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167 thoughts on “The 70,000 moderate rebels are mostly cavalry. On unicorns.

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  • Mary

    What a stench in East Africa from the BAT bribery exposure on Panorama. Good work by the BBC’s Richard Bilton.

    Their board. http://www.bat.com/group/sites/UK__9D9KCY.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO52ADFJ?opendocument

    Their share price is £38.68 down 30p today.

    World revenue
    £42,506 billion (2014)

    Net income
    £3,393 billion

    BAT’s Benson and Hedges cigarettes killed my husband. He died in London and when his possessions came home, amongst them there were 9 packets of Benson and Hedges, some new, some half empty, just as an alcoholic has bottles secreted away. He tried to give up smoking several times but always went back to it and was heavily addicted to nicotine. He picked up the habit when he worked in Ghana and Sierra Leone before we met.

    My best friend sadly also died prematurely. She was a ward sister and smoked Bensons like a trooper when off duty.

  • glenn_uk

    Robert: “How did they get hold of my number?

    They just randomly dial numbers in a particular area. If a person answers, it’s fed through to an agent to spin their line to you. Keep ’em waiting, and have a laugh. I told the last one (a “personal accident lawsuit specialist”) that I’d got some toothpaste in my eye recently, could I sue Colgate for that? They went to check with their manager.

  • glenn_uk

    Anon1: “You’re just the latest in a long list of paranoiacs on this blog who think the security services are after them.

    And you’re just one of innumerous neo-con lickspittles, sneering at decent folk while bravely pumping the Official Establishment line, a chicken-hawk, a racist coward who never heard of a war he didn’t like, and demands that young men go and kill other people with whom they never had any quarrel.

    If some people are a bit jumpy at the very obvious fact we’re being spied on, manipulated, managed in all sorts of underhand ways, that’s nothing to be surprised about. In fact, it’s the welcomed result – as your heroes that ran the Stazi (and the SS for that matter) were all too aware.

  • Habbbabkuk (scourge of the Original Trolls)

    Glenn_UK

    That was a feeble response ( one I was half expecting but not from you..)

    Just two points.

    “Could it be that we (Western Imperialists – MI6, CIA, MOSSAD, etc. etc.) have been pouring weapons, money and training at Assad’s enemies for years?”

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    No, I don’t think so. The weapons, money and training you allege are nothing compared to the weapons, money and training which Presidents Assads’ (plural, ‘cos it’s a dynasty, isn’t it) sponsor – the Soviet Union and now Russia – has been pouring into Syria for years.

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    “What about the well trained military of Iraq and Libya for that matter, suddenly out of a job and pretty pissed off because of it?”

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    Yes, what about them? Relevance? What are you going on about? The Syrian army was not/is not out of a job.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Let’s face it, Glenn = what I wrote/suggested is correct and no amount of twisting and turning will make it incorrect.

  • Habbbabkuk (scourge of the Original Trolls)

    Glenn_UK

    Intemperate language at 21h22.

    As our Transatlantic Friend would say: Anon! must have hit a nerve…..

  • lysias

    How is it that the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War never mounted an effective offensive against Franco’s forces? Could it be that the love of the Spanish people – and even of the Loyalist Spanish army – for their republic did not stretch to wishing to fight enthusiastically, energetically, and successfully for it?

    Or could it be that the Loyalist side was worn down over time and eventually defeated by the massive intervention of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany on the side of its enemy?

  • glenn_uk

    H: “he weapons, money and training you allege are nothing compared to the weapons, money and training which Presidents Assads’ (plural, ‘cos it’s a dynasty, isn’t it) sponsor – the Soviet Union and now Russia – has been pouring into Syria for years.”

    Do you have figures for this, please?

    I referenced the Iraqi and Libyan armies because, as you’ll recall, those brilliant planners from Washington disbanded the entire Iraqi army (and told them they’d better take all their weapons too – don’t dare leave them cluttering up the place!), many of whom are now in ISIS.

    Dammit, I have to go out now. Hopefully we can discuss this a bit more later.

  • Habbbabkuk (scourge of the Original Trolls)

    It has often struck me that the people on here who flail away against the Royal Family have remarkably little to say against the Assad dynasty in Syria.

    An what a dynasty – when Assad Pere’s envisaged successor got killed in an accident, why, no problem! Just like with the British Royal Family in the 1930s, it was the younger son wot got it 🙂

  • Habbbabkuk (scourge of the Original Trolls)

    Glenn_UK

    “H: “he weapons, money and training you allege are nothing compared to the weapons, money and training which Presidents Assads’ (plural, ‘cos it’s a dynasty, isn’t it) sponsor – the Soviet Union and now Russia – has been pouring into Syria for years.”

    Do you have figures for this, please?”

    _____________________

    Do you have figure for the following, please:

    “Could it be that we (Western Imperialists – MI6, CIA, MOSSAD, etc. etc.) have been pouring weapons, money and training at Assad’s enemies for years?”

  • Mary

    Anon1 is almost Miaowist! I see he sent for reinforcements.

    It has been peaceful on here for a day or two. Now there is disruption and diversion. Almost as if a gang of corvids arrived and disturbed the song birds. But we are not taking flight anytime soon.

  • lysias

    Looks like ISIS may be preparing to move to Libya as a fallback position if they lose in Iraq/Syria. Islamic State’s grip on Libyan city gives it a fallback option, analysts worry:

    MISRATA, Libya — Iraqi commanders have been arriving from Syria, and the first public beheadings have started. The local radio stations no longer play music but instead extol the greatness of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    When the Libyan arm of the Islamic State first raised the group’s black flag over the coastal city of Sirte almost one year ago, it was just a bunch of local militants trying to look tough.

    Today Sirte is an actively managed colony of the central Islamic State, crowded with foreign fighters from around the region, according to residents, local militia leaders and hostages recently released from the city’s main prison.

    . . .

    The leadership of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is now clenching its grip on Sirte so tightly that Western intelligence agencies say they fear the core group may be preparing to fall back to Libya as an alternative base if necessary, a haven where its jihadis could continue to fight even if it was ousted from its original territories.

    “Contingency planning,” said a senior Defense Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Maybe ISIS isn’t doing so well any longer in Syria and Iraq?

  • Habbbabkuk (scourge of the Original Trolls)

    Superior generalship, strategy and organistion by the Nationalists and a clearer sense of purpose and greater unity as compared to the various quarreling tribes that made up the Republican govt and army.

    The Communists of the Republic spent almost s much time fighting other elements of the Republicans as they did fighting the Nationalists.

  • lysias

    The CNN reporter who took orders from the U.S. State Department over Benghazi is the same CNN reporter, Elise Labott, who was recently suspending by CNN for tweeting that the Statue of Liberty was hanging her head in shame after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill blocking Syrian refugees from coming to the U.S. I guess somebody didn’t like that and leaked the e-mails from a couple of years ago.

  • nevermind

    Labour has just fucked itself up the arse. Thousands of young new supporters and members disappointed.
    For what? To placate some war mongering Blairite twats pretending they have the support of their constituencies.
    You fckuing have not you lying evil bastards.

    This is the next election decided,well, if there is going to be one.

    Looking forward to see a S400 in action.

  • Mary

    The MSM is lusting for blood, yet again. They love it.

    A comment about Maitlis on Medialens .

    Did anybody just see Emily Maitlis’ excited trailer for Newsnight where she declared… … ‘this evening the country stands on the brink of military action, is it the split down the centre of Labour that has brought us to this point?’

    What does she even mean by that?

  • lysias

    Russian Ships Waiting for Hours to Cross Bosphorus :

    Vessels sailing under the flag of Russia are now facing challenges while passing the Bosphorus Strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

    Kyiv-based Center for Transport Strategies reported it with reference to data of an online vessel tracking system atmarinetraffic.com.

    As reported, on Sunday Russian vessels were moving on a zig-zag and curved course, waiting for hours for permission to cross the Strait.

    Movements of vessels from other countries were without a delay on that day. Russian vessels entered the Bosphorus late in the evening of November 29.

    Wouldn’t that be a violation of the Montreux Convention?

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