To back up, or not to back up…

Britain should disown the US if it launched a “preventative” attack against North Korea to stop it developing nuclear weapons, according to a leading military think tank.

Is the foreword on the Sky news websites article: ‘Scenes of carnage’ if North Korea crisis escalates into war, British report warns

Sky: The unusually blunt advice from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which is the intellectual powerhouse behind the UK’s military establishment, comes amid growing concerns that such an attack is being seriously contemplated by Donald Trump’s administration. They write.

Me: Oh, what is this? The “special relationship” doesn’t seem all that special now, does it? England preparing to abandon its “closest ally” when things start to look dicey; when a real sense of danger wafts through the air, England suddenly finds its resolve wanting; like a dog barking at the gate, only to high-tail it for the front door when the gate swings open. And this just shows you how much of a shit-show the Westminster government truly is; they make grand promises and assurances, and then buckle under any real pressure; they scramble from their hill of strength the moment a threat approaches.

And here was me thinking that America was our greatest ally; and so since when do allies abandon one another? Isn’t the whole point of fostering alliances solely to provide back-up for either party in the eventuality of war? Sure, trade agreements that mutually benefit either country are by-products of such partnerships, as is continuing peace; but what good is peace and trade, if one half of the deal is armed to the teeth and sailing the waves of the Yellow Sea? Is this the sort of alliance America needs; an England already planning to abandon it in what could become a major world conflict? Now of course, America really doesn’t need England, or the rest of Britain as a whole; America is a powerhouse, a giant and a god of war. So who cares, right? So what; let England scurry away like a cowardly dog, eh?

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Britain (England FYI)

But then what does that truly say about any such special relationship? Of course America doesn’t need us, but does that mean that we shouldn’t stand shoulder to shoulder with them? Does that mean that we shouldn’t live and die in our convictions as a country that stands by its principles and its word? If we say we have your back, should we not then have your back, regardless even if our friend is big enough and strong enough to handle himself without us?

Sky: A RUSI report says the UK “should refuse to rush into unconditional support for US action” if the US was to attack North Korea in an attempt to prevent it from further developing the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

Me: Now listen, anyone who is familiar with my blog will know that I’m fairly isolationist, and also don’t agree with Scotland sticking its nose into places it doesn’t belong; but Scotland is in Britain, and Britain seems to cling to the teat of America, and so much so that it peddles this notion of Britain and America as brothers-in-arms, and as the best of friends of which the English controlled media that plagues Britain as a whole often likes to force-feed us on a daily basis; so as a Scotsmen, I feel compelled to point out that if America does go to war, then so should we. It’s as simple as that, and that’s my two cents worth on the matter; we should fight alongside them come what may, and not because of some ridiculous idea of brotherhood, but simply for the sake of self-respect and honor! Otherwise what are we but cowards and back-biters on an international scale not to be taken seriously? Isn’t it funny just how hollow the English government now seems as it rolls over and offers its undulating and pendulous belly to the world? And think, what if America was to win this theoretical war, would it not then shun Britain for ever more; leaving us friendless and at the back of the cue for any resulting reconstruction contracts and positions of governance and influence on the post-war world stage? Way to think ahead, British cowards; in your rancid fear, you would potentially throw away whatever shred of credibility you have left to skulk under the desk whilst humming with your fingers stuck in your ears as you assume the fettle position.

Sky: In the report, author Professor Malcolm Chalmers writes: “(The UK) should make it clear that it had not been asked for its views in advance and that it would not have supported military action even if it had been asked.”

Me: So what? If America goes to war with North Korea, then Britain automatically becomes a target regardless of whether or not we declare a side, what with it having up until then proclaimed itself America’s chief parasite. Is North Korea, or even China, or Russia really going to care if Britain distances itself from America, when eventually it’s probably going to join the war at some point anyway? So would it not make sense then for the east to make a preventative strike of their own to thwart that eventuality? Yet, if Britain was in the fight from the very beginning, then we would at least have our guard up from the get-go, and perhaps be better equipped to deal with any such attack in the first place for having a firm grasp on who our enemy is and where the strikes are likely to manifest. War doesn’t care about gestures, it only cares about threats; Britain is a threat, whether or not it cowardly shrinks from the fray meantime, Britain would still be a threat by proxy.

Sky: “Casualties in such a conflict would likely reach the hundreds of thousands, even if no nuclear weapons were used. There could be far-reaching consequences for the global economy, involving sustained disruption of vital supply chains and markets.” 

Me: I’ll let Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff respond to that one: “We can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that. We have a lot of firepower, more than he has times 20, but we don’t want to use it… I hope China solves the problem. But if China doesn’t do it, we’ll do it”

Yeehaw!

But, at the end of the day, would America really be all that surprised by England’s lack of a spine in such tense, trying times? Of course they wouldn’t; why would they? America is well aware that all Britain is good for is bending at the waist to accommodate their’ slippered feet upon its back. America doesn’t need Britain. Britain needs America, because without them, the empire 2.0 would be steam rolled into oblivion the moment the ships left Portsmouth. So, in understanding that, you would think that the sniveling cowards down at Westminster would be prostrating their feeble bodies in an effort to clamber around America’s feet and swear allegiance to their boot-straps only to fool themselves into, and continue on, with the belief that America will make them great again.

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One is powerful, and the other thinks its powerful

Man up, or shut up; for if it was to come to blows, and then maybe even escalates into some sort of an actual major world conflict; sides will have to be taken. And I don’t know about you, but I prefer fighting fresh, than already bloody. And sure, people would die, but then, people will die whether or not they are holding a gun or not. I come from a military family, I feel I should point out; with every man all the way back and to the Jacobite risings having been a soldier, or in some branch of the military, and so would no doubt have immediate family fighting in any such conflict, yet I’m perfectly fine with that; soldiers are soldiers, and they are trained to kill and die, that’s their entire job description; and so I don’t care about projected casualties, both military, and civilian, because again, people die en masse when wars are fought between powerful entities, and that’s no reason not to fight, and it’s no reason to go back on one’s word, and its certainly no reason to abandon ones ally.

And look, I’m not a warmonger, nor do I have a Michael Bayesque hard-on for guns and explosions, but sometimes wars solve problems, or at the very least, they solve problems for future generations in hindsight. Again, I wouldn’t relish war for the sake of war alone, but from a pragmatic standpoint, North Korea is threatening world stability, it is a menace to peace and is arming itself for conflict, and so needs to be put in its place by a firm hand, and if that means war, then what other recourse is there to counter such a flagrant and openly hostile threat. Diplomacy? Please; ever heard of the catastrophic diplomatic effort known as The Age of Appeasement?

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Cinead MacAlpin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Co-dependence: a wonderful foundation for identity

Well, well, well; it has been a good long while since I had a wee rant about some such trite issue or another, of which, for reasons known only to me and my psychiatrist, I’ve once again chosen to take personally. Beneath, is the title of the question asked, and beneath that, in italics, is what was asked, with my response beneath that; layers, so, so many layers.


Why do Scottish, Welsh and Irish always deny themselves as British, hate England and brag about their culture?

I’ve noticed a lot of Welsh, Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish people always deny themselves as part of Britain, a lot of them hate and criticise England, are disgusted by being under the same category as it, and from what I’ve seen online, almost every Irish, Scottish and Welsh person brag about their culture, have usernames related to it and go on and on about themselves and their country.

Do you see me or any English people coming online, slagging off the Welsh, Irish or Scottish, writing stuff in Cornish, going on about English history and pride in our culture and giving ourselves usernames to do with England? NO, YOU DON’T.

Me: Woah, whoa there buddy; no need to raise your voice…

It’s OK to love your culture and take pride in your country, I do take pride in England and I also have admiration for the Scottish, Welsh and Irish and I do truly feel that we are all British united (Ireland needs to join Britain, they’re just making excuses to not be involved with the English because its a self-obsessed nation). We’re all part of the same thing and I don’t know why non-English Brits or Irish hold things against us for events that happened centuries ago, or deny themselves to be connected to us and part of Britain and thinking of Britain as “England” simply. I find it unfair.


Me: Well firstly, being British is simply an idea, an exercise in thought. It is the name applied to the union, which then lends itself to those within that union. However, the term Scottish is actually an ethnic and culture identifying moniker for the Scottish people/those of Scottish heritage. Secondly, as to why (some) deny ourselves the glorious and storied moniker: British; is because it is a meaningless blanket term foisted upon individual nations whose differences are glaringly evident, and which serves no true purpose other than to confuse Americans and other foreigners as to just what in the hell Britain and the U.K are. But then, even had we all been but wobbling and gelatinous blobs devoid of any distinguishing features or character, shuddering pathetically all across the land from Orkney down to Cornwall, the name still would have been the only thing uniting us.

‘I’ve noticed a lot of Welsh, Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish people always deny themselves as part of Britain-‘

Me: Scotland is (Unfortunately) a part of Britain, as in it exists upon the landmass of the ‘British’ isles (As does Ireland, technically/Geographically), and no one disputes this; not even a die-hard nationalists such as myself. But, we all know that isn’t really what you meant, don’t we pal.

‘-a lot of them hate and criticise England, are disgusted by being under the same category as it’

Me: Well, in modern times, it maybe has something to do with the twisted, biased English-run media acting like the greasy and odious fog horn of the British propaganda department 7 days a week that irritates us (All links at the bottom). Or maybe it’s all of the economic hardships endured during the 70’s and 80’s that did the trick; Poll tax? Closing of shipyards? Or could it be the blatant loathing of Westminster that we take issue with? Who knows! Could it simply be down to all the nippy, and sometimes openly hostile little jabs that get flung our way at every opportunity; the venomous contempt of David Starkey and Katie Hopkins chief among them, and of which is so routinely given a platform. Or, could it have something to do with the general fucking ignorance of English people that engenders in them a type of insufferable, haughty, and wholly undeserved sense of superiority which slightly fucking annoys a lot of us Scots? I dunno, take your pick.

‘-from what I’ve seen online, almost every Irish, Scottish and Welsh person brag about their culture, have usernames related to it and go on and on about themselves and their country.’

Me: Pride? Bragging? Useeeerrrrrnammmeeeessssssss??? Surely not; dear god, surely not the English!

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‘Do you see me or any English people coming online, slagging off the Welsh, Irish or Scottish, writing stuff in Cornish, going on about English history and pride in our culture and giving ourselves usernames to do with England? NO, YOU DON’T.’

Me: YES, YOU DO

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Me: Also, what is wrong with someone communicating freely on the internet in Cornish? Just because you can’t read it, doesn’t mean that it has no value or place within society, regardless of the banal platform it appears on. How arrogant do you have to be, to deride the continuation of an ancient and rather beautiful language, simply for its existing out with Standard English; on Britain, a landmass that hosts at least five separate/related native languages and dialects?

‘It’s OK to love your culture and take pride in your country-‘ *He says without a hint of irony, and without ever expanding upon it, conveniently ‘-I do take pride in England and I also have admiration for the Scottish, Welsh and Irish and I do truly feel that we are all British united (Ireland needs to join Britain, they’re just making excuses to not be involved with the English because its a self-obsessed nation).’

Me: So, it is OK *to love your culture and take pride in your country, but just not when it’s done online, and when it excludes Britishness? I don’t understand, what is your issue here? Is it because you perceive the Saltire on a YouTube avatar as some sort of snub to your sense of hollow British identity, which just so happens to be how you identify; you?

‘We’re all part of the same thing and I don’t know why non-English Brits or Irish hold things against us for events that happened centuries ago, or deny themselves to be connected to us and part of Britain and thinking of Britain as “England” simply. I find it unfair.’

Me: Did it ever occur to you that maybe the reason many of us want to be free (i.e. Not connected to Britain), is for the sake of freedom alone; to stand on our own feet and be Scotland again, to be a nation apart, as we had been for roughly 80% of our long, long history? And did it ever occur to you, that it might actually have nothing to do with England whatsoever, and everything to do with Scotland itself? You know, where the non-English Brits live; i.e. Scots. Is it so wrong that I have pride in being Scottish, and that my heritage, culture and traditions take precedence over some man made title that has no inherent meaning or value to me. Just because I really don’t care about England, or Britain, at all, shouldn’t be enough to cause you an identity crisis. Is it so damaging to your fragile identity, that without this begrudging and hateful Scot, your entire sense of self would crumble to dust? Does Scotland really hold all that much power over you, that the very idea of a country waving its own flag is unfair, to you, an Englishman?

You know what? Maybe try waving your own flag for a while, buddy, and get a feeling for what it is to belong, rather than viewing yourself solely by the lands subjected. Try Morris dancing or something, fuck, I dunno; go visit Stonehenge and see if you can’t reconnect with some of your ancestors, maybe find some self-respect in being English while you’re at it, because eventually, Scotland will be free; I might not live long enough to see that day, and perhaps you won’t either, but one day, it will happen.

BTW: It’s usually the Americans and other foreigners who conflate Britain with England, not us. We have literally never done that, in fact, it fucking annoys us more than you lot do.

Cinead

Links

http://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2014/06/30/i-was-bullied-bbc-over-academic-report-indyref-bias-scottish-media-blackout-must

https://www.rt.com/uk/187344-bbc-scottish-independence-bias/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCrone_report

http://www.siol-nan-gaidheal.org/download/mccronereport.pdf

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/margaret-thatchers-time-power-destroyed-1819478

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-30610043

A sample of the monotonous and petty contempt just for fun 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4340434/Storm-Scots-carry-happened.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3790989/Coming-public-inquiry-near-soon-Red-Coats-hard-Highlanders-Culloden-KATIE-HOPKINS-wonders-s-Orgreave-gets-Hillsborough-treatment.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4027340/EPHRAIM-HARDCASTLE-Actor-Alan-Cumming-says-living-era-rampant-lioness-Nicola-Sturgeon-lucky-cubs.html