Letters - Falklands war revisited

Richard Gott's criticism of the sinking of the Belgrano (Books, 25 July) is misguided. In a recent interview, the cruiser's captain stated that his orders were to execute a pincer movement in concert with the carrier Veinticinco de Mayo to attack the British task force. That the Belgrano was steaming away from the British exclusion zone at any one time is irrelevant. It is standard practice in combat to minimise risk by making frequent changes of course, and this did not reduce the threat posed by the cruiser.

Richard Tagart
Antwerp, Belgium

This article first appeared in the 08 August 2005 issue of the New Statesman, Islam: the tide of change