||[Mar. 28th, 2003|08:26 am]
Cross posted in my personal journal and in UK journal. Feel free to link or cross post it yourself.|
From the BBC:-
The first British supply ship carrying aid to Iraq is slowly moving into the southern port of Umm Qasr. The Sir Galahad, which is carrying 500 tons of emergency food, blankets, clothing and fresh water, is travelling along a channel cleared by minesweepers.
It has already been twice delayed - first by heavy storms and then by the discovery of mines.
A source I cannot name, lets call him "P", tells me that the reason the ship was originally delayed was that there were no helicopters available for the press camera crews so the pictures would not be very good! The service personel on the ground are furious about this. A comment about the press officer responsible for the policy:-
"We wouldn't actually push him overboard, but if he did fall over the side no one would sound the man-overboard bell"
A second comment from "P"
The service personel are putting themselves into situations that are more risky, and are thus taking more injuries and deaths themselves, in order to reduce the civilian deaths. That's not something the news reports are highlighting.
And a final thought: So far there have been 24 fatalities amongst service personel, 4 as a result of enemy action and 20 from "friendly fire". To put that in context there were 6 fatalities during the workup period prior to the start of the war and the last major multi service exercise resulted in over 30 fatalities. That's not something that gets much publicity.