When you live in perpetual fear of being sued by anyone and everyone around you, as Americans do, then to apologise is tantamount to admitting guilt.
The fact is that there was a tragic mistake, which not only injured British troops but killed LCPL Matty Hull, leaving his family devastated and asking questions to which they were denied the answers.
The pilot in question should not be vilified. He has to live with his guilt-and I have no doubt that any investigation or court marshall at this juncture would be far more for political advantage than a genuine search for the truth and justice. There has to be a high level enquiry into why the video was not released officially for LCPL Hull's inquest though-his family deserved, and still deserve, to be treated with more respect than that.
As regards the somewhat ignorant comments harking back to the Falklands, WW2 and Iraq, well, some of you quite clearly need to start reading the broadsheets instead of the Beano.
I'm not sure how pointing out that Britain has been repaying a financial debt to the US since they belatedly decided to join the Allied stance in WW2 helps show America in a positive light(although admittedly history may have been different without them). There were, regardless of whether the US likes it or not, more casualties caused by them to British troops in Iraq due to friendly fire than by the Iraqi army and as regards the Falklands-your senior ranking army officials publicly admitted that their forces couldn't have done what our guys did-yomping cross country for days and engaging the enemy hand to hand.
Addressing all those who are still in doubt-the British troops on the ground were on the correct frequency screaming that the attack was a blue on blue and to disengage-unfortunately the pilots weren't listening to their comms as protocol would dictate, and if in doubt as to your target how about qualifying it with a grid reference or two? Especially when you've already questioned yourself as regards the orange markers-as they quite clearly did on the 5 minute tape that has been shown here. Oh, and while we're on the subject the electronic markers you refer to are not infallible either-faults on a fighter led to a fatal blue on blue in recent years.
The sad fact of the matter is that regardless of the hoo-ha which is ensuing internationally now, a young British LCPL is dead at the hands of his allies.
Were the facts surrounding his death and a sincere apology for his family really too much to ask?
· 1 decade ago