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A shared sacrifice

August 21, 2009

Re "Where Britons gather to grieve," Aug. 19

Thank you for your moving article on the British town of Wootton Bassett. The way the town continues to honor our fallen military is a fitting and humbling tribute to these soldiers' sacrifice.

Just as our public does, so the British government mourns every single life lost in Afghanistan.

An unstable Afghanistan threatens our security and that of our allies, however. That means we must continue to support the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

Our servicemen and servicewomen, fighting side by side with American troops -- as they have done repeatedly when our mutual security has been threatened -- know they are there for a good reason. These brave professionals are supporting the Afghan government as it builds a better future, shaped by the will of the Afghan people.

Dame Barbara Hay

Los Angeles

The writer is the British consul general in Los Angeles.

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