Wednesday 10 February 2010

Afghanistan: war without end

British soldier punished for speaking truth By Mark Steel Politicians and newspapers love to revere a war hero from Afghanistan. It’s strange, then, that they haven’t got round to Lance-Corporal Joe Glenton, the British soldier who has been arrested for addressing an anti-war protest in October. His crime was to conclude that the war was making matters worse, it was immoral to carry on fighting and to say this publicly. So they put him in a military jail, presumably to stop him doing it again. 

As a soldier, this must leave you in a state of confusion, as I doubt whether the initial briefing includes a section that goes: “Now then, men, during your tour of duty with the British Army, I implore you to remain vigilant and wary at all times of the wily foes known as the British Army.” 
More recent articles on Afghanistan and the 'war without end' • Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton’s charges dropped • Afghan war kills three kids a day • Bribe plan for the Taliban • Blackwater is operating in Pakistan • Guantanamo: Murder, lies and a cover-up • Blair: No regrets and I’d bomb Iran

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