crunchy bits the iraqi's are not the first to "booby trap" body's
the viet cong the germans and more close to home the PIRA would put a grenade under a body in hope that a couple of british squaddies may get a fatal wound when they flipped the body over.
withthat in mind ive never seen a report on british tv of a squaddie in northern ireland shooting what is believed as a faking dead terrorist with the excuse that well my opo got killed yesterday!!!!! When it comes to war the usa are what they are know as best COWBOYS. ###### happens but we stay proffesional thats what makes our soliders out shine the rest especialy the shower of ###### that the americans call thier marine corps who most couldnt hit a barn door if they were stood in front of it.
Sorry? but who did you say you served with? funny how I heard this week a RM Falkland's vet say he would have done the same thing and slotted him....
Despite the the training for searching bodies not sure I would want to be lying (to check a body you have to kinda lay on top and then roll it over slighty - in theory you should escape any blast but who wants to check if the theory is correct) - on top if a body when a WP Grenade goes off. So what gets taught @ Warminster these days then?
How can you use Northern Ireland as an example of War? it never was and stating that it was only gives the terrorist's military validity (and British Squaddies have run amok whilst serving in the province).
War isn't pretty it isn't cool the harsh reality is something civvies can't comprehend, what the hell was a journalist doing with them during FIBUA ops anyway? (I hate the trendy "Kate Adie's" of journalism who have to be @ the unpleasant end to prove some sort of Kudos in what they do). You know they are just waiting to say "what happens next is too awrful to show"
Back in 1991 the authorities wouldn't release footage of the aftermath of the Basra Highway operation because it was so gory and would have been to contreversial @ the time (severly burnt bodies just still sitting in/or hanging from cars, tanks (an edited version was shown a few years ago but it still didn't show the nasty bits - incidentally I saw the unedited version in 1993 @ Chichester <not sure how the Training Centre got hold of a copy of the video>)
I didn't hear many people complain when the JNA went storming house to house in Mostar in the early 90's.
The biggest problem today is the lily livered political crassness of New Labour which wants to promote our troops as being seen handing out bags of Food, and can't get a handle on what armed conflict means, god help the poor sod that shoots anyone!
In 1945 Germany was put through De-nazisfication which by and large was successful, today all the politicians can come up with is 'Win hearts and minds' whilst ignoring the fact that there isn't one enemy but several different groups (Pro- Saddam Bathist's, Mercenaries, Bin Laden Cronies and all) who are able to turn and control local populations.