We are far too sentimental about ‘our boys’ - Matthew Parris
In an epoch of small wars in confusing and ambiguous causes, and with a fully professional military, we should not be emotionally ramping up what armed conflict is sometimes about. We are using the Second World War language of national survival and conscripted soldiers — “our boys” — to discuss what ought to be discussed as a limited operation, of an optional nature, in support of an important ally, using professional service-people working in their chosen career. There is not a single conscript in the British Armed Forces.
This is not a fight for our very existence, our whole way of life, all that is dear to us. It is not a race against time to forestall carnage on our streets at home. The pro-war brigade should cease talking up the stakes in these overblown terms.