Corporal John Harrison, the 29-year-old British paratrooper who died in the rescue operation to free New York Times journalist Stephen Farrell, was “a wonderful son, brother and dedicated soldier”, according to his family. Mr Farrell, on the other hand, is increasingly seen as a reckless idiot who deliberately placed himself and others in jeopardy in pursuit of journalist glory.
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Stephen Farrell’s Arrogance cost a British Paratrooper his life
That certainly seems to be the conclusion reached by the overwhelming majority of Telegraph readers of my article on this sorry affair in today’s edition. Even David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, who authorised the rescue operation, has added his voice to the growing criticism of the gung-ho Mr Farrell with his comments that Mr Farrell ignored “very strong advice” not to travel to the site of a recent Nato air strike in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan.
Having been kidnapped once in Iraq, you would have thought that Mr Farrell would have got the adrenalin rush of being a war junkie out of his system. But his desire to be in the thick of the action meant that he was not willing to listen to the advice of local police chiefs and village elders, who repeatedly warned him that the Taliban were in control of the region he was visiting.
Read More: By Con Coughlin, Telegraph UK