“Taliban Compounds” and the Great Gladstone 94

There is an article in the Sunday Times about yet more pressure being brought to bear on Wikileaks as they prepare to release another damning video of American massacre, this time in Afghanistan.

But what caught my eye was yet another example of the propaganda doublespeak with which our wars of occupation are justified.

American aircraft dropped 500lb and 1,000lb bombs on a suspected militant compound


People in Central Asia live in traditional courtyard houses, with rooms opening onto a central yard and an enclosing wall. This is because of the extreme heat of summer, and livestock are sometimes brought in to the yard in winter. Their homes do not look like our homes. But they are not “Compounds”. They are HOUSES.

I have lost track of the number of times I have seen television footage of somebody’s home being sprayed with bullets that pierce the mud and straw walls as if they did not exist, or obliterated by a bomb, while that disgusting servile MI6 propagandist Frank Goebbels Gardner or another of his ilk tells us it was a “Militant compound”, with all the James Bond fantasies that evokes. It is not a compound you fascist bastard, I scream in rage at the TV. It is a family home.

Time for more of the great William Ewart Gladstone:

Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God as can be your own.

Those hill tribes had committed no real offence against us. We, in the pursuit of our political objects, chose to establish military positions in their country. If they resisted, would not you have done the same? … The meaning of the burning of the village is, that the women and the children were driven forth to perish in the snows of winter … Is that not a fact ?” for such, I fear, it must be reckoned to be ?” which does appeal to your hearts as women … which does rouse in you a sentiment of horror and grief, to think that the name of England, under no political necessity, but for a war as frivolous as ever was waged in the history of man, should be associated with consequences such as these?

For those of you who ask why I rejoined the Liberal Democrats, the answer is it is my political home. I stand in the tradition of Gladstone, John Bright and John Stuart Mill. It is my

earnest desire to remind the party of that great tradition.

Please let me know every time you see an incident of the “compound” propagande trick.

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94 thoughts on ““Taliban Compounds” and the Great Gladstone

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  • Neil craig

    Suhayl/Technicolour I prefer not to consider myself “rightist” but as a leftist who believes free enterprise works. I am certainly very far to the left of “leftists” like Clare Short who believed in bombing Yugoslav hospitals.

    Shortly before Milosevic’s heart attack a blood test proved presence of rifampicine, a prescription anti-leprosy drug never prescribed to those with weak hearts because it destroys heart muscle. The conclusion is inescapable – that he was murdered, almost certainly by the numerous SIS agents seconded to the ICTY, because there was no simply no evidence against him.

    The LDs were the most enthusiastic supporters of that criminal war – fought to promote racial genocide. The Foreign Secretary told parliament 2 months before we started bombing that the only genocide was that being carried out by the NATO organised KLA. Subsequently the KLA were appointed as our police & sent out to commit murder, genocide, kidnap schoolgirls & sell them to brothels & kidnap & dissect 1300 innocent human beings, while still alive, to provide organs for our hospitals (the atrocity worse than Hitler’s).

    The LibDems expelled me from the party, officially because I am a free market liberal who wants a growing economy but I was subsequently told that the prime reason was because I oppose illegal war & genocide. Therefore, by definition, supporting, or at least not opposing racial genocide is a requirement of membership.

  • iedge card

    I would like to say If I join the Armed Forces I would be a lot braver than that I can assure all concerned. I would bring honour and glory to her majesty not perpetual shame and dishonour to my country the way these Americans do to theirs.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Yeah, it’s very odd.

    Rifampicin is an anti-TB drug, when it’s used for around 9 months or so, or can be used more acutely for Legionnaire’s Disease. It’s an anti-bacterial, usually used in combination with others. It’s not really a chronic illness drug, so in the absence of certain types of acute infections, there’s no (valid) reason as far as I know why Milosevic would’ve been on it.

    So then perhaps as you suggest it may have been illicit – though there are far more effective ways of poisoning someone – even slowly poisoning them.

    High doses of heavy metals, for example – lead, mercury, cadmium – can cause fast or slow death, depending on the dose. Or a legion of inhaled substances, like toluene or organic solvents. Hexacarbons. Carbamates. Organophosphates. Antimony, arsenic. Inhaled anaesthetics and paralytic agents. There are lots of others, of course; stuff that’ll knacker one’s liver, kidneys, brain – toxicology is a vast subject.

    Vitamin K in high doses will make one’s blood clot. Rat poison (warfarin) does the opposite.

    Nitrogen dioxide (jet fuel manufacture, some types of welding) kills in 48 hours by the respiratory routes. Ozone and phosgene (war gas), likewise.

    Insulin (in a large dose) and potassium chloride, given intravenously together, will cause cardiac arrest and/or irreversible brain damage. Both substances degrade so are very difficult to detect.

    Rifampicin would be a very inefficient and uncertain way of trying to engineer a terminal event. Liver damage is the main risk, in fact. It makes one’s saliva, tears, urine and faeces reddish-orange in colour. So you’d soon notice if you were on it! And the rifampicin was detected (as it would be), so pretty ham-fisted as well. But then there’s the interminable news management/ suppression, of course. Anything is possible with imperialism.

  • Neil Craig

    The advantage of Rifampicin is that, because it works indirectly causing long term damage to the heart, it is out of the body before the heart stops. It is thus an untracable poison, at least if the victim doesn’t have a blood test much earlier as happened here.

    There is no question that he had this poison & it must be clear who gains from having his murder, in the custody of the NATO funded ICTY, going undetected.

    Note that if he had been flown, without a lot of warning, to Russia for medical treatment, this would have been discovered. Therefore the murderers knew that the judges were never going to allow him such medical treatment.Who the judges told of their judgement before they made them is certainly something they should be asked. But only if the entire diplomatic, military, judicial & legal systems of the NATO countries aren’t run by genocidal criminals willing to do anything to stop their personal roles in crimes that would shame Hitler obvious.

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