The newspapers are full of the story today. The UK has rejected the new EU financial treaty. At the same time the British seem to think they will be allowed to remain in the political and economic entity called the European Union. Not surprisingly the major European powers are enraged and disdainful. Nicolas MOSSAD Sarkosy refused to shake Cameron's hand at the end of the day. Isn't that enough of a message?
When the UK entered the EU without adopting the Euro as its currency, I thought the writing was on the wall for the long term viability of the relationship. IMO the basic problem is that the English do not identify with continental Europeans ( or anyone else really). There are so many ZIOCONNED English and Americans, Canadians, Australians, NEW ZEALANDERS, who think themselves a race apart and a superior breed that they ought actually to be Israelis.....
In both World Wars the UK's forces occupied the left of the line in France. This was closest to the Channel. the French WWII tell you that in both 1914-1918 and 1940 the English were focused on the Channel ports if things went wrong. Unkind? Undoubtedly and probably unfair. Contrary to what a lot of you ignorantly believe the French have the right to an opinion in this matter. If you think the French did not fight well in WW1 go look at the statistics.
I will be surprised and pleased if the UK does not eventually leave the EU or be expelled....
"According to several respected US analysts on the Middle East, such as Vince Cannistraro, former CIA head of counter-terrorism, and Judith Yaphe of National Defense University, the message emanating from Israel and its right-wing US supporters is that the road to Jerusalem and an Arab-Israeli peace leads through Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contends that since Iran's support of Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon means permanent hostility to Israel's existence, the only way to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian agreement is to use brute force to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear capability. Israel's right wing incessantly depicts a nuclear Iran as the seat of the world's evil, and calls during the last few weeks for a joint US-Israel strike against Iran have reached a crescendo of frantic anxiety...., but EUROPE and its anti-War stances has to be destroyed FIRST, as well as SYRIA and LEBANON...." WW3 is but a certainty given the Geopolitical climate of the day, with colored Revolutions rehashing RUSSIA, and soon enough, CHINA and INDIA.....
Those few lines are quite stark in pointing out that war, once undertaken is no longer an abstraction but a concrete set of horrors that can grow and spiral into utter chaos.
I am reminded of the magic thinking in the run up to the Iraq war with all of the media chin strokers telling us that war with Iraq would be a cakewalk with flowers and candy and shiny happy people thanking us by instilling a democratic rule that would make all things right in the world.
As was witnessed in the Second Lebanon War, Israel is not invincible to say the least...., just as a bunch of disaffected Iraqis showed the largest and most well equipped military in the world that life can be made quite difficult with 40 year old weapons caches and a little co-ordination via up to date technology.
If the war mongers win the day and launch an attack on Iran, I fear that it will be the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. The possibility of a spiral in to world war seems almost pre-ordained.
Sadly, that is what many of the apocalypticos in Israel, America and Iran would take as vindication....
I think that the danger will arise when enough of the mover and shakers from all parties involved feel there is nothing to lose by making war.
For the superstitious among us, this does make for a compelling narrative on the lead up to 2012.....
Moscow is braced for what the opposition claims will be the biggest demonstration in Russia for 20 years. Tens of thousands are expected to gather in a square south of the Kremlin, in the latest show of anger over disputed parliamentary polls. Smaller rallies are due to take place in cities across the country. The protesters allege Sunday's elections - which gave Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party a small lead - were fraudulent. Hundreds of people have been arrested during anti-Putin protests over the past week, mainly in Moscow and St Petersburg. At least 50,000 police and riot troops have been deployed in Moscow ahead of Saturday's protests. The opposition says it is hoping for a turnout of 30,000 in the capital in the demonstration dubbed "For Fair Elections", due to begin at 14:00 (10:00 GMT). The BBC's Daniel Sandford in Moscow says that if the protests come even close to expectations, they will shake the 12-year-long political domination of Mr. Putin.
The top US military commander, Gen Martin Dempsey, says he is concerned about "the potential for civil unrest" as Europe's financial crisis unfolds. Gen Dempsey said it was unclear the latest steps taken by EU leaders would be enough to hold the eurozone together, adding that a break-up could have consequences for the Pentagon. He suggested that part of his concern was that the US military could be exposed to any unraveling of the eurozone "because of the potential for civil unrest and the break-up of the union". The US military has more than 80,000 troops and 20,000 civilian workers in Europe, many based in Germany.
Sergei Kovalev, whose absolutely disgusting activities in Chechnya earned him the dubious distinction of being one of the most hated persons in the entire country. Bottom line: 'dissidents' and 'human right' activists have exactly zero traction in Russia.
The other reason the AFPE&P hate Putin is that Putin caught up with the fraudster Khodorkovsky before he could sell the Russian oil sector to the Anglosphere investor class, then used the money to improve Russian public health and living standards. The AFPE&P view this as an intolerable diversion of money from their pockets, so they have their leashed media snarl at Putin.
Fortunately for Russians, Putin cares nothing for what the AFPE&P think of him....
Thousands of people have attended the biggest anti-government rally in the Russian capital Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union
As many as 50,000 people gathered on an island near the Kremlin to condemn alleged ballot-rigging in parliamentary elections and demand a re-run.
Prominent figures at the rally included younger opposition activists like Yevgenia Chirikova, as well as former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under the late Boris Yeltsin.
At least 50,000 police and riot troops were deployed in Moscow ahead of Saturday's protests and the city began to resemble a police state rather than a democracy, Daniel Sandford says.
There were no immediate reports of protest-related arrests in Moscow but police in Kurgan, on the border with Kazakhstan, dispersed an unapproved rally.
Conclusion: this is what the French call a "storm in a glass of water" or, in Shakespeare's words "much ado about nothing". The fact that, unlike in Iran, the demonstrators failed to engage in violence tells me that this entire movement has even less traction than Mousavi's "Gucci Revolution". Think about it - when you represent roughly 0,5% of the population nice and clean demonstration are just not going to get you the attention you want. At this point, you need an innocent "Neda" to really fire up the propaganda and rally more people, you need YouTube videos of cops beating up demonstrators, you absolutely need "proof" of the "barbarity" of the regime. Unless the Russian "Gucci's" manage to regroup and get some violence going, I call this entire movement a gigantic flop.
And, just in case, let me repeat something here, just to make sure: I am in NO WAY a Medvedev or Putin fanboy. In fact, my view of them is not unlike my view of Ahmadinejad: they are not the type of political leaders I like, but the opposition to them is much, much worse (at least in Iran it was evil and corrupt, but credible; in Russia they are mostly discredited clowns). And just as in the elections in Iran, I am NOT saying that no cheating took place. I am only saying three basic things:
a) the outgoing government won the elections because a plurality of voters supports it
b) the outgoing government had no need for fraud
c) the so-called opposition does not seek new elections, what it wants is "regime change"