From Damien Smith
HMAS PERTH REGGATTA
On 18 February MBSC will be attending the HMAS Perth memorial regatta at Nedlands Yacht Club, to learn more about HMAS Perth and World War II in the Mediterranean. Your MBSC chicken spoke with long dead Greek historian Thucydides:
Your most well-known quote is “The strong extort that they can and the weak suffer what they must”. Can you provide some context and how this relates to the events of 1941
“Thanks for the question ἀλεκτοριδεύς, The Athenians told the inhabitants of the island of Milos during the Peloponnesian war to surrender or be annihilated” sounds like the Athenians were being C… “ἀλεκτοριδεύες.” Thucydides finishing the sentence. “It was gruesome, all the men were killed and everyone else sold into slavery. Ultimately however the Athenians lost the Peloponnesian war”.
This gangster behaviour is now also called the Realist school foreign relations. “That’s right chicken. It’s a favourite of tyrants and despots, for example Italian Benito Mussolini wanted a new roman empire and invaded Greece in 1940..”Um.. What did this have to do with HMAS Perth? “It’s a complicated story but the British Commonwealth came to the aid of the Greeks and then the Germans invaded Greece. HMAS Perth was part of the evacuations of both Greece & Crete, Perth was heavily involved in the Mediterranean campaign then returned to Australia to see off the Imperial Japan”
HMAS Perth and the others who fought in World War 2 were protecting us from international gangsters coming to take our freedom like the Athenians did to the inhabitants of Milos? “You’re quite perceptive for a plastic chicken”.