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.