Message to one diktator re another

Thursday, 4 November 2010

David Pryce-Jones on a Tragedy for Trafalgar Day! National Review Online

Atlantic Convoys 1939-1945
The end of the Royal Navy has provoked little or no interest. Of course, it has been a long time since Britannia ruled the waves and Britons were never, never, never to be slaves. All the same, Britain is an island. In 1940, the last time invasion was a likelihood, the Royal Navy was at least as significant as the air force in holding the Germans off. At that same moment, the Royal Navy had to destroy large parts of the French navy anchored at Mers el-Kebir to prevent it falling into German hands.

Read and weep. The rest here.

The Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805


  1. I loved the third comment: "Killing off the defense manufacturers contributes to hollowing out of manufacturing, reduces the UK's influence and trade protection, and leaves it much more vulnerable to the whims of the resource dictators of the world. Meanwhile let's spend some more money on un-employed illiterate immigrants."

    In the words of one Niccolo Machiavelli: "among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised."
    Peace is preserved by the power of threat, and easy targets are sought first.

  2. Dear Hermitlion, very interesting what you say about Machiavelli! Thanks! :)

  3. I usually don't use him as an example, but in this case he is absolutely correct.
    Those who are not viewed as a threat are rarely respected by warmongers ,and we don't have to venture far back in history to find proof to that.

    The royal navy has protected Britain from invasion time and time again. It is indeed saddening to read about its current condition.