I knew this guy was a fool trolling for publicity but the obligatory apology “I’m sorry I said something that got me publicity” is lousy.
He said: “To be a soldier one needs that special gene, that extra something, that enables a person to jump into one on one combat, something, after all, that is unimaginable to most of us, as we are simply not brave enough.”
Furthermore he admitted: “I also talked flippantly about torture and our attitude towards it. I apologise.
“However it seems to me that embracing war means accepting its underbelly as well, torture and the unspeakable violence that spirals from the battlefield to its surroundings. You cannot be politically correct in a war. My flippant and irresponsible behaviour arises from a deep frustration at the fact that we seem to be continually making war, dreaming up new ones, instead of doing everything we can to avoid them. Again I apologise without reserve to anyone who has been insulted by my remarks.”
Everett’s father is a retired Army major and he said in his interview that “two of my forebears, maybe three, got VCs in Afghanistan.”
Not worth the time to fisk, but it is worth noting the guy’s complete ignorance of who we are and what we do for a living.
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