Saturday, January 06, 2007

I call BS

I wanted to blog about this yesterday itself, but couldn't get around to it. In the meantime, the letters to the editor at The Hindu have already responded to this more eloquently than I ever could. To set the context first, a couple of army officers were thrown into jail by the police for allegedly misbehaving at a party. Their comrades came to know of this, and arranged a delta force to storm the police station and 'rescue the hostages'. Here are snippets from a couple of officers' letters defending this action:
It is quite natural for army men to rescue their comrades in distress. They are trained to do so.
I only see the display of camaraderie among officers and swiftness of action.
Easy there Sparky, a couple more incidents like this, and all the remaining goodwill and respect we civilians have for men in uniform will vanish completely.