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Malcolm Bush

We see a lot of figures about UK and US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Does this refer to soldiers killed in actual combat or solders killed by various means. I believe this is an important point. The US Admin says "we do not count Iraqi deaths or, I believe Afghan deaths; but what other deaths are not counted; maybe if all these where counted up the figure would be significant. If we counted a grand total of all deaths relevant to the "war on terror" the figures would most probably be astronomical.

patrick

Futility , Wilfred Owen

Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds,—
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved—still warm—too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

Written in 1918, Wilfred could quite easily be talking about today.What have we learned?

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