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The British government wishes to provide legal clarity to its troops : nobody will come after you for obeying orders. They don't want soldiers worrying about human rights during conflicts.

Arguably, it's better to have that ambiguity cleared up. The soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday killings undoubtedly believed they were protected against prosecution, and indeed they were for 47 years. It seems a bit arbitrary to go back on that now.

Also arguably, I'm not necessarily against immunity for those following orders to pull the trigger, on condition that all the commissioned officers in the chain of command are eligible for prosecution.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon May 20th, 2019 at 02:43:21 PM EST

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