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The Calais Farce Continues!

Posted in Britain, David Cameron, England, European Union, Immigrants, News, Police, Politics, UK with tags , , , , on 13/08/2015 by floroy1942
French Police Not Effective Enough

French Police Not Effective Enough

It amazes me how governments can be faced with an ever-growing crisis and yet do nothing but argue and whine without taking the necessary steps. The situation in Calais has gotten steadily worse as more and more migrants turn up there in the hope of getting to Britain, but neither government, not the French nor the British, are actually doing anything about it except blame the other side.

Now the French are saying that we should send troops across the channel to deal with the crisis rather than engage their own to sort things out.

It seems to me that when all this dies down and the recriminations start flying, the French want to be able to shout loudly, “It wasn’t us it was the British!”

They refuse to bring in sufficient police to handle the situation, they refuse to bring in their army and then scream and shout that it is all the fault of Cameron and the British government. These people are on French soil dammit!

Bruno Noel, who is head of the union for police deployed to the French port and Eurotunnel has been quoted as saying his men are “doing Britain’s dirty work.”

Words Of Wisdom?

Words Of Wisdom?

There have been several calls to bring in the military to check lorries and stop people illegally entering Britain, among them Nigel Farage of UKIP. For myself, I think he is right, the military should be sent in to clear the whole Calais area of migrants. The best and cheapest policy for all concerned is to round them up and ship them back to where they came from.

The gangs organizing these efforts by the migrants have last week started a new tactic to get the people into Britain. Holiday makers who are returning to Britain on the ferries are being offered cash rewards for smuggling migrants onto ferries and through customs in their vehicles. Most of those targeted are older couples because they come under less scrutiny from customs officials.

The entire scenario has come under criticism from François Crépeau, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. He is reported to have said, “It is not an invasion. It is called mobility. It goes with globalisation. That is what we do when we go for vacation in Thailand.”

François Crépeau - An Idiot On Two Legs

François Crépeau – An Idiot On Two Legs

He even went so far as to accuse Britain of racism with his remark, “It is remarkable that in most of our countries we have nothing against numerous Germans and French coming in and we dislike profoundly that people with darker skin colours are coming in, so there are elements of racism in this nationalist, populist reaction to migration.”

Tory MP Andrew Percy branded Mr Crépeau’s comments “claptrap from a UN do-gooder” and said it was “disgusting to call British people racist for simply wanting to do what every other country does in the world, which is defend its border and protect people in other countries by cutting off a route which means they have to put their lives at risk”.

Illegals Attempting To Enter A Truck.

Illegals Attempting To Enter A Truck.

Britain’s trucking companies have been hit hard by this crisis and it has come to light that they have had to destroy millions of pounds worth of medication destined for NHS hospitals because of the backlog in Calais. The companies say they have been forced to bin the medication over concerns it could be contaminated by the presence of an intruder because it is meant to be transported in a secure environment.

Also, I have to ask why the French Police have not dismantled the burning tyre barricade that the striking ferry company workers put up to stop people entering the French terminal. Why have they allowed these people to perpetuate the chaos currently suffered by travellers? If these people want to strike by all means go ahead, but they should not be allowed to interrupt all traffic flow into the port. The French Police should have stepped in and removed them from roads in the very beginning.

I have to say that if sending British troops to operate on French soil is the only answer to this chaos, then the plan should go ahead, but they must be given a free hand to clear the port area of all migrants, and striking workers so that things can get back to normal quickly. This farce has gone on long enough!

Roy.

The Afghanistan Comedy

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, European Union, Islamic Revolution, News, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 28/12/2014 by floroy1942

Today (28/12/2014) the NATO presence in Afghanistan has finally come to an end with some outrageous claims being made during the low-key ceremony held in Kabul.

General John Campbell, the U.S. NATO commander

General John Campbell, the U.S. NATO commander

General John Campbell, the U.S. NATO commander, said in his speech, “Together we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future. I hope you take great pride in the positive impact you’ve made and will continue to make upon the Afghan people,” He told the gathered troops, “You’ve made Afghanistan stronger and our countries safer.” Seldom have I heard such a load of sanctimonious bullshit!

The event itself was even held in secret for fear of a Taliban attack on the ceremony, so how the hell can they have “made Afghanistan stronger?”

American Casualties

American Casualties

Ever since the war started in 2001 the ISAF has suffered 3,485 deaths, and that’s just the Americans! The British have also lost 453. Additionally, there have been 93 fatalities among troops from the non-NATO contributors to the coalition, Georgia, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Finland, Jordan, South Korea and Albania.

Afghan Caualties

Afghan Casualties

The biggest casualties are among the Afghan people, for the war has cost an estimated 174,000 civilian deaths. The annual figures rose to a new high during 2014, with a total of 3,188 deaths in the first ten months of the year. The Afghan Police too suffered heavily in the last year with an estimated 4,600 deaths over the same period.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said, “The US and NATO mission was an absolute failure as today’s ceremony shows. They are fleeing from Afghanistan. They have not reached their goals in defeating the Afghan mujahideen, but they are keeping some forces here to reach their vicious aims.”

Taliban

Taliban

Admittedly, since ISAF went into Afghanistan the Taliban have had their wings clipped, but after 13 years of war they are still a potent fighting force that in my view, may well end up controlling the country again within a couple of years.

At the ceremony, control was officially handed over to the Afghan Forces which number around 350,000, but as we have seen in Iraq, numbers don’t say very much. Who is to say we will not see the Afghan soldiers running away every time the Taliban attack?

So far as the NATO Forces involvement is concerned, the whole exercise has basically been for nothing, for not much has really changed in Afghanistan.

British Soldiers On the Battlefront

British Soldiers On the Battlefront

Had ISAF gone into the country in 2001 with the express purpose of destroying the Taliban totally, the war would have been over in half the time and the Afghan people would now be safe. As it is, not a lot has been achieved.

I believe the commanders made half-hearted, uncoördinated attacks against the Taliban which in effect achieved very little, for they are still a strong and effective force within the country. Now they are just waiting for the bulk of the foreign forces to leave before making their attempt to take over again.

The Afghan Army is in my view not a force that can be relied on, which does not bode well for the country’s future. But I hope I am wrong, for the sake of the Afghan people.

Pakistani Troops Fight The Taliban In The NW Province

Pakistani Troops Fight The Taliban In The NW Province

When the Americans and British made their sweep of the southern provinces a couple of years back in an effort to wipe out the Taliban forces, they were stupid enough to leave the back door open i.e. the border with Pakistan. As you would expect, the militants just crossed over until the troops left and then came back. Some months later the Pakistan Army made a half-hearted attempt to clear their North-West Provinces on the border and the reverse happened.

It makes basic common sense to me that if the two attacks had been coordinated to occur at the same time, the Taliban would have had nowhere to hide and the whole action could have resulted in a major victory. As it is, the whole exercise was a waste of time.

Afghan Army - We Have Yet To See if They Can Fight

Afghan Army – We Have Yet To See if They Can Fight

What saddens me the most is that all the casualties incurred during the war were basically for nothing, because little has been achieved. Now the troops are coming home, leaving a few behind to act as instructors to the Afghan Army. An Army which has yet to prove it has the guts to fight and win against the Taliban.

Roy.

Some Never Get Paid For Their Sacrifice

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Australia, Britain, Canada, Equality, Human Rights, Immigrants, MP's, News with tags , , , , on 06/10/2014 by floroy1942

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Roy.

Tony Blair’s Disgraceful Conduct

Posted in Afghanistan, Britain, England, Government, MP's, News, Parliament, Politics, Royal Air Force, UK with tags , , on 30/09/2014 by floroy1942

I have never liked Tony Blair for what he did to our country, but what I have just seen would surely anger just about anybody. It would appear Blair hitched a ride in an RAF transport plane that was carrying dead servicemen back from Afghanistan when he decided to do some paperwork. He used the coffin, draped in the Union flag, as a footrest.

Not only has he destroyed Great Britain with his Multi-Cultural exercise, but now he has shown a disgraceful lack of respect for a British Serviceman killed in action in Afghanistan, and the flag of our country. If I had been on that plane I would have opened the cargo door and thrown him out.

I hope that every person in the land sees this photo and takes appropriate action.

Roy.

Tony Blair Disrespects A Dead Serviceman and the flag!

Tony Blair Shows Disrespect To A Dead Serviceman And The Flag!

Why Do We Not Care For Our Soldiers?

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, Britain, England, Health, Taliban, Terrorism, UK, World War 2, World War One with tags , , , on 16/07/2013 by floroy1942
Afghanistan War

Afghanistan War

I was to say the least shocked when I read a report that more UK soldiers and veterans have died after returning home than are killed in Afghanistan. According to the BBC Panorama programme, last year a total of 50 serving and ex-soldiers committed suicide since returning from the front line where they are fighting the Taliban, whereas only 44 have died in Afghanistan, and 4 of those were not action related.

Of the 50 dead, 21 killed themselves after being repatriated back to the UK, and 29 veterans also committed suicide. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has been accused of giving insufficient care to soldiers who have suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while engaged against the Taliban. The MOD has remained coy and said only that the suicide rates among serving and ex-servicemen was lower than the civilian rate.

An Unnecessary Casualty

An Unnecessary Casualty

It is true that men in war do suffer severe mental hardship, especially when they are wounded or have a friend blown to pieces beside them by a road-side bomb, as was the case with L/Sgt Collins, a Welsh Guardsman. He was diagnosed with PTSD by the Army and given 10 months of intermittent treatment before being discharged by the doctors. He twice tried to kill himself, but eventually hung himself in a lonely spot in the Preseli mountains in Pembrokeshire.

With all of the extra knowledge the medical fraternity has gained about such problems over the past fifty years, one would imagine our soldiers get decent treatment, but it would seem that such people have been failed by the system.

WW1 - Going 'Over The Top'

WW1 – Going ‘Over The Top’

The stresses and strains of combat in today’s armed forces are somewhat different from that of the young men who went to war in 1914 and 1939, for today there are many more possibilities of the care for soldiers who have suffered mental anguish. In the 1914-18 war any soldier who suffered mental breakdown was ‘shot at dawn’ as a coward, and by the time we went into the Second World War things had improved somewhat, but nowhere near enough.

I do not wish to belittle the standards of today’s soldiers, but in these two previous wars the soldiers had to suffer far more than they do today. Back then there was no six-month rotation on the battle front, for regiments fought until they either died or were ‘almost dead on their feet’ from tiredness before being sent behind the lines for perhaps a couple of days or a week’s rest before being thrown into the fray once again. This went on for more than five long years, and the only real excuse for not being at the front-line was to be severely wounded, in which case you would be repatriated and discharged.

Normandy on D-Day

Normandy on D-Day

The front-line of today bears little comparison to going ‘over the top’ into a hail of lead from hundreds of machine guns and artillery during the First World War, when every soldier knew he had less than a 10% chance of surviving. The same can be said for storming the beaches during the Normandy Landings for example. Many will say that men were made of sterner stuff back then, even though many of our soldiers who came back suffered mental anguish just like today, but the main point is, they were left to deal with it themselves for there was no such thing as PTSD treatment like we have today, and even less understanding of the condition.

Granted, in those days you usually knew in which direction your enemy lay, but today we have hidden enemies with the detonator for a road-side bomb in the hand which does make a difference.

Which ever way you look at it, the MOD should be more able to take care of our serving soldiers and veterans, especially when you consider all the advances that have taken place since the 1940’s in understanding the mental stress of being in battle. When all is said and done, they are all hero’s!

Roy.

A Sick Truth of Modern Britain

Posted in Al Quada, Benefits, Britain, England, Government Spending, Immigrants, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Terrorism, UK with tags , , , on 07/06/2013 by floroy1942

Would you believe that the UK Social Welfare System is funding terrorism? Neither would I, but if a report from the Wall Street Journal is anything like the truth, and it seems to be,  the government need to wake up – and quickly!

The WSJ reported that Anjem Choudary, a British-Pakistani receiving £25,000 a year from Social Security, preaches terrorism to his followers, and tells them to take their benefits to fund the jihad. Choudrey is a prominent hate-preacher well known in the UK, and was caught on camera recently praising ‘jihad-seekers’ allowance.’ As he explained to his followers, “The normal situation, really, is to take money from the kafir” (an insult for non-Muslims). “Allahu akbar. We take the money.”

Choudrey is well known as a hater of democracy, liberalism and secularism, and openly demands Sharia Law in the UK. There has to be something drastically wrong with the system for it to support such an’ enemy of the state’. Why do the British tax payers have to support someone who so openly hates Britain and all it stands for?  It is long past due this man had all his benefits stopped, was put on a plane and deported back to Pakistan, or anywhere else that will take him.

The British are extremely tolerant by nature, but this surely goes beyond the pale, especially when you consider that, as the WSJ reports, a British soldier gets a mere £16,000 a year starting salary! £9,000 a year less than this parasite! According to the WSJ “if the reported figure is anywhere near accurate, it would surely be the first time in human history that a society has paid its opponents better than it pays its own“.

He is by far not the only jihadist who lives off the backs of the British tax payer, there are other well known ones like the two Abu’s, Qatada and Hamsa, who have received millions of tax payer money for more than ten years in defence costs against continued attempts by the government to deport  them.  You have to ask: How Many More of Them Are There?

Roy.

Prince Harry Comes Under Fire

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, England, Islamic Revolution, Terrorism, UK, USA with tags , , , on 23/01/2013 by floroy1942

Prince Harry is on the way home after his tour of duty as an Apache gunship pilot and already the slanging match has begun. This impressionable young man who has served his country well is now coming under fire from not only the Taliban, which one would expect, but also from the Afghan President, the British Press and of course, a Labour politician.

The Deadly Apache

The Deadly Apache

An agreement was made with the Press that he would give an open-hearted interview once his tour of duty was finished, provided they didn’t hassle him while he was in Afghanistan.  Now he has given it he is being criticised from all sides.

As you would expect, The Taliban has naturally jumped on the bandwagon with hunted Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar calling the Prince a ‘hyena’ and saying that the prince “comes to Afghanistan to hunt the innocent Afghans while he is drunk.”. That’s funny because another report has said that Harry, now in Cyprus, has just had his first drink of alcohol in five months.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar  - A Confused Man?

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – A Confused Man?

Mind you, Hekmatyar also told the newspaper that his Hizb-i-Islamia party was prepared to fight in the 2014 presidential elections, which will precede the final withdrawal of British and American troops from Afghanistan. Hekmatyar insisted that he wanted a “peaceful transition” from the present Afghan government to a new administration based on “free and fair elections.” once the troops leave. Believe that and you’ll believe anything because he also predicted that Afghanistan “will collapse into murderous civil war after Nato troops withdraw in 2014”. So it seems he is somewhat confused!

During the frank interview Prince Harry made a reference to his love of playing X-Box and PlayStation games during his free time and said: “It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful,” referring of course to operating the many switches controlling the Apache weapons. Innocent enough, but my how the words have been misquoted and twisted by all. Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, is quoted as saying: “To describe the war in Afghanistan as a game demeans anyone – especially a prince, who is supposed to be made of better things.”

Sharifullah Kamawal

Sharifullah Kamawal

Sharifullah Kamawal, a member of the Afghan parliament, is of the opinion that Prince Harry’s comments will hasten the withdrawal of NATO Forces from Afghanistan, saying: “This makes the withdrawal process much faster, because for now half of the people say the foreign forces must stay for longer, but if they say these kind of things then more people will want them to go home.”

Labour's Jim Murphy - Get Off Your 'High Horse'

Labour’s Jim Murphy – Get Off Your ‘High Horse’

The one unnecessary criticism I found distasteful came from Labour’s Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, who questioned the language the Prince had used. He is reported as saying: “I’m not going to second guess whether he should or shouldn’t have said it…..He’s obviously a young and brave man. He was candid. Perhaps he may have been more candid than the Palace may have wished.” Get off your high horse Murphy, or better still go out and defend Afghanistan from terrorism yourself instead of pontificating from the sidelines!

The fringe groups also had words of condemnation for Prince Harry’s interview when Lindsey German, who is convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said the Prince’s comments were “crass” and asked how he knew those he killed were members of the Taliban. referring to the Prince’s comment that he had killed insurgents during his tour. Well, Ms. German I have news for you.

Lindsey German Of Stop The War.

Lindsey German Of  Stop The War Coalition

Let me put it to you straight Lindsey. If someone in Afghanistan is pointing a weapon at you or your comrades, you can be pretty sure he is a Taliban and intends to kill you!!!! In war the one thing you don’t do is hold up your hand to someone aiming a gun at you and ask: “Excuse me, are you Taliban?” before you shoot them.

I deplore these ‘high and mighty’ individuals who have no idea of the hard facts but just swallow the lies and half-truths put out by the Press, before getting up on their high horse to pontificate about something they know little of! If it were up to me I would give you a gun Ms. German and put you in the front-line alongside the troops, so that you have a chance to wake up to the real world and not the dream world you inhabit! Personally I wouldn’t give an inch of press space to someone making such stupid comments.

Shot For Wanting An Education - This Why We Fight The Taliban

Shot For Wanting An Education – This Is Why We Fight The Taliban

 

Please remember Ms. German that it was the Taliban that shot Malala Yousafzaia a short time ago, and all she wanted was to be educated. It makes no difference that the attack on Malala happened in Pakistan, they are all the same group. Do you support the Taliban who shot her? For if you want the war against them to stop you surely do! These insurgents were responsible for gross atrocities against women when they controlled Afghanistan. Think about them apples!

Whatever criticism comes his way, for me Prince Harry has done an outstanding job in Afghanistan, and although the restricted Prince William is doing a brave and necessary job in Search and Rescue, it is Harry that has actually put himself in the firing line twice against an insurgency that must be beaten, one way or another.

The sad thing is, it seems members of the Royal Family are easy targets for the Press and anyone else who wants to ‘have a go’ at someone. As you would expect, St James’ Palace declined to comment.

Roy.

Time to Start Shooting Compensation Tribunals!

Posted in Britain, Insanity, Modern World, UK, World War 2 with tags , , , , , , on 15/04/2010 by floroy1942

Remember the old adage “Cheats Never Prosper”, well, that was before someone invented Compensation Tribunals! A couple of days ago I gave my thoughts on the case of Tilern DeBique (Sorry! Can’t go to War Today I Must Feed My Baby 13/4/2010) But today more amazing revelations came to light. Miss DeBique is claiming compensation from the army to the tune of £1,140,000 for sex discrimination over army childcare. This amount is for loss of earnings, loss of army benefits, loss of pension rights, aggravated damages, and £18,000 for ‘hurt feelings’!

Parasite

The amount she could receive has been described as ‘indecent’ and ‘perverse’ by officials, but I say ‘plain lunacy’ would be more like it. The Board will inform her tomorrow of the exact amount she will receive. I hope it is one penny, and even that would be too much.

All this despite the army offering her a posting with childcare, which she declined because ‘she only had four days to decide’, and because she applied for a lucrative civilian job in Afghanistan.

Ben Parkinson

The most shocking thing about the whole affair is that a Para who received 37 different injuries, including losing both legs and brain damage from a land-mine, was awarded a ridiculous £152,150 compensation! After a huge outcry from the public this was increased to £570,000 with much grinding of teeth at the M.O.D.

In a similar comparison, an M.O.D office worker who strained his back lifting a printer received £207,000, but Sergeant Stephens received only £209,000 initially for multiple severe shrapnel injuries he got during a mortar attack by militants in Iraq. This was eventually increased to £317,715 when new rules came into force. An RAF typist laughed all the way to the bank with her £484,000 pay-out because she injured her thumb typing. She ‘developed’ repetitive strain injury and could not work anymore! That much for a thumb? The mind boggles!

It just goes to show how rotten and disgusting this whole ‘compensation’ scheme has become. For some people it is now a way of life, and the sad part about it is, they get away with it because these ‘Bleeding Heart’ Compensation Boards can’t wait to give other people’s money away to these ‘poor unfortunates’.

Ill-Gotten Gains

Miss DeBique and her family must think Christmas has come early, for with her credentials she wouldn’t make the amount of money she is claiming in her entire life! And on the other side of the fence are our soldiers returning from a war zone, many with horrific injuries, and they are getting peanuts by comparison.

While I don’t begrudge the injured soldiers their pay-outs, I have to wonder what all our soldiers who fought in two world wars would have to say about the compensation scheme employed and misused by so many today. They went to war to defend our nation and never had the opportunity of compensation. When they came home after the war they got nothing, not even sympathy, and many couldn’t even get a job such was the thanks of a ‘grateful nation’.

We have without doubt become a sorry excuse for humanity.

Roy.

Update:

Well, one may assume there is maybe one small shred of justice still left in the UK after Miss DeBique was awarded just £17,016 today by the Tribunal. If she dreamed of living in a mansion and driving a Ferrari on her home island of St. Vincent, then thankfully she can forget it!

She was criticised by the Board for not taking the alternate posting with child-care offered her by the army, and for not trying hard enough to find work after she left. I guess she will have to find some other way of scamming the rest of us into giving her the lifestyle she wants.

Maybe now the M.O.D will take a closer look at the advisability of having unmarried mothers in the army. Lets hope so, for if not this may be the pattern of things to come.

As for my title of shooting Compensation Board members, perhaps it will be sufficient if we just wound them……slightly!

Sorry! Can’t Go to War Today, I Must Feed My Baby!!!!

Posted in Britain, Children, England, Human Rights, Insanity, Modern World, Royal Navy, UK with tags , , , , , , , , on 13/04/2010 by floroy1942

Whatever happened to common sense and commitment? These are two ideals sadly lacking in today’s world, and we are worse off because of it. I read with total shock about a young female Caribbean recruit to the British Army who has successfully sued the Ministry of Defence, and will receive £100,000 in compensation for ‘missing a parade’ because she had to care for her child.

Tilern DuBique

Tilern DeBique, who signed on for the army during one its recruiting drives on the island of St. Vincent, came to England and joined the 10th Signal Regiment in 2001 as a Signals Technician, and had reached the rank of Corporal. When she missed a parade because she had to care for her child, she is a single mother, she was disciplined by her C.O. He told her, quite rightly, the Army is ‘a war fighting machine’, and not the place for a single mother who could not arrange care for her child.

Appearing before the Central London Employment Tribunal she said she feared she would be dismissed from the Army and left. She further stated that she was told she should be ‘available for duty 24 hours a day’. Despite this, arrangements were made by her commanders for her to work between 08.30 and 16.30 weekdays only, but it would appear this was not enough. In December 2006 she missed a training session and was absent on parade in January 2007 due to childcare difficulties. Because she felt she was going to be dismissed from the Army, she left, or as she put it to the tribunal, ‘She was forced out’! The Army said in its defence that she had the choice of an alternative posting which she did not accept.

Part of her case rested on the fact that the Army would not help her bring her half sister across from St. Vincent to care for the child. She was told, correctly, that that was an immigration question which could only be answered by the Immigration Department. Current immigration rules would have allowed the sister to remain in the UK for a maximum period of six months.

Ministry of Defence

The ramifications of this ruling may well be severe for the Ministry of Defence, for like most cases of this kind, it opens the door for any single mother in the Armed Forces to rake in a lot of quick money.

Is the Army now going to be forced to set up Day Care Centres behind the front line when it goes to war? The acceptance of female soldiers into the Forces has always been a contentious issue, but the prospect of single mothers needs to be looked at immediately. The simple rule should be: If you are single and get pregnant, you’re out!

There is a place for women in the Forces, and most of them are very good at what they do, but a single mother does not belong in anyone’s Army unless they can be available for duty 24 hours a day. That is one of the basic conditions when you sign on the dotted line, otherwise chaos would reign.

Who knows, maybe wars will only be fought during office hours in the future, but I doubt it.

I have served my time, and I must say that in my day (oh bugger! That makes me sound very old) people did the job they were paid for, without going to tribunals and demanding compensation because military duty hours did not fit in with their life style.

RAF Nicosia Cyprus

In 1965, during a panic when it was thought that Cyprus would be invaded by the Turks, I worked 72 hours straight with only an occasional catnap in a corner because that was what the job demanded. I didn’t complain to my boss that I had to get home to feed my baby, the baby-sitter could only stay until 21.30, or sorry, its the wrong time of the month!!

In times of war or tension, the Army, Navy, and in my case the RAF, require full commitment by it soldiers, sailors and airmen, and if you give short of your best then others will suffer, or at the very least, must carry part of your load.

Always Ready

In this crazy modern world of ‘Human Rights’, ‘Equality’, ‘Political Correctness’, ‘Sexual Discrimination’ and all that other bunkum, the basic standards by which our civilisation became great are getting lost in the cracks. It is sad to see a once proud and all conquering army brought to its knees by a stupid woman who wants it all!

There is little doubt the young lady in question has missed the golden rule of being a member of the Armed Forces; Single parenting and the Forces do not go together! If you cannot commit 100% to the job, find another! The only other alternative is to join the Dutch Armed Forces, they even have a Union and I am sure she would get some sympathy there!

Bah! Humbug!

Roy.


British Army Apologises to Muslims

Posted in Arab, Britain, Christianity, England, Free Speech, Hackers, Immigrants, Insanity, Insurgents, Islamic Revolution, Modern World, Religion, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , on 09/04/2010 by floroy1942

Urban Training

Yet another episode in the “Let’s not offend the Muslims” saga came to light in Britain today. The army erected mock-up buildings on a firing range at Catterick Barracks to simulate a Middle East environment so the men could practice fighting techniques in a more realistic manner, and the local Muslims have complained. They say the buildings look like mosques and were outraged. Oh Dear! What a shame, never mind!!!

The Ministry of Defence said there was no intention of representing mosques, and they were just buildings typical of the environment their men would be fighting in. However, Britain being what it is today under the Labour Government, they were forced into a climb-down and have apologised to the Muslims for this ‘insult’. Touchy touchy!

It astounds me that infidels are required to kow-tow to Muslims and not ‘insult’ their mosques at the drop of a hat, and yet Muslim insurgents show little respect for mosques by blowing them up and raking them with gunfire whenever it suits them.

Muslim Respect For Mosque

For example, last June, Islamic separatists opened fire on a mosque in Thailand during prayers killing 10 and wounding 19. No respect for the mosque there then!

It seems the Muslim population is always looking for the slightest excuse to stamp their brand on any country they move into. They fly off the handle at the slightest excuse, and I can see the day coming when it will be an insult to Allah for an infidel to even draw breath. Mind you, in their eyes it probably is already!It needs to be hammered home to these people that they do not rule the world……..yet!

The Islam Image Problem

While I respect the rights of any individual to follow whatever religion he wishes, I do have my opinions on the Islamic religion, and they may not go down too well with followers. Thank God we still have free speech here in the west…….at least for the moment.

The Islamic religion does have some good points that we of the Christian faith could learn from. For one thing, it teaches its followers respect for persons and property, something which has declined over the last forty years here in Christian countries, much to our shame. We have become decadent and far too liberal in what we condone these days.

There are certain parts of Sharia Law that I agree with, like the removal of a hand for stealing and the death penalty for murder, not that I would agree with the rest of it.

Sharia?

The idea of a public beheading for insulting Allah, or the stoning to death of a woman for adultery just does not fit in with my Christian values.

But lets face it, wouldn’t it be great to know that a thief would never be able to steal more than twice, and a killer would never do it again! I have always been of the opinion that spammers and hackers for example should have their fingers removed (try typing without fingers you bugger), and pedophiles should be castrated (live with the memory, its all you’ll have), both because of the untold misery they cause normal people. We have treated criminals like hotel guests for far too long.

Muslims Praying

As to the rest of it though, to me its akin to living in a straight-jacket in a padded room. Having to pray five times a day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing must be a little tiresome at times (recently a London bus driver stopped his bus and prayed in the aisle while the passengers looked on). Women are suppressed and denied all freedoms (except to treat their men like princes) and must hide themselves from the world. Also, to have a religion where everything non-Muslim is blasphemous must also be a strain to live with (how many times can you curse in a day?)

Mosque on Every Street Corner?

There is little doubt that Islam is on the rise, and it seems to me they will eventually take over a sizeable chunk of the world. They have parts of the Far East and Africa, Britain, and the rest of Europe in their sights at the moment, and I have little doubt that once they have conquered these via their hugely superior birth-rate over the indigenous population, they will turn to America (think of the White House or Capitol Building being turned into a mosque!).

Imagine being a second class citizen in your own country with comforts we take for granted, like a beer at the local pub, being outlawed. Women would have to wear a burqa even on the beach (no more suntan for you my girl), and the men would all walk around in night gowns!

It will take many decades, but I can see the time when most of the western world, and a large chunk of the east is Muslim under Sharia Law and all that entails. In the meantime, I urge tolerance on the part of Muslims everywhere who think the world was made for them alone.

I may not be Enoch Powell, but even I can see the writing on the wall! I just thank God I will not be around to see it!

Roy.


New Afghan Offensive Doomed to Failure?

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, Arab, Insurgents, Taliban, Terrorism, Terrorists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14/02/2010 by floroy1942

There is a very good chance the new offensive in Helmond Province in Afghanistan, Operation Moshtarak, may be doomed to failure in the long-term. From the news reports it seems to be going well at the moment, but Taliban casualties have been very few, and none of the pitched battles with insurgents that many had expected have taken place.

Coalition Commanders on the ground are saying the bulk of the Taliban forces have retreated, and who should be surprised at that.

I have a feeling that announcing the operation beforehand was more of a political move, made in the hope of allowing the Taliban to retreat, and thus reduce politically sensitive coalition casualties. The laudable thing about this approach was it did allow the civilian population to evacuate the area, and the avoidance of civilian casualties was, quite rightly, very high on the agenda. For this the idea must be applauded.

In my view, the one big flaw in the plan is the Pakistan Border, a mere 160 kms away. Since the Pakistan Army ceased their operations on the other side of the border without clearing all of the frontier provinces of insurgents, those still in Afghanistan still have a bolt-hole when things get tough.

It is without doubt a shame the Pakistan Government could not be persuaded to finish the job on their side of the border. If the coalition forces could have mounted this attack when the Pakistani Army was closing in from their side, they would consequently have had the Taliban in a pincer movement with nowhere left to run. Casualties on both the Pakistani and coalition sides would perhaps have been reduced by forcing the insurgents to fight on two fronts. There are many lessons in history here. Such an operation would quite possibly have wiped them out once and for all. What a pity politics got in the way.

Due this lack of foresight, it is clear they will now retreat as far as the mountains in Pakistan where they will stay until they judge the time is right for a return. This will be when they see garrison vigilance wanes due to inactivity, and forces are reduced to the minimum as a result. This will happen some time after the operation is over. For the Taliban, patience is a valued virtue.

If the coalition wishes to retain Marjah, it will be essential to keep a considerable size force in the town to hold it securely, otherwise, in a few weeks the Taliban could be back.

I wish every soldier taking part the very best of luck, and I sincerely hope the entire operation can be successful with the minimum of casualties. It is also my hope that when this action is concluded, the Taliban never again set foot in Marjah. We will have to wait and see, but this is just a battle and unfortunately, does not constitute a total victory over the Taliban.

The ordinary Afghan people must surely deserve peace in their war-torn country.

Roy.


National Military Service – A Cure For What Ails Us?

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, Justice, Prison, Teen alcohol abuse, Teens, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , , on 18/01/2010 by floroy1942

Yahoo’s editor has posed the question in his column: Should the UK reintroduce national service in the Armed Forces? In the last decade Britain’s youth has become the most savage on the planet, and it is clear that neither government policies, nor the intervention of all the ‘limp wristed’ Goody Goodies have made an iota of difference. The British justice system is in tatters, with the courts incapable of handing out proper sentences for crimes committed by youths because the prisons are overcrowded or the Law considers them too young. The best the Government and Courts have been able to come up with is the infamous ASBO or Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which only places certain restrictions on them. These have become so ineffectual that they are viewed by most toe-rags as a badge of honour and are completely ignored anyway.

So what is the answer? Is the reintroduction of national service the solution to sorting out these malcontents once and for all? In short, I think the answer is yes, but not as we have known it in the past.

Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Greece have all reintroduced national service successfully to combat youth crime and the ‘yob’ culture. So why not Britain?

Comments on the news column show that many people are afraid their loved ones, once committed to national service, could end up in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and this fact is turning people away from the idea. To make this work a compromise is needed.

It has been suggested that young criminals be given the choice of jail time or serving in the army, with repeat offenders having the choice removed and being committed to serve a fixed term.  This could work in some cases but not all. The compromise suggested earlier would mean that young offenders be given the assurance they would not be sent to a war zone during their period of sentence. That takes care of parents concerns.

But what of the time spent in the Army? David Cameron of the Tory Party has suggested a non-obligatory period of six weeks for all 16 year olds, note the non-obligatory! Six weeks could never provide the necessary deterrent with violent youth because just as the malcontents got used to the idea they would be free with insufficient time to learn anything useful. Young criminals would need to spend a minimum of nine months in the loving bosom of the Army before any sort of character changes could manifest themselves. Within that time, it is fairly certain the constant application of strict discipline could begin to change the way these people think of themselves, and their place in society.

Each ‘soldier’ could in that time be fairly accurately judged by their instructors as to whether they are fit to re-enter society. If they are deemed not to have learnt anything they stay in until they have. Simple.

But what of the army? What could they do with all these nasty individuals? We are constantly hearing the army is under-manned and there is insufficient manpower to fight two wars, i.e. Iraq and Afghanistan. I am sure that handing over some of the UK Base tasks to the criminal element after sufficient training, would make more manpower available for the front from our volunteer army. But what jobs? Well, how about Transport, Administration, Security, Supply and Catering just to quote some examples. These are jobs that do not require intensive long drawn out training and could be done by many criminals. The added advantage is it would teach them a trade for use when they are released.

So how could you be sure those working in ‘Supply’ for example, (thinking they have been handed a golden opportunity to make some money on the sly) don’t start selling army property behind everyone’s back? Well, after finishing their ‘Basic Training’ and before any of them start becoming productive, they should be given a guided tour of the the National Military Detention Centre at Colchester. Just the sight of what goes on in that military prison will scare the pants off them. Normal prisons are holiday camps by comparison (well, come to think of it, they are anyway). After all, why should they not be subject to military justice while serving their sentence? If they do not break the rules they have nothing to fear.

There would of course need to be one major change to army thinking. The new ‘softly softly’ attitude to recruits would have to go out the window for the detainees. A soft hand with them would make the whole exercise a wasted effort. They need the iron fist to instil the normal  attitudes of decency, respect and responsibility that the rest of us take for granted. There are more than enough drill instructors who would love to put these misfits through the hoop.

The hard cases will only respond to men who are tougher and stronger than they are, and in any army drill instructor they will meet their match. It’s the story of the ages; power respects power! I am sure any low-life who thinks he is tough will soon wilt when he is doing a ten mile run through the Cairngorms in pouring rain with a 30lb pack and an Army instructor yelling at his heels.

I am no psychologist, but I am fairly sure that nine months of army training will make for a more mature and responsible citizen. Once these young people have finished their ‘sentence’ they could be given the choice of staying in.

Some readers may now be thinking they have found a flaw in my plan, because many of the youth criminals today are as young as 10 and 11 years old. Does that matter? Naturally, there are ways to downscale the action plan to cover these junior horrors. Many of them think they are tough anyway, and their age is no reason to go soft on them because they are only 10 years old. If they are old enough to commit murder, as many have, they are old enough for a taste of junior army life.

One concession to their age could be made by making them do only six months instead of nine months or a year. No! Young as they are, they can still turn out for inspection and parade at 06.00hrs every morning just like army recruits. If they spend the day learning to march, to keep themselves and their environment clean plus continuing their education under strict supervision they are sure to learn the error of their ways. Many of the normal infantry training tactics used in the army today such as physical education and assault courses, scaled to fit the trainees of course, would be a benefit in teaching them to work as a team, to help and respect each other. After all, if it can work in other countries, why not Britain?

There will always be the few hard cases who think they are tougher than the system, and some will run away because after all, an army camp is not a prison. But that’s OK, 48 hours in a real army prison will soon make them realise that co-operation is the best way out, and 48 hours is all it will take.

All this would place a burden on the army, and would be expensive to set up, but consider this! In the medium to long term, how much government money would be saved by getting these criminals off the streets, along with the eventual major reduction in the crime rates across the country? I am well aware that the Upper Brass of the Army has already said it is against the idea of the army being used as a sort of ‘prison service’, but what other effective solution is there. I am sure that with the proper organization this whole plan could be made to benefit the Army in many ways.

Life in  the army can be hard, and training would be structured such that we would eventually get back to the situation where criminals, once they have been through the mill, will not return to crime for fear of having to go through it all again. As in the old days, the only way to fight perpetual crime is to make the punishment such that criminals will not wish to subject themselves to it again.

Say what you will, but the best deterrent for crime is the fear of punishment.

The days when a youth can commit murder and get away with it because of his/her age has to end. Only then can we all live in peace and without fear of a group of youths hanging around on a street corner. It is time we stopped being soft on criminals or we will end up with total anarchy.

It’s time for positive action, but who will dare?

Roy.

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