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Portslade mother refuses letter of condolence from Afghan president over soldier son's death

The Argus: Jacqui Janes Jacqui Janes

The President of Afghanistan has said he wants to write a “letter of condolence” to the mother of a soldier killed in his country.

President Hamid Karzai said he planned to write to Jacqui Janes, of Flint Close, Portslade, whose son Jamie, 20, was killed by a bomb in 2009 while in Afghanistan.

But Mrs Janes said she would not be accepting the expression of sympathy.

Guardsman Janes killed as a result of an explosion that happened while he was on a foot patrol near to Nad e-Ali district centre in central Helmand province Previously Mrs Janes made the news because then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote a letter to the family and spelt their name wrong.

President Karzai said he wanted to write to Mrs Janes following comments she made in The Sunday Times on Sunday.

In response to an article in the Sunday newspaper in which President Karzai reportedly described the Taliban as “brothers” and America as “rivals”, Mrs Janes said he was a “turncoat” and “disgusting”.

President Karzai is now claiming he was misquoted and his comments, including one which suggested it would be better if British troops had not gone to Afghanistan, were taken out of context.

A letter from Aimal Faizl, presidential spokesman from the Office of Hamid Karzai, has now been released.

The letter said: “The office of the president would like write a letter of condolence to the mother named as Jacqui Janes.”

It continued: “For people who lost their lives here we have immense sympathy.”

Speaking yesterday, Mrs Janes said she would not accept President Karzai's letter. She said: “I see this as him trying to apologise for my son's death. Well I won't accept it.

“He is playing a political game and trying to appease both the West and Afghanistan.

“What he said was awful - for Jamie, the other soldiers and the people of Afghanistan.

“He is disrespecting the memory of those who have died.”

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9:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

Forgive, but don't forget.
Forgive, but don't forget. power_ranger
  • Score: 0

9:20am Thu 6 Feb 14

monkeymoo says...

Now we are admitting defeat and retreating....Was it all worth it?
Now we are admitting defeat and retreating....Was it all worth it? monkeymoo
  • Score: 5

12:58pm Thu 6 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Good for her. We should never have gone into Afghanistan.
Good for her. We should never have gone into Afghanistan. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -2

1:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wales1973 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Good for her. We should never have gone into Afghanistan.
Well said, totally agree .
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Good for her. We should never have gone into Afghanistan.[/p][/quote]Well said, totally agree . wales1973
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wales1973 says...

power_ranger wrote:
Forgive, but don't forget.
Sure you would if it was your child ? .
[quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: Forgive, but don't forget.[/p][/quote]Sure you would if it was your child ? . wales1973
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

cookie_brighton says...

As an ex squaddie............
...WHEN is this woman going to let her son R.I.P.
As an ex squaddie............ ...WHEN is this woman going to let her son R.I.P. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 10

2:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Andy R says...

I am sorry for Mrs Janes' loss but she unfortunately doesn't seem to understand the political realities of the situation her son was pitched into.

Afghanistan has been bombed and occupied since 2001 because of what 19 men from somewhere else altogether did in New York and Washington. In fact they been bombed and occupied a lot further back than that but that's another story. Not surprisingly this means that many Afghans are not well-disposed towards the forces of occupation (whether British, US or Soviet). Karzai, who is in effect the West's puppet, knows this only too well. He also knows that Western forces are on their way out and if he is to survive (and I mean survive literally, not just politically) he needs to put as much distance between himself and those forces as he can.

As for calling the Taliban "brothers", well the West is telling him he's going to have to reach some sort of accommodation with them so what would Mrs Janes expect?

I also sincerely hope that Mrs Janes has stopped associating herself and her son's memory with various far-right groups who have no interest in her other than to make political use of her.
I am sorry for Mrs Janes' loss but she unfortunately doesn't seem to understand the political realities of the situation her son was pitched into. Afghanistan has been bombed and occupied since 2001 because of what 19 men from somewhere else altogether did in New York and Washington. In fact they been bombed and occupied a lot further back than that but that's another story. Not surprisingly this means that many Afghans are not well-disposed towards the forces of occupation (whether British, US or Soviet). Karzai, who is in effect the West's puppet, knows this only too well. He also knows that Western forces are on their way out and if he is to survive (and I mean survive literally, not just politically) he needs to put as much distance between himself and those forces as he can. As for calling the Taliban "brothers", well the West is telling him he's going to have to reach some sort of accommodation with them so what would Mrs Janes expect? I also sincerely hope that Mrs Janes has stopped associating herself and her son's memory with various far-right groups who have no interest in her other than to make political use of her. Andy R
  • Score: 9

3:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

She should demand an apology from that slimy professional liar Blair.
She should demand an apology from that slimy professional liar Blair. The Prophet of Doom
  • Score: 2

8:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ARMANA says...

All the soldiers that died over there, were wasted lives, nothing ever changes in these countries,there 2,000 years behind the times, drunk with religion, there best left to the deserts & scorpions they live with, I hope the Janes can find some peace,
All the soldiers that died over there, were wasted lives, nothing ever changes in these countries,there 2,000 years behind the times, drunk with religion, there best left to the deserts & scorpions they live with, I hope the Janes can find some peace, ARMANA
  • Score: 2

10:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

The Real Phil says...

Every soldier sent to Afghanistan is a death waiting to happen. How can anyone believe that a pith pot country such as ours can invade and defeat the nation that stood up to and repelled the (then) mighty Russian Empire?
As a nation, we shall leave defeated, disgraced and thoroughly shamed. No, we should never have followed America into this and the following war in Iraq which we now know (according to Hansard) was because Tony Blair "wanted to be George W Bush's Monica".
RIP to every soldier killed by this mass murdering egomaniac.
Every soldier sent to Afghanistan is a death waiting to happen. How can anyone believe that a pith pot country such as ours can invade and defeat the nation that stood up to and repelled the (then) mighty Russian Empire? As a nation, we shall leave defeated, disgraced and thoroughly shamed. No, we should never have followed America into this and the following war in Iraq which we now know (according to Hansard) was because Tony Blair "wanted to be George W Bush's Monica". RIP to every soldier killed by this mass murdering egomaniac. The Real Phil
  • Score: 2

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