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Bishop: Increase funding of Afghan war

Catholic World News - April 30, 2010

Speaking at the funeral of Welsh soldier Jonathan Burgess, Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia-- who served as Great Britain’s military bishop from 2002 to 2008-- called for increased funding of the Afghan war.

Bishop Burns preached:

Jonathan is the kind of young man we need in Britain today. We cannot afford to lose him and others like him.

To our politicians and civil servants, I ask these questions: When will Afghan institutions rise out of the dust to take responsibility for their own affairs? When will there be a surge in funding to achieve this and the ongoing military support to bring it about? To pay for better military vehicles, more and better helicopters and better intelligence, all of which are so badly needed. If this were done, surely this will mean fewer lives will be sacrificed in the future?

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