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Iran update

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 10:11 am

Iran has been busy in recent months:

The soldiers who were there still talk about the September 7 firefight on the Iran-Iraq border in whispers…Fearing abduction by the Iranians, U.S. troops moved to go anyway, and fighting broke out. Army officials say the Iranian troops fired first with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and that U.S. troops fell further back into Iraqi territory, while four Iraqi army soldiers, one interpreter and one Iraqi border guard remained in the hands of the Iranians.

Iran has sent a letter of complaint to Britain today (Sunday) alleging a shooting incident last week outside the Iranian consul in Iraq. Britain has denied any aggressive action, saying the shooting was an exchange of gunfire after British troops on a foot patrol near the Iranian consulate were ambushed.  In the note, Iran reportedly asked Britain to prevent such actions in the future and to respect international laws regarding diplomatic buildings, according to IRNA.

Is Iran trying to provoke a war? Or punch its way out of a corner heaping allegations of aggression onto the US and UK? They are unafraid to provoke fights with anyone it seems. Which is why i think proceed with caution (keep all your options) and continue to isolate them internationally rather than allow them to divide opinion.  They seem keen to play the propaganda war, with a weak Bush and Blair in situ, over their international isolation on nuclear ambitions.


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 9:26 am

The ongoing destruction of our Education system under the radical egalitarianism espoused by NuLabour continues apace with the news that some of Britain’s leading universities are secretly operating selection schemes that can discriminate against applicants from good state or independent schools.

Internal documents show that six of the 20 elite Russell Group universities are identifying applicants from schools with poor exam results or from deprived areas based on their postcode. Admissions tutors are then ADVISED TO FAVOUR THEM over equally well-qualified candidates from better schools or backgrounds. The schemes, revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, are evidence that universities are attempting to socially engineer their intakes. It follows government pressure to increase the number of students from poorer backgrounds.

In truth this is ALL about social engineering, filling Universities with those who the GOVERNMENT decides are the "right" sort of students even if their academic performance is woeful. The UK is crying out for Independent Universities, free from the taint of Government money, universities which offer students with ability the chance to perform and to attain meaningful qualifications. Meanwhile the State Universities churn out third rate graduates with nth rate Degrees.


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 9:11 am

mcguiness.jpgIRA Godfather of godfathers, Martin McGuinness, (far left)has triumphantly declared that following the DUP decision to work with him and his colleagues "nothing can now stop the process."

But what does Mr McGuinness see as the objective of the process? Simple, he sees the dissolving of the Union between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and the creation of a United Ireland as the end of the process which Paisley has signed up to. That is WHY republicans and their media handmaidens have been so jubilant over the past week and why some DUP stalwarts now appear retrospectively shocked. But allow me to posit a different perspective; might it be that the NEW  "pragmatic" DUP ALSO shares the same endgame conclusion as McGuinness and it merely seeks to establish as much political power for itself as possible so its members will be well looked after, with some token power, in a 32 county Republic. Is it possible that the DUP and UUP are now clearly post-Unionist in their outlook, little Ulster Nationalists who will happily sell out the Union they profess loyalty to in the name of realpolitik and the chance of a power block in the Irish Parliament?


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 8:59 am

Wonder what you make of the news that Ministers are preparing a compromise deal to allow..ahem.. Iran to save face and release its 15 British hostages by promising that the Royal Navy will never knowingly enter Iranian waters without permission? Apparently there are plans to send a Royal Navy captain or commodore to Teheran, as a special envoy of the Government, to deliver a public assurance that officials hope will end the diplomatic standoff. Such wise owls we have. eh?

If you read this pathetic editorial from the Sunday Telegraph you will see how those who want to see the UK politically uncouple from the US are taking advantage of the sitation. Their logic goes something like this. Britain cannot respond to military aggression from the likes of Iran therefore if we become more "European" in our foreign policy strategies (ie, craven) then we may not be seen as a prized target by the Mullahs. The Bully might leave us alone if we whimper in the corner of the political schoolyard. Sorry, but this is just plain gutless and will not work. What we want to do is become closer to the US, the one Nation capable of sending the Mullans and the rest of the Islamofascists network to paradise ahead of schedule.


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 8:46 am

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the anti-British anti-Americanism that permeates the left in the UK. I was reading this article in the Independent which produces a new study that makes the assertion that the rise in infant mortality rate in the UK is linked to…yes, you guessed it, "inequality"! David Collison, who led the study, said:

"All the Anglo-American countries do pretty badly. It is clear that inequality is linked to the poor position of the UK and elsewhere"  

No, what is clear is that there are legions of leftists out there who will take any statistic, no matter how poignant, and use it as a way to attack our capitalist system. Collison and his ilk seem determined to find ways to produce more "equality" by ensuring that Government taxes the hell out of the top 20% of earners. This is socialism in disguise, wrapped up in statistical incoherence, but none the less pernicious for it.


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 8:34 am

Unionists are reeling at the BREAKING news that DUP Leader Ian Paisley has performed another spectacular change of direction. Last week, his Party agreed to share power with terrorists but now ATW can exclusively reveal that Dr Paisley has decided to convert from Free Presbyterianism to Islam. In future he wishes to be known as Sheikh Hanswithkillers and his close associates insist that this is a victory for the Freee Presbyterian Church. Allahu Akhbar.


By ATWadmin On March 31st, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Here we go, Saturday night and a glorious cover song. It’s got a link to last evening’s offering, can you work it out? 


By ATWadmin On March 31st, 2007 at 8:11 pm

British Foreign Secretary Margaret a Beckett has roled up her sleeves and weighed in on the kidnapped British sailors issue. Mrs Beckett has confirmed that a British diplomatic note had been sent to the Iranians. "I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen. What we want is a way out of it – we want it peacefully and we want it as soon as possible."  Baaaaaaaaaaa.. !

Meanwhile, a group of some 700 peace loving civilised people staged a brief demonstration in the Iranian capital Friday against the U.K. and the 15 U.K. sailors being held by Iran. Leaving Tehran University campus after Friday prayers (What better time?) the protesters "spontaneously" walked a few hundred meters down the road chanting "Death to Britain!" and "We condemn the British invasion!"


By ATWadmin On March 31st, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Did you see  that a New York art gallery has decided to cancel an exhibit of a chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ after protests by a US Catholic group? The six-foot (1.8m) sculpture, entitled "My Sweet Lord", depicts a naked Jesus Christ with his arms outspread. The sculpture, by artist Cosimo Cavallaro, was to have been displayed from Monday at Manhattan’s Lab Gallery. The timing, over Easter Holy Week – the most important part of the Christian year – provoked an outcry. The Roger Smith Hotel housing the Lab gallery decided to cancel the exhibition after the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called for a boycott.

Not sure how I feel about it. Clearly it is an outrage, designed to provoke, to insult, and Christ is a popular target. But on the other hand, we aren’t intolerant Muslims who go crazy the minute anyone says a word of criticism about our Lord. Jesus Christ is bigger than a poxy chocolate statue and giving publicity to Cavallero is probably the worst thing to do. I’m looking forward to this same "brave" artist producing a Muhammed shaped sweets for kids, Prophet pralines…?


By ATWadmin On March 31st, 2007 at 2:50 pm

It’s a beautiful Spring day here in Northern Ireland. Gardens are being manicured, flowers are beginning to bloom with daffodils and crocuses everywhere, birds are even building a nest in a tree right in my front lawn. Just got back from visiting my dad, who is slowly dying and I couldn’t help but reflect upon the contrast of Spring heralding new life whilst other life has to come to an end. It’s the way of the world, I guess, but somehow days like this make me feel worse. Odd, isn’t it?