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The World In Crisis

Posted in America, Britain, China, Environment, Government, Insanity, News, North Korea, President, Russia with tags , , , , on 13/08/2017 by floroy1942

It has often been said in the past that mankind will end up destroying itself. A bold statement if ever there was one. But with the current crisis with North Korea anything is possible. Kim Jong-Un has said he will fire missiles at the island of Guam in the coming three weeks or so, and if they are nuclear tipped the world will go to war.

President Trump’s statement that he will attack North Korea if that happens could be the prelude to a world nuclear war, for China has already said that if America unleashes nuclear weapons at North Korea they will retaliate. Who knows which side Russia will back if that happens.

Map: Guam in relation to North Korea

Guam has been an American military base since 1898 when they captured it from the Spanish during the Spanish-American war. Since then it has been the only base for Americans in the Far East. Guam is very important for the Americans and has become known as the ‘Tip of the Spear’ for the American armed forces in the Far East.  The remote 210-square mile US territory, about 4,000 miles west of Hawaii in the western Pacific Ocean, is a vital US military outpost and host to strategic bombers and at least 6,000 US service members. It is just 2,200 miles southeast of North Korea and is vulnerable to North Korea attack.

It is rumoured that the North Korea is developing missiles to reach the mainland of America and they are close to achieving this. If this happens we could see all-out war between America and North Korea. This could possibly mean that China jumps on the ‘band-wagon’ against America.

Many American politicians are of the opinion that this will never happen, but with someone like Kim Jong-Un it is dangerous to ignore this. He has total control over his country and has a huge army that could invade South Korea. If this happens we could possibly see Trump unleash nuclear weapons on the north.

There can be little doubt that if this happens, radioactivity will spread around the world and we may well see the end of mankind on this planet.

Roy.

The U.N. Applies Pressure On I.S. – Really?

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Islamic Revolution, News, Obama, Security Council, Terrorism, United Nations with tags , , , , on 11/09/2014 by floroy1942
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council

The news is yet again full of the pressure that is being applied to the Islamic militants of I.S. But, sad to say, it is not coming from the right quarter i.e. the U.N.

Obama At The NATO Meeting

Obama At The NATO Meeting

This august body has been pussy-footing around with sanctions that target individuals recruiting, financing, supplying weapons, or fighting for Islamic State (IS), but has left it up to NATO to take any positive steps to defeat them. All the U.N. can come up with is sanctions, while under the leadership of the USA, NATO countries are actually taking action against these barbarians.

Korean War

Korean War

Born with such high ideals, and with the promise of a world at peace, the U.N. has, with the exception of the Korean War in 1950, not achieved anything in its mandate to stop wars between countries.

Mark Lyall Grant - Britain's UN Ambassador

Mark Lyall Grant – Britain’s UN Ambassador

UK ambassador to the UN Sir Mark Lyall Grant said Friday’s unanimous Security Council vote sent a “clear political message” that the world was acting to tackle the IS threat. By the time the U.N. gets off its fat a#se and takes some action the whole world will be Muslim.

For this international body to do no more than ‘condemn’ I.S. and ‘sanction’ a few individuals is not going to have any affect on the ambitions of the militants.

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,

Do these idiots really think that once the leader of I.S. is told that the U.N. condemns the actions of his group, that he is going to say to his men: “OK Lads! Nice try, but it’s all over because the U.N. has said we cannot do this. Go home to your wives and children. Allah u Akbar!” The U.N., just like NATO must realize that nothing short of a force of arms is going to stop these Muslim fanatics. For without doubt, if they do establish their own country (Caliphate), they will then turn on their neighbours, and eventually us!

The Public's View Of NATO Action Against I.S.

The International Public’s View Of NATO Action Against I.S.

In these desperate times when Muslim fanaticism is spreading across the globe I am very glad that someone like Barack Obama has the foresight to initiate some positive action against these people.

American Air Strike

American Air Strike

While the American contribution has been going on for several weeks in the form of air strikes, I cannot say that the U.K.’s contribution has been as bold, for they have been dropping plates, knives, forks and spoons and frying pans to the beleaguered people “so they can eat”. The Americans and French have dropped arms to the Kurds who seem to be the only people capable of standing up to these killers. It is known that in many cases the Iraqi Army soldiers have dropped their weapons and run when attacked by elements of I.S.

The British Public's View

The British Public’s View

There can be little doubt that nothing less than a force of arms is going to rid the world of these fanatical killers. They must be wiped out to a man or they will come back and haunt us again in the future.

The U.N. - A Toothless Tiger

The U.N. – A Toothless Tiger

It bothers me that the U.N. proves yet again what a toothless tiger it really is. This body, trusted with world peace, should at the beginning have made it plain that either these people stop their activities and go home, or an international force of such size will be sent in to wipe them out. The same goes for Boko Haram, al-Shebab, al Quada, the Taliban and any other upstart group who thinks they can subjugate the people to their will.

We need serious action from the U.N., not years of ceaseless babble that does nothing for anyone.

Roy.

Should The USA/UK Interfere In Syria?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Iran, Obama, Politics, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 25/08/2013 by floroy1942

Many of the current headlines indicate that both the American President and our Prime Minister are building up to military intervention in Syria in an attempt to stop the use of chemical weapons. An extremely laudable idea, but is it wise? The Syrian crisis has caused the death of thousands of Syrian people since it began, and there have been suspicions that chemical weapons have been used on several occasions and each side is blaming the other. It is without doubt a serious situation and the end of the conflict is nowhere in sight.

Syria Gas Attacks

Syria Gas Attacks

It is perhaps time that an outside force moved in to stop the violence, but the USA and the UK again? I am sure that would not go down well with other Arab countries especially after the intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. These two invasions caused much hatred of the USA and the UK in the Arab world, which resulted in bomb attacks in New York, London and Madrid. Admittedly the intervention in Afghanistan was UN sponsored, but still caused resentment from the people because the bulk of the forces were either American or British.

It Is The Rebels Who Are Using Chemical Weapons.

It Is The Rebels Who Are Using Chemical Weapons.

Syria is most assuredly a difficult problem, for American and British intervention would be significant in stopping the needless bloodshed of the Syrian people and save thousands of lives, but must be weighed against the resentment created from other nations.  Iran in particular has warned against such action by saying publicly that ‘the US should not to cross the “red line” on Syria’, adding that such an action, ‘would have “severe consequences”, What those consequences are is anyone’s guess, for unless it resorts to terrorist practices it cannot really strike at the USA.

The Silent Arab Union States

The Silent Arab Union States

What I do find rather mystifying is the silence of the Arab Union states on the question of Syria. Occasionally one or other politician comes out with a half-hearted request for Assad to stop fighting and negotiate a peace deal, but other than that they have remained relatively silent. I would have expected more concrete action from this Arab version of the UN, like embargo’s and real pressure on both sides in Syria to stop fighting, and more importantly, killing innocent civilians. Sadly, they seem a pale reminder of the real UN which has become nothing more than a talking shop these days.

It remains to be seen if the UN will finally take positive action to stop the slaughter in Syria, but after two years, I for one am not hopeful. In political language, the strongest condemnation of the Assad regime has come from President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron this last week, who were quoted as saying, “they were “gravely concerned” about the situation. This is two steps up from ‘concerned’, which is followed by ‘seriously concerned’ in political speak and which indicates they are very unhappy.

 Ayman al-Zawahri - Current al Quada Leader

Ayman al-Zawahri – Current al Quada Leader

We can be fairly certain that if an American/British force take any part in the Syria conflict it will not go down well with the terrorist groups who are looking for any excuse to have another go at us. The al Quada leaders, and every radical Muslim cleric will use it as an excuse to whip up more hatred of the West, and is sure to encourage more young Muslims to enlist as suicide bombers or become fighters. We could see a new wave of bombing attacks, much like London, Madrid and Boston on the cards, and for what, perhaps solving a problem that should be sorted out by the other Arab nations.

Syrian Rebels

Syrian Rebels

Apart from the occasional mild verbal exchange, countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain etc. have done nothing, even though this conflict is happening on their doorstep so to speak, and is a fellow Arab country. They have all steadfastly distance themselves from the entire scenario. Other Arab countries like Iraq and Egypt are not in a position to give an opinion on the Syria conflict for they have internal problems of their own, and interesting to note that other Arab countries are staying out of those problems too. Its like they don’t want to take any responsibility for actions taken to stop these conflicts, but are happy to sit on the side-lines and let the West handle them, and I might add, get all the criticism.

Chemical Gas Attack Victims

Chemical Gas Attack Victims

The only Arab country to so far voice any strong opinions is Iran. This should come as no surprise to anyone for they will use any excuse to have a go at the West, especially America. Another factor is that they are most certainly supplying arms to Syria so do not want to ‘upset the apple cart’ and hit their profits. Another advantage for them is that it is successfully diverting world attention away from their own nuclear ambitions. Notice that there has been practically no mention of Iran’s nuclear ambitions in the world press for months now as everyone concentrates on getting the most they can out of the Syria story!

The UN - All Teeth But No Bite!

The UN – All Teeth But No Bite!

It would seem to me that the only way the world can put a stop to this situation is for the Untied Nations to start acting in the way first intended by its founder, Winston Churchill. At least half the world’s nations should contribute to a UN Force that will go in and separate the two sides and negotiate a peace deal. It should not be left up to America and Britain to supply the greatest bulk of the forces as happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nations should be strongly represented by at least a thousand men and associated equipment, although smaller countries would provide something proportionate to their size and available military forces. There are at least 189 independent countries in the world (estimates vary) which means, discounting the very small ones, something in the region of perhaps 150,000 man UN Force could be assembled, which would be more than enough to control Syria. It is quite possible that even the threat of such a move would be sufficient to stop the fighting. Strong UN intervention would not only stop the civil war, but also, if it is proven that Assad actually used chemical weapons then he and his generals could be brought before a UN court to face justice. Naturally, if it was in fact the rebels then they would face justice.

The Russian Fleet Harbour In Syria

The Russian Fleet Harbour In Syria

Naturally, none of this will ever happen for several reasons. Instead of being a force for peace and justice in the world as was originally envisaged, The UN has become nothing more than a toothless tiger, a talking shop where politicians the world over can debate for endless hours without taking any decisions, and do not need to take action on anything. Another reason is the veto exercised by both Russia and China to protect their own investments and trade with the Assad regime. Russia fears it will lose not only billions of dollars worth of trade and arms sales to Syria, but also its only naval base outside the Black Sea. China on the other hand also has a multi-billion trade deal with the Assad regime.

Ethiopian Soldiers Fighting In Korea

Ethiopian Soldiers Fighting In Korea

I can already hear the comments of some bright person who will say that to assemble an international force on the scale laid out above will be nigh on impossible because of the logistics involved. So are we saying that our grandfathers were more capable than we are today, given what they had to work with at the time? The same thing happened with the Korean War in which 22 nations took part, even tiny Luxemburg. That was the only time when the UN acted as it is supposed to do and it stopped the whole of the Korean peninsular becoming like the North is today. Given our much increased logistic capabilities today why can we not make it happen? There are sufficient assembly areas in neighbouring countries like Jordan and Turkey and a two pronged attack is a good way to go if the two sides do not lay down their arms. The forces stay until peace has been established and an interim government is installed, and then leave.

It sounds simple and I know it is not, but this is the only way for the UN to resolve disputes when war breaks out and ensure that the nations on Earth can live in peace with each other.

There can be little doubt that if America and Britain, even with the help of the French, were to ‘invade’ Syria the repercussions could be significant, and drive yet another wedge between the Muslims and Western countries.

Roy.

News Flash:-

Its amazing how just a few short hours can change things. Since I posted this article the US and Britain, along with France have stated that they are planning military action against the Assad regime within the next two weeks according to The Independent. The action will most likely be restricted to missile strikes from the US Carrier Force stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean on strategic government targets in Syria.

William Hague - Britain's Foreign Minister

William Hague – Britain’s Foreign Minister

The British Foreign Minister, William Hague, has said, “We cannot in the 21st century allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity and there are no consequences,” Another  Downing Street source said: “We intend to show that an attack of this nature will not pass without a serious response.”

American Carrier Fleet

American Carrier Fleet

At this time it is anticipated that all strikes will be with missiles and no ground troops or aircraft will be employed. Although the action will come from the American Naval Fleet, both Britain and France stand together with America politically in this action. Should the strike actually take place, we can all expect a reaction from Iran which can range from threats to subversive action, and there is a likely possibility of terrorist reprisal.

This step has been taken because of the four day delay by Syrian government forces in allowing the UN Inspection Team on the ground to visit and assess the area of the latest outrage. The three leaders are convinced this delay was to allow Assad forces time to remove incriminating evidence.

Roy.

North Korea – The Concentration Camps of Death!

Posted in Government, Human Rights, Insanity, Modern World, North Korea, North Korea Labour Camps, Prison, Torture with tags , , , , , , on 09/01/2011 by floroy1942

For years, North Korea has been one of the most secretive nations on Earth, but from time to time, the veil of secrecy has been lifted by people managing successfully to escape from the tyranny that exists there. With them, they have brought tales of horror that are hard to believe in this century.

The Infamous 38th Parallel – Korean War Photo

North Korea’s troubles began directly after the Japanese were evicted from the country by their defeat at the end of World War 2. Korea was divided along the 38th Parallel by the United Nations with the North being governed by Russia, and the South by America.

Stalin wanted a system of government in the country that was sympathetic to Russia, so a totalitarian regime was installed in 1948 under Kim Il-sung, who ruled with absolute power until his death in 1994. Since then of course, his son Kim Jong-il has continued to rule with an iron fist.

Such is the unrivalled power father and son have achieved, they are cult figures within the country. It is said the ordinary people are convinced Kim Il-sung created the world and his son can control the weather, such is the depth of control they have over people’s minds. It is a perfect example of ‘brainwashing’ on an unparalleled scale.

In the aftermath of the Korean war of 1950, waged by North Korea with the explicit approval of Stalin and China, the country became more secretive, practically shutting itself off from the rest of the world. Few people have known what goes on behind the closed borders over the last fifty odd years, and many discounted the stories of atrocities that managed to leak out as unbelievable.

It is known the country suffered a catastrophic famine after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which claimed the lives of an estimated 900,000 to 2 million people. This led to Kim Jong-il, who ruled by this time, to strengthen the power of the military and government and thus his own position as undisputed leader.

Rehabilitation

Anyone caught criticising him or the government, was immediately sent to one of the now famous detention camps. These centres were begun by his father Kim Il-sung, who decreed that three generations of anyone heard to utter criticism of the government or himself would be imprisoned, many for life. He considered this necessary to totally eradicate dissension, for he believed dissenting parents begot dissenting children. So for example, if your grandfather were to commit an offence leading to his imprisonment, your parents and all of their children would join him. This has resulted in large populations of children in the camps, who like the rest, are often worked to death.

The North Korean people have been indoctrinated to such an extent, that they consider it right to inform on family members and neighbours if any word against the state is uttered. In fact, if you did not, you could end up in the camps alongside the perpetrator.

The conditions in the camps have been highlighted many times by escapees who made it to South Korea. Sadly, many who escaped to China were handed back to the North Korean government where most were put to death.

From those who have been successful in gaining freedom, stories have emerged that will chill your blood.

The North Korean Detention Centres

There are five main camps, although there are more less important ones, all totally cut off from the outside world. Once inside, you can expect to work for 14 hours a day on starvation rations. Many prisoners end up there for life, although life is invariably cut short by starvation and disease. After ‘Political Re-education’, some family members may be released after three years.

Women are usually set to work making shoes or leather bags (make sure your G**** handbag was not manufactured in the DKPR), while men work on construction or in the mines. It is strictly forbidden to speak while working, and infractions are punished severely. Anyone who is considered to be working too slowly is beaten or given more arduous work.

At the end of each work shift the prisoners are subjected to ‘Self-Criticism Sessions’ in which they have to criticise themselves and fellow prisoners.

One of the punishments often favoured is to force prisoners to sit or kneel in a certain position, silent, and without moving, for hours on end. The slightest sound, twitch of a finger, hand, or the head brings with it a severe beating. When groups of prisoners are receiving the same punishment they are forced to slap and beat each other for any infringement.

Kneeling Torture

One man was made to kneel for twenty-four hours without moving a muscle. Many who suffered this punishment said the pain was indescribable, and much more painful than a beating at the hands of the guards.

Sexual contact between inmates is strictly forbidden and if a woman becomes pregnant, say perhaps from being raped by a guard, she is given an enforced abortion. Some, who manage to carry their child full term, are forced to watch while guards swing the new-born by the legs and smash its head against a wall or post.

At any time, inmates are forced to beat one of their number for a minor infraction of the rules. Major transgressions are punished by incarceration for up to a week in a box so small it is impossible to stand or sit. As with the immobility torture, I cannot even begin to imagine the muscular pain of such a thing.

The Infamous Water Torture

Water torture, which horrified the world when it was revealed the americans had used it on terrorist suspects, is a daily occurrence in North Korea, yet for this, the world stays silent.

Inmates can receive beatings with an iron rod on the fingernails or the backs of their hands at the whim of a guard. In many cases, prisoners confess to things they have not done just to put an end to the pain.

The list of atrocities committed in the camps is endless if you take the time to do a little research on the matter. It seems incredible to me that such a regime could exist in this age of enlightenment and freedom, but it does by means of its totalitarianism. In such a country, every breath you draw is courtesy of the leader and government.

With the illness of Kim Jong-il the possibility of a change of leadership draws near. There is little doubt that Kim Jong-il’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, will succeed him for he is already being groomed for the part. The West knows very little of him, but from what I have seen in all the news footage, the one thing that strikes me is I have not seen him smile once. He has the perfect poker face, and to know what is going on behind those cold eyes is impossible.

Kim Jong-un – The Heir Apparent

Many Pundits claim he will be a figurehead, and the real power will lie with the men who surround him. Whether he does gain real control of the nation and turns out to be a leader who brings his country out of the darkness, or plunges it further into hell, remains to be seen. As Kim Jong-un is the youngest son, perhaps we will see a struggle for power from the two older brothers who may feel they should have been chosen to succeed their father, but that is extremely unlikely.

Either way, the West is watching the events in North Korea closely, and only time will tell what the future holds for the down-trodden people of North Korea.

Roy.


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