Today, in the Daily Mail here in the UK…this was reported. And I feel compelled to make a response.
Clip: “WE MUST MAKE WAR MORE ACCEPTABLE”
Repatriation ceremonies for the remains of dead soldiers should have a lower profile in order to make war more palatable to the British public, according to a report for the Ministry of Defence. It examines how to sway ‘casualty averse’ public opinion, a situation commonly known as ‘body bag syndrome’, and was published by the MoD’s strategy formulation unit.
The document suggests that the MoD should ‘reduce the profile of the repatriation ceremonies’ where coffins carrying deceased soldiers are brought back to UK bases such as RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. It discusses ways to ‘reduce public sensitivity’ and methods of explaining that ‘risks are knowingly and willingly undertaken’ by armed forces personnel.
Suggestions included making greater use of the SAS and other special forces, as well as mercenaries, because it claims losses sustained by the elite soldiers and hired guns do not have the same impact on the public and press. ‘Neither the media nor the public in the west appear to identify with contractors in the way that they do with their military personnel. Thus casualties from within the contractorised force are more acceptable in pursuit of military ends than those from among our own forces.’
It added: ‘The public appear to have a more robust attitude to SF [special forces] losses.’ ‘Historically, once the public are convinced that they have a stake in the conflict they are prepared to endorse military risks and will accept casualties as the necessary consequence of the use of military force,’ it says.
Well you cant get much more deluded and out of touch than that can you! So the MoD feels that by hiding the bodies coming back, [which incidentally the ceremonies mentioned were spontaneous gestures by the British people turning out in their hundreds, [including medalled veterans of the second world war], to stand in the tiny streets of Brize Norton to witness silently each coffin that came back…so the MoD changed the venues to a private area where the public could not turn out…] that somehow in their twisted and warped minds makes war more acceptable to us. After all…they describe us, the majority of the British public as “casualty averse”. We have no moral point it seems, just an aversion to body bags! How insulting is that!! More war? No, not in my name. No.
I am not sure quite what mentality and lack of intelligence is the driving force behind these officials in charge. I am not quite sure which part of the word NO they do not understand. I am not sure why they could possibly think that the use of more drones in foreign countries is in any way acceptable to our moral repugnance at war, or that by using mercenaries????, paid guns? [in full article]suddenly we find war “acceptable”? Does it matter to me what nationality someone is that dies in a war in my name? No it does not. Each death is one too many.
I am sure of of two things though:
1] War, terrorism and its destruction of life and of fear is not of God and cannot ever be justified in His name.
2] All it needs for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing, words spoken by Edmund Burke, who also said the following words which I think are equally applicable to the constant warmongers in our world today…”They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.”
I think I would rather pass on their inheritance at the moment! And I will continue to pray for peace, to try and live peacefully and to not let despair overtake hope in my heart.