My good friend Brian Edwards has looked at the terrorism/armed forces/war thing, and it is no surprise he’s come to the same conclusion I have.
…in todayâs Herald on Sunday, I read that ââŠ The Defence Force has confirmed soldiers will be given the chance to withdraw from the controversial deployment.â
This is apparently part of being âa good employerâ. Personal or family circumstances or âethical groundsâ qualified as the principal justifications for not wanting to be deployed in Iraq. Apparently this has always been the case provided the serviceman or woman âhad legitimate reasonsâ. âOtherwise,â said the Former Chief of Army, Major General Lou Gardiner, âyour mates would always see you as a person who opted out. Itâs human nature.â
It is indeed. But I would have thought that âlegitimate reasonsâ for not being sent to a war zone would include not wanting to be injured or killed. That too is âhuman natureâ. And, as a Defence Force spokesman reminded us, âmilitary personnel are people who have lives and families and individual circumstances that mean they are less appropriate for a particular deploymentâ. Read more »