Drinking Away From Home
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"An incredibly organised Zionist lobby" - Alex Thomson, Channel 4 News
I think that what Israel has done is out of all proportion and to take down the infrastructure of Lebanon in the way that they have done and to create 600,000 people on the move in that country I think is a terrible thing to have done. And I think the British government have been dilatory in not calling for a much earlier ceasefire. I’ve seen the press conference tonight - I saw the Prime Minister and the President on the television -and I can understand the way that they feel they have to move in an organised way towards trying to get a meaningful ceasefire but it’s not enough I think to sit on the sidelines for this length of time without an absolute condemnation of the most grotesque barbarity inflicted on the people of Lebanon.I see the MSM/UN/Hezbollah propaganda is working then.
"I think it is a most wonderful thing that this community should have established itself so effectively, turning the desert into fertile gardens and thriving townships, and should have afforded refuge to millions of their co-religionists who suffered so fearfully under Hitler, and not only under Hitler, persecution. I think it is a wonderful thing." In a conversation with Israel's Ambassador in London, Eliyahu Elath, Churchill referred to Israel's population as "the sons of the prophets dwelling in Zion."Would Churchill be demanding condemnation of Israel for defending itself against Hezbollah? No way.
Churchill's attitude toward Zionism and the State of Israel was distinctively positive, the images he entertained bordering on the romantic. In this respect, Churchill had no equal among British politicians and officials in the first half of the 1950s. On almost any question pertaining to the country, Churchill's rhetoric, more than any other decision-maker or official, was distinctively pro-Israel, reflecting, beyond political considerations and a pure judgement of principle, an emotional attachment to that country and the case it presented.
Thus, on the Suez Canal blockade by Egypt against Israel in 1956, Churchill made it clear to the Foreign Office that "I do not mind it being known here or in Cairo that I am on the side of Israel and her ill-treatment by the Egyptians." On the fate of Jerusalem, Churchill urged Evelyn Shuckburgh, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, "You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem; it is they who made it famous."
“Collateral damage” refers mostly to casualties among Hezbollah’s human shields; it can never be used to describe civilian deaths inside Israel, because everything there is by intent a target.Charles Krauthammer:
“Cycle of Violence” is used to denigrate those who are attacked, but are not supposed to win.
“Deliberate” reflects the accuracy of Israeli bombs hitting their targets; it never refers to Hezbollah rockets that are meant to destroy anything they can.
What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?Read both.
“[David Cameron] finds himself buffeted by two competing currents of Conservative opinion. The party has long housed an Arabist contingent, whose arguments were as passionately advanced as they were dismissed by past leaders… The Atlanticist torch is kept very much alive by young modernisers such as Michael Gove, who this month published Celsius 7/7, a book analysing the Islamist threat and making the case for interventionism. But the chorus of disapproval is growing ever louder. Criticism of one of most powerful internal lobby groups, Conservative Friends of Israel, is increasingly audible.”Oh good - my Reasons Not To Vote Tory bingo card is almost full:
Investing in the Tories is like ploughing funds into one of those weird cults that build "communities" in the jungle. Nothing in the sales-pitch makes sense, but you take a punt, praying for a miracle. It ain't gonna happen.Worth reading it all.
Let's face it, why blow your dough on a business that can't identify a single dime of savings from an annual expenditure (total government budget) of £520 billion? Yes, that's billion! By promising to match Labour's spending plans, the Conservatives are simply pledging parity of profligacy…
On the liability side, you've got a management team, determined to brainwash 8.5m core Conservative voters into accepting that their tastes, beliefs, values, sympathies, traditions and preferences are no longer appropriate.
For those who used to shop in Conservative stores, expecting to find policies that supported family life, encouraged personal responsibility, promoted safety on the streets, underpinned discipline in schools and emphasised the virtues of enterprise over the vices of welfare, the shelves are now bare.
By contrast, there are stacks of untouched boxes marked "hug-a-hoodie" and "bash-a-businessman". The new range for 2006, designed by Cameron personally, is in green, light green, dark green, jade and emerald. All items in blue, royal blue, navy blue, sky blue and azure have been removed and junked.
This looks increasingly like a business, massively over-stocked with the wrong merchandise.
Earlier on Friday, two mortar rounds hit a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians escaping the violence in southern Lebanon.The Times covers the same story but finds space for the following:
The BBC's Jim Muir, who was with the convoy, said two people travelling in German TV vehicle were wounded when the rounds exploded next to their car.
The convoy, organised by the Australian embassy, was returning to the port city of Tyre from the border village of Rmeish, where hundreds of people have been trapped by the Israeli offensive.
Our correspondent says the cars were clearly marked as a press and civilian convoy, and that individual journalists had been in contact with the Israelis who knew about the journey.
A BBC security adviser travelling in a car behind the German car said he believed the mortar rounds had been fired from the Israeli side.
Even before today's air strike, aid agencies had given warning that getting safe passage for the vital supplies beyond Tyre was proving highly dangerous due to Israeli bombardment and Hezbollah rocket launchers exploiting convoys as cover…Why is the BBC ignoring this?
Hezbollah fighters further endangered the mercy missions by using the arrival of UN convoys as cover to bring out launchers and fire rockets at Israel from near the vehicles, he claimed, attracting incoming fire.
Team Sierra is currently observing both IDF/IAF and Hezbollah military clashes from our vantage point which has a commanding view of the IDF positions on the Golan mountains to our east and the IDF positions along the Blue Line to our south, as well as, most of the Hezbollah static positions in and around our patrol Base... the closest artillery has landed within 2 meters of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity...CAMERA then gives examples of UNIFIL press releases which detail Hezbollah attacks on observers and its use of UN positions as cover:
From July 20: "Hezbollah firing was also reported from the immediate vicinity of the UN positions in Naqoura and Maroun Al Ras areas at the time of the incidents (Israeli firing)."
From July 24: "One unarmed UN military observer, a member of the Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), was seriously wounded by small arms fire in the patrol base in the Marun Al Ras area yesterday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, the fire originated from the Hezbollah side during an exchange with the IDF."(*)
From July 25: "This morning, Hezbollah opened small arms fire at a UNIFIL convoy consisting of two armored personnel carriers (APC) on the road between Kunin and Bint Jubayl. There was some damage to the APCs, but no casualties, and the convoy was obliged to return to Kunin."
From July 26: "Another UN position of the Ghanaian battalion in the area of Marwahin in the western sector was also directly hit by one mortar round from the Hezbollah side last night. The round did not explode, and there were no casualties or material damage. Another 5 incidents of firing close to UN positions from the Israeli side were reported yesterday. It was also reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Alma ash Shab, Tibnin, Brashit, and At Tiri."
[(*) This report goes on to mention that the injured man "was evacuated by the UN to the Israeli side, from where he was taken by an IDF ambulance helicopter to a hospital in Haifa. He was operated on, and his condition is now reported as stable." (via LGF)]
“THE Bishop of London has declared it sinful for people to contribute to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a “gas-guzzling” car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home...”He was on Radio 4 this morning discussing his views (listen here, streaming RAM):
“Obviously it’s not my position to issue fatwas against flying just like that… I don’t want to issue fatwas, because some people need large cars...”Why the hell is the Bishop of London using the term fatwa?
"She’s saying in effect that it’s all right for a terrorist group to kidnap and murder some Israeli soldiers as long as they don’t murder and kidnap too many, I suppose. Look, a nation has got a right to defend itself against this kind of action... If people were lobbing bombs into London presumably we wouldn’t be allowed to retaliate under Clare Short’s kind of analysis... What is a fair way to respond, that’s what I’d like to know. If rockets are fired with high explosives into the middle of cities, targeted precisely at civilians, what is proportional?... If we say there must be a ceasefire immediately that makes us feel very good, it makes people like Clare Short feel very good, and the Independent and the Guardian feel very good. It does nothing for the people of south Lebanon or for the people of Israel."In response to further questions from the interviewer he said:
The original issue is that by security resolution 1559 the Lebanese government was supposed to disarm Hezbollah, get the militias out of that area and stop them having the ability to escalate this conflict whenever they want to. That’s precisely what they’ve done - they’ve murdered, they’ve kidnapped, and now suddenly you’re telling me they’ve got the world on their side - I don’t think that’s true.And how has the BBC portrayed Howells’ views? Like this:
Bowen: Isn’t there a risk here that people in the Arab world will take away the message that there’s one law for Israel and one law for them, as far as the West is concerned?Idiot.
Howells: Well I hope they’re not. I can imagine the way this stuff gets reported, not by your good self but by a lot of television stations...
The legend of Bollywood, mega-star Amitabh Bachchan, is all set to star as cop in a film based on the London bombing of July 7th 2005.I wonder if the film is eligible for funding from the UK lottery and the EU - it sounds like the sort of Brit-bashing exercise they love to throw money at.
The film, which has been titled Shoot On Sight, will be about a Muslim policeman whose beliefs and loyalty are tested after the terrorist bombings take place…
[Indian director Jagmohan Mundhra] is hoping to sign Kirsten Scott Thomas to play the English wife of Amitabh’s character, while Oscar winner Michael Caine is being touted to portray the racist Police Commissioner.
"Kill and be killed... Prepare as much as you can from strength and from force to terrorise - because terrorism it is part of Islam... Martyrdom is what you want. Do the effort. Clear your intention. Go forward, never look backwards. Make sure you have nothing left behind you to think about or cry for and fight in the name of Allah."He's not so bold now:
EXILED preacher of hate Omar Bakri has begged the Royal Navy to rescue him from war-torn Beirut.Tough shit, Omar!
The Muslim cleric who fled Britain last year, tried to board a ship full of women and children yesterday but was turned away.
He also wrote to the British embassy asking to be allowed back on “humanitarian grounds”.
In an email to officials, dole scrounger Bakri pleaded: “The current situation in Beirut left me without any choice but to appeal to you to grant me a visit visa to see my children for one month.”
But his bid to sneak on one of our ships was blocked at harbour gates by sharp-eyed officials.
Charles Clarke, then Home Secretary, banned him from returning here.
The mad mullah, who hailed terrorists as “magnificent” martyrs, bought a £150,000 bolthole in the exclusive Doha district of Beirut.
In March he boasted: “When I left England I bought a one-way ticket out. I never want to see the place again.”
But cowardly Bakri changed his tune as soon as bombs started dropping.
He contacted the British embassy asking to be allowed back to see the six children he deserted. Bakri said last night: “What concerns me is my safety. I’d be happy with a month’s visa but this morning they told me I couldn’t because I’m not a British citizen any more.”
“I think on humanitarian grounds the British government can exercise now tolerance and show to the whole world that we are better than you.”Tolerance! This from the man who said:
"We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity."Listen to Bakri demanding to be let back into Britain here (mp3, 140k).
Q) Do you think about going back to the United Kingdom?We've done him a favour then.
A) No. I do not think about that unless Britain renounces its terror laws through which it is terrorizing Muslims under the pretext of fighting terrorism. It is religiously prohibited for people like me to return to the United Kingdom, because this would fall within the framework of offering oneself as captive. Islam prohibits Muslims from allowing themselves to become captives of nonbelievers.
Q) Does the notion of "Londonstan" (sic) still exist?God willing Bakri's body parts will soon be fluttering in the wind following an Israeli strike.
A) I believe that one day honest Muslims in the United Kingdom will, God willing, turn it into "Islamistan," like what the first Muslims did in Eritrea and Indonesia. The great dream of Islam will come true. Muslims dream to see flags that read: "There is no god but Allah" fluttering in the wind on top of Big Ben and the House of Commons, God willing.
"I think that at the present time, more than any other, it is more important that ex-servicemen should get together over the Middle East and the Far East than all the politicians, who know nothing about the Middle East, the Far East, nor any other East, for politicians don’t know Orientals like we do - they don’t know that the only way to deal with them is to kick their backsides,” said Brigadier M.F. Farquharson-Roberts, at last night’s 11th annual reunion dinner of the Derby and District Branch of the R.A.S.C. Association. - Derby Evening Telegraph.Now come on, that's pretty funny. I can just picture Terry-Thomas playing the Brigadier in a Boulting Brothers comedy.
All U.N.O. can do is to pass resolutions. When these are directed at Britain they have no moral force and should be treated with contempt. - Editorial in Daily Express.There are over 400 of these. I’ll post some more at some stage.
Britain has told the United Nations Trusteeship Council it is prepared to abolish flogging in Tanganyika, East Africa, but the natives are opposed to the idea. - News Chronicle.
If some of our woollier internationalists are respected by the outside world it is because they have the good fortune to be British. - Daily Mail.
Your front page article about Africans being shot made me feel sick. Could this kind of story be condensed and made more pleasant? - Letter in the Daily Mirror.
There was only one wrong note. The American Ambassador refused to stand for a toast proposed by Mr Khrushchev to Communist China. The British group rose, but did not drink. - News Chronicle.
Where else except in Kenya could an African whose grandparents were perhaps cannibals watch really good polo? - Letter in Hampshire Chronicle.
Cricket is a white man's game. We should not play any more Test matches against the West Indies or Pakistan because coloured people are too excitable and lack a sense of sportsmanship. - Letter in Empire News.
People who find it necessary to vomit whilst in a railway carriage should discreetly use their hats; this would come naturally to anyone properly brought up. - Picture Post.
Although Welsh was the language of my cradle and my religion and is still in daily use I believe the rise of English and the decline of Welsh to be in accordance with some providential Divine law working for “one far-off Divine event to which the whole creation moves.” - Letter in Western Mail.
Our holiday at Blackpool last week was ruined by canoodling couples… My husband and I were terribly embarrassed, because we had our two daughters, 14 and 16, with us. For our next holiday (in July) we are going to Bournemouth. You don’t see this shameless behaviour in the South. - Letter in Empire News.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Fisher, said at a Nairobi banquet today that the divorce rate in Britain is “as beastly as Mau Mau.” - Daily Express.
A Norwich man and his wife on holiday in Southend went on a coach "mystery" trip. The coach took them to - Norwich. They spent the day in the cattle market to avoid meeting friends. - Daily Express.
Poole Young Conservatives last night called off their idea of burning an effigy of Mr John Foster Dulles as a protest agianst his policy. Instead they wished him a speedy recovery after his operation. - Southern Daily Echo
An apartheid society existed in early Anglo-Saxon Britain, research suggests.I’m confused - should I be apologising or claiming reparations?
Scientists believe a small population of migrants from Germany, Holland and Denmark established a segregated society when they arrived in England.
The researchers think the incomers changed the local gene pool by using their economic advantage to out-breed the native population...
"An initially small invading Anglo-Saxon elite could have quickly established themselves by having more children who survived to adulthood, thanks to their military power and economic advantage.
"We believe that they also prevented the native British genes getting into the Anglo-Saxon population by restricting intermarriage in a system of apartheid that left the country culturally and genetically Germanised."
"The recent position [taken by] the [Saudi] kingdom is rational and is characterized by political acumen... In its declaration [i.e. its criticism of Hizbullah and Iran], the [Saudi] kingdom said the whole truth. These adventurers [i.e. Hizbullah] have placed us in a difficult situation because of their irresponsibility, and in fact, the Saudi position [presented] the present situation as it really is... We support this stance because we are fed up with the exaggerations and the slogans... which ultimately brought about the destruction of the Lebanese infrastructure and the murder of innocent Lebanese. We demand a reckoning with these adventurers who embroiled Lebanon in a crisis it does not need. The truth must be stated even if it is painful and difficult, as it was stated by [Foreign Minister] Saud Al-Faysal in his speech at the Cairo [Arab foreign ministers] meeting...A reckoning with Hezbollah - exactly what Israel wants too.
"...Lebanon has been embroiled in a war, and we do not know how it will end. [Those responsible] did not consult anybody, and did not coordinate [this] with the government... We do not want the continuation of this destruction..."Of course, that the fact that a senior Lebanese politician and the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf states all blame Hezbollah and its patron states for the current crisis won't stop western moonbats frothing at the mouth with anti-Israeli bile.
Regarding the Arab rift [that emerged] in the meeting, he said: "The position of the [Saudi] kingdom, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf states was positive, and those hypocrites [i.e. Syria and Iran] calling for battle, are in fact the people most distant from this struggle. They want to bring the region into an all-out war..."
Two UK-based Islamist groups are to become the first to be banned under laws outlawing the glorification of terrorism, the home secretary has said.Lock them up when they threaten violence. If they form new groups, ban those too. Take away their benefits, disrupt their activities and make life so hard they leave the country. There are plenty of Islamic states in the world - let them try their luck in one of those, the fuckers.
John Reid said he was taking action against Al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect...
Speaking on BBC News 24, Anjem Choudary, spokesman for Al-Ghurabaa, was asked whether his organisation would defend a suicide attack on British soil.
"We've always been on record as saying that we have a covenant of security in Britain," he said.
"We are not allowed to target anyone in this country because we live with them. Our life and wealth is protected.
"But I feel that with these new laws which are now being introduced, if you are going to ban ideological and political movements like Al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect, then that situation, I think, is going to be affected."
Over the past three months I have been working on a documentary for Channel 4 about the government's relationship with representatives of radical Islam. Using a series of leaked Foreign Office documents, many of which were first published in these pages, I have attempted to show that a strategy of engagement with Islamist groups abroad (such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt) has been allowed to seep into the government's dealings with Muslims in Britain.The Foreign Office's top mandarin Sir Michael Jay failed in his censorship attempts (nice one Channel 4 - I've criticised them before but credit where it's due) but he may be more successful with his efforts to stem the flow of leaks which have been exposing the FO's pro-Islamist agenda. Nick Cohen writes in today's Observer:
Last week, the Foreign Office wrote to Channel 4 to ask for cuts to the programme, supposedly to protect a member of staff who had received death threats, although it gave no details. Further cuts were demanded over references to a controversial Bangladeshi politician.
As we go to press, Channel 4 has been admirably robust in resisting such a crass attempt at censorship. It is essential that the media not be prevented from airing the concerns expressed, mostly from within the Muslim community, about the government's insistence on engaging primarily with representatives of a narrow, austere version of the faith, rather than reaching out to the full and diverse range of Muslim opinion.
The civil war within the Foreign Office about its policy of appeasing the Islamist far right has produced its first casualty. All I can confirm is that officers have arrested a civil servant under the Official Secrets Act.Sir Michael retires at the end of this month. This would be the ideal time for a wholesale clearout of all the appeasers of radical Islam within the FO.
I can't get his name or find out when and if the Crown Prosecution Service will take him to court, but what is clear is that the pro-Muslim Brotherhood faction in the FO is now out of control.
After I mentioned last week that leaks showed Angus McKee, of the Middle East and North Africa Desk, had said that 'consideration might be given to channelling aid resources' to Islamist groups, the BBC found that public money was indeed being spent on the Brotherhood.
British taxpayers paid for Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the supporter of the judicial murder of homosexuals and Muslims who freely decide to abandon their faith, to attend a conference in Istanbul. The Foreign Office put up the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood and his wife in the five-star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel.
It sounds a rather self-indulgent place for militant puritans to stay - but apparently the Qaradawis didn't complain.
At the same time we heard that Mockbul Ali, the Foreign Office's adviser on Islamic affairs, had overruled the protests of British Muslims and encouraged his superiors to give a visa to the ultra-reactionary Bangladeshi MP Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, despite his rants that Britain 'has it coming' because of its part in the downfall of the Taliban.
This is the way it goes with the Foreign Office. Provide the religious justification for murder, and it will get you a five-star hotel. Support the Taliban, and it will get you a visa.
Speak out against its mandarins, and it will get you arrested.
"I find honestly, as all Europeans do, that the current reactions are totally disproportionate"No, Jacques. I stand with Israel.
It’s time for amateur cowboy John Prescott to strap on his gunbelt and saddle up because High Noon is fast approaching. A former Labour aide and journalist is suing him in a writ that claims he kept a dossier on the sexual activities of senior colleagues, including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.No more laughable than the fact that Prescott is still deputy prime minister. Does he have something on his boss? It would explain a great deal.
Tricia McDaid told The Sunday Times earlier this year that the deputy prime minister was a serial groper who sexually harassed her over two years. Now, in a 50-paragraph writ that claims he was negligent, she says he demanded sex in exchange for a dossier that could make her name as a journalist.
According to McDaid, he even said the dossier contained the laughable allegation that Blair and Brown had a gay fling while in opposition because they shared a hotel bedroom — as a cost-cutting measure — on a US trip.
What a courageous act by Labour MP Austin Mitchell, who has sprung to the defence of John Prescott. “Leave the lad alone,” he says, referring to allegations about the deputy prime minister’s active love life. “The new journalism feeds on titbits in Tory websites and amplifies them into facts.”Meanwhile, in Doncaster…
Of course, not all papers rely on website titbits. The Sunday Times recently interviewed a woman who recalled meeting Prescott for the first time in 1978. “He pushed me quite forcefully against the wall and put his hand up my skirt,” said Linda McDougall, who is also known as Mrs Mitchell.
Neighbours say the Deputy Prime Minister - a close personal friend of Ms Winterton's for more than 25 years - has paid "dozens" of visits to her £350,000 semi-detached house over the past three years.I love the background information on the cat.
In fact, he is such a regular presence that Margaret Hudson, who lives next door to 47-year-old Ms Winterton, has noted the affectionate bond which has sprung up between her pet and a member of Prescott's retinue.
She explained that the DPM generally arrives in his Government-issued Jaguar, accompanied by a second car, usually a BMW, carrying security officers.
"My Boy spies them whenever they come," she said of her pet. "He loves the security man and always strolls over when he sees them. They get along really well."
My Boy, a ginger stray, was adopted by Mrs Hudson along with six other strays.
The only concern I would personally voice through my own experience is that I have encountered one Muslim man in a leadership position, who when speaking to me or publicly condemns suicide bombings but who amongst certain other groupings espouses tacit approval. That is not acceptable and I think is about individuals power bases.I said that a public figure who is insincere in his condemnation of suicide bombers should be named.
Apparently a misunderstanding. Having posted this - I checked it out and it was my mistake.Ms Featherstone's Hornsey & Wood Green constituency has approximately 8,000 Muslim residents. She won her seat by 2,395 votes last year.
Al-NaharMEMRI also highlights an editorial in the Iranian daily Kayhan which praises the Hezbollah attacks before stating:
Was yesterday's operation aimed at easing the considerable pressure being brought to bear by the international community, headed by the U.S., on the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding its nuclear dossier?
Iran, which is [currently] engaged in difficult negotiations with the West, and especially with Washington, regarding its nuclear dossier, can use this operation as one of the 'messages' that it aims daily at the West, and especially at Washington - thus implying that it holds the region by its veins and controls it by force. Syria... can [also] use this operation... to pressure Washington into concessions regarding the Lebanese [issue], and especially regarding the investigation into the murder of former [Lebanese] prime minister Rafiq Al-Hariri...
Israel's military advantage in the region has eroded, and nuclear Iran is eradicating the nuclear prestige of Israel.Does anybody still believe that Iran wants nuclear technology for peaceful purposes?
feckless international community that refuses to proportionately denounce the outrages to which Israel is being subjected... The Middle East stands on the cusp of its worst crisis in a generation, and this is no time for formulaic statements calling for "restraint from both sides."Quite so. Support Israel.
Afghanistan FM says no contradiction between Islam and femocracy
Local councils will have the power to seize furniture and fixtures and fittings when they take over empty homes according to new rules published by the Government yesterday.Public sector properties are exempt (naturally) but private homes and their contents can be taken over by local government and used for seven years if the properties have been empty for more than six months. Even homes of the recently deceased can be seized (after probate), as can those which are up for sale. Councils will have forcible powers of entry, and they can put any scumball in the property with no obligation to obtain a market rent. Owners could even be charged and billed for having their property seized.
Here is a man of providence, a savior, who was sought out, like Achilles in his tent of grudge and rage, because he was believed to be the only one who could avert his countrymen's fated decline. Better yet, he's a super-Achilles who--unlike Homer's--did not wait for an Agamemnon (in the guise of coach Raymond Domenech) to come begging him to re-enlist; rather, he decided himself, spontaneously, after having "heard" a voice calling him, to come back from his Spanish exile and--putting his luminous armor back on, and flanked by his faithful Myrmidons (Makelele, Vieira, Thuram)--reverse the new Achaeans' ill fortune and allow them to successfully pull together.So there.
And then this valiant knight who is a hair's breadth from victory and just minutes from the end of a historic match (and of a career that will carry him into the Pantheon of stadium-gods after Pelé, Platini and Maradona); this giant who, like the Titans of the ancient world, has known Glory, then Exile, then Return and Redemption; this redeemer, this blue angel dressed in white, who had only the very last steps to scale to enter Olympus for good, commits a crazy incomprehensible act that amounts to disqualification from the soccer ritual--the final image of him that will go down in history and, in lieu of apotheosis, will cast him into hell.
Let's see now. The German Army already has the Dingo in Afghanistan, where it is saving lives and is buying more – only to have the parliament complain that not enough are being bought. The US has purchased RG-31s, Cougars and Buffaloes. The Canadians have bought RG-31s as their patrol vehicle in Afghanistan. And the French have embarked on a crash programme of up-armouring their VBL armoured cars to increase protection against IEDs.From the same blog, Helen Szamuely on EU loans to the BBC.
Five countries, therefore, are buying specialist, mine protected vehicles or adapting existing vehicles, to enhance troop protection in hotspots like Afghanistan and Iraq. And the British MoD? Ah… Lord Drayson thinks that "the Snatch Land Rover provides us with the mobility and level of protection that we need."
Scores of people have been killed in at least seven near-simultaneous bombs on trains in the Indian financial capital, Mumbai (Bombay), police say.Srinagar:
The city's police Chief AN Roy said on Indian TV as many as 100 people were feared killed and more than 250 hurt.
At least eight people have been killed and 30 wounded in a series of grenade attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir's summer capital, police say.The BBC won't say it so I will - ISLAMIC TERRORISTS.
The UK's ID card scheme may have to be delayed, the government has admitted.YES!
The Home Office said the 2008 launch date may change, following a review of the department ordered by the new Home Secretary John Reid.
The process of putting contracts to establish the scheme out to tender - which software suppliers expected in March - has been put back indefinitely.
The only concern I would personally voice through my own experience is that I have encountered one Muslim man in a leadership position, who when speaking to me or publicly condemns suicide bombings but who amongst certain other groupings espouses tacit approval. That is not acceptable and I think is about individuals power bases.You're damn right it's not acceptable, so why are you respecting his anonymity, Featherstone? Who is he, and what are these ‘certain other groupings’ that are happy to hear his terror-supporting views? Name names - the public has a right to know.
A plan to put a time limit on extradition cases involving terror suspects was abandoned after consultations involving Home Office officials and the Government’s law officers.So what's the new plan?
The decision was disclosed in the annex of a 29-page Home Office paper outlining the Government’s strategy for countering international terrorism.
It is the second point of the Prime Minister’s hastily drawn-up plan to be abandoned. Last year the Government dropped Mr Blair’s proposal to give police the power to close mosques suspected of having links with extremists, after opposition from Muslim leaders and the police.
Despite Mr Blair promising last August to ban Hizb-ut-Tahrir, no action has been taken by the Government.
The revised strategy will focus on the root social causes behind the radicalisation of a small percentage of Britain’s 1.9 million Muslims, including feelings of personal alienation and the perceived sense of grievance among those who are most vulnerable to radical ideas. Muslims living in deprived areas are likely to be targeted with more resources.I’m sure their non-Muslim neighbours will be thrilled.
The bombers are not casualties of British society. Shehzad Tanweer, the Aldgate murderer, was only 22 yet left £121,000 after tax. The bombers’ grievances cannot be bought off with more money for schools or a new youth centre.Ah yes, youth centres.
A SPEECH by an extremist Muslim cleric praising the London bombers and mocking victims of suicide attacks has been broadcast on the internet to coincide with the anniversary of the July 7 attacks...More places to preach hatred, that's what they need.
The speech is peppered with jokes that bring laughter from his audience at the Small Heath youth and community centre in Birmingham, where it was filmed last Sunday.
On or about June 29, 2006, a court in the northwestern Iranian city of Urmia sentenced Malak Ghorbany, an Iranian woman, to death by public stoning after finding her guilty of the crime of "adultery." Under Iran's Penal Code, the term "adultery" is used to describe any intimate or sexual act between a man and a girl or a woman outside of marriage. The crime of adultery is also used in cases where a girl is deemed to have committed "acts incompatible with chastity," which includes instances of rape. In Iran, the punishment for "adultery" is death. In Ms. Ghorbany's case, the particular method of execution mandated -- death by stoning -- is one of the most inhumane and gruesome acts of torture and violence.Save Malak Ghorbany Petition (via Dhimmi Watch)
On the day of her punishment, the Ms. Ghorbany's hands will be tied behind her back as she becomes covered from head to toe in winding sheets and is placed seated in a pit. The pit is then filled up to her chest with dirt and the dirt is tamped down. At that point, members of the community are invited to murder her by hurling rocks at her. To ensure that the person condemned to stoning receives the absolute maximum amount of pain and torture, the Iranian government has even mandated the size of the stones that are to be used in this barbaric act of public execution. By law, no stone should be thrown that would kill Ms. Ghorbany with the first or second blow, or so small as a pebble to do no injury to her body.
EMBARGOED UNTIL 11PM, THURSDAY 6 JULY 2006The author of this report, Fahad Ansari, was interviewed on Today this morning and produced the astonishing statistic that between 9/11 and May 2006 there have been… wait for it… 27 convictions under anti-terrorism legislation! Four and a half years - 27 convictions. Some witch-hunt.
Press Release: IHRC Releases Updated Report on Effects of Terror Laws on British Muslims
On the eve of the first anniversary of the London bombings, IHRC are releasing an updated version of British Anti-Terrorism: A Modern Day Witch-hunt, a study of the application of the anti-terror legislation in the UK since 9-11 and its implications for the Muslim community.
Pakistani government sources tell ABC News two key operatives in last year's London bombings, Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Saddique Khan, personally met with Ayman al-Zawahiri in the tribal areas sometime in January 2005.From The Times last September:
Both appeared in the same video with Ayman al-Zawahiri, which was broadcast in two parts: the first part featuring Khan, posted in the Internet on Sept. 1, 2005, the second part with Tanweer, posted today.
The same sources say that both Khan and Tanweer were led to South Waziristan via Quetta several weeks after their arrival in Karachi in November 2004 and spent at least three full days with Zawahiri in the tribal areas.
Khan's and Tanweer's confessions were taped during that stay, along with Ayman al-Zawahiri's speech. The rushes were then edited in Quetta by As Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm.
British authorities say they continue to investigate the ties of the London bombers to al Qaeda figures.
AL-QAEDA is reported to have more home-made film from the July 7 bombers.From 7/7 conspiracy website The July Seventh Truth Campaign:
The additional footage is believed to include the gang’s leader, Mohammad Siddique Khan, directly confessing to the attacks on London which killed 56 people. Another of the cell, Shehzad Tanweer is also said to appear, according to a source involved in obtaining the film for the Arab satellite channel, Al-Jazeera.
After a video of Mohammad Sidique Khan was released in September 2005, it was claimed that a video also existed of Shehzad.Will the actual video convince these moonbats? I very much doubt it.
According to a report in The Times, there is additional footage of Khan directly confessing to the attacks, which he did not mention in the video which was broadcast. The Times added:“Another of the cell, Shehzad Tanweer is also said to appear, according to a source involved in obtaining the film for the Arab satellite channel, Al-Jazeera.”There have been no further mentions in the media of any other footage and to date, a video of Shehzad Tanweer stating his possible motivations or confessing to taking part in the attacks on London of July 7th - from any source - has not materialised.
"If I resign now there doesn’t have to be an election."Quite so, but there would have to be one at the party conference. From the Labour Party Rule Book (which is apparently password-protected. What have they got to hide?):
When the party is in government and the deputy leader, for whatever reason, becomes permanently unavailable, the Cabinet may, in consultation with the NEC, appoint one of its members to serve as deputy leader until the next party conference. The Cabinet may alternatively, in consultation with the NEC, leave the post vacant until the next party conference.A deputy leadership election would make a contest for the leadership more likely so that the whole divisive business could be dealt with in one go. I expect the Brownites and the anti-Blair left will be keen to capitalise if any new Prescott revelations find their way into the papers over the next few days. If they fancy their chances of taking Blair out they will need a nominee with the support of at least a fifth of Labour MPs:
Where there is no vacancy, nominations shall be sought each year prior to the annual session of party conference. In this case any nomination must be supported by 20 per cent of theIf there are no elections at the 2006 conference none can be triggered until the 2007 conference (unless Blair resigns).
Commons members of the PLP. Nominations not attaining this
threshold shall be null and void.
"I think it's called the internet or blogs or something. I've only just got used to letters, John. I haven't got into all this new technology."He makes a virtue of his ignorance and then wonders why people think he's stupid.)
A judge jailed a man for assault yesterday, but set him free when he burst into tears.Hardman - how ironic.
Daniel Hardman, 21, started crying as Judge Denis Clark delivered his sentence at Liverpool Crown Court. The judge then suspended the sentence for two years, saying he'd seen Hardman's "genuine fear and remorse".
Hardman, of Leigh, Greater Manchester, had pleaded guilty to throwing a glass at a pub landlord. He was ordered to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work and pay his victim £500.
"Enough now with this turning the other cheek! It's our duty to protect ourselves." Thus spoke Monsignor Velasio De Paolis, secretary of the Vatican’s supreme court, referring to Muslims. Explaining his apparent rejection of Jesus’ admonition to his followers to "turn the other cheek," De Paolis noted that "The West has had relations with the Arab countries for half a century... and has not been able to get the slightest concession on human rights."
the Church of England is considering rejecting England's patron saint St George on the grounds that his image is too warlike and may offend Muslims.
SIR NICHOLAS Winterton’s latest views on British Muslims have been branded "offensive and divisive" by the region’s racial equality council.There's a surprise.
But the unrepentant Macclesfield MP this week stood by comments made in his latest article in the Macclesfield Express, published in full in today’s edition.
In it, Sir Nick blames multi-culturalism for the terrorist threat facing the country and says that "agitating so-called Muslim community leaders" who criticise the police "should be ashamed of themselves and held to account".
He also adds: "The Australian Government has spelt out bluntly what it expects of its ethnic minority communities and we in the UK should do the same.
"They should stop politicising dress, such as wearing the hijab and burkha, they should learn English, they should not return to their homelands to get a spouse, cease forced marriages and accept once and for all that the United Kingdom is not, and never will be, an Islamic state."…
The Conservative Party Central Office has distanced itself from the comments, releasing a statement saying: "These are Sir Nick’s personal views"…
Director of the Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Council, Shantele Janes, said she would raise her concerns over the article with Mr Cameron.Go on Sir Nicholas!
"We are extremely concerned by the article," she says…
"We think that it is offensive and divisive and we are appalled that someone in his position would be so irresponsible as to make the comments he did, contributing to the climate of hostility towards Muslims in the UK."
But Sir Nick insisted such comments represent the views of both his constituents and the wider public.
"They are forthright and positive and express the views of many of those people who have communicated to me and speak to me about these issues," he said.
"It is time straight talking took place on the sensitive issue of integration and asylum. It is right that people should be told what the majority of British people believe."
We have heard a lot about Gordon supporting the England soccer team, but that has been somewhat exaggerated. He is really much more of a passionate fan of Welsh rugby. Barry John was a boyhood hero. Whenever Wales are playing, Gordon will invite a few pals round to his place to watch it on television over a plate of cockles...Two Labour MPs, George Howarth and Mohammed Sarwar, asked WLQ-related questions in PMQs today. They're rattled.
Dylan Thomas has always been a big influence. You often notice it in his speeches. For example, when he was recently addressing the CBI, he referred to the "global, glow-ball, crow-call, interest rate-bobbing economy". This sort of thing comes naturally to him.
I suppose it could also have something to do with his Irish forebears. Oh yes, the Browns of Ballymoney have always been known for their prudence. This Irishness also explains Gordon's love of "the craic" in Cabinet meetings.
Actually, I am surprised more people have not cottoned on to Gordon's Cornish roots. If you listen hard, you can detect that lovely West Country burr in his voice. Another giveaway is his habit of addressing the Governor of the Bank of England as "my lovely".
As well as the whimsical Cornish charm, he also has that hard, determined edge you need to survive in politics. He gets that from his Viking genes, I suppose.
Anyway, it has been lovely talking, but I have to dash to Number 11 now. Gordon's having one of his regular Cockney knees-ups.
A man arrested after a protest march in London over cartoons of the prophet Muhammad has been fined for failing to notify police about the demo.If it was an illegal march why did the police do everything in their power to ensure its success?
Former UK head of radical Islamic group al-Muhajiroun Anjem Choudary, 39, was found guilty of holding an unauthorised public demonstration.
Choudary, of Ilford, Essex, was charged after the rally outside the Danish embassy in February.
He was fined £500 and told to pay £300 in costs by Bow Street magistrates.
... an apostate traitor to Islam and professional terrorist who unlike members of Al Qa’idah took a salary for his terror... Indeed Jabron Hashmi has been exposed by Allah; he was not a Muslim but an apostate terrorist and must be condemned by everyone. Moreover, whoever condones his actions or glorifies them, or incites people to emulate them should clearly be put on trial and punished.We need more than occasional £500 fines to deal with these fuckers.
Carry On Ken - a tribute to director Ken LoachYou won’t find Pallywood or Brainwashing 101 on More 4. And now Channel 4 has moved into radio. If anyone can achieve the seemingly impossible task of outflanking the BBC on the left it’s the wankers at Channel 4.
Death in Gaza
Iraq: the Bloody Circus (a season of films with titles like “Why the Arabs hate the West” and “Iraq: the Reckoning”)
Morgan Spurlock’s Thirty Days
The Michael Moore Season
Out of Status (“In post 9/11 America, things are changing. Out of Status follows four families, each with a member who has been either detained or deported” )
We are the Indians (“The whites always get richer, the indigenous get poorer”).