For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! “
But it’s ” Saviour of ‘is country ” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An ‘Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!
Kipling, of course. I suspect there are only two types of warriors in the Western world: those who love Kipling, and those who don’t know him. I wonder what he would think of this.
‘Despite everything, I am humbled by the support we have had… I am still proud of my service for the country despite being in here.’
Sgt Nightingale, who served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan, was jailed earlier this month after pleading guilty to possessing a Glock pistol given to him by members of the Iraqi special forces he helped train.
The weapon was sent back from Iraq in 2007 after Sgt Nightingale left the country, and secured at the SAS’s headquarters before being moved to a house Sgt Nightingale briefly shared with another soldier.
The pistol was discovered following a police raid but the sergeant claimed that he had no recollection of owning the pistol after he suffered brain damage in 2009.
He subsequently pleaded guilty at a court martial after being told that he faced five years in jail if he fought the charges and lost.
The story chronology is bizarre–the state reaction more so. Justice untempered by reason or mercy is not likely the cause Sgt Nightingale thought he was serving. Here’s to hoping that the appeals process brings sanity.