No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe;
every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse,
as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were;
any mans death diminishes me,because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

John Donne

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Bin Laden does it for Bush

(with a bit of help from Blair.)

Read my letter to our local MP
The inadequate two!Dubya's saviour
Money and pro-life Guns for Jesus win the day.  Unfortunately, people who have been attacked or feel insecure are always prone to kneejerk reaction. However, since the invasion of Iraq the Bush administration has escalated the cycle of violence and injustice in such a way as to make the world less secure.  It will now be more difficult for the West to influence or have peaceful relations with the majority world.  Most Americans I have met have been kind and courteous, but many don't want to think or to know what the world is really like because the reality is too frightening.  In some cases, their religion seems as blinkered as bin Laden's. Democracy needs informed citizens.  There are certain evil people and organisations who have do their best to keep ordinary people misimformed and predjudiced.  Foremost amongst these is Rupert Murdoch (below)
The evil one
whose News Corp (Fox in the US) operates around the world.  His ownership of the SUN in the UK has been a disgrace, as he has done his best to debase the culture and language of Shakespeare. This born-again Christian peddles soft porn, untruths, fear and hatred of foreigners.  On the other hand, if it suits his business, his relationship with the Chinese has shown that he is quite prepared to prostitute his media to those he considers to be more powerful than he is.

Aaaargh!
The only good thing about Bush's victory is that now the chickens come home to roost, there is no-one else to blame.  He will have to sort out his own mess!  Iraq is descending into worse chaos because of lack of planning and military hamfistedness.  The budget deficit will cause huge economic problems, and the worsening weather in tropical USA might finally convince the some of the sceptics of global warming. To paraphrase the old Chinese Curse - we are living in interesting times!
 
The blood price of war.

collateral damage
Orphan Ali - no arms, no family - how much hope?

 

Chile - The other 9/11

Is Ariel Sharon Israel's Milosevic?
Read one Israeli citizen's assessment.

Appeasement, Lebensraum and the legacy of religious fundamentalism.
 

Atrocity is recognised as such by victim and perpetrator alike,
by all who learn about it at whatever remove.
Atrocity has no excuses - no mitigating argument.
Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past.
Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity.
It is self perpetuating upon itself  - a barbarous form of incest.
 Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred!

  Frank Herbert - Dune Messiah.

 

 The following piece from the British satirical magazine 'Private Eye' (see my links) of 6th September 2001 sums up this destructive perpetuum mobile all too well.

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Get an undistorted view of the World!

Do You love Big Brother?
All members of the Labour Party are equal, but some are more equal than others.

 The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance;
which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime,
and the punishment of his guilt . John Philpot Curran.

Gotcha!


To be scrupulously fair to our Beloved Leader, one should point out that some wicked person
 has tampered with this picture: his right arm has been raised by about 30 degrees.

Ken Livingstone is back in the Labour Party.

'Red' Ken: Newt Labour not New Labour.

My original letter to Tony Blair in 2000.

 Should Prince William reclaim his life?


Read a thoughtful editorial from the "Observer".

Politician from the past - Helmut Kohl

I feel rather sorry for poor old Helmie, probably the most civilised politician of the Right in Europe in recent times.  Under him, the CDU  opposed Nationalism, and supported social services.  Here is another joke about him.  When he was in power, people often poked fun at him for his alleged "simplicity" and parochialism.  Trying to counter this, he told a radio interviewer:  "Meine Frau und ich haben angefangen Esperanto zu lernen, un wir waren so begeistert, daß wir entscheiden haben da auf Urlaub zu gehen."  (Translated as "My wife and I started to learn Esperanto, and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to go there on holiday!")

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