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A Short Sharp Lesson For The British Government

Posted in America, Britain, David Cameron, England, European Union, Immigration, News, Parliament, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 25/06/2014 by floroy1942
Russian President Address the Duma

Russian President Addresses the Duma

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

“In Russia , live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslims then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities . Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’ .

We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia .

The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians”.

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

It is a sad day when a Communist leader makes more sense than our own political leaders !!!!

My thanks to an old colleague who sent me this.

Roy.

Is NATO Doomed?

Posted in Afghanistan, Britain, Europe, Germany, Security Council, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 14/06/2011 by floroy1942

After having worked for NATO for the last twenty five years up to my retirement, the scathing words from Defence Secretary Gates of the USA come as no surprise.

NATO Headquarters – Brussels

During the Cold War the partnership of the USA and NATO countries formed a bastion against Soviet aggression in the West,  and thereby proved its value. Since that time however, the club has got bigger, but  commitment to the Alliance has diminished.

NATO – A Short History:

Too may nations, who in the past were so anxious to join NATO, have proven by their lack of commitment that their membership is in name only. Whenever there is trouble, like Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, it is the same few members who step forward to ‘man the guns’. Many have just sat on the sidelines, some have even come out in direct opposition to tasks undertaken.

Many will say that the trouble in the Middle East is outside the confines of NATO responsibility, but they would be wrong. The organization is the only true international armed force in the world and can be likened to a United Nations armed force, so who better to  carry out the dictates of the UN.

Australian Troops In Iraq

True, in Iraq we did see international forces involved in the fighting against Saddam Hussein that were not part of NATO like Australia and that is to the good, but throughout its history, at least since the Korean War, the UN has found it hard to find any nation that will pick up the sword in its name. In NATO they have a working force in being that can be used.

British Troops In Afghanistan

But, it doesn’t always work out as planned, for the simple reason many members of the Alliance are not willing to pull their weight. If NATO is called to action in places like Libya, ALL member nations should make some contribution not just the usual three or four. We have always had the USA in the lead, followed closely by the United Kingdom which has a history of living up to it’s commitments. True, Germany and Italy among others have played a part in some areas, but that still leaves a majority who have not.

After the initial onslaught from the US in Libya, which has now backed off from taking a major role, the responsibility lies with the European NATO countries, many of whom have dropped the ball. Without the participation of France and the UK the whole operation would have died at the planning stage.

Hard Talking Robert Gates At NATO HQ

Gates accused the NATO partners of having trouble in fulfilling their commitment in Afghanistan. He made his point with this blunt statement:  “Despite more than 2 million troops in uniform — not counting the U.S. military — NATO has struggled, at times desperately, to sustain a deployment of 25,000 to 40,000 troops, not just in boots on the ground, but in crucial support assets” .

RAF Tornado’s Take Off On A Mission

Commenting on the Libyan campaign he said “While every alliance member voted for the Libya mission, less than half have participated at all, and fewer than a third have been willing to participate in the strike mission.” On the current air strikes situation he said: “Norway and Denmark have provided 12% of allied strike aircraft yet have struck about one-third of the targets.” I guess that just about sums it up!

Another Load Of Death

He made a further comment on the munitions situation, saying that only 11 weeks into the action and some Allies were already running short of missiles and bombs which they were scrambling to obtain from the US.

Tornado Destroys Two Gaddafi Tanks:

It is without doubt that the NATO command, and indeed all the members countries, needed to hear this piece of straight talking from someone who carries a lot of influence. No-one can deny that the whole organization has been propped up by the United States to a great extent since the end of the cold war.

The big problem on everyone’s mind is of course money, that old, old evil. At the moment there is not much of it around, which is why many countries, including the UK and France are looking to make cutbacks in defense expenditure.  This was precisely the point argued against by Secretary Gates during his final speech in the job.

Nato Awacs At Trapani Airbase In Sicily

On the question of NATO nations defence budgets Gates said: “The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defence.” He continued: “If current trends in the decline of European defence capabilities are not halted and reversed, future US political leaders — those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me — may not consider the return on America’s investment in Nato worth the cost.”

Anders Fogh Rasmussen- NATO Leader With A Big Problem

It is time for many countries in the Alliance to realise this is not just a boy’s club, but a serious and necessary force for good in the world and without the backing and participation of the USA it will cease to exist. Each nation that wishes to be a part of it must carry their share of responsibility if it is to continue. The current situation, where most of the burden falls on just a small number of members cannot continue.

From the original twelve members who formed the Alliance on the 4th April 1949 it has grown to twenty-eight members. Almost all that joined in the last twelve years were previously members of the Warsaw Pact until the fall of communism.

They all wish to feel safe under the shield provided by NATO, but too few are willing to be active members when there is a call for help. Unless these countries start to carry more of the load I can see that America will gradually start cutting back on their investment, and eventually NATO will collapse in on itself. That will be a sad day for world peace.

Roy.

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