A senior lecturer would say to us- the point or argument cannot stand unless it has been exposed to scrutiny. If I agree or not is not the point - I could remind people that we have been in Afghanistan before now and we have always been sent home. I can talk of the defence of Hougoumont Farm. Many children of the Victorian era would have known about these events in history. Another era produces history which is of more interest to that age and their young who hear the tales. We are in time moving away from the events that my father served and my mother lost a brother. My father a pre war regular thought the war was an abomination - I can hand on heart say he never watched a war film, he would say -' was there from day one at the full dress rehearsal!' To the young of today other events are more relevant - one of my granddaughters asked me about Northern Ireland and other places -truth? Just like my father I look back at an abomination - visited on some of the most generous, bright and hospitable people. I have spent a lifetime - 14 year old cadet/TA/regular army and back home to the TA as a 55 year old desk jockey training officer now retired. Problem is with many people they mistake history for glorification and truth be told, some - tend to glorify what is after all the worst of human failings. Many more people today are anti war, right or wrong only time will tell, we have to accept that. Some will say we must look at past events to prevent them happening again, there is not a wealth of proof for this theory - the war to end all wars, was not! This is just one of the arguments that needs a reply. We cannot just demand the study of something because we make a study of it.