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Friday, January 27, 2006

Keep on warrin' for the free world!

So, according to the leader of the 'free' world we are 'winning' The War Against Terror. You can tell by the way that there have been elections in Iraq. And because there haven't been any bombs on Western soil for a while. And crucially because Osama wants peace.

Now, if you believe the propoganda this 'truce' is being offered because OBL has been weakened by the might of the Good Ol' U.S. of A. and their allies. Possibly true, but this does not mean that the threat is over. Bin Laden's star has been eclipsed over recent months by other extremists, including his own deputies. Just because he may be on the decline and looking for a way out does not mean that his followers are as well.

What the bravado war-mongers of our nations fail to acknowledge is that terrorism is usually a reaction against something. Initially the groups that T.W.A.T. is being waged against were very extreme 'idealists' with a vision of a world very different to the west. However , the modern 'enemy' is those who have adopted extremism to combat the injustice of - wait for it - the sweeping generalisation that is The War Against Terror!

People who would not take up arms against what they saw as a decadent society half-way around the world, simply because it meant nothing to them, are now reacting in anger because that society is interfering in their lives. T.W.A.T. is no longer the solution (if it ever was) - it has, instead, become a main part of the problem.

Think this is crazy talk? For the last 40-odd years politics in Palestine have been dominated by the Fatah party who justifiably seek more rights and freedoms for their people from Israel but choose to do this in a relatively moderate manner with diplomacy at the fore. This week they were ousted by Hamas, a party denounced in the west as one of the very terrorist organisations we are at 'war' with. The organisation has claimed responsibility for almost 60 suicide attacks since the year 2000 alone and has long called for Israels total destruction.

To be fair that demand was dropped from their election manifesto and they have adhered to a truce for almost a year. But this still signals that attitudes in the Middle East and beyond are rapidly changing, and not the way that Bush would like.

Cheers m'dears!

I'm away for a bit to usher in the New Lunar Year - the Chinese Year of the Dog is just beginning.... see you all in a week!


At Friday, January 27, 2006 9:23:00 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said...


i hade never noticed the T.W.A.T. bit before

At Saturday, January 28, 2006 3:57:00 am, Blogger Dr. E. Scientist, phD. said...

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At Saturday, January 28, 2006 4:01:00 am, Blogger Dr. E. Scientist, phD. said...

Christ, I'm drunk. I've got to keep posting comments on the wrong damn blogs. That last comment was me,

"TWAT". Love it!

At Saturday, January 28, 2006 6:37:00 am, Blogger Sarah said...

yer preachin' to the choir McShae. i doubt it would surprise you to know that even some of the citizens who voted for bush in the first place are now regretting their choice..

Anyway.. have a great time celebrating the beginning of the year o' the dog. best one in my opinion..

oh and your strips are extremely entertaining.

At Sunday, January 29, 2006 3:14:00 am, Blogger El Barbudo said...

Just 'cos I know you'll love this kind of thing Binty, you're tagged:


At Monday, January 30, 2006 7:13:00 pm, Blogger Dr Maroon said...

Fuckin hell! It's the year of the dog not the fucking (insert animal reputed to be thirsty)!


Where have you gone?

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:20:00 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said...

Sorry for invading your blog with this but here is a chance to do something.

Please take a look at this post at amelopsis garden and lend a hand. There is an amazing old woman who needs your help.

"Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence."
- Henri Frederic Amiel, French philosopher and writer (1821-1881)

I encourage all to click and type a brief message of support for Rosemarie's Jackowski’s human rights and dignity. Wherever you work, whatever you believe, please think about what YOU would want done on your behalf and in your defense if and when it's your turn to displease the power structure. It is not safe, in today's political climate, to assume that YOU will never be the object of political targeting. Please, whether you're in agreement with the politics of this site or not, add your voice to the chorus of support for Rosemarie Jackowski. What's happening to her today could happen to any of us tomorrow.

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:23:00 am, Blogger LindyK said...

TWAT... nicely done Binty! My new favorite acronym! I shall use it often in your honor...

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 1:24:00 am, Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

You are right about terrorists not going away. They've been around in one form or another probably since we started walking upright. It's only since the French revolution along with the concept of protracted war that it has become instutionalized. In my heart I'm a pacifist but in the real world, although T.W.A.T. is unwinnable, we need to show these guys "we're mad as hell and not going to take it any more". Didn't the guy who said that wind up blowing his brains out on TV?
Hope you enjoyed bringing in the year of the Dog.

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 3:20:00 am, Blogger Dr Maroon said...

Fucking Hell Binty!
I didn't check back this often when you WERE fucking posting!

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 12:36:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

I did warn you at the bottom of this post that I would be away!!!

Can't be arsed replying to you all, but thanks for commenting anyway. I've got some reading to catch up on (a weeks worth of all your blogs!) so I probably won't post anything new until tomorrow.... sorry!


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