Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Letter of the Week: Victor Grossman on Long John Silver
This gem from Victor Grossman in Berlin, appears in today's Morning Star:
News flash: The descendants of Long John Silver and Captain Flint have put in claims for damages.
As they pointed out, it was the passengers and crew of the ships captured who were the criminals since it was they who had beaten the men with knives and iron bars. It was necessary for the men to shoot and kill some of the attackers, acting in self-defence. To determine the facts they were willing to let a commission of impartial buccaneers decide.
Have I been dreaming after seeing a Johnny Depp film, or perhaps just watching the news?
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council prepares to vote on a US-backed plan for imposing swingeing new sanctions, not on serial international law breaking, nuclear-armed Israel, but on a Middle Eastern country which hasn’t attacked anyone and has no nuclear weapons. You really couldn’t make it up could you?
UDATE: Shamefully, the UN Security Council has just imposed fresh sanctions on Iran on account of its non-existent nuclear weapons programme. Bravo to Turkey and Brazil for voting against this nonsense.