Comparing Mad King George to Genuine King, Juan Carlos
As mad King George, their President and Commander in Chief has decreed, America's young war dead must only be deposited at Dover during the darkest hours of night. And noble cause or not, posthumous photographic records of all arrivals are expressly forbidden.
That's Bushamerica today.
Here's a real King's country today.
Spain mourns troops dead in crash
King Juan Carlos (saluting, left) led mourners at army headquarters
Spain has held a state funeral for 17 of its soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
And here's a real King's, people's Queen.
Queen Sofia hugged some of the mourners.
Of course, what else should one expect? After all, these royal rulers are from -- according to rancid Rumsfeld's ravings -- 'Old' Europe.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with their noble King and Queen, these particular fallen heroes' Prime minister, Jose Luis Rodigrues Zapatero was there to offer his personal thanks and the thanks of all Spain's people, for the dead troops' sacrifice and to officially honour them.
In addition, throughout the entire country their fellow Spaniards began two full days of mourning for the fallen.
And, as so many stars & stripes' standards currently do in today's United States, all across Spain the nation's national flag flew.
But unlike in mad King George's country -- all Spain's flags are flying at half mast.
And unlike in mad King George's country, the dead soldiers' leaders personally paid their respective respects in the most honourable, public and practical manner imaginable.
And unlike in mad King George's country, not a solitary grieving, bereaved parent was prevented in absolutely any way, shape or form from standing in the close company of their political leaders. Moreover, nor indeed were they kept apart from either their King or Queen.
Not for these genuinely free citizens any fenced-in, specially segregated free speech sections, farcically far away from the rulers.
Nor were any designated, by decree -- to ditches.
This Old Brit salutes the Spanish citizens of so called Old Europe; both the mourned and those in mourning for them.
Bravo, mi amigos. Y, viva Espana.
( Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4168132.stm )