America – Enough Is Enough!

It’s a madhouse. Once considered the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America is descending into total disarray, its government in tatters, its police forces trigger-happy, its media outlets obsessed with only one topic – the dangerous clown now in charge of the whole nation, with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

But it’s not Trump’s ability to destroy the planet that obsesses the U.S. media. It’s the idea that in some way he was in cahoots with Russian hackers whose only crime was to reveal to the world the underhand dealings of the Democratic National Committee during the presidential election campaign of 2016.

Being an ally of this nation is fast becoming a serious embarrassment. Maybe it’s time some of those countries which support the U.S. consider withdrawing that support and forming other alliances. It’s time Europe learned to stand on its own two feet. Britain has chosen a course that will force it under the thumb of America for the foreseeable future. It’s to be hoped Europe doesn’t take a similar route.

The cold-blooded killing of Australian, Justine Damond…

…by an American police officer this week is surely symbolic of the state of America today. Damond, who had spoken of the differences between America, with its gun-crazed society, and her home country of Australia, where guns are rigorously controlled, was killed while doing her civic duty. She’d reported a possible assault near her house, and when the police arrived went out to meet them. She was totally unarmed and wearing her pyjamas. One of the officers in the car pulled out his gun and shot her dead. The excuse that eventually surfaced was that the police feared they were being assaulted – by a woman in her pyjamas! [1]

Justine Damond was a credit to society. She was a woman of compassion. Only one week before her murder she was photographed saving a family of ducklings. She was a veterinarian. She taught yoga at the local spiritual center.

Contrast her with another woman in the news this week…

…Ann Coulter can really only be described as a first-order American bitch. She’s as hard as granite, has no time for anyone but herself, and has become an archetype for all that’s bad about America. A hard-right-wing Republican ‘commentator’, Coulter wrote after 9/11:

“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”

She wears her racism in full view. Of Arab nations she’s been quoted in print as saying:

“Even Islamic terrorists don’t hate America like liberals do. They don’t have the energy. If they had that much energy, they’d have indoor plumbing by now.”

This week Coulter created a national furore, while on a Delta Airways flight to Florida after finding she’d been moved from an aisle seat to a window. Another woman had been put in the seat she’d booked. Coulter took photos of the woman, called her names, and tweeted the picture around the internet, even though the woman was totally innocent. It was the act of a spoiled, arrogant, and vindictive child unable to get its own way. [2]

The comparison between Justine Damond and Ann Coulter couldn’t be greater; the former a fine example to us all, the latter a perfect example of what America has become today.

There’s only one thing ‘great’ in 2017 America and that’s its military. Great, that is, in size, though not necessarily quality. ‘American values’, once toted under the guise of ‘freedom for all’, if they were ever realistic are now no more, except to certain sections of American society – those who find Ann Coulter endearing.

The United States of America is plunging over a very steep cliff politically. Corporate power knows no bounds. The will of the people is being rapidly eroded away. Already the government is run totally for and by corporate power, the people have no say. Dictatorship, while perhaps cleverly disguised, is waiting around the corner.

America will try to drag the rest of the world with it, by force if necessary. Britain, under its ultra-far-right Tory government, has already conceded. Leaving the E.U. was a well-masterminded accomplishment to that end.

One can only hope that Europe, Australasia, and certain other U.S. ‘allies’ don’t take the same road. It’s time for them to say, “Enough is enough!”

[1] “Justine Damond killed by Minneapolis police: What we know” BBC, July 19th 2017

[2] “Delta tells Ann Coulter she can have her $30 back, but she won’t stop raging on Twitter” Washington Post, July 17th 2017

There’s No Trump-ing Bastille Day For The French

There’s a certain unease in the French air. On the surface everything appears normal: the birds are singing, the sun is shining, people are going about their business while making preparation for tomorrow’s holiday – July 14th, Bastille Day. It’ll be one year to the day that a mad jihadist drove a truck down the promenade at Nice, killing eighty-four people. But it’s not that which stirs unease in the air of France.

Trump is in town. The U.S. president was invited to spend Bastille Day in Paris by the new French president, Emmanuel Macron. Nobody’s asking, “Why?” Everybody’s thinking it. Trump’s already caused a degree of embarrassment by telling the French first lady, “You know you’re in such great shape.” She’s twenty-five years older than her husband.

There’s huge security around Paris and French fighter jets have been regularly boring holes in the sky over northern France all day. It’ll likely continue tomorrow, also. There’s a bevy of protesters hanging around the city, but violence isn’t really anticipated. Most Parisians, indeed most French people, just shrug and pretend to carry on as normal.

As one man told the Independent:

“Donald Trump is a real fool, but I’m not concerned by him coming here,” says Maxime Adam, sitting on a park bench in central Paris.

While thousands of Parisiens were preparing to protest the US President’s visit to France, the rest of the capital gave a collective shrug as life continued as normal.

“I don’t like him but if Emmanuel Macron decided to invite him it’s for some reason,” Mr Adam added.

“Mr Trump can do whatever he wants – I don’t agree with it but it’s not like that here.” [1]

Tomorrow there’ll be a military parade in the Champs-Elysees, with Trump as guest of honour. It’s to mark the centenary of America entering the First World War in 1917, just a year before it ended (1914-1918).

Then Trump will return to America in Air Force One and the country will breathe a quiet sigh of relief when he’s gone. The birds will continue to sing, the sun will still be shining, and people will go quietly about their business. Trump will be soon forgotten. In the cafes of Paris and the rural farmhouses of Brittany, French folk will sip their wine and break open their baguettes as they relax over their ninety-minute lunch breaks.

For that’s France, and that’s the French. It’ll take more than Donald Trump to change anything here.

[1] “Trump in Paris: Relaxed French locals dismiss US President as a ‘fool'” The Independent, July 13th 2017

Saudi Arabia – The Chief Promoter Of Terrorism In The U.K.

May is entertained by Salman of Saudi ~ April 5th 2017

I’ve been saying it for years. I’ve been writing about it for years. In fact, I’ve been doing so till I’m as blue in the face as that darned budgie staring balefully at you now from the top of the page. Finally, it seems someone has evidence of the truth. The BBC actually headlined it on their website this morning, but by this evening I couldn’t find it anywhere on the BBC. And, so far as I can tell, it never came up on the BBC news either.

(I did eventually locate it hidden away in the “UK Politics” section, somewhat subdued from the major headline of the morning).

When David Cameron was U.K. Prime Minister, he instigated a government investigation into who was funding terrorism in the U.K.. That investigation is, according to the present lot in power, “still ongoing.” It was due to be completed by last Easter. In fact Theresa May’s been sitting on it for the past six months.

According to the Independent:

Theresa May has been accused of burying a report about Saudi Arabian funding of Islamist extremism in the UK for fear it may damage relations with their ally.

The report, which was originally commissioned by David Cameron in January last year, was due to be completed by last Easter and is believed to have been in Mrs May’s possession for at least six months.

The study, which began while Mrs May was still Home Secretary, was designed to examine the origins and scale of funding of terror groups in the UK with an additional remit to follow international funding streams…

…Last month, a spokesman for the Home Office admitted to The Guardian that the report may never be published as its contents were “very sensitive”. [1]

However, today an independent report was published into the funding of terrorist groups in the U.K., by the Henry Jackson Society (a somewhat right-wing think-tank that originated in Cambridge University, U.K. but is headquartered in London). It was this the BBC reported on this morning – in big headlines on their front page.

According to the BBC:

Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed.

The Henry Jackson Society said there was a “clear and growing link” between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence. The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations…

…The Henry Jackson Society is a foreign policy think tank that advocates the robust spreading of liberal democracy, the rule of law and the market economy. Their report says a number of Gulf nations, as well as Iran, are providing financial support to mosques and Islamic educational institutions which have played host to extremist preachers and been linked to the spread of extremist material.

At the top of the list, the report claims, is Saudi Arabia, the UK’s closest ally in the Middle East and biggest trading partner. It alleges individuals and foundations have been heavily involved in exporting what it calls “an illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology”, quoting a number of examples. [2]

Saudi Arabia tops the list as the biggest sponsor of terrorism, NOT Iran as the United States continues to insist, and it’s fairly certain that the government report Theresa May is refusing to publish states the same.

Isn’t it time a) May released that report so we may confirm what it says, and b) that she resigned from government for continually denying that the Arab nation she’s so politically entwined with is responsible for the deaths of numerous British citizens, and those of other nations, on the streets of the country she’s responsible for governing?

[1] “Theresa May still refuses to publish report on Saudi Arabia funding of UK extremists” The Independent, July 4th 2017

[2] “Saudi Arabia has ‘clear link’ to UK extremism, report says” BBC, July 5th 2017