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British Sailor Cried Himself To Sleep After Iranians Called Him Mr. Bean

Posted by Casey on April 11, 2007

Guess who’s uber pissed off about it?

This Is London:

Seaman Batchelor’s claim that he cried himself to sleep after his Iranian captors likened him to the comedy character Mr Bean made him a laughing stock.

One serving soldier posted: “Batchelor didn’t do the reputation of servicemen much good either! Being broken by being called Mr Bean FFS! – that must be on a par with Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition and the comfy cushions.”

Comments left on unofficial forces’ websites, the Rum Ration and the British Army Rumour Service laid into Ms Turney and Mr Batchelor.

Another servicemen says of Mr Batchelor’s complaint that his iPod was stolen by the Iranians: “What I wish to know is why a young lad on a boarding party detail needed to take his iPod? If he listened to The Ride of the Valkyries as he sped towards the target ship, what did he listen to on his trip to Iran?”

Many Americans were attacking the British hostages for their conduct after they were freed, and I posted a poll here, but the British are ticked off more than we are.

Another angry contributor wrote: “They should be expelled from the Armed Forces. Maybe HMS Cornwall could make a series like The Loveboat or be used for Big Brother? The Royal Navy seems intent on becoming a complete laughing-stock.”

You have to truly appreciate the situation if you have Brits saying their navy is a laughing stock.

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Mr. Bean? You decide.

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