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Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted

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Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted
« on: May 28, 2006, 07:24:30 PM »
Recent BBC article on the high desertion rate amongst British soldiers stationed in Iraq. 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5024104.stm

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Re: Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2006, 10:38:33 PM »
Two interesting points from the article:

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington told, Parliament last Monday that the number of absconders had trebled since the invasion with more soldiers "questioning the morality and legality of the occupation".


He told the BBC: "There's a lot of dissent in the Army about the legality of war and concerns that they're spending too much time there."


I wonder what the statistics from our military look like?

Interesting article, though.

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Re: Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2006, 10:50:44 PM »
imagine if you witnessed last year's massacre and subsequent attempted cover-up. 

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Re: Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2006, 10:54:24 PM »
imagine if you witnessed last year's massacre and subsequent attempted cover-up. 

Imagine if there were US statistics like this and they were covered up.

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Re: Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2006, 10:56:07 PM »
I'm doubting it...we tend to shoot our deserters, or at least put them in horrible military prisons for a very, very long time.

However, the rate of suicide/self-inflicted injuries, has gone WAY up since the war started.

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Re: Over 1,000 British Soldiers deserted
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2006, 11:09:32 PM »
I'm doubting it...we tend to shoot our deserters, or at least put them in horrible military prisons for a very, very long time.

However, the rate of suicide/self-inflicted injuries, has gone WAY up since the war started.

That's an interesting statistic.  Do you have a link?