So Prince Philip has passed away at age 99. Here’s how I prefer to remember him:
The above word being used in its most positive sense, that is, when describing a British Army officer who fought the whole of World War II with a broadsword and longbow as his personal weapons (!!!). (Also a set of bagpipes, but let’s not go there. He wasn’t even Scottish.)
Here’s “Mad Jack” Churchill’s story (watch the video first), and his boring Wikipedia entry. “War hero” doesn’t even begin to describe a man who was decorated four times for bravery under fire. He should have got the V.C. and probably would have, except that the world ran out of wars for him to fight.
Read and watch it all.
Almost nobody is more reviled by the international intelligentsia and media than the late Augusto Pinochet, the late 20th -century Chilean dictator. He holds a prominent position in the political left’s “rogues’ gallery” comprised of those who stood in opposition to their goals.
His supposed “crimes” included conducting a military coup to illegitimately grab control of the Chilean government from a popularly elected president, rounding up and torturing huge numbers of innocent citizens (killing as many as 80,000 in the process) and corruptly stealing vast sums of money while ruling as a dictator.
But many of those claims are either false or exaggerated — most credible estimates of those killed are below 5,000 — or they must be viewed in context. More important, if we raise the examination of Pinochet from the bitter soil of leftist ressentiment to the question of human flourishing, he appears as one of recent history’s shining lights.
Read the whole thing — and my earlier posts on the topic too, if you haven’t seen them before.
I will never forget two things about my visit to Chile: the sight of old women placing flowers on the sidewalk outside Pinochet’s modest private home (now a museum) in Valparaiso, and at a formal dinner one night, one of the toasts was: “To General Augusto Pinochet, savior of Chile.”
It was delivered without irony, well received and supported by all the guests, and even more telling, it was said in English — no doubt for our benefit, and to make a point.
As always, for my Oupa Charles, who somehow survived the Somme in 1916.
Finally, to bring things a little more up to date:
Just when you thought that the Stout Bulldog Spirit had left Britishland forever, comes this little tale (from back in 2018, as it happens):
Married at First Sight star David Pugh single-handedly fought off a gang of five machete-wielding robbers using his martial arts skills after they broke into his home.
The thugs burst into the 56-year-old’s home, demanding cash and attacking Pugh’s teenage son and a 20-week-old puppy.
The reality star was left covered in blood after courageously fighting off the masked men – who were armed with baseball bats and golf clubs as well as machetes – with his bare hands.
And the picture is not a good one:
While his great big brass balls are not pictured, I think we can all give him a round of applause.
But I know that all of you are thinking that had Mr. Pugh been allowed the use of, say, a Colt 1911 or similar, it would have been a far better outcome for all concerned (except for the choirboys, of course) in that the blood splatter would have belonged to the goblins rather than to Our Hero.
And we could have inducted him into the Dept. of Righteous Shootings — International Division, rather than just applauding his outstanding bravery.
But this is Britishland, where he would have been more likely to face arrest for causing a public nuisance or bleeding without the proper permit.
[10,000 words of angry invective deleted]