Monday, May 22, 2006

Damn lion! Bit my head off!

Remember the limerick about the lady from Niger? I'll repeat for those of you unfortunate enough not to have been exposed to a lot of Edward Lear:

There was a young lady from Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger

Sadly, nobody in Britain seems to GET this idea. Want to go off to Israel and arse around in somebody else's civil war? Seems like a fine idea. Especially if you are burning with righteous indignation on behalf of the poor ickle Palestinians. But actions have consequences, and going into a war zone can have really nasty high velocity consequences.

But instead of just accepting that if you put your head in the lions mouth, that may well be your last act; nowadays people feel that they must be allowed to sashay about the world opining their little opinions and bleating their indignation and protesting their little protests and without ever meeting up with the reality of those places they swan in to. The reality of wars especially civil wars is that many people die, very often unjustly and without much reason. If you go to one, that could possibly happen to you.

I don't feel sorry for James Miller and Tom Hurndall. They were men who chose to go into a very dangerous place, and wander around the VERY FRONT of the front line. I don't really care what they were doing there, but it was completely voluntary. And the consequences of their actions was, they died. Tough.

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