“If you really want to support the soldiers, you need to support the cause.”

Andrew Tiernan, a captain in the Grenadier Guards who has completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, and is looking forward to returning for a third, spoke recently with his mother about his frustration with the negative reporting coming out of Helmand. Mother Tiernan then contacted the BBC, and suggested that they might like to speak with her son. The resulting interview conducted by John Humphrys can be found here.

Tiernan and his colleagues are, we are told, living and working together at close quarters with their Afghan colleagues, guarding a civilian community and ensuring that the people can go about their lives unmolested by the Taliban.

“They close their doors at night and go to bed safe in the knowledge that ISAF and Afghan national security forces are securing them.”

Nothing there about the national interests of Britain or other NATO member states.

“If you really want to support the soldiers, you need to support the cause.”

May Tiernan and his fellow soldiers continue to succeed in their mission, and return home safely following a job well done.

I support the soldiers, and the cause.