About Me

Scottish gas engineer, living and working in Devon.  Handsome, witty and debonair, with a fine line in pish.   Fixes boilers for biscuits.   Member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, involved with Trident Ploughshares, and the Stop The War Coalition.   Seeker of a better world.  Taker of non-violent direct action.  Welcomes debate, preferably polite….


11 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Amen on the Non-violent direct action. You’d fit in really well out here in Portland, OR. USA.

  2. Yeah, nice one Freeluncher! Are you on MyBlogLog? http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/AliceJ

  3. That’s good to know, saij. Now I have a bolthole if I’m ever on the run from the feds… 😉

  4. I am not on MyBlogLog, AliceJ, but I’m looking at it now. Thanks for the tip. Peace.

  5. You can’t deal with a lunatic. Iran brings upon itself whatever happens. Why do you think Iran should get a free pass and not Israel? Is it OK for Iran to have nukes and eliminate Israel or should the US and England stop them first? The Iranians are lucky it’s us and not a country that has no regard for the civilian population.

  6. Sheldon, thanks for stopping by.

    I have to disagree with your assertion that the Iranian leadership are “lunatics”. Ahmadinejad as President has no real power or control over the Iranian military.
    The two most powerful people in Iran are the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini, and Ayatollah Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani is chair of the powerful Expediency and Guardian Councils and was recently elected head of the Assembly of Experts, which oversees and can even replace the Supreme Leader. Rafsanjani has said he intends to rein in both Ahmadinejad and Khameini, and he is allied to the Iranian reformist Khatami.

    It was Rafsanjani and Khatami who persuaded the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1988 to negotiate an end to the Iran/Iraq war. Neither of these men is the type to commit what would be national suicide in a nuclear armageddon with Israel or the United States. Nor are they likely to commit suicide by proxy by giving nuclear weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas, or Islamic Jihad. This is over and above the fact that Iran DOES NOT POSSESS nuclear weapons, and according to the IAEA, and US and UK intelligence is about 5 to 10 years from being able to make one, Bush and Fox propoganda not withstanding.

    War with Iran would create dangers far, far worse than allowing Iran to dvelop nuclear weapons, if that is it’s aim. As an ex US military commander said recently – I think Abizaid – “there are ways to live with a nuclear Iran”. After all we lived with a nuclear Soviet Union, and continue to live with a nuclear China.

    War with Iran would give Al Qaida another boost, create chaos, civil war, and bring forth extremism in Iran and elsewhere. God alone knows how it would be recieved in Pakistan, which DOES have nukes.

    The wisest course is to stop threatening Iran, so that reformers can prevail. All the wests threats do is empower the reactionary elements in Iran. The desire of some Iranians for a nuclear detterrent is a direct reaction to the constant threats of war aginst them by the US government, not to mention the invasion of neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Your comment about the Iranians being “lucky” that US has “regard” for the civilian population beggars belief. Was it not the US who installed the Shah in power in Iran, who was brutal to his own people?

    All the US has “regard” for is Iran’s oil.

  7. Would you be kind enough to consider signing up as one of our ‘1001 Generous Bloggers’.

    The site is at http://mencap.wordpress.com and is a bit of fun to raise money for Mencap, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities.

    We’ve not long started so we have a long way to go, please take a look and see what you think.

    Incidentally, I picked up your blog because of the ‘blog’ tag on your recent post, via link on the wordpress homepage.

    Anything you can do to spread the word is also appreciated.

    Kind regards.
    david at theheads.co.uk

  8. “Ahmadinejad as President has no real power or control over the Iranian military.”

    Freeluncher, I have to admit that you have an adept understanding of the Middle Eastern politics, and are absolutely right about Ahmadi-Nejad.

    Keep keeping on, bro.

  9. Probably not as adept as it should be if the truth is told, middleXeast. I try ma best 😉


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