Monday, February 13, 2012

Either M.E.'s Submarine Quote of the Week, or Very Poor Journalism

Readers are perhaps familiar with M.E.'s general disdain for the dubious art of journalism as currently practiced. If not, we have provided ample examples, not the least convincing of which may have been the most recent.

M.E. also considers profound or ironic quotations worth occasional spotlighting to readers. For example, (from January 20, 2012):
"IRGC [IRAN] soldiers and sailors are also generally expected to be more ideologically committed than regular forces and could even be used to conduct suicide attacks." -source
There may be a bit more irony to both of the above now. Is it due to more poor journalism, or just irony? You will have to decide for yourselves:

1. February 13, 2012: Navy: Iran capable of sea-based suicide attacks
"They have increased the number of submarines ... they increased the number of fast attack craft," Fox said, according to Reuters. "Some of the small boats have been outfitted with a large warhead that could be used as a suicide explosive device. The Iranians have a large mine inventory." - Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox, commander, Naval Forces Central Command, commander, U.S. 5th fleet
2. Feb 13, 2012: Russian officer commits suicide on n-submarine
Galkin hanged himself but a suicide note has not been found, Alexander Kuratov, spokesman for the military investigation committee of the North Fleet said. Quote of the Week?
"Investigators are trying to find out whether the officer committed suicide voluntarily or was forced to take his own life." - Alexander Kuratov
Submarines are always silent and strange.

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