Recently I’ve got into a couple of arguments with people who object to me comparing the USK occupation of Iraq to that of the Nazis in France. Well, here’s what a senior British army officer has to say about the matter:
“Speaking from his base in southern Iraq, the officer said: “My view and the view of the British chain of command is that the Americans’ use of violence is not proportionate and is over-responsive to the threat they are facing. They don’t see the Iraqi people the way we see them. They view them as untermenschen. They are not concerned about the Iraqi loss of life in the way the British are. Their attitude towards the Iraqis is tragic, it’s awful.”
Is the above more lefty, pro-terrorist propaganda? Surely it’s the work of some insidious stooges of Bin Laden, must have been published in some pro-Arab newspaper, eh?
The source of the above quote is The Telegraph. Or, as it’s more commonly known, The Torygraph. It says a lot about the fractured situation and the evil being done in Iraq in our names when such a pillar of the establishment dares to print criticism of the US military.
“The phrase untermenschen – literally “under-people” – was brought to prominence by Adolf Hitler in his book Mein Kampf, published in 1925. He used the term to describe those he regarded as racially inferior: Jews, Slaves and gipsies.”(Source: The Telegraph)
So there you have it. Not from a lefty like me, not from a lefty news source but from a serving British officer. The US military is behaving like Nazis in Iraq.
Remember that the next time you see some arrogant quote from Paul Bremer criticising Spain’s withdrawal. This man is basically the chief Nazi in charge of all the stormtroopers currently murdering unarmed Iraqi civilians (or, as they call them, “insurgents”). Give as much creedence to his pronouncements as you would to Goering or Hess. I choose those names because, after all, he’s only following orders.
The colours! THE COLOURS! AAARRGGHH!
Without getting too Kirk Douglas, today was wonderful. Beautiful, saturated colours everywhere and reliable sunshine. Although it was a bit cold still, which probably explains why I caught this little chap(ess) half-asleep:
A sedate week this week, the Bless was very quiet. So I managed to fit in loads of new tracks as well as some old faves. It was great to play shitloads of brand-new electronic tracks. I also didn’t play anything very metal this week, just as an experiment. Although I’m not a metal fan, I missed playing it because it adds more light and shade: without something immensely loud and noisy, the quiet stuff I play doesn’t have enough to contrast against. Guess I’ll have to dig up some new (not nu) metal to play!
The best new track this week was The Magnetic Fields’ ‘If There’s Such A Thing As Love.’ An incredibly simple and brutally catchy pop song from their ace new album, ‘I.’ The pic at the top is one I took of Stephin Merritt, TMF’s head honcho. He’s a poptastic teddy bear!
The best old track was The Nation Of Ulysses’ ‘A Comment On Ritual.’ I haven’t played that track DJing in years and it still sounds fucking brilliant. What a trumpet solo, the mad bastards.
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yay:
The Kite-Eating Tree – Lucifer Employed
Figurine – Way Too Good
Cannibal Ox – Battle For Asgard
The Magnetic Fields – If There’s Such A Thing As Love
Bad Religion – Kyoto Now!
Eagles Of Death Metal – Only Want You
Smut Peddlers – That Smut
Fannypack – Cameltoe
The Jeunes – Obvious
Sebadoh – On Fire
G.D. Luxxe – Minds
Minutemen – Shit You Hear At Parties
Of Montreal – My British Tour Diary
Dilated Peoples – This Way
Teenage Fanclub – December
Detalles – Slowe
Fugazi – Exit Only
Death Cab For Cutie – Expo ’86
Bikini Kill – Capri Pants
Gumbo – There’s No Need To Run Anymore
The Elected – Go On
Claro Intelecto – Peace Of Mind
Ben Folds Five – Battle Of Who Could Care Less
Firehose – Sometimes
Metric – Succexy
Pipi Skid – WMD
Howlin’ Wolf – Baby How Long
Cake – The Distance
Vauxhall 44 – Case
The Nation Of Ulysses – A Comment On Ritual
The Birthday Party – Mutiny In Heaven
Kanye West – All Falls Down
Huun-Huur-Tu – Dyngyldai
Queen – You’re My Best Friend
Depeche Mode – Something To Do
Now It’s Overhead – Hold Your Spin
Futureheads – Tearing Holes
Motorhead – The Hammer
Yo La Tengo – Speeding Motorcycle
Jad Fair – Behold The Miracle
Ice Cube – A Bird In The Hand
Jonathan Richman – That Summer Feeling
Boo Radleys – Lazy Day
Prince Paul – Mr. Large
Mountain Goats – Billy The Kid’s Dream