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Lynda Holmes: Military families are speaking out against war

Issue No. 2049

Lynda Holmes

Lynda Holmes

April has been a bloody month for British troops in Iraq. Twelve soldiers have been killed and scores wounded – the highest monthly figure since the invasion four years ago.

Lynda Holmes from Military Families Against the War has a son serving in Afghanistan. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the growing mood of anti-war anger among soldiers and their families.

'The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are catastrophic – the troops should be protecting our country, not fighting for oil,' she said.

'At first the people in Iraq and Afghanistan welcomed the troops – but now even the children are throwing bricks and bottles. There's a backlash in both countries to our presence there. It's time to bring our troops home.

'I work in a paediatric unit that is £20 million in debt – and facing massive cuts. They have money for war, but not for the NHS.

'Many serving soldiers and military families are now signing petitions calling for the troops to be brought home. They're speaking out in greater numbers – lots of people are very unhappy.

'The truth is that it is ordinary people who are supporting our troops, not the politicians. I hope the Labour Party gets slaughtered in this week's elections.

'There are many military families who say Prince Harry should go to Iraq so that the royal family can feel the fear of the knock on the door, or the telephone call at night.

'But the truth is that his presence will only mean that our troops will become an even bigger target. We need to bring all our soldiers home.'

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Tue 1 May 2007, 19:22 BST
Issue No. 2049
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