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Monday, 6 December 2010
News today of the 346th British death in Afghanistan
A local man was the 246th Britisher to die in or as a result of the on-going conflict in Afghanistan. He died on Sunday, the 3rd of January, this year. Now we have news of the 346th British death in or as a result of the on-going conflict in Afghanistan. 100 more of our brave servicemen have died in or as a result of the on-going conflict in Afghanistan since January of this year. What has been achieved as a result of their sacrifices and the money and matériel that we have also lost?
Have we caught Osama bin Laden?
Is the Taliban nearer to defeat and elimination from Afghanistan?
Is al-Qaeda any less of a threat in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen or elsewhere?
Are the streets of Leeds, Leicester, Luton and London safer?
In other words, what use has been the loss of those additional 100 brave British servicemen?
If the answer is none, then they have been wasted. We must bring the rest of them home before we lose any more on this pointless mission that is achieving nothing and costing a mint.