Monday, October 17, 2005

Maybe we're using the Army all wrong

Maybe we're right, but Ireland's Army (oh yes, they've got one) has an Equitation School. Their goal is to promote Ireland and the Irish horse.
to promote Ireland the Irish Horse
Do we have this whole Army function wrong?

According to the Irish Army's web site:

Army riders have represented Ireland at Olympic, World and European Championship level in Show jumping and Three-Day Eventing.

But it hasn't been all Guinness and Harp. In 1927: "at the tough Nations Cup meeting, at Olympia, London. 'Our horses and riders could not cope with the tight confines of the Indoor Arena,' Captain O' Dwyer recalled of their chastening experience, when they placed last of six teams in the Prince of Wales Cup. "

Naturally, this meant war. At the Great Colic Battle in the fall of 1927 the Irish Army did a lot of lip curls but after they were moved to different pastures tensions ebbed.

If the British Army worked more on their cavalry (and we're talking about you, Queen's Royal Hussars), maybe they wouldn't have these problems to deal with:
From the UK Mirror:

17 October 2005
Captain's body is found at barracks
By Chris Hughes Security Correspondent

Now, me - I'd come to radically different conclusions than the Army/Mirror.

From the article:
THE Army officer in charge of investigating abuse of civilians by British forces in Iraq has been found dead, it was revealed yesterday.

Nothing suspicious there.

There's more:
Royal Military Police Captain Ken Masters, 40, is believed to have killed himself. . . . Ministry of Defence sources said last night it is not believed Capt Masters had left a suicide note and it is not yet known how he died.

That crazy, suicidal bastard. Always trying to keep things secret.

More incriminating press:
The married father-of-two is not believed to have been suffering from depression, mental illness or physical injury and had not been due to appear as a witness in any cases relating to mistreatment. . . . A military source said: "This has come as a total surprise to Ken's forces colleagues."

It came as a surprise to Ken too.

One last thing:
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the captain was "responsible for investigating all in-theatre serious incidents".

Definitely a suicide.

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