The citizens of Wootton Bassett ought not to be asked, any more, to do what they do, unless of course it is their will so to do.
Now, you and I both know that 199 soldiers killed in a minor regional war, far away, while assaulting some pre-capitalist-scumbags who do not represent even the mainstram of Islam, let alone the by-ways, is not a great number when you consider the figures for, say, the Battle of the Somme. Or even Alamein. But that’s not the point.
This government wants to pursue a war in Afghanistan, and even though it is composed of scumbag lefty liberalism-destroying Nazis, that does not detract from the premise that this war is a correct one. They could be the wrong people fighting the right war. The very fact that this “Taliban” chap does not come forward and surrender to us shows that we are right, since he keeps on fighting us, using whatever Ammonium Nitrate and diesel and aluminium powder that he can find in the local markets – for it shows that he means frankly and cheerfully to overwhelm us. He has the option to stop, and just go home and cultivate poppies or grain or cows or barley or alafalfa or jute or whatever, but he does not: he continues to fight us. We have to ask why.
We can test the premise by disengaging. If he come after us, then we were right. If he does not, then we were wrong.
So where does that leave the grand and noble people of Wootton Bassett? It is noble that they continue to turn out, but there is a limit to anyone’s store of pity and sorrow. You really can’t ask more of these great people than they have already given. If I was them, I would be rioting: for a change in Government such that if we are stuck in these blasted wars, because the other NATO buggers wearing hairnets won’t come out at night because they are sleeping after manning the photocopiers all day, then our poor chaps ought to have at least some of those South African mineproof thingies to go raiding in. (We raid, because we are right. Latin verbs…I raid: you take cover: he runs: we overcome: you surrender: they die. It is what you’d call an “Irregular Verb”…) Or even, at a push, the American humvee-dooberries that do the same thing. It is obnoxious to continue to protest that these chaps carry on dying becasue their vehicles are made of rice-paper, and this Gramscoid outfit which says it pays them won’t give them something better, because it hates them and what they stand for.
Lots of Libertarians eschew force, in all contexts. That’s fine. I don’t think one ought to initiate it, but if there are dudes who openly state that their Nirvana is where you are dead and that whatever pre-liberal nastiness they like is the order of the day, then we ought to be eliminating them. The “Taliban” bloke is probably an Aunt Sally for the real enemy which is here at home. But the real one won’t take us seriously unless we have previously destroyed its sock-puppets for it, ideally on the Wireless Tele Vision, first.