British also fed up with the War in Afghanistan
More and more British troops fighting in Afghanistan are realizing the futility of it all.
Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who fought in Kandahar in 2006, told an 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 those same 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.