8.13.2010 | Blog.
17 September 2014: Tomorrow Scotland votes Yes or No to independence, and, in panic, the scaremongers come out in mass. As a Swedish former resident of Scotland now living in London I strongly support the Yes campaign. The latest Westminster concerns, now about defence and the alleged irresponsibility of Scottish voters if they decide to leave the union I find extremely off-putting and misleading. It is conveniently forgotten that Westminster governments, be it Labour or Tory, have led Britain into several unnecessary and even aggressive wars, the latest leading to the present volatile situation in the Middle East and possible threats to the own country(ies). When Cameron et all speak about their passion about the union it is in fact the fear of the final demise of British special influence in world politics they are passionate about, not the welfare of the Scottish people. Without Scotland, and in ‘union’ with Wales – that internationally, let’s face it, only is seen as a province of England – a London government will be on parity with the ones in Rome, Madrid and Warsaw – and, as a consequence of that, the time of the Empire will finally be completely over. This is good for the people of Scotland and it is good for the people of England. No longer to be a permanent member of the Security Council, something that will follow, from now on only to be two nations among all others, is what the establishment fears above everything else- but for the people of both nations that is what will bring permanent peace. Vote Yes to independence and no more involvement in imperialistic aggression. Vote Yes to no more young Scottish men being sacrificed in criminal foreign wars. With no foreign wars Scotland and its people can live in peace like their Norwegian and Icelandic neighbours and would hardly need much of a defence force. A showing off of the Military Tattoo once or twice a year will probably do it.
25 July 2014. Today’s news: “German efforts to prosecute ageing war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker. Bavarian prosecutors had hoped to extradite 89-year-old Johann “Hans” Breyer over his alleged service as a guard at Auschwitz in 1944. He died before being extradited to be held art responsible for the murder of 216,000 Jews.” I have no comments as to what he did at Auschwitz. But what a hypocrisy! Sixty-nine years after the end of WWII this man – 20 at the end of the war and seven as the Nazis came to power – was to be held responsible for crimes against humanity – this all despite the whole German state was rebuilt by ex-Nazis, the real culprits who, thanks to Adenauer and the western powers, were left to rebuild their lives and careers and avoid responsibilities. All this at the same time as those who refused to participate were seen (for some until 2009) as ex-criminals. What a world we live in.
July 2014 (for German speakers): http://cuncti.net/streitbar/759-der-unterschied-zwischen-maennern-und-schlachtvieh
Rape in war has been focused on in a summit on sexual violence in London. Governments were requested to bring war rapists to justice. All this with British Foreign Minister Hague seeking photo opportunity alongside Hollywood star Angelina Jolie but without a word about the wide spread enforced governmental/military establishment ‘training methods’ which constitute the very basis for rape in war - the institutional use of sexual violence and abuse against male recruits, in which women very often play a major and intentional role. Without addressing this question rape in war will never be abolished. We need respect and protection of all human beings also the conscripted and volunteer soldiers.
December 2013: Mandela United Football Club and a heroe’s legacy
13.3.13 BILD Zeitung, Germany’s biggest tabloid. Doesn’t this picture, that has entered the tabloid’s photo competition, show it all when it comes to military discipline. Not one of these soldiers from the German air forces dares step out of line and see to their comrade who has fallen to the ground. They were all waiting to swear the oath of allegiance to their state but none of them felt their friend’s life and health would be allowed to take priority over that…. It’s not their fault, it is the systems. It shows what you can do to people. It shows the destruction of the mind caused by the military system. I have seen a similar picture from Britain with the Queen on a horse right in front of a guard lying on the ground. What a world we live in.