It’s not easy being in the SAS for the soldier or his family.
His wife and young children are at home while he’s in Afghanistan.
They prepared for his absence as best they could, including making videos of him reading stories which the children can play while he’s away.
But it’s not easy for his wife being a semi-solo mother. It’s not easy for the children who miss their father. It’s not easy for his parents, siblings, wider family and friends who miss him and worry.
It’s not easy for him either, being away for so long in a place where danger is ever present.
Thanks to Wikileaks it’s just got harder.
As Andrei says:
. . . Now Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks is basking in his moment of glory, feted by the media and casting himself as a truth teller.
But he is a traitor, whose actions will undermine the war in Afghanistan and reveal to our enemies our strategies for defeating them.
Hands up anyone thinks the world will be a better place if Afghanistan is lost?
Now if Mr Assange had revealed to the world the Taliban’s strategies and cruelties or Iranian ones that would be something.
Mind you anyone who did that would be gutted (literally not metaphorically) . . .
Leaking what is very sensitive information wasn’t striking a blow for freedom of expression; nor will it help bring peace.
It was playing politics with potentially serious consequences for the people who are trying to make a very troubled corner of the world a safer place.
Assange may have had a higher goal in mind but that will be no comfort at all to the soldier and his family for whom the war isn’t an abstract concept but a day to day reality.