Saturday, 31 October 2009
Thorneloe- Sacrificed For What ?
For a corrupt Government in Kabul and another one in Whitehall.
The officer, who was commander of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said in a memo to the Ministry of Defence, classified "Nato secret", that the system for managing helicopter movements in Afghanistan was "very clearly not fit for purpose" and there were not enough of the aircraft.
One of his dispatches headed Battle Group Weekly Update, which was leaked to the Daily Mail, said: "I have tried to avoid griping about helicopters – we all know we don't have enough.
"We cannot move people, so this month we have conducted a great deal of administrative movement by road. This increases the IED [improvised explosive device] threat and our exposure to it."
The 39-year-old father of two died on 1 July when his convoy was hit by an IED in Helmand Province, north of the town of Lashkar Gah. Trooper Joshua Hammond, 18, did in the same explosion.
There is no point fighting and dying for no purpose, there is no point the Government continuing to dissemble and lie, for brave men to die.