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April 6, 2007
Trashing Queen Victoria
The death of Britain as a serious nation is symbolized, not so much by the sad behavior of 15 clueless kids kidnapped by the Khomeini fanatics, but by no less than Admiral Sir Alan West, writing in the London Times today. Writes the Admiral,
Wrong, wrong, wrong, Admiral. In the reign of Queen Victoria, the Iranian barbarians would never have dared to stage a purposeful provocation with the lives of British sailors and marines in the first place.
The whole affair would never have happened. If a gang of pirates had even threatened those people acting lawfully under direct orders in Iraqi waters, right under the nose of a modern British flagship, a single warning shot would have solved the problem. Nobody would have died, unless they were truly suicidal. And today, Britain would look like a power to reckon with.
We will see the consequences of its feeble response down the road --- when historical revisionists like the Admiral will rush out to deny any connection at all. Because the key to Admiral Sir Alan West is of course that he is now an empty suit, wearing the Queen's uniform but practicing total historical amnesia.
And Admiral, Sir, while you are thanking God for the peaceful resolution of the "crisis," six British soldiers --- including two women --- were just killed in Iraq by an IED sponsored by the peace-loving Mullahs of Tehran.
That's called a signal, Sir. Just as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was smiling and boasting of his generosity before the willing idiots of the international media, he was killing six British soldiers.
Shakespeare would have recognizes that villainous smile:
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables,--meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain...
(Hamlet, Act I, scene v.)
But we knew that, didn't we? At least some of us did.
James Lewis blogs at http://www.dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/