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The Left and Its ‘Acceptable’ Dictators

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 8:25 am

If I walked down the street wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘I love Hitler’ emblazoned on it, I doubt whether I’d make it 100 yards before, rightly, being insulted or assaulted.  However, if I replaced the word ‘Hitler’ with the word ‘Stalin’,  I suspect most people would not bat an eyelid.  There are obvious similarities between the two.  The cooperated with each other during the early years of WWII; and they ruled their respective territories with an iron fist.  The main difference is the number of people they were responsible for killing.  In that league there is no comparison.  Stalin presided over 50 million deaths, approximately twice the number that Hitler did.

So why would there be a different public reaction to my hypothetical prank?  The answer lies in the media and political consensuses which have a crafty knack of presenting dictators in different ways depending upon whether they hail from the Left or Right of the political spectrum.  Those who inhabit the moral confusion that is Left-wing thought follow slavishly in their wake.  Thus the death of someone like General Pinochet is to be celebrated, whilst the activities of those who were equal and superior in terms of their negative impact are either excused or ignored.  How many know of such names of Jean-Bedel Bokassa or Colonel Mengistu?   The former gave, inter alia, the order for the massacre of 100 schoolchildren in the Central African Republic because they refused to wear the government-decreed uniform; the latter murdered thousands in Ethiopia.  What do they have in common?  A commitment to Marxist ideology.  As for Idi Amin, the most famous act the media remember him for was the expulsion of the Ugandan Indians.  Even Mugabe’s brutal excesses managed to be airbrushed by the Left who see his evil rule as a consequence of ‘British imperialism’.

As David has pointed out, this week saw the passing of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet.  Chile has always been, for me, the most interesting country politically in the Americas.  It is the South American nation with the closest historical ties to the United Kingdom.  It’s first president was the son of an Irish immigrant from Sligo (then part of the Union); its navy was founded by a Scotsman; its roads, railways and much of its agricultural practices were taught by the British – not the Spanish.  Even today 1-in-10 Chileans has some ancient family connection to Britain.  Pinochet was, without doubt, an evil man whose agents of assassination spread far and wide to catch those who opposed him.  Dissenters were hunted down and killed in places as far afield as Italy.  But he pales into insignificance compared with the numbers killed by Castro.

So why the contrast in media approach?  You cannot use the terms of Pinochet’s accession to justify the difference.  Plenty of Left-wing dictators also overcame mandated rule.  It is because the mists of Leftist ‘working hero’ romanticism always come to the fore when excusing the likes of Castro.  Invoking the image of working class resistance has the same impact on Left wing thought as Islam does on suicide bombers.  For many on the Left, death is always excusable when the aim is the ’emancipation of the labouring classes’.  The irony that escapes them today is the fact that Chile has a market economy and an average annual income of nearly $6,000 – thanks largely to the free market practices introduced by Pinochet; whilst Cuba is so secretive and so poor it doesn’t even release its GNI figures to the World Bank, but is widely viewed as having an average annual income less than one-sixth of that!!!  Pinochet killed 3,700; Castro killed 20,000.  Figures like that can really make you choke on your Socialist Workers Party dinner, can’t they?

On This Day…13.12

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 8:18 am

1784 – Death of Dr Samuel Johnson, British writer and lexicographer, aged 74.

1867 – In London, 12 people are killed when Irish terrorists blow up the outer wall of Clerkenwell Prison in an attempt to rescue a jailed colleague.

1903 – Ice Cream cones patented by Italo Marcione of New York.

1939 – Start of the Battle of the River Plate when British warships attack the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee. The battle finishes when the captain of the Graf Spee scuttles his ship at the entrance to Montevideo harbour.

1967 – A military coup in Greece overthrows the monarchy – King Constantine flees to Rome with his family.

1973 – British Government orders a 3-day working week following an Arab oil embargo and industrial action by the country’s miners.

AMERICA’S WORST EVER PRESIDENT…..

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 7:23 am

jimmy_carter_turkey.jpgYes, I know I posted about Jimmy Carter the other day, but I was most impressed with Rich Lowry’s take on Carter’s recent musings…

Jimmy Carter brings a Christian perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Unfortunately, it is the same Christian perspective as a drunken Mel Gibson, obsessed with heaping blame on the Jews…

The book marks Carter’s further disgraceful descent from ineffectual president and international do-gooder to apologist for the worst Arab tendencies. “It is imperative,” Carter writes, “that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.” In the meantime, presumably, the slaughter of Jews can continue.

Israel can’t be so blithe about the murder of its citizens, which is why it built the security fence. Carter calls it an “imprisonment wall,” but it has been effective in preventing Palestinian terrorists from blowing people to bits — the kind of attacks Carter characterizes as “(unfortunate) for the peace process.” Twice recently, Israel has vacated occupied land, in Southern Lebanon and Gaza, only to see attacks against it launched from those same territories. But Carter always finds a way to point a finger at Israel…

 

I was trying to decide who is America’s leading anti-Semite, genial Jimmy Carter or wise James "F*** the Jews" Baker. Both men seem to have had a resurgence in popularity with the MSM recently…a worrying portent of things to come???

GAY RIGHTS SUPREME…

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 7:07 am

burdenSWNS121206_228x330.jpgI was disgusted to read that two elderly spinster sisters face the agony of selling the home they have shared for 40 years when one of them dies – after judges ruled they are not entitled to the same rights as gay and lesbian couples.

Joyce and Sybil Burden, who have lived together all their lives, argued they should be spared inheritance tax in the same way as married couples, or homosexuals who form a civil partnership. But yesterday the oxymoronic European Court of Human Rights threw out their case, by a 4-3 verdict, landing them with a £10,000 legal bill and facing certain future heartbreak.

Here we see the true menace of so-called "Equality legislation" framed by the homosexual lobby and embraced by the liberal intelligentsia. It seems whilst the all people are equal, but gay and lesbians are more equal than others.

Maybe these two sisters should claim to be Lesbians in order not to lose their home when one passes away????

HEY MR TALIBAN…..

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 6:59 am

Consider this.

Killing a teacher is no problem as long as they have received a warning and a solid beating, but taking a beardless boy into your private quarters or spending money without your commander’s permission is likely to cause big trouble. These are just three of the 30 rules the Taleban ruling council have insisted their fighters follow in Afghanistan. (Bizarrely, they also demand that their Jihadi refrain from smoking….1-0 to the health fascists!)

And just so you are clear on the matter, Kim Howells, the UK Minister of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs, favours negotiations with Taliban supporters.

 

"We’ve got to open those back channels and talk to people and try to win them over through the logic and the force of our arguments."

 

Win over people who consider murdering teachers to be fair game? Good luck with that one Kim.

Hat-tip to the eagle-eyed ATW reader for the story. 

SCOTTISH MUSLIM LEADER COMPARES BRITS TO NAZIS….

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 6:10 am

saeed.jpgDid you see that one of Scotland’s most prominent "moderate" Muslims has compared the treatment of Muslims in Britain to that of Jews in Nazi Germany? 

Osama Saeed has compared the “sustained barrage of verbal abuse being aimed at Muslims” in Britain today to the state-sponsored persecution of Jews in prewar Germany. Saeed is the Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain and a former Scottish National Party candidate. “Hitler was a product of German society, where anti-Semitic attitudes had existed unchecked for decades. We have got to listen and learn from what happened there and be vigilant,” Saeed said.

Erm, did the Jews in prewar Germany conduct barbaric suicide bombing attacks on civilians? Did a large % of Jews demand that Germany accept the Halakhah? Did the Jews in Germany demand the decapitation of anyone who took issue with their faith? I don’t think so. Once again we witness an attempt by a prominent Muslim in Britain to claim victim status, even as we count the increasing victims of Islamic terrorism all around the world.

POLE DANCING FOR CHILDREN…..

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 6:03 am

poledancing_bbc203.jpgWhat do you make of the news that a Northumberland fitness instructor has defended plans to teach children as young as 12 how to pole dance?

Laraine Riddell will start classes in the New Year at a gym in Choppington, in which boys and girls will be taught to spin up and down on a pole. Ms Riddell insists the classes are nothing but good exercise for children who are at risk of obesity. But the children’s charity Kidscape, said pole dancing was traditionally linked to erotic acts in clubs and was therefore inappropriate as a form of exercise.

The last time I posted on the inappropriate use of Pole Dancing, a lady who teaches such dancing put up a pretty decent defence of the practise as a form of exercise, without the sexual overtones. I can almost buy that as far as adults are concerned but NOT when it comes to 12 year olds. This initiative should be knocked on the head, it’s unhealthy and Kidscape call it right.

NOT SO GREEN…..

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 1:53 pm

Oh dear! The amount of Irish energy-related carbon waste released into the atmosphere last year was up more than 50% on the 1990 level, according to new figures out today.

Sustainable Energy Ireland says energy use in Ireland resulted in 47 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2005. This was the highest level since 2001 and is being blamed on the growing demand for energy, coupled with the increased use of coal and peat in electricity generation.

Given some of the pious bleatings about the onerous obligations of everyone to sign up to "Kyoto" from Ahern and co, isn’t this an example of gross Irish political hypocrisy? I’m sure many ordinary Irish people are much more sensible about this issue than the attention-heading politicos, but then again, the brass neck of those like Ahern never ceases to amaze.

UKIP WINNING CONSERVATIVE VOTES….

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:44 am

795151-533392-thumbnail.jpgThe Times reports that Conservative popularity at the polls has fallen to its lowest point since April, with the UK Independence Party being the primary beneficiary of switching Conservative voters. Not surprisingly really. The entire Cameron strategy is about triangulating via the MSM and gaining left of centre votes by appearing to abandon traditional Conservative policies. The cynical calculation at the heart of Call Me Dave’s strategy is that true blue Tories will still turn out and vote for his Party, regardless. BIG mistake in my view! It seems to me that virtually every traditional Conservative I know is so horrified by Cameron’s liberal agenda that they will happily lend their vote to the likes f the UKIP or not vote at all. Choosing a photogenic leader whose political principles last no longer than a Marks and Spencer sandwich was a very poor judgement call, egged on by the MSM who HATE Conservatism.

UP THE NORTH POLE…..

By ATWadmin On December 12th, 2006 at 11:25 am

It’s the end of the world as we know it folks! 

Today’s global warming scare story is that the Arctic "may" be close to a tipping point that sees all-year-round ice disappear very rapidly in the next few decades, some US scientists have warned.  The latest data presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting suggests the ice is no longer showing a robust recovery from the summer melt. Last month, the sea that was frozen covered an area that was two million sq km less than the historical average. The sea ice reached its minimum extent this year on 14 September, making 2006 the fourth lowest on record in 29 years of satellite record-keeping and just shy of the all time minimum of 2005.

Wow – the lowest in 29 years. But hang on a second, this little bout of msm hysteria is all based on SATELLITE imagery. Er, you see the problem, don’t you?

Satellite observations from the late ’70’s show a decrease in the total area of the Arctic ice cap — but area alone doesn’t mean anything. It’s the VOLUME of ice that matters, and to figure that out, scientists need to know how thick the ice is. American submarines have made measurements of ice thickness since 1958, but to be useful these measurements have to be made at exactly the same place, at exactly the same time of year, over a period of many years. At best, there are only 29 locations — throughout the entire Arctic — where useful comparisons can be made. These few locations are the whole basis for the claim that the ice caps are melting.

According to Greg Holloway, a scientist with the Institute of Ocean Sciences in British Columbia, the total Arctic ice loss is closer to 12 percent, of which maybe 3 percent can be attributed to warmer global temperatures. His conclusion: This small reduction is well within the range of natural variability and may have nothing to do with global warming. Odd how the media don’t run stories flagging up the notion that the polar cap may be doing just fine, isn’t it?