Wife of jailed Brighton marine ‘overwhelmed’ by support

The Argus: Wife of jailed Brighton marine ‘overwhelmed’ by support Wife of jailed Brighton marine ‘overwhelmed’ by support

The wife of a Royal Marine jailed for murdering an Afghan fighter has said she is “overwhelmed” by mounting calls for his freedom.

Last week Sergeant Alexander Blackman from Brighton was sentenced to life for executing a severely wounded Taliban prisoner in Helmand in September 2011.

Military chiefs said the 39-year-old had brought shame on his regiment and deserved his tenyear minimum stretch.

But there is now a growing campaign to reduce the commando’s sentence – because he was suffering from the stress of war.


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At the weekend his wife Claire Blackman praised the “outstanding” backing from more than 100,000 people, including MPs and senior military figures.

Speaking on behalf of Mrs Blackman, solicitor Issy Hogg told a national newspaper: “She has been overwhelmed by the tremendous kindness and outstanding support which the British public has shown and would like to express her gratitude for the comfort this continues to provide.”

She added that Mrs Blackman “wishes to avoid the glare of publicity at this difficult time”.

It is believed Blackman’s mother still lives in Brighton after the death of his father two years ago.

The Royal Marine also has other close family members in the Hastings area, The Argus understands.

Yesterday a petition on a government website calling for Blackman to be freed had attracted more than 26,000 names.

Another 80,000 people had used Facebook to call for the serviceman – dismissed from the Royal Marines in disgrace – to also have his conviction overturned.

Meanwhile, a survey found that six out of ten people thought the commando’s prison sentence should be halved to five years.

One in three of the 900 people questioned by pollsters Survation felt he should serve no jail time at all.

Lord Ashcroft, the billionaire Tory peer, wrote onTwitter that he could help bankroll the appeal.

However Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said it would be ‘wrong’ to comment on the calls to reduce Blackman’s sentence.

He said: “This is an independent judicial decision.

The court will have had all the facts, including pleas in mitigation around the sentencing decision. There may well be an appeal over the sentence.”

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11:14am Tue 10 Dec 13

mtmoocher says...

I wonder if the murderers of Lee Rigby will get similar support in their appeals?
I wonder if the murderers of Lee Rigby will get similar support in their appeals? mtmoocher

11:22am Tue 10 Dec 13

Stoves says...

Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do!

I cant believe this story.
Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do! I cant believe this story. Stoves

11:39am Tue 10 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

War, what is it good for?
War, what is it good for? The Prophet of Doom

11:42am Tue 10 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike. IShouldoftriedharder

12:01pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lynda74 says...

Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.
Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves. Lynda74

12:06pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rocco10 says...

We must be the laughing stock of the military world. The Taliban must be wetting themselves especially. We locked a man up for killing one of their fighters (kind of his job).

I do agree he acted improperly, he maybe should have helped him and could have got information from him but he wasn't an innocent civilian and a murder charge for killing an enemy fighter just shows the sad state this country is in.

I hear they are going to put a GATSO camera at the end of the main stretch at Silverstone next year.
We must be the laughing stock of the military world. The Taliban must be wetting themselves especially. We locked a man up for killing one of their fighters (kind of his job). I do agree he acted improperly, he maybe should have helped him and could have got information from him but he wasn't an innocent civilian and a murder charge for killing an enemy fighter just shows the sad state this country is in. I hear they are going to put a GATSO camera at the end of the main stretch at Silverstone next year. Rocco10

12:20pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lynda74 says...

IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
[quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed. Lynda74

12:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rocco10 says...

IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
But the marine wouldn't have been "murdered". He would have "died in active service" like so many of his comrades. And his comrades would have fought on bravely and continued the fight.
[quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]But the marine wouldn't have been "murdered". He would have "died in active service" like so many of his comrades. And his comrades would have fought on bravely and continued the fight. Rocco10

12:47pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Lynda74 wrote:
Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.
Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.[/p][/quote]Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes. Cave Johnson

12:48pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.
It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war. Fight_Back

12:48pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
I expect after being decapitated he wouldn't be able to be 'gutted alive'.
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.[/p][/quote]I expect after being decapitated he wouldn't be able to be 'gutted alive'. Cave Johnson

12:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Fight_Back wrote:
It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.
You clearly don't understand that they are supposed to be held to a higher standard. The soldiers shouldn't even be in that country in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.[/p][/quote]You clearly don't understand that they are supposed to be held to a higher standard. The soldiers shouldn't even be in that country in the first place. Cave Johnson

12:53pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rocco10 says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.
Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.
But it's not murder. It WAR. A concept that seems totally lost on you.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.[/p][/quote]Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.[/p][/quote]But it's not murder. It WAR. A concept that seems totally lost on you. Rocco10

1:03pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.
You clearly don't understand that they are supposed to be held to a higher standard. The soldiers shouldn't even be in that country in the first place.
I agree with you about not being there BUT as they are then they should be allowed to fight a fair fight. If the Taliban don't like that idea then they can easily surrender.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.[/p][/quote]You clearly don't understand that they are supposed to be held to a higher standard. The soldiers shouldn't even be in that country in the first place.[/p][/quote]I agree with you about not being there BUT as they are then they should be allowed to fight a fair fight. If the Taliban don't like that idea then they can easily surrender. Fight_Back

1:08pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Clued-up says...

Stoves wrote:
Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do!

I cant believe this story.
You sad little person. Can easily imagine how "spineless" you would be in such an environment.

People like you are the enemy within and I can't stand you and everything you stand for ......
[quote][p][bold]Stoves[/bold] wrote: Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do! I cant believe this story.[/p][/quote]You sad little person. Can easily imagine how "spineless" you would be in such an environment. People like you are the enemy within and I can't stand you and everything you stand for ...... Clued-up

1:13pm Tue 10 Dec 13

cookie_brighton says...

As an ex serviceman (Army ).... I feel that he stepped over the red line..........he knew what he was doing by commenting afterwards to his colleagues present at the time of the murder........" I have just broken the Geneva Convention "

Cave Johnson......whilst in Army training I was NEVER taught to kill an injured " Enemy " ....in cold blood or otherwise. .....and in theater I never did. by your comments above you bring shame on the uniform you allegedly wore.
As for every patrol they go out on.....they do not know whether they will come back or not...........they are soldiers ..the job they took the Queens shilling for this is in their job description.
As an ex serviceman (Army ).... I feel that he stepped over the red line..........he knew what he was doing by commenting afterwards to his colleagues present at the time of the murder........" I have just broken the Geneva Convention " Cave Johnson......whilst in Army training I was NEVER taught to kill an injured " Enemy " ....in cold blood or otherwise. .....and in theater I never did. by your comments above you bring shame on the uniform you allegedly wore. As for every patrol they go out on.....they do not know whether they will come back or not...........they are soldiers ..the job they took the Queens shilling for this is in their job description. cookie_brighton

2:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

wietraurig says...

I do struggle to see why we should feel sorry for this bloke.

He did, after all, volunteer for the army, and it's hardly a secret that if you sign up for that sort of thing, there's a significant risk that you'll be sent to do distasteful things in a foreign country and have some pretty traumatic experiences. Given that most soldiers in similar circumstances don't end up doing what he did, even when they experience stress, that leads me to think that he was a fairly nasty piece of work and deserved to be convicted and punished (the words he used while carrying out his barbaric actions tend to reinforce this view).
I do struggle to see why we should feel sorry for this bloke. He did, after all, volunteer for the army, and it's hardly a secret that if you sign up for that sort of thing, there's a significant risk that you'll be sent to do distasteful things in a foreign country and have some pretty traumatic experiences. Given that most soldiers in similar circumstances don't end up doing what he did, even when they experience stress, that leads me to think that he was a fairly nasty piece of work and deserved to be convicted and punished (the words he used while carrying out his barbaric actions tend to reinforce this view). wietraurig

2:20pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jimbobmaginty says...

He executed a severely wounded Taliban prisoner and he got a prison sentence? Sounds to me like he has done a good service!
He executed a severely wounded Taliban prisoner and he got a prison sentence? Sounds to me like he has done a good service! jimbobmaginty

3:09pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Vox populi 2 says...

In my oppinion the fact of the matter is this.
Had this soldier shot the insurgent as mercy killing
in the belief his injuries were terminal, thus to prevent him
suffering intolerable pain, then I would have considered that to be a christian act.
But according to all reports it wasn't a calculated level headed mercy killing but a sadistic act, as video evidence clearly shows to be the case.
A revenge killing of a seriosly injured and defencless insurgent by a high ranking NCO is not to be condoned and brings nothing but shame on our brave military.
In the particular circumstances the sentence handed down is no less than
what is warranted for a callous act such as this.
In my oppinion the fact of the matter is this. Had this soldier shot the insurgent as mercy killing in the belief his injuries were terminal, thus to prevent him suffering intolerable pain, then I would have considered that to be a christian act. But according to all reports it wasn't a calculated level headed mercy killing but a sadistic act, as video evidence clearly shows to be the case. A revenge killing of a seriosly injured and defencless insurgent by a high ranking NCO is not to be condoned and brings nothing but shame on our brave military. In the particular circumstances the sentence handed down is no less than what is warranted for a callous act such as this. Vox populi 2

4:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

gheese77 says...

Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial.

We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.
Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial. We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum. gheese77

4:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lynda74 says...

gheese77 wrote:
Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial.

We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.
SGT Blackman is not a cold blooded killer, the Taliban had a grenade still on him. And was involved in a raid early that morning. SGT Blackman had to witness Taliban mutilating bodies, cut into pieces and left hanging into trees. Afghanistan is brutal and bloody. Unless you have combat experience it is difficult to understand what these soldiers go through. At the same time, SGT Blackman has combat Stress. Due to witnessing horrors on a daily basis SGT Blackman developed combat stress prior to the incident.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial. We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.[/p][/quote]SGT Blackman is not a cold blooded killer, the Taliban had a grenade still on him. And was involved in a raid early that morning. SGT Blackman had to witness Taliban mutilating bodies, cut into pieces and left hanging into trees. Afghanistan is brutal and bloody. Unless you have combat experience it is difficult to understand what these soldiers go through. At the same time, SGT Blackman has combat Stress. Due to witnessing horrors on a daily basis SGT Blackman developed combat stress prior to the incident. Lynda74

4:45pm Tue 10 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners?

Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers?

Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated?

Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them?

Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post?

Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have.

Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.[/p][/quote]Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners? Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers? Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated? Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them? Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post? Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have. Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well. IShouldoftriedharder

4:54pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lynda74 says...

gheese77 wrote:
Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial.

We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.
No, SGT Blackman had not killed the Taliban in cold blood. The Apache already fired 140 rounds into the Taliban and he had a grenade with him. The Taliban was involved in an attack that morning. I also need to point out, the Taliban don't follow Geneva Convention or 'Rules of Engagement'. If you want to have a go at someone, take it out on the government who send these soldiers out to Afghanistan.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial. We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.[/p][/quote]No, SGT Blackman had not killed the Taliban in cold blood. The Apache already fired 140 rounds into the Taliban and he had a grenade with him. The Taliban was involved in an attack that morning. I also need to point out, the Taliban don't follow Geneva Convention or 'Rules of Engagement'. If you want to have a go at someone, take it out on the government who send these soldiers out to Afghanistan. Lynda74

4:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lynda74 says...

IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners?

Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers?

Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated?

Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them?

Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post?

Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have.

Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.
You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier.
[quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.[/p][/quote]Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners? Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers? Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated? Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them? Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post? Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have. Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.[/p][/quote]You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier. Lynda74

4:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lynda74 says...

IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners?

Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers?

Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated?

Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them?

Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post?

Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have.

Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.
You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier.
[quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.[/p][/quote]Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners? Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers? Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated? Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them? Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post? Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have. Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.[/p][/quote]You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier. Lynda74

5:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Aldrington Halt says...

Its not a war it's a military occupation. It's not this soldiers fault he's involved there apart from that he signed up to protect his country, it's a proven fact that the invasion of Afghanistan and Irak have increased not diminished the threat of terrorism and the blame is not on a soldiers head but the policy makers who have profited from these invasions and send others sons and daughters to fight die and commit suicide against an invisible enemy 'terror'. Terror which is inflicted on casualties of our foreign policies is not often spoken about exept one can imagine when our enemies are recruiting new terrorists. These conflicts apart from costing us millions are eating away at our moral fibre and only serve to strengthen hatred towards us. No wonder soldiers despair when they eventually realise that they are creating the terror that they are fighting to eliminate. What a mess, what a shame. Millions of people protested unsuccessfully to stop this and many more should mobilise to try and prevent future mistakes. The only losers are our sons and daughters and innocent civilians the winners are corporations, banks and arms companies. Lighten his sentence and get him back to protect churchill square after dark.
Its not a war it's a military occupation. It's not this soldiers fault he's involved there apart from that he signed up to protect his country, it's a proven fact that the invasion of Afghanistan and Irak have increased not diminished the threat of terrorism and the blame is not on a soldiers head but the policy makers who have profited from these invasions and send others sons and daughters to fight die and commit suicide against an invisible enemy 'terror'. Terror which is inflicted on casualties of our foreign policies is not often spoken about exept one can imagine when our enemies are recruiting new terrorists. These conflicts apart from costing us millions are eating away at our moral fibre and only serve to strengthen hatred towards us. No wonder soldiers despair when they eventually realise that they are creating the terror that they are fighting to eliminate. What a mess, what a shame. Millions of people protested unsuccessfully to stop this and many more should mobilise to try and prevent future mistakes. The only losers are our sons and daughters and innocent civilians the winners are corporations, banks and arms companies. Lighten his sentence and get him back to protect churchill square after dark. Aldrington Halt

5:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Number Six says...

Lynda74 wrote:
gheese77 wrote:
Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial.

We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.
No, SGT Blackman had not killed the Taliban in cold blood. The Apache already fired 140 rounds into the Taliban and he had a grenade with him. The Taliban was involved in an attack that morning. I also need to point out, the Taliban don't follow Geneva Convention or 'Rules of Engagement'. If you want to have a go at someone, take it out on the government who send these soldiers out to Afghanistan.
The murdered man posed no threat, whether he had a grenade or no. If he had, don't you think that Sgt Blackman would have raised that point in his defence. He didn't. In fact he claimed he thought the man was already dead (though why you would want to shoot a corpse baffles me).

No, the Taliban don't follow the rules. Are you seriously suggesting that we sink to their level? I keep saying it; we are supposed to be better than that
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial. We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.[/p][/quote]No, SGT Blackman had not killed the Taliban in cold blood. The Apache already fired 140 rounds into the Taliban and he had a grenade with him. The Taliban was involved in an attack that morning. I also need to point out, the Taliban don't follow Geneva Convention or 'Rules of Engagement'. If you want to have a go at someone, take it out on the government who send these soldiers out to Afghanistan.[/p][/quote]The murdered man posed no threat, whether he had a grenade or no. If he had, don't you think that Sgt Blackman would have raised that point in his defence. He didn't. In fact he claimed he thought the man was already dead (though why you would want to shoot a corpse baffles me). No, the Taliban don't follow the rules. Are you seriously suggesting that we sink to their level? I keep saying it; we are supposed to be better than that Number Six

5:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

gheese77 says...

Lynda74 wrote:
gheese77 wrote:
Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial.

We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.
SGT Blackman is not a cold blooded killer, the Taliban had a grenade still on him. And was involved in a raid early that morning. SGT Blackman had to witness Taliban mutilating bodies, cut into pieces and left hanging into trees. Afghanistan is brutal and bloody. Unless you have combat experience it is difficult to understand what these soldiers go through. At the same time, SGT Blackman has combat Stress. Due to witnessing horrors on a daily basis SGT Blackman developed combat stress prior to the incident.
The verdict of the court martial was murder. The court could have found him guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to PTSD but did not. Other soldiers were found not guilty.
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial. We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.[/p][/quote]SGT Blackman is not a cold blooded killer, the Taliban had a grenade still on him. And was involved in a raid early that morning. SGT Blackman had to witness Taliban mutilating bodies, cut into pieces and left hanging into trees. Afghanistan is brutal and bloody. Unless you have combat experience it is difficult to understand what these soldiers go through. At the same time, SGT Blackman has combat Stress. Due to witnessing horrors on a daily basis SGT Blackman developed combat stress prior to the incident.[/p][/quote]The verdict of the court martial was murder. The court could have found him guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to PTSD but did not. Other soldiers were found not guilty. gheese77

5:36pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Brighton Living says...

Stoves wrote:
Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do!

I cant believe this story.
SHUT UP and WAKE UP you gutless ****.........Move to Afghanistan for 4 weeks and then put your stupid comment. OH I thought so ****.
[quote][p][bold]Stoves[/bold] wrote: Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do! I cant believe this story.[/p][/quote]SHUT UP and WAKE UP you gutless ****.........Move to Afghanistan for 4 weeks and then put your stupid comment. OH I thought so ****. Brighton Living

5:38pm Tue 10 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners?

Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers?

Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated?

Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them?

Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post?

Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have.

Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.
You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier.
You have never been a soldier I can tell from the way you write and how you view the incident. I think it's pretty disrespectful of you to make up such lies. While I have never been in combat I have also never lied about doing so. In this respect you are the troll. I am not a troll because I have not provoked you to write the same post 5 times, twice to me and three time to other poster on this Board. The Taliban may not follow the law but British soldiers do and when they break them they should be punished. This soldier broke the law by shooting a prisoner. Therefore he is a murderer. Therefore a prison sentence for murder is just.
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.[/p][/quote]Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners? Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers? Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated? Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them? Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post? Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have. Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.[/p][/quote]You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier.[/p][/quote]You have never been a soldier I can tell from the way you write and how you view the incident. I think it's pretty disrespectful of you to make up such lies. While I have never been in combat I have also never lied about doing so. In this respect you are the troll. I am not a troll because I have not provoked you to write the same post 5 times, twice to me and three time to other poster on this Board. The Taliban may not follow the law but British soldiers do and when they break them they should be punished. This soldier broke the law by shooting a prisoner. Therefore he is a murderer. Therefore a prison sentence for murder is just. IShouldoftriedharder

5:39pm Tue 10 Dec 13

cookie_brighton says...

gheese77 wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
gheese77 wrote:
Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial.

We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.
SGT Blackman is not a cold blooded killer, the Taliban had a grenade still on him. And was involved in a raid early that morning. SGT Blackman had to witness Taliban mutilating bodies, cut into pieces and left hanging into trees. Afghanistan is brutal and bloody. Unless you have combat experience it is difficult to understand what these soldiers go through. At the same time, SGT Blackman has combat Stress. Due to witnessing horrors on a daily basis SGT Blackman developed combat stress prior to the incident.
The verdict of the court martial was murder. The court could have found him guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to PTSD but did not. Other soldiers were found not guilty.
murder is premeditated
manslaughter is not.
As he drew his weapon and fired into the injured insurgents body.....this was a premeditated act therefore the right verdict was pronounced........gu
ilty of murder.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Sgt Blackman killed a man in cold blood which is against the law the military operates under. He has been convicted and sentenced after a fair trial. We should be proud the British army does not operate to the same standards as these islamic scum.[/p][/quote]SGT Blackman is not a cold blooded killer, the Taliban had a grenade still on him. And was involved in a raid early that morning. SGT Blackman had to witness Taliban mutilating bodies, cut into pieces and left hanging into trees. Afghanistan is brutal and bloody. Unless you have combat experience it is difficult to understand what these soldiers go through. At the same time, SGT Blackman has combat Stress. Due to witnessing horrors on a daily basis SGT Blackman developed combat stress prior to the incident.[/p][/quote]The verdict of the court martial was murder. The court could have found him guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to PTSD but did not. Other soldiers were found not guilty.[/p][/quote]murder is premeditated manslaughter is not. As he drew his weapon and fired into the injured insurgents body.....this was a premeditated act therefore the right verdict was pronounced........gu ilty of murder. cookie_brighton

5:43pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Brighton Living says...

Well done this man another extremist removed and not taking life's. at least you know you stopped hundred being raped and killed in the future. Not Murder simply carrying out a service like ECO lab .
Well done this man another extremist removed and not taking life's. at least you know you stopped hundred being raped and killed in the future. Not Murder simply carrying out a service like ECO lab . Brighton Living

6:06pm Tue 10 Dec 13

allykatz says...

When you go to war, its war, you're life is threatened and there is a great deal of stress. Seeing friends getting killed by road side bombs, in what is meant to be a ceasefire then dont be surprised if the odd questionable act is committed.

Anyone who thinks back to the plucky Tommy fighting the big Bad Germans, can put down their comic of Warlord or Victor and wake up to the real life fact that bad things happen. This man should not have been in court, when the Army turns on itself, we are not in a good place.

This was not murder plain and simple it was an act of war committed under a media spotlight. Where My Grandfather would have been, after what he saw and had to do Monte Casino in todays society I don't know, yet they are heros.

I dont wish him bad or well it's just a act of war thats all, and they took the gloves off first.
When you go to war, its war, you're life is threatened and there is a great deal of stress. Seeing friends getting killed by road side bombs, in what is meant to be a ceasefire then dont be surprised if the odd questionable act is committed. Anyone who thinks back to the plucky Tommy fighting the big Bad Germans, can put down their comic of Warlord or Victor and wake up to the real life fact that bad things happen. This man should not have been in court, when the Army turns on itself, we are not in a good place. This was not murder plain and simple it was an act of war committed under a media spotlight. Where My Grandfather would have been, after what he saw and had to do Monte Casino in todays society I don't know, yet they are heros. I dont wish him bad or well it's just a act of war thats all, and they took the gloves off first. allykatz

6:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Fight_Back wrote:
It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.
How about not invading other people's countries based on a pack of lies? That way people won't get killed.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: It's very simple - it's a war - shoot at our side and we'll shoot back. If they catch our soldiers then sadly they'll be killed. If we catch them why should they get any different treatment ? It's about time our forces were allowed to fight on a level playing field. If that's not possible then don't send them to war.[/p][/quote]How about not invading other people's countries based on a pack of lies? That way people won't get killed. PorkBoat

6:51pm Tue 10 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Rocco10 wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.
Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.
But it's not murder. It WAR. A concept that seems totally lost on you.
No it's not war. It's an occupation of a sovereign nation, based on a pack of lies, at the behest of a bunch of psychopathic and corrupt politicians and money men, so they can profit from it . This is a concept that seems to be lost on a lot of people.
[quote][p][bold]Rocco10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.[/p][/quote]Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.[/p][/quote]But it's not murder. It WAR. A concept that seems totally lost on you.[/p][/quote]No it's not war. It's an occupation of a sovereign nation, based on a pack of lies, at the behest of a bunch of psychopathic and corrupt politicians and money men, so they can profit from it . This is a concept that seems to be lost on a lot of people. PorkBoat

6:53pm Tue 10 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Clued-up wrote:
Stoves wrote:
Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do!

I cant believe this story.
You sad little person. Can easily imagine how "spineless" you would be in such an environment.

People like you are the enemy within and I can't stand you and everything you stand for ......
Oh the irony of someone so clueless calling them selves "Clued-up".
[quote][p][bold]Clued-up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stoves[/bold] wrote: Murdering scumbag should rot in jail. What a spineless thing to do! I cant believe this story.[/p][/quote]You sad little person. Can easily imagine how "spineless" you would be in such an environment. People like you are the enemy within and I can't stand you and everything you stand for ......[/p][/quote]Oh the irony of someone so clueless calling them selves "Clued-up". PorkBoat

9:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rocco10 says...

PorkBoat wrote:
Rocco10 wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.
Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.
But it's not murder. It WAR. A concept that seems totally lost on you.
No it's not war. It's an occupation of a sovereign nation, based on a pack of lies, at the behest of a bunch of psychopathic and corrupt politicians and money men, so they can profit from it . This is a concept that seems to be lost on a lot of people.
Pack of lies spread by politicians with their own agenda and profits in mind? That'll be war allright.
[quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocco10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: Why combat stress was not picked up by senior commanders with SGT Blackman is beyond me. As far as I am concerned, it is a lack in duty of care by his senior commanders. Soldiers should be monitored and ensured they are not suffering excessive stress in their role. Senior commanders expect 100% from their lads and won't tolerate mistakes. When you are dealing with the brutal killings, mutilations, IEDS, fear being captured and killed alive is not surprising SGT Blackman has combat stress. Now, SGT Blackman has been identified in a manner without any thought for his families safety by the judge and encouraged by the military hierarchy. The stress of not being able to protect his family from terrorist attacks and being targeted by the media will cause further distress to SGT Blackman's trauma. Due to the military hierarchy using SGT Blackman as an example to the rest of the military, his family has been shown no sympathy by the judge or military hierarchy. This decision will have serious consequence on SGT Blackman's combat stress as it could lead to suicide. What I find hard to swallow, SGT Blackman has served his country loyally for 15 year and completed 6 tours, paedaphiles, child killers and rapist have more rights. I find the treatment of SGT Blackman by the military hierarchy, government and the judge appalling and disgraceful. The government expects soldiers to go to war with poor equipment, suffer the brutality of the Taliban, flog these soldiers until they are exhausted leading to severe combat stress. As far as I am concerned, the government and military have a lot to answer. this man has been betrayed by his country he so dearly loves.[/p][/quote]Everyone has the same rights. Just because he was in the military doesn't mean he can murder who he likes.[/p][/quote]But it's not murder. It WAR. A concept that seems totally lost on you.[/p][/quote]No it's not war. It's an occupation of a sovereign nation, based on a pack of lies, at the behest of a bunch of psychopathic and corrupt politicians and money men, so they can profit from it . This is a concept that seems to be lost on a lot of people.[/p][/quote]Pack of lies spread by politicians with their own agenda and profits in mind? That'll be war allright. Rocco10

12:36am Wed 11 Dec 13

Seventh Circle says...

Kill or be killed... live to fight another day... elimination is elimination
Kill or be killed... live to fight another day... elimination is elimination Seventh Circle

2:01am Wed 11 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

Brighton Living wrote:
Well done this man another extremist removed and not taking life's. at least you know you stopped hundred being raped and killed in the future. Not Murder simply carrying out a service like ECO lab .
Your right. Another 10 years before this extremist will be back on the streets. Lets hope his time in prison will help him reform his evil ways.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton Living[/bold] wrote: Well done this man another extremist removed and not taking life's. at least you know you stopped hundred being raped and killed in the future. Not Murder simply carrying out a service like ECO lab .[/p][/quote]Your right. Another 10 years before this extremist will be back on the streets. Lets hope his time in prison will help him reform his evil ways. IShouldoftriedharder

2:09am Wed 11 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

allykatz wrote:
When you go to war, its war, you're life is threatened and there is a great deal of stress. Seeing friends getting killed by road side bombs, in what is meant to be a ceasefire then dont be surprised if the odd questionable act is committed.

Anyone who thinks back to the plucky Tommy fighting the big Bad Germans, can put down their comic of Warlord or Victor and wake up to the real life fact that bad things happen. This man should not have been in court, when the Army turns on itself, we are not in a good place.

This was not murder plain and simple it was an act of war committed under a media spotlight. Where My Grandfather would have been, after what he saw and had to do Monte Casino in todays society I don't know, yet they are heros.

I dont wish him bad or well it's just a act of war thats all, and they took the gloves off first.
It's a slippery slope. One day it's murdering a seriously injured prisoner. The next its massacring whole villages. The next it's snipers taking pot shots at pregnant women. But hey, and to quote you, "It's just an act of war, that's all".
[quote][p][bold]allykatz[/bold] wrote: When you go to war, its war, you're life is threatened and there is a great deal of stress. Seeing friends getting killed by road side bombs, in what is meant to be a ceasefire then dont be surprised if the odd questionable act is committed. Anyone who thinks back to the plucky Tommy fighting the big Bad Germans, can put down their comic of Warlord or Victor and wake up to the real life fact that bad things happen. This man should not have been in court, when the Army turns on itself, we are not in a good place. This was not murder plain and simple it was an act of war committed under a media spotlight. Where My Grandfather would have been, after what he saw and had to do Monte Casino in todays society I don't know, yet they are heros. I dont wish him bad or well it's just a act of war thats all, and they took the gloves off first.[/p][/quote]It's a slippery slope. One day it's murdering a seriously injured prisoner. The next its massacring whole villages. The next it's snipers taking pot shots at pregnant women. But hey, and to quote you, "It's just an act of war, that's all". IShouldoftriedharder

8:36am Wed 11 Dec 13

Council Pounder says...

Bring back hanging!
Bring back hanging! Council Pounder

12:01pm Wed 11 Dec 13

angrymonkey says...

kill or be killed should never got life not like the man was going to live anyway but if did would been killing others killing kids that want to go to school and getting money from drugs sent to the uk . So good on him just shame the uk letting its people down again.
kill or be killed should never got life not like the man was going to live anyway but if did would been killing others killing kids that want to go to school and getting money from drugs sent to the uk . So good on him just shame the uk letting its people down again. angrymonkey

12:06pm Wed 11 Dec 13

66Gooner99 says...

Rocco10 wrote:
We must be the laughing stock of the military world. The Taliban must be wetting themselves especially. We locked a man up for killing one of their fighters (kind of his job).

I do agree he acted improperly, he maybe should have helped him and could have got information from him but he wasn't an innocent civilian and a murder charge for killing an enemy fighter just shows the sad state this country is in.

I hear they are going to put a GATSO camera at the end of the main stretch at Silverstone next year.
Clearly you haven't heard of the Geneva convention. Executing prisoners wounded or other wise, is a war crime.
[quote][p][bold]Rocco10[/bold] wrote: We must be the laughing stock of the military world. The Taliban must be wetting themselves especially. We locked a man up for killing one of their fighters (kind of his job). I do agree he acted improperly, he maybe should have helped him and could have got information from him but he wasn't an innocent civilian and a murder charge for killing an enemy fighter just shows the sad state this country is in. I hear they are going to put a GATSO camera at the end of the main stretch at Silverstone next year.[/p][/quote]Clearly you haven't heard of the Geneva convention. Executing prisoners wounded or other wise, is a war crime. 66Gooner99

12:31pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Steve Heenan says...

66Gooner99 wrote:
Rocco10 wrote:
We must be the laughing stock of the military world. The Taliban must be wetting themselves especially. We locked a man up for killing one of their fighters (kind of his job).

I do agree he acted improperly, he maybe should have helped him and could have got information from him but he wasn't an innocent civilian and a murder charge for killing an enemy fighter just shows the sad state this country is in.

I hear they are going to put a GATSO camera at the end of the main stretch at Silverstone next year.
Clearly you haven't heard of the Geneva convention. Executing prisoners wounded or other wise, is a war crime.
He was fighting a war. He should be re-instated as a Marine and all charges dropped.
[quote][p][bold]66Gooner99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocco10[/bold] wrote: We must be the laughing stock of the military world. The Taliban must be wetting themselves especially. We locked a man up for killing one of their fighters (kind of his job). I do agree he acted improperly, he maybe should have helped him and could have got information from him but he wasn't an innocent civilian and a murder charge for killing an enemy fighter just shows the sad state this country is in. I hear they are going to put a GATSO camera at the end of the main stretch at Silverstone next year.[/p][/quote]Clearly you haven't heard of the Geneva convention. Executing prisoners wounded or other wise, is a war crime.[/p][/quote]He was fighting a war. He should be re-instated as a Marine and all charges dropped. Steve Heenan

1:31pm Wed 11 Dec 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

He may have been fighting a war but he knew exactly what he was doing. He was not under attack and this did not happen during a battle. He murdered someone in cold blood in breach of the Geneva Convention. Like it or not, those are the facts. He knew what he was doing was illegal and told his fellow marines to keep it quiet. As a Sergeant, he is responsible for teaching others and sticking to the rules.
He may have been fighting a war but he knew exactly what he was doing. He was not under attack and this did not happen during a battle. He murdered someone in cold blood in breach of the Geneva Convention. Like it or not, those are the facts. He knew what he was doing was illegal and told his fellow marines to keep it quiet. As a Sergeant, he is responsible for teaching others and sticking to the rules. thevoiceoftruth

5:07pm Wed 11 Dec 13

hoveguyactually says...

For murdering a terrorist, he deserves a medal, not a prison sentence.
For murdering a terrorist, he deserves a medal, not a prison sentence. hoveguyactually

6:38pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Patsyr says...

Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
Lynda74 wrote:
IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood.

If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.
Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.
Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners?

Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers?

Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated?

Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them?

Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post?

Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have.

Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.
You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier.
Does that mean that you know what happened in this situation just by being an ex soldier?
It doesn't mean that you must be right and we can all have an opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynda74[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: I think he was let off pretty easy considering he murdered a man in cold blood. If this crime was reversed and the marine had been murdered, the same people petitioning for a reduced sentence would be calling for the Taliban fighters head on a spike.[/p][/quote]Really, SGT Blackman is working in a war zone which is brutal and bloody. Taliban mutilate and dismember soldiers leaving body parts hanging in a tree as a trophy. If a soldier is captured he will be decapitated, skinned and gutted alive. Soldiers are blown to bits with IED's, every patrol a soldier goes out on he fears he may never come back alive, living though continuous attacks and bombardment of artillery or machine gun fire etc. I can see you never had combat experience well I have. I have signed the petition and support SGT Blackman 100%. The marine has been trained by his government to kill the enemy and ordered to fight the Taliban. SGT Blackman is fighting in a war in which the Taliban don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rule of Engagement. The Taliban was armed with a grenade and attacked British location that morning in which is 26 year old commander was killed.[/p][/quote]Do you have evidence that this fighter was guilty of mutilating prisoners? Do you believe that like any other soldier he was just following the orders of commanding/superior officers? Do believe that coalition soldiers should be able to break international laws on how POW's are treated? Do you think the soldiers on the other side do not feel combat stress when we bomb, shoot and kill them? Do you not think that shooting a prisoner in cold blood might make them even more likely to lead to reprisals like the ones describe in your post? Your right, I have never have had combat experience. However, I very much doubt you have either. You certainly don't come across in your post like you have. Tell me. If a Taliban fighter had killed a marine in the same circumstance would you sign a petition to get his sentence reduced? After all he suffers from the same combat stresses as well.[/p][/quote]You have never been in a combat situation. You obviously not witnessed the mutilations of these soldiers. You are very ignorant on what the Taliban actually do. They don't follow the Geneva Convention or Rules of Engagement. You are a troll. Get a life and actually do your research. I am ex-soldier.[/p][/quote]Does that mean that you know what happened in this situation just by being an ex soldier? It doesn't mean that you must be right and we can all have an opinion. Patsyr

10:36pm Wed 11 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

angrymonkey wrote:
kill or be killed should never got life not like the man was going to live anyway but if did would been killing others killing kids that want to go to school and getting money from drugs sent to the uk . So good on him just shame the uk letting its people down again.
You should do a bit of research on who is benefitting from heroin from Afghanistan. I'll give you a clue. In 2001 it was about 185 tons. In 2012 about 3700 tons. The Taliban lost control of the heroin trade in 2001. So someone is raking it in. Wonder who? Heroin is very big business, and those at the top of the chain don't put their billions under the mattress.
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: kill or be killed should never got life not like the man was going to live anyway but if did would been killing others killing kids that want to go to school and getting money from drugs sent to the uk . So good on him just shame the uk letting its people down again.[/p][/quote]You should do a bit of research on who is benefitting from heroin from Afghanistan. I'll give you a clue. In 2001 it was about 185 tons. In 2012 about 3700 tons. The Taliban lost control of the heroin trade in 2001. So someone is raking it in. Wonder who? Heroin is very big business, and those at the top of the chain don't put their billions under the mattress. PorkBoat

10:59pm Thu 12 Dec 13

clubrob6 says...

This government is letting our armed forces down bigtime,this guy should not be locked up our troops are basically fighting animals,look how LEE RIGBY was murdered on our streets.Our troops are facing these brainwashed enemy on a daily basis.Mind you talking about LEE RIGBY what did CAMERON do on the day he got murdered he went on holiday.This government is also paying soldiers off when they return from Afghanistan my brother was one of them he was in the RAF.We need a government with backbone this lot are not fit to govern.If anyone should be locked up its the likes of BLAIR who took us to unjustified unwinnable wars killing hundreds of thousands.Free this soldier .
This government is letting our armed forces down bigtime,this guy should not be locked up our troops are basically fighting animals,look how LEE RIGBY was murdered on our streets.Our troops are facing these brainwashed enemy on a daily basis.Mind you talking about LEE RIGBY what did CAMERON do on the day he got murdered he went on holiday.This government is also paying soldiers off when they return from Afghanistan my brother was one of them he was in the RAF.We need a government with backbone this lot are not fit to govern.If anyone should be locked up its the likes of BLAIR who took us to unjustified unwinnable wars killing hundreds of thousands.Free this soldier . clubrob6

7:33pm Fri 13 Dec 13

sinatra says...

we should take all of those nasty guns away from soldiers in case anyone else gets hurt in the future! don't tell me war is becoming namby pamby as well. what happened to the good old days when the idea was to kill as many of the enemy as possible. A taliban fighter gets killed in a war - stop the press! boo hoo, tears are being shed for the loss (that's sarcasm btw).
we should take all of those nasty guns away from soldiers in case anyone else gets hurt in the future! don't tell me war is becoming namby pamby as well. what happened to the good old days when the idea was to kill as many of the enemy as possible. A taliban fighter gets killed in a war - stop the press! boo hoo, tears are being shed for the loss (that's sarcasm btw). sinatra

10:00am Sat 14 Dec 13

jadielou93 says...

I just signed this petition.. and I don't regret it at all
I just signed this petition.. and I don't regret it at all jadielou93

7:31am Sun 15 Dec 13

Boloney-marshal says...

The government need and want our brave young men to do their dirty work for them in the many theatres of war around the world. The least they can do is back the soldiers up when the ugly side of war is revealed in error, instead of covering their derrieres for their own immunity to blame. Walk a mile in Sergeant Alexander Blackman's shoes at the front-line as they say.
Free Sergeant Alexander Blackman, for Christmas.
The government need and want our brave young men to do their dirty work for them in the many theatres of war around the world. The least they can do is back the soldiers up when the ugly side of war is revealed in error, instead of covering their derrieres for their own immunity to blame. Walk a mile in Sergeant Alexander Blackman's shoes at the front-line as they say. Free Sergeant Alexander Blackman, for Christmas. Boloney-marshal

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