Who needs the IDF when you’ve got people like this guy on your side? One Darwin Award, coming right up!
Over a hundred dead. That’s the price already paid by the democrats of Pakistan for the return of their heroine, Benazir Bhutto. After receiving multiple death threats from Taliban/Al-Qaeda organisations, Bhutto nonetheless set out her stall before her arrival, accusing ‘retired army officers’ of plotting with the Taliban to assassinate her. Playing political games with the terrorist threat may well backfire quite spectacularly for Pakistan’s elder stateswoman, though fortunately for her not fatally in this case.
It seems a spectacularly silly assertion to make with any seriousness, as if there’s one thing that can be clearly seen in Islamic regimes where the Theocracy is *not* in control (Turkey, Algeria, Pakistan for example) its that the Army (which invariably *is* in control) despises Islamic militancy in all its forms with a passion. Such childish politicking from the woman who is supposed to come back and moderate Musharraf’s hardline military regime does not bode well for the Pakistani people. I just hope that Bhutto has the sense not to try and continue this tack any further and destroy any consensus that she may be able to achieve with the Pakistani Army before it has even begun.
Say what you want about the Nazis but at least they made the trains run on time. It appears that one in four Germans believe some aspects of the Nazi era were positive, according to a poll published after a dispute about the Nazis and their attitude towards the family. Asked whether National Socialism was wholly negative or had some good points, 25% of respondents to the Forsa institute poll said yes, while 70% said no. The poll was published in Stern magazine to accompany an essay on "Why every fourth German still believes National Socialism had its good sides". It comes after a debate sparked last month by a television presenter who said the Nazis’ attitude towards the family had been positive.
Mmm..not for Jewish families. Not for families of those nations they invaded. Not for families of anyone who opposed their tyranny. It seems that older Germans have a lot of respect for one of the most wicked political regimes that has ever been. Shame on them. Mind you, quite a few in the former USSR republics look back on the Stalin era with deep fondness – I mean tractor production has never been as good as it was back then.
We’re all supposed to worship at the high altar of science these days, aren’t we? So what do you make of the new that the Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has claimed black people were less intelligent than white people?
Dr Watson won a Nobel Prize in 1962 for his part in discovering the structure of the DNA molecule. In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 79-year-old said he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really". He went on to say he hoped everyone was equal but that "people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true".
My view is that Africa’s problems are caused by a lack of freedom and liberty, nothing to do with skin colour and everything to do with the West indulging black tyrants. I also think that the idea that black intelligence is not the same as white intelligence is decidedly odd but I believe that Dr Watson has the idea to pontificate on such if he wishes. I fail to understand WHY intelligence varies as he suggest! (Maybe I am just stupid?) Liberals have condemned him immediately as a racist – but what do YOU think? Is he right to discuss this issue or is he just a crank?
OK, let’s deal with the biggest issue in Northern Ireland which is the reaction from the Stormont Executive to the decision by Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie to stop further £1.2m funding to the terror group the UDA. (Yes, I know it didn’t go directly to the loyalist terror group but in substance and in reality the UDA’s key men are the beneficiaries)
Now, rather than show support for the courage of the Minister, her colleagues in the Executive – DUP and IRA/Sinn Fein – immediately sought to undermine her position. The DUP in particular seemed outraged that she had stayed true to her word to stop any further funding if the UDA did not stop its violence. So Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds and other assorted DUP worthies have been popping up querying the legalistic aspects of this decision. Now it transpires that Margaret Ritchie has alleged that the actual minutes of the Executive meeting were..ahem..amended in a way which endorsed the DUP/Sinn Fein position and which undermines her.
So, we seem to have a governing executive which allegedly not only contains terrorists but also liars. And this is the bright new tomorrow? Let me tell you that the DUP are proving to be as unfit for Government as their partners in IRA/Sinn Fein and my contempt for both deepens.
Watching the little Ulster nationalists in the DUP morph into an all-Ireland party is one of the fun aspects of being a dissenting unionist. Today comes the news that lobster-fishing enthusiast and Junior Minister Ian Paisley Jnr is anxious to make sure that the Irish police (the Gardaí) and the PSNI be allowed to cross the border in pursuit of suspected criminals. At present, neither Ireland nor Britain have fully endorsed the European Shengen agreement allowing such cross-border forays. However, Mr Paisley says he wants his party to raise the issue at the next meeting of the British-Irish Council in December.
Mr Paisley appears to hold no constitutional concerns about the police force of one country operating in the jurisdiction of another. I wonder just how far across the border Paisley thinks is reasonable, and what exactly constitutes "pursuit", and why is this necessary if both State’s police
forces, sorry, services, were working together, and why do other EU nations have concerns over this that somehow don’t apply in Northern Ireland, and does the Irish Government feel just as anxious to have the PSNI swooping across the border into Donegal, Monaghan etc?
The DUP, given enough rope, will hang themselves. Of course in the process, they will wreck the Union.
The absolute contempt that UK PM Gordon Brown feels towarsds the wishes of the British people is manifest in his grinning welcome of the agreement of the new EU treaty, reached after last-minute changes at a summit in Portugal.
Forget all the spin about "British opt outs" and "red-lines", the central fact is that the European political elite have once again gone over the heads of the people in the nation states and advanced "the project" as they see fit. You see it’s not just the British people that wanted a referendum on this, the Germans and Italians also wanted the chance to speak but they, like us, were denied this because the elite fear the answer they will be given. We can only speak when they know we will say yes.
So Gordon Brown has proven even weaker than Blair when it comes to negotiations with the EU. Clunky Fist has morphed into limp wrist and it’s not a question of Britain being at the heart of Europe, more like being at the mercy of Europe. The sheer dishonesty of the Euro-elite is the disturbing factor here and whilst the EU grows into the image they wish, many of us are wondering precisely what sort of anti-democratic monstrosity it is growing into. As EU Referendum puts it…Gordon Brown has made history in becoming the last Prime Minister of an independent British government. Well done Gordon?
I was sorry to read about the death of Deborah Kerr, aged 86 - and raise a glass to her. A true lady. She was born in Scotland, her Dad died when she was 15, so she has gone a long way because she had a great talent. It’s a sad fact that she has the record for the most nominations for the Best Actress Academy Award without ever winning! Gone now from here to eternity.
Speaking from the campaign trail at a local restaurant in South Carolina, Mitt Romney, US Republican Presidential hopeful, pointed to what has been obvious for a good long time:
"The United Nations has been an extraordinary failure of late…”
A week or so ago, I had a letter printed in The Newsletter in which I raised certain questions about the credibility of the DUP position. This had been prompted by a previous letter in the paper by someone calling themselves "Full Pint" who showered praise on Paisley and co. The very next day after my letter appeared – the DUP had a response in – from the very same anonymous "Full Pint" persona. Now then, you have to admire the alacrity of the DUP crack letter-writing battalions but it does seem fair to allow a right of response and as readers here know, I am no slouch when it comes to such, and so I penned what I felt was a decent response. The Newsletter have chosen not to run it, giving instead "Full Pint" yet a THIRD opportunity to attack those who challenge the DUP! So, here’s the letter that they wouldn’t print…
Letters to the Editor
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Should we judge politicians by what they say or by what they do?
This is the crucial point which the hordes of DUP letter-writing apologists such as “Full Pint” (13th Oct) studiously avoid and one can almost sympathise with them when even a cursory examination highlights the chasm between DUP word and action.
It was the glorious leader himself, Dr. Paisley, who beat his chest and declared that IRA/Sinn Fein would only enter Government “over my dead body” as recently as July 12th 2006. Given that the senior Chuckle Brother gives every appearance of still being very much alive, what can be made of these words? I also recall that DUP Deputy Leader Peter Robinson told David Frost back in 2005 that it would be “a generation” before IRA/Sinn Fein would be fit for government. Now unless he meant a generation based on the life-expectancy of a fruit-fly, what can be made of his words? Isn’t it the fact that like Dr Paisley’s they are hollow and betrayed by craven actions since then?
Full Pint uses the words of the Independent Monitoring Commission report as incontrovertible proof of IRA decommissioning. But back in 2003, the DUP leadership dismissed the IMC as a “toothless tiger.” So was it wrong then or is Full Pint wrong now? When the IRA claimed that it had put its weapons “beyond use” back in 2005, the DUP leadership stated that without photographic evidence of such it considered the event as wholly unbelievable but now it treats the event as Holy Writ. What photographic evidence has emerged to justify this u-turn?
Current DUP claims about the Irish Language Act being “killed off” are as fanciful as its fantasy to have “enshrined accountability mechanisms into Government!” Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has axed some badly-needed small rural schools and opened Irish language schools in their place; where has the DUP “accountability mechanism” been here? Maybe Sinn Fein decommissioned it?
Finally, DUP supporters crow that their towering achievement is that they control four government ministries at Stormont. The Vichy regime that governed France during the Second World held much greater power than that but did it make Petain’s collaboration with tyrants right? Back in 1998 I observed that power-sharing with terrorists was an absolute moral wrong and a betrayal of every decent value unionism has ever stood for. At that time the DUP shared this view. Along with other principled unionists I remain opposed to having the IRA in government but the DUP view has changed. Thirty pieces of silver plus four Ministerial limos is all that was required to sustain this change and Full Pint simply lacks the bottle to admit it!