A Face-Saving Exercise

The BBC reports:

A former soldier who was jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan has handed back a medal in protest at Britain’s involvement in the war.

“There’s a real up-swell of awareness now among military families and among the military, and among the people in this country, that this conflict is, has kind of turned into a face-saving exercise and that’s why it’s being dragged out.

“This is a majority opinion, 70% of people in this country want withdrawal, whatever their background, that’s across the board whatever their politics are, because this is an expensive, messy, gory face-saving exercise and that’s quite clear to people.”

He’s right about one thing. It didn’t start that way and that wasn’t the stated intention, but a face-saving exercise is, amongst other things, what military intervention in Afghanistan has turned into.

2 Comments

  1. Eve Garrard
    Posted 23Nov10 at 13:54 | Permalink

    A beautiful post, Pootergeek, as befits the faces being saved.

  2. Posted 23Nov10 at 14:34 | Permalink

    Thank you, Eve.

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