Skip to comments.Britain: The Sob Factor – Quiet grief and private dignity are now things of the past.
Posted on 11/11/2004 5:51:24 PM PST by quidnunc
Three British soldiers, members of a famous regiment called the Black Watch, died recently in a car-bomb explosion in Iraqthe first British soldiers to perish this way in the terror-plagued country. For a few days, the British press and broadcasting media treated the event as if nothing else in the world mattered. The reaction was little short of hysterical, no doubt to the encouragement and pleasure of future car-bombers.
As is now usual whenever tragedy strikes, the press and broadcasters went straight to the relatives of the victims and asked them what they felt. Quiet grief and private dignity have become things of the past in contemporary Britain, replaced by sensation-seeking and shameless prurience. Journalists recently swarmed the survivors of a recent train crash and the doctors treating the injured, looking for tidbits to stimulate the jaded palates of the folks at home.
A sibling of one of the dead soldiers said in an interview that his brother had not volunteered in order to die on foreign soil but instead to bring home a paycheck. He never expected to go to war. Moreover, he believed this war to be wrong: ergo, Prime Minister Blair had innocent blood on his hands.
We may marvel at a society in which people join an entirely volunteer army for the pay alone, allegedly unaware that their lives might one day face danger at the orders of the government, whether they liked it or not, as if an army were some kind of alternative social security. Will medical students one day complain because they never knew they might one day see blood and death?
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"A sibling of one of the dead soldiers said in an interview that his brother had not volunteered in order to die on foreign soil but instead to bring home a paycheck. He never expected to go to war."
Anytime I hear somebody say this I feel like smacking them. What the hell do they think the military is for?
Exactly. The Wwest is riddled with shameless traitors.
You'd think they'd have sought that help back when they first considered supporting Kerry, but better late than never.
Feminism and male emasculation. The end of a civilization being witnessed before our very eyes.
I can't help thinking that attitude puts them in greater danger.
LOL...couldn't agree more! But they'll want our taxes to pay for their 're-education'
I bet we will soon see a kind of cult reported with a little symbol they'll wear on the lapel. They'll walk by each other, see the symbol--probably a crying baby would be best, but you know how they are about babies--maybe a coathanger or something--and they'll nod and smile. They will model themselves on the early Christians, feeling all cool and subversive.
Of course, when people find out about their little secret society they don't turn them in, they just laugh at them.
I liked one old vet's comment to me when the guy from the 1/124 FLANG deserted after 3 years active time and 5 in the NG because he suddenly discovered he'd become a CO. Said Bob, "What, did he think they gave him a rifle to keep him from putting his hands in his pockets?
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