Pissing in the Wind

There’s an old story, following the first Gulf War 1991, perhaps apocryphal, but I tend to believe it. After the American’s rushed to “liberate” Kuwait from Saddam Hussein they also peppered the non-Baath Party peoples of Iraq with calls to arms and promises of support if they rose up and fought Saddam and his retreating army. Most of you know how the American’s almost immediately reneged on this commitment.

Nonetheless, several long oppressed tribes took this as their chance and did take on the Iraqi army as it fled back to sovereign Iraqi territory and away from the muscle of American Military Might. While it’s certainly true, that Saddam’s military was depleted by the desert hammerings they’d taken, they were in no means a busted flush.

After they regrouped within Iraq, they set about consolidating their power base and punishing those of whom had taken up arms against them. One such tribe was the Ma’dan (Marsh Arabs) people, who between December 1991 and January 1992, suffered the destruction of 70 villages and the “removal” of 50,000 people.

Rather than chase the “rebels” through the marshes, Saddam had hundreds of dams placed at escape routes and dropped huge electric cables, hooked up to American made generators, into the waters and killed everything trapped in the waters. In a darkly comedic twist, an Iraqi soldier was at that very moment relieving himself. The electric current passed from marsh water to urine to urethra and killed the man. The “Piss Martyr” of the Iraqi marshes. Speaking of martyrs…

We are, thankfully, in the last few days of the Government of Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael and Joan Burton’s Labour. They appear to be reluctant to leave the stage until they get at least a standing ovation for their work and  near universal acclaim for their part in our “recovery”. If it would speed up the process, I’d send them garlands of flowers and thank you cards.

I really want to express gratitude to those who called out the corruption, the double standards, the broken promises, spoke for the ignored issues and for those we have lost by either suicide of emigration. I want to say thanks to those who tried to shine a little light on the double dealings, nepotism and stroke pulling that will be the hallmark of this Government.

I want to thank the cohort of people who stood by their convictions and morals. Thank you to the small group who spoke truth to the many faced liars of this Government. Those who have been dismissed as facile martyrs by those who swallow the “recovery” lie.

Thank you.

But I also want you each to remember how nothing was done with the Fennelly Inquiry, the Moriarty Report, and the IBRC Inquiry. Not to mention the Siteserv debacle and McNulty & Begg strokes.

They’ve kicked so many cans down the road the next Government could open a Recycling Plant. They did not address the 8th Amendment; they did not fix the scandal of patients on trolleys. They have even gone to the trouble of siding with Multinational Companies to stop us collecting the taxes we are owed.

They attacked every report the (Government Watchdog) Fiscal Advisory Council issued, criticised anytime the ESRI told them to tread more carefully. They dismissed the millions wasted in the creations of both Irish Water and Eircode. They put up dams everywhere to stop streams of their inadequacies from leaking out. THESE are their legacies.

Now what they are asking you is for a chance to do it all over again, but this time they’ll be better. They’ve learned. They’ve changed. They’ve promised. If you believe them, go ahead, vote for them. Vote for all of the above. Go ahead, piss on the Martyrs of Truth and Equality.

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Tony Groves Jan 2016

5 thoughts on “Pissing in the Wind

  1. Print out the relevant paragraphs and have them to hand when gov drones appear at your door. Thinking about it, have them ready for all the goons who turn up.

  2. It’s been a long week, so I’m going to role Tony’s last few posts into one comment:

    The banking inquiry misses the point. In fairness, all such exercises do…..Banks crash, regulators fail, politicians pose. It has ever been thus. We forget that we licence banks to create money (because credit = money) giving them a special and powerful position in society and economy. The only answer is to keep a lever – on top of all the regulation, governance, capital rules, liquidity, ethics and all that – which can remove that licence. Canada is the only country that has done this (mandatory Parliamentary review every five years, including power to set terms for banks). Look at how the Canadian banks fared in the last crisis. It’s not an accident.

    What has this got to do with pissing in the wind? Nothing really, except the same sentiment applies. As for politicians, those who run for office should be limited to two terms. A decade of public service might actually mean that. It’s not a career.

  3. the problem I keep coming back to is that the general feeling from people that I know is one of “Whats the alternative?”. FF and FG have shown their colours to be similar leaving who else?

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