Murphy’s Law: Shadow Warriors

une 9, 2014: For the second time this year a European air force was unable to send a jet fighter into the air to confront an aerial intruder. The latest incident was on May 20th when Russian warplanes entered Finnish air space and while these intruders were detected, there were no pilots available to take up an F-18 fighter to confront the Russians. The reason given was budgetary problems, specifically an overtime cap that made it impossible to have pilots and ground crews available 24/7 to deal with intruders everywhere on Finland’s long border with Russia.

The earlier episode took place in February when Swiss F-18s failed to take off and intercept a hijacked Ethiopian Boeing 767 that was known (for several hours) to be headed their way. Two Italian fighters intercepted and escorted the 767 as it entered Italian air space near Sicily. When the 767 entered French air space on its final approach to Switzerland two French fighters took over and as the airliner entered Swiss air space the French fighters stuck with it. Swiss F-18s would normally take over at this point but, as was later explained, budget cuts and noise rules prevented the Swiss F-18s from taking off. Switzerland already had rules in place that would allow French fighters to enter Swiss air space in such an emergency. However, the French fighters could not fire their weapons without Swiss permission.

I’m sorry, invaders, but our union contract forbids us opposing you at this time.  Could you please come back when our four-day work week begins on Tuesday.  Between the hours of 9 AM to 3PM, if you please?

Thank you.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Help Me, I’ve Fallen AND I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING! — 4 Comments

  1. I’ve come to the conclusion over the last ten years that the stupidest thing our country has ever done was to save the europussies from the Nazis/commies/mooselems (I know, all pretty much the same).

    The sooner the entire europeeing continent become slaves of the commies the better. A waste of air.

    • Western Europe in general seems to exemplify Edmund Burke’s observation: “Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”

      They learned not to fight each other all the time only after tens of millions of deaths and a destroyed continent. They’ll only learn to stop pimping for collectivism and anti-Semitic Islamism when they experience tyranny and starvation for a couple of decades.

      But Burke is wrong in one respect. With today’s left, many of them can’t even learn from example. They simply redefine things in their own mind and go on blaming others, never stopping to examine their religious faith in the holy church of collectivism. I’m afraid a lot of Europeans are in that group, so it may take a couple of generations for those fools to die off before the lesson is taught.

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