“It sucked. Can I have my £1m now?”

A couple of months ago, 15 UK troops were taken hostage in Iraq. They were eventually freed. Then I started seeing news stories about how everyone was furious because the troops were selling their personal stories to the highest bidder. Maybe I’ve been in the US too long, but I didn’t understand what people were upset about. I still don’t. Those troops went through a hideous ordeal. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to get money in return for telling people what it was like?

Winning hearts and minds

Just noting that US troops shot their way into the home of a journalist working for The Guardian, seized video tapes he had shot for Channel 4, hooded him, and took him into custody. They refused to say what they were looking for. Still, he’s been released, so no harm done, right?