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Taking a Stand

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 2:56 pm

Do I honestly think Bob McCartney will win enough votes to severely dent the DUP’s electoral ego?  Sadly, no!  Do I therefore think it is right he is standing on an anti-St Andrews Agreement ticket with a view to garnering as much opposition as possible?  Absolutely!

Paisley’s new turncoats have blasted Bob’s decision to seek election on that basis.  They claim he could get enough support to fracture the pro-Union vote and possibly allow the IRA to become the largest party in the Assembly.  What sort of basis is that by which to conduct democracy?  There are people out there who, like me, oppose giving the IRA anything other than their just desserts in an execution chamber.  These are people who cannot, and will not, be bought off by the niceties of government seduction.  We need to have more principle in today’s society – in both politicians and the public alike.  There are too many out there who wouldn’t know ‘principle’ if it forced an innocent delivery driver to steer a lorry full of explosives to an Army barracks in Londonderry….(the IRA did exactly that back in 1990).  This is an account of that evil as posted on the Missing Persons-Ireland website:

‘While his family was held hostage in their Londonderry home, Patrick Gillespie, RC, 42, married, 3 children was forced to drive a car loaded with a bomb into the Buncrana Road checkpoint in Coshquin. The explosion killed Patsy as well as 5 young soldiers from the Kings Regiment. Stephen Burrows 30, from Blackpool. He left behind a wife and a 3 year old son. Stephen Beachem, 20, from Warrington, Cheshire, Vincent Scott, 21, from Walton, Liverpool, David Sweeney, 19, from Widnes, Cheshire, Paul Worrall, 23, from Runcorn, Cheshire.  As the bomb exploded, gunmen opened fire from the safe haven across the border. Four years earlier Patsy had narrowly escaped death when he was forced to drive another human bomb to a local Army base. RC Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly accused the IRA of "crossing a new threshold of evil" 17 civilians were injured in the attack.’

There are thousands of people like the Gillespie family.  And they’re not just names.  For them, the sentence imposed upon them by the brutal, evil b***ards of the IRA will never end.  That is why those who find this whole episode sickening to the pit of their stomachs need somebody like Bob McCartney to speak for them.  Bob is not doing this for the money (I, as someone who has had tea at his lovely home on several occasions, will testify, he certainly DOES NOT need the money).  He doesn’t want the fame (he is already a widely-known figure in Ulster politics).  He is opposing Paisley on principle.  In a world driven by the conveniences that power and money bring, I think far too many have forgotten what principle entails.


‘Just the Average Savage’

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2006 at 1:38 pm

america in iraq.jpegI’d like to direct your attention to a posting from the American MilBlogger known as Blackfive, in which he highlights the thoughts, actions and worries of an Infantry Regular as he goes through his days in the maelstrom which is Baghdad!


He talks about the frustrations of operating under Rules of Engagement which seem to have been designed by a company of lawyers acting FOR lawyers, and unfortunately have the effect of making sure that soldiers are thoroughly confused when attempting to carry out their duties!

He asks if America, (and of course through our own involvement, Britain) is ready to give the word? There is of course a choice of words, and those are again, simple; one is LEAVE, and the other is FIGHT! I know which of the two I would choose, what would your choice be?



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.


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???


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????


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. 


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.


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.


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.