Hi Ryan,The trouble is, that I find it difficult to put a name to it...whatever "it" is...When I was young politics was simple, you were either a capitalist or a communist or an inbetweener. Everything and everyone was politically categorised. Fascism was ultra right wing, Conservatism was right wing, Liberalism was middle of the road, Socialism was left wing, Communism was ultra left wing...and then there was all sorts of extremism to the right or left of all of that. Economically, if you were a free trader, a survivor and believed in no welfare and paying for health etc., you were a capitalist, if you believed in free comprehensive education, welfare benefits, and people depending on one another you were a Socialist and free loader and an extremist. The colours of the political parties went from deep blue to wishy washy pink to blood red. Nowadays, whether one is right or left it don't seem to make a lot of difference.
A common phrase in my time was "prospective parliamentarians talk left and when elected vote right", and the higher up in the political heirarchy one goes, the more fascist one seems to get. The quest for power becomes absolute, politically, economically, socially, globally, and it doesn't matter whether one was left or right, or communist or socialist when one was younger and without any power. In the end, the only difference I could see between Soviet Communism and Western Capitalism was the colour of the carpets and the idols who were worshipped standing in the foyer, and the flags and language on the missiles they had pointing at one another. Nowadays, we are expected to support the lesser of two or more fascistic governments with arms, money and intelligence, all in the cause of democracy...The UK government proposed giving the ISIL liberation and freedom movement £800 million to fight Syria and bring down the fascist regime there a year or so ago, until common sense prevailed in parliament. Yet they couldn't afford to give their own population more than a £100 million to pay for the flooding and loss of property earlier on this year.
There is a personal element too, in my view...no matter what ones' politics or personal philosophies are; when one gets tired or stressed, it can bring out the "fascist" in one, one loses patience, when one gets needled, or ones' ego is under threat, one gets frustrated, the temptation to fascist behaviour is there, insult, throwing bricks, belittle, undermine etc.. When one is happy and everything is going well in ones' world, it brings out ones communist temperament...It's like the effects of having a couple of good malt Scotch whiskies at a Burns Supper...and before the hangover kicks in the following morning.
Personally, most of the time I am an agnostic liberal...These days, what, with my age and the state of the world, perhaps I have turned into an old grumpy...perhaps there is no perhaps about it...;-)
ATB Dougie. On 23/08/14 21:59, Ryan Carboni wrote:
It's communism. Except instead of worshiping some ideal system of relations, they celebrate a cruel and vicious god. Question of the day: can these people outdo the communists? Can they outdo Rwanda? Can they do it?On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM, doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:Dear Colleagues, I am not a supporter of any state, or political system, or any religion and as close to being a pacifist as one can be without being one. I don't support terrorism either, whether it be by a so called liberation or revolutionary organisation, or by a nation state. Having said that, and after reading the confidential Israeli Project Report of 2009, available on Cryptom*e. * see url: *2014-1040.pdf <http://cryptome.org/2014/07/il-global-language-dictionary.pdf> * I did some research on Hamas and where they came from and what they believe in and what actions they have taken since coming to power in Gaza. Their history is that they developed out of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, many, many decades ago. The same group which was recently deposed from power in a military coup organised by the Egyptian armed forces, after their elected leader was arrested for advocating and organising violent methods tospread the cause of the Brotherhood, whilst state President. Hamas advocated a policy in the past which they have yet torevoke, which says that Jews are the lowest scum on the planet and to be removed from their lands and that Israel should not be recognised as a state. You can look it up on the web if you don't believe me... see url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas_Covenant And, I have to say that I am not surprised that Israel are calling up their reservists and preparing to attack Gaza again, if not occupy it. They have already resumed returning fire after Hamas fired rockets at them killing a 4 year old boy. I don't know what one does to stop these rockets being fired on the civilian population of Israel willy nilly and I don't know what I would do if someone tried to take my home away from me with no legal redress for me to get it returned. I do know how I would feel being told that I had to get out of my house or area because it is going to be targetted by bombs and rockets though...full of resentment, and I dare say, hatred towards the perpetrators; to say the least. Hitler thought that he could get the British people to submit to him by attempting to bomb London and other major cities out of existence. He thought that they would blame and turn on Churchill...didn't work of course...doesn't work like that. Hitler wasn't the first to think that...and he obviously isn't the last. The USA tried it in Vietnam. The Middle East is becoming a right old mess, with masses of people being murdered, raped, abused, tortured, captured, enslaved, made homeless and countryless. The "western" powers have really helped screw things up too, and have to take their share of the blame. Now they don't know what to do, except a bit more bombing and violence, and supplying arms, logistics and intelligence to people who were once enemies and now being considered as friends...or the lessers of two evils...or the evils of two lessers. They are sending in some humanitarian aid, peanuts of course, compared to the massive expenditure on war materials over the last 15 years. As Christian countries we don't want to welcome even Christian refugees from the Middle East to our countries, even though our Christian governments are a large part of the problem. I don't understand why cutting off someone's head whilst they are handcuffed and still alive, filming it, putting it on youtube and boasting about what a great achievement it is, and saying how brave and revolutionary they are; or how such an act will get me to support Islam, or Moslem philosophy, or how it is supposed to make me either fear them, or make me fall in love with their religion and adopt their belief systems either. To think that some of these extremists were educated and lived in the UK for most of their lives, they didn't starve, they have decent homes...there may have been discrimination at some point in their lives, but surely the UK wasn't that bad. There is some kind of sick and faulty logic there. I know that there are some nasty practices and theories described in the Christian Bible and know about the Crusades of early Christianity, and I assume that there must be similar descriptions in the Koran. Those books are not the only sources of inspiration or ideas or imagination in the world, and never have been. I don't understand why, either, those rich Arab States such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or Iran are not sending lots of humanitarian aid to Gaza and encouraging peace, helping it to rebuild instead of supporting the likes of Hamas, whilst doing little or nothing to help the citizens of Palestine. Arabs have lived in the Middle East since time immemorium, for at least 3000 years. The Jewish religion has been around for 2500 years and the Christian religion for 2000 years and the Muslim religion for 1600 years. There have been many mass migrations into and out of the Middle East in that time. Is it a struggle for dominance, for ownership of land and resources between Muslim and Jew, is it religion, is it beliefs and if so, is this really the best, or the only way to go about it. Huge sums are being spent on armaments for the region which are then supplied by the U.S. and the U.K. and other European countries, to various countries, such as Egypt and Israel, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar, whilst huge amounts are spent by the Russians and the Chinese on the likes of Iran. The terrorists appear to get supplied by everyone, one way or another. I am old enough to remember the IRA and Protestant terroristorganisations in Northern Ireland using bombings, kidnappings, kneecapping, torture and other forms of violence to punish or keepcertain dissenting sections of the population in check, self-policing they called it, showing their might and strength. They also raised money from businesses by using protection rackets of various kinds, as well as fund-raising from gullible people and states abroad. The money was used to buy arms from the likes of Libya and through back doors from some of the main arms manufacturers. And I remember too, the bombings in London, I was living and studying there at the time. Though the explosions were frightening, they didn't change my mind or stop me from carrying on as I have always done. In fact they made me more determined, that the peaceful protest is and always will be the best way to progress and move society forward. Eventually, the IRA and the Protestant groups screwed the nut, realised that they were on a hiding to nothing and negotiated a ceasefire and eventually, a peace agreement and destroyed their weapons and adopted the political route. People are now a lot better off, alive and kicking, even though the economy has slowed down a lot. It is no use, it seems to me to allow Gaza to have a free right to import what it likes, when even the cement given by the Israelis for building and rebuilding homes and other facilities is used to build tunnels, where the terrorists can move banned goods such as armaments and hide and launch attacks on Israel, yet the ordinary people cannot get access to them for protection from the bombings by Israel. Elected or not, Hamas is a terrorist organisation, in my mind, and being elected does not mean that terrorist methods should be used to subdue the population, or to attack another state just because they are different and don't want to recognise their existence. The Vietnamese used tunnels to protect their populations and industries when they were fighting against a foreign state occupying their land and which was attempting to take it over permanently, for the reason of killing off the communists and proving the "Domino Theory". In fact there were tunnels under Da Nang Air Base with quite a sizable community producing goods to help their war effort, unsuspected by the USA. Wouldn't happen nowadays, of course, such projects are well known around the world, the element of surprise has gone, and all sorts of technology can be used to find out where the tunnels are, and attacks have to come from somewhere. In Gaza there are tunnels which not only bring in goods which break the blockade, but penetrate into Israeli territory, where attacks are made on the civilian population. It's a crazy ole world right enough... ATB Dougie.