"They were prepared to defend their country but not to go and fight other countries' wars."

What has happened to the soldiers of The Black Watch is so, so wrong.

I am no fan of militarism and, to be honest, suspect the motives of those who chose to go into the military.

However I have known many British soldiers through my mountaineering and have on every occasion been impressed by their calibre and integrity. It is distressing that their commitment should be squandered on such a misguided and suspect campaign as Iraq.