Saturday, February 24, 2007

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
Oy, Oy, Oy

Mark Steyn opines in his article, 'Blair is Right on Troops':

"According to my dictionary, the word "ally" comes from the Old French. Very Old French, I'd say. For the New French, the word has a largely postmodern definition of "duplicitous charmer who undermines you at every opportunity"." [...]

"And these days troops is something of an elastic term, too. In Norwegian, it means "fighting men who are prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Americans, as long as they don't have to do any fighting and there are at least two provinces between their shoulders and the American ones". That's to say, Norway is "participating" in Afghanistan, but, because its troops are "not sufficiently trained to take part in combat", they've been mainly back at the barracks manning the photocopier or staging amateur performances of Peer Gynt for the amusement of US special forces who like nothing better than to unwind with five acts of Ibsen after a hard day hunting the Taliban." [...]

Unfortunately, Steyn fails to document the casualty rate for Norwegian photocopier pilots or those of Ibsen play noncommissioned actors. I know for a fact that they are supplied with only lightly armored stunt men.

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