Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The day gasoline rises to $3.00 gallon is a day worth celebrating

The average cost of filling up a tank of petrol in the States has risen to over £15. That may not sound much in the UK where petrol costs more than double the price, but consider the fact that Americans drive long distances, travel in gas guzzlers, and have to pay tolls on many roads.

Despite being something of a "petrolhead", I have to take issue with the motoring lobby and say that rising petrol prices may actually be a good thing. Many Americans interviewed at the pumps seem mystified as to why the prices keep going up. Maybe somebody ought to point out Saudi Arabia to them on the map!

Saudi Arabia has long been a ticking time bomb but no one has taken any notice. The fact that 15 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi should have set our alarm bells ringing, but we turned a blind eye because we needed their oil.

In an effort to deflect away criticism, the Saudi regime has incubated terrorism which it has then exported abroad. Now the terrorists have come back to bite the hand that feeds them, which has led to instability on the oil markets. If oil prices continue to rise, we might begin to ask ourselves whether relying on one of the world's most tyrannical and unstable regimes for our energy is a good idea. Then we might start considering alternative sources of energy.

The day we wean ourselves of Saudi oil will be a day worth celebrating.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

In its obsession with the BNP, the Government has been barking up the wrong tree

As the evidence grows against the failed suicide bombers of 21st July, what has become abundantly clear is just how naive the Government has been in its dealings with Islamofascists, whilst being only too happy to crack down on white fascists.

As the Government comes up with yet another raft of measures to deal with Islamic hatemongers, the predictable chorus of civil libertarians and "experts" have materialised to explain how difficult the laws will be to enforce. If this is the case, why does the Government find it so easy to prosecute the British National Party?

Only last April, its leader, Nick Griffin was charged with inciting racial hatred following an undercover investigation by the BBC. Amongst the incriminating comments he's alleged to have made, he referred to attacks on soft targets by suicide bombers who were either asylum-seekers or second generation Muslims recruited in places such as Bradford, comments that have sadly been proved to be prophetic. As a result of the recent terrorist attacks, the prosecution case against Nick Griffin may collapse, and the result could be to give the BNP the very credibility the Government has sought to deny them.

Contrast this with the Government's reaction Al Mahajiroun, an Islamic extremist group who openly declared their hatred for the west and praised the "magnificent 19" behind 9/11 whilst the police stood by. We were told at the time that to prosecute such people would drive them underground and make it impossible for the Government to monitor them. Presumably, the police don't employ undercover officers.

It all goes to show that where there's a will, there's a way, and over the last eight years, the Government has been more willing to prove it's multicultural credentials than to take action that might be construed as "anti-muslim".

The BNP might be a bunch of anti-semitic thugs, but as far as I know, they're not planning (at least not openly) to bomb either ourselves or our allies into oblivion. It's time the Government woke up from its BNP fixation and realised that you don't have to be white to be a fascist.