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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Liam Fox Writes To Ainsworth

This is the letter Liam Fox, Shad. Def. Sec, has written to Bollox Bob Ainsworth today asking about the transportation of the Ridgebacks which are still in Dubai waiting shipment to Afghanistan. Click to enlarge:
The talk is of some 'special' coating to the vehicles which is 'secret' and that's why only British transport is allowed. If so, it truly beggars belief.


  1. A calm, clear & concise question. In need of an urgent reply. Will it get the response it deserves?
    No. Just a "thank you for your concern" reply or some other bollox bluster. Which would be typical of this nonsense lot in power. Look forward to being proved wrong, though.
    Pah! As if!

  2. There's a lot of confusion about these trucks and people are beginning to question whether they are Ridgebacks at all and whether they were intended for Afg in the first place. EU Referendum (in the blog roll) poses lots of questions.

  3. Nice try by the Shadow Defence Secretary but not much has changed in the 2500 years since Aeschylus wrote: "In war, truth is the first casualty."

  4. Testimony By
    John J. Maresca
    Vice President, International Relations,
    UNOCAL Corporation

    To House Committee On International Relations,
    Submmittee On Asia And The Pacific
    February 12, 1998
    Washington, D.C.

    The only other possible route option is across Afghanistan, which has its own unique challenges.

    The country has been involved in bitter warfare for almost two decades. The territory across which the pipeline would extend is controlled by the Taliban, an Islamic movement that is not recognized as a government by most other nations. From the outset, we have made it clear that construction of our proposed pipeline cannot begin until a recognized government is in place that has the confidence of governments, lenders and our company.

    A recent study for the World Bank states that the proposed pipeline from Central Asia across Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea would provide more favorable netbacks to oil producers through access to higher value markets

    As with the proposed Central Asia Oil Pipeline, CentGas cannot begin construction until an internationally recognized Afghanistan government is in place.

    We urge the Administration and the Congress to give strong support to the United Nations-led peace process in Afghanistan.


    9/11 allowed.....

    Making it all safe before the Unicols of this world move in.

    The Westminster corporations act should fool no one.
    Checkout the salesmen at www.tpuc.org

  5. Thanks for that GoV - I read the whole article earlier (Centurean2 I think) and it was very interesting. Essentially what it's saying is the West wants the oil, oil needs pipelines, corporations won't go in until the Taliban have gone and that's why we're fighting over there. It's an angle that has to be considered.


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