Plus ça change

Posted by lex, on March 8, 2008

In the New York Times today:

Commanders at the Wittering air force base, 90 miles from London, have advised members of the military not to wear their uniforms in the nearby city of Peterborough because of episodes of verbal abuse from opponents of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rudyard Kipling in 1892:

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.

Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy how’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

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