According to British army, patriots are ‘extremists’
British soldiers who call themselves "patriots" are suspected of being "right-wing extremists", according to a leaked document from the British army.
Published: June 1, 2019, 9:35 am
Written in 2017, the leaflet “Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators & Warnings” was sent to senior defence staff to “educate Chains of Command on the indicators and warnings of personnel who may harbour extremist views,” Breitbart London reported.
Words such as “Islamofascism” and “traitors” are among the expressions listed. The leaflet advised defence staff to “look out” for soldiers who: “Describe themselves as ‘patriots’”; “Add ‘istan’ to British place names”; “Use the term ‘Islamofascism’”; “Involve colleagues in closed social media groups”; “Refer to Political Correctness as some kind of left wing or Communist plot”; or who “Make inaccurate generalisations about ‘the Left’ or Government”.
The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed the veracity of the document obtained by the MailOnline. A spokesman for MoD commented: “The values of our armed forces and the nation they serve are totally incompatible with extremist views. We have robust measures in place to ensure those exhibiting these views are not permitted to serve.
“Exhibiting one or two of these in no way suggests someone is an extremist, and the card does not suggest that all patriots are extremists.
“Through the Government’s counter terrorism and counter extremism strategies (PREVENT) the MOD takes a comprehensive approach to tackling all forms of extremism and terrorism.”
The leaked research document came in the wake of the 2017 arrest of four soldiers accused of links with the proscribed National Action group.
Last year, the British army threatened to investigate several young soldiers who had posed for a photograph, later published on social media, with anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson.
In a statement the army noted: “Far-right ideology is completely at odds with the values and ethos of the armed forces,” adding that any military personnel “in breach of the army’s values and standards will face administrative action”.
In yet another leak, it was revealed in August last year that disciplinary would be taken against any soldier who “demonstrated negative opinions” about the army’s politically-correct recruitment videos after a series of advertisements attempting to attract recruits from the Muslim and LGBT communities.
One such advertisement showed soldiers stopping in the middle of a patrol to allow a Muslim colleague to pray, while others expressed that you can be “gay” or “emotional” in the army.
The leak exposed the briefing note in which senior military figures had become “increasingly frustrated by the perceived negative impact that serving personnel are having on this campaign” and that anyone who expressed “negative opinions” about the ads would be “dealt with under disciplinary or administrative action as appropriate”.
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