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Tired Of Dirty Politics?

Posted in America, Britain, Elections, Obama, President, UK, USA with tags , , , on 04/05/2012 by floroy1942

Don’t you find election campaigns rather nasty, sordid affairs that do little to help you, the voter, choose the right candidate for the job? Both the American and French presidential elections are in full swing and isn’t it getting downright dirty!

These days it would seem the person who finally gets elected is the one to whom the least amount of mud sticks.

I Am Really One of You

Naturally a lot of PR tricks are used by a candidate, like removing the jacket and tie and rolling up the shirtsleeves to bring himself down to what he perceives as the level of the ‘common man’ – “I’m not really a multi-millionaire, at heart I’m one of you”!

Giving The Right Impression?

Quite often the politics of the person concerned, and even the decisions they will make in office, are of little significance in the run-up to an election. Once an election campaign gets rolling it does not take long for the mud-slinging to start by one party or the other. American elections have been prime examples of this for at least twenty years and it has not taken their European counterparts long to learn the tricks.

Me! The Next President? Mon Dieu!

Currently leading the action in Europe is the accusation by backers of Socialist Francois Hollande against President Sarkozy that his last campaign was partly funded by Muhamar Gaddafi, ex-president of Libya. The Sarkozy camp are calling this a lie and it is reported that the president will take those responsible to court. During their televised debate both candidates spent much of the time calling each other liars.

It is not really important any more what policies the various candidates have and what they will and will not do for the country. Elections have become a battle of secrets and lies about the other candidate, and whatever skeletons can be found in the other’s cupboard. The one with the fewest wins, its as simple as that! Wouldn’t it be nice to return to the days when a candidate’s policies were important?

But there again, campaigns now are all about telling the voter what they want to hear. Currently, “I am going to get everyone back to work” is the favourite line. Politicians are masters at telling everyone that they will solve this or that crisis, but will never tell you how! During the last election in Britain Labour’s Milliband was shouting his head off that they were the party to solve Britain’s debt problems, but when asked what measures they would  take to solve the problems, the only answer was pure bluster and a blank stare.

Your Vote Counts?

Its not just one politician, they are all as bad as one another, and we poor dumb voters are expected to swallow the campaign lies hook, line and sinker. It does not matter if the candidate is Republican, Democrat, Socialist, Liberal, Labour or Conservative, they all spout the same message, telling us what they will do when elected. Sadly, in most cases these promises are quietly forgotten after the results are in.

In an American election campaign money too has to raise its ugly head, for the winner is often determined by who has the big bucks. It’s true that an election campaign can be very expensive, and he who has the most to spend on billboard and TV advertising, and naturally on investigating the opposition, will often come out ahead. Not to forget the ‘quid pro quo’ of politics, if I put ‘X’ million dollars into your war chest what will you do for me or my company after you are elected?

The Lincoln View?

It seems to me that in most elections these days we are often dealing with a load of self-centred, self-important egomaniacs who don’t give a rat’s ass about the voters, the economy, the nations health, and even the country, just so long as they get elected. They want the top job at any price, and don’t care what they have to say and do to get it! As we all know, in countries where they can get away with it, like Russia, Azerbaijan, Burma and many others, the votes are rigged and a complete farce. Personally, I find it sad that we have finally sunk so low.

Could Be!

I have no wish to get involved with American politics because I don’t know enough about it, but I have to say that this Romney character seems to me to be a somewhat slimy type, and as I watch him on the TV news I get the impression he does not fully have the best interests of the American people at heart, only his own. He seems to me like a mega-rich man ($250M)whose only unconquered mountain is the presidency of the USA, and he will do anything to get this last crowning achievement. He certainly does not seem driven by a will to help the people and the country to recover from the present crisis, especially as it seems he hardly pays any taxes on his amassed wealth! Not what I would call admirable qualities for a president.

Obama on the other hand has not delivered on his last campaign promises like closing Guantanamo, but to be fair he has been fighting an extremely hostile Republican Congress during his term of office, so he is really running with his shoelaces tied together. But all that aside, I would trust Obama before I did Romney, but that’s only my uninformed opinion.

You Know What They Are Thinking

So far as the other two, Hollande and Sarkozy are concerned, I really don’t know. Hollande to me is an enigma, but I can only say that the little I saw of the debate on the news, Sarkozy seemed to score the most points. Either way its the French people who must decide.

In the up and coming elections in both France and the USA we have become used to the fact that the best man for the job may not win, because the result will depend purely on how much mud one party can dig up on the other, and how much of it sticks on the day. Not what I would call a recipe for success. However you look at it, politics today is a dirty, murky business that only those driven by an all-consuming ambition will become involved in. The idea of doing something for your country and its people is, to put it bluntly, out of date!

Roy.

The French Armenian Vote – A Big Mistake

Posted in Britain, Christianity, Europe, MP's, Muslim, Religion, Spain, UK, USA, World War 2 with tags , , , , , , on 24/01/2012 by floroy1942

The French government vote on the Armenian genocide has caused feathers to be seriously ruffled in Ankara, but I fear that is not the end of the affair. A major row between France and Turkey erupted when it was first known that the vote would take place, and now the motion has been approved it looks like getting worse. Ambassadors have been withdrawn and trade sanctions are also being initiated by Ankara.

French Senate

The law that has been passed states that it is unlawful to deny the genocide of Armenian civilians took place, and carries a prison sentence of one year and €45,000 fine. It concerns events that took place in Turkey, which at the time was the Ottoman Empire.

It is far too complicated to go into here, but suffice it to say that without a doubt atrocities were committed on both sides during the major upheaval in the region which spanned the years 1915 to 1918, and it is not for me to say what is and what is not true here, I leave that up to the historians.

Armenia - Eastern Turkey

The problems actually began in the late 1840’s when Christians living within the Muslim Ottoman Empire were persecuted for their faith. Muslims were by far the greater majority and many attempts were mad to drive the Christians out. Much as we see today in countries like Nigeria and Indonesia among others.

Armenian Fighters

Between 1840 and 1915 various attempts were made to assert the Christian position in the empire which led to many massacres on both sides. Among others, the Armenians were of various Christian denominations, and during the Russo/Turkish war of 1877 to 1878 many fought for the Russians in the Balkans and the Caucasus against the Turks. It was however, not until April 1915 that the Ottoman government ordered the arrest, imprisonment, and eventual execution of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in the city of Van that the real purge began.

There can be little doubt that the stories of mass deportation and murder are not without foundation, just as the forced death march of Armenians to Syria also took place, but that is not the point of this post.

Expulsion of Armenians

Considering the fact that all this took place almost one hundred years ago I find the attitude of the French Government extremely distasteful. We are now in the 21st century, and what good does it do to rake up past atrocities and make them headline news once again? Well, according to some there is a purpose to this whole fiasco, Sarkozy wants to be re-elected as President! Many people seem to think that the aim of the French Government is to win the votes of the some 500,000 Armenians living in France.

To be honest, knowing modern politicians as I do, this does not seem too far fetched. Lets face it, Tony Blair thought it a good idea to throw open Britain’s doors to anyone who wanted to ‘live the good life’, and gave away shovel-fulls of money to them when they arrived just to get their vote. And it worked!

Erdogan - A Very Angry Man

If politicians and governments start down this road we will end up with the entire world in chaos, and everyone at each others throats. Why not hire some historians to do some digging so we can start on the British, the Spanish, the Italians, the Chinese or Japanese, the Hungarians or even the Americans? I’m sure just about every country has skeletons in the cupboard they don’t want airing and if we want to dig deep enough, or go back far enough, we can find some dirt on just about everyone on  the planet!

Its like Argentina wanting back the Falklands or Spain wanting Gibraltar because “they were ours three hundred years ago!!!” Politicians, like everyone else should treat history for what it is, history! Leave it to the dusty historians pouring over their dusty books in dark corners of the library, for this kind of spectacle does no-one any good, even today’s Armenians.

Roy.

France, The Veil, And The Inevitable Legal Challenges

Posted in Al Quada, Arab, Britain, England, Equality, Europe, Human Rights, Immigrants, Insurgents, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, UK with tags , , , , , , , on 11/04/2011 by floroy1942

Now the face veil ban has become law in France I suppose we will see a legal battle between those for and those against. In the press many people have come out against it, but the argument remains in these troubled times, should anyone be allowed to roam the streets with their faces covered like a bank robber?

Self Explanatory

No! I am not suggesting Muslim women are bank robbers (although they could be couldn’t they?), but everyone has been cautious about Muslims ever since 9/11, and to see many walking around covered from head to foot makes some people nervous.

European Views:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mcLw6I9G0sA

True For Some

Many of the complainants are saying the ban is because Muslim women are forced to wear the veil by their husbands, which may or may not be true, although the Quran does state that women should cover themselves so as not to tempt men. For me however, that is not the essential reason for the ban, it is more a question of simple security.

The idea of people hiding behind veils makes security-minded people wary, and its not surprising. There are mixed feelings among the people of many countries that house a large population of Muslim immigrants, but only France has taken the big step in openly banning the veil.

A Day Of Infamy

If Muslims want to blame someone for the ban they should look inward and point the finger at insurgent groups like al Quada and the Taliban. Before 9/11 no-one gave a damn about the veil, but since that day people in western countries are wary of Muslims, particularly those with covered faces.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/1L9eYiwMBMk

Its only natural that when you are threatened you become suspicious of everyday things, like the veil for instance.

I’ll bet practically everyone has kept their eye on an arab with a suitcase or bag at the airport or train station, just to make sure he doesn’t leave it behind when departing! Its all about self-preservation, which since 9/11 has become predominant.

I believe this is the main reason behind much of the anti-veil feeling that presides today. It has been proven time and again that arab men dress in the burka to evade justice, and women suicide bombers are by no means uncommon.

Muslim Women Go For A Swim

I guess we should now wait for the legal challenges to the ban, for there are sure to be many. The Human Rights and  Religious Freedom champions will once again be able to mount their shiny white stallions and come galloping to the rescue of the poor oppressed  Muslims in our society, and to hell with security. The whole darned thing is one big farce really, but to be honest, I do support the ban.

Pat Condell on the burka:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/TlkxlzTZc48

Roy.

African Countries Dare To Criticise Libya Action: Bloody Cheek!

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Muslim, Security Council, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 22/03/2011 by floroy1942

The old saying: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” comes to mind when I look at the latest news about Libya. It seems that after their initial success in getting western nations to solve what is after all an Arab, and by extension an African problem, now members of the African Union are ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ to criticise the way we are handling the situation.

Un Resolution 1973

Firstly, the African Union voted for Resolution 1973 in the United Nations which allows for “all necessary action to secure the no-fly zone”, and secondly, if they did not trust the west to do the job right, why didn’t they do it themselves?

Meddling! So Why Didn't You Do Something?

It’s true what they say you know: ‘You can’t please all the people all the time’, but I do find it extremely petty of the African nations; Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Nigeria, whose leaders have come out in open criticism of the way the no-fly zone is being enforced.  Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba was even audacious enough to suggest that the coalition bombing was “meddling in the internal affairs of Africa”.

Zuma - Strong Words

Mr. Zuma of South Africa went even further, saying that all military action should stop and a ceasefire be sought for he: “rejected any foreign intervention, whatever its form”. Funny that, coming from a man who agreed to Resolution 1973!!!

Some African politicians, like Odein Ajumogobia the Nigerian Foreign Minister, have argued why the western powers ‘chose to intervene in Libya and not for example, in Bahrain or Ivory Coast’? The answer is quite simple; We were not asked!!!

The western nations, despite what some people like to think, are not the worlds policemen and it is up to individual countries to solve their own internal problems. However, if the United Nations gets involved because a population is being massacred by a madman, and the Arab League requests action, we will do all we can to help. I for sure have not heard of any Arab nation requesting UN help with the protests in Bahrain. Have you?

The Union of African States

It makes me sick to hear the continual whining of these spineless politicians who leave it to western nations to ‘carry the load’ at their behest, and when we do, can’t wait to sharpen their long knives. In my opinion, if you don’t have the courage of your convictions, stay out of politics!

When this is all over, I have the nasty feeling that the coalition nations are once again going to be crapped upon from a great height by the nations that should by rights be grateful that we are sorting out this problem, i.e. The Arab League and the African Union members. 

President Sarkozy

During the interminable weeks the UN was discussing the issue, and people were dying on the ground I might add, neither the African Union nor Arab League raised a finger to help the people of Libya. All they could do was sit around the table wringing their hands and mumbling into their coffee cups! Without the persistence of people like Nicholas Sarkozy (France) and David Cameron (UK) they would still be at it. 

Gaddafi - Not Quite Got All His Marbles?

There should be little doubt in anyone’s mind that had Gaddafi been able to finish the job, there would have followed a massacre of anyone even remotely connected with the revolution. He is well-known as being a little ‘off balance’, and his rambling speeches during the crisis gave a good idea as to his intentions.

Without a doubt, when the dust finally settles, the people of Libya will be well within their rights to ask the Arab and African nations why they did not help them much sooner.

I sometimes think the world would be better off without politicians!

Roy.

 

 

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