The Daily Telegraph editorial The betrayal felt by Mrs Mendonca reported on in the telegraph today is understandable; the Army is one of the very few organisations reporting to our Government where the vital integrity of its constituents must be repaid with full support from the PM and his Ministers, who, after all, expect unswerving dedication to the directives they issue. However, the rash of accusations against soldiers recenty which have led to witch-hunts even from within (see Brig Aitken's message in the same paper today: "(Brig Aitken)...wrote to officers who had led battalions in Iraq, asking: "Do you have any evidence of officer behaviour in Iraq which I could use?" is evidence of an increasing politicisation of the Forces, to the extent that some senior officers seem to be a little confused over where their loyalties should be. The principle that a leader has responsibility for his charges and their actions is true in politics, business, the Forces and the Law. There is nothing different about the Army, whether it is on operations or not. There is not, as suggested in the Telegraph, anything 'politically correct' about examining the conduct of officers in charge of soldiers accused of crimes. This editorial has only muddied the water surrounding the case, and it strikes me that it has done so deliberately. If Col Mendonca is subject to Court Martial I can only see him leaving it with his reputation considerably enhanced.