Equality campaigners said that the level of racism and extremism expressed underlined the need for the army to take immediate action.Ooh, strong stuff!
"These comments show quite clearly that racism still exists within the army," said Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadan Foundation, a Muslim youth group. "There has undoubtedly been a huge change in attitude among senior ranks and ministers but this shows that has simply not trickled down to the rank and file ... If the army truly wants to start recruiting more people from an ethnic minority background this has got to be addressed as a matter of urgency."
What's happened? Has a regiment of soldiers been arrested for racial violence? Has Prince Harry made another home movie?
No. Some people claiming to be soldiers have made racist comments on Facebook...
Naturally enough, instead of pointing out that anyone can claim to be anything on the Internet, and telling the usual suspects to take a hike until they have actual evidence of soldiers or serving members of any of the forces actually doing something, the Army top brass is in 'placate the complainant!' mode:
A senior military source told the Guardian that anyone found to "hold the views" expressed by those Facebook correspondents would be "hunted down and dealt with most severely" if it was clear they had not met the army's "required high standards of behaviour".And if it turns out that they aren't even in the Army, but are just the usual bunch of cretins behind a keyboard revelling in their anonymity?
Going to look more than a bit silly then, aren't you...?