Sunday, 1 September 2013

KFC heir attacks Brits

Kentucky Fried Chicken heir and New York resident Andrew Roberts has taken time out from his busy schedule to lambast the UK in a piece for the Mail. Roberts, a Blair adorer who said "for Churchill, apotheosis came in 1940; for Tony Blair, it will come when Iraq is successfully invaded and hundreds of weapons of mass destruction are unearthed from where they have been hidden by Saddam's henchmen", displays an equivalent quality of judgement on Syria.

"And nothing qualifies as worse oppression than having at least 1,429 innocents slaughtered – 400 of those children" writes Roberts, perhaps unaware that this is about the monthly total of innocent civilians killed by sectarian car bombs in Iraq for each month since Blair's invasion, but perhaps Roberts doesn't count dead Iraqis. 

Roberts rather disingenuously continues "The only people to have used this monstrous weapon since then have been Benito Mussolini against the Ethiopians in the 1930s, Adolf Hitler in his war against the Jews in the 1940s, and Saddam Hussein in his massacre of the Kurds in the 1980s. In each case Britain was in the van of nations that led to their downfall", suggesting that in each case the use of poison gas played some part in  Britain's motivation for war. It did not. In any of the three cases. Roberts goes on, after declaring the British to be a nation of moral relativists, to write "I seriously doubt whether, if the Argentinians invaded the Falklands tomorrow or Spain invaded Gibraltar, the British people would clamour for the military action needed to liberate either of those places." demonstrating an ignorance of British public opinion so profound and so complete as to be worthy of a New York cab driver. 

All in all, Roberts' piece is an embarrassing, cringe-making and simply bad piece of writing that aspires to polemic but lacks the Viagra needed to rise from the dull and prone. Perhaps he should have consulted a historian before submitting it.


G. Tingey said...

Of course it's bad writing - it's in the daily hate-mail, isn't it?
Oxymoron is the word, I bleieve?

TrT said...

Sadam used vast quantities of chemical weapon against Iran.
We know that, we made bloody sure he didnt run out!

Well, Germany and France provided 75% of the equipment.

DeeDee99 said...

There are a lot of very bad losers amongst the Political Elite and chatterati.

Paddy Ashdown in The Observer is another one.

Perhaps the lesson the Elite - in the UK and America - need to learn is a simple one my mother taught me when I was about 5

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

Post Iraq, we don't believe a word they say. We want evidence.

Bill Quango MP said...

He seems to have confused a land where we have little interests with British sovereign territory.
No doubt when Falklands II rolls around support will be less for war. But a majority would support action.

One thing he should have mentioned to bolster his argument. It was the failure of the League of Nations to take any action over the Italian invasion of Ethiopia that lead directly to the rise of militant fascism and World War Two.
Some tough action, especially once the gas stories appeared in the papers, should have followed.
There are many reasons why action did not follow. But a main one was disagreement by the ruling powers.

On the other hand he should ask himself this question. If North Korea used chemical weapons on its people tomorrow, and proudly posted the pictures on youtube, what would be our response when any military action could see war with China?

Span Ows said...

If I may quote from the Kentucky Fried Movie which could relate to Roberts:

KFC, sometimes it's finger-lickin' good; other times it's arse-wipin' bad!

Anonymous said...

He probably reads the NYT.

Anon 2 said...

Perhaps he should have consulted a historian before submitting it.

In America? Nah. Yanks are wilfully blind about anybody or anything British - and they've adopted the franco-german penchant for re-writing all history to suit their own agenda.

Sellar and Yeatman got it right in 1066 And All That. History is over now that America is "Top Nation."

When and how reality will reassert itself . . . ?

Anonymous said...

We just grew bigger and more powerful as a nation. Democracy has deserted us for so long, it was like a breath of fresh air to it return.

Coney Island

Blue Eyes said...

I don't give a flying arse what some pillock who owns a chain of soggy, luke-warm chicken joints thinks of any particular nation. I can't imagine the average American voter is much more enthusiastic for military adventurism these days, but at least here we get a chance (now) to tell our government to sod off.

I agree with Coney Island above.