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By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 8:59 am

Yes, it’s another day of captivity for 15 British Sailors care of the 12th Imam’s dining companion in Tehran, and the British Government is REALLY getting serious. There are rumours of "discreet talks" AND the situation is now "delicate" according to John Reid!! Phew, what a relief. It looks like the Blair administration is getting serious and Margaret a Beckett has even cut short a vital visit to Turkey so she can give a statement to the Commons. Apparently Britain has satellite photos showing that the British vessels were within Iraqi waters, under UN mandate, when our sailors were kidnapped by Iranian pirates so proving Iran has acted illegally. Right. And when Iran dismisses this as untrue, then what? The best news is the actions of the US warships in the region, thank god once again for the US military!


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 8:16 am

Did you see that it is being forecast that the Scottish Nationalist Party is heading for victory in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3, in what would be a massive blow to Gordon Brown shortly before he becomes Prime Minister? 

Brown could go into the next general election with the Scottish Nationalists the largest single party in his own backyard, and facing the prospect of an SNP-led minority executive in Edinburgh seeking to challenge him at every turn. The Populus poll puts the Nationalists ahead of Labour in both the first-past-the-post and proportional-representation sections. They are on track to win 50 seats in the 129-seat Scottish Parliament, seven more than Labour. The Liberal Democrats would have 18 MSPs, the Conservatives 17 and the Greens one.

If the SNP leader Alex Salmond becomes First Minister, Brown would face taunts that he would be a Scot in power in England whose writ did not run on issues such as health, education and transport in Scotland! And Brown, if he becomes Prime Minister, would also be swiftly reminded that the Conservatives secured narrowly more votes in England than Labour at the last general election – leaving him open to claims that he has a mandate in neither country.

Truly the end of the Union may be drawing near as the seeds of Labour’s ill-considered but ideologically driven devolution bear fruit.


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 8:05 am

Wonder what you made of the interruption of the Westminster Abbey slave trade abolition service yesterday by Toyin Agbetu, wearing an African style tunic and carrying a shoulder bag, who demanded that the Queen needs to apologise for the Slave Trade?

Apart from the lamentable breach in security, which one almost expects these days in this country, it also raises the absolute folly of this retrospective "apology" business. I’m not in the least "sorry" about events that happened centuries ago. I am PROUD though that the likes of Wilberforce and the British Royal Navy played such a key role in marginalising slavery. In my view the only people that should be saying sorry are those that allowed Agbetu to get to the point in the Abbey where he made his ludicrous outcry about "There was no mention in there of African freedom fighters. What about my ancestors? Where were the Africans talking about how they feel?  The Queen needs to say she is sorry. Elizabeth I commissioned John Hawkins, financed him, and funded him to go to my continent and enslave my people."  Yes, and "your people" loved the profits from such ventures and continue to practise them.  What a folly.


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 7:58 am

It is a shocking indictment on this Labour Government that worried parents are now buying body armour for their children to protect them from knife attacks! A firm that supplies stab and bullet-proof vests to government agencies around the world said it had been flooded with orders following a series of brutal knife murders on Britain’s streets. The Sales Director of  VestGuard UK, said: "They are concerned by what is happening on the streets – the level of violence. A 13-year-old girl has been our youngest customer but most are about 15 or 16. "We have a factory in Bolton and since Christmas we have been making really small vests that have a 28" chest and weigh 800 grams. The children have been mostly boys, but there are a few girls."  Lack of police on the ground, risible judicial sentences, the subversive Human Rights culture, pop culture glorifying gangster chic – all combine to bring this horrifying situation about.


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 7:37 am

Here’s an example of a BBC journalist in full-on propaganda mode for which he deserves to be thoroughly castigated.

Kevin Connolly – the BBC "Ireland" correspondent – kicks off by desscribing Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams as "Statesmen."  Huh? He then claims that both men have led their communities "through a wilderness of violence for more than 30 years. They represent people whose depth of mutual animosity is closer to hatred than it is to political rivalry in the conventional European sense."  He blathers about Gerry Adams "extraordinary journey from reviled paramilitary to renowned statesman. "

This is truly nauseating stuff. For a start, Kevin, let’s be clear that Adams has been and remains the leader of an organisation that has murdered thousands and maimed tens of thousands. His alleged "journey" from "reviled paramilitary to renowmed Statesman" is entirely fictional. It is journalists like you who maintain that little fiction, stop trying to get the rest of us to buy it. The victims of IRA barbarism still lie buried in their graves, their "journey" ended care of IRA/Sinn Fein. As for Paisley, now that he has embraced power-sharing with terrorists, in the BBC world view he becomes a Statesman. That speaks volumes about both the BBC and the DUP.

One final point. For decades the vast majority of Protestant and Roman Catholic people lived together – NOT hating each other. We got on with our lives even as the bombs exploded and bullets rained down from the rifles of the scum now preparing to govern us. I absolutely reject EVERY WORD that Mr Connolly has written. His repugnant tribute to terrorists and bigots may set BBC hearts-a-fluttering but please understand that this is 100% propaganda being pumped out, the journalistic content is zero. Had the BBC any sense of shame, it would hang its head.

Countdown to Crisis

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 11:55 pm

Winds of war. Blowing. The timeline leading up to the Iranian kidnapping of the 15 British military personnel, with links.  Summary of some of the highlights below,quoted from VerumSerum.com:

August 2003: First EFP (explosively formed projectile) attack in Iraq.
Throughout 2005:  Numerous EFP attacks.  Evidence linking the manufacturing and planting of the devices leads back to Iran. Iran denies involvement.
Throughout 2006: Both casualties from the devices, and the evidence linking  them to Iran increase sharply during 2006.
December 20, 2006: The US announces that it is moving a second carrier group to the Gulf  “in a display of military resolve toward Iran.”
December 21, 2006: US forces raid the Baghdad compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, a Shia leader, and arrest two senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Quds Force including Brig. Gen. Amir Mohsen Shirazi.
January 10, 2007
: President Bush addresses the nation saying, in part:
“Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces…”
January 11, 2007: A US led raid on a consular office in Irbil, Iraq leads to the capture of six Iranians.
January 20, 2007: Five US soldiers are kidnapped and later killed. Investigators report “this raid appears to have been directed and executed by the Qods Force branch of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps.”
February 6, 2007: Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad is kidnapped by 30 gunmen wearing the uniforms of a special Iraqi army unit that often works with United States military forces in Iraq.
February 7, 2007: Gen. Alireza Asgari disappears from his hotel room in Istanbul, Turkey. He is believed to have defected to the US.
February 8, 2007: Gen. Soltani — said to have intimate knowledge of foreign intelligence operations — travels to Bandar Abbas and then disappears.
February 11, 2007: At an intelligence briefing in Bagdad, the Pentagon puts on display weapons captured in Iraq with Iranian markings and the next day a cache of more than 100 fifty-calibre sniper rifles manufactured in Austria and sold legally to Iran is discovered in Iraq. The rifles cost nearly $20,000 each.
Early February: Fox News reports: “Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has fled his Baghdad stronghold for the friendly confines of Iran’s capital.”
March 23, 2007:  Lt Col Justin Maciejewski tells the BBC that while he had no “smoking gun” to prove Iranian interference in Basra, local community leaders informed him that Iranian agents were paying local men 500 US dollars a month to carry out attacks and providing them with sophisticated modern weapons.

Later the same day: Fifteen British Navy personnel taken at gunpoint by Iranian forces off the coast of Iraq.


By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

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While Tony Blair Speaks Softly….

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

 America waves her big stick. ( from towncommons.blogspot.com):

 "Some none too subtle messages are being air mailed to Iran today. The first and loudest was this morning’s ‘surprise’ announcemnt from the U.S. Navy:

    The US navy said on Tuesday it is staging major war games in the Gulf with two aircraft carriers for the first time since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, at a time of heightened tension with Iran.
    The manoeuvres involve the USS John C. Stennis, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and their battle groups.

Responding to the kidnapping of the 15 British soldiers, Blair and Bush seemed to be  borrowing a page from  Theodore Roosevelt   "big stick" school of diplomacy –  first articulated by him in 1901 with the slogan,  "speak softly and carry a big stick."  I  wonder if Ahmadinejad is listening,  or even cares. He  and the Iranian mullahs seem to prefer the game of "chicken" or russian roulette.

inside every bully is a snivelling coward!

By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Listened to the ‘perfect twerp’ voice of Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons Education select committee speaking on the ‘Today’ programme this a.m., as he struggled to justify the conclusions of the report on Bullying which his committee has just published. He prattled on about how the anti-bullying policies with inclusion of students was working, and how there was a very small proportion of pupils which suffered the attention of bullies, and whilst everything was not rosy and pink-tinted, there was every evidence of reaching the plateau of happiness; and all the other liberal, knee-jerk statements which avoid the plain unvarnished truth. That truth of course is that the only thing which deters bullies is physical violence against them in return for the anguish they perpetrate upon others!

My eldest boy was bullied in the first year of his secondary education, and it was not only verbal, it was mental and physical bullying of the worst kind. Once I learned of these acts, I took time off work one morning, visited the school and told the headmaster plainly that he was failing in his duty of care to my children, and unless the attacks ceased forthwith, I would be taking legal steps against the school, it’s governors and staff collectively! Fortunately I was able to supply the names of the three ring-leaders in reply to the queries of the headmaster, and the next morning, at assembly, the three culprits were paraded on to the hall dais, named, and after a very firm speech from the principal, all were given six stripes with a three-foot long cane! The same treatment was further promised to any other pupil who was found to be guilty of these cowardly acts. The result was almost miraculous, my son bloomed, he no longer feared going to school, his tormentors were zip-lipped around him and I was congratulated by many during a parents evening at the school.

Oh, I almost forgot, I lived in South Africa, which is why we literally got a result! Can anyone imagine a similar outcome in this oh-so-tolerant, over-legislated and -burdened country of Britain?


By ATWadmin On March 27th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Samuel has already covered the honourable resignation of DUP MEP Jim Allister but there is one thing I wanted to add. If you check out the BBC coverage you can detect knifes being driven into his back. First note the bold decontextualised assertion that he opposes "power-sharing". He does not. Nor do I. He opposes power sharing with terrorists. Next the BBC suggests that Allister is the sort of man who regularly splits with Paisley. He is not. He had a profound disagreement with the DUP leader in the late 1980’s because – gasp would you believe it – Paisley executed u-turns back then too. Then it was over the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Just watch the MSM do its best to run down the import of this decision. I hope others follow Jim and leave the rancid wreck of the DUP.