My answer to What one picture best describes your city/country/state?
Answer by Desmond Last:
This is Sergeant Andrew Blackman. He killed a Taliban Prisoner in Afghanistan. He carried out an act you or I could given the same circumstances also have carried out.
He is not evil nor is he a murderer. Such is the Establishment influence in the U.K that his senior Officers allowed him to be jailed for 12 years.
I have chosen this picture as to me it typify’s the United Kingdom at its worst.
What Andrew Blackman did was wrong. But the circumstances were such that his emotional control was removed by the events he had to endure and witness.
If I were the Prime Minster I would have asked for the sentence to be commuted. I would have asked Andrew to use his experience to lecture to troops. New troops going into battle have absolutely no idea of the immense strain their emotions will be put under. Andrew’s experience has a lot of value to troops who have never been in conflicts.
This is the U.K. ‘Bend over Britain’. It no longer stands up for its own. A man who before the killing was seen as a hero is now a damning example of a military leadership that cares more for its knighthoods than its men.