Sunday, 17 February 2013

Returning Soldiers Feeling Sorry For Themselves Again

During the ensuing firefight with the Taliban, he spotted a girl – he reckoned a four-year-old – on the roof of an Afghan compound, holding a mobile phone to her ear. He assessed she was a Taliban mortar fire controller, directing intense enemy fire onto his patrol's position; they were pinned down as a result. He radioed a jet and directed it to drop a bomb on the girl and the building.

"I did what I had to do," he told me.

Not such an easy one for armchair moralists to call. Countless soldiers return with such experiences on their consciences. Eh!??! Not easy to call? I'll think you'll find that it is. Interesting anecdotes but another 'fog of war' bull-fest at the end of the day. LINK

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