British Generals 1914-1918 War, Not normally billeted over close to the front line. Strategy based on a study of maps.
Almost all ex Eton students
Eton boys and them
Field Marshal Haig 1915-1918 Master of the bloodbath
The Armed Forces Day Con
In 2006. British armed forces casualties began to increase in Afganistan, Gordon Brown, (Chancellor of the Exchequer) realized there was a markedly increasing recurring cost to the exchequer, incurred maintaining support for many maimed and permanently disabled servicemen and women being returned to the UK. Seeking to defray the financial burden he conceived then proposed to Westminster that a, “Veterans Day” be held on the last Saturday in June each year, providing opportunity for the Nation to raise public awareness, (and lots and lots of money) to the needs of veterans, celebrating the contribution made by those who had served in the Armed Forces. The day, which encouraged young people to show their appreciation of war veterans was held in the years 2006-2008
Late 2008 there was a realization in Westminster that the war in Afganistan was not going well. It was necessary to find a way to mobilize the nation to give support to the military whilst avoiding any amount of discussion or critical examination as to whether the war should be sustained.
In 2009 Gordon Brown, (then Prime Minister) decided a change in emphasis was needed, moving away from remembrance of veterans, introducing the jingoistic, (Armed Forces Day) claiming it was intended to raise awareness and appreciation for those on active duty knowing full well, in reality it was to stir-up blind patriotism and support for the war.
Armed Forces Day’s have since been held, in places throughout the UK, on the last Saturday of June. They are arranged and conducted continuing to feed upon the feelings and beliefs of people who think that the UK is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries
2014. Armed Forces Day. What was my day like? Rotten. I reflected and shed tears, upon the fate of a three of my uncles, (all Calton Boys) who were conscripted then sent to die in Belgium, sating the greed and power of politicians in Westminster. Two of my uncles died at the Somme. My uncle Johnny in battle at, “Ypres”. He was just 18y. My father told me Johnny had never even had a girlfriend.
In the war 1914-1918, of the 557,000 Scots who enlisted or were conscripted in all services, 27 percent lost their lives. This compares with an average death rate of 12 percent for the rest of the British army between 1914 and 1918. The primary cause of the higher-than-average casualties among the Scottish soldiers was that they were regarded as excellent, aggressive shock troops who could be depended upon to lead the line in the first hours of battle.
A General, (Eton educated and located 30 miles from the front line) when asked by one of his brigadiers why his Scot’s had to, (despite a mauling only four days previous), lead the line in a planned assault said, ” Because the “jocks” need to be less concerned with the politics of the war and more with survival”. “Lions led by Donkeys” indeed!!! 35 General’s serving with the Army in the war were educated at Eton.
Armed Forces Day should be abandoned, in Scotland, and the nation should revert to the day of respectful remembrance already in place. This would thwart todays Westminster politicians in their abuse of the electorate, ever plotting ways of transferring justification and the cost of their wars onto an unwitting public for support.
In the next referendum all Scots’ should Vote, “yes” so as to ensure our son’s and daughter’s will be free of the probability of conscription to fight in war’s entered into by Westminster politicians
Two songs to reflect on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_mBJgsaxlY (The Green Fields of France)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VktJNNKm3B0 (The Band Played Waltzing Matilda)
Time out for the bairn Trenches 1917
Highlander clearing German Trenches 1917 General reviewing hte Black Watch before sending them up the line 1916
Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One The Demise of the United Kingdom
Benjamin Franklin, one of United States of America’s founding fathers, loved Scotland and the company of it’s highly respected philosophers of the, “Great Scottish Enlightenment.” Had he lived in these times he would have encouraged Scotland to vote, “Yes” to independence. In discussion with, Thomas Jefferson, (a fellow founding father and friend) referring to a Scotland’s right to be free he said;
“He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither”
His advice was clear and unambiguous. Do not succumb to patronising unspecified promises of jam tomorrow, (remember 1979.) Have confidence take the opportunity and elect for freedom in the next referendum.
He also wrote, “Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One”. Evidently Westminster politicians either did not read it or choose to ignore the advice, which is possibly the reason why only Scottish independence will bring about all that is predicted in it.
The Windsors: Caretakers of the Act of Union
Culloden 1746. Heavily outnumbered Scots cut to pieces by composite English Army
Culloden 1746. brave highlanders charged the much larger and better equipped English Army
Impact of the 1707 “Act of Union”
It is a fact that for most of the 308 years the, “Acts of Union” treaty has been in place the philosophy of the Westminster government has been one of Conquer and rule. In the autocratic male dominated society that was the UK, recurring wars were deemed to be a useful natural extension of the state. To achieve fulfilment men needed to die in the glory of war. Peace, on the other hand, (in the view of Westminster politicians) was bad since the morals of the people became corrupt as they enjoyed a lifestyle of happiness, breeding and well being.
UN Security Council
The United Nations Charter
Eventually sense prevailed and a realistic alternative to war was agreed to in 1945 by all nations – The United Nations charter spelled out the fundamental aims of the body. It states;
“We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, and for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples, have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.”
House of Commons
Westminster politicians Find a Way To Subvert the UN Charter
War, is a much valued tool, through which Western politicians impose their will upon other nations, and they were determined not be denied their conflicts. To facilitate this Westminster erased “war” from political and military vocabulary and replaced it with, “humanitarian action” thereby providing a mechanism allowing the UK and the USA to, (in support of the much vaunted special relationship) commit our armed forces to the provision of extraordinarily expensive assistance, supposedly easing the burden of oppression anywhere in the world it might surface.
The Role of the Media
Broadcast Media, internet traffic, and News outlets are now firmly an extension of the state, (witness BBC Scotland’s biased coverage of the referendum campaign.) There are no, “War Correspondents” only, “embedded journalists” who produce heavily censored and sanitized reports. Where targets used to be, “bombed into submission” they are now subject to, “surgical strikes” creating a false premise that such actions are, “healing” by their nature. Death of civilians and massive destruction of dwellings is often reported as, “collateral damage”.
What a confusion, “War is Peace and Peace is War.” George Orwell.
Young British recruits in training before being sent forward to fight 1914-1918