Royal Marine Corp. Liam Elms' "proudest achievement was receiving his beloved green beret," said his family, but he died delivering goat -- a hearts- and-minds mission ordered in execution of a politically correct, See-No-Islam policy to make them like us. The fatal incident took place on New Year's Eve of this year in Helmand Province. That's where US Marines recently deployed in a "surge" to, yup, win hearts and minds some more by, in the words of Marine commander Gen. Larry Nicholson, setting out to "eat lots of goat, drink lots of tea, get to know these people."
Yesterday, it was an American Sergeant killed while manning a food convoy; today it's a British Marine killed while delivering goat. Last week, it was four US Marines in Gujngal killed, apparently, when commanders refused artillery support near a "village." I just want to know when heads are going to start to roll for this ultimate crime of wasting our best young men to serve some crazed multicultural vision of Utopia. These are not voodoo priests slaking the gods with human sacrifices; these are our military leaders killing off our best young people for political correctness. They need to be fired.
From the Manchester Evening News:
A ROYAL Marine was killed in a massive blast in Afghanistan after delivering a goat to a newly-wed couple, an inquest heard.
Corporal Liam Elms, 26, from Wigan, triggered an improvised explosive device - known as an IED - in Helmand Province, last New Year's Eve.
Cpl Elms was on patrol with 45 Commando Royal Marines, with the extra task of delivering the goat, Wiltshire Coroner's Court heard.
Company commander Maj Andrew Muddiman told the inquest the men embarked on `a ground domination patrol, but with a specific tasking'.
He went on: "That was to deliver a wedding gift from the Afghan National Army to a friendly family in the compound."
So why didn't the Afghan Nation al Army deliver it? Did they know there would be an IED en route? Maybe.
Maj Muddiman, who remained in nearby Forward Operating Base Gibraltar, added it was `a goodwill gesture' designed to build a rapport with the influential family.
Note to Maj. Muddiman: If you don't got rapport already, you aint't gonna get it with a goat.
Maj Muddiman said the gift was `delivered and gratefully received' and `rapport was built with the newly-married couple', before the troops set off to another line of compounds.
He went on: "That's when I heard a large explosion. It was a very large explosion."
Maj Muddiman said Taliban forces launched a fierce ambush within minutes of the blast, with small arms fire on the patrol and at FOB Gibraltar.
Cpl Elms was attended to, but there were no signs of life. He was evacuated under fire from the area and taken back to Camp Bastion. The inquest heard IEDs were common in the area, which was heavily overrun by Taliban.
Marine Jonathan Mitford, who nearly lost his right arm in the explosion, was in front of Cpl Elms.
He told the inquest he was responsible for scanning the route for IEDs with a metal detector. Cpl Bradley Malone was following Cpl Elms and told the inquest his comrade may have strayed from the cleared route.
He said: "He turned his back to the compound. He raised the rifle to observe something and may have been walking backwards slightly."
Colour Sgt Keith Tomkins told the inquest the explosion left a metre-deep crater and was `one of the largest' he had heard in his 20-year career with the Marines.
Home Office pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt, who conducted a post mortem, said the cause of death to be blast injuries caused by an explosion.
Cpl Elms' father, Michael Elms, who sat in the hearing throughout, thanked the men who tried to save his son.
Wiltshire coroner David Ridley recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.
Following his death, his family described Cpl Elms, who was engaged to be married, as a `true man's man'.
They added: "Liam always strived to be the best, his proudest achievement was receiving his beloved green beret."
He was described by colleagues as an exceptional leader who had `commando qualities in spades'.
Lieut Col Jim Morris, commanding officer with 45 Commando, said: "Cpl Elms was an outstanding Royal Marine and a huge personality,"