Unwavering conviction

Says the Bishop to the armed forces:

The Taliban can perhaps be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to each other.

There’s apparently been uproar. Good. It’s 2009, after all, and expressing admiration for unwavering conviction to a faith is a ridiculous and medieval…

…oh, no, wait. The uproar is because saying anything relating to warfare that isn’t ‘soldiers are brave’ apparently means ‘I want soldiers to die’. Sigh. Can we not just put ‘I support people not dying’ in the same category of the blindingly-obvious as ‘you have the right to your opinion’ and stop wasting time saying it / demanding people say it? It’s like we still believe in spells.