Friday, February 22, 2008

This will end well, I'm sure

U.S. Orders Diplomats to Leave Serbia After Embassy Attack
WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday ordered nonessential diplomats and the families of all American personnel at the U.S. embassy in Belgrade to leave Serbia, following an attack on the compound.

The move, made at the request of U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Cameron Munter, came as U.S. diplomats across the Balkans went on alert, girding for more anti-American violence after Serb rioters stormed and torched the Belgrade embassy Thursday, causing as-yet undetermined damage and drawing fierce condemnation from Washington.

That's just great. Makes Tam's post from earlier today seem rather appropriate:

It seems some wogs got out of hand and torched buildings on our sovereign soil the other day. Once upon a time this would have been considered casus belli and occasioned parking a dreadnought in the nearest harbor, shelling some buildings, and offloading some marines with Maxim guns to sort the natives out. Instead we'll wring our hands and ask why they don't like us.
What with our removing all the non-essential personnel out of the embassy, I wonder if the more modern version of a dreadnought parked offshore and lobbing shells is imminent. We can only hope that the damage can be limited, if not avoided completely. Unfortunately, the peers of Franz Ferdinand were probably thinking the same thing at one point or another.

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