Friday, January 22, 2016
You don't tug on Superman's cape......
After being told NOT to return fire at an Iraqi insurgent who after prayers every week, liked to fire an RPG at a British base, the Brits decided they'd had enough and posted a sniper to take care of the problem.
Probably using the Accuracy International L115A3 sniper rifle, world record distance holder, the sniper killed the insurgent just as he was taking aim with the RPG, from a distance of 1200 meters or about 3/4 of a mile.
Job well done, right? Not so fast my friend.
Now the sniper is in trouble because he didn't yell a warning at the insurgent first, per the idiotic rules of engagement. How is a sniper supposed to yell at a guy holding an RPG from more than 12 football fields away?
With rules as stupid as these, it's a wonder the allies can accomplish anything over there.
At any rate, with apologies to Jim Croce,
"You don't tug on Superman's cape,
You don't spit in the wind,
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger,
and you don't mess around with British snipers."