The Price Of Dishonor

Let the glorious American military hold up its head with pride. Never have the “finest army on earth” ever behaved in such a reprehensible manner as the cowardly, ill-trained, incompetently led British sailors recently released from their confinement in Iran – or, so says Jack Jacobs, an MSNBC-proclaimed Vietnam war hero who “…..earned the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam and also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars.”

Jacobs is now a “military analyst” for MSNBC.

Jacobs goes on to describe the British sailors conduct as “……a disgrace”. He asks, “Where is honor?” and states, “Iran hostages’ handshakes, apologies are ‘reprehensible’”

In his own words:

“The capture, internment and repatriation of the British sailors and marines can only be described as a shoddy spectacle. From start to finish, the Brits heaped nothing but ignominy on themselves, and one can recall few instances in recent memory in which a group of uniformed service members acted with less professionalism and more dishonor.”

I would remind ex-US colonel Jack Jacobs of something he, along with many Americans, has conveniently forgotten. In fact, thanks to the propaganda and ignorance spewing forth from that seat of US power once honorably known as the “White House”, most Americans have conveniently overlooked the simple fact that Iran is not an adversary, not an enemy. No-one – despite the bloodlust of the US president and his mob of virulent, gangster-style, sidekicks – is at war with Iran.

Having watched the press conference given by some of the British sailors, following their “de-briefing”, and noting they were reading from prepared statements, it was obvious to this observer they were simply telling it as they had been ordered.

Jack Jacobs believes they should have fought to the last man. He quotes from the United States military Code of Conduct:

” I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.”

No, he would have uselessly sacrificed the lives of his men in a contest where he was hopelessly out-manned and out-gunned.

But then, that’s the “American way” – isn’t it? Stuff the bereaved families, the fatherless children, who would after all be able to pull out Daddy’s posthumous medal of honor from time to time and remind themselves what a great hero he was.

Let me tell you something, ex-US colonel Jack Jacobs. It took the British people a long time to learn the true facts about war. Your country hasn’t yet begun to learn those facts. Your country still believes the hogwash that it is noble, honorable, patriotic and above all, manly, to fight wars and kill other human beings to prove – somehow, known only to yourselves – that your are better than they are.

When your country has suffered the ravages of 40,000 tons of TNT falling on New York, or Washington, or San Francisco; of raining incendiary bombs; of standing alone – with no help from your greatest ally – against an enemy that had conquered the whole of Europe and was champing at the bit to enslave your people while your military fought tooth and nail with no assistance from the rest of the world……when your country has been through that kind of ordeal, ex-colonel Jack Jacobs, and survived……then you will learn that there are no heroes in war; no noble acts; no glory; no manliness. There is only the bitter, endless, grind to survive another day.

Don’t dare speak of England’s “….own Greatest Generation, troops who fought a determined and superior enemy while vowing never to surrender.” You, ex-US colonel Jack Jacobs, have no comprehension of what it means to have to fight for your nation’s very survival.

I sincerely hope you, and your descendants, never do.

The British sailors in Iran were not “hostages”, as you so blithely pronounce them. They were temporarily impounded because a non-hostile nation considered them guilty of trespass within national boundaries. As such, they were not restricted to the standard “name, rank, and serial number” legislated as requirements under the Geneva Conventions.

Finally, ex-US colonel Jack Jacobs, you comment that:

“… can recall few instances in recent memory in which a group of uniformed service members acted with less professionalism and more dishonor.”

Let me jog your memory, ex-US colonel Jack Jacobs, and remind you – in case you’d forgotten – that it was not the British military who had charge of Abu Ghraib prison.




What price dishonor, ex-US colonel Jack Jacobs?

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5 Replies to “The Price Of Dishonor”

  1. I felt exactly as you did as I heard him speak. I couldn’t believe I was hearing him say those things. Question marks were dancing in my head. What the hell was he thinking?

    I am so glad that you wrote this and that I read it. I really needed to know that I wasn’t crazy for thinking that Jacobs was.

  2. The announcement that the MOD are allowing sale of these sailors’ stories to the press is frankly beyond belief. The assumption can only be that it is a political decision designed to negate any goodwill Iran may have secured from the British people by releasing the sailors so quickly. Despite post-debriefing tales of solitary confinement and fear of imminent execution, the statement from Captain Chris Air of the Royal Marines, who said “….to be honest, it didn’t seem that traumatic at the time to me and I don’t think it’s going to affect me in a terrible way……” (see this BBC report) is at odds with the “official” British version of how they were treated. It would seem both British and American governments are now desperate to regain some ‘right’ on their side after the unholy mess of Iraq, and their impotence over Iran’s nuclear plans. An international conference on Iraq, attended by ministers for foreign affairs from Middle Eastern nations and the five permanent members of the security council, planned for early May, will create an eyeball-to-eyeball situation between Condoleeza Rice and her Iranian counterpart. That should prove most interesting. Meanwhile, we wait to be shocked by the pronouncements of UK gutter-press newspapers, let loose on a bunch of simple British sailors.

  3. Once again i agree with what you say,as an
    ex-serviceman who fought in a conflict a few years ago i am dismayed, nay, horrified that the MoD have given permission for these “hostages’ to sell their stories. I cannot for the life of me understand this decision, it goes against everything i was ever taught in the army! I would never consider selling my story…what happened to the official secrets act? It totally undermines the stature of the british armed forces and can only result in britain being made a laughing stock of the world. i hang my head in shame!

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