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VJ Day


Sometimes, I get a bit pissed off and just have to let off a bit steam. “Shurely not!” I hear you say, but I’m afraid that this is one of those times.

Yesterday was VJ day. 72 years ago Japan surrendered and the second world war came to an end. Why does that piss me off? Well, it’s because nobody noticed. Not a single mention in the media or on TV that I could fine, not even on the Yesterday channel.

The Japanese regarded non Japanese as sub-human. To the Japanese there were three type of humans – male Japanese, female Japanese, and everybody else – who basically don’t count. I worked for them for six years. Luckily my Dad was cremated otherwise he would have turned in his grave. I can honestly say that if I live to 1,000 years old, I will never understand their thought processes.

I shared an office with an anglicised Japanese called Henry (not his real name obviously). He was scared shitless when his boss called him from Japan. He would sit to attention while talking to him on the telephone. I asked him once if his told him to go to the roof and jump off, would he do it? He replied “Of course”. I asked him if he would want to know why. He replied “Not ask unless have good reason”.

He asked me what I would do in the same circumstances. I said “I’ll tell him to fuck off!” Like I said, you’ll never understand them.

It took two atomic bombs to force the surrender. Two. Any other country on Earth would have surrendered after the first one. Not the Japanese. Facing an imminent invasion, they were training children to clamber under tanks with explosives on their backs and detonate them. And this was years before the jihadis thought of the idea. Ahead of their time, or what?

If you want to know why my father always reckoned they should have dropped a few more big ones until they wiped Japan of the face of the planet, then read “1,000 days on the River Kwai” by Col. Cary Owtram OBE, a senior POW commander on the death railway. His memoir was written in secret on scraps of paper and hidden inside bamboo poles until after the war. It’s taken 72 years to get it published because no publisher would touch it.

No, I’m angry about VJ Day being ignored in the interest of political correctness. We don’t want to upset our friends in the east.

But, frankly, if North Korea nuked Tokyo tomorrow then I wouldn’t give a rats arse. It should have happened 72 years ago in my book…

Trump good. Assad bad.


I seem to be missing something?

It seems that Assad – allegedly – gassing 70 ‘women and children’ civilians in Idlib is a war crime and a crime against humanity. Trump-etting on about the ‘beautiful babies’ murdered by the wicked Assad – allegedly – requires an ‘appropriate and measured response’ from the USA by chucking 59 cruise missiles at an empty air base from which the ‘alleged’ chemical strike was ‘allegedly’ launched.

However, it does seem to be OK for the USAF to blow the living shit out of three times that number in Mosul using their nice eco-friendly non chemical bombs. The number of beautifully babies pulled out of the rubble there seems to be perfectly acceptable because we blew them up instead of gassing them.

So – Trump good, Assad bad. America good, Assad bad.

I condemn the USA for sticking it’s nose into Syria. Equally I condemn Russia for doing the same thing. It would be best for all if both countries pulled out and let the Syrians get on with their internal conflict without external interference. It is, after all, their affair and none of our business.

But no. Now America is banging on about regime change – because that worked so well in Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t it?

Aleppo

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There’s not been a lot else on the news this week apart from the situation in Aleppo. Frankly, I’m getting a bit sick of hearing about it. Sure, what we’re hearing is very sad but do we really have to have saturation news coverage?

There’s been a lot of talk about war crimes, human rights, humanitarian aid and moral responsibility. Nice words, but what use are they really? I feel sorry for the civilians in Aleppo caught up in the middle of a bloody siege in the midst of civil war, watching their friends and relatives die and their home raised to the ground. But war crimes?

At the end of the day, all war is a crime. Human rights? Well, when one side deliberately melds into the civilian population in the hope that a human shield will give them cover from their enemies, it’s a bit rich to start bleating about human rights, isn’t it?

There’s a lot been said about the wicked Assad regime – notice the BBC no longer uses the phrase ‘Syrian Government’ but ‘Assad Regime’. Little is said in the outright media bias about the other side. And how much of what we see in the media can we really trust? Isn’t it amazing that in a city where the communications infrastructure is literally shot to shit, they still manage to get pictures and reports out so easily and quickly? Propaganda? Shurely not!

Much has also been made about the cease fire. That’s the cease fire that been put into place by the wicked ‘Assad regime’ and it’s wicked Russian allies. Much has also been made of the slowdown in evacuating civilians and fighters from the city, but hang on a minute! If you were the government side, wouldn’t you want to make sure that the people you were evacuating were genuine and not rebels sneaking out to re-arm and attack you again? I know I would…

And what of tis country having a ‘moral responsibility’ to help? Well, no we don’t actually. It’s a civil war in a foreign country and, frankly, it’s none of our business.

I hope that the siege of Aleppo ends soon and that the Syrian civil war ends soon so innocent people caught in the middle stop being killed and can get on with rebuilding their country and their lives.

But it’s still bugger all to do with us…

D Day

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72 years ago today, brave men lost their lives landing on the Normandy beaches because of tyranny in Europe and a belief that this country would be better off free and democratic rather than under the heel of the Nazis. They died so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

In the 21st century, those freedoms are again at threat from an unelected and anti-democratic elitist clique who believe that the people should be controlled, told what to do and should have no voice in choosing or removing their leaders.

Boris Johnson was right when he said that the unification of the Europe by the EU was the same end that was envisaged by Napoleon and Hitler. Napoleon met his Waterloo. Hitler met his end hiding in a bunker in Berlin. They used guns and bombs to dominate us. The EU is using economic warfare, but the end game is the same – a Europe controlled and dominated by an unelected and unaccountable dictatorship.

On the 23rd June, you have the opportunity to change that. You have opportunity to ensure that the freedoms these men died for 72 years ago are not thrown away at the stroke of a pen.

Don’t waste your chance. You may never get another.

Happy Easter

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Good to see Islamic State keeping 2,000 year old traditions alive, isn’t it?