| Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 11:36 pm |
As a professional soldier, my sense of responsibilty comes from seeing my brothers-in-arms suffer casualties that could have been avoided.
I remember quite well the political positions on both sides of the pond at the time. Maggie was one hell of a PM and thank God we had her in 90 when she had to loan George 41 a pair of cojones.
We in 82nd were watching closely and were making contingency plans for a combat drop should we be asked. But once again, political sensibilities trumped the value of grunts lives.
Professional warriors accept that fact as just a reality of the job, but it doesn't change what's right or honorable. Friends back one another in times of trouble and we could have provided a carrier to provide cover your Naval Group without firing a shot by interdicting the airspace around the South Georgias Islands, thus freeing up more harriers for CAS of the Paras.
As I said, I regret not being permitted to support my brothers when they could have used it. The British armed forces are as good as anyone in the world did themselves proud, but that doesn't bring back the dead.
Here's to those 255 brave men.
HMS Ardent HMS Argonaut
HMS Antelope HMS Galahad
HMS Sir Lancelot HMS Coventry
HMS Brilliant HMS Sheffield
HMS Glamorgan HMS Atlantic Conveyor
The lads of:
Special Air Service Special Boat Service
Royal Marines and Commandos
Scots and Welsh Guards