I watched the British Royal Marines and Navy personnel who were held as “hostages” by the Iranians deliver their supposedly “no holds barred” press conference this morning.
It was a disgrace.
The British Marines and Seamen said:
They were confronted at sea by a belligerent Iranian naval force that was better armed and larger than they were.
They were definitely in Iraqi waters when the Iranians took them.
They surrendered to the Iranians because they knew they couldn’t win in battle.
The Iranians did not beat them.
The Iranians did not torture them.
The Iranians did not subject them to mock executions.
They were however made to strip out of their uniforms and into pajamas.
They were fed three meals a day.
And there was no mention that the Iranians actually threatened them with physical harm.
The Brits did say they were placed for some time into solitary confinement. And at another point, they were made to line-up blindfolded along a wall with their hands bound, where they “heard” the Iranians cocking their firearms.
So why’d they roll over on their government?
These men and one woman who have been treated like heroes by the British press are anything but. They folded like a cheap suit, and disgraced their military. Their country. And themselves.
Whatever happened to courage?
If these people were Canadians, I would be ashamed that they served in my military.
And if these people are the best Britain has to offer, Britain is in very serious trouble.
It’s easy for people to write and say the things about these British military people that I just did, because we weren’t there. But I do know a little something about being scared and intimidated.
When I stood up against ethnocentric nationalism within Quebec so that all people should be treated equally under the law, I was alone.
Even though there were hundreds of thousands of people who supported my cause, I was alone when it came to being exposed to lawsuits and real threats to my life, the well being of my wife, our animals and our property.
I stood alone.
I was physically attacked several times on the street. Our property was attacked several times. And the Quebecois government and media were equally relentless in their attacks upon me.
We spent far more than $100,000 just on security to guard our property and animlas.
I will state without any embarrassment whatsoever, that there were times when I was so scared, that I felt faint and physically nauseous, and wondered how I was going to get through the hour, never mind the day.
But I never gave up. I never showed my fear. I never surrendered. I never walked away. And I always tried to give back better than what I got.
But these British sad-sacks surrendered like lambs, and spilled their guts at their first opportunity, without so much as getting a smack to the back of their heads.
These British Marines and Sailors are cowards who are not cut from the same cloth as the brave men, women and even children, who not all that long ago stared down the likes of Hitler.
Words these cowards should know but could never understand:
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.
You ask: What is our policy? I will say:
“It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
“You ask: What is our aim?
I can answer with one word: Victory – victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”
Winston Churchill – May 13 1940.
“We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills.
We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God’s good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old.”
Winston Churchill – 4 June 1940.
“It is better that London should lie in ruins and ashes than that we should surrender.”
Winston Churchill – Address To The Joint US Congress 1942.
As always, after reading your editorials, words fail me due to your awesome gift for expressing my own feelings far better than myself.
Your decision means your physical and financial struggles are over, as they should have been long ago. You can now focus on Anne and yourself, as well as your numerous admirers.
Your fine editorials created great value, which, I predict, will ultimately materialize to cushion the financial blow. You are a true hero!
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