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Your T-shirt is not cool

I was watching the telly a couple of days ago and being a bloke I was watching a show about special forces and in particular the SAS.

Well, following the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics the Germans decided they needed a specialist counter-terrorism force and set-up GSG-9. Of course as you can imagine setting-up such forces is not something you can do overnight and a few years down the line the still fledgling GSG-9 had a “situation” to deal with which made them feel a little out of their depth. So they called up their pals in Hereford who duly said they’d help-out.

This was the situation. Some terrorists (I can’t for the life of me remember whether they were Islamists or Marxists or Marxist Islamists or even the People’s Front of Judea and I don’t really care) had seized an airliner and it was on the ground in Germany. The passengers were tied up with their own neck ties and stockings and had been drenched in duty-free spirits. Storming an aeroplane is not easy at the best off times but that sounds especially tricky hence the reason the Germans called-in our more experienced lads.

The plane was duly stormed by the SAS and GSG-9 and done very successfully. Of course in such situations one of the real concerns is identifying through the smoke and stun grenades who is a terrorist and who is a captive. Not this time though because the terrorists had in a way which seems perversely like a corporate bonding trip or perhaps a hen-night chosen to all wear identical Che Guevara T-shirts – you know the one. So the soldiers merely planted their rounds between Ernesto’s eyes. Job done.

In the many dismal annals of terroristic incompetence that one must rank up with the Palestinians who blew themselves (and no-one else) up with a car-bomb because of a cock-up involving daylight saving time. You see as proud jihadis they refused to live on “Zionist Time”. Alas, nobody had told the bomb-maker of this. In fact it’s up there with the shoe-bomber Richard Reid who will have many, many years to ponder the fact that he is sharing a cell with “Chopper” Dave and not paradise with dark-eyed houris for the very simpole reason that rather than take a cigarette lighter onboard the plane he took a single match that alas fizzled.

Actually there are quite a few such examples of terroristic incompetence. I recall the two jihadis scrobbled by the Met who came-out onto the balcony of the flat they’d holed-up at and a copper shouts-up, “You got anything up there we ought to know about?” To which one of them replies, “What, like a bomb or something?” which attracts a withering face-palm look from his co-conspirator…

Or indeed Carlos the Jackass. Yup, the man who shot the boss of M&S in the face at point blank-range and only caused minor injuries. Or Indeed Comrade Che himself who whilst going insurging round Guatamala forgot to take his asthma inhaler and therefore the towns and villages his gang raided were not chosen for strategic or political reasons but on the basis of the availability of ventolin. “We are here to liberate you and execute the lickspittle capitalist running-dogs and BTW you ain’t got an inhaler have you because the boss is wheezing something terrible?”

So, no, that T-shirt ain’t cool except for one redeeming feature. The iconic image is the work of Andy Warhol, one of the most commercial of artists. There is something I think to savour about that…


  1. Current says:

    The famous Che T-shirt is by Jim Fitzpatrick, not Warhol. It’s from a photograph by Alberto Korda.

  2. RAB says:

    Thank heavens for incompetent Terrorists, but alas it only takes one or two competent ones to wreak a lot of pain and damage.

    It’s the competence of our Intellegence Services, that has me worried.

    I saw an ad for being an MI6 Field Officer a while back, and took an on line test to probe my suitability.
    I got all eight questions right well within the time. It was simple, so simple that the average 11 year old of my generation would have got full marks easily.

    If that is the calibre expected of those whos specialist and secret knowledge is supposed to keep us all safe in out beds, then we are all in the deep do do.

  3. NickM says:

    Thanks Current. I stand corrected.

  4. Paul Marks says:

    My favourate “Che” story is his last campaign.

    He arrived (1967 I seem to recall) in Bolivia to (in his own mind) lead the local peasants against the landowners.

    There were some problems with the thinking of the great “Che”, but I will mention only two of them.

    There were no great landowners – their estates had been stolen from them after the Revolution of 1952.

    And the local peasants spoke indian languages (in the area the Communists were operating in – the local peasants spoke ONLY indian languages) – whereas wealthy white boy “Che” spoke Spanish.

    “Che” was from Argentina,next door to Bolivia, but he was as ignorant of Bolivia as he was of the dark side of the Moon.

    He was a like an British chap, right now, going to a remote part of France and trying to lead a Revolution against the (nonexistent) King of France – and all the time without having a word of French.

    And this is the man that the generation of students who are now academics (and the lickspittle students of this generation who suck up to the leftist academics by wearing “Che” shirts) regard as a hero.

  5. Jim says:

    I believe Lenin once said that the purpose of Terror is to terrorize…the mantra of Governments throughout the ages.

    “Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”



  6. Jim says:

    It’s not exactly rocket science innit…oh wait 😉

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