They Did Their Best…

So casting them in a bad light or portraying their actions as anything but of the highest order is utterly inappropriate.

At first, NATO blamed a Taliban bomb for the death of a captive British aid worker during an American rescue attempt in eastern Afghanistan. Two days later, the coalition changed its account, saying Monday that U.S. forces may have detonated a grenade that killed Linda Norgrove during the operation to free her. British Prime Minister David Cameron defended Friday’s rescue mission, saying his government authorized it only after learning that Norgrove’s life was in grave danger. The U.S. military, which carried out the raid because the aid worker was being held in a region under American command, said it would investigate the incident with British cooperation.

It’s sad that the rescue attempt ended badly- but the troopers involved could not have meant any harm to her. The only proper thing to say to both family (and soldiers) is- God knows, they (you) did their (your) best.  To suggest otherwise is to cast darkness into light.

4 thoughts on “They Did Their Best…

  1. Doug 11 Oct 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Its sad to see this has happened. I am pleased to see the army taking responsibility for this. But, sometimes rescue missions just don’t end in the best way for the hostages.

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  2. Rev Tony Buglass 12 Oct 2010 at 5:10 am

    As you say, rescue missions don’t always work out – and if it hadn’t been a grenade, who’s to say one of her captors wouldn’t have killed her before being killed himself? However, the biggest concern I have is that local Afghan chiefs were recommending that no rescue attempt be made. Presumably they knew there might be a chance of a negotiated release, and they would know their countrymen better than we do. I don’t blame the guys on the ground, who had a very difficult job to do. I’m not happy with the politicians, who might have gone off half-cocked. Why didn’t they listen?

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  3. Doug 12 Oct 2010 at 8:26 am

    Or, the army reasonable believed the local chiefs were assisting the taliban. Its a land of shifting allegiances.

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  4. Patricia 12 Oct 2010 at 10:45 am

    Article from todays Daily Telegraph online (certainly not one of our so called liberal left wing newspapers)

    Linda Norgrove: the US military and a history of failed missions

    Failed special forces rescue missions and allegations of covering up friendly fire deaths have dogged the US military for decades.

    Quote frrom a former British serviceman who served with the Americans “they were so trigger-happy those bastards, you’re almost safer being the enemy”

    I’m quite sure the Afghan Chiefs try to protect their own interests and those of their suffering families by having links with all sides in this bloody conflict , but shouldn’t they have been given a chance to negotiate this poor aid worker’s release? Their local knowledge and language skills should have counted for something against the military’s gung-ho tactics.

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