Wednesday, 9 September 2009

SAS Hardman Andy McNab goes after the BNP

Andy McNab has told the BNP,
"give me my books back".
The ultimatum comes after Nick Griffin announced last weekend that the BNP would be auctioning signed copies of Brute Force and Seven Troop, two McNab novels, to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The Nothing British is a campaign against the politics of hate which aims to promote the British values of democracy, tolerance, fair-play and respect for one another. It was founded by James Bethell and Tim Montgomerie.

Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

In the Gulf War, McNab commanded the famous Bravo Two Zero patrol, an eight man patrol tasked with destroying underground communication links between Baghdad and north-west Iraq and with finding and destroying mobile Scud missile launchers. McNab was held for six weeks and was relentlessly and savagely tortured. By the time he was released he was suffering from nerve damage to both hands, a dislocated shoulder, kidney and liver damage and had contracted hepatitis. After six months of medical treatment he was back on active service.

Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993.

McNab said, when speaking to the Nothing British campaign about the BNP that:
"When someone called me to say that the BNP was using one of my books in a publicity stunt, I was sick to the stomach.

"I served with men of all colours and from many nationalities. They were all equal to me. That’s what the army teaches you.

"Nick Griffin thinks differently. He thinks the British Army should be for whites-only. He thinks heroes like Johnson Beharry, our only living VC, should be sent back to Grenada. He doesn’t understand that what makes the British Army great, and what makes this country great. It’s the way we draw together people from all around the world and give them ideals worth believing in: tolerance, fairness, decency, looking out for the little guy. It’s the British way of doing things that’s why I’ve asked for my books back. Because I don’t want anything to help the BNP promote their poisonous politics of segregation and hatred."
James Bethell, Director of 'Nothing British, said,
“Charities beware. The BNP are cynically using commendable causes to promote the politics of racism and division. Don’t be fooled.”
Andy McNab has written about his experiences in the SAS in two bestselling books, Bravo Two Zero (1993) and Immediate Action (1995). Bravo Two Zero is the highest selling war book of all time and has sold over 1.7 million copies in the UK.

1 comment:

Flaccy said...

Thank christ, I thought McNab had gone nationalist on us for a second there! All soldiers should be treated with respect, regardless of their ethnic background or country of origin.