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LIBYA IS FREE

LIBYA IS NOW FREE – ruled by a temporary National Council pledged to bring democracy to the country. This may not be democracy as we know it, but ours is not much to write home about. It may be Islamic, but so what? Most of the people are Muslims. An “Islamic” government does not have to be like Iran, which is primarily fascist. Most governments in Europe were either Catholic or Protestant for over a thousand years.

“There are human rights abuses in the post-revolutionary era.” WOW! WHAT A SURPRISE. Tell you what, have a read up on the French, Russian and just about every other revolution. Read up on the aftermath of WWII. The idea that there would be NO human rights abuses after such an event is one that only cretins could harbour, but then there are plenty of cretins about.

This is what dictators DO; brutalise their countries, kidnap, torture, murder anyone in the populace that dares to rebel. This is how their achieve “STABILITY”, a condition that seems to impress the feeble-minded. In Libya, this went on for FORTY-TWO YEARS. Hundreds of thousands of people had their loved ones brutalised, maimed, scarred for life – in the indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas people saw their loved ones blown into thousands of unrecognizable pieces, legs and arms blown off, be made brain-damaged and/or paraplegic for life. And you want NO REPRISALS? Which planet do you live on? The ONLY test will be to see what emerges after a period of recovery; three, six months ……

The “abuses” are regrettable, but inevitable, one of the prices that has to be paid for liberation. The FAULT is in the regime that gave itself the undemocratic right to have the rule of life or death over millions of people.

No, Libya is FREE. They may fuck up their freedom, but they won’t be the only ones. At least they have some CHOICE.

Freedom? Always under-appreciated by those who have it. Indeed, there are those who sit well-off and comfortably in free countries who rant on about the wonderful life in dictatorships. One is always astonished that more of these people suffering under the yolk of freedom in capitalist countries don’t take themselves off to enjoy the wonders of life under a dictatorship, where indeed everyone is happy.

The nasty Americans? “It’s a funny old world,” would say Greavsie. Thanks to the Yanks – and some others, the following countries are free:

Libya, Iraq, Kosovo, (a Muslim country with no oil – funny thing that), South Korea, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, the UK, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czeck Republic, Greece, Japan, Singapore, the Phillippines and indeed most of South-East Asia

We’re left with a few rather nasty unfree countries, including China, Iran, Syria and Cuba plus a variety of stans east of Poland. Still, the last few years have seen the end of Sadaam Hussein, Gaddafi, Ben Ali and Mubarak, so we can’t complain. In the meantime, Cuba, Iran, China and South Africa among the unfree joining together to refrain from condemning the despotic family kleptocracy of Syria for its indiscriminate murder of its citizens. Funny how these countries claim to represent the common man, but that making a stand against oppression doesn’t seem to be in the manual.

WELL DONE SARKO, CAMERON, OBAMA, QATAR, the UAE and others for liberating Libya, and if you really want to know about Gaddafi having “more support than we realize”, go and ask the Libyans how they feel about their freedom, and then what they think about the scummy, fascist dictatorships that constantly denigrated their revolution. You’d think the Cubans would welcome a people rising up against fascism – this is after all what THEY did. Unfortunately, as George Orwell made so brilliantly clear in “Animal Farm”, the revolting pigs soon take on the mantle of their oppressors.

Meanwhile, anyone who truly appreciates freedom will have nothing but contempt for those who both support dictatorships AND sneered at the Libyan people’s revolution. These scum did not include the governments of Britain, France and the USA, of which we can be proud.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in Core Thought, Middle East, Politics

 

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Photo avec Paroles


from “The Telegraph” : 24-11-2011

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in European Union

 

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Eurobashers?

“We must be at the heart of Europe, contrary to what some UKIP or Eurobashers in the Great United Kingdom think!”

What gave you the idea that those critical of the idiocy, greed and arrogance of the EU elite believe that the UK is “immune”? OR indeed that they don’t want to be “at the heart of Europe”?

Only a fool would believe that, and your comment is just one another in a long line of patronising insults. What “we” – collectively, it seems to me – want is a single market, open borders (as far as is compatible with avoiding being swamped by immigrants – the UK at over 70 million in a couple of decades), a number of common norms without having straight cucumbers shoved down our throats and ABOVE ALL retained national sovereignty. What we DON’T want is to be ruled from Brussels or Frankfurt and/or the endless bureaucracy of the French-Belgian-Luxembourg Bruxellian mindset.

As for a stronger, even unified Eurozone – well, if that is what the PLEBS want, fine, but the EU elite DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN WHAT THE PLEBS WANT; hence the absence of any proper consultation. This obsessive and insane rush towars a federal Europe is TOTALLY UNMANDATED: Boroso et al are UNELECTED OFFICIALS, yet to see them in action is to imagine they are ALREADY running Europe – or think they OR – more to the point – think they SHOULD.

Many people – such as me – are “Eurobashers” not because the idea wasn’t in principle worthwhile, but because it was introduced ON THE BASIS OF LIES and has been managed with  breathtaking arrogance and incompetence by both the EU elite AND the national leaders involved, including and especially France, now reduced to begging Germany  (and everyone else through the IMF run by its own lackey, a previously French Finance Minister) from the idiocy, arrogance and cowardice of its leaders – having not set a balanced budget for DECADES.

I hope this makes the position clear and that we might see a reduction in the level of insults, which – of course – the “sceptics” have always had to endure at the hands of the Great and Good who know best but who have ALWAYS BEEN WRONG. If you don’t believe this last point, LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE NOW. The EU and the eurozone leaders have brought Europe to its knees and to a point where it is a global laughing stock as well as a catastrophic and shambolic economic and political disaster.

As for your sarcasms about “Great” Britain, check out the history of 13 catastrophic years of Labour insanity during which not one single lasting reform of value was achieved. On the contrary, the country has been left massively in debt and with enormous problems – moral, social and economic.

PS Check out Switzerland – a country that minds its own business, frequently consults its people and has retained total economic and political independence (with its currency having been artificially limited to stop it rocketing through the roof since all the others are crap)  – AND is not paying a supra-national bunch of idiots FIFTY MILLION POUNDS A DAY TO TELL IT WHAT TO DO. A dose of Swiss would be fine; instead we have a daily overdose of Boringoso and van Rompostiltskin, both on THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS PER ANNUM, VASTLY reduced tax and VAST benefits. No thankyou.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in European Union

 

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The Eurocrisis Explained

For those who are confused over the whole Euro crisis here it is in layman’s terms:

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day, a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him “services” on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that is how the bailout package works.

With acknowledgements to “Petev” on today’s Telegraph blog – 21 November, 2011

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in European Union

 

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“Eurobonds” Explained

Confused by “Eurobonds”? Here’s an explanation:

The Greeks in an orgy of “we-can-do-it-so-we-will; someone-else-will-pay” borrow €56 billion from French banks but have run out of money and can’t repay their loan and no one will loan them any more.

France hits on a wheeze to produce eurobonds (or if you prefer “Stability bonds” – Olli Rehn’s brilliant marketing idea, the kind of thing for which he is paid a vast chunk of your money plus equally vast expenses – and does this cunning plan remind you of “subprime mortgages” perhaps?) that all countries will buy and the cash passed to Greece who will pass it on to French banks. (Ed – why not by-pass Greece and pass it straight to France?)

Everyone will be happy. The Greeks pay their debts so they can borrow more. The French banks are no longer insolvent and all the debt is passed on to all those mug enough to buy the eurobonds.

Only for the moment there’s a hitch – Germany is not quite such a mug as Snarlkozy et al think ………

acknowledegements to Ratcatcher2011 on “The Telegraph” blog: 21-11-2011

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in European Union

 

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EUROSOAP UPDATE

“Jose Manuel Barroso has defended the concept of a eurozone bond, claiming that they will make sense once there is tighter fiscal union.”

I’ve lost count of the times Merkel has more or less said: “Over my dead body.” However, it is hard to see a way out of this. Merkel has the choice:

A) break the law, break her word, disgust her compatriots, lose her parliamentary majority, take a huge gamble with inflation and destroy the reputation of the ECB and any vestige of seriousness that Germany has left.

OR

B) both accept the sovereign default of Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and even France AND ensure the destruction of the euro

Since Germany – though not innocent – is not the prime cause of all this, this is rather an unfair position to be in. I don’t envy her this dilemma.

As for Boringoso, he will only make sense once back in Portugal trying to sell whelks.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in European Union

 

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EUROCRISIS CAPTION COMPETITION

from "The Telegraph" - Friday 18 Nov.

My efforts so far …..

“My fingerwag is much better than Snarlkozy’s.”

“You seem to forget that we won the war.”

“Come on Angela – you know it makes sense.”

“When you send an ex ECB, Goldman-Sachs or other EU crony to replace me, pls don’t make it Peter Mandelscum …..”

“Can you get me a good deal on a new Merc?”

“No, I’m not carrying any concealed weapons; it’s Snarlkozy that wants to shoot you, not me …”

“You want the shirt off my back, too?”

“Fancy a game of strip poker while we’re waiting?”

“I’ve got a quid in my wallet; that’s all I can manage at the moment.”

“Look – I can pass on to you everything that Labour left us when they got kicked out; can’t say fairer than that ….”

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in European Union

 

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