So this is where we are, as a line is finally ruled beneath the horrific tale of Lee Rigby.
Hiding, cowering in our own country.
“Scotland Yard issued the warning at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, West London, after learning that fanatics in the area supported the horrific killing. Police, who have stepped up patrols of nearby streets, told Army bosses: “We request that military personnel remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to avoid drawing attention to their status as members of the armed forces…
…the Ministry of Defence said it temporarily banned Army uniforms in some public places because of the threat.” – from the Daily Mirror
Which is, of course, music to the ears of the enemy in our midst. Personally, I think a better message would have been to insist that uniforms are mandatory off-base during the working week and will henceforth include a discreetly-placed firearm. Whatever happened to Col. Tim Collins‘ famous words, “The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.”?
The gung-ho approach isn’t my thing but I do believe there comes a point at which the mitherings of caution begin to make a casualty of morale. And when the War on Terror becomes a Retreat from Terror, Lee Rigby and his fallen comrades overseas have died in vain.