Posts Tagged ‘hypocrisy’

Event horizon approaching

March 24, 2011

The smell of criticality is becoming… well…. critical. Take your pick:

Monetary policy

Gold and silver availability

Geopolitcal turmoil

Nuclear disaster

Political crisis in Europe

Sovereign bankruptcy in the West

Unemployment in the West

Homelessnes in the West

Peak oil

Blatant and overt corruption in the West

Fascism in the West

 

 

Advertisements

NATO must prepare to launch military operations outside its border after Afghanistan!??…

November 19, 2010

Must???

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8144154/Nato-must-continue-operations-beyond-our-borders.html

Full article with interspersed comments below:

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said alliance members must be willing and able to exercise military power “beyond our borders” to combat threats such as terrorism and missile attacks.

Mr Rasmussen spoke to The Daily Telegraph as Nato members prepared to gather today in Lisbon to plan the future role of the alliance.

Guido here: “to plan the future role of the alliance” – meaning, we’ve gotta find ourselves some wars boys.

After almost a decade of military operations in Afghanistan, some European Nato members have suggested that the alliance should focus on defending its home territory.

By contrast, Britain and the US believe that to remain relevant, Nato must be prepared to tackle potential security threats beyond its members’ borders.

Guido here: If you have a flourishing and expanding armament industry, at some point little backwater inventory wars no longer suffice to absorb your production. So whatchagonna do. Furthermore, since we are at the point where monetary policy is pushing its own mathematical limits, a war is just what the doctor ordered.

Durable Goods Shipments

Mr Rasmussen supported that view, urging alliance members to accept that new security threats may have to be met.

“Our core function will remain territorial defence of our populations,” he said. “But we must realise that in the modern world we have to go beyond our borders to actually protect and defend our borders.”

Guido here: There it is! We must go beyond our borders to protect ourselves. This assertion of course omits to point out that in the particular case of the USA, the UK and France we already are beyond our borders in Africa, the Middle East and throughout Asia and South America.

Afghanistan could serve a template for future threats and Nato’s response to them.

Guido here: Let’s hope not. If Afghanistan is a template of effectiveness, we’re plain fucked! The math says that on a Dolllar per result basis, these presumed troglodites on donky’s back are kicking the shit out of our modern military machine that costs hundreds of Billions to maintain without mentioning the long term medical costs and without mentioning the demoralizing effect on the troops these cave dwellers are having. Some template!

“After the Cold War, we have seen a number of new threats emerge,” he said. “Terrorism is one of them.”

The Lisbon summit will adopt a “strategic concept” or mission statement in a post-Afghanistan world.

“The purpose of the new strategic concept is to prepare the alliance to address the new security challenges – missile attacks, cyber attacks, terrorist attacks,” Mr Rasmussen said.

Guido here: the purpose of the new strategic concept is to find ways to deflect responsibility from our own failed economic and social policies that have brought us to economic gridlock with little chance to come out of it unscathed. A foreign sacrificial lamb will be found and excuses will be built-up to look good.

He also promised that a reform of Nato’s command structures will make alliance forces “more flexible”.

As well as the mission statement, the summit will also consider a European missile defence shield. The shield, based on US interceptor missiles, will rely on British radar stations to detect attacks.

The missile shield is being developed primarily because of fears of Iranian missile programmes, but Mr Rasmussen said other countries could also pose a threat.

“More than 30 countries have missile technology or are aspiring to get missile technology,” he said.

“Some of them can also hit the Euro-Atlantic area.”

Alliance leaders will later confirm a timetable for starting the “transition” of security responsibility from Nato forces to the Afghan government, starting next year and concluding at the end of 2014.

Mr Rasmussen said he was confident that Afghan forces will be ready for that responsibility in time, but accepted that the timetable could slip.

He said: “If conditions are not met fully by the end of 2014, then we will have to continue the combat mission.”

It needs to be said and repeated

September 23, 2010

Those who get handouts always think they deserve them. The very same people never think anyone else does. That is precisely what is wrong with the statements of Charlie Munger, as well as the statements of Ryan Skene and his ilk, in defending them.”

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2010/09/hsbc-commercial-account-manager.html

Never knew clergy were celebrities…

September 17, 2010

Pope Warns Children Over Celebrity Culture

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/the-pope/8009029/Pope-warns-children-over-celebrity-culture.html

UK Gov saying they want to pull out of Afghanistan…

May 22, 2010

… the key here is the typical and politically expedient use of “as soon as possible”. Though withdrawal would indeed be the reasonable thing to do, if history is any guide, the UK are not about to do anything at all; certainly not pull out of Afghanistan. The West will eventually pull out of Afghanistan once the situation there becomes militarily untenable and the number of casualties amongst Western troops becomes politically untenable at home. Till then, the UK, the EU and the USA will blunder on and, despite occasional attempts at soft intervention, Western strategy will become gradually more lethal, more destructive but more detached thus less accurate inflicting devastating losses on the civilian population and the environment.

The thing is that with everything that is happening at home, the West can ill afford greater numbers of casualties that are necessary if the country is to be “pacified” because pacification can only come about with boots on the ground. And considering Afghanistan’s size and topography, nothing short of a good million troops might do. In the absence of boots on the ground, the West must rely on air power and missiles… hence the tolerance for collateral damage must necessarily increase.

Of course, in the event of a global conflict and in the event the conflict should start or be extended to that part of the world, then increasing boots on the ground won’t really be a problem. But till then, the West will stay the course and only pack it in once the current puppet regime is discredited, overthrown and/or casualties amongst Western troops create a political backlash at home.

As absurdities go… (colonialism)

May 22, 2010

As I read today’s edition of The Telegraph, I am reminded yet again of the absurdity, the hypocrisy and the contradictions inherent in the life of a nation state. Ergo, the absurdity of the raison d’etat.

Apparently there is a controversial Algerian film being shown at the Cannes film festival that, predictably, presents the Algerian view of the war of independence against France. What the Algerians view as war of independence, the French view as terrorism hence the controversy.

The French case is interesting in that it is the last attempt of a Western power to perpetrate and perpetuate an archaic (primitive) form of foreign policy that WWII should have put to rest for good.

In a tragically ironic turn of events, here is a people whom having endured a brief period of Nazi occupation, fight to “liberate” their country and, the minute the Nazis march out of their borders, they find nothing better to do than to turn around and invade Algeria???? But wait, not content with having marched into Algeria in the mid 40s these guys double down and march into Indochina in 1947 (Viet Nam). That’s 1947 folks not two years after the official end of WWII… two years folks… not two decades or two centuries… two years; 24 months…

If this does not elicit a What The Fuck Were They Thinking moment, I don’t know what can.

And I am sure the French have a million reasons they can offer for having done what they did. But how can the irony be lost on them when at a time that they were still sobbing and sniveling about the nasty Nazis, they were already plotting on doing to others exactly what the Nazis were doing to them???

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/cannes-film-festival/7751088/Cheryl-Cole-braves-protesters-at-Cannes.html

Right-wing politicians have accused [movie director] Bouchareb of distorting history in his emotionally-charged account of two Algerian brothers who are driven from their home by the French and grow up to fight in mainland France for the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN).”

Something is not confirmed till government denies it – Spain

May 5, 2010

As goes Greece, so very likely will go Spain, Portugal and a whole swathe of countries inside and outside the European Union as well as individual US states.

The fact that, like Almunia a year ago, prime ministers, presidents, treasurers, the IMF, chairmen of the Federal Reserve and sundry should come out and state that something is complete nonsense and won’t happen only serves to confirm it will.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aUsUDgApn_wg&pos=1

Excerpt:

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said speculation of a bailout for Spain is “complete madness” and the nation has “strong solvency.””

Addendum:

It is 6am GMT and I just watched Zapatero on BBC World. The poor guy looks like a little kid whose been found out doing something stupid. Eyes agog, arms aflailing, corrugated forehead, head shaking in fake disbelief. A true cringe inducer this clip was.

Spain is toast.

Aberrations of the end of the inflationary cycle…

December 8, 2009

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6736517/Copenhagen-climate-summit-1200-limos-140-private-planes-and-caviar-wedges.html

Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen.

Why anybody would think that governments are not in it for anything other than the perpetuation of government is beyond me.

Saudi Arabia (human rights)

October 25, 2009

I needn’t remind any of you that 13 of the identified and/or caught 9/11 hijackers, alleged accomplices and would-be hijackers were Saudi nationals.

The question is why are we fighting a war in Afghanistan?

Can you enumerate even some of the reasons our governments have given us in order to justify sending our troops to Afghanistan? If you can, should you not wonder whether, since we already are astride our high moral horse, we shouldn’t send our troops somewhere else too?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_saudi_flogging

If you can’t remember why we are in Afghanistan surely you remember that:

– In 2002, when a school for girls in Saudi Arabia caught fire, the Religious Police decided it was preferable to lock the students inside the burning building condemning them to certain death rather than compromise the honor of the students’ families by allowing them out in public wearing only their night gowns instead of the Muslim attire. We are talking here of the year 2002… not 1502… this is about seven years ago folks….

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1874471.stm

– There is no freedom of worship in Saudi Arabia. There are no churches, synagogues or temples of any other denomination than Islamic… and there too, only Sunni Islamic worship is allowed.  Considering that Saudi society is only marginally competent and negligibly willing to work, the entire economy is operated by foreign nationals that have to risk severe punishment including lashes, jail time if not outright decapitation, if they so much as attempt to worship their chosen God.

– 2002 was a particularly prolific year in the wondrous land of Saudi Arabia. That same year, some Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al Jalahma published a “scholarly” article in the government’s main propaganda daily Al-Riyadh stating that Jews drink the blood of non Jewish adolescents to celebrate one of their holidays.

http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP35402#_edn1

So, why is it that we are in Afghanistan exactly?