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Anger over Farrell's rescue

There is some anger being reported that a British soldier was killed during the raid in northern Afghanistan to rescue Stephen Farrell of the New York Times. I think this is a red herring. Farrell was being held by Taliban, and I am sure the British military doesn't need an excuse to whack Taliban. In military terms, Farrell's nervy decision to go into an very active Taliban area may have made him the equivalent of a tethered goat -- that is, an unwitting probe. 

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Thanks to the British military

It was good of the British to find and free their kidnapped countryman, Stephen Farrell of the New York Times, near Kunduz, Afghanistan. A lot of us had known about his disappearance and had worried about it, but had refrained from mentioning it in print.

My condolences to the Times for the loss of Sultan Munadi, its Afghan interpreter (mourned above), and to the British military for the lost of a commando. And to the villagers who lost an unknown number of civilians.

Now a question for the Times and other media outlets: It is fair to ask people not to report the kidnapping of reporters when the kidnapping of other defenseless people, like NGO workers, is routinely reported?

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