There are many ways to betray your country: Treason, cowardice or disreputable conduct, for example….or you can add all three together and become a BBC Foreign Correspondent, especially one reporting on Afghanistan. As ever, Biased BBC hotshot David Vance is pointing his trigger finger right at the Quislings from White City:
Have you picked up on BBC coverage of the Jihad attacks carried out by the Taliban in Kabul today?
Indeed. Alan Little's vivid description of fear and gunsmoke in a hotel close to the presidential palace. Felt like I could taste the cordite.
I suggest to you that the tone of the coverage was almost one of....
Urgency? Concern? Understandable personal fear that the hotel itself might be next?
Of course. If there's one thing conjured up by a man who's just described to you the fear of suicide bombers attacking his hotel, it's a glowing pride in the men who have been trying to kill all around him.
The BBC seems to take perverse delight...
Perverse: A bit like that bloke who decries negotiations in Afghanistan and keeps urging Israel to bomb Iran, all from the safety of his home in leafy Northern Ireland. Wossname? Oh, yes…. David Vance.
The BBC seems to take perverse delight that these dark ages barbarians can carry out such atrocities.
John Simpson, today, in Kabul:
In the eerie darkness of Kabul I spoke to a group of Afghan special forces who had fought the insurgents - tough impressive men. I asked if the Taliban could win this war. No, they shouted.
But there are other ways to win a war than simply fighting. And persuading the world that the Taliban can strike when and how they want is one of them.
Delighted? Or realistic?