Des Browne, the UK defence secretary, has fallen back on the old stand-by a politicians in trouble: blame the messenger. He accused the BBC of “being careless with the lives of our soldiers” by broadcasting an interview with a Taliban leader.
Most papers report Browne’s session with the commons defence committee in which, according to the Daily Record, he also said that worldwide opposition to invasion of Iraq has spread to Afghanistan. The Sun takes the opportunity to bash the BBC.
One thing anyone who has been to a British school should know is that Afghan fighters need no encouragement to kill soldiers. On second thoughts, the first and second Afghan wars have probably been excised from the syllabus.