by David Webb
I’m sick of reading of investigations reaching the conclusion our soldiers have been brutal abroad. Do these judges even understand the environment the soldiers are operating in? That if they don’t extract information quickly from detainees, large numbers of lives will be lost? The idea that you should just sit down and have a cup of tea with an Arab detainee and see if he wants to give information makes it impossible to conduct a military operation at all. You need to understand the local culture – and the language they speak is brutality. I person couldn’t care less about the death of Baha Mousa – he must have had some information he was trying not to give as he wouldn’t have been detained in the first place – and I particularly don’t want to see soldiers and officers hauled over the coals for having to operate according to Iraqi standards in Iraq. The
inquiry is a disgrace.