When I hear stories about Afghani babies dying at checkpoints because the Western mercenaries known as ‘heroes’ don’t let them through in time, I am deeply saddened.
I feel inclined to explain myself here, because offence may have been caused to people who I value and respect, and that was not my intention. My wording here is careless yet I cannot withdraw the entire sentiment of it. Yes, I do believe that our Armed Forces are unwitting mercenaries, in the sense that they are being used in a very complex and clever game played by our western occupied governments. However, our serving soldiers - particularly Nationalistically minded ones - are in most cases doing what they believe is right, with noble intention. For that reason they can still be considered heroes. There are no doubt some - most likely those for whom serving is simply a job - who act ignobly in their dealings with the natives of Afghanistan and Iraq etc and it is they I was referring to in the above sentence.
None of us go through life making all the right decisions and statements, and all that can be expected of us is to do what we believe is right and honourable at the time, with the given information. If we don't have access to the vast amount of hidden information that we all would need to live a flawless life, then it is natural that sometimes what we intend is different from the outcome, or from what others intend for us. So yes, I do still believe that our soldiers should never have waged war in the Middle-East, but I also accept that many have good reason to disagree with me, and they are there with noble intentions upholding the spirit of heroism according to their own moral compass.
I am no less flawed than anyone else, and there are things I've said and written which will turn out to be wrong (some I already know of). In this case I was just careless, and I apologise to all noble serving men and women for that.