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    Carpe Diem wrote:
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    The Grey Mystery wrote: I am entitled to my view echo because I fought for my freedom many years ago,so you can delete my post again if it doesnt suit you but I will still have my view,these people are just doing their job,they are not doing it well as they have won NOTHING,and will win Nothing ,people will get carried away with the day and say how great it was,I wonder if they will be so patriotic when the truth comes out about why we got involved in 2 wars we had no right to be part of
    Grey Mystery fought for his or her freedom - he or she must have had a serious head wound if he or she cannot recognise that this is a war that the civilised world must win. This is a long war against extremist islamists who know no boundaries nor normal civilised behaviour. If these people who live in 12th century diatribe are not stopped and eliminated as an influence they will consume the western world. Our soldiers are engaged in a legitimate war and long term struggle that needs full support and backing from all citizens. Anyone insulting, threatening or obstructing the troops welcome home parade should be arrested and placed in prison to reflect upon their treasonable attitudes. Remember if people opposed the taliban they were executed after substantial torture - we tend to be a little more civilised. In Australia a mad so-called mullah shiek nobody has sent letters to the families of Aussie soldiers killed in Afghanistan calling the deceased soldiers "muderers". This iranian born refugee who grabbed Aussie citizenship with both hands and probably lives off the largesse of the Aussie social security benefits has forfeited his right to remain in Aussie, a sentiment echoed by the Aussie Prime Minister. Maybe the tide is finally turning or maybe the penny has finally dropped.
    If the gist of your argument is that we have to win this war for the sake of homeland security then I think it's a flawed argument. Even if the Taleban and Al Quaeda are driven out of Afghanistan they will move to Pakistan. What then ? Does the western alliance then insist on entering Pakistan to drive them out of there ? Even if they are driven out of Pakistan by the Pakistani government they will move on - to Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea, Algeria. The truth is that our troops are engaged in an unwinnable war with no clear objective. I salute their courage and heroism but I question the reasons that they are there - and the people who cannot answer those questions are in the government - they believe that if you say things loudly and consistently then they must be true.
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17 Port and Maritime Regiment march through Southampton

1PWRR on their march through the Southampton in July

1PWRR on their march through the Southampton in July

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

HAMPSHIRE residents turned out in force today to give local soldiers a giant welcome home.

Thousands of people packed the streets of Southampton to cheer on the boys and girls of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment during their homecoming parade.

It is the first time the regiment has carried out such an event in the city since receiving the honour of the Freedom of Southampton several years ago. Their day was made that little bit extra special with a member of Royalty topping the list of invited guests.

Princess Anne the Princess Royal was in Southampton today, as colonel in chief of the regiment, which is based in Marchwood. She presented medals to a number of those from 54 Squadron who have recently returned from Afghanistan and marched in their desert kit.

They were accompanied by hundreds of their fellow soldiers, many of whom have recently come home from Iraq.

The troops formed up at 12.45pm. Following the arrival of the Princess Royal, a sail past commenced from Marchwood Military Port with a further 50 soldiers on board vessels used by the regiment on operations.

On the ground, soldiers handed out 3,000 flags to the crowds to wave as the troops exercised their right to march through their home city.

Following parade they marched up through the High Street, under the Bargate and along Above Bar. Gifts were exchanged before the soldiers were dismissed.

Children from schools on the Waterside, many who have parents or relatives in the regiment, were cheering them on with banners and posters they made themselves.

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