From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Old soldier warns poppy being devalued
Sunday 11 November 2012
The real message of the red poppy and remembrance day is being lost, according to a former SAS soldier.
Mr Griffin served eight years in the parachute regiment before quitting on moral grounds and and is now a London ambulance driver.
He said: “War is nothing like a John Wayne movie. There is nothing heroic about being blown up in a vehicle, there is nothing heroic about being shot in an ambush and there is nothing heroic about the deaths of countless civilians.
“Calling our soldiers heroes is an attempt to stifle criticism of the wars we are fighting in.
“It leads us to that most subtle piece of propaganda: You might not support the war but you must support our heroes, ergo you support the war.”
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