Keighley MP Kris Hopkins, a former soldier, speaking in yesterday’s Commons debate about the horrors of war and his contempt for the media and the armchair generals who wallow in the glory:
A friend of mine, following the first Gulf war, showed me pictures he took of the convoy attempting to escape back up to Iraq. One of the pictures was a charred, black head and a desperate hand – black and maimed – trying to leave the vehicle.
There is nothing glorious in war, there is nothing romantic about it. I would say to some members of media who have portrayed some form of entertainment about what is going on and what has gone on in previous wars – it is is just not right. I am afraid that human beings need to commit brutal, savage attacks on each other to win wars.
I feel uncomfortable about going to war. It is not a simple choice. It is a really difficult choice to contemplate.
This morning, when I was coming to work, I listened to a phone-in on BBC television. It asked a question about whether we should kill Gaddafi. People were phoning in. It was almost like a gladiatorial, thumbs-up or thumbs-down about what the populace thought. I’ve got to say I was fairly disgusted about this form of entertainment about the killing of another human, however disgusting he is.