Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Alius Terra Mori

A week or so ago Ruthie at Geeklawyer posted about the average age of British soldiers killed in Iraq, referring to the Paul Hardcastle song Nineteen, which was about the average age of combatants killed in the Vietnam War. Yesterday the parents of an eighteen year old soldier buried their son, who was killed on the 2nd April, further reducing the average. I can't begin to imagine what it's like to lose a son who was barely an adult, but to lose him in such a war must make it doubly difficult to accept.

Last month the grandfather of a twenty-one year old soldier also killed in Basra asked why we are in Iraq, saying: "God save us all from political leaders who are not only blind in world vision, but also blind and deaf to the will of the country, and the people who put them into power in the first place". Powerful stuff.