28 May 2006
British army suffering from a massive desertion rate.
|As British forces get involved in what history will probably call the Fourth Afghan War, news is coming through that at least 1,000 troops have deserted from the army since the war against Iraq began.|
The BBC reports that opposition to the war is the root of this, but the Exile is inclined to wonder if the lack of equipment is also a factor? The latest news is that the RAF doesn't have enough transport aircraft to ferry the troops out of Iraq on time and maintain a supply to the Afghan force. This comes hard on the heels of the lack of ammunition and shortage of boots fiasco.
Frankly, it's a wonder that Britain still has an army.
Little Green Soccer Balls now has a posting on this theme. True to type they are trying to muddy the waters by claiming that the Absent Without Leave (AWOL) figures are the same as usual. That may be the case, but we are not talking about AWOL, are we? The matter under debate is desertion, and that is not the same thing. When a soldier goes AWOL he intends to return; when he deserts he doesn't.
The desertion rate has climbed dramatically since the war against Iraq began. The only people who are interested in the AWOL figures are those who want to confuse the gullible. Still, a good try, lads, and it's just a pity for you that some of us can spot old wank when we see it.