Rest in peace to the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, men, women and children killed by our "brave" troops.
Your use of inverted commas seems to imply that you don't believe our troops are brave. They risk their lives, as is proved by the steady flow of corpses coming back, in order to try and make the world a better place and that includes for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Seems pretty brave to me. Obviously civilian casualties are regrettable, but the soldiers do not go out to purposely kill innocent civilians.
Rest in peace, little ones. I apologise on behalf of my country, for the actions of our soldiers.
To the innocent civilians of Iraq and Afghanistan, I say sorry for the behaviour of our troops
Again, our soldiers do not set out to cause harm to innocent civilians. They are doing the best job they can in difficult conditions. I apologise for the actions of our politicians who, with dubious motives, have sent the troops into these situations.
To the mothers who have lost children. I weep for your loss and apologise from the bottom of my heart.
To the children who have been brutally murdered, maimed, and traumatised by our soldiers, or have been terrified by events you are too young to understand, or have been traumatised when you have witnessed your fathers, or brothers or those you love being beaten and murdered in front of your very eyes..... or have watched your fathers being dragged away by soldiers, and never seen alive again...... I say "sorry".
To every Iraqi or Afghan civilian who goes to bed at night, not knowing if the soldiers will come while it's dark, and kick your door in and point guns at you.... shout at you in a language you don't understand, and then commit the most awful atrocities, safe and smug in the knowledge that their own people will pin medals on their chests and consider them "heroes"..... I say "Sorry".
I disown those men. They don't do these things in my name.
Never in my name.
Our troops are also out there:
Giving medical aid to Afghan and Iraqi civilians,
Helping build infrastructure to give the people better lives,
Educating the people so they can give themselves better lives,
Protecting the civilian populations from extremist oppression.
But you disown these men. They don't do this good work in your name. Never in your name!
RIP to all the brave troops and innocent civilians that have lost their lives in all conflicts around the world.