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A Slow Bus to South Armagh

By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 9:55 am

It is an area of Northern Ireland I heartily recommend visiting for those who are deluded into believing the IRA and its supporters were the oppressed masses of the Troubles.  I am talking about South Armagh, a demographic stain on the Queen’s Realm.  Packed to the rafters with the big-wigs of the Provisional IRA and dotted with villages bursting at the seams with the scum who vote for them.

To some outsiders, news footage down the years can deter some from driving around the myriad of small roads that criss-cross this area of the United Kingdom.  However, the scenery is wonderful (nature is not responsible for the dross who live on it).  I had a venture through there back in 2001.  One of the biggest eye-openers is the sheer size of the rural houses in the area.  Each one looks like a cross between Southfork and Falcon Crest.  How can an area officially classed as deprived be sprinkled with some of the largest dwellings you’re likely to find outside London’s stockbroker belt?  It is because first impressions don’t do an area justice.  How many tourists have crossed South Armagh and associated the large mansions as products of an honest day’s labour?  Most I would guess.  To find out what this hidden corner of the Union is actually like, it is best to take a trip with the leader of victims’ group FAIR, Willie Frazer.

Frazer is, in my view, a bit of an eccentric character.  At the same time, he is also an honest and decent man who knows more about the calibre of the denizens of South Armagh than most.  He should do given that several members of his family were killed in cold blood by the terrorists lauded in Crossmaglen and the surrounding district by illegal monuments.  Suzanne Breen took a trip with Frazer on his South Armagh tour.  Reading her resulting article is somewhat breathtaking.  Frazer seems to know the background of each area he pauses at, and each inhabitant who swaggers along the rural lanes.  Although not mentioned here, Frazer has talked of a phenomenon I too experienced when driving through South Armagh.  When you’re driving along a country lane and pass someone walking towards you, as you pass that person will turn around and stare at your car until you are out of sight.  I have never experienced that anywhere else I’ve ever visited.  It’s almost as if the scumbags know who is part of their little omerta community and who is an outsider.  Paranoia and terrorist obsequiousness!  These guys really have issues!!

Have a browse around the Fair website and peruse through Breen’s findings.  The next time I am in Northern Ireland, I would like a meeting with Willie Frazer to be high on my agenda. 


By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 9:53 am

belfast-telegraph-logo.jpgHey Readers – did you know that A Tangled Web got a mention in the "Insider" column in the "soaraway phew wot a scorcher" Belfast Telegraph?

Yes, we are deeply honoured and indeed humbled to receive attention from this high brow journal and I wanted to share the details with you all, just in case..ahem.. you missed it.

There are some people who will still argue that far too many blog sites on the web are full of irrelevant, self-obsessed twaddle.  But they need to wake up and smell the internet cafe coffee. Take for example this recent entry in A Tangled Web, a blog site run by David Vance, right-wing unionist commentator and former ally of MLA Bob McCartney.

"Let me be the first to admit that there are three TVs in the Vance household," he revealed to the world.

"My wife has her portable set in the kitchen, there is one big TV in our family room, and a third smaller one in the drawing room. No TVs are allowed in bedrooms.

"… I don’t really enjoy TV that much, I much prefer radio – and tend to listen to it when I am driving." It’s only when you read such illuminating and enlightening material that you realise how blessed we are to live in this hi-tech age.


Such praise. Now I note that Insider omitted to mention that the comment above was put out in the context of a debate on the disturbing impacts of TV on family life, and Insider also managed to avoid mentioning that on THAT SAME DAY, ATW covered Alzheimers, reviewed Question Time, tackled age discrimination laws, questioned the role of Archbishop Robin Eames, discussed the re-write of Common Law Statutes, and dealt with the menace of teenage crime.

But back in the Belfast Telegraph-land – the BIG issue is…is ex-Big Brother contestant Orlaith McAllister pregnant? Yeah -trust the MSM to tackle the weighty topics of this era!!  

Yes – "Insider" – you stick to the " big issues" we’ll stick to the irrelevant, self-obsessed twaddle.


By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 9:24 am

gazarocket.jpgI note that the world’s most oppressed people, the Palestinians of Gaza, continue to show their willingness to embrace peace with Israel by….firing more Qassam rockets into Israel’s southern Negev region.

One rocket landed dozens of meters from Sderot’s crowded outdoor market, causing panic. Three other rockets landed in open areas. As ever the Palestinian terrorists launching this missiles like to hide behind civilians so that when Israel responds, the odds are a few innocent civilians can be killed which is great PR for our Pali pals.

Give these people a State? I wouldn’t given them a bucket. I’m afraid Palestinian society continues to demonstrate a deep seated sickness, indeed a pathological hatred of Israel, that makes it totally unfit to hold any sovereign power. Those who agitate for Palestinians to be given the status of a Nation should ask themselves what message does the sending of Qassam rockets deliver to Israel?


By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 9:13 am

euro_islam_flag.jpgInteresting to see that the European Union (along with the UN) has urged Iraq not to carry out the death sentence passed on Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein after his conviction for crimes against humanity.

“The EU opposes capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, and it should not be carried out in this case either,” says Finland, current holder of the rotating EU presidency.

That’s all very interesting EXCEPT it is none of the business of the European Union. This decision has been legally arrived at by the Iraqi judiciary, in keeping with the Iraqi constitution – itself overwhelmingly voted into place by the Iraqi people. The problem for the EU is that, JUST like the UN, it seeks to impose it’s own (absence of) morality on all nations. Of course it has no sway in Iraq but the posturing clowns of Brussels like to think otherwise.

Had the EU been around in 1945, it would undoubtedly have pleaded clemency for Hitler’s cronies even as the full horror of the Holocaust was emerging. The moral vacuum that lies at the heart of the EU is visible once more today as it pleads on behalf of the genocidal tyrant Saddam.


By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 8:14 am

loony.jpgOnly 7% of communication is verbal.  The rest consists of intonation and body language.  I have been watching the various news frontsmen at Auntie over the last couple of days as they extend their coverage of the American mid-term elections.  Beneath the thinnest of veneers of professional impartiality, there is a collective genie of schadenfreude struggling to get out.

Everything in the delivery of news coverage from the BBC on this issue is laced with barely-disguised glee by the Lefties concerned.  As well as wearing smiles broader than the Mississippi as they forecast defeats for the Republicans in Congress, loaded terms such as ‘pounding’ have become commonplace.

As well as calling into question use of appropriate terms on what should be a professional news media service, everything in the coverage of American politics on the BBC more than suggests an agenda in favour of the Democrats – either overtly or with subtlety.  So much for the charter of impartiality.

On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 8:06 am

1860 – Abraham Lincoln is narrowly elected the 16th US President.

1893 – Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, dies aged 53 after drinking unboiled water in St Petersburg during a cholera epidemic. His final and most popular work was ‘Symphony No 6, the Pathetique’.

1932 – The Nazi Party, led by Adolf Hitler, emerges as the largest single party in the German elections.

1942 – The Church of England relaxes its rule that women must wear hats in church.

1962 – The UN condemns apartheid.  The decision is a culmination of international outrage at the Sharpeville massacre, which took place two years before.

2003 – Michael Howard becomes leader of the Conservative Party.



By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 7:40 am

Did you read that a doctors’ group has called for a debate on the "mercy killing" of disabled babies?

The medical profession should examine the "active euthanasia" of desperately ill newborns, said the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology. It wants an inquiry into whether the "deliberate intervention to cause the death of an infant" should be legalised.

Quite shocking that the Royal College should wish to value the life of a disabled baby less than that of an able bodied infant. I agree with Labour MP Jim Dobbin who has compared this to the eugenics policies of the Nazis:

 "This sends the message that only the perfect are acceptable and the disabled can be discarded."


He’s eight. The Royal College has also suggested that decisions on when young babies should be killed or allowed to die should depend not only on the gravity of their condition. Its submission to an inquiry on the ethics of treatment for severely ill and disabled newborns raises the question of whether such children should be killed if they are not wanted by their parents.

This is revolting stuff and proof that science can be a real and present danger when it has no moral anchor.

Moderates Emerge?

By ATWadmin On November 5th, 2006 at 11:25 pm

2,500 Muslims living near the planned mega mosque site in east London have signed a petition against the plan. Referring to the group Tablighi Jamaat, behind the plans, Asif Shakoor, chairman of the Sunni Friends of Newham, said: ‘It is radicalising the younger generation. We have to make a stand’.

This is good news.  In addition to this the mosque’s backers have fallen foul of planning laws.

It also looks like the MCB are finding their ludicrous position on Holocaust Day increasingly difficult to maintain. The MCB has had to take on more moderates in light of a government threat to ditch them. The moderates are now forcing a change in position.

Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, challenged the council  to end its boycott  and threatened the change of ‘partners’ if the council refused to budge. At a meeting in London she said: “I can’t help wondering why those in leadership positions who say they want to achieve religious tolerance and a cohesive society would choose to boycott an event which marks, above all, our common humanity and respect for each other.”

Ironically, in the face of unusual and strong criticism from an Anglican bishop towards ‘muslim hypocrisy’ this weekend, the MCB were quick to accuse the church of precisely what they themselves have been terribly guilty of over Holocaust Day – which kind of underlined his point rather well I thought.



We have no value

By ATWadmin On November 5th, 2006 at 6:21 pm


It is crucial we succeed in Afghanistan. NATO’s reputation is on the line and failure to tackle the re-emergence of Taliban forces there will embolden terrorists and strengthen their worldwide agenda. Without success there it will become a breeding ground for Al-Qaeda. Added to which we cannot abandon the people of Afghanistan themselves.

Whilst it is important to succeed in Iraq I am concerned that our failure to support the fragile democracy in Afghanistan has allowed resurgent forces to regain control and in particular to threaten women’s rights. This is absolutely essential if the balance of power in a testosterone fuelled culture is to change. Although the Taliban has been driven from power, Afghan women still suffer under fundamentalist persecution. Yes, some of the most notable achievements in ousting the Taliban included a small step forward in women’s rights. Afghan girls have been permitted to go to school and women have been allowed to rejoin the work force. But recent events indicate that fundamentalist restrictions on women are taking hold in Afghanistan again. And the Northern Alliance still includes a collection of Mujahadeen warlords for whom women, especially, were frequent targets.
It is these warlords who, as reported in The Times today (alongside other harrowing accounts), are threatening incredibly brave women MPs – MPs such as 27 year old Malalai Joya,
physically attacked in the Afghan parliament, survivor of 4 assassination attempts but solid in her commitment to stay and shout down the warlords. She is revered as a heroine amongst the people of Afghanistan.

 “We have no value.” “When I speak, they pelt me with water bottles,” (referring to her fellow male MPs). “One shouted, ‘Take and rape her!’
“The West talks of Afghan women having freedom and going outside without a burqa but I tell you the burqa was not the main problem for women. Look at the high rate of suicide among our women. The real problem is security and more and more are returning to the burqa (for protection).”  

As recently as last month  Safia Ama Jan the director of Womens Affiars was murdered for standing up to the mysoginist forces tightening their grip again. And whilst President Kharzai was quick to condemn her death I think much more pressure ought to brought to bear on him. Its imperative our forces establish security for the reason I mentioned above but equally crucial that womens status is improved in a country where there is a chance to achieve this. Our government and the US government can no longer afford to cite advances in women’s rights in wistful historical terms. It should be up their on the list above opium cultivation!

I also can’t help but feel hugely disappointed that muslim women in the west, who should champion their ‘muslim sisters’ in Afghanistan are failing them. They have so much in comparison and yet take it for granted. It’s incredibly sad and an inditement on the cultural strategies of the government that they feel more inclined to ignore women who have shown such enormous courage to get the little they have.


By ATWadmin On November 5th, 2006 at 6:11 pm

saddamhusseinglares.jpgI have been invited onto the BBC’s "Nolan Show" tomorrow morning – around 9.15 – to discuss whether Saddam got a fair trial and whether the death penalty is warranted. To quote Dick Cheney, "It’s a no-brainer" that the tyrannical genocidal dictator, Saddam Hussein, should be executed.  It’s also Iraqi law.

You can tune in and listen live tomorrow morning or else use the "listen again" later on tomorrow. I will be debating the point with the unoffical leader of the Londonderry Fedayeen, Eamon McCann. Eamon is a likeable character from the school of the marxist hard-left – he opposed the liberation of Iraq, he has criticised ongoing military operations in Iraq, and he opposes the death penalty for Saddam, believing he did not get a fair trial.  So he is consistent. Consistently wrong.