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#77 - 16th May 2004 [3x200+144
Call Them IslamoNazis
Prompted by a
piece by Joan Swirsky, entitled Nick
Bergs Death Forebodes Our Own,
reader Ray Kraft proposes that the term Islamofascist be replaced with IslamoNazi,
on the basis that Nazi is a more accurate epithet and fascist is too
Fascism, after all, only means an authoritarian hierarchical government
rather than a specific ideology.
Nazi, on the other
hand, is short for the German words for National Socialism.
IslamoNazi groups such as Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hizbollah and their ilk
consider there is an Arab Nation or indeed a Muslim Nation, and are
convinced they are acting on behalf of such a nation.
And the essence of Socialism is control of the many by the few for
the benefit of the few at the cost of the many. These are
exactly the objectives of IslamoNazis.
Look to Iran's ruling mullahs for a living example of
IslamoNazism in practice, or to the Taliban before the Americans
dislodged them from Afghanistan.
The IslamoNazis want to kill all Jews, to purge them from the Middle
East, just as Hitler's Nazis wanted to kill all Jews, to purge them from Europe.
Ethnic cleansing and genocide are common goals.
Like Hitler's followers, today's IslamoNazis want to kill or subjugate and enslave a
range of other
For Hitler, they were all non-Ayrans as well as physically or mentally disabled people and homosexuals.
For the IslamoNazis, it is all Jews, Christians, Hindus,
Buddhists and other
non-Muslims, as well as Muslims that do not conform to their version
of Islam. And of course all gays/lesbians.
The IslamoNazis want to establish a Thousand Year
or preferably an Eternal
Sharia law, just as Hitler wanted his own Thousand Year Reich under the rule of the Nazi party.
Opposition to the IslamoNazi Eternal Reich will be met with
suppression, oppression, enslavement or death. The IslamoNazis of
today echo the Brown Shirts and Waffen SS of yesterday.
Like them, they will enthusiastically torture and kill any number of children, women, men, civilians, soldiers, in any way, no matter how brutal or gruesome, to achieve their objectives.
The IslamoNazis want to establish a Master Race to rule everyone
Hitler's Master Race was defined by genetics - blond, blue-eyed Aryans.
The IslamoNazis' Master Race is defined by religion and culture, the religion
and culture of a perverted interpretation of Islam, one which suits
their objective of
control, and which is far removed from the true Islam of the Prophet. Invoking
Allah to endorse their murderous habits is no more than a
blasphemous flag of
I agree with Mr Kraft. That's why I'll be using the term IslamoNazis from now
on, starting with the following two posts.
2006 I came across
this thread in LibertyPost.org
that discusses the contents of this post.
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Don't Be a Jew
Which terrified prisoner would you prefer to be ?
Your choice is :
You are an Arab stripped naked and thrown to
the ground with a dog leash around your neck, at the other end of
which is a
smirking young woman in US military uniform. A cameraman records
the scene for later merriment and to frighten other prisoners. After much humiliation where
you're made to feel degraded like a dog, or worse, like a woman, you
go back to your prison cell. The stills are published on TV and
cause outrage in the Arab world and in America, which vows to prevent this type of behaviour
in the future.
You are a Jew captured by IslamoNazi thugs from Al Qaeda, openly
devoted to the genocide of all Jews and non-Muslims. They parade
you in front of a TV camera, then pull out a knife and kill you by
slicing through your throat like a goat bring prepared for a feast in the best Halal fashion.
They proceed to
cut off your head and display it proudly. The TV movie appears
on the internet to inspire fear and merriment, and you know that the
act will be repeated as often as the opportunity presents
Personally, I'd prefer to be the Arab treated by an American like a dog (or woman) on a
leash than the Jew-goat being prepared by an Arab for a feast.
January 2002, Daniel
Pearl, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, was beheaded because he was the wrong Jew in the wrong place
(Pakistan) who got picked up by the wrong people (Al Qaeda). His Jewishness was
well known (he was forced to confess
on camera), and this was sufficient to provide his murderers with every justification for
But Nicholas Berg ? Also a Jew, though you'd
hardly know it from the mainstream media. The Jerusalem
Post and other Jewish media and some blogs have pointed it out.
But for most of the others, he was just an American. For example, CNN
bury his Jewishness in this transcripted
interview, the Washington Post is silent,
likewise the International Herald Tribune in an editorial
devoted solely to Mr Berg. The NRO tells
us he was killed because
he was an American, plain and simple
whereas Daniel Pearl was
beheaded by al Qaeda ... for the dual crimes of being an American and a
An American passport contains no big yellow star denoting Jew, nor do
Jews customarily sew such stars to their clothing. So we can only
speculate how his slaughterers became aware it was a Jew they had the good
fortune to capture.
But consider these facts, gleaned from the Washington
Post and the 13th May (paper) edition of the IHT.
he supports the war, Mr
no connections to the military, nor to any company that is operating in
Iraq. Yet in defiance of State Department warnings, he goes to Iraq
at the end of last year on a freelance basis, seeking work building and
maintaining telecommunications masts.
Whilst wandering around
he is picked up on 24th March by the Iraqi police, who are of course trained and
and controlled by the Coalition forces. The police apparently
believe he might be involved in suspicious
He is held for thirteen days and is interviewed three times by the FBI
who want to ascertain his identity and what he's doing in Iraq. They
advise him to leave the country at once and he refuses. By now their
identity checks, if not his name, have revealed that he is a Jew. No doubt the Iraqi
police also know and it is quite possible this key piece of information
And he has become an irritant, a maverick unaffiliated to any Coalition
activity, who ignores
warnings and refuses to be exported. It doesn't help
that his dad is a known anti-war agitator back home.
Berg is then released on
6th April and three days later kidnapped by Al Qaeda, who slaughter him.
seems inescapable to me that he was killed by IslamoNazis because
he was a
n American Jew, plain and simple.
Slaughtering Jews is what these people love to do. Yet this appears to be a conclusion that that the mainstream media are too
terrified to draw or even allude to. Why ? No doubt they
would trot out the usual irrelevant non-sequitur that it would inflame
opinion against Arabs which would inflame Arab hatred against
own judgement. And beware of being a Jew in the Muslim parts of
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Iran's Nuclear Facilities
The Iranian site ActivisitChat.com, which is viscerally opposed to
everything about the IslamoNazi ruling regime in Iran, and to every act by
anyone that might give it comfort, has started advocating
that Iran's nuclear facilities not be bombed. For their destruction
is something that has been gaining approval among a number of Americans
who support Iranian freedom, and who think Israel should do the
But ActivistChat.com (which appears as BlogIran on my blogroll)
argues that military strikes would be counterproductive, turn many
Iranians against the United States, and increase regional war resulting in
thousands or millions of Iranian deaths. However, it doesn't want to
bore the reader with a
plethora of other
I'm sorry but, in the absence of that plethora, this is utterly without foundation.
It has provided not a single cogent reason why
bombing Irans nuclear installation(s) would strengthen the mullahs,
leading to increased regional war and countless Iranian
Have people already forgotten how grateful the world is
to this day that Israel unilaterally bombed
Iraqs French-built plutonium-producing Osirak (OChirac) nuclear plant in 1981 before it could go into
operation ? Had the Israelis not done so, Saddam would have possessed
nuclear weapons as from the 1980s, and indeed would doubtless have used
them on the Iranians, as he did poison gas, to conquer Iran in the 1980-88
Iraq/Iran war. The destruction
of Osirik certainly did not strengthen him.
Iran, like Iraq, doesnt need nuclear power - it
indigenous oil and gas to fuel it for generations to come (at current
exports 83 years worth of oil, 377 years of gas), and at much lower cost.
IslamoNazi mullahs want expensive, unnecessary nuclear facilities
for one reason only. It will enable them to develop a bomb, which
will certainly make them mightier, both at home and on the world stage.
Remove the bomb from them and they will be weaker not stronger.
If Israel does decide to send in its bombers, the Iranians can
conveniently blame it
(whom many of them already seem to hate so it doesnt matter) whilst
continuing to love the Americans.
From what ActivistChat.com is saying, therefore, a
careful strike that destroys Irans nuclear facilities with a minimum of
civilian casualties can have only a beneficial outcome.
Either there are
other reasons for not doing so, or they have made an elegant case for a
bombing raid. Maybe that's their subtle intention.
But that doesn't mean that I'm personally advocating
such an action.
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When Media Falsify Evidence
The two most virulently anti-war media in the UK have been the BBC and
the Daily Mirror newspaper. Yet between them they have recently lost three
top executives in cataclysmic circumstances, whilst the prime object of
their ire, Tony Blair, remains in office.
The falsifications should come as no real surprise, because if you
claim concern for the Iraqi people as both organs do, there is only
limited intellectual content to an anti-war stance. For in essence,
no-one has come up with a better way to liberate the Iraqis from the
Saddamite thugocracy than to remove him militarily and try to form some
kind of representative replacement government. This is what the
Americans are trying to do, however ineptly. The embarrassing
absence of WMD does not alter this.
Therefore, anti-war equals pro-Saddam. So the only way to press
the anti-war case without seeming to support Saddam is to get ever more
hysterical, using volume in place of reason. From there, especially
if you at the same time wish to project a certain level of intellectual
sophistication, it is but a short step to start making things up.
And that's what the BBC and Mirror both did.
And when caught out, the top heads rolled - a chairman, a
director-general and an editor - and grovelling apologies
In a way, the war argument is akin to the right/left divide as discussed
here last month. The case for being right (in essence, free open
market capitalism which gives opportunity to everyone to enrich
him/herself) is overwhelmingly convincing, compared to being left
(centrally-controlled goods and services that never match capitalism in
terms of enriching and freeing people). So to argue for the left,
you have to resort to high volume and hyberbole or even invention, rather
than cold logic, experience and trusting the people. Just like
trying to explain you are anti-war and anti-Saddam.
Lord Hutton's incisive report has caused considerable reformation of the
way the BBC goes about its business. It now makes a real effort to
be objective and to get its critical facts right.
A similar reformation will doubtless unfold at the Mirror, and not
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Ireland is rightly proud to have been holding the EU presidency
as it welcomed ten new countries
union on 1st May.
It has produced
this special stamp to mark the historic occasion.
But the eagle-eyed have spotted
two mistakes, both of them political, which have embarrassed the issuing Post
Office, though its spokesman defends them with the curious words, the map is only a representation of what the new Europe
should look like.
It seems he is expressing somebody's political aspirations.
Can you spot the mistakes ? Scroll down
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which nestles within the close
embrace of Turkey, has been transmogrified 700 km westward into the
shape and position of Crete, off the south east of Greece. Since
the Greek-Cypriots have voted to exclude the Turkish third of Cyprus
from the EU, this no doubt will please them. As for the
sensibilities of the Cretans, these are smugly dismissed by the Irish Post
Office - What
appears to be Crete is in fact Cyprus ... We won't be
selling [the stamps] in Crete, these are for the people of Ireland.
The other political error is that the national border between
Northern Ireland and the Republic has been omitted, betraying the vain
sympathies of the cartographers for a united Ireland that will never
ever happen. No other national borderlines are
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Falling from Heights
The current (print-only) issue of Horizon
reports that the Singapore government has made it compulsory for Indonesian
and Filipina maids to complete a course that teaches them about the peculiarities
of big city life, in particular the dangers posed by heights. Almost
everyone in Singapore lives in a skyscraper and clothes are dried on bamboo
sticks hung from windows.
This can represent a serious risk to the servants, who generally come
from underdeveloped villages of single-storey dwellings. In the last
four years, over a
hundred domestic employees have fallen out of frighteningly tall buildings
in Singapore while cleaning windows or hanging out clothes.
Singapore is noted for its nannying approach to governing
grown-ups. But this is one case where you'd have to admit from the
evidence that they have a point. But if a hundred maids tumble out,
it makes you wonder how many children also do.
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of the Fortnight
reservation we apologise unconditionally to each one of you for the
suffering we have caused.
We express our heartfelt sorrow and ask your forgiveness. We ask
forgiveness for our failure to care for you and protect you in the past
and for our failure to hear you in the present.
We are distressed by our failures. We have been earnestly searching
to find a way to bring about healing. We need your help to do this.
The Central Leadership Team of the
Congregation of the
Sisters of Mercy
apologise for abusing children in their care
orphanages and industrial schools
They are the first Catholic order worldwide
ever to offer such a comprehensive apology
A 1996 TV documentary exposed the scale of abuse
at one of their orphanages in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s.
The people have given their verdict, I accept it. My party may
have lost, but India has won. I do, however, have the satisfaction
that our country is now stronger and more prosperous than when you placed
the reins of office in our hand.
India's Prime Minister, 89-year-old leader Atal Behari Vajpayee,
leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party,
conceding a surprise defeat on national TV
to Italian-born Sonja Ghandi.
The world's most populous country (after China)
shows the rest of the globe
how in a true democracy
power changes hands peacefully and graciously
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#76 - 2nd May 2004 [145+163=308]
Nazi Hunters Hunting Hunts
Last week's item
on accusations that many artefacts, collected by Nazi-sympathising John
and Gertrude Hunt and bequeathed to Limerick's Hunt Museum, were looted by
Nazis from Jews prompted an exchange with John Ihle of Backseat
Drivers via the Comments facility. He believes that
the Nazi-hunting Wiesenthal Centre in its letter
to Ireland's president was merely
pointing out some troubling circumstances regarding the history
of the Hunts' collecting,
scholars have raised similar questions.
the Irish Times, which broke the story, would have checked
that from the legal viewpoint it had passed
the defamation test,
the suspicions are valid.
To recap, the Wiesenthal Centre's letter
inferred that the Hunts
had engaged in anti-British espionage activity (during WW2),
enjoyed personal ties to Adolf Mahr, head of the Nazi Party in
engaged in intimate business relationships with notorious dealers in
art looted by the Nazis, and
acquired looted artworks that are now part of the Hunt Museum's
EU president, welcomes
into the EU
Now we're 25
This is somewhat more than mere troubling
However, the whole scandal
is nothing more than a disreputable concoction by disgruntled individuals.
are facts, as gleaned from impeccable sources.
Neither the Wiesenthal Centre nor the Irish Times can produce any evidence
for their defamation of John Hunt, who died in 1976. However, under Irish
law you can't defame the dead, so the newspaper didn't even need to bother its legal department in the
Who are the independent
upon whom the whole case rests ? They number just three, of whom one was
malevolently misquoted while the other two for their own reasons are up to no
first and most important source quoted is Judith Hill who in 1998
wrote for a Hunt Museum brochure a biographical essay on the Hunts, which
however was never published. In a letter in the
Limerick Leader of
18th April (scanned here), she makes several points :
- The essay was leaked without my knowledge or
permission, and has formed the basis of several inaccurate and misleading public
- In the Irish Times on 7 February 2004 two sentences from separate paragraphs
... were put together and quoted to give a misleading impression of the Hunts'
- It has been said ... that my essay stated that John and Gertrude were
Nazis ... [and] had
relationships with known Nazis. At no point in my essay did I state
So Arthur Beesely, author of the the Irish Times scoop
on this matter, evidently took two sentences from different paragraphs of an
unpublished, leaked essay and stuck them together.
This gave the false impression that the Hunts
fitted seamlessly into the world of Nazi looted art dealing whereas they
fitted seamlessly into the whole post-war art dealing world.
This is blatantly dishonest
The letter that appeared in the Limerick Leader had been sent to the Irish Times first,
but it was not published.
The second source linking the Hunts to Nazis that has been quoted by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre was
Ciaran MacGonigal, the former Curator of the Hunt Museum.
Ireland's print-only satirical Phoenix magazine once described the bad blood arising from the resistance
of John Hunt's son, John Jr, to
Mr MacGonigal's appointment to the Hunt Museum, and his departure just three years later
in 2001 under somewhat, er, unhappy circumstances.
In a paper read to the Irish Museums Association in 2003 Mr MacGonigal stated that both John and Gertrude Hunt were members of the
(non-existent) English Fascist Party and would have been interned
had they not fled to Ireland in 1940. Evidence from both their personal and private lives shows that this claim is false and indeed quite ludicrous.
- MI5 files show that Hunt's German wife Gertrude was never an
internment candidate, probably because she was living in Britain for many years before the Nazis came to power.
- Far from being a Nazi, John Hunt went guarantor for a Jewish antique dealer Phillipp
Markus in Germany.
Working closely with the German Jewish Aid Committee in London he procured for Markus and his wife a visa to enter Britain where
he was due to have lived in the Hunts' house. Sadly, war broke out just before he was due to leave his
hometown of Worms. He perished there in prison in 1944, that
city's last recorded Holocaust victim.
- In his working life Hunt demonstrated his pro-Jewish provenance.
On Hunt's persuasion, Bunratty
Castle was purchased (for £1,000) by his long-standing friend Lord Gort, whose
older brother General John Gort (a VC from WW1) headed the British Armed Forces at the outbreak of
WW2 and in
1940 became known as
The Hero of Dunkirk. Hunt later became the owner in trust of
the Castle on behalf of the daughter of the
hero. Just imagine the tabloid headline - Dunkirk hero linked to English Fascist and close associate of
After the war Gertrude Hunt was honoured by the Irish Red Cross for her work in organising
whereby over a thousand war orphans from Germany, Austria and France, many of them Jewish,
were fostered with Irish families. The Hunts themselves fostered three
He was a close advisor to Sotheby's. As described in Robert Lacey's book
Bidding for Class, Sotheby's surpassed Christies in the post-war years mainly because of its lack of anti-Semitism which enabled it to obtain the sale of the great Jewish collections from Germany and Holland.
Hunt was also a main advisor to the Guggenheims, one of
America's main Jewish business families, and helped put together Harry Guggenheim's medieval art collection at
Falaise, Long Island, New York.
He also advised William Randolph Hearst, whose credentials as a
caring gentile were even celebrated on the Simon Wiesenthal website!
The third source was Erin Gibbons, an archeologist and wife of the Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum. In a
review of a Hunt Museum guide she used the phrase
their Nazi associations in connection with the Hunts. In
a subscription-only article
written by Arthur Beesley in the Irish Times on
13th February last and headed
Consultant links Hunts to Nazi Dealers, Gibbons is quoted as saying that
she had uncovered 'definite' links between the Hunts business associates and Haberstock and
Hofer, who were art agents for Hitler and Goering, named in
Nazi Holocaust files in America. By this logic, if Haberstock/Hofer ever dealt with, for example, Sothebys, then as Sothebys were business associates of Hunt,
a Nazi link would be proved. Something about dancing with the prince of
Wales springs to mind. On this flimsy basis, she concludes that the
Hunts were part of a network of Nazi war loot
And that's it. To make the case that the Hunt Museum contains
artwork looted by Nazis from Jews and that the Hunts were
Arthur Beesely deliberately misquotes Judith Hill,
Ciaran MacGonigal calls the Hunts fascists on the run from the
Erin Gibbons alleges links to a Nazi war loot network,
she fed the (mis)information to the Wiesenthal centre.
And all in the face of overwhelming evidence pointing in precisely the
But that's not stopping the Wiesenthal Centre from
legal action unless the Hunt Museum grants it access to the museum archive,
demanding to join the independent panel set up to investigate its
scurrilous Nazi allegations and
refusing to provide any co-operation with regard to its allegations.
As a point of interest, the Wiesenthal Centre has no connection with
96-year-old Simon Wiesenthal other than paying to use his name. It
is in essence a USA Jewish lobbying organization.
When the full story hits the mainstream media, remember, you read it here
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Referendums Ain't What They Used to Be
Time was, you held a referendum, the people decided, end of
Not any more, and all because those pesky people keep deciding to do
the wrong thing.
Ireland famously gave the wrong answer when in 2001
it gave thumbs down to the EU's Nice Treaty, which current French
president Jacques Chirac had drafted to make it easier for lazy EU
politicians to make decisions by re-jigging national votes and reducing vetoes
in preparation for EU enlargement. Bertie Ahern, the
Prime Minister, apologised to his EU buddies for this bad behaviour and
promised to do rectify it. To his credit he did and a year later
the same question was put to the people in a fresh referendum. But this
time after a blitz of publicity and campaigning, the
acquiescent population bowed its head and voted
A couple of weeks ago, Tony Blair announced that the British will be
invited to vote on the EU's would-be Constitutional Treaty (WBCT), in the
unlikely event it is ever agreed. Drafted by former French
president Valery Giscard d'Esting, a major bone of contention is a
re-jigging of national votes to make it easier for lazy EU politicians to
make decisions and reducing vetoes in preparation for EU enlargement. (No wonder déjà
vu is a French phrase). But when asked what happens if Britain votes
down the WBCT, Mr Blair said he'd have to renegotiate a few points with
his EU buddies and then re-run the referendum, Irish style. The next
day, however, he said that he would after all respect a no vote, but
then a spokesman said that a second referendum couldn't be ruled
The plan couldn't be clearer. Britons will just have to keep on
voting until they give the right answer. Tony's future depends on
Last week, it was the turn of Cyprus. A 9,000-page reunification
agreement had been negotiated and agreed by Kofi Annan with ... well not
with anyone really, because the leaders of Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus, Greece and
Turkey couldn't agree among themselves.
Nevertheless, his document was put to the Cyprus electorate in
time for Cyprus's accession to the EU on 1st May, with stern instructions
that they should vote yes. The Turks obligingly did so and have been
glowing under unaccustomed praise ever since. But the Greeks voted
no and are now the objects of global ire.
Kofi Annan tells
Cyprus it has missed
an historic opportunity and hopes that the Greek
Cypriot electorate may arrive
at a different view in the fullness of time.
UN's special envoy Alvaro de Soto departs Cyprus biting
his tongue in disgust, back to New York.
The EU's expansion commissioner Gunter Verheugen (see
Gaddaffi puzzle below) warns
the Greek Cypriots that the
political damage is large [and] there is now a shadow over Cyprus's
foreign ministers express their
at the way the Greek Cypriots voted, whilst rewarding the Turkish
Cypriots with £175 million for voting properly.
The US State Department says
the outcome was regrettable but not surprising, given
manipulation by the Greek Cypriot leaders in the run-up to the
Oh dear, it's bad enough to vote no, but to think people have
campaigned for a no. Anyway, as Mr Annan hints, follow-up
referendum(s) will doubtless follow once the Greek Cypriots have been brought
to their senses.
For that's the new pattern of referendums. The plebs vote and vote
again. Until an élite get the answer they desire.
After George H Bush Sr lost the 1992 US presidential election to Bill Clinton, he conceded defeat with the gracious words,
majesty of the people have spoken.
With referendums it's the majesty of the ruling élite.
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How do the Spanish
troops feel ?
... as they flee from trouble in
Iraq at the first bit of trouble at home.
I have located only one report
that deals with the views of the Spanish forces themselves, and as I
would have expected, they don't like leaving.
Their Commanders insist their 1,432 troops carried out their mission
with honour, unbowed by recent attacks by Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi army and
were departing due solely to orders from Madrid. It's the kind of
thing they would say if they were feeling ashamed.
Meanwhile, the soldiers themselves overwhelmingly oppose the sudden
withdrawal. Some consider the honour of the Spanish army has been
tarnished, especially in the light of those attacks. Moreover, they
will realise that's exactly what the other Coalition troops are thinking,
as are ordinary Iraqis.
Interestingly, the Spanish army's biggest project was to rebuild and
modernise the maternity hospital in the city of Diwaniyah where they were
Shame, dishonour and guilt at letting down the Iraqis and their
Coalition partners are what these men must be experiencing.
But Al Qaeda will have perked up, as will al-Sadr.
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The EU Puzzles Gaddafi
A major problem for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on his recent trip to
Europe was how exactly the EU works and who does what. Foreign
affairs particularly mystify
him, where a variety of EU bigwigs join
EU High Representative
Commissioner in charge of External Relations
of the EU Commission
of the European Commission, Enlargement
It fell to Mr Solana to explain all the nuances to Mr Gaddafi in a
Bedouin tent pitched on the lawns of a Belgian state
I wish Mr Gaddafi would tell the rest of us. As an EU functionary
said, sometimes even we dont understand the differences between the
EUs institutions !.
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a liar !
Last week Blog-Irish
cheerfully linked to a hilarious TV discussion in which Robert Fisk went
ballistic, screaming denials, on being accused of making a blood libel
over his false claim that the Israelis perpetrated a massacre at Jenin.
You can enjoy a similar ballistic moment as from minute 6 on RTÉ radio
(until Tuesday 4th May) in which Irish MEP John Cushanan has been caught
out milking expenses from the European Parliament.
There is a common
practice whereby MEPs sign in at Strasbourg early on a Friday morning -
when the parliament doesn't sit - and then immediately leave for home richer by 262
in day-allowance. Not illegal but tacky, the Strasbourg
has been exposed by Austrian MEP Hans-Peter Martine who has filmed and
documented numerous MEPs doing it, to their considerable embarrassment and
outrage. Even Pat Cox, the parliament's (Irish) president has
been at it.
The Irish are the worst offenders, and in the audio clip Mr Cushanan,
one of the
worst of the Irish, is skewered when ambushed by Mr Martin on live
a liar !
he screams, joining the expanding band of HowardDeanists. Don't miss
Judging by Mr Cullanan's ire, the case in the following post
for renaming Ireland is perhaps not so strong after
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Greenland for the
Greens, Ireland for the Angry
Frank McNally argues persuasively in the Irish Times that snow-covered
Greenland should hand over its unwarranted name (which is based on a
thousand year old tourism fraud by one Eric the Red) to the Irish, by
military action if necessary. Ireland has long laid claim to forty
shades of the colour and disavows the bad-tempered ire
bit, whereas eskimos revel in forty words for their beloved
As the author opines, if the Irish invaded now, it could be over by
Since the original
article is for subscribers only, I've transcripted it here.
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Visionary Philosopher - Moi ?
Try this online IQ
test; it takes 10-15 minutes, requires only primary/elementary
school arithmetic and is guaranteed to flatter you. It gave me an IQ
of 135 and told me I am a Visionary Philosopher.
I've no idea what this means but it sounds nice for a dumb-ass engineer.
I did the test again, this time deliberately getting lots of questions
wrong. My IQ dropped to 113 and I was told I was an Inventive
Inquisitor who is good (I think they mean bad) at math and
As I understand it, an IQ of 100 represents average intelligence, but in this test everyone
scores well over the odds. Otherwise why would we pay $12.95 for the
15-page IQ report
that's also on offer.
Just like driving skills, and small children, we're all above average.
But if you want a reliable personality assessment that costs you
nothing, click here
and do my easy Colour
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Quotes of the Week
People who did far worse than that under Saddam Hussein
were promoted, they weren't court martialled. They were lauded, they
were encouraged. It was an instrument of state policy to do far worse than
that - to murder people and not just to intimidate them, but to actually
torture them and mutilate them and kill them.
Prime Minister John Howard of Australia,
commenting on reports in CBS's 60 Minutes programme on 29th April
that US soldiers had tortured/maltreated Iraqi prisoners
have been knocking on the door of Europe's biggest family. Today we
open it and, in the great Irish tradition, bid you a cead mil failte - a
hundred thousand welcomes
Ahern, prime minster of Ireland,
which holds the EU presidency,
formally welcomes the ten newcomers into the EU
on Enlargement Day, 1st May 2004
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Neda Agha Soltan;
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What I've recently
“The Lemon Tree”, by Sandy
is a delightful novel-style history of modern Israel and Palestine told
through the eyes of a thoughtful protagonist from either side, with a
household lemon tree as their unifying theme.
But it's not
entirely honest in its subtle pro-Palestinian bias, and therefore needs
to be read in conjunction with an antidote, such as
This examines events which led to BP's 2010 Macondo blowout in
the Gulf of Mexico.
BP's ambitious CEO John Browne expanded it through adventurous
acquisitions, aggressive offshore exploration, and relentless
cost-reduction that trumped everything else, even safety and long-term
Thus mistakes accumulated, leading to terrifying and deadly accidents in
refineries, pipelines and offshore operations, and business disaster in
The Macondo blowout was but an inevitable outcome of a BP culture that
had become poisonous and incompetent.
However the book is gravely compromised by a
litany of over 40 technical and stupid
errors that display the author's ignorance and
It would be better
to wait for the second (properly edited) edition before buying.
As for BP, only a
wholesale rebuilding of a new, professional, ethical culture will
prevent further such tragedies and the eventual destruction of a once
mighty corporation with a long and generally honourable history.
Note: I wrote
my own reports on Macondo
A horrific account
how the death
penalty is administered and, er, executed in Singapore,
the corruption of
Singapore's legal system, and
enthusiastic embrace of Burma's drug-fuelled military dictatorship
More details on my
nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s
incredible story of survival in the Far
East during World War II.
After recounting a
childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen,
Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on
Germany in 1939.
From then until the
Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr
Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall
of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror.
After a wretched
journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless
Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in
1941, he is, successively,
part of a death march to Thailand,
a slave labourer on the Siam/Burma
railway (one man died for every sleeper laid),
regularly beaten and tortured,
racked by starvation, gaping ulcers
and disease including cholera,
a slave labourer stevedoring at
shipped to Japan in a stinking,
closed, airless hold with 900 other sick and dying men,
torpedoed by the Americans and left
drifting alone for five days before being picked up,
a slave-labourer in Nagasaki until
blessed liberation thanks to the Americans’ “Fat Boy” atomic
distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the
British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life. Only in his late 80s
is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this
There are very few
first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese
brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical
“Culture of Corruption:
Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies”
This is a rattling good tale of the web
of corruption within which the American president and his cronies
operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both
a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and
sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.
With 75 page of notes to back up - in
best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing
allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with
the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife.
Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett,
Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris
Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book.
ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community
organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine
This much trumpeted sequel to
Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment.
It is really just
a collation of amusing
little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour
and situations. For example:
Drunk walking kills more people per
kilometer than drunk driving.
People aren't really altruistic -
they always expect a return of some sort for good deeds.
Child seats are a waste of money as
they are no safer for children than adult seatbelts.
Though doctors have known for
centuries they must wash their hands to avoid spreading infection,
they still often fail to do so.
Monkeys can be taught to use washers
as cash to buy tit-bits - and even sex.
The book has no real
message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and
try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.
And with a final
anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in
its tracks. Weird.
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie
to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics.
It's chapters are
organised around provocative questions such as
Why does asparagus come from Peru?
Why are pandas so useless?
Why are oil and diamonds more trouble
than they are worth?
Why doesn't Africa grow cocaine?
It's central thesis
is that economic development continues to be impeded in different
countries for different historical reasons, even when the original
rationale for those impediments no longer obtains. For instance:
Argentina protects its now largely
foreign landowners (eg George Soros)
Russia its military-owned
businesses, such as counterfeit DVDs
The US its cotton industry
comprising only 1% of GDP and 2% of its workforce
The author writes
in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to
However it would
benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative
points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide
natural break-points for the reader.
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles
of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.
The author was
a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to
harass Japanese lines of
command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide
intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of
is admirably yet brutally frank, in his
descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a
prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing
in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness.
He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of
Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved
authority of the British.
The book amounts to
a very human and exhilarating tale.
Oh, and Irwin
describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF
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of March 2009
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crackling, compelling, captivating games, the new World Champions are,
England get the Silver,
Argentina the Bronze. Fourth is host nation France.
No-one can argue with
the justice of the outcomes
Over the competition,
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tries per game = 6.2,
minutes per try =
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