…where, oh, where is that irascible Jonathan Pie Reporter with his off-camera colourful fulminations?…
Field Marshall George Osbourne of the David Cameron Tory government assures the US that, like Shaft, the UK is one ‘baaad muva’. Indeed, in the year 2015 he reassures all and sundry that the UK has got its mojo (?) back. Mojo? Mojo?
As RT reports on the ‘dood’s baaadness’, ‘Britain’s got its mojo back in Syria, with US in reasserting Western values’ – Osborne. Some unprepared readers to their chagrin will learn to not sip coffee while reading.
Britain’s new bombing campaign in Syria signals a return to its commitment of asserting Western values around the world and shows the UK has got its “mojo back,” according to Chancellor George Osborne.Addressing the Council of Foreign Relations on Monday, Osborne lauded the overwhelming vote by MPs last Wednesday to extend airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) from Iraq into Syria.“Britain has got its mojo back and we are going to be with you as we reassert Western values, confident that our best days lie ahead,” he told audience members at a meeting of the think tank held in New York.
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Somehow reality seems always to anticipate official foolishness. Only couple days before this stupendous speech by this UK Chancellor of the Exchequer in New York, The Guardian’s cartoonist would forewarn us, Syria and the cigar fug of war – cartoon. Then again ridicule is often lost on the utterly self-absorbed.
While awaiting his medals and ribbons of conquest, ‘Winston Churchill’ Osbourne may learn of a recent discovery known to millions for some time in the UK, known even to a former Tory Prime Minister, a PM who had defenestrated a late US President’s favourite PM, The five charts that prove John Major is right when he bemoans the ‘shocking’ levels of inequality in Britain. ‘Winnie’ may, since his PM is still working at, also discover massive flooding in the country due largely to the government’s skewed priorities.
…may the mojo be with you, bruva chancellor…
…and by the hundreds of thousands, aside many drownings (and deaths in transit)…
As the ‘civilised world’ complains of refugees fleeing to European countries, it prefers not to ask why they are coming, and in such droves. Somehow the rest of the world already knows these answers. We sample reports on the trials and tribulations of people who are victims of whimsical destructiveness – a shredding of Sykes-Picot for a new order of utter chaos, of destroyed states and plundered resources, where ever possible.
AJE would give a report on yet another spate of drownings, after those of toddlers, Aylan and Galip, and their mother Rehan, that shook the world, even the instigating countries.
AJE reports, Refugees drown as boat capsizes off Greek island And this time the tragedy is even worse, but receives less coverage from the ‘legacy’ media of the countries directly responsible. Read the rest of this entry »
…love and caring amid unremitting malevolence…
Pepe Escobar in a post at RT demonstrates the power of prose in his analysis of the US, Nato, and followers and their adventures in the Middle East and elsewhere. His post, Blowback on a NATO beach,
Little did Nilufer Demir, 29, the female photojournalist of the Turkish Dogan News agency know that the moment she saw little Aylan Kurdi, 3, washed ashore at the Ali Hoca Burnu beach near Bodrum, she would be making history.
Aylan is alone, as if suspended by the immense solitude of death, just as his family’s dream of offering him a new life in a new continent away from death and destruction was about to be fulfilled. It’s as if his lone lifeless body at the shores of a NATO beach was also about to prefigure the death of Europe – or the death of a once pan-European dream of solidarity and compassion.
…the famous US ‘newspaper of record’ at its finest…
We let the NYT reporter summarise the daunting challenges of a nation traumatised by two (?) wars – the US, that is.
In the United States, there is little appetite for allowing large numbers of displaced Syrians to settle in a country still weary from two wars and struggling with its own immigration problems.
What else can one add, aside Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria for starters? El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras? ‘So on and so forth’? Horrendous death and destruction inflicted elsewhere on hundreds and hundreds of thousands can surely tire those that inflict such unappreciated generosity.
…a classic example of unbridled cynicism…
…nothing like the photo to tell the tale…
The US MSM trots behind the US President as he heads north to Alaska. There he would dance with Native Alaskans. There he would flounder holding a salmon handed to him by a fisher woman. Grins all round. Priceless moments captured of a thoroughly engaged US President for the enjoyment and relaxation of the patriotic US viewer.
As such frivolities were being captured for posterity, life served up grim contrasts and stubborn history in abundance, all during the same week.
Those photos of a drowned toddler, and of the stunned and sombre Turkish official, all provide evidence to the world of the cavalier attitude of the ‘community of civilised nations’ (all Western) to its destructive policies, especially toward Moslem countries. The principal and exuberant supporter of the US would naturally ‘identify’ the culprits responsible for the tragedy of refugees forced to flee their homes, forced into homelessness and despair – having escaped death.
The father of that now ‘famous’ family that drowned did return to bury the victims in the same village from which they had been forced to flee. His tale would serve to provide further distinction between civilisation and barbarism, as the Independent would report, Aylan Kurdi: Little boy whose tragic death changed Britain’s response to the refugee crisis laid to rest in Kobani. According to the father,
“I was holding my wife’s hand. My children slipped away from my hands,” he said. “We tried to hold on to the boat. Everyone was screaming in pitch darkness.”
No life vests, pitch darkness. Little to no hope. Again, why is this family in this predicament?.
The quintessential British Imperialist, the incumbent UK Prime Minister would haughtily observe that ISIS (IS) and Assad are responsible for the toddler’s death.
The opportunities this confidently uninformed PM offer the observer are boundless. And the takers are many. Who can forget his denigration of migrants and refugees (to a large extent spawned by his country’s unfailing acquiescence to US policies), as he categorised these unfortunates as a swarm.
More emphatically, Robert Fisk at the Independent (complimentary views, then paywall) shows no recourse to history is necessary to reveal cynical policies with, Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia – will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi? Fisk gets to the point,
Yet at the risk of catching the Daily Mail cancer, there’s a bit of a wider picture here that we need to be aware of. Europe and the West – what was once called Christendom – are supposed to be the bad guys in the Middle East. It is we who bomb, corrupt and invade the Muslims of the Middle East. It is we who support the vicious dictators of the Middle East (unless they are disobedient to our wishes). It is we who suck out the fossil treasures of the Middle East, its oil and its natural gas. We are, are we not, the infidels?
[Fisk sees no need to mention the US President scurrying off then to Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences, and to even do some marketing for Post-Presidential ‘philanthropic’ services.]
The President of Turkey, whose country numbers among those ‘first overwhelmed’ with refugees fleeing the consequences of brutal Western policy, shows little patiece. President Erdogan serves up the scorn in heavy doses, Erdogan says West only interested in oil in Iraq & Libya, slams refugee crisis response – an observation on what has long been blatantly obvious, no thanks whatsoever to the corporate MSM.
And to remove any doubts as to the unabashed sense of Western superiority and supremacy, especially over the Moslem ‘unworthy’, the Hungarian Prime Minister does his duty, as we learn from The Guardian, Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness. We learn, from his subtlety that matches Cameron’s own, of valiant Crusaders against the invading hordes (‘swarm‘) of infidels, clearly Moslems.
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has claimed Europe is in the grip of madness over immigration and refugees, and argued that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx.
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That sense of the march to 21st concentration camps hovers eerily over the tragedy – the behaviour of security forces leaves little to doubt.
And for a bit of context. Who can forget the ecstatic celebration of the slaughter of the leader of Libya by the then US Secretary of State? Or the victory ‘lap’ of two of the three Western war heroes, as reported by RT, Cameron, Sarkozy milk premature Tripoli triumph, as it offers some prescient words of caution to the preening leaders,
The French president and British PM have visited Tripoli to declare victory over Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and reap the benefits of his fall, but it appears the celebrations are somewhat premature.
[der Spiegel would have similar fun with these fearsome armchair warriors.]
And premature it would prove to be to these two war heroes and to the then absent leader of the pack, the Nobel Laureate US President. Earlier in 2015, the conservative Telegraph would observe, Special report from Libya: How Nato’s toppling of Gaddafi has turned to disaster. And utter disaster it would be, and not just for the Libyans, that the three war Western heroes and their allies had unleashed.
As the ebulllient US President concludes a successful Alaskan visit, where he danced a jig, did some reality TV, caught a spawning salmon handed to him, his US Secretary of State, not to be upstaged, would, ever sagely, have his own fun with the people of the Middle East, Kerry ‘Convinced’ of Need for Syria Ground Invasion. Of course, the Vietnam war hero does promise no official US ‘boots on the ground’, but certainly assured death and destruction rained down from aloft. Yes, this is the self-declared leader of ‘the free world’.
Understandable is the failure of the corporate US MSM to investigate or mention those culpable, liable for the widespread plunder and death and destruction, and for the plight of millions of refugees, from El Salvador to Honduras to Guatemala to Nicaragua; to Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to, well, on and on.
…the more things change, the more…
…how much more terrified can an ever terrified us-uk populace be made?…
If ever there was an enemy to vanquish, that enemy would be poverty, disease and sickness, which in most cases is easily thwarted with a modest outlay of money and commitment. Regrettably, profits there are not quite appealing. On the other hand, to kill and destroy to create an enemy that must then be killed and environment destroyed for plunder and ‘reconstruction’, now that is talking serious money. And in comes the packaging.
With such stubbornly gullible populace, the task requires little effort. The success of the Yazidi crisis was the incentive for other more ambitious projects. Obviously, neither the corporate MSM nor the preoccupied public would spend a moment to try to understand how a religious sect that very few in the West would have a clue about would suddenly be in crisis. Not a thought to even the remote possibility that the US with the UK and their ‘coalition of the willing’ is directly responsible for the catastrophe, the chaos that is Iraq. Neither shocked nor awed, nor embarrassed, are this lot. Read the rest of this entry »
…the bbc may well have a starring part in this update to its earlier documentary…
Since many revel in hysteria. Yazidis on a mountain! Thousands! Millions! Tens of millions! Genocide awaits! The ‘humanitarian’ US must act now! Oh, that was the rationale for bombing Iraq once again, where a ruthless IS band is still on a rampage against very expensively trained soldiers who just scamper off at the mere mention of the name ‘IS’. As sudden as their appearance, the Yazidis have vanished from the MSM headlines as the urge for Perpetual War is being sated from that successful deception. And, yes, in Iraq that very IS group had been lopping heads off, as just one of its many other life ending atrocities. [And that head lopping off business has also been going on in, say, Mexico?]
So onto Syria, not to Iraq whose Prime Minister had relinquished his British citizenship only shortly before his inauguration as PM. It is in Syria, where IS, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, would choose to insult and threaten, of all countries, the exceptionalist US and its Western allies of fallen empires. But, before getting to those threats, a digression. Read the rest of this entry »