just don't take Selfies. It is against the law
Join the Army, kill people
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Join the army. Travel the world. Meet lots of interesting people. And kill them.
When the army recruitment people came to our school, they did their presentation and then asked if there were any questions. I stood up and said "Surely if you join the army you might get killed?" They snapped back with the mortality figures of the time (1968?) saying the chances were remote. Still got the feeling I hadn't been helpful to their cause. Made my day.
Since then I've learned that the men are misguided heroes, and the politicians are the ones doing the misguiding.
I spent the day with my classmates at an army base. We were left alone for ten minutes in a huge room with a highly polished floor and chairs with metal legs - a fatal combination. When the sergeant got back we had a taste of his killer instinct. After that none of us had the urge to enlist.
This picture? Could it be that the brave soldier had shuffled over to the body to ensure he was dead (i.e. safe) and not booby trapped or about to trigger a bomb. Could it be that he signalled back to his buddies the all-clear with a thumbs up? I haven't seen a non-picilated picture and we don't know the context.
An ex-army neighbour tells me there is a whole gendre of battle field home-videos from Afghanistan. Why is this single piture causing so much fuss?
1 Soldiers are under strict instructions not to take mobile phones into battle with them, because;
2 Some of them are idiotic enough to take pictures like this, where they appear to be gloating over a dead body.
Gloating over dead bodies isn't a mark of a civilised army.
A) wasn't this a few years ago after an attack on Camp Bastion rather than in the field
B) see above
and C) they have helmet cameras now to record stuff like shooting wounded men.
1 Camp Bastion isn't near Cheltenham, it's deffo "in the field";
2 Yes - not mobile phones;
3 My gloating point still stands.
Fair enough Al.
Imagine if your phone went off when you were creeping up on someone.
How do they ring home? I imagined they would be allowed to have their mobiles when they were in camp - No?
If there was a dead'un nearby you could get someone to take a snap to show your mates back home - No, you are right - A knobhead thing to do.
According to my ex-army neighbour (A captain with 6 tours in Afghanistan) there are huge amounts of such pictures and vidoes kicking about so the question is why is this particular knobhead causing so much fuss?
Same reason as when anything comes to light and is detected. If they are really proud of the photos why don't they start a "Gloating over dead enemies" facebook page? Because they aren't really proud, is why.
How many pictures could you find of civilians posing beside downed German warplanes in World War Two, I wonder? In the clarity of a sitting room armchair open to one interpretation; in the moments after someone trying to kill you has failed, quite another I suspect. Never having experienced the latter I shan't judge, but perhaps those who have ( eg. The army courts martial) are best placed to decide on the seriousness or otherwise, and we could leave it to them.
Yep, but don't take a picture.
ID: Gratz on the "Courts martial". Titus would approve I am sure. Now who's for some gins and tonic?
Yes please. Will there be photographs?
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