More unprotected British Soldiers die

Eureferendum has the horrifying story of more British Soldiers dying in exposed "dune buggies" being destroyed by IEDs in Afghanistan. These vehicles aren't called dune buggies (they are thin-skinned Land Rovers), but they offer no real protection against completely predictable threats. It's desperately sad. The British Ministry of Defense continues to deny its front-line people adequate protection. They continue to pretend that the enemy is stupid, and that the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the Iranians in Basra, will not single out the most exposed and vulnerable of the Coalition forces.

Americans, Canadians and Aussies now have a large number of properly protected vehicles. The politicians and upper brass in Whitehall continue to exhibit an inexplicable lack of common sense in the face of the enemy. The war has been so thoroughly smeared in the UK news media that it may simply be in no one's political interest to protect the troops.  But it must be maddening for front-line Soldiers and officers to see their friends suffer needlessly.

Something is badly broken back home in London.

We mourn with our British friends.

James Lewis blogs at
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