4 Months, 4 days – still sober.
I’m fine and doing OK. Sorry I haven’t blogged for a few days. I’ve been out and about quite a bit since Noo went to Nong Khai; chatting with friends and seeking out some temporary female companionship. Noo returned yesterday morning, so everything will slowly return to normal.
Osama! Where for art thou?
Is he in Heaven or is he in Hell? That demmed elusive Binladen. (Sorry no rhyme!!)
So much has been written and broadcast about the events surrounding the killing of Bin Laden so I am not about to add to the general thrust of these pieces as I have nothing original to add
I will just state that my regular readers will be well aware of my opinion of Pakistan and the West’s involvement there. Everything that has now occurred with regard to the whereabouts and subsequent killing of the ‘World’s Most Wanted Criminal’, only reinforces, my view, that we are wasting our time, money and lives in that duplicitous State and that we should leave it to implode upon itself.
The predictable public outcry in Pakistan in condemning the west for killing what they consider to be an inspirational, divine, spiritual leader, frankly makes me want to vomit. If these people have been brain-washed by the Jihadists, then why doesn’t the Pakistan government tell them the truth – that this evil criminal is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people who were merely going about their daily lives, including many of their fellow Muslims. But there is more chance of Pigs Flying than the government ever daring to speak the truth – for half of them are terrorist-lovers themselves. It’s an unholy, insoluble mess – along with Afghanistan – and we should get the fuck out of there and let them destroy each other.
What’s the betting that within the next few days, the Afghans unleash another round of rioting and killing of foreigners, once the Mullahs get them stirred up again at prayers this coming Friday?
What odds anyone??
Bin Laden postscript.
“Those magnificent Navy Seals – the best the world has ever known”.
“Weren’t they wonderful?”
“Weren’t they so brave?”
“Did you know they are the finest forces the world has ever seen?”
“Words cannot describe how truly incredible and awesome they are!”
If I hear another American commentator spew more of this patriotic drivel from his lips, I swear I will puke up!
Yes, of course they were brave and skilled – that is why they are Navy Seals. You would hardly expect them to be puny, one eyed, crippled, cowardly weaklings, would you?
Why is that Yank commentators always have to ram home, in sentence after sentence, that their troops are the best in the world, that their country is the best in the world, that they have the greatest democracy in the world, that they have the finest scientists in world, and so on ad nauseum?
Even in sport they talk of their football teams being World Champions in a sport in which most of the rest of the world doesn’t play and even if they do, they are not invited to compete for the so-called ‘World title’.
If America truly is the best country in the world, have the best troops in the world and so on, why do they have to keep reminding their own domestic audience of this every few minutes? Do I detect some insecurity in all this?
Now, just to get the record straight, I commend the Navy Seals for their daring execution of a successful operation and congratulate them on taking out one of the world’s mass killers. I also commend them for their bravery – they are undoubtedly a very fine, highly skilled unit – quite possibly one of the best in the world.
But let us look at the record of American so-called Special Operations in recent history. By comparison, the taking out of Bin Laden must truly be a high point, as there is little else that has been carried out in the past fifty years by the ‘World’s finest troops’ that they can be particularly proud about.
Forget about the fiasco that was the Vietnam War and the failure to establish any kind of lasting peace in Iraq, due in part, to the lack of foresight in military planning; let us look at some of the failures of American Special Forces over the past 50 years.
1961 – Operation Bay of Pigs, Cuba – failure of Special Forces to launch an insurrection against Castro
1980 – Operation Eagle Claw – failure of Special Forces to rescue the Tehran hostages
1993 – The Battle of Mogadishu (Operation Black Hawk down) – failure of Special Forces to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, which resulted in countless American and local deaths.
2001 – Operation Tora Bora – failure of Special Forces to capture/kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan.
2004 – Two failed attempts by Special Forces to rescue the Brit, Ronald Bigley, in Iraq, who was subsequently assassinated by his captors.
2010 – Failure by Special Forces to rescue the British aid worker, Linda Norgrove in Afghanistan – she was actually killed in the rescue attempt by her would be rescuers.
The above are just a few random samples. I am sure that there are many more if I dig deep enough, plus untold other failed operations that we will probably never know about.
Can anyone tell me about some successful specials ops that have been carried out by the Americans in the past 50 years? If they can, I will be happy to publish them.
I’m not trying to claim that the Brits, or any other country for that matter, is any better or has a superior record, but for God’s sake let’s not go ballistic with superlatives when, for once in your effing lives, you actually manage to get something right! What is it with you guys? As I said above – it must reflect a very deep seated feeling of insecurity.
A truly great country doesn’t have to keep reminding themselves how great they are at every opportunity. The brain washing on the American public is almost as bad as that perpetrated by their Muslim enemies.
Alcoholism and AA
I have re-published in a Thai Vidsa Forum entitled ‘I Drink too much’, an article that I published here a short while back. The post has prompted an interesting and intelligent debate on alcoholism and the role the AA plays in helping alcoholics to become sober. So to those who are interested in this subject, I recommend you check out the thread at this link: Alcoholism – is it a disease and can God cure you?
I have no doubt that at least one of my regular readers will soon be posting his stuff there……
Choral Music – it can be so uplifting….
In my last blog, when writing about the Royal Wedding, I mentioned that one of my favourite music genres is choral music. I absolutely love choral music, in particular male voices, but I also like much music has the full range of male and female voices. The more dramatic, the more I like it. I have a particular penchant for requiems, which may mean I have some sort of death wish. But in my opinion, some of the most inspirational music ever written by the great classical composers was for requiem masses; anyone who has seen the film, ‘Amadeus’, can be in little doubt of that.
I am not going to claim that choral music is ‘poetry in music’ as many of the lyrics of the finest choral pieces are not even in the English language, although there are some notable exceptions to this.
So from time to time I will invite you to share in this, one of my many passions and maybe some of you too will derive joy from this truly remarkable, almost ‘God Inspired’ music genre.
It is very difficult for me to choose a favourite piece of choral music, but if I was forced to plump for one piece, then it would have to be the Pilgrims’s Chorus from the opera Tannhauser, by Richard Wagner. If you listen to this and fail to be inspired and uplifted, then I can only say that you do not have a single musical note in your soul. For me, whenever I listen to this, it never fails to bring me to tears.
Here is a translation of the libretto:
Once more with joy O my home I may meet
Once more ye fair, flowr’y meadows I greet
My Pilgrim’s staff henceforth may rest
Since Heaven’s sweet peace is within my breast.
The sinner’s `plaint on high was heard
On high was heard and answered by the Lord
The tears I laid before His shrine
Are turned to hope and joy divine.
O Lord eternal praise be Thine!
The blessed source of Thy mercy overflowing
On souls repentant seek Ye, all-knowing
Of hell and death, I have no fear
O my Lord is ever near
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Listen and watch the slide show here: Pilgrim’s Chorus