street marches in london all weekend

29 Nov

london sunday 12C ( mild weather) rained on and off.

this sunday has been particularly bad in terms of bus services. none were running in central london. the buses operate at either end of their route outside the centre.

thus i found myself taking the tube to baker st, expecting to catch the hammersmith and circle line to royal oak station, to find that line was not working. so i got out at baker st and took the bus 27 to reach the paddington library , my destination. (which is not near paddington at all) .

coming back i met a old lady waiting for the bus, who told me she  had waited a long time, and we were going away when i had second thoughts as my online timetable says there should be a 36 arriving any minute. so i asked a lady waiting there to check her mobile to see if it is coming, and she said 1min. but the bus only goes as far as marble arch. and when we arrived we soon realised why. the march was on, and we could see the people on the other side of the marble  arch. it was about 2pm.

 so i took her to the tube and we got to victoria by tube. she wanted to catch the train at victoria to wandsworth common. even though she lived near royal oak station, she said she have seldom taken the tube nor taken the bus, even though she have free travel as she got the freedom pass.

she said her daughter in law is a malaysian. who lives in epping in essex. what are the chances of that coincidence huh?

yesterday they were demonstrating against bombing syria. today it is against the cuts in welfare, got that wrong, it is climate change. its much bigger in paris of course, because right now they are hosting the climate conference. 

simon discussed the question of bombing with me yesterday saying we should not do it, as it serves no real purpose… in that it would cause even more refugees to flee to europe, but also make uk a target for any bombings by them.

at the moment they are concentrating their target at france and america, and russia.  

i think also  our joining in with russia and france won’t add extra to the bombing. those two can do all the damage without uk. some might even ask if the uk have enough bombers to do it, seeing we  have decommissioned so much of our forces. 

but i can understand this desire by france to avenge the paris bombing, but other states should not go for revenge politics. i daresay it is a dilemma.

politicians must feel the public wants some kind of grand gesture to show they are on top of the threat but i think from our experience of past bombings, they dont really solve anything. we bombed afghanistan, then libya, but it seems to just make things worst.

so maybe corbyn , who i dont support at all, may be proved to be  the only sane voice in an increasingly hysterical response to the paris bombing. 

i am sure a lot of others feel it is justified as a way to hurt the terrorists in their  home ground,and to bring the war to them.

i dont really know what is the best way to go about it.

even now, there is a news article by christopher booker in the telegraph (which u might not be able to read as your quota of news may be exceeded.)which says prince charles is wrong to attribute the syria troubles to a drought that lasted 4-5 yrs. it seems there is no such drought.

An even more comprehensive recent paper by Roger Andrews on Energy Matters shows that there was nothing unusual about the brief drought in the late 2000s. Going back to 1950 there had been several worse droughts before. The real driver of the move from the land was Assad’s near-tripling of diesel prices, badly hitting farmers who relied on irrigation-pumps to feed Syria’s population.

The uprising was caused by the infection of the Arab Spring, Facebook and Twitter, not much patronised by those displaced farmers. The claim that the Syrian civil war or the rise of Isil were “in any way, shape or form” due to man-made climate change, the paper said, is “without foundation”.

there was one year of it, and then wheat production, which it seems is allready very high, dipped and then recovered. it was assad increasing the tax on diesel the article says which drove the farmers away as it cost so much to pump water … that is more likely to be the cause of the farmers’ hardships. but even then it said the farmers did not figure prominently in the so called arab spring.

it is quite difficult to see what is really going on and what is the true cause of anything. because it is difficult to see what unexpected effects can accrue.

u could argue the scenario that bombing the villages will destroy the infrastructure that those rebels rely on, and bombing the oil pipelines and wells, will remove their revenue source as well as petrol to power their vehicles and villages. ..and so they cannot live there any more… so have to abandon it and go elsewhere where they might not be able to dominate those places because their enemies are stronger there. so bombings of targetted villages can be very effective in dispersing them and stop them building up a power base. 

the whole region is riddled with sectarian rivalry and enmity between sects and tribes, and even within the same muslim religion between shiites and sunis. and numerous other religious groups.

i even think that so called dictators like gaddafi, and assad have been keeping a lid on these conflicting sides all these years;  but with the west mistakenly taking sides to topple them thinking that it will bring in elections and democracy… but instead enabling revolution,this have created a power vacuum, and allow even more extreme factions to seize power.

i think real bad forces have now been unleashed, and there is no putting the cat back into its bag. we all  have to deal with isis and any other more extreme groups that rise out of this in future.

what is more, opinion and prejudices are hardening, with people feeling all muslims and the islam religion is to blame. it is understandable that people should think this, as daily they see attrocities dealt out in the name of islam, by its fanatical followers, and it will lead to more innocent muslims being hounded and that will create anger amongst them and the circle of hate goes on and round and round. the trouble is we cannot see who is a good muslim and who is a bad one who thinks he is a good muslim because he is furthering the cause of islam by killing. 

 

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2 Responses to “street marches in london all weekend”

  1. Garfield Hug Thursday December 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Nice of you to help the lady. 🙂

  2. alifesgayventure Thursday December 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    i was going the same way so not much of a trouble for me.

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