July 5, 2007


'This is Glasgow. We'll just set aboot ye': John Smeaton, the airport baggage handler who grappled with a terrorist suspect, has become an instant icon thanks to the website dedicated to his deeds. Lawrence Donegan on the phenomenon of 'Smeatomania' (Lawrence Donegan, July 5, 2007, The Guardian)

When asked if he had a message for the bombers, John Smeaton, the baggage handler who helped thwart Saturday's 4x4 attack on Glasgow airport, said, "This is Glasgow. We'll just set aboot ye."

The city of Glasgow's marketing department, which has spent 20 years trying to obliterate Glasgow's "No Mean City" reputation, might have winced at the sentiment. But the rest of the world was enchanted, and Scotland - and the internet - had found a new hero.

Smeaton confronted one of the men from the 4x4, who was fighting with a police officer. "I got a kick in," he said. "Other passengers were getting kicks in. The flames were going in two directions ... You know when you're younger, you put a can of Lynx [aftershave] on the fire, and it's like a flame thrower." And: "Me and other folk were just trying to get the boot in and some other guy banjoed him". (To banjo is Scottish slang for to hit someone as hard as you can.)

Another day, another paean to the man: yesterday's contribution came from Michael Kerr, whose own efforts at tackling one of the would-be terrorists were rewarded with a couple of smashed teeth, a broken leg and a supporting role in a worldwide phenomenon henceforth known as Smeatomania.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2007 7:52 PM

Ah, but Rebus is Edinburgh.

Better, Alex Ferguson smiles.

Of course the key question for Mr. Smeaton is: Rangers or Celtic?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 5, 2007 10:01 PM

Well now, just as civil society in the U.S. have obsoleted the airplane hijack gambit by exercising their reserved right to use private force, so the Scots, and we may hope, even more Europeans, recognize that the militia is the antidote to the terror tactics of the spiritual jailhouse.

Do not confuse the true militia with the counter-militias concerning which the statists slander the right of the people to self-defense.

The militia concept is totally antithetical to multiculturalism. In Multiculturalism, civil society does not exist, and all the counter-cultural elements--the folk-enemies and culture-triators--are of equal standing with the followers of the mos maiorem.

See how the petty tyrants, foreign and domestic, slander the true militia, with their un-American posturing about the claimed state monopoly on the means of force.

Honor the right to self-defense. The well-springs of our civilization bring this right down to us. In America, our devotion the the right to keep and bear arms nurtures and preserves it. You're welcome.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 6, 2007 4:02 AM

Instapundit linked to one of the other guys who assisted in taking down the Glasgow terrorists and the headline in the UK paper was, "I Kicked Burning Terrorist So Hard In Balls That I Tore a Tendon." Outstanding! It was from the Daily Record.

I bet his NHS doctor is not a "south asian".

Posted by: pchuck at July 6, 2007 8:51 AM

I was once in Glasgow with a friend from Edinburgh who foolishly wore the wrong colors (on a scarf) into the wrong part of town. The young Glaswegian soccer hooligans indeed set aboot 'im. (once they figured out I wasn't native, they stopped trying to clobber me & just pinned me down and made me watch). My friend blamed himself, for forgetting to wear a different scarf.

Posted by: Twn at July 6, 2007 8:55 AM