This Is Awful

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The British have been staunch allies for many years in many things. The most recent occasion being the war in Iraq, where Tony Blair has been steady right from the beginning. There are some things that have happened in Britain in recent years that have been disquieting, to say the least. This development is just awful. Wounded British troops are being threatened in their hospital beds. The wounded are placed in general wards because all of the military hospitals have been shut down.

A paratrooper wounded in Afghanistan was threatened by a Muslim visitor to the British hospital where he is recovering.

Seriously wounded soldiers have complained that they are worried about their safety after being left on wards that are open to the public at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham.

On one occasion a member of the Parachute Regiment, still dressed in his combat uniform after being evacuated from Afghanistan, was accosted by a Muslim over the British involvement in the country.

"You have been killing my Muslim brothers in Afghanistan," the man said during a tirade.

Because the soldier was badly injured and could not defend himself, he was very worried for his safety, sources told The Daily Telegraph.

A relative of the Para said the man had twice walked on to the ward where two other soldiers and four civilians were being treated without once being challenged by staff.

"It's not the best way to treat our returning men," he said. "They are nervous that these guys might attack them and, despite being paratroopers, they cannot defend themselves because of their injuries."

The Ministry of Defence, which said that it had no record of threatening incidents, indicated that there was a military security presence at the hospital and it co-operated closely with local police.

British troops are actually hoping that they get injured badly enough to be sent to the US Military hospital at Ramstein, Germany rather than be sent to one of Britain's National Health hospitals. Where someone could potentially walk in and attack them.

Good Lord.

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