"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 25 September 2009

Named & Shamed

The Major alluded to in Michael Yon's article this morning about Camp Bastion Media Ops has been named & shamed by EU Referendum.
He is Major Ric Cole and this is what he looks like:

Let's hear it for Major Cole:

In case you haven't read Yon's account yet, this is why Major Cole gets the raspberry:
The Major and I were driving in Camp Bastion around midday when it was very hot. A British soldier ran by wearing a rucksack. He was drenched in sweat under the blazing, dusty desert. I smiled because it’s great to see so many soldiers who work and train hard. Yet the Major cut fun at the soldier, saying he was dumb to be running in that heat. I nearly growled at the Major, but instead asked if he ever goes into combat. The answer was no. And, in fact, the Major does not leave the safety of Camp Bastion.

That a military officer would share a foul word about a combat soldier who was prepping for battle was offensive. Especially an officer who lives in an air-conditioned tent with a refrigerator stocked with chilled soft drinks. Just outside his tent are nice hot and cold showers. Five minutes away is a little Pizza Hut trailer, a coffee shop, stores, and a cookhouse.


  1. Who are the combatants in the war: who is fighting whom? It becomes less clear every day.

  2. Your implication is right E: the MoD are struggling to contain the news and, as Yon says, elsewhere in his article the British public are not being told the truth.


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