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    Tory MP: 'Nothing Wrong With Killing' & 'Someone Needs to Stand Up to Russia'

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    A Conservative Party MP has argued that it was acceptable to fight and kill for one's values, as he discussed why young people should consider joining Armed Forces.

    "The application of violence to defeat the enemies of the nation has become worryingly unpopular. Nothing wrong with fighting (yes killing) for values/what you believe in. The oppressed/bullied/tormented/voiceless deserve it. Join the fight; best thing you'll ever do," Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer wrote.

    As he lamented the reduced popularity of violence in beating enemies, Mr. Mercer suggested that "at some point — somewhere — someone — is going to have to stand up to Russia in the traditional sense."

    The MP's arguments caused uproar among UK politicians and public.

    Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington, said Mr. Mercers words were "deeply concerning."

    "Given the rising threat of terrorism we have seen in Britain in recent years, and the fact that a member of parliament was murdered just two years ago, Johnny Mercer should withdraw and unreservedly apologise for these comments," Ms. Dent Coad said.

    Mercer, who served 12 years in the army, was heavily criticized on Twitter:

    In response, the Tory MP argued that the media deliberately "mis-translated" his argument, adding that "fighting to defend our values and hard won freedoms (what you believe in) is a must if they are to continue in a violent world."

    On Wednesday, the former UK Chief of the Defence Staff and professional head of the British Armed Forces also argued in favor of Britain being better prepared militarily.

    "Britain needs to rediscover the mentality that helped to win the Cold War if we are to deal effectively with emerging threats like Russia and Iran. All too often in recent years, Britain has found  itself being caught by surprise by the actions of hostile states, whether it is Russian acts of aggression in Crimea and Ukraine, or Iranian meddling in the affairs of pro-Western Arab countries, such as the Gulf states," Lord Richards of Herstmonceux argued.

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