On keeping your job

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It’s odd the way stuff slips under the radar. If you said “British foreign policy”, you might think how Britain has participated in air strikes in Syria in recent months, air raids which kill innocent civilians as well as their intended target. What the intended target is appears to be itself confused – is it the rebels in Syria, is it to prop up the regime there, why is it necessary?

But at least that’s been ventilated reasonably well in the headlines. Yemen, on the other hand, gets little or no mention. It’s being assaulted by Saudi Arabia, and guess who’s providing arms and expertise to Saudi Arabia? That’s right – Britain. Your tax money and mine is being used to give military advice to Saudi Arabia as to how best destroy Yemen. In less than a year, 6,000 Yemenis have been killed, with about half of those being civilians. One hundred and thirty medical facilities – you heard me, Virginia – have been deliberately targeted. According to UN figures, more than 14 million people in Yemen are hungry, with some 7 million suffering from severe hunger. Around 1 in 10 Yemenis have been driven from their homes. And since the Tories took over in Britain about five years ago, David Cameron has arranged for £6 billion worth of arms to be sold to the Saudi Arabian dictatorship.

Do you remember Mary McArdle? She assisted in the killing of Mary Travers, the judge’s daughter, by attempting to conceal weapons used in the killing. She was imprisoned for that and later Ann Travers, Mary’s sister, succeeded in having her dismissed from her post as special adviser to Sinn Féin’s Culture Minister, Caral Ní Chuílin.

So here’s the thing. While agreeing that any taking of human life is a brutal act, which of these seems to you the more monstrous: to conceal weapons that’ve been used to kill an innocent young woman, or to sell £6 billion-worth of arms to a regime, in the full knowledge that that regime will use the weapons to help blow to pieces over 3,000 innocent civilians and bomb hospitals? Because David Cameron is guilty of the latter yet I don’t remember anyone campaigning to have him removed from his job. And did I mention that Saudi Arabia began 2016 with a mass beheading of a number of its own citizens?

George Orwell, thou should’st be living at this hour.

 

21 Responses to On keeping your job

  1. billy January 30, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    orwells animal farm is alive and kicking everyday at stormont.
    lets sort our own hungry and homeless first instead of being worried whats happening in some far flung corner of the world.

  2. Wolfe tone January 30, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Of topic but does anybody find it disturbing that the British state are keen to bring in 3000 children refugees? Their track record on the care of children should raise alarm bells. It doesn’t augur well for those poor kids as filthy camoron et al will see to that.

  3. Iolar January 30, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Robert Fisk’s book, ‘The Great War for Civilisation’ includes historic details of the staggering amounts of money that was being spent on weapons of mass destruction.

    “Sales of weapons to the Middle East in 1993 were running at $46 million a day.” (Fisk 2005:848)

    On Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister chose to refer to desperate refugees fleeing from war as a ‘bunch of migrants’.

    John Stalker wrote the following about a matter he was investigating following an incident:

    “…the three men had been under surveillance for many hours…The three officers in the police-car were waiting, and they fired 108 bullets…the men died instantly; none was armed…all the policemen involved had been instructed to leave the scene immediately, with their car and their weapons, and return to their base for a de-briefing by senior Special Branch officers…CID officers were, on the night of the killings, provided with incorrect information about where the shootings had commenced, and some forensic examination of the scene was conducted in the wrong place.” (Stalker 1998:41)

    Mr Stalker did not keep his job.

  4. fiosrach January 30, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    Simple,Jude. Harass those you can and pretend the big baddies don’t exist. I haven’t heard Ann Travers and that righteous brigade speaking against outrages in the Middle East. Maybe I missed it.

  5. Sherdy January 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    And all this expensive slaughter of the innocents at a time of severe austerity when Cameron is cutting all sorts of benefits for the sick, the unfortunate and the disabled.
    But now he wants to change the law so that people who have been killed or injured by his ‘heroes’ will not be allowed to take legal action against them.
    They still tell the world that they are a caring democracy with an impartial legal system.
    Does any nation tell as many lies as Britain?

    • Ryan January 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

      The austerity is completely unnecessary and is of no benefit to anyone Sherdy, the whole financial crisis was deliberately constructed too. I’m no economist but I’ve read many books/articles on the current financial crisis, mainly focusing on the Eurozone and the UK. There wont be any economic recovery in Europe and the UK economy, in the long run, is will be needing a bail out, more likely from the IMF again.

      When David Cameron cuts benefits of the most vulnerable, the disabled, unemployed, etc he isn’t really cutting anything or saving much money which justifies the misery they are heaping on people. Cameron has borrowed more within the first 5 years of his rule than Blair/Brown did in their entire time. Not only that but by cutting benefits (the vast majority of which is spent in the local economy) they are damaging small British businesses and companies, like shops, supermarkets, etc. which sustains jobs, wages, etc.

      One economist put it nicely: “British debt is like water flowing into a bath and the tap is still running and bath overflowing. Cameron’s cuts and austerity is like using an egg cup to try and empty the bath”.

  6. neill January 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Do you remember Mary McArdle? She assisted in the killing of Mary Travers, the judge’s daughter, by attempting to conceal weapons used in the killing. She was imprisoned for that and later Ann Travers, Mary’s sister, succeeded in having her dismissed from her post as special adviser to Sinn Féin’s Culture Minister, Caral Ní Chuílin.

    So here’s the thing. While agreeing that any taking of human life is a brutal act, which of these seems to you the more monstrous: to conceal weapons that’ve been used to kill an innocent young woman, or to sell £6 billion-worth of arms to a regime, in the full knowledge that that regime will use the weapons to help blow to pieces over 3,000 innocent civilians and bomb hospitals? Because David Cameron is guilty of the latter yet I don’t remember anyone campaigning to have him removed from his job. And did I mention that Saudi Arabia began 2016 with a mass beheading of a number of its own citizens?

    George Orwell, thou should’st be living at this hour.

    Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia is entirely legal whilst Mary McArdle committed murder ( if under current Republican revisionism we can still call it a murder).It never fails to amaze me Jude why you continue to try to drag the British state down to the level of a cutthroat sectarian republicanism.

    As for arms sales I didn’t see you mention France the US Germany and China strange that…

    • antonio January 30, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

      As for arms sales I didn’t see you mention France the US Germany and China strange that…

      well it’s not that strange at all. Unionists like yourself are always keen to remind us that we live in the U.K so with that in mind its logical that our thoughts should turn to the actions of the U.K government to which we pay our tax to.

      Also, Britain has the largest armaments industry in Europe. Much large than Germany for example. You are right, it is entirely legal to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia. But as the latter has one of the worst human rights records in the world the question should become, should this be legal?

    • Ryan January 30, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      “Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia is entirely legal”

      And?….what is that suppose to mean Neill? Are you trying to say because something is “legal” that makes it right? You have a very weird logic Neill, Mary McArdle’s death is wrong I’m sure you would say but the British Government giving weapons to Saudi Arabia to massacre thousands of innocent people is…..”legal”? Don’t confuse something that’s “legal” to be right or moral. You just have to look where the laws in Britain are made for a start. Westminster had (maybe still has…) a paedophile ring operating there and that same paedophile ring was protected for decades (more likely still is) and has even been accused of murdering kids. But sure….maybe it was all “legal” Neill, eh?…..

      “It never fails to amaze me Jude why you continue to try to drag the British state down to the level of a cutthroat sectarian republicanism.”

      It could be argued fairly Neill that republicanism was maybe the least sectarian participant to the conflict here. Yes of course you could point out Kingsmills and a few other events but the vast majority of the IRA or INLA’s actions was against the British Army, RUC, UDR, Loyalist paramilitaries and other republicans. They were not sectarian, obviously.

      Loyalists were by far the most sectarian of the conflict and we know now that the British Government were running them to a very large extent, so therefore they shoulder much of the blame for Loyalist murders too. 90% of Loyalist activities were sectarian murders against deliberately chosen Catholic civilians. Loyalists actually killed more of their fellow Loyalists than Republicans. The UDA even created a plan of ethnic cleansing of Catholics in the early 90’s, this same UDA which were carrying out sectarian murders of Catholics for decades had DUP members carrying their coffins, doing sermons at their funerals, etc. I wonder what else the DUP and UUP were up to?….

      Of course the British Army/RUC/B Specials themselves shot/murdered many people, the vast, vast majority of them catholic civilians. Again this shows the sectarian element to their agenda.

      So to say the Republican movement was sectarian really is nonsense. They even had Protestant members. One of the founding members of the INLA was a Protestant and son of a Unionist politician and a friend of Ian Paisley, Ronnie Bunting.

      “As for arms sales I didn’t see you mention France the US Germany and China strange that”

      I seem to remember Jude mentioning Frances atrocities in Syria back at the Paris Attacks Neill, you really should pay attention. He has often mentioned US atrocities in Iraq and elsewhere, particularly (if I remember correctly) their use of drone strikes. Germany and China are hardly our next door neighbours but I’m sure Jude would condemn them if they were doing what Britain is.

      Your logic and tone is like that of a bitter little man Neill and it doesn’t make you or the politics you represent look good. As I said before you come across like a loyalist fleg protestor, the “Wat bout them’uns” attitude is hard to miss……you were a fleg protestor, weren’t you Neill? lol

      • neill January 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

        Your logic and tone is like that of a bitter little man Neill and it doesn’t make you or the politics you represent look good. As I said before you come across like a loyalist fleg protestor, the “Wat bout them’uns” attitude is hard to miss……you were a fleg protestor, weren’t you Neill? lol

        What I come across doesn’t really matter however I can tell you exactly what you are an immature REDACTED.As for politics I would love to see how you would suggest killing policemen and bombing cities was going to get a united Ireland?

        • Jude Collins January 31, 2016 at 9:32 am #

          I’ve told you, neill – I’m not having that kind of accusation on this blogsite. Either you stop it or else stop posting comments.

          • neill February 1, 2016 at 9:22 am #

            Yet you let let Ryan call me a bitter flag protestor you truly are hypercritical.

          • Jude Collins February 1, 2016 at 9:36 am #

            I’m against insults, neill – including the one you’ve fired at me. However, it’s one thing to say someone is a bitter flag protestor and another to say they’re IRA supporters. If you don’t see the difference, I suggest you retire.

        • jessica January 31, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

          “What I come across doesn’t really matter however I can tell you exactly what you are an immature REDACTED.As for politics I would love to see how you would suggest killing policemen and bombing cities was going to get a united Ireland?”

          There was not one single policeman killed or bomb set off simply in the cause of a united Ireland neill.

          They were killed in a conflict started by Unionism which has left us all the more determined to never go back to unionist rule ever again.

          Since Britain have provided a peaceful means of removing unionist rule forever, both in terms of GFA controls and self determination, the conflict is now over for republicans. Unionism still has its own conflict to deal with as we move towards all island unification.

          Constantly casting all blame for the conflict on republicans seems all you have left and no one is listening any more neill, not even the english.

          It is good to see that is all you have left though.

          • Argenta January 31, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

            “There was not one single policeman killed or bomb set off simply in the cause of an United Ireland”
            So when policemen were being murdered or bombs set off, what cause was being promoted, Jessica?

          • jessica February 1, 2016 at 9:12 am #

            “So when policemen were being murdered or bombs set off, what cause was being promoted, Jessica?”

            That is what happens in conflict Argenta.
            If you want to know the cause, you tell me, it was unionism started the conflict.

            The cause as best I can see was for unionism to hold on to a sectarian statelet against the rising numbers of the catholic population by abusing the control over the rule of law they had at the time to try to drive as many out and make it an unwelcome place for catholics.

            Does that sound about right?

        • Ryan January 31, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

          Neill, I don’t know what you accused me of but don’t you think you should just grow up and have a proper debate here with everyone else? You have an opportunity to fairly put down your view, try to counter opposing views with facts and opinions, etc but instead your just ignoring very valid points raised or sinking low to name calling, It is all very sad. No offence, its like the way Willie Frazer would behave (a man whom I genuinely believe to be mentally unstable and in need of mental health assistance and I’m not saying that to insult him, I have mental health qualifications, so I know a little more than most on this topic).

          How you come across DOES matter Neill, especially when you are trying to debate and convince people of your argument or at least counter theirs.

          Neill, the IRA’s campaign was simple, it really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand it. The IRA targeted British soldiers, RUC officers, etc in order to put pressure on the British Government to withdraw from the North and this would bring about a United Ireland. If large amounts of British soldiers were killed (over 700 in total were) then a public outcry from Britain would demand withdrawal from NI. Bombing English cities, especially in the 1990’s, was to cause massive economic damage and massive disruption. Again this putting great pressure on the British Government to find a quick settlement with Republicans. Bishopsgate bombing in 1993 caused over £350 million worth of damage. The Baltic Exchange Bombing in 1994 cost £800 million worth of damage, £1.4 Billion in today’s money. There was many other bombings too.

    • jessica January 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      “It never fails to amaze me Jude why you continue to try to drag the British state down to the level of a cutthroat sectarian republicanism.”

      Republicanism has never sunk to the level of the British state of which the dirty details will continue coming out for years to come.

      You may be proud of the British states actions, but investigations into collusion and the more or less growing acceptance that britain was the dirtiest player of all in the conflict here will soon change that view for many in Ireland.

  7. Perkin Warbeck January 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    Pax Britannica, as is well known, Esteemed Blogmeister, has some form in Yemen, specifically the port city of Aden.

    The main reason for the interest of Britannia in Aden was its use as a base for the HM Navy so that the waters of the local gulf might be kept safe for the cargo vessels from Blighty on their way to exploity, oops, trade with the Fuzzy Wuzzies in the subcontinent of the Maharajas and the Memsahibs. This meant that the gulf be swept clear of pirates with their flags emblazoned with the skull and crescent bones.

    Pax, of course, is the Latin for peace and where-ever there was peace to be dispensed you may be sure that Britannia was always at or near the top of the queue with their tenders, including the trusty Crossley . But it is another Latin word which is particularly relevant to Aden and that is Nux.

    Nux, meaning Nut. In the mid-Sixties when the local error-strewn, terror-prone towel-heads became a tad stroppy Pax Britannica launched its Operation Nutcracker. To the fore was a Model of a Modern Major General who was not so much a Pirate from Penzance as one of the dry land lubberati who liked to get the sand between his toes. He was eminently qualified to quell the street disturbances.

    -About the binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot of news
    With many cheerful facts about the square on the hypotenuse.

    The same Model of a Modern Major General was at the thick end of things in Operation Nutcracker which had even less to do with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as it had with Gilbert and Sullivan. For the lowest intensity operation of the torture, oops, re-education camps was a low down squeezing of the genitalia of the members of FLOSY by the guardians of the peace. Hence, the not inappropriate Nutcracker name.

    (FLOSY was the acronym of the local terrs: Front for the Liberation of Occupied South Yemen as the local rag, tag and bogtail grandiosely referred to themselves. And whose stronghold was the inner area of Aden known as the Crater).

    This acquiring of intimate knowledge of local conditions stood Brigadier Bob Ford (for the former M of a MMG was he !) in good stead when it came to another Small British War a, erm, handful of short and curly years later. This involved the requested imposition of Pax Britannica on a rather lax Londonderry/ L’derry. . Brigadier Bob was superbly well equipped to spotify the local Adens and Yemens who had made the life of the poor craters in the Bogside such a misery.

    In short, in matters animal, vegetable and mineral he was the very model of a modern major criminal, oops, general.

  8. neill February 1, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    I’m against insults, neill – including the one you’ve fired at me. However, it’s one thing to say someone is a bitter flag protestor and another to say they’re IRA supporters. If you don’t see the difference, I suggest you retire.

    I see the difference that you allowed Ryan to call me a bitter fleg protestor which is a factual and actual mistake and then you have a problem with me calling Ryan a terrorist supporter which he openly stated he was I can see clearly how this blog operates now. I wouldn’t expect much more from you Jude in fairness.

    • Jude Collins February 1, 2016 at 11:42 am #

      Well neill – again you are arguing by way of insults, which as I say I think is regrettable and sometimes downright dangerous. I think you should give some thought to which is which, rather than doing the ‘But he said that to me’ thing. Anyway, if you link someone’s name with the term ‘terrorist supporter’ again, it won’t be going up and I may get tired even reading what you have to say.