"Tony Blair is wooing some of America’s biggest billionaires with a Downing Street reception during his final days in power, including the tycoon who hired Bill Clinton after he left office.On 4 March 2007, 21-year-old Private Jonathon Wysoczan, of 4 Platoon, B Company, First Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, was injured by a sniper whilst on patrol in Iraq. He was, subsequently, flown back to the UK where he died in hospital of his injuries.
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, regarded as one of London’s most influential political hostesses, has arranged the select gathering. At least seven billionaires with a combined worth of more than £25 billion are on the guest list." Reaping the reward
US Commanders Admit: We Face Vietnam Type Collapse
Iraqi PM Condemns Brit-Led Raid
US Forces Erased Footage of Civilian Deaths
Injured Soldier Sues MoD for £2.8 Million
Iraq Blast Kills 9 US Troops
Israel Tops Bad Effect on World List
New US Iraq General Says NO Military Solution to Iraq
On 8 March 2007, 39-year-old, Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Smith, of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, was injured in a grenade attack in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and died later in hospital.
Suicide Bomber Kills 26 in Baghdad
At Least 90 Shi’ite Pilgrims Killed in Iraq
Bomb Kills at Least 30 in Baghdad
Jews Furious at Treatment of Lord Levy
19 Russian Oligarchs on Forbes Billionaire List
Democrats Set Iraq Pull-Out Plans
On 31 March 2007, 35-year-old Robert 'Chippy' Cumming, a Security Expert working for Erinys International, was killed by a roadside bomb in Diwaniya, Iraq.
"Many of you know my interest in Israel and in the Jewish community has been long-standing.
MY FATHER WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND'S ISRAEL COMMITTEE. Not only as I've described to some of you before did he make visits on almost two occasions a year for 20 years to Israel - but because of that... I had a very clear view from household slides and projectors about the history of Israel, about the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, about the enormous suffering and loss during the Holocaust, as well as the extraordinary struggle that he described to me of people to create this magnificent homeland."
"I have always felt that Gordon Brown is instinctively a good friend of Israel and I look forward to working with him. The combination of Gordon as prime minister and Tony Blair as Quartet Middle East envoy is a really exciting prospect and gives real hope for progress in the Middle East peace process."On 1 April 2007, Kingsman Danny Wilson of the Chindit Company, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was wounded whilst checking for roadside bombs in the al-Ashar area of Basra and died shortly afterwards. Soldier Unlawfully Killed in Iraq
On 2 April 2007, 18-year-old rifleman Aaron Lincoln of the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles was wounded by small arms fire during a routine patrol in the al-Asher district of Basra, Iraq. He died of his injuries at a field hospital in Basra a little while later.
Another serviceman was also wounded but is expected to make a full recovery.
Israeli PM Says Lebanon War was 'Planned Months in Advance'
Blair’s Personal Papers Removed by Cops
BRITISH IMAM JUSTIFIES MURDER OF KEN BIGLEY
US, Iran, Syria Hold Key Talks in Iraq
No Time for Military Training
Troops Wait up to 18 Months for Mental Health Treatment
40 Killed in Baghdad
Muslim Found Guilty of Calling for Brits to be Beheaded
Europe Struggles with Influx of Iraqi Refugees
US Marine Justifies Murder of Iraqi Civilians
US Soldier Guilty of 3, that’s 3 NEGLIGENT HOMICIDES in Iraq!
Iraqis Killed by Chlorine Bombs
Wounded Soldiers Living in Poverty
Iraqi Pessimism Growing
Only 5% of Brits Think Britain is a Safer Place Since Iraq was Invaded
Michelle Norris Wins the Military Cross
More than 50 Die in Iraq
Soldiers Go AWOL 10,000 Times
Paltry Payouts for Injured Servicemen
America to Attack Iran on 6 April?
50 Innocents Shot Dead in Iraqi Town
Rumsfeld Torture Suit Dismissed
More than a Hundred Killed in Baghdad and Khalis
70 Sunnis Executed by Gunmen in Iraqi Town
Terror Suspect Tortured by US
King Abdullah Condemn US Presence in Iraq!
Iraqi Civilian Deaths up by 13 per cent Last Month
Blair Government Faked Iran/Iraq Map
On 5 April 2007, 24-year-old Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer, an Intelligence Corps operative attached to the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed by a roadside bomb near Basra in Iraq.
Private Eleanor Dlugosz from the Royal Army Medical Corps; Corporal Kris O'Neill and 19-year-old Kingsman Adam James Smith from the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regimen, died alongside Joanna.
A civilian translator also died in the blast and a fifth soldier was 'very seriously injured.'
Home Town Funeral for Marine
US Helicopter Downed in Iraq
The Reality: Civilians Main Casualties in Iraq
On 13 April 2007, 19-year-old Private Chris Gray, of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian regiment, was wounded on a routine patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The MoD said Chris’s troop were in a 'fierce firefight' at a range of just 15 metres. 'A small number of Taleban' were killed and Chris was shot. He was airlifted to the main British base at Camp Bastion, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Lt Col Stuart Carver said Chris had died 'selflessly striving to relieve comrades in extreme danger.'
At Least 43 Killed in Iraq Suicide Attacks
Suicide Attack on Iraq Holy City
Blair Says his Legacy will "Stand the Test of Time"
More than 170 Dead in Iraq!
On 15 April 2007, 37-year-old
Colour Sergeant Mark Powell of the Parachute Regiment and RAF Sergeant Mark McLaren were killed when two Puma helicopters crashed in a mid-air collision near Taji, north of Baghdad. Defence Secretary, Des Browne, said initial the crash was an accident and not caused by an insurgent attack.
Caused by an insurgent attack, then.
On 19 April 2007, 24-year-old Ben Leaning and 27-year-old Kristen Turton of the Queen's Royal Lancers were killed when their Scimitar Armoured Reconnaissance vehicle was blown apart by a roadside bomb in Maysan Province, Iraq.
Nearly 200 Killed in Baghdad
Political Paralysis in Iraq
Stupid Blairite Says Iraq Has Never Been Part of the War on Terror
Millions In Iraq to get Measles Jab
Iraqi PM Wants Americans to Pull Down Their Wall
On 23 April 2007, 20-year-old
Kingsman Alan Joseph Jones of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was injured when his Platoon came under small-arms fire in the Al Ashar District of Basra in Iraq. Despite his colleagues' best efforts to save him, he died of his injuries.
"I am afraid it is the case that people are becoming numbed by what is happening in Iraq. The forces were sent into a war which a lot of us disagreed with and a lot of those serving in Iraq have deep reservations about. They have been sent into an unpopular war by this government, but it would be a terrible shame if the public forgot what they are going through."
"The sheer scale of what is going on in Iraq does mean that it becomes 'yet another death' in that country.Fresh Calls for Butcher Wolfowitz to Quit Top Job
Our soldiers are doing their duty under the most difficult of circumstances."
On 29 April 2007, 18-year-old Paul 'Donny' Donnachie, of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, was shot dead in the Al Ashar district of Basra.
"Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient."Carter continued:
"The war was unjustified, unnecessary and has worked a tragedy on the Iraqi people, on the American people, on some of the British people and has caused deep schisms on a global basis...On 1 May 2007, 49-year-old Major Nick Bateson, of the Corps of Royal Signals, died in an accident at Basra Air Base, Iraq.
I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world... One of the defences of the Bush administration, in America and worldwide... has been that, okay, we must be more correct in our actions than the world thinks because Great Britain is backing us...
I think the combination of Bush and Blair giving their support to this tragedy in Iraq hasmade opposition less effective and has prolonged the war and increased the tragedy that has resulted."
On 3 May 2007, 21-year-old Private Kevin Thompson of the Royal Logistic Corps was badly injured when the convoy in which he was travelling was hit by a roadside bomb.
After the attack he was treated at the field hospital in Basra Air Station before being flown back to Britain where he died on 6 May.
Kevin's father, Mark, said the situation in Iraq had become 'pointless', adding:
"I could strangle Tony Blair. So many young men have died fighting in Iraq when they shouldn't be there in the first place...Kevin's mother Theresa, added:
When Kevin was over for the funeral (of his grandafther a few weeks before he, himself, died) he said morale among our soldiers was very low. Many of them didn't know why they were there, and Kevin was worried. Some of the lads were just too inexperienced for the job."
"It's the news every parent of a soldier dreads. Tony Blair has a lot to answer for."On 3 May 2007, 22-year-old Guardsman Simon Davison, of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was shot dead when the checkpoint he was manning near Garmsir in Helmand Province was attacked by the Taleban.
Simon was trying to protect others when he died.
Friendly Fire Progress Too Slow
BLAME BLAIR for IRAQ: Says FELLOW TRAITOR GEOFF HOON!
TRAITOR BLAIR Denies MI5 Failures and Refuses 7/7 Enquiry
UK Pledges 100 Million More for Iraq
Blair’s New Job – Bush’s Special Envoy in the Middle East?
US Troops Killed in Afghanistan Prison
Suicide Bombers Kill 20 in Iraq
US Troops Condone Torture!
Baghdad Car Bomb Kills 33
Israel Accused of Prisoner Abuse
General Sir Michael Rose says Iraq Insurgents are Right to Take on US
68 Killed in Iraq
Car Bomb Kills 16
Evil Cheney Arrives in Baghdad
US Attack Kills Iraqi Children
US Marine Shot 5 Unarmed Iraqis With Their Hands in the Air
Israel to Build 20,000 Homes in Occupied Land
Cheney Threatens Iran
On 10 May 2007 Tony Blair gave his resignation speech in his Sedgefield constituency.
This, in part, is it:
“I looked at my own country, a great country, wonderful history, magnificent traditions, proud of its past but strangely uncertain of its future, ALMOST OLD-FASHIONED... I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I DID WHAT I THOUGHT WAS RIGHT. I MAY HAVE BEEN WRONG.”You we’re wrong. As for the heart bit, are you sure you have one?
“NONE OF IT MADE SENSE TO ME. It was 20th Century ideology in a world approaching a new millennium.”None of it made sense? You were Prime Minister for goodness sake, if it didn’t make sense why did you act with such certainty? More to the point, why didn’t you resign and let someone to whom it did make sense take over?
“People want the best for themselves and their families, but in an age where human capital is a nation's greatest asset, they also know it is just and sensible to extend opportunities, to develop the potential to succeed, for all - NOT AN ELITE AT THE TOP.”Not 'an elite at the top?' The whole time you were in office you were kowtowing to and cultivating an anti-societal global elite and putting two fingers up at the majority!
“People are, today, open-minded about race and sexuality, averse to prejudice and yet deeply and rightly conservative with a small 'c' when it comes to good manners, respect for others, treating people courteously.“As a general rule, the British people may be open-minded and averse to prejudice but that doesn’t mean they want their country swamped by millions of closed-minded, prejudiced aliens not the least bit like themselves! You and your traitorous crew DELIBERATELY inundated the UK with all manner of unwanted folk!
“1997 was a moment for a new beginning, for sweeping away all the detritus of the past.”Detritus? So that’s what British history and tradition means to you? It begins to make sense all of a sudden. The 'great country, wonderful history, magnificent traditions' he spoke of in the first paragraph was, in fact, 'detritus' to be swept away.
“Now in 2007, you can easily point to the challenges, the things that are wrong, the grievances that fester.”You sure can. Iraq, Afghanistan, mass immigration, political correctness, dumbing-down, drugging-up, 90 per cent of all the jobs taken up by Suleiman, Sanjay and Stanislaw and sweet bugger all for Tom, Dick and Harry. Did you really imagine that ‘grievance’ would never ‘fester’ when you were treating us so abominably?
“There is only one government since 1945 that can say all of the following: 'More jobs, fewer unemployed, better health and education results, lower crime and economic growth in every quarter,' - this one.”Tony B Liar. The pseudonym is appropriate to the power of n.
“Look at our economy, at ease with globalisation, London the world's financial centre. Visit our great cities and compare them with 10 years ago.”I’m looking at the economy in 2012. You and Gordon Brown cuddling up to the fat cats and international financiers wrecked it. You sacrificed a great nation on the altar of globalisation and greed, Tony. 'At ease with globalisation?' At ease with a world ruled by a malign, trough-gobbling elite forever and ever Amen? An elite who, just one year after you said these words, were found out in no uncertain fashion. You and they are despised to the point of hatred by the decent majority. Or should I say, that part of the majority that knows what you were, and still are, all about.
“Think about the culture of Britain in 2007... I mean our values… equality for gay people… the global movement to support Africa in its struggle against poverty… the fight against terrorism.”I’m thinking about our culture, Tony. Trouble is, after eight years of New Labour, it’d all but disappeared by 2007.
“Britain is not a follower. It is a leader. It gets the essential characteristic of today's world - its interdependence.”'Interdependence.' The boy's favourite buzz word. For globalisation to take irreversible root, every country in the world must be dependent on all the rest. Well, Tony, you sure did your best to make our country dependent all right. You carried on where the Thatcherites left off in that regard. Dependent on Russia and France for power, dependent on the third world for food, doctors, nurses and skilled labour, dependent on China for investment and trillion-dollar loans. Oh, you are the blue-eyed boy of the global franchise all right.
“This is a country today that for all its faults, for all the myriad of unresolved problems and fresh challenges, is comfortable in the 21st Century, at home in its own skin, able not just to be proud of its past but confident of its future.”Come back and repeat this nonsense in 2012 and the confident-of-the-future folk will string you up, pal.
“As for my own leadership, throughout these 10 years, where the predictable has competed with the utterly unpredicted, right at the outset one thing was clear to me. WITHOUT THE LABOUR PARTY ALLOWING ME TO LEAD IT, NOTHING COULD EVER HAVE BEEN DONE.”F*** me! We all know you’re an egomaniac but ‘nothing could ever have been done’ without you? You’re completely and utterly barking, you preposterous slag!
“I knew my duty was to put the country first. That much was obvious to me when just under 13 years ago I became Labour's Leader.”So, 'rubbing' our 'noses in diversity,' with the millions of unwanted immigrants, 90 per cent of the jobs created during your time in office going to the same folk, the Brit-bashing race laws, Pakistanis playing the paedophile with our little girls, the EU and Human Rights law that put foreign criminals before their British victims, 7/7/2005 and the lads that are still coming back in body bags, that was you putting the country first, was it?
“Everyone always says: 'Listen to the people.' The trouble is they don't always agree.”They don’t, Tony. They don’t. When you’re slicing up their world and parcelling it out to the ungrateful alien, the self-serving businessman and the greedy banker, the people are, indeed, somewhat liable to disagree with your preferred course of action.
“In time, you realise putting the country first doesn't mean doing the right thing according to conventional wisdom or the prevailing consensus or the latest snapshot of opinion. It means doing what you genuinely believe to be right. Your duty is to act according to your conviction.”And you being a globalist flunkie, wholly owned by those who would, after your resignation, be paying your Faustian wages, your duty was to sell the British people down the river and wag your tail for ‘interdependence,' 'globalisation,' the Project for the New American Century and the Israel lobby, is that right?
“All of that can get contorted so that people think you act according to some messianic zeal.”‘Messianic zeal?’ Whichever speechwriter wrote those words, Tony, he sure knew his subject matter.
“Sometimes, like with Europe, where I believe Britain should keep its position strong, you know you are fighting opinion, but you are content with doing so.”Oh, you were always content to do whatever ‘the people’ didn’t want, Tony. We, the people, did notice that.
“Then came the utterly unanticipated and dramatic - September 11th 2001 and the death of 3,000 or more on the streets of New York.”Excuse the pedantry, Tony, but it was a bit less than 3,000, actually.
"I decided we should stand shoulder to shoulder with our oldest ally. I did so out of belief. So Afghanistan and then Iraq - the latter, bitterly controversial.”Afghanistan isn’t controversial? News to me.
“Removing Saddam and his sons from power, as with removing the Taleban, was over with relative ease. BUT THE BLOWBACK SINCE, FROM GLOBAL TERRORISM AND THOSE ELEMENTS THAT SUPPORT IT, HAS BEEN FIERCE AND UNRELENTING AND COSTLY. FOR MANY, IT SIMPLY ISN'T AND CAN'T BE WORTH IT.”From the mouth of Tony B Liar, an unusually honest summary of the monstrous actuality. Wonders will never cease.
“For me, I think we must see it through. They, the terrorists, who threaten us here and round the world, will never give up if we give up.”Coorection: the wonder has ceased. From the mouth of Tony B Liar, the usual b***ocks. The ‘terrorists‘ will ‘give up’ just as soon as we stop slaughtering the innocent in their own back yard.
“The British are special. The world knows it. In our innermost thoughts, we know it. This is the greatest nation on earth.”I think so. You don’t. You’re playing to a gallery of teletubbies here, Tony. I doubt whether anyone else would believe that you regard us with such respect.
“But, to be frank, I would not have wanted it any other way. I was, and remain, as a person and as a Prime Minister, an optimist.”A million dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and he’s an optimist.
“But I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right.”That’s like asking us accept that sh*t is sugary.
“I may have been wrong.”You were.
“But believe one thing if nothing else. I did what I thought was right for our country.”Nah. You did what you thought was right for the USA, Israel, big business, the international financier, the global elite, Uncle Rupert, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair and, to a small extent, Scotland and Ireland. As for the English, you could not have cared less about them.
“I came into office with high hopes for Britain's future. I leave it with even higher hopes for Britain's future.”Fast forward to Murdoch, the riots and the financial meltdown of 2008 and it looks like your higher hopes were misplaced, doesn’t it, Tony?
“I give my thanks to you, the British people, for the times I have succeeded, and my apologies to you for the times I have fallen short.”Apologies are not enough, Tony.
Most of us want your head as well.
"Don't desert us… You have been a great friend to us. You may be leaving 10 Downing Street, but we don't want you to leave us. (You are) Israel's best friend in the world outside President George Bush… The whole of Israel will be sorry to see you go."
"I will miss Tony Blair... I have found him to be a man who's kept his word...
I'll miss him, he's a remarkable person and I consider him a good friend."
"Tony Blair... modernised his country's... approach to social problems... and started the global Third Way political movement.
His decade of leadership leaves the people of the UK better off economically, more socially just, more respected for world leadership, and well-positioned for the future. I am glad he was there and grateful for our friendship."
On 10 May 2007, President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso said this:
"Tony Blair has taken Britain from the fringes to the mainstream of the European Union".
"Tony Blair was a leader with a capital L, not a politician who looks at opinion polls first and decides what he is going to do but a leader who leads and I think for me that is the most important feature I could mention about Tony Blair.
Despite resistance he thought this was the right course for Great Britain and he did. We all know that Iraq caused a split in the Security Council and the European Union and NATO but, right or wrong, this was Tony Blair thinking that this was the way."
"We will rue the day when Tony Blair is gone… Without equivocation or fear of challenge, Jews and Israel have never had a better friend in Downing Street…On 10 May 2007, Iraqi Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said this:
He had already shown empathy with the community's needs as shadow home secretary, before assuming the party leadership in 1994… Long before forming an important partnership with Michael Levy, who he later ennobled and appointed as Middle East envoy, Blair regularly attended Labour Friends of Israel functions.
Lord Levy's fundraising has been probed by police and the extent of his peacemaking role has often been questioned. But Blair had his own contacts and was never afraid to make friends with Israeli leaders from across the spectrum.
He has been strong and consistent condemning antisemitism, praising the Community Security Trust…
One of his most impassioned speeches defending Israel was delivered last year in Los Angeles - against the backdrop of the Lebanon war. 'The purpose of the provocation that began the conflict was clear,' he intoned. 'It was to create chaos, division and bloodshed, to provoke retaliation by Israel that would lead to Arab and Muslim opinion being inflamed, not against those who started the aggression but against those who responded to it.'
It used to be said that Harold Wilson was a close friend, James Callaghan understood Israel, Margaret Thatcher really empathised with the community and that John Major was always available to help Israel. The only premier who could be relied upon to be awkward was Edward Heath.
But it is Tony Blair, who has been the most consistent, thorough, warm and effective. HE WILL GO DOWN IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY AS THE BEST FRIEND ISRAEL WHO EVER INHABITED NUMBER TEN. THE COMMUNITY AND ISRAEL WILL RUE THE DAY WHEN TONY BLAIR IS GONE."
"We think that the relation between Iraqi people and the British forces could have been better and we could have avoided lots of problems."
"Mr Blair has been a wonderful friend to Israel… The average Israeli has an extremely high opinion of Mr Blair. They see him as being a good friend of their country."
He was also a very good friend of Bush-led America, Rupert Murdoch, globalism, the immigrant hordes, the banksters, the biggest of big businessmen, his own wallet and, to some extent, the Scots.
He wasn't a friend of the English people though. Our Dear former Scots-Irish Leader took the p*** out of us something chronic. Nor was he a friend of Iraq and Afghanistan. Or the truth. He and his 3,000-odd spin doctors were mortal enemies of that old, unfashionable thing.
At Least 55 Killed in Iraq
White House says Wolfowitz should not be sacked
War Torn Iraq Facing Collapse
Traitor Blair: It Would be a Dark Day if the US Left Britain
Deluded Blair says HE’LL BRING WORLD PEACE!
Traitor Blair Thanks the Troops
Blair Wastes a Million on Farewell Tour
7 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Kidnapped US Soldier Found Dead
Lord Levy to Quit as Mid East Envoy
40 Killed at Iraq Funeral
On 19 May 2007, Tony Blair said this at a press conference in Basra, Iraq:
"There are real signs of change and progress."On 20 May 2007, 23-year-old father-of-two,Lance Corporal George Russell Davey, of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, died of his injuries after a 'tragic firearms accident' at the British base in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
On 21 May 2007, 28-year-old Corporal Jeremy Brookes , of 4th Battalion The Rifles, was commanding a vehicle escorting a re-supply convoy in the Al Tuwaysa district of Basra City when he was shot. He was taken to the Basra Palace UK base following the attack, but died of his injuries soon afterwards.
On 23 May 2007, BBC News reported thus:.
"Half of the four million Iraqis who have fled their homes since the conflict began are children."8 US troops killed in Iraq
Fantasy Island – Chairman Blair’s Devastating Legacy
Blair’s Legacy: 10 Years That Ruined Britain
Chairman Blair Set to earn £40 million After Leaving Number 10
On 25 May 2007, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded the Multi-National Force-Iraq from June 2003, 3 months after Iraq was invaded, to June 2004, said this in The San Antonio Express News:
"I am absolutely convinced that America has a crisis in leadership at this time... I think if we do the right things politically and economically with the right Iraqi leadership we could still salvage at least a stalemate... not a stalemate but at least stave off defeat...On 25 May 2007, 22-year-old
We've got to do whatever we can to help the next generation of leaders do better than we have done over the past five years, better than what this cohort of political and military leaders have done...
At this point I'm not sure America really knows what victory is."
Guardsman Daniel Probyn, of the Grenadier Guards' 1st Battalion, died when his patrol came under attack in the town of Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Four other soldiers were injured in the attack.
Daniel had saved the lives of his colleagues by leading them away from danger just before he was, himself, killed.
BLAIR WARS: Iraq Car Bomb Kills 20
5 BRITONS ABDUCTED IN BAGHDAD
BLAIR WARS: 7 Dead (Including 1 Brit) in Afghanistan Copter Crash
BLAIR WARS: Search Continues for Kidnap Brits
BLAIR WARS: 10 US Soldiers Killed on One Day in Iraq
On 28 May 2007, Corporal Darren Bonner, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed when a roadside bomb struck a British convoy in the Gereshk region of Helmand province.
On 29 May 2007, security contractors, Jason Swindlehurst, Jason Creswell, Alec Maclachlan and Alan McMenemy, were kidnapped by Shia militiamen along with
Peter Moore, the computer consultant they were guarding.
Jason, Peter and Alan would feature in videos released in November 2007, February 2008 and July 2008. The bodies of the two Jasons were recovered on 19 June 2009. On 29 July 2009, it was revealed that Alec and Alan had also been killed. Maclachlan's body was recovered on 1 September 2009. McMenemy's body was handed back on 20 January 20 2012.
All four had been shackled and executed.
On 30 May 2007, 28-year-old Corporal Mike Gilyeat, of the Royal Military Police, died with five US crew and a Canadian colleague in a Nato helicopter crash in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.
Jewish Neocon Warmonger nominated by Bush for World Bank Head
"There is no way we are going to win the war and (we should) withdraw and accept defeat because we are going to lose on a more important level if we don't…7 US Troops Killed in Iraq
How was it a small and extremely determined body of insurgents, thieves and deserters could inflict such a strategic and potentially disastrous defeat on the most powerful nation in the world? The answer will be familiar to anybody who is looking at what is happening in Iraq today. Those who don't read history are condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past…
You don't win wars by regime change but by changing attitudes".
7 LAWS A DAY in Big Brother Blair Decade
US Judge Throws Out Guantanamo Charges
Proof of US Jails in Europe
Baghdad: 14 Killed, Police Chief’s Children Kidnapped
Fewer Than 1/3 of Baghdad’s Neighbourhood’s Under US Control
On 6 June 2007, the essay, If You Think Bush is Evil Now, Wait Until He Nukes Iraq, by Paul Craig Roberts, was seen at the Antiwar.com web site. This is it:
"The war in Iraq is lost. This fact is widely recognized by American military officers and has been recently expressed forcefully by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq during the first year of the attempted occupation. Winning is no longer an option. Our best hope, Sanchez says, is 'to stave off defeat,' and that requires more intelligence and leadership than Sanchez sees in the entirety of our national political leadership: 'I am absolutely convinced that America has a crisis in leadership at this time.'On 6 June 2007, 23-year-old Lance Corporal Paul 'Sandy' Sandford, of 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, was shot in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, whilst taking part in an offensive patrol with his company aimed at disrupting Taliban forces.
More evidence that the war is lost arrived June 4 with headlines reporting that 'U.S.-led soldiers control only about a third of Baghdad, the military said on Monday.' After five years of war the U.S. controls one-third of one city and nothing else.
A host of U.S. commanding generals have said that the Iraq war is destroying the U.S. military. A year ago Colin Powell said that the U.S. Army is 'about broken.' Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn says Bush has 'piecemealed our force to death." Gen. Barry McCaffrey testified to the U.S. Senate that "the Army will unravel.'
Col. Andy Bacevich, America's foremost writer on military affairs, documents in the current issue of The American Conservative that Bush's insane warhas depleted and exhausted the U.S. Army and Marine Corps: 'Only a third of the regular Army's brigades qualify as combat-ready. In the reserve components, none meet that standard. When the last of the units reaches Baghdad as part of the president's strategy of escalation, the U.S. will be left without a ready-to-deploy land force reserve.
The stress of repeated combat tours is sapping the Army's lifeblood. Especially worrying is the accelerating exodus of experienced leaders. The service is currently short 3,000 commissioned officers. By next year, the number is projected to grow to 3,500.
The Guard and reserves are in even worse shape. There the shortage amounts to 7,500 officers. Young West Pointers are bailing out of the Army at a rate not seen in three decades. In an effort to staunch the losses, that service has begun offering a $20,000 bonus to newly promoted captains who agree to stay on for an additional three years. Meanwhile, as more and more officers want out, fewer and fewer want in: ROTC scholarships go unfilled for a lack of qualified applicants.'
Bush has taken every desperate measure. Enlistment ages have been pushed up from 35 to 42. The percentage of high school dropouts and the number of recruits scoring at the bottom end of tests have spiked. The U.S. military is forced to recruit among drug users and convicted criminals. Bacevich reports that wavers 'issued to convicted felons jumped by 30 percent.' Combat tours have been extended from 12 to 15 months, and the same troops are being deployed again and again.
There is no equipment for training. Bacevich reports that 'some $212 billion worth has been destroyed, damaged, or just plain worn out.' What remains is in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Under these circumstances, 'staying the course' means total defeat.
Even the neoconservative warmongers, who deceived Americans with the promise of a 'cakewalk war' that would be over in six weeks, believe that the war is lost. But they have not given up. They have a last desperate plan: BOMB IRAN.
VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY IS SPEARHEADING THE NEOCON PLAN, AND NORMAN PODHORETZ IS THE PLAN'S LEADING PROPAGANDIST WITH HIS NUMEROUS PLEAS PUBLISHED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND COMMENTARY TO BOMB IRAN.
Podhoretz, like every neoconservative, is a total Islamophobe. PODHORETZ HAS WRITTEN THAT ISLAM MUST BE DERACINATED AND DESTROYED, A GENOCIDE FOR THE MUSLIM PEOPLE.
THE NEOCONS THINK THAT BY BOMBING IRAN THE U.S. WILL PROVOKE IRAN TO ARM THE SHI'ITE MILITIAS IN IRAQ WITH ARMOR-PIERCING ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADES AND SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES AND UNLEASH THE MILITIAS AGAINST U.S. TROOPS. THESE WEAPONS WOULD NEUTRALIZE U.S. TANKS AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS AND DESTROY THE U.S. MILITARY EDGE, LEAVING DIVIDED AND ISOLATED...
WITH AMERICA ON THE VERGE OF LOSING MOST OF ITS TROOPS IN IRAQ, THE CRY WOULD GO UP TO 'SAVE THE TROOPS' BY NUKING IRAN.
Five years of unsuccessful war in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel's recent military defeat in Lebanon have convinced the neocons that America and Israel cannot establish hegemony over the Middle East with conventional forces alone.
THE NEOCONS HAVE CHANGED U.S. WAR DOCTRINE, WHICH NOW PERMITS THE U.S. TO PREEMPTIVELY STRIKE WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS A NON-NUCLEAR POWER. NEOCONS ARE FOREVER HEARD ASKING "WHAT'S THE USE OF HAVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IF YOU CAN'T USE THEM?
Necons have convinced themselves that nuking Iran will show the Muslim world that Muslims have no alternative to submitting to the will of the U.S. government. Insurgency and terrorism cannot prevail against nuclear weapons.
Many U.S. military officers are horrified at what they think would be the worst-ever orchestrated war crime. There are reports of threatened resignations. But DICK CHENEY IS RESOLUTE. HE TELLS BUSH THAT THE PLAN WILL SAVE HIM FROM THE IGNOMINY OF LOSING THE WAR AND RESTORE HIS POPULARITY AS THE PRESIDENT WHO SAVED AMERICANS FROM IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WITH THE CAPTIVE AMERICAN MEDIA PROVIDING PROPAGANDA COVER, THE
NEOCONSERVATIVES BELIEVE THAT THEIR PLAN CAN PULL THEIR CHESTNUTS OUT OF THE FIRE AND RESCUE THEM FROM THE FAILURE THAT THEIR DELUSION HAS WROUGHT.
The American electorate decided last November that they must do something about the failed war and gave the Democrats control of both houses of Congress. However, the Democrats have decided that it is easier to be complicit in war crimes than to represent the wishes of the electorate and hold a rogue president accountable.
If Cheney again prevails, America will supplant the Third Reich as the most reviled country in recorded history".
He was taken to an International Security Assistance Force patrol base. From there he was flown by helicopter to Camp Bastion for medical treatment where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
3 British Troops Seriously Hurt in Afghanistan
On 7 June 2007, David Matthews a former Lance Corporal with the Duke of Wellington's regiment, who was working for Aegis Defence Services as a Security Contractor, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
On 7 June 2007, 30-Year-Old
Corporal Rodney Wilson of A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles, came under heavy fire and was shot in the Al Atiyah area of north-west Basra, as he tried to save a wounded colleague.
After being shot, Rodney was flown by helicopter to the field hospital in the British base at Basra Air Station but died from his injuries soon afterwards.
On 9 June 2007, 20-year-old Guardsman, Neil 'Tony' Downes, of the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, was on routine patrol in Sangin province, southern Afghanistan, when several roadside bombs exploded close to the vehicle in which he was travelling.
Taleban fighters then attacked the patrol with RPGs and small arms fire until British reinforcements arrived. Four British soldiers were injured in the incident but Tony was killed instantly. Defence Secretary Des Browne said:
"Guardsman Downes was clearly a very intelligent and dedicated soldier who lost his life doing a job that he loved."Crass words from an ordinarily crass politician.
Tony had 16 GCSEs. More than Des Browne, I'll bet.
Last letters of servicemen killed in action published
On 13 June 2007, The Jerusalem Post reported David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party, as having said this the day before:
"I AM A ZIONIST!"Cameron was guest of honor at the Conservative Friends of Israel annual business lunch in London. This wasattended byaound 500 people, including half the parliamentary party, 30 Conservative parliamentary candidates, former leaders, Lords and Israel's ambassador. Cameron also said:
"If what you mean by Zionist, is someone who believes that the Jews have a right to a homeland in Israel and a right to their country then, yes, I am a Zionist and I'm proud of the fact that Conservative politicians down the ages have played a huge role in helping to bring this about...The Jerusalem Post added:
[Hamas must] recognize the state of Israel... put an end to violence and accept previous agreements...
I hope I can say I'm not just a good friend of Israel but I am... good for Jews...
Israel is a democratic country and these Trotskyistsare treating Israel as some sort of pariah state. They may be a bunch of lunatics, but what they are doing is profoundly wrong and profoundly damaging."
"Cameron took a firm stance on Hamas, saying that the state of Israel 'has a totally legitimate right to exist and defend itself'. Cameron emphasized the importance of Hamas complying with the Quartet's demands before they receive any Western money or support...Cameron also described himself as a 'true friend to Israel' during the meeting.
Cameron said his political philosophy - which was about trusting and believing in families, voluntary enterprise, and the charitable sector - was exemplified by British Jews. In addition, the Conservative leader also said he believed there was something 'in the DNA' of Conservatives that was 'profoundly impressed' by what Israel has achieved...
Finkelstein acknowledged that Prime Minister Tony Blair has been a genuine friend to Israel and asked Cameron if he saw things similarly to Blair. 'Where Tony Blair is right is that he sees with absolute clarity... that Israel is a democracy and that Israel is a country that has a right to its own legitimate self-defense,' Cameron replied.
'Where I slightly part company... is that while I think a two-state solution is vital... I think sometimes politicians can be a bit naive in believing that if only we solved the problem of Israel and Palestine then roadside bombs will stop going off in Iraq,' he added to huge applause".
On 16 June 2007, 21-year-old Lance Corporal James Cartwright, of Badger Squadron, 2 Royal Tank Regiment, died in his Warrior armoured vehicle in the As Sarraji area, south of Basra.
On 20 June 2007, 48-year-old Major Paul Harding, a company commander in the 4th Battalion The Rifles, was killed by mortar fire in the Provincial Joint Co-ordination Centre in Basra.
On 21 June 2007, the Totally Jewish web site reported Henry Grunwald, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, as having said this at the last formal meeting between Blair and the leaders of British Jewry before he stood down as British Prime Minister:
"OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN ABLE TO RELY ON THE SUPPORT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THROUGHOUT HIS TENURE AND HE HAS REPEATEDLY PROVED TO BE A TRUE FRIEND OF ISRAEL AS WELL.Along with Grunwald, the delegation included business tycoon Gerald Ronson, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews,who was jailed for his part in the Guiness scandal.
However our community is now facing a different type of threat – a recent attempted boycott of Israel by members of the University and College Union will result in Jewish students being harassed and bullied on campus. There is need for direct action – not just on the floor of union debates but on university campuses themselves.
We are grateful for the Prime Minister’s robust criticism of such boycotts and we call on him to do whatever he can to secure the safety of Jewish students’ on campus."
Blair's unnoficial Middle East envoy, Lord Levy, of cash-for-honours fame, and Jeremy Newmark, of the Jewish Leadership Council, were also there.
"We discussed a range of issues affecting the community including communal security, the situation in the Middle East and Israel boycott policies adopted by the National Union of Journalists and UNISON. THE PRIME MINSTER COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE SUPPORTIVE."BLAIR WARS: 12 US Troops Die in Just 2 Days
On 22 June 2007, 24-year-old
Corporal John Rigby, of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, died after being injured in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, Iraq.
He was evacuated after the blast but died from his injuries soon afterwards. John died on his 24th birthday.
Baghdad Blast Kills at Least 20
On 24 June 2007, 21-year-old Drummer Thomas Wright, of the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, died after his Land Rover was caught in an explosion near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Thomas was taken to a military hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
On 28 June 2007, 20-year-old Private Scott Kennedy, 20-year-old Private Jamie Kerr, of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and 28-year-old Corporal Paul Joszko, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh were killed by a roadside bomb in Basra, Iraq.
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On 30 June 2007, Captain Sean Dolan was killed during a firefight with the Taleban near the village of Qaleh-e-Gaz in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Sean was a liaison officer between the 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire regiment and the Sherwood Foresters and a joint US task force and the Afghan National Army.
On 1 July 2007, 33-year-old Sergeant Dave Wilkinson, of the 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed when the vehicle in which he was travelling was blown up in Gereshk, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Dave was seconded to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at the time.
US Led Raids Kill 26 in Baghdad
Israel Launches Gaza Air Strikes Killing 7
US Troops Face Iraq Murder Charges
Ex-Chairman Blair Launches Stinging Attack on Muslims
Not on our behalf, that’s for sure!
Ex-Chairman Blair Says Significant Groups are Here Conspiring to Commit Terror!
Who brought them here? Who keeps bringing them? Who keeps on telling us they’re wonderful!
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On 6 July 2007, 23-year-old Fijian Rifleman, Edward Vakabua, serving in a Mortar Platoon attached to 7 Platoon B Company, died at the Basra Palace base, following an accident.
On 7 July 2007, 22-year-old Corporal Christopher Read, of 158 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police died in hospital. Chris was shot whilst returning from an operation in Basra.
On 7 July 2007, 23-year-old Lance Corporal Ryan Francis, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, was killed when his Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb in Basra, Iraq.
Another soldier died at the same time. He has not been named but he is from 3 Regiment Royal Military Police. Two other soldiers were injured in the operation, and are being treated in the British field hospital in Basra.
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On 12 July 2007, 27-year-old Guardsman Daryl Hickey, of 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, died after being shot near Gereshk, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He was taken by helicopter to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
On 15 July 2007, 35-year-old Robert 'Chippy' Cumming was killed when a roadside bomb exploded as he escorted an American military convoy in Diwaniya, approximately 100 miles from Baghdad.
He was working for security specialists, Erinys, and was in the front vehicle of the convoy, protecting military engineers, when the bomb went off. An American security guard was also killed.
Robert was a member of the Parachute Regiment before moving to the private security sector.
On 19 July 2007. 22-year-old Senior Aircraftsman Matthew Caulwell, 29-year-old Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Dunsmore and 24-year-old Senior Aircraftsman Peter McFerran were killed instantly by a mortar attack on Basra Airport.
On 21 July 2007, 25-year-old Lance Corporal Timothy Darren 'Daz' Flowers, of The Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, attached to the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, was hit by shrapnel from an incoming moratar round whilst working in the vehicle park of Basra Palace. He, subsequently, died of his injuries.
On 21 July 2007, Carl Leddon, Frazer Burnett and Noah Stephenson, who were working for the security firm, Erinys, guarding senior members of the US Military, were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Bryn Clegg was seriously injured but survived.
On 25 July 2007, 22-year-old Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was injured, with two others, when a roadside bomb struck the vehicle in which he was travelling,on the outskirts of Sangin in Helmand province. He was flown to the ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion, but did not survive.
On 26 July 2007, 25-year-old
Guardsman David Atherton, of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was shot dead after coming under fire from the Taleban in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.
On 27 July 2007, 34-year-old Sergeant Barry Keen, 245 Signal Squadron, 14 signal Regiment, Royal Corps of Signals, was fatally wounded in a rocket attack near the village of Mirmandab in southern Afghanistan.
On 29 July 2007, 26-year-old Royal Marines
Lance Corporal, Michael Jones, was killed in a gun battle in Nimruz province, southern Afghanistan.
On 31 July 2007, 35-year-old Corporal Steve Edwards, of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, was killed in the Mustashfa district of Basra City, Iraq, when his Warrior Armoured Vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb.
On 6 August 2007, 20-year-old Private Craig Barber, of C Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh, was shot dead whilst driving a warrior armoured vehicle on night patrol in the Al Fursi district of Basra City.
"People forget them, because they don't appear in the casualty figures. They are the forgotten victims."Psychiatrist Alan Penny, a senior trauma therapist for Assist, a charity helping servicemen and women with psychological problems, added:
"There are no provisions at all in the Army for dealing with traumatic stress. These soldiers witness unthinkable horrors and then are expected to return to normal...
Thirty per cent of soldiers will suffer from traumatic stress or other related problems, so it is essential something is done. I have been urging the MoD for years to do something, but our organisation keeps getting fobbed off with letters. Not doing anything is dangerous for all the soldiers, as the longer it is left, the worse the symptoms become."
On 7 August 2007, 20-year-old Leading Aircraftman Martin Beard, of No 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, was on routine foot patrol to the north of Basra Air Station whenhe was shot in Al Waki Market. He was evacuated by helicopter toa field hospital but did not survive.
On 9 August 2007, of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, 27-year-old Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and 22-year-old Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath were killed when their Land Rover was hit by a roadside bomb to the west of Basra City in southern Iraq.
On 10 August 2007, 27-year-old Private Tony 'Nicey' Rawson, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed during a routine patrol north east of Sangin, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Nicey 'died courageously in close combat.'
On 10 August 2007, Tory MP, Patrick Mercer, a former Lieutenant-Colonel of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, was quoted thus by The Sunday Express after after two more British soldiers were killed in Iraq:
"The enemy is managing to pick our troops off one by one... We just don’t have enough troops. Every battalion that we do send out there is hideously under-strength."Captain David Hicks, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment,was badly injured at the base north-east of Sangin in Helmand province, Agfhanistan and died shortly afterwards. Five other soldiers were also injured in the incident.
Moments before he was killed, David was on the phone to his fiancee, Nicola Billen. His last words were:
"We are being attacked twice a day - it's just too much, we can't keep going like this."On 15 November 2008, the BBC told us that David had said in letters to Nicola that the troops were like 'sitting ducks.'
"I keep asking for things and I'm not getting them... It is ridiculous that we have to make do."It's not just the Afghans and Iraqis who are at war with us, ladies and gentlemen. Those who killed David are right here amongst us too. THEY deceive us into fighting illegitimate wars on behalf of the worst people in the world. Once our finest young men and women are deployed, THEY see to it that the 'sitting ducks' are 'attacked twice a day.'
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"We have to prepare for the worst and the worst is war."Kouchner, who was threatening Iran, added:
"Iran does whatever it pleases in Iraq ... One cannot find in the entire world a crisis greater than this one."I guess if Nikolas Sarkozy had been French President in March 2003, a lot of French lads would have been sent home in body bags as well. I wonder why Sarkozy chose Kouchner as his first Foreign Minister? I don't suppose it had anything to do with the fact that they both have a Jewish parent.
19-year-old Private Aaron McClure, 19-year-old Private Robert Foster and 21-year-old Private John Thrumble of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were all killed when a US F15 fighter plane, called in to give air support, dropped a 500lb bomb on them in Helmland Province, Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also injured.
"Three brave men... were tragically killed in what is believed to be a friendly fire incident".A lot of our lads were killed by pathologically careless Yanks in both Gulf Wars. I don't think any of theirs suffered the same fate at our hands.
The US Embassy in London said:
"The United States expresses its deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the soldiers who died, and we wish those who were injured a speedy recovery."What about the psychological and spiritual damage to those who loved them? I wonder if the routine-condolence people think such injured folk will undergo a 'speedy recovery?'
To be frank, I doubt that they care.
"The House of Commons (is) a refuge of last resort for an eclectic collection of creeps, cranks and careerists. I was permanently astonished by the willingness of so many to put their consciences into storage and vote for measures they did not believe in and against those they did...Yeah, tw*ts, aren't they, Martin?
On becoming the independent MP for Tatton... I watched and listened to get the feel of the place... The uneasy feeling dawned on me that it resembled nothing so much as the old East German Volkskammer, where the system counted for everything and the people for nothing...
The Labour scandals reached right into the heart of Government, touching senior Ministers, some of whom were repeat offenders. Some survived, others did not.
Large sums of money flowed from wealthy individuals to political parties. The leaders of those parties nominated the donors and lenders for high honours. On the face of it, it was a clear case of corruption. So arise, Lord Megabucks. Step this way, Lady Cashpoint. The means are there to secure you a seat at the grander end of the Palace of Westminster...
Blair... was unrepentant about... trading in peerages or waging illegal wars. Here was a man who sent the Armed Forces to war on the basis of a grand self-deception... To the end of his premiership he retained his faith – not a soldier's faith, but a civilian's – in the effectiveness of hard power. He never understood that the weapons of shock and awe, deployed in a war among the people, recruit more than they kill.
And military commanders are not magicians: they are the managers of organised violence. The 15th Century Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus said war is sweet to those with no experience of it. Neither Blair nor anyone in his Government – not a single Minister at any level – has ever worn the Queen's uniform or known anything of the reality of warfare...
The untold story of the war in Iraq was the mood of unease that turned to anger among the soldiers sent to fight it. They were in the front line as the politicians were not. As soon as it was clear that the weapons of mass destruction did not exist, there was a groundswell of disquiet in the ranks of the Armed Forces, especially the Army...
On a visit to Basra last December, I met old friends from earlier conflicts I had covered for the BBC. They had the gravest doubts about this one and were well aware that their lives were on the line every day for no sufficient reason. Many were on their third or even fourth tour of duty in Iraq. One was an officer who had seen the conflict through all its phases, from liberation to occupation, and from shock and awe to hearts and minds to a qualified cut and run. 'I'll tell you what this feels like,' he said. 'It's like being a German in the Wehrmacht in France in the Second World War. We, too, are an occupation force. That's how it seems to me'...
Today's Army represents the best of British, as the House of Commons does not. Never in my lifetime has the Army been so overstretched and over-committed, undervalued and under-equipped, ill-directed and ill-used. This has happened on New Labour's watch.
The new politics that we were promised back in 1997 turned out to be the old politics redecorated with bells and whistles, Cool Britannia, surfeits of spin, glittering promises and a great cascade of peerages."
On 26 August 2007, 26-year-old Ian Chalmers, a Security Contractor with Aegis Defence Services, was injured by a landmine in Al-kut, Iraq. He died hours later in hospital.
On 4 September 2007, 45-year-old Robert Swann was killed by a sniper in Tikrit, Iraq. He was working for the security contractor Erinys guarding American VIPs at the time of his death.
On 5 September 2007, Sergeant Eddie Collins was killed by a single pistol shot during a secret mission in Iraq.
Eddie was part of a large 'hard arrest' team, intent on capturing a senior Al Qaeda leader. He was leading a group of more than 30 men when he was shot.
He was the seventh member of the SAS to be killed in Iraq.
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On 7 September, ArmorGroup Security Contractor, Raymond Moore, was killed by a roadside bomb in Numaniyah, Iraq.
The day before his death, Britain's Royal Humane Society announced that Raymond was to be honored for his efforts, along with five companiions, to rescue US soldiers injured in the 10 June bombing of the Checkpoint 20 bridge.
"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil".Although I'm grateful for the above statement from one who you wouldn't expect to admit such things, the former head of the Fed Res wasn't inclined to point out that most of the Neoconservatives, who were responsible for encouraging the most intellectually challenged US President in history into making war upon Iraq, were Jewish. And thus it could be just as easy 'to acknowledge what everyone also knows:' the Iraq war 'is largely about' Israel as well.
Greenspan is Jewish too. I guess that explains it.
On 21 September 2007, Sergeant Mark Stansfield of the Royal Logistic Corps, 32 Close Support Squadron, UK Logistic Battalion died in Selly Oak hospital, Birmingham, with his family by his side.
Mark had been injured in a forklift truck accident at Basra Air Station a few days previously.
Lance Corporal Sarah Holmes died from injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in Qatar.
On 1 November 2007, former Royal Marine, Andrew Dancaster, a Security Contractor for Aegis Defence Services, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Andrew had been working as a reconstruction liaison officer to assess the risks for contractors carrying out maintenance and repairs in Iraqi communities at the time of his death. The US goverment would later honour him with the Defence of Freedom Medal. His mother, Josephine Dancaster, said:
"He would have been very happy to have this medal and pleased that the work he was doing was recognised and he was doing some good. He would never speak about his achievements and many of his friends did not even know he had a degree and was doing a masters."On 10 November 2007, former Corporal in 2 Battalion the Royal Green Jackets, Colin Cope, a fahter-of-three, was killed by an IED whilst working for a private security company in Basra.
On 20 November 2007, Sergeant John Battersby, 31 and Corporal Lee Fitzsimmons, 26, were killed in a helicopter crash in Baghdad.
Both John and Lee were SAS man. Two other servicemen were seriously injured in the incident.
Coroner David Halpern would later criticis the Ministry of Defence for 'indefensible procedural and maintenance errors.'
On 13 December 2007, Guardsman Stephen Ferguson of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards died in Selly Oak hospital. The vehicle in which he had been travelling was involved in an accident on 12 December in Basra.
On 29 February 2008, Sergeant Duane 'Baz' Barwood of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, was killed in a rocket attack on his base in Basra.
Baz was married with two daughters.
On 16 March 2008, The Observer reported thus:
"Five years have passed since Tony Blair sent British troops to fight in Iraq. That war altered the course of British politics and changed the global balance of power. To Iraq it brought freedom, terror, poverty, opportunity, renaissance and apocalypse.On 26 March 2008, SAS man, Colour Sergeant Nicholas Brown died in Iraq of gunshot wounds sustained during a firefight.
Not every consequence of the war could have been foretold in 2003, but it was clear that a serious gamble was being taken with British power and with the lives of British soldiers and Iraqi civilians…
Terrible miscalculations were made in the preparation for war and a catalogue of blunders made in its prosecution. As an intervention, whether for moral or strategic goals, it failed…
Only one of the many apparent goals of the war has been met. The Iraqi regime has changed. But the Middle East is less secure and less stable now than in 2003. Iraq is not a beacon of freedom and prosperity, lighting the way for other benighted Arab countries. It was inevitable that allied forces would be caught up in a bloody vortex of nationalist reaction and religious feuding. Confidence that the Iraqi people craved freedom blinded war-planners to the complexity of a society that would always resist foreign occupation…
The potential for conflict between Shia and Sunni, secular and religious society was always there, frozen by Saddam's repression… Lawlessness and fear have given succour to religious fanatics inside and outside Iraq. Foreign jihadis entered the theatre of war opened for them by the invasion. The beneficiary in the region was Iran, an authoritarian theocracy which - unlike Saddam Hussein's Iraq - can be said with some certainty to sponsor terrorism and covet weapons of mass destruction.
Such a bleak account of the new Iraq is enough to question the wisdom of military action. But that alone does not account for the sense of grievance that the war created in Britain. Just as important is the method by which the government persuaded ambivalent parties to back the war - a position which was endorsed by this newspaper.
The most prominent argument - that Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to Britain - has now been refuted. So has the claim that Saddam was in alliance with al-Qaeda. There were no weapons of mass destruction. The Butler review found that the now infamous claim that Iraqi WMD could be mobilised within 45 minutes was 'unsubstantiated'.
Combined, the Butler report and Hutton inquiry create a damning picture: the security services may largely have believed that Saddam had a WMD arsenal, but they were not sure of its scope. Yet Downing Street, when presenting the evidence in public, made a calculated effort to inflate the danger in order to justify possible military action. That amounted to deception of the British people and an egregious abuse of power.
The offence was compounded by the impression that Mr Blair had pledged British troops in early 2002, when a year later he was still claiming that war could be avoided. That made a mockery of the arguments over a UN resolution backing the war. Mr Blair sought political cover from the Security Council, but he did not intend to defer to the UN for moral or legal authority.
As the scale of public manipulation in the build-up to war became clear, it leaked toxin into the body politic. It weakened the bond of trust between the Prime Minister and the electorate and diminished confidence in institutions that might have held the government to account. Although there was vigorous opposition in Parliament and some of the media, too much credence was generally given to the government's account of the need for armed intervention.
There was also a collective failure to scrutinise the military strategy. Not enough questions were asked about US plans for post-war stabilisation. It turned out there were none. There was a heavy price for that omission. The war has taken the lives of 175 British and nearly 4,000 US soldiers. It has critically injured many thousands more. It has cost the Treasury at least £1.7bn.
There is also a global cost. When it became clear the original strategic goal in Iraq was lost, Tony Blair fell back on the moral argument about intervention. He presented the battle in Iraq as a confrontation between liberal democracy and terror - the view espoused by President Bush from the start. But the integration of jihadi militancy into the Iraq conflict was a consequence of the war. To present it retrospectively as a justification turned cause and effect on their head.
It was clear to many countries around the world that unseating Saddam Hussein was a distraction from the post-11 September global security agenda of combating al-Qaeda. It should also have been clear to the British government. But Tony Blair, like George Bush, insisted on defining the war as an expression of Western values. Inevitably, mistakes, crimes, in some cases committed by allied forces - such as the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib - were going to be depicted across the Middle East as evidence of systematic Western hypocrisy. The war undermined the very notion of Western moral authority."
Corporal Sarah Bryant, a 26-year-old intelligence officer, SAS men, Lance Corporals Richard Larkin, 39, and Paul Stout, 31, and Corporal Sean Reeve, 28, of the Royal Signals were killed by a roadside bomb in Lashkar Gah.
Sarah was the first female soldier to die in Afghanistan.
On 13 July 2008, The Sunday Express told us this:
"Iran is poised to launch terror attacks in Britain if the West presses ahead with military strikes against its nuclear facilities, intelligence experts warned last night… They warned that the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah had already established sleeper cells in Britain and mainland Europe tasked with carrying out bloody reprisals.
Likely UK targets include nuclear power stations, military bases, Government buildings and high-profile politicians and members of the Jewish community."
Right. Would he be one of the 'former advisers' who nodded and turned his head away when Tony B Liar was insisting that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? Would he be one of those who ticked the 'dodgy dossier' his boss commissioned? Did he speak up, I wonder, when Tony B was telling the House of Commons that Saddam could hit us with nukes in 45 minutes?
"Hezbollah undoubtedly have the capability to carry out attacks against Western targets outside the region. They have people here in the UK and they would aim to carry out attacks if they saw us as being in any way supportive of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities."Said Kemp. Better watch out for all those Iranian bogeymen that successive governments have allowed into our country over the last 40 years or so, then, folks!
Hey! Here’s a novel idea, Kempy, old fellow: tell the US and Israel not to attack Iran! If we stop acting the bully boy in everyone else’s back yard, well, perhaps everyone else won’t be quite so minded to retaliate against us for what we do to them!
In a Nationalist forum I frequent one gentleman was minded to say this:
"The Iranians are Muslims who, if they had the power to control the world, would be not one iota better than Jews."I replied thus:
"No one wants to swap one brute overlord for another. The idea is to shrug off the influence of both. As of now, of course, the Jew has much more of a hold upon our lives than the Iranian. As Winston Churchill said in 1920:
'THIS MOVEMENT AMONG THE JEWS IS NOT NEW. FROM THE DAYS OF SPARTACUS-WEISHAUPT TO THOSE OF KARL MARX, AND DOWN TO TROTSKY (RUSSIA), BELA KUN (HUNGARY), ROSA LUXEMBURG (GERMANY), AND EMMA GOLDMAN (UNITED STATES), THIS WORLD-WIDE REVOLUTIONARY CONSPIRACY FOR THE OVERTHROW OF CIVILISATION AND FOR THE RECONSTITUTION OF SOCIETY ON THE BASIS OF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, OF ENVIOUS MALEVOLENCE, AND IMPOSSIBLE EQUALITY, HAS BEEN STEADILY GROWING.
It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster has ably shown, A DEFINITE RECOGNISABLE PART IN THE TRAGEDY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. IT HAS BEEN THE MAINSPRING OF EVERY SUBVERSIVE MOVEMENT DURING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; AND NOW AT LAST THIS BAND OF EXTRAORDINARY PERSONALITIES FROM THE UNDERWORLDS OF THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE AND AMERICA HAVE GRIPPED THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE BY THE HAIR OF THEIR HEADS AND HAVE BECOME PRACTICALLY THE UNDISPUTED MASTERS OF THE ENORMOUS EMPIRE.
There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creating of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews. It is certainly the very great one; it probably outweighs all others'.
We have been 'gripped by the hair of (our) heads' for quite some time now. And it was never the Iranians doing the gripping."
The last time I looked, he still owned the porno magazines: 40-Plus, 50 and Over, All Girl Action, Amateur Video, Asian Babes, Best of Asian Babes, Best of Big and Black, Best of Big Ones, Big and Black, Big Ones, Best of Electric Blue, Bumper Video Pack, Contact Girls, For Women, For Men, Genuine Wives, Horny Housewives, Mothers-in-Law, New Talent, Only 18, Pantie Parade, X-Treme, Young and Old. Nude Readers' Wives, Readers' Wives, Real Wives, Red Hot Pack and Stuffed amongst others.
He also owns The Fantasy Channel and the satellite station Television X, which features such programmes as Sorority Sex Kittens, Spunk S***ing Sluts and Jane's Big Jug Jamboree.
Here's a sample of what Television X was offering on its first internet page in July 2012:
"Freddies British Teeny Fuck 4 - Blonde, tattooed schoolgirl Elsie has reached the age of consent and teacher G broadens her education with some hot sex in a variety of positions - Category: Old & Young, Amateur, Blonde, Blowjob, Cum in Mouth, Fingering, Humour, Pussy Licking, Tattoos & Piercings."Desmond donated £100,000 to New Labour by way of a 'thank you' for not opposing his bid for Express Newspapers. Tony Blair invited him to Downing Street for a chat on the day the sale went through.
Desmond is as Jewish as Karl Marx and Trotsky. He is also as fanatical a Zionist as the Prime Minister he bunged a hundred grand and his greatest media rival, Rupert Murdoch.
The New York Sun quoted Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, thus:
"A surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq... We cannot afford to retreat, to withdraw in Iraq."We all know you're an idiot, Sarah. Those who want Obama elected must be ecstatic.
Upon meeting Israeli President, Shimon Peres, Alaska's governor also said this:
"The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag and I want you to know and I want Israelis to know that I am a friend."Not just an idiot then, bought-and-paid-for too.
On 4 December 2008, colleagues at the Army’s base in Basra found Lance Corporal David Wilson dying from a gunshot wound to the head.
The authorities claim that no one else was involved in the incident.
Corporal Lee Churcher shot himself at the Contingency Operating base in Basra.
In 2009, the UK began scaling back on operations in Iraq when it returned the southern Basra province and its airport to Iraqi control and then formally ceased combat operations and began its full withdrawal from the region on 31 March.
The authority of Basra's HQ was transferred to the US at the end of April by which time all military operations had ceased.
21-year-old Private Ryan Wrathall, of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, died from a gunshot wound at the Contingency Operating Base in Basra. The authorities determined that no one else was involved.
Thus, the last three British soldiers to lose their lives in Iraq all killed themselves.
Here is a comprehensive list of all the UK's armed forces personnel killed in Iraq.
“The invasion of Iraq and its aftermath aroused a sense of bitterness, distrust and resentment.”Dave's analysis, unusually for an arch-Blairite, is spot on. The Times added:
“David Miliband will reach out to Muslim states, PLACING THE IRAQ WAR ALONGSIDE THE CRUSADES AND COLONIALISM IN A LIST OF ‘PREJUDICES THAT BRITISH HISTORY GENERATES’.Thus does our Foreign Secretary sneer at and subvert British history, attempting to equate the decision to invade Iraq with 'the Crusades and colonialism.' The implication being that these are things we nasty Brits should be ashamed of. Well, I didn’t get the chance to vote for the Crusades and colonialism and neither did the common men of those times. The vast majority of the ordinary citizens did as their superiors bid and had no choice in the matter. Those who ruled made the decisions and the rest followed.
Having previously apologised for using the phrase War on Terror, The Foreign Secretary will acknowledge THE DAMAGE THAT THE IRAQ WAR CAUSED TO BRITAIN’S STANDING.”
Nothing much has changed, has it? Except for this: those who rule are still making rotten decisions but now they attempt to make the rest of us feel guilty about things we never did, never wanted and, in some cases, spoke out strongly against.
David Miliband voted for war with Iraq. I didn’t. Nor did you. The bloodthirsty warmongers in Westminster and their Neoconservative masters in Washington forced that immoral war upon the world against the will of the vast majority.
That’s the reality.
Crusades,' 'colonialism' and 'prejudices that British history generates.'
That’s the spin.
"I have tried to avoid griping about helicopters - we all know WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH. We cannot not move people, so THIS MONTH WE HAVE CONDUCTED A GREAT DEAL OF ADMINISTRATIVE MOVEMENT BY ROAD. THIS INCREASES THE IED THREAT AND OUR EXPOSURE TO IT... The current level of... (helicopter) support is therefore unsustainable."Thorneloe concluded by saying that helicopter operations in Afghanistan were very clearly NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE.'
Less than a month after telling his Westminster superiors that British troops would die because they were being forced to make trips by road, Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe lost his own life, alongside Trooper Joshua Hammond, when their convoy set off a roadside bomb during a patrol north of the town of Lashkar Gah. He was the most senior military man to die thus far in Tony Blair's immoral wars.
A 10 July leaked report, from another senior officer in Afghanistan, says this:
"Aviation has been erratic throughout this week. This has forced us to conduct MORE ROAD MOVES THAN I WOULD LIKE. I understand the strains in the fly programme but any improvement would greatly assist."
"In the operations we are having at the moment IT IS COMPLETELY WRONG TO SAY THAT THE LOSS OF LIVES HAS BEEN CAUSED BY THE ABSENCE OF HELICOPTERS."The memos were leaked by an MoD official, who, himself, dared to say this in a subsequent email:
"As you can see, situation: no change, despite Rupert Thorneloe's death. STILL NO AVIATION, STILL UNNECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE ROAD MOVES WHICH ARE KILLING PEOPLE. STILL CLAIMS BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE MILITARY HAVE GOT ENOUGH HELICOPTERS AND ALL THE TOOLS THEY NEED. LIES."In a statement 30 October 2009, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said this:
"My thoughts remain with the family and friends of Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, who was a courageous soldier and a fine man. Our brave forces deserve the very best equipment and we remain determined to provide it."THEY are at war with us, ladies and gentlemen.
THEY REALLY ARE.
The Daily Express:
“Lord Guthrie, Chief of Defence Staff until retirement in 2001... repeatedly appealed to Tony Blair for emergency funding as the popinjay threw us into one war after another. Each time Blair said yes, AND EACH TIME WAS OVERRULED BY THEN CHANCELLOR GORDON BROWN WHO REFUSED POINT BLANK. ALAS, BLAIR WAS WEAK, DIM, MENDACIOUS AND VAIN. HE JUST FLOUNCED OFF TO THE NEXT PHOTOCALL AND COMMITTED OUR UNDERFUNDED FORCES TO MORE WARS... HE JUST SENT THE LADS TO DIE FAR AWAY UNDERMANNED, UNDERPAID AND DISASTROUSLY UNDEREQUIPPED...On 26 June 2009, Forsyth said this:
My own estimate is that 70 YOUNG MEN ARE DEAD WHO WOULD HAVE LIVED WITH EQUIPMENT THAT CAN BE BOUGHT RIGHT OFF THE PARKING LOT, MAINLY BATTLE-TESTED AMERICAN KIT... OFFICIAL FIGURES JUST RELEASED PROVE LABOUR HAS CUT OUR FORCES BY A FIFTH WHILE BLAIR LAUNCHED US INTO FIVE CONSECUTIVE WARS.
THERE ARE NOW 46,000 FEWER SERVICE PERSONNEL THAN IN 1997. WE HAVE LOST A THIRD OF OUR ATTACK SUBMARINES, WARSHIPS AND CARRIERS, 479 ARMOURED VEHICLES AND 169 FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT...
SINCE THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR IN 1991, SUCCESSIVE REGIMES HAVE CUT AND CUT AND CUT AS IF THERE WERE NO THREATS LEFT IN THE WORLD. IN FACT THERE ARE MORE. BUT THE BLAIR/BROWN NEXUS OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS HAS LITERALLY CRIPPLED WHAT WAS ONCE A FORMIDABLE WESTERN POWER INTO A SCRIMP-AND-MAKE-DO TASK FORCE, CONSTANTLY BEGGING AND BORROWING OFF THE AMERICANS.”
“Not for the first time I am almost speechless at THE CYNICISM AND MENDACITY OF THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT IN SEEKING TO COVER SOMETHING UP WHILE PRETENDING TO BE HONEST...On 4 September 2009, Forsyth also said this:
I refer to the so-called commission of enquiry into why we went to war in 2003 when we invaded Iraq. It purports to be a most complex matter needing a full year before the results of the enquiry can emerge. In fact it is an affair of depressing simplicity relying on just four simple questions which can be asked in seconds, answered in minutes and proved before sundown...
Question - Why did this country launch a war against the Republic of Iraq on March 20, 2003?
Answer - Because two days earlier in a historic debate the House of Commons by a rather slim majority voted to do so...
Question - Why did the Commons so vote?
Answer - BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN CONVINCED BY THE PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR THAT HE HAD SEEN (BUT COULD NOT DIVULGE) COMPREHENSIVE AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE THAT WITHIN IRAQ WERE STOCKS OF HIGHLY DANGEROUS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WHICH HAD TO BE CAPTURED AND DESTROYED LEST THEY BE USED.
Question – Had Tony Blair seen such evidence?
Answer - NO HE HAD NOT.
Question - Why not?
Answer - BECAUSE NO SUCH EVIDENCE EXISTED AND THE CHIEF OF THE SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE (MI6) REFUSED POINT BLANK TO INVENT IT FOR HIM.
And that is it. EVERY OTHER QUESTION AND EVERY OTHER ANSWER THAT SIR JOHN CHILCOT WILL WEARILY LISTEN TO (BECAUSE THIS MANDARIN ALREADY KNOWS THE TRUTH) IS PADDING.
WHEN A PRIME MINISTER, HAVING TAKEN THE OATH OF A PRIVY COUNSELLOR, GOES TO THE DESPATCH BOX AND LIES, THAT IS NOT SIMPLY AN UNTRUTH; IT IS PERJURY. AND PERJURY IS AN INDICTABLE, EVEN AN IMPEACHABLE, OFFENCE…
IN CLAIMING THERE WAS PROOF ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY WAR, BLAIR LIED; AND 179 YOUNG SOLDIERS NOW IN THEIR GRAVES CRY FOR JUSTICE.
It is extremely unlikely they will ever get it. POWERFUL FORCES ARE NOW TRYING TO CREATE THIS MULTI-MILLIONAIRE PRESIDENT OF EUROPE.”
“Before the US invasion of March 2003 some very shrewd heads who knew that weird country well tried to advise Washington that it would not work simply to invade, conquer and then presume all problems would be over. In fact, the White House was informed, the problems would just be beginning.
But those two MALIGN IDIOTS DONALD RUMSFELD AT DEFENCE AND DICK CHENEY AS VICE-PREZ KNEW BETTER. The invasion and conquest was textbook but with the massive superiority in firepower why would it not be? THEN CAME UTTER CHAOS.
Without a clue what to do next the terrible twins fired the entire Iraqi army who, unemployed but armed to the teeth, promptly became insurgents. Also fired en masse was the Baath Party and with them went any chance of administering the conquered country. Al Qaeda had a field day. Previously proscribed by Saddam Hussein, who was a secular monster, not a religious one, THE RELIGIOUS NUTTERS FORMED COMMON CAUSE WITH THE REBELLIOUS IRAQIS AND THE DEATH TOLL OF AMERICAN AND BRITISH TROOPS BEGAN. That lasted for six years, LONGER THAN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
As for the cost, don’t even ask. THE AFGHAN MISCALCULATION HAS BEEN JUST AS BAD…
It is a simple fact that you cannot defeat a fanatical terrorist movement if it has four things. LIMITLESS FUNDS (THE HEROIN CROP), LIMITLESS RECRUITS (THE MADRASSAH SCHOOLS), A FRIENDLY BORDER (THE PAKISTAN SANCTUARY) AND A DISCREDITED AND CORRUPT SPIV AS THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT (KARZAI).
Now General McChrystal expresses the hope he can persuade the Taliban to return to their villages and join the struggle to rebuild Afghanistan. As what? Why, AS A SECULAR DEMOCRACY. But that is exactly what the Taliban loathe. THEY WANT AN ULTRA-HARSH SHARIA-GOVERNED CALIPHATE...
Maybe our Yankee allies should listen a bit more. We have a lot of experience and superb fighting men and women.
TROUBLE IS WE ALSO HAVE A RUBBISH GOVERNMENT".
"Most of us thought Tony Blair had strayed off our radar screens to earn millions of pounds delivering tedious speeches around the world, and to hover ineffectually over the Middle East peace process. Now it appears HE IS A SERIOUS CONTENDER FOR THE NEW ROLE OF PRESIDENT OF EUROPE, which will be created if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by the European Union's 27 member states. Though not openly campaigning for the job, he is said by friends to want it quite badly. So it is a great shock to read in a respectable newspaper that DAVID CAMERON IS PREPARED TO GIVE MR BLAIR A FREE RUN SHOULD THE PRESIDENCY COME HIS WAY…
TONY BLAIR PROVED HIMSELF SUCH AN UNTRUSTWORTHY AND SELF-SERVING PRIME MINISTER of Great Britain that the thought of him sitting in Brussels with a European flag plonked on his desk is almost more than the heart can bear... I DON'T WANT A DODGY FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN WHO PROVED HIMSELF SLIPPERY WITH THE TRUTH IN MATTERS OF WAR, a virtuous Luxembourger, an agreeable Spaniard or anyone else.
Very few of us ever asked for a President of Europe, though WE WERE PROMISED BY MR BLAIR WHEN HE WAS PRIME MINISTER THAT THERE WOULD BE A REFERENDUM ON A NEW EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION.”
"There is only one reason that the inquiry was to be heard in private and that is TO PROTECT PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THIS GOVERNMENT.”On 23 June 2009, General Sir Richard Dannat, the UK's top soldier, was quoted thus by The Daily Mail:
"In Iraq... we had a window of consent to address the security and basic needs of the Iraqi people: reconstruction, development and developing the capacity of indigenous security forces... OUR FAILURE TO DELIVER this through proper investment and a comprehensive approach, and our early switch to an economy of force operation in favour of Afghanistan, sowed the seeds for the dissatisfaction that followed and THE RISE OF THE MILITIAS…Russia Today web site:
WE FAILED TO MAINTAIN THE FORCE LEVELS REQUIRED, either of coalition forces or Iraqi forces… by which time we were already committed to a new operation in Afghanistan."
“Pressure from political opponents pushes Obama to increase troops in Afghanistan, to look like he understands war, to look like he cares about defense... It is a political gesture to his political opponents at home.On 24 June 2009, The Daily Mail quoted the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Guthrie, thus:
On a more strategic level we see a long-term trajectory of Middle East policy of manipulation and occupation that extends from the first George Bush to the second George Bush and now to Barack Obama... This administration is very hawkish on Iran, so THE REASON WHY WE ARE IN AFGHANISTAN IS IRAN, WE WANT TO BE IN AN OPERATIONAL MILITARY POSITION TO THREATEN IRAN FROM NEXT DOOR.
IRAN IS NOT A THREAT TO US IN ANY WAY… IRAN IS AN ANNOYANCE TO ISRAEL… ISRAEL IS AN ALLY.
WHAT WE ARE DOING IS A PART OF A LARGER MIDDLE EAST POLICY THAT NECESSARILY EMBRACES OUR INTERESTS IN SUPPORTING OR FACILITATING THINGS FOR ISRAEL.”
"Although the equipment is excellent now, initially and subsequently in Iraq, IT WAS VERY POOR, AND IF GORDON BROWN AS CHANCELLOR HAD BEEN MORE SYMPATHETIC, IT WOULD HAVE KEPT PEOPLE ALIVE".
“Mandelson – on Blair’s behalf – set down specific conditions for the Iraq war inquiry. The deal, I am told, was explicit. NOT ONLY WOULD THE HEARINGS BE FULLY IN PRIVATE, BUT THE COMMITTEE WOULD, AS WITH HUTTON, BE MANAGEABLE. BROWN WAS INSTRUCTED TO ENSURE THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE INQUIRY WOULD, IN THE WORDS OF ONE OFFICIAL ‘NOT STIR THE HORSES’. BROWN READILY ACQUIESCED.”The Mail continued:
“LORD MANDELSON STITCHED UP A DEAL WITH GORDON BROWN FOR A TAME IRAQ INQUIRY TO PROTECT TONY BLAIR... THE BUSINESS SECRETARY PERSUADED THE PREMIER TO PICK A PANEL OF ESTABLISHMENT FIGURES WHO WOULD PROBE THE CONFLICT IN SECRET – IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SUPPORT HEADING OFF A CABINET COUP AGAINST MR BROWN."
“Israel and its Fifth Column in this city seek to stampede us into war with Iran. Bush should rebuff them, and the American people should tell their congressmen: You vote for 362, we don’t vote for you.”On 2 August 2009, The Daily Express told us this:
"THE GOVERNMENT HAS HANDED OUT SIX TIMES MORE CASH TO BOGUS AFGHAN ASYLUM SEEKERS THAN TO OUR HEROES WOUNDED FIGHTING THE TALIBAN.
Shocking figures show £30million of taxpayers’ money has been squandered on food, shelter and legal aid for 2,500 refugees seeking asylum. During the same period, the Government handed out just £5.3million under the controversial Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to 560 British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
Of the 2,500 Afghans who sought asylum, ONLY 85 WERE GENUINE, MEANING 2,415 BOGUS APPLICANTS RECEIVED AN AVERAGE OF £12,000 EACH.
THE AVERAGE FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS WAS JUST OVER £9,000."
"THE COURAGE AND TENACITY OF MY FELLOW SOLDIERS HAS BECOME A TOOL OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. I believe that when British military personnel submit themselves to the service of the nation and put their bodies into harm's way, THE GOVERNMENT THAT SENDS THEM INTO BATTLE IS OBLIGED TO ENSURE THAT THE CAUSE IS JUST AND RIGHT…Joe also said that the people we are fighting displayed 'robustness, humour, utter determination and unwillingness to take a step backwards' and added:
THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS NOT REDUCING THE TERRORIST RISK, far from improving Afghan lives IT IS BRINGING DEATH AND DEVASTATION TO THEIR COUNTRY. BRITAIN HAS NO BUSINESS THERE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT OUR CAUSE IN AFGHANISTAN IS JUST OR RIGHT. I implore you, sir, to bring our troops home."
"It is these qualities, on both sides, which I fear will continue to cause a state of attrition (which) will only lead to more heartbreak within both our societies."
"How low can any government stoop? The story of John Salisbury-Baker, the civil servant who says HE WAS DELIBERATELY ORDERED BY HIS SUPERIORS TO MISLEAD GRIEVING RELATIVES OF WAR DEAD ABOUT THE SAFETY OF EQUIPMENT ISSUED TO OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, has been greeted with understandable incredulity.Next section...
How could any public official be instructed to lie about such things? How could ministers bully the Civil Service into doing their political dirty work for them?
TONY BLAIR SET THE BALL ROLLING. As a former head of communications at the Department of Transport, I remember vigorous pep talks from Mr Blair and Gordon Brown telling us that the Civil Service needed 'to raise its game' and get 'ON-MESSAGE'.
When Mr Brown became Prime Minister he promised to clean things up - he was going to be 'Gordon, not Flash'. But, sorry to say, HE HAS CONTINUED RESOLUTELY DOWN THE SAME ROAD. HIS PROMISE OF AN END TO SPIN HAS ITSELF BEEN REVEALED AS SPIN OF THE MOST CYNICAL KIND.
NOWADAYS CIVIL SERVICE NEUTRALITY IS NO MORE THAN A DISTANT MEMORY....
INSTEAD OF PROVIDING IMPARTIAL, FACTUAL INFORMATION, OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASES ARE STUFFED WITH TENDENTIOUS PARTY PROPAGANDA, MASSAGED STATISTICS AND DISINFORMATION AGAINST POLITICAL OPPONENTS.
THOSE IN THE MEDIA NO LONGER BELIEVE WHAT THEY READ AND NEITHER SHOULD THE PUBLIC. ....
It is quite unacceptable FOR GORDON BROWN'S GOVERNMENT TO TURN PUBLIC SERVANTS INTO A NEW LABOUR MOUTHPIECE. IT MEANS THAT, AS TAXPAYERS, WE ARE PAYING FOR OFFICIALS TO LIE TO US.
Think how the families of soldiers who died because of faulty equipment must feel when they discover that civil servants were telling them the kit was safe while knowing all along that it was not…
WE CAN NO LONGER BELIEVE A SINGLE WORD THAT COMES OUT OF OUR PRIME MINISTER'S MOUTH. AND THAT IS A TRAGEDY NOT JUST FOR MR BROWN, BUT FOR DEMOCRACY ITSELF."