This thread is becoming funnier and funnier. On one side we have the retired armchair general. Still fighting the good fight as it was fought a generation or two ago, yet completely oblivious of the realities on the ground. Occasionally letters are sent to newpapers and the high and mighty, giving advice and wisdom, whether it is wanted or not. I suspect, like most letters to the editor, they are read and ignored. On the other hand we have the increasingly rattled troops, fighting against the enemy with overwhelming odds and interference from political sources who have no idea of what it means to wage a war, yet are quite happy to give orders which lay to waste the future of whole generations. Why would they care, their children are not in the front line of the battlefield, tucked away as they are in a nice private school somewhere. So where does that leave things? Damned if I know! I am in a neutral country and am taking no part in this particular conflict. Cheerio and have a happy New Year.