Friday, 25 March 2016

Balkans poverty & EU failure give EU Islamists arms, explosives

When it came to moving my kit here from London I saved £3k from the price quoted by a household name removal firm with a traditional pantechnicon by using instead a reputable Liverpool haulage contractor, with insurance from a specialist marine and freight broker and doing all the packing myself. The actual transport was sub-contracted to a Serbian firm with a couple of long-range 7.5 tonners. The lads were fine - Serbian and Montenegran with EU travel documents, too young for the last Balkans war but old enough to have done their military service. Even a tattoo of the rune used by an SS Balkans unit glimpsed briefly on one forearm didn't detract from the lads being helpful and friendly. We talked. I was genuinely outraged when they told me quite truthfully that their whack for the 3-day job was €35 a day each. No, no, they said; it was fine. Driving work at home earned them no more than €20 a day, while unemployed veterans only got €40 a week. You'll be assured to know I tipped them well - though they weren't looking for it. 

Zastava Arms in old Yugoslavia made knock-off copies of the AK47. Hundreds of thousands. Some estimates even put the number as equal to the population figure. Both sides used them in the civil war, as well as Albanian and Bulgarian AK47s. Millions of rounds of ammo still flooded the region when peace came; after peace, there was an initial phase in which the old weapons were still kept in cupboards at home in case it kicked-off again. More recently as peace is more assured and Bosniak Muslims, Bosnians and Serbians even serve together in an integrated defence force, and as poverty is hitting the region hard, the attraction of making a quick €400 from selling dad's old AK47 is proving hard to resist.  

And so these old Balkans weapons found their way to Paris and to the Bataclan massacre; a Zastava AK47 from 1981, a Chinese Norinco AK47 from Albania also used in the war and a 1985 LMG from Bulgaria. It is reported that when the Albanians raided their military arsenals in 1997 they looted 550,000 automatic weapons and 1.5 billion rounds of ammo. Arsenals in Romania held a surplus of 1.5m AK47s last time they counted them - but with a black market value of £465m, you can be sure they are leaking out of the door. 

You can also be sure that weapons now being recovered in Paris and Brussels will include those from such places. And traffic from or through the Balkans to not only the Shengen region but the UK - coaches, buses, freight wagons, private cars and vans - being impossible to search, you can be sure that Balkans arms are now well-distributed throughout Europe. 

The EU has dismantled the borders, but has put nothing in their place to prevent arms, drugs or Islamist terrorists from flooding the continent. Combine such EU failure with the natural incompetence of the Belgian authorities, with police and security services that are not fit for purpose, and a city (Brussels) with a Muslim population of 25% and mosques whose imams are supplied by Saudi Arabia and any surprise at last week's events should only be that it took the Islamists so long.    

8 comments:

Cuffleyburgers said...

Radders - all true. And there is no chance the UK government will wake and reverse its lunatic crackdown on legitimate arms held by law abiding citizens.

Madness.

Poisonedchalice said...

There are dangers here of nations sliding into civil war where an asymmetric conflict begins between those who are fed up of *not* being protected by the state slaughtering those that would do them harm and then moving on to finishing of the existing heads of state.

Coney Island

Barnacle Bill said...

It's going to take a lot of blood on our streets before our political elites will even think about sensible changes to our firearms legislation. Let alone allow us the chance to defend our famillies and ourselves in the face of a police force that is changing into a Thought Police rather than what Robert Peel originally envisaged.

I would advocate that we should be allowed to own a handgun(s) of no more than .32ACP/7.65mm calibre for now.

Cuffleyburgers said...

Barnacle Bill - forget it they never will, ever.

Poisonedchalice said...

But we can own shotguns! And loaded with BB, they are dreadful weapons!

Coney Island

Cuffleyburgers said...

Barnacle - why not 9mm?

And yes it is true that a shotgun can be horrific weapon, but in a confined space it is inconvenient unless converted into a whippet (sawn pff at both ends and thus made illegal...

There is no good reason for any limit of firearm ownership for law abiding citizens.

But as I say, dream on, it will never happen.

Anonymous said...

Barnacle Bill said @ 15:11

'It's going to take a lot of blood on our streets before our political elites will even think about sensible changes to our firearms legislation. Let alone allow us the chance to defend our famillies and ourselves in the face of a police force that is changing into a Thought Police rather than what Robert Peel originally envisaged.'

Won't 'appen, they've been steadily disarming the prols since the end of the English Civil War. And it wouldn't surprise me if most of the police think Robert Peel was an 80's radio jock.

ibid:

'I would advocate that we should be allowed to own a handgun(s) of no more than .32ACP/7.65mm calibre for now.'

Certainly women of European stock. A trial period in, say Rotherham could be organized, with free training given by some lads from Tidworth Garrison. FN Herstal's 57 Tactical would be my choice; for my other half - she's pretty good with a Glock but it's a little large for concealed carry.

(Looking forward to having a go with the new AK-12 this summer, abroad of course, at a place where you can use full auto legally)

Steve

Barnacle Bill said...

@ Cuffleyburgers

Suggesting .32ACP was a sort of Trojan horse suggestion, ask for .45ACP and our political elite would crap their pants. Let them think they were doing us a favour by allowing us an anemic calibre like .32ACP would at least get us something.

Anyway I've got a couple stinging Czech arachnids for household guard duties.

@ Steve

Fully agree it's just a pipe dream to ever get back to legally owning a handgun in this fecked up country.
The Kahr PM9 makes a nice female CCW.