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The patrol commenced an attack on the position but after getting within 40 metres were prevented from going further by heavy and sustained fire.
As Cpl Roberts-Smith headed toward a small building that provided some cover, he saw an insurgent ready to engage his patrol so instantly shot him dead at point-blank range.
He then showed his own position to the insurgent machine gunners to draw fire away from his patrol, enabling his patrol commander to throw a grenade and silence one of the guns.
"Seizing the advantage, and demonstrating extreme devotion to duty and the most conspicuous gallantry, Corporal Roberts-Smith, with a total disregard for his own safety, stormed the enemy position, killing the two remaining machine gunners," the citation reads.
Cpl Roberts-Smith went on to attack other positions and he and another patrol member killed more insurgents as his troop, no longer pinned down, cleared the village of Taliban.
The citation says the decisive engagement caused the Taliban to retreat from the Shah Wali Kot district
Yes... that really makes him a hero, fighting in foreign lands where we aren't welcome and shouldn't be... and are mostly doing it because we like kissing the ass of other countries such as the United States.
He is fighting on foreign soil, to protect home soil. That makes him a hero.
He saved his mates because they were being fired upon. I'm sure the guys they were firing at were also attempting to "save their mates". Each group was firing at each other because their leaders told them the other group was a threat.
Furthermore, he saved his mates, isn't that heroic enough?
It depends on the reason for giving my life. As it is, no I would not give my life for a nonsensical fight that we shouldn't even be involved in. Furthermore, I would not sacrifice my own life in an effort to take other human lives, no matter who ordered me to do so. You see, when I refuse to offer myself as a tool of death the Government has one less asset to utilize in the game of war. If all Humans were to take this stance there would be no mass scale wars, simply small groups of rouge men that could be dealt with easily. Only if a real threat of that nature was to present its self upon our shores, then I may consider taking action. However, that is extremely unlikely to happen if we stop going around and pissing other people off. You need to remember that we are all simply Humans, most of us don't want to kill or be killed, it's our leaders who typically want such a thing, and they propagandize their own citizens to sacrifice their self for such "noble causes". We will never live in a peaceful world until we understand the true nature and purpose of war. Supporting war is supporting nothing less than mass murder.
He has stated he would be happy to give his life for Australia. Do you see that as heroic? I do.
Anthem for Doomed Youth
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, --
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
~ Wilfred Owen, soldier of WWI