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Warmongering Tories

Bombs away

So it begins, the UK is now bombing Syria after all the Tories cheered the vote in favour of another illegal misadventure in the Middle East last night. We can expect to have full war rhetoric from the MSM from now until eternity, for there is no end for this war and our Dear Leader has already stated that this war would take “some time“, a nice open ended statement there. We are seeing a continuation of the perpetual war.

This is a war devoid of strategy or a clear objective, we were told that the target was Daesh but just 2 years ago the target was Assad. So which one is it, or is it both? No doubt we will be treated to some carefully vetted footage of bombs exploding, the camera position being 20000ft up. These will show the bomb hitting a nice safe target, with no civilian casualties in view. The mission will be called “successful”. We will not see the collateral damage, we will not see the bombs that go astray, as some bombs inevitably do.

The RAF were launching the first airstrikes against Syrian targets within 57 minutes of the vote, they “successfully” blew up some oil wells which were “successfully” destroyed just over a month ago. Either the first “bombing” wasn’t that successful or Daesh is very good at repairing the damage. Mind you it could be that the first mission did not take place at all, or was it the second one, who’s to know? But the RAF were “successful” which means that there will be huge oil fires burning in Syria and an environmental catastrophe as well. Those are the hallmarks of success in this perpetual war. At least there were no civilian casualties, or so we’re told.

The people of Syria must be thanking their lucky stars that there are even more heavily armed warplanes in their skies tonight keeping them safe. But it is the good old Tories who they really have to thank for all the extra thousands of pounds of high explosive flying overhead. The blue tories, the red tories and the yellow tories trooped off down the “non terrorist sympathiser” lobby and the share price of arms firms soared.

97% of Scotland’s MPs voted against bombing Syria, yet we find ourselves in yet another illegal foreign war. Only two Scottish MPs voted to send in the bombers: Viceroy David Mundell (blue Tory) and former Viceroy (and liar) Alistair Carmichael (yellow Tory). Let us remember these two when the terrorists turn up in our cities seeking revenge. We shall not forget that it was them who brought death and destruction to the people of Syria, and probably us too.

Warmongering Tories

Warmongering Tories

Given previous engagements by Russia and France in Syria, it seems likely that we will see a terrorist attack against the UK within 2 months. This will be used to justify the bombing of Syria. We will be told, “These are the exactly the type of attacks which we are bombing Syria to prevent.” The irony will be astounding. The attackers will be UK citizens. Apparently there have been 7 terrorist conspiracies uncovered in the past 6 months, so we have got to ask: how many arrests were made? How many were convicted? What were they convicted of? What were their sentences?

Then again the story could be untrue, couldn’t it? We are entering a period where the MSM will parrot the government in all things, they will not question the government’s story in any way. Everything that you see and hear about Daesh and the war in Syria should be taken with a very large pinch of salt, for it will most likely be pure propaganda.

I hate salt.

Boots on the ground

Tony Blair, the UK’s former chief warmonger, has called for “boots on the ground” in the fight against IS. Almost immediately the US launched missile and airstrikes against targets in Syria and Iraq, having informed Syria’s dictator that the airstrikes were coming. 47 tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from ships, each missile costs $1.59 million. That’s $74.3 million! Such is the perceived threat posed by the terrorist group. There is no data on which other missiles and bombs were used, however I did see a video of an airstrike of a “vehicle staging area” which was hit by multiple strikes at once. The strikes were in a regular pattern which would suggest that cluster bombs were being used. But then neither the USA or Syria have ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions so that’s alright then. The legacy of these airstrikes will persist for the civilian population for years to come, but I’m sure that that they would consider the loss of their children’s’ limbs as a small price to pay for ending the tyranny of IS and replacing it with a more benign tyranny.

The reason why the war criminal Blair is calling for ground troops to be used is because of the nature of IS. They are relatively lightly armed and are highly mobile. They learned their trade fighting against the USA after the illegal invasion of Iraq by Dubbya and his British poodle Blair. They are used to fighting against an enemy with superior fire power and complete control of the skies. So they disperse their forces, hide them from view. In the words of Mao Zedong who stated, “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea”, they merge with and blend into the civilian population which means that there will always be “collateral damage” due to these airstrikes no matter how precise the munitions are. In short, airstrikes are not going to be very effective and they will not lead to the destruction of IS, so ground troops will be required if the job is to be completed.

The only question is where these ground troops are going to come from? Iraq? it would take at least a year before the Iraqi armed forces would be capable of fighting IS, but they would probably be able to hold a northern front with US air support. The Kurds? They would be able to make limited gains against IS from the west, but they could not venture far from their semi-autonomous areas as their supply lines would be stretched too much. Jordan? They are already involved in the airstrikes and as such they will no doubt suffer the wrath of IS for doing so, but they would probably be able to squeeze IS from the east. Turkey? They would be able to make significant gains against IS, but they are members of NATO so any incursions into Syria would be fiercely resisted by Russia, they will probably hold their southern border. So it would appear that a containment exercise is in progress. But containing and defeating are two different things.

In order to defeat IS there would have to be troops sent into Syria itself, or the forces which are already present in Syria would have to be bolstered and used as proxy forces. Does this mean that the Syrian regime will be used? That’s unlikely because it is so unpalatable, but it wouldn’t be the first time that the West has snuggled up to a dictator out of expediency. It would be more likely that some other, less unsavoury, group would be armed and trained then used as proxy forces. Just like the US did with the mujahedeen in Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded all those years ago. Who ever is used will need to have some kind of US and/or UK troops embedded with them in order to direct the airstrikes. Which would probably mean that our troops will be on the ground, if they are not there already. But given the sensitivities of despatching NATO troops into Syria they will consist of small teams of special forces.

What has this got to do with Scotland? Everything and nothing. The timing of these airstrikes, coming almost straight after the referendum result, suggests to me that the US was waiting for the result before going ahead. They needed to be sure that they could get the UK on side before they started, a Yes vote would have prevented that. But now that the unionists have won they can ride a surge in English nationalism and get a vote passed in Westminster on more engagement in the Middle East. The UK government will be engaging itself in another war in our name, this will probably happen on Friday. So we must congratulate the No voters for getting us pulled into another war in the Middle East. This one will be so much more confused and it will have so much more potential to badly wrong than Iraq or Afghanistan combined. Let us hope that it doesn’t.