I’ve been thinking—if you were to adopt the mindset of that Oxford Vice-Chancellor about overreacting to 911, don’t you think she might consider these following historic events to be overreactions:  Disclaimer:  this is theoretical to illustrate how stupid I think her opinion is; I don’t consider the following to be overreactions.  This is all said FACETIOUSLY.

1.  The Battle of Little Big Horn.  Honestly, what right did the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho have to wipe out Custer, especially after the debated was it a battle or was it a massacre at Washita?

2.  The Boston Tea Party.  Indians again.  Or at least, reasonable facsimilies thereof.  How dare the American colonists toss those British leaves into Boston Harbor after price hikes and taxes on their favorite beverage just to finance paying for the French and Indian War–and not having any representation in Parliament.

3.  Rosa Parks refusing to sit in the back of the bus.  Honestly, let’s not overreact.  What does it matter where you sit as long as you get where you’re going?

4.  The Declaration of Independence.  So, what’s a few taxes without representation, tyranny, oppression, not to mention what happened at Boston Common.  Come Continental Congress, let’s not be so knee jerk.

5.  The Bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Enter into a war just because a few thousand servicemen were killed during a sneak attack?  Valium, gentlemen, Valium!

6.  The Battle of New Orleans.  Come on, fellas.  Just because the redcoats had just burned Washington and the White House, was there really any need to assemble at Chalmette with Andy Jackson’s undermanned crew, all you merchants, shopkeepers and  pirates and keep New Orleans free?  Tch-tch.

7.  The Soldier Who Stopped the My Lai Massacre.  What tomfoolery!  The American soldier definitely overreacted when he trained his chopper guns on the American troops slaughtering the Vietnamese villagers and ended the carnage.  Why on earth did he have any right to try to resort to force because a few people died.

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