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Afghan Apartheid

I’ve got to say I was appalled by the British media’s coverage of the deaths of three members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland when a Mastiff armoured personal carrier was blown up in Afghanistan by a landmine last week. Most of the stories I read failed to mention that nine Afghans died in the same explosion. I can see why the British media would focus on the three RRoS members who died but to completely ignore the deaths of the Afghans is outrageous. Those Afghans died serving alongside the British soldiers – Cpl. William Savage, 30, Fusilier William Flint, 21, and Private Robert Hetherington, 25. I’m sure the soldiers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, have more respect for those Afghan comrades in arms than the British media has shown. Certainly, I'd be disappointed if that's not the case. The Afghan National Army is not without its flaws but few would deny that its members are capable of great courage. Because of the lack of interest in the nine dead Afghans, I have no idea what kind of vehicle they were travelling in, if they were even in a vehicle. But I’m guessing they were not in a £1 million armoured personnel carrier, which up until last week was regarded as impervious to roadside bombs. When I was in Afghanistan, Afghan troops were moving around packed into the back of pick-up trucks. Soldiers around the world have a lot in common and this apartheid in death reflects poorly on the British media.

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