Streetwise Professor

September 17, 2012

Whatever Happened to “Pedicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead”?

Filed under: Military,Politics — The Professor @ 4:35 pm

The cringing, PC, and pusillanimous response of this administration to the concerted assault on US embassies around the Middle East beggars description, and can only encourage further attacks.

Here’s an opportunity for redemption.  The First Vice President of the Iranian government has announced that Iran will “track and pursue” the maker of the film that is the pretext for the spate of riots breaking out in the ME.

The appropriate response: touch a hair on his head, and we’ll obliterate every Iranian government facility.  Then we’ll make the rubble bounce for grins.  He exercised his rights as an American.  Problem with that?  Talk to the B-2.  The updated version of “Pedicaris Alive or Raisuli dead” (the background for a Sean Connery film, The Wind and the Lion.)

Our action: bringing in the pathetic sod for “voluntary questioning” on a parole violation, and attempting to get Google to pull the vid on a terms of use violation.

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  1. I really really like the bounce part of your plan. The rubble will be relatively inelastic so you shoudn’t cut bomb tonnage too close.

    Comment by pahoben — September 17, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  2. Anything to the rumor that embassy security will now be issued Cherrry Bombs and M-80’s as last ditch shock and awe deterrents to be used only after polite requests to cease and desist have been refused and such refusal has been reviewed by State Department legal staff.

    Comment by pahoben — September 17, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  3. Our equivalent is Don Pacifico.

    “David Pacifico (1784–April 12, 1854) was of Portuguese Jewish descent. He was born a British subject at Gibraltar 1784 and died in London April 12, 1854.[1] He is best known to history as “Don Pacifico”.

    In 1850, Don Pacifico was a key figure in the international crisis known as the Don Pacifico Affair. In 1847, while he was living and working in the Greek capital, Athens, as the Portuguese consul, Don Pacifico’s home was attacked and vandalised by an anti-Semitic mob that included the sons of a government minister, whilst police looked on and did nothing. Don Pacifico appealed to the Greek government for compensation for loss of possessions, including documents relating to a substantial claim against the Portuguese government for monies owed. When in 1848 it became clear that compensation would not be given, he appealed to the British.

    Because Don Pacifico was born in Gibraltar and was therefore a British subject, then foreign minister Lord Palmerston decided on military action and dispatched a squadron of the Royal Navy to blockade Piraeus, the port of Athens. After some eight weeks of blockade, the Greek government at last paid suitable compensation to Pacifico. When challenged in Parliament on this issue, Palmerston justified his actions with, “Civis romanus sum”: translated as “I am a Roman citizen”, this declaration by a Roman would protect him from harm anywhere in the ancient Roman empire.”

    Comment by Tim Worstall — September 18, 2012 @ 4:17 am

  4. […] As Palmerston said about Don Pacifico. Civis romanus sum. […]

    Pingback by Quite firebreathing — September 18, 2012 @ 4:20 am

  5. Mmmm…y’see, this idea of bombing people because they pissed you off tends to piss them off. Not always a productive course.

    Comment by Green as Grass — September 18, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  6. Green as Grass, but perhaps if they know you will react disproportionately violently, they avoid irritating you in the first place. Mmm, rather like the Islamist right now have found out works very effectively. Rather than defend free speech, Obama and his administration attempt to placate, so next time…? Also, look up why the Soviets don’t tend to suffer kidnappings in the ME following certain actions they are rumoured to have taken in Lebanon in the 80’s.

    Violence may be crude, but also can be startlingly effective, especially against people who recognise violence as a tactic.

    Comment by Ed Snack — September 19, 2012 @ 12:42 am

  7. @Ed. Yes. Better to be feared than loved. This administration has managed the trick of being despised as weak and hated. Well played.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — September 19, 2012 @ 9:39 am

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