Having given this some thought; my evaluation is that no war fought by the British Armed Forces will be deemed a "REAL" war until the Great British public are directly affected (WW2 for example). [I acknowledge that to the poor sod getting shot at it could not be more real. It does not matter whether it was a Paddy, Argentine, Iraqi, Serb or Pashtun doing the shooting.] Without too much difficulty it was quite possible to avoid the Falklands, GW1, the Balkans, Afghanistan and GW2 on the TV or in the newspapers. They didn't stop Corrie or the footie on the box. Nor was there any real chance of your average young lad getting killed or called up as a direct result. Even the Irish problems were a mere news item to the vast majority of the population. In some ways I hope it remains that way, because, if not something has hit the fan big time. Any other thoughts???