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'ISIS' in a Nutshell

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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby josh » Sun, 11 Oct 2015, 22:01

I hope all your friends and acquaintances are ok, Rowan.was anyone you know affected?

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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Mon, 12 Oct 2015, 08:29

Cheers, Josh. Everyone's effected, of course, but I don't know anyone in Ankara. Social media has been down for a couple of days here, and there have been huge rallies in Istanbul against terrorism. Who did it remains a mystery, but the biggest civilian massacres in Turkey always seem to target the Kurds, they somehow never quite get resolved and no one is ever really brought to justice, though it is the Kurds themselves who are portrayed as the 'terrorists.' That's the way the world seems to work these days. :evil:
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Mon, 02 Nov 2015, 10:11

Well, the ruling party got their majority at the second attempt. What changed between now and the previous election a few months ago - apart from a couple of terrorist attacks on the Kurdish party's supporters? Pretty much nothing.
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Fri, 13 Nov 2015, 22:21

Not sure who's behind it but 42 people (and counting) have just been killed in Paris and 60 hostages taken . . .

Apparently the explosions were heard in the football stadium during the France - Germany match but after a brief pause they just carried on playing.

French government has declared a state of emergency and closed all borders. Several hours after the initial attack no word on who's behind it...
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby NedRugby » Sat, 14 Nov 2015, 00:02

Rowan wrote:Not sure who's behind it


but it's probably safe to speculate that it's some flavour of islamic fanatic. Does anyone know what they want, or do they just hate everyone?

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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Sat, 14 Nov 2015, 00:12

NedRugby wrote:
Rowan wrote:Not sure who's behind it


but it's probably safe to speculate that it's some flavour of islamic fanatic. Does anyone know what they want, or do they just hate everyone?


According to an Agence France-Presse tweet one of the attackers cried 'Allahu akbar!" before opening fire. So you're probably right. Death toll now at over 100, I believe.
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Sat, 14 Nov 2015, 19:54

Who wins?

The governments of France, Britain, America and every other western nation that has 'material interests' in the Middle East and Near East: This serves to justify their continued violent interventions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and wherever else they decide needs 'democratizing'.

Russia: This enables Russia to claim that its actions in Syria are only being conducted in line with western interests. Plus it justifies its continued repression in the Caucasus as only part of the wider 'war on terror'.

Israel: This enables it to tar Palestinian resistance to its brutal occupation with the 'jihadist' brush.

The Security Industry: now rubbing its hands in glee at the increased demand for 'protection'.

The Intelligence Industry: civil liberties be damned, now we need to spy even more. Better increase that budget.

The Military and the Arms Industry: we're gonna need bigger budgets. And guns. We're gonna need more guns. Lots of 'em.

The Mainstream Media: Rolling news, 24-7 non-stop anxiety, braindead vox pops, reasoned analysis ditched in favour of emotional grandstanding - who could ask for anything more? Stuff like this is a godsend.

ISIS: The entirely predictable and indeed desired backlash against Muslims and Muslim refugees from the West's 'adventures' abroad will be the most powerful recruiting tool that they could wish for.
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Sun, 15 Nov 2015, 18:54

Spanish player Juan Garrido, who played for Kudu in the French FFSE youth leagues, was killed in Friday's terrorist attack in Paris, along with Frenchman Romain Didier of the Crododile Network. RIP.
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Fri, 20 Nov 2015, 11:30

Current hostage crisis in Mali, 170 people held up in a hotel, five deaths reported. Shades of France a week ago? Let's hope it doesn't end as badly...
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Re: 'ISIS' in a Nutshell

Postby Rowan » Fri, 27 Nov 2015, 20:42

The shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkish forces is a really bizarre twist. The plane was apparently in Turkish airspace for 17 seconds (crossing a piece which juts down into Syria, and which remains disputed teritory as far as the Syrians are concerned). The Russians deny it was in Turkish airspace at all. The Turks have released a recording of the warnings they issued. The Russians claim they are fakes and that no warning was given. Turkmen rebels on the ground fired at the pilots as they parachuted from the burning plane. They say they killed both. Russia says one returned, and he has been interviewed at length. Either way, shooting the pilots was a war crime. America's comment on this was 'Turkey has the right to defend itself.' :roll: So what was a Russian plane doing anywhere the Turkish border to begin with? Bombing terrorists and rebels at the request of the Syrian government. Just last week they destroyed scores of stolen petrol tankers. ISIS has been selling this petrol to certain parties in the region. :roll: The Turkmen who shot down the pilots are actually anti-government rebels, though they are regarded as brethren by the Turks. So we can assume the Russian plane was shot down to defend them. No other reason, really. A few years ago the Syrians shot down a Turkish plane in their air space and Turkey was outraged, saying the plane posed no threat. They vowed revenge and soon got it, shooting down a Syrian plane they claimed had entered their air space. Meanwhile the Turkish army has been bombing Kurds just inside the Syrian border, in response to Kurdish attacks on Turkish forces following the terrorist attacks on mostly Kurdish activists in Suruc and Ankara this year. The Kurds, along with Russia, have been to the forefront in fighting ISIS. :roll: Meanwhile, the editor and bureau chief of one of Turkey's major dailies have been arrested for running a story on Turkish intelligence trucks bound for Syria. They have been accused of treason :roll:
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