Terrorism 101

On September 12th, 2001, I attended work as usual at the offices of the National Rail Enquiry Service to find a note on my desk.  It was a badly photocopied memo with the heading of the British Transport Police, and in it the police admitted that they didn’t know where or when the next security threat was going to come from.  The previous day there had been several terrorist attacks in America, and the whole world was in shock.  What was going to happen next.

A few days later I received a phone-call from a man who claimed that an acquaintance of his had taken a gun onto a train.  I thought back to a previous time when Britain had been under threat from terrorism, and remembered that we had been old to keep the person talking as long as possible in the hope of getting some clues as to what was happening.  And so I talked for several minutes to this man, and when I had run out of things to say I put the phone down.  Moments later the police arrived to take evidence, and they said that they believed the call to be a hoax, specifically from a person known to them.

You see, no one knows where the next threat is going to come from; all one can do is do one’s best to deal with the situation.

By July of 2005 I had moved jobs and was working in the telecoms industry, taking calls from people who had problems with their broadband.  On July 7th, I woke to the news, and in due course switched my radio off.  The radio news at that time finished (and still does finish) at just after 9.00 in the morning.  Had the news programme continued in modern day 24 hour rolling news format I would have heard the breaking news of a terrorist attack in London.  Several hours later, I turned into work and was assigned to an emergency call centre dealing with railway customers who were trapped in London.  (The entire central transportation system was in lockdown until around five in the evening).  I received several hundred phone-calls that afternoon from people asking advice; most people I couldn’t help.  Information was very scarce, and it was constantly changing.

Sadly the callers from London were very well used to terrorism.  The IRA had attacked London on several occasions over the previous few decades.  Indeed, I myself walked past the Harrods car bomb hen on a school trip.  The people of London knew what to do in an emergency.  They invoked the spirit of the Blitz.

Moving on then…well actually, first of all I just wanted to say above that I have been touched (ever so slightly) by terrorism for most of my life. So, I have a passing acquaintance with some of the issues surrounding terrorism and war.

Moving on then, I’d like to talk about what has been happening this year.

I wont bother recounting to the nth degree what has been happening this year.  I’ll just give you a broad outline.  There have been several terrorist attacks in France, and in North Africa (where a former colleague was killed).  And simultaneously with this there has been an upsurge in the number of people fleeing the war in the middle east and seeking refuge in Europe.

This last Friday around eight people engaged in a terrorist attack in Paris that eventually killed over 100 people in a number of different places.  And there has been uproar from the racist far right.

There are a few things I should explain.

The far right have very similar political views to the “Islamic” terrorists currently taking up lots of airtime.  They hate equal marriage, for example, just like the ISIS terrorists.

They feed on fear.  They have said for a while that Europe shouldn’t accept refugees from Syria or other war torn areas, and they have said that if we do then Europe will be attacked by refugee infiltrators.

Most dangerous of all is that they are on “our” side.  And this is where we have problems.  You see, the far-right are happy to hit social media and spread their message of hatred, recruiting fellow travelers as they go.  But they don’t realise that the internet is available anywhere on the planet, and their outpourings of bile are acting as recruiting sergeants to extremist terrorists.

These people call Muslims animals, and call for all of them to be killed, because, after all, that’s what they want to do to us, right?  Er no, if they did then we would know about it.  Muslims make up a billion strong community of people.  ISIS?  Certainly less than a million.  And the far-right see no problem in saying that Muslim people operate in a death cult, and simultaneously call for them to be exterminated.

The plain fact of the matter is that we are fighting a war that must be won, and won’t be until everyone is onside.  At the moment young people have a choice between embracing “Western” civilisation, and turning to terrorism.  And who can blame them from joining the terrorists when they see people calling for them to be exterminated. It’s our job to offer a more attractive option.  And to act better than the terrorists.

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Theresa May Gets It Right

Far right racist bigot who…wait for it…doesn’t live in Britain.  Yup, the hypocrite is a migrant himself!  
For decades Britain has been accepting refugees from war-torn countries, and after the statutory five years has given them permanent residency in the U.K. complete with a passport. No matter that the troubles in their homeland are over, and their country has returned to peace. They are still allowed to stay as permanent British citizens in […]

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/theresa-may-gets-it-right/

“GERMANY ‘SLIDING TOWARDS CIVIL WAR’”

Hahahaha…and the credible source for this bilge?  The Hitler loving Daily Mail!
8,000 people joined the anti-Islam Pegida movement for protest in Dresden Latest rally against Merkel’s decision to allow million refugees into country Prosecutors open probe into group’s founder Lutz Bachmann for slander He said justice minister was the ‘worst spiritual fire raiser’ since Goebbels “A German official has said that Angela Merkel’s open door migrant […]

https://gachiyellow.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/germany-sliding-towards-civil-war/

“German Muslim: “Islam Is Coming and Your Daughters Will Wear the Hijab””

Lol…too funny!  Their sons will wear BEARDS!  

[Translated] “Islam is coming to take over Germany whether you want it or not…not through war but by the fact that Germans don’t reproduce and Muslims have 7-8 children each…but not only that, your daughters will marry bearded Muslims and wear the hijab, their sons will wear a beard! The Muslims will have four wives […]

https://gachiyellow.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/german-muslim-islam-is-coming-and-your-daughters-will-wear-the-hijab/

What America Will Look Like Within a Few Years—6 Events That Will Happen…

When paranoia comes to America.  Read this, folks, and weep for the lack of education in America.
By Lisa Haven “A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for any reason, is a government with a taste of blood and a thirst for power and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear.” – John Salter Our government is doing just that! They are turning their back […]

http://lisahavennews.net/2015/10/30/what-america-will-look-like-within-a-few-years-6-events-that-will-happen/

Has this week’s school shooting happened in America yet?

The reason I ask is not because I have joined the ultra-violent hyper-stupid American gun lobby in enjoying hearing about violence on the news, but because of this:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/22/pupils-wounded-in-sword-attack-at-swedish-school
An attack in Sweden has killed one person.  But that’s not what I want to point out to you: it’s the fact that is near the end of the article.
This is the first successful school attack in Seeden in over 50 years.
That’s what happens when you live in a country that enjoys gun control.

More Illegals From the Middle East? Really?

Read, and weep for America, where they have such inhuman people as the writer of this…Hey, Mister “President” (and I use that term VERY loosely!) When in the hell are we going to start taking care of AMERICAN “refugees” that were BORN here??? Asshole…

https://jimmycombscash.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/more-illegals-from-the-middle-east-really/

Migrants – And The Shape Of Things To Come!

(Read this folks, with the thought in your head that the far-right idiot who wrote it is a Brit who lives in Spain.  Yup, he’s a hated migrant himself.  You couldn’t make this shit up. )

It was no surprise to me to read today that a cleaning woman at a refugee camp has been sexually harassed by two Muslim inmates. The cleaner was assaulted every day for ten days before she had the nerve to report the abuse. Two refugees, one aged 38 and another of 52, have been arrested at the […]

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/migrants-and-the-shape-of-things-to-come/

Excuses, and why America is doomed to see further bloodshed

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/26/gun-control-political-refusal-to-address-politics-of-gun-violence

Before I start writing this, I’d like to mention that I am sitting in a “gun-free zone”, my city centre library.  Gun yahoos claim that a leading cause of gun homicides is not the presence of a gun, but the presence of a “gun-free zone”.  I assert that that is bunkum, but we shall see.

I got home from work last night and logged on to the news.  There was news from America of a shooting, but, in a country that averages roughly one shooting per hour, this one was pretty noteworthy.  A news reporter and a camera man had been shot dead – pretty much on live television.

And, as usual, I went to Facebook to see what the gun yahoos were saying.  And as usual they were saying pretty much the same as they were in December 2012, when more than two dozen people were massacred in Connecticut.  They were trotting out every excuse under the sun.  ne person wrote the shooting off as a “normal” piece of “workplace drama”.  Well, my boss will testify to the fact that I personally ignite about three workplace dramas a day.  And so far, no one has been shot.  Could this happy result be due to the absence of a gun?  And another person said that all of America’s shootings occurred because of the “sin” in the world.  Hmm, I’m pretty sure that I “sinned” this morning, but nobody got shot.

Then the writers stated writing their pieces.  Scott Lemieux wrote the piece linked above, in which he asserts that as well as the overabundance of guns needing to be on the agenda, the marginalisation of black people needs to be added if there is to be a settlement.  He is wrong.  I say, and many other people agree, that the overabundance of guns should be the first and last item on the agenda.

No one can doubt that African Americans are (typically) marginalised in American society and less wealthy than their white citizen-brothers.  I’d like you to consider a comparison with France.  France too has a large and marginalised black community.  But France does not have the level of homicides that America has.  France has !.0 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.  In America, that figure is 4.8.

The whole world was shocked in January this year when they read of the shootings at a newspaper office in Paris, France.  Once again, during and after the event, there were excuses made by the rather ill-informed American gun lobby.  They pointed to the fact that there isn’t a “culture” in France of having a “good guy with a gun” everywhere to counter the bad guys (though, since America’s homicide rate is four times that of France, the “good guy” approach is surely a failure).  They said that with guns it is impossible to defend oneself.

Then in France this month came a report of a gun incident on a train.  It appeared that a terrorist was moments away from launching a devastating attack on the Amsterdam to Paris Express.  But, fortunately, around a half dozen people had successfully raised the alarm and captured the criminal.  Not one of those heroes was armed.  How can that be possible, if the only way to defend oneself is with a gun?

The plain fact of the matter us that the only item that needs attention is the overabundance of guns in America.  These guns are used to shoot youths innocently walking along the sidewalk, people in movie theatres, and even recently an armed man attacked a police station in Texas (surely no one would be stupid enough to assert that the police station was a gun free zone?).  When gun yahoos learn that I am in Europe they point to how “dangerous” Britain is.  They highlight the murder of Lee Rigby, but can’t explain how in a country with 100 million “good guys with guns” a similar homicide was allowed to happen in New Jersey.  They say that criminals simply use other weapons (they don’t; the evidence of the lower homicide rate says that criminals simply don’t resort to violence.  Could this be because Europe does not have America’s culture of violence?)  They say…they say anything possible, even attacking my right to free speech, rather than what they actually should be saying.  That gun homicides do not occur in locations where there are no guns.

Well, that’s seven hundred odd words…and still no gun fire in this “gun-free zone”.

Today in World History: August 11th

An important part of the puzzle is to remember that under the Weimar Republic’s electoral system Germany couldn’t really be governed properly since dozens of different parties gained seats in the national parliament.
(Also, I’m sure it’s a typo but…Hitler gained power in the EARLY thirties…)

According to History

The Weimar Republic, the government of Germany after World War One, adopted its constitution on this day in 1919. Following the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was stripped of its overseas possessions, and had to make many concessions to the victorious Allied Powers. This included subsidies to the Allies, forcing Germany into a deep economical recession. To buy their groceries, the German citizens had to carry around wheelbarrows of money, as by 1921, one Mark, the German currency, was equal to one third of an American cent. Although Germany’s economy was actually still quite healthy and capable by the end of the war, the London Ultimatum of 1921 forced them to pay reparations that they could not afford. This was paired with the Weimar Government, named after the city in Thuringia, Germany,  in which the constitution was drafted in. The government could not handle the demands pushed forwards by the rest of…

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