Next, the USA has now conducted nearly 200 air strikes over Iraq. Let’s look at what the targets are, from a USA press release about yesterday’s attacks there: “ two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehicle and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Kirkuk”. This is pathetic and the Islamic State must be laughing their heads off. A million dollars to destroy a light truck. When IS have 80,000 men. All this does is to help their recruitment.
Now to Syria. USA are saying this was a combined action involving “the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates”. This is what is known as marketing. This is to show Sunni solidarity and bears no relationship to what happened on the ground. The main strike was 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) launched from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. TLAMs cost $1.6 million each, so the US defence manufacturers are rubbing their hand together. Especially as they have just had bumper orders from Israel to replace the munitions used to destroy Gaza. They say 3 of these Sunni countries put aircraft up, possibly tankers or AWACs, but also supposedly for 30 strikes against targets in the Eastern desert, away from the main action. Jordan took advantage of the situation to sort out some cross border squabbles.
Target organisations were obviously IS, but also the Islamist al Nusra Front, the Jaish al-Mojahdeen and also the shadowy terrorist Khorasan, who recruit Westerners for suicide attacks against airliners and who apparently had an imminent plot. In fact all four targeted groups use Western recruits. The al Nusra HQ in Idlib was blown up, as were several IS locations in Ar-Raqqah (the IS centre of operations). The USA says they hit “ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles”. In other words anything their drones indicated might be suspicious. Still very low value targets. But it looks like they got lucky and killed Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of Khorasan.
On the face of it the strike was illegal under international law. Syria did not give permission and there was no UN resolution. Not that international law counts for much when Putin is invading his neighbors and shooting down an airliner. The reality is that Syria knew all about the attacks in advance. We know this for three reasons. Firstly they didn’t deploy their considerable air defences against the attacks, secondly because Syrian state TV said they had been told, thirdly because IS were tipped off and deserted Ar-Raqqah before that attack, leaving the USA to blow up civilians.
10 civilians, among them 6 children, killed in Idlib in last night’s airstrikes
The USA are admitting, in their press release, to targeting IS and Khorasan, but are not mentioning the al Nusra Front and the Jaish al-Mojahdeen, which we know, from people on the ground, were targeted. In fact early reports seem to indicate that al Nusra and civilians (as usual) were the main casualties, with one famous al Nusra sniper killed. It will be interesting when we learn more about what happened to Khorasan.
So what does it mean? Firstly with current assets in theatre there is little that USA can do about ISIS. They can just make very expensive big bangs. Secondly that they still have a huge shortfall of IS intelligence. Thirdly that they are not going to touch Assad until they can get the Free Syrian Army (FSA) up to speed. Fourthly that USA is doing its very best to foster local engagement and co-operation. Fifthly that the USA is going after the enemies of the FSA. Sixthly this is exactly what IS want, the USA forced into a long drawn out conflict it has no stomach or political will for. Seventh it looks like Khorasan was a major target, presumably because the USA have far more intelligence about them than they do about IS.
The extent of USA’s problems can be seen in that they did nothing about the biggest current problem in Syria. And that is IS attacking Kurdish towns in the North, forcing tens of thousands of refugees into Turkey.
Over Syria just now the USA would possibly do best to arm their drones, fly them 24/7 with Assad’s connivance and take out targets of opportunity. Eventually they might get lucky and hit something worthwhile.
The Conservative party tries a bit to create and spread memes on the social media. But they could do a whole lot better. So I thought I would collect a few good ones in one place. Please use these to the maximum. Put them in your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, Twitter, emails and wherever else you can. Please also encourage others to use them. The Conservatives are doing a brilliant job running this country. If Labour under Miliband are returned next year it would be a huge disaster for Great Britain. Spreading these messages helps to keep our country a better place. They are all resized to 512 wide. Use Irfanview if you want to change this.
If you are taken in by the mass media you would think that the surface of the planet you live on is heating up rapidly and that you are in imminent danger for your life, despite the evidence of your own eyes that this is not so.
The reality is that global warming is a multi trillion pound global industry that we pay for with our taxes and levies on our bills. The fuel for this is a pseudoscience, where if academics say that there is warming they get lots of money and if they tell the truth they get nothing. So this is an issue where when the media put a “scientist” in front of you it is best to be incredibly cynical indeed.
In fact there is no global warming. Temperatures have not gone up for 15 years. The warmist pseudoscientists call this the “pause” and come up with all sorts of far fetched ideas to explain it. They cannot handle the fact that they have built up this immense parasitic industry on a pack of lies.
In fact both the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps are increasing in size. If anything we should be starting to worry about global cooling. The BBC are not reporting this properly.
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
In 1997 Charles J. Moore was sailing across the Pacific when, in a lightly frequented area he came across large quantities of plastic debris in the upper water column. He sailed on and the next day the debris was still there. And the next day and so on, he had discovered the great Pacific garbage patch, an area of ocean where floating, non biodegradable human waste ends up, forced there by the actions of the tides, currents and winds. It is huge, some say twice the size of North America and it is estimated to contain 100 million tons of plastic. We now know that here is also a North Atlantic garbage patch which is hundreds of kilometres across.
Nearly all plastics do not exist naturally in nature, they are man made, so all our eco systems are not adapted to handle them. The vast majority of plastics do not biodegrade, once we have made them they are on the planet for ever, unless they are burned or recycled. This includes the synthetic fabrics that many of our clothes are now made from. Every time they are washed they shed thousands of plastic molecules into the environment.
The plastic doesn’t just sit in our oceans, the actions of the water and the sun break it up until it is eventually down to the size of individual molecules, whereupon it enters the food chain. Initially it is in plankton, but that is eaten by bigger organisms and so on up the food chain until it is in what we eat. Which is not good because we are not evolved to have molecules of plastic distributed around our bodies. One bad effect is that these plastics can mimic the effect of human hormones, chemicals that act as catalysts for chemical reactions. This can cause havoc with the fundamental chemistry of our bodies. Another is that they permanently clog up our livers.
Rather than bore you with the science I thought I would reference where it is already documented. Please click through these links: 1234
Now you have read them you are numb with shock, there is real, clear and present danger to humanity. Where is Al Gore when you really need him?
Already a third of British coastal fish have plastic in them. Eat them and you will have plastic in you. We are rapidly heading for a situation where all the seafood from all the world’s seas will be unsafe to eat. Then we will be unable to feed the planet. This is not hypothetical, this is real, as you will know from reading the science above. It is apocalyptical.
Also the whole world needs to act and it needs to act immediately. The action needs to be in two areas.
Firstly we need to stop more plastic getting into the environment. This means an immediate ban on all plastics in packaging. All single use plastics, like medical syringes. All use of small plastic beads in cosmetics, abrasives etc And a recycling regime for all plastics that are permitted that is 100% perfect. Where 100% recycling cannot be demonstrated plastics must be illegal.
Secondly we need an immense global effort to remove all the many hundreds of millions of tons of waste plastics that are already in the environment. In the sea as well as in the land. The cost will be enormous, but it is essential for the future of humanity.
All this is not pseudoscience like global warming, it is a provable, imminent danger to everyone on this planet. We have no option but to act.
Capitalism. Under this system an organisation can only survive in the market by looking after the customer. By delivering goods or services of the right quality at the right time at the right price. Otherwise they go bust.
Socialism. Under this system the state directs what goods and services will be delivered, what their quality will be and also the price. This cannot possibly exist in a market because competition would kill it, so monopolies are essential for it to function. Such organisations exist for the benefit of the state, not the customers. They cannot go bust because they can fix prices and rely on the state for subsidies of taxpayers money.
Now let’s look at what assets and strengths Cuba has to enrich their people with:
Its people. 11 million very well educated people. Their literacy and numeracy rate is better than Britain’s. Number 5 in the UN Education index.
Incredibly verdant and productive agriculture. Rich soil and a tropical climate combine to allow several crops per year.
Nickel and Cobalt. There are 5.5 million tons of Nickel waiting to be mined, 7% of the world total.
Oil. Cuba is an oil producer and known reserves of 20 billion barrels, one of the top 20 reserves in the world.
Tourism. Cuba is an idyllic tropical paradise with amazing beaches.
Contrast and compare with what Hong Kong has to offer:
Seven million educated people. Number 87 in the UN Education index.
After WW2 HK had a population of just 600,000, during the 1950s there was a immense influx of refugees from China. 100,000 a month came till the population exceeded 3 million. Many lived in shanty towns.
With nothing for all these people to do the British colonial masters started manufacturing projects to make simple, low cost items like buttons, plastic items, umbrellas, artificial flowers etc.
Once again you can see Cuba has Hong Kong well beaten.
From this basis the two economies took different courses. Socialist Cuba couldn’t produce sugar competitively against world prices. They were rescued by the Soviet Union who bought the entire sugar crop at subsidised prices so as to keep Cuba afloat. When the Soviet Union imploded this stopped and 100,000 sugar workers lost their jobs. Visit Cuba today and great swathes of fertile farmland lie unused. Much else in the economy was also trashed as huge socialist inefficiencies stopped anything working properly. There was very little investment in buildings or infrastructure. Cuba now and is mostly frozen in a 1959 timewarp, but in a state of decay and disrepair.
In 1961 a Britain, John James Cowperthwaite, became financial secretary of Hong Kong, which was still a very poor. He invented and implemented “positive non interventionism” a highly libertarian management of the economy. This worked like magic and between 1961 and 1997 Hong Kong’s gross domestic product grew to be 180 times bigger. Everyone who lived in Hong Kong was free to do anything they wanted. There was minimum tax and minimum government. Enterprise, investment, risk taking, entrepreneurship were everywhere. Success was rewarded. Hong Kong became the most dynamic economy in the world.
So there you have the irrefutable facts. Socialism is utterly disgusting and immoral, it damages the lives of everyone it touches except those at the very top who become enormously rich. Capitalism, unfettered. delivers incredible results. It enable anyone to become very rich who wants to. All they have to do is provide customers with what they want. This is by far the most moral form of human organisation.
Critics say that Hong Kong is small and that such measures cannot be applied to a big economy. They are wrong. China looked at what Hong Kong was doing and it was copied there by Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s. We have all seen the meteoric growth in the Chinese economy since then.
Other critics say that Cuba’s economy was held back by being embargoed by its regional superpower, the USA. They forget that Hong Kong was also embargoed by its regional superpower, China.
The system of having minimum government is called a Night Watchman State, economist advocates call it minarchism. It allows maximum human freedom, people can build their lives undisturbed by government extortion, they take responsibility for themselves. It also ensure the maximum competition when you spend your money as a customer. So you get better goods and services at better prices. Everyone in society wins.
Given the evidence it is amazing that every country has not done this. It is also utterly beyond belief that anyone can be stupid enough to vote for a socialist government. Socialism is our enemy.
Remember. Capitalism pays for all the other -isms!
So the wealthier / better educated / more intelligent people voted NO. The less wealthy / poorly educated / less intelligent people voted YES. And amazingly there are 55.3 % of the former in Scotland.
The worst thing to come out of the campaign was senior English politicians going to Scotland and just giving stuff away, bribes. Making up policy on the hoof. With no reference to their parties, with no reference to the English voters who pay for everything and with no thought to the long term consequences. A lot of people in England are fuming over this. Including many MPs.
The best thing that has happened is that the whole nation has seen how utterly useless Ed Miliband is. He was totally inept and hapless, a fish out of water, completely shown up by a discredited, failed, inept former leader in Gordon Brown. Miliband added nothing to the debate and was utterly weak and ineffective. It must be glaringly obvious to everyone now that he couldn’t run a bath, never mind being Prime Minister.
A good thing is that the West Lothian question will now be resolved. We will now have English only days in the House of Commons to discuss and vote on English issues. With 41 Scottish Labour MPs locked out.
The bad thing is that the PM has promised to retain the discredited Barnett Formula by which the English taxpayers, who pay for everything, receive back £1,600 less per person than the Scots. So the Scots get free prescriptions, no university tuition fees etc. All paid for by the English who don’t get these things.
One very bad, undemocratic thing that will not be fixed is that Scottish MPs have far smaller constituencies. So there are many more Scottish MPs than there should be. And in General Elections a Scottish vote is worth a lot more than an English vote. This is very wrong and the politicians and MSM are not even mentioning it.
Another very bad thing is that the Welsh are now going to be given more powers. Their socialist government must be one of the most useless in the whole of Europe. They use English taxpayer’s money to build up a bloated public sector full of non jobs whilst providing abysmal services to the people of Wales. The NHS there is now utterly appalling, providing a horrendous service to the Welsh. Who brought it upon themselves by voting Labour.
The reality is that English taxpayers pay for everything. We are 84% of the population of Britain. We have the immense economic powerhouse of having the world’s financial centre in the City of London. We have the huge global companies in Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Oil, Commodities and many other industries. We have the manufacturing companies, with their huge ecosystem of suppliers: JCB, Land Rover, Nissan, British Aerospace and thousand of others. And we stumped up £500 billion so that our Scottish Prime Minister could rescue Scottish banks to save Scottish jobs in 2008.
The state of Israel lives in a continuous state of violence against other people, it is the most racially and ethnically bigoted nation there is, it has no moral compass whatsoever and it is the most hated nation on earth. This didn’t happen by accident, it the the consequence of a political creed called Zionism, which is very close in its political philosophy to Nazism. The races and religions of the Middle East lived together in peace till Zionism arrived. So where did they get their toxic ideas from?
The Jewish equivalent of the bible is the Torah. But this needed explaining and interpreting. The Jews did this by oral tradition for about 1,500 years. However around the year 200 AD they started writing it down. This is the Talmud. It is huge, 6,200 pages in standard print. And it is the basis of Jewish law. The Zionists carefully extracted from the Talmud all those bits that supported their creed, but ignored everything in the Talmud that goes against their creed. As a result many Jews see Zionism as being non Jewish or even anti Jewish. Certainly very much of what the Zionists do would be considered illegal if the Talmud was observed correctly.
Islamophobes take quotes out of the Koran and use them out of context to try and denigrate Islam. People who oppose Zionism do the same with the Talmud, it is very easy to do. There is much in there about race and Jewish superiority and some of it is not very nice at all. Non Jews are called goyim, but this is used in a derogatory way. Zionists do exactly the same today.
Let’s look at some quotes:
Midrasch Talpioth, p. 225-L Jehovah created the goyim in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The goyim is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.
Sanhedrin 57a . When a Jew murders a goyim, there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a goyim he may keep.
Baba Mezia 114b The goyim are not humans. They are beasts.
Baba Kamma 113a. Jews may use lies to circumvent a goyim.
Abodah Zarah 36b. Goyim girls are in a state of niddah (filth) from birth.
Menahoth 43b-44a. A Jewish man is obligated to say the following prayer every day: “Thank you God for not making me a goyim, a woman or a slave.”
Sanhedrin 57a . A Jew need not pay a goyim the wages owed him for work.
Baba Mezia 24a . If a Jew finds an object lost by a goyim it does not have to be returned.
Abodah Zarah 22a-22b . Goyim prefer sex with cows.
Libbre David 37 To communicate anything to a goyim about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the goyim knew what we teach about them, they would kill us openly.
Schulchan Aruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 156 When a Jew has a goyim in his clutches, another Jew may go to the same goyim, lend him money and in turn deceive him, so that the goyim shall be ruined. For the property of a goyim, according to our law, belongs to no one, and the first Jew that passes has full right to seize it.
Hadarine, 20, B; Schulchan Aruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 348 A Jew may do to a non-Jewess what he can do. He may treat her as he treats a piece of meat.
There are very many more, but you must be getting the idea by now, Google will find you plenty more. The way that Zionists behave comes from their interpretation of the Talmud. The way they treat Palestinians as sub human is a cultural and religious obligation to them. So huge amounts of suffering, ever since the invention of Zionism in 1897, has been caused by this book and the way that the Zionists have chosen to interpret it.
Just now we are just coming to the end of an independence referendum campaign in Scotland, home of The Enlightenment, an outpouring of intellectual accomplishment. Yet sadly this campaign has been characteristic by thuggery, bullying and intimidation from one side, the YES campaigners, as they seek to silence the arguments of the NO campaign. This is horrendous, it is uncivilised, it is undemocratic and it is ignorant. What makes it even worse, it has been cheerleaded by the leaders of the YES campaign, who really should know better.
Removing and defacing posters and other election material belonging to the NO campaign.
Shouting down NO campaign speakers.
Physical intimidation such as jostling and egging NO campaign leaders.
Using the mob at every opportunity to intimidate, bully and drown out all opposition.
You can understand why the YES campaign are behaving so disgustingly, their campaign has zero intellectual credibility, they are just Braveheart with smartphones, they have no valid case to make. So they try and destroy the very good case that their opponents do have. Yet you have to wonder why any decent, educated, fair minded person would ever vote YES. Who would want to live in a country run by people with this disgusting attitude?
The Islamic State (IS) has created a country bigger than Britain by stealing land from Syria and Iraq, then ethnically cleansing non Sunnis. Much as Israel created a country by stealing land from Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, then ethnically cleansing non Jews. IS has made publicity videos of beheading two American journalists and a British aid worker. Much as Israel recently deliberately killed 17 journalists and several UN workers in Gaza. The USA and UK governments are now very angry, yet they didn’t get at all angry when thousands of Syrians and Iraqis were killed by IS. The hypocrisy and double standards are incredible.
Now the Western media is winding us all up to go to war with IS to extract our revenge. They are being idiotic, this is exactly what IS want and it is why they made those videos. They want the West to suffer another Vietnam or Afghanistan, a long war costing billions in money and thousands of lives that can only, ultimately, be lost.
It is comparatively easy for the West to establish and maintain air superiority over IS. In Iraq the government has no option but to give permission. In Syria the Israelis are already striking targets when it suits them. But to sustain attacks would mean degrading Syria’s Russian equipped integrated air defence system, which would be a tough nut to crack, they have already shot down one Turkish Phantom. But we can do it, much as we did to Iraq during the two Gulf Wars.
The assets we (mainly the USA) can bring to bear to attack from the air are formidable. Without risking our lives we have drones with very small missiles and cruise missiles when we want to make a big bang. In Iraq just now we are using carrier based F-18s, but these have limited payload and range. The USA have very powerful close air support assets (CAS) that would be very useful, AH-64 helicopters, A-10 and AC-130 attack aircraft and B-52 bombers dropping smart bombs from high altitude designated by assets lower down, such as special forces and drones. Lots of toys for the armchair generals to dream about.
But what would our air assets blow up? IS are the government, they live in the community, their fighters occupy accommodation vacated by ethnically cleansed Christians, Shias and other opponents. So if we start trying to attack them in the towns we will kill a lot more civilians than we do fighters. As Israel has just discovered in Gaza. And IS would love this, lots of videos of dismembered children murdered by American taxpayers. So IS are only a target when they are fighting in the open, but the reality is that there is not much of this. They tend to do a bit of suicide bombing to soften up a place, then advance at very high speed in Toyota pick up trucks to take the place unopposed. All over very quickly. So very difficult to react to.
The reality is that the only way to take IS on would be with boots on the ground. Mainly asymmetrical urban warfare. This is what they want, it is what they are experts at, they would fill a lot of body bags with their opponents. Also who would provide those boots on the ground? The Peshmerga are currently fighting IS in the bit of Northern Iraq that they see as a Kurdish homeland, they won’t advance beyond this. The highly sectarian and oppressive Iraqi government is not welcome in the Sunni areas of North Iraq, which is why IS had such spectacular victories. The new “coalition” Iraqi government has a long way to go to win hearts and minds, never mind actually taking territory. In Syria the only force we can possibly back is the Free Syrian Army (FSA) but they are at a very low ebb and will take a long time to build back up. So in both Iraq and Syria, even if everything goes perfectly well for opponents of IS, it will take years to defeat them. But it won’t go perfectly well and IS are very well armed, have lots of money and formidable and battle hardened fighters. The West should not put boots on the ground (except for special forces) because public opinion will not sustain another long and bloody campaign.
So how did we get here? Blair and Bush obviously destabilised the region with their silly adventures. The West’s refusal to support the FSA a year ago because of Ed Miliband’s political machinations was an immense failure, utterly stupid. The action of Mossad and the CIA throughout the area, over decades, to weaken all the countries who might possibly oppose Israel leads to a lot of Middle East conflicts. IS is the child of Western meddling.
So what can we do? Firstly settle in for a long war. Secondly give all the political and military support we can to the local providers of boots on the ground, the Peshmerga, Iraqi government and the FSA. Thirdly establish a no fly zone (NFZ) over IS, much as we did over Iraq between 1991 and 2003. Within that no fly zone we should supply CAS to the boots on the ground, nothing more.
From a British perspective the RAF is not very well equipped for CAS. We have retired our Harriers and Jaguars and many of our Tornadoes, our Typhoon has the potential but we haven’t built up its capability enough for the job. The British Army has lots of AH-64 Apache helicopters but these are low and slow so make good targets for shoulder launched missiles (MANPADs) which IS have. Also 24/7 cover will be needed which makes helicopters very expensive. It is a great pity that we don’t have a couple of squadrons of A-10 Warthogs. The tool for the job.
When I say that Israel is a toxic pariah state, the most hated nation on earth, run by a political cult that is based on stealing land and ethnic cleansing some people think I am taking sides. They are wrong. I am old enough to be a grumpy old man so what you mostly see in my articles is the things that I am against, not the things that I am for. And I am against barbarism, inhumanity to one’s fellow man, evil in all its forms, ignorance, lies and propaganda, bigotry, prejudice and religious intolerance. So obviously I dislike Zionism intensely.
There are two huge forces for evil in the Middle East today, ISIS (IS, ISIL) and Zionism. Let’s look at what they have in common.
Terrorism. Israel was built on terrorism. On very many massacres of Palestine’s indigenous population. These started on November 14, 1937 when Irgun murdered 10 Palestinians and they continue to the present day. Not counting open conflict, over the last 14 years the Israeli state and Zionist settlers have murdered an average of two Palestinian children a week. During the drive for Israeli independence Irgun, Haganah, Palmach, Lehi, the Stern Gang and other terrorist groups ran amok, mass murdering Palestinians with abandon. Much of this is undocumented and mass graves are still being discovered today. The IS is built out of a civil war and there must be considerable doubt about about how much of what they have done counts as terrorism. Murdering 2 journalists. But then Israel just murdered 17 journalists in Gaza.
Land theft. Israel was built as a country by stealing land from the indigenous Palestinians and from all the neighboring countries, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon as well. Israel provoked multiple conflicts to facilitate this land theft. They are still at it, stealing West Bank land from the Palestinians so as to create Zionist settlements. IS as a state is formed from stealing huge chunks of Syria and Iraq, already it is bigger than Great Britain and far bigger than Israel.
Ethnic cleansing. In 1948 Israel forced 700,000 Palestinians off their land and into exile. Very many more were massacred. They have been at it ever since, forcing the indigenous population into concentration camps and periodically indulging in mechanised mass slaughter, as we have just seen in Gaza. IS do the same, forcing non Sunnis into exile and mass murdering all those they have a particular grudge against.
Based on a religious cult. Zionism is based round a form of Judaism that believes in Jewish racial superiority. The Talmud and the Kabbalah say that the Jews will conquer and subjugate the non-Jews and kill all who oppose them. We Gentiles are Goyim, described as animals or beasts and only fit to serve the Jews. IS are less extreme, they follow a form of Islam called Salafism, which is very similar to Wahhabism practiced in Saudi Arabia. They believe in restoring the Ottoman Empire, as a Caliphate, and that only Sunnis should live in it.
Lies and propaganda. Israel has a huge propaganda machine, they work to create the false illusion that Israel is nice and all their opponents are nasty. They have succeeded for many years, especially with Americans, but social media is undoing this, the truth is now getting out. IS use social media for the exact opposite, to spread propaganda that they are extremely nasty and to encourage recruitment. They have succeeded.
Basing their movements on foreigners. Israel famously was built up by Jews migrating there from all over the world, though the proportion of Holocaust survivors going there was surprisingly small. IS likewise was built round foreign fighters from Chechnya and North Africa plus Europeans and Americans to do the donkey work and propaganda.
I have put a lot of work and research into a series of articles about both these toxic groups. These have generally been well received by fair minded people. However those who have been brainwashed by the propaganda machines are far less happy. They see the truth and it frightens them. Here are the articles:
As you can see there is enough content for a book and there is much in there that most people don’t know.
I have been to Israel and the Palestine Authority several times, likewise I have been multiple time to Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. Mostly on my own and using local transport a lot. So I have spoken to very many people and seen many things, including being in Bethlehem when there was a stone throwing and teargas riot that degenerated into shooting with several people being killed. Not a journalist in sight, but several brave ambulance crews taking out the victims. Also my father served in Palestine with the British army as a Staff Sergeant REME, two sergeants from his mess who were his friends were captured by Irgun and hung. He told me of this and many other stories. Eyewitness accounts.
I have not written about Syria recently, mainly because I didn’t write anything at all for a long time. However early on in the troubles there I wrote several articles, more than I have written about Israel, here are a few of them:
The war in Syria has many sides. The government, aided by Hezbollah (though they have had some fallings out recently), the Islamic al Nusra Front, the Free Syrian Army (our friends) and, of course the Islamic State, plus a few minor part players. All fighting one another. The front lines are so long that combat cannot possibly be sustained, so most of the time, in most places there is a de facto ceasefire. The Syrian military have total air superiority which they mainly use to kill civilians, dropping barrel bombs and chlorine bombs wherever they can do the most damage. Understandably much of the population has bailed out, creating an immense refugee problem. The biggest disaster in the region was Ed Miliband preventing the British (and therefore the Americans) from intervening a year ago on behalf of the FSA and against Assad, so now we will have to deal with a far bigger problem. IS have recently shipped a lot of the heavy arms they captured in Iraq back into Syria and are now using them very effectively to run offences, during which they are capturing a lot more military equipment. Also, after the beheading of two American journalists, the FSA have become America’s new best friend and are starting to receive lots of support.
The real big issue is that Obama has promised air strikes in Syria. This means firstly gathering a lot of intelligence with drones, U2s, satellites, special forces etc. Then there is scale, this could be from running a few armed drones to a full scale Gulf War 1 style air campaign. He also hasn’t told us his objectives. Is is smiting IS, degrading Assad’s capabilities, supporting the FSA to victory or something else? And will Assad engage America with his powerful and modern integrated air defence system. The Russians would surely love to see their latest toys used against the Americans.
Another place where a lot is happening is Kurdish North Iraq, or Kurdistan. This was a very close call when IS attacked them using captured American artillery and it was only American carrier based F-18s which saved the day. Now the Peshmerga have gone from gradually losing to gradually winning. They have constant American air support and are getting a supply of some weaponry from the West as well as some military “advisors”. But the big thing is that the Iranians are there in force, they would rather take on a Sunni insurgency in Iraq than in Iran. America and Iran are fighting together. Turkey is still being fairly neutral but they cannot be happy with Kurdistan emerging as a nation. The Americans need boots on the ground to beat IS, but you cannot see the Peshmerga wanting to fight outside Kurdistan. So a complex and evolving situation with a number of possibly conflicting interests.
Iraq itself is a mess, the Shia south is safe but in the north they need to militarily defeat IS and also win the hearts and minds of the Sunni population who they were suppressing till very recently. America is trying to force them in this direction because without boots on the ground an air campaign is a waste of time. This explains the very slow American build up in the region.
One thing that is for sure is that the Middle East will not return to the Sykes Picot lines in the sand. Iraq will end up as two or three countries, Syria as three or four. The Middle East will remain complex and troubled for decades to come.
The state of Israel is built on lies. These lies are perpetrated by their political leaders, incorporated into their school textbooks and repeated millions of times on the social media by their Hasbara propagandists. Most Israeli citizens and most Zionists in countries like America have no idea what the truth is.
One of the biggest lies is that the state of Israel was built out of a scrap of desert with just a few primitive “Arabs” wandering around. So they perpetrate a lie that Palestine was the invention of Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Yet the real truth is that Palestine has existed as a discrete country for well over 2,000 years and there is plenty of evidence to prove this.
For much of its history the country of Palestine has been conquered and has been a country within a bigger empire. Just as, say, Wales, is part of Great Britain. So Wales has the same head of state, the same currency and the same laws as England. Thus the country of Palestine was forced to adopt what their invaders forced on them. So there is no long list of kings or any of the other trappings of state.
Zoom forwards 350 years or so and we have the first map of the country of Palestine, made by Ptolemy around the year 100AD. Here is his World map:
And here is a transcription of his map of Palestine:
For many hundreds of years the country of Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire, which ran from 1299 to 1923. But this did not stop maps being made of the country. Here is one from 1570:
This one from 1574:
This from 1612:
And with a nice picture from 1889:
It is not just maps, here is a book from 1755:
Another part of the Zionist myth is that they arrived at empty desert. Here is a market in Jaffa in 1827:
The British Victorian painter David Roberts RA made an extensive tour of Palestine in the mid 1800s and produced many works showing what it was like, you can see some of them here.
In 1917 and 1918 Palestine was liberated from the Ottoman Empire by the British. The League of Nations then gave the British a Mandate (basically a management contract) over the country of Palestine in 1923. The newly liberated country celebrated by issuing its own money, its own passports and all the other documentation of a state. Even though ultimate authority lay with the British, so there was no Palestinian head of state.