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AND THEN THERE WERE TWO

By Pete Moore On January 4th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oy vey!

We know the script: if you don’t want war, if you don’t want to kill lots of foreigners in far off places, if you don’t want to tip all you have into defending Israel and if you don’t remove all potential limits to your violence, you’re a kook and a danger and you ought to be cast out from the kind of polite society which loves to talk about killing lots of people – because Iran will do all sorts of bad things to us and Israelis.

We all know how it goes, so it was interesting when Meir Dagan, ex-Director of Mossad, recently warned Israel about the consequences of military action against Iran. In speaking of the ‘regional war’ which would follow, he warned that “such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of loss of life and would paralyze life in Israel.” I submit, maybe it doesn’t matter if you don’t live in Israel.

It’s very interesting when you conssider that Tamir Pardo, current Director of Mossad, has just spoken in a similiar vein, saying that Iran “is not necessarily an existential threat to Israel”. Speaking to Israeli ambassadors, he also said that “Israel was using various means to foil Iran’s nuclear program and would continue to do so, but if Iran actually obtained nuclear weapons, it would not mean the destruction of the State of Israel.”

So let’s be cool. Particularly, when some political blowhard stands on a stage and boasts of how much violence he will unleash on Israel’s behalf, it might do to remember that the last two men in control of Israel’s intelligence agency would shake their heads at such things. It might also do to remember that Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, recently told Congress that Israel can look after itself.

Mind how you go, and tell your local politician to grow up.

THE DRUMBEATS OF WAR GROW LOUDER

By Pete Moore On December 27th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

What timing!

As 2012 dawns, as the calls for war against Iran grow louder, a Manhatten judge has fingered Iran for 9/11:

A federal district court in Manhattan yesterday entered a historic ruling that reveals new facts about Iran’s support of al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels ruled yesterday that Iran and Hezbollah materially and directly supported al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks and are legally responsible for damages to hundreds of family members of 9/11 victims who are plaintiffs in the case.

Gosh, ‘new facts’. I bet they’re ‘new facts’, shiny new facts straight off the production line. Does anyone believe Iran had anything to do with 9/11? Come on, not even the war-crazed Cheney and Rumsfeld tried it on with a whopper like that, and that’s a pair who’d lie about anything.

During last week’s hearing, September 11 victims’ families sat through a four-hour presentation from lawyers who cited evidence supporting their claims that Iran actively assisted the hijackers of planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Former members of the September 11 Commission and three Iranian defectors also spoke.

Well that’s me sold. Some Powerpoint slides and three defectors are highly persuasive. Alright, those Iraqi defectors who assured us that Iraq was brimming with WMD seem to have been dealing in fairy tales, but these are Iranian defectors. Apparently.

(h/t ATW regular Allan@Aberdeen)

NEXT STOP – SOMALIA?

By Pete Moore On December 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

“Britain plans to deepen its involvement in Somalia in the new year”, reports The Independent – oh great.

Tony Blair loved a good war. Once he got a taste for it in the Balkans he couldn’t stop sending young men and women all over the shop. I did fear that David Cameron is cut from exactly the same cloth. It’s like a drug to a certain kind of politician, particularly to the kind of polite boy who wouldn’t know one end of a rifle from the other.

Apparently “David Cameron describes Somalia as “a failed state that directly threatens British interests” and will convene a summit in London in February to bring together the countries currently active in the Horn of Africa state. A number of key decisions are expected to be made there, ranging from humanitarian aid to military missions.” This is, of course, complete drivel but the war propaganda never changes. On what planet Somalia ‘directly threatens British interests’ I don’t know, but it’s not this one. And just like Blair and his ventures in the Balkans, The Independent tells us that “the Prime Minister’s decision to tackle the Somalia quagmire is seen by some as being fuelled by the success of the Libyan venture.” They can’t get enough of it.

It seems that what is particularly worrying Cameron is that muslims are receiving terror training in Somalia before coming here. Well that’s easily remedied, stop them coming hwere for goodness sake! If Somalia is such a danger then it’s perfectly in order to not allow any muslim in who has previously visited Somalia. Yes, it would be discriminatory, let’s have some of it. Before sending our soldiers to die in some stinking sandpit we might try reconstituting our borders and being a touch more selective about who we allow in, no?

THE WHITE POPPY

By David Vance On November 4th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I was contacted today by the media and asked my opinion of the “white poppy”. There’s a possibility I may be on national TV this Sunday debating the issue BUT regardless of that, I wanted to put on record HERE my view of this wretched flower. It is the symbol of pacifists and does dishonour to all who wear it.

John Stuart Mill observed;

 “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse.”

And…

“A man who cares more about his personal safety than anything else is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

Amen to that.

Of course all civilised people abhor war, we know it IS hell, but we also know, sadly, that sometimes it is the only option.

Those brave men and women who gave their lives for our liberty DESERVE to have that sacrificed honoured by the wearing of a RED Poppy.