By Terence Bunch Published 2009-10-24 00:00:00 Last Edited 2009-10-24 00:00:00
As the British and US Governments military campaign in Afghanistan falls into debacle with the failure of the so-called democratic Government of Hamid Karzai, and against a backdrop of increasing British military casualties from sporadic engagements with Afghani regional partisans, thousands of anti-war campaigners gather in London to compose the nations answer to the now failed conflict a year after the British economy is ravaged by the collapsed so-called War on Terror.
They assemble at Hyde Park and march to Trafalgar Square. They are joined by Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, currently serving with the Royal Logistic Corps and Peter Brierley who recently lost his son, Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley in Iraq.
To date, a total of 222 soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, many of them in the last year. Between the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2006, 7 soldiers were killed.
This increased between 2006 and the end of 2008 to 133.
This year alone, 94 soldiers have died. Throughout, the British Labour Government have chosen a defensive, stepping-stone approach to explain and justify these deaths. An approach which has now been dismissed by the domestic population.
London. 24th October 2009.