As an indication of the bourgeois excess on display at the time, (and probably a light-hearted allusion to Mohammed Ayub Khan’s undemocratic means of seizing power in Pakistan), the marching band finished its display by aiming its rifles and firing blanks at the press corps – a pre-arranged stunt that saw the press corps raise a ‘White Flag’ in surrender.
In 2003, and for many years after, the BBC clearly pursued a blanket ‘anti-Taliban’ policy in all its coverage. The death of every British soldier was treated with abject sorrow, and their loss was presented through an air of great respect. Britain is a relatively small island-country that draws its men and women for its foot-solders from its working class. These young people, who come through a modern education system, are then trained to fight in modern warfare, and then sent as combatants to far-flung areas of the world to act as cannon-fodder for political wars started and supported by the bourgeoisie. Today, the Western forces have withdrawn from Iraq and left its people open to attack from all sides. Nothing was achieved other than the removal of the Ba’ath Party, which in its time of tenure, served to keep in check all Islamist extremist tendencies.