Oscary Prostheticus

I always considered that I had a pretty strong stomach, until that is, I heard Pestiferous on the stand speaking at his murder trial. Not that I have ever doubted his guilt, but the transparent and disgusting charade designed to dupe no one but the mentally impaired, was more than I could bear, it turned my belly.

Pistolerocus hasn’t got a leg to stand on; he is obviously as guilty as hell and none of his lame explanations, lies or excuses can hide the facts. His performance, however, should have turned everyone against him who had harboured any doubts till now. His barrister Barry Roux, led his semi literate client by the nose, stumbling through the rehearsed red herrings and between the insincere sobs, Pissstaincus attempted to use his disability, his mother, the bullies at his school, his stumps, his supposedly fragile state of mind and his insomnia as crutches to lean on to support the image of a vulnerable victim of circumstance.

Pissonthelawcus, star of the latest court room soap, leant heavily on method acting to portray the South African version of the highly successful North American soap,`Celebrity Trials´ staring O. J. Simpson. The formula for these blockbusters is to go and kill someone preferably your wife or girlfriend then rely on the publicity seeking solicitors, the idiotic public, the immoral media and an emasculated legal system to get away with it. The only real requirements for participation are to, own a gun, find a victim and be black or disabled besides being a “celebrity”!

I could continue, but am unable to work up the interest in this tasteless circus. I do, however, have an idea which could possibly be employed by the defence. Barry Roux could argue, that Posthumouscus’s apartment had not been cleaned in some time, and as he made his way towards the bathroom on his stumps with the gun, after hearing noises, Postmortemcus broke wind, and as a result of his anus being so close to the ground, the dust cloud that was raised obscured his vision, which is why he shot his girlfriend,- mistakenly,- four times! That may stump the prosecution, a kind of legal backfire.

Well, what does it matter in any case, as long as the public is entertained? Themis the Titan Goddess of justice was usually portrayed blindfolded to represent impartiality. Perhaps its time to depict her wearing earphones with the blindfold removed, watching a TV trial acquitting Pissstorycus.

Iacta alia est

“Forward, the Armoured Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Someone had blundered.
I honestly tried to defy,
The urge to make reply,
By argued reason why,
Putin had cast the die,
To enter the valley of Death
Where rode the six hundred.

First of all my apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson, to the six hundred and Caesar. I wish to state clearly that in no way do I equate the brave charge of the Light Brigade or Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon with Putin’s military invasion and annexation of the Crimea in his continuing and relentless geographical rebuilding of the Soviet Union. I really did try my best to resist commenting on recent events in Crimea. But the blunderings of Obama the UN and the EU are more than I can bear in silence.

To those (in minority) who have at least a modicum of understanding regarding Putin’s nature, his view of himself and his vision of Russia, it was evident from the 26th of November 2013 when Yanukovych, Putin’s Ukrainian lap dog, refused to sign a trade agreement with the EU that the gloves were off and who the victor would be in the ensuing unequal struggle between a feeble, morally bankrupt divided West and Russia.

It was obvious (except to those who supposedly lead us) that not only would Putin never relinquish from his sphere of influence the base of the Russian Black sea fleet the only warm water port that the Russians possess besides Tartus in Syria, but also that he knew his moment had come to advance towards his main strategic objective, that of re absorbing all the satellite states that had managed to escape Russian domination following the collapse of the USSR.

It is only intellectual microbes the likes of Obama, his administration and the heads of British and European governments that imagined that meddling with and interfering in the affairs of countries like Ukraine would benefit them. Now, again mistakenly, they imagine that placating Putin by accepting the integration of Crimea into Russia by just tut tut tuting they can end Russian expansion. They are completely deluding themselves,Putin will not stop at Crimea he will have all of Ukraine.

I for one have not much sympathy or interest in the fate of the Slavs inhabiting Ukraine. It is not their future that is worrying but the growth of Russian power as a direct result of Western weakness and stupidity. In his speech on the eve of the annexation of Crimea Putin showed his hand clearly by referring to Kiev as the mother of Russian cities, he was of course right.

Kiev is first mentioned in Russian chronicles as Kyiv the capital of Kievan Rus in 860. But it is older by far, the site of the city was probably a Slavic settlement in the 5th century, though some historians believe it was founded by the Khazars. By the middle of the 9th century the Rus Khaganate, Varangian princes of Swedish origin ruled from the city. Over the next three centuries it vied with other principalities unsuccessfully to take a leading role as the predecessor of the modern Russian state.

Putin also made historical reference to Nazi Germany and its actions in Ukraine during the 2nd World War alluding to the suffering of the Russian people and likening the new administration in Kiev with the Nazis. He of course neglected to mention the German-Soviet non aggression pact agreed by Molotov and Ribbentrop on the 23rd August 1939 on behalf of their masters Stalin and Hitler and signed only a few days before the outbreak of war whereby Germany and the Soviet Union had secretly divided up Europe between them.

In the end the Germans were defeated and so lost all their territorial gains, but the Soviets who ended up on the side of the victors did manage to occupy half of Europe and enslave its peoples for half a century. Not least by the use of such repressive organs as the KGB to which Putin belonged as a Major.

But most of Putin’s speech was a carbon copy of the formula used by Hitler during late 1938 and early 1939, by which time, the Nazis had perfected the art of stealing neighbouring territory. They would start by encouraging political unrest inside the area. At the same time, they would wage a propaganda campaign citing real or imagined wrongs committed against local Germans. When neighbouring political leaders finally came to see Hitler to resolve the crisis, they would be offered help in the form of a German Army of occupation to “restore order.”

Only fools and liars like Obama and present British and European leaders could deny that Putin’s invasion of Crimea is identical in every way to Hitler’s actions in March 1939 with regard to Czechoslovakia and September 1939 with regard to Poland both in methodology and the spurious excuses used to justify the aggressions.

It is a thought provoking fact that early in 1938 during the `Anschluss´, after the German troops had marched into Austria on March 12th, a plebiscite was finally held on April 10th and the Fuhrer garnered 99.7% approval. In Crimea after the Russian troops had marched in, a plebiscite was held for the `Anschluss´ between Crimea and Russia, and lo and behold Putin garnered 99.7% approval! What a coincidence!

At present the massive Russian military build up in armoured divisional strength has taken place seven miles from the borders of Eastern Ukraine while Molotov, oh sorry I mean Sergei Lavrov, is assuring the imbecilic Catherin Ashton and the equally incompetent John Kerry that Russia has no intension of invading Ukraine! Putin has certainly learned his history lessons better than his opponents.

Putin’s megalomania is growing in proportion to his territorial gains. In the meantime the reaction of the American administration lead by Obama, of the British government led by nobody and that of the European parliament led by everybody has been to scurry around aimlessly and whisper to each other in corners about vague threats of economic sanctions which nobody has the least intention of carrying out whilst soiling their underwear at the thought of having to take any real action to curb the ambitions of this ex KGB upstart turned international thug who is more than a match for any of them.

The charge of the Light Brigade took place during the battle of Balaclava on the 25th of October 1854 during the Crimean war. At the battle the British army was commanded by Lord Raglan. The Light Brigade which consisted of the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, 17th Lancers and the 8th and 11th Hussars was commanded by Major General James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan. Also present that day was the Heavy Brigade made up of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and the Scots Greys. The Heavy Brigade was commanded by Major General James Yorke Scarlett. The two brigades were the only British cavalry force at the battle. Overall command of the British cavalry resided with Lieutenant General George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan.

Lord Raglan issued an order for the cavalry to advance rapidly to the front, follow the enemy and prevent them from carrying away the guns. The order was drafted by Brigadier Richard Airey, and carried by Captain Louis Edward Nolan to Lucan. When Lucan asked what guns were referred to, Nolan is said to have indicated with a wide sweep of his arm the mass of Russian guns at the end of the valley about a mile away and not the guns that Raglan had intended. The reasons for his misdirection are unknown as he was killed in the ensuing battle.

In response to the order, Lucan instructed Cardigan to lead his command of about 670 troopers of the Light Brigade straight into the valley (this was the hollow famously dubbed the “Valley of Death” by the poet Tennyson part of whose poem ´The charge of the Light Brigade´ I paraphrased as the introduction to this article). Lucan himself was to follow with the Heavy Brigade.

The Light Brigade set off down the valley with Cardigan out in front leading the charge. Almost at once Nolan was seen to rush across the front, passing in front of Cardigan. It may be that he then realised the charge was aimed at the wrong target and was attempting to stop or turn the brigade, but he was killed by an artillery shell and the cavalry continued on its course. Despite withering fire from three sides that devastated their force on the ride, the Light Brigade was able to engage the Russian forces at the end of the valley and force them back from the redoubt, but it suffered heavy casualties and was soon forced to retire.

Lucan failed to provide any support for Cardigan, and it was speculated that he was motivated by an enmity for his brother-in-law that had lasted some 30 years and had been intensified during the campaign up to that point. The troops of the Heavy Brigade entered the mouth of the valley, but did not advance further. Lucan’s subsequent explanation was that he saw no point in having a second brigade mown down and that he was best positioned where he was to render assistance to Light Brigade survivors returning from the charge.

The Light Brigade was annihilated, after regrouping, only 195 men were still with horses. The futility of the action and its reckless bravery prompted the French Marshal Pierre Bosquet to state “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre.” (“It is magnificent, but it is not war.”) He continued, in a rarely quoted phrase: “C’est de la folie” — “it is madness.”

Varying accounts of who blundered and why and how to proportion the blame between Raglan, Airey, Nolan, Lucan and Cardigan have occupied military historians to the present day. (Though the above is the official line the real reason for the charge and why it took place as it did is far more interesting but is not the subject of this essay.) No such dilemma will exist about where to apportion blame for the lack of any military action during the present conflict in the same theatre.

The blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the American and European peoples. It is they who are responsible for electing the non entities who lead them and it is their lack of interest and inability to learn from events that had cost the lives of so many of their grandfathers not so long ago. As indeed they were responsible for the rise of the last collection of criminals.

As for the Russians, Putin’s popularity has never been so high, it is the Russian people who show a total disregard for their neighbour’s well being and who are busy sanitising the Stalinist era during which so many European peoples as well as their own were tortured and murdered.

There will always be the Putins of this world, thugs and bullies who understand only one language. But there will not always be the Churchills or the De Gaulles to shake the lethargy out of the masses. It seems that no matter what is done to them, the general population is no better than a ventriloquist’s doll whose eyes and gestures are manipulated by the puppeteer while it mouths the words of its master.

I do not advocate a Light Brigade type of charge into the Russian guns, but at least a heavy show of force is definitely called for with the conviction to use it if necessary in the face of Russian military aggression, as dialogue is meaningless unless it is from a position of strength, and it is only America that has the military strength to be able to intimidate Russian forces.

Caesar’s words as he led his legion across the Rubicon and towards Rome on January 10th 49 BC indicated that he was aware of the magnitude of his actions and that there was going to be no turning back from that moment on. Putin, who make no mistake is no Caesar, also took a calculated gamble, with the difference that he is not facing a Pompey, the odds are completely in his favour for he is facing no one.

The West will rue the day for its inaction, as its irresolute mumblings will not have gone unnoticed by Putin and will dictate his future dealings as well as act as a spur for his ambitions. America and Europe have stumbled from mistake to mistake in ever growing follies in their dealings with Putin to this, their greatest error yet.

Putin will not hesitate to employ either economic or military weapons to achieve his objectives while he feels that there is no appetite or hardware for resistance. He will continue to manipulate the weak minded Western leaders with empty gestures and disingenuous diplomacy the tried and tested methods of Her Hitler and Comrade Stalin. Should push come to shove, and it will, it is not going to be his nerves that will fail.

A century and a half ago the Crimean War was directly caused by Russian demands to exercise protection over the Orthodox subjects of the Ottoman sultan. Today Crimea was invaded because of Russian demands to exercise protection over their subjects in Crimea.

Crimea is lost. Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia had better look to their borders, while to the East, Kazakhstan may also be on the list. There are plenty of Russian subjects in all these places. This is only the beginning.

Renaissance at the Vatican

Pope Obama met and coalesced with President Francis at the Vatican. The pauper Pope and the populist President have proselytized, undergone metempsychosis and transubstantiation and have emerged as a neophyte hybrid. This metamorphosed metaphysical mutation, named Popident Obramcis by geneticists, immediately acquired ecumenical currency. With the two faces of a newly stamped coin, one side depicting the likeness of Brancis the reverse the image of Farack it instantly became valid lucre worldwide. The faithful and the faithless can equally trade in this bullion.

The composite parts of Obramcis rose from poverty to opulence and power in a mystical alchemical process converting what was base into something supposedly noble. Of course this new creature possessing metaphysicality is not empirically verifiable but that is of little consequence to the narcoleptic masses.

The liberal media; inheritors of the NKVD the Stasi and AVO as the arbiters of what opinions and sentiments are correct and legitimate and without whose endorsement all contradictions of the official doctrine are punishable by the irredeemable stigma of being branded reactionary, right wing or worse a non conformist, (conditions devoutly to be wished for) immediately blessed the creature Obramcis with validity.

This symphysical animal is just the latest manifestation of a world where the words husband and wife are ‘too gender specific’, where everything is inclusive and marriage means two males sodomising each other and where there are no distinctions left worthy of notice. Everything has fused into a meaningless amalgam and to distinguish between opposites or acknowledge differences is a heinous crime as indeed is any attempt to try to rouse the populace from their collective narcosis.

A legion of psychoanalysts, life coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists, gurus, spin doctors consultants and further endless lists of charlatans and bottom feeders prowl society vigilant for anyone who may dare to affirm any distinction between good or bad, right or wrong, male or female, black or white, able or disabled, talented or untalented, intelligent or stupid, cultured or ignorant, attractive or ugly, east or west, guilty or innocent, up or down, life or death, literate or illiterate, stylish or tasteless, subtle or blunt, big or small, peace or war, real or fanciful, fat or thin, moral or immoral, adult or child, teacher or student, victim or aggressor, patriot or traitor, honest or corrupt, brave or cowardly normal or abnormal, sane or insane.

The hermaphroditic Obamcis, the synthesis of Brancis and Farack was not permanent and being without substance, it dissolved as quickly as it had formed having briefly bathed the world in a golden glow of benevolence, goodness and mercy leaving the great unwashed aching for more, it vanished in a brilliant flash of light ascending on high to join Enoch, Elijah, Christ and Mohammad. Praised be Obamcis.

Eurow

Angela Merkel was the third German head of state ever to have been invited to London to address both houses of Parliament. She did so, as was predictable, on the subject of the European Union and like all politicians she spoke at length using fine words without saying anything at all.

The only two truths her speech contained were, one; that both pro and anti Europeans would be disappointed by what she had to say and two; that of all the countries in the Union the United Kingdom had the least need to demonstrate its commitment to Europe!

It is high time that the latter of the two statements was forcefully articulated to the so called pro European countries which continually express their hypocritical criticisms of the British resistance to capitulation to the corrupt and self seeking European Parliament and Commission.

Churchill’s vision of the European Union was not some federal Parliament dictating to its member states, laws and rules for the benefit of a handful of Banks and International Financial Organisations. Rather it was of a union of independent sovereign states each with their distinct laws currencies and customs.

As regards the attitude of countries the likes of Italy, Spain and France clamouring to sell out their national identity and sovereignty for easy money and institutionalised corruption while criticising the United Kingdom for being anti European, perhaps a brief history lesson is called for.

It is apt that on the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War that these servile Euro fetishists be reminded that if it had not been for the sacrifice of hundreds and thousands of British lives not once but twice during the course of the last hundred years, there would not be a free democratic Europe for them to mismanage and destroy.

It was the United Kingdom often standing alone that withstood the onslaught of various totalitarian ideologies and dictatorships that the rest of Europe succumbed to all too willingly. It was certainly not Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Petain’s Vichy France or Hitler’s Germany that secured a Europe for later generations but Great Britain, which again thankfully stands apart, rightly suspicious of the meddling of Brussels.

British politicians should point out to the so called pro Europeans that they should examine their own history before opening their mouths.

The origins of present day radical Islamic movements

Part Two:
Redicalisation

Animosity towards western countries was already prevalent amongst both the Sunni and Shia Middle Eastern countries after the First World War. The occupying western powers began the modernisation of these countries by the setting up of non religious schools and institutions which fuelled these feelings.

The secularisation of the ex Sunni Caliphate by Atatürk in 1923 set the scene that brought about the rise of radical Islam and its conflict with the Judeo Christian world in the west. His creation of a Turkish national republic and a modern, secular society formed a major part of the inspiration and acted as a catalyst that impelled the Islamist movement amongst the Muslim intelligentsia in Egypt during the early twenties.

The separation of church and state is the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state. The greater that distance the less power and influence can be exerted by the clergy and the more freedom there is from religious dogma. It is this process that is termed secularisation.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, along with six workers of the Suez Canal Company to promote the implementing of traditional Islamic sharia law and renewal of an Islamic ethos of altruism and civic duty, in opposition to British imperial rule and to political and social injustice. After Banna launched the Muslim Brotherhood, branches were set up throughout the country each running a mosque, a school and a sporting club, its membership grew rapidly.

The organisation initially focused on educational and charitable work, but quickly grew to become a major political force, playing a prominent role in the Egyptian nationalist movement particularly in the fight to rid Egypt of British colonial control and cleanse it of all Western influence, while promoting their particular version of Islam.

The organization was to return Egypt, the Middle East, and eventually the world to “proper” subservience to Islam as ordained by Allah. “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration.” Motto of the Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun in Arabic). Its most famous slogan, used worldwide, is: “Islam is the solution.”

Links to the Nazis began during the 1930s and were close during the Second World War, involving agitation against the British, espionage and sabotage, as well as support for terrorist activities orchestrated by Haj Amin el-Hussaini in the British Mandate of Palestine, as confirmed by a wide range of declassified documents from the British, American and Nazi German government archives, as well as from personal accounts and memoirs from that period. Reflecting this connection the Muslim Brotherhood also disseminated Hitler’s Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion widely in Arab translations, helping to deepen and extend already existing hostile views about Jews and Western societies generally.

By the late 1940s, the group is estimated to have had 500,000 members in Egypt, and its ideas had spread across the Arab world. At the same time, Banna created a paramilitary wing, the Special Apparatus, whose operatives joined the fight against British rule and engaged in a campaign of bombings and assassinations.

During the early twenties, prior to the rise of the “Brotherhood” there appeared a group of Muslim scholars who identified events in Turkey as the beginning of what in their eyes was a dangerous historical process. The most influential amongst them being Sayyid Qutb an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and later to become the leading member and ideologue of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 60s.

Author of 24 books, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best known in the Muslim world for his work on what he believed to be the social and political role of Islam, particularly in his books Social Justice and his Islamic political manifesto, Ma’alim fi al-Tariq (Milestones). His magnum opus, Fi Zilal al-Quran (In the shade of the Qur’an), is a 30-volume commentary on the Qur’an.

Qutb together with other Muslim intellectuals realised that the process of secularisation which had begun in western societies five hundred years earlier had now begun in the Islamic world with events in Turkey and was gaining momentum.

They knew that for the first time in the 1,500 years of Islamic rule a Muslim country had removed power from the church and separated it from the state. This process coupled with the activities of western countries in modernising the Middle East and the apparent weakness of Muslim countries to resist, constituted the beginning of the end of the control of Islamic clerics over the people and their lives.

Sayyid Qutb is the one man who could be considered the ideological grandfather of Osma bin Laden and the other extremists who surround him. Even though most of his observations and criticism were levelled at the Muslim world, Qutb is also known for his intense disapproval of the society and culture of the United States, which he saw as obsessed with materialism, violence, and sexual pleasures. He has been described by followers as a great thinker and martyr for Islam.

Qutb travelled through America from 1948 to 1950 where he aimed for further studies in educational administration and worked in several different institutions including what was then Wilson Teachers’ College in Washington, D.C., Colorado State College for Education in Greeley, as well as Stanford University. He also travelled extensively, visiting the major cities of the United States and spent time in Europe on the return journey to Egypt.

He was shocked at what he considered the moral and spiritual degeneracy he observed, stating that “No one is more distant than the Americans from spirituality and piety.” Many Western observers see him as a key originator of Islamist ideology and an inspiration for violent groups such as Al Qaeda. Qutb’s first major theoretical work of religious social criticism, Al-’adala al-Ijtima’iyya fi-l-Islam (Social Justice in Islam), was published in 1949, during his time in the West.

In the meantime the Muslim Brotherhood had not been idle; in November 1948 police seized an automobile containing the documents and plans of what is thought to be the Brotherhood’s “secret apparatus” with names of its members. The seizure was preceded by an assortment of bombings and assassination attempts by the “apparatus”. Subsequently 32 of its leaders were arrested and its offices raided. The next month the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mahmud Fahmi Nokrashi, ordered the dissolution of the Brotherhood for attacking British and Jewish interests.

On December 28, 1948 Egypt’s prime minister was assassinated by a Brotherhood member a veterinary student named, Abdel Meguid Ahmed Hassan, in what is thought to have been retaliation for the government crackdown. Banna denounced the killing, but he was subsequently shot dead in 1949 by an unknown gunman believed to have been a member of the security forces. Al-Banna was succeeded as head of the Brotherhood by Hassan Isma’il al-Hudaybi, a former judge.

In 1952, members of the Muslim Brotherhood were accused of taking part in arson that destroyed some “750 buildings” in downtown Cairo — mainly night clubs, theatres, hotels, and restaurants frequented by British and other foreigners, that marked the end of the liberal, progressive, cosmopolitan Egypt.

1952 also saw the end of colonial rule following a military coup d’etat led by a group of young officers calling themselves the “Free Officers”. The Brotherhood backed the military coup that overthrew the monarchy; the Ikhwan played a supporting role. Anwar al-Sadat who became president in 1970 and was one of the “Free Officers” was in liaison with the Brotherhood. They initially co-operated with the new government, but relations soon soured as the junta was unwilling to share power or lift martial law and clashed with the Brotherhood.

After the attempted assassination of Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasser, in 1954, a member of the secret apparatus of the Brotherhood was accused by the authorities of being the perpetrator of the attempt on Nasser who then abolished the Brotherhood and imprisoned and punished thousands of its members.

Qutb’s role was important, because there had been an ideological vacuum in the Muslim Brotherhood since its leader Hasan al-Banna had been assassinated in 1949, and in 1952, Qutb was elected to the leadership council of the Brotherhood.

An important conerstone of Sayyid Qutb‘s work was his use of the Islamic concept of jahiliyya. This term is used in Islam to characterize the days before Muhammad’s revelation, and before him it primarily just meant “ignorance” (of Islam). But after him, it also acquired more explicitily the concept of “barbarism” (due to a lack of Islamic principles):

“Thus, a society whose legislation does not rest on divine law (shari’at allah) is not Muslim, however ardently its individuals may proclaim themselves Muslim, even if they pray, fast, and make the pilgrimage.”

“How must the Islamic resurrection begin? A vanguard must resolve to set it in motion in the midst of jahiliyya that now reigns over the entire earth. That vanguard must be able to decide when to withdraw from and when to seek contact with the jahiliyya that surrounds it.”

Qutb thus brought about a new way for modern Muslims, dissatisfied with their condition, to look at society. He provided an ideological framework in which they could use principles of Islam, rather than Western categories like capitlaism, socialism, democracy, etc., in order to fight against what they perceive as unjust government.

After the failed attempt to assassinate President Gamal Abdul Nasser in 1954, the Ikhwan were blamed, banned, and thousands of members imprisoned and tortured. The group continued, however, to grow underground.

Many members of the Brotherhood were held for years in prisons and concentration camps during Nasser’s rule. In 1964 there was a minor thaw when Qutb was released from prison only to be arrested again along with his brother Muhammad in August 1965, when he was accused of being part of a plot to overthrow the state and to assassinate the President and other Egyptian officials and personalities. The trial culminated in a death sentence for Qutb and six other members of the Muslim Brotherhood and on 29 August 1966, he was executed by hanging transforming him into a martyr for many people across the region.

His writings, particularly the 1964 work Milestones, inspired the founders of many radical Islamist groups, including Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda.

Qutb’s work had advocated the use of jihad (struggle) against jahili (ignorant) societies, both Western and Islamic ones, which he argued were in need of radical transformation.

This framework later bore fruit when President Sadat was assassinated in 1981 after signing a peace agreement with Israel in 1979. The group responsible was Jama’at al-Jihad (“Society of Struggle”), started and run by Muhammad Abd al-Salam Faraj, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who felt that the organization had become too passive. He wrote a short book called, The Neglected Obligation (al-Farida al-Gha’ibah), which relied heavily on Qutb’s ideas.

A member of this group, 24-year-old artillery lieutenant Khalid Ahmed Shawki al-Islambuli, and four other members shot Sadat while he was reviewing a military parade. At the time, al-Islambuli shouted “I have killed Pharoh,” a reference to the fact that they considered Sadat a non-Muslim leader. During his trial, he said “I am guilty of killing the unbeliever and I am proud of it.”

The five men were all executed, today, Muhammad al-Islambuli, the brother of President Sadat’s assassin, lives in Afghanistan and was working with Osama bin Laden. Another member of that group was Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command and is considered to be the current head of al-Qaeda, al-Zawahiri only spent three years in prison after he was convicted and has only become more radical in his views.

Like Qutb, Faraj argued that acceptance of a government was only possible and legitimate when that government fully implemented shari’a, or Islamic law. Contemporary Egypt had not done that, and was thus characterized as suffering from jahiliyya. Faraj makes his case that jihad is not only the “neglected obligation” of Muslims, but in fact one of their most important duties:

Why? Because the lack of jihad is responsible for the current situation of Muslims in the world. Their social, economic and political woes are due to the fact that they have forgotten what it means to be Muslims, as well as how to fight against the infidels. Words and preaching won’t be enough, because only force and violence can destroy “idols.”

In 1997 Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mustafa Mashhur told journalist Khalid Daoud that he thought Egypt’s Coptic Christians and Orthodox Jews should pay the long-abandoned jizya poll tax, levied on non-Muslims in exchange for protection from the state.

As it transpired it was among the Shia Muslims in Iran not the Sunni that the dream of radical Islamists of a resurgent Islamist state became reality when in 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran on February 1. Mass purges of supporters of the Shah began, and hundreds were executed. A revolutionary court set to work almost immediately in a school building in Tehran. Revolutionary courts were established in provincial centres soon after. The Tehran court passed death sentences on four of the Shah’s generals on February 16, 1979 and all four were executed by firing squad. More executions, of military and police officers, SAVAK agents, cabinet ministers, Majlis deputies, and officials of the Shah’s regime followed.

In March of 1979, a referendum was held regarding the new form of government to be established in Iran. Only one form of government, the Islamic Republic, appeared on the ballot, and was approved by 98% of the voters in non-secret elections.

In May 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini created the Pasdaran (Pasdaran-e Enghelab-e Islami, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or Revolutionary Guards or IRGC). The Pasdaran was conceived as a force loyal to the Revolution and the clerical leaders, as opposed to the regular army which was thought to be loyal to the civil government. Soon after, Khomeini also ordered the creation of the Basij volunteers. These two groups were to function both as internal police protecting the government, and as a politically reliable army against foreign foes.

The IRGC was also used to foment revolution and “resistance” abroad, particularly in Lebanon, where it helped to found and train Hezbollah. The creation of the Iranian Islamist state fuelled and accelerated the growth of radical militant sects. It was used as proof that the clock could be turned back and that the west had no stomach for the fight.

We are now almost a century on from the onset of a historical process in the Islamic world which will take place regardless of the present set backs. The only question is what price we are willing to pay because of cowardice by allowing fanatical, repressive and regressive forces to delay it. It is not the first time in history that the refusal to acknowledge reality has been adopted in a desperate effort to avoid facing action. Apeasement has been tried many times throughout history but has always failed.

Today in Turkey the erosion of modern secular laws and institutions continue steadily with ever growing repression and violence being used against the population to a background of show trials of the military.

In Britain the birthplace of European democracy, degenerate sharia courts exist openly, catering to an alien sub culture determined to eradicate long standing and hard fought for values, while effete governments and citizens retreat before backward and nonsensical ideologies mumbling a kind of verbal incontinency about human rights and multiculturalism having been poisoned by the bankrupt mantras of the liberal socialists.

Europe is lurching headlong into a Teutonic economic dictatorship with the individual countries clamouring to sell their sovereignty at cut rate prices free-falling into the abyss of the lowest common denominator seemingly disinterested in or feigning ignorance of the global struggle surrounding them.

While the Muslim world in the Middle East is torn apart limb by limb as one country after another is drawn down into chaos, people who had expectations only a hundred years ago of climbing out from the cesspit of Islamic domination dare not open their mouths as they watch the west surrender its own freedoms won for them by the suffering and blood of their fathers and mothers.

Africa and Indo China are under siege from murdering fanatics exploiting poverty corruption and incompetence.

In Asia vast countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan have been converted into failed states harbouring the terrorists who use them as bases and hiding places between missions.

The retrograde, repressive and fanatical views of religious Muslims have succeeded (by the use of violence and propaganda) momentarily to halt a process in the Islamic world which in the long term will be inevitable. They will fail; it is only a question of time.

Naturally the west which was the example to the likes of Qutb of how theocracies may be brought down over time had to become an enemy and by extension the country which has influenced the world the most since the decline of the British had to be seen as the greatest evil of all, namely; America, “the great devil”.

The principal target of present day radical militant Islamic sects are Muslim countries and their objectives are to force them into a very specific and narrow acceptance of Islam which rules out any chance of power slipping from the hands of the clergy through the influence of western secularism . As part of this process the west is demonised and identified as the source of all evil.

There are many other complex factors involved in the events which are unfolding in front of a western public watching with eyes wide shut unable to grasp what is really happening whilst floundering in a kind of self deprecating narcosis busily dismantling their own freedoms and believing in all the fatuous and empty slogans not only of the intellectually bankrupt socialists and so called liberals but the propaganda of the Islamists to boot.

The fifteen hundred year old hatred between the Sunni and Shia Muslims has yet to come to a head. And while we indulge ourselves in self delusions and appeasement Iran will get the Shia bomb. When that happens both the Shia and Sunni radicals will be armed with atomic weapons. It is important for people to read what the stated objectives of present day radical Islamists are with regard to non Muslim countries.

The choices we shall be offered are submission or surrender but certainly not peace.

Neither Western culture nor its foreign policies or any of the accusations levelled at it is responsible for the rise and success of radical Islamist thinking. It is a reaction within Islamic culture to the begining of the end of backward, outdated and cruel religeous oppression.

Radical Islamist movements have no future and will fail, but unless we are carefull and do not disengage from trying to reason or negotiate with them they will cause us harm from which it will be difficult to recover. They must be made to understand clearly that there is no room for them either in people’s minds or hearts or societies, that they will be opposed at any cost and defeated.

I end with the words of Winston Churchill one of the greatest statesmen of all time, and without doubt unequalled in recent history, he wrote this in 1921:

“Civilisation is confronted with militant Mohammedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace. Luckily the religion of peace is usually the better armed.”

“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

“The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.”

He also said:

“Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance.”

The origins of present day radical Islamic movements

Part One:
Atatürk

(The word Islam means submission, surrender or peace depending on your interpretation)

In order to clearly identify and understand the causes of the rise of present day radical Islamic movements and their attack upon western societies we must look at the problem in the correct historical context. To examine this it is essential first to look at events in Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century.

The importance of Turkey in world events since the fall of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War and the subsequent founding of the secular Turkish Republic in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Pasha later to be known as Atatürk is rarely understood by most people.

Kemal Pasha was without doubt by far the greatest leader in the Muslim world to have emerged in modern history and once the Muslims manage to rid themselves of the dangerous religious retrograde fanatics and their strangle hold, he will be recognised as such by all Muslim societies.

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Mustafa Kemal Pasha was born in 1881 in Salonika (now Thessaloniki) in what was then the Ottoman Empire. As a child Mustafa finished primary school in Saloniki, going on to secondary education at Rucholigè School. He succeeded in entering the Military School (Harbiye) where he completed his studies with flying colours, after which he was accepted into the School of the General Staff. In December 1905 he was commissioned as General Staff Captain.

Throughout his studies Mustafa Kemal consistently proved himself a diligent student. Whilst at military school in Saloniki, he distinguished himself in mathematics and literature. Just like his comrades, he harboured the same feelings of disgust towards the political regime of the Sultan and did not hesitate to take part in the secret activities going on at the General Staff School, directed towards the overthrow of the Yildiz Regime.

Between the years 1905 and 1918 Mustafa Kemal was deservedly awarded high ranking posts in the military chain of command. He became Chief of General Staff of the army that was sent to put down the uprising of the l3th April 1909 and proved to have special qualities in the organisation and management of this army. In 1910 he led the Turkish Forces during military manoeuvres in the Province of Picardy in France. In 1911 he fought in Tripoli against the Italians, and in 1914 whilst serving as Military Attaché in Sofia, he successfully drew the governments attention to the catastrophic results connected with Turkey’s entry into the war with Germany and its allies.

During World War I he fought against the Allied Forces at the Dardanelles, the Russians on the Mus Front in the east and against the British in Syria and Iraq. At the time of signing the Armistice Declaration on the 30th October 1918 he remained at the head of his troops, a command given to him by the German General Liman von Sanders. In the years between 1918 and 1923 Mustafa Kemal was at the forefront of the Turkish War of Independence and involved with the eradication of the antiquated institutions of the Osmanic Empire and in laying the foundations of the new Turkish State.

In 1921, he established a provisional government in Ankara. As President of the Great National Assembly, Mustafa Kemal fought the Forces of the Entente and the Sultan’s army which had remained there in collaboration with the occupying forces. He succeeded in driving the Allied Forces back to Izmir and on the 24th July 1923 the States of the Entente were obliged to recognise the territorial integrity of Turkey in the Treaty of Lausanne.

From 1923 to 1938 his main work lay in leading the Turkish State and its people in the direction of a truly modern state, developed by the most rational means available during this period. The Sultanate had been abolished in 1922, whilst the Khalifate continued to exist.

On the 29th October 1923 at the Proclamation of the Republic this institution was likewise abolished and resulted in the termination of other theocratic institutions on which the Khalifate was founded. By the same token all similar types of organisations and theological institutions which had regulated the role of the individual and society in general were closed. Finally by amendment to the constitution, the principle of secularism – that all so important factor was introduced as an anchor of the new democratic and republican constitution.

For the first time in history, Islamic law was separated from secular law, and restricted to matters of religion. Mustafa Kemal said: “We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and our legal institutions from the bonds which still hold a tight grip on us, even though they are incompatible with the needs of our century.”

On 1 March 1926, the Turkish penal code was passed. It was modelled after the Italian Penal Code.

On 4 October 1926, Islamic courts were closed. Establishing the civic law needed time, so Mustafa Kemal delayed the inclusion of the principle of laïcité until 5 February 1937.

Ottoman practice discouraged social interaction between men and women in keeping with Islamic practice of segregation betwwen the sexes. A clue as to how he was planning to tackle the issue had been stated in his journal of November 1915;

“Social change can come about by (1) educating capable mothers who are knowledgeable about life; (2) giving freedom to women; (3) a man can change his morals, thoughts, and feelings by leading a common life with a woman; as there is an inborn tendency towards the attraction of mutual affection”

He needed a new civil code to establish his second major step of giving freedom to women. The first part was the education of girls and was established with the unification of education.

The new Turkish civil code passed in October 1926 was modelled after the Swiss Civil Code. Under this code women gained equality with men in such matters as inheritance and divorce. Mustafa Kemal did not consider gender a factor in social organization. According to his view, society marched towards its goal with men and women united. He believed that it was impossible for men to achieve progress and to become civilized if discrimination continued. During a meeting he declaimed:

“To the women: Win for us the battle of education and you will do yet more for your country than we have been able to do. It is to you that I appeal.
To the men: If henceforward the women do not share in the social life of the nation, we shall never attain our full development. We shall remain irremediably backward, incapable of treating on equal terms with the civilizations of the West.”

In 1927, the State Art and Sculpture Museum opened its doors. The museum highlighted sculpture, which was little practised in Turkey owing to the Islamic tradition of avoiding idolatry. Mustafa Kemal believed that “culture is the foundation of the Turkish Republic.” and described modern Turkey’s ideological thrust as “a creation of patriotism blended with a lofty humanist ideal.” He included both his own nation’s creative legacy and what he saw as the admirable values of global civilization. The pre-Islamic culture of the Turks became the subject of extensive research, and particular emphasis was laid upon Turkish culture widespread before the Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations. He instigated study of Anatolian civilizations–Phrygians and Lydians, Sumerians and Hittites. He also stressed the folk arts of the countryside as a wellspring of Turkish creativity.

On 1 January 1928, he established the Turkish Education Association. The Association supported intelligent and hard-working children in financial need, as well as making material and scientific contributions to the educational life.

In the spring of 1928, Mustafa Kemal met in Ankara with several linguists and professors from all over Turkey where he unveiled to them a plan of his to implement a new alphabet for the Turkish language based on a modified Latin alphabet. The new Turkish alphabet would serve as a replacement for the old Arabic script and as a solution to the literacy problem in Turkey. When he asked them how long it would take to implement the new alphabet into the Turkish language, most of the professors and linguists said between three to five years. He was said to have scoffed and openly stated, “We shall do it in three to five months”.

On 1 November 1928 he introduced the new Turkish alphabet and abolished the use of Arabic script. At the time literate citizens of the country comprised as little as 10% of the population. The creation of the new Turkish alphabet as a variant of the Latin alphabet was undertaken by the Language Commission and as he predicted the country’s adaptation to the new alphabet was very quick, literacy in Turkey jumped from 10% to over 70% within two years.

In 1931, he established the Turkish Language Association for conducting research work on the Turkish language. The Turkish Historical Society was established in 1931, and began maintaining archives in 1932 on research work about the history of Turkey.

Beginning in 1932, the “People’s Houses” opened throughout the country in order to meet the requirement that people between the ages of four and fourty had to learn the new alphabet as mandated. Turkish women were taught not only child care, dress-making and household management, but also skills needed to join the economy outside the home.

Turkish education became a state-supervised system, which was designed to create a skill base for the social and economic progress of the country. Turkish education became an integrative system, aimed at alleviateing poverty and used female education to establish equality.

Several hundred “People’s Houses” and “People’s Rooms” across the country allowed greater access to a wide variety of artistic activities, sports, and other cultural events. Mustafa Kemal supported and encouraged the visual and plastic arts, which had been suppressed by the Ottoman leaders, who regarded depiction of the human form as idolatry. Many museums opened, architecture began to follow modern trends, and classical Western music, opera, and ballet, as well as the theatre, also took greater hold. Book and magazine publications increased as well, and the film industry began to grow.

In 1932, the Koran in the Turkish language was read before a live audience and broadcast over the radio. It took till 1935 for the version that had been read in public to find its way into print. He believed that the understanding of religion was too important to be left to a small group of people. His objective was to make the Koran accessible to modern people, and therefore to translate it into modern languages.

The University Law of 31 May 1933 introduced mixed-sex education to the academies, colleges and universities in Turkey. In 1933, he ordered the reorganization of Istanbul University into a modern institution and later established Ankara University in the capital city.

In 1934, he commissioned the first Turkish operatic work, Özsoy. The opera, which was staged at the People’s House in Ankara, was composed by Adnan Saygun and performed by soprano Semiha Berksoy.

On 5 December 1934, Turkey moved to grant full political rights to women, ahead of several other European nations. The equal rights of women in marriage had already been established in the earlier Turkish civil code. Women’s place in Mustafa Kemal’s cultural reforms was best expressed in the civic book prepared under his supervision.

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Eighteen female MPs joined the Turkish Parliament with the 1935 general elections.

Mustafa Kemal said that: “There is no logical explanation for the political disenfranchisement of women. Any hesitation and negative mentality on this subject is nothing more than a fading social phenomenon of the past. …Women must have the right to vote and to be elected; because democracy dictates that, because there are interests that women must defend, and because there are social duties that women must perform.”

During his lifetime, he adopted thirteen children: a boy and twelve girls. Of these, the most famous is Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey’s first female pilot and the world’s first female fighter pilot.

On November 24, 1934 the GNAT bestowed on “Mustafa Kemal” the surname “Atatürk” meaning ‘Father of the Turks’. He died on 10 November 1938. Born Mustafa his rise can be traced through his name; 1896: Mustafa Kemal, 1911: Mustafa Kemal Bey, 1916: Mustafa Kemal Pasha, 1921: Gazi Mustafa Kemal, 1934: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

From 1922 to 1938 as leader of the Nation he had done more for Turkey than anyone since the Islamic conquest of Anatolia by the Seljuks in the latter half of the eleventh century when they started expanding into eastern Anatolia.. Atatürk in two decades had returned their identity, had laid the foundations of a modern European state and freed the Turkish people from the shackles of Islam.

Today the pro Islamist government of Turkey led by Tayyip Erdogan is busy quietly dismantling piecemeal all of Atatürk’s achievements, as the rest of Europe sleepwalks through history.

It is fitting to end with his words:

“I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the teachings of science. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow man.”
“For nearly five hundred years, these rules and theories regarding civil and criminal law of an Arab Sheikh and the interpretations of generations of lazy and good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and criminal law of Turkey. They have decided the form of the Constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learned in his schools, his customs, his thoughts-even his most intimate habits. This theology of an immoral Arab [presented as Islam] is a dead thing. Possibly it might have suited tribes in the desert. It is no good for a modern, progressive state… …These are only the chains by which the priests and bad rulers bound the people down.”

Part two to follow.

Lobatus Interruptus

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Antonia Lobato has been damp between her legs ever since she first caught sight of Fernando Alonso. Antonia was chosen to commentate on formula one motor racing since its discovery by the Spanish in 2004. Their interest was not kindled by love or appreciation of the sport, but by the fact that it was back then in 2005 only nine years ago that Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish driver ever to win a world championship. There is no strong tradition going back through the years of national interest in the sport (as it does not involve the torture of animals) and as a result they have no understanding of what the sport should be about.

Miss Lobato has been regaling her ignorant, partisan public with her boring trivia ever since. When not talking twaddle about who holds the record for “looking to the left” or “cleaning their visors”, she is babbling about who is in “olé” position with a pee. This spectacle is as far removed from the true Grad Prix as Antonia Lobato is from a real sports commentator. Welcome to the Alonso show! Everything but everything revolves around one driver with the entire reporting team soiling their underwear with joy at any misfortune that may befall the rest of the participants.
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This pathetic circus which long ago had ceased to have anything to do with sport or motor racing is a sad shadow of what used to be an exciting dangerous competition between sportsmen in front of a crowd of knowledgeable enthusiasts. Not a frenzy of advertising and consumerism where the “event” has to be heavily sold to a public who would not recognise a real motor race if it ran over them.

The team of latter day door to door salesmen employed to repeatedly and excitedly explain to the Pavlovian public why they should be watching such a unique spectacle are all dressed in fancy dress costumes (usually the colours of the car manufacturer for whom Alonso is currently driving) which is set off with a Palestinian scarf. Every race, every lap in fact every minute is “historic”!

While Antonia’s team are busy talking faster than the cars are moving (in case someone notices that there is nothing actually happening on the circuit) about every trivia imaginable and selling razor blades, sanitary towels and the race of course, punctuated by banal interviews with the latest and greatest drivers of all time, where they shamelessly exhibit their cartoon English, she is busy preparing herself for “the interview” or better described as oral sex with Alonso.

Antonia by now is usually highly excited, head shaved and polished as smooth as a baby’s bottom, and full of the same content. Excreting bodily fluids from all orifices, pupils dilated, heart pounding in a state of “premature journalistic investigation” she approaches her knight in shining “amor” fondling her microphone. Next comes what passes for an intimate and in depth interview usually in a semi reclining position with Antonia leaning close with her eye lashes flapping like a fishwife’s tongue. It is at this point that all decent people should change channel or switch off.

Incredibly, Alonso manages not to vomit all over Miss Lobato (not that she would care) and seems to emerge fully clothed and unscathed from the experience, while she is left panting heavily with eyes glazed in a post orgasmic coma. Her death grip loosens on her microphone she cleans and tidies herself up a bit and clearing her throat staggers off with knees shaking hoping that maybe this time she will bear him a son.

But even more distasteful than this public exhibition of unrequited lust is that Miss Lobato has promoted and contributed to the nation wide disease of misusing sport for the exact opposite of what ought to be its virtues. All the rest of the competitors are referred to as opponents or enemies, with constant bitchy sarcastic remarks about their characters or abilities. It is not just Antonia and the rest of the retarded reporters in this circus but all the so called sporting events have been reduced to a cross between marketing hysteria and the Nürnberg rallies in the thirties with the winners exhibiting unacceptable euphoria instead of humility and dignity, nationality counting for more than ability and cheap ridicule of the losers. A collective schadenfreude!

This is not celebrating sporting events for the love of the sport but as nationalist rallies for flag waving and fuelling dangerous tendencies. In true sport the public supports both the winners and the losers and it is not nationality that counts but ability. Many years ago in the forties it was Ascari then in the fifties it was Fangio who was on everybody’s lips or before them the great Tazio Nuvolari who held the 350cc motorcycle world championship for five years while simultaneously competing in the Grand Prix which title he also took in 1932 and nobody cared whether they were Italian or Argentinian it was the man and his ability that counted.

Great champions and racing drivers are not made solely by the number of wins, or the shrill hysterics of nationalism but a combination of many factors not least of which are the character of the driver and the quality of the competition. Alonso is probably one of the best drivers around at present; this however, unfortunately does not amount to much.

If I said (and I do) that for all his wins Schumacher is not one of the great champions of the sport, and that Gilles Villeneuve who never won a World championship title was by far a greater racing driver, nobody in Spain would understand or accept why I said it no matter for how long I tried to explain yet it is the truth. It is only numbers that matter to the Lilliputian accountants who run, partake in and commentate on the ruins of a sport never to return.

D’ya know wha’ I mean??????

Jabberwocky
“Twas brilling, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe,”

The walrus and the carpenter
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”

The above are verses taken from two poems written by the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known by his pen-name as Lewis Carroll. I chose these because they are fun and because I am fond of the book they come from. Also because in the first, the words only sound as though they are real and in the second, the words describe nonsensical things and yet both are unforgettable and pleasurable to hear.

In contrast the reverse is true of the subject of this essay; the assassination of thought and what used to be the English language. While some of the following may also be unforgettable, it is not however, in a pleasurable way, and reflects a lack of vocabulary, understanding of semantics and in consequence an inability to express ideas.

What I cannot reproduce here is the ubiquitous rising inflection which has infected the entire English speaking world. The only way to try to convey it in print is by adding four or five question marks at the end of the sentence????? It is a kind of “d’ya know wha’ I mean”, without words.

I shall begin with two of my pet hates, first; “off of” what in the name of all that is holy is this? “Take it off of the shelf”, or “get off of the train” It is “take it off the shelf”, get off the train”. This irritating gibberish is so prevalent that it is almost impossible to find people who have not succumbed to it.

Then there is, “this moment in time”, what else can a moment be but part of time? “I can’t at this moment in shoes”? Or “I can’t at this moment in a ham sandwich”? What happened to “now” or simply “I can’t at the moment” where did this relativistic reference originate, and could we as a result of the supposed indivisibility of the space-time fabric have, “at this moment in space”? But who really cares, it is nonsense!

Bellow are some examples of Misuses, Malapropisms, and Incorrect prepositions, Meaningless coinages, Redundancies, Incorrect pronunciations and general nonsense in common use.

A list of typical misuses employing a topical subject like Syria;

“going forward” (“the future of Syria looks very bad going forward”)
“it’s all about” (“the future of Syria is all about death and destruction”)
“concerning” (“the future of Syria is very concerning”)
“underestimate” (“you cannot underestimate the danger to the region posed by the Syrian crisis”) instead of overestimate.
“at the end of the day” (“at the end of the day the future for Syria looks very bad”)
“so” (“So, if one considers the crisis in Syria…”)
“in terms of” (“and in terms of Syrians not being happy in terms of their future”)

Here is a sentence you are likely to hear nowadays, followed by its correct alternative:

“So; in terms of going forward, it’s all about how at the end of the day you can’t underestimate how concerning the Syrian crisis is????? (Rising inflection)

Instead of:

“Syria’s future is very bleak.”

More words misused and flogged to death:

“icon” “iconic” – significant / characteristic / famous / fairly well known / important . .
“massive” – large / a little more than usual / extensive / impressive . . . .
“drama” – happening / incident / dispute . . .
“crisis” – difficulty / nuisance / problem . . .
“row” – disagreement / discussion / debate . . .
“adorable” – spoiled and over-dressed ‘celebrity’s’ brat / cat / toy dog . . .
“celebrity” – (female) nonentity with botox smile and falling out of her clothes – (male) shaven-headed, tattooed nonentity – also possibly falling out of his clothes
“if” – enquiries into if Al Shabab was involved
“gay” – gay marriage (meaning a lively and happy marriage ceremony between a man and a woman)

Common irritants.

The compulsive and obsessive use of the word ”awesome”.
The intrusive “r” as in “drawring” as opposed to drawing or “sawr it” for saw it.
Saying “ekcetera” instead of etcetera.

Meaningless coinages
“metro sexual”, “multi cultural”, “islamophobic” “homophobic, “transgender”, “life coach”, “upwardly mobile”, “gender conscious”, “politically correct”, “on going”, “out reach”, “height challenged” “emotional intelligence” “out source” “human rights” etc. etc.

Malapropisms:

“diffused” – ‘the crisis has been diffused’
“mitigate” – ‘his attitude mitigated against their coming to an agreement’
“beautified” – ‘the Pope has beautified Mother Theresa . . .’ (This was not a slip of the keyboard; the solecism was repeated several times in one article.)
“exasperate” – ‘the strong east wind will exasperate the chill factor’
“nostalgia” / “nostalgic” – cannot mean anything other than ‘homesickness’ / ‘homesick’ (see the etymology of the word)

Incorrect prepositions:

“different to” (for ‘different from’) has now almost been superseded by the American, and equally absurd “different than”
“averse to” has almost universally replaced ‘averse from’ (see etymology of ‘averse’)
What about the endemic “must of” and “could of” etc.?

Redundant prepositions:

“listen up” / “park up” / “meet with” / “continue on” etc.

Universal misuse of subject and object pronouns:

“who’s there?” “it’s me.”

Meaningless terms intended as insults:

“homophobic” (see above) / “racist” / “fascist” / “reactionary” /. . . .

And as for BBC pronunciation!! -

harASSed for HARassed / riSPITE for RESpit(e) / kiLOMitter for KILometre /
forMIDable for FORmidable / HAIch for H etc. etc.

Redundancies :

gather together
absolutely necessary
postpone until later
unexpected surprise
very unique
past history
close proximity
foreign imports
temporarily suspended
free gift

some commonly confused words
venal – venial
imply – infer
historic – historical
and of course,
Hellenic – Hellenistic

Some quotes from the BBC:

used by a reporter referring to a newspaper carrying a story on Merkel’s victory “an iconic front page”
whilst talking about the end of the production of the VW type two van “an iconic vehicle”
news “coming out of” military sources or government sources
we shall be able to “interact with our food”
a shadow employment minister talking about insurance for workers: It was very “negligible” of the company not to take care of that lady’s insurance…

The meaning of certain expressions which have had people befuddled in recent times:

“peace initiative”…………..War
“peace process”……………War
“peace negotiations”……….War
“peace talks”……………….War
“peace”………………………War
Once you grasp the basic concept it becomes really quite easy. You just say the exact opposite of what you mean, and while on that subject I would like to wish all radical Muslims, health, long life, prosperity and all the best.

I think that will suffice to briefly illustrate what you may think is no more than mildly amusing mistakes or perhaps just a refusal to accept what some people refer to as an “evolving living language”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The inability to express concepts correctly or precisely is neither a natural consequence nor a development (the meanings of evolve in this context).

Francis Bacon wrote; “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man and writing an exact man.” Of course he was well practised in all three, and therefore had the ability not just to think but to order his thoughts and express them clearly.

Some of the above may be described as bad habits or as ignorance, even as fashion, but none of it is desirable or beneficial. This is not a trivial subject dealing only with personal dislikes but effects fundamental issues concerning education, politics, morals and values through the manipulation of the mind.

Advertising, the news media, and what is euphemistically referred to as the education system all deal with controlling and influencing or (perhaps better expressed) restricting peoples thinking and behaviour by the selective re engineering of their vocabulary.

Orwell addressed this subject comprehensively in his prophetic masterpiece; Nineteen eighty four, in which “Newspeak” was to supersede “Oldspeak” (or Standard English) by 2050:

“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc” (today’s politically correct liberal socialists), “but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought – that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc – should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependant on words……..to give a single example. The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as ‘This dog is free from lice’ or ‘This field is free from weeds’. It could not be used in its old sense of ‘politically free’ or ‘intellectually free since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless…….reduction of vocabulary was regarded as an end in itself, and no word that could be dispensed with was allowed to survive. Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum”.

The only counter measure to the onslaught against the freedom of the mind is, reading and reading and more reading in order to be able to think independently, followed by conversation and writing to be able to marshal and express thoughts clearly to others. This coupled with an informed appreciation of art (one of the highest expressions of human consciousness) in all its forms, which stimulates emotions through all the senses, will go a long way to forming a person able to resist the effects of the systematic mutilation of language and by extension the mind.

Humour is also an essential ingredient to a healthy and well developed intellect and a perfect note to finish on. The following gems I overheard from ex–pats living here.

“I know a lot of Spanish words it is just my vocabulary that is the problem”

“I am going into hospital tomorrow to have a prostrate operation”

I atollah you so

It is with foreboding that I watch America yet again being conducted towards a potential political train wreck by Obama and his administration in his desperate and futile attempt to appear as though he can manage foreign policy. I do not understand why he is allowed to meddle in things that he is evidently not qualified or experienced enough to deal with. Someone should give him a less breakable toy to play with to occupy him while the adults handle the more serious matters. And what could be more important than the forthcoming diplomatic battle of wills with Iran?

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new president is a far more formidable and tricky opponent than his predecessor; that foul mouthed gnome Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s unpleasant poisoned rhetoric, served only to expose Iran’s attitude and intentions towards the west and its most important ally Israel.

Rouhani not only has close relationships with the clerical elite and the real seat of power; the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, (who’s foreign policy is driven by animosity to the United States and Israel), but served for almost 15 years as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, and was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator with the West. He has been part of the establishment for a very long time.

This man is well versed in diplomacy and negotiation and for all his soft talk and carefully maintained image of a moderate reformer not a single word he utters should be believed. He is a perfect partner for Putin, they form a matching pair. Following Russia’s lead in the Syrian chemical weapons affair, Iran is now also trying to make a simplistic public believe that it and not the West, is the initiator of reason and diplomacy and America is the aggressive lawless power.

The important thing to remember is that it has been precisely the hard line adopted over sanctions that has forced Iran to the negotiating table in an attempt to ease its stricken economy. Promises and fine words have no substance from a regime that has not changed at all. Iran’s timing of Rouhani’s speech at the forum for duplicity, humbug and insincerity, (in other words the United Nations General Assembly) is carefully calculated. It follows yet further blows to American and Western interests in the region, as was the announcement, after Putin’s meeting with Rouhani in Shanghai on the 13th of September, of Russia’s agreement to sell the advanced S-300 air defence system to Iran and construct a new nuclear reactor for them at the Bushehr site.

Rouhani’s hypocrisy at the Assembly should have been throttled at birth, but it was only the distant voice of Benjamin Netanyahu that could be heard speaking reason. It comes as no surprise then that the press as usual, is buying into the emperors new clothes and so it seems is the child-like Obama. Yet again Obama and his kindergarten friends are being offered a lollypop to suck on in public, only to be indecently interfered with behind the scenes later this Thursday (they had better carry plenty of Vaseline with them). These innocents never learn not to accept gifts from strange men in funny turbans wearing dresses!

Rouhani will now successfully engage the west in fruitless talks and negotiations with empty promises in an attempt to ease Iran’s economic situation and gain more time to complete its nuclear weapons program. He believes that he has the experience and the modus operandi to manipulate his current opponents whom he regards as tailor made dupes for his intentions, and he may well be right. Rouhani’s domestic rhetoric has not changed in the slightest from his predecessor’s nor has his master’s. All this so called “charm initiative” is no more than a change of tactics, the strategy remains the same

Amongst other things, Iran’s new president held open the possibility of negotiations on his country’s disputed nuclear program and talks with the United States in his first speech on the so called “world stage” last Tuesday. Rouhani reiterated Iran’s right under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium, a process that can be used to produce fuel for both weapons and energy.

He called his election over the summer a wise choice of hope, rationality and moderation.” Refreshing to hear such modesty.

Speaking of Iran’s purely peaceful nuclear intentions:
”Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defence doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions,” he said. “Our national interests make it imperative that we remove any and all reasonable concerns about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.”

Followed by this:
“I declare that only if there is political will, if there is mutual respect and mutual interest, and only if the rights of Iran’s people are ensured, can we guarantee the peaceful character of Iran’s nuclear program.

Only the mentally impaired could possibly take any of the above for anything other than a deliberate insult to the listener’s intelligence. This clearly demonstrates that the Iranian regime is so close to achieving the “Shia bomb” that it is confident enough to start using it as a threat. Ever since Pakistan built the “Suni bomb” it has been inevitable that the Shia version would be built sooner or later, in the face of current western weakness. With any luck they will first use them against each other before aiming them at us.

I can foresee the Rouhani and Putin double act continuing to beguile a willing and complicit media while simultaneously rough handling William Vague and John Curry as they are doing at present. The interests of Iran, Russia, Syria and Hezbollah in the region are inseparable, they all know it and act accordingly. The regional interests of Israel (apart from being one of survival) coincide with that of America, Britain, and the West the difference being that the former knows it and acts accordingly while the rest behave as though this was some kind of embarrassment to them and do not act accordingly.

While on the subject of Israel, Rouhani’s deliberately offensive reference to the Holocaust as “reprehensible” a word meaning “to find fault with”, (presumably because not enough Jews were killed for his liking) was calculated to be insulting and provocative yet the imbecilic media reacted as though it was something laudable, calling it a sign of radical change on the part of the Tehran government!

He was also characteristically unable to resist mentioning the Nazi’s (the allies and collaborators of Muslims) when talking about Jews:

“Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis created toward the Jews, is reprehensible and condemnable,” the newly elected leader told CNN in an interview.
Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews we condemn. The taking of human life is contemptible,” he said, according to the US broadcaster’s translation. “It makes no difference whether that life is Christian, Jewish or Muslim. For us it is the same.”
The Holocaust “doesn’t mean you can say Nazis committed crimes against a group so they must usurp the land of another group and occupy it,” he said.

Rouhani is either ignorant or (and this is far more likely), is deliberately trying to manipulate his audience. The state of Israel was not re-established as a result of the Nazis, the Holocaust or the 2nd World War (for more information read my entry entitled, Illegal Occupation posted on the 8th of July):

The Zionist political movement was founded in the late nineteenth century by a Hungarian Jew living and working in Paris by the name of Theodor Herzl who devoted his life to achieve his goal of an independent Jewish state. He rightly came to the realisation that the only way that Jews can ever live free from anti Semitism is in an independent Jewish homeland. In 1897, the First World Zionist Congress met in Basel, Switzerland. It was the first time that Jews from different nations had ever met with a political agenda.

Rouhani also proposed that the U.N. consider a new project; “The World Against Violence and Extremism” called WAVE and urged all nations and organizations to join and guide the world in this direction. I suggest two alternatives for the UN and Rouhani to look into; “The Association of Radical Shia Extremists” and “The Humanitarian Organization for Liberty and Equality”.

The Israeli people had better understand that as things stand at present, not if but when, the time comes for military confrontation with Iran, the West and America to their shame, will not have the conviction or the stomach to stand with them. I just hope that when that time does come, I shall not have to say “I atollah you so”.

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Make no mistake, in dealing with Putin we are facing one of the worlds most dangerous and powerful leaders. Though not an international statesman, (let us not confuse cunning with intellect) he is, however, a strong and natural leader devoid of principles or conscience and more than a match for any present Western head of state. This kind of politician must not be underestimated and needs to be handled by people of greater calibre than are available to the west in the persons of Obama, Cameron, Merkel or Hollande. Putin is a predator by nature he can smell weakness and fear and does not hesitate to exploit either, hence the timing of his address to the American people in the New York Times.

Any attempt to answer the cynical and hypocritical, yet clever and artfully conceived, content of his article point by point would mean, first, to endow it with validity which it simply does not possess and second, to engage in a fruitless dialogue with a man from whose mouth words like democracy, international law, peaceful dialogue, and cooperation fall like so much poisoned fruit. He has though in my opinion confused an International audience with a domestic one, possibly through arrogance. This in turn betrays some weakness on his part. On the other hand I may be overestimating the American public.

The lack of any coherent foreign policy or strong leadership in international affairs by the Whitehouse over the past five years has eroded confidence in America’s ability to achieve its aims on the international stage. The State Department has been repeatedly out manoeuvred in all its dealings with Russia. America and its half hearted European allies are in desperate need of men and women who have the stature, understanding, character, charisma and strength needed to meet the challenges of the complex historical events unfolding at present. Sadly none seem to be available or allowed to take the reigns by uninformed and confused voters.

Every mistimed and ill conceived initiative that America has embarked on has backfired (as indeed will the unrealistic peace talks manufactured by Kerry between the so called “Palestinian Arabs” and Israel). Obama was unable to bring sufficient pressure to bear on the new Russian Tsar to prevent him from giving the traitor Edward Snowden asylum and thereby embarrassing America, and at the same time setting the stage for further embarrassments to follow, as that affair is far from over. It is almost a kind of grotesque symmetry to see the American ex intelligence officer run into the arms of the ex Soviet era intelligence officer the former a traitor the latter a nationalist and patriot.

Even if Putin’s past and pedigree was unknown which it is not, it only requires a cursory examination of domestic events in Russia and abroad to understand the nature of the beast. Putin’s enemies whether in the political sphere or in business can be found littering the streets of Moscow, London and most major European cities either as victims of fatal road accidents or shot or stabbed or irradiated by Polonium. Those that are not despatched in this fashion end up inside Russian prisons where before long are found dead in their cells from strange illnesses, beatings or having committed suicide. Journalists in Russia brave or foolish enough to investigate any of the above are shot to death in stairwells, doorways or alleyways with the police never being able to find the culprits.

Opponents of his who have sufficient millions invested abroad and have fled thereby managing to elude death temporaraly, are usually found living in fear exiled in England protected by security systems and armed bodyguards, never knowing which of their guards will turn out to be one of Putin’s men. Not that these people deserve too much sympathy either and in any case they are not the subject of this article.

So who is this Vladimir Putin? He was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, to a factory foreman and his wife in 1952, shortly before Stalin’s death. He entered Leningrad State University’s law department in 1970. The law department was a training and recruiting ground for the KGB, the police and the bureaucracy. The KGB targeted him for recruitment even before he graduated in 1975. “You know, I even wanted it,” he said of joining the KGB. These few words if nothing else illustrates that for Putin it was not a job but a vocation.

After a few years spying on foreigners in Leningrad, Putin was summoned to Moscow in the early 1980s to attend the elite foreign intelligence training institute, and then was assigned to East Germany. He arrived in Dresden at age of 32 when East Germany was a major focus of Moscow’s attention. The German Democratic Republic was home to 380,000 Soviet troops and Soviet intermediate-range missiles. Berlin was a constant source of Cold War tensions and intrigue. At the time, several thousand KGB officers reported to the headquarters at Karlshorst, outside Berlin; Soviet military intelligence was also stationed in East Germany. But the biggest intelligence operation was carried on by the East German secret police, the Stasi, who monitored hundreds of thousands of citizens and kept millions of documents on file.

The wide Stasi network was used often by the KGB, and the raw intelligence sent directly to Moscow. In Dresden, the KGB outpost at No. 4 Angelika strasse was located directly across the street from the city’s main Stasi headquarters. The Stasi poked into every aspect of life; in Dresden alone, the documents they preserved there on citizens, now stretch nearly seven miles in the archives, according to Konrad Felber, a spokesman for the commission that maintains the documents.

There is little information about Putin’s specific tasks in Dresden, but specialists and documents point to several assignments, including recruiting and preparing agents. At the time, a major KGB effort was underway to steal Western technology. Putin may also have been interested in military electronics and intelligence about NATO from informers in the West.

The KGB was known to the Stasi as “the friends,” and it relied on the Stasi for support. For years, the Stasi prepared fake passports and driver’s licenses for “the friends” to create cover stories for agents. Tens of thousands of people in East Germany were “registered,” or marked in the secret files of the Stasi, as being “of interest” to the KGB. According to the German specialist, some were marked because the KGB was searching for people with plausible cover stories for trips abroad. Later, Erich Mielke, the East German state security minister, tried to rein in the Stasi’s assistance to the KGB, which led to one case in which Putin is known to have been involved:

On March 29, 1989, Maj. Gen. Horst Bohm, the then head of the Dresden branch of the Stasi, wrote a memo to Putin’s boss, Gen. Vladimir Shirokov. While some names in the letter are blacked out, sources said the case involved Putin. Bohm complained that the KGB was recruiting reservists from the East German military who had gone into civilian life. These men were being recruited “frequently” for temporary, special missions. Bohm said a reservist was called in to the Dresden “recruitment centre” and was sent to talk to two Soviet civilians. “These talks included the topics of special training for wireless communications and also a short mission once each quarter of the year”. Bohm complained that the agent was already working for the Stasi and urged the KGB to keep its hands off. “It is not possible” to recruit East German army reservists for wireless communications training, he insisted. Bohm later committed suicide!

A puzzling and unexplained aspect of the Bohm letter is a reference to Soviet military intelligence, which was a different agency from the KGB, to which Putin belonged. It is possible that Putin was also working for military intelligence targeting Western military operations.

Putin also turned to the Stasi for help with routine logistics, such as obtaining a telephone (they were strictly controlled) and apartments. Putin was formally assigned to run a Soviet-German “friendship house” in Leipzig where he duly carried out his duties, but this apparently was a cover story. Intelligence specialists and political scientists said Putin may have had a political assignment to make contact with East Germans who were sympathetic to Gorbachov, such as the Dresden party leader Hans Modrow, in case the Honecker regime collapsed. Putin’s work with the Stasi won him a bronze medal in November 1987 from the East German security service, but the reasons for the award are unknown.

Putin a Major by now was on the seam of East-West confrontation, he witnessed firsthand the momentous finale of the Cold War. From the front line in East Germany, he saw how the centrally planned economies of the East staggered to disintegration. Later in St. Petersburg, he would have a taste of the ragged path of Russia’s early transition to a free-market democratic system and there were obvious lessons to be learned. What Putin has taken from these experiences is not entirely clear. He has though embraced the conviction that “there is no alternative” to free market democracy.

When Putin returned to St. Petersburg, he took a job for a year and a half as assistant to Musin the rector of the university, dealing with “international relations.” However, that was partly a cover story. He was still working for the KGB, recruiting or spying on students. Putin acknowledged recently that he was “a KGB officer under the roof, as we say,” noting that the rector knew about it. Putin told a journalist; Natalya Nikiforova, that he did not move up higher in the KGB ranks because he did not want to move his family to Moscow. Putin also said that he had wanted to write a dissertation “on a subject I always knew and understood, I mean international private law.” Musin said Putin came to him to make preparations for the dissertation but then dropped it when he got reacquainted with one of his old law professors, Anatoly Sobchak.

Sobchak, a leader in the first wave of democratic reformers in the Gorbachov years, was elected chairman of the Soviet-era Leningrad council. Putin quit the KGB, at the rank of lieutenant colonel, to work as Sobchak’s aide. In 1991, the city governance system was changed, and Sobchak became St. Petersburg’s first post-Soviet elected mayor. Putin quietly played a key role for Sobchak at the moment of the 1991 failed Soviet coup attempt. Sobchak who was in Moscow at that moment, vowed to defend Yeltsin and to fight the coup and took the risky step of flying back to his city to oppose the putsch. Putin, with connections in the local security services, showed up at the airport with armed guards to protect Sobchak, who was potentially vulnerable as a leading democrat.

St. Petersburg was a port and military city, and the state-owned shipbuilding and defence factories were stocked with precious metals. Marina Salye, who was then a member of the legislature’s food committee said, contracts were signed to trade metals for food, but she discovered that the metals had been sold at discount prices, the food prices were inflated, and the food never arrived. Then it turned out that companies that were just fronts had taken the profits and disappeared. Salye said she thinks Putin “was manipulating these contracts and was directly involved but it hasn’t been proved.” Putin’s influence grew under Sobchak and he became deputy Mayor but he remained in the shadows. “In the St. Petersburg days, it was always other people in front of the television cameras,” said Igor Artemyev, leader of the Yabloko party. “Almost all the other vice mayors lined up next to their bosses. Putin was always in the farthest corner.”

After Sobchak was defeated in 1996, Putin left for Moscow. There, for reasons which remain largely unexplained, he suddenly moved onto a remarkably fast career track. After first serving on the Kremlin staff, in 1998 he became director of the Federal Security Service, the domestic successor to the KGB and later added to his duties that of, head of the Kremlin Security Council. He was groomed for prime minister because he appears to have impressed Yeltsin’s inner circle and friendly tycoons, who were scrambling to find a premier and a potential Yeltsin successor. He was finally handpicked in August by the then President Boris Yeltsin to become prime minister, till then Putin had never been a public figure. He had spent 17 years as a mid-level agent in the Soviet KGB’s foreign intelligence wing, rising only to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In a long, private talk recently with the Moscow PEN writers group, Putin tried to evade the question of the KGB’s role in the Soviet system’s legacy of terror. Referring to the Stalin-era purges, in which millions were sent to prison camps and death, Putin said, according to a transcript, “Of course, one must not forget about the year 1937, but one must not keep alluding to only this experience, pretending that we do not need state security bodies such as the KGB. 17 years of my work are connected with this organization. It would be insincere for me to say that I don’t want to defend it.” Putin then went on to offer a strangely oblique explanation for the Great Terror, which seemed to avoid blaming the KGB.

Putin’s role in the blatantly misleading information issued by the government about the Chechnya offensive has been criticized. His talent for creating legends has been evident in his explanations about the war. Putin told the writers group that the military had been open with the news media, in fact it had hidden information about casualties, combat events, attacks on civilians and its goals and methods. Felix Svetov, a writer who spent time in Stalin’s prison camps as a child and who lost his father in the purges, was present at the writers meeting. He said Putin’s comment “does not correspond with reality.” Putin is a typical KGB type, he added, “if the snow is falling, they will calmly tell you, the sun is shining.”

Fiercely patriotic, Putin once said he could not read a book by a Soviet defector because “I don’t read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland.” (Interesting, taking into account his resent comments defending the American traitor Snowden.)

So the answer as to who or what this man really is, is neither too difficult or very easy; Putin is whoever and whatever is necessary for him to be at any given moment; experienced in espionage and counter espionage, millitary intelligence, a ruthless nationalist, the shadowy featureless power behind the scenes, the visible face of Russia, a manipulator, a trained organiser and disseminator of disinformation, a combination of Machiavelli, a mini Stalin and a Tsar, a modern day Rasputin. A man who in just over a decade has returned Russia to the centre stage of world politics not only surviving but thriving at the hub of power where few would have lasted more than a year. Above all a man who can not be trusted or reasoned with when push comes to shove, someone who must be dealt with from a position of strength.

He was after all a willing part of the most feared, powerful and deadly secret organisations that have existed in recent history the weapons of totalitarian regimes dedicated to the physical, intellectual and physiological control and subjugation of their own and other peoples. A trained exponent of the methods of the Stasi and the KGB. Only people who have had direct dealings with these sinister organs know what that really means. He is a Kafkaesque figure who knows how to deal with his own and Russia’s enemies and sees both as one and the same thing.

On a personal level he has used his power to accumulate great wealth though he has taken care for this not to be too visible. Not an easy task considering that, (looking at just one example), the palace he has built himself on the shores of the Black sea is on the scale of the Romanov’s. The grounds are so extensive that it takes hours to cross by car. A small army guards the place, complete with electronic surveillance, dogs, motorised patrols etc. This greed betrays yet another of his weaknesses.

Arrayed against this veteran of the cold war, the KGB, post Soviet Russia and organised crime on an industrial scale, are the feather weight cartoon characters of the west, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande and Obama. As mentioned before Putin has run rings around Obama on every occasion continually left footing him and relations between the two countries are at a low ebb. It is the same story for Britain with Russian assassins marauding at will on the streets of British cities because of Cameron’s impotence and inherent weakness. Merkel (who should have a clearer idea of who is sitting across the table from her as she grew up behind the wall in East Berlin) has withdrawn Germany from world politics and only interacts with international affairs through the Deutsche Bank when it concerns the Euro. This leaves France unable to have itself taken seriously any longer even by its allies inspite of Hollande’s tough talk.

Remember Rasputin had to be poisoned, shot, stabbed, beaten and drowned before he finally died and Putin is tougher than he was. The West simply has no one occupying any position who could be a match for him or who has a clear grasp of events and their significance. It is sleepwalking into the future. I am not suggesting by this that Putin is an outstanding world class politician or statesman, rather that the rest by comparison are so pathetic and bad.