Joe Glenton
Joe Glenton was a British soldier, serving in the UK, Africa and Afghanistan. He refused a second tour on legal and moral grounds and served five months in a military prison. He has written for the Independent, the Guardian, New Internationalist and Military History Monthly. His first book, Soldier Box, is out in May 2013, published by Verso.

Entries by Joe Glenton

Marine A-Style Killings Have Always Been a Feature of Britain's Dirty Wars - Ever Heard of Batang Kali?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (00:59)

Last week, a Royal Marine was given a life sentence for murder. Such killings are framed as exceptions which do not reflect the "values and standards" of military service. In truth, war crimes carried out by British soldiers are not unusual.

Around 150 cases of Iraqi civilian...

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The Rise of the Neo-Chickenhawks

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2013 | (04:18)

Americanisms jar with me and I don't love the post-modern tendency to prefix old things with 'Neo' as if imperialism, colonialism and fascism are fundamentally different today from what they were in the past. That said, as a combination of an Americanism and 'neo', the term neo-chickenhawk has some mileage.

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Beyond the Soldier Myth - Drones Strikes, Night Raids and Taliban Ambushes

(12) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (00:00)

To say that media coverage of post 9/11 wars is sanitized hardly seems to be a controversial suggestion these days. This is the age of embedded journalists, stock war footage of soldiers doing 'soldier things' in sandy places and TV interviews with media-trained military officers.
One of the most...

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Hamid Karzai Is Only Saying What Soldiers Have Known for Years

(20) Comments | Posted 7 February 2013 | (00:00)

Karzai's argument that the UK troop increase in Helmand in 2006 created today's insecurity will sting politicians, but what he says is true. I remember the events clearly; I was in Afghanistan at the time.

Prior to 2006 there was no insurgency of note in southern Afghanistan and...

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