"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 16 April 2012

Monday Mooching

I'm finding it difficult today to summon up any enthusiasm to write about a bunch of manipulative shysters and their support crew - it's so damned depressing. Here are two scraps of news gleaned from around the interwebbythingy instead:

Barroso: We're from the Task Force & we're here to help
"The Task Force is a resource at the disposal of the Greek authorities as they seek to build a modern and prosperous Greece, characterised by economic opportunity and social equity, and served by an efficient administration with a strong public service ethos. Reforming Greek public administration requires sustained effort and a determination to change on the part of Greek government and all parts of society. Through the creation of the Task Force, Greece's European partners are demonstrating their strong will to assist Greece in this venture.
... The Task Force is based in Brussels with an office, with a support team in Athens. It reports to the President and works under the political guidance of Vice President Olli Rehn.

There's  no comment from the European Commission about the continued unrest and the bombing campaign, nor about the Greek suicide rate which is increasing alarmingly.

The second article to make me reach for the duvet is this: TV report shows Israel gearing up to attack Iran
In the event that negotiations fail and the order is given for Israel to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, “dozens if not more planes” will take part in the mission: attack and escort jets, tankers for mid-air refueling, electronic warfare planes and rescue helicopters, the report said.

Ben-David said the Israel Air Force “does not have the capacity to destroy the entire Iranian program.” There will be no replication of the decisive strikes on Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981 or on Syria in 2007, he said. “The result won’t be definitive.” But, a pilot quoted in the report said, the IAF will have to ensure that it emerges with the necessary result, with “a short and professional” assault.
Quite what credence can be attached to this report from the Times of Israel, I don't know, but all this war-talk doesn't bode well.


  1. I think the shit will hit the fan in Greece pretty soon now. I hope the offices of that team in Athens supporting the EU Task Force is well fortified! Or do I?

    With regard to Israel. I firmly believe that if they do decide to strike they will strike hard to avoid any possibility of retaliation by Iran. That decision will not be taken lightly so there is hope yet.

    1. I think the May 6th elections will be interesting, Sean. Parties on the far left/far right are both gaining ground & it looks like an 'anybody but the main Parties' result cd be possible. I wouldn't place a bet on the outcome.

      I know you're right abt Israel - any strike will be a last resort and I can't blame Israel for any action they might take - offence is often the best form of defence. I'm more concerned abt Bahrein at the moment though - there are many false portraits in the msm. At least the Greek government isn't randomly lifting people off the streets, torturing and 'disappearing' them.


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