The Price Of War

I was thinking of writing about our little finca and the olive trees, but then I read the papers and heard the news on tv.  Oh dear what were we all thinking of, were Blair and Bush such friends? no I do not think so. Reading between the lines here were two men one hell-bent on revenge the other glory bolstering each other up presenting a united face to the world.  But behind the scenes, well who was friends with who?  No one I think, it was necessary at the time for a show of unity to be put on for the world as we all watched the posturing and heard the words, but we did not hear what was being said or see exactly what we were watching.

We had Afghanistan well sorted and although not completely settled  it was fairly quiet.  But in order to help with Iraq we had to pull troops out so leaving the way for terrorists to move in and spread unrest.  We suffered losses in Iraq but not as many as we are now.  Wootton Bassett is the conscience of our country they are keeping up a tradition they started and we watch.  I remember Wootton Bassett when I lived there as a long high street (it has changed now) and on their Rememberance Day the street was filled with representatives of the services, cadets, scouts, girl guides and other organisations not to mention the whole town.  It has of course grown,  but the spirit is still there, a mark of respect for the men and women who laid down their lives for us in a belief that they were helping others gain freedom.

I have read that Obama considers Sarkozy his friend, what about the British? are we no longer friends? We have lost men and women in a war that need not have happened, are we now  ‘out in the cold’ no longer considered a friendly country?  Our troops are like all others they are there because they volunteered, they do not discriminate between each other if a French, German or American was in need of aid they would give it but would I wonder Obama approve?   Perhaps I should have written about the Olive tree and how it is a peace offering perhaps instead of waring, and making unwise statements the governments of the UK and America should provide Afghanistan with water and Olive trees in stead of war and opium.

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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