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FIVE BRITISH MARINES CHARGED WITH MURDER MOST FOUL IN AFGHANISTAN
October 14 2012
Kandahar, Afghanistan – War is a messy business, always has been and, despite any advances we might make, likely always will be. That is just the way war is and the only way to prevent the abuses and horrors that inevitably arise within it is to stop war altogether.
That, of course, is something unlikely to happen anytime soon. It could well be, despite doing pretty well the last seventy years or so, that we will never fully do away with war and thus never fully do away with the abuse that happen within it. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t at least try to halt those troubles.
That is certainly what the British Armed Forces are trying to do in charging five Marines with murder. Those men were under investigation following an incident, the details of which have not been made public, that was uncovered as a result of a video left on a laptop. The charges are the first laid against British service members in the country and could well not be that last if any similar events are uncovered, events that are undoubtedly murder, murder most foul indeed.
“Everybody serving in theatre knows the rules of engagement, they carry cards in their uniforms with the rules on them in case they should need to remind themselves,” said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. “We are determined that rules of engagement be followed.”
It’s believed the incident involved an insurgent and not civilians which at least is a little bit of a relief.
Four other marines investigated were released without charge because, well, they were presumably able to show that it was Colonel Mustard in the Library with the candlestick or something along those lines.
“This is actually in many ways great news for the military. Obviously they don’t want people going around murdering other people, even if that’s actually what they are there to do, and charges like this will prevent any future such incidents from occurring. Well, maybe. It’s hard to prevent things like this entirely because these guys are designed to be killing machines and killing is what killing machines do, for the most part,” said Scrape TV Military analyst Michael Kent. “Obviously when they have clear evidence of an incident like this the people who run the military really should act and it’s good that the Brits have done that. There have certainly been more terrible incidents in the past but now they are finally acknowledging them which is good.”
It’s not clear how the person involved was killed but it was likely not with a candlestick.
“No one wants these incidents to occur but they do and when they do the people in charge need to be ready to deal with them. No one likes murder of any kind, especially not murder of the most foul kind, but it is going to happen in war zones. Rape too, and kidnappings, and theft and a bunch of other things. War sucks,” continued Kent. “The important thing here is that they dealt with it and haven’t let it perpetuate itself because God knows you don’t want people killing each other in war zone. Allowing such a thing would be ridiculous and awful, most foul indeed.”
The Marines involved are apparently sorry for their deeds which is really not enough to free them.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent