Andrew Pierce is Leading Britain's Conversation.
10 March 2017, 12:59
The Iraq Veteran's Message You Need To Hear
This Iraq veteran says the debate about Tony Blair is distracting us from the real story of the Iraq War: those who lost their lives in the conflict.
Andy from Slough served in Iraq twice and he has a very simple message: instead of talking about Tony Blair, let's talk about the soldiers who died there.
@mrjamesob Call of the week from Andy.— Lane (@LaneThomaHewitt) March 10, 2017
"Don't forget," said Andy. "Forget me, I'm alive. I get to go to bed every night.
"Don't forget the blokes who died."
It really stuck a chord with James O'Brien and a lot of his listeners too. It also prompted the LBC presenter to ask this question: "When you hear people going after Tony Blair and saying it was wrong, does that make it harder to remember the blokes who died?"
Andy: "I think it takes focus away.
"It's an illegal war, fine. But at the end of the day there's not a single soldier who went who thought: this is an illegal war.
"They went because that was their job. But they went with a moral compass firmly set, on their person.
"Every single one of them did their job well and true.
"Don't forget the ones who died."
@mrjamesob - a truly moving and profound radio broadcast. Thank you for the last hour !— Mi Big Boy Rice (@MiRice001) March 10, 2017
Watch the full interview here:
Iraq Veteran's Moving Call To James: In Full
Iraq veteran Andy's remarkable call to James O'Brien in full.