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April 02, 2007

Britain Fiddles While Sailors "Burn"

There used to be a time when Britain didn't take guff from anyone. As one of Michelle Malkin's readers comments,

25 years ago today, British Royal Marines fought back when someone came to get them. See the Royal Marine Detachment at Port Stanley at the opening of the Falklands War.

In an earlier post, I said Tony Blair wasn't squishy when it came to his military. It seems I'm being proven sadly wrong. In this Washington Times op-ed, Diana West concurs.

When a civilization no longer inculcates an overriding attachment to its own survival, well, it no longer survives as a civilization. In peacetime, the disintegration appears more theoretical. In wartime, the holes really begin to show.

Sticking with Britain as an example, when Tony Blair long ago brought forth his "Cool Britannia," multiculti, domestic agenda, the ensuing debate was a "culture war," not a real war. It might have politically divided Britain, but the country seemed to remain intact. When the government of Britain recently responded to a recognized act of war against its military personnel by threatening diplomacy, a kind of emptiness to the whole British enterprise was exposed.

Indeed. A commenter at this post says, "Blair is almost to the point of yelling, 'Great Scott!'"

Britain used to be one of the world's foremost military powers. Now, instead of giving Iran an ultimatum and then following through, government officials are thinking of apologizing to Iran. Winston Churchill must be rolling in his grave. I can't even imagine what Margaret Thatcher is thinking.

Iran is exploiting this namby pamby, "We Are the World" attitude that has swept Britain (and other Western nations) into its thrall since the 1990s. Mark Steyn puts in his two cents:

So we live today in a world of one-way sovereignty: American, British and Iraqi forces in Iraq respect the Syrian and Iranian borders; the Syrians and Iranians do not respect the Iraqi border. Patrolling the Shatt al-Arab at a time of war, the Royal Navy operates under rules of engagement designed by distant fainthearts with an eye to the polite fictions of international law: If youre in a warship, you cant wage war. If youre in a destroyer, dont destroy anything. If youre in a frigate, youre frigging done for.

All this dithering on Britain's part only serves to embolden Iran and other would-be rogue states. A popular British mascot has been the bulldog, known for its tenacity. Perhaps the Brits should consider replacing the bulldog with the teacup chihuahua. Truth in advertising, and all that rot.

UPDATE: I was looking for this link, as I wanted to include it in the main post, but only just came upon it (h/t Right Wing Nation):

The only wry smile to be derived from the humiliating circumstances in which our 15 sailors and Royal Marines were captured by just six Iranians came from the comment by Patricia Hewitt. "It was deplorable," pronounced our tight-lipped Health Secretary, "that the woman hostage should be shown smoking. This sends completely the wrong message to our young people."

Considering British doctors were pushing to have long sharp knives banned because they can *gasp* be used as weapons, perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised that the Health Secretary is more concerned with Faye Turney having a stress-relieving smoke than the fact that Turney is being held hostage in Iran. Priorities, people...

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Posted by Pam Meister at 10:12 AM | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0) | International

Oh look...the chicken-hawks are trying to wage yet another war with other people's lives while hiding behind their blogs like the cowards that they truly are. You chicken-hawks playing Risk with the Iraq war with your yellow-ribbon toy soldiers you "claim" to support haven't even won the last war you're hiding behind your blog from and now you're trying to play yellow-ribbon chicken-hawk with Britain's soldiers? Suit up or shut up coward!

Posted by: Syntax at April 3, 2007 01:11 AM

Oh yeah, New England's Liberal wasteland ain't keeping you here. If ever you decide to put on your panties and crawl out from under your blog, feel free to kiss our ass on the way out.

Posted by: Syntax at April 3, 2007 01:13 AM

Syntax - you are clearly off your meds - or need to get some.

What part of "they want to kill us" do you not understand? What part of - it isn't our fault, but rather the fault of their own perverted view of their religion's teachings that makes them want to kill us - do you not understand?

God help this nation if people like you are EVER allowed to crawl out of your little wet dreams and into positions of influence!

Posted by: Gayle Miller at April 3, 2007 08:08 AM

I'm lost as to what Syntax's point is.

Is s/he blaming the US for the Brits being taken hostage? And what do bloggers have to do with war in general and the Brit hostage situation in particular?

Maybe if s/he learned how to express something other than fear we could communicate.


Posted by: Kitty at April 3, 2007 08:18 AM

Thanks Gayle, Kitty. Syntax sounds like a very angry person, and what better way to blow off steam than to anonymously launch an ad hominem attack at a blog? As for my "chicken hawk" status, I'd rather err on the side of supporting the mission our troops are sent out on than be seen as a demoralizing naysayer who thinks I know more than the administration and top military brass.

Posted by: Pam at April 3, 2007 08:32 AM

I agree with Syntax. Suit up or shut up.

In a related note, I an a detective in Philadelphia, and if idiots like Syntax do not wear my uniform, I would like him to shut the hell up about crime in America. The next time he gets burglarized, don't bitch unless you wear the uniform.


Posted by: Wyatt Earp at April 3, 2007 10:23 AM

Funny stuff! I don't recall saying anything about crime in America Wyatt wannabe. Now I know where my meds went.

Any of you fear-mongering chicken-hawks in NYC on the morning of 9/11? Any of you fear-mongering chicken-hawks understand those who "want to kill us" are still free as birds and not a single one of them are in Iraq nor have they ever been to Iraq? Are any of you ever going to rise above this corn-fed stupidity? Ever?

You 22% left in this country spew out the tired old rhetoric like obedient little drones while the other 78% of America has grown tired of this Iraqi-special olympics cheer squad BS. OMG!!! THE EVIL IRAQIS ARE SWARMING IN THE ATLANTIC AND COMING TO KILL US ALL!!!! How freaking stupid. A ten-year old child isn't that stupid. "The Al Qaeda will build a base in Iraq and use that base to launch attacks against America!!!" Heard that from the wet-pantied chicken-hawks. Why would a terrorist organization comprised mostly of Sunnis build a base in a country where they are severely outnumbered by Shias who would like nothing more than to kill them all? Common sense anyone? Wouldn't the Sunni Al Qaeda organization be better off building their base in a country comprised mostly of their own kind so they can operate with support and without interference? A country like Pakistan maybe? Didn't our intelligence agencies just release a report saying the Al Qaeda has done exactly that, build a base in Pakistan to operate without interference? Wow man....thats deep.

You support a foreign policy of a President who when Pentagon officials were advising him of the possibility of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi'ites, his response was "Sunnis and Shi'ites?!?! I thought they were Muslims!" You honestly believe I'd be dumb enough to vote for an idiot like that? Hell know and I ain't singin' his BS war tune neither. Those "who want to kill us have benefited greatly from this administration. They've been given just short of amnestly for 9/11 and are releasing more videos than Justin Timberlake. As far as Britain/Iran? It's Britain's problem! Let them deal with it!

Posted by: Syntax at April 4, 2007 03:01 AM

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