Kevin Myers: However we view war, let's wish our lads a safe return
The largest deployment of Irish soldiers to a foreign war since 1945 took place over the last few weeks. Two Irish battalions of the British army -- the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Guards -- are now serving in a single battle-group in Helmand Province.
And though neither regiment is totally Irish, they both contain enough Irish soldiers to merit our real concern -- and that's before we consider the Irish Army Ordnance Officers, who are a vital part of NATO's Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams.
We have therefore every parochial reason to be interested in the Afghan war, never mind its greater global consequences.