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Auntie Says Goodbye to Saddam

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 10:29 pm

If anyone was awake in the early hours of this morning as I was, they will have had the opportunity to witness the contrasting analytical styles of Sky News and BBC News 24 as they brought us the joyous news that Saddam’s neck had just been extended another 8 inches.  Whilst the former concentrated on the years of his brutal rule and the numerous atrocities carried out on his orders, Auntie was busying herself searching through the journalistic woodwork for anyone who opposed the sentence on ‘human rights grounds’, or ‘compassionate grounds’, or who believed the whole trial was something of a farce.  As the day progressed we had John Simpson telling us how Saddam’s unflinching lack of emotion, nay, veritable bravery, on the gallows would be seen as an energising rally to all those who continue to kill Iraqis and Allies alike to further his legacy.

I repeat: why are we compelled by law to pay money to fund the innate stomach-churning bias of this supposedly ‘politically neutral’ behemoth of insipid Leftism?

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If only he had watched Jaws!

Bombs Midnight Pardon?

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 10:02 pm

Any normal political party in a given democratic situation would give their support to the police and institutions of the State in which they live as a matter of necessity.  However, in Ulster, we are not dealing with a normal political party.  Nor are we talking about government ministers with any semblance of moral perspective.  Thus, it is entirely right for the pro-Union majority to ask what concessions (and there will have been some, you can mark my words) have been given in order for the IRA to assent to conditionally supporting the PSNI (‘conditionally’ refers to the inevitable reality as opposed to the cheap words uttered by this collective scat)?

Have members of the government been doing a bit of Monty Pythonesque ‘nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, squire’ on the vexed issue of on-the-runs?  Let me make one thing clear: these terrorists cowardly hiding from the reach of justice should be treated in exactly the same way as Mr Tikrit was treated at 3am this morning.  Why should they be accommodated in order for the Provos to accept what parties who can honestly claim to be constitutional accept as their duty?  We all know the IRA is split from top-to-bottom on this issue and Adams will be desperate to obtain notable ‘goodies’ in order for the anticipated gaggle of the worst plebs in the British Isles to give a cursory nod to the role the Provos have envisaged for themselves as it, in truth, will be to hollow out the PSNI from within.

Many of those hiding in the metaphorical Irish pig pens from the reaches of the judicial system are guilty of denying the right of unfettered life to a great number of people.  There is absolutely no reason why the United Kingdom should permit these animals to return peaceably as an incentive to evoke cheap and, ultimately, meaningless platitudes from a bunch of terrorists and murderers.

Saturday’s Marx Quote – 30.12.06

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 9:59 pm

‘She’s a case of arrested development. With her kind of development, someone’s sure to get arrested.’

On This Day…30.12

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 9:51 pm

1887 – A petition, signed by more than 1 million women in Britain, is sent to Queen Victoria calling for public houses to be closed on Sundays.

1903 – More than 500 people perish in a fire at a theatre in Chicago.

1932 – In Britain, the completion of the electrification of the London to Brighton railway line.

1985 – Arab terrorists kill 12 people in attacks on check-in desks of the Israeli airline El Al at Rome and Vienna airports.

1990 – Albanian Jews are given permission to leave the country and emigrate to Israel.

1993 – Israel and the Vatican agree to establish full diplomatic ties.

 

“for those in peril on the sea!”

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 2:56 pm

795151-612155-thumbnail.jpgThey that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.


Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV

The darkness amidst the light

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 12:50 pm

255px-Korean_peninsula_at_night.jpgRead a small snip about how Kim Jong-IL, the premier, head lad and all-round good sport of North Korea has announced a week of celebrations of the birth and works of Mozart. This departure from the usual round of stirring music with titles such as “Let’s Support our Supreme Commander with Arms” is raising eyebrows in PyongYang, but, as it’s the Supreme Leader’s desire, the eyebrow raising will only go so far! Not only a Mozart fan, Kim JongIL is no mean sportsman, having hit no less than eleven holes-in-one during his first round of golf!

Wry smiles apart at the lunacy which normally surrounds this dangerous smiling fool, we should just feel a little sorrow for the millions who labour in silence so this puny clown with the intellect of a gnat can prance around on the world stage, brandishing his nuclear explosive technology and (pro rata) the world’s largest standing army as his entry cards to the ‘2007 class of the great and the good’!

The photograph depicts a satellite image of the Korean peninsula, and highlights the difference between the capitalist South and the totalitarian North. Readers have to make their own minds up as to which is the more successful, or indeed acceptable, of the two economies!

Memo to George W.:- Howzabout a spot of regime-change? 

Strange indeed is the silence from just about all left-leaning commentators on the crushing dictatorship which gives a tiny fraction of it’s inhabitants the good life, and the huge majority of North Koreans the dregs which that same fraction discards on the dust!

 

Goodbye, Saddam

By ATWadmin On December 30th, 2006 at 12:11 pm

sadd hanging.jpgThis morning at 6 a.m local time Saddam Hussein paid the ultimate penalty for his brutal reign in Iraq. 

As the world reacts, there will be those that oppose the death penalty in all instances who will condemn the Iraqi authorities, there will be those that mourn the death of an ally.  Whereas his death will not resolve the on-going civil strife plaguing Iraq, there’s no reason to think it will make things worse.  For those elements of the insurgency with links to the Ba’athists, this must surely weaken their resolve.  Whatever happens in Iraq now, one possibility has been removed today.

The Bells of Saint Clemency

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 5:39 pm

Don’t they make you sick to the pit of your stomach?  Whilst the US maintains consistency by welcoming the impending execution of Saddam Hussein, various European governments and individual politicians have reacted with a breathtaking degree of moral pusillanimity.  Take Marco Pannella, of Italy’s Radical Party, as a prime example. He is prepared to participate in a hunger strike over the decision to despatch the former Iraqi leader.


What is it with these people?  Where were types like Pannella when Saddam and the host of other dictators and juntas around the world were killing their own people en masse?  Former Provo lickspittle, John Hume used to say that ‘an eye for an eye left everyone blind’.  That’s all eyewash.  The truth in life is that if you turn the other cheek, your enemy will slap that one as well!!


Saddam is responsible for 2.5 million deaths in Iraq.  It is right, just and proper that he should serve his penance away from this world – a world where the international community would have to pay for his incarceration, and where every day would run the risk of him being sprung from his penitentiary.  Why should others have to shoulder that burden?

Talking Point – 29.12.06

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 5:28 pm

‘If human beings were birds, the most common species would be the shitehawk.’  Discuss.

On This Day…29.12

By ATWadmin On December 29th, 2006 at 4:54 pm

1170 – Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, is murdered in his own cathedral by four knights believing they are acting on direct orders from King Henry II.

1675 – In Britain, Parliament orders the closing of all coffee houses believing they are centres of malicious gossip about the Government.

1890 – The Massacre at Wounded Knee – the last major battle between US troops and native American Indians.

1940 – London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the exploding bombs engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a valiant indifference to the bombs falling around them and saved much of the city from destruction. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the capital’s unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain.

1973 – President Ferdinand Marcos ends his elected term but continues to rule the Philippines.

1997 – Dawn Alford, of the Daily Mirror, who claimed a Cabinet Minister’s son had sold her drugs, is arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. The Daily Mirror protests to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw.