We are at war with Islamofascists around the world, and in particular with
terrorist insurgents financed by Iran in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Sun is
grossly irresponsible to publish the content of this video at this time. The
video has already now begun to be used by anti-war activists in Britain and
elsewhere to fan the already dangerous flames of anti-Americanism. In
geo-political terms, the Sun's friendly fire on the Americans will prove to have
been very dangerous indeed. Does the Sun not understand the meaning of "national
interest" and "self-restraint"?
Iain Murray on THE CORNER fears also that the incident has added fuel to the already burgeoning anti-American sentiment in this country. He is not happy with the media coverage of the issue either. He concludes his piece with this observation...
The Department of Defense should have released the film immediately and
without question on the understanding that it was to be seen only by the Coroner
and the victim’s family, as requested. That would have obviated the leak,
which has contributed to a rise in anti-American sentiment. What we have
at the moment is the worst of both worlds, straining the alliance and leading to
damaging leaks. The Anglo-American alliance is currently hanging by a
I agree with this. I am a strong supporter of our American Alliance but sometimes the US Govenrment can be its own worst enemy. In Iraq we are allies and it is surely a duty of allies to share information with each other, particularly in so-called 'friendly fire' incidents. Had they done so in this instance, and let the Coroner have the access to the video he wanted, there would have been none of this unfortunate press coverage.