Peter Hitchens - Mail on Sunday

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Of course they fight......they're soldiers - Peter Hitchens

Will no one speak up for the ordinary British Soldier? I have heard enough snivelling piety about how 'inexcusable' it was for the british troops to beat up Iraqi youths in hot blood.

I have heard enough fake disapproval from people who, subjected to a day in Iraq, would lose their tempers if they were served a warm pepsi.

Heaven knows what they would do if they were subjected to what these boys endure, in nervous, sleepless sweaty heat for months on end.

Oh, sure, it isnt nice to watch the men we trained and the men we pay - and the men our Prime Minister wrongly sent to Iraq - lashing out in rage.

But what do all these people think soldiers are for, exactly? This is not the cold blooded cruelty of Abu Ghraib, but a human response to danger and provocation.

An Arab army would simply have machined gunned the demonstators. The Americans would have called down an Airstrike. Quite alot of European Armies would never have gone outside in the first place.

If you are happy to see our men persecuted and reviled so that our Army is emasculated, we wont endure as a Country for very much longer.

We have one of the last proper Armies in the World. It fights, .

We take very young men from the hardest parts of the Country because we know they will stand their ground were others run away. From the archers of Agincourt to the thin red line at Balaclava it has been the same.

You might not want these people in the pub with you on a Saturday night but, by heaven you will be glad of them at your side when the enemy are charging straight at you.

We make it clear to them that they are being paid to risk their lives, their health and the chance of a happy future, we lie that they are liberators when intruth they are occupiers.

Thier coffins come home all the time - not enough to make anyone really angry, but far too many all the same.
And not just coffins. More quietly they often arrive unseen, on stretchers, burnt, maimed, disfigured and limbless.

And then what do they come home to?

A Country which having willingly allowed itself to be bamboozled by worthless demagogues, and cheered its troops off to a damfool war - now curls its lip in distain at the soldiers, but continues to vote for the politicians.

While our troops fight for a cause they didnt and couldnt choose because they are a disciplined service they are ceaselessly betrayed at home by a government which sells, dismantles or demolishes the very freedoms it claims it is fighting for abroad.

It takes the Army to make the world safer but cannot even keep our streets safe. Look at the fate of Trooper Narel Sharpe, a veteran of Kosovo and Iraq, who hoped to become the British Armies first black Colonel but was murdered on a Birmingham street for a gold chain round his neck and for daring to fight back against his assailant.

In one of those moronic statements laywers are given to, the prosecutor of his killer said that Trooper Sharpe was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In that case, so are we all......


LOVED IT!!! Please excuse typos.Originally published 19/2/06 The Mail on Sunday.

'scuse fingers MoS re. copyright, but we couldn't find a link , and hope you don't mind it being reproduced here....
 
#3
It seems more of them , (especially former embeds) are Biscuits
 
#5
That has cheered me up considerably

Pulls it all together beautifully

Toodlepip
theGimp
 
#7
Biscuits_AB said:
Such a shame that all of the press don't feel this way about it.





Agreed and what a shame more MPs don't feel and say stuff like this,instead of tut tutting and shaking their heads
 
#8
Jeremy Clarkson wrote a good piece in yesterday's scum, can't find link to it sadly.

It was well written and totally on our side. At least he speaks his mind and not his 'masters'
 
#10
Recce19 said:
Jeremy Clarkson wrote a good piece in yesterday's scum, can't find link to it sadly.

It was well written and totally on our side. At least he speaks his mind and not his 'masters'
read the same article and cant finds it on the net at all apart from the actual incidents he describes as examples of what squaddies are facing out there
 
#11
pete hitchens is an excellent columnist and a patriot so expect him to be in the next cell to abu hamza
oly difference is hamza will be rescued european law while british law when the government has finished will ensure peter
hitchens will be derided as a facist and a traitor when we know fine well who the real traitors are we elected them
 
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Recce19 said:
Jeremy Clarkson wrote a good piece in yesterday's scum, can't find link to it sadly.

It was well written and totally on our side. At least he speaks his mind and not his 'masters'

It was entitled " if you won't let the Army kill, you might as well send Vicars"

I would include a link but i don't really wish to join their archive section. Here is the search i did thoJeremy Clarkson, 18/2/06
 
#15
Quality piece well done HITCHINS
 
#16
This certainly makes a refreshing change form all the bleeding heart liberal crap that has been flowing out of Fleet Street over the past few days. It's a shame that our political 'masters' (and to a lesser degree many of the most senior officers) can't bring themselves to defend our soldiers in a similar fashion, instead of making fawning apologies and appeasing the filth that constantly denigrate the troops on the ground.

Well done Mr Hitchens.
 
#17
Gosh, it's almost as though we need some sort of a 'federation' to 'speak up' for us, isn't it? Does anyone have any idea how that might work? ;)

Less wit and sarcasm D2 - get back to work....
 
#18
Hitchens is a fine writer. His book 'The Abolition of Britain' is a great diatribe of the state this country is in. Read it and get angry.
 
#19
Darth_Doctrinus said:
Gosh, it's almost as though we need some sort of a 'federation' to 'speak up' for us, isn't it? Does anyone have any idea how that might work? ;)

Less wit and sarcasm D2 - get back to work....
Ahhh. "The Perfect Wah"!
 
#20
Thanks to all

Didn't Reidso make some positive points about the 100,000 people who have served today?
 

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