GLENN Greenwald asks Guardian readers: “Was the London killing of a British soldier ‘terrorism’?”
We’ve argued that it wasn’t. It was two lunatics sacrificing a man to their god. But that is not Greenwald’s angle. He says:
What definition of the term includes this horrific act of violence but excludes the acts of the US, the UK and its allies?
Yep. He’s going for a moral equivalence.
Two men yesterday engaged in a horrific act of violence on the streets of London by using what appeared to be a meat cleaver to hack to death a British soldier. In the wake of claims that the assailants shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the killing, and a video showing one of the assailants citing Islam as well as a desire to avenge and stop continuous UK violence against Muslims, media outlets (including the Guardian) and British politicians instantly characterized the attack as “terrorism”.
[T]he term at this point seems to have no function other than propagandistically and legally legitimizing the violence of western states against Muslims while delegitimizing any and all violence done in return to those states …
Can it really be the case that when western nations continuously kill Muslim civilians, that’s not “terrorism”, but when Muslims kill western soldiers, that is terrorism?…
One last point: in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks, I documented that the perpetrators of virtually every recent attempted and successful “terrorist” attack against the west cited as their motive the continuous violence by western states against Muslim civilians.
IN Uganda the Coalition for Advancement of Moral Values wants so make homosexuality a crime. The group has just produced the paper hereunder, passing it to the country’s MPs. It urges them to pass the Anti Homosexuality Bill. It is both ludicrous and terrifying:
“The defendant accepts placing the joint of beef in his bag deliberately. He says he did so because he was experiencing a flashback to his grandmother’s traumatic death, which had been triggered by the sight of the joint of beef. He says it was necessary to conceal the beef in order to control the effects of the flashback.”
And then there’s dear old Aunt Bessie, who after being run over by a steamroller looked exactly like a Yorkshire pudding; uncle Ray who was impaled on a carrot; little Tommy whose sick looked so much like chicken gravy; spud faced Uncle Bruce; and the milky skinned aunty Joyce who bloody face after an accident in the threshing machine reminds him of the supermarket own-brand Raspberry Pavlova…
WHAT does Times executive editor Roger Alton think of the Leveson Report, Hacked Off and that Royal Charter? Picking up the award for best daily newspaper of the year at the London Press Club award, he said:
“Thanks to the London Press Club for standing by the British press and celebrating its excellence at a time when it’s under some ferocious attack from an unruly collection of clapped-out hackademics, coked-up celebrities, loved-up lawyers, vengeful politicians [applause, cries of ‘well-said Rog’]. They’re bastards one and all.”
WHEN Lee Rigby was butchered to death by lunatics making a human sacrifice to the god voices in their heads, we knew that no nutjobs would break us. We are fair. We are strong. And then the police moved to arrest two men who had made “offensive” comments on twitter. It took the police fifteen minutes to arrest two armed jihadi-obsessed psychos who had hacked a man to death in the street. What odds they were swifter in nicking a 23-year-old and a 22-year-old for allegedly breaking the Public Order Act?
As ever, someone looking to be offended found something to dislike on twitter. They called Avon and Somerset Police. The thought police then nicked the two Bristol residents on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.
EVERYONE knows how hard it is to make a living as an artist. Painters live on the breadline in moldy bedsits trying to make it in the cruel artworld.
And all the while, Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s famous pet chimp, is raking it in. That will annoy the piss out of people won’t it? Bubbles has sold two paintings for £2,000 at auction. Imagine the amount of Drum rolling tobacco you could buy with that?
OUR attitude to meat is odd. We’re all entertained when Bear Grylls pops up on the telly to climb inside a hollowed out camel or eats raw zebra. But when Matthew Davidson, 28, and Kevin Sherratt, 33, picked up a lamb at a Macclesfield, Cheshire, farm, killed it with a hammer and roasted it, we’re sending them to court.
WHO to blame for the barbaric murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich? You could start with the alleged jihadis, like Michael Adebolajo. The alleged killer says the West made him do it. There can be excuse for this repugnant act. The men who hacked Lee Rigby to death are deranged murderers making human sacrifices to their god.
The question is how do we fight it? The question is if fighting it in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and other foreign places works?
Writing in the Guardian isJoe Glenton, a former soldier sentenced in 2010 to nine months prison for refusing to serve a second tour of Afghanistan. He objected on legal and moral grounds. He was the first British soldier to speak out publicly against the war. He writes:
So at the very outset, and before the rising tide of prejudice and pseudo-patriotism fully encloses us, let us be clear: while nothing can justify the savage killing in Woolwich yesterday of a man since confirmed to have been a serving British soldier, it should not be hard to explain why the murder happened.
THE soldier murdered in Woolwich was Cornwall-born Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He was a military bandsman in the Corps of Drums. He had seen active servie inAfghanistan, Cyprus and Germany. Since 2011 he had preformed ceremonial duties at the regimental headquarters at the Tower of London.
We swear by the Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. The only reason we have killed this man this is because Muslims are dying daily. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth …
An eyewitness says the killers screamed “god is Great” in Arabic before murdering:
“I saw a guy with no head lying on the ground. He had been decapitated. There were two black guys walking around his body saying ‘This is what God would’ve wanted’.
EVER horror needs a hero. The media demands it. We need it. Having seen what terrorism looks like, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, a Cub Scout leader and mother-of-two from Cornwall talked to one of the murderous psychos who had just hacked a man to death with a meat cleaver.
HOW have the newspapers reacted to the horrific scenes in Woolwich? An off-duty British soldier has been murdered by two men. One psychotic nutter shouted “…we swear by almighty Allah, that we will never stop fighting you. Until you leave us alone, your people will never be safe”. He added: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day.”
NOT since the horrors of 7/7 had terrorists claimed a life in the UK. Today two men used meat cleavers to murder and, apparently, tried to decapitate a white British a soldier from Woolwich Barracks on the streets of London. He was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt. Police shot them.
CONSPIRACY theorists tune in now. The FBI in Orlando have killed a man reportedly linked to Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. NBC News reported that the FBI shot dead Ibragim Todashev, 27, who shared the dead bomber’s passion for mixed-martial asrts.
Todashev had been arrested for alleged aggravated battery after a fight in a car park.
ABC News quotes a source who, apparently, saw what happened:
“There was some sort of aggressive movement that led the FBI agent to believe he was under threat and he opened fire.”
Yes, global warming IS giving us bigger, more devastating tornadoes,,,
The connection is simple: Heat energy is what drives storms. The more heat energy you have in the system, the bigger the storms will be. the bigger the storms are, the greater the devastation. And the cost. And the loss of life.
While the fossil fuel industry is still in denial, the insurance industry has known this for years. They know all about uncertainly – if they don’t manage uncertainty correctly, insurance companies go broke, and quickly.
AS everyone knows, it is hard finding a job at the moment. One lady is finding it particularly difficult because she’s just so good looking, in her own words.
Laura Fernee graduated with a PhD and worked in a laboratory for three years before quitting in 2011 and hasn’t had a job since. She says: ”I’m not lazy, and I’m no bimbo. The truth is, my good looks have caused massive problems for me when it comes to employment, so I’ve made the decision that employment just isn’t for me at the moment.”
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