Cold Wars and Cold Shoulders

Last weekend marked the 30th consecutive week of gilets jaunes protests (Acte 30). At my local roundabout on the autoroute there were about 20 gilets jaunes on the roadside, as there has been ever since these protests started last November. This in all weathers and despite the fact that the roadside protests have been banned in many parts of France. The violence meted out by the police against the gilets jaunes continues unabated. During Acte 30 some of the worst violence occurred in Montpellier, which is in the south of France…

When it comes to civil rights things are little better on the other side of the Channel:

MI5 accused of ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’

And in America they’re even passing a law where you can potentially be arrested and charged for just thinking about committing a crime. Yup, this one is straight out of 1984, including the legal gobbledygook which tries to cloak what’s going on with HR 838…

a national strategy to prevent targeted violence through behavioral threat assessment and management, and for other purposes.

All of this is against the backdrop of last week’s D-Day commemorations. Macron, May and Trump were on parade, mouthing the usual platitudes such as ‘they died to give us our freedom’. Ha! The Russians, of course, were not invited to the commemorations, despite the fact that if it were not for the Red Army and the tremendous sacrifice of the Russian people we would probably all be speaking German now (depending on whose estimates you go on, anywhere between 30 and 40 million Russians were killed during World War Two). ‘Surreal’ is not the word for the D-Day commemorations.

But it wasn’t always so surreal. In the two or three decades after World War Two there did seem to be some morality in politics, at least on the surface. President John F Kennedy had many faults (not least his handling of the escalating conflict in Vietnam) but he is generally taken to be ‘a good guy’. I am reminded of what is probably Kennedy’s most famous speech. Known formally as the ‘American University Speech’, but more widely known as the ‘Peace Speech’, it’s an address he gave to graduating students at the American University in June 1963; this not much more than 9 months after the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the speech President Kennedy is articulate, intelligent and well-rounded (for the era) as he holds out an olive branch to the Soviets and acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice that the Russian people made during World War Two. Have I mentioned Macron, May and Trump..? who are like five-year-olds on LSD by comparison. The following is an excerpt from Kennedy’s Peace Speech. Five months after making this speech President Kennedy was assassinated. It’s a funny old world, isn’t it…

JFK’s complete Peace Speech can be found here.

As an aside, President Khrushchev was deeply impressed by Kennedy’s Peace Speech and allowed it be broadcast and published freely in the Soviet Union without any censorship. This was most unusual for back then.

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14 Responses to Cold Wars and Cold Shoulders

  1. freddy says:

    Brexit: MPs reject Labour plan for no-deal vote
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48613921

    For the seventeen and a half million who voted for Brexit, three years ago, this is good news, it now seems likely that we will leave the hated E.U. before the year is up,
    without a deal.

  2. freddy says:

    There are reports of oil tankers being bombed in The Gulf of Persia.
    Oil price is dropping as global trade stalls.

    No claims, yet.

  3. freddy says:

    Emmanuel Macron the raise retirement age for the French!

    He is a little swine

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      Freddy, starting with Hollande and now on steroids under Macron, they’re been really privatising by the back door the health service in France (does this sound familiar). This on top of pension cuts. Many of the gilets jaunes are older people (watch the videos that me and other people post), older people who are totally pissed-of with these psychos and have taken to street protests.

      At the moment I’ve no idea how this is all going to pan out; but I will say that there will be similar protests in the UK sometime soon.

      • freddy says:

        Hello Rob,
        https://www.france24.com/en/video/20190614-use-anti-riot-weaponry-soars-france
        The use of controversial anti-riot weaponry by French police soared in 2018 amid the onset of the Yellow Vest protests, figures released Thursday showed.

        French police fired more than 19,000 rounds from so-called ‘flashball’ guns – weapons that launch a rubber ball at high velocity – in 2018, a rise of 203 percent on the year before.

        • freddy says:

          Tear gas in Toulouse as Yellow Vests protests continue for 31st straight weekend
          https://www.rt.com/news/461974-yellow-vests-toulouse-paris/
          “Saturday saw crowds of protesters turn out all over France. The demonstrations in Toulouse were among the largest, with more than 1,000 showing up, and police responded by firing tear gas to disperse the activists. The crack of police weaponry could be heard as the streets filled with the choking gas.”

          I wonder how this will come to an end, the maimings don’t seem to have put protestors off?

          What about Emmanuel, is he still adamant that he is the Emperor of Europe,
          therefor his is right and the people are wrong, that didn’t work out so well in 1789

          • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

            Freddy, the worrying thing is that now many of the ‘police’ at these demonstrations aren’t even French people!

            They’re drawn in from other EU and NATO nations; hence the violence (because French police would be loath to treat their fellow citizens in this way). It’s a very worrying aspect of all this, an aspect the gilets jaunes are very aware of.

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      Freddy, if interested here’s where the recent French Doctor’s strikes started…

      https://www.rt.com/news/219983-french-doctors-strike-reform/

      It started at about the same time that doctors in the UK went on strike (but of course the MSM will never tell you that).

    • freddy says:

      French President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Tuesday unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits.
      https://www.france24.com/en/20190618-macron-france-philippe-reform-unemployment-benefits

      They really do not care for their servant class, do they.

  4. JOML says:

    Really interesting clip of JFK there, Rob. Plain talking reality. Beggars belief that Trump is in the same powerful position (despite the puppet nature of the role, with others behind the scene in total control). Compare the clip above with this completely absurd interview. Is Trump really this stupid – or disinterested?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qhj_79tPd-s

  5. freddy says:

    It seems Jeremy Corbyn is not taken with the American version that
    ” Iranian Guards affixed limpet mines to the Japanese tank, whilst the Japanese
    Prime minister was in Theran chatting with the Ayotolla.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48645280
    “Jeremy Corbyn challenges UK government’s Iran accusations on oil tanker attacks”

    • freddy says:

      Mr.Jeremy Corbyn, leader of her majesty loyal opposition,
      has questioned whether the government has “credible evidence” to show Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
      Mr Hunt, Foreign Secretary and likely next Prime minister of the United Kingdom, responded that Mr Corbyn’s comments were “pathetic” and said he should back British intelligence.

      • freddy says:

        Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said it was important to establish independent evidence on who was behind the tanker attacks and not just take the word of the Americans.

        “These are extremely dangerous developments and we really have to pause and think about where we are going next.

        The idea that we are going to get enmeshed in another war is something that we really need to think about very carefully.”

  6. freddy says:

    U.S.A. warns India of ‘serious implications’ if it picks Russian S-400 over American defense promises,
    they have already warned Turkey of the same thing but so far, Turkey has not blinked, the Indians have purchased and had re-vamped a Russian aircraft carrier,
    the nine hundred and thirty feet long INS Vikramaditya.
    https://www.rt.com/news/461917-us-india-s400-serious-implications/

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