The Skripal Case: 20 New Questions That Journalists Might Like to Start Asking

While the world’s attention has been largely focused on Syria for the past couple of weeks, we must not forget the Skripal case. The reason for this is that the two events appear to be inextricably linked, either because they show that the Russian and Syrian Governments are willing and able to use chemical weapons for their own ends, or because they show that the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom and France in particular are willing to use […]

Here’s What Syrian Christian Leaders Think of their Western Saviours

It is a marvel to me how many Western Christians support the actions of their Governments as they “take action” against the Syrian Government. If they are aware at all of the huge Christian population in Syria (which many are not), they somehow believe that the Assad Government is the biggest threat to these Christians, and that their own Western Governments are the heroes of the hour, stepping in with their courageous stance and their pinpoint missiles to save the […]

The Washington Madhouse and Its Imbecilic Front Man Take us to the Very Edge

Just over a month ago, I posed the following question, after Vladimir Putin unveiled Russia’s new weapons systems, which was a response to Washington’s reckless tearing up of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM) in 2002, which had guaranteed international security for 30 years: Will Russia’s Stunning Response to US Aggression Have Any Effect on the Washington Madhouse? At the end of that piece, I wrote the following: Unfortunately American foreign policy was hijacked in the 1990s by fanatical ideologues with […]

Is Yulia Skripal Being Denied Her Legal Rights?

Viktoria Skripal is said to now believe that her cousin, Yulia, is being detained against her will. Following their telephone call on 5th April, she said: “We are very confused by what Yulia said – she didn’t quite sound like her usual self. Naturally we understand she can’t be her usual self after the poisoning and the shock of what happened to her. And yet the feeling from hearing her voice was that she wasn’t speaking at her own initiative. […]

The Slowly Building Anger in the UK at the Government’s Handling of the Skripal Case

In her daily press conference on 5th April, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, mentioned a quiet resentment and fury that is building up amongst ordinary Russians over the way the Government of the United Kingdom has handled the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Strange though it may seem, I sense a similar feeling of anger and resentment building up here in the UK, as it becomes clearer and clearer that the official narrative has little or no […]

Boris Johnson’s Statements Analysed by Experts and Found to Contain Traces of the Ministry-Grade Swerve Agent, “Govichock”

Warning: This piece may contain traces of satire Experts at the Department for Sifting Truth from Lies (DSTL) at Porkie Down in Wiltshire, have been analysing Boris Johnson’s statements made during an interview with Deutsche Welle on 20th March, to see whether they may contain any traces of truth. In answer to a question about how scientists were able to identify Russia as the source of the substance allegedly used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and whether the laboratory […]

The Three Most Important Aspects of the Skripal Case so Far … and Where They Might be Pointing

I have now asked a total of 50 questions around the Skripal case, which you can find here and here. Having gone back through these questions, as far as I can see only three have been answered by the release of public information or events that have transpired. These are: Are they (Sergei and Yulia Skripal) still alive? If so, what is their current condition and what symptoms are they displaying? Can the government confirm that its scientists at Porton […]

The Skripal Case: It Looks Like Mrs May Has Some Explaining to do!

On Monday 12th March, the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Theresa May, stood up in Parliament and made the following claim as part of her 36-hour ultimatum to the Russian Federation: “Mr Speaker, this morning I chaired a meeting of the National Security Council in which we considered the information so far available. As is normal, the Council was updated on the assessment and intelligence picture, as well as the state of the investigation. It is now […]

30 Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case

There are a lot of issues around the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal which, at the time of writing, are very unclear and rather odd. There may well be good and innocent explanations for some or even all of them. Then again there may not. This is why it is crucial for questions to be asked where, as yet, there are either no answers or deeply unsatisfactory ones. Some people will assume that this is conspiracy theory territory. It […]

The Skripal Case: The Unbelievable Recklessness of the British Government and Their Utter Contempt for the Rule of Law

My first piece on the Skripal case can be found here. In her statement to the House of Commons on Monday 12th March, Theresa May spoke about Britain being “a nation that believes in justice and the rule of law” and went on to say that “it is essential that we proceed in the right way – led not by speculation but by the evidence.” She then proceeded both then, and in her subsequent statement on Wednesday 14th March, to […]

Sergei Skripal, Salisbury and the Dangerously Hysterical Response of the British Government

Readers of this blog may be aware that I happen to live in the rather lovely city of Salisbury — a name that until last week was synonymous with its wonderful 13th Century gothic-style Cathedral and the world’s most famous pile of stones about 8 miles away. Unfortunately, it is now synonymous with international espionage and what looks like a case of attempted murder using some sort of nerve agent. I have been reluctant to comment on the case for […]

Philistines “Disappointed” by David the Shepherd Boy’s Revelation of New Israelite Stone-Slinging Deterrent

Warning: May contain traces of satire Philistine officials have told lawmakers that they are “disappointed” by David the Shepherd Boy’s public announcement of his unmatched stone slinging capability, lamenting that he will use it to further “intimidate” Philistine giants and their allies. “I think the public picking up of 5 smooth stones and the use of a sling, while not surprising, were nonetheless disappointing. While we have been aware of the development of the David the Shepherd Boy’s capabilities and […]

Will Russia’s Stunning Response to US Aggression Have Any Effect on the Washington Madhouse?

Back in 2007, Vladimir Putin made what was probably the most important international speech of the 21st Century so far at the 43rd Munich Security Conference. His main theme was that attempts to create a unipolar world with one country dominating and policing the globe were not only morally wrong, but also doomed to failure: “However, what is a unipolar world? However one might embellish this term, at the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, […]

That Gigantic Fraud They Call the “War on Terror”

Just over two years ago, 21 Christians were beheaded by Islamists in that haven for terrorists, Libya. The question that haunted me at the time was this: Would they have been murdered if we hadn’t helped to topple Colonel Gaddafi? And now two years later, in the aftermath of 22 people being blown up by an Islamist terrorist in Manchester, my question is essentially the same: If we hadn’t intervened in Libya to topple the leader and produce a failed […]

Exclusive: How Donald Trump Decides His Foreign Policy

For those of us who saw the psychopathic Mrs Clinton as a gigantic threat to world peace, hearing Donald Trump speaking about “getting along with Russia”, as opposed to wanting to go to war with it, was really rather refreshing and even cause for a faint glimmer of hope that the US might actually be about to abandon its messianic claims over the whole world and settle down to being a proper country that minds its own business. To be fair, there were some […]

Is Your Nation The Exceptional One?

With almost 200 nations around the world, telling which is The Exceptional One is really not a very easy task. Every country has a number of unique aspects that mark it out from the others, but not every one has what it really takes to be the Exceptional, much less the Indispensable nation. Only a country possessing a certain set of characteristics can be considered for this prestigious accolade, and it is with this in mind that the following test […]

Why Won’t Putin Invade the Baltics?

You know how Putin is itching to invade the Baltics? You know how he just can’t wait to get his hands on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, because Russia is kind of cramped, and he needs a bit of Lebensraum for his people? You know how he just can’t wait to prop up the apparently ailing Russian economy by incorporating that economic powerhouse, Ukraine, into his country? You know it because you’ve probably read it 100 times by now in the […]

Is Theresa May the New Neville Chamberlain? Or is the New Hitler Hogwash?

According to media reports, Theresa May had a phone call last week with the President of the Russian Federation. During the call, which was made at Mrs May’s request, the two leaders apparently discussed the following: Mr Putin congratulated Mrs May on her appointment to the office of Prime Minister They discussed current bilateral issues, with both leaders expressing dissatisfaction with the current parameters of co-operation in the political, trade and economic spheres They agreed to step up joint work […]

Russian Aggression: A Cheesy Novel From the Atlantic Council

General Sir Richard Shirreff, author of the novel, 2017: War with Russia, has just co-authored a new report on behalf of the Atlantic Council. In Arming for Deterrence, he and Maciej Olex-Szczytowski claim that the threat to Poland from a “resurgent Russia” is now so imminent that the Polish Government must take immediate steps to prepare the country for forthcoming invasion (interestingly, Pan Olex-Szczytowski happens to be Adviser on Poland to BAE Systems, Europe’s largest company in the Defence Sector). I confess that I haven’t […]

Like a Great Supine, Protoplasmic, Invertebrate Jelly, Boris Johnson Falls Into Line With U.S. Foreign Policy

Well that didn’t take long. Like a Great Supine, Protoplasmic, Invertebrate Jelly, (to quote his own words), Britain’s new Foreign Secretary has fallen into line with U.S. foreign policy with remarkable speed. This despite the fact that the position he now apparently supports is fundamentally at odds with the position he held prior to assuming his new role. That position is with regard to Syria, but before I come to the July 2016 Mr Johnson, let me first remind readers […]

Brexit Rage: The Enlightened Facebook Thoughts of a Disgruntled Young Remainer

Warning: This Piece Contains Levels of Satire Which Could Seriously Damage Your Health I still can’t believe that so many people could be THAT STUPID to vote us out and ruin the country I mean it’s a TOTAL MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY that so many people who were so ill informed and so full of bigotry and hate could even be allowed to vote about MY FUTURE I tell you I’m so ANGRY about it now that I can’t even tell you how […]

The Tasteless Philip Hammond is Unable to Rejoice at the Liberation of Palmyra From the Wahhabi Death Cult

Imagine that a group of the most fanatical ideologues on the planet had seized an historic city and carried out unspeakable atrocities there. Imagine they had lined up 25 soldiers in the ruins of an ancient ampitheater and filmed their teenage recruits executing them. Imagine that they had tortured and beheaded the 82-year-old head of antiquities in that city and hung his mutilated body on a column in a main square. Now imagine that a foreign power teamed up with […]

Brexit Referendum Latest: Chicken Licken Joins the ‘Staying in’ Campaign

Once upon a time there was a little chick called Chicken Licken. One day as he was scratching about in the farmyard, he was hit on the head by Government EU Referendum Propaganda. “Oh no,” cried Chicken Licken. “If we vote for sovereignty and independence the sky will fall down. I must go and tell the Queen”. On the way, Chicken Licken met the third little pig who was carrying bricks to build a house. “Where are you going in […]

Emotion, Scaremongering and Meaningless Platitudes: Nicky Morgan Makes Her Entry into the EU Debate

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has now waded into the debate on EU membership, bringing with her just about every device from the toolbox of the modern career politician: good use of emotive scaremongering, lots of high sounding but meaningless platitudes, all topped with a good drizzle of disingenuous nonsense. Let’s just interact with it for a few moments:  “It’s clear, that if Britain leaves Europe it will be young people who suffer the most, left in limbo while we struggle […]

Urgent Advice to the Mainstream Media in the Event of Raqqa Being Retaken

This is another letter to mainstream media journalists from TheBlogMire’s resident “Russia expert”, Russell O’Phobe Dear Friends & Colleagues, It’s been some time since I wrote to you all, and you must forgive me if in this epistle I come across as angry. No, angry is not strong enough a word. Furious would be far more appropriate. As you will know, the Syrian Army, backed up by the Russian Airforce, took back the city of Palmyra from ISIS. It is […]

An Open Letter to the MPs Who Voted to Back David Cameron’s Motion to Bomb in Syria

Dear MP, I understand you voted for David Cameron’s plan to begin bombing in the sovereign state of Syria. I believe your decision will prove to be disastrous, and one that many of you will come to bitterly regret, but I also want you to know at the outset of this letter that I say this not from the position held by most of those voting against the motion. My guess is that the majority of those who voted against […]

Get Your Hands off our Jihadists

Here is my latest offering for the Conservative Woman website, this time on the subject of Syria. The United States and its allies suffered what is known as an Emperor’s New Clothes moment last week. After two decades of tearing up the notion of national sovereignty in their efforts to impose their will upon the world, it took a simple question from the Russian President at the United Nations General Assembly to reveal the nakedness of their utopian ideology: “Do […]

Most Absurd Statement of 2015: UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon With his Entry

The UK Minister for Warmongering and Sounding Tough, Michael Fallon, has made it clear that bombing Syria is back on the cards. His statement to BBC Radio 4’s World at One was a masterpiece in Orwellian Newspeak, turning reality on its head on a number of occasions, and so deservedly receiving a nomination for this year’s Most Absurd Statement award. Here’s what he said: “We have always been clear that Isil has to be defeated in both Syria and Iraq. We […]

The FIFA Scandal is Not About Football: It’s the Geopolitics, Stupid

I really could care less about football. As a game, I quite like it, but apart from that I see almost everything about it as being pretty dreadful — the often visceral hatred of one set of fans against another, the on-field cheating and theatrics, the stupid amounts of money and status given to men who are good at kicking a ball around, the swearing, the declining lack of sportsmanship amongst players and managers, the absurdly over-the-top sense of anticipation before England games, and the […]

Warning: Slavish Obedience to Washington Can Seriously Damage Your Nation’s Health (or How to Get Nuclear Weapons Pointed at You)

I like Poland. My wife is Polish, and I have visited the country more times than any other outside England. So I have more than just a passing interest in the country, and would love to see it enjoying a good measure of safety and security. We all know the sad history, and that Poland has seldom felt secure, having rival empires vying for its land at various times in its history. And we all know that having seen the […]

Trident, Wimbledon & the General Election: How to Counter “Russian Aggression”

I must say it was jolly nice of the Russians to suspend their aggression during the UK General Election campaign. In the months running up to April this year, the BBC and other media outlets were awash with headlines involving the Russian threat. There was a Russian submarine just off the coast of Sweden (actually it turned out to be a fishing boat but you can’t be too carful these days); Russian bombers flying in international airspace, if you can believe that; Russian […]

The History Books are Littered With the Corpses of Indispensable Nations

This piece appeared in the March issue of the Samaritan Ministries International Newsletter   “Les cimetières sont pleins d’hommes indispensables (The graveyards are full of indispensable men)” – Charles de Gaulle Like so many great quotations, the origins of this one are disputed. Yet whether or not de Gaulle was the source of these words, or whether he was using his own re-hashed version of an old quote, they are a sobering reminder that no matter how important a person […]

An Appeal to Angela Merkel to Fulfil Her Obligations Under Minsk II

Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel, I write this appeal to the person who I believe more than anyone holds the key to peace or war in Ukraine and possibly even Europe as a whole. As you are well aware, thanks in part to the role you played in brokering the 2nd Minsk agreement, there is at this current point in time relative calm in Ukraine. Yes there are occasional ceasefire violations — ceasefires almost never bring about perfect peace — but the […]

NATO Knew the Risks of Creating Chaos in Libya. But They Went and Bombed it Anyway

I wrote back here about the murder of 21 Egyptian Christians, and asked the question of whether these people would have died had NATO not intervened in Libya to help the rebels topple Gaddafi. One of my central points was that since NATO leaders claimed credit for toppling Gaddafi, and told us that this heralded the dawn of a new era for Libya, they cannot then reasonably duck out of responsibility for the actual chaos that followed. The words Cake, […]

Brief Thoughts on the Killing of Boris Nemtsov

It is of course too early to make much sense of the killing of the Russian opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov. This hasn’t of course stopped the insinuations of who was behind this flying around the Internet and media. A quick Google of the name Boris Nemtsov reveals pretty much uniform headlines across the mainstream media, with the words “Putin Critic” featuring heavily. But he was a Putin critic, you might say. Yes, but this term is clearly far more loaded than “Russian […]

Another Entry for Most Absurd Statement of 2015: Romuald Szeremietiew

The entries for the Most Absurd Statement of 2015 are still trickling in. Just to recap, our list so far, in date order, includes the following luminaries: Pierre Muscovici Yats O’Bomber John McCain Now an entry comes from a less well known candidate. He is Romuald Szeremietiew, the Head of the Academy of National Defence in Poland. Here he is with his entry: “If Russia wants to rebuild its empire, — and Russia says it wants to do it, using lands […]

Ron Paul: Interventionism Kills

The former US presidential candidate, Ron Paul, has just written a great little summary of why Ukraine has descended into civil war, death and chaos. He is absolutely clear about where the responsibility lies. Unlike those who now dominate politics and political discourse in America, Dr. Paul really does understand the wisdom of the founding fathers of the US when they warned against becoming involved in foreign entanglements. Today, those in power not only fail to heed the warning to stay away […]

Why Michael Fallon Scares Me More Than Vladimir Putin

I have to admit that I am immune to all the scare stories that we have been hit with over the last year telling us that Vladimir Putin is the new Hitler, that he wants to resurrect the Soviet Union and that he is the biggest threat to world peace, Ebola or ISIS notwithstanding. I am immune for two main reasons: The first is that all those putting about the scare stories, whilst posing as the righteous policeman of the world, are the […]

Would 21 Egyptian Christians Have Been Murdered If We Hadn’t Helped Topple Gaddafi?

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was an evil man. He ruled the country of Libya with an iron fist, torturing and murdering his political opponents. There is almost nothing good that one can say about the man or his rule, save for one thing: It was better to be living in Libya under the rule of Gaddafi than in the post-Gaddafi hellhole that has emerged since NATO decided he must go. One of the greatest ironies of some of the iron-fist tyrants — Gaddafi, […]

Dmytro Yarosh and the Tragedy of UK and US Foreign Policy

Here’s something I wrote in my post earlier today about Petro Poroshenko’s part in the Minsk talks: “I don’t believe Passport Pete believes this will bring lasting peace either. The fact is he was pressured by Merkel and Hollande to agree to this, yet if he were to seriously set about implementing the terms of the agreement, he knows he may as well go and buy himself a length of rope to prepare for his lynching. He knows that there is […]

Will Minsk Bring Peace?

So what to make of the marathon talks at Minsk? Will they bring peace? Were there any “winners”? Were there any “losers”? I have to confess that I have no great expectations that this agreement will bring lasting peace, for a number of reasons: 1. The first is that the four powers – Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine – signed nothing whatsoever. Contrary to the way this is being reported in the mainstream media, not one of these parties actually […]

3 million and 40 People United by What?

I have refrained from posting anything on the events in France for a few days, simply because I wanted chance to take in a few facts and to see which way the wind would start to blow in the aftermath. About the attacks themselves, I have a few reservations that make me uneasy about the official narrative. This is not to say that I am convinced the narrative is wrong — i.e. that two radicalized Islamists carried out this attack […]

Estonia: Back in the USSR?

I had assumed that Estonia’s increasingly vitriolic stance towards Russia was something to do with its history in the USSR, where liberties and freedom of speech were crushed, and that they were taking a moral stance against repression. That would be understandable. But alas no. A few days ago the Prime Minister of that country, Taavi Rõivas, reacted to news of the CIA’s torture campaign with this apathetic and lickspittle response: “We don’t need to be telling the U.S. what to do and what […]

Russian Aggression? Nah! It’s Just US Peacemaking

What’s this? Is it finally the proof that we have all been waiting for of Russian aggression in the form of tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers, threatening a peaceful neighbouring country and marking the beginning of the campaign of European conquest which the Russians are so obviously desperate to begin? Nah! It’s just a train carrying a cargo of US peace-making equipment including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTTs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled […]

Did He Really Say That? Yessir, He Really Did

Okay so three guesses which world leader recently said this: “We’re also very firm on the need to uphold core international principles, and one of those principles is you don’t invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections.” I can see what you’re thinking. It surely must have been someone who takes international principles very seriously, right? It must have been someone who takes the issue […]

My Enemy’s Enemy is my Friend’s Enemy’s Enemy’s Friend — or US Foreign Policy in a Nutshell

Anyone trying to make sense of what is going on in the Middle East at the moment is going to have their work cut out. Trying to decipher the meaning of it is a bit like peeling an onion — in order to find out the central issues, you are going to have to keep on peeling away past the outside layers until you get to the heart of the matter. On the surface of it all, it appears to […]

Not so Colourful Revolutions

One of the reasons a lot of people in the West seem to keep falling for the various “colour revolutions” and “springs” that have taken place over the past decade or so, is that they often look — to those whose knowledge of the country in question is limited — to be a straightforward cases of democracy in action: a poor, disenfranchised people, fed up with the actions of the evil oppressor, rising up and toppling them in an act […]

The European Union: The Squirrel Nutkin of Geopolitics

If you haven’t read Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin story, you really ought. The story begins with Nutkin and his fellow squirrels crossing over to an island to gather nuts for the winter. The “governor” of the island is an aged and very respectable owl called Old Brown, and the squirrels seek his permission to gather nuts by bringing him an offering — mice, moles, minnows — every day. All, that is, except Squirrel Nutkin. Whilst the rest of the squirrels […]

Putin’s Real Missile: Aimed Right at the Heart of the EU

So after nine rounds of sanctions against the Russian Federation, the European Union is now waking up to the implications of the first round of retaliatory sanctions. It is clear that they are none too happy. What have Russia done? They have banned imports of certain foodstuffs from those countries that have imposed sanctions on them, for a period of one year. This includes the import of beef, pork, poultry, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, and dairy products […]