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Mr Vice: the Queen - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Mr Vice: the Queen

Nine years ago, a band of savage barbarians, possessed of a diseased idea of religion and morality, and using technology the creation of which was – therefore – beyond them and their fellow Seventh Century atavists, committed mass murder from the air, in North America.  Of those murdered, some three thousand souls in all, sixty-seven were British subjects.  Others still were subjects of the Crown from HM ‘other realms and territories beyond the seas’; others, again, were nationals of Commonwealth countries.

  • 67 were British subjects of Her Majesty.
  • 11 were Australian subjects of Her Majesty.
  • 24 were Canadian subjects of Her Majesty.
  • 2 were New Zealand subjects of Her Majesty.
  • 1 was a Bermudian subject of Her Majesty.
  • 16 were Jamaican subjects of Her Majesty.

 Other Commonwealth casualties were

  • 6 from Bangladesh.
  • 2 from Ghana.
  • 3 from Guyana.
  • 41 from India.
  • 3 from Malaysia.
  • 1 from Nigeria.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. 

When thus this criminal gang of contemptible savages had committed their murders, a great silence fell.  Commercial aircraft ceased to span the North American skies.  And after the first response, the sound that resounded through the streets of New York, again and again, and in small towns and villages in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, was the sound of the pipes, lamenting the fallen, the flowers of the forest, the laddies deid.

Two days after, at the command of HM the Queen, the national anthem of the United States of America was played at the changing of the guard at Buck House.

So it was also at the memorial service at St Paul’s.

Seventy years ago, the skies of the Home Counties were full of aeroplanes, as the Few – may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace – won the Battle of Britain and turned back the hopes of invasion that had been held by a gang of criminal barbarians in the grip of a diseased idea of national pride and false concepts of humankind. 

The Few

The lights of perverted science were turned then upon a campaign of terror bombing at the hands of those who had been amongst the cleverest, and until then amongst the most civilised, people in Europe: they murdered, outwith all laws of war, in London, in Bristol, in Belfast, in Hull, in Brighton, in Coventry, in Liverpool, in Birmingham, in Cardiff, in Plymouth, in Clydebank, in Manchester, in Sheffield, in Barrow-in-Furness – and in Cork, in Dublin, in Duncormick, and throughout the neutral Irish Republic. 

Bristol, blitzed

Their Majesties in the East End


In those long, lurid nights, Britain stood alone – save for surreptitious help from a United States government whose hands were largely tied by a sentiment of appeasement that we have seen again since, in many nations: the ignoble hope that the crocodile might eat them last.

HM the King in Bristol

And yet the criminal and barbaric gangsters of seventy years ago are no more, their memory is execrated – save by the atavistic barbarians who did mass murder upon the 11th September 2001, and their sympathisers – and their organisations and philosophy eradicated in the civilised world.  The same must befall those who have quite explicitly taken up their dark and corrupting mantle.  It is for such cases as these that the United States and the United Kingdom are allied, for all the occasional annoyances; it is for such cases as these that Nato exists.  The fate that befell the Axis must be brought to fall, in fire and sword, upon Islamism and terrorism: it is such fire must calcine such foulness.

The warden

Gentlemen, the Queen – and confusion to her enemies.

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femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: September 11th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's so odd to think that it's been 9 years. I can vividly remember that morning--where I was, what I was doing, how I felt when I heard, how my entire office stopped and we turned on the news and just sat there the rest of the day in stunned horror, how we came together in a conference room and prayed because one of my coworkers had a brother working in the Pentagon and I and a couple others had friends in New York.

I suppose I'll never forget it, no matter how many years intervene. It was such a defining moment of my life: everything changed so much afterwards. We really did lose our innocence that awful Wednesday--or at least my generation did, I think. My grandparents and parents knew better. I was only 29 then. I had no idea on that day I'd later go through two of my brother's Iraq tours, terrified that he wouldn't come back home (and tense every time mention of a Humvee hitting an IED came on the news since he drove one), then momentarily relieved when he could contact us for a few minutes every few months, and then worried when he did finally make it back to Lejeune about the combat PTSD that came back with him and his platoon after all they'd been through.

(That really isn't a time anyone in my family would like to relive, I have to say.)

You know--if I can be a smidge maudlin--I really just wish we could all live contentedly, accepting each other and our differences as the norm regardless of politics or religion or race or creed or sexuality or whatever--and also see those differences as a positive expression of human individuality whether or not we agree with them. We're really not all that opposite, any of us, deep down inside, and it makes me terribly sad at times to see all the hate in this world, regardless of where it comes from.

Horribly, ridiculously idealistic of me, I suppose, and not likely to happen in my lifetime (or anyone's) but then I was always far too idealistic for my own good, my parents always said... *wry smile*
penhaligonblue From: penhaligonblue Date: September 12th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
We don't know each other, but we share a country. I just want you to know that I'm profoundly grateful to your family for assuming the burdens you described in your comment, as well as the many others I'm sure you have during the course of your brother's service. My girlfriend and I spent this summer separated by a continent, able to speak to each other for only half an hour a week, during an already fragile stage in our relationship.

It was miserable. But it was absolutely nothing compared to what you must have experienced. At least I knew where my girlfriend was on a daily basis, and I could be reasonably sure she was content and out of harm's way. And when the distance really got to me, I could soothe myself with the thought that, if I wanted to, I could get in my car, point it west, and be with her within a week. Thank you for making do without any of those comforts.

I'm not the sort of person who apotheosizes servicemen and -women and their families: they are human beings, not saints. But a human being who makes that sort of sacrifice in the hope that their countrymen will benefit from it is truly a hero.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nothing wrong with idealism.

What must be avoided is ideolatry.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: September 11th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei,
requiescant in pace.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Beati mortui qui in Domino moriuntur.

pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: September 11th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Queen - long life, good health, and the erasure of her enemies from the face of the earth.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

God bless her.

And KBO.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: September 13th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: God bless her.

KBO? *is confused* Keep Battling On?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 13th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, very near that.

Winston's motto, 'Keep Buggering On', you know. (Morning, you lot. Up! Up! Time is wasting!)
verity_forsythe From: verity_forsythe Date: September 12th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)

*raises glass*

The Queen.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Queen, God bless her.

Vivat Regina Elizabetha.

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