Friday, September 23, 2005

Mixed Messages

The US media aren't the only ones getting zoomed about Iraq.

From the UK Times Online.

Brit press kicked out of Basra, told conflicting tales.
Mixed Messages:

“This was a small unrepresentative crowd (200-300) in a city of 1.5 million” _Statement by Brigadier John Lorimer, Commander 12 Mechanised Brigade.

“The crowd was at least 1,000, probably more” _Captain James Bradford, No 2 Company Coldstream Guards.

“We’ve heard nothing to suggest we stormed the prison. We understand there were negotiations”_MoD spokesman three hours after Warriors attacked the compound.

“I am glad to say that the three young men in those pictures have injuries which are not serious” _John Reid.

“A number [were] hit by petrol bombs of whom one is sadly in a serious condition,and has been taken back to the UK”_Lt-Col Nick Henderson, Coldstream Guards.

“There has not been a fundamental breakdown in trust between the British Government and the Iraqi Government”_John Reid, Wednesday.

“The governing council decided to stop all co-operation with the British”_Basra governor Mohammed al-Waili yesterday.


  1. "petrol bombs"? As in, napalm?

  2. Just trying to get my history right. I thought it was against the law, according to the Geneva Conventions? If not during the Vietnam War, then after?

  3. I'll have to look it up, Ariadne, but I think that was enacted after Vietnam. Not sure what treaty/convention it was.