Words are what our society are built on. Worth fighting for.
Dealing with the question of threat to troops by saying in reality no comment doesn't necessarily give an answer and that enemies don't get useful information from sky news.
If you villify them it undermines the idea that the other side have rights.
Lies undermine reconcilliation afterwards
Effect of lying to your people by propogandising against your enemy polarises people even further.
No evidence that people will believe the states lies.
Effects are more harmful in the long term even if there are short term gains. The lies lost the ability to get support for actions in the future.