Illustrator/Cartographer Wanted 114


I need two or three maps drawn to illustrate my life of Alexander Burnes – you know those little maps with hand drawn symbols for mountains, desert, cities etc and dotted lines showing journeys. Obviously it requires reasonable geographic accuracy as well as clarity and, hopefully, beauty. I frequently find that the remarkably accomplished readership of this blog can help in all kinds of extraordinary ways. If you can help please use the contact button at the top.

I am afraid I am not able to offer full commercial pay. I have funded all of the research myself and not received any grant or even advance, so funds are very short. Ideally I would prefer the maps to be hand drawn rather than created with software.

The target for publication is August, though obviously the maps will be needed quite quickly. Having lived with Alexander Burnes for nine years, it seems very strange that there is little for me to do now other than correct proofs. I rather miss him.


114 thoughts on “Illustrator/Cartographer Wanted

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  • Mark Golding

    Best of luck Craig – I am looking forward to publication and further insight into the ‘Great Game’ that possibly framed our world today.

  • Babak Fakhamzadeh

    This is not my usual type of work (I mostly do app design and development), but I’d be interested and happy to try my hand at it.

    Perhaps you can email me details of what you need?

  • MerkinScot

    Maybe one of Habby’s friends could help you. They appear to have unrivalled creativity regarding maps.

    • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

      Why don’t you offer to help Craig, you Cnut, instead of diverting?

      BTW – since you still haven’t understood – Israel has not committed genocide nor is it committing genocide. Look up the definition of genocide in the 1951 UN Genocide Convention (Article 2).

      As for the BDS, I’ll be out later today to buy Jaffa oranges and some rather pleasant Israeli wine. 🙂

      • Pan

        “Look up the definition of genocide in the 1951 UN Genocide Convention (Article 2)”

        I did.

        Here it is (Emphasis via caps, mine)
        ____________________________

        Article 2

        In the present Convention, genocide means ANY of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole OR IN PART, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

        (a) Killing members of the group;
        (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
        (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole OR IN PART;
        (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
        (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
        ______________________________________________________

        Having over the last several years, carried out an extensive literary review of the history and origins of the ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ (and the wider region, going back much farther) from historians of all political stripes and moral leanings, eye-witness accounts, independent, boots-on-the-ground, arabic-speaking journalists and reporters, each adding to the general (immense) store of well-documented, well-checked evidentiary facts…

        IMO, anyone trying to deny that Israel has MORE than satisfied the conditions of Article 2 above, is carrying an impossibly large burden of proof.

        With regard to clauses (a) (b) and (c) – anyone trying to argue that Israel has NOT carried out those acts against resident Palestians, should not be surprised if they are laughed out of the room (or wiped the floor with, in those instances where open and well-informed debate, backed up by citable sources and verifiable facts is actually permitted or possible).

        Clause (d) is very loosely defined and difficult to interpret in a clear and unambiguous way.

        On the other hand, it seems non-controversial to categorise the killing of pregnant women (as a result of the carpet bombing of, or the indiscriminate firing of thousands of mortars into, residential Palestinian neighbourhoods) as “measures intended to prevent births within the group”.

        If you want to argue against intent, you have the unenviable task of trying to demonstrate how a trained and experienced military force could possibly NOT be aware of the fact that the tactics and weaponry they were using, and the way in which they were using them, would INEVITABLY lead to heavy civilian casualties, and given the social structure of the affected areas, it would be improbable in the extreme that NO pregnant women would be wounded or killed, along with the non-pregnant ones and the men and children.

        If, in clause (e) one counts Israeli prisons as “another group” (I don’t see how one can’t do that) then the illegal actions described in ALL five clauses have been committed. (Remember that in any case, only ONE clause needs to be contravened for Article 2 to apply).

        That’s my take, anyway, FWIW.

        • Habbabkuk (combat apologists for terrorism)

          Article 2

          And here is my emphasis (in upper case):

          “In the present Convention, genocide means ANY of the following acts committed WITH INTENT TO DESTROY, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

          (a) Killing members of the group;
          (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
          (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole OR IN PART;
          (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
          (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

        • Habbabkuk (combat apologists for terrorism)

          Correction:

          In the present Convention, genocide means ANY of the following acts committed WITH INTENT to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

          (a) Killing members of the group;
          (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
          (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
          (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
          (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

  • Jeremy Stocks

    I’ve mapped the Arabian Gulf coastline from Kuwait to Dammam and used to belong to a discreet expat group who on weekends travelled the Eastern and Central Provinces of Saudi Arabia. I’m also familiar with the Karakorum (Ladakh)

    If Babak isn’t able I’ll see what i can do! I’d love to make an artistic rendering of our Great Game. I’m somewhat sceptical of ultramodern technology if that helps.

    • Pan

      “I’m somewhat sceptical of ultramodern technology if that helps.”

      That surely cannot hurt your chances.

      Your cartographic portfolio sounds impressive. Would love to see it.

      I thought only Wilfred Thesiger had been to some of those places!

      • Jeremy Stocks

        Oh I’ve been lost in the desert somewhere near Qatar, caught in a clouburst. Dived the biggest underwater oilfield in the Gulf Safaniya, chased sea turtles underwater near Yemen, abseiled into limestone sinkholes near Riyadh, and tracked ibex and gazelles near there also.

        I also sat on former King Khaled’s purple toilet. Very few here will have ever sat on a King’s throne.

          • Jeremy Stocks

            Pan – ah now from what I wrote above, it sounds hard to believe but I swear that i have actually experienced every single one of the above as I lived in Dhahran from 1994 to 1999 as a research assistant in King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Of all the experiences I’ve had I think the ibex safari was the best. Those things all actually happened, and I did experience even more shall we say colourful things “out there”. I speak the truth. Check my blog

  • Laguerre

    Making maps is quite easy these days. I do it all the time. You can either get a map base and add the names you want under Illustrator, or even a screen capture from Google Earth (in which case you get the snowy bits from the Hindu Kush well-presented) with routes and names added under Illustrator

    Hand-drawn maps are going to be a lot more expensive.

    • Laguerre

      I don’t mind doing something for free, if it’s simple. I have a base map for Central Asia, and could add in the details you want, with a production in pdf for printing. I could send the base map, to see if it’s suitable.

      However I don’t have the time for a hand-drawn map. Profs have students, and they take time.

      • Laguerre

        On thinking about it, my colleagues in the DAFA (Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan) will have more detailed base-maps, and could be persuaded into letting them go.

      • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

        Laguerre

        I feel sorry for your students – you sound very idealogically committed (especially re Israel) and you are suppose to bhe objective and neutral.

        Are you a friend and admirer of Roger Garaudy by any chance?

  • fwl

    New blog format looks good but when viewed on a mobile the red speech bubble indicating no of comments is superimposed on post header.

  • fwl

    But only if mobile is held with screen viewed in portrait format, whereas fine when viewed in landscape….just thought I’d let you know.

    • Node

      Fwl.

      Site admin have created a forum thread for feedback about the new theme/format. There’s more chance of your comment being noted if you post it here.

  • Andrew Braes

    Craig I have an 1822 map of Kincardineshire which I am sure is accurate or am I plouhin the rang furr?

  • BrianFujisan

    I Could put my hand to that Crag… But i would need more time than you have

    Best

    • Pan

      Hey – you should have no trouble finding work.

      Your pictures are great – they should be flying off the shelves!
      ________________

      Please let me help you a little with your English…

      An English person would say: “I would be very pleased if you would take the time to look at my portfolio.”

    • Simon

      Very nice ! I would put those in my book without hesitating. How does a Polish illustrator come to be reading the blog of a dissident Scottish nationalist ?

    • John Spencer-Davis

      I congratulate you – you are very talented. Your natural home would seem to me to be as a children’s fiction illustrator, although I am no expert!

      Have you tried these people?

      http://www.thebrightagency.com/contact_us

      Be careful to follow their submission guidelines if you contact them.

      I have written children’s fiction myself, and if it ever goes anywhere I might be in touch. Best wishes.

      • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

        “I have written children’s fiction myself”
        ___________________

        By the look of your posts OId say you could use the present tense.

  • Pan

    I can see the kind of map you describe, clear as day in my mind.

    Would love to help but can’t draw for toffee, unfortunately.

    A new Craig Murray book, nine years in the creation – that’s an event!

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    BREAKING NEWS – and Question to “Republicofscotland” and other cnuts denying terrorism:

    Explosions at Brussels airport and TV chain VTM reports 11 dead and at least 25 wounded.

    This comes a couple of days after the arrest of the main Paris killings suspect in Brussels. He is reported as having admitted that other operations were in the pipe-line.

    Question to “Republicofscotland” and other terror-denying Cnuts: was this real or were they just firecrackers, actors and/or holograms?

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    Media are now reporting an explosion at a Brussels metro station.

    Anyway, Brussels airport and the metro are closed.

    “Republicofscotland”: what do you think- more actors, firecrackers and/or holograms?

    • Alcyone

      Morning Habby, very sad news. I think your comments should be directed at RobG moreso.

      I think just yesterday I heard a commentator say that the frontline of terrorism in Europe has shifted to Belgium; prophetic words though tragic for Liberty in Europe.

      Good to see you back, even if you are the bearer of bad news.

      • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

        Thank you, Alcyone.

        It is time for the gloves to come off.

        As far as this blog is concerned, the relevant authorities both here and elsewhere have already been made aware that various people (Republic of Scotland, RobG but also others) deny the reality of the terrorist attacks and/or claim that they have been carried out by state authorities in the various countries concerned.

        Nothing will happen to those terrorism-deniers but it is known who they are.

        • Alcyone

          It’s no longer the aircraft that are the targets; it’s now the airports. So no more entry to airports for family and friends seeing people off. Plus an extra layer of security before entering the terminals.

          It’s a wonder that this restriction hasn’t happened before. It was only a matter of time.

          Just the other day the Belgian and French police were congratulating each other for the capture of their suspect. Actually it’s not a good report on them that it took over 4 months to find this guy.

          The speed of the response by the Belgian cell, within days of that arrest, says something about their ability to attack, almost at will.

          With the impending visa free travel by Turkish nationals, expect the build-up of further terrorist cells. Given the corrupt state that Turkey is, it can’t be very difficult to buy a Turkish passport.

          • craig Post author

            Habbabkuk

            Don’t be silly. Are you going to report every 9/11 conspiracy theorist to the police? There are, literally, millions of them. I didn’t think you as low as to be a hawker of thought crime.

            Alcyone

            You almost, but not quite, failed to make a perception. Physical security against terrorism is a futile task. Airport security created dense crowds for airport security. I can see from my window now many groups of tourists. Actual terrorists can attack trains, buses, football crowds, schools, theatres, supermarkets, beaches, hotels, bars. You cannot physically prevent them it is just theatre.

            Fortunately only an absolutely miniscule percentage of the population wants to be terrorist. Those who are a threat to us are primarily motivated by discontent at western foreign policy. To commit terrorist attacks on innocent people as a result of that discontent is entirely unjustified. But to reduce the discontent by stopping armed action in other countries is the most useful step we could take.

        • MerkinScot

          Return of the Troll.
          It is time for the gloves to come off.
          Blogosphere gives almighty tremble.
          Nothing will happen to those terrorism-deniers but it is known who they are.
          Blogoshere calms down when we realise that it’s just the usual terrorism deniers who are still denying the slow genocide in Palestine.
          Nothing new here.

          • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

            No genocide in “Palestine” whether slow or otherwise.

            Genocide is defined in Article 2 of the 1951 UN Genocide Convention and anything that might have occurred in “Palestine” certainly does not meet the bill.

          • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

            The gloves coming off refers to the fight against terrorism, not to the blogosphere. Don’t over-estimate your own importance, you dolt.

            For instance, the UK govt bill on surveillance should now get through fairly easily. Anf perhaps terrorists themselves should be dealt with more ….robustly, shall we say.

            Etc.

        • Mark Golding

          Nobody denies terrorism. Let me explain from some sense in the Republic (apologies to Munsterman). Many so called ‘terrorists’ are trained by special forces. These people lead double lives so have two mobiles and sometimes they kill people to advance an agenda – double blind is the modus operandi. That is all I am prepared to say.

          • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

            Exactly. You belong to the category of deniers which says the terror events happened but it was the state that was behind them.
            The other category is the Republicofscotland/RobG schoom, who believe it’s all actors, firecrackers, tomato ketchup and/or holograms.

          • Mark Golding

            A symbolic and present day example are Turkish ‘terrorists’ commanded by Arch-terrorist Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to murder his civilian Kurds and then black-mail states to pay for refugee concentration camps to secure fleeing frightened civilians from his own terror and torture… I must turn these callous power thugs into pillars of salt.

        • John Spencer-Davis

          In the interests of transparency I am notifying all contributors that as a result of this posting I have written to Craig Murray formally requesting the permanent removal of “Habbabkuk” from this facility.

          • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

            You reveal yourself on your true colours, Spencer-Davis. As you did on a previous thread where you got your knickers in a tremendous twist at the appearance of a number commenters who didn’t buy into the hate-Israel narrative.

            I advise Craig to take your letter of formal request and use it as toilet paper.

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    So it is too late for the Moderators to now hastily delete the relevant comments from Republicofscotland et al in an attemptto remove the evidence.

    • craig Post author

      Habbabkuk

      One more attack on another commenter and you are banned for good. Republic of Scotland is perfectly entitled to his opinion.

      • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

        Craig

        Poisonous – evil – propaganda put out by people like Republicofscotland and RobG – whether they really believe it or are, more likely, just posting it for laughs or to get a reaction – deserves to be attacked for all it’s worth.

        You yourself have banned stuff on 9/11 from this blog. You should do the same with this sort of shameful rubbish which denies that a terrorist attack can ever be exactly that.

        ******************

        And what do you mean by “attacking another poster”? Define the offence, please.

        • craig Post author

          You can state why you disagree with them. You can state why you believe their position is dangerous and wrong. But you cannot attack them personally and call them evil and you certainly cannot report people to the police for holding opinions with which you disagree, while continuing to participate in the discussions.

          You might more usefully consider the reasons for the alienation that causes quite large numbers of people to question the official narrative when such things happen. Sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly. Have you ever read “The Quiet American”. I heartily recommend. Graeme Greene based it on an actual false flag bombing by the Americans. To claim all terrorist attacks as false flag is quite wrong; to declare none of them as false flag is equally wrong.

          • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

            Craig

            What do you mean by “you cannot attack them personally”? Please explain how you distinguish between the person and his ideas.

            Instead of having a go at me what you should be doing is to intervene more vigorously in the “discussions” yourself.

            Take the example of those nutters who claim that the Paris killings were either a false flag or then never happened (it was all street theatre to demonise Muslims or whatever). If you agree why don’t you say so – on here? But if you don’t, why do you not tell them you think they are talking evil junk? After all, you don’t hesitate to intervene occasionally when it comes to Russia, do you. Merely keeping discreetly silent – sitting on your little fence – is unworthy and ignoble and fully justifies my interventions. You may have your reasons for keeping silent, I have none.

            As for reporting to the police: you know that we are not talking about the police. I consider it perfectly legitimate that the relevant authorities and others be aware that people like RoS, RobG and others hold the views they do. This is a public forum and one must presume that if they were unwilling for those views to be made public then they would not be posting them on here. You seem to want a forum where all manner of nutty views and theories can be aired freely provided that nobody outside the charmed circle is made aware that they’re being aired.

      • Alcyone

        Craig, with respect, that does sound a bit severe.

        RobG’s unusual daytime appearance below is timely though. You can see for yourself his denial of the reality of the Paris attacks. Such stupidity cannot be left unaddressed.

        I completely agree with you that “stopping armed action in other countries is the most useful step we could take.”

        Unfortunately we are now in this vicious circle, which began soon after 9/11, when the whole of our Type Zero Global Civilisation was mislead by just Two Bees, or Two Bastards, Bush and Blair. There was absolutely no need to declare a ‘War on Terror’ when there was very little on the ‘other side’ to declare War on. All that was needed was a surgical, precise police action to take out, at the time, one man: OBL.

        Finally, I agree with you whatever the steps around public spaces, the vulnerability remains.

        • glenn_uk

          Actually, OBL was never included on the FBI’s “most wanted list”, for good reason – there never was any proper evidence against him. However, the Taliban were willing to hand OBL over to a third party’s police force (that of the Swiss, IIRC), so that an independent inquiry could determine culpability. That was not accepted by the US, because they wanted to get their war on.

          As far as the False-Flaggers are concerned, their silliness does get addressed, regularly, and anyone claiming the Paris attacks, the Charley Hebdo murders and even the Great Runaway Dustcart were “false flags” being run by the state, are subjected to appropriate ridicule right here. Or they are simply ignored because everyone is tired of hearing such rubbish.

          The main punishment the knee-jerk “false-flaggers” receive for making their claims here, is that they lose whatever credibility they might have gained (which come to think of it, isn’t a great loss!).

  • RobG

    Since this thread has gone off-topic, firstly my deepest sympathy for all those effected by the attacks in Belgium this morning.

    I will just add that there is a plethora of footage from mobile phones and security cameras. There was no such footage from the November attacks in Paris.

    Following the Paris attacks, a three month state of emergency was declared. Amongst other things, the state of emergency gives special powers to security services and police to act without judges’ approval or judicial oversight, to carry out night raids, and to place people under house arrest. Last month the state of emergency was extended by another 3 months. President Hollande wants to write the state of emergency into the French constitution, to make it permanent.

    This is happening in France, the cradle of modern ‘democracy’.

    • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

      The state of emergency is intended to protect – insofar as it is possible -further innocent people from getting shot or blown to bits.

      But of course you probably aren’t too worried about being shot or vbown up yourself since you’re sitting there comfortably in your gîte in rural France far from any danger.

      • RobG

        Habba, you yourself intimate that rolling out a police state does not prevent terrorism. Perhaps it might help if we stop dropping bombs on dusky skinned people?

        The Paris attacks took place a matter of weeks after the Russians intervened in Syria, and one day before a Syrian peace conference in Vienna.

        The Russians have recently announced that they are withdrawing their forces from Syria, after wiping the floor with ISIS; something that apparently the Americans were unable to do after two and a half years of bombing (which caused the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War).

        One can only ponder about the extremely convenient timing of these terror attacks.

  • fred

    “Those who are a threat to us are primarily motivated by discontent at western foreign policy. To commit terrorist attacks on innocent people as a result of that discontent is entirely unjustified. But to reduce the discontent by stopping armed action in other countries is the most useful step we could take.”

    I don’t think that’s the case with ISIS, I think they approve of us toppling regimes so they can move in and fill the vacancy. I would suspect it’s Europe’s policy of accepting large numbers of refugees that motivates the latest attacks.

    • Alcyone

      Fred I agree with the first part of what you say. Can you please clarify the latter sentence?

      • fred

        I think there is a distinct possibility that IS is trying to stem the flow of Muslims into Europe. Another possibility is that they are trying to goad us into sending in ground troops so they have something tangible to fight, not much satisfaction from killing a drone. Maybe both. The point is that unlike earlier terrorist incidents, like the London bombings, I don’t think the latest attacks are blowback for foreign policy.

  • fedup

    I didn’t think you as low as to be a hawker of thought crime

    Craig, the entity concerned has always been readily engaged in attempts in coercion of others through apparent recourse to the security apparatus. It’s latest post, no longer a tongue in cheek; “are you a person of interest” that accompanied it’s moniker, and evidently today as it states “gloves have come off”, and proceeds to inform all of the blog contributors that the relevant authorities here and “elsewhere” have been informed.

    This kind of conduct further obfuscate and confuse the facts. As a ploy to stop any debate concerning terrorism! Going missing in the high octane bollocks plastered around the media is; terrorism is a tactic, is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Regardless of the current brouhaha concerning various terrorist attacks, that fact remains that terrorists endeavour in creating fear and foreboding for achieving an end. However the way the oligarch owned media locked instep with security apparatus constantly portray these acts as an end in itself in a shorthand fashion.

    There can be no war against terrorism as there can be no wars against dawn raids, or any other tactic deployed by the various belligerents. However the fashionable declaration of war on any and all things we don’t like somehow seems to carry the day without anyone stating; hang on a darn minute, what are these terrorist after? This question getting stated itself seems to be a revolutionary act, given the the degrees of hype and anxiety that is evidently surrounding this issue.

    The fact that our politicos are jumping into a “COBRA” meeting left right centre, if the said meeting was acronym “LADYBIRD” would they have been jumping to attend this latter meetings left right and centre? The martial machismo seems to have won the day without so much as any questions. The tensions that have racked Brussels over the last few months centring around the ghetto in Molenbeek is now playing out, yet it seems everyone around the world is jumping into a defence posture. Have these terrorist won in their aims of creating fear and foreboding across the planet?

    • Ba\'al Zevul

      Have these terrorist won in their aims of creating fear and foreboding across the planet?

      Yes. And it’s a useful diversion from other, more expensive and existential threats which our ‘leaders’ are incapable of addressing, so they will continue to do so.

      • fedup

        Ba’ al as you rightly point out terrorism seems to serve as “useful” diversion, to tackling the real pernicious problems that are facing us everyday of the year. The degrees of neglect manifested by our leaders are bordering criminal, yet the diversion of the terrorism is enough to forget about the endemic problems of banksters running wild, unnecessary wars that have created the massive deficit, the homelessness, the poverty and the lawlessness, which as you rightly point out can be a rather expensive and difficult task, instead opting out for the increased degrees of control over we the people.

        Did you hear Osborne taking away the disabled peoples money by stating;

        To deliver a better, more secure life for our citizens.
        ..our country is immeasurably more secure than it was…
        …A stronger more secure country

    • glenn_uk

      COBRA simply stands for “Cabinet Office Briefing Room A”. Probably it’s the biggest, so the B and C are not used so often when there’s a serious situation underway.

      I take your earlier point, though. We’re supposed to simply condemn whoever the Evildoers are, accept they must have come from whatever organisation or country is an Official Enemy, and wait for our noble and wise governments to tell us what to do, and duly comply. And support whatever military action they decide to perpetrate, and meekly accept further erosion of our civil liberties and an expansion of the Security State.

      Condemning attacks on civilians should not be hard, whatever country they happen to be in.

      • fedup

        Thanks for clarifying the COBRA why in hades the stenographers in the media are not just calling a cabinet meeting? The notion of COBRA conjures up the image of a venomous lethal entity flexing and limbering up for action in the face of danger!!!

        The spin is nauseating, it all started with that grinning idiot Miranda, and seems to be part of the course these days.

  • lysias

    I think it is more intelligible now why establishment historians and the troll who has now revealed himself to be an informer are so allergic to the idea that the new Nazi government was responsible for the Reichstag Fire.

    • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

      I suppose that an apparent contempt for “establishment” historians – for which read “mainstream” historians – could go a long way to explaining why some people have a great sympathy for revisionist historian David Irving.

      And even why those people have something against Professor Richard Evans, the chappie who demolished Mr Irving’s pretensions to be a serious historian.

      • Why be ordinary?

        I’m getting confused here. Does David Irving think that the Nazis started the fire? Professor Evans article in LRB http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n09/richard-j-evans/the-conspiracists is well argued and would lead me as a non expert to conclude that the Nazis effectively exploited the fact of the fire and that Nazi attempts to lay the blame on a broad communist conspiracy were also opportunist. Who do you blame?

      • Why be ordinary?

        I’m getting confused here. Does David Irving think that the Nazis started the fire? Professor Evans article in LRB http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n09/richard-j-evans/the-conspiracists is well argued and would lead me as a non expert to conclude that the Nazis effectively exploited the fact of the fire and that Nazi attempts to lay the blame on a broad communist conspiracy were also opportunist. Who do you blame?

        • Habbabkuk (combat apologists for terrorism)

          I believe, as does the great majority of historians, that the fire was started by Marinus van der Lubbe, acting alone. It is correct, as you say, that the Nazis exploited the event for all it was worth.

          Lysias believes the author of a recent book who claims that the fire was actually started (and not only exploited) by the Nazis.

          In the course of his twenty-odd posts on the subject, Lysias (who, by the way, has not claimed he’s a qualified historian – yet!) has displayed a very particular and marked animus against Professor Evans.

          The only reason I can think of is that Professor Evans demolished revisionist historian David Irving at the libel trial brought by Irving against US Jewish Processor Deborah Lipstadt. Given Lysias’s opinion of Jews and Israel, that makes entire sense. On the other hand, of course, perhaps Lysias simply doesn’t like the Professor’s face or choice of ties. 🙂

          • Why be ordinary?

            I admit that I don’t follow this blog attentively, so I don’t know whether Lysias has indeed been disrespecting Prof Evans on a regular basis although I do remember pointing out that Michael Gove has done so. But that “only reason I can think of” paragraph seems to me to reflect close study of the greatest propagandists of that period of history.

          • Why be ordinary?

            A further question that a quick google search has not resolved is what David Irving himself thinks about the Reichstag fire. The only quote that I can find is from him refers to a Goebbels diary entry which implies that the fire comes as a surprise. And it would be a surprise to me if Irving thought the Nazis were to blame.

            I do, however, agree with you that Israel is a democracy.

  • Harry

    I have read Mr. Habbabkuk ‘s comments in other sites. I can attest that he is a fair minded and thoughtful commentator with interesting and we’ll informed views.

    I have problems with the official narrative in many areas. Indeed I share Mr. Habbabkuk s thoughts regarding mr. Litvinenko. Let’s all try and be civil and use reason not invective.

    • Node

      I have read Mr. Habbabkuk ‘s comments in other sites.

      That’s interesting, “Harry.”

      If he’s using the name “Habbabkuk”, why doesn’t Google find these other sites?
      If he’s not using the name “Habbabkuk”, how do you know it’s him?

    • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

      I do not comment on other sites – there are enough imbeciles on this one to keep me busy.

      So don’t lie and fuck off.

      • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

        It has definitely been established that “Lysias” posts (or posted) on at least one other site, using a different name. The site is (was) “mondoweiss”.

    • Tony M

      Harry: you’re mistaking this creature on this site for David Habakuk who comments on, or did, at http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/ and has a history of posting there, long before this thing appeared there. It should have been obvious as their demenaour and viewpoints could be desribed as polar opposites. This thing is an imposter.

      Down with the moderators!

      • Harry

        No I’m not.

        I am a defender of Israel right to exist. But I’m not a fan of its racism, which I have experienced first hand.

        My father and grandfather were israelis. I am not.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    I don’t know what you are all getting so wound up about. You should be used to Terrorist attacks by now. Of course Terrorism is real, even when it is committed by State actors, and even when deep analysis of the photography of individual terrorist attacks, show such obvious discrepancy with a real event, that many people are 100% convinced that this specific terrorist attack was simulated. The photography actually proves nothing. The photography itself could have been faked, and the event very real. The effect of the Terrorist attack, which is to cause fear in the population, is the same no matter who the Terrorist was working for, and no matter whether the event was real or faked.

    I have taken very little interest in today’s events, but local feedback indicates Central London has gone manic too, with “Security” out in force. I was aware of exactly the same kind of thing the day 9/11 happened traveling across London, yet had absolutely no idea what had happened till I got home. I knew something had.

    If you want to believe everything Authority tells you via the controlled mainstream media (as most people do), then fine. However, people who have done their own independent detailed analyses, and reached their own conclusions, are highly unlikely to change their minds, if that analysis is based on rigorous scientific and mathematical principles (unless subjected to highly intensive mind control in a specialist establishment eg (ECT and CIA grade LSD + other techniques)).

    Meanwhile, Dmitry Orlov has excelled himself today. I don’t always agree with him either, but this is a completely brilliant analysis in my view. Potentially scary as hell, but totally on the button.

    http://cluborlov.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/the-color-counterrevolution-cometh.html

    Tony

  • Republicofscotland

    Firstly I’d like to thank Craig for having the strength of character (sadly lacking higher up the chain) to hold steadfast and have an open fair and democratic blog, where one, and all, can express topical views.

    Now it looks like Habb has fallen out of the wrong side of the bed today, banged his head, and he now thinks this is his blog. In which he can attack all who don’t fit his remit. Strange though he constantly claims we live in a democracy where free speech is treasured, looking at his above rants, one would be forgiven if they though they were commenting in China or Russia.

      • Republicofscotland

        Lysais one has to wonder why the vigilant eye, Habb, (vigilant for whom) has been so blatent and forthright today. From what I’ve read of the comments today no one made a condescending remark about the Brussels incident.

        It get one thinking that maybe a beefed up Snoopers Charter is in the offing, sooner than we think.

        You my friend have no troubles to seek with the Patriot Act already in force.

        • fedup

          As always it’s bluffing away. Who will be listening to a tosser who is moaning and fingering everyone under the sun as a “person of interest”? If it is not been brought up for wasting the special branch time is because they will be accused of antisemi….

          The staff who draw the short straw and ought to man the telephone desk, know and it’s number and ought to be pretty familiar with it seeing as it’s emails must be filtered out by the spam guards in place, that is why the “elsewhere” comes into it. A pathetic loser who is a failure even as snitch and a grass!

          With pure bluster it hopes that the blog contributors will go away frightened and stop talking about the shitty little strip of land and the crazed supremacist master race inhabiting the occupied lands. Thus the shitty little strip of land will be left alone and no one will mention their genocidal land theft and apartheid system that is ran by crooks for the crooks as in the latest Olmert getting jailed for enjoying himself very much, then there was the case of sexual deviances that the president was convicted of, and on and on ……….

          There is nothing in the offing, it is just this snitch owning up to being a grass and hoping that the blog will stop debates such as this.

          • Republicofscotland

            Fedup.

            I’m assuming by your comment that you think Habb, is no more than a bumbling arse full of hot air ?

      • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

        It is much more of a democracy than any of its Arab neighbours or indeed most other countries in the Near and Middle East or the former Soviet Asia.

        One of its nice features is that its leaders go quietly when they lose an election and do not establish family businesses which carry out genocidial actions against their own people or visit massive human rights abuses against them in the Mubarak, Assad and Saddam Hussein style.

        Stick to the Reichstag fire, Lysias! 🙂

        • lysias

          Smuts left office quietly after losing elections in pre-apartheid South Africa, in 1924 and in 1948. I guess that must mean that the old South Africa was a democracy, especially when one compares it to the behavior of black African states once they became independent. Which is of course an argument that defenders of apartheid South Africa made.

          Of course, Israel was quite willing to have a secret alliance with apartheid South Africa, and to provide it with nuclear weapons.

          • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

            Apartheid-era South Africa was a democracy as far as its white people were concerned.

            Israel itself is a democracy for all of its inhabitants, Arab or Jew.

            Most of Israel’s neighbours are democracies for none of their inhabitants.

            Most of Israel’s neighbours are repressive dictatorships which periodically imprison, torture, kill and exile large numbers of their own citizens.

            None of the people venting about Israel on this blog would hesitate for a moment of they had to choose whether to live in Israel or one of its Arab neighbours. They would all choose Israel.

            So let’s have less of this pretentious,silly-clever stuff about Field Marshall Smuts in 1924 and 1948. 🙂

      • Republicofscotland

        Lysais.

        I wonder if Cuba, will now recognise the military state of Israel, Obama’s recent visit and the opening up of trade could be the deciding factors.

        Obama’s influence may well just sway that vote, but he’ll never sway the votes of the US Supreme court to place a democratic judge on the benches, the incumbent republican ones will see to that.

  • fwl

    Habbs some days you are worth a read, but whenever there is a terror incident you turn into this self proclaimed whistleblower. It’s basically silly because the security services do not need your advice as to who is a person of interest and it’s just low grade bullying and intimidation. Stick to reasoned argument.

    • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

      Fwl, I’m worth a read nine times out of ten.

      More seriously, though, how can you reason with people whose default position iwhenever there’s a terrorist attack is to say it’s either that country’s own security services or then it was all play-acting and holograms?

      As for the security services, you’re of course right although I would not put it past the stupidity of some people on here to have been unaware.

      I think it is also legitimate for other interested people, organisations or whatever to be made aware of what goes on on here.

      Some time ago I warned Craig and others that this blog would get the reputation for being an anti-Israel (and anti-Jew) website if nothing was done to curb the wilder excesses of some “contributors”. The reactions against the line Craig and the usual suspects took on Israel on a recent thread seem to bear out what I said, in that the word must obviously have got out (not through my agency, as it happens) ans a number of people decided to react. Good for them – why should this sort of stuff go unchallenged?

      • Ba\'al Zevul

        I am sure other “interested organisations” acquaint themselves with what is happening here, and need no help from you. That is the function of “interested organisations”, whether they are our security services or floggers of hasbara. Still, I can’t accuse you of being a Stasi-style informer, since you are telling us about it. The only possible conclusion is that you are trying to intimidate commentators and shut down discussion of topics you find uncomfortable. Indeed, your most recent posts suggest that you feel that only you, and perhaps a chosen few, should be allowed to comment here. I have a solution which does not involve a psychiatrist. Start your own blog, if you have not already done so. And do, please, let us know where it is.

        I shall not be replying to your utterly predictable response.

    • glenn_uk

      True enough, and not trying to make excuses for him – but it’s possible these terrorist attacks make him genuinely angry, and he’s lashing out somewhat.

    • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

      The solution would of course be for there to be no “comments” at all.

      Craig has said he doesn’t pay much if any attention to them (that is sensible): apparently most readers don’t go past the first page or so; the only people who would be upset would those twenty or so Eminences plus a handful of hangers-on who account for 80%-90% of the traffic. Even they could easily be rehoused on other blogs (cf Mary) and so not even the tranquillity of the supermarket carparks would be disturbed. And Craig himself would no monger suffer ^from being associated with the dingbats who squat on here.

      It’s a win-win-win, I tell you! 🙂

  • Republicofscotland

    If there was ever any doubt in the minds of those who sought a new fresh dawn for the US, well read for yourselves.

    “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told America’s largest pro-Israel lobby on Monday she would “vigorously oppose” any attempts by outside parties to “impose” a peaceful solution between Israel and Palestinians if elected president.”

    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=770788

  • Tony_0pmoc

    Why has the Express published this photo? It’s embarrassingly blatant deception / propaganda. Most people are thick and they will actually believe it. For all I know ISIS did blow the airport up – but they didn’t stand outside moments later posing with a dirty great big ISIS banner did they?? – with one terrorist stood outside the airport – and the other bloke stood in the desert??

    https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/590x/brussels-654577.jpg

    • glenn_uk

      I think it’s rather obvious this is a composite picture, Tony. Unless you think the author expects us to believe there are several gentlemen standing in the sky just above the left hand flag-holder.

      • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

        Glenn

        re Opmoc’s post – do you understand what I meant by the limitless stupidity of some people?

      • Tony_0pmoc

        Photoshop and fakery is endemic in the British press. The Daily Mail are by far the worst. This is a GETTY image which will be seen all over the World. The online British Press is very popular in the USA (more so than the American press). Most people including 90% of Americans, won’t have a clue where the airport is, and will now think it is in the desert. It’s not is it? I’ve never been there…

        With propaganda and images, most people will believe and see that which confirms, a prior-existing belief. If it conflicts with a strongly held personal belief – they won’t even see it, or will completely dismiss it.

        The more outrageous the lie…the more it is likely to be believed.

        Flags are psychologically very tribally important.

        You are highly unlikely to see a Liverpool Supporter holding a Manchester United Flag.

        I assume you know the real origins of ISIS.

        Tony

      • Node

        It IS a rather strange montage, though. The composer removed the background behind the right-hand flag holder and superimposed him over the damaged building, as though he WERE actually standing in front of the building. It takes a few seconds to make sense of the picture.

        The photo IS confusing, it IS misleading and it IS legitimate to speculate on the motives of whoever created it.

    • Habbabkuk (defend reason, combat cant)

      Look at the photo properly, you fool – it is clearly a montage. And that is because ISIS is responsible.

  • RobG

    My auntie and uncle are over from the UK to visit us for a week.

    Last night we sat together and watched the early evening BBC News. The top item was about the ‘genius mastermind’ of ISIS who had been arrested in Belgium (those who watch these things closely might notice the similarities with the ‘Jihad Johnny’ stuff in the run-up to the Paris attacks). The genius mastermind was some young punk who probably couldn’t string a sentence together. You will never hear proper reporting of his trial, or any proper reporting of his background.

    I asked my auntie: “Why do you believe what they tell you?”

    My auntie replied: “It’s the BBC”.

    • Republicofscotland

      Rob-G.

      Give your auntie a copy of GA Ponsonby’s London Calling (BBC bias), it will soon open up her eyes to the machinations of the state broadcaster.

  • Mark Golding

    Camp Bucca in Iraq was an interesting place. Originally called Camp Freddy it was used by British Forces to hold Iraqi prisoners of war. Taken over by the U.S. military in April 2003 it was renamed after Ronald Bucca, a NYC Fire Marshal who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    According to DoctorsforIraq who I believe visited the prison, the MP’s in Camp Bucca had segregated the prisoners on the basis of their ideology. This apparently made it possible to ‘recruit’ people directly and indirectly.

    I myself after some serious investigatory referencing of information from medical friends in Iraq have reached a denouement that Camp Baccu was more of a “terrorist academy” than a prison, where former detainees became subsequent leaders in the extremist group. Interestingly those from the camp that were later killed, were not targeted by drone strikes or US forces, there demise was due to the efforts of the Syrian army, the Iraqi army or fighting other groups.

    What I am pitching to you here is that Camp Bucca is a common denominator among many ISIS leaders and a majority of them were officers in the Baathist army. I am told this explains the ease with which the radical group has been able to infiltrate the clans and coax some of their leaders into joining its ranks. In fact a man called Adel Jassem Mohammed said that U.S. MP’s did nothing to stop the extremists from mentoring the other detainees allowing extremists for example to recruit 25 out of 34 inmates in 2 weeks.

    Samir Abed Hamad al-Obeidi al-Dulaimi once held in Camp Bucca and who one-leg John trucked with in Jordon was in fact a colonel in the army of the former Iraqi regime. All this leads me to suspect that ISIS is in fact a creation of US/British intelligence.

  • Pan

    @Jeremy Stocks

    Re my comment to you – it was a toss-up between “So in other words, you’re a natural born couch potato” and “Is that all?”

    Sorry, I guess my sense of humour takes some getting used to (or so I am sometimes told).

    I did not doubt the veracity of your claims.

    How odd that we were both in Dahran at the same time – I was on a mini-tour, playing in a jazz sextet.

    Have saved your site in my GIS/cartography bookmark folder (I do love maps).

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