Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered

We have heard some disturbing words before from UK military men at the scene of the hostage-taking: “It was entirely peaceful”… a “misunderstanding”. Herewith a further sampling of contemporary British thought:

“I was arrested on Friday March 23. Obviously we trespassed into their waters. “They were very friendly and very hospitable, very thoughtful, good people.”…

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said in a statement she was “very concerned” about the pictures…she was concerned about “any indication of pressure on or coercion of our personnel”…”I am particularly disappointed that a private letter has been used in a way which can only add to the distress of the families.”

Defence Secretary Des Browne said it was “completely unacceptable to parade our people in this way”.

Of course, when something is said to be “unacceptable” that is allowed to continue to exist, it was in fact quite “acceptable” after all.

One Response to “Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered”

  1. staghounds Says:

    It’s called the passive voice for a reason.

    “Unacceptable” has been code for “We’ll learn to live with it.” ever since President Carter used the term to describe that Soviet brigade in Cuba.

    Here’s an antidote for the British politicians’ weakness-

    http://staghounds.blogspot.com/2007/03/seigfried-sassoon-and-michelle-norris.html

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