British Paratroopers Use Photo of Labour Party Leader Corbyn for Target Practice

army paratroopers shoot at jeremy corbyn

Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)

Did anyone ask if the paratroopers are Jewish?

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s military said Wednesday it was investigating “totally unacceptable behavior” by some of its soldiers after they were filmed apparently using a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice.

Footage posted on social media showed members of the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan shooting at an image of Corbyn, Britain’s main opposition leader.

Corbyn, a veteran socialist, has often been critical of British military campaigns overseas.

Brig. Nick Perry, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, said “the video shows totally unacceptable behavior and a serious error of judgment that falls far below what we expect of soldiers in our brigade.”

He said the video was being “fully investigated.”

“The army is and always will be a totally apolitical organization,” he said.

The brigade has 400 troops in Afghanistan as part of a NATO deployment to train Afghan forces.

Labour defense spokeswoman Nia Griffith tweeted that the video was “shocking and completely unacceptable.” She said it was “right that the Army is carrying out a full investigation.”

Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier, said the video was “disgraceful.”

British politicians have reported increased threats and fears for their safety amid heightened tensions over Brexit.

Last month, a man angry about Brexit was sentenced to 28 days in prison for hitting Corbyn with an egg.

In 2016, Labour lawmaker Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist. A neo-Nazi was recently convicted of plotting to kill another Labour legislator.

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  1. Well, maybe Beitain will finally get it’s “Ameican Style Revolution” and purge all the Authoritarian Riff Raff !

    1. avatar Mark says:

      LOL, as if the UK has a freedom-loving culture!

      1. avatar frank speak says:

        well,..there’s certainly a message there…

    2. avatar Gadsden says:

      Doubtful. The British people are a far cry from their former selves and serve as a warning to all of us here. Britain even allows its soldiers to be prosecuted by the EU for conduct that’s entirely reasonable in war. One of the key issues of Brexit was this and returning to the concept of crown immunity for the military. Though I doubt even if Brexit (and that’s a big if now), happens Britain will return to that concept.

      1. avatar Chris Mallory says:

        No one should have immunity from the law, no matter what their job is.

        1. avatar Gadsden says:

          I’m not saying they should, I’m just pointing out that as an example. I agree that Crown Immunity would be a bad idea. If you like many here think American police get away with murder, a hypothetical return to such an imperialist system would make that look like child’s play. However on the opposite end of spectrum, allowing your own nations soldiers to be punished by foreign nations, simply by going to war as ordered, is a crime in and of itself. And in the EU it is getting that far, to where they want to prosecute British soldiers simply for being in Iraq.

      2. avatar Huntmaster says:

        Look, I knew a lot of Brits who thought we were going down the tubes by voting for Obama. And they were right. And I knew even more Chinese who said to me,”I left China to get away from the communists and now you people elect one. What the hell is wrong with you people?”

    3. avatar ai338 says:

      Negative. Go to London. It’s basically the ruins of Rome.

  2. avatar GeorgiaBob says:

    Would it be “unacceptable” to replace a picture of a socialist with a real socialist?

    1. avatar Felix says:

      Ceci n’est pas une socialist.

      1. avatar CalGunsMD says:

        Va te faire foutre!

      2. avatar Mark N. says:

        Il est un Maoist. Un traitre. Il veut le destruction d’Angleterre.

  3. avatar Steve Eisenberg says:

    Raw egg: 28 days.
    Hard-boiled egg: 90 days.

    1. avatar VicRattlehead says:

      BAN EGGS!
      AND HARD BOILING!

    2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      We are going to have to pass background checks and red flag laws for eggs now !

      1. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

        “I have a case of unlicenced extra-large eggs…and, I know how to use them!”
        (MI5 Threat Level Classification = Critical – an attack is expected imminently)

        By Brit legal standards a case of eggs (360 eggs) @ 28 days penal servitude each would equal a bit over 27.6 years of incarceration…unless there are exacerbating charges for that quantity of eggs qualifying as an unregistered Armory…then the penalty is increased substantially…get the Old Bailey and the axeman ready.

        This message has been brought to you courtesy of The Ministry of Silly Walks.

  4. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Boy some people just have no sense of humour.
    Ive used pictures of Bin Laden in the past and have been asked for one to use. Ive also used Holders and even Prez Obslamas picture and folks have laughed at them.
    Its not like one was using a picture of Christ
    Although that wouldnt offend me if someone did.

    1. avatar Reason says:

      Good thing they didn’t use a picture of mohamed . They would probably get jail for that.

    2. avatar Darkman says:

      Tried using the Obsama targets. The big ears were so distracting that’s all I could hit. Switched to Swilary but had to shoot at the back of it’s head. Damn that bitch is U G L Y.

    3. avatar Rocketman says:

      Jay, with the witch hunts that are going on in America right now I wouldn’t admit that I was using Obama’s and Holder’s picture for target practice. Your just libel to get on the government’s radar and those people won’t be taking it as a joke.

      1. avatar Darkman says:

        If you own a registered firearm. Have a firearms/CCW permit you are already on the only list that THE Tyrannical WING OF Our Government Needs. Keep Your Powder Dry.

    4. avatar Gadsden says:

      I wouldn’t publicly use a pictured target of any government official at a range, ever. That’s just asking for a load of legal trouble. Especially not a president. That’s a way to get a visit from the secret service rather quickly.

      1. avatar Mark says:

        Legal trouble? For what crime?

        1. avatar Karl says:

          Ah… to live in a country where a law has to be broken in order for one get in trouble.

    5. avatar frank speak says:

      always liked the one of the black guy running with the television set…still have some of those around here someplace….

  5. avatar MyName says:

    No one has addressed what I believe to be the most important issue – How well did the Para’s shoot?

    1. avatar Sven79 says:

      Not that well at all. I saw the video posted on Instagram by username @AliBunkallSKY. Not the level of marksmanship I would expect.

  6. avatar Graf says:

    “You got a license for that egg, mate?” Seriously England, 28 days for an eggsault, what the hell.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      ‘I does for this’un.’

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      They don’t seem terribly dangerous, but look what an egg can do to the paint on a car and you begin to understand that they hit like a rock before disintegrating.

  7. avatar Ogre says:

    Meanwhile, here in the good ol’ USA, a military person must be careful what he/she says about senior public officials (the President, state governors and the like), since any disrespectful speech or actions (such as using their image for target practise) would be a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and could land a violator in the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks to contemplate how politically correct they should have been to serve and potentially die for their country.

    BTW, I hope the Paras got lots of X’s when they shot up that photo. The UK’s labor/socialists are a bunch of snivelers, just like our Dem/Liberal/Progressive crybabies. When I go target shooting, I don’t use a photo of my ex for target practise, but I do visualize her face on the target – it improves my accuracy.

    1. avatar napresto says:

      While I’m quietly laughing about this story, I really don’t think it’s too much to ask that members of a military – ours or anyone else’s – exhibit professionalism and discipline, and that they be reprimanded when they don’t.

      1. avatar Ansel Hazen says:

        Their mistake was allowing a film to be made of the fun.

      2. avatar Huntmaster says:

        Yes, it’s not to much to ask.

  8. avatar CalGunsMD says:

    Well, he’s a commie, so. …

    1. avatar Raoul Duke says:

      This

      Commies deserve a helicopter ride!

  9. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Well it seems in the land of no civilian gun ownership, low and behold, the government still does indeed have the only, full auto weapons. How about that!

    So only the government needs to have semi-auto weapons? So only the government needs to have fully automatic weapons?

    And we sent thousands of arms to the English during World War II. Because they didn’t have any guns in the first place, they confiscated them. And they we’re afraid the Germans were going to invade.

    I understand that at the end of World War II the British government tossed all those weapons into the ocean.

  10. avatar DrDKW says:

    Only the government needs to have eggs!

  11. avatar jwm says:

    I followed a group of WV national guard onto a range way back when. Jay Rockerfella had just moved to WV, switched parties and bought the governors mansion. The targets they used?

    Campaign posters of jay and his wife, sharon. The majority of the hits were on her breasts.

  12. avatar Michael says:

    Jewish paratroopers? I call either cognitive dissonance or poor editing. What’s up with that. F-K-A.

    1. avatar Dan Zimmerman says:

      Follow the link. It’s self explanatory.

  13. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    TT!! Maybe they should his photo silkscreened to the seat of their pants. Or the soles of their boots.

  14. avatar mike says:

    At least they did not use a picture of the queen.

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