Friday, May 20, 2005

Join The US Army - For Life

I like perusing the alternative news sites, after all where else are you gonna get a fairer balanced opinion of what’s going on. Take this little story; it appears the US military is offering new volunteers a new 15-month short-term enlistment.

Only problem is, if any of these potential new recruiters takes the time to read the fine small print, they will immediately realise they have been hood-winked to sign up for up to eight years (or more….).

Faced with the biggest recruitment shortfall since the draft was abolished in 1973, the US Army has come up with what it thinks is a good idea. The nation's largest military force will allow new enlistees the option of serving just 15 months on active duty.”

But before anyone bellies up to a recruitment center to take advantage of this offer, they should read the fine print in the enlistment contract and an appeals court ruling that was issued a day after the Army's announcement. The 'Stop-Loss' authority’

While one year and three months might not sound like a long time to serve this country in a time of war, those who take advantage of the Army's offer should know that their actual commitment to Uncle Sam will be at least eight years - not 15 months. Everyone who enters the all-volunteer military incurs a total service obligation of eight years, a portion of which is spent on active duty. For the remainder of this time, the enlistee can be called back into uniform at the government's discretion under a program called "Stop-Loss".

I realise that the number of new recruitments into the US army has fallen dramatically over the last few years, and no bloody wonder. But I’m not really surprised the US army has now utilised obfuscation and underhand tactics to get new bodies into their fold. And ‘bodies’ is the proper correct term to use regarding the future of these misguided sods.

Regarding this Stop-Loss procedure, it seems this fine detail can be put into action at any time to ensure personnel are chained to their posts, literally speaking.

So, who needs a draft if according to this Stop-Loss situation the army can hold it’s staff for up to eight years, and even longer in the case of Sgt. Emiliano Santiago. Sgt Santiago is an Oregon Army National Guardsman who sued to keep from being forced to stay on active duty beyond the eight-year period.

For the reasons we have set forth, however, we conclude that the application of
the stop-loss order did not breach his enlistment contract”, said by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in their ruling against his challenge.

No draft may be necessary in any situation for the US army. After all, a lot of folk are starting to wake up to the terrifying fact that the US economy is indeed in very dire straights. If the bubble were to burst in the immediate future, and indeed it’s now a case of WHEN rather than IF the economic reality implodes, then the US Army may be the ONLY viable employer for a lot of the population.

This is similar to the situation in Germany before the Second World War. The US army may really be the only employer with vacancies. After all, it’s not as if Iraq is the end of the US Imperialist takeover of the world. From their own mouths, it’s just the beginning.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

When Reg Keys Met Tony Blair

Last night the BBC aired the story of Reg Keys. It followed his sombre and heroic struggle to oust Tony Blair from his elected Sedgefield (North-East England) constituency.

Reg's son Tom was murdered rather brutally by a lynch mob in Iraq, while on duty as a Red-Cap soldier. After Tom's death, Reg firmly believes his son, and four of his comrades had died for no other reason than terrible lies, and that we all have been cunningly betrayed by Tony Blair.

Of course Reg had no money to campaign himself as an Independant MP out on a mission to reclaim Sedgefield constituency from Blair. But he was greatly assisted by donations, and time from members of the public, former labour MPs, wounded soldiers and International journalists.

It was deeply moving at times to watch Reg approach the public in densely popular Labour country, to tell the story of his son's pointless and preventable death.

To my surprise he got an excellent reception from a lot of people. It was also satisfying to know that even folk in Blair's own constituency don't want him in power.

Of course a lot of folks had no time for Reg at all. In some cases Tory MPs were probably more welcome. Reg took this pretty well too I think.

One guy rather straightly told him, "Get over it mate.... If he was in Iraq then that's what happens... He was a soldier".

Fair enough?

No, I don't think it is btw.

For the simple fact that Tom had NO REASON to be in Iraq. The world was indeed lied to, there's no apologising for that. How can there be?

The problem with the general public (IMHO) is that although most folks accept the fact we were all lied to, they simply don't give a damn either-way. Apathetic, stoned and routinery.

It's like that famous JFK statistic; 50% of people believe he was assassinated by the US secret government, and the other 50% couldn't give a toss.

You can add the insider job of 911 into that viewpoint probably too.

But getting back to Reg.

At the end of his campaign, he pulled a total of 4,252 votes. That's one tenth of the total available. Blair got around 50%.

This was important for a humble man with no previous political experience in his life. He was even nervous if his Brummy accent would make him sound less credible. (In other words, he doesn't speak like the stereotypical Oxford politician that the entire world identifies as, British...)

He did well.

For me the greatest moment in the campaign was when he got to address the Sedgefield public at the voting event on the big day; Blair was there with his wife, and so were all the cameras to see Blair's big crowning moment. But not before Reg had his say.

I hope in my heart that one day the prime minister will be able to say sorry. He will say sorry to the families of the bereaved and one day the prime minister will feel able to visit wounded soldiers in hospital.

Fighting this campaign has not been an easy task for me, but I had to do it for my son Thomas ... who was sent to war under extremely controversial circumstances.

If this war had been justified by international law, I would have grieved but not campaigned. If weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, again I would have grieved but not campaigned.

I think Reg accepts he can't change the world. But he can share his feelings, his discoveries and his humanity with the rest of the world, which is what he did.

If only everyone could have the energy to state the truth as much as Reg did. And that it did not take the death of a son or daughter, to fuel that real effort to learn and share knowledge about this apathetic (at times) existence.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

God Bless Truth

Im Back! ... not with a vengence, but with a little more understanding of what the hell is going on in this truly strange world.

I have been unable to read any news for this past week due to a complete FUDDLE of the brain. I'm not kidding. Was it too much alcohol, or was it due to HAARP being increased again???

They do say the older you get, the less alcohol you can enjoy......... But that's only on a Saturday night, or else I would truly lose my mind trying to wade through the heavy depressing news these days.

So my odds are that Haarp IS indeed being raised up again. For one reason, too many people have described this same mental fuzz that simply blocks your recepters to analyse any info. And the timing of it is just too strange.....

Which makes one wonder... WHY NOW?

Are the powers that be planning some world event again. Is another 911 in the pipeline? Hell, I hope not. But, Iran is still a prime target of Israel, and it's drug addicted loony testeroned-UP pal America......

We'll see what happens, after all May the 11th is a rather esoteric date for a number of reasons.

So whats being happening in the news lately????

Labour won in the UK general elections. Well no real surprise there eh? But in truth it's pointless now to say "How could you vote for Tony (B)liar....."

In truth, all the political parties are exactly the same. Blair is no different to Michael Howard, their both of the same cororate army of world destroyers.

The company is still run by the same Board Of Directors, ie the WORLD BANKERS. All that has changed is the company has the same manager, but with slightly reduced control. (just slightly, because the power shifted to the Board of Directors other hand, the TORIES......)

God I feel depressed again.... Time to pick up my copy of the Da Vinci Code and weep.