Nobody forces soldiers to sign up for service
GRANVILLE Stone asks why British soldiers die needlessly in wars that are nothing to do with us ("How many more British soldiers will die in needless foreign skirmishes?" Soapbox, September 6).
Nobody forces them. They are not conscripts. Rightly or wrongly they believe in it. They choose to do it.
They are sent by the powers-that-be who, just like all religious nutters, believe they are "doing the right thing".
Sometimes it may be right to send a task force to liberate such places as the Falklands from bullying Argentinians who attack the weak and vulnerable, denying them the right to self-determination.
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But, generally, wars are a result of capitalism.
Soldiers on both sides are fighting in the dividend battalions of capitalism. Their blood is gilded into profits for capitalism – so said the Labour Party's manifesto against conscription in the First World War.
Clearly, today's Labour party has betrayed its principles. They are bought and paid for by capitalists who sell arms to different religious sects urging them to kill each other.