Afghanistan, we leave when we win ?

6 Jul

U.S. General David Petraeus has taken command of the Afghan war. It has been 3195 days (8 years, 9 months) since the first British troops went to Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11.

Petraeus said “After years of war, we have arrived at a critical moment…We must demonstrate to the people and to the Taliban that Afghan and (American-led coalition) forces are here to safeguard the Afghan people and that we are in this to win. That is our clear objective.”

“In this to win” What do we win, the privilege of propping up a corrupt government, increased World drug supply and production, the right to imprison women for ‘bad character’, military spending in the billions whilst cutting services back home.

Afghanistan cultural, social and moral structure outside of Kabul, is not something we can change at the barrel of a gun (or military occupation). Neither can we “safeguard the Afghan people”. For every ISAF casualty, 100’s of Afghans become casualties. We are causing more harm to Afghan people by our presence.

Whilst U.S. troop numbers continue to rise (soon some 100,000 U.S. troops), others are making plans to leave Afghanistan. Both Canada and Denmark pack their bags in 2011, no matter the situation.

Coming up to the 9th year it is about time for the U.K to also announce withdraw. Afghanistan, and global terrorism is a Political and Policing matter not something resolved by armies, invasion and military occupation.

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News catchup…

28 Jun

Yesterday I returned home from my holiday. Put the key into the lock, opened the door, put my luggage down and sank into my sofa with a sigh. I’m Home. There is no feeling like it. The house was quite, the room cool and my belongings surround me.

I have seen little news or Television the last week so decided to catchup. It is surprising how quickly you mood can turn. News today in its never-ending quest for market share concentrate on emotional not factual reporting. The industry pushes your buttons, you become used to it to such an extent that only a break from it makes you realise the emotional, mental drain our news has on us.

That said, I will make some post to just catch up on events.

Cornish nationalist

17 Jun

Cornish nationalist have campaigned as long as English counterparts for their devolution cause. Recently I read The Cornish Democrat’s article on ‘English Friends’

“Within the world of English nationalism most Cornish campaigners will not expect to find support….. Quite the opposite is the sad reality. The venom with which English nationalists, even the supposedly more moderate ones from the Campaign for an English Parliament, not to mention hard-right and fascist groups such as the EDP or EFP respectively, attack Cornish nationalists can be quite startling.”

The article questions lack of support for Cornish nationalist among English nationalist. This surprised me, most English nationalist I know support the Cornish cause. So what is happening here ?

The ‘Cornish Democrat’ starts his article calling the English Democrats (English Civic nationalist party) far right and fascists. A lot of people in the English Democrats support Cornish nationalist, attacking their party is not helpful. Calling English nationalist ‘fascist’ seems also hypocritical… “groups such as the EDP or EFP respectively, attack Cornish nationalists can be quite startling”.

An issue English nationalist have is the perception Cornish Nationalist are trying to piggyback our movement. The cause for an English parliament gathered momentum and increasing support due to groups like the The Campaign for an English Parliament. Cornish nationalist want ‘in’ on this momentum (whilst often expressing anti-English views themselves).

This causes a problem, Cornish nationalist want their aims recognised, but this goes against English nationalist current campaign aims.

English nationalist assert that the UK Government has no right to divide England into regions. An English parliament should form, and powers given to local authorities/regions by this English Parliament (not the UK parliament looking to the interest of the Union). We cannot pick up and include the Cornish Cause, to do so goes against our main campaign aims.

This has led to many Cornish nationalists accusing us of being hostile. This is not the cases, we do however object to accepting and championing their cause at the moment (changing in effect our mission statement). English nationalist need to keep our message clear and constant whilst it continues to gain momentum.

The question is, are the Cornish nationalist ready to back the English nationalist in obtaining an English parliament ? Do they trust that parliament to sort out the very real and valid concerns of Cornwall when formed ?

Saville Report and Inquiry….

16 Jun

My opinion of the Bloody Sunday and the Saville Report remains the same after the inquiry as before. The inquiry should not have taken place,  its finding considered partisan, and the inquiry will lead to further demands.

The inquiry should not have taken place

In 1992 Prime Minister John Major said in a letter to John Hume (leader of the SDLP)

“The Government made clear in 1974 that those who were killed on ‘Bloody Sunday’ should be regarded as innocent of any allegation that they were shot whilst handling firearms or explosives. I hope that the families of those who died will accept that assurance.”

The Saville inquiry came to the same conclusion only it took them 12 years and £195 million costs to spread it over 5000 pages.

The need was to move on with the political process, acknowledging the past, moving onwards towards a peaceful future (if the Good Friday agreement was truly supposed to draw a line under Northern Ireland’s violent sectarian history). Instead we have had 12 years of anguish for some, a re-opening of injustice for many others.

The inquiry and its findings considered partisan

The findings would never satisfy everyone, and has opened as many wounds as healed. A victim of IRA terrorism has said there is a ‘hierarchy of victims’. Those killed by terrorism never had a £200 million investigation into the unlawful killing of their loved ones.

Some claim the State and government are rightly accountable for actions carried out in its name (actions of terrorist are beyond their control). If the government has a duty to see justice done, it’s to give justice and closure to all victims.

The inquiry will only lead to further demands

The Prime Minister has said the report should help communities

‘come together to acknowledge our shared history, even where it divides us. That is not to say that we must ever forget or dismiss that past. But we must also move on.’

I am not sure David Cameron is correct. The findings are being used by nationalist to accuse the British Army on Bloody Sunday as being the catalyst of Northern Ireland sectarian terrorism.

We will likely see attempts at prosecutions now, and attempts at revisionism of the cause of Northern Ireland’s recent violent history.

Vuvuzela… enough already

14 Jun

It is official. My dislike for the vuvuzela has officially turned to hate.

It is ruining the world cup atmosphere for me (SA rugby stadia already have a ban on them) FIFA decided to allow them even after the complaints after the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup held in South Africa. There was talk of banning the vuvuzela for the World cup, fans and commentators complained about the noise. The South Africans however claim this plastic 60p horn (massed produced in South Africa & China) is part of Authentic South African football and culture.

The world cup is different nations, their teams and supporters coming together in the worlds greatest sporting event. Each nation brings its own brand of support, samba and Latino music, gutteral German singing, the English marching band – all the nations bring a unique atmosphere to the game. This world cup the atmosphere of the entire competition is the sound of a 90 minutes traffic jam.

However painful the sound is to me on TV and radio, I am thankful that I am not in the stadia. Listen to how the vuvuzela sounds stood among them, imagine 90 minutes non-stop (paying £100’s if not £1000’s to attend the game). Try and listen to the full 2 minutes, how do you feel about another 88 ?

Now compare to a crowd singing.

Football games, stadia, players and a crowd are normally symbiotic. The stadia sound rises and falls through the passage of play. Supporters encourage their team if they are struggling, mock the opponents, cheer good play. The vuvuzela just results in 90 minutes of flat droning, there is no ebb and flow. I have heard people say the fans just need to sing, but it is simply impossible to be heard above the horns

What a shame that South Africa with such a history of dance, music and song will be remembered for a cheap plastic tube. It is not even an original concept, South America crowds used them for decades – thankfully they have the sense to use it sparingly.

You can vote to ban it though sadly it will be to late.

On, on, you noblest English…

12 Jun

Today is also the anniversary of the re-created Shakespeare Globe Theatre as well as England’s first World Cup game of the 2010 finals. I will keep my sentiments simple, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet “Do it England!”.

I am sure William would be cheering the England team. He could connect with these players performing in front of 60,000 eager fans, England’s popular theatre for the ‘common man’. The sentiments of ABE (anyone but England) from Scotland and Wales would not worry Shakespeare, he would cut them down, waving his pen like a sword, penning a piece of English cutting wit and pride.

When the world cup is over however he would be unfamiliar with the way that Englishness vanishes over night. The playwright lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I this ‘mere English’ woman who instilled a sense of pride and passion in England. Europe feared this rising England, this land of god and man.

I suspect he would be disappointed in English pride. A land where our historians now depict Elizabeth as “short-tempered, sometimes indecisive ruler, who enjoyed more than her share of luck”.

After the World cup is over, those supporting England will settle back into their daily lives, a flutter of pride or disapointement in their chest. The rest of the country will continue to chip away at England, ever more determined to prevent these ‘mere English’ any chance to establish themselves politically or nationally.

England and Englishness has been reduced to something that comes out at sporting tournaments. I hope we can win this tournament, it will give us time and new found confidence. The least it will postpone and prevent people from trying to destroy this last bastion of England.

Labour final swan song, spending our tax money unwisely. (via English Warrior)

11 Jun

An interesting look at what Labour were doing in the last two years of Government when they knew we had a deficit that was out of control. Instead of tackling it they chose to increase spending for non essential schemes.

Labour final swan song, spending our tax money unwisely. Labour spent 1.3 trillion on things like ballet and other unnecessary stuff, all while the country's economy was on a down turn. We will be footing the bill, the rest of the UK will not be paying out of their budgets, again Labour spent the English taxpayers money on non-essential services and projects, people were still losing their houses, jobs and businesses. It would have been better to give the money back to the people, wipe their slates cle … Read More

via English Warrior