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Violence Rules

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Immigrants, Islamic State, Modern World, News, Nuclear Weapons, Russia with tags , , , , on 28/07/2017 by floroy1942

The world has changed a lot since I was a boy, and not for the better. Daily we see reports on the TV of clashes between the people and governments, and the situation is not getting any better. All across the world countries have major problems with their people, like currently Venezuela, Israel and the al Aksa Mosque. But it goes much further, with many countries in the Far East, Africa and of course the Middle East under threat from Islamic State.

Apart from countries like Venezuela and Israel many of the conflicts are caused by the Arab uprising in the name of Islamic State, who according to them, want to rule the world and change it into a Muslim world. This of course ‘is a pipe dream’ and will never happen. Unrest in many parts of the world have been going on for ten years or more, and currently we see no end to it.

Islamic State has caused havoc in many parts of the world and to my mind the United Nations should be doing something to eradicate this problem, but they just sit on their fat asses. This is one of the biggest crisis to hit the world since World War 2  and they do nothing.

When I was a young lad the world was at peace following the Second World War, and when the Korean War was over we went back to peace. There were of course tensions between Russia and the United States but it did not cause a war. Now things are different, we have fighting across the world all aimed at Islamic State who are trying the make the world Muslim.

Tensions between Russia and the United States are hotting up and who knows where this will end. I believe it is time for the two sides to get together, and ensure that the two nations can live in peace. If it continues to escalate we could end up with war between the two nations, and if they go nuclear that could be the end mankind on Earth.

All that aside, the biggest threat to world peace is the Muslim problem of Islamic State. Not only do we have war in Syria, but across the world as these people seek to control power at any cost. They have infiltrated many countries including India, Pakistan and the Far East, and have spread their influence among the Muslim population and turned them into combatants in the name of Allah.

Sad to say, but the Muslims are easily influenced by people like Islamic State, and in particular by the Muslim clerics who back the radicals. We have heard about may clerics who have been preaching ‘Jihad’ to the faithful in Mosques all across the world. Even in Britain there have been many Muslim clerics who preach ‘Jihad’ to their flock. Remember Abu Qatada and Abu Hamsa? Even today, after the deportation of these two there are still radical clerics like Anjem Choudrey, and many more in the U.K.

I have to ask myself, where will it all all end? Are we all going to be subject to Islamic State if they are not beaten, or are we to face a nuclear holocaust caused by Russia and the United States?

Currently we live in a precarious world and who knows how it will all end. Mind you, we could still face annihilation due to the continuous pollution of our atmosphere!

Roy.

The Veto Scandal

Posted in America, Britain, Equality, European Union, Islamic Revolution, Israel, News, Security Council, Summit, United Nations with tags , , , , on 13/04/2017 by floroy1942

Is it any wonder that Russia vetoed the Security Councils resolution on the Syria chemical attack? The veto has been a thorn in the side of the United Nations for the last forty years.

Russian Veto

In my view the only reason Russia is backing Assad is to retain their military bases in Syria. Practically the whole world  blames Assad for the chemical attacks on his own people but Russia still stands by him, and has done since the beginning of the conflict.

Russia has a naval base in Syria on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea given to them by Assad and they don’t want to lose it, which is why they are backing him.

Negotiations have been going on for years trying to stop Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people, but all have failed because of Russia’s backing.

Founders of the United Nations

The veto goes back to the time when the United Nations was formed by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin after the Second World War and they initiated the veto to stop other countries from putting the world in danger. It has survived up to the present day and many of the decisions made by various countries have stopped positive action being taken against nations that have caused problems. The only exception was the Korean War which took place in 1950. Here the United Nations acted as it was supposed to and stopped the Communists from taking over the whole Korean peninsula.

But when you get to the present day the veto has caused more problems in the world. The United States vetoed any action against Israel during the war with Egypt in 1973 among many others, and Russia has constantly vetoed any action against Assad.

In my view the veto should be scrapped, for all countries must have a say in how the world is run. If it is, then we can stop many conflicts around the world before they get started.

I have for a long time said that the United Nations has a duty to put an end to the ISIS threat once and for all. It should gather a group of nations and go in and wipe them out. Once ISIL has been thoroughly defeated then the world can return to peace, and Islam will get the message that they will never end up ruling the world. Assad should be arrested and put on trial for the atrocities he has committed against his own people.

It is only by the concerted efforts of all countries that this debacle will end. The sad thing is, it will never end until Russia stops backing Assad.

Sad to say, the United Nations has lost its original mandate and become nothing more than a talking shop that does not achieve anything when it comes to world peace. The true purpose of its foundation was lost years ago, and today it does nothing more than verbally ‘condemn’ actions by countries or groups that want to cause trouble.

The Syrian war has been going on for years, but if the United Nations had stepped in positively at the beginning it would have been long over.

It is time for the United Nations to start acting as it was intended, and prevent wars breaking out. If it does not, then we might as well scrap it.

Roy.

Where Is Our World Heading?

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Islamic State, Muslim, News, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Security Council, United Nations with tags , , , , on 09/11/2016 by floroy1942

Not since the Second World War have there been so many problems in our world as today. It makes me wonder what our future holds for us. On every continent there is trouble and strife, unbounded crime, often violent demonstrations by the public, and in many cases war.

What does the future hold for the human race? Are we headed for complete annihilation in a few decades? The steadily rising tensions between the United States and Russia are an indication that we could be headed for a nuclear war if someone doesn’t do something to cool down relations between the two countries.

This has all been brought about by the rising tensions over the battles raging in Syria because the Russians back Assad, while the West considers him a criminal.

The ISIS insurgency is causing major problems all across the world from the Far East to Western shores and currently there is no end solution. As I have often said, if the U.N. were to put together an international force to wipe out ISIS and all other Muslim insurgents wherever they appear we could return to peace, but they just don’t seem interested. So consequently we have many nations fighting this terrorist organisation and they cannot all agree on the way forward. This is causing tensions among many governments and has led to major disagreements between Russia and the western nations.

Also there is the rising tensions between China and many Far Eastern countries over control of the East and South China Seas, which China claims for itself. They have no right to do this, and many countries including Japan, are fighting against it.

On top of this we have the governments of many lands at loggerheads with the population in many parts of the world where people want a change of leadership. This is evident in places like South Africa, Venezuela, Libya, Yemen, Japan and even Singapore among many others. Unrest is spreading across the globe as more and more people are dissatisfied with their government. The world has never seen as many problems as we have now.

The big problem for mankind is, where will it all end? If Russia and the West cannot solve their problems we could see a nuclear war breaking out, and that would mean the end of life on this planet. The leaders of the world need to come together to work out plans for peace before we end up starting the Armageddon process from which there would be no turning back.

The United Nations (even the name is a farce for they are a long way from being united) needs to come together with no preconceived ideas, and talk to each other honestly and with sincerity if the human race is to survive.

All countries need to work together if we are to solve the tensions that exists between nations. On top of that, they need to discuss the many problems that face the world like famine, hunger, over population, climate change, and of course the threat of wars breaking out.

Ever since the United Nations stepped in to stop communists from taking over South Korea in 1950 it has done nothing but stand on the sidelines. There have been many high level discussions about problems in the world, but all have achieved nothing.

To my mind the United Nations has outgrown its usefulness for they seem incapable of solving any of the world’s problems. I have not heard yet of a top level meeting between the five nations of the Security Council to solve the ongoing problems between Russia and The West. You have to ask if they are capable of doing such a thing, for everyone is out for their own interests.

With the rising tensions across the world one would expect the U.N. to be in the forefront of attempts to make peace, but no, they just sit on their fat backsides and do nothing.

People in most countries not directly affected by these tensions go about their daily business without a care in the world, for they do not see the building of tensions among certain countries and what could ensue from this.

If mankind is to survive there has to be serious discussion and agreement on tackling the problems of the world, otherwise we are all lost. Lets hope that in the near future the people at the top will see the sense in this.

Roy.

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 It Time For Cameron To Go?

Posted in Children, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, Gays, Human Rights, Immigration, News, Parenting with tags , , , , on 31/01/2014 by floroy1942

I never thought I would say this, for I have been willing to give Cameron a chance to right the many wrongs bequeathed to him by the last Labour government. With the latest developments however, I am ready to admit perhaps it is time for him to go.

Syrian Refugees

Syrian Refugees

Two things came up in the last few days that have turned me against him. The first was that Britain immediately stepped to the forefront of all European nations and volunteered to take in hundreds of refugees from the fighting in Syria. While my heart goes out to these poor people, I have to ask why Britain should be in the lead? What about the other European countries like Germany, Holland, France etc. Why did the British government have to be the leader?

I also have to ask, why are the other Arab nations like Saudi Arabia and the many other Middle East nations standing on the sidelines and doing absolutely nothing to (a) stop the war in Syria and (b) doing more to assimilate the refugees?  Sure, they have refugee camps but they are not making any attempt to give these people a proper home by allowing them to integrate into their society. They just maintain the camps and expect European countries to give the refugees a permanent home.

We already have more than enough immigrants in the country thanks to Labour, and now the Tories are opening the door again. We should have stood back and found out how many of these poor people other European countries were willing to take before we jumped in. But no, we have our international reputation to think about!

Time To Think What You Are Doing

Time To Think What You Are Doing

The British tax payer is already carrying a massive burden supporting the hundreds of thousands Labour let in. Now we will have to feed, clothe and house hundreds more refugees.

Another question comes to the fore, are they also to be given British citizenship and become permanent residents like those in Labour times?

While it is right and proper to help these refugees, there should be a limit on how much we do for them. The British people themselves are going through a very tough time and we should be helping our own first. It is a fact that this country just cannot afford to be at the forefront of such things any more. It would seem the Cameron government have still not learnt that lesson.

The second thing that got my goat is the government handing out extra tax payers money to homosexual groups to help them protest at the Sochi Games in Russia. Mr, Cameron, what happens in other countries regarding this issue is none of the British tax payers concern. If these people wish to protest at the stance Russia is taking on this problem then let them pay for it themselves. Why in fact are we giving these people any tax payers money at all? It’s disgraceful!

Miller - She Could Better Keep Her Mouth Closed

Miller – She Could Better Keep Her Mouth Closed

British Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said that giving extra funding to protest groups such as Stonewall was “common sense”(???) so they could make their point at the Olympics. Ms Miller said in an interview: “It’s very important indeed we use the opportunity of the Winter Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly, which is at the heart of the Olympic charter and important to the Olympic movement, We are already putting in place additional support to make sure that gay rights organisations have got the sort of support and expertise that I think can make a real difference with the work they are doing on the ground in Russia.”

To Ms. Miller I have only one thing to say. What goes on in Russia is no business of ours! Russia has never been, nor will ever be a British colony, so we should keep our noses out of other people’s business.

He Is Not Amused!

He Is Not Amused!

Personally, I applaud Mr. Putin’s stance and wish we had done the same, but that will never happen in such a politically correct and human rights minded country like ours. At least the Russians will not be subjected to disgusting ‘Gay’ Parades and all the rest of their propaganda. At least their children will not be educated to think homosexuality is ‘normal’ like ours.

Back to the point, I fail to see what motive the government has for such a radical action. I have no doubt Putin will shrug it off and ensure that anyone making propaganda for the deviants will immediately be arrested and imprisoned, and so they should be. Europe has seen too much of this ‘Human Rights’ crap, and while many of the basic rules are sensible and necessary, they have been manipulated by unscrupulous people (and lawyers) for their own ends.

Gay Parade - Disgusting!

Gay Parade – Disgusting!

We have reached a stage where we cannot deport immigrant criminals or even send them to prison. We have to release criminals early just to satisfy these messed up laws.

Deviants are allowed to marry, and even adopt children before the psychological effects on a child being brought up in such a marriage have even been guessed at. They are allowed to flaunt their deviousness in obscene parades but still, they have their ‘human rights’.

Cameron and his cronies have to learn that, in my view, these two decisions in particular will not go down well with the British public. All he is doing now is drive voters into the UKIP camp.

Roy.

Reaction To The Scandalous Syria Debate

Posted in America, Arab, Britain, David Cameron, England, News, Politics, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 01/09/2013 by floroy1942
Demonstrators On The Streets Of Britain

Demonstrators On The Streets Of Britain

In the beginning I was skeptical about us taking any action in Syria (See last post), but have rapidly become convinced that it is the only way to stop the proliferation of chemical attacks on civilians by the Assad regime, and give a warning to other dictators across the world who may wish to use them.

Having become convinced, and as an educated Brit, I have to hang my head in shame at the attitude of the Labour Party and the general public to the crisis in Syria. All the talk is of David Cameron getting beaten by Ed Miliband in the Commons debate this last week because Miliband changed his mind on the day of the debate, after first agreeing that action should be contemplated. At no time previously did Cameron say we were going to ‘march into war’ against the Assad regime, only that we should be prepared to back the Americans in a targeted missile strike against specific government forces military installations.

This Is The Joker Labour Want Us To Vote For In The Next Election

This Is The Joker Labour Want Us To Vote For In The Next Election

However, clever political manoeuvring by Miliband, who was afraid of his own party and losing electorate backing, made a jump to the other side and scuppered the whole plan. His whole stance has been to curry favour with the electorate, and silence his many critics within his own party. But there again, I suppose we should expect nothing less from this spineless, slimy, individual who leads a political party that successfully brought the country to its knees, shafted the people, and sabotaged its traditions and way of life.

I have spent considerable time reading comments on the various stories as they appeared on Yahoo, and the one thing that surprised me more than anything is that the greater majority of the writers don’t care what is happening there and just want to ‘pull up the drawbridge’. It’s not our problem” – “We should stay out of it” – “Why should our boys be killed in a foreign country?” There are almost 2000 comments on these articles and more then 90% of them are against involvement.

Cruise Missile Submarine Launch

Cruise Missile Submarine Launch

This is despite the fact that at no time was it planned for troops to be involved as the response would be made by cruise missiles from the Americans aimed at strategic military bases of the Assad forces. In short, there would be no ‘boots on the ground’ to use an American expression. But still hundreds are bleating about ‘Our boys getting killed over there’!

It is so easy to look at TV images and newspaper photographs of people suffering and not want to get involved, but all the pictures in the world will not accurately describe the suffering. If I had my way I would ship a few thousand of these dissenters, including Miliband and his acolytes, over to Syria and let then see first hand the results of a chemical weapons attack, and what it does to the human body. I would have them see first-hand the pain and suffering of the ordinary Syrian people in this civil war, and I guarantee you 90% of them would be throwing up at the sight of it and would change their minds in a heartbeat.

The Results Of Sarin Gas Use

The Results Of Sarin Gas Use

Chemical weapons are the most heinous of weapons and assault the innocent as well as military forces, but they were deliberately unleashed on civilians who had nothing to do with the fighting, many of them children I might add. It is a horrible way to die, the terror of which can scarcely be imagined, and there is nothing you can do to stop it unless you have a gas mask, and civilians don’t. The release of this weapon was a calculated and extremely callous act which must be answered – by someone.

It is very clear from the last two years that the other Arab nations are not prepared to stick their necks out and deal with Assad, so it is left up to those nations still left in the world that have a conscience. As usual this is America, Great Britain, and this time France. However, the British people have made it clear they do not want to ‘go to war’, not understanding that we would not be, the attack is nothing more than a ‘shot across the bows’ for Assad, warning him that the use of weapons of mass destruction will not be tolerated in the world. No-one, I repeat no-one has said a word about ‘going to war’ with Syria, that is all in the mind of these poor misguided creatures who think we should do nothing.

If nothing is done to warn Assad against using these weapons, he will continue to use them because he knows he can, and no-one will stop him. It would be foolish for the world to turn its back on what has happened in Syria over the past two weeks, for then at the first sign of trouble, every dictator in the world will start using them if they think it’s necessary.

Agent Orange - An Unprotected Soldier Sprays Agent Orange On Foliage

Agent Orange – An Unprotected Soldier Sprays Agent Orange On Foliage

Many of the commentators began bleating about the American’s using agent Orange during the Vietnam war in which thousands died. They called it a chemical attack without really knowing that it was defoliant used to strip the trees of their leaves so the Communists could not hide under them. When it was first used nobody had any idea of the terrible effects it had on the human body until it was too late. I have seen photo’s of American soldiers on the ground during a spraying and they all got covered in  it. Is the American government so callous that it would kill its own men too? I doubt it. This to me makes it clear that the product was put into service far too quickly without its full effects being known. It was a mistake, and a big one, but I am sure it was not intentional. But the uninformed idiots that occupy Britain these days, most of whom were not even born then, are calling it a chemical attack, when to all intents the only casualties were the trees. It was only later that its disastrous effects on the human body became apparent.

One disillusioned man was even convinced that the whole Arab Spring, including Syria, is a plot by western governments and their “Oligarchs” to take over all the Middle East countries and so get their hands on the oil. He even went further to say that 9/11 was ‘arranged by these same people to stoke up anti-Arab feeling’. How can any sane person with an iota of common sense think such a thing. Its too bizarre for words.

On a different level, it is no surprise that Putin has spoken out about the proposed action, saying in effect that the whole story is western propaganda and there was no gas attack. This comes as no surprise to me, for the Russians have steadfastly vetoed any plans to stop the needless bloodshed in Syria. The reason behind this is that Russia is making billions from trade with Assad, and more importantly, they wish to protect the only naval seaport they have outside the Black Sea in Tartus, Syria.

Russian Warships In The Harbour

Russian Warships In Tartus Harbour

Careful examination of the northern part of the port using Google Earth reveals the truth of this, including one photograph. Putin does not want Assad to be replaced because the Russians know they will lose this port, which will push their Navy back into the Black Sea with its narrow entrance controlled by Turkey. Reason enough to back Assad to the hilt. This is on top of the billions of dollars they make in trade with Syria, including military hardware. China is the other UN member to use its veto, and while they have no military interest in Syria, they do have billions of dollars in trade with Syria.

Arab League In Session

Arab League In Session

Some have argued that the Arab League should shoulder the load of sorting out the problems in Syria, and I agree 100%. It is an Arab problem and they are best suited to solving it, but I think they are afraid they may incur the wrath of the terrorists groups who are distinctly active in the conflict. I have said in previous posts on the subject that I believe they are deeply involved, as they were in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Their one goal is to see the whole Arab world, and then the rest of us, as a Muslim State with their barbarous Sharia Law. They will not stop fermenting trouble until they get it.

But that is a side issue because the main thrust of the whole subject is that no-one, I repeat, no-one should be allowed to use chemical weapons with impunity because this will set a precedent for every tin-pot dictator to do as they please.

A Man With A Conscience And A Big Problem

A Man With A Conscience And A Big Problem

The latest news indicates that Barak Obama will now go to Congress to sanction the planned actions against Assad. The result of this may be anticipated by some, but the outcome is by no means certain.

UN Inspector On The Ground

UN Inspector On The Ground

Many, including Labour, are saying we should wait for the outcome of the UN investigation before deciding on action. Many are convinced that it is all a rebel plot to deceive us. What most people fail to realize is that the rebels do not have any aircraft or pilots, and more importantly, no chemical weapons as these are all in the hands of Assad forces. So I fail to see how they could launch such an attack. I am willing to admit that I may be wrong, but as things stand at the moment that is the only conclusion that can be drawn.

The one thing that is clear is that the UN inspectors will make no attempt to provide information on this issue, for their mandate has been purely to establish if chemical weapons were used and nothing more. So even when they bring out their report, which will be delayed by several weeks, it will not change the situation one iota. It will still be a judgement call by western nations.

Areas Of Recent Gas Attacks

Areas Of Recent Gas Attacks

Do not forget that this last attack was by no means the first as there have been many preceding it in other areas. To me it looks like Assad was ‘testing the waters’ with these earlier attacks just to see what the international reaction would be. He got away with them without a big fuss and so decided to go in for the big one. I am sure that if the international community do not react strongly to this latest outrage he will do it again and again.

Much has been said about the West aiding the rebels, but that also is untrue. Any strike by the coalition would not be giving significant aid to them because there would be very few targets attacked. It has never been the intention to ‘rain down’ missiles all over Syria, but merely to take out a small number of selected sites to show Assad that he cannot get away with using WMD on his own people.

A Victim - What If This Was Your Child?

A Victim – What If This Was Your Child?

Commentators have also blamed the rebels for the tragic napalm attack on a school that took place last week after the gas attack. Many children and adults were literally incinerated alive in this attack and many more received up to 90% burns over their bodies. Pictures of the victims abounded on the internet, but still people blamed the rebels, despite them having no means of delivery.

Napalm Cannister

Napalm cannister

Unlike phosphorous, napalm cannot be fired from guns but must be dropped by aircraft. This is because by their very nature, napalm weapons must have very thin walls so as to burst on impact and spread their contents as far as possible, and to try and fire them from an artillery piece would mean they explode in the barrel. For this reason they have to be dropped by aircraft, which the rebels don’t have. From the many comments on this story it is clear that the general public is making up its mind in total ignorance of any knowledge on the subject.

Sadly, this is a dangerous precedent, for it means there will be no censure of Assad outside of useless rhetoric, which he will take as a ‘licence to kill’ and continue the slaughter of innocents. Most people seem to be content to leave it all to the UN, but as we have learned over the years, the UN is a ‘toothless tiger’ that has betrayed its original ideals for the last 70 years. Winston Churchill will be spinning in his grave at the sorry mess it has become.

Roy.

Stop Press: The Express newspaper is currently carrying a headline that says: Senior Syrian military chiefs tell captain: fire chemicals or be shot. While I am sure many of the disbelievers  among the public decry this as government propaganda, I doubt it. According to a high ranking RAF officer:  “The commander of the artillery battery told the regional commander that he would not comply and there was a heated exchange. He was told in direct language that unless the order was carried out, he would be shot. A total of 27 chemical artillery shells were then fired at the suburb in a 14-minute period.”

The conversation was monitored and recorded by British officers based at the remote mountain-top RAF Troodos Signals Intelligence listening post in Cyprus and within minutes details of the conversation had been relayed to GCHQ, Whitehall and the Pentagon according to the Express. I have been to Cyprus with the RAF and I can assure readers that such a monitoring station exists.

This is just another nail in the coffin of Assad for Miliband and all the millions of doubters that are crying for us to stay out of it. The evidence is piling up and there are thousands of such pieces of information that have been gathered on the subject. Pretty soon Miliband, the Labour Party, as well as all the doubters will have a mass of egg on their faces.

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.

Turkey, Syria and the Security Council

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Islamic Revolution, Security Council, Terrorists, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , on 14/10/2012 by floroy1942

For the last twenty months or so the world has stood impotently by and watched the death and devastation in Syria. More than 33,000 people, mostly civilians, have died so far in the conflict, with more being added every day. The war, for war it is, can no longer be classified as ‘a popular uprising’ for it has escalated far beyond that and now even involves a neighbour, Turkey.

First Security Council In Session- 1946

First Security Council In Session- 1946

When the conflict began it was the Arab League who first requested that the UN undertake action to stop the conflict, but when the proposal went to the Security Council the process stalled because Russia and China were too intent on protecting their interests in Syria and used their veto power. The Russians sell arms to the Assad regime, and both it and China have large trade agreements with his government. Russia also has another interest in that Syria provides it with the only western port for their navy outside the Black Sea. 

Many analysts feared a protracted Middle East War in the beginning if anyone intervened, but considering it was the Arab League that initiated the call for action I fail to see how that is possible. Since the entire crisis blew up into open conflict both Russia and China have sat on the fence blocking positive action by the United Nations. As in many minor wars in the past forty years like Bosnia the world is forced to stand by and do nothing because one or other country in the Security Council votes against action.

The Meeting of the Big Three

The whole idea of the Security Council was the brain wave of Sir Winston Churchill during the Second World War (Yalta Conference) when he proposed to President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin that while all nations should be members, the victors (USA, Britain, Russia, France and China) should be the ones to have the deciding votes on any decisions taken by the United Nations.

Scene of the First Security Council Meeting 1946

The first meeting of the newly formed United Nations Security Council took place on 17 January 1946 at Church House Westminster in London. It was a noble idea with all the right intentions, but the geographical and political changes that occurred after the war, i.e. the forming of the Soviet Bloc and the Communist takeover of China, caused the introduction of countries looking out for their own interests above that of the world. This feeling has accelerated out of control over the past thirty years.

Now a new dimension to the Syrian conflict has been added by the involvement of Turkey. Because Turkey is a member of NATO, this now brings all the NATO countries on to the stage. This scenario would have dangerous possibilities of serious consequences if mad-men ruled, for just supposing the Syrian Army felt disposed to mounting an attack on Turkey, The Turks and the rest of NATO respond and then Russia steps in of Syria’s side. I don’t even want to go down that road!

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Anyway, the point of this exercise is that Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Turkish Prime Minister has now openly criticised the Security Council for its lack of response to this crisis, and in my mind it is way past time when this whole system came under heavy scrutiny. I have stated previously (https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/should-certain-nations-have-the-veto-power-at-the-un) that I find the idea of certain nations having the power of veto over all United Nations decisions is long outdated. While the original idea was sound and made with good intentions, it has been corrupted beyond measure by nations now looking after their own interests instead of world stability and peace.

This current attitude by Russia and China, and on previous occasions by the USA, has led to the UN becoming nothing more than a very expensive talking shop. Self-important people gather on a regular basis but nothing ever results in action when the muck hits the fan. If we are to have a forum for world politics that actually works, every country needs to have an equal vote, where the majority rule and not a select few.

al Quada – The Scourge of Modern Times.

Islam is on the rise again, and it is well known that terrorists groups like al Quada are deeply involved in the Syrian conflict as well as many other countries that have have played a part in the ‘Arab Spring’. Africa is also going through a period of conflict with insurgents trying to gain control of countries like Mali, Somalia and Yemen. We have the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and so far neither the Coalition Forces or the Pakistan Army have been able to wipe them out.

We seem to be falling headlong into a series of global disputes and insurgency that is going to require a heavy hand by all the countries of the world to put down if we are all to live in peace for the foreseeable future. The only political group capable of solving these problems on a global scale is the United Nations, but they will continue to be impotent if we retain the veto. It is time for all politicians, governments and countries to stand together and say: “Enough!”

Malala – An Unlikely Heroine

It is time for governments to start listening to the people, and act on the will of the people. Since the attempted assassination by the Taliban of 14 year-old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan who campaigned for the right of Muslim girls to receive an education, the ordinary people of Pakistan have been demonstrating in the streets for an end to the violence and kidnapping in their country by the insurgents. The people of Syria wish no longer to be ruled by a dictator, just like those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya. The common people across the world are making their voices heard, and it is up to those in power to listen.

It is easy to say: “Oh, that’s an Arab problem”, but it is seeping into the lives of western nations too. It may only be a trickle at the moment but it grows day by day, until one day it will become a flood, but by then it will be too late.

Roy.

How Long Must The Syrian People Endure Assad?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Arab, Human Rights, Insurgents, Security Council, Terrorism, UN, United Nations with tags , , , on 14/07/2012 by floroy1942

For more than sixteen months the people have been dying on the streets of Syrian towns at the hands of a dictator who does not wish to relinquish power while the world stands by spectating. The crisis is no nearer ending than it was in the beginning, despite the useless but well-meaning intervention of Kofi Annan and his ‘Peace Plan’.

Russian Built Attack Helicopters

The plan, such as it was, never even got off the ground despite Annan’s assurances, for people are still dying daily in mortar, artillery and helicopter attacks such as we have recently seen in Tremseh in which an estimated 200 people died in a single strike. Pretty soon Assad will have no people left over which to govern, but still the world stands idly by because two countries, namely Russia and China, are more intent on protecting their interests in the country.

Apart from losing multi-billion dollar trade agreements with the Assad regime, Russia also stands to lose Tartus, its only Mediterranean port for its naval fleet. China on the other hand also stands to lose multi-billion dollar trade agreements with Syria if Assad should fall. These are reasons enough for them to stonewall any UN action to end the fighting with their veto powers at the UN.

The current veto powers of the UN top five countries (USA, Great Britain, Russia, France and China) goes back to the end of WW2, when the conquering nations agreed at the Dumbarton Oaks (August–October 1944) and Yalta (February 1945) conferences that such a move was necessary in the interests of unanimity and to protect their own interests after the bruising battles of the war.

Russian Warship

Since that time it has been used on various occasions by the five powers, normally to protect their own interests as is currently the case in Syria with Russia and China. So long as these two powers refuse to sanction moves against Assad, the world is unable to intervene with a UN military force to stop the killing.

Assad continues to blame terrorists for the troubles, and to be fair, there may be a grain of truth in that for it is certain there are elements of al Quada fighting within the country against the regime, because they probably see an opportunity to gain a foothold there from which to continue their nefarious campaign of terrorism.

Doctor Tries To Save An Injured Girl

It is however clear that Assad will not give up his power struggle unless he either wins, or the world powers step in to remove him. So the onus is back on Russia and China to get off the fence and vote for UN action against this man and his government before thousands more die.

In the past few months China has exercised its veto and otherwise remained fairly quiet, while Russia has made overtures to Assad to end the violence but the one quality missing was conviction.

There can be little doubt that something concrete must be done to stop this useless slaughter, and as I see it, the only way is to rid the United Nations of the stigma of the veto which has so often prevented proper action. Once no country has the right to prevent any UN action approved by the majority can the UN take its rightful place in the world as a leader and peacemeaker.

Roy.

Rebellion – The Spring Of Discontent

Posted in Arab, Christianity, Demonstration, Elections, Muslim, President, Religion, Summit, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23/04/2011 by floroy1942

Ever since the world ushered in 2011, with the hopes of a fruitful year and a return to economic stability, it seems the pendulum has swung the other way. The prospect of global economic recovery seems as far away as ever, and the news has been dominated by country after country being racked by protests and regime changes, albeit mostly in the arab world.

A New Year With Renewed Hope

As we all know by now, Tunisia was the spark that ignited the trail of discontent across North Africa and on into the Middle East. Protesters in both Tunisia and Egypt have successfully rid themselves of an oppresive regime and may be turning to democracy, but we shall have to wait and see.

Further afield we have seen Libya, Syria, Yemen and The United Arab Emirates among others all suffering civilian unrest. In the case of Libya, outright war between the populace and the government is on-going with Syria heading in the same directiuon. The protesters all demand the same thing, release from an oppressive regime that has held power too long.

Libya: http://youtu.be/nqJgBhDkekc

It has always been the nature of dictators not to relinquish power once they have achieved it, a fact that still holds true today. Many who have, or perhaps will be toppled in the near future, have all held power for many decades and it often occurs that time makes such people lose contact with those they rule.

Libyan Protest

History teaches us that people will accept such a situation with passive acceptance – initially, but over time, especially if their living standards deteriorate, the discontent grows until it suddenly bursts forth in uncontrollable rage. Poor living standards are a great driver to action for those living in oppressed countries.

Desperate measures are taken by some rulers like Gaddafi of Libya and Assad of Syria, who attempt to quell the unrest by force of arms, but as we have seen in both these countries, it only makes the protesters more determined. Libya is now racked by civil war, and even with the help of a UN resolution and the actions of NATO, we are approaching a stalemate.

There are indications the war in Libya will take on a new twist that may well cause headaches at NATO Headquarters. The latest news quotes government sources as saying the eviction of the rebels from Misrata will be left to local tribes who have suffered loss of trade with the city since the uprising began. The army is said to be retreating from Misrata and negotiations will take place between tribal leaders and the rebels. If the tribes do in fact attack the rebel positions in the city it will be civilians against civilians, so where will that leave the coalition forces and the UN Mandate?

Syria Defiance

Meanwhile, Syria is seeing daily deaths among the protesters at the hands of the security forces. International involvement has only taken place in Libya, and it seems unlikely at this time that such action will be repeated in other countries.

Syria: http://youtu.be/qb7Irlq60Ew

Ivory Coast and Nigeria have also been trouble spots for the last few weeks but the reasons there are different.

The Ivorian Protagonists

In Ivory Coast the dispute arose from the failure of its President, Lauren Gbagbo to accept defeat when he lost the election. Fighting has been going on there for some time as forces loyal to Gbagbo sought to prevent the elected President Ouattara from taking office. Eventually Gbagbo was defeated, but now Ouattara is finding it hard to reign in his troops and stop fighting between Gbagbo supporters and his own. Once again, the UN has made pleas for calm which have fallen on deaf ears.

Ivory Coast: http://youtu.be/Y0Lpmdzt6mk

A similar situation is developing in Nigeria where the defeated presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhuri, refuses to accept his defeat against Goodluck Johnson in an election that was cleared by international observers as being fair. Should the violence continue, there is a chance the Muslim north of the country will be at war with the Christian south.

Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

The difference between this altercation and others seems to be religion, for like Muslims everywhere, they wish to dominate, and the north will not be satisfied until it rules the whole of the country purely for the purposes of turning it into a Muslim state. A story we have all heard before.

The UN is still confining itself to useless pleas for calm and a cessation of violence in the various nations currently in the news. This is standard practice for the international body that rarely sees fit to actually take action to prevent bloodshed and war.

Nigeria: http://youtu.be/QzFQ3zrW7QA

The United Nations was formed as a body with the ideal of ending war and insurrection in any country but has over the years been found wanting. The various nations have almost always found it impossible to come to a decision to end violence, for each country must first look to its own interests before embarking on any agreement to intervene in trouble spots around the world.

The Libyan conflict serves as a prime example, for many countries could not bring themselves to endorse Resolution 1973 until it was too late to be of any strategic use, perhaps because they did not wish to offend the Middle East nations for fear of jeopardising their oil imports. Now with Syria and Yemen they again cannot agree for the same reason, and content themselves with platitudes and pleas for a cessation of the violence, all of which go unheard.

A Sign Of UN Impotence At Ending Wars?

It is obvious these nations will not take any notice, for it has become a power struggle with the elite not wishing to relinquish their grip, and the protesters refusing to accept anything less.

Countries like Russia and China who hold veto powers, refuse to allow any UN action to stop the bloodshed for reasons of their own, which is most likely an attempt to gain influence in the area.

There is little doubt the UN, founded with such lofty ideals, is failing in its mandate in a disastrous fashion, for it was intended to end wars and provide a platform for the settlement of international disputes. Something it has never managed to do, and in my opinion, never will. Meanwhile, ordinary people die needlessly!

Roy.

The Mighty Vulcan – Fond Memories

Posted in Britain, England, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, UK, Uncategorized, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06/03/2011 by floroy1942

I was extremely happy to read that the last surviving Vulcan bomber has once again received its certificate of air worthiness. As the only survivor of the RAF cold war bomber fleet of Vulcan, Victor and Valiant bombers, it is without doubt a truly magnificent sight when seen flying over the green fields of England that it protected so well.

Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent – Victor, Valiant, Vulcan

The fact that it can fly at all is due solely to a group of Vulcan enthusiasts who, with donated money, spent their free time working on the aircraft to get it airworthy. A truely Valiant (excuse the pun) achievement. My compliments Gentlemen!

There follows a video showing the history of the Valiant and Victor Bombers:

There is little doubt that despite the deterrent of the American Strategic Air Command, our V Force was a potent weapon manned by dedicated airmen who gave the Russians pause for thought. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed during this time of  world crisis, and eventually the world was no longer living in fear of the Russian menace.

This was all due to the far-seeing Mikhail Gorbachev who alone could see the perils of continuing the nuclear stand-off. The people of the world owe this man a great debt.

During my time with the Royal Air Force I had the pleasure of working with both Victor and Vulcan bombers, and as an armourer was responsible for loading the nuclear weapons.

Blue Steel Stand-Off Missile

At the time this was the Blue Steel stand-off bomb that would have devastated any city it was dropped on. Loading these weapons was a long and complicated business, as first we had to fuel the missile with its liquid propellant before actually loading it into the bomb bay.

It was dangerous work, but thanks to the professionalism of all involved, no accidents ever happened. When loading the propellant we had to wear what would be described today as chemical suites to ensure we never came in direct contact with the fuel.

On the Victor aircraft, the missile was only half embedded in the bomb bay and half of it hung below, it was that big. Great care had to be taken when loading this aircraft because it was so low to the ground and there was little clearance between the weapon and the fuselage. The Vulcan on the other hand was very high off the ground and caused no problems.

The greatest part about working with these fine aircraft was to watch a squadron scramble. Within a matter of minutes the whole squadron would be airborne and heading for their targets. Considering Britain had but a four-minute warning of approaching Russian missiles this was of the utmost importance, for nobody wanted our number one deterrent to be caught on the ground.

Scramble!

To see these great aircraft thundering down the runway only seconds apart was a sight to captivate any audience. The most spectacular was always the Vulcan due to its ability to enter an almost vertical climb immediately after leaving the ground. This aircraft was overpowered and had limiters on the throttles to prevent over-stressing the airframe, but excess power made it capable of almost impossible maneuvers with such a huge aircraft.

The standard takeoff pattern was for the first aircraft to stay low and straight ahead after leaving the ground while the second and third would peel off left and right. But the fourth was the most spectacular, for it would enter an almost vertical climb once the wheels left the ground. This takeoff pattern was to minimise the effects of air turbulence on following aircraft, while allowing all to get off the ground in the shortest possible time. It’ s an understatement to say it was spectacular!

The flight characteristics of the Avro Vulcan were akin to those of a fighter as can be amply seen in the following video where the test pilot, Roly Folk rolls the aircraft immediately after takeoff at the Farnborough Air Show in 1955:

During my two years with the Victors we had at one time been operating from a dispersal base that also had Vulcan’s, and one would assume some of the Victor crews had decided to emulate the takeoffs of their Vulcan brethren. The Victor of course did not have the sheer raw power of the Vulcan and this became obvious as the ground crew watched the takeoffs.

Victor Conventional Bomb Load

The first two got off OK but the third pilot had been a little too ambitious, for as he pulled back on the stick and dropped his right wing for the sharp turn to starboard, the wingtip touched the ground, and as we found later, left a scour mark in the grass alongside the runway running for several metres. Thankfully he managed to correct it and got away safely.

After the exercise sortie, the aircraft came back to the base and the airfield became a scene of frantic activity as the ground crew got the aircraft ready for their next flight. Due to the constant tension between east and west all aircraft had to be ready for an immediate scramble should ‘the balloon go up’.

A rather amusing set of incidents occurred during ‘Exercise Skyshield’ in the 60’s which was to test the North American radar defences (NORAD).  Two flights were made by RAF Vulcans and American B52’s against the supposed impregnable radar shield and the result was all B52’s were intercepted while only one Vulcan was detected and intercepted by an F111. This was no doubt due to the sophisticated electronics counter measures (ECM) developed by British scientists and fitted to the Vulcan.

The New Threat

In their role as strategic bomber the V Force excelled, but unfortunately with the advances in anti-aircraft missiles, and their new ability to reach high flying aircraft, a different approach was necessary. For this reason, the V Force became the new generation of ultra low-level bombers. The white skin paint disappeared to be replaced with camouflage paint on the top surfaces.

It was of course necessary for the crews to practice their new low-level role, and this was done amid the peaks and valleys of Scotland. What a magnificent sight it must have been to see a Victor or Vulcan skimming through the valleys at 100 ft!

I remember when one of our Victors took a couple of reporters up to witness their death-defying skills during a low-level flight. When the aircraft returned they were as white as sheets and had just about filled their sick bags. One was heard to mutter “These men are stark raving lunatics” as he stumbled off in search of a stiff drink.

The Victor – Now Just A Tanker

I have many fond memories of my time with Britain’s V Force and was extremely sad when I heard they were to be scrapped. The Victor lingered on as a tanker aircraft and did valuable work , and of course the one surviving Vulcan was among those that dropped bombs on Stanley airfield during the Falklands conflict.

I guess we all have our time, and that of the V bombers is past and condemned to history, but as with the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster of WW2, it’s fitting that at least one of the old war horses survives.

Roy.

Ban Valentine’s Day?

Posted in Arab, England, Human Rights, Immigrants, Insanity, Modern World, Muslim, Relationships with tags , , , , , , on 11/02/2010 by floroy1942

Incredible though it may seem, a Russian Muslim Council has called for St. Valentine’s Day to be banned! The council of Nizhny Novgorod released a statement calling for the banning of the Valentine’s Day celebration because it “preaches universal permissiveness, amorality and nihilism“. The Council went further by urging head teachers of all schools to cancel celebrations for ‘moral and ethical’ reasons. It would seem they don’t understand the meaning of the celebration. It was first introduced by Pope Gelasius 1 in 496 AD as a day to celebrate the love between two people where both parties give tokens of their love to their partner. Today, this is most often a card or flowers.

St Valentine’s Day has become increasingly popular in Russia in recent years, and around this time of year the shops are full of the usual trinkets and cards, and the trade has become big business.

That any religious group would have the nerve to call for the banning of a cultural festival from another faith is incredible, but in this day and age, what with the rise of Islam across the world, I should not be surprised. I cannot see the Russian authorities taking any notice, but if this happened in Britain, Gordon and his lackeys would soon have St Valentine’s Day shut down for fear of “upsetting the Muslims”.

If Christians continue to allow the Muslims to dictate what they may or may not do or celebrate, how long will it be before they start complaining about Christmas, Easter and the like. I don’t care that this happened in Russia, you know what they say; ‘Today Russia, tomorrow the world!’ Well, maybe not quite, but you know what I mean.

Perhaps we Christians should retaliate and call for a ban on Ramadan! That will sure as hell raise their hackles! I am afraid my answer to all this Muslim bigotry is the same it has always been; If you don’t like the way we live and do things – GO HOME!

Keep Smiling, it ain’t over yet!

Roy.

P.S. Just seen an article about an English primary school in Weston-Super-Mare that has banned its 430 pupils aged between 5 and 11 from celebrating St. Valentines Day. The order comes from the headmaster of Ashcombe Primary School who feels that the children are too young to handle rejection. He has also forbidden the children to exchange valentine cards, and even gone so far as to inform the parents that all cards found on school property will be confiscated. In his opinion, children should wait until they are emotionally and socially mature enough to understand the commitment of having a girl/boyfriend. Pompous oaf! Does he not realise that these days its nothing more than a bit of harmless fun? He should get his marching orders tout suite!!!!

Watch out children – Big Daddy’s watching!


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