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Saturday, 5 December 2015

ISIS practice toilet drill in new blue skirts

ISIS-Daesh revealed their new Spring range of uniform skirts today at a fashion event in Afghanistan. The bias-cut wraparound skirts in Lapis Lazuli canvas will make a welcome and attractive addition to the fighters' wardrobes, equally suited for combat or evening wear when they can be worn with an off-the-shoulder suicide vest in matching fabric. 

The models are pictured at toilet drill. Islamists believe they must never see their own genitals and are terrified that if they catch sight of them will be driven to Onanism and will lose their place in Heaven. In addition to the skirts, Islamist toilet doors therefore have no locks so that the extended right arm must always be used to hold the door shut. The models are pictured at 'squat hole toilet drill', one of the many combat skills displayed by these crack and alluring troops. 

Daesh? They're Islamist Scum.

Rod Liddle in the Speccie is vehement about not using the term 'Daesh' in place of IS or ISIS or ISIL when referring to Islamic State;
The term is now used exclusively by those who wish to kid themselves that the Islamic State is a rogue singularity, entirely outside the normal Islamic mindset, whatever that might be. And so they have made up a word to support this patently flawed thesis. When the facts don’t fit, make it up. Twist reality.
I agree. These sick bastards and their death cult are every bit as Islamic as the vast majority of peaceful Muslims here and around the world. That a single book can be used with equal validity by peace-loving, responsible Islamic citizens who support the UK over the Caliphate, who are tolerant of gay people, who think there is no place for Sharia law in the UK and who think the West trumps the primitive dark-age savagery of the Islamic world, and equally by the evil, twisted enemies in our midst who support the death cult, is a dichotomy. But there it is. 

But we cannot deny Islamist Scum their foundation in the Koran and worship of Mohamed. However, if the term Daesh offends arabic-speaking Islamist Scum then I am happy to include it in future as well as Islamist Scum, Islamist Shits, Islamist Swine and Islamist Shills. Or IS.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Oldham vote - the public needs official assurances

There is a growing swell of discontent and rumour in relation to the probity of the election in Oldham. Farage was on Radio 4 this morning quoting 99% of vote-blocks being Labour, and elsewhere suggestions have been made about fraud and personation - the validity of many thousands of postal votes. 

Sadly, the authorities do not enjoy even a half-decent record of maintaining electoral probity, particularly in areas with high Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations. The Met Police and the Electoral Commission failed utterly in Tower Hamlets and it took four ordinary electors to reverse the corruption. 

I have no idea whether the vote in Oldham was corrupt or not. There is no evidence. All we have are opinions. However, this is a poisonous boil that must be lanced; the poll must be fully investigated, preferably by an external police force, and with specialist independent lawyers assisting the Electoral Commission. If the result was sound and valid, we should be assured. If it was not, appropriate corrective measures must be taken.

But one choice the authorities don't have is to leave the rumour and accusations to fester unchallenged; the robustness of our democracy depends not only on the probity of the process but in our confidence that the system is not corrupt.   

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Commons debate: The best and worst

Well, I think the House earned its oats yesterday. Despite the depredations of Brussels, the pusillanimity of successive governments and the venality of MPs there are still moments at which the magic of the Commons raises a group of narcissistic sycophants to a wise and informed forum for national debate. Over the years I've heard it more than a dozen times - at first broadcast live by the BBC radio, more recently by Parliament's own TV feed. And yesterday they did it again. 

The worst speech I heard was Cameron's. A dire, dismal 'I really can't be arsed' dismissal of democracy by an arrogant Eton boy not seeking another term and now not hiding his true colours. Corbyn almost equally dire.

Of the best, John Baron and Julian Lewis speaking against the motion. David Davies magnificent. Alex Salmond displaying a rarely seen depth of understanding. Andrew Tyrie. And of course Hilary Benn. 

It was a lesson to ISIS that the strength of western democracy lies in just this - informed and lengthy debate, not the crazed diktat of some bigoted zealot with a book. And it was also a lesson to the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels as to what a democracy looks like. 

Benn said
And we are here faced by fascists. Not just their calculated brutality, but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this chamber tonight, and all of the people that we represent. They hold us in contempt. They hold our values in contempt. They hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt. They hold our democracy, the means by which we will make our decision tonight, in contempt. And what we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated.
Amen to that. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Desperate Cameron, Corbyn both grievously wrong

Cameron's desperation in calling MPs opposed to bombing Syria 'terrorist sympathisers' gives away his uncertainty over how Conservative MPs will vote. Corbyn is a fool for imagining that any negotiation with ISIS is possible. Both major party leaders are displaying their utter and total inability to understand what's going on east of Dover. We're served by pygmies, not statesmen.

I look forward to the debate in the Commons. This is one of those times when MPs have the chance to earn their hay. 

One question about Cameron's 70,000 imaginary friends that will I'm sure come up is this; exactly how many of the rebel forces in Syria (moderate or otherwise) are currently engaged with ISIS and how many are engaged with the Syrian government?

Ah I see. So few facing ISIS. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It all comes back to Bloody Blair and Iraq

Michael Flynn, ex-Director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, concludes an interview with Der Spiegel saying "The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision". From that failure, from Blair's lies and manipulations, came a string of subsequent errors via Libya to Syria each one of which has helped Islamic State to grow into the risk it now poses.

Flynn contrasts the style of Bin Laden with that of al-Baghdadi; Bin Laden was the Che figure, the warrior guru in his cave with an AK47. The first time we saw al-Baghdadi it was robed like the pope in a pulpit proclaiming the caliphate, which has a currency, a flag, an HR department and a slick PR outfit. Just like the EU, but with more supporters. Different ISIS murderers wear different pattern skirts, in uniform black, camo or other. They have a flat organisational structure with high levels of autonomy granted to dispersed killers; the traditional terrorist structures of cells sharing controllers in a pyramid trying to communicate secretly has been bypassed by motivated death cultists dispersed throughout Europe with a mission to kill, maim, frighten, disrupt in schemes of their own devising. Destroying the caliphate won't make us safer - the killers don't depend on it for instructions or consent.

So even if we destroyed the caliphate in its territory tomorrow the death cultists would remain, like cancer cells after the removal of a tumour. And the mutant gene that precipitated it all, Blair's 2003 war, must be judged harshly indeed. As must Blair himself.

Cameron's imaginary friends
It's likely that on Wednesday the Commons will agree to our three or four aircraft in theatre flying sorties into Syria, and probably using their munitions on one sortie in five. In other words, we'll make the square root of bugger-all difference. One of the papers had a huge graphic of how our brilliant UK missiles at £100k a pop delivered from a £10m aircraft costing £80k an hour to fly could hit a bloke on a motorcycle. I suspect using Ronnie Pickering would be cheaper and rather more entertaining.  

Cameron's 70,000 imaginary friends get a ragging from Fisky in the Indie "Telling the House of Commons about the 70,000 “moderate” fighters deployed in Syria was not just lying in the sense that Tony Blair lied – because Blair persuaded himself to believe in his own dishonesty – but something approaching burlesque. It was whimsy – ridiculous, comic, grotesque, ludicrous. It came close to a unique form of tragic pantomime."

Which pretty well sums up the whole ghastly mess.

Bring out more rope ..
In my condemnation of the barbarian head-choppers of the KSA I have neglected to mention the dedicated crane-hangers of Persia. This year they're set to hang over 1,000 people, about 70% of whom were sentenced for drug offences involving over 5kg of Class A. That's an awful lot of drugs. Either they've got a very serious domestic addiction problem or a lot of Iranians desperate to get rich quick. 

However, since we haven't tried to impose Cameron-democracy on them, the overall number of Iranians being killed prematurely is remarkably small compared to the national beneficiaries of western goodwill such as Libya. Which leaves plenty of Iranians to fight for Syria against ISIS as real, and not imaginary, ground troops.

Monday, 30 November 2015

US pressure on Turkey - generals get ready

Finally the US has woken up to Erdogan's help to ISIS in prolonging the war in Syria, and to the danger to Europe from his using migrants as a weapon. The Indie reports on Obama's ultimatum to Turkey to seal the border with ISIS and halt the flow of oil into Turkey and arms and reinforcements back into the caliphate. We identified this a key objective of the Russians prior to a final assault on Aleppo and a move on Raqqa in a post on 6th October - the map below is from that time and does not reflect gains / losses on the ground since

However, the chances of Erdogan complying with the US request are slim. Obama also also only wants the easternmost gateway into Turkey closed - he imagines the Islamists fighting Assad in the west and taking arms and money from Washington are 'moderate' and given they are also supported by Turkey will makes no moves to limit their terrorism. 

Erdogan is now skating on very thin ice; the EU is reeling from his policy of actively pushing migrants into Greece, with Turkey's old ally France in particular grief at this betrayal, he's lost Russia's support and now the US has turned against him. The generals must surely now be taking quiet soundings from these international players as to the likelihood of sanctions and international opprobrium if they act to remove Erdogan. If they get an answer that a coup will mean a deal of disapproving noise but nothing concrete followed by a swift move to co-operation if Turkey both halts the migrant flow, takes the pressure from the Kurds and closes the border to ISIS then Erdogan's days are numbered. 

Back on 6th October I wrote:
Make no mistake; Turkey and the KSA are our real enemies, and the real threats to peace. We need to pour money and troops into Greece to secure Europe's Eastern flank against Turkey, and give full support to Russia, Syria and the Kurds in blocking Turkey from the South. Only then will peace start to return to Iraq and Syria, and the tsunami of migrants into Europe actively facilitated by Turkey start to stem. Oh yes. We need to kick Turkey out of NATO.
I stand by that statement.  However, if Erdogan is replaced by a non-Islamist military government her place in NATO is not at risk. 

Sunday, 29 November 2015


Many thanks for all your comments on the previous piece, in which I recommended we send our three or four aircraft to war over Syria despite there being absolutely no military advantage in so doing. I accept I'm in a small minority here, as they say, and probably in the wrong. All the voices I respect here and in the wider media are saying the same. Peter Hitchins in the Mail for instance;
It is all such rubbish. I have yet to see conclusive evidence that the Paris murders were organised by or in Islamic State. France has plenty of home-grown hatred and (despite strict gun laws) is awash with illegal Kalashnikovs and ammunition. Nor can I see why bombing Raqqa will defend us or anyone against such murders. France’s President Hollande, a failed politician in bad domestic trouble, mired his own country in Syria months ago. I can’t see what good reason we have to follow him there. It will not help to bind up the wounds of the people of France.
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In an example of not knowing how the interweb works, those primitive savages from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia take the biscuit. Blinded by their own zealotry and oil wealth, a 'justice' ministry official threatened yesterday to sue anyone who suggested on Twitter that there was any equivalence between the benign and loving 'justice' of the barbarian kingdom and the wise and tolerant disposals of the ISIS Islamist courts. Not only did Peter Brooks produce the superb cartoon below for the Times, but thousands of Twitterers from around the globe soon swamped #saudiarabia space with exactly the suggestion that Brooks has made. 

I'd hesitate to suggest the savages' 'justice' ministry official fall on his own sword, as it's probably an Islamist crime. Perhaps he may wish to pay £20m in advance fees to Carter-Fuck instead, to start tracking us all down? It's certainly a more moral way of getting KSA gold into the UK than flogging them executioner's handcuffs and cattle prods.