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A Medal for Freedom Fighters

The Amritsa massacre, carried out by troops of the British Empire under the command of English officers, is a shameful episode in British history. But it was a long time ago. What is also shameful, and still continuing is the attitude of the British Government towards the Kurds in Northern Iraq.

For those unfamiliar with the issue, in 1916 representatives of the British and French governments Mark Sykes and Francois Piquet, entered into a secret agreement to carve up the Ottoman Empire (the area controlled by Turkey, a 1stWorld War enemy) so that Britain would get the Southern bit and France the Lebanon and Syria. If you ever wondered why the borders are mostly straight lines the reason is that straight lines are easier to draw. For more information go here https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-25299553

Within this area is the land of Kurdistan, homeland of the Kurds and after World War One and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the victorious Western allies made provision for a Kurdish state in the 1920 Treaty of Sevres.Such hopes were dashed three years later, however, when the Treaty of Lausanne, which set the boundaries of modern Turkey, made no provision for a Kurdish state and left Kurds with minority status in their respective countries. Over the past 80 years, any move by Kurds to set up an independent state have been brutally quashed.

So the Kurds got less than nothing. So whereas in the UK, Scotland can campaign for independence, Kurds who do this in Turkey are considered terrorists.

Come IS (or ISIS), the Kurds became the loyalist and most motivated of the anti IS forces with a military composed of both men and women fighting in the front line, aided by volunteers from Europe and the USA, just like the International Brigade fighting against fascism in Spain the 1930’s.

The difference is that now, the UK government have decided that those from Britain fighting against IS will be designated as terrorists. Sure, Sajid Javid, the British Home Secretary (interior minister) likes to play the tough guy, no compassion in this particular Muslim, but this is a stretch too far. Rather than penalising those brave fighters resisting the brutality of this most bloody of Muslim sects, the British government should be awarding them medals (though in many cases it will be too late as they died in the fight). So, contact your Government now and join the campaign. “A medal for freedom fighters”. It really is time!

For more information about the Kurds go here:

So, contact your Government now and join the campaign. “A medal for freedom fighters”. It really is time!

For more information about the Kurds go here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29702440

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A new form of warfare.

Asymmetric Warfare is the name given to a military conflict in which one side is big and the other side is small. Rather like the David and Goliath fight which features in the Bible. I have a new spin on this which came to mind when reading a BBC story about Israel using a $3.2 million missile to shoot down a $500 dollar drone. Pursued to its logical conclusion, a poor country could soon bankrupt a rich one, a real example of “asymmetry”.  But this story has made me reconsider the whole concept of modern warfare. For a very long time now “stealth” has been a buzz word in military circles. Stealth fighters, stealth bombers and even stealth ships (in the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies) seem to have become an essential component of every new aerial vehicle, manned or unmanned. Clearly, evading enemy radar is a good thing since invisibility is a kind of superpower which give a very big advantage. But encouraging the enemy to use up all its missiles before your planes arrive could be, I would suggest, a much better plan. How can this be achieved, you ask? The answer is simple. Take a look at the latest FURY drone from Lockheed Martin. It looks like a miniature fighter jet and of course Lockheed sell it as being stealthy, with a minimal visual signature, which of course means it is hard to see. Now with all the surveillance bits added, this is not going to be cheap, but actually, the only electronic bit it really needs as an “image enhancer”, a device which will make it look huge on a radar, in fact make it look like a real fighter. Then the enemy under attack can fire all its missiles at a swarm of these “targets” leaving it defenceless against the wave of stealth machines which will follow along soon after.

Actually the plan is a bit like the “doodlebug” VI flying bombs used by German in the later stages of World War II which was an unmanned flying machine with a very simple jet engine and basic navigation controls. Modern production techniques would make the thing a cheaper to produce. Even with a basic “pulse jet” engine it would probably cost less than $10,000, and that includes an auto-pilot. Now $10,000 might seem like a lot, but up against a $3.5 million it is clearly just a drop in the ocean. Now that is really asymmetrical!