Riddley wrote:What I am trying to do is bring some historical truths to the fore, and to debate the myths that are perpetuated to keep the public ignorant and happy with the misuse of our front-line service men and women.
Now that's the exact type of discussion that I think would be well served around this time of year. A balanced, un-emotional (as much as possible anyhow) discussion on why these conflicts occur in the first place. I'd imagine it would prompt thoughts of whether violence is ever warranted, what the real motives behind military incursions are and what can be learnt from historical conflicts to better serve our future, and hopefully, avoid the loss of life - whether people are fighting for their or others freedom or a political agenda.
Discussions aside, I still think there should be time to honour those who have fought, whether the underlying motive/cause was freedom or political, they still fought for ideals that we all subscribe to in one way or another (e.g. freedom of speech, this very blog being but one example).