Let me see if I’ve got this straight…
Not that they didn’t have enough trouble (with the pretense of) securing Iraq, England provoked a confrontation with the Iranians in the Persian Gulf causing a group of sailors to be captured and held as headliners in a Tehran propaganda show.
Humiliated (because, face it, the only war left to fight in the Gulf is the PR war), the Brits hatched a counter-propaganda scheme to pay off the detainees via “tell all” marketing deals enabling the government to flood the media space with their own, not-so-sweet version of the story.
As part of the roll-out, the government starts prancing these soldiers about (as Royal Marine Capt. Chris Air, Navy Lt. Felix Carman and Marine Adam Sperry evidence in this piece of NYT-hosted visual cheesecake). The only problem, however, is that the “cure” caused more ill than the disease. Far from relieving shame, the soldiers came off like a cross between this and this.
In the end, however, the whole stinkin’ lot — the Government, the military and the soldiers — soiled the Union Jack because, in this case, just striking up the band was as good as having the parade.
(By the way, you were great while I was gone. I’ve been reading through the threads and they are truly inspired!)
(image: Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press. London. April 8. 2007. nyt.com)