Soldiers die in wars. They also kill innocent victims, in Afganistan alone in the last year 20,000 people have died as a result of the illegal war in which my country Australia, is involved
Among the worst casualties are women and young children unable to access proper hospital care,lack of fresh food and water or simply the direct victims of this brutal conflict.
But let’s not gild the lily here, Australian soldiers are trained to kill and are fully aware that they are required to invade countries where innocent people are the collateral.
“We are here to do a job” is as sympathetic a remark you will ever get from a serving soldier.
The Afghanistan war was lost 9 years ago, a war we committed a generation of young men to kill and to die in, a war that was unwinnable from the start and remains the same today.
When young men die in wars, we as a nation are told that we must remember them as heroes, not as killers of innocent men, women and children.
For every Australian soldier who dies thousands of Afghani women die in childbirth due to a lack of proper medical care.
Many children under the age of six die of starvation, violence or preventable disease even after more than 9 years of our “help”.
The 22 soldiers who have died during the invasion of Afghanistan pale into insignificance when we ponder the mortality rate for mothers giving birth and children dying of starvation .
Over 20,000 innocent people die each year in Afganistan while we as a nation mourn the death of some young lad that we never knew before and never cared about, otherwise we would’nt have sent him to his death in the first place to a war that was unwinnable from the start. Then we have the temerity to label him a hero.
Politicians wail and moan every time we hear of the death of the latest “hero”, tears are shed and there is much wringing of hands. Well forgive me the crocodile tears!
if the politicians were genuine they wouldn’t send young men to their deaths in the first place.
If soldiers were real heroes, they would refuse to go to a war that was started by politicians who lied from the beginning about why we needed to invade another sovereign country.
Afghanis fleeing the horrors of war, fleeing their foreign invaders and risking their lives under the most extreme circumstances, escape to Australia only to be accused by bigots and rascists that they are “queue jumpers” and plot to send them back to the hell that we created.
We lock them and their children behind razor wire and we call ourselves a civilised society, we do dirty deals with the corrupt regime in Afghanistan to send these innocent victims back to the hell of death, destruction and disease.
The next time a soldier dies I will stop and reflect in silence the innocent victims killed and maimed by war, they’re the accidental heroes!
Ian McCallum says
Very well put, I agree completely.
Have you seen the doco The Garden at the end of the World?
Clearly documents the effects of our help, widows and orphans.
The maker Gary Caganoff has sent 250 DVDs of The Garden at the End of the World to each and every member of the Australian parliament, both upper and lower house MPs and Senators. Accompanying it was a non-political letter asking them to take some time to watch the film.
Up until early August only 4 of our esteemed elected representatives had replied. Shows how much they really care.
Sack the Canberra War Mongers.