Saturday, April 7, 2007


I watched the TV excerpts from the news conference of the British sailors/marines last night. For one thing, there were only six of the 15 giving their experiences and recounting their version of the events. Where were the other ten? Specifically where was Faye Turney, the female sailor who wrote the two handwritten notes back to her family from Iran? Did the British military authorities order them not to talk? Is there hidden information that the authorities fear will be made public?

Second, why did the five spokesmen read from prepared reports? It is almost as if someone else wrote the reports, someone maybe in higher military authority, and ordered the returned junior officers to read the pre-authorized accounts for public consumption. Admittedly, some readers might find this suspicion too darkly paranoiac, but stranger things have happened with the military and with governments as intransigent as Tony Blair's.

1 comment:

  1. Roberto:

    Call me a jaded cynic, but I find it hard to believe that these purported victims of psychological trauma would make such a quick recovery after 13 allegedly nerve-racking days of agonizing privation.

    That they would appear so serenely self-possessed in a room packed with prying scribes and flashing cameras a mere 48 hours after their release.

    Naturally, the fact that they might have been richly compensated for their narratives adds a certain measure of incredulity to their tales.

    All in all, does this not seem to you a tad contrived?

    My final take: a truly sordid affair, focused more on theatrics than truth.