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Britain's love affair with our military is dangerous

As soldiers become more visible in public life, debate about why they are dying – and killing – in Afghanistan is disappearing.

George Chesterton
guardian.co.uk,

Friday 23 December 2011 11.00 GMT

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Alexandra Burke performs at the Help For Heroes concert in 2010. Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images



The only place you could be sure of seeing a British soldier
used to be outside a pub in a garrison town at chucking-out time. Now
there are soldiers on talent shows, parading in sports stadiums and
singing on daytime television. The narrative is always the same:
sacrifice, suffering, redemption. As individual tales they can be
inspirational, but what they represent collectively is more worryin


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  • I love my troops & I love my nation, not arsed what some Guardian journalist thinks.

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  • how miserable are these left wing scumbags? LOL! hate and intolerance, the values of the liberal left.

    kill them all.

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  • they banned british soldiers from bing in public because of the ira dum dum dum

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  • Pure shit...look where it's coming from...a piece of shit newspaper.

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  • "... debate about why they are dying – and killing – in Afghanistan is disappearing."

    What that really means is, "I want everyone at each other's throats because the Afghan war is WRONNNNNNGGGGGGGG!!!"

    Maybe so, but I suspect the only thing "dangerous" about "disappearing debate" in this case is that it causes righteous amoral agony to slimy narcissistic so-called "journalists."

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  • i disagree with your neck down comments girl my brothers are squaddies and bloody good they are to. my cousins are squaddies infact out of fourteen only two havn't served.
    but i agree they should not be plastered all over the tv.
    they are not propaganda to be wheeled out when needed because people ask questions.
    i love our boys serving in the military, but i do not respect them.
    "were only following orders" is they're cry but as i say how many germans claimed that as we marched them to More..

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  • War is like a bicycle,..it gets easier the more you do it.

    But that also goes for about everything else.

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  • whats sad about england is that 95 % of the men care more about football than how the uk is being run ,never mind the fact that are boys are fighting .i was talking to this guy the other day about N korea and what may or may not happen but he was like so what .i said to him but what if it ended up as ww3 and 100,000s of are troops die and he said i could not give a rats ass ....... sad

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  • It's not that bad. Here's an interesting tidbit I found using Google earth, it's a unique feature easily found around almost every US town: outdoor (civilian) firing ranges. They're everywhere. I didn't realize that was unique until I started seeing it. Seems obvious with hindsight. Makes me proud.
    There seems to be a critical size though. If the town is small enough, the whole place is an impromptu firing range.
    Even though we speak roughly the same language... there's a huge divide.

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  • They're not heroes , 99% are numpties who want to shoot somebody with impunity .

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