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Sunday, August 20, 2006

The hardest job?

After watching all the coverage on the TV about the terror plots in the UK it made me think about what was going on in the world. I am a big supporter of our Armed Forces and those who work to keep us safe, they really have an unenviable task. They face a storm of protests and hassle whilst putting their lives on the line, and often paying the ulimate price.

a few months ago after the Forest Gate mistake it seemed that the police had got it wrong - there were protests and anger at what had happened. Thankfully no one was killed but it left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. The recent terror plot to blow up planes brought everything back into perspective. As I watched it unfold on the TV over the last few weeks I realised how lucky we were to catch those people before the unthinkable happened. Politics aside, I can't think why someone would kill so many people and what purpose that would serve.

I grew up in the 80's & 90's when the IRA were still bombing mainland England. Although these attacks seemed savage and unnecessary there weren't anything in comparison to what has happened in today's world. The aim of the terrorists who were willing to blow themselves up in the futile hope that the whole world will become some Islamic state is plain daft. It will never happen, but I don't think that they know it.

Since 9/11 the whole world has changed. Things had been simmering before that but it wasn't until the terrorists hijacked the planes and killed so many people that people took notice and realised what was going on. It was a shock for everyone, including the security services (depending on what you read), who for decades had been dealing with the soviet threat in the cold war.

Since I was small I've always had a fascination with anything military or connected with the secret service. Maybe it was the Action Men I played with or the Bond films I watched, but this fascination has followed me as I've grown up. My father in law served in the army, my Grandad served in Egypt in WWII in the Royal Artillery and later on in Israel as part of the British Mandate. Maybe it's the kit that they get (all those gadgets), maybe it's the heroic exploits that gets me, I don't know. There is something that captures my interest.

I'm so glad that we live where we do and have people who are prepared to put their lives on the line for us. Whether it's in the armed services or in the shadowy world of the secret service. I think they deserve our respect and support because their job is tough enough.

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