It has been a very sad week for, what we call, Great Britain.
Just in the space of a week, we have seen our historic monuments desecrated showing such callous disregard for those who actually made us great. The Bomber Command Memorial in London and Churchill’s statue vandalised with white paint in what has now been described as a planned attack.
I personally find this more worrying than mindless idoits who get drunk before carrying out these acts. These are people that wish to publically show their disrespect for those who saved us from tyranny of the most horrific order. People who wish to stand up and shout out how bad war is. How killing people in war is nothing more than state murder. Well, I have a personal message to those.
You desecrated memorials of people who defended us against a regime that murdered over 6 million men, women and children, all civilians and all non-combatants in the most horrific ways. They wanted to exterminate a race of people. Those same people wanted to invade our country. Image what would have happened if they had succeeded. They were only stopped by the people you have just insulted. I wonder how you would have been thinking if that had happened. The very fact that you have the option to think and act the way you do is because of these heroes.
But let’s bring things forward to today. I don’t need to say just how we are living in a very unstable world and it is only a matter of time before we are thrust back in to conflict somewhere around the world. Now, as far as I read in the political world, it is not far beyond the realms of reality to have our own country threatened again. Those that do not think this is possible need to remove head from sand.
I do agree that war is a terrible thing. Wars are fought in horrible, bloody ways leaving so much tragedy, heartache and damage in it’s wake. I so wish I could wave the magic wand to end all wars without the loss of another life but unfortunately defence is necessary and we need to be prepared to defend ourselves against these threats. This is what happened during the second world war which resulted in the statues that have just been attacked.
Read your history people, learn about why we are able to live the way we do.
Secondly, I was horrified to read of an ex-British soldier being detained in preparation to be deported to Jamaica. This guy served two tours in Afghanistan, witnessing a friend being killed in front of his eyes. This lead to a medical discharge on the grounds of PTSD and Bipolar disorder. He was offered no help after being released from the army and ended up in prison after a stabbing incident in a drunken brawl after being attacked by his ex-partners father.
He has been battling a deportation order for six years because of this.
My argument is (a) Why did he not recieve help when he was discharged? (b) If he was good enough to lay down his life for this country then why is he now being thrown out? Is this the message we are sending out to all of our commonwealth soldiers? “Thank you for risking your life for us in our wars but once we have finished with you and your mind has been destroyed, we will not help you, we will wash our hands of you and chuck you out of the country.” Great recruitment incentive.
Two very sad examples of how those who show courage in the act of defending our nation are treated by the UK.