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Terror In Tehran

This is the title of a leading article in The imes today.

It is subtitled.

The Isis attack on Iran is part of a desperate endgame that threatens us all

Islamic State are being pushed back and the newspaper thinks that attacks like London, Manchester, Paris and Teheran will increase.

Let’s hope they are wrong. But I suspect they aren’t!

 

June 8, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

F*** You, I’m Millwall

This is an extract from a piece on the responses to the London Bridge Attack in The Times.

Roy Larner, the football fan, who took on the attackers at Black and Blue, has told how he shouted, “F*** you, I’m Millwall” in response to their shouts of “Islam, Islam, Islam”. H received knife wounds to the head, chest and hands, but continued to fight, while other customers sought shelter.

“He kept slashing and hacking away at me,” he told The Sun. “They were stabbing and slashing at me as I waved my arms for 20 or 30 seconds.” More than 4,000 supporters have now signed a petition for Mr. Larner, 47, to be awarded the George Cross.

I do think, that there should be a few awards handing out after the two attacks in London and the one in Manchester.

June 8, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The IRA Bombing Campaign In England Of 1939-1940

When most people think of bombings by the Irish Republican Army, they think of the bombings like 1993 Bishopsgate, 1984 Brighton, 1992 Manchester and 1996 Manchester by the Provisional Irish Republican Army of recent memory.

But there was another campaign in 1939-1940 called S-Plan.

There were three hundred mainly small bombs, seven fatalities and ninety-six injured.

June 6, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

Unleash The Hyenas Of Comedy

In January 2010 I Wrote a post called The Ban on Islam4UK. I started it with the following paragraph.

Organisations such as Islam4UK and all the other so-called Muslim organisations, that don’t like the way things are done in the Western World bother me. But then so do right-wing so-called Christian groups and also those fake religions and cults beloved of celebrities with too much money and not enough common sense.

Most preach fiery hate to unbelievers like me and say we will rot in hell. That by the way is impossible, as hell doesn’t exist, unless you are stuck on the M25 (put your favourite in here) at the time of a small bump, that the Police decide is worthy of an enormous investigation.

When these groups commit crimes such as murder, assault, kidnapping and extortion, then hopefully they will feel the full force of the law.

And finished with this.

There is also one very powerful weapon that we should use against all of these people – humour.

Remember in the Second World War nothing was off-limits when combating the Nazis. Just read this little piece about Spike Jones in 1942. We need him now!

All of these groups give splendid opportunities for satire, ridicule and just plain fun.

After the attacks of recent months in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world, perhaps we should unleash the hyenas of comedy.

Remember in a straight fight a hyena would probably make mincemeat of the most vicious pit-bull, but laugh all the time it is doing it.

This article in the Daily Mail is entitled Brits mock ISIS with #IslamicStateClaims hashtag blaming them for everything from Bake Off moving channel to the shrinking size of Quality Street tins.

Everybody go for it! And in packs!

I would also hope that the Masters of Black Propaganda are working on the Internet equivalent version of Aspidistra, which was used with some success, against the Nazis in World War II. Or in this Politically Correct Age, is something like Aspidistra, just unacceptable?

But surely, no non-violent method is unacceptable against those who kill indiscriminately!

June 6, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Temporary Barriers On London’s Bridges

Barriers to protect pedestrians have been installed on some of London’s bridges.

I hope these monstrosities are only temporary and they are replaced with something more in keeping with the historic bridges.

I still feel that we should shut Southwark and Lambeth Bridges to all traffic except buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

June 5, 2017 Posted by | Travel, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Imams Refuse Funeral Prayers To ‘Indefensible’ London Bridge Attackers

This is the title on this article in the Guardian.

This is said.

More than 130 imams and Muslim religious leaders have said they will refuse to say funeral prayers for the perpetrators of Saturday’s attack in London.

In a highly unusual move, Muslim religious figures from across the country and from different schools of Islam said their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families led them to refuse to perform the traditional Islamic prayer – a ritual normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions. They called on others to do the same.

Obviously, the last crop of attackers can’t do anything more to us, but will a sanction like this make it more likely other attackers will strike?

I’m not against imams and Muslim religious leaders coming to their own decision, as this is still a free country, but I also think ot’s something the government should stay clear of.

June 5, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Vigil For The Victims Of The London Bridge Attack

I went to the Vigil At Potters Field Park for the victims of the London Bridge Attack.

Will London’s solidarity and defiance make any difference?

June 5, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Shots Fired – Police

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

Eight police officers fired a total of 50 bullets to kill the three London Bridge attackers, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

He described it as an “unprecedented” number of shots fired by police.

An IPCC investigation would take place, but he said that the situation officers faced was “critical”.

He said he was “humbled by the bravery of officers who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber”.

I don’t like guns and it is one of the reasons, I don’t go to the United States.

But I still think the number of bullets fired was excessive, especially as one round hit an innocent member of the public.

Thirty years ago, after Metier had been sold to Lockheed, I met one of their guys, who looked after research into unusual devices for Special Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.

One thing we discussed over a couple of drinks, was a tranquiliser gun, which is regularly used by superheroes and wild animal vets. I can remember him saying that they could have applications where human shields were being used or in crowded encounters, where the chances of hitting the wrong target were high.

I also remember other ideas being tested.

So are we doing enough research into creating weapons that deal with the situations that arose in the London Bridge attacks and will surely arise in the future?

I hope that in the major IPCC review of the attacks, which must happen, the scope and efficiency of the weapons available to the Police is thoroughly examined.

One question, I would ask, is do they have a weapon, that could stop a truck, larger than the Renault van used last night?

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Lord Carlile Says Control Orders Could Come Back

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

The former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation says Theresa May could be looking to reintroduce control orders when she reviews the UK’s anti-terrorism strategy.

Lord Carlile of Berriew said if they had been in place, they “may have saved a lot of lives”.

Control orders were introduced by Tony Blair in 2005. The orders allowed suspects to be relocated away from their home communities, subjected them to 16-hour home-arrest curfews and barred them from using mobile phones or the internet.

They were replaced by Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures or Tpims in 2011.

If Lord Carlile says they might have saved a lot of lives, then they should surely be looked at.

 

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | World | , | 4 Comments

Attacker Was Married With Children

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

The BBC understands that one of the attackers shot by police last night lived at an address in Barking, which has been the subject of intense police activity today.

The dead attacker was, according to neighbours, a married man with two children who had had lived at the address for around 3 years.

That says a lot about the stupid and selfish nature of the attackers.

 

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment