““I’d say morale’s at an all-time low – mostly because of Afghanistan now, nobody knows why we are at either place, and I believe the troops need to know why they are there, or we should pull out, and this is a unanimous feeling, even for folks who are pro-war.”
Fort Hood soldier.
There was only one talking point today – the shootings at Fort Hood.
At the meeting we talked about some of the things you are talking about ; starting with morale.
We wondered how somebody about to start a tour of duty in Afghanistan would be feeling right now.
Somebody said they are professional soldiers – no-one is being conscripted, that’s just the way it goes and sometimes, horrible things happen.
Others thought the central issue was stress, and that perhaps the governments concerned were asking too much of their troops.
There was a suggestion that we restrict the programme to hearing from soldiers and their families only.
Ros suggested there may be a law of diminishing returnes when it comes to long conflicts.
Heba, Ros and Krupa sais there’s been a lot of online chat about a possible – possible – “Muslim backlash” and Heba cited this Huffington Post article., which talks of Muslim groups “bracing” for a “wave of anger”.
Here’s a good blog on how the story was covered.
Some or all of these discussions may or may not interest you….we’ll try to reflect the ones you do think are relevant on today’s show.