Thanks from a Yank

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by Rayal, May 31, 2010.

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  1. I live in Florida and today is our Memorial Day when we commemorate our armed forces of past wars and current wars as well. In doing so I wanted to personally thank the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy along with all the U.K. forces that have fought along side of our American sons and daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Its important to me to give you thanks, because we all have lost a lot of love ones, and we all still fight against unjust and primitive enemies. I just seen a film where the Taliban was beating a helpless civilian woman in the street. This was before we really ramped up our operations there, but it steeled my resolve that we are doing the right thing by protecting freedom and someday she will have her country back and live her life as a free human being.

    You all have so much to be proud about, because you have never faltered, and have supported us as much as we have supported you in our world of freedom. Good luck to you one and all.

    Sincerely and gratefully yours,

  2. Theirs is not to reason why

    Theirs is just to do or die....


  3. Behave :roll: !!!

    Did you now that after the slaughter of Gallipoli during WW1, Kemal Ataturk caused a Plaque to be raised on the Turkish coast at ANZAC Cove.

    It was addressed to the families of the Australians and New Zealanders who had died there:-

    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours...

    You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.

    -Kemal Atatürk
  4. Classy Chick ;)

    Need more like her up this way haha
  5. I'm confused Bergen.

    I responded to a post of yours with a smile and you then tell me to behave and then post something about Ataturk.

    Is it something I said?
  6. The 'behave' was a joke for laughing at the photo [which is not very PC] but which I think is hilarious.

    The reference to Ataturk was a tie-in to Memorial Day [a big thing in the USA] - a mate of mine in Perth [WA] sent me the information which I thought I would share with you.

    No offence meant and I hope none taken.


  7. Ah! Sorry, thought it was I that had somehow caused offence.

    I've actually seen the Gallipoli war graves, though not Ataturk's plaque. They are immaculately kept and it's a very moving experience.

    Apologies for confusion.
  8. I'll say thanks for the sentiment, I know a lot of people disagree with both the Iraq and Afghan wars, but I sit on the fence a tad, mistakes were made but in some respects we are keeping the focus of certain people on Afghanistan rather than anywhere else. Was it right to invade either...Afghanistan....yes but it is turning into a mess politically...Iraq...yes and no...yes because we removed a dictator from power, no because it destabilised the country and potentially risks a theocracy.
  9. Okay then, North Korea, Iran and Zimbabwe must be next on your list of distatseful but SOVEREIGN nations to lie to the British public about and then wage war on?
    With this degree of strategic thinking Britain's enemies should quake in their pits of a night.
    Absolute drivel, I'd stick to your 6th Form Outrage Bus essays on Israel's Boarding policies in future if I were you.
  10. So what were your suggestions for dealing with Iraq then NZB? perhaps let people continue to starve due to the actions of the regime? Post Gulf War 1 looked like an utter mess, for Iraq to recover either sanctions had to be lifted (Was not going to happen while Saddam was at the helm) or Saddam had to go.
    Remember it was the Iraqi's who quite happily reinstated the death penalty and executed Saddam. Frankly I don't blame them.

    People have rights, and the world needs to decide on a way of dealing with dictatorial regimes, the current method does not work, China will always veto any action taken by the UN against NorK, Russia and China will always veto action against Iran and Zimbabwe simply screams "colonial racists" in the media while still holding out their hand for aid.

    Sovereign nation only goes so far before becoming rogue state, if NorK was a child then it would be properly punished for its regular temper tantrums that it throws.

    Cut the crap about 6th form, I'm entitled to my opinion just as you are to yours. Shame you can't respect the opinions of others without descending to childish name calling
  11. "So what were your suggestions for dealing with Iraq then NZB? perhaps let people continue to starve due to the actions of the regime"

    But isn't that exactly what we're doing with Zim??
  12. Rayal,

    Thank you for taking the time to post your message, which is much appreciated.
    A forlorn wish I know, but let’s hope all our people come back safe.

    Thanks again.
  13. The Iraqis were starving because of sanctions sponsored by the USA and forced through the UN by them.

    Because the sanctions weren't working fast enough to force regime change George the Simpleton fabricated evidence to support an invasion and aided and abetted by the Brits own tame war-criminal Antony Lytton Bliar, off we went.

    You may recall the comment by Albright contained in the paragraph below.

    The controversy dates from 1995, when researchers with a Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) study in Iraq wrote to The Lancet, the journal of the British Medical Society, asserting that sanctions were responsible for the deaths of 567,000 Iraqi children. The New York Times picked up the story and declared "Iraq Sanctions Kill Children." CBS followed up with a segment on 60 Minutes that repeated the numbers and depicted sanctions as a murderous assault on children. This was the program in which UN ambassador (and later Secretary of State) Madeleine Albright, when asked about these numbers, coldly stated, "The price is worth it."

    RM :thumbright:

  14. I thought we were fooled into the iraq war because they had Weapons of mass destruction just inside their oil fields :wink:

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    America, F*CK YEAH!
    What you going to do when we come for you now,
    it�s the dream that we all share; it�s the hope for tomorrow

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  15. I would have followed International Law and allowed the people of Iraq to determine their own future. At least then Saddam would have been contained/ restrained by sanctions and inspections and the UK wouldn't have been involved in this clusterfcuk.
    At whose instigation was the Death Penalty reinstated, the chimp from Texas perhaps?

    Who says people have 'rights'? You only have the rights your Nations Government enacts on your behalf.
    If you live in a Democracy Great, you don't like what the 'Man's' doing every 5 years you get to chuck him out.
    If you're unlucky to live in a Dictatorship, well quite frankly that's a job for the UN not other individual Nations. It might take longer and not have so much 'Shock and awe' but as we have seen Military adventurism isn't that effective either.
    Bandying about 'Rogue state' Bush/Cheney catchphrases really impresses me. :roll:
    And yes North Korea should go to the naughty step. :roll: :roll:

    I don't deny you're entitled to your opinions, I just wish they weren't so full of cliches.
  16. Funny how a thread grows and changes tack isnt it
  17. Quite agree.

    A posting from Rayal, with genuine thanks for our Armed Forces, has certainly degenerated but luckily has not reached the nasty sex/porn stage yet, TG.

    .....and at CA, tch tch.!.!

    We have a thread for Fighting and one for Crayoning. (We used to have Mods, too.........once upon time.)


  18. What is all that supposed to prove, not your argument surely.

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