The key question for the middle east: “Which Troubridge is Israel?”

by Datechguy | September 9th, 2009

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The key question for the middle east: "Which Troubridge is Israel?"

As my wife noticed every year I re-​read the Guns of August. I think it’s very impor­tant to not only remem­ber the lessons of Viet­nam and World War 2, but the lessons of wars before that. Par­tic­u­larly World War 1 because it came at the end of a long period of gen­eral peace between the great pow­ers , just like we have now.

As I’m a bit of a navel fan one of the most inter­est­ing sto­ries to me is the pur­suit of the Goeben and Bres­lau, two Ger­man ships in Mediter­ranean Sea at the very start of the war. British ships were ordered to inter­cept him includ­ing some com­manded by Rear Admi­ral Ernest Troubridge.

Troubridge fol­low­ing a strict inter­pre­ta­tion of his rules of engage­ment con­sid­ered the ships a supe­rior force and declined to engage. Accused of cow­ardice and court mar­tialed he was acquit­ted but his career ended at that moment.

That would have been quite a shock to his ances­tor Sir Thomas Troubridge who served with Nel­son at St. Vin­cent, Santa Cruz de Tener­ife, and Aboukir Bay and was the first Baron of the Troubridge Baronets.

It was likely a big shock to the Ger­mans as well. The Kaiser had a healthy respect for the tra­di­tion of the Royal Navy and after a sin­gle bat­tle of Jut­land kept it pretty much in port.

It wasn’t fear of the real­ity of the early 20th cen­tury Royal Navy of Ernest Troubridge. It was fear of the mem­ory of the early 19th cen­tury Royal Navy of his ances­tor Thomas Troubridge and Lord Nelson.

And that’s how we get to Israel and the Mid­dle east today. It hasn’t just been the fear of Israel’s nuclear power it has been the mem­ory of each Israeli Vic­tory in 1948 , 1956, 1967, 1973 and the will­ing­ness of Israel to do what had to be done to win.

The ques­tion on Iran­ian nukes really comes down to one thing: When the UN and the US under pres­i­dent Obama “fail” (assum­ing they are actu­ally try­ing) to restrain Iran will today’s Israel act dif­fer­ently than the Israel of 40 years ago. Will it be Thomas Troubridge or will it be Ernest Troubridge? Iran, Europe and Pres­i­dent Obama are bet­ting on Ernest. I think it will be Thomas.

As my wife noticed every year I re-read the Guns of August. I think it’s very important to not only remember the lessons of Vietnam and World War 2, but the lessons of wars before that. Particularly World War 1 because it came at the end of a long period of general peace between the great powers , just like we have now.

As I’m a bit of a navel fan one of the most interesting stories to me is the pursuit of the Goeben and Breslau, two German ships in Mediterranean Sea at the very start of the war. British ships were ordered to intercept him including some commanded by Rear Admiral Ernest Troubridge.

Troubridge following a strict interpretation of his rules of engagement considered the ships a superior force and declined to engage. Accused of cowardice and court martialed he was acquitted but his career ended at that moment.

That would have been quite a shock to his ancestor Sir Thomas Troubridge who served with Nelson at St. Vincent, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Aboukir Bay and was the first Baron of the Troubridge Baronets.

It was likely a big shock to the Germans as well. The Kaiser had a healthy respect for the tradition of the Royal Navy and after a single battle of Jutland kept it pretty much in port.

It wasn’t fear of the reality of the early 20th century Royal Navy of Ernest Troubridge. It was fear of the memory of the early 19th century Royal Navy of his ancestor Thomas Troubridge and Lord Nelson.

And that’s how we get to Israel and the Middle east today. It hasn’t just been the fear of Israel’s nuclear power it has been the memory of each Israeli Victory in 1948 , 1956, 1967, 1973 and the willingness of Israel to do what had to be done to win.

The question on Iranian nukes really comes down to one thing: When the UN and the US under president Obama “fail” (assuming they are actually trying) to restrain Iran will today’s Israel act differently than the Israel of 40 years ago. Will it be Thomas Troubridge or will it be Ernest Troubridge? Iran, Europe and President Obama are betting on Ernest. I think it will be Thomas.

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