“Speaking of the 143rd British soldier to die, in combat, in Afghanistan, the secretary for defence, John Hutton, said: ‘Corporal Nield was clearly an extremely professional Rifleman who was making a real difference in bringing stability to Afghanistan. My thoughts are with his family and his friends at this very sad time.’
Setting to one side the ascription of ‘professionalism’ – a quality I’ve always found it difficult to associate with toiling in the killing fields – let’s examine the rest of Hutton’s statement. ”
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