For no particular reason, well none I am prepared to Blog about anyway, I am very fond of the quote by Winston Churchill when he said:
We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.
I was reminded of this when I read MadPriest's Blog a few minutes ago when he posted on the immorality of various things ranging from the Israeli incursion into Gaza (no mention of the missiles fired into Israel from Gaza though - in my humble opinion the two sides are as bad as each other and neither will ever get any sympathy from me) to the bombing of Dresden by the British in WWII (no mention of Coventry, London or Clydebank which were similarly attacked by the Nazis) and the killing of an innocent bystander by the police when arresting a criminal (is he talking about Jean Charles De Menezes? If so, I have no doubt that the police officers who killed him deserve a medal for their bravery, not prosecution, after all they had been told that the person they were expected to stop was a suicide bomber who might detonate his bomb any minute. Are you brave enough to get right up close to and make physical contact with such a person? No, I thought not. Neither am I. Now the matter of culpability of those who told them he was a terrorist, that's perhaps a different matter).
Various things about that post touched various nerves of mine. But then again, I am not in a good place at the moment.
The bottom line as far as I am concerned is that unless you're prepared to put yourself in the position of being in mortal danger to protect people you don't even know, unless you're like PC Lewis Fulton, a Strathclyde police officer (who coincidentally was on the same shift as I was, in the same police office where I used to work for Strathclyde Police in a previous life a fair number of years ago, albeit I was a year or so after him) who was stabbed to death when responding to a routine call by a member of the public, unless you're like the men and women of the forces who continue to risk life and limb trying to make Iraq and Afghanistan a safer place for their populations (people like my good friend RN from the cathedral choir who is a high ranking consultant in the National Health Service in the UK but who doesn't just stick with the easy safe option so he also happens to be a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army who has very recently been posted abroad (yet again) to work in a military field hospital treating sick and injured people whether they be UK & US personnel or "the enemy"), unless you are one of Churchill's ruffians, then don't fucking whinge about it!
Just be thankful that someone is prepared to do it on your behalf.
Update: The second last sentence above was not directed at MadPriest in any way. I don't think the post of his which prompted my rant was in any way whinging and I'd like to go on record as saying I like his Blog and think he's a decent, genuine bloke. The rant was obviously already inside me and I just needed him as a catalyst!