Lives saved by a truce

IT’S a troubled war-torn world in which we live.

Unfortunately Britain has service personnel deployed in areas of conflict through its parameters.

Its consequences are loss of British life and limb for those who do battle there.

Why? It’s in the name of democracy.

In Afghanistan, after years of allied services fighting for that cause, there now appears that peace talks perhaps can come about between the warring factions.

I wrote some time ago that “jaw, not war” could be a possibility only if opposing sides could meet and a resolution could be found.

Under the past and present administrations we deployed our forces, along with American service personnel, to confront a faceless enemy in Afghanistan’s desolate terrain, with the British troops’ armour and equipment not fit for purpose.

On the home front the populace, through the media, witnessed planes carrying the bodies of 374 brave dead service personnel arriving back home.

Killed in the name of democracy, murdered in a far flung corner of the world.

Now talks are considered by the Government as a possible solution to ending the conflict in Afghanistan.

I ask the question: What consolation is that to the 374 service people who rest with honour, peacefully, in hallowed ground in the UK?

What comfort does it give to their families, having suffered the loss of their loved ones, when they wonder did they die in vain?

Jaw, not war is not a luxury that any warring faction should consider lightly.

Dismiss it in their first consideration and, after realising it is the only option, bring it to the moratorium table as the final solution to a conflict.

Lives thankfully can be saved by a truce found through debate and end the revenue spent on arms and equipment.

Ultimately should we think that war fought in the name of democracy does not determine the factor of who is right – but drastically – who is left.

Fred Gibbon,

Masefield Road,

Hartlepool.