Letter: Arms trade scandal
Thursday 18 November 1999
Sir: As the great-granddaughter of a woman who had five of her sons killed and one paralysed in the First World War, it was with mixed feelings that I viewed the Ceremony of Remembrance.
I mourned those lost and damaged lives but I am also angry that we invest war with the mantle of respectability and glory. I am saddened that the politicians who laid the wreaths at the Cenotaph are the same ones who support an arms trade that continues to bring hurt and destruction to so many.
My great-grandmother was commended for her sacrifice, but it was known within the family that she felt that the loss of her sons was not a price that was worth paying for the inability of the human race to resolve its conflicts in a civilised way.
ALISON H MANDEVILLE
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