and all those who pontificate at length about civilian causalities from the comfort of the sidelines knowing nowt about the realities of insurgent conflict and combined force night operations and then go to bed to sleep between clean sheets after having quaffed a couple of chardonnays have my contempt.
Shit happens in war. War is shitty. Clive Hume won a well deserved VC for his actions on Crete in WW2. But there is a dark side to the story. In the counter attack on Galatas shots were fired at members of Hume's platoon by a German who fed into a house. Hume and another soldier set off in pursuit of him. They went into the house but could see nothing ... then they noticed a trapdoor in the floor open slightly. They assumed the German was in the cellar. The soldier pulled the trapdoor open and Hume threw two grenades down it. It was full of women and children. Many were killed and injured. I repeat ... shit happens in war. War is shitty. But is anyone going to argue with me that Hume did that deliberately?
The International Criminal Court reports that there have been over 1,600 civilian casualties in Afghanistan caused by military action but that there was no evidence to show that any of these were deliberate. I'll go with that. In my experience soldiers are professional. They know the rules and abide by them. The notion that the casualties alleged by Hager and Stephenson were extra-judicial revenge killings by the SAS gone rogue is shock/horror journalism at its worst designed to sell books.