Fierce fighting in substantial numbers: ships damaged
While this does place the loss of ships and helicopters--literally--before the human cost of the invasion, I reread this news story as working in the way that a sonnet can, even if that wasn't the BBC's original intent. One form of the sonnet builds an argument in its first eight lines, then a shift occurs in the argument in the remaining six. The initial argument can be reversed in the volta or the turn in the latter section of the poem.
Thus, I distilled the language of the news story into a sonnet. The loss of equipment sets up the tragedy of the lost lives, the heavier cost of war. I wanted to turn the idea of privileging metal over men as the news story seems to do into one that concludes something quite different.
For the recording of my text, I left in artefacts of breath and pauses to mirror those of the news reader in the broadcast. I also distorted my voice and laid the static and pops of the received transmission over the poem, as I wanted my voice to be both of the language of the news story and of its reception over shortwave radio."