August 21st, 2010

Our War On Drugs

Everyone should watch Angus McQueen's three part documentary on the so-called War on Drugs. Episode 3- which exposes the mendacious twaddle our leaders feed us about Afghanistan- is the most devastating of all. Thanks to Western intervention that bloody-minded, intractable country is now a narco-state- and the source of about 90% of the heroin that is swilling around Europe. Karzai's government is soused in the stuff and the state machinery for fighting production and trafficking is the merest (but very expensive) fig leaf. Judges and policemen who come down too heavily on traffickers are warned off, sidelined or shot- and only the very smallest players are ever sent to jail. The border with Iran is wide and bare- a huge, dusty desert- and the junk goes rolling through in armed convoys while the border police smile and wave. The British and American authorities connive at all this because they need to keep the poppylords onside in the war against the Taliban. It's a preposterous situation. 

Books I've Owned Since I was A Kid. Part 9.

The title of the book is Death in the Air, the War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot. Heinemann published it in 1933. It has no name attached to it- not even that of an editor. My copy cost me 8/6d off a book stall at a Scout jamboree- and nurtured me in my desire to fly Sopwith Camels when I grew up.

There was always a certain aura of "this is too good to be true" about it.  In 1984 experts at the Smithsonian proved it to be the creation of one Wesley David Archer- a model-maker for the film industry.

So, these pictures are fakes, but...  well... judge for yourselves...