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RUN AWAY…..

By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2007 at 6:57 am

So, at a time when US President George W Bush sends thousands of more troops to Iraq, UK PM Tony Blair announces a timetable that will see thousands of British troops withdraw from Iraq. Apparently half the UK force there will be "home by Christmas" (Heard that one before). I’m sure the Jihadists in Iraq are jumping for joy this morning at Blair’s cowardice and political opportunism. The steady drumbeat of spineless surrender rings loud.

The MSM want us out of Iraq. The political left want us out of Iraq. The Jihadists want us out of Iraq. The remnants of Saddam’s mafia want us out of Iraq. So, now Blair gives them a thumbs up and provides the timetable for withdrawal that is required. The message will be well understood.

“As ye sow…..”

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 6:44 pm


Just finished reading a novel by Jodi Picoult entitled “My Sister’s Keeper”, and thought it was not too often that fiction mirrors fact so absolutely! Briefly, the story revolves around the legal trials generated by a ten-year-old girl, born as a direct result of genetic screening and embryo selection, so that she might act as a saviour to her sister, who has a virulent type of leukaemia. She rebels against the constant intrusive and painful procedures which all, of course, are designed to aid her sister; as the parents have never even contemplated the possibility that the younger sister might object!

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave approval some two years ago for a couple to attempt a pregnancy based on tissue-typing in order to relieve a debilitating illness being suffered by a young family member. The treatment would involve the transplantation of blood cells from the placental cord, and as such, would not involve painful invasive procedures such as those depicted within the novel; and as of now, the parents have not succeeded in delivering a full-term baby, as the mother has suffered a series of miscarriages. There have been other trials and other births as well!

Some time back, I myself mentioned within a piece named ‘First do no Harm’, that my sister died at the age of sixteen from leukaemia, and nowadays that illness can be quite often either relieved or cured by a bone-marrow transplant. If the knowledge and technology had been in existence fifty years ago, I, along with my brothers, would no doubt have been queuing to volunteer to check compatibility, but, and there is the point, we were all born before my sister, and it would have been our choice as to whether the transplant would be possible! To attempt to conceive a child for the purpose of either the relief of suffering, or the possibility of a future transplant, is a terrible thing to behold!

I realise that all has been done from the best of all motives, and as the placental cord blood was envisaged as the transplant route, there would have been no further invasive surgery, but I end by quoting from an Anti-Abortion group named Life, who commented upon the original House of Lords decision by stating:-

“"Today’s decision from the House of Lords takes us further down the slippery slope in creating human beings to provide spare parts for another.

"The best of ends, namely to cure a sick child, does not justify the means."

 

A REFLECTIVE THOUGHT…

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

The following post was sent in by regular ATW commentator Ernest Young. I think it’s good to take a moment out from the hurly-burly and reflect on what he has to say….

A thought sparked by an on-line conversation with another ATW regular, Colm, on how we oft times write comments to ‘get at’ the writer of a post, not so much in disagreement to the post’s content, but rather in the manner in which it is
presented.

Hold your hand up if you are not guilty of doing just that!…..as I see no hands, I take it that we are all at least a little guilty.

Of course, in the written word, especially at the level at which we practise the art, it is easy to convey the wrong impression, (You are not kidding there Ernest! DV) and thereby give offence, which in face-to-face conversation would probably not happen, given that most people do have some sort of respect for others, or the environment in which they meet, or maybe they just cannot run very fast. This natural restraint does appear to be easily lost in the colloquial, conversational environment of the blog, probably due to the style set by some of the more notorious early runners in the field, where there was little or no editorial oversight, and offensive language was more the norm than the exception.

I was struck with the similarity between the ‘blogging with comments’ environment, and the playing of games such as ‘Second Life’. In both we adopt an alter ego, and are basically role playing, whether we use our real names or some
nickname, in doing so we shed some of the inhibitions or shyness which would normally control our daily, real life interactions. By taking part, we become characters in an ongoing daily drama, sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic, invariably interesting,  in other words an alternate life, where  realities are discussed, and to which we can add our own options and opinions. We all have a chance to play Walter Mitty to some degree or other.  If we don’t like one game, we can so easliy change to another.

Like characters in a novel, we are all just figments of the readers imagination, and if the writer is good, then our imagination may be akin to the writers original intention. Bad writers give bad impressions, which amounts to bad
communication, and not nescessarily bad people. If it all goes pearshaped, why then we can just click on that little cross in
the red box, and all our troubles disappear, never to be seen again, – unless – of course, we wish them to reappear.   — If only real life was that simple! 

ISRAEL – THE GREATEST THREAT TO GLOBAL PEACE!

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:54 pm

You have to hand it to the Democrats – they have developed moonbattery to an entirely new level.

Consider this question; What do YOU think is the single greatest short-term threat to world peace?

Iran?  Russia? Al Queda? Islam? A coup in Pakistan? Conflict between India and Pakstan? A complete breakdown in Iraq drawing in the Saudis, Turks, and Iranians?

No.

According to US Presidential candidate John Edwards, "Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, is the the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities."

Yes, those pesky JOOOOS are the greatest threat we face.  Thank goodness for the reason that men like Edwards bring to the table….

ENTER PRIME MINISTER CAMERON…. ?

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Betcha that Gordon Brown was not a happy camper when he read the latest poll in the Bible (Koran?)of the left, The Guardian, showing UK voters giving the Tories a clear 13-point lead when asked which party they would back in a likely contest between Mr Brown, Mr Cameron and Sir Menzies Campbell.

On this basis Super Dave Cameron will win the next election and become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Labour will be vanquished and no-one will care much about the risible Lib-Dems and the frail elderly man who defiantly leads them into..erm….oblivion!

Just one problem – it would be a disaster for authentic British Conservatism were a man like Cameron to win power. He espouses the redistribution of wealth, he plans to maintain the massive State sector Labour has created, he will keep the UK anchored in the deplorable EU, he will oppose US military intervention in the war on terror, he will impose more green taxes, he will demonstrate that he is a man of the left, leading a party that was from the right.

So, whilst I’m pleased to consider the unhappiness of dour Gordy Brown choking on his cereal this morning I do reflect that we know he is an unreconstructed leftist.

Cameron, by comparison, is a reconstructed Conservative who is rebranding leftist values as "caring Conservatism." To my mind this makes him a greater danger.

IRAN SAYS NO!

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

We’ll be discussing this in-depth on Thursday nights Tangled Talk Radio show but did you notice that Iran’s President and putative dining pal of the 13th Imam when he returns to Earth, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has rejected international calls for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, a day before a UN deadline runs out?

WHAT A SURPRISE!!!  Maddy said Iran would only do so if states seeking the suspension stopped producing nuclear fuel themselves. He added that he wanted talks on his nation’s nuclear programme, but only if no pre-conditions were imposed. In particular he insisted on his country’s inherent right to wipe Israel off the map develop nuclear fuel since everyone knows how energy deficient Iran is.

So, we’ve left with an impotent UN and a Nuke crazy Iran. What to do? Close your eyes, count to ten and hope you’re in Kansas or…….

Caption competition

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 3:38 pm

PSNI applications.bmpJim Allister’s latest Brussels Briefing (we political junkies sign up for those sort of emails!) contained this photograph will the caption “Mad Rush For PSNI Application Forms”.

It made me smile.

Can anyone think of a better caption?

equality

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Ive been following the interesting coverage on the ongoing veil debate. Weve discussed it enough here already so no need to reopen it. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Britains first muslim peer, called for a sensible and sensitive debate among Muslims on whether veils were needed in today’s society. Opposing him is Ayshah Ismail, a science teacher at Preston Muslim Girls School, who spoke in favour of Muslim woman wearing the full veil in a debate held in the Gulf state of Qatar.

It was the debate in Qatar that interested me so I had a quick look at the website. The Doha Debates are a ‘public forum for dialogue and freedom of speech in Qatar’ and are broadcast around the globe on BBC World . They have run motions such as This House believes only a new dictator can end the violence in Iraq.‘ (attended by Galloway of course), ‘This House believes that the family is a major obstacle to reform in the Arab world’, ‘This House believes that oil has been more of a curse than a blessing for the Middle East.’ and ‘This House believes that Arab women should have full equality with men‘.  Ismail already sort of underlines my belief that women are sometimes their own worst enemies and this is further reinforced by one of the speakers for the equality debate. What’s worse though is that the two main opponents of equality for arab women are from the West.

SHEIKH JIHAD BROWN (unfortunate name?) is an American Islamic scholar, a research associate for a prominent Abu Dhabi based research centre and a consultant for various Islamic projects in the region. He has lectured and taught at various Islamic intensive courses in the U.K., USA, Canada, Yemen and Sri Lanka (quelle surprise). He was born in California and is a graduate of Rutgers University.

His partner in crime is KHOLA HASSAN, chairwoman of the executive committee women’s wing of the Masjid Tawhid in London (heh), and is an author of many books and an outspoken figure on the position of women in Islam.

Khola argues against equality on the basis that feminism is at the root of all our problems:  ‘The social, moral and sexual anarchy that we are witnessing in the West at the moment I think comes straight from there’ and of course that to follow this would be to kowtow to colonial masters – and Jihad argues that there is no such thing as true equality ‘At the heart of equality is the precursor to the death of God in philosophical discourse. Our vision is a God-centred universe, whereas the vision of equality, as we said, is that man or woman does not gain her worth except as she stands up to other men’ and throws in a similar attack on ‘Coca Cola Democracy’.

So ATW. Is there ANY validity in their arguments? And how can we have a proper debate about the veil with these influences arguing against the basic givens on equality?

And Now For The Good News – Supermosque ‘will be blocked’

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Excellent news by way of the Telegraph, the Megamosque that was to be built in East London is to be ‘blocked’ by the government over concerns about the backers, the effect it’d have on community relations, and so on.

A few questions remain, though:

 – Why was a church pulled down to make way for the Olympics but a huge mosque was considered?
 – What happens when, after the Games, the moslems who moved to be near the megamosque start clamouring for it to be built now it would no longer obstruct the games?
 – I wonder if mosques can be blocked retroactively…

In the Year of the Pig

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 12:50 pm

mao-zedong-3.jpgToday marks a shameful day for London. Once a great capital, we are now reduced to charity hand-outs from Venezuela’s kleptocratic President Chavez, who likes to spread around his ill-gotten gains, and apparently cannot find any poor people in his own country.

Laughably, Maoist Livingstone will be exchanging this tainted oil for advice on “traffic management and urban planning” subjects that he is manifestly ignorant of.

Is it just me that has noticed Mayor Livingstone’s inability to speak without slurring? I wonder if he’s constantly drunk, or is it a medical condition? Even his most ardent sycophants must soon realise he is unfit for office.