Little Green Footballs

Sunday, March 12, 2006

SAS soldier refuses to fight alongside US troops

It would be interesting to see how LGF'ers claim that this soldier was not fit for service or that he is some sort of coward.

Here's a soldier with an perfect record and a wealth of experience. So disgusted was he with the US Army's treatment of Iraqis and the illegal acts committed in the name of the 'War on Terror' he laid down his rifle and quit the Army he loved.

An SAS soldier has refused to fight in Iraq and has left the Army over the "illegal" tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition forces.

After three months in Baghdad, Ben Griffin told his commander that he was no longer prepared to fight alongside American forces.

He said he had witnessed "dozens of illegal acts" by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as "untermenschen" - the Nazi term for races regarded as sub-human.


Mr Griffin, 28, who spent two years with the SAS, said the American military's "gung-ho and trigger happy mentality" and tactics had completely undermined any chance of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi population. He added that many innocent civilians were arrested in night-time raids and interrogated by American soldiers, imprisoned in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, or handed over to the Iraqi authorities and "most probably" tortured.


"I did not join the British Army to conduct American foreign policy," he said. He expected to be labelled a coward and to face a court martial and imprisonment after making what "the most difficult decision of my life" last March.

Instead, he was discharged with a testimonial describing him as a "balanced, honest, loyal and determined individual who possesses the strength of character to have the courage of his convictions".

Last night Patrick Mercer, the shadow minister for homeland security, said: "Trooper Griffin is a highly experienced soldier. This makes his decision particularly disturbing and his views and opinions must be listened to by the Government."


J. A. Baker said...

Notice the scare quotes around illegal...

John Lee said...

I'm glad someone else picked this up...
besides me, that is