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The Folly Of The ‘Democrats’

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

He may not be much, but Musharraf is the best we’ve got.

That’s the message that must come from today’s saddening events in Pakistan, where Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by an Al-Qaeda fanatic who shot her several times and then blew himself up. Her supporters, Pakistan’s theoretical democrats, are reportedly following the typically Liberal line of perversely blaming Musharraf for not providing her with proper security rather than, say, blaming the Islamic extremists who have been threatening her and have claimed responsibility for actually murdering her. I guess the more ‘moderate’ and Liberal you get, the less inclined you get to directly blame Islamists for anything – no matter where you come from.

People are already concocting elaborate JFK-style conspiracy theories that because she was shot as well as blown up, there must have been a grassy knoll involved somewhere. And, with weary predictability and wonderful political acumen, the opposition are already talking about ‘Civil War’.

From JWF’s more in-depth update

Riaz Malik, of the opposition Pakistan Movement for Justice party (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf), warned: "The impact will be that Pakistan is in more turmoil – it will be the start of civil war in Pakistan.

"There is a very real danger of civil war in Pakistan. "

Charming. There’s no one quite like a politician for trying to get a short-term bit of power at the expense of long-term benefit to their country. If the ‘Civil War’ being talked about were to actually erupt, who would win if both anti-Islamist groups were fighting each other? Anyone?

This is precisely the reaction that Al-Qaeda is banking on – the reaction it calculates it will always get every single time it manages to succeed in yet another atrocity, commit another murder. Their opposition always manages to be so weak, so determined not to blame those who have committed the atrocities and the ideology of conquest and chaos which drives them, that they can always gain from their actions. Always.

In a sane world, this murder (and that of a score of innocent civilians doing nothing more than attending a political rally) would have united Pakistan against the evil which has infested it, from the ‘fighters’ in the border zones to the Islamist-controlled judiciary which has spent the past few years doing everything it can to undermine the daily workings of the Musharraf regime in what has turned out to be a very successful attempt to destabilise it (just as it continues to do in Afghanistan). But wherever the great democrats of the West stick our noses in to try and arrogantly turn wholly different cultures into carbon copies of our own regardless of the consequences, the weakness of excuses, of trying to blame murder and mayhem on everyone and everything but those responsible for it, creeps in and takes hold. Those who once would have simply campaigned for freedom now perversely try to abuse a democratic system they see only as something to be used as a path to their own personal power.

Musharraf is a dictator. There’s no denying it. But I’d rather have an honest dictatorship, led by a man who holds his people together by the skin of his teeth against an implacable foe like Al-Qaeda, than a bunch of ‘democrats’ so obsessed with winning the illusion of short-term power that they are prepared to see their country perish to do it.

Bhutto Assassinated

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2007 at 4:44 pm

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A terrible day in Pakistan as former PM Benazir Bhutto has been murdered, with Al Qaeda claiming credit, although that is still yet to be determined.

A roundup with assorted links and reaction at JWF.

An update with worldwide reaction. 

warnings!!!

By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2007 at 8:56 am

Listened with interest to the discussion regarding the proposal to ‘tag’ or ‘track’ sufferers from Alzheimers’ or Dementia. It was an illuminating discussion, made even better by the high standard of the participants. My own mother-in-law was, by default, a carer for a neigbour who was otherwise alone in this world; her own relatives having either died or deserted her. So, at the age of seventy herself, she had to restrain this otherwise healthy person from wandering off alone into London, and believe me it was no picnic! I have the greatest admiration for that multitude of family carers who shoulder their burden without complaint.

But while listening to this illuminating broadcast, I suddenly had a revelation, and developed a new use for the ‘tag’ or ‘tracker’ which would be instantly more useful than even the proposed purpose of establishing the position of a sick person! My ‘tracker’ would be compulsory wear for any and all politicians; both present and future, and the signal would be a short  but loud broadcast warning any in the vicinity that the approaching entity was either a) a politician or an embryo of that class, or b) a do-gooder who thinks that they know best in terms of health, wealth or education for us and our children. The automatic and compulsory reaction would be the raising and levelling of a shotgun, the only variation would be whether to pull the trigger or not!

My elderly Aunt, who resides in a religious community in South Africa, was speaking to me on Christmas morning, and mentioned how delighted the community was on the conversion of Tony Blair to Catholicism, and seemed taken aback by my strident denunciation of both the the man and the politician. She still seemed to believe in the esential goodness of the man, and obviously hadn’t read much apart from the laudatory tributes to Blair. She didn’t even know about the results of the so-called Equality Act, or at least those which resulted in the closure of the Catholic Adoption agencies, whose staff and policies were not given any leeway by the so-called caring Christian Blair!

What any Church does with regard to those who seek to join is of course up to that Church, but shouldn’t a quick trawl of the headlines, never mind Google, resulted in an instant negative response to one who has done so much damage to that Church’s structure and character, from his voting record on abortion to his denial of ‘special circumstances’ for the Adoption Agencies’ of that Church. THe leader of the Catholics in England & Wales, one Cormac Murphy O’Connor, himself suspect for the silent removal of a predatory priestly pervert from parish to parish, welcomed Blair into the fold. Sooner he should have questioned our good friend ‘Tony’ as to his ultimate motives, instead of welcoming the scheming fox into the sheepfold!

Middle Eastern Negotiator and prospect for sainthood? More like just another grubby politician,  albeit one with slightly more blood on his hands than the usual! 

 

England Today

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

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Mind the wicket
OFF TO the Boxing Day Hunt meet this morning, and what a fine turn out it was too. Old England has taken a real hammering from politicoes over the last century, no doubt about it, but when the sun’s shining and the fillies are squeezed into their jodphurs, there’s no finer spot on Earth.

At least a couple of thousand hunt followers boozers were in attendance on the village green in a wonderful display of defiance – so much for the ban, class warrior scum! Our Hunt being relatively close to that den of perversity known as London, you can usually rely on a few sabs to arrive and provide some sport, but so many fine Englishmen and women were up that 795151-1231172-thumbnail.jpgthe sabs didn’t dare come close. A few stood back from the fringes in their Che t-shirts, waving rolled up copies of the Guardian, but the rest found it a little too hot for their liking and shipped off, the cowards.

Once the quality had ridden out to …erm … exercise the hounds, well it would have been rude not to squeeze into the local for a couple of liveners. I honestly intended to take it easy for a few days, the message being received and understood after waking up at 8.00pm on Christmas Day, attempting to put on my shoes and failing miserably to reach my feet. It’s lettuce and water for me for the rest of the week.

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The queue for the bar
But that’s tomorrow and today was glorious. Hundreds of thousands of us, the backbone of the country, came out and stuck two fingers up to the modern world. It’s enough to make a liberal, metropolitan ponce gag.

Over There – Happy Boxing Day and Happy St. Stephen’s Day

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish the ATW folks in Europe and elsewhere a Happy Boxing Day and Happy St. Stepen’s Day.  Due to the high level of Yank interest in the site, I thought it would also be helpful to explain the holiday to my compatriots here in the USA.

Many Americans may be confused by Boxing Day Celebrations, after all, who was the last great heavyweight boxer produced in England?  However, is has nothing to do with individual pugilism, but rather is an old tradition dating back to the Middle Ages and derived from that most British of all sports – Class Warfare.  Essentially it has its origins in the time when the upper class would give out gifts (boxes) to the poor, employees and people of the lower social classes.  Even as I write this, David Vance is likely giving generous gifts to disadvantaged hula dancers on his vacation in Hawaii.  It is celebrated in many of the places the English found themselves back when THEY were the immigrant problem  (Canada, Australia etc).   

Of course, in Ireland, the day is known as St. Stephen’s Day, named after the first Christian Martyr who was stoned to death (and not in a Jimmy Hendrix or Brian Jones way, gentle readers).  It is also known there as Wren Day, when the Wren Boys/Mummers/Strawboys come out.  The Wren Boys are generally children who roam their village from Pub to Pub (in a cross between Halloween and Spring Break) dressed as second-string scarecrows.  They sing a few songs to the denizens of the pub and are rewarded with small coins and the occasional bag of crisps.  It is a very beloved holiday in Ireland as the pubs are closed on Christmas Day and the citizenry, having been compelled to spend 24 hours in the company of their family, may break free and rejoin their loved ones at the bar when the pubs are reopened on the 26th. 

All kidding aside, I’d like to express my best wishes to those celebrating either holiday and enjoy your day.  Cheers and Slainte!!   

that’ll do nicely!

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2007 at 11:13 am

Visited my local Tesco supermarket this a.m. as I had run short on a couple of essentials, (chillies, booze).

Didn’t recognise any of the check-out staff; enquired and found that they were all from other branches, as the locals had all preferred to stay at home for the second day of the holiday! I was also informed that these staff were, in payment for truly unsocial hours, being paid triple time, plus holiday bonus, plus transport to work and back at the end of their shift.

Now that’s what I call the acceptable face of capitalism, with an acceptance that if the management wants people to do something they’d rather not, an alternative is searched for, and a premium paid for that alternative.

Good on Terry Leahy and his bunch of marketers! No wonder they are beating the pants off all other supermarket chains!

why expel?

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2007 at 8:20 am

There has been wide-spread action in senior political circles in trying to prevent the expulsion of two "Diplomats" from Afghanistan. The two, one from the EU, the other from the UN, were allegedly talking to senior Taliban terror leaders in Musa Quala, and for this unforgiveable crime against the established Government of Hamid Kharzai, they are to be expelled from the country.

 The talks, which are described by the BBC as attempts to ‘engage’ tribal leaders, have the support of the Foreign Office, whose previous chats with these killers  resulted in Musa Quala being re-taken by the Taliban after the British Army’s withdrawal last year during protestations about how the ‘tribal elders’ had ‘guaranteed the safety of their townspeople, and the soldiers could depart in peace!

Frankly, I don’t know what all the fuss is about, knowing the track record of those who are pulling the strings of power in Kabul! I mean, if the Labour Government can not only talk to the butchers of the I.R.A., but invite them into Government alongside the Quislings of the D.U.P. they’ll easily swallow talking to the scum who were, and still are, attempting to kill British Service Personnel.

The true traitors are’t the pair from the EU and the UN, they are the pin-striped brigade from the Foreign Office who willingly carry out the commands of the socialist thugs whose leaders reside in the soiled corridors of Whitehall and Downing Street.

 

Israelis Kill a Pair of Hamas ‘Activists’

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Don’t you just love the bizarro world of the BBC, where bloodthirsty terrorists are referred to as activists?

Seriously, how absurd can the media bias get?

Two members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said the men were patrolling a border fence near Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza when they were hit. A third man was wounded in the attack.

The Israeli army confirmed it had launched an air strike in the area.

Israel has recently stepped up military action in Gaza, killing more than 20 Hamas activists as it tries to stop rockets being fired into Israel.

I recall activists were people who protested some real or perceived injustice.

How is it terrorists have been labeled as such? Does the BBC even realize how stupid this looks? 

Happy Christmas To All

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

nativitystory.jpgI’d just like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Saviour of Mankind.

Whatever you’re doing, I wish everyone all the best. I think we can all be thankful that we’re not bedding down at Heathrow after a bit of fog the other night.

Being a traditionalist, I’m having a Great British Christmas – feet up, let the women do all the work and eat and drink constantly until I nod off in front of the tv. I hope yours will be as joyful.

The Joy of Christmas

By ATWadmin On December 24th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

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Back home after a pre-Christmas weekend away to be met by the sight of a local speed camera destroyed by some community minded chap miscreant. The shame of it. Clearly someone out there in West Essex is even more angered than I am about these damned contraptions. Thank you, Santa!