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CONSIDERING BAKER….

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2006 at 10:29 am

james-baker-17-1-2003.jpgWhen it comes to considering the "realism" of Mr James Baker and his reprehensible report on how to best surrender to the Jihadi in Iraq, Moonbattery has a bit of background that you might want to read…..

Baker is a senior partner in the Baker Botts law firm, which is representing Saudi Arabians against the families of 9/11 victims, despite openly acknowledging that their clients pour $millions into terrorist organisations. Baker’s Saudi friends are still at it, shoveling money at the terrorists in Iraq to finance the killing of American troops – a subject Baker takes care not to mention. Just as most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, so are most of the foreign fighters that have been killed or captured in Iraq, although you won’t learn this from reading the Baker report. Saudis are also the #1 nationality at luxurious Club Gitmo. When 29 Gitmo guests were recently turned over to the Saudis, they were promptly set free to resume their terrorist activities.

 

Baker is also up to his neck in the Carlyle Group, which does a great deal of business with the Saudi royal family.

 

The Iraq Surrender Group had many people suspecting that Baker is a fool. But maybe it’s those of us who expect him to promote his own country’s interests who are fools.

FORD DEAD

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2006 at 9:14 am

I was sorry to hear that Gerald Ford, the former US President, had died. He was age 93 – so a fair old innings I guess. I can’t say that I was much of a fan but in fairness to Ford, political giants like Ronald Reagan, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld all moved up the political ladder during his short period in power and he DID have the grace to pardon Richard Nixon. 

CATCHING THE DE- STABILISERS

By ATWadmin On December 25th, 2006 at 6:33 pm

Well done to the American soldiers who have caught and are holding at least four Iranians in Iraq including men the Bush administration called "senior military officials". They were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security forces, according to senior Iraqi and American officials in Baghdad and Washington.

Iran is a major contributor to DESTABILISATION in this region – although James Baker and his so called "realist" pals believe that Iran can be a stabilising force. Who’s being unreal?

Fanfare to the (very)uncommon man!

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2006 at 9:54 am

On this Christmas Eve morning, I’d like to pay my own small tribute to an American hero, a man who lived for his wife and family, and who died trying to get help for those same family members; stranded in deep snow in the Oregon mountain wildernesses.
James Kim was a true ‘techie’, ‘au fait’ with every advance and nuance of electronic and computer technology, working as a reviewer and researcher with CNet, an Online computer magazine. He was a devoted father to two daughters, and the loving husband of Kati.
He was travelling over a mountain path in Oregon in a S.U.V., but got stuck in deep snow; and after five days without any sign of help decided to strike out to search for help, but perished in the snow himself, after struggling for sixteen miles yet ending up a mile away from his family.
He might have been rescued if a hotel had allowed his credit card records to be accessed, or if a telecoms engineer had been listened to, but these, like many other things, are all ‘might have been’s’.

James Kim died in pursuit of help for his Family, and the world is a poorer place for his passing!

 

100 Miles Apart But A Universe Away

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 1:46 pm

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This is the image of the Freedom Tower, the first blocks of which have already been laid at Ground Zero.  When the structure in complete by the 10th anniversary of that devastating attack, it will be the tallest building in the United States at 1776 ft (the symbolism of which is not lost on those who know the date of American independence).


Whether you like the building or not is irrelevant.  It will be the symbol of an America determined not to bend the knee to those who attack its people and, by extension, its constitutional integrity and place in the world.  It is the United States in general, and New York in particular, telling those who thought they had debilitated US society that bigger and better things can rise from the ashes of evil and turmoil.


I was initially of the opinion that Ground Zero should be turned into a square of remembrance, but quickly changed my mind.  The multitude and sheer scale of New York’s skyscrapers is what sets it apart from almost every other city on the planet.  The architectural ‘reach for the skies’ mentality is, in effect, a metaphor for America in its entirety: a ‘can do’ country that helped its allies defeat one of the greatest evils (Nazism) the world had ever seen.


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One hundred or so miles away from that iconic sight is a very difference face of America.  This picture is of the Bobby Sands memorial at a roundabout in Hartford, Connecticut, dedicated to him in 1997.  This is the very antithesis of what the Freedom Tower will symbolise.  For whilst that glass leviathan is a statement of defiance against terrorists, this monstrosity deifies them.  For there is no difference, save for one of scale, between the methods of the illegal organisation of which Sands was a member and the methods adopted by Al Queda.  The only difference is that the former historically had limited support amongst a small section of people in the US, blinded by the false inculcation of history into funding vile men and women whose purpose in life was to kill indiscriminately.


To argue that Al Queda and the Provos are chalk and cheese is downright codswallop.  They have different aims (no two terrorist groups are alike in their aspirations), but the same ruthlessness in fighting for causes regarded as illegitimate by the wider global community (no state, except the ROI, viewed Northern Ireland as anything other than a part of the UK).  The media spent thirty years broadcasting Provo atrocities and the planning that went into those atrocities across the world.  Are we seriously expected to believe that the body now known as Al Queda did not draw inspiration from the methods of the Provos, and the cowardly way sovereign governments eventually negotiated with them?


This obscenity at the end of Maple Avenue (in case anyone needs to know where it is so they can deface it in the dead of night) brings shame on a country where so very few people have been allowed to dominate the Irish American cultural agenda for far too long.  What the Freedom Tower giveth (in terms of the repudiation of terrorist submission) the Hartford dog post taketh away.


 

ON LIBERTY…..WHO NEEDS IT?

By ATWadmin On December 17th, 2006 at 9:24 am

Here’s an interesting question for you all to consider..

"What if the part of human nature which wants paternalism, or maternalism, in the State is sometimes, or often, stronger than the part that wants freedom and self-determination?

What if we are wrong to imagine, as Bush claims, that an aspiration for freedom lives in the hearts of all mankind? What if that aspiration is a simple error of a uniquely American culture, which combined northern European Calvinism which rejects any hierarchy in church or in life; a personal relationship with God; Lockeian liberalism; a distinctly northern European moral code in which honor, reliability, hard work, and integrity are the measure of a person; a frontier attitude which expects life to be which expects life to be difficult but remains optimistic, and an innate distrust of government and politicians – is a very strange brew…."

 

I think that this excellent contribution by Dr Joy Bliss is well worth a read, and for what it’s worth I think that her "what if" may in fact be a "what is"…..

Hat-tip to Bird Dog over at Maggie’s Farm.

WHEN STEREOTYPES ARE USEFUL…

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 10:33 pm

This is from the Irish Independent. Picture the scene.

It’s a busy morning in a Manhattan court-house, and a tough-looking customer with red hair and freckles is dragged in chains by a phalanx of cops before thepresiding judge. The judge looks stonily at the accused:

Judge: "Well, Mickey-Joe Murphy O’Hooley. You are charged with three counts of murder, four counts of aggravated burglary, six counts of nicking cars and countless counts of possession of piles of drugs. What do you have to say in your defence?"

Mickey-Joe: "Top of the mornin’, yer honour. Sure begob and begorrah, t’isn’t my fault at all, at all. It’s cos I is Oirish, and t’was the demon drink that courses through the veins of my kinfolk that made me do it, be the hokey".

Judge: "How terrible for you. Case dismissed. Here’s a few bucks, bucko. Have a Pint on me".

 

Fantasy? Not if New York attorney Ed Hayes’ fancy footwork on behalf of a client this week is anything to go by. This legendary figure of the American legal system – the character of defence lawyer Tom Killian in Bonfire of the Vanities is based on Hayes – was defending 26-year-old Sean Timoney.

The defendant is the son of former NYPD bigwig and current Miami Police Chief, Dublin-born John Timoney, and was facing a lengthy jail term after pleading guilty to trying to buy 400 pounds of marijuana from an undercover agent.

Among the various arguments for a lenient sentence put forward by Ed Hayes in a pre-sentencing letter to the judge was that "from a historical standpoint, bothsides of Sean’s lineage, like so many other of Irish-American descent, suffer from alcohol abuse," predisposing him to addictive behaviour which led him to drugs.

Oh, right you be, sorr. ‘Tis nothin’ short of a feckin’ miracle that Irish-Americans got anythin’ done in between lurryin’ back de gargle – like buildin’ the US railroads and the thoroughfares and skyscrapers of New York; anddominatin’ the NYPD and City Hall. And God only knows how that useless sot John
F Kennedy ended up in the White House, or Eugene O’Neill ever got the head together to write anythin’ half-decent.

This sort of racial stereotyping would be booed off the stage of a comedy club, yet was countenanced in a court of law. (And Hayes’s arguments were successful -on Wednesday Timoney was sentenced to a lenient 18 months in pokey).

politician speaks mind—–sky does not fall!

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 12:32 pm

795151-592602-thumbnail.jpgI see that a rare event has occurred within the Bush administration, with Condi Rice flatly counting out any overture to either Iran or Syria as demanded by the ‘Baker Boys’. First time in a while I’ve heard a politician say the things which were supposed to recommend her for the job in the first place, especially in an administration which was so badly wounded in the Mid-Terms.

To talk to a bunch of cut-throats such as the regimes of Syria and Iran, clutching as they do their AK-47’s in one hand and their korans in the other, is to gainsay everything the Bush guys have fought against for the past six years.

They might have shot themselves point-blank in the foot on Iraq, but the one thing you don’t do in their position is invite the bloody fox inside the hen-house, and then politely ask him where he wants to start, breakfast or dinner!

JAMES BAKER MUGGED…..

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 8:12 am

795151-592140-thumbnail.jpgOh no – James "F*** the Jews" Baker has been mugged, or so Guns’n’butter claims…..

WASHINGTON — Held up by two armed muggers yesterday, former Secretary of State James Baker III attempted, but failed, to talk them out of robbing him.

"There I was walking down the street when these two men, one very tall and one very short, popped out of nowhere, pointed handguns at me, and demanded my money," Baker said. "Now, I knew that it was not in the long-term interests of either of these men to rob anyone. The research clearly shows that men in these situations would benefit from job training, counseling, and perhaps even some rehab. I knew I just had to show them what was in their best interests.

Make sure you read the full story……

A CHRISTMAS IMAGE….

By ATWadmin On December 14th, 2006 at 9:33 am

arlin.jpgHere’s a poignant image of what Arlington Cemetary looks like at the moment. This was sent to me by ATW reader and regular commentator Ernest Young.

I was there myself a few years ago now and was most impressed with the dignity, quietness and SHEER scale of the place.

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths — some 5,000 — are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He’s done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

As Ernest points out…

Arlington Cemetary at Christmas, and all done by a private enterprise – just to say thanks to the Armed Forces. It highlights some of the very different attitudes that prevail ‘over there’, that they treat their vets far better than we do in the UK is a given, but I could never see anything similar happening here!