"He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." Einstein
October has been the worst month in Afghanistan for US and Nato fatalities, and 2010 is the worst year for Afghan civilian deaths, since the invasion in 2001.
Meanwhile, the British government's savage cuts in public services have brought into sharp relief the lunacy of spending £5 billion a year on a pointless and unwinnable war, which David Cameron says will be increased in the coming years.