(taken from the Daily Express: THE Ministry of Defence has been attacked for paying out almost Â£500,000 to a typist diagnosed with a form of repetitive strain injury. The revelation has led to Âmilitary chiefs being accused of treating soldiers in combat zones as second-class to civilian staff and service personnel with desk jobs. The award is almost 30 times that given to a soldier with comparative wounds resulting from combat and nine times more than service personnel would get for losing a leg. Yesterday it emerged it is not the only big claim handed out to backroom workers â€“ as new figures revealed a civilian worker was paid more than Â£200,000 for a back strain caused by lifting a printer." All our armed forces are being exploited,now more have been promised to Dafur. Politicians start wars,the pity is they do not have to fight in them, its not good enough to say that fighting is what a soldier does but he/she should not be expected to put their lives on the line with dodgy equipment etc. in any war especially those wars which are not in defence of the realm.The two conflicts mentioned have escalated out of hand and service personnel are dying needlessly because no politician who started them can stop them,they'll just go on sending young people to those hell holes, not spending enough money to make sure they are all looked after but at the same time they are still enjoying their junkets,cash shortages or not. Can any politician say how long these conflicts will last, they will hedge but not put their heads on the block,families will mourn ,a part of a generation lost in the end, for what?