As I haven’t really been catching up with the British press this is all a wee bit second hand; my friend informs me that the debate in the United Kingdom on Afghanistan and Iraq is restricted to “fallen heroes”. My immediate inclination was to think of Wilfred Owen’s poem, “Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria mori” and the coughing and spluttering and choking and dying for what?. No real debate back in ‘blighty’ and we can be sure that very few people are actually thinking about why young British citizens are dying on Afghanistan’s plains or are even thinking that they are dying. Still, at least they get the bodies back and no longer content themselves with an, “if I should die think only this of me, there is a corner of a foreign field that is forever England.” Progress has been made!
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