Blair Cottrell vs. Female Combatants

“Anyone who thinks women ought to endure the hell of war; wield assault rifles and stifle in disease and famine could only be a sheltered pleb. Women can be precious or equal, but not both.”

– Blair Cottrell, 2015

I find it appalling that Mr. Cottrell thinks it is appropriate to spout this kind of total nonsense from behind a computer screen and keyboard, whilst Kurdish women are fighting and dying in a war against IS extremists.

These women put themselves at great personal risk. Can you imagine the horrors these women would be subjected to if taken prisoner by IS?

What Mr. Cottrell has done, with his obnoxious statement, is denigrate the heroic effort made by these brave Kurdish women.

It seems to me, that Mr. Cottrell’s comments reveal his own personal fear of strong females. The fact that a woman is able to take the fight to radical Islam emasculates him. As does the fact that they are doing more to combat Islamic extremists than he can ever hope to do. That is, unless he were to maybe buy a one-way ticket to say Iraq or Syria. There’s an idea Blair: join a Peshmerga unit. Maybe then you could boast of a contribution to humanity that is possibly comparable to the brave young Kurdish women of the YPJ.

Just a thought…


Cronulla Riots: Australia’s Kristallnacht

11 December 2005 was the day 5,000 drunken White Australians descended on Cronulla beach, and began actively assaulting individuals they perceived to be of Middle Eastern extraction.

Whilst this incident must never be forgotten, it most certainly shouldn’t be celebrated or memorialized.

Those who attended the Cronulla ten-year commemorative barbeque should be ashamed of themselves. The holding of such an event is akin to Germans and/or Austrians holding commemorations for Kristallnacht; otherwise known as the Night of Shattered Glass.

On the night of 9/10 November 1938, German and Austrian civilians and paramilitaries carried out deliberate sectarian attacks on Jews and Jewish-owned businesses. This was nothing less than an antisemitic pogrom. In the aftermath, the streets were covered in broken glass and other debris (hence the description).

What we had in 2005 at Cronulla was very much an Islamophobic pogrom. And the fact that such an event was able to take place almost seventy years after Kristallnacht means there is still much work to do. The need to keep fighting against racial hatred is emphasized by the fact that now, ten years after Cronulla, there are some Australians who reminisce on the horrors meted out that day with a degree of reverence.

Alba gu bràth

This piece is a thank you to the 97% of Scottish Westminster MPs who voted against conducting airstrikes against targets in war-torn Syria.

I salute you. I commend you.

As for the other 3% who voted with the English MPs; hang your heads in shame. You are no better than the nobles who aided and abetted Edward Longshanks and the countless other English kings who sought to subjugate the Scots. You are no better than the men who accepted bribes that led Scotland into political Union with England in 1707 (against the wishes of the majority of its people); a move that made us second class citizens within said Union. You are no better than the men who fought alongside the Hanoverians at Culloden.

You disgust me. You insult the memory of Wallace and the Bruce, and everything they fought for. Have you forgotten the words of the Declaration of Arbroath?  Let me remind you:

For so long as a hundred of us are left alive, 

we will yield in no least way to English dominion.

We fight not for glory, nor for wealth, nor honours:

But only and alone we fight for freedom,

which no good man surrenders but with his life.

You have forsaken your heritage. Scotland has a long and proud history of fighting against oppression. What you have helped unleash upon the poor civilian population of Syria is just that- oppression.

Not to mention that you have sent young Scots off to die. Per capita more Scots than English die in Westminster’s wars. Scottish lives for an English war? I see no sense in that.


As Associate Professor Halim Rane said; “The origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict are modern”. Make no mistake- they are. At the end of World War I (WWI) Britain acquired the region known as Palestine from the Ottoman Empire.

One year previous to the acquisition of Palestine, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration. Whereby Britain pledged to facilitate the creation of a Jewish homeland in the region of Palestine.

Post-WWI this process was initiated by permitting the mass-immigration of European Jews into Palestine. Under the Ottomans, Palestine maintained a population that was more than 80% Muslim (the remainder a mixture of Christians and Jews). Violence sparked almost immediately, as the Jewish settlers forcibly removed the Palestinians from their land, and were subsequently prohibited from working the stolen land.

This continued until 1936-9 when the Palestinians finally revolted en mass. In fact, they managed to regain control over some of the stolen areas. 100,000 British troops were deployed to suppress the insurrection, which they accomplished. As a result, the Palestinians were disarmed.

Moving into the 1940s, the Jewish population had risen to approximately 30%. At this point, the settlers made their play for power. A co-ordinated bombing campaign was conducted against both British and Palestinian targets in an attempt to gain control of the region. The culmination of which came with the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946.

Britain pulled out, and handed the fate of Palestine over to the newly-established United Nations (UN). The UN then passed Resolution 181, which partitioned Palestine into a Jewish State and a Palestinian State. Anyone who knows anything about partitionism knows, it doesn’t work. Look at Northern Ireland, look at Syria, look at Iraq, look at India and Pakistan. I rest my case.

The Jews accepted Res. 181. The Palestinians didn’t, and for good reason.

The Jews were awarded 55% of the land. This region contained all of the “key infrastructure”, according to Rane. Electricity, water, ports, arable land, etc. This meant 30% of the population was treated favourably. A privileged settler minority no less.

Palestinians who were 70% of the population were quite obviously disenfranchised. More so, they legally owned 97% of the land prior to partition. Furthermore, as we have seen, they were virtually defenceless. The Israelis sprung into action and began the acquisition of territory. To this day we are dealing with the consequences of Res. 181.


Sources and further reading: Halim Rane; Ilan Pape; Benny Morris; Avi Shlaim; Tom Segev; Hillel Cohen; Baruch Kimmerling.