I've been reading about former Royal Marine Sergeant Mark Leader
Sgt Leader clumped a Taliban suspect his patrol had caught planting an IED. For this moment of madness Sgt Leader has been slung out of the Marines and his life is in ruins. His career is over.
Sgt Leader used a Wellington boot to smack the PW in the chops. He split his lip and loosened a couple of teeth. He didn't shred his lower body. He didn't rip off the mans arms. He didn't blind him or deafen him. He didn't kill him either.
That however is what the Afghan PW was intending for Sgt Leader and his mates.
Don't get me wrong here. Sgt Leader should not have assaulted the Taliban suspect. Enemy PW's should be treated with fairness. However, a momentary lapse of reason should not cost a man his career. It should perhaps have cost him one of his stripes. That would be a hard punishment for a Marine like Mark to swallow.
The Court Martial that ended his career did so from behind desks whilst sat in comfortable chairs. Their decision has destroyed a Marine and given comfort to the enemy.
It is not difficult to imagine the Taliban laughing as they discuss how weak and pathetic their enemies Leaders are. We are losing this war not on the field of battle, but in the corridors of power back home.