"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Monday, April 02, 2007

Civilization is a Goner - What on earth has happened to the British?

I tend to withhold judgment upon those now being held in captivity by the Tehrorrists in Tehran. Not being in their shoes I cannot imagine what it must be like, whether indeed they are being treated coercively or not; theirs is not a place I would like to be.

My argument is more in line with ‘what on earth the British government thinks it is doing by prolonging the time that the 15 in detention must remain so.’ Rather than being a bit more aggressive and this does not mean start shooting, but at the least start jumping up and down and thumping whilst frothing at the mouth.

John Derbyshire (archive from New English Review and from NRO) has written in the “New English Review” a piece that would anger some, amuse others and if you will allow make some ponder. I do not believe it is written in defense of something or offense, but it does to use his words hark back to something simpler:

The great genius of the English-speaking peoples was in holding the two sets of ideas in their minds at the same time: both “racial pride, leader-worship (well, to be fair to the Anglosphere, we never really went for that one), religious belief, love of war,” and “the inviolable freedom of the individual conscience ... the equality of all human persons.” This was quite a trick, as the two sets of principles actually contradict each other.”

The piece “In Memory of Private Moyse” harks back to a simpler, if you will “unintellectual” time; when rather than kowtow to an enemy a soldier would rather face death in honor.

To open Derbyshire says:

“15 British Agressors [sic] must be EXECUTED.” That was the placard being held up by some beetle-browed Iranian outside the British Embassy in Tehran. Well, I don’t entirely disagree. I certainly think that those British captives who have let themselves be put forward on Iranian TV, that woman wearing a headscarf, and the young man apologizing to the Iranian gangster-rulers, should be court-martialed for dereliction of duty when they get back to Blighty, with shooting definitely an option.”’

You read the rest, but don’t get to angry they’re just thoughts……In Memory of Private Moyse

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