Friday, November 18, 2005

New European Terror Alert Systems

There’s been a lot of talk lately from the appeaser crowd (the “Bush lied” and the “Saddam was a great guy, just misunderstood” wing of our political scene – you know who you are) about how we never should have taken any action in Iraq. I guess, with their complete disregard for historical facts, they believe we would be better off if we could “feel better” by having the rest of the world “like us” more. Me personally, I’m more in favor of having fewer people dying because evil tyrants are no longer in power to perpetrate mass murder, invade their neighbors, and encourage terrorists to blow innocents up around the world. But hey, I just happen to believe that war, as horrible as it is, sometimes is a “less bad” alternative than not going to war.

Anyway, with that in mind, I just got the below emailed to me. Being a student of history, I couldn’t help but share it. I don’t know who originally wrote it, but it’s worth the read…

The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent bombings and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorised from "Tiresome" to a "Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666.

Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Surrender" and "Collaborate." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability.

It's not only the English and French that are on a heightened level of alert.

Italy has increased the alert level from "shout loudly and excitedly" to "elaborate military posturing". Two more levels remain, "ineffective combat operations" and "change sides".

The Germans also increased their alert state from "disdainful arrogance" to "dress in uniform and sing marching songs". They also have two higher levels: "invade a neighbour" and "lose".

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual and the only threat they worry about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

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