Friday, 30 October 2015

Can you spot which countries are not taking defence seriously?

Here's your clue....

Here's another mug shot...

Better, but he has never served a single day in the armed forces. Time was a military career was considered essential to become Defence Secretary, but not any more it seems.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Syrian migrants find back-door into UK

It seems two boats carrying 140 Syrian migrants have landed at an RAF base on Cyprus, thus putting them on British sovereign territory. It is a longer boat trip than the quick hop to Lesbos where you can actually see the destination from the Turkish mainland, 100 miles in fact. 

Cyprus: further than it looks!

Clever and tricky! To-date we have been protected from difficult decisions by keeping wanna-be migrants at arms' length, ie blocked in a foreign country. But now they are under the wire and officially "our problem".

RAF Akrotiri: Nice beach, shame about the migrants

There is some precedent here. About 18 years ago a group of Kurds arrived at the base and requested asylum. They were denied entry into the United Kingdom but are still being accommodated at our expense on the island two decades later.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Migrants are not happy

Russia Today have interviewed a number of migrants who have completed their Great Trek and arrived in their respective lands of milk and honey, and it seems they are not happy. Complaints include:
  • Not being given apartments
  • Apartments too far from the centre of town
  • Schools not near enough
  • Internet connection too slow
  • Food is bad
  • Not being given clothing
 Some of them are threatening to return to Syria!

See their tales of woe here:

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Russia attacks ISIS with cruise missiles

Have a look at this Daily Mail graphic of Russian navy ships in the Caspian Sea launching cruise missiles last night at ISIS sites in Syria...

The significant subtly is the route taken by the missiles. Fired off Russian warships in international waters in the Caspian they passed through Iranian airspace, then Iraqi airspace, then arrived at various ISIS strongholds. Early indications are that none hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Both the Iranian and Iraqi governments gave prior permission for their airspace to be used. In the case of Iran this isn't surprising; they have been helping Assad since 2011. But Iraq? In theory they are supposed to be in the American pocket, and America hates Russia moving into the Middle East. So it seems Iraq has shed the US yoke and a new Russia-Iran-Iraq-Syria (RII S) axis is now in play.

The battle lines are now RIIS vs AISA (America-Israel-Saudi Arabia). Presumably over the coming days and weeks the pretense that "we are all fighting ISIS" will give way to more overt land grabbing, although I can't see the US 6th fleet in the Med or the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt currently in the Persian gulf directly exchanging blows with the Russian fleet in the Caspian.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Supermarkets fox government

It's not only Putin who can defeat the UK government, supermarkets can as well. Years ago legislation was enacted to impose a 5p charge on the shoppers of England for each plastic bag given out by shops with more than 250 employees, and it came into effect by ministerial order yesterday. 

The money is supposed to go to "good causes" although rather mysteriously the order does not actually mention that.

Was there squealing and whining from the big supermarkets? No, there was a suspicious silence as they plotted to defeat the purpose of the government. Before "bag" day we heard little from the big shops; they didn't inform their customers of their plans or advise any preparations.

And lo, on charging day we see what they have been planning. We were expecting to have to pay 5p for each of those ultra-thin semi-useless bags. But no, they are gone, no-longer available in any form and for his or her 5p the customer gets a multi-use bag and the promise of endless more multi-use bags for free as and when the first wears out.

The contribution to "good causes" will likely be 20p per shopper, in total, ever. And since it looks like the government was planning to keep the "good causes" money anyway, tough.

However anyone still determined to get their bag for free should note Schedule 2 section 2(1)(f) of the order, which stipulates that if you slip a live goldfish into the bag then you get the bag for free!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Putin wins again

Russian President Vladimir Putin has outmaneuvered the West by joining in the air strikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Once again Kremlin strategists have wrong-footed the hopeless amateurs in Washington and London.

The real politik is that the West desperately does not want the Russians in the middle east and they do want to overthrow the Assad regime in Damascus. Assad supports Hezbollah which periodically attacks Israel. The Zionist lobby in DC therefore nominates Assad as Public Enemy #1.

The problem is that the public in the USA and UK have seen a lot of beheading videos and think anyone fighting ISIS must be a good guy. So America is torn between bombing ISIS and bombing Assad; in fact there is no-one in Syria they don't want to bomb, but various shadowing groups have ensured that high quality ISIS beheading vids get lots of airtime and Assad is looking like yesterday's boogey man. Add to that the Russians have been allied with Assad since the year dot (because of his Mediterranean access) and it all gets very frustrating for your average American neo-con.

The Russians are well-placed to bomb ISIS because, being friends with Assad, they get to use his airbases. So they are likely to be more effective than the West and now have a perfect excuse to build up substantial forces in the area. Forces which could be used to defend Assad against the West should the Zionists ever manage to get regime-change in Damascus back on the agenda.

Also, America now considers most of the middle east to be under her military control - notable exception: Iran. The US basically has air superiority in most countries with the agreement of the local friendly government: ie, Israel, Iraq, Saudi. The UAE and Oman are long-term allies. Which really only leaves the Lebanon and Yemen - both lawless hellholes of no strategic significance, and no actual governments.

But now the Russians have moved in, with an impeccable excuse, doing nothing more than the Americans were already doing, and are throwing around considerable weight. The Americans were notified that Russian bombing was about to begin when a 3-star Russian general knocked on the front door of the US embassy in Baghdad and gave precisely 60 minutes notice that "American" airspace was about to be buzzing with Russian jets.

Cue much gnashing of teeth. The Americans and allies hate the Russian presence but cannot think of any good reason to object. So far they have only come up with the Russians being a bit hit and miss, but since Western forces have killed any number of innocents that is not much of a reason.

Putin is continuing a period of Russian expansionism. He has taken the Crimea, is in the process of taking Eastern Ukraine and now is moving into the Arabian peninsula.

Meanwhile the public in Europe and America now so despise their own governments for being completely sold-out to all interests except their own citizens' that they are actually rooting for the Ruskies.