Monday, February 13, 2006

Setting An Agenda

Reuters states the obvious in a story that says that military action results in many deaths. This article reads more like an opinion piece than a news story:
Thousands of military personnel and hundreds of civilians would be killed if the United States launched an air strike on Iran to prevent it developing nuclear arms, a British think tank said in a report released on Monday.

The report by the Oxford Research Group said any bombing of Iran by U.S. forces, or by their Israeli allies, would have to be part of a surprise attack that would inevitably catch many Iranians unprotected and could eventually lead to a lengthy confrontation involving many other countries in the region.
Isn't it the purpose of a surprise attack to catch your enemy unprotected? Reuters has no comment on the number of civilian deaths that an Iranian nuclear weapon might cause.