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Australian deserter in Afghanistan gets a free pass?

A member of the Australian military went missing in the middle of a deadly clash with the Taliban then, fourteen months later, she just wanders back into camp. Is a court martial convened to see if she is guilty of desertion? No, people just shrug their shoulders and start playing tennis with her. What madness is this?

What is the world coming to when a valued member of the armed services takes off under fire and leaves their comrades chasing their tails wondering what happened to her? And it should be noted there were persistent rumours that far from being held captive by the Taliban, she was sniffing around an area of Afghanistan notorious for opium production while her compatriots were risking their lives facing down the enemy. How can this not cause serious repercussions when she wanders back to base after being located by US soldiers (who reportedly said she was a real bitch)? Shocking.

21 comments to Australian deserter in Afghanistan gets a free pass?

  • The Aussies are just howling at the moon if you ask me.

  • Annie Brandt

    Well Albion, it’s a flea bitten way to run an army if you ask me.

  • I would describe it more as “Barking Mad” Annie.

  • Ocker Bill

    I was reading this and WTF’ing about what I thought was a jellybean fiasco and then I clicked the link. Dammit! You got me!

  • I’d be worried she was undergoing some kind of secret Taliban training. A bit like River in the Firefly movie, someone says the code-word and she springs into action.

  • Yes, a bitch – but a good-looking one!

  • James Waterton

    Well I was certainly barking up the wrong tree until I hit the link…

  • Corey

    Yep, got me too. Had no idea until I clicked the link.

  • cjf

    Some soldiers never read “Catch 22″

  • Psyclops

    “Some soldiers never read “Catch 22″

    I’m thinkin’ someone didn’t click the link.

  • Nuke Gray

    Still, it’s good to know that her tennis skills weren’t affected! And, of course, they couldn’t punish her- she knows where all the bones are buried! If she is ever pushed too far, she won’t be the only one in the dog-house!

  • You all actually had to *click* the link? All I did was look at the URL the link *pointed* to.

    Pikers, the lot of ya.

    But I gotta praise you for your dogged determination to dig down to the bottom of things. No sense hounding Perry, of course – after all, he nosed out the story and unearthed it for all of us.

    Anyways, Alisa, Ido agree: Sabin may be a bitch, but she is a fetching bitch.

  • RAB

    I have a dog.She is a bonkers Springer/Cocker cross. She has an incredible nose on her, and would make a great sniffer dog.
    She would probably find an IEB and take it back to the johnny Talibans cave who planted it, wanting to play. I would love to see their faces if that happened!
    What is bloody improvised about an explosive device by the way? The way the MSN just keep on running with the cliches?

    Can you imagine an Afghan pulling up his trousers after shagging his goat, and spotting a Brit patrol going by…

    I must kill these infidel! he thinks to himself. What can I use?
    Well what luck! I find that my pockets are full of industrial fertiliser and allah be praised! the cord keeping up my trousers seems to be soaked in Potassium Nitrate. Now if only I can pack it all in to this empty coke can….
    I dont think so, do you?

  • Verity

    Well, until I clicked the link, Perry’s post certainly raised my hackles.

    Now I see the post’s enough to make a cat laugh.

  • Oddball

    Woof Woof.

  • RAB

    Cheers Verity,
    Come up and see us sometime. ;-)

  • cjf

    Catch 22? Didn’t need to check-out the link (but did)
    The name of the link said it all.

  • James

    What is bloody improvised about an explosive device by the way? The way the MSN just keep on running with the cliches?

    Can you imagine an Afghan pulling up his trousers after shagging his goat, and spotting a Brit patrol going by…

    I must kill these infidel! he thinks to himself. What can I use?
    Well what luck! I find that my pockets are full of industrial fertiliser and allah be praised! the cord keeping up my trousers seems to be soaked in Potassium Nitrate. Now if only I can pack it all in to this empty coke can….
    I dont think so, do you?

    It’s a technical term and is not media generated. You will see it in professional writings going back before journalists used the term. Of course I’m sure journalist often misuse this piece of military terminology since that wouldn’t be unusual in the slightest. Oh and most would rather shag a young boy than a goat.

  • RAB

    Thanks James, I am so relieved that it is a “Technical” piece of bullshit rather than a media generated one.
    I am just off to “Improvise” a Ford Fiesta…

  • Paul Marks

    “Angels will not enter a house where there is a dog” M. – most likely trying to convince people that they should not even have this degree of protection against any thugs he might decide to send.

    Clearly the Taliban angels were scared of the dog.