Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Generals again

A couple of prats holding general rank have got themselves in the news again. It is NOT the business of a senior military officer to feature in the news at all - unless it is to be named as having succeeded (or alternatively, as having signally failed) when in command of a military formation. Even worse, generals playing in public with politics deserve nothing less, in my view, than to be broken down to the ranks and to spend six months in the Colchester glasshouse. I thought the silliness over Harold Wilson and 'Spycatcher' was the last we'd have of this nonsense; in the event, Heath did far more damage than Wilson ever did, which puts the judgement of senior military figures at the time into perspective. Corbyn is no different.

We all know the Prime Minister's gross ineptitude in both historical knowledge and foreign policy, and that his particular stupidity has caused more crises for the United Kingdom than it's solved. However, it's the job of his mandarins, spads and political assistants to keep him away from anything that matters; generals telling him that Libya is not a CCF TEWT at Eton really doesn't help.

That's all. Carry on. 



Anonymous said...

[...]The report ends on a depressing note: the six Arab Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain) have offered zero -- repeat: zero -- places for desperate refugees.

Put another way, six countries that speak the same language (admittedly with strong regional variations); that belong to the same ethnic group; that share the same religion and much of the same culture; that are among the wealthiest countries in the world -- not just in the Arab world -- have no room at all for their fellow Arabs.

They are perfectly happy, it seems, to let hundreds of thousands to squeeze into an already saturated Europe, into countries that have not, for the most part, succeeding in assimilating or integrating existing Arab, Turkish, Somali, and other mainly Muslim minorities. The flood of migrants heading not just for Europe but for specific states -- notably Germany and the UK -- has created a massive humanitarian crisis that European countries are finding it difficult to handle. Refugees arrive in some of Europe's poorest states, mainly Greece, Italy and Hungary, but insist that they have a right to head for more prosperous nations, where welfare benefits are higher and healthcare freely available.

Criticism of the Gulf States is growing. Sarah Hashash, Middle East and North Africa press officer at Amnesty International, has "called the Gulf Arab states' behavior 'utterly shameful' and criticized Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for officially taking in zero refugees."

Another NGO official, Oxfam's Syria country director, Daniel Gorevan, has likewise stated that "Gulf countries clearly can and should do an awful lot more." "I'm most indignant over the Arab countries who are rolling in money and who only take very few refugees," Danish Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said in an interview at his office in Copenhagen. "Countries like Saudi Arabia. It's completely scandalous."

Even commentators in the Gulf region have expressed dissatisfaction with the response. Sultan Sooud al Qassemi, a journalist in the UAE, has complained, saying that the Gulf States should open their doors: "The Gulf states often complain that the Arabic language is underused and that our culture is under threat due to the large number of foreign immigrants. Here is an opportunity to host a group of people who can help alleviate such concerns and are in need of refuge, fleeing a brutal war."

But officialdom in the Gulf States remains unmoved and even petulant. Fahad al-Shalami, a Kuwaiti official, explained on September 2, 2015 why the states in his region have to turn back their fellow Arabs from their shores:

"Kuwait and the other Gulf Cooperation Council countries are too valuable to accept any refugees. Our countries are only fit for [migrant] workers. It's too costly to relocate them [the refugees] here. Kuwait is too expensive for them anyway, as opposed to Lebanon and Turkey, which are cheap. They are better suited for the Syrian refugees. In the end, it is not right for us to accept a people that are different from us. We don't want people that suffer from internal stress and trauma in our country."


Over to YOU...... the EU [suckers] then?

N.B. Saudi has promised to build domed houses for them in the EU - nice, innit?

Sebastian Weetabix said...

Of course the Saudis and Emiratis are happy to push them into Europe. It is Hijra, jihad by emigration. They will now proceed to outbreed us and eventually they will force us to submit or cut off our heads. Most Muslim immigrants will be quiescent but a significant enough minority is all it will take.

They can't beat us at conventional war so they don't even try. They will subvert us over the long term instead.

Anonymous said...

I think you're very wrong about the comments attributed to General Richards. If it's true that he said to Cameron as was reported then he was quite right.

Cameron's Libya's adventure was very misguided and I'm glad there was at least someone advising strongly against. Cameron, it is said saw Libya as the good guys against the bad guys and from appearances that' how he sees Syria too.

Remember Richard's comments were made in private.

If you want to point at an idiotic General there are plenty starting with the one who oversaw the move into Afgan and resisted spending on vehicles in order the support the FRES project which in the end delivered nothing, then finished with the one muttering recently about mutiny.

Cuffleyburgers said...

Leaving aside Sebastian Cornflakes alarmist nonsense, this won't end well. The high quality of life with acceptable social adhesion that has been built over decades and centuries, in the vast majority of the continent, is going to end.

Nobody will be happy except the majority who have been allowed to forget our values and who instead will just wonder why nothing works any more, and old farts like us who are depressed/furious about the whole thing will be regarded curious curmudgeonly old dinosaurs, and those who try to defend ourselves against the almost inevitable upsurge in violence and theft will be disarmed (even more) and imprisoned.

Val said...

Saudi is quite happy for Muslim migrants to head our way - they are spreading the influence of Islam across Europe, obliterating our own culture - what's not to like from their point of view?

Anonymous said...

Val said @ 12:50

'Saudi is quite happy for Muslim migrants to head our way - they are spreading the influence of Islam across Europe, obliterating our own culture - what's not to like from their point of view?'

Correct, they've been operating (Wahhabism) in the UK (mostly England, natch) for the best part of 50 years. Prince Charles is their very best friend (enabler). Want a mosque built in a 1100 year-old English town then call your local Saudi rep as he'd (they're all men) be more than willing to help - includes planning costs, etc

Interesting to see last week how a 1970's Soviet era ATGW rocket, fired by Houthi rebels, was able to brew-up a Saudi M1A1 Abrams tank. Says something about the so-called advanced composite armour used on Western AFV's.


Sebastian Weetabix said...

I'm willing to bet the Saudi M1A1 isn't quite the same as the US version.

As for "alarmist nonsense" - we shall see. Have you been to Malmo?

Billy Marlene said...

Radders, My Dear Old Thing; as the self appointed (and self opinionated) 'General Defender General' of this these parts I have to declare my views to be 180 degrees askew.

What we need is more, not fewer, outspoken Generals. Not toothless political pussycats but real men who have an opinion and are prepared to sacrifice the remains of their career to express it.

Sir Walter Walker is a case in point. My young boy is presently being schooled at Walker's alma mater and if he emerges with just 10% of Waker's principles I shall be happy.


The second to last paragraph is one of my personal favourites. Perhaps I should nominate him as the subject for Matthew Parris's 'Great Lives' - discussed, of course, by Elton John.

Pip pip.