J'Accuse! Top General lambasts 'moral cowardice' of government and miltary chiefs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=448249&in_page_id=1770 The article is in todayâs Daily Mail by General Sir Michael Rose. Amongst other things Mike Rose says hereâs a few choice morsels. Blazing with moral outrage, Rose wants Tony Blair - before he leaves office - to be held to account for Iraq. How have we come to this? The released Navy captives whimpering about losing an iPod and unsightly insect bites. This Faye Turney (the female leading seaman held by the Iranians): first of all, she was smoking, that is what offended me. Sheâs in uniform and she is smoking as the Iranians approach. "What is going on? It may seem a small thing, but people who are about to go into battle donât look relaxed sitting in a boat as if they are on a Mediterranean cruise." Once captured, the 15 sailors and marines displayed a woeful lack of military fibre, according to Rose. "There were junior soldiers in World War II who resisted heroically, in far worse circumstances. Or in the Falkland Islands. "What made young men in the Scots Guards or the Paras charge with bayonets in the middle of the night when they had run out of ammunition, against enemy machine guns? "They had a choice - just as Leading Seaman Turney did. "But they took the right choice. They had a pride in their regiment. And a lot of them died. But as Wellington said: 'To live in disgrace is the worst thing of all. To die glorious is something to be envied'." He is also unimpressed by the argument that the captives were in fear of their lives. "Isnât every soldier in fear of their life who goes out on patrol in Basra? Of course he is, but does he give up? No." "There would have been an initial inquiry into what had happened: if there had been any blame attributed, negligence or failure to comply with standard operation procedures, then charges would have been brought." "Yes, there should indeed have been charges, and the senior officers should have been asked how come they allowed this situation to occur. General Rose attacks the "moral cowardice" of politicians - from former Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Portillo to the Blair Government - for the erosion of the military ethos as well as for paring our forces to the bone. "Politically, they needed to cosy up to Europe, and they were too busy selling the Armyâs assets, such as their married quarters, to pay for immediate crises," he says bitterly. Worst of all has been the "slithering" of Tony Blair. Rose accuses him of being disingenuous about defence spending and of misleading Parliament about the reasons for going to war in Iraq.