The SAS has been ordered by the Government to train Libyan special forces despite the country having armed the IRA, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
For the past six months Britain’s elite troops have been schooling soldiers working for Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which for years provided Republican terrorists with the Semtex explosive, machine-guns and anti-aircraft missiles used against British troops during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Sources within the SAS have expressed distaste at the agreement, which they believe could be connected to the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
When does an order by an illegitimate “government” become itself illigitimate? When is an army in a position of rightly refusing its government’s orders? Have ethical orders and unethical orders become so blurred that the army cannot distinguish right from wrong? Is not the purpose of the British Army to defend Queen and Country and not serve the political whims of ministers with little or no knowledge of the Armed Forces?
Is an army to follow orders regardless of ethics and legality? NO, of course not. “I was just following orders” did not work at the Nuremberg trials and it still to this day is not a viable excuse or a mitigating circumstance.