I second all the declarations of sympathy for Drummer Rigby and condolences to his family.
Although I no longer live in Britain and do not participate in its current events, I make known my opinions on them, having even given a reasoned public lecture on the dangers of compulsory multiculturalism. As an immigrant to my adopted country with joint British-Uruguayan citizenship, I believe that I should not wear my Britishness on my sleeve, having plenty of opportunities to enjoy both positive Uruguayan attitudes towards the British as well as receive negative comments and attitudes, sometimes with agreement at others feeling the need to defend Britishness against unjust or inaccurate attacks. I am able, here in Uruguay, to be British in a 'quiet way', just as I am able to be 'moderately' Uruguayan when visiting Britain. And I feel that this is a form of doing things which is beholden on all immigrants.
The point of my stating my position clearly(?) and openly is that, despite my strong agreement with the opinions expressed by 'walrus' and others, I hope that this forum, which is on the point of helping me to realize one of the greatest ambitions of my life, will not degenerate into a politico-cultural battleground. I participated in the excellent Victoria Cross Reference website which, unfortunately, became defunct in part due to the insistence of a few members in dragging contemporary issues relating to Northern Ireland into the discussions.
I hope that this excellent forum, with its many knowledgeable contributors will continue to be a place where the historical aspects of the Victorian military world can be discussed in a civilized and generally academic way. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for what you have done in providing otherwise unobtainable information to me and others, long may the forum continue to serve this, its exclusive purpose.