According to the Daily Mirror, a Gurkha was nearly put on trial for — horrors! — beheading an enemy in combat in Afghanistan.
Earlier news reports had the British commander of troops in Afghanistan, Richard Kemp, condemning the Gurkha private, and anonymous British staff officers calling him a war criminal.
According to the Mirror, investigation showed that the headless Talib was a combat casualty, not a desecrated corpse:
A GURKHA under investigation for beheading a Taliban gunman has been allowed back on normal duty.
The Nepalese soldier faced court martial after he returned to base with the enemy fighter’s head in a bag and presented it to senior officers.
He had decapitated the insurgent with his kukri machete, the traditional Gurkha weapon, during fierce fighting on the Afghan front line.
So, for whatever reason, the attempt to throw the book at this young soldier got cut off at the… knees. The amazing, Lord Love a Duck aspect of the whole thing is that the ruperts attempted this in the first place. What were they thinking?
Apparently the upper crust of the British Army is full of guys who don’t remember the psychological effect of the Gurkha Regiment on Argentine conscripts in 1982. The sharp, heavy kukri and the Gurkha’s skill with it is a feature, not a bug.