War Is A Racket

quote-war-is-a-racket-it-always-has-been-it-is-possibly-the-oldest-easily-the-most-profitable-surely-smedley-butler-215696“War is a racket” – What kind of lefty-pinko radical would say such a thing?

Well actually this person said it…

Smedley Butler was “at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history”.

This link is an audio version of something he wrote in 1935. The text version is here.

It is fairly dry for the first part as he explains who made money and how much they made in the first world war. I’d advise you to stick with it however, as when he gets off the statistics and opens up it really becomes something of great import.


Judge Jeanine(‘s sanity)

Regular readers or listeners to the podcasts will know that I am by no means a fan of the political output of the BBC.

At least they haven’t gone this far yet though.

However, stay with the Union and BBC or not,  you’ll probably be forced to go along with the decisions that people like this put on the table in American politics, and the BBC will find a more cerebral, but equally wrong, justification for the madness.

But if you haven’t seen this yet, on a more simple note, wow, just wow…





Don’t Call Me Hero

“I vividly remember the stories my Grandfather told me about the carnage of the First World War, which people tend to forget was one of the worst massacres in human history.”Antonio Tabucchi

“War is hell, and those who institute it are criminals. Were there even anything to say for it, it should not be said; for its spiritual disasters far outweigh any of its advantages.” – Siegfreid Sassoon 

If you are in need of an antidote to some of the WW1 events that the UK government is organising right now in the name of righteous britishness™ this might be the event for you…


Saturday Matinee 32 – Fire Over Water

Nice Canada, lovely Canada.

Well no, not exactly.

This documentary from Al-Jazeera shows a kind of resistance that is currently going on all around the world for different reasons in different places.

Specifically, this is about the opening up of some land for shale mining and the people resisting it.

It also shows how states will use force to protect finance, not people…


Saturday Matinee 30 – Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

This is a truly horrifying documentary and I’m not kidding when I say that those of you that can’t stomach scenes of violence and horror shouldn’t watch it.

It is about the civil war in Sri Lanka, a problem that the UN seemingly has failed to address.

The UK government whilst hypocritically criticising and calling for investigation, has also, as almost always, been selling weapons, or allowing them to be sold.

The others in this series are here.

On The World Scene – 1

One of the more common arguments given in support of the Union is that an independent Scotland would not be able to project itself onto the world scene the way the UK does.

619“Hopefully not” would be my answer so here is a little series on how the UK projects itself in some cases around the world. Do you enjoy being part of this? This is from the Guardian…

Reprieve files for judicial review over export of British drone parts to US

Campaign group brings challenge on behalf of Pakistani villager, claiming UK companies should be denied licences to sell abroad

The export of British-manufactured parts for American drones used in clandestine CIA strikes in Pakistan is facing a legal challenge from the campaign group Reprieve. The London-based human rights organisation is to apply for a judicial review of the way in which the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) operates government export controls.

It is bringing the action on behalf of Malik Jalal, an elder of the Manzar Kel tribe who lives in Waziristan. His region of north-west Pakistan has been attacked repeatedly by US drones, known officially as “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs), targeting Taliban and al-Qaida supporters.

Human rights groups says that Pakistani villagers are the main victims of the US drone programme, which is directed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

According to Reprieve, a tribal gathering in the area was struck by a drone in March 2011 and 50 people were killed; several of Jalal’s relatives were among the injured.

“As a result of the UAV strikes, Malik Jalal and others residing in the area live in constant fear,” Reprieve wrote in a letter to BIS.

Furthermore, last week on the site of the human rights group that are bringing the action, this was posted…

The British government is refusing to grant visas to three Pakistani drone strike victims, including Noor Khan, who is suing the UK over its role in intelligence-sharing with the CIA. All three men had been invited to speak at a Parliamentary meeting on drones that was scheduled to take place today. Last week, the Rehman family – whose grandmother was killed in a drone strike – travelled to the US to speak at a Congressional hearing having been grantedvisas.