Category: War on Terror
No, not a commitment to the14 Words, but evergreen news of dedication to Israel:
Posted by DanielS on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 04:32 AM in Activism, Jewish Diaspora, Military Matters, New Right, Political Philosophy, U.S. Politics, War on Terror, White Nationalism, World Affairs
By Lasha Darkmoon, April 18, 2015
It is now only too clear that Americans have lost their country. The Jews are our masters and we are their slaves. What can we do about it?
An abridged adaption by Lasha Darkmoon of a recent article by Video Rebel.
9/11 finally revealed to us the extraordinary chutzpah of our Jewish masters.
That the Israelis did 9/11 with the help of Jewish collaborators in PNAC and AIPAC has become all too apparent to the cognoscenti. The hidden criminality behind this event has been cleverly covered up by our Jewish owned media.
9/11 was a definite declaration of war against America by Israel.
The Israelis wired World Trade Center Towers 1, 2 and 7 for demolition. Tower 7 was never struck by a plane. Yet it fell down in 6.5 seconds.
The BBC was told by the Rothschild-owned Reuters news agency that WTC 7 had collapsed an hour before it did. America was still on Daylight Savings Time but Britain had just left Summer Time, so a confused BBC announced the collapse of WTC 7 fully 24 minutes before it happened in New York.
Knowing that your government can kill the President and blow up buildings with Americans inside, as in Oklahoma City and in New York, helps to restrain hostile criticism of the government. People are nervous and say to themselves, “If they can kill 3000 innocent Americans for Israel and get away with it, what chance do I have?”
9/11 unleashed America’s “War on Terror” against various Muslim countries unable to accept direct invasion and conquest by Israel. This was America doing Israel’s dirty work for it. Israel claims all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates. The War on Terror is simply a process allowing Jews to gain control of non-Jewish lands.
Posted by DanielS on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM in 9/11, Activism, Anti-racism and white genocide, Awakenings, Political analysis, Popular Culture, That Question Again, U.S. Politics, War on Terror, White Nationalism, World Affairs
Susan Lindauer, peace activist, 9/11 activist, former CIA asset, and true American patriot, talks to DanielS and GW about power, politics and corruption, immigration, and the future of America and the West. You cannot fail to learn something new from an hour’s conservation with this remarkable woman..
Posted by Guessedworker on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 07:07 PM in 9/11, Activism, Awakenings, Free Speech, Global Elitism, Immigration and Politics, MR Radio, That Question Again, U.S. Politics, War on Terror
Let’s start with acknowledged instances of the use of nuclear weapons and some officially unacknowledged ones.
Posted by R-news on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 03:29 PM in Books, Education, Global Elitism, History, Media, Military Matters, Political analysis, Science & Technology, That Question Again, U.S. Politics, War on Terror, World Affairs
Muad’Dib has released an updated version of his movie 7/7 RIPPLE EFFECT, to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the July 7, 2005, London bus and tube bombings. The first version of 7/7 Ripple Effect made a clear case for people with inside access perpetrating 7/7, not Muslims. Muad’Dib sent copies of this video to the courthouse trying to prosecute innocent Muslims over the 7/7 bombings. The police arrested him for “perverting the course of justice.” Muad’Dib sought refuge in Ireland and spent over a year and a half fighting extradition to England.
Some of this ended up in the news. They exposed his identity as John Hill, and tried to trash him because of his unusual religious beliefs, never addressing any of the arguments in his video.
Muad’Dib lost his legal battles in Ireland and was taken to England, in shackles, by anti-terrorist police. No record was made that he was imprisoned, and only clamor by his supporters got him registered as an inmate, but only briefly, and he was granted bail after 4 months in jail, after the prison service kept making “mistakes” or “forgetting” to bring Muad’Dib to his own court hearings. Muad’Dib learned that many people had mailed his video to the courthouse, to prevent innocent Muslims from being scapegoated, but none of these were arrested because they were just mailers; Muad’Dib was the one who produced the video.
Muad’Dib attempted to challenge the court’s/British legal system’s lack of jurisdiction, but this was brushed aside. Muad’Dib’s trial has to be one of the most absurd instances of prosecutorial misconduct. Even the Judge summarized the case against Muad’Dib with gross distortions, redefining words, disallowing evidence by the defense and assigning statements to Muad’Dib that he never made. But the case was such a farce that the jury returned a not guilty verdict. See summary of Muad’Dib’s ordeal.
Muad’Dib was using the domain jforjustice.co.uk, but this domain is apparently in the process of being seized.
Now who were these people with inside access to perpetrate the 7/7 bombings? 7/7 wasn’t masterminded by those racially English. People don’t do something like 7/7 to their own, and England had nothing to gain from 7/7, only things to lose: deaths, injuries, fear, hatred, emotional trauma, legislation to further undermine civil liberties, deeper involvement in foreign wars, debt. The only people who stood to gain from it were the ones who benefited from having English soldiers go around the world fighting and killing Muslims. Only one racial group had the means, the motivation, the solid credentials to pull off false flag operations, and the need for 7/7.
To download the DVD of the movie (follow the first link above to watch online):
Posted by R-news on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 12:32 AM in Awakenings, Islam & Islamification, Jewish Diaspora, Media, Political analysis, That Question Again, War on Terror, World Affairs
Much has been written on the deterioration of public school education and television programming over the last few decades. These amount to an attempt to dumb down the population.
The MSM would have the public believe that a Head of State was using an ordinary email service provider, based in the U.S. [New York], to discuss personal matters and matters associated with the State. The MSM would also have the public believe that this Head of State used this email service even though he knew that the U.S. administration is hostile to Syria and there’s a nuclear-armed hostile neighbor, Israel, that would love to get its hands on the President’s emails, which the Mossad surprisingly didn’t hack much earlier. The MSM would also like the public to believe that this Head of State, fluent in three languages, highly educated and a promoter of internet services in Syria, did all this in spite of having “a degree of awareness of web security”:
Deleting emails as soon as they arrive shows a degree of awareness of web security. So too did the fact that Assad never attached his name or initials to any of the emails he sent. However, many of the emails that arrived in his inbox are addressed to him as president and contain intimate details of events and discussions that were not known outside of the inner sanctum and would have been very difficult to manipulate. (source)
Only a dumbed-down people could be sold such a tale. The contents of the emails unsurprisingly make the case Israel wants to make.
The President’s wife apparently spent tens of thousands on chandeliers and candlesticks. Now where have we heard this before? Marie Antoinette was accused of “indulgence” when Moses Mendelssohn, Jew, commissioned a London jeweler to create a 250,000-livres diamond necklace, which was delivered to her. This was quickly followed by accusations of adultery. One thing led to another, the masses started disliking the royalty, and the French revolution was on. When France burned, Marie Antoinette was said to have stated that if the people don’t have bread to eat, let them eat cake. Jewish liars are doing the same thing today that they did during 1788-1799 in France: Asma al-Assad is living a high life, oblivious to her country burning around her!
In the leaked emails, Assad is said to have received advice from Hezbollah and the Iranian government, a nexus that Israel has been making the case for. Assad even describes his promised reforms as “rubbish laws of parties, elections, media....”!
One of the emails shows President Assad corresponding with Luna Al-Chebel, a Syrian anchor who resigned from Al-Jazeera, a TV network operating under the auspices of Jews, having had her fill of their lies and not wanting to be a participant in promoting these lies, which she later talked about in public. Luna Al-Chebel used her hotmail account, and President Assad had no issues sending correspondence to a hotmail account! Native Arabic speakers quickly determined that the people who fabricated this correspondence aren’t native Arabic speakers.
And how did the leaks come to light? The Guardian tell us that initially the Syrian opposition had gotten hold of the emails and were monitoring them, but the hacker group Anonymous hacked into the Syrian ministry of public affairs’ website and trawled through more than 80 email addresses stored on the ministry’s server, and “Somehow, someone searching through the ministry’s emails was able to establish that the Sam email belonged to the president.”
The affair is a kosher fabrication, and Anonymous, being the Jewish-funded entity it is, won’t renounce the “credit” where credit isn’t due.
Posted by R-news on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 08:49 PM in Islam & Islamification, Media, Military Matters, Political analysis, That Question Again, War on Terror, World Affairs
On the right is a Syrian “protester” carrying a poster of a dead child, captioned “Bashar Al-Assad’s Reforms.” At left is the source of the picture, a Yemeni news report on Muhammad Abdullah Yousuf Al-Saedi, a child from Yemen murdered in Yemen.
The warmongers must surely wish that they’d achieved regime change in Syria before the internet revolution.
Posted by R-news on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM in Islam & Islamification, Media, Military Matters, Political analysis, That Question Again, War on Terror, World Affairs
The usual suspects have been itching to attack Syria and replace the Assad regime with one compliant with their goals. Why is this our problem? Because they’ll use our military apparatus and our people to do the dirty job, for which they’ll make us borrow money to pay for the military equipment and armed forces, and they’ll create this money out of thin air and demand we pay it back with interest, and after war there will be a refugee problem for us, and we’ll be left with fewer allies against these scum who create havoc in our nations and the rest of the globe... it goes on and on.
Because of the seriousness of the matter, it’s high time MR had a series on the phony “evidence” these Godforsaken creatures have been inundating us with to build the case for attacking Syria. Here’s something for starters.
The dailymail.co.uk had this feature on “Syria’s steroid-mad ‘Ghost’ killers who keep Assad in power by slaughtering women and children,” as in the 108 people they allegedly massacred in Houla.
The evidence offered comprises of piss-poor, pathetic, worse-than-amateur attempts at digitally edited/photoshopped images that wouldn’t pass cursory examination by anyone having superficial familiarity with image editing and human anatomy: notice the blurring where the editing has taken place; remarkable development of the biceps brachii without corresponding development of its synergist, the brachialis, and at stark odds with the relatively poor development of the deltoids; the curious instance of steroids bulking the triceps brachii such that professional male bodybuilders are put to shame but having a weak effect on the torso; etc. Unsurprisingly, dailymail.co.uk isn’t accepting comments on the article.
The creature shown is conveniently named Areen Al Assad. These evil liars need to be exposed and driven out of our nations.
Posted by R-news on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM in Islam & Islamification, Media, Military Matters, Political analysis, That Question Again, War on Terror, World Affairs
A wave of 16 bombings ripped across Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 22, 2011. Here’s a scene from one of these. The question is what kind of car bomb causes this damage?
The answer for those who haven’t figured it out: http://www.majorityrights.com/uploads/crater.avi
Many should know that wikileaks is a 100% kosher undertaking. The leaks comprise of data that are easily falsified in part. The leaks embarrass America or Arabs, not Israel. The leaks are about relatively trivial matters but never serious issues such as central banks being private banks, not government banks. The “whistleblowers” don’t just maintain official versions of major events such as 9/11 but ridicule dissent as nonsense that detracts from the “serious work” they’re doing with their exposes! The U.S. ICE (Israeli Content Enforcement) agency of the Department of Homeland Security, which seizes domains willy nilly for copyright infringement, hasn’t bothered with wikileaks. And so on…
Some crucial leaks were said to have been provided by Private Bradley Manning to Julian Assange. Both men look effeminate, and one would think they’re homos, which makes for bad PR. So they put on a show where Assange was accused of raping two Swedish women, making him appear a macho man, and used the ruckus to attract attention to wiki leaks. All this would be amusing if it weren’t for the plight of Bradley Manning, who’s been imprisoned in solitary confinement, cut off from friends and family. Long-term incarceration in such circumstances is designed to break people down and make them confess to anything you want them to.
Manning’s trial is currently under way by Americans even though he is British, and there isn’t much that can be done to prevent him from being convicted of bogus charges, but you can help expose the sham to others and make it embarrassing for those working for the Israelis behind the wikileaks scam to be who they are.
9-11 is 10 years past. Liars and useful idiots still insist that 19 Arabs belonging to a terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, did it, which has to be one of the most absurd conspiracies ever mass marketed to the public.
For MANY YEARS now we’ve had tons of evidence, including names and pictures, pointing to the Jews who planned, orchestrated, assisted with, benefited from, blocked a scientific investigation of and covered up their involvement in 9/11.
When the Muslim conspiracy started to unravel, Jews created a 9/11 truth movement, promoting, in the alternative media, the inside job conspiracy.
But 9/11 is clearly an outside job or an outside conspiracy, and I’ve just posted a review of the evidence to observe the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
This evidence can be found all over the internet and there’s nothing original in my compilation. All credits go to the original researchers.
I’d say the increasing chorus for a renewed investigation is misplaced as the chorus should be about hanging the Jews involved and dispatching them to Hell forthwith, but the useful idiots promoting the 19 Arabs conspiracy take the cake... now please get a clue.
My intent in reviewing the 9/11 evidence isn’t merely to reproduce it at MR, but to use it to address the treatment of 9/11 in nationalist circles. Here I’ll focus on the treatment of 911 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
by Alexander Baron
This morning, it was announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. Most world politicians seem to believe this is a good thing. But not Congressman Ron Paul.
The death of Osama Bin Laden was big news here in England, and even bigger in the USA, understandably. People, and especially Obama supporters, were outside the White House in the small hours calling for “Four more years”, which he will probably get. British Prime Minister David Cameron – Call Me Dave, as he is known – was among the first to congratulate Obama, along with former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Though the possibility or even the likelihood of Al-Qaeda striking back has not been overlooked, and we have all been put on alert, there is something else everybody seems to have overlooked in the euphoria; everybody except Congressman Ron Paul, who in a speech delivered February 24, 2010, Now It’s Assassinations, asked some embarrassing questions:
by Alexander Baron
One afternoon in July 1976, I swallowed four packets of over the counter painkillers in my Ladbroke Grove bedsit flat, and lay down to die. If I hadn’t washed down each packet with a pint mug of orange juice, I wouldn’t be writing these words now. At the time I was disgusted with myself, but in retrospect, waking up covered in vomit was better than not waking up at all.
A shade over seven years later, on August 26, 1983 to be precise, I stood on Richmond Bridge in South-West London, and tossed a coin. How I got there from Ladbroke Grove, via Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and - the day before – Margate, is a long, convoluted, and for me, painful, story. As the coin neared the ground I called audibly “Heads”. Fortunately for me it landed tails, and I didn’t jump in the river, which in view of the shin length steel toe-capped boots I was wearing would have meant certain death, even if I had been able to swim.
At the time of my first suicide attempt, I was just shy of my twentieth birthday; next month I will be fifty-four years old. Though not a great age, it is one I had never expected to see. Like most people of my age, I have regrets, more than most. One of my biggest regrets is that my genes will die with me. I didn’t have to die childless, I had my chance, a big chance, and like so many of my other chances, I blew it. In the first half of my life I achieved nothing. Well, as a junior I did win a county chess championship, although even that was only because all the really good players were playing in the national championships at Eastbourne.
Although my personal life – such as it is – has continued to be empty and lonely, I’ve grown used to solitude. I can’t really call my researching and writing my professional life because I’ve made precious little money out of it over the space of more than twenty years, but I can say without reservation that it is something of which I am immensely proud, because I have done many things others haven’t. Due to the current political situation and more particularly the stranglehold our enemies have over the Western mind, I have received little in the way of recognition, but fifty or a hundred years from now – if Man still exists - I will be judged far more kindly than by the creeps and liars who currently control our media.
My thanks to Bo Sears for the link to this Washington Times piece, Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico.
Last October, Bo picked up on Joe Biden’s warning of a nation-shaking event. Now we get one from “U.S. counterterrorism officials” who have:
So the papers say you are that mysterious entity, an “anti-terrorist chief”. It’s very gratifying, and sounds rather grand, too, doesn’t it? Supercop meets M in the corridors of power, and all that.
But, actually, you are just a New Labour policeman. That’s the sort of policeman who doesn’t have large feet, a drink habit and problems at home. The sort who has a degree in sociology, who knows the rules of the political game, who networks. Who, naturally enough, gets fast-tracked to the top.
Did I say “New Labour policeman”? I meant stooge, of course.
But it’s not all working lunches with the Ministerial team and educational visits to Vancouver and Las Vegas. Such plod-power and privilege as your undoubted ambition has brought you also brings the odd sticky wicket along. None more sticky than when the Minister “tasked” you to dissuade your favourite Yorkshiremen - the ones who flop down in the direction of Mecca five times a day - from doing inconvenient things with rucksacks and gas canisters. You know, blowing-up passengers in buses and trains ... planting car-bombs outside nightclubs ... driving them into airport terminals. That sort of thing.
Of course, it’s no particular problem to set up a security solution. Not these days with biometrics, electronic eavesdropping, MI5, C5 and the rest. It’s just a matter of scaling up.
But, annoyingly, that’s not what the Minister wants. No, it seems that your talents aren’t needed at all on the heavy stuff. They are required for something altogether more familiar, more ... political. And therein lay the sticky bit. Somehow you have to:-
1. Make Muslims feel that the state is not targeting them when, in fact, it is.
2. Make them think it’s all about al-Qaeda instead.
3. At all costs don’t make the white punters jumpy about the MultiCult.
And how have you gone about this delicate little balancing act? Well, you are not an “anti-terrorist chief” for nothing:-
Norman Podhoretz’s latest book, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism, is a mission in damage control for the neocons. I bought the book hoping for the neocons’ latest vision of how WWIV would unfold and how it would be fought and won, but there was very little about the future and a lot about the past.
He spends a great deal of time discussing past presidents’ doctrines with regards to foreign policy: realists, isolationists, internationalists, etc. He then tries to show that the Bush doctrine was new and different to fight a new and different type of enemy. Its pillars include democratization, regime change and preemptive warfare. Currently, Podhoretz is lamenting that the anti-war movement along with even some neocons, have given up the global war strategy because we are bogged down in Iraq. He takes it as a given that this war must be waged to protect America, even though we have lost more lives in Iraq than we did on 9/11—not to mention the thousands of Americans injured.
So far, then, Britain has been treated to 7/7, 21/7, Bluewater, the Barot offensive, the West End poets and the inflammatory Glasgow doctors. And let us not forget Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber. But yesterday, our Prime Minister’s new head security guard informed us:-
He then went on to pretend that the Moslems currently domiciled in my homeland can be got to look beyond the palms of their hands and “snitch” on the AQ-intoxicated. The real enemy, apparently, is a “disparate core” of “racist” people, often based abroad, who want power. Elsewhere we learn that “these people are trying to destroy one’s entire way of life.” And that life is, you know, “our” collective Moslem and non-Moslem MultiCult rainbow-dream thingy:-
So let’s put the pieces together from a majority perspective.
The picture emerging tonight of the attempted double bombing in London’s West End looks very like both the Barot and the Bluewater gang plans of attack. The leader of the Bluewater gang, it should be noted, was never caught.
In any event, I find it strange and interesting that these, of course, deeply religious young men should wish to dismember and incinerate “slags” in a London nighclub - Tiger Tiger, the club in The Haymarket, was running a ladies night when the car-bomb was parked thoughtfully outside and the occupant sprinted away into the night. According to one BBC report:-
We’ve seen Islamic terrorist attacks on nightclubs before, most notably and unforgettably in 2002 in Bali. But then it was possible to see this as an economic attack on the Indonesian government as well as a punishment for John Howard’s support of Bush’s War on Terror. Certainly as regards the former, Islamic terrorists had bombed the Jakarta Stock Exchange attack a full year before 9/11.
The next landmark attack was the double hit in Istanbul in November 2003. This time there was no question that the targets were political and economic: the British consulate and the HSBC bank headquarters in Istanbul.
Obviously, there is no shortage of potential political or economic targets in London. There are American targets. There are Israeli and Jewish diaspore targets. One would think that the destruction of one or other of these would resonate well enough with the Ummah ... always assuming that the Ummah was moved by revenge attacks for the indignity of Iraq, Afghanistan or Palestine. But here we have nothing of that sort but, apparently, a third large-scale attack on the decadence of the West. Why?
The stark warning of Dwight D Eisenhower, contained in his farewell address of January 17, 1961.
The Indy’s front page lead today.
Below the fold is that BBC documentary in four parts, as it is packaged for YouTube. Certainly it is beautifully produced, and duly received its professional encomia from Robert Redford’s friends. But the BBC is a wholly left-leaning organisation and it shows. By way of a health warning, be aware that the programme opens with a carefully cut and edited version of Ike’s farewell speech (in the opening quote to this post I have re-contextualised his words). Of the integrity of the rest of the programme I won’t comment in any detail, save to say that the conclusions broadly agree with my understanding of how this wicked world works.
Bear in mind also that the saving grace of the programme-makers is their discontent. As they make clear in their criticism of Congress they are from a tradition that is not at all the same as the political left. On this we may find common cause.
A reposting is required, I’m afraid. My facts were wrong last time and the NYT article was from exactly a year ago. I’m done cussing at myself, so you’ll just have to imagine that part as vividly as possible. The question remains, however, as to why this story is still so very elusive, ie avoided by the usual suspects. Ian Bruce, the journalist, has posted it at the Glasgow Herald, as mentioned below, and at Mathaba.net - and that’s it, it seems. Where is the mysterious Pentagon report? Is it merely Bruce’s treatment of the report that is out of the ordinary and unrepeated elsewhere?
Anyway, here goes a second time ...
Bo Sears sent me a link to this article from the Glasgow Herald. It’s a week old now - and was, therefore, published one day after the 3,000th American casualty in Iraq. It draws on an apparently secret Pentagon study.
As its headline indicates, the article reveals that the bulk of the casualties are young, white soldiers from “rural, farming communities scattered from backwoods Louisiana to Ohio and the Great Plains states of Dakota and Wyoming.” Since the main killer is the perfectly indiscriminate roadside bomb it is fair to assume that the victims are a representative sample of American forces in Iraq, and fair also to extrapolate from that a picture of the kind of young man who believes in the myth of America enough to take up arms. It is equally fair to conclude that other ethnicities are, in the round, correspondingly less patriotic.
Let it be said, they are less susceptible to their President’s betrayal, too - no bad thing. But the ethnicity of American patriotism revealed so starkly by a newspaper published, of all places, in Scotland is obviously significant and obviously sensitive.
Via Auster, the Million Milestones March:
So many milestones, so little progress. Does this remind anyone else of those Soviet Five Year Plans that kept on being touted and then tacitly swept under the red rug?
That masterpiece of blundering, the war in Iraq, has finally achieved its first success. Saddam Hussein is set to be executed within thirty days. Quite how little this is, and how late it has come, can be divined from the fact that even Michael “Creative Destruction” Ledeen, Jonah “Creative Destruction” Goldberg and the rest of the chicken hawk crowd at the NRO Corner have chosen to keep quiet about it.
I wonder how many ordinary Iraqis, unschooled in the finer points of democratic theory and unaware of how their only hope of peace is to adopt that system, are now fondly nostalgic of Hussein’s despotic reign. After all, the chief accusation levelled against him is that he had, during his four decade long presidency, put to the firing squad 148 Shi’ites after an assassination attempt on him. That figure is as nothing compared to the casualties inflicted on the Iraqi population by their American occupiers in just two years. Moreover, life under Saddam did not include the constant hazard of destruction to property which is a daily part of life in Liberated Iraq.
Mel Gibson’s latest
Sacrificing American boys on the altar of the great modern god, Global Democracy:
Fidel and his Hollywood enablers
Does liberal self-hatred get any more hilarious than this:
Speaking of Hollywood…
...they don’t seem to mind if you’re Cuban or American. Just provided you’re a mass murderer:
Mel, oh, Mel. Shame on you, you awful anti-semite who probably fantasize about committing genocide. How dare you try to conceal it by refusing to kowtow to warmongers the way everyone else does, darlink’? Don’t you know that a shrivelled skull is the fashion accessory to have?
PS: It might be thought that the expected roles in the above are reversed. Mel Gibson, the archetypical tough guy, is filming anti-war polemics, whilst the ‘sensitive’ Hollywood types are siddling up to all sorts of military-industrial complexes. There’s nothing odd about this however: eunuchs, and their modern equivalents homo/metrosexuals, have always been used as executioners and the most ruthless soldiers, as their inability to start a family leaves them more likely to not much care if millions of young men are sent of to die. At the same time, their short-termism also comes in useful for many despots, who too prefer not to think about the conseqeunces their actions will have after their death. Hollywood fashionistas are just the modern equivalents of Ottoman janissaries, both racially different from those they command and without any of the paternal compassion which comes from knowing that one day your own children might be sent to fight under just such circumstances.
We have grown accustomed to living under the constant threat of a terror attack. This news would have shocked us a decade ago, but not anymore:
The response to this attack has been equally predictable, with the Home Office raising the security alert to its highest level and banning taking any liquids onto airplanes. We can further expect more calls for ID cards, a heightened level of surveillance and more funding for the government’s security agencies. In short, what can be summed up as giving up more of our long-treasured liberties, as one radio commentator alluded.
Such a course of action will be foolhardy and fruitless; it will not make us significantly safer. The government could scrap the entirety of the Magna Carta, ignore every single international treaty it has ever signed (that’ll be the day…), put a surveillance camera onto every single street corner and increase security spending to unimaginable levels. It could abolish Parliament (which, judging by recent legislation, is its fondest desire), institute a semi-totalitarian order, but we could still expect another successful terrorist attack.
This weekend saw much commemoration of the Battle of the Somme. It is ninety years since the artillery fell silent, that first whistle blew and, bayonets fixed, the men went over the top.
I can’t deny that military action holds a fascination for me. I would be surprised if any man of my generation has not wondered whether he had it in him to do what his grandfather and, twenty-five years later, his father did.
Some of our sons are answering that question for us today. This weekend also saw the latest deaths of British servicemen fighting the War on Terror - in a fire-fight at Sangin in Afghanistan.
Take some time to read this account of an otherwise unreported firefight that took place at the precise same moment. Forty-eight soldiers of C Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment - with an attachment of airborne troops from the Royal Irish Rangers – fought off a very determined “bunch of Afghans in rubber sandals.”
Excitement aside, the account made me wonder whether the lightly-equipped, friendship-toting British Army has any utility in Helmand. If it isn’t there to occupy the area in the conventional, lock-down sense, and if it can’t possibly win the goodwill of the people, what is its mission? The Times’ correspondent, Christina Lamb, doesn’t venture much on the matter, but gives us this:-
Of course, the operation in Helmand is not at all concerned with poppy cultivation. It studiously avoids all such inflamatory considerations. It is a peacekeeping initiative under NATO control (NATO having taken over strategic coordination of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the summer of 2003). NATO’s brief is to facilitate the Afghan government’s “ownership of and, eventually, full control and responsibility for” the country. So, is order imposed from Kabul an objective which the villagers of Helmand would welcome, surviving as they are principally off the narcotics trade? We would be living in a very strange logical universe if it was.
In a sense wider than just utility, then, I find myself brought back to Christina Lamb’s existential bastardisation, “Why were we there?” On what basis does NATO, an agent of the elevated and far-distant “international community”, justify its intervention? And does it lend any real moral legitimacy?
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