Hastings's cri de coeur rests in turn on Gen Peter Wall, the current CGS, who last week "hit out" at the "zero-risk culture" which, he said, had "fuelled unrealistic demands that no British blood should be shed on battlefields".
If that zero-risk view is held, them let them defend it. In battle. Try not to get hurt. Mind your step.
Human rights lawyers, Wall asserted, were among those who had created an "expectation" that troops should not come to harm in war zones. The spotlight shone on the Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan had exposed "a variety of awkward ethical, legal, human rights and equipment issues".
Those skilled lawyer should be sent to negotiate with the Taliban and other opportunistic warlords to conduct warfare more humanely. To clear mark landmines and explosive devices with a safety perimeter. To only use pain-ball weapons against those with protective equipment and not to make any British people cry.
When those lawyers return from the mountains, carrying the signed stone tablets in their hand, beckoning to the British troops; FIRE!
The lawyers will have sold out the values that we all hold dear to people who don't regard us as having equal rights to exist peacefully on this planet.