Sunday, June 03, 2007

Throw the book at them

The Irish Defence Forces are just completing what had until then been a highly successful three and a half year UN deployment to assist with the stabilisation of Liberia which included the escort of Charles Taylor to his expulsion to Sierra Leone's UN international tribunal. During the deployment Ranger Sergeant Derek Mooney was killed in a road accident near Monrovia.

It is appalling that a couple of clowns have marred the image of the Defence Forces by uploading to Youtube a video showing them pointing weapons at local civilians in acts of horseplay. It's not like idiots in other armies haven't done similar things in the past and the soldiers superiors should also take some blame in failing to sufficiently impress on their subordinates the damage such videos can do.
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