Monday, July 28, 2008


A new RedC Poll released on Sunday, Iúil/July 27, makes more bad news for Biffo Cowen and his shambling government. The poll shows that 62% of the electorate would vote NO in any re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum and even more disastrous for the supporters of the failed Treaty, 71% of the electorate are against any second referendum.

This has put the caidp báis on any schemes being hatched in Brussels for such a rogue tactic and increases the pressure on Cowen and his ministers who have been chopping straws with their arses since the humiliating defeat of their government in last month’s referendum.

In a petulant response, Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin immediately attacked the poll as “interference” in Irish affairs because the poll had been commissioned by a London based group, “Open Europe”, opposed to the Lisbon Treaty. With more than a hint of FF green nationalism showing, Minister Martin attempted to discredit the poll because of its client rather than face up to the facts of its findings. With “Open Europe” directed by Mr Neil O’Brien, whose patronymic is somewhat higher up the ladder of Irishness than that of the Minister himself, he ought to put a zip on his mouth before trying to challenge the rights of others, in a free democracy, to comment on public affairs of any country in the EU whatever their nationality.

The results of the Government’s own survey on the referendum result have not been published, showing once again the political cowardice of this discredited government. Mr Martin and his colleagues have failed the Irish people in a disgraceful fashion and are more concerned with saving their own necks than behaving as a proper Government of Ireland. Their sole preoccupation now seems to be how to ingratiate themselves with the likes of Sarkynoze and the Brussels Bureaucrats than serving the interests of the people of Ireland. The results of this latest poll show that they are facing political meltdown if they try by trickery and dishonest manoeuvring, which is their current modus operandi, to undermine the people’s sovereign decision of June 16th last.

The political situation in the Republic is now unprecedented. A defeated Government and its collaborator "opposition" floundering in a no-mans-land of confusion and political bankruptcy entirely of their own making. Only Labour leader, Eamonn Gilmore, has read the situation correctly since the result of the referendum was announced and accepted the democratic decision of the people. Gilmore has also opposed any suggestion of a second referendum. If he sticks to these postions Labour can make significant gains in next years local and European elections.

FFML 27.07.08


The arrest and detention of fugitive former President of the Bosnian Serb Republic, Radovan Karadzic, has revived political tensions in Serbia and Bosnia and bitter memories of the brutal civil wars in those areas of former Federal Yugoslavia which were contested by competing groups motivated by ethnic nationalism following the collapse of law and order in the former socialist state.

The circumstances of his arrest last week, following the “discovery” that he was living in the part of the Serbian capital known as New Belgrade and carrying on a practice of alternative medicine and faith healing, strains credibility since he was “on-the-run” since 1997 in a country where identity cards are compulsory and the police have extensive records of all residents going back to the days of the Austrian Empire. So, it can be surmised that the “discovery” is directly linked to the recent change of government in Belgrade with the emergence of a pro-NATO coalition government prepared to accede to NATO/EU diktat on every occasion.

While it is right that Karadzic should answer for war crimes committed in his sphere of responsibility during the civil wars, it is doubtful that justice will be achieved with the current process of the International Criminal Court for Former Yugoslavia, established in1993, which is little more than a kangaroo court set up by NATO/EU and which legally excludes any indictments of any NATO or EU officials or military for acts done during the civil wars in Yugoslavia, notably the criminal bombing of civilian targets in Serbia and Montenegro organised by Clinton, Blair and Javier Solana (currently EU Foreign Policy Commissioner) in 1999.

This Court, not to be confused with the International Criminal Court established by the United Nations which has a world-wide remit, has not distinguished itself in either its procedures or its verdicts having acquitted several of the worst indicted criminals of the Croatian and Bosnian militias and suppressed evidence which did not suit its open prejudice against the people of Serbia. The treatment meted out to Slobodan Milosevic, former Serbian President was scandalously unfair and partisan and when Mr Milosevic, against whom nothing was proven, died while in custody at the Court, no proper inquest was carried out.

Karadzic, a country-bumpkin medico who was elevated to power on a wave of paranoid nationalism amongst Serbs resident in Bosnia has been demonised by the Western Media along with his military commander General Ratko Mladic, who was mainly responsible for the atrocity at Srebrenica in 1995, a muslim majority town surrounded by Serb occupied territory and supposedly under the protection of the UN Forces in Bosnia at that time. The situation in Bosnia was more complicated than elsewhere in former Yugoslavia. The population was mixed, religiously, culturally and politically with different allegiances to Serbia, Croatia and a newly created entity of “Bosnia” which seized control of the provincial capital, Sarajevo, with a poorly armed mainly muslim militia but, claiming an independent republic of Bosnia which disregarded with contempt the rights of the Serbian and Croatian populations. A bitter and bloody civil war ensued with gross violations of human rights and atrocities on all sides, not seen since the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia during WW2.

US and EU governments and political elites along with their screech-owl media associates sided with the Croats and so-called Bosnian “muslims” contrary to the UN Charter and other international laws and treaties. Croatia was supplied with arms by Austria and Federal Germany and the Clinton regime in Washington contrived with Saudi Arabia to import more than 4000 armed “Mujahadeen” fighters to support the minority Junta in Sarajevo. The real cause of the civil wars was the illegal, arbitrary and provocative withdrawal and denial of their legitimate, internationally recognised Yugoslav citizenship from the Serb people overnight, without consultation or agreement, by nationalist power-seekers in Zagreb and Llubliyana.

The misguided and illegal intervention by the USA, Austria and the former West Germany, contrary to international law, the UN Charter, the Helsinki Treaty, EU common Foreign Policy and other international instruments, arming the rebellion against Federal Yugoslavia by Slovenes and Croats and later the so-called “Muslim” leadership Junta in Sarajevo (most of whom had never seen the inside of a Mosque since they were born) was completely destructive of the civil peace of Yugoslavia and only worsened the resulting vicious war which disfigured the country for years.

Since the judges who will pronounce on Karadzic are all selected from the NATO/EU elites it will be a case of one gang of war criminals “judging” another.

FFML 28.07.08

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