Bolscaireacht ón gcéad líne catha?

Deirtear go minic gur nuachtán liobrálach é an Irish Times, go mbionn sé ar an taobh ceart morálta de gach argóint.  Ní fheadar féin faoi sin – agus táim tar éis easaontú minic go leor le na h-argóintí atá déanta sa nuachtán sin le go dtuigfeadh sibh mo sheasamh ar an gceist. 

Ar aon nós, tá’s agam go dtuigeann an Irish Times cé chomh h-amaideach is atá ‘aidbhintiur’ na Breataine agus SAM sa Mheán OIrthear, go h-áirithe san Afganastáin agus san Iaráic.   

Ait mar sin an ardán atá á thabhairt ag an nuachtán do dhialann an Leifteanant Paddy Bury, oifigeach sa Reisimint Rioga Éireannach, ó Chúige Helmand i ndeisceart na hAfganastáine.   Seo thíos blaiseadh den méid atá á thuairisciú aige ón gcéad líne catha 

In the cramped conditions of the bazaar, they are ready to spring out on us from anywhere and detonate. We use flares to keep suspect individuals at a safe distance and explain through the ANA and interpreters the need to keep back. It is a fine balance being friendly while protecting ourselves, but something the Irishmen of Ranger Company, many from the North of Ireland, understand the importance of acuity.

Tá an chuid eile ón Leifteanant Bury le fáil san Irish Times ach de bharr go bhfuil sé ag brath ar shintiúis, ní féidir liom nasc a dhéanamh leis. 

Tá alt eile ag an gcomhfhreagraí slándála, Tom Clonan, a thugann an t-eitheach don mhéid atá le léamh idir na línte ón Leifteanant Bury, go bhfuil na ceachtanna ar fhoghlaimíodh iad i dtuaisceart na hÉireann á chur i bhfearas acu anois san Afganastain. 

Ni h-amhlaidh atá de reir Tom Clonan agus é ag tagairt don líon ard saighdiúirí Briotanacha a maraíodh i mbliana go dti seo de bharr buamaí ar thaobh an bhothair.

Perhaps more than any other units of the British army serving in Afghanistan, the RIR – formerly the Ulster Defence Regiment – and the Parachute Regiment are acutely aware of the danger of roadside bombs in counter-insurgency operations. During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, both units suffered high casualties arising from roadside bombs planted by the Provisional IRA, a tactic remarkably similar to that being used by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Last week, four British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan whilst travelling in a lightly armoured “Snatch” Land Rover. One of the soldiers was Cpl Sarah Bryant.

In the media furore over her death, the British government confirmed that 43 soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan while travelling in these light vehicles – with a spike in numbers in recent months.

Death by roadside bomb attack now poses the highest risk for British soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan alone, a total of 18 British soldiers have been killed in such attacks this year.

Eighteen British soldiers – 16 of whom were members of the Parachute Regiment – were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Warrenpoint in Co Down in August 1979. After that attack, the British army, along with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, adopted a policy of not travelling by road in south Armagh and other vulnerable Border areas, with the Snatch Land Rover being deemed insufficiently safe where roadside bombs posed a particular threat.

Ar aon nós, táim in amhras faoin bholscaireacht atá á dhéanamh ag an Leifteanant Bury – agus tugaim faoi ndeara go bhfuil colún den tsort céanna sa Belfast Telegraph ag comhghleacai leis.   Is cosúil go bhfuil iarracht á dhéanamh ag Arm na Breataine bua bolscaireachta a bheith acu ‘sa bhaile’ agus iad ag glacadh páirte san aidbhintiúr mí fhortúnach seo san Afganastáin.  

An ceacht is mó ar cheart a fhoghlaim ó Thuaisceart na hÉireann, ná dein forghabhail ar thír nach leat.   Ná dein iarracht daonláthas a chur i réim i dtír nach nglacann led údarás….

[Is ó Chill Mhantáin don Leifteanant Bury – ní fheadar an bhfuil aon gaol idir é agus Robin Bury, bunaitheoir an eagras Reform, grúpa a bhionn ag gearán faoin nGaeilge bheith á brú ‘siar scórnaigh na mBéarlóirí’ agus an tAngelus ar RTÉ is a leitheid.]

Aon tuairim amháin ar “Bolscaireacht ón gcéad líne catha?

  1. aonghus

    Bhuel, nuachtán atá ann.

    Tá sé intuigthe go mbeadh alt ag gallóglách leithéidí Bury ina alt bolscaireachta. Go hairithe agus é fós thall, agus fós faoi smacht.

    Agus is maith ann an dá leagan – léamh an fhir ar an dtalamh, agus léamh an anailíseoir.

    Ní haon Im Westen nichts Neues atá a chuir ar fáil ag Bury – tiocfaidh sin fós.

    N’fheadar an mbeidh Sassoon nua ag eascairt as an slad airithe seo?

    Freagra

Freagra

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