More Iraq war, more badger killing, British Prince Charles urged Tony Blair

Tony Blair's bloody Iraq war, cartoon

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Prince Charles ‘black spider’ memos reveal lobbying of Tony Blair

Publication of royal’s letters following freedom of information battle reveals correspondence with PM on helicopters, farming and complementary medicine

Read the letters in full

A cache of secret memos sent by Prince Charles to senior UK ministers has finally been published, following a 10-year freedom of information battle between the Guardian and the government. The letters reveal that Charles lobbied ministers, including the former prime minister Tony Blair, on a wide range of issues, including agriculture, the armed forces, architecture and homeopathy. …

The letters, published at 4pm on Wednesday, reveal how Charles lobbied Tony Blair when he was prime minister to replace Lynx military helicopters. Charles complained: “I fear this one more example of our armed forces being asked to do an extremely challenging job [the Iraq war] without the necessary resources.” …

The relationship between Charles and the prime minister was so close that Blair even asked Charles directly what he wanted him to do about encouraging the use of herbal medicines in the UK, which some scientists believe do not work. Charles complained that an EU directive was having a “deleterious effect on the complementary medicine sector by effectively outlawing the use of certain herbal extracts”.

He wrote: “You rightly asked me what could be done about it,” and said he would ask an aide at his complementary health charity to produce “a detailed briefing … so that your advisers can look at it”. Blair replied: “We can do quite a lot here … we will be consulting with your contacts and others on the best way to do this – we simply cannot have burdensome regulation here.”

This video says about itself:

Counting young badgers in province Drenthe (Holland)

June 4 2013: there are ten badgers on this sett: female with three youngsters, female with four youngsters and a very big male.

The Guardian article continues:

In another letter to Blair, Charles attacked the government’s proposed programme for tackling bovine tuberculosis, warning: “There is no evidence that this will include a commitment to deal with the badger problem in the immediate future.” …

In one stridently expressed and explicit policy demand, he said: “I urge you to look again at introducing a proper cull of badgers where it is necessary. I for one cannot understand how the ‘badger lobby’ seem to mind not at all about the slaughter of thousands of expensive cattle, and yet object to a managed cull of an overpopulation of badgers. To me this is intellectually dishonest.”

‘Dutch government not stopping misguided young people from joining ISIS’

This video from the USA says about itself:

It’s Time to Talk About GW Bush’s Role in Creating ISIS

4 February 2015

Thom Hartmann says we need to have a conversation about how U.S. foreign policy under Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan has led to extremist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Some background with this story: in August 2013, warmongers like British Prime Minister David Cameron, United States Senator John McCain, and others, almost succeeded in starting a war of NATO countries against Syria.

In such a war, these NATO countries would have been on the side of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

General Peter van Uhm in 2008-2012 was commander-in-chief of the Dutch armed forces. Which then, as now, were involved in war in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

In 2014, retired General Van Uhm expressed sympathy for confused Dutch teenagers going to the bloody war in Syria. Boys who often end up there in fanatically religious sectarian paramilitary organisations, with big chances of getting disabled or killed. Or girls, who may end up as ‘religious military prostitutes‘, and have big chances of getting disabled or killed too.

Translated from regional TV RTV West in the Netherlands:

14-04-2015 | 18:17

LEIDEN – The Netherlands has done too little to stop jihadists who wanted to go to Syria. This says a group of parents whose children went to Syria. Together they want to sue the government.

The group of parents claims that previous warnings about their children were neglected. They do not feel that the government listened to them.

The initiative for the indictment has been taken by Leiden father Mohamed Nidalha. He is in contact with a group of nine parents and family members of people who went to Syria.

Leiden woman

The reason for the action was a 27-year-old woman from Leiden, who last week was returned by Turkey to the Netherlands because she wanted to join ISIS in Syria. She was registered with Interpol as ‘wanted’.

Nidalha: “With an indictment of the government, of course, I will not get my son back, but I do this for other parents. I do not want them in the future to have to deal with what I went through”, he told the Dutch news agency ANP.


Nidalha says that he tried in vain to contact the police, the secret intelligence service AIVD and the municipality when his son last summer went to Turkey with a plan to join ISIS.

“The police said they could do nothing because he is not a minor. The AIVD came six weeks later for information and the local authorities gave me a leaflet about social work. I do not understand it, why they have stopped this woman, but not my son?”


Meanwhile the son of Nidalha is in Raqqa, the capital of ISIS, where he supposedly is fighting on the side of ISIS. Nidalha hopes more parents will recognize themselves in this story and will join the initiative.

Nidalha, in an interview in Dutch Witte Weekblad weekly, 22 April 2015 (translated):

If your son joins ISIS, then your whole world collapses.

Translated from regional TV RTV West in the Netherlands:

15-04-2015 | 11:02

THE HAGUE – “He was a regular guy, who went to the disco and loved girls,” says Leiden father Mohamed Nidalha about his child. Nevertheless his 20-year-old son Reda left to Syria to join the armed struggle against the Syrian army. Reda joined the jihad in Syria, but according to Nidalha the Dutch government could have prevented this. Along with other parents of children who went to Syria he is now suing the government.

From one day to the next day Reda changed from an ordinary boy to a radicalized Muslim. Mohamed Nidalha did not raise his children in an Islamic way. Almost a year after the departure of Reda, Nidalha can still not get used to the idea that his son is in Syria. “A strange situation,” he calls it.

Reda radicalized not in a mosque or through bad friends, but on the Internet, Nidalha knows. He was brainwashed by jihad recruiter Abu Jihad in Syria. Last summer he went “to help small children and raped women,” he said over the phone to his sister on the day he left for Turkey.

See also here.

In the wake of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) overrunning of Ramadi, the US military has stepped up air strikes, while the Iraqi government has taken the highly explosive decision to deploy Shia militias in an attempt to retake the largely Sunni city. The fall of Ramadi, the provincial capital of the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, represents a debacle for both the Baghdad government and the US war strategy in Iraq: here.

Des milliers de Frères Kouachi ravagent le Nord syrien avec l’aide de l’Occident: here.