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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Those Brits

Well now the crisis is over - except now it'll never be over. But the Brits got their 15 servicemen (and one woman) back. They had a nice little love-in with Mr. President who gave them new suits and gift bags. This was followed by the obligatory media encounter group therapy session.

Everyone seems agreed that the Iranian whacko won this one hands down. Debate tepidly rages on about the conduct of the servicemen and how little time it took for them to crack. The Iranians seem to have had side-splitting fun intimidating them, without actually doing them any physical harm.

A former Iranian hostage from the Carter Crisis, guesting on Hannity and Colmes was obviously trying real hard to be kind, but invidious comparisons with the behaviour of the (mostly civilian) men and women who endured far worse for 444 days were impossible to ignore.

Colmes said, we got them back and isn't that all that matters? The media basically had to line up real war heroes to say their conduct was reprehensible - those of us who aren't, aren't supposed to criticize until we've been in their shoes.

Oh horse pucky! I don't know how I'd react in the same situation - but when it comes to the defense of me and mine, I want men who are tougher than I am mounting guard on this fat, happy, clueless country of ours.

And these were Royal Marines! In the UK, the Marines are far more of an elite outfit than even the USMC. They are mostly commandos trained to a standard comparable with any of the elite forces in the world.

And what few people have had the guts to ask is, what the hell was a mother with a child at home doing in a combat position? And what effect does this have in that ulta-patriarchal culture to parade her in front of the media, pat her on the head and say (in effect) "There there now little girl. You go home and play with your baby." Convince them that the forces of the West are composed of women and real sensitive guys?

But in all this, I think everybody has missed the point. Yes you could say that they betrayed their country. But don't forget - their country betrayed them first.

23 Comments:

  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger alex said…

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  • At 3:40 AM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    Our insistence that appeasement means peace and safety is maddening to me.

    Looks like you got the spam bastards on you.

     
  • At 5:42 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    It occurs to me that a lot of what I think about foreign policy is informed by my observations of how violent people interact on the street - and a great subject for another post.

    Notice to the spam bastard: I deleted every one of your 9 posts, a tedious but worthwhile task.

    I don't yet sell advertising space on my blog, but I might. Using my blog without my permission to sell or spam is theft and vandalism.

     
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  • At 1:27 AM, Blogger Mark said…

    Man, the spambots are really hammering this place. Unfortunately, they won't listen. Spamming these days is done automatically by virus-infected computers.

     
  • At 1:31 AM, Blogger alex said…

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  • At 6:38 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    Testing, testing, testing...

    Sorry everyone, I have to turn on the comment moderation function, which evidently redirects all comments to an email account for my approval.

    Someone who goes under the name of "Alex", and has his data labels in Cyrillic letters (which I read, if you were hoping for anonymity) is spamming my and several other blogs evidently.

    Alex, if we ever meet we will have much to talk about.

    Anyone know how you actually track down a spammer?

     
  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    There is a level of hell reserved for Spammers.

     
  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    I had to do the same. It slowed my comments down a bit on my site, but not by much. If people want to pop off bad enough, there isn't much you can do to dissuade them.

     
  • At 12:29 PM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    I don't care about people popping off on my blog - if it's really obnoxious I figure it makes me look good by comparison. However, spam, vandalism and the various kinds of hacking are despicable. They are the equivalent of the "hecklers' veto".

     

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