February 17, 2008
Horatius at the bridge
The women watching on the banks could see it fall, beam by beam -- could see every moment the gap widening between the three brave men and the bridge. Wider and wider it grew, and with one voice the Romans cried, 'Jump! Horatius, Lartius, Herminius! Jump while you can!'
Lartius and Herminius obeyed. Again rose the cry --
'Horatius, come while there is time!'
- Of Horatius, how he kept the bridge
Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 17, 2008 09:12 AM
You underestimate ethnic solidarity.
Your nightmare scenario will be possible only if/when significant numbers of white Britons convert to the Islam of the more radical kind (which covers approx. 1/3 of young British Muslims, to be sure).
Not happening soon. Put thy trust in drunken football fans.
Posted by: Ben (The Tiger in Exile) at February 17, 2008 07:28 PM
I was in a mood this morning. I am inclined to delete the post but that would be cheating.
That said, with no army to speak of it is a sad state of affairs when the ASBO class becomes a firewall against an enemy that believes in something.
Wasn't it ever thus?
Think of the characters who ended up in the British Army of yore, especially in overseas service.
Posted by: Ben (The Tiger in Exile) at February 17, 2008 09:59 PM
Waterloo and all that.
The other important issue is the spectacular incompetence of the enemy. Or rather, their ideology precludes competences we should be able to take for granted. The "Western way of war" is not just the phalanx and the spirit to fight properly but all the economic, logistical and intellectual infrastructure that makes training and equipping a phalanx possible (in all its contemporary manifestations).
What depresses me is the abandon with which the West, and England in particular has been rushing to surrender. It is not just the Archbishop but the edifice of media and academe that makes men like him possible. And he has the gall to pity himself.
Dwelling on this, obviously. What is easier to imagine than an uprising out of the blue is the formation of something comparable to Hezbollah. Things have clearly gone to hell once a system has accommodated armed political parties. The obvious example is Lebanon and the obvious precedent is Germany of the 1920s. Gangs of New York also comes to mind. Anyone who thinks this sort of phenomenon is not possible in a modern Western democracy - still exempt from history after all these years - need look no further than Northern Ireland.
I know it's kind of missing the point of the post, but...
You might like to check this version of the story of 'Horatius at the Bridge'. Try declaiming it out loud. It's a classic.