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By failing to protect Veterans, you fail to protect us all

October 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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In what seems to be a prolonged period of peace and at a time when this is the only picture of the military that people regularly see, it is all too easy to forget just how important a role the military play on our behalf and what they must be able to expect from us in return. Image thanks to bbc.co.uk

During times when so many of our politicians have been attempting to rewrite our constitution just to suit their own dubious purposes, we might have hoped that the government itself would have had a lucid moment or two and remembered that culturally we are a Country and a People that have historically held and adhered to a complete set of unwritten rules.

One of those rules: We love the military and all those who serve within it.

Not just the soldiers, sailors and airman/women serving now, but also those who have served previously too.

Our safety and security is a cause that usually unites us all.

And those who have not been misled or indoctrinated by foolish and idealistic ideas remain proud of all that they do or have done on our behalf.

Regrettably it has become a thing of fashion and political correctness to try and disown or even rewrite any of our history that doesn’t correlate with or support the narrative that we currently have in vogue.

Whilst renaming buildings and removing statues might convince some that they may have removed a source of offence which never actually wronged them personally, the more sinister side of this corrective misrepresentation is that real people and real lives are now being affected by what is arguably ignorant or deliberate means. There are real implications now manifesting not just for the scapegoats of the wilfully misleading proponents of this travesty – but for all of us too.

Those who have never served in the armed forces or been close enough to someone who has may not understand this, but the military – for very good reason – operates under its own system of rules and morality. The rules are different for anyone and everyone during the period that they are ‘signed up’ to serve and whether they are a recruit, NCO or Officer, they become a part of or rather a tool of the system that serves and protects all of us.

When we send the military to fight our enemies – whether they are terrorists or whole nations – they do so as part of our State.

So when those enemies then become our friends as they often inevitably do so, we cannot simply toss aside the responsibilities we have to those of our servicemen and women which were forged not now but within that very specific set of circumstances and that precise moment in time that they were engaged against our former foes.

For any Government or Minister to do so at any time is akin to ripping off an arm or a leg. It is simply too high a price for any body to pay, just to placate others who now appear to friends and might be useful in the creation of cheap headlines.

We were led to forget this in the case of Alexander Blackman who at the time we knew as Marine A . Right now we are experiencing a similar process in the prosecution of former Soldiers who served on behalf of us all during the troubles in Northern Ireland. There they engaged in incidents which did indeed have questions hanging over them such as the civilian deaths on Bloody Sunday. But this was all carried out against the troubling backdrop of sectarian terrorism – which seems to have all too conveniently been forgot.

The media and those espousing the siren call for belated justice – who themselves have no meaningful links – are being disengenous as they overlook certain realities in the pursuit of their dubious cause.

The first is that any act which takes place by a member of the military whilst they are on active duty should only ever be dealt with out of public view and by the Military Court. The second, that they were only there in that place and in that situation only because they were on duty on behalf of the State and not there by personal choice, This must always be the mitigating factor which puts them firmly under the jurisdiction of the military courts – no matter what crime they might have been alleged to have perpetrated.

Military personnel should never be placed at the mercy of people who believe that they have been directly wronged in some way by action that has been taken or by the impact of specific events.

No matter how justified their position may seem, people who are emotionally compromised by an event or experience should never be given responsibility for determining responsibility and punishment of those who might be to blame, no matter the situation or circumstances involved.

Anyone looking on objectively will appreciate this.

These cases where ambulance chasing lawyers or activists have become involved are nothing more than a circus which will not benefit anyone in any meaningful way. Their pursuit is based on nothing but self interest and the people driving them do not have the capacity or moral standing to ensure a genuine feeling of justice or of finding peace is delivered for anyone or any party involved.

If Boris Johnson’s Government now walks away from stopping the profiteering march of the unscrupulous against men and women who have served us all with a level of commitment which must always be protected, it will be clear that the politicians leading us today either don’t understand or have no inteeest in the consequences of what it is they do.

Soldiers, Sailors. Airman and Airwomen who are serving today, tomorrow or on any day that has already passed must know that they can and always will be able to execute their duties without any question of the trust that they have in the State being compromised at any time.

They must always be certain that politicians will never sell them out for the sake of that quick headline, for political experience or because the words of a complacent and ignorant crowd appear to be all powerful to the eyes of the fearful masquerading as leaders and only interested in protecting their own cause.

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