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Muddle-East: Kurds and Iraq Fight at Kirkuk. Avoiding Middle-East.

While I think those ‘Westerners’ who went to fight against I.S. were as heroic as those who went to join them were either deluded or evil, I didn’t feel like going myself, apart from supporting the Yazidis, as I thought it would morph into another war, or other Islamist groups would rise out of it.

Kurds Surrounded, Joe Robinson Arrested

That seems to have happened already, with Iraqi forces advancing on Kirkuk last week, after Kurdish people declared independence, in an oil rich part of the region. They had both been fighting against I.S. until recently defeating it in Iraq.

To the north, the Kurds’ enemy is Turkey, which is a NATO member. The newly Islamist Turkey under President Erdogan seems as complex as the Middle-East as a whole. A few months ago, British ex-soldier Joe Robinson was arrested and imprisoned there after fighting for the Kurds against I.S.

This Blog’s Dilemma

After Greece I went to the Middle-East. As my book states, I mostly had a great time, and as it was the first time I’d been outside Europe, I was often buzzing with the new sights and smells.

However, the Middle-East is such a toxic region, with many ‘Westerners’ imprisoned there, that I don’t know if I should be promoting and celebrating it. That’s one of the reasons I suspended this blog a few years ago, after I.S. attacks made travel more dangerous – while the world is full of advertising, most of it for products with a negative impact, I don’t want to feel responsible for anybody’s decision that ends up harming them.

Personally, I think it will also open me up to the ‘J’ word persecution (not Jersey!) by some in the liberal-left and far-right, who still blame ‘Js’ for all the troubles in the world.

In fact, my atheistic criticism of monotheism (which most of them don’t know the meaning of, or didn’t before I wrote about it anyway!), as well as male feminism, has probably been punished by the Harvey Weinsteins of this world – Stylist magazine’s man-of-the-year, Russell Brand, is the Hollywood star, not me!!

Men who’ve been fighting against the grooming scandal for a decade or two don’t get a look in, while the Pied Piper (releasing his Trickster Tales book of that name at the height of it – if he is a dodgy liberal establishment (Hollywood to BBC!: not everybody there, or even a majority, but they are multi-headed beasts, as academia and other corporations are!!) patsy as some claim, they must have been laughing their heads off at the ‘masses’ buying that book at the height of liberal Britain ignoring the grooming of British children. In an exhibition in Leeds I recently saw that one of the creators of Penguin publishing, Brand’s publisher, was an Asian; I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence or not, and is just a coincidence as far as I know!

Even trying to provide balanced neutrality in talking and writing about the Middle-East, such as claiming the Middle-East wars were a cycle of violence, after researching it quite intensively, if reluctantly, in university; it was a side issue to my Balkans focus; drew allegations of ‘J’ bias from my liberal-left circle of friends, who were like the Momentum wing of Labour now treating Jeremy Corbyn as the new ‘J.C.’, and who have been accused of anti-Semitism.

Middle-East Then and Now 

Although there had been seemingly constant war in the Middle-East during the twentieth century, the biggest concern amongst Westerners in the late 1980s seemed to be inspired by the Midnight Express movie.

The 1978 movie told the story of Billy Hayes, and his harrowing time in Turkish prison after being arrested for possession of hash.

While I’d like to post my nice photos from the Middle-East here, I don’t know if I should, considering the situation in the region now. What do you think? I understand if you don’t want to publicly declare your thoughts; I don’t want to either really!

Like Salman Rushdie found out, the more you want to free yourself from the Muddle-East and its religions/wars, the more you’re drawn into it!!

I don’t know the ins-and-outs of the Middle-East wars, and although I specialised in international affairs in my university study, I now feel like focusing on Britain and its near neighbours/allies.

However, even that’s muddled, with Joe Robinson a hero British ex-soldier now being held captive by a NATO ally after fighting against our deadliest enemy in recent years!

Although the Syria war was horrible, and I wonder if we could have stopped I.S. earlier, I think keeping U.K. troops out of it was a good decision, and I definitely think that Parliament was right to not bomb Assad, as that would have helped I.S., prolonging their evil reign.

The fighting still going on in Syria, and growing around the Kurds, suggests there won’t be peace in the region any time soon, but I think the U.K. is right to stay as isolationist as possible, while helping those fighting against the Islamists as much as possible; and helping British people who fought against I.S. to return, such as Joe Robinson.

 

 

My Religious Views Remain Secular Agnostic bordering on Atheist Neo-Pagan

In yesterday’s blog post I wrote that XaW Files’s subtitle Beyond Humanity had a meaning for the knowledge still beyond humanity in time and space, although great advances have been made in the last century, and I feel honoured and privileged to be alive during this exciting time of discovery and progress; although on the other hand, greenYgrey style, unfortunate to be alive in what seems like the inevitable destruction of our planet’s resources and mass extinction of many species due to human overpopulation and greed.

Russia and Britain: United in Environmental Loss

That’s especially after watching Simon Reeve’s Russia (one of my favourite countries historically and socially, and the first travelled in XaW Files, where I was delighted to hear of all the forests there, even in Moscow, setting for an epic anthropomorphic chess story) travel documentary, where big climate change evidence is emerging in the permafrost melting, leaving massive craters, but the forest is still being cut down at a similar rate to the Amazon rainforest, and often illegally thanks to corruption – even when governments and official bodies do act, there’s usually others who try and do it illegally!

I’m not saying Britain’s any better, and there’s fracking going on now despite big public demonstrations. The protestors look like left-wing greens, who also demonstrate for more immigration and hence more construction, which will mean greater energy needs!

Left and Right Foot Soldiers

If the left-wing think I’ve gone to the right, so they should try and persecute and censor me more, well the right-wing seem to support royalty and establishment, but royalty and establishment seem to care as much about Dhaka and Lagos as they do about Darlington and Liverpool; as seen in the Victoria and Abdul movie and Harry and Meghan relationship; due to the Queen and Royal Family still having a Commonwealth left from the Empire.

Although I value democracy and protest, in my advanced years and doctoral knowledge I am more in line with David Icke’s view that those fighting each other over dubious political differences are more like puppets (Icke says slaves), or just going along for a ‘bit of action’; especially after Russell Brand’s Revolution! (more like a slapstick Hollywood movie, starring himself; which he’s back to doing now, eating plastic on day-time TV, and being loved by the rich capitalistic luvvies he was supposed to be revolting against!).

Jesus Christ and Jeremy Corbyn

The left have oh Jeremy Corbyn to worship now, with the same initials as Jesus Christ, as parodied well on This Week last week. I quite like them both, but don’t believe Jesus was who his supporters claim, although he was a great heroic martyr figure; as I don’t any of the other Middle-East monotheist religions being superior to others around the world; and don’t believe Jeremy will save Blighty with his policies.

I think using Grenfell as a rallying call was also sick, as present problems are partly due to New Labour spending all the money when they were in power. Jeremy might be able to claim he was on the back benches then, but Diane Abbott was right at the front, playing the race card as she seems to have done all her career; before being shown as incompetent during the last election campaign, before taking a sickie for the rest of it!

Elon Musk More Revolutionary than Russell Brand 

Putting myself ‘Beyond Humanity’ has allowed me to write the above, criticising right and left, black and white. Hopefully those criticised will see that now, if they didn’t before.

While I also supported women more than normal for a man, that was also ‘beyond humanity’ rather than trying to seduce them, as Brand seems to have used his revolution to do; admittedly without the discipline and prestige a decade of further education gives you.

As he was a decade behind me in finding Chomsky, he’s now talking enlightenment and sexual ethics fifteen years after I became ethically celibate!

I talked of my admiration for Amber Heard during the greenYgrey years, and then she started going out with entrepreneur Elon Musk, but the romance has since ended.

I didn’t know much about Musk at the time, but saw his book Rocket Man in the library and read it. I was impressed by his environmental outlook, and think his revolutionary views on electric cars are similar to mine on religion and politics: that a little tinkering is not enough, and that you need to get above the current battles for hegemony, and have a more historically nuanced overview. I put it into words in 2011, in a poem included in my second poetry collection, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections:

Too Many Gods Spoil the Earth

Sky gods whispered
to Earthmother of the
natural harmony,
the Great Spirit of all.

But humanity hid it under monotheism
Jesus Christ crucified for humanity’s sins
Prophets followed speaking of God dreams

people were kept in dark
resources sacrificed
with love to representatives
of warring Gods.

Of course, that only really addresses the religious wars, and now North Korea has emerged as a serious threat to the world; or ‘West’ at least; they probably view it differently.

Anyway, three of the things I particularly related to Musk saying in relation to my writing over the past decade, and the criticisms I’ve received, mostly because my critics, on the left and right; the left were particularly disappointing, as I’d spent more time in that field, historically and recently; didn’t understand my writing and reasoning were:

Critical Thinking, page 15: ‘Do you have the right axioms, are they relevant, and are you making the right conclusions based on those axioms?’ That’s the essence of critical thinking, and yet it is amazing how often people fail to do that. I think wishful thinking is innate in the human brain. You want things to be the way you wish them to be, and so you tend to filter information that you shouldn’t filter.’

Open-Source Patents, page 68: ‘Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.’

Naysayers, page 119: ‘What I find ironic about a lot of the naysayers is that the very same people will transition from saying it was impossible to saying it was obvious.’