Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Conservatives Dissappointed that We Missed the Chance for War

Or at least that's what I'm taking away from this article by Dennis Prager. In it he chastises Great Britain for not being willing to sacrifice the hostages to show Iran that they are still bad-ass. Or at least that's how I read this complaint.
What does seem clear, however, is that the British government did not confront the Iranians in any way reminiscent of a great country, let alone of Britain's great past. If we judge the British government's reaction alone -- without any reference to the behavior of the British sailors and marines -- Iran was the feared power, not Great Britain, which acted like the supplicant.
Prager also criticizes these sailors and marines for being cowardly enough to get caught in the first place and for selling their stories after they were released. It's nice and noble to believe that they shouldn't do that; but come on. Soldiers aren't overpaid anywhere, and the sort of people who become soldiers usually aren't loaded either. So they get a chance at the brass ring? A chance to make a lot of money for themselves and their families? I'm not going to fault them for grabbing ahold of it.

Since a "happy" ending for Prager would have had those marines and sailors dead and the US and Great Britain at war with Iran, I'm not sure they should spend a lot of time worrying about his disappointment in them.

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