Britain's 100th Dead Perp
If you sign up for the army, you're putting yourself – quite literally – in the firing line. You can't turn around and whine, "I never knew there'd be a war! You didn't say I might die!"
Everybody I know thought this was a stupid, unjustified and probably illegal war, with a near-certain messy outcome, before it had even started. What do you think that protest was about? If over a million people actually marched, it's likely that many times that agreed with the marchers, and it's a reasonable bet some of the dissenters were soldiers. Why, with the noble exception of Malcolm Kendall-Smith, did they all meekly assent to fighting such a war? Fuck military discipline! It's just a job. Quit and be a poet.
Only a hundred? How many violent Iraqi deaths have there been since the war? A darn sight more than that. Apparently those people don't count. Nor, of course, do the ones – the many thousands – who died during our invasion. Some of them were soldiers, too.
Please, people. Heads out of the sand. A human is a human, no matter where they live. And armies are not a force for good.