So England won their final game at the cricket World Cup in the West Indies. As a cricket lover (my wife might describe me as a fanatic), you might think that I would have posted several times about this tournament, but to be honest, I’ve found very little to get excited about. England have been back to their old, awful self, and that’s before even mentioning Freddie Flintoff’s attempt to get home early by pedallo!
For me the whole shebang has been totally overshadowed by the death of Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach and ex-England player. If his death is suspicious, and the performance of the Englishman purporting to be the Deputy Police Commissioner of Jamaica is bordering on that of a pantomime dame, then the world has a real problem as another sport descends into the mire of gambling and fixing.
England also lost their coach along the way. Duncan Fletcher has, I believe, done a great job English cricket in the last 7 years and for that, I am thankful. But the choices and decisions that he oversaw or made since the start of the Ashes series at the end of last year appeared to me to be plain wrong. He’s done the honourable thing and resigned and we now wait to see how Peter Moores copes with what for many is becoming like the England football managers job. A definite poisoned chalice.
But England won their last game tonight so that’s alright then!
The UK newspapers and TV channels have been full of stories about a coroner trying to determine the cause of death of a British soldier in Afganistan and demanding a copy of the onboard tape from the US tankbuster aircraft that was alleged to have killed him. The so-called “friendly fire”.
The tape, to my untrained eye, looks pretty conclusive.
What is so sad was reading today that the US authorities tried so hard to prevent this tape from ever seeing the light of day. And then reading that they are as equally uptight about sharing this type of information with their own press when US service men and women are killed or injured by friendly fire.
Our press has been making a meal of how the US treat the British troops (and Britain the country) as second class citizens. This is arrogant nonsense given my comment above about how they treat their own people.
War is a dirty business. People get hurt. Accidents happen. They always have and they always will. The fact is that modern warfare can be fought from literally miles, if not thousands of miles away from the battlefield. We are not living in the days of horses and pitched battles. Consequently these accidents are going to become increasingly common. So the authorities, regardless of which country is involved, might as well come clean. That doesn’t make any accident acceptable, but I think it makes them more understandable.
Not that that will be much comfort to the families of the unfortunate victims. But the truth might go some way to helping them come to terms with their loss.