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  • Sunday, March 12, 2006

    British soldier quits in disgust at illegal US tactics

    Well done to the brave Ben Griffin, who will no longer work alongside American forces in Iraq, who regard Iraqis as "untermenschen". Mr Griffin, I, and, no doubt millions of other Brits salute you, from the Telegraph:

    Mr Griffin, 28, who spent two years with the SAS, said the American military's "gung-ho and trigger happy mentality" and tactics had completely undermined any chance of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi population. He added that many innocent civilians were arrested in night-time raids and interrogated by American soldiers, imprisoned in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, or handed over to the Iraqi authorities and "most probably" tortured.

    Mr Griffin eventually told SAS commanders at Hereford that he could not take part in a war which he regarded as "illegal".

    He added that he now believed that the Prime Minister and the Government had repeatedly "lied" over the war's conduct.

    "I did not join the British Army to conduct American foreign policy," he said. He expected to be labelled a coward and to face a court martial and imprisonment after making what "the most difficult decision of my life" last March.

    Instead, he was discharged with a testimonial describing him as a "balanced, honest, loyal and determined individual who possesses the strength of character to have the courage of his convictions".

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    2 Comments:

    At 3/12/2006 04:36:00 pm, Blogger Tony said...

    Of coure he's right and only saying what has been obvious for years. Let's hope that this sets a precedent and other honourable soldiers follow suit. Not many Americans will,I fear.

     
    At 3/12/2006 04:42:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Well, Tony, I certainly think you're right, that this soldier is honourable in what he has done, as you say, others should follow this brave man's lead.

     

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