Sunday, 4 October 2009

The Tie-Muncher Claims the EU Report Vindicated Him

And all three Georgian television stations go along with this attempt to invert reality. This is a champion of democracy?

Monday, 31 August 2009

Appeasement - the Foundational Myth of American Supremacism and British Peonage

In the Times today William Rees-Mogg dared to raise the question of whether Chamberlain's "appeasement" policy was really as bad as it is usually made out to be. Not much substance to the article, really, but it's interesting that he dares to raise the issue at all.

For American supremacists, and their British quislings, the "appeasement" episode forms the cornerstone of their entire worldview.

I posted a reply to the Rees-Mogg article which was blocked by The Times website censors, so I'll reproduce it in full here :

"Appeasement was the right choice for Britain, both before the war started and after it. The Rudolf Hess flight was a peace overture. It should have been accepted. The smart play for Britain was to divert Hitler into a war with Stalin, while we sat on the sidelines, husbanding our strength. The idiot play was the one Churchill conducted.

It led to the absolute ruin of Britain: the loss of all the wealth accumulated over hundreds of years; the British empire gone thanks to the free trade policy that the Americans shamefully foisted upon us in our moment of weakness; and, of course, we emerged from the war as peons in the service of a barbarously belligerent foreign empire - a peonage that has continued to this day. In other words our "victory" achieved exactly what we nominally fought the war to prevent. This must be accounted the greatest Pyrrhic victory in all of history.

What makes it all the more painful is that all of our military efforts were in vain. They barely affected the outcome of the war in any way. We lost almost every battle we fought against the Germans. The British Army vs. the Wehrmacht was like a pub team vs. the Premier League champions. The Soviets defeated the Nazis (accounting for 90% of German casualties) and would have defeated them regardless of what we did.

It's one of the supreme ironies of world history that we venerate Churchill as the man who saved Britain, when, in truth, he is the man who destroyed it."

To anyone who wants to get a true picture of the revered Churchill and the catastrophic consequences of his misrule, I recommend reading the following books:

If you're only going to read one anti-Churchill book, read Nigel Knight's. It covers Churchill's entire career, and demonstrates convincingly that the Greatest Briton was a train wreck on two legs who left a trail of carnage behind him throughout his government service. Among other things, Churchill was responsible for one of the greatest catastrophes in British military history at Gallipoli; and for the ruination of the British economy during the early 20s when he was Chancellor, provoking Britain's only general strike. He was also a big fan of Mussolini, which will certainly come as a great surprise to those of his fanboys who hail him as the great anti-fascist.

"Churchill, the Greatest Briton Unmasked" by Nigel Knight.

Picknett et. al. write mainly semi-conspiratorially-minded books on unusual subjects, such as the paranormal. Here they tackle the real world. Their perspectives are interesting. I don't always agree with their judgements, but they are certainly thought-provoking. Serious research has gone into these books and they shouldn't be dismissed as mere conspiracy mongering.

"Friendly Fire - the Secret War Between the Allies" by Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince and Stephen Prior.

"Double Standards: the Rudolf Hess Cover-up" by Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince and Stephen Prior.

John Charmley is a serious, professional historian. He critiques Churchill and the American peonage he helped bring about from an old skool right-wing perspective.

"Churchill : the End of Glory" by John Charmley.

"Churchill's Grand Alliance: the Anglo-American Special Relationship" by John Charmley.

Lamb's book is primarily a chronicle of Churchill's wartime ineptitude, telling of how he was drunk in important meetings; would ramble on with irrelevancies for hours as if he was senile; would become obsessed with some remote piece of land somewhere which he would convince himself held supreme strategic significance, requiring the top military professionals to expend extraordinary efforts trying to talk him down from his lunatic plans to assault or capture it.

Strangely, Lamb considers himself a Churchill fan. Although he acknowledges the ineptitude, he seems to think Churchill's ability to inspire made up for it. I beg to differ. You have to give Lamb credit, though. He lays the facts down coldly on the table, even when many would see them as refuting the basis of his own admiration. Not many historians have the gumption to do that.

"Churchill as War Leader" by Richard Lamb

Friday, 21 August 2009

America's Unreasoning Rage

OK so I owe Kenny MacAskill an apology after having previously doubted his intestinal fortitude. He summoned up the courage to say no to the Americans. Of course, the American government was probably only going through the motions of protesting anyway. The truth is that they are quite happy to see the appeal procedure brought to an end by Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds because it might well have brought some of the truth behind the Lockerbie incident to light.

Still, you have to marvel at America's capacity for blind, unreasoning rage. It's fully on display here in this Comments page at the New York Times. These people have no interest in the facts. They don't care that Megrahi is almost certainly innocent. They just want someone to blame. Several announce that they'll be boycotting Scotland and Scottish products. And to think that Scottish politicians have sent Scottish soldiers to die alongside Americans in their senseless wars. Yet just releasing a dying man with a few weeks of life remaining to him provokes this bitter rancour.

It's easy to see where Bush drew his support from. And to think that this is America's most elite, highbrow newspaper, too. Unfortunately, this is also the kind of rabid animosity that has been defining world events for the decade or so and Scotland, Britain and Europe have been shamefully complicit in going along with it. The incident has yielded an important insight into the emotional well-springs of American policy in the world - and how utterly contemptible it is.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Kenny MacAskill's Cowardice

It seems American pressure has brought a temporary halt to the plans of the Scottish government to release the hapless patsy convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. (If you need a refresher on why the original verdict was flawed, I recommend this article by William Blum). If American pressure ultimately prevails here, it will be a matter of profound shame and embarrassment both for Scotland and for Britain. It's also a textbook example of how many Europeans are deeply and irrationally psyched out by America. How Americans view them is tremendously important to these mental weaklings. It's a kind of psychological colonisation. In this case, that becomes particularly clear because there is absolutely nothing that the Americans could do to Scotland to exact retribution or express their displeasure. The Scottish government does not have any foreign relationships at all. It is barred from conducting foreign relations by the terms of the devolution settlement. Yet even in this case, where there is nothing to lose, Europeans are still so psyched out by the Americans that they abase themselves in front of the hegemon.

While we're on the subject, isn't it striking how amazingly flexible the attributions of these terrorist attacks are? There are a certain number of Middle Eastern attacks discussion of which constantly crops up. Khobar Towers, for example, the Lebanon barracks bombing, the BlackHawk Down incident, etc. Over the years, the Americans have blamed these incidents on any number of state or non-state actors. They are like Rorschach blots on to which the Americans can project whatever they want. Professional lunatic Laurie Mylroie once wrote a book blaming just about every terrorist incident in the last two decades on Iraq. Leading neo-cons, such as Paul Wolfowitz, praised the book. Now that they've been there and done that, killed all those brown people and are looking for the next set of victims, the same incidents are reinterpreted to finger the current enemy du jour: Iran.

The attributions shift as American relationships with the countries in question change, just like the Lockerbie bombings were originally blamed on Iran and Syria, backed by supposedly compelling evidence, before those countries' support in the first Iraq war became necessary and the blame was deflected on to the less supportive Libya.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Georgian Opposition Leader Nino Burjanadze Denounces Saakashvili

The tie-munching Saakashvili has been bleating his propaganda through op-eds in virtually all of Europe's broadsheet newspapers in the last few days. You only need to read the reader comments to his articles (despite the best efforts of the Guardian censors to screen out any dissent, including purging my comment just because it contained the phrase "tie-muncher") to see that the people of Europe have not been fooled by his lies.

Meanwhile, Saakashvili's former colleague Nino Burjanadze gave an interview to Spanish newspaper El Pais in which she denounced Saakshvili's continuing infringement of democratic norms.

I have translated some extracts from the interview below :

After the visit of the US Vice-President Joseph Biden, Saakashvili said that democratic reforms are deepening in Georgia. The opposite happened. Since Biden’s visit, everything has got worse. There are illegal arrests and more than 100 people in jail with false accusations of possessing drugs or weapons. They are judged in 15 minutes and everyone knows that they are political prisoners, party activists, punished for participating in demonstrations. In early August various members of our party were kidnapped and beaten (Democratic Movement – United Georgia). Look at this photograph. It’s like a horror film (shows a torso with two holes which look like the mark left by a giant drill). He was the ex world karate champion, AmirĂ¡n Bitsadze, who was beaten, tortured and shot in the side with a rubber bullet. It happened on the 2nd of August and everyone knows that the special police units did it and it’s not the first time.

Q: Do you feel safe here?

If anything happened to me or my family, there would be a big international scandal. As the ex-head of parliament and ex-acting president, I had a legal right to protection, but Saakashvili took my escort away in January for having crossed over to the opposition. I am now looking after myself, but what about the others? When we published the photo of Bitsadze people couldn’t believe it. His attackers wanted to show that I couldn’t take care of my people and that if they did this to a world karate champion, a giant with colossal strength, they could do the same to anyone. High officials in the police, who are so far unpunished, are linked to the death of one of the organisers of the demonstrations protesting against Saakashvili.

For the president, I am the enemy number one and for him it is very important to discredit me and my party. They approached six states requesting that they investigate whether my husband, who until six months ago was a lieutenant-general working for these authorities, had illegal underworld contacts. They worked hard to try and prove something against him or against me but they didn’t manage it.

...By presenting himself as a Western leader, Saakashvili is discrediting western values in Georgia...

...If Obama supports him like Bush did, the frustration against the West that already exists here will increase further.


Here's a bit more on this former world karate champion who was beaten up by Saakashvili's thugs.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Britain Goes Native on Its Former Colony

Back in the old empire days, we had a phrase for those who forgot the basic elements of Britishness, and got too caught up in the strange mores of whatever imperial dominion they happened to be residing in : going native.

I used to think that Tony Blair was the only Briton who had ever managed to go native on one of the colonies without actually living there; but now I see that there are many others like him.

The increasing adoption of American mores and terminology in Britain is a sign of a country that has lost touch with its own soul. Blair's push for a "Supreme Court" and a "Freedom of Information Act" was a sign of someone who was so psyched out by America that it went well beyond the realm of the rational. America had invaded and occupied the deepest, subconscious layers of his psyche.

Now we see a similar phenomenon spreading across the whole of Britain. As this report in the Times indicates, many British schools have now adopted the grotesque American practice of hosting a "school prom." Those Britons with any sense of self-respect left must cringe at this absurd importation.

Friday, 31 July 2009

The Enserfment of Britain

I once mocked the Czechs on this blog for writing to Obama begging him to change his mind on the missile defence deployment in their country. It struck me as peculiarly pitiful that these East European losers had so despaired of influencing the politicians in their own country to implement the democratic will of their own people, who were overwhelmingly opposed to the idea, that they had taken to writing to the leader of a foreign country in an attempt to secure a change in a political decision at home. Their own politicians were so mesmerised by America that they knew normal democratic pressure would avail nothing.

How embarrassing is it for me then to note that the same phenomenon has now arrived in Britain? In short, very. As the Gary McKinnon story appears to be winding towards its climax, with almost every avenue of appeal having been exhausted, and cringing Labour MPs having voted to reject calls to reconsider the extradition and the treaty that facilitated it, including some especially spineless MPs who had previously called publicly for such a reconsideration, McKinnon's last hope is an appeal for mercy addressed to the great emperor Obama. The letter is being put together by the National Autistic Society and a cross-party group of MPs. It calls on Obama to review the McKinnon extradition request.

How profoundly shameful that we now have the spectacle of British MPs calling on the leader of a foreign country to change the policy of the British government. Britain has joined the east Europeans in the Serf Club.