"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 21 May 2010

Troops To Kandahar 4

Major-General Gordon Messenger, a British military spokesman, said:  "This is us doing exactly the same job as we have been doing up to now, under slightly different arrangements" - which is a shame because I was hoping it would signal an easing of pressure on our Armed Forces.  I think they've done an incredible and courageous job over the last nine years and it's time they came home.  There's a two-year timeline with rotation between Helmand and Kandahar so it doesn't look like we'll be out of there any time soon..

From the preliminary reports coming out it seems that the MoD and the AF spokesmen are more concerned with the PR image at home.  I think they can rest assured that no Briton will see this as a retreat or a defeat and the troops will have a homecoming fit for Kings (and Queens!) when it's all finally over.

Source

Troops to Kandahar
Troops to Kandahar 2
Troops to Kandahar 3

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