Dead Men Left

Monday, November 28, 2005

Hypocrisy (and other fine military traditions)

MoD weaselling:

A video of an initiation ceremony showing young Royal Marines forced to fight naked and one apparently beaten unconscious was condemned yesterday by embarrassed defence officials and senior officers.

But while the Ministry of Defence insisted its policy was one of "zero tolerance" on bullying, privately officials suggested the incident was a "a bit of fun that got out of hand". Although the episode took place last May, a criminal investigation by the military police was set up less than two weeks ago.

“Out of hand”? At what point, exactly, did things get “out of hand”? When everyone took their clothes off – except the guy in the schoolgirl uniform? When the rubber arm-tubes were produced? When one of the marines was apparently knocked unconscious?