LARA CROFT QUICK
ON THE DRAW
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[ October 31st 2001 ]
absence of hard news from the miliitary campaign,
we are being bombarded with diagrams. They share
the following features, regardless of whether
they appear in broadsheets or tabloids; maps with
funny little symbols, swooping arrows, menacing
pictures of planes, and captions in the present
tense. "Aircraft fly at 250ft as troops jump rapidly
from the rear ramp" or "Delta Force and Navy Seals
drop from helicopters".
who commission diagrams love special forces, whose
presence gives them a chance to indulge their
rampant technophilia. There's nothing they like
more than a mock-up of soldiers storming into
battle armed with M-16 rifles, M-203 assault weapons
and grenade-launchers. Not to mention a state-of-the-art
communications package, enabling them to send
and receive emails - "Hello mum, I'm in the tank"
- in the midst of the action.
Croft has not yet put in an appearance, leaping
from a helicopter gun-ship on to a map of Northern
Alliance positions, but it can only be a matter
of time. What the diagrams never show, strangely
enough, is the effect of all these whizz-bang
weapons: "Patients lie dead in ruins of hospital,
after 1,000lb bomb misses target". Oh dear no,
too much like real life.