Sunday, 31 August 2014

Christian Copts Praying For Help But Who Is Listening?

Where are our tough talking leaders when Christians are being persecuted?  Nowhere

What are they doing to save Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Syria from murder, rape or slavery?  Nothing

Never mind the suffering and genocide of Christian or Jewish communities, they focus on preventing radicalisation of the culprits and appeasing the religion of peace while informing us that it is against the teaching of Islam to behave in such barbaric ways.

Meanwhile they play golf and sun their fat backsides at our expense.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Defeating the invincible Caliphate would be simple but there is no will to save innocents abroad

In the aftermath of the murder of 3,000 New Yorkers on the morning of September 11 it had been rapidly ascertained that the perpetrators were Al Qaeda, well known to the authorities but not then to the general public.

The Al Qaeda high command was living in and operating out of Afghanistan. The country was ruled with a rod of iron by the Taliban, then regarded as very similar to the Islamic State today, ultra-fanatic, cruel, invincible. Their leader the one-eyed "mad" Mullah Omar refused to give up the mass-murderers. The Anglo-Americans invaded.

Our only allies were the Northern Alliance, then regarded like the Kurdish Peshmerga of today as a tiny force, underarmed and confined to their small enclave in far northeastern Afghanistan. We went in anyway but adding two elements to the Northern Alliance land force: fighter-bombers and target-spotters from our special forces.

Within two months the Northern Alliance had swept out of the enclave, stormed south through the Salang Pass, driven the Taliban out of the giant Bagram airbase and then out of Kabul, the capital.

Defeated they fled back to the south whence they had come. How on earth did we do it? The answer is simple.

There is no defence today against pin-accurate war from the air using rockets and bombs that never miss but the key is the target-spotter. From 10,000 feet the pilot can see only a vast tobacco-brown landscape. He cannot tell which house, which convoy of vehicles, which column of ant-like forms are the allies, the refugees or the enemy. But the spotter, invisible on his mountain peak, can. And he has his range-finder.

This extraordinary gizmo can work out with GPS technology exactly to the square yard where the target is.

With the grid reference passed up to the war plane, this can be programmed into the nose-cones of the rockets. After that it's "fire and forget".

The bloodhound nose-cone will streak down to destroy the target, accurate to the nearest 10 feet by 10 feet. There is no defence. Even the Taliban ran from this. Back then the American F-18 hornets were flying from US navy ships off the Pakistan coast hundreds of miles away.

It took hours of flying and several in-air re-fuels to get to the valleys of northern Afghanistan. That was where the British came in - our RAF flew the longrange KC-135 tankers.

There is a rumour the mass-murdering Islamic State is unbeatable. Rubbish.
In northern Iraq we have the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters eager to defend their homeland against the barbarians.
Next door is our friend and ally in Nato Turkey with excellent air bases. We have the planes, we have the talent, we have the best special forces in the world.

Could we save the Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and Shia Iraqis from conquest and slaughter? Yes we could.

And no, as with the defeat of the Taliban 12 years ago, not one regular soldier need set foot on the ground. Not one body need come back in a bag. This is the new face of warfare: do not invade, above all do not try to occupy but win from the air.

Despite some reports suggesting the situation on Mount Sinjar is not as awful as had been feared the Caliphate killers will still sweep onwards to Kurdistan.

Millions are still hoping for salvation from this evil scourge but no innocent was ever saved by yet another committee meeting.

Friday, 8 August 2014

The baseless hatred of the EU towards Israel


Published by Melanie Philips

Consternation in Israel over the EU’s malicious decision to boycott individuals or institutions situated over the ‘Green Line’ between Israel and the disputed territories. This would presumably include boycotting, for example, the Hebrew University which is just over that line or, even more grotesquely, Jewish residents in Jerusalem’s Old City – where ancient Jewish settlement far predated the arrival of a single Arab, dating as it does since King David who built it as the capital of the kingdom of the Jewish people.
The EU says Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line are illegal under international law. Nothing new there – so do the UN and associated bodies say so. But they are simply wrong.
International law in general is known to be highly contentious and far from authoritative, since it is anchored in no single jurisdiction and arguably therefore constitutes nothing other than international politics by another name.
In any event, the charge that Jewish residence over the Green Line is illegal first rests on the application to this situation of the wrong treaty; and second, totally ignores the treaties which gave the Jews the right to settle anywhere in these territories.
To take the second point first. The San Remo Treaty of 1920, in which the victors of the First World War parcelled out the remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire, created a geographical area called Palestine along both sides of the Jordan River.
Article 6 of the Palestine Mandate signed by the League of Nations in 1922 stipulated ‘close Jewish settlement’ on the land west of the Jordan River. The river served as the boundary because that year the UK created a new Arab country, today known as Jordan, by unilaterally bestowing the land east of the river onto the Hashemite dynasty and thus giving some three quarters of Palestine away.
That Mandate treaty obligation to settle the Jews in Palestine from the river to the sea has never been abrogated and endures today. The 1945 UN Charter, Chapter XII, Article 80 explicitly says that nothing within it shall ‘alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties’.
Now to the main argument mounted by the ‘illegalisers’. This rests on their claim that the Israeli settlements breach Article 49 of the Geneva Convention. But this article does not apply to the settlements. Written in the shadow of the deportation of European Jews to their deaths in Nazi Europe, it prohibits
‘individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or that of any other country, occupied or not…The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.’
But none of the Israelis living beyond the Green Line has been transferred or deported, forcibly or not; they all chose voluntarily to live there. (The only force ever used against these residents was in fact when Israel forcibly transferred them from Gaza into Israel in 2005.)
Moreover, the Geneva Convention applies to actions carried out on the territory of a ‘High Contracting Party’ with a sovereign claim to that territory. But the areas in question over the ‘Green Line’ never belonged to any sovereign power. As remains the case to this day they merely constitute no-man’s land, having never been allocated to any ‘High Contracting’ sovereign state. The only treaty obligations ever made in respect of these areas was in fact to the Jews, who were promised ‘close settlement’ of the land in which they were included.
Furthermore, Israel’s ‘occupation’ of these areas is legal twice over – since it merely gained them in a war of self-defence in 1967, and is thus legally entitled to hold onto them until the belligerents stop waging war upon it. Which they still have not.
As for the ‘Green Line’ itself, this is not a legal border. It has no significance other than where the cease-fire line was drawn in the war of 1948-49 when the Arabs tried to destroy the newly restored State of Israel. Indeed, the Armistice Agreements of 1949 stated that the demarcation lines were ‘not to be construed in any sense’ as political or territorial boundaries’, and were not in any way to prejudice the parties’ claims in ‘the ultimate peaceful settlement of the Palestine problem.’
Which ‘prejudice’ is of course, precisely what the EU is now busily imposing. Indeed, by effectively corralling Israel behind the 1949 armistice line it is forcing it back behind what has been called the ‘Auschwitz border’, since this line leaves Israel militarily indefensible against attack.
This is an act of malevolence. But the fault in large measure surely lies with Israel. For although some may find this incomprehensible, Israel does not make to the world the one case that matters – why Israelis are fully entitled under international law to build their homes in these territories; and exactly how Britain, the EU and the UN have grossly mis-stated and misapplied that international law.
Instead, Israel merely protests that the EU move will inhibit a peace settlement. Which it undoubtedly will. But it will do so principally by upending law, truth and justice – a case Israel never makes in public, thus allowing the irrational hatred of Israel in the west, fed by racist lies and propaganda, to spread its poison unchecked.
The reason it does not properly make this case is partly through the epic dysfunctionality of the Israeli political class (which could fill many volumes). It is partly through Israel’s isolation in the face of the bully-boys of the western diplomatic world. But it is also through Israel’s bleak and despairing judgement that the international community, composed of those who historically and presently were and are driven by obsessive hatred of the Jewish people and which finds expression for that hatred through vehicles such as the UN and EU, will always do the bidding of those who wish to destroy the Jews and is therefore impervious to reason and morality.
News of the EU’s act of existential spite against Israel broke on the fast of Tisha b’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple (you know, that Temple, the one that stood in Jerusalem all those centuries ago before any Arabs existed, let alone any Green Line) along with the seemingly never-ending list down through the ages of all those prosecuting their uniquely murderous and baseless hatred of the Jewish people.
Some coincidence. To that list of infamy, the EU can now add its name. For shame.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Thurmaston by-election result

Five parties contested this by-election.

Interestingly there was no Lib Dem candidate, leaving the big two and the new kids on the block UKIP to battle it out for the top spot.  UKIP looked to being doing well and the chance of an upset seemed possible early on but gradually it became obvious that Labour were forging ahead.

In the end the margin of victory was comfortable for Labour thanks to a substantial vote in the most ethnically enriched area and UKIP had to settle for second ahead of the Tories.

In the battle of the nationalists between the BNP and the British Democrats it was the latter which came out on top with 94 votes as opposed to the BNP's 58 but it is a hollow victory against fellow patriots when the enemy is still pulling the wool over the eyes of the unknowing population.

Result Labour      783
           UKIP         496
           Con            404
           Brit Dems  94
           BNP           58

Brit Dems scored 5.1% in a turnout of 24%