Thursday, 16 July 2009

Anti-war, pro-squaddie

This morning I was present as Wrecsam Council welcomed the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards - the "Welsh Cavalry" - back from Afghanistan.
As someone who helped organise the first local protest against the Afghanistan war on 30 October 2001 and remains convinced that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were fundamentally wrong, it wasn't a decision I took lightly.
However wrong the wars were and are, it's not the fault of the ordinary soldier who are doing the London politicians' bidding. I'm just glad they came home safely - the same cannot be said for the many thousands of others who have died needlessly out there.
The troops must get out of Afghanistan - they should never have been there in the first place.

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