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If ever there were an argument for gunboat diplomacy…

Posted by That Other Mike on 30/11/2007

this is it:

Thousands of people have marched in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to call for UK teacher Gillian Gibbons to be shot.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, gunboat diplomacy refers to a somewhat reprehensible tactic of Imperial days. Basically, if someone does something to offend or annoy you, you send a gunboat and threaten them for a bit; the objective is to give the impression that you will shell the living crap out of that country until they say sorry. And then give you some money.

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14 Responses to “If ever there were an argument for gunboat diplomacy…”

  1. jonolan said

    Nyah! Just stop sending any food except porkchops! LOL! Muhammad’s Baby Back Ribs anyone?!?!

  2. kevmoore said

    I just think we should help these islamic lunatics who insist in practicing a 7th century religion by bombing their country back to the dark ages, then they’ll have a compatible country for their outmoded and evil religion.

  3. Mike said

    Ah, yes; the make-a-bad-situation-worse school of diplomacy. A favourite of 19thC Europe and 21stC America. 😀

    This kind of thing sort of makes one yearn for the Empire to come back, though; we seem to have progressed a little too far from a beat the crap out of everyone style. Diplomacy should always be the first resort of any government, but there are times when a well-timed appearance by armed forces is appropriate.

  4. jonolan said

    I keep saying that violence is not needed in this situation. Just remove the aid we give them and they’ll learn to straighten up and behave properly – or die off soon enough. Why waste our soldiers and our money on nations that don’t have anything we want?

  5. Mike said

    Well, it’s not so much violence as the threat of it… But then again, this is Sudan, after all. Violence is what they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  6. kevmoore said

    Mike, what some of these so-called religious leaders need is a well-timed smack in the mouth!

  7. Mike said

    Heh. I could get down with that. As long as we start with the bearded one in Canterbury. Get the close ones first.

  8. Mike said

    Loved The Departure picture, btw. Some talent there, and no mistake.

  9. kevmoore said

    Thanks Mike! Thats my partner Miki, we collaborate on art, music poetry etc.

  10. opit said

    The article certainly doesn’t imply that thousands are calling for her to be shot. All you have to do is read this comment thread to realize how many there are for which inciting violence is the first thought. People don’t differ as much as some would like to make out.

  11. Mike said

    It doesn’t. It pretty well states it outright:

    The protesters gathered in Martyrs Square, outside the presidential palace in the capital, many of them carrying knives and sticks.

    Some news agencies reported thousands of people took part in the protest, but a BBC reporter at the scene said up to a thousand marchers turned out.

    According to some agencies, some of the protesters chanted: “Shame, shame on the UK”, “No tolerance – execution” and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad”.

    Rhetorically calling for violent retribution as a reaction to the violent or unacceptable behaviour of others, while perhaps not the most measured reaction, is not the same as going armed to a march and calling for someone’s execution.

  12. opit said

    You’d have a much better point if anyone believed the U.S. knew anything about ‘measured response’.

  13. Mike said

    Wrong country, my friend…

  14. kevmoore said

    Remember, Opit. all this has arisen over a TEDDY BEAR. I think its the brits who should be outraged, dont you? incidentally, some muslim bloggers ive communicated with are as outraged as i am, so at least there may still be a slender hope that the next generation might reclaim some dignity for this abused religion.

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