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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:12 PM
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(British) Soldiers may refuse to serve over legal threat (war crimes)
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1532938,00....

Soldiers may refuse to serve over legal threat

Officers say troops will be scared to act and morale will suffer

Audrey Gillan and Ed Vulliamy
Thursday July 21, 2005
The Guardian

British soldiers will refuse to serve in Iraq if they face the threat of being prosecuted for war crimes, serving and former service personnel warned last night. A number of non-commissioned officers who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity - they are forbidden from talking to the press by Queen's Regulations - said they had been disgusted to learn that more fellow soldiers face prison as a result of their actions in Iraq.

One soldier, who served with the Irish Guards in Iraq during the conflict in 2003 and knows the three soldiers charged on Tuesday with war crimes, said: "It's going to put all the other lads in a horrible position. Everyone is going to be scared to do anything. If they get fired upon, they are going to be scared to fire back.

"Morale is going to hit rock bottom. The situation in Iraq is just going to turn into Northern Ireland. People are going to refuse to serve in Iraq or everyone is going to be asking to go on rear party or other duties."

The Irish Guards who have been charged are alleged to have punched and kicked a looter before forcing him into the Shatt al-Basra canal, where he drowned.

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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:20 PM
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1. Common decency doesn't require studying the Geneva Accord.
The Golden Rule will suffice.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:11 PM
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2. How about you just don't commit any war crimes? Problem solved n/t
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 03:52 PM
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3. maybe next war that is called won't have anyone
show up for the battle. That would be good.
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