Skip to content ever happened to "Let’s Roll"::By Dean Barnett

April 7, 2007

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A few weeks ago, 15 British seamen and marines, soldiers of the Royal Navy, found themselves in a similar quandary. Belligerent Iranians had surrounded them and threatened them with both words and actions. Just as the “Let’s Roll” passengers on Flight 93 had a choice, so too did the British seamen who ultimately spent a couple of weeks as hostages of the Iranian regime. Why did these soldiers, the products of military training and representatives of Her Majesty’s flag, make the decision to surrender themselves? Because, according to their Captain at a Friday press conference, “Fighting back was simply not an option.”

Five of the fifteen British military personnel freed by Iranian authorities Thursday, are seen during a news conference at the Royal Marines Barracks in Chivenor, Devon, southwest England, Friday April 6, 2007. From left to right, Royal Marine Joe Tindell, 21, Arthur Batchelor, 20, Royal Marine Captain Chris Air, 25, Lieutenant Felix Carman, and Royal Marine Adam Sperry, 22. The 15 British sailors and marines returned home Thursday after 13 days in captivity. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

What a strange and dismal trip it has been for the Western world, going from “Let’s Roll” to “Fighting Back Was Not An Option” in scarcely more than five years. One can only hope that when the history of our era is written, the former will turn out to be the immortal quote, not the latter.

Source: ever happened to “Let’s Roll”::By Dean Barnett

Good point Mr Barnett.  While driving home  ‘Good Friday’ I was jolted when I heard those words, ‘Fighting back was simply not an option,’ spoken.

300 , the movie, is showing now at our local movie house.   The British soldier’s statements were released on ‘Good Friday‘.   Self sacrifice for a greater purpose is in the air.  

However, let’s not rush.

  1. Was the West intentionally testing Iran? 
  2. Could this have been one of the scenarios planned on?
  3. Does the result of this ‘ test ‘ justify the outcome of the  “Fighting back was simply not an option.” scenario?

Best possible Scenario for the “Fighting back was simply not an option” Plan

  • USS Aircraft Carrier Nimitz CVn68’s  detergency quotient (my phrase) its tested.
  • The appeal to the hearts and minds of the world public was ‘ sacrificed ‘ for victories for a more strategic playing field, the minds of the world leaders and in particular, Iran’s.
  • The ‘ kidnapped soldiers’ where returned.
  • The Nimitz/“Fighting back was simply not an option” soldiers seems to be a deterrent against Iranian hegemony.

Bottom line:

Iran knows “fighting is not an option” even more now than they did before.  The West knows that they got their ‘ fighting is not an option’ soldiers back and influenced some leaders out there in some way or another. 

Who will accomplish more with what they learned? 

What do you think?

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