Mrs Raven goes up to the RBL Lady Haig Poppy Appeal stand adjacent to the Edinburgh City Field of Remembrance with the intention of getting a cross and a crescent to plant in the Field in Remembrance of those of her own cap badge who have died. On asking for crescent she is asked if she means a cross. 'No, I would like a crescent to remember the Muslim soldiers who have died'. Answer (I quote) 'Its the British Army you know'. Needless to say the individual quoted was wearing nothing but a smug look and no medals. Having informed the b*****d the RBL do supply crescents to commemorate the sacrifice of Muslim service personnel, he backed off I was handed over to a very helpful gentleman (with 2 WW medals). I returned a little while later with a copy of last weekend's Sunday Times supplement that contained pictures of all those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, pointed to the picture of LCpl Jibran Hashmi, Intelligence Corps, and suggested that the man who did not know that there are Muslims in the British Army might like to take a look. The individual to whom I spoke this time had been present at my original conversation but his only comment was 'Its nothing to do with me' (He had no medals and no morale courage either). I left the magazine for their contemplation. The saving grace was the gentlemen with medals, and I am in no way suggesting that the RBL and Haig Poppy Appeal in Edinburgh support the views of the two halfwits I encountered. But it left a bad taste and the concern that this might be evidence of the right wing extremist stupidity reported in other threads (BNP and UDA) spreading their poison where it is not wanted. As has been suggested elsewhere, serving personnel need to get into the RBL not only to do their bit for an organisation supporting us in very many ways, but also to see off these extremist who have probably done nothing more than read Commando magazine rather than actually serve, or spend their spare time walting about in SS uniforms. This is not a rant, but I can tell you that I have rarely been so angry. The fact is thousands of Muslims have been killed in the service of Crown and Country. Paranoia about a handful of terrorists in this country just feeds the agendas of those extremists and that of the extreme right. Tomorrow I will be remembering those service personnel of all races and creeds who have died in the service of the Crown.