Marine A to receive police protection amid fears the British troop is a terror target

Formerly referred to as Marine A, 42-year-old Mr Blackman was filmed in 2011 shooting a severely wounded man in the chest at point blank range as he quoted a phrase from Shakespeare.

He said: “There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us,” as the man convulsed and died in front of him.

After a successful appeal against a murder conviction, Mr Blackham was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter yesterday, and will be eligible for release within weeks.

I thought you were supposed to kill the enemy.

  • tom_billesley

    Media camerapersons have no business on battlefields.

    • FactsWillOut

      Sure they do.

      Some of the best SOF articles I’ve read were by journos embedded with fighters. Mind you, lots of SOF journos were ex-forces or ex-mercs.

    • Sean R

      It wasn’t a media camera person, it was the soldiers’ own “go-pro” cameras that caught it.

  • LairdKintyre

    In the years following WWII were there veterans worried about a Nazis popping out of the woodwork to harm them? Was there ever a single veteran who required police protection for what they did in WWII? Never. As a matter of fact, people congratulated Them, thanked them were ever they went even if it was Germany itself. The Germans were grateful to have been rid of the Nazis. The Afghanis and Iraqis on the other hand, most still boil with resentment and loathing of our troops. Something is definitely wrong and it’s as much the Wests fault as anyone’s. At least in Ages past, a job was done right, and didn’t get put aside until it was over.

  • Sean R

    “I thought you were supposed to kill the enemy.” Yes, in battle. Once an enemy is “hors de combat” (out of action), like the injured, and they are not posing a direct threat (e.g. injured but still firing, for example), they are not to be killed or even harmed – Geneva Convention III – under any circumstances. The Canadian Army court martialled an officer for the same allegation. Only lack of evidence that the captive was actually alive prevented a murder/manslaugter conviction – Capt Semrau was convicted of disgraceful conduct and released from the Forces. Put the shoe on the other foot, and a Taliban or al Quaeda fighter does this to one of ours. I suspect there wouldn’t be the same “hey, it’s war” attitude. Omar Khadr anyone?

    • FactsWillOut

      Let me spell something out to the moral relativists out there:
      When we kill them, its good.
      When they kill us, its bad.
      The Taliban are not signatories to the Geneva Conventions.
      Also, the Geneva Conventions have crippled the signatories ability to fight.

      • The Geneva Convention only applies to conflicts between nation-states. Terrorists have no protection under it.

      • Sean R

        Not a moral relativist. Just someone who can read and understand the law, and who knows that if we are truly better than them, we can act like it. And it doesn’t matter that the Taliban are not signatories, WE ARE.

    • Slickfoot

      You do not leave live combatants behind you.

      • Sean R

        You do if they’re no longer a threat. GC III.

    • Solo712

      Hey, Taliban’s adheres to Geneva convention? That’s news to me. They are stateless combatants. Omar Khadr should have been dispatched right there after his dastardly stealth attack.

      • Sean R

        You have misunderstood my comment. The Taliban do not follow the GCs, that is why they are unlawful combatants, i.e., criminals. HOWEVER, that does not allow proper soldiers to kill them if they are injured and out of the fight. If the death penalty is going to be administered, it is AFTER a trial and on a judge’s order, not that of the battlefield soldier.

        Omar Khadr is held up by some as someone who was “merely a soldier” doing his job. As in “it’s war, war is war, just doing his job”. Well, he was in a war, and if he hadn’t been captured, but had instead taken an American or Canadian or Brit captive, and OUR guy was badly hurt, and Khadr “put him out of his misery”, would YOU be jumping up to support his actions? I suspect not.

        The rules apply to BOTH sides, not just “the good guys”.

        • Solo712

          Now, who is misunderstanding who ? You say rules apply to both sides, and I am telling you it is be foolish and self-defeating to apply them in a situation where the other side does not adhere to them. Of course, soldiers even with an enemy like Taliban should not kill wantonly, but to dispatch a wounded adversary on a battlefield is not a crime. You are a soldier, not a nurse, or a lecturer on superior attitudes. I have not been in the battle where the life of an enemy combatant was taken. I am satisfied it was not in a situation where he was killed after he was disarmed. Just because he was injured does not mean squat.

          As for Omar Khadr, he lay in wait after the shooting has ceased only to kill wantonly the approaching medic and badly wounding another man.

          • Sean R

            The law applies to both sides. And I agree – Khadr is a criminal. But once captured, we can’t kill criminals. And, yes, sorry, it is a crime to “dispatch” an enemy soldier – GC III. Google it.

  • Millie_Woods

    So even though it was ruled that Blackman was mentally unsound at the time of the killing, the judge ruled that “the deliberate killing of a wounded man had a ‘material adverse effect’ on the reputation of the British armed forces”

    But when muslim terrorists suffering “mental illness” kills, it doesn’t have a material adverse effect on the reputation of Islam.

    • Solo712

      “When muslim terrorists suffering “mental illness” kills, it doesn’t have a material adverse effect on the reputation of Islam.” That’s correct ! Islam has no reputation to protect; it does not care what the kuffar believes.

  • Clink9

    There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us,”

    I would have done the old, “Well punk, do you feel lucky?”

    • Barrington Minge

      Yes and then blown him away!