Letters: UK troops in Iraq Proud of our soldiers, but not of the war they are fighting
Published: 27 April 2007
Sir: Julian Thompson is utterly wrong to claim in his article on 26 April that the armed forces are in Iraq in our name.
They are there in the name of those who deceived to take the armed forces into an illegal war. They are there in the name of those MPs who voted for an illegal war. They are there in the name of the United Nations, which stupidly tried to "legitimise" the illegal invasion after the event and which was booted out of Iraq by a resistance bomb attack. They are there in the name of a puppet government which cannot even control a fenced-off area of Baghdad, and which is desperate for the invaders to remain indefinitely. British armed forces are not in Iraq in my name, or the name of the millions of others who took to the streets to oppose the illegal war.
I am proud of those members of my family who have served and still serve in the armed forces, though I am not proud of them taking part in the illegal war and the subsequent occupation. The resistance bomb attack on the UN killed someone who came from just along the coast. I can remember our emotions when four soldiers from this area killed in the occupation were buried over two days. The stream of funerals is a constant reminder of why the Labour Party cannot be trusted. Mr Blair cannot even be bothered to visit those people he is responsible for putting in hospital, and it was a long time before the Defence Secretary bothered.
In particular I am not proud that those who claim to act in my name are not even interested enough in Iraq to count the number of deaths of locals in the country they have invaded.
I think a lot of the GBP feel the same way.....conflicted about the whole issue ...... as one who served (briefly) in Iraq I know I am......MFAW will doubtless keep gaining recruits until this is resolved.....why do I doubt Gordon is the man to change anything.....?