Archive for the ‘War’ category

Never Forget

September 11, 2003

Two years on, we are still finding the bodies of the September 11 victims.

Neocon….Or No?

September 4, 2003

Here’s a nifty test on US foreign policy: Are you a neocon?

It seems I am. Who would have thought?



Want the US to be the world’s unchallenged superpower
Share unwavering support for Israel
Support American unilateral action
Support preemptive strikes to remove perceived threats to US security
Promote the development of an American empire
Equate American power with the potential for world peace
Seek to democratize the Arab world
Push regime change in states deemed threats to the US or its allies

Historical neoconservative: President Teddy Roosevelt
Modern neoconservative: President Ronald Reagan

Every test I do, I come out as Ronald Reagan.

WA Hamas Support Group

September 2, 2003

Israellycool has been keeping an eye on the local Perth papers:

On the bizarre front, somebody placed a death notice in yesterdays West Australian. It read:

Shanab (Ismail Abu)
Sincere sympathy to family, friends, and Hamas.
Freedom fighter.
Hamas Support Group WA

Somebody tried to place a similar notice

Shanab (Ismail Abu)
Sincere sympathy to innocent Israeli victims and family
There are no virgins
Anti Hamas Support Group WA

Needless to say that the paper didn?t accept the second ad.

Dave writes:

I would hope that the suitable authorities are investigating the origins of that despicable death notice, in order to prevent more death notices in the future.

I’ve got my money on the UWA student guild.

Airmen And Amphetamines

August 14, 2003

Niall Cook posts about a doco on SBS which profiled the use of a stimulant drug by pilots in the United States Air Force. The drug in question is dextroamphetamine, or Dexedrine, an amphetamine derivative (not Speed, as Niall claims; Speed is a street name for either amphetamine or methamphetamine).

I happened to catch most of this documentary, which tried to draw a connection between dextroamphetamine usage and American mistakes such as the bombing of the wedding party in Afghanistan. Unfortunately they simply had no evidence for such a link. Their modus operandi was to talk for a while about the drug usage, quote an official as saying it was harmless, and then say “but some believe otherwise!” dramatically, while showing images of American mistakes, howling mothers and dead infants. Throw in a couple of interviews with blokes with shadowed faces and distorted voices spouting anecdotal evidence about taking drugs and losing control of themselves (this is WAR, do people expect to be perfectly calm during combat?) and you’ve got yourself a documentary.

It isn’t as though dextroamphetamine is an untested and dangerous drug. Contrary to Niall’s assertion that “One only needs to read any medication site to discover the devasting side-effects of use of these substances, and not simply in the long term”, Dexedrine is a drug that is commonly prescribed for ADD and narcolepsy and is FDA-approved for use by three year olds. Furthermore, the pilots are given only 10mg doses; for comparison, dosage recommendation for a 6-year-old with ADD is anywhere from 5 to 40 mg per day, and for over 18’s, 30 to 60 mg per day.

Niall goes on to say that pilots are essentially forced to take the drug, which is true enough, but so what? If a soldier is told he has to move into an area within range of enemy fire, he can’t refuse on the grounds that he might get shot. So why should a pilot be allowed to refuse an instruction to take a perfectly safe drug to ensure combat readiness? Someone who wants to have control over their own wellbeing in the workplace probably shouldn’t embark on a career in the armed forces.

The United States Air Force has never attributed an accident to the use of stimulants, whereas over 100 have been attributed to fatigue. Dextroamphetamine isn’t perfect and newer drugs like Provigil may prove to be better suited to the task, but allowing pilots to fly while fatigued would be irresponsible and wrong.

UPDATE: Niall has had a go at me on his blog. I can’t seem to post a comment on his blog, so I’m going to put my reply in the comments to this post.

Idiots Behave Idiotically

August 7, 2003

Just when you thought there was no dumber party than the Australian Greens, here’s the most fucked-in-the-head party ever:

Supporters of David Hicks, the Adelaide man suspected of training with al-Qaeda, will celebrate his 28th birthday this week with balloons and fairy bread.

Members of the Fair Go For David group will hold a morning tea in First Fleet Park in Sydney and converge on the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide on Thursday for a birthday party for Hicks.

Group spokeswoman Kay Bilney today said fairy bread would be provided to symbolise the “hundreds of thousands” of Australians who had the right to a fair trial “unlike David and his fellow prisoners confined in Cuba”.

That would be the “hundreds of thousands” of Australians who didn’t travel to a foreign country to take up arms against western civilisation for money.

Balloons, whistles and party hats would be given out at the parties and in Adelaide, federal Labor backbencher Martyn Evans would cut a birthday cake.

Happy final birthday, Dickhead!

via IsraellyCool

Don’t Go To Indonesia

August 6, 2003

Australians are encouraged to Jag their Strine somewhere else.

Here’s why:

August 5, 2003: A car bomb tears through the luxury American-owned JW Marriott hotel in southern Jakarta, killing at least 10 people.

July 14, 2003: A bomb explodes at Indonesia’s parliament building, just days after the arrest of suspects of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror network who are said to be planning attacks.

The blast shatters windows and a door in an office area but no one is hurt.

April 27, 2003: A bomb rips through a restaurant area at Indonesia’s main international airport, injuring 11 people. The blast is near a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

April 24, 2003: A bomb explodes in Central Jakarta behind the United Nations headquarters but no one is hurt.

April 1, 2003: A bomb explodes under a gas pipeline in the Indonesian city of Medan but there are no casualties. The pipeline belongs to state energy giant Pertamina. A second bomb, which failed to explode, is found nearby.

December 5, 2002: A blast at a busy McDonald’s outlet and a car showroom in the eastern city of Makassar kills three people and injures 11.

More than 20 people are arrested, with police saying some of them knew those behind the Bali blasts.

October 12, 2002: Blasts at crowded nightspots in the resort island of Bali kill 202 people, mostly foreign holidaymakers. The blast is blamed on JI.

September 23, 2002: A grenade explodes inside a vehicle during an attempted attack on a US embassy residence in Jakarta, killing one of the assailants.

September 5, 2002: Four people, including three teenage girl athletes, are killed in a powerful explosion at a sports stadium in strife-torn Ambon city. Eight other people were also wounded.

July 27, 2002: At least 54 people are injured in a bomb blast in the religiously divided city of Ambon.

June 6, 2002: A bomb rips through a crowded bus and kills four people and injures 17 near Poso in Central Sulawesi, an area plagued by clashes between Muslims and Christians.

February 11, 2002: A grenade explosion in Banda Aceh injures 12 people just two hours before US ambassador Ralph Boyce arrived for a two-day visit.

February 3, 2002: A bomb at Indonesia’s national police headquarters causes only one minor injury and little damage. An unidentified policeman with rank of captain is later arrested.

November 6, 2001: A grenade is hurled into the grounds of the Australian International School in Jakarta but no one is injured in the blast.

August 1, 2001: A bomb explodes at a busy commercial centre, the Atrium Mall, in Central Jakarta. Five people are wounded, including the bomber Taufik Abdul Halim, a Malaysian national who loses a leg.

July 22, 2001: At least 64 people are injured after two bomb explosions rock Christian churches in Jakarta.

January 1, 2001: Four churches are bombed simultaneously in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu as midnight strikes on New Year, shattering church windows and injuring one person.

December 24, 2000: At least nine locations across Indonesia are rocked by explosions on Christmas Eve, leaving 19 people dead and scores wounded.

The devices were delivered to churches and to homes of clergymen disguised as Christmas gifts. More than 100 others were injured in the blasts.

Alleged JI leader Abu Bakar Bashir is accused of authorising the blasts.

September 14, 2000: A bomb at the Jakarta Stock Exchange kills 10 people and injures 46. Two men are jailed for 20 years each.

And remember, like Imron says: “Australians, Americans, whatever – they are all white people”

Outrage Of The Day

July 31, 2003

The US 4th Infantry in Iraq have been playing tricks on Iraqi generals:

On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: “If you want your family released, turn yourself in.” Such tactics are justified, he said, because, “It’s an intelligence operation with detainees, and these people have info.” They would have been released in due course, he added later.

Tim Dunlop, as usual, is outraged:

This piece of nastiness should be clearly unacceptable. And it is surprising how little attention it is getting from pro-war commentators and bloggers.


How can it be moral?

Apart from anything else, what such behaviour does in the battle for hearts and minds amongst Iraqis is probably nothing short of disastrous.

It’s been a while since I snarked at Tim, so I had a go in his comments, repasted here for your reading pleasure:

Au Revoir Les Enfants

July 23, 2003

Uday and Qusay are dead.

THE Iraqi capital erupted in an explosion of celebratory gunfire today on news the two sons of Saddam Hussein may have been killed in northern Iraq, AFP correspondents said.

“Uday and Qusay are dead, we saw it on TV,” Hassan Zaif said as he fired his Kalashnikov rifle skyward.

People were seen standing on rooftops and emptying their clips into a night aglow with tracer bullets, while a few Baghdadis ventured out onto the streets to watch the skies lit red by the volley.

The Age couldn’t confirm this story when it posted it online 5 minutes ago, but I’ve just seen some military dude on the TV confirming the kiddies are, in fact, eating worms.

Centcom confirms:

Four Iraqis were killed in the operation. We have confirmed that two of the dead were Saddam?s sons Uday and Qusay.

Dow Jones was impressed.

Why Iraq In Under 10,000 Words

July 22, 2003

Steven Den Beste posts on the justification for war in Iraq. The big news, and this will probably come as a shock to most people: Saddam buying uranium from Niger wasn’t actually a huge part of the reason. Neither, it seems, was oil.

HOWEVER: Steve comes up with an idea of some merit:

If Bush had wanted to conquer somewhere with lots of oil cheaply, he’d have sent one carrier battle group and a division of Marines to conquer the UAE. (In fact, one brigade would probably have been enough.)

Among the crimes of the UAE: Their national airline sponsors the Collingwood football club.

Hmm….upon looking at that page, Collingwood are also sponsored by the nanny statist WIPE OFF 5 campaign, FRENCH Car company Renault, and Hard Yakka, a clothing company who produce Orwellian uniforms for the working class!

Add Eddie Macguire’s face on every billboard and lamp-post in town, spouting propaganda across all forms of media; deliberate attempts to recruit impressionable teenagers into their organisation; opposition to inequalities in wages…..Well, need I say more?

Intrepid Yobbo researchers uncovered the horrifying truth!

Friendly Greetings From Kim

July 15, 2003

Steve Edwards posts a transcript from Lateline containing a friendly message from North Korea:

TONY JONES: You’ve just suggested that, if the United States were to involve themselves intercepting North Korean ships or aeroplanes, that in actual fact there would be a nuclear strike on the United States, is that correct?

KIM MYONG CHOL: That’s right.

TONY JONES: Are you saying the same thing about Australia?