The findings of an enquiry into the treatment of Iraqi prisoners by British soldiers makes very uncomfortable reading for every ex soldier. There cannot be anyone who has served in the forces who has not met bullying NCOs and weak officers. When wars happen people get hurt.
Nobody is chasing the Iraqis who set fire to the British soldiers who had to bail out of their armoured vehicles in Basra. Nobody has ever charged the murderers of the six Military policemen who were caught out by a mob very early on in Iraq. I cannot excuse anyone who was party to the type of aggression that we have seen on the TV but war is war and bad things happen.
We cannot have the army under the same kind of pressure that we have placed the police under. They must be allowed to react without fear of subsequent prosecution. In Northern Ireland some of the constraints that we were under in the seventies were ridiculous.
What concerns me more are the actions of our politicians. This Iraqi was killed in 2003. Since then we have had a plethora of Foreign Secretaries who have stood up in Parliament and denied/excused/lied that these events happened. More and more it appears that the NoLab politicians under Blair/Brown did not have a clue what was going on.
I just wonder if one day Messrs Blair and Brown will face a judge because they really deserve the opportunity to explain to the public how they managed so much damage in such a few years and why they did it?