Stødte på en skøn lille tekstbid i The Guardians anmeldelse af George Packers bog ‘Our Man’:

Holbrooke knew enough to see through the official Vietnam briefings that claimed success was just around the corner. And he received an early lesson that good intentions are not enough. A Peanuts cartoon strip, which was shared among his friends during the war, showed a downbeat Charlie Brown after his baseball team had been beaten 184-0. “I don’t understand it,” Charlie Brown says. “How can we lose when we’re so sincere?”

Er det ikke pragtfuldt? Hvordan kan vi tabe, når vi er så oprigtige? Det kunne være mit slogan!

Jeg er vild med britiske journalister. Forestil dig, at en dansker havde skrevet nedenstående om et besøg i den svenske by Kiruna. Det er nærmest utænkeligt:

“The mine, Kiirunavaara, is the reason this Swedish town of roughly 20,000 people deep in northern Lapland exists at all. It is the world’s largest iron ore mine, and it dominates both economically and visually, the smokestacks sending up twin plumes of black smoke from the denuded mountain like a kind of Arctic Mordor”.

Når briter er gode, så er de virkelig gode. Det er velskrevet, indlevende og morsomt. Hele artiklen kan anbefales.