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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: gasp Reply with quote

The Daily Mirror has shown us pictures of a small boy gasping for breath, red in the face, surrounded by dead bodies. About 20 children and 52 adults were killed by a nerve gas attack as they slept on Tuesday.

This was in Syria. The obvious inference was that Assad was to blame. The international community was rightly angered and upset. They couldn't let this pass, but neither should they rush into a hasty response.

Last year, talks would have been held on the correct and proportionate reaction.

But this year we have Trump as the most powerful person in the world, just what we need to turn a tragedy into a crisis. I've often thought we'd have been better off with a chimpanzee in the White House.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: trump that! Reply with quote

Trump has launched a revenge strike on Syria which has killed four more children and three adults. That's a vast improvement of course!

Nikki Haley says the US is prepared to do more. Trump says the missile strike was in America's vital security interests. It's a case of famous last words, perhaps.

People tell me that Trump sounds pious about the venture. He thinks he's done something clever.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:23 pm    Post subject: uzbekistan Reply with quote

As the Swedish Crown Princess inspects the damage in Stockholm, we have heard that one of the four people killed was a Briton. There have also been reports that the culprit was an asylum seeker from Uzbekistan where 90% of the population are Muslims.

His application for residency had been rejected, and he was known to the police.Is it possible he originally came to escape Islamicisation, but then felt disgusted by the freedoms and lack of oppression in Sweden, and swung back in the oppostie direction? There has been an attempted terrorist attack in Oslo too, but that appears not to have succeeded.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:33 pm    Post subject: mae gan Iesu goron? Reply with quote

At poetry meetings, I used to attend, the chairman shared his first name with a few pharoahs. He was a Coptic Christian who had been at school with Jehan Raouf who later married Anwar El-Sadat.

His wife had been at school with my sister in Llanelli. At the time, I just thought what a small world it was.

Jehan was known as Goldilocks at school. She was only half Egyptian. Her mother Gladys came from Sheffield.

Jehan used to raise money for the Muslim Brotherhood as a child, which looks ironic now. According to some sources, when the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Sadat, their main gripe wasn't that he had made peace with Israel.

It was that he put up no resistance to his wife pushing for modernisation and pro-woman legislation in Egypt.

How things have changed! And not just in that way.

I liked the Coptic Christian poet, but thought he was a bit intolerant on religion. Maybe it was a reaction to how Copts were treated in Egypt.

At the time that terrible things were happening to children in ex-Yugoslavia, he read us his poem on how King Herod reigns for a short time, but King Jesus rules all the time.

Do you think that's true? It's been a bloody Palm Sunday for Copts. Forty people have been killed in bomb blasts outside two churches in Egypt.

In Nigeria, churches are blown up all the time. Oscar Wilde would say, 'Christ dost thou live indeed? ...Dost thou not hear the bitter wail of pain from those whose children lie upon the stones? ...If thou in very truth didst burst the tomb, come down O Son of Man, and show thy might, lest Mohammet be crowned instead of thee!'

Read the news from Syria. Do you still doubt that that King Herod rules all the time?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: m Reply with quote

The Mother of All Bombs has fallen on Afghanistan. Thanks, Donald. On the bright side, Erdogan has done well in the Turkish elections. What a surprise!

There are calls for a recount. Something tells me it will not happen. Now Erdogan will have a clear path to consolidating his dictatorship.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: manceiniog Reply with quote

The concert given by the former American child star in Manchester was such a fun time. The kids in the audience were excited and happy. The place was full of pink balloons and probably lovely fluffy mascots and soft toys.

Then came the carnage as the kids went for the exits, another deadly assault on happiness and innocent fun.

Why? We know the most extreme schools of Islam think music should be banned, and it is quite mainstream to disapprove of dancinig. But none of this makes sense. Is a massacre a proportionate way to deal with these harmless 'sins' committed by those who are not even Muslims?

I have relatives who live not far away, but I don't think this would be their venue of choice on the day in question. I felt a jolt of fear about my eldest son who is into the music scene, but the chances that he was there were just about zilch as I knew.

We must all stop and make these calculations when we hear of a terrorist atrocity. We often think, if it's not us now it will be soon.

It's horrible to think of the parents dropping their exuberant kids off at the stadium, and then going back to identify their corpses.We struggle to think why anyone would make such a murderous attack on fun and creativity and high spirits.

And especially, someone whose parents had been given refugee status, who had been fleeing from Libya. The West gave this 22 year old man everything he had. Perhaps it had indirectly saved his life.

People more naive than ourselves might have expected him to be appreciative. Logically, he had every reason to be.

But we see this again and again. Young men - and they are usually young men - are brought up in the West and are given everything that constitutes a decent life, things that are not available in their parents' country of origin.

They may also experience some racism and rejection. I know as well as anyone how embittering bigotry is. Perhaps most people have experienced it sometimes.

As bad as it is, it cannot justify this indiscriminate slaughter at a festival for teenagers and children. Nothing in the world could do that.

When people turn to this twisted ideology, they are so self righteous about it. They feel that they are morally superior to the victims. It makes you sick.

This guy was exactly the age of my eldest son. He grew up in Manchester with cyberpets and gameboy and the Tellytubbies. He supported Manchester United. His father appears to have gone to a mosque. I don't think we know what the culture of the mosque was like yet.

This is such a difficult subject. It's awful to say we shouldn't let refugees in because they mght grow up into traitors. We might be nourishing a viper in our bosoms.

That's such a callous way to speak. And yet there is significant truth in it. This is a horrible situation. If we are not literally crying for the children, we feel like it.

Incidentally Theresa May said all the right things. But she sounded like Countess Dracula. It chilled my blood.


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 11:28 pm    Post subject: salman abedi Reply with quote

The suicide bomber at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester was a business studies student at Salford University, born in Manchester of Libyan parents. 'Homeless heroes' pulled nails out of children's faces.

The UK has admitted that the level of preparedness for a terrorist attack is now critical. It's good to be realistic about these things.


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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 3:49 am    Post subject: imminence? Reply with quote

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack at the concert in Manchester. I think we've reached the stage now that we know this is to be expected.

It is just what they do. It's not a reliable indication that they had foreknowledge. But the mere possibility has increased our perceived terrorist threat level to critical.

So we will be expecting to see soldiers and military police at places where they would not have been considered necessary before. For it is believed another terrorist attack may well be imminent. This situation is rather like that in France, and that is a worrying thought.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: saffie Reply with quote

Yesterday's Metro had a picture of smiling vibrant Saffie Roussos aged eight who was killed in the Islamist attack on the concert in Manchester, with the headline, 'Now They Kill Our Little Girls.' I don't know if the emphasis should be on 'our', as opposed to their own little girls, whom Islamic State are presumably still continuing to cull.

Or was it girls as opposed to boys? Children of both sexes were equally at risk when the truck ploughed into kids at the Bastille Day celebrations almost a year ago. Maybe IS has a particular hatred for childhood and fun and joy, and these children were conspiring to grow up into adults, so they were far from innocent.

It would have been just as bad had the victims at Manchester been boys, and it is possible that some of the kids, yet to be named, were boys. It would be even more viscerally cutting for me if they were boys,as all my children are male. It would hit me harder to see a picture of a boy, but that's a personal thing.

Like most squares and wrinklies, I hadn't even heard of Arianna Grande till the other day but it may be that her 'Dangerous Woman' tour was giving girls messages that they didn't have to be robots in mobile tents. Even a usually vacuous Mail journalist said the concert was for girls who could be whatever they wanted to be. That's why Isis hated them.

I don't know off hand what 'girl' is in Greek. It's 'puella' in Latin. It was the first noun we had to decline in school.

Was it an act of premeditated puellacide as opposed to a random, indiscriminate act of carnage? I think it probably was. It does make it seem worse because it was a specific hate crime.

But it would have been a hate crime anyway. They hate all of us, all the time, and for so many reasons which seem good to them.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject: mae gan Mohammet goron Reply with quote

In answer to my naive query a few posts up, King Herold does rule all the time, Jesus did not rise from the dead and Mohammet has been crowned instead. Nor does it appear there is much we can do about it.

A father in the one off massacre special Question Time broadcast from Manchester said that as he had three daughters, he felt not only devastated but extremely worried.

Solipsism set in straight away for me. Everything has been stacked against me. I've been a cripple and a woman and une batarde at the time that meant being born a crime; I've had connections to all sorts of reviled ethnicities, but at least I could relax here. All my children are male!

That's an unworthy 'I'm all right,Jack' attitude. It's like the travellers who went over the Tay Bridge just before the disaster, and immediately thanked God. They weren't bothered that God had no concern for those who came after them.

What evidence do we have that the Manchester attack was puellacide in intention as well as fact? Apart from its being advertised as a girly event, somebody in the Question Time audience said he had been at Didsbury Mosque.

It was an open day with tea and biscuits. He was given a leaflet which expounded that when we mix with Western people, immorality creeps in. Western society puts no value on shame, modesty or honour.

Just as scheduled peoples have had to bear the yoke of servitude or negritude, in most societies, young females have had to bear the shameful burden of girlitude.

I had the idea that certain traditional peoples expected their own girls to be fragile shameful vessels of their families' honour.It never occurred to me that that was what they expected of 'our' girls as well.

Salman Abedi went clubbing and tried hard drugs in his misspent youth. But that was a little bagatelle. Was he not of the nobler sex?

But for girls to go out in the evening for fun tainted then in a way that could be expiated only by death. For honour once lost can only be redeemed with blood.

Nor was it just that these girls should have stayed at home and guarded their families' honour. What right did they have to act like people who had their own tastes and preferences and desires and lives?

For the idea lingers in some societies that women are at best second class human beings who are put on earth not to live their own lives but to serve others. Some of us will remember older women of European ethnicity who were products of this sort of conditioning.

They were not attractive characters. Even C S Lewis, a shocking reactionary misogynist if ever there was one, snarked, 'She's one of those women who lives for others. You can telll the others by their hunted expressions.'

Gwendolen in 'Daniel Deronda' said her father wanted female minds to be bound small 'like Chinese feet.' But that's not what anyone's mind should be like. In Islamic societies, especially if you are a woman, you often don't develop an independent will at all.

At least that is what Ayaan Hirsi Ali thinks. She said 'A Muslim woman must never feel wild and free.' Nor any other woman apparently.


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 9:21 pm    Post subject: casnewydd Reply with quote

I was on my way to the meeting in the 'Cwtch' in Newport this morning when I was surprised to hear a young man of 20 who was sitting behind me on the bus , telling a friend that he intended to be very protective of his girlfriend who is nearly 19. He had no doubt that teenage girls were now being specifically singled out by Islamists, and that the town where they lived was going to be targeted next.

When I was incredulous, he told me that there had been a bomb scare in Newport on Thursday. It was feared that there were two bombs in the city centre. Friar's Walk and John Frost Square had been evacuated.

Gwyndaf at the Cwtch told me that there were armed police throughout Newport. But I have heard reports that although there was a controlled explosion, it was all a false alarm.


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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: shameless Reply with quote

In its post atrocity publicity leaflet, Isis spoke of the 'shameless' Manchester arena. Perhaps Isis would have preferred Manchester to have an apologetic arena, one that was ashamed of itself.

Sam Vaknin says that since the 80s, psychology has tried to be a 'hard science.'Psycho-analysis is written off as shamanism. This can't be entirely true as the talking cure does cause physical changes in the brain.

Jungian, Freudian and Adlerian psycho-analysis are all flawed but it is not true to say they do not contain genuine insights. One thing that I find almost embarrassing is the constant examples we have of 'projection.'

What was shameless about the Manchester arena last Monday night? Was it not Isis' massacre of little girls?
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: horrid superstitious creatures Reply with quote

One of the most annoying if not infuriating features of present day existence, is the white liberals who make excuses for Islamist atrocities. You may be surprised to know that they had a forerunner in our own dear Queen Victoria.

Oscar Wilde's poem quoted above has perennial relevance, but was originally about the massacres of Bulgarian Christians under the Ottoman yoke by Bashi Basouks in 1878. Gladstone said the Turks should be driven out of Europe 'bag and baggage.'

His bete noire Queen Victoria had quite a different opinion. She did call herself a liberal although it is hard to see why.

In a letter to her daughter Vicky, Victoria took the side of the Ottoman oppressors. I am quoting from memory but she said something like this:' If the Turks are no Christians, they do believe most sincerely in a God while the so-called Christians of the principalities are said to be the most horrid superstitious creatures possible.'

She appeared to approve of the massacres because she saw the pure monotheism of Islam as resembling the strict plain Protestantism she encountered at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral. The Bulgarian Christians were, in her view, little different from Pagans or animists.

They must have been asking for it, then!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: hanna tiger bohman Reply with quote

Hanna Tiger Bohman was used to hunting from her early years on the Canadian prairies. She gets annoyed when she is referred to as a former model.

She didn't enjoy the world of modelling at all. It was so sexist.

It was only a small part of her life. She never really made a living from it.

She has now joined the YPJ, a female militia made up - I suppose - largely of Yazidi women who fight Islamic State on their own terrain. Just as Islamic State dehumanises its targets, Hanna finds it necessary to do the same. It's 'different' when the prey you are pointing your gun at is not a coyote or a prairie chicken but another person. She tells herself that the IS fighters are just animals.

But she sees herself as forward looking. Long after Islamic State has bitten the dust, she believes Kurdish women will have to fight for their rights, the right not to be forced into arranged marriages, and not to have to keep churning out babies as if there was nothing else in life.

While I have to admire people who voluntarily go out to battle IS, I would never encourage anyone to do it. It is even worse if you fall into their hands than if you are killed in battle. Remember they think nothing of boiling people to death or crucifying them, and stay away!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:13 pm    Post subject: borough market Reply with quote

I was so glad that in a small way I was instrumental in the son of a dear friend giving up his post lecturing in American literature in Turkey, and moving to the safety of London. The son's flat overlooks Borough Market.

My friend was in London to see his son yesterday. He tossed a coin to decide if he should stay overnight, spending the evening in a pub with his son, or return to Abergavenny. The coin told him to come home.

That chance action may have saved both their lives. The son did not want to go out drinking alone.

That evening a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge. If there had been any doubt that it was a deliberate terrorist attack, it was dispelled when young men in what appered to be suicide belts, emerged from the van, and ran up and down in the vicinity of Borough Market, stabbing people who were frequenting pubs.

One member of the public heard one of them shouting, ''This is for Allah'', as he stabbed a young woman fifteen or twenty times. She was shouting, ''Help me'', but the eye witness said he could do nothing.

He didn't say why not. Perhaps he was paralysed with fright. At least seven people other than the attackers themselves have been killed. Over twenty are seriously injured.

Some of the terrorists have been shot dead by police. Apparently at least one innocent person has also suffered gunshot wounds.

How ridiculous it was of me to think that London would be any safer than Turkey! It may be that Islamic State is in its death throes on the ground. And that is all the more reason for it to urge its supporters in the rest of the world to these acts of carnage.

I suggested earlier in this thread that they might not need an inch of territory. They could continue as a terrorist organisation in cyberspace.

So, what can we do about it?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:01 pm    Post subject: machines Reply with quote

The suicide belts were fakes, designed to cause panic. But the three young men ran through restuarants and pubs 'like machines' or as we might say, like zombies or robots, stabbing everyone.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: a straw Reply with quote

Even after the second terrorist attack in the UK wthin weeks, Arianna Grande's benefit concert, 'One Love Manchester' went ahead. I heard mean spirited carping about it from members of the public who were just expressing negativity for the sake of negativity.

Some of the guest singers expressed an undaunted positivity as if the power of love and goodness could overcome a twisted evil ideology by setting a better example. It is just about possible that a few individual Jihadis might be brought to see the error of their ways by this sort of thing.

But it's not going to happen en masse. Their paranoid ideology is proof agaisnt reality. Sadly, psychopathic and narcissistic individuals don't admire kindness and generosity. They don't see them as virtues but as weaknesses which they despise.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali would say that Islamists are not going to thank Western liberals for speaking out against perceived Islamophobia.

Dafydd told me of a sermon which quoted Elizabeth 'Ella' of Hesse, a German born granddaughter of Queen Victoria who married Grand Duke Sergei of Russia. They were both assassinated at different stages of the Russian Revolution.

Ella had become a saintly nun and a self employed nurse. She has probably now been canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church. The vicar had quoted her as saying that sin cannot withstand the power of love any more than a straw can withstand a flame.

Dafydd told me of this with approval. I said, ''But it's not true though, is it?'' Dafydd replied, ''No, but it would be lovely if it was.''
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:06 am    Post subject: from iran to manchester Reply with quote

It is interesting that Islamic State has now targeted Iran and has launched a missile at the tomb of the Ayatollah Khomeini. There is little 'shameless' freedom to be found in Iran.

But Iranians are Shiites and therefore heretics.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:10 am    Post subject: demonstrate Reply with quote

The police found it difficult or impossible to contain the demonsrations and counter demonstrations in Manchester in the wake of the puellacide. Ex-Muslims were out on the march. Tommy Robinson led the EDL through Manchester, but those who did not want hate marched as well. It had to come to a clash.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:22 pm    Post subject: fire Reply with quote

Because it was Ramadan, Muslims in Grenfell Tower, about seven miles from Borough Market, were up for an early breakfast, and some were able to alert their neighbours.

It may be that the heroism and helpfulness of Muslims in the last few days have ameliorated the atmosphere towards them in the wider community in London. Instead, anger is focused outward to those who bear the responsibility. Which idiot told the tenants to stay in their flats?

It's horrible to hear of children caught in the inferno or thrown or throwing themselves from windows. As for the kids led to safety who were still required to sit their GCSEs in their pyjamas, I hope the examiners will mark their efforts generously.

The sorrow has turned to anger. Theresa May could not be bothered to say anything to the survivors and the bereaved. Protestors have occupied Kensington Town Hall. All ethnic and religious groups have come together to chant ''Shame on you !'' and I would imagine much ruder things at Mrs May.

While she resembles the thing that clambered out of its grave, Jeremy Corbyn has been statesmanlike in interviews. On the streets, he's looked like a real person with feelings. When he is seen respectfully embracing the distraught and the dispossessed, he doesn't appear to be invading their personal space for a photo opportunity.

Nor is he. He is as one with the people on the street. And this is also the case with David Lammy MP. Not all MPs are undead ghouls with no heart and no soul and no discernible intellect either.

But Theresa May is a waste of space. Someone on the scene said ''That building is more strong and stable than that woman's government.''
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