Today’s Guardian has some interesting pieces on the British fiasco in the Persian Gulf, which is already fading from consciousness here in the U.S. Apparently, feminists in Britain are in an uproar over attacks on lead seaman Turney for being apart from her three-year-old daughter for months at a time. Any reservations from male commentators are being dismissed as so much chauvinism.
But what really piques my curiousity is this: why were the British were so lax about protecting their own soldiers? Why weren’t they provided with adequate protection? I hope we also discover more about the conduct of the sailors in Iran itself, which left me feeling awfully queasy. Sure, they would have been unwise to antagonize the Iranians. But was it necessary to kow-tow to them? One former military officer is quoted in the Guardian as saying it was “a bloody shambles.” He’s right. The government deserves it’s share of blame for failing to prepare the sailors for even the possibility that they might be taken hostage in this dangerously volatile region. The entire episode is more evidence that Britain’s days as a great power aren’t simply behind it, but hardly even a memory any longer.
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