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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,

Friday 23 December 2011 11.00 GMT


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

Added: Dec-23-2011 Occurred On: Dec-23-2011
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