Behind the Pav

Newsnight: the closing credits: Pavarotti sings from ‘Tosca’ as images unfold of British soldiers in Iraq. Suddenly all is beautiful. Bare-chested, muscular, tattooed young soldiers against sand. Grunts dash thru storm of sand. Tanks bang in plumes of sand. How blind we were! All that was needed was the voice of the late Pav and lo – the poetry of war is suddenly apparent! War: where higher feelings go to hear music.