Look, I didn't actually know about the decision until after it was taken but really that is not the point.Well, the person taking it can't have known about it until he took it can he? The question is did you know they were thinking about it?
The Navy were trying to deal with a wholly exceptional situation in which the families were being pursued by the media to sell their stories and the Navy took the view that it was better to manage the situation rather than let it happen.I see. So the media trying to buy the story was a shock was it? The fact is that they had several days notice of the problem, because the media were trying to buy the story before the hostages were released. They could have taken advice on the matter from people like Max Clifford who would have told them that if you sell an exclusive to one paper then all the papers who put in a bid but did not get it would set about trashing the reputation of the person selling the story. It has happened before and will happen again. In short the situation has not been managed at all.
Now with hindsight was that a good idea? No, precisely because people would then misrepresent that as somehow the Navy encouraging people to sell their stories, which they weren't doing at all.Well, Arthur Batchelor feels that he was encouraged to believe just that, and though everyone else was doing the same. Otherwise he would not have sold his story.
Do I believe it will happen again? No.Good, but it is a bit late now though isn't it? The damage has already been done.
But were people acting completely in good faith and honourably so far as the Navy was concerned? Yes, they were.So what? They made a blunder of catastrophic proportions, and have lost the respect of the armed forces. It does not matter how well meaning they decision was it was very bad, and heads should roll!
Now I think we've had days of this now and really it's time to move on.You wish! The media and the public will decide when it is time to move on, not you.
You can read more on the hostage crisis here.