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article imageOp-Ed: SAS troops think Diana was murdered — Too many doubts remain

By Paul Wallis     Sep 10, 2013 in World
Sydney - The inquest into the death of Princess Diana has produced some interesting information as well as the usual garbage. The Special Air Service, the UK’s elite special forces unit, have now spoken out. Other issues, including cause of death, remain vague.
They don’t think any SAS members were involved, but do think she was murdered, according to new reports.
The UK Express:
Far from dismissing reports of a cover-up as a conspiracy theory, many SAS men feel there are too many unanswered questions.
A source said: “There has always been a view among certain members of the regiment that Diana’s death was not an accident. It is not a view shared by every¬one but there is a core of soldiers who believe she was killed.
“When you are planning a military operation you have to train and practise every step of the mission and even then things can go wrong. Look at all the factors involved in Diana’s death. For that to be passed off as an accident just doesn’t ring true.”
“A source” in the SAS is about as close as you can get to identity. SAS soldiers are not allowed to identify themselves.
The interesting fact is that tacky innuendo is no longer in the mix. The SAS are very conscious of the fact that a former member was alleged to have been involved in the death of Princess Diana, so their interest is both professional and appropriate.
The actual proposed methodology of the alleged assassination was that a blinding light was shone in the eyes of the driver. The theory is that between the endless flashes of the paparazzi the light wouldn’t have been particularly noticeable.
This doesn’t quite hold good. Modern cameras are exposure sensitive. At least a few cameras should have shown sudden illumination, whenever the light was supposed to have been shone.
That said, during the 1970s and 1980s, NATO and US forces were experimenting with “blinder” weapons. Some types of laser are capable of blinding. It’s not clear whether any retinal examination of the driver was carried out. If it was, damage to the retina would have been obvious.
The other question: Her heart moved to the right?
According to the cause of death, Princess Diana, who was seated in the right rear of a Mercedes W140, died as a result of severance of the pulmonary artery. The damage was caused by her heart being displaced to the right side of her body.
There are a few shaky points in this scenario:
The implication is that force must have been applied to move her heart from the left. The car was severely damaged, mainly in front, with some damage to the left hand side. Pictures taken after the accident show the Mercedes at an angle, with no damage to the right rear seat position.
While heart displacement is quite common in head-on accidents, usually through the steering column, it’s mainly a problem for drivers, not rear passengers. According to witnesses, Princess Diana was found with her back to the road, pointed to the right side of the vehicle. That fact does not indicate or support any application of force from the left.
So how does a human heart move from the centre to the right? There may well be some sort of explanation, but it’s hardly clear.
You’d expect that any force from the left would have shown significant injuries or bruising on that side of the body. The rib cage should also have shown some sort of corresponding range of injuries.
Princess Diana did show some evidence of possible internal injuries, notably bleeding from the nose. However, information available doesn’t indicate that there were any externally visible injuries. The fact is that high impact injuries usually do, if not always, have visible injuries of some sort.
The car
The Mercedes W140 was made in the 1990s. Records of safety issues for the W140 should indicate any passenger risks or at least provide an analysis of common injuries, in a properly conducted safety audit. This was a somewhat atypical accident, not everybody crashes into pillars in Paris in their Mercedes, but you’d expect that similar injuries would have occurred.
As a matter of fact, while high impact crashes can produce some extraordinary (not to say gruesome) types of injury, it’s a pretty good bet that moving the heart to one side of the body is anything but common.
How could the heart move like that?
The heart doesn’t just move all by itself, with no corresponding injuries?
These are just common sense questions, not expert opinion. Far more facts, and a proper medical evaluation of the cause of the injuries, are required. Mercedes could also supply stats for injuries to right rear seat passengers.
As for an assassination attempt, the logic that blinding a driver will cause an accident is unassailable. It’s also a pretty damn sloppy way to try to kill someone. There’s a real stench associated with this theory.
Readers may remember a time during before and after separation from Prince Charles, during which Diana was portrayed as “distressed”, or some would say, paranoid. There’s an interesting letter getting around online in which Diana wrote of a planned assassination, in which she was supposed to die of head injuries, in a car accident.
Conspiracy theorists have been quick to pounce on this, while invariably overlooking another fact- She had her own sources of information. During her “independence” phase, she was managing her own affairs, and she had a lot of contacts. She was quite capable of getting information for herself.
She had two young kids to look after and was arguably the most photographed person on Earth. She had a lot on her plate. Possible assassination would be unlikely to be her favourite subject of conversation. People don’t just think these things up for themselves. They may have the idea planted, to drive them nuts, or they may have reason to believe it.
Having an idea like that planted, by the way, isn’t at all uncommon. Driving celebrities insane is a sort of cottage industry in some quarters. That said, the information certainly fit the outcome.
The verdict has to be that there are way too many unanswered questions, and the answers so far fall a long way short of satisfactory. Modern forensics are required, and a strictly factual approach to all information is the only way to go.
For the record- I distrust all conspiracy theories, because they’re usually promoted by ineffectual idiots peddling secondhand, highly spun information and often wilfully misleading sources. This theory, however, won’t go away. It deserves more respect than it’s been getting. So do the facts.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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