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Sunday, 2 October 2011

This ex-soldier would follow this man to hell and back!

There is a soldier in England who, if we were in the army at the same time, I would willingly follow to hell and back. This was an exceptional speech and George Bush had it framed at hung in the Oval Office.

Here is his address to his troops on the eve of battle
"We go to liberate, not to conquer.

We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own.

Show respect for them.

There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly.

Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send.

As for the others, I expect you to rock their world.

Wipe them out if that is what they choose.

But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.

Iraq is steeped in history.

It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham.

Tread lightly there.

You will see things that no man could pay to see - and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis.

You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing.

Don't treat them as refugees for they are in their own country.

Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you.

Allow them dignity in death.

Bury them properly and mark their graves.

It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive.

But there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign.

We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back.

There will be no time for sorrow.

The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction.

There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam.

He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done.

As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.

It is a big step to take another human life.

It is not to be done lightly.

I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts.

I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them.

If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family.

The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.

If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer.

You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest - for your deeds will follow you down through history.

We will bring shame on neither our uniform or our nation.

It is not a question of if, it's a question of when.

We know he has already devolved the decision to lower commanders, and that means he has already taken the decision himself.

If we survive the first strike we will survive the attack.

As for ourselves, let's bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there.

Our business now is North.
The Commander of this early Iraq war, Col Collins is to announce this week that he will put his hat in the ring for selection as a Conservative candidate for one of the new £120,000-a-year posts to be elected by the public next year.
If chosen, he stands a very good chance of becoming a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in Kent – the force area he would like to head. PCCs will have the power to hire and fire chief constables, set budgets, and set out the strategic plan for each force area.

The 51-year old, who lives in Kent, told The Sunday Telegraph that he was inspired by the achievements of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who reduced crime through tougher policing.
"This is a job for someone energetic and who is willing to work with the chief constable," Col Collins said. "It is important that it doesn't become just a talking shop for knackered old policemen or a sunset gig for some trough-loving councillor." 

Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph.


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