Guest 007 wrote:
Afraid that I cannot entirely agree with you on this one.
If the MOD announces their deaths do they also include tributes from their colleagues ? IF not, they might be accused of treating them in a less reverential manner than Brit casualties.
Where does this all end ? Should we announce deaths of US troops operating under UK command ?
I am not a particularly callous person but I believe that this whole ritual has got out of hand and has been robbed of much of its dignity. It has somehow been debased. And it is not confined to casualties of the current war. A recent BBC piece on the discovery of some 260 soldiers' remains from WW1 again talks about "heroes". Let us get this into perspective; soldiers who die in combat all die an honourable, soldier's death. Some are indeed heroic - but for the most part their deaths are sad, messy and unremarkable in the scheme of things.
We are victims of the dumbing down of society where we are all supposed to be equal. Trouble is that some deaths, as in life, are more equal than others.
If the MoD insists on continuing this charade, I feel, then at least it should be consistent. It should be everybody or nobody.