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…
The injured person here is a woman. Described as a pacifist, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She received a baton to the head by Macron's frenzied fake police; (UN soldiers).
08/06/2019#GiletsJaunes #YellowVests #France pic.twitter.com/4xWjPfvqke
— Scotty McGuire (@McguireScotty) June 11, 2019
When it comes to civil rights things are little better on the other side of the Channel:
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…
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.