Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Now for the bad news

I tend to wake early and by 6 am someone here has the morning network show, Sunrise, on the TV. For the most part I ignore, but five minutes before it ended today, at 8 am, there was a newsflash: An incident has occurred in Iraq involving Australian soldiers. A media conference is scheduled in 30 minutes.

Now honestly, that signals some pretty hard news at the tail of the country’s most respected morning show. An hour later, after the media conference had been shifted several times, I went to the SMH. The news?

Bomb injures Australian troops Two Australian soldiers have been wounded in a roadside bomb blast in southern Iraq, the Defence Department said today.

The injured men were from the Australian Overwatch Battle Group West and were on patrol on a road north of the town of An Nasariyah in Dhiqar Province yesterday.

A department news release said the ASLAV vehicle they were driving in was "extensively damaged and destroyed by a subsequent fire''.

Following my North American experience I full expected a number of deaths. What can you say about a combatant country that still reports injuries as major news? I simply offer as a reflection.

4 comments:

Praguetwin said...

I guess Australians are as ethno-centric as the rest of us.

Go figure.

Cartledge said...

PT, I have to tell you I was hurt today - ANZAC Day in Australia - the 'One Day Of the Year.
Not so much a celebration of war and a celebration of those who put their arse on the line for us in all senses.
In Canada the day is recognized in many ways. In Australia Canadian and American comrades in arms were totally ignored.
Ethno cetric or just plain crass?

reality-based educator said...

When 9 soldiers died in one incident this week, the story barely made the news here.

The media were still doing "Virginia Tech" stories.

Odd, huh?

Cartledge said...

RBE what a charmed and innocent existence we Australians have…
The whole world is out of whack.