March 30, 2007
Covenants without the sword
For the laws of nature, as justice, equity, modesty, mercy, and, in sum, doing to others as we would be done to, of themselves, without the terror of some power to cause them to be observed, are contrary to our natural passions, that carry us to partiality, pride, revenge, and the like. And covenants, without the sword, are but words and of no strength to secure a man at all. Therefore, notwithstanding the laws of nature (which every one hath then kept, when he has the will to keep them, when he can do it safely), if there be no power erected, or not great enough for our security, every man will and may lawfully rely on his own strength and art for caution against all other men.
- Thomas Hobbes
It was Churchill himself who said you can always take one with you. It is a decision; perhaps the only moral decision left to us in extremis. Die as a man or die as a slave. The State's monopoly on the use of force exists solely so long as it is prepared to use it. Say what you like about Communist China, no members of the PLA Navy will ever be taken hostage by Iran or paraded before the cameras of the world. No Chinese sailor made to cover her hair and cast her eyes downward like some slave-prize of Gor. Not so for the armed forces of Weimar England. The Persians forced her to her knees, dressed their new plaything in the hijab, made her bow down her covered head and mumble words of submission; that last word often mistranslated as peace. It is not her humiliation; it is my humiliation. She may already have been tortured or raped and will comply or suffer the consequences as she chooses; I am free and unharmed and yet I do nothing. How long can I watch this and call myself free. How long can I watch this and call myself a man, let alone an Englishman.
Thatcher would not have stood for this. Not for a week. Not for an hour. They would never have tried it on.
There were centuries when the Royal Navy won every engagement under any circumstances against any foe. Now look what we have come to. Look at us as our long story comes to an end. We have put our faith in the Geneva Conventions, in the NATO alliance and worst of all in our own wishful thinking. Just another Palace of Illusion. We have watched as time after time our people have been taken hostage and slaughtered for the delectation of Dark Ages snuff porn; Sauron's name croaked out in praise in the Black Speech of Mordor. One God to rule them all... One Prophet to bind them...
Now we are all hostages. Hostages to this evil joke of a religion, to its exquisite sense of offense and its boundless claims to entitlement, to our own fear of saying anything to offend the sensibilities of our own morally retarded elites and Establishment traitors. If Leviathan cannot, will not, act we have no law left to us but whatever strength we find in our sword arms. It is only a matter of time before the hard men realize it is not only Britons who can be taken hostage; not only Jews beheaded for the internet. If we come to that pass then God help us all.
The Last Alliance Update: INDC Bill posts the words of Lt. Col. Clayton Fisher, a commander injured in a chlorine gas attack on the Fallujah Government Center.
It is not just me Update: Simon Heffer comments in The Telegraph.
And by all means: Let there be war.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 30, 2007 06:33 AM
Well the Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett couldn't sound tough to a bunch of 2 year olds. She is just pathetic.
Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at March 31, 2007 09:11 AM
The response thus far shows exactly how far the Blair years have hollowed out the very idea of an England capable of treating an act of war seriously. Right now they are spinning for peace.
It is not necessarily Blair himself - he has been stout on several occasions;rather it is the sheer imbecility of the left of the Labour Party and much of the new look Conservatives.
War, real war where you actually hit the other guy hard, seems to now be unthinkable. Which leaves England without plan "B" and entirely at the mercy of the Iranians - moderate, radical or plain old lunatic. Worse, so far as I have been able to tell there is no "war" faction in Parliament as there was when Churchill sat in the backbenches watching Chamberlain and "economy" hollowing out England's resolve before WWII.
Posted by: Jay Currie at April 1, 2007 12:21 AM
I find it difficult to express the contempt I feel for the entire British government, the opposition and the majority of the British Establishment. And from what I can gather, some large percentage of the public is no better; preferring to avoid mention of the Crusades or the Holocaust in aid of a quiet life.
"They had a choice between dishonor and war. They chose dishonor. They shall have war."