A few BBC Hardtalk episodes
My James Bond Years – by Bernard Porter
Trump and Sweden again – by Bernard Porter
Fear of The Bear : Swedish defence wants more money
If I’m not wrong, the Russians used to think of Carl Bildt (forever greatly paranoid about Russia) as an American poodle.
Let’s hope that they do not interfere in the next Swedish elections
(It’s amazing to learn that Sweden’s input in Afghanistan has cost the tax payer eighteen billion kronor! Terese Cristiansson‘s news headline in today’s DN reads ” Low marks for a costly input.” I missed attending this ABF event about Sweden’s engagement in Afghanistan
So I googled “Bengt Kristiansson and Kajsa Johansson and the Afghanistan Committee perspective“ for further information.
Mother Svea wants you! (Möder Svea vill ha dig!)
In case any of the uninitiated is wondering, “Who is Mother Svea?” or “Why does she want me – me in particular?” or “What does she look like?”, well here’s a little about all one needs to know about Mother Svea
As far as National Personification goes, fact is that Mother Svea is the Swedish equivalent of Uncle Sam ( US = Uncle Sam ) and just now “Mother Svea wants you” means that in Sweden, conscription has returned : 4,000 youngsters will be doing their military service next year.
This is no surprise whatsoever, even if Sweden is the most peaceful nation that the Almighty in His wisdom created and that’s why Swedem hasn’t known war in two hundred years, although in truth, Sweden has not always been the most peaceful and democratic nation in the world – every ignoramus should know that in the seventeenth century (just like George W. Bush) the Great King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus was busy kicking ass everywhere – in his case, everywhere in Europe, respect, establishing Sweden as a Great Power.
But today, Mama Svea is not the great military power she once was, kicking ass everywhere, in fact, today the truth now is that Mama Svea is a little worried about the Russian Bear which is breathing hard, well not exactly everywhere, but we can feel his breath as a strong, cold wind blowing over the Baltic Sea, in the middle of which there’s our little Gotland. There’s also Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and if Trump is not very careful biting off more than he can chew he could be foolish enough to go locking horns with the Russian Bear over IRAN and risk – Heaven forbid, seeing his little baby Israel disappear into thin air – or radioactive dust because both Iran and Hezbollah – and who knows – at the last minute the others (of the Islamic Brotherhood) – Egypt, Saudi Arabia etc. could make a suicide pact and join in the fray, to dump everything, every payload that they’ve got on Dimona which is in the holy land and with a sigh of relief watch the whole thing go up in smoke – unlike the holy smoke from the daily animal sacrifices of yore which some want to restore when they build the next holy temple , the smoke of the animal sacrifices said to be (according to LEVITICUS 1:13), “a burnt offering, a fire offering with a pleasing fragrance to the Lord.”
But back to twenty-first century reality and why Mama Sweden wants you.
After reading about Einstein’s views on religion one has no illusions that he believed that God is or was going to save us either from the Holocaust or from the devil and it does make absolute sense what Talmud says :
“One must never stand in a place of danger expecting a miracle to protect the faithful” (Kiddushin, 39b)
Do I love the Jewish people? Yes.
Is there anyone I don’t love? No – apart from the devil. I don’t love him.
Gil Scott- Heron: Work for peace (The military and the monetary
Today more than ever, we are living in dangerous times and you’ve probably heard the Donald say from the bottom of his heart that he’s gonna make Uncle Sam Great Again in which case, in this era of fake news and mass deception your ears were not deceiving you, in fact, you heard him right that building the Great Wall of China along the US- Mexico border is part of making Uncle Sam GREAT AGAIN, but more importantly, at his inauguration he took the sacred oath of office when he laid his hand on the Holy Bible and swore
“I Donald J. Trump do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Of course, not only to “defend the Constitution of the United States”, about greatness / the Great Uncle Sam, Trump has said
Just now, I’m closing my eyes and like John Lennon just trying to imagine our Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Peter Hultqvist his Minister of Defence receiving Vladimir Putin in Stockholm and putting it to him straight in a language that Putin understands very well, the Russian language, saying to him in unmistakable Russian :
” Vladimir, let he and she that has ears hear: I’m going to make our Swedish military so powerful and so strong, that no one , I mean NO ONE is ever going to dream of messing with us !”
But now, at best, with Sweden not a member of NATO, our dear Prime Minister probably still a little nervous about what Trump originally said about European NATO members having to pay their fair share in maintaining full NATO protection, he can only say something like what the Palestinian Brother Husam Zomlot, responding to his interlocutor on BBC Hardtalk said last night:
“We are worried, indeed we are worried about some of these signals, but you know we might not be the strongest party in the world , definitely as Palestinians, but we are certainly the strongest when it comes to our issue”
Trump’s “I will make our Military so big, powerful & strong that no one will mess with us !“, his biggest, most powerful and strongest military that the world has ever known or will ever know could be of no avail, especially not against the sort of earthquake and the flak that he will be sure to take when and if he finally moves his embassy headquarters from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or starts talking about rebulding the temple – if he thinks that’s the best deal for Israel within his own life time
Making America greater than ever before, by among other things building the biggest, most powerful and strongest military that the world has ever known will mean that he will be needing to big-up the number of soldiers in his army to go and fight any crazy wars that he may decide to embark on and that in a very short while we will be seeing these image posters probably with a nice portrait of Great Uncle Trump on them announcing:
Me? My only song is this one
and Donovan’s Universal soldier
and Bob Dylan’s Masters of War
and Marvin Gaye’s question “What’s goin’ on ?”
and Curtis Mayfield’s “If there’s a hell below, we’re all going to go“