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03 September 2006

Tony Blair: More Blood-Money And More British Body-Bags ...


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As if this Sunday hadn't started off a sodding, sickening enough Sabbath when we read about 14 Brits being killed when their quarter of a century old, RAF aircraft came (or was brought), down in Afghanistan -- a little later in the day our friend 'Mark from Ireland' (in all innocence), managed to make matters much worse.

Figuratively speaking ,we hasten to add, not literally.


Anyway, here's our first piece of appalling news -- at it's nastiest.

MoD names killed British troops

Flag at half-mast at RAF Kinloss
RAF Kinloss has paid tribute to its servicemen
The Ministry of Defence has named the 14 UK military personnel who died when their plane crashed in Afghanistan.

The RAF Nimrod MR2 crashed on Saturday, killing 12 air personnel from 120 Squadron based at RAF Kinloss in Moray, Scotland, a Royal Marine and a soldier.

Wing Commander Martin Cannard, of 120 Squadron, said the victims were "great guys" and it was a "profound loss".

Read the relevant BBC report in it's entirety, right here.

Then, take a good look at the next terrible tale, first made known to us by our remarkable and ever reliable, blogging friend 'Mark from Ireland'.

Yankee Poodle Tony'’s Government The British The Blair Government has sold off 4½ million pounds worth of armoured personnel carriers for £44,000 including four to American mercenary firm Blackwater. British Ministers claimed that adaptations made to the MambaMine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which if you follow the chain of ownership is manufactured by a BAE (British Aerospace) subsidiary, made it unsuitable for its use in Iraq which included the transportation of bomb disposal teams, and too difficult to maintain. The ministers appear to be being more than somewhat “economical with the actualite.” The American mercenary firm that bought them for the princely sum of £2,933.33 apiece describes them as “the armoured personnel carrier of choice for Blackwater ops in Iraq” and clearly don'’t have any problem maintaining them as they'’re in daily use on Route Irish - “the most dangerous road in the world.” The British newspaper Scotland on Sunday first broke the story last Sunday and has an even more damning follow-up today.

“Troops risk their lives in Land Rovers while MoD sells off armoured vehicles
Scotland On Sunday Sun 27 Aug 2006 BRIAN BRADY AND NIGEL GREEN

A FLEET of armoured vehicles has been sold abroad for just £44,000 despite the ongoing scandal of British troops forced to patrol war zones in thin-skinned Land Rovers.

The MoD sanctioned the sale of 14 mine-protected Mamba vehicles, which originally cost £4.5m, after an expensive revamp left them “too heavy” to go on patrol.

Here's Mark's (as always), marvelously researched & written and well worked blogpost on this, the latest of BlairCo's bolloxed-up, 'blood-money' matters.

Read it all, and ruddy well weep.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Rosemary said...

I just read the report about the sell-off (giveaway) of the armored vehicles over at Mark's, Richard.

This transaction and the ludicrous reasons given for it SMELLS to high heaven. This is not stupidity. There is something treasonous at work here.

I believe Mark said the transaction was reported in the papers (Scotland) a week ago .... why has there been no reaction? It is the sort of thing that should have caused the House of Commons to "raise the roof" in fury and also should have brought people out on the streets in anger, demanding answers.

I guess Commons must still be on summer recess and nobody reads the papers during summer vacations.

btw - I don't mean to be dismissing the loss of the plane and all those lives over Afghanistan. It's just that the armored vehicles giveaway grabbed my attention and set off alarm bells and deep suspician.

11:01 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Rosemary, this armour-scandal is news to me too, and I like to think I keep abreast of things.

I don't think you're being dismissive about the plane deaths (nor will Richard I wager) but maybe you missed what Richard placed in italics about the aircraft still in use -- a quarter of a blooming century old.
THAT is a scandal in itself wouldn't you say?

Btw, thanks for all this Mark and Richard. I for one will get ALL this stuff sent around everywhere I possibly can.

11:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blair should be tarred and feathered and then dragged through the streets, kicking and screaming all the way to The Hague. After his trial and conviction, the full severity of the law should be brought to bear and sentence should be carried out without delay.

12:27 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

Sickening news re: the APC bargain-basement sale to the mercenaries ... but perhaps the story's brewing for a week may have helped stiffen Labourite spines for the coming defenestration of the Poodle?

Off-topic item to mention: Former U.K. ambassador to Uzkeistan Craig Murray published quite an interesting op-ed today 3 Sep 06 in the Washington Post re: his own defenestration from H.M. diplomatic service, at this link.

Murray was sacked for standing up for human rights; of course, that's not news to the TOB posters, but Murray's wider reach now in the U.S. print media perhaps is.

3:19 am  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Thanks for running this Richard it is truly scandalous I hope others will run it as well.

6:12 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

A little off topic but still ont the issue of news not getting out in Britain, see
The Cutting Edge
for lots on censorship aboutthe 7/7 bombing.

6:34 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Scandal isn't a strong enough word. This is more like corruption if you ask me. I'll bet a pound to a penneth of poo that there's been big back-handers involved. Probably seats on the board been promised to some as well.

Whoever made the descision to sell at that price should have been sacked on the spot. Apart from the morals, that kind of financial mismanagement would (or should) disqualify the culprit from even running a bloody Xmas club.

11:02 am  
Blogger markfromireland said...

You're not going to be happy I've just posted "American Mercenary Firm Laughs All The Way To The Bank- British Soldiers “make do” (and die) - part 2" both on "gorilla's guides" and on "markfromireland" With your permission I'll speak freely.

First of all those soldiers shouldn't have been there. They died in a place they shouldn't have been because Tony Blair aided and abetted the American government in launching an illegal corrupt and racist war of domination, looting, and occupation. He and his government sent them there to die for a pack of lies and increased profits for a combination of American oil companies, American weapons manufacturers, and American mercenaries, and that in my considered opinion Tony Blair and his ministers in particular the ministers in The Foreign Office and The Ministry of Defense are the sort of pewling traitorous little catamites that give bum fucking a bad name.

6:06 pm  
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10:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bye old brit
this isn't the place it was

11:23 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Breaking The Silence

A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror"
Award winning journalist John Pilger

9:47 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Richard,
Something for you and your alter ego to consider in light of your impending trip.
(assuming the world is still here by then)

Triple Alliance - Israel, Turkey & US

and

The Next Phase of the Middle East War

by Michel Chossudovsky

1:05 pm  

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