21 February 2012

Come on, Hagai, really...

Op-ed writer of Yediot Aharonot/Ynet, Hagai Segal, is seriously pissed off at the shameless behavior of British government. To the tune of penning and article British lesson on hypocrisy. Its lede tells almost the whole story:

Op-ed: Shameless Britain clings to faraway Falklands while reprimanding Israel over ‘occupation’.
Almost but not quite. Since Hagai is really irked by what he considers hypocritical and disgusting British behavior, I shall do my best to pour some oil on the troubled waters. Lest we get into a war with the mighty Albion.

To start with, I would like to soften the following statement:
The Brits most certainly don’t have any ancestral rights there.
Now, come on, Hagai. The CIA World Factbook says loud and clear:
Although first sighted by an English navigator in 1592, the first landing (English) did not occur until almost a century later in 1690, and the first settlement (French) was not established until 1764. The colony was turned over to Spain two years later and the islands have since been the subject of a territorial dispute, first between Britain and Spain, then between Britain and Argentina. The UK asserted its claim to the islands by establishing a naval garrison there in 1833.
"Sighted by an English navigator in 1592" should be enough proof of ownership for everyone. And we better thank whoever we are thanking usually that the first manned space flight didn't occur in XVI or XVII century, because the whole Earth would have been sighted by British navigators with nothing left for lesser nations.

And if we are into old colonial habits, why go as far as Falklands? There is a place to the north of the republic of Ireland...

Anyway, the ancient wisdom may bring some relief to that rage, Hagai, here are some memorable examples:
  • What is permitted to Jupiter is not permitted to the ox.
  • Might makes right.
  • Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
Frankly, the last one was added only to round the number to lucky three, but you know what I mean. Now you can listen to this* and try to relax.

(*) Though I continue to insist that "politics" and "knavish tricks" make a poor rhyme, but what do I know?