"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> From: "Mike Lorrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > When I hear such whines, I am reminded of the situation in Lebanon in
> > the early 1980's. Several dozen Americans were held hostage by Hezbollah
> > and Islamic Jihad. They tried to do the same to some Soviet citizens.
> > The KGB in return kidnapped relatives of the terrorists and mailed them
> > their relatives testicles. The Soviets were released several hours
> > later. Our citizens remained in captivity because our agents were
> > restricted from such measures.
> True enough, but the KGB is now defunct (along with the evil empire that
> spawned them), and our agents are still going strong (amidst complaints that
> they are infringing civil liberties).
The KGB is still going strong as well, under a new name and management
for reasons which have absolutely nothing to do with their measures used
to recover their citizens.
> BTW, I recently viewed the former American hostages on Fox News, and they're
> still upset about having been abandoned. Apparently the general public is not ready to resort to KGB tactics, since the hostages did in fact eventually get back home.
The general public is an ass. Always so touchy unless of course their
own particular ox is being gored. Liberals against gestapo tactics
except of course in respect to treatment of anti-abortion protesters,
etc... They have little trust left for others but are pissed when they
themselves are distrusted. Societies get the government they deserve.
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