A Royal Marine has been convicted of murdering a prisoner-of-war while fighting in
The man, known only as "Marine A" was sentenced to life imprisonment
at a Court Martial after a recording of the event was found, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24870699.
This case gives me a lot of mixed feelings and I've changed my mind several
times over it. Of course, as you'll expect, I originally challenged the
Military Religious sentiments that emerged after his conviction, and any calls
for leniency based on the simple fact that he happens to be in the armed
forces; although there are those who have in fact made that special plea, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24888089.
His defenders suggest that he be imprisoned for five years instead of life. However
I find it ironic that the originators of the War on Terror, the Western authorities
like David Cameron's UK Government, are the prosecutors who have accused, charged,
tried and convicted Marine A. What right do they have to such moral high ground?
This incident has put me in a cynical mood. Perhaps Marine A should not have his
jail sentence reduced to five years at all; in fact I'm thinking: should he be acquitted? If he were
acquitted at least it would be a refreshing statement of honesty; we wouldn't
be faced with this grotesque double standard. Why should Marine A be condemned
for simply emulating official Crown policy under his own initiative? In fact I wonder if he would have taken a gun to an unarmed woman of child; I hope not. If so then this puts him ethically head and shoulders over the war-makers who would be willing to do so and do on numerous occasions. The
Western Neocon governments have made a decision to wage war in Afghanistan,
to kill people so that an oil company can drive a pipeline through their
village. If you make that decision then it's hypocritical to shilly-shally
about it; either wade in there guns blazing and slaughter every one of the
subhuman motherfuckers you can train your sights on... or decide not to go to
war at all. Choose!