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British soldier Joe Glenton refuses to go back in Afghanistan

source: YouTube

On July 23, 2009, the Stop the War Coalition held its eighth rally. Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, a serving British soldier was then speaking in public for the first time against the horror caused by the war in Afghanistan.

More and more British troops – who equally risk their lives fighting in Afghanistan – are realising the futility of this project. Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who fought in Kandahar in 2006, told the audience that he came back ashamed and disillusioned. He said the army and the politicians never explained why they were there or what was going on, only that British troops were helping the Afghan people.

When he found that the Afghans were fighting against them, this came as a real shock. He spoke of the discontentment in the ranks, which he described as dangerous, and the need for Britain to withdraw its troops.

Two years ago, when Glenton heard he was being posted back to Afghanistan, he decided the only sensible thing to do was to leave the army, even illegally, as he did not believe that Britain was doing anything constructive in Afghanistan. He now faces up to two years in a civilian prison. Stop the War Coalition declared it would support Glenton and any other soldier who faced the courts on account of being against the war.



2 responses

  1. BOBMA

    In my opinion his war & the one on Iraq are/were unjust, unwarranted & illegal & see Saddam Hussein’s execution as an assassination. I fully support the bravery of this man to stand up for his beliefs.

    Don’t get me wrong, I also have absolute respect for the troops who have & are serving there, as they are remaining true to their beliefs.

    If I had still been in the Army, I to would have refused to go, not through cowardice, I served in the Falklands, but because of my above stated beliefs.

    This solder is not a coward, what he has done has taken a great deal of courage & will hopefully be the push that will make like minded troops stand against this illegal occupation.

    The British government are unnecessarily sending our young men & woman to their deaths, it is nothing short of murder.

    3 August 2009 at 07:57

    • citizenzoo

      Thank you for your point of view. I entirely agree with you. I’m from Canada and our soldiers in Afghanistan die there at an alarming rate. For absolutely no improvement of the situation.

      4 August 2009 at 01:04

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