Monday, March 31, 2003

I find it hard to swallow the "western" moral high ground regarding "tactics" in this war. Now the west are "appalled" at what they are calling terrorist actions by Iraq in declaring the proposed usage of suicide matyrs against the invaders. What the hell do the US and Brits expect - that the Iraqi people would sit down and die? May I remind you of the words of Winston Churchill to his good British subjects in Britains darkest hour - World War Two.

“We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

The US and British are using highly sophisticated smart weaponry and technology to fight this war - the Iraqis have, at best, a bunch of moderately trained para-militaries armed with 30 year old AK47s and a few RPGs. An analogy might be drawn with the Zulu wars. Anyway since when did we bomb Sicily to get rid of the Mafia?

I'll tell you something for real. If someone invaded my country I pull out the 22mm and find out how to make explosives with blood and bone.

War is always ugly. Don't kid yourself that there might be any rules in war.
I'm up on the hills, playing little boy soldiers,
Reconnaissance duty up at 5:30.
Shoot shoot shoot and kill the natives,
You're one of us and we love you for that.

Think of honour, Queen and country,
You're a blessed son of the British Empire,
God's on our side and so is Washington.
Come out on the hills with the little boy soldiers.

Come on outside - I'll sing you a lullaby,
Or tell a tale of how goodness prevailed.

We ruled the world - we killed and robbed,
The fucking lot - but we don't feel bad.

It was done beneath the flag of democracy,
You'll believe and I do - yes I do - yes I do -
yes I do ....

P.Weller 1979

Sunday, March 30, 2003

what I really wanna know is this ...

The US seems so adamant about enforcing UN resolutions right. I mean the invasion of Iraq was justified by the three boys (George, Tony and John) as necessary because Saddam didn't comply with the previous UN resolution that ordered him to disarm.

But, there has been a UN resolution in place for 25 years (Resolution 242) ordering the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the Palestinian occupied territories - whos out there enforcing that one?

I found an interesting little factual discussion about this on the NZ News Site Scoop - check it out.
day one. I've gotta run down to the chemist - one nostril is blocked, and I need that spray stuff that clears your sinuses. the things we do. Mind you, ya gotta breath.

It was Salam Pax's blog that inspired me to start this web log. Blog on Salam - you are a brave inspiration. I know many New Zealanders (and of course many other people around the planet) wish peace to come to your part of the world as soon as possible.

ok - off to the chemist.