If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I feel that the Government has not been strong enough in its support of our troops in Iraq and elsewhere. I have also criticised the willingness to appoint blame and find scapegoats.
I want to make it clear that these comments in no way reduce the disgust and horror that I feel when I see headlines and pictures like those in today’s News of the World. If the video is found to genuine (and it seems to me that it is) the soldiers involved must be brought to justice.
It must be remembered that there are thousands of British troops in Iraq and they have to deal with dangerous and volatile situations every day. Maltreatment and abuse happen, but these activities are very much the exception. Indeed the video was given to the paper by a disgusted colleague of the soldiers.