For some time now Stop the War has been advertising on their website that as soon as the 200th British soldier was killed in Afghanistan they would start holding naming of the dead ceremonies at memorials across Britain. You know, almost as if they were just waiting for the 200th soldier to die so they could get back in front of the cameras....
Sadly over the past week the death toll of British soldiers in Afghanistan has surpassed 200. In fact it is now at 204. May they rest in peace.
What a disgrace it was today for me to watch Tony Benn (President of Britain's Stop the War) and a few (literally) supporters use this sad milestone to slander British troops and to shed some "tears" for those who gave their life for their country. And they did it all on the steps of the very memorial that is meant to honour those who fight for freedom.
Please do not be fooled - I have attended many events organized by StW and what they care about is pushing their anti capitalist, anti freedom, anti semitic, anti American, anti Western agenda. Using the Cenotaph as a pulpit from which to promote their agenda is revolting and a slap in the face to the men and women who have died defending Britain.
Tony Benn lights up his pipe and poses for reporters on the steps of the Cenotaph in London.
Wearing a t-shirt accusing British forces of torture, this man would read off the names of dead British soldiers.
It was a small group - reporters seemed to outnumber those with StW.
Note the t-shirt the woman is wearing which reads "die letzte schlacht gewinnen wir" - "We Will Win the Final Battle." This song has become a communist revolutionary anthem; its lyrics state that homeownership should be abolished and encourage the fight against police and capitalism.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm. No surprise here.
Birds of a feather flock together. One of the two guys I saw selling the Socialist Worker on the steps of the Cenotaph, chatting up a woman wearing a t-shirt supporting the overthrow of capitalism. All in the name of 'honouring' British soldiers. Right.
The readers left a bouquet of lilies and small purple teddy bear at the Cenotaph. I am not fooled.
The cenotaph at Whitehall. May the 204 men and women who have lost their lives serving in Afghanistan rest in peace.