A Most Resolute People?

This was taken in London in 1940. These people are serious, but they look pretty unafraid, and they even have a smile for their Queen. In fact, those people, no less than the Few in Fighter Command, inspired the world, to defeat Nazi Germany. As has been said so often, there was no more compelling reason for the United States to enter the European War than there was for the Soviet Union to enter the Japanese war, and they didn’t till after VE Day.

But we did. Why? Well, there were the famous radio broadcasts, by Edward R. Murrow, starting with “This is London” with the bombs going off in the background, there was the bravery and success of the RAF. But there was also admiration for the British people, fighting on alone, with the King and his family at their head (and bombed himself) and the words of the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, the best of both countries distilled into one man.

And so, together we built the world of today. But…

The pictures from London this weekend didn’t look like that. They didn’t show a resolute people, who could legitimately say, “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job”. Instead we saw this.

REUTERS/Neil Hall

That is not a portrait of serious, resolute people, that’s a picture of a defeated people, who have given up any control of their own life. Perhaps the police instructed them to do this, it is a reasonable way to make sure they haven’t weapons, but this went on for blocks. They damned sure weren’t ‘walking like free men.’

Thing is, if reports are right, the wannabe terrorists killed 7 people with the total destruction of their force. That ain’t no victory, that’s a defeat, and a bad one. They killed three people each, none of whom had anything to do with their cause, just happened to be there. I think in America the wannabe terrorists would have done even worse, it sounds like there were plenty of opportunities for a civilian who knew what he was doing to intervene decisively. The Mets response was very good, but as always when you need a cop in seconds they were only minutes away.

Then there is this:

It’s kind of reasonable advice, if you’re a helpless subject, totally dependent on the police, which is what the British government seems to want these days. But at some point one must fight, even rabbits will, and rabbits have teeth, and sometimes win.

Kim Quade over at Victory Girls wrote yesterday

Free people don’t live to react. They live confidently and proactively. They fiercely guard their borders and maintain their culture. It’s sad to think that the little island nation of Britain, which kept Nazis from invading their land nearly 80 years ago, may be succumbing to their own folly within.

She’s right, it’s very sad indeed to think that the little island of Britain, whose people more than anyone else, built the world we live in, will end this way. But if they don’t change, it will.

But let’s end with something much more uplifting.

 

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15 Responses to A Most Resolute People?

  1. The Raven says:

    Oh Neo, this isn’t a fair comparison- the people in the later picture are being evacuated by the cops. You’ll find plenty of picture of people online who are looking a lot more cheerful while they are being evacuated (including one chap nursing his pint to safety). I’m sat in an office overlooking London Bridge and Burough Market as I write this: no-one is ‘reeling’, but plenty of people are getting on with their jobs and giving the Islamists the finger.

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    • NEO says:

      Fair enough, Raven. Nor is it meant to be inclusive. Part of the reason it bothered me is that several of them commented that it was voluntary, if directed to do so, of course one does. But that might have been Sky’s editing, of course.

      Good, I was pretty sure the London, and yes the England that I’ve always loved was still there, but it’s nice to have it confirmed. Too often all we hear is what our politicians say, and while we can believe otherwise, it can be hard to find.

      Good on them, they’ll need those fingers for the bowstrings yet. 🙂

      And thanks, you made me feel much better.

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  2. the unit says:

    I imagine as The Raven says the true Brits are keeping their wits about them.
    I don’t know enough about the resolute then or now for a substantive comment. I can’t blame the King for bombing himself. I’ve been pretty bombed out myself back in the day. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      They are. London, like our cities, has it share of snowflakes, and sometimes seems as if they all work in broadcasting. So, often that’s what we see, but the others are still there. Like us, they tend to be a bit older, and wiser. 🙂

      Raven’s right, that guy evacuating with his beer, is rather cool. Saw it later this morning.

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      • the unit says:

        Cool yeah. I saw it too. He was knifed out instead of bombed this time. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And while we’re feeling much better, let me throw this in. Little off topic but a little snowflake fake news.
          Man Casually Mows His Lawn as Tornado Swirls Behind Him in Viral Photo
          https://dsx.weather.com//util/image/w/tornadolawnmower1.jpg?v=ap&w=980&h=551&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0
          Privacy fence out in the wide open spaces? Oh well, fence will protect him. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Hope the tornado was impressed with his lawn. 🙂

          The fence? Yeah, they make a reasonable windbreak, fairly cheaply. Not common, but you see some! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And it was in Canada. Had to be a illegal, alien tornado. Fence should keep it out. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that explains it! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I think I recognized the guy in the pic. Believe it was Johnny Mow. 🙂

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  3. The Raven says:

    This will amuse you, Neo (I particularly like the fact that his friends bought him a book entitled “learn to run”):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4575570/Millwall-fan-tells-fought-London-Bridge-terrorists.html

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, it does, Raven. I admire him like anything, would have been easier if a few more followed him, but heroics ain’t all that easy. I like the book too. Hope he gets the medal as well, he deserves some sort of recognition beyond a newspaper story! And he is the sort of Brit we are remembering today from D Day, and how you got to be great.:)

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    • NEO says:

      Raven, my friend, do check out today’s post. 🙂

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