C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can't help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.
At last our political class has its victory in
I don’t mean the surrender or deaths of the last Taliban terrorists after the recent Sri Lanka Tamil fashion – or even the on the Malayan Emergency model or like the suppression of the Mau Mau.
No: our crypto-pacifist Foreign Office, with its long history of Arabism and appeasement and its worship of internationalism above national interest with its anti-Semitic assumptions amongst some of its senior staff; plus our grovelling rulers with their acceptance of radical Islamists as long as they are not directly physically attacking British subjects on the mainland and a media and intellectual class that accepts most of the assumptions of our country’s enemies, is right up there along with the brilliant idea that they have long clearly desired, to talk to and offer generous terms to the enemies of civilisation.
Joining none of the dots: having not understood the meaning and the deep, permanent relevance of the imperialist demands of the Koran to orthodox faithful Muslims; and having failed to recognise what allowing these most extreme of Muslim terrorists and woman-haters into some share of power and international funding will mean to what’s left of freedom in the post-Taliban country; let alone what lesson the rest of the world’s Islamic supremacists will draw from this lack of resolve and surrender by the Western powers, it looks like they’re going for the good old-fashioned surrender disguised as political wisdom and diplomatic savvy. They’ve clearly always wanted to throw the towel in, and only Tony Blair and his shrinking heritage plus also some small support for our side of the war from the Tories and some voters have delayed this short-sighted betrayal for so long.
They’re condemning yet another generation of Afghanistan’s children to the rule of bearded, abusive crazies who are sure to send their teenage suicide bombers abroad to wreak havoc wherever they can…and prolonging our side of the war because if you think that ‘moderate Taliban’ - like ‘moderate Islamists’ - means anything other than prepared to delay for a while in order to regroup and rearm, and by trusting them at all you’d have to be mad yourself.
Picture from here.
Sorry about scarcity of posting lately. I’ve been: A) spending some time with my invisible (and quite possibly imaginary) new friend, and therefore B) spending extra with several of my flesh-and-blood friends who need cheering up, and C) starting a late winter holiday and having a recharge. I hope to return to my usual diet of knuckle-dragging and clinically insane Right-wingery, invective and spite from now on, Insha'Allah, but now with added mercy and forgiveness in short, economical bursts.