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Submitted by John Malone (United Kingdom), Jan 7, 2005 at 06:25

I bet you all wish you were in the UK and could get the BBC. In "Spooks", a espionage drama, there was a situation recently where an MI5 agent was caught by Arab terrorists and, with a gun to his head, and as a plea in the seconds before he was shot, he told the his murderer that if he had been born where the other guy was from, he would have been the one "holding the gun" now.

I admit I've never been to an Arab country, so maybe the destiny of which we speak so romantically in the UK actually literally exists in some places and the choice of whether or not to shoot people tied to chairs in the head from point-blank range in exchange for some absurd demand is not as fatuous as it first appears. Thank God for the Beeb!

Later, the woman who had explosives sewn into her body and had been somewhat unshakeable, to say the least, in her views for the previous half-hour suddenly had the "rubber ducky" moment and had doubts about blowing up a room of diplomats and their party guests. Her tears were very touching.

And then she..well, actually I don't know because I had to stop watching because it was, erm, "challenging" my fascist belief of not acting like a deranged lunatic. Not to worry, hopefully there'll be plenty of such shows in the US soon.

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