About

Joe Glenton is a journalist and author with a focus on defence, security and war. He is also a British Afghanistan veteran.

Joe served in Afghanistan, Africa and the UK. He was the first British soldier to refuse to serve in Afghanistan on legal and moral grounds. Threatened with years in prison, he challenged and beat charge of desertion, which was withdrawn by the military before trial to avoid a public examination of the War on Terror.

His work has appeared in the Independent and the Guardian newspapers, The Huffington Post, New Internationalist, Souciant Magazine, Vice and Military History Monthly. Joe is a regular commentator on TV and radio.

Joe wrote, narrated and presented a four-part series called The Soldier Myth which draws on the testimonies of recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as well as historians, academics, activists and family members of those killed in the wars.

His first book Soldier Box was published by Verso Books in 2013. Joe is now researching a second book on the history of soldier worship and the political use of the “hero soldier” myth.

He is a member of the frankly awesome and rapidly expanding organization Veterans For Peace UK and of Front Lines International, a project which aims to bring together Occupiers and Occupied.

When not writing, Joe taunts BBC interviewers, craves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and reads Flashman. He dislikes jingoism and fears revolving doors.

He lives in London and tweets @joejglenton


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    • Nice one, Fazz. ‘Where’s me booyets?’ Hope you’e well, mate. Book is out end of the year. ARSSE says this is all written by someone else! Imagine that, soldiers saying soldiers are to daft to write. Muppets. Come by!

    • I was also not frontline……..
      You know what ..seeing Chinook copters coming in every week with body bags or stretchers and saying goodbye to good lads at the memorial service hit me more than seeing brothers blasted by IED out on the ground..The pshycology of loss and understanding of end of life affects people in different ways…
      Very proud of the good work the boys n girls are doing have done and will do.
      All in the name of fellow soldiers primarily, not the arse politicians and their vote based decisions.

  1. Dear Joe Glenton,

    May we have permission to print “Why I refused to return to fight in Afghanistan’s brutal occupation” in the summer issue of the War Crimes Times? The War Crimes Times is a quarterly print publication of Veterans For Peace (www.VeteransForPeace.org), a non-profit educational organization of veterans working together for peace and justice through nonviolence. The War Crimes Times, distributed at no charge to its readers, provides information on war and the war crimes that invariably accompany war, the need to hold war criminals accountable, the many costs of war, the effects of our war culture on our national character, and the efforts of the many peace activists who seek to abolish war. Our contributors include journalists, legal experts, poets, artists, and veterans speaking from experience.

    P.S. A brand new VFP chapter was just formed in the UK.

    • Hi, there.

      You certainly have my permission, I think you might need to request it from the Guardian Comment is Free. As far as I’m concerned you are welcome to it.

      Best

      J.

      • Hi Joe,

        Thanks again for permission to use your article. The Guardian said it was okay, too. We’ve just printed the summer issue of the War Crimes Times. We’d like to send you a copy if you’ll respond with your mailing address.

  2. Dear Joe, I’m trying to contact you to request your help on something. Could you reply to my email? Many thanks!

  3. Hello Joe!
    Thank you so much for writing this. The jingoism around this war is intolerable.
    My boyfriend has just been deployed to Afghanistan for the second time with the Danish army. He wanted to go. It’s like a safari, for him.

    The relatives’ webpage is really something…. there’s a booklet for the children and a booklet for the wives and they’re really the same booklet but the wives’ has a bit about “securing freedom”. (If that was their aim, why set an exit date before it is achieved?)

    The juxtaposition between the children’s “This is the cookhouse, this is the YMCA tent” information and the update that someone had been badly injured is stark and yet no one comments on it. I tell a lie, one person put a comment advising the children’s characters to “be careful”. I kid you not.

    The wives’ group go on and on about flag parades and other jingoistic nonsense. They say that we shouldn’t tell our partners how hard deployment is for us because it will destroy their “mood”. I am the only pacifist in the village. There’s no dissent. No critical thinking.

    I refused to go to the information meeting because I knew I’d cause trouble once they had to say “We’re in Afghanistan because…”

    It’s all set up to funnel these boys into shoring up US corporate interests and they’re all complicit. Lying about the reasons for war, lying about the reasons against the war (from political to personal). And what do we even get out of it? A bit of money?

    For my part, and this is vicious actually, while telling my boyfriend how I felt (before he left), I said it would hurt so much more if he died because it would have been for absolutely nothing. That he would have given up his life (or a leg or an eye or an arm), for fighting a war they have already written off and never had any justification for. He said that was harsh but I am glad I said it to him.

    I am going to try to pull him out of the army when he gets back, he says he wants to. We’ll see.

    Anyway, thanks for writing and well done for standing up for your beliefs, it’s all too easy to go with the flow.
    Kelly

    • Its hard on families I know. Well done for having the argument with him, a lot of people don’t get that far.

      Shame to hear of jingoistic Danes, they are some of my favourite people and they always seem very sensible.

      Its a battle for hearts and minds. And its easier in a group, keep me informed. Nice blog.

  4. I fail to see where your “legal, contractual right” comes in to place?

    A conscientious objector is somebody who objects to being conscripted into the armed forces on the grounds of a deeply held conviction- the phase most certainly does not apply to a serving soldier who has already taken the Queen’s shilling but then refuses to earn it.

    Also it is no secret about un-volunteering. Most toms call this “signing off” or “seven clicks to heaven” the proper and legitimate way of leaving the armed forces.

    The thing that gets me is you know nothing of war. Your role in the army was not even a combat one. Untill you have truely been out there and seen what is happening your opinion is almost worthless of the true events of Afghanistan.

    • The legal and contractual right is literally that. Signing off is an entirely different process.

      In reality, a conscientious objection can either be general – even if formed after joining – or specific with regards to an individual conflict. You are entitled to have your objection heard by law, this was denied to me.

      The queens shilling is an unhelpful bit of rhetoric and has no value here. Had the army fulfilled its obligation , respected harmony guidelines and let me leave it wouldn’t even have been an issue. But hey ho.

      The not knowing anything ‘of war’ comment is at best fatuous. Having been to Afghanistan, by your logic, my view is considerably less ‘worthless’ then a whole range of people in public life and policy making with whom you would probably agree. That’s not even controversial.

      The idea that you have to have done a specific job on tour to understand it is again fatous. Its just a weak argument. If that was the case, how would you explain your own position?

      Nonethless, thanks for your interest in my blog and look out for my book, Soldier Box, which is out next year published by Verso and my documentary about soldiers and the war on terror, it’ll be on Sky in a couple of months.

    • I was infantry, so were most of my friends including Ben Griffin former SAS. I agree with Joe and you will find that many other ex-soliders do. The level of corruption and profiteering from war is sickening. The number of people that died in Iraq is horrifying and in the name of what? Democracy, I think not, upon closer inspection it is clear to see that Iraq was no threat to us, but the threat of changing the currency in which iraqi oil was sold was a threat to the US economy.

      The insurgency was nothing more than the idiocracy of the governments. Why would you deny a man like Maqtadar Al Sadar from being apart of the political process when the majority of those living in Basrah supported him. They were left with no other choice but to do what comes naturally, defend your land. The occupation was immoral and non justifiable.

      In Afganistan the rare earth minerals would appear to be the true initiator of the occupation there. Don’t be fooled by what you are told, research the history and chain of events that lead to what has become. The US is a bully on a gigantic scale, do as they say or pay the price. We get dragged in everytime. Tony Blair could not reist securing his name in history and it still baffles me today why he is the middle east peace envoy. All humans have the right to object to what they feel is wrong.

    • I disagree with your argument that Joe’s opinion about the situation in Afghanistan is ”worthless”, and I say that as an Afghan who opposes the war.

      He was not only part of the military system, but he witnessed first hand the reality of Afghanistan, so I’d say his experience is nothing short of valuable.

      As a refugee that was forced to leave Afghanistan I didn’t have to be actively involved in ”combat” to know what the fuck happened in my country, and what continues to happen today.

      Regarding conscientious objection, if it does not legally include serving soldiers, then it damn well should. There are a number of American veterans (combat soldiers, if that makes a difference) that refused to redeploy on moral grounds and have since fled to Canada, now unable to return to the States. They deserve every right to say no to something they no longer support.

      If we’re going to get picky about the law or legal contracts, then we should start at the root of the problem, which is acknowledging that it was a criminal war to begin with.

  5. Why have you deleted my post? Is it because I pointed out a gross error in your description of your self and the things you have done?

      • No need to apologise, all posts are welcome as long as they present an argument and aren’t just slack-jawed, trolling, right-wing rants. Which yours wasn’t.

      • From what I understand (possibly wrong here) you did not tell the army you opposed the war until you went AWOL? If so then you I believe that the punishment was correct. However if you voiced your concerns about disagreeing with war before hand and explaining that you think it is morally wrong and the military ignored you. I could forgive you going AWOL.

      • Well, your second version is more or less accurate.

        I came back from tour having changed my views. I was protected by harmony, but couldn’t yet sign off as I has only been in the field army for a year (I was promoted early, hence lance-jack). Had the army fulfilled its obligations, I had planned to sign off and leave normally.

        When I was told I was going to redeploy, I immediately raised my objections. These were ignored and I was personally attacked by members of my chain of command. Had I been fit to, I would have been in a position to fight it more effectively. However, I had already begun to manifest PTSD from my experiences on tour (so much for being a REMF). This PTSD was later diagnosed by one Dr. Lars Davidson, who testified to that effect at my courts martial. Shortly after that, having tried to raise my objection and get treatment for the PTSD and having been denied on both counts, I went AWOL.

        Again, although a lot of people take your position, the facts of the case are in the public realm and easily accessible. They’ll be collated in my book, however, which should set the record straight.

        As you’ve no doubt experienced in your own career, it’s very often the heads of sheds letting the blokes down, rather then the other way around.

  6. Andrew, your comment of “not knowing anything of war” is, I agree with Joe, fatuous. No doubt you politely complied with policy decisions of Cameron and Fox, and others who have never experienced combat, without a what why or how. Joe has seen the suffering of Afghans first hand and quite frankly I take note of his experiences 1000 times more than the clueless policy makers who nonchalantly send soldiers to die.

    • I was in the army for 10 years. I served on the front line. Like it or not I saw the benefits of actions. Little girls being able to go to school is one. Something that would never of happened with the Taliban in power. Improvements to infrastructure and medical care.

      Joe may have seen the sufferings of the Afghans. However this is mostly the Taliban. You could argue that if we were not there that they would not be suffering from the hands of the Taliban because there would be no war. Wrong again. The Afghani people were always suffering from the hands of the Taliban.

      The main problem is Joe never saw that side of it. The positives. Yes there are always going to be negatives. It’s a war. Wars are never positive but the out come can be.

      Now I am a Labour through and through. I don’t support the Tories as I think they are destroying our armed forces with the cuts. Moral in the armed forces is at a low and believe this is a contributing factor.

      As my comment being fatuous. Joe was in the RLC working in either Bastion or Kandahar. He was never a front line soldier. The only war he saw was what ever he was asked to move around. He is a guy who never saw combat or the front line. I agree with my original statement. He knows nothing of war. He may know about the logistics of war. But that is where his knowledge probably finishes. Oh there are plenty of books he can learn from and form an opinion.

      I agree war is bad. I live in the real world. Sometimes it cannot be avoided. My only criticism of the any war is. …… If you are going to it, then do it properly. Which I think we have not always done done through out the afghan war. But I will never regret going. I’m proud to have gone. I know why I went. I know what I was doing.

      I don’t mind that Joe opposes it. I can even sympathise with some of his reasons. I just don’t like the way he left the army. It was cowardly. He could have signed off. 9 out of 10 times that puts an end to any deployments as a leaving soldier must spend his last 6 months in the uk or Germany. He went AWOL. It is normal to be sent to Colchester for going AWOL. Yet he tried fighting it. The old saying “if you can’t do the time …….” well you know what I’m getting at.

      • Hi, Andrew
        Just to come back on your points, I’ve tried to put them in a vague structure, but bear with me and hopefully I’ve covered everything.
        Okay, I think there is a broad consensus here that where and how long you served means very little when we’re discussing the geopolitical context of the Afghan occupation. I often rebuke the same argument from people who tell me that I know because ‘…I served there…’ the idea that service or experience are somehow the only valid qualifiers is just anti-intellectual in my view.
        So, in rough order…
        It’s an interesting fact that the Taliban, reprehensible though their politics are, are not the six-headed, baby-eating monsters they are claimed to be. There were many occasions when they did precisely what you are claiming they didn’t. They allowed aid agencies in, not least because, like any despotic regime, they were keen to gain any kind of legitimacy they could. Doctors and engineers were given access, though not nearly enough.
        We should also bear in mind that the Taliban are in every sense a creation of western interests, as well as having been applauded by the west and dealt by the west, often to the detriment of Afghanistan’s women, over a period of years.
        One obvious example would be their doctrine, they are paid-up wahhabists, which is that vicious off-shoot of Islam that developed in Saudi Arabia, a country under a dictatorship precisely as vicious to women as the Taliban were and yet, still, blessedly free of intervention by the west. Incidentally, the Saudi regime is also has considerably stronger links with Al Qaeda then the Taliban ever did.
        I guess this also covers the point that most of the suffering of the Afghan people is due to the Taliban, given that the Taliban were a product not of some quirk of Afghan geography or Islam, but a planned, managed, funded effort by the US and Britain.

        One additional point may be required here. Up until 2006, when I was there, there was no insurgency of note. When the 3 Para battle group arrived, hostilities ensued anew. The insurgency, and its impacts on local people, is a ‘response’ to the re-escalation. Whatever the politics of the resistance, Islamism/communist/liberal, whatever, it can only be understood a ‘resistance’. Young men are taking up the rifle to drive out a foreign invader and resist a foreign-imposed regime which has no legitimacy.

        Hence, the argument that ‘it is mostly the Taliban’ falls apart before we even get onto the statistics.

        On the subject of women and little girls.
        To start with the history, great powers do not invade and occupy countries to help women and little girls.
        The Taliban were kept in power by the US, applauded for their role a freedom fighter, all the while abusing women. One of Obama’s military aids recently pointed out that when planning foreign policy in Afghanistan the president cannot be distracted by the ‘…trivial fate of women…’.
        In fact, in the US there are 47 million people with the very minimum of healthcare; we must assume half of those are women. So if the US treats its own women like that, its wishful thinking to expect it to treat afghan women any better.
        In Afghanistan, AFTER ten years of occupation it remains the worst place on be a female on the face of the earth. It has the highest infant (and I believe) maternal mortality rates in the world.
        Karzai, a man as bad as mullah Omar on women’s right and stooge of foreign powers, has passed a law allowing rape of women by their husbands.
        So while I am sure there are more young girls in education in Afghanistan and I’m sure that it is almost entirely incidental and no doubt has lots of media value for the most cynical ends.
        The point being the invasion of Afghanistan has not improved the conditions of women or little girls, precisely because it was not meant to improve the conditions of women.
        US imperialism is not in the business of helping women. Though Suraia who’s chipped in with a comment and her friend Mitra, another displaced Afghan woman, are much better positioned to reflect on women in Afghanistan. Also there is a young woman name Malalai Joya who writes and lectures extensively on the topic of Afghan women and I’d highly recommend her.
        Labour
        Okay. By any stretch, Labour is no longer a party of the left in a meaningful sense. They are a neoliberal party and they also initiated this conflict. Fox and Cameron are interchangeable with Blair, Brown and Bob Ainsworth. That’s not to say their increasingly diminished pool of voters don’t hold to the, often admirable, values they’ve always had. It’s to say that labour, as a political entity, does not represent those people. They are almost inseparable from the Coalition government in any meaningful sense. And certainly with regards to foreign policy.

        I think we’ve put the front-line debate to rest already. But again, you literally don’t ‘have to be there’ to understand the situation. That sounds like something clichéd that Vietnam vets say in films.
        War
        War is bad. I agree completely, but I am not a pacifist by any stretch. The question, then, is how we ensure that wars are only fought when absolutely necessary, for survival, when there is an existential threat and so on.
        That is what Just War Theory is meant to cover. Now there another whole essay on that stuff. But, for me, Afghanistan fails to tick a single box in terms of Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello (justice in the war and justice of the war).
        Moreover, when I went to courts martial we relied heavily on just war theory in my arguments. The army dropped the charges like a hot gimpy barrel, need I say more…
        I’ve already covered the circumstances of my leaving in the other post.
        However, in terms of doing the time. It’s interesting that I had one charge for AWOL\desertion and then continued to court other charges by speaking out publically. Every charge for speaking to the media (under the new armed forces act) got me charged again for disobeying orders. Under the new act those charges were worth (potentially) ten years each, so consider for a moment why, if I am a coward and couldn’t do the time, would I risk even more time by continuing to speak out against the war.
        I would suggest that it’s because I really believe the war is illegitimate, illegal and unjustified and I was willing to go to prison for a longer sentence to prove it. Cowards, by my estimation, seldom stake their liberty on points of principal, especially when they have nothing to gain beyond maintaining those principles. I can’t imagine you would not agree with that.

        For example, how many times have you – i’m assuming you were at least a junior NCO – defied a senior nco or officer over mistreatment or mismanagement of the blokes whose welfare is your concern. I’d imagine, as i did, you’ve done that many times. What I did was exactly that, they people with executive power were sending men I knew, personally, to Afghanistan, per chance to die for what i beleived was an unjust and unworthy cause.

        Some of them did die and some more of them likely will before this grotesque occupation is over.

  7. Also please don’t think I’m a troll. You will find that I have a different opinion of the war than you do. Everyone has an opinion. I enjoy hearing, talking, and debating with people with various views. I actually enjoy this kind of thing. I just might learn something new……or not.

    I apologise for any spelling or grammatical errors. I have just gotten an iPad and I am still getting used to typing with it.

    If I say something you find insulting I apologise. I don’t mean to.

    • Its clear your not a troll, don’t worry. And don’t worry about grammatical errors, I have plenty. Yes, its always rewarding to discuss these things rationally, particularly with other veterans.

      Though to be fair, i don’t mind heated debate and the army is all about ad hominem. One of the few things I miss is the humour.

  8. No I don’t think you’re trolling or insulting. I think your viewpoint is very interesting actually.

    Having said that, I don’t find the “I’ve been to war, you haven’t, therefore my arguments trump yours” line of reasoning very helpful. There are countless Afghans who have suffered the occupation and are on record as condemning it (e.g. see Malalai Joya). I’m more interested in what they have to say about their own suffering than what you have to say about it.

    “You could argue that if we were not there that they would not be suffering from the hands of the Taliban because there would be no war. Wrong again. The Afghani people were always suffering from the hands of the Taliban.”

    Really? The reason the Taliban are there in the first place is because the USA, with the UK’s support, funded and armed the Mujahadeen in the 80s. The UK has been callously invading Afghanistan repeatedly since the 19th Century. Then in the 80s, the USA joined in with our support in a war that killed around a million people. We have ripped that country to shreds. It is a backward and brutal country because we’ve been grinding it into the ground for over a century and haven’t allowed it to develop.

    And what of this latest war that you’re so proud of? You really think it’s getting rid of the Taliban? The Taliban and Islamist warlords run much of the country and will continue to do so after we leave. No right minded person ever thought we could get rid of the Taliban. At present, the country is tenuously ruled by a corrupt Western puppet, Karzai, who get elected through fraud. But the Taliban will probably push him out of power before long.

    This latest war has achieved nothing except killing 60,000 people and creating millions of refugees.

    This war is about money and resources, straight up. And I’m happy to explain why. It’s not cowardly to go awol from this war, it’s cowardly to be a part of it.

  9. Hi I just came across your story on Youtube. I really admire your courage to say ‘no’ to the government – it must be hard considering all the peer pressure surrounding you, and the very real threat of punishment for going AWOL (that you eventually faced). I can only wish you happiness in the years to come, and I hope you will find something you love to do. :) x

    • Thanks, Very kind of you to say so. I am now pursuing politics, writing and journalism as a career, with a particular angle on pissing of the establishment and debunking the propaganda around these wars. I have a book out in May.

      Nuf Respek.

      J.

  10. Devils in the detail. I enjoyed that article. Truely. It has hit a nerve. It touches on something that currently makes my blood boil and evokes a lot of questions. I may not agree with your politics or opinions but you started a subject close to my heart and as a beraved Margret Evison said to me”If you are going to war then you should do it properly”
    What i’m getting at is the suppy and logistical problem in Afghanistan and the stratergies being employed. As you were once apart of that supply chain you are moreaware of the pro lems and may be able to shed some light to a few questions I have. If you are able to see my email address I would appreciate it if you could vet in touch to discuss a few things. If not is there some way I could send you my number privately?

    This time I am not trolling (yes that is an admission of guilt for previous threads) and I believe I moght be able to help you with your lottle quest if it helps me get some answes.

    Andrew

    • Sorry for the typos I am writing from my iPhone which is a useless piece of crap that frustrates the hell out of me.

      • Don’t worry about typos. Follow me on twitter and direct message from there. If it’s reference equipment, I had a letter of commendation from the father of Sgt. Ben Knight – a Crab – who was killed in the dodgy Nimrod that went down. Twitter: @Joejglenton

        Things like that highlight exactly how much value the govt, for example, place on servicemen’s lives. So much for ‘Our Heroes deserving the best’

        Which quest are we talking about?

  11. I am glad to hear about your book and from reading some of the comments it sounds as if you are doing good things, Joe. May I just try and add a few thoughts, please.

    I am a woman, I have not been and hope, as I live in England, never to have to experience war first hand; my Mother (still alive at 101 years) was in the Air Transport Auxiliary as the PA to the training school in WW2 (so-called), then as a Red Cross Welfare officer in a hospital for the British allies in Cairo, and my Father was, I believe, with Montgomery in Egypt. I myself studied, through the pre and post war literature in French and German many protest novels about war – through the ages if you include writers like Goethe, I have also had the privilege of visiting many countries through my work in the 70s and 80s, including the Sudan, Egypt and relatively small parts of South America. I have also had the privilege of talking about some of the 20th century wars with survivors. We are asked to remember the message of those who did not survive WW 1 which I sometimes think we misremember. The message surely was: don’t let anything like this happen again. Yet if we look back and then look at what is happening now and what weapons are at the disposal of our politicians now: it is still happening and being justified and being imposed on those who have no vote in the matter. Democracy? Where is there a true democracy fit for our modern world.

    Having supported the United Nations Association -UK and Stop the War and the Abolish war movements and the Global Women Strike network, I believe strongly that it is not only possible but increasingly urgent that the world finds and makes use of all the legal and preventative ways to “abolish war”.

    I would like, very humbly, to point out to all who contemplate joining the
    military where there is no conscription: you are not being asked to be willing to die to protect, but you are being asked to be willing to kill to protect. It seems to me there is a crucial difference which no politician is pointing out to you. Maybe your military commanders do sometimes, I don’t know. As for “pacifism”: I doubt any civilian knows whether they would be in certain situations. As a woman, as a Mother, as a self admitted physical coward and probably a moral one too, and as someone who has thought about this for several years now, all I can say about myself is: if ever I was in a situation of facing someone with a gun/bomb or whatever, I just don’t know what I would do. Probably, in a direct situation like that none of us “civilians” would be a coolly thought through “pacifist” if we were given a gun to protect ourselves. I also think that dilemma is sometimes much more difficult if you are in such a position with someone like your child or other close, vunerable relative.

    But that is not a reason to condone or support what is happening now. None of us shoul listen to any politician or religious leader of any colour, creed or personal charm who takes one step down this road towards an “armed solution”. History has shown, and recent history has shown again and again, there is ultimately no such thing as a “Just War” .

    As for situations like Syria – why are we in the UK not out on the streets, outside the Embassies, outside any building of Syrian connected organisations protesting? Better still why do we not just take the march and the rally and put ourselves between all the sides? What happened to the people that went in the bus to Iraq to try and stop the war/invasion? It seems to me we probably all need the courage to do something like that now – can you imagine it?

    Millions of ordinary people from every nation making their way to where war/conflict is and just by their presence stopping it. Let’s start imagining that. It was rumoured that Jack Straw really thought “their political game” was up on February 15 when the streets of London were heaving with the millions (and it did feel like two million or whatever; I was there, too). I think we could have stopped the UK joining in with the USA; after all we did not with Vietnam. Well, even fascist or dictator systems might quake if millions of peace tourists suddenly flew in and stood outside their bunker!

    Thank you for reading this. I hope it makes some sense to all who do read it. Good luck Joe and everyone. I am hoping 2013 will be a more peaceful, gentler world, especially for all women and vunerable people who are suffering so. LPM

  12. Hi Joe,

    We’re working on a film installation entiltled ‘Conscription’ by artist Caglar Kimyoncu. Briefly, it explores the call-up to military service for people who don’t ‘fit the mould’. If possible, we would really like to get you involved in the project. Would you be open to setting a date in your busy schedule to meet with us? You can find out a bit more about what’s happening at our website: http://www.filmpro.net/conscription.

    Best Wishes

  13. Dear Joe,

    Hope you are fine and in the best of your health.

    I am Mariam, a student and a researcher. I am really inspired by your views and struggles and I salute your efforts. I need your help in a research project. i can send you the details, but i don’t have your email id. kindly contact me at maiyan@live.com. Please consider.

    Thank you very much for your time and consideration

    Anxiously waiting for your reply

    Kind regards,
    Mariam

  14. Dear Joe: I am from Sweden and I totally agree with you views. It is not a “War on Terror”. Rather, it is a “War of Terror”. I am proud of you!!! All people should be treated equally.

  15. Hi Joe I read all about you and keep going with what u did now.
    Hope everything ok with you and I seem your interview on bbc just now.
    Take care.

  16. Dear Mr Glenton,
    My name is Monte Jaffe and having just seen your interview on Hardtalk, I want to congratulate you. I agree with you completely. I am an American citizen and during the VietNam war I was confronted with a problem similar to yours. In my case when I was called to war, I refused to go and went underground for several years in NY city. Eventually the military found me and I was called before the draft board. I arranged a “psychological deferment.” The military killed people, I didn’t. Who was psychologically disturbed?
    Again, congratulations!
    Sincerely,
    Monte Jaffe

  17. Dear Joe, I was very interested to read your book. Thank you for writing it. I have no comment to make on the main topics as my education about the modern army and about the war in Afganistan has come largely from your book. So I am too ignorant to comment. You clearly enjoy travel and I wonder if you hope to explore Afganistan after the war. All the best, whatever you do. May your writing always be accurate. But may I ask something trivial? I wondered what prompted your comment towards the end, about why you left the labour party? I facebooked that comment and hoped a friend would suggest an explanation for it, but as none did, I’ll ask you.

    • Hi, Rachel. Sorry for the delay. I’m glad you liked the book. To answer you, I was never in the Labour party and never would be. I was involved in an activist group to the left of labour and my experiences there are what I am riffing about in the book. J.

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