Head Of British Army Wants Troops Out Of Iraq

Sir Richard Dannatt

“We are in a Muslim country and Muslims’ views of foreigners in their country are quite clear.

“As a foreigner, you can be welcomed by being invited in a country, but we weren’t invited certainly by those in Iraq at the time.”

He added: “Whatever consent we may have had in the first place, may have turned to tolerance and has largely turned to intolerance.”

“I don’t say that the difficulties we are experiencing round the world are caused by our presence in Iraq but undoubtedly our presence in Iraq exacerbates them.”
(Source: BBC News)

Who said the above? A “bleeding-heart liberal,” which is neocon speak for anyone who doesn’t share their neo-Nazi agenda? A hippy? Filthy, unwashed anarcho-veggie peacenik?

Nope.

The above opinion is that of Sir Richard Dannatt, the current head of the British Army.

Every time someone on the left calls for our forces to be withdrawn from Iraq, they’re derided by the Blairite junta as being unrealistic and unfamiliar with the realities of military occupations. Naive dreamers, that’s how we’re portrayed.

Does that also apply to the head of the British Army? Is he unaware of the military realities?

I can’t wait to see how the Blair government rubbishes Dannatt’s attack tomorrow, much as Bush rubbished the the death count of his mass-murder.

How will they spin this? They can’t, after all, call Dannatt an embittered old general like they have previous military critics – he’s the serving head.

Perhaps they’ll say he’s clinically insane. Or smells. Or perhaps they’ll point at a dog on a skateboard, that’s generally enough to distract the British mass media nowadays.

Every day, the news from Iraq is more and more conclusively damning of Bush and Blair’s illegal invasion. And everyday, the warmongers who ordered the slaughter bend into ever more ridiculous shapes, trying to convince us that black is white. What will they make of the following:

BBC political editor Nick Robinson described Sir Richard’s remarks as “quite extraordinary”.

He said the new head of British army was “effectively saying we are making the situation worse in Iraq and worse for ourselves around the world by being in Iraq”.

The comments “directly contradicted so much of what the government had said”, our correspondent added.
(Source: BBC News)

Spin that, you murderers.

Toujours Truffaut!

L'argent de poche

Tonight, I watched ‘L’Argent de poche’ with my wife. She’d never seen it before and I think the last time I saw it must be over eighteen years ago.

It was made in 1976 and it’s one of my favourite ever films. Well, I feel I should qualify that: Truffaut is my favourite director. So, a lot of my favourite films are Truffaut films. Before you think I’m trying to come across as a film-snob, I must point out that another of my favourite ever films is Gremlins 2: The New Batch. I’d certainly put that in my top ten. I don’t like films because they’re arty or obscure, I like films that grab me, that involve me, heart and soul.

And for that, no-one beats Truffaut.

From seeing Les Quatre Cents Coups as a kid and being utterly, absolutely blown away to hunting down his DVDs decades later, Truffaut has always captivated me. I admit, I’m slightly obsessed. When people start talking about Tarantino or Scorcese, yes, I can appreciate aspects of their work. But Truffaut had it all!

Watching ‘L’Argent de poche’ tonight, I was entranced by the lightness of Truffaut’s direction. It’s essentially a film about being a kid, that kind of strange, roaming existence that people of my age had when we were little kids, thirty years ago. I know that culture has gone now – no kid would have the free-rein to get up to the kind of mischief we did back then. They’ll probably start RFID tagging the poor little bleeders soon.

‘L’Argent de poche’ brought all those adventures back to me. It helps that in ’76, I was around the age of the kids in the film, maybe a year or so older. So the clothes, the hairstyles, the cars, the look of the ’70s, that was all like watching a film of my own childhood. (The same thing is true when I watch ‘Gregory’s Girl’.)

There are multiple stories going on in the film, none of them earth-shattering narratives. They’re just small moments, what life is like when you’re a kid. Truffaut also catches the shyness of pre-teen boys and girls perfectly. I remember that uncertainty and… mystification. What are girls? Why are they so annoying? Why do they ruin all the our fun… but why do I like being near them?

If this sounds cloyingly sweet, it’s not. There’s a darker plot too, which I won’t spoil, and a couple of genuine moments of heart-in-your-mouth tension. This isn’t a Disneyfication of childhood. Truffaut, as always, is a master storyteller. You wouldn’t think a film about nothing really that much at all would be so gripping.

If you’re not already a Truffaut convert, please check out this film or any of his others. The best film ever made, ‘L’homme qui aimait les femmes‘ is now available on DVD for around five quid! Five quid!!

So, rent some or buy some but let some François Truffaut into your life. You won’t regret it! 🙂

Welcome To Wonderland

Bucher Blair
This man, not Hussein, now holds the title ‘The Butcher Of Baghdad.’

The past few weeks have seen a fiesta of these rational, liberal people who dominate British mainstream politics. For them, the most basic forms of morality and shame, the kind you learn as a child, have no place in public life. On Sept. 27, the Guardian published a front-page photograph of Tony Blair, a prima facie war criminal, his arms outstretched, his grin fixed. Beside this was a headline, “Charm and eloquence. But a missed chance.” Beneath this, Polly Toynbee wrote: “There were some damp eyes dabbed with hankies and men blowing noses. ‘Don’t go,’ someone said.”
(Source: Antiwar.com)

Every dictator, every war criminal can only reach that status with a lot of support. Men like Hussein, Milosevic and Blair aren’t travelling murderers like Bin Laden. They only achieved those murder rates because they were supported by state apparatus and whitewashed by a tame media.

Blair has Toynbee, telling us to “grit our teeth” and vote for a mass murderer, Hussein and Milosevic will have had their own pet hacks, just as Hitler did.

It’s the job of a tame media to skew the world, to present a perspective which makes its master’s actions seem lofty and trivialise (or disappear) any victims of those processes.

How else do you explain the way that our media isn’t bellowing about the 655,000 Iraqis we’ve murdered?

Okay, partly it’s because it only cares when British people are killed. It doesn’t really care about human life, it cares about British life.

In Britain, we had a two minute silence to mark the murder of 54 innocent Londoners killed by terrorists. In Iraq, we’ve murdered 12,130 as many people. So, perhaps we should have a televised slience in proportion? If we really care about human life?

But then we’d have to stand in silence for 404 hours. We’d have to have a 17-day silence if we cared as much about the murder of Iraqis as we do about the murder of Britons.

I don’t see this happening. The death report only came out yesterday and already it’s old news for us. Our media simply doesn’t care, doesn’t want to hear about all the Iraqis we’ve murdered. That’s boring, it’s old news!

Look, Jade’s been on a diet! Beckham wants more kids! THAT’S NEWS!

That’s what our marvellous, un-biased media has decided the great British public wants to hear about…

Please read the whole of the John Pilger article, linked at the top. He’s exactly on-target, as always.

What Every Front Page Today Should Say

Independent Front Page

Above is a front page image from The Independent today. There is no other news item as important as this. And yet…

Where is the coverage? I switched on the various news programmes this morning and it was the usual fluff about prisons, obesity and footballers. What the fuck is going on?

Think of the 655,000 people we’ve murdered. Leaving aside the utter horror, the absolute evil of that act, what does that crime entail for us, just in terms of bad karma?

Oh, but I forget – we’re the civilised West. We’re not ignorant Muslims, forcing our women into veils. We liberate them by slaughtering them instead, with our torture chambers and cluster bombs.

Yes, if only all those Arab countries were as noble and progressive as we are! We must teach them what true civilisation means!