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July 17, 2010


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Kay Tie

"All saying that the tragedy was an 'isolated' incident by a single rogue soldier."

So isolated it has happened before. Or does a rogue policeman count as a different kind of incident?

"Balance is disappearing from news reports on the war."

I'm afraid this is how the BBC operates. It takes a line and then reports it in a way that supports the line. The reporting of the economic crisis (eg shroud waving on cuts), the way it reports on climate change, even politics, follows the same pattern. We are ill-served by our media.

Paul Flynn

Thanks KayTie and Huw.

The BBC have been running comments on the deaths of British soldiers this week at the hands of the Afghan Army. It consist of comforting inanities from two coalition ministers and three of the military. All saying that the tragedy was an 'isolated' incident by a single rogue soldier. Poisonous propaganda. It is third act of murderous treachery from a member of a rogue army. They are no comments from those who are critical of war - even though a group of MPs, including me, have been commenting about it all week. An anti-war demo yesterday was unreported.

Tonight's planted news TV item from the Ministry of Lies praises the first 'independent' operation by the Afghan Army. Even that was not true. It was bolstered by NATO monitors and did little more that walk around a village.

Balance is disappearing from news reports on the war. Surely not a 'D' notice?

Kay Tie

Given that withdrawing would inconvenience only the Americans, and they evidently have no interest in us (trying to smash up BP and refusing to accept the extradition treaty is unfair are merely two of the more recent demonstrations of contempt for us), it is time to stop wasting our blood for American prestige.

Kay Tie

This is reprising the Vietnam War: backing a regime, finding it is corrupt, increasing the stakes, then quitting in disgrace.

It reminds me of the auction-a-dollar game:


The benefits are superficially excellent. The game soon turns bad, and its a case of how badly you lose. The only way to win is not to play, but we fluffed that. Now the only question is when does the cost get so high we just have to quit the auction.


Cywir pob gair.

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