Monday, May 22, 2006

Dispatches: Battle Fatigue

In the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary broadcast tonight Andrew Gilligan reported on disturbing evidence of how wounded Iraq veterans are being abandoned, how army recruitment has collapsed and the lengths to which the Ministry of Defence has gone to prevent the full story emerging. Badly injured Iraq veterans recounted stories of neglect and the parents of a soldier killed earlier this year explained how their son’s death prompted his friends to leave the Army.

None of this is of suprise to this site but it was encouraging to see mainstream tv media starting to take an active interest in these stories. Following hard on the heels of recent publications in The Lancet, and increased fighting and casualties in the British sectors in both Iraq and Afghanistan, this documentary has filled in some of the detail on the public health effects that the invasion has had on Iraq, this country and our armed forces.