Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by spike7451, Nov 22, 2009.
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Saw this posted over on E-Goat.OK,it's from the wail & it stinks of spin.
Wail on Sunday
If Sideshow Bob thinks it's a good idea - that's when you run like fcuk!
In all honesty, the secrecy behind the doings of the special forces is good PR for 'them' in itself. Gets the public intrigued whenever "SAS" is mentioned. Just look at all the GENUINE SAS SBS PARA items on Ebay
Or the shelves full of Special Forces Porn in any major bookshop.
If disclosure is to become policy, I simply ask, "Why?"
Does this mean I'll be unmasked as the second man in?
You will be safe mate. FOI will still show you were still climbing the ladder behind me.
The secrecy helps the myth, it's sod all to do with their security. Why should Cpl Joe Bloggs SAS have more right to anonymity than Cpl Joe Bloggs RIFLES? In the current climate they are both just as likely to have been in a well-publicised and politically-contentious firefight. Mr SAS is more likely to have been in a targeted raid but it's a completely arbitrary rule.
Agreed. But there is more chance of 'Cpl Joe Bloggs SAS' being involved in other, more sensitive. jobs down the road. Away from the current front line there are still times when obscurity is of benefit.
Secrets should remain secret.
I'd say that the policy on "unmasking" fatalities has to be an SF one, not a Gov one.
If it was a Gov one then it is propaganda, pure and simple and the Gov will find a way of cashing in on it.
If it is an SF one then it is their decision to publicise the high percentage of guys that they lose.
My own personal opinion as a poor lowly ex squaddie that knows fcuk all about anything is that it should be left to the guys that are doing SF work at the moment (lets not forget that it is SAS, SBS and SRR, not just the SAS)
SF have mystique and maybe that part of that mystique (which fcuking frightens the bad guys) should be that deaths are never publicly broadcast. They are broadcast to people that need or genuinely want to know and therefore deliberately kept out of the public eye.
Personally, I think all SF deaths should be hidden or lied about. Our Special Forces should be kept in the vein that they were prior to the popular yet fictional stories that cropped up after Princes Gate.
That is scary mythical bastrds that can storm an Embassy, fcuk some Dagos, scare some Irish and never die. And if they do die, then they become Infantry or Paras in the write up.
Quite simple reallyâ¦
Lots of really good PR photo ops to be had as 'Elicopters' Ainsworthless and Broon posture beside some real heros to bask in the reflected glory.
The sole purpose of any such move would be to allow the Minister (and the PM; let's not forget the PM) to bask in reflected glory. No other purpose can possibly be served. The damage that would be caused would far outweigh any perceived benefit. A New Labour Project bright idea from start to finish, dreamed up by some cretin who can see the dole queue looming and is now thinking in the short term rather than the Thousand-Year Reich Alastair Campbell promised him.
Bravo! (no pun intended)
Personally i would like to know more, proffesionally it's best kept a secret. We don't want to end up like the yanks.
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