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:
“…..one 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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