility between respect for a fighting man who defends us and disrespect for the corrupt politicians who send him where they shouldn’t. There’s no cognitive dissonance in supporting our troops to the hilt, putting money in the Help for Heroes tin, buying a man in uniform a beer, standing and cheering when our troops pass by … and being utterly opposed to wars, as defined by the corrupt Them politicians.
The issue today is that the enemy is already inside the country and working to destroy from within. Sadly, we have civil war, not external war. The enemy within knows full well that any of us will go down and enlist if we’re threatened by, say, the Germans again. Of course we would – a clearly defined enemy and clearly defined threat.
The trouble is that this threat now is political and people are not so good at seeing that, at defining it.
# This comes from the malign influence of the politically correct left which despises anything to do with the UK.
The liberal left is in fact an arrogant dictatorial group of ideologues who despise freedom and patriotism but are very happy to tell us we should look after anyone who wants to come into this country, opposes our military and the more power the UK can give to the obscene ECHR and EU the better.
So now it is PC to be anti our military. Absolutely awful and anyone who gives anything less than full support to them should be ashamed of themselves and boycotted if they are known.