Iraq abuse

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.

2 responses to “Iraq abuse

  1. The fact that it hapened in the middle of a period when the British troops had been subjected to constant (read daily) attacks by RPGs, Mortars & rockets, and that the IZ police had, at that point all but handed over control to the Mahdi militia is all by-the-by! These troops had had enough, and I don’t blame them for what they did. The only thing I condemn is that they were stupid enough to do it in their own compound. They should have administered the shoeing at the point of capture (in the house the troops are seen entering).

  2. The fact that it hapened in the middle of a period when the British troops had been subjected to constant (read daily) attacks by RPGs, Mortars & rockets, and that the IZ police had, at that point all but handed over control to the Mahdi militia is all by-the-by! These troops had had enough, and I don’t blame them for what they did. The only thing I condemn is that they were stupid enough to do it in their own compound. They should have administered the shoeing at the point of capture (in the house the troops are seen entering).

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