Conspiracy Theories and the Great Russian Adventure

It’s the 2nd October and I’m writing the first blog post since January. The news is buzzing with yet another shooting at a US school and yet again the powerless President, who can bomb the fuck out of people in the middle-east with war planes, but can’t change his own gun laws.

Police State United States

Police State United States

This puzzled me until I heard a survivor of the latest shooting speak about the incident. The survivor (wounded and probably deserves a Purple Heart) said that they should have more guns to protect themselves. She also stipulated that if the other students were armed then this wouldn’t have happened. Another speaker mentioned about an ‘evil’ man and some ‘righteous’ people killing him. Well, all I can say is, thank fuck I don’t live in the US. Sounds pretty fucked up. Some people have flawed logic with religious overtones and I’m thinking there’s no hope for the US. Some people are still living the 1700s with amendments and bearing arms etc etc. This isn’t Hollywood, and those other survivors can probably tell you that.  Oh well, here’s to the next US massacre.  Sacrificing children for the sake of an amendment?  Is that a fair exchange?  Arming them to fend off ‘evil’ people?  Is that going to work?  Nah.  I don’t think so.

There’s a problem here and it’s endemic in the human species. We simple don’t perceive risk until it’s staring at us in the face, ready to kill us, maim us, and scare the shit out of us. These events will change people, turn them to religion and blame their luck on divine intervention. Some will be irreparably damaged, the scars running deep into their mind, haunted by guilt and tracing events that led up to the trauma. Time dislocates us from the immediacy of the trauma, unless we were intimately affected, directly or indirectly, we will forget and make the same mistakes that led us to the same event.

About as good as the Daily Mail

About as good as the Daily Mail

World War 2 and its horrors are testament to this, and yet, through the decades there are conspiracy theorists arguing the death toll of the industrial style killing of the camps. Conspiracy Theorists argued that there were significantly less than 6 million people slaughtered at the hands of the Nazis in their camps and by the action of the einsatzgruppen. I remember watching the documentary, that was narrated by a computer generated voice and thinking, who gives a damn whether it was only 2 million. Only 2 million (not sure if that was the figure they quoted)? Even it were only 300,000, it’s still a war crime and just as sick. A US Officer, upon entering one camp wanted everything filmed and photographed so that no one could deny it ever happened.

As flat as a pancake

As flat as a pancake

Despite this, people still deny it. Alongside this youtube video documentary there were other videos claiming that the earth was flat ‘The Flat Earth Society’ and that the ‘Moon Landings’ were fake, 9/11 attacks were caused by forces other than Al Qaeda. I’d look at the 9/11 documentaries and give them some real consideration as I do think that there is something else going on here – I don’t think it was caused by the US government. I think there were some serious fuck ups with regards to security and there was a cover up with regards to evidence. There will be and are plenty more people dying today and in the future due to the dust inhalation on that day and subsequent days following. A major constituent of the building would have been Asbestos and I’m sure there was plenty of those fibres being breathed in.

In Syria we’ve got the Russians intervening and the US are bumping their gums about collateral damage, civilian deaths…. Fuck me! Look who’s talking! What’s the US been doing the past 20 years in the Middle East? I bet it’s a lot longer. The Iraqis are more than happy to get the Russians on board, in fact they’re not fussy who helps them out. The Aim of the US and GB would be for the pacified countries of the Middle East to sort out the problem themselves, else we will be there for the indefinite future. The Iraqi Army doesn’t have the leadership to forge ahead and oust the ‘Daesh’ from their soil. Inevitably there will need to be a soldier presence on the ground from the western alliance. The Russians say they’ll be airstriking every fucker that opposed Assad – that includes the US and GB. Now there’s a potential flash point if I ever saw one. There’s been plenty in the past and this is no exception. I reckon, eventually, we’ll see masses of troops from the Ruskies and this will increase their Middle Eastern influence bringing them on par with the west.

 

 

Syrian refugee Camps and Terrorism in the world’s oldest city

“Go on, sunshine,” I whisper to myself as we drive past a field full of sheep.  One horny looking sheep is giving the good news to a ewe who is looking forlorn and helpless.  Imagine if mankind was like that, I mean like a pack of wild dogs and you just mount a woman and impregnate her.  Looking at it, we wouldn’t do that as we have developed to higher states.  We’ve gone beyond the basic levels of purpose and instinct.  We think. We actually think.  We have morals and ethics – so do animals.  So animals don’t eat their children… or do they?  From what I’ve seen they protect their young so there’s a moral ethic instinct that is so basic and fundamental that we still use it.

Taxi for Goats in the Erbil area

Taxi for Goats in the Erbil area

So, we think.  What does that mean?  We can choose which way to go and we can reason.  Should the sniper squeeze the trigger and take down the black dot who is walking toward their firing point.  Instant processes are whirring through the mind of the sniper.  Pull the trigger and face the moral dilemma that will tug at his conscience – the conscience that is weighing up reasons for and against.  The outcome of that ‘cost benefit analysis’ will act as a weapon to either block or toy with guilt.

It’s a sheep’s life, isn’t it?  Just walk around the field and mount any ewe you see.  If men did it, that would be called rape and would follow a summary, custodial sentence.  The sheep don’t feel guilty, they don’t shag for pleasure.  They do it because that is what they do.  Humans do it for pleasure because they’re intelligent.  Some humans do it for a sick pleasure that feeds a fantasy – that’s the rapist.

There are no rapist animals.  Rapist humans are intelligent and dangerous.

Last week Terrorism came close.  It paid a visit to the world’s oldest city. Hawla or commonly known as Irbil was subject to an ‘Al-Qaeda’ attack.  (I hate to use the AQ term).  Seven special police (MI5/6) were killed in the attack.  An ambulance packed with explosives was used in the ‘complex’ attack.  Very cleverly done, I must say.  Apparently it had something to do with Syria and the fight over there.

Thousands of tents as far as the eye can see...

Thousands of tents as far as the eye can see…

There were sporadic reports of numbers killed and injured when a group of blokes stormed the Asayish HQ in Erbil (Hawlah) in Northern Iraq.  It was a planned attack as an ambulance was packed with explosives, but this didn’t detonate – thankfully.  The violence is slowly creeping north to the Turkish border: once it reaches Dohuk, which is only an hour’s drive from me, then it’s time to start making decisions.  It’s that risk assessment process again.  I think it’s acceptable risks – the risks are the same, down in Basrah and Baghdad.  Up north we’ve been blessed with relative peace and comfort that we have become conditioned to it – we’ve dropped our guard and this spike in activity raises the guard like a boxing glove to deflect a punch.

UNHCR in Iraq for the Syrians

UNHCR in Iraq for the Syrians

I just recently came back from our Irbil oil fields and we drove past a Syrian refugee camp.  Tents were pitched like some ancient Army mounting a siege or Rob Stark’s army kicking Taywin Lannister’s arse.