Tag Archives: war

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. 


(almost)100yrs since the first world war.

9 Nov


I forgot it is remembrance sunday today.

it was such a nice sunny day i decided to go to the charing cross library, and only realised whitehall is closed when the bus was diverted across lambeth bridge.

the security forces are so strict they have closed all access to parliament square and whitehall up to trafalgar square.

the 88 bus which i was on recrossed at westminster bridge and i could see the crowds of people. it was about 1pm.  

so that area is full of security forces. well it wont look good to have a bomb go off there what with the queen and all being there. i can just imagine the headlines if that happens. so it is inevitable that it would be crawling with security forces. 

outside of those areas, london was going on as usual. most of the people i see outside those areas were not wearing any poppies, so i gather they are tourists or londoners who are not too bothered with all this war remembrances.

its been  almost 100 yrs since the first world war, so only the very old will remember it. certainly a lot of the people in that condoned off area are elderly and many of them would have come from outside london. i think there are not many londoners who can remember that war.

in fact i bet many of those who have come to celebrate this will be those who have lived through the 2nd world war. and i would say with certainty that the rest of us londoners will not  have lived through the 2nd world war at all.

anyone who had been born after the 2nd world war ended in 1945 would be about 70 yrs old now. so 3 generations have lived without a world war happening. it is really the great peace in that sense.

That must be worthy of celebration, but no one have commemorated it. why is that i wonder? what is that day called where they celebrate the end of the 2nd world war? added. found it in google, it is called VE day. but the celebration is very low key.

at first i thought armistice day is the one that celebrate the end of the 2nd world war, but no, it is to celebrate the end of the 1st world war. and this remembrance sunday is the one that celebrates it.

the reason why i know about armistice day is because i will be attending a dinner held to celebrate it by a guy who seem to remember these things. he is german that is why. we were supposed to have an ordinary get together in oct, but it was postponed and he picked  on nov 11 citing it as armitice day and using that excuse to hold it.

i am of the generation which have missed the world war, thank goodness, and i think so has he too, but maybe being german, he is closer to it all, and feels it more than us. after all, the allies have never allowed germany to forget it.

We didn’t stop the Iraq war. But we transformed British politics | Andrew Murray | Comment is free | The Guardian… Not

30 Aug


via We didn’t stop the Iraq war. But we transformed British politics | Andrew Murray | Comment is free | The Guardian.

aopinionatedman is doing a project O , garnering the opinions of bloggers because he believes that opinions are important and influential and hopes project O will confirm it or bring it about.

i would like to hope he is right, but i fear he is wrong. in fact, it was while i was filling up his questionaire that i realised he is wrong. my answers showed how useless our opinions are in influencing the govt. it only allows us to vent and blow off steam and that makes us feel good. that is all it does. really.

and this article shows why. the author says it was influential in changing our views on intervention in foreign conflicts, but i think it shows the opposite.

at least 1million people came to london to protest against going into war with Iran, and Bush was actually here in london at that time, but did it make a blind bit of difference? no, uk went ahead with the war in Iran.

and what is more, blair , who single handedly fooled everyone with his threat of imminent danger to the uk from ‘Iran’s weapons of mass destruction’ , which we now know is a fiction, got re elected at the next election.

it may be that bush misheard iraq for iran, and that iraq has weapons of mass destruction, in which case compounded to the wrong in going into iran, is the fact that iraq is saved from invasion.

so that demonstration was useless.

we are now  wary of jumping into another war intervention because iran showed us not to jump in too quick. it costs a lot of money, a lot of lives, both civilian and military;  and nothing gained from it with a fully functioning country left in ruins; and also now the uk dont have so much money anymore to waste on overseas wars and acting like the world’s police.

and the politicians realise they have been fooled before and the voters lost all faith in them.. and there is that old saying…fool us once, shame on you, fool us twice, shame on us.  like any ordinary person, the MPs dont like to be taken for fools.

it is a clear indication to me that opinion by ordinary people is not much use, when those who hold the power are determined to get their way. only opinion that matters is opinion held by these people in power.