As wargamers, we all play dice with imaginary soldiers' lives, usually with very little thought as to the fate or feelings of the combatants involved. Indeed, it's one of the main reasons I can play 40k with a clear conscience - the setting is futuristic, the background and races involved are far removed from reality and there are usually justifications as to why it's ok for these soldiers to be thrown into action without remorse - immortal robots, daemons with unkillable spirits, inhuman Space Marines, and so on.
But today I'd like to spare a thought for all the people affected by real conflicts, throughout the world. Today is the anniversary of D-Day, which must rank as one of the most bloody events in recent history. I think we can only imagine the emotions that the soldiers in the landing craft must have felt as they approached the landing beaches, knowing that almost certain death awaited them. So let's remember them today as we watch Big Brother on the TV, work in our offices and mow our lawns. It doesn't seem right to play toy soldiers today.