Sunday, April 15, 2007

US: fuck off, and UK: grow some fucking balls

I have written a goodly number of times about the ridiculous and assorted Extradition Treaties that we have entered into with the US, but Not Saussure highlights yet more egregious bullshit from our trans-Atlantic cousins.
British businessmen could find themselves in American jails after a crackdown by the US Department of Justice on trade with “rogue states”, leading lawyers say.

US officials are reaching across borders in an attempt to prevent companies doing business in countries such as Iran, even if people are obeying their own domestic laws.

Ali Manzarpour, a Brighton-based businessman, is in jail in Poland awaiting extradition to the United States, despite never having visited the country. He is charged with trying to export an experimental single-engine aircraft to Iran. This is not believed to have contravened any British or European law, but because the aircraft originated in the US, the Americans are claiming jurisdiction.

Let us assume that Ali Manzarpour is a British citizen, and ask our government what the fuck they are playing at? Well, Lord Waddington did so last year‐see the whole debate.
My Lords, is it not correct that, in exporting the goods to Iran from Britain, Mr Manzarpour broke no British law and, if he had remained in Britain, there would have been no question of his being extradited to the United States? If that be correct, why are we not protesting vigorously to the American authorities at their attempt to have Mr Manzarpour sent to America from Poland to stand trial for acts that took place in Britain and that were not contrary to our law?

When Lord Triesman asserted the truth of this position, Lord Howell pressed the point.
My Lords, over and above that, as the case obviously has political as well as judicial implications, are not my noble friend Lord Waddington and my noble and learned friend Lord Howe entirely right that we should be raising the wider aspects with the United States authorities? Can the Minister assure the House that we are in discussions with the United States about the wider implications, aside from the judicial processes? As the issue is basically about US sanctions on technology to Iran, will the Minister accept a slightly wider question and tell us whether the new UN Security Council proposal—not a resolution—to warn Tehran about its civil nuclear programme could lead to further sanctions, including changes in our own law and the tightening generally of sanctions on Iran?

Labour's Lord Triesman was typically disingenuous.
My Lords, in general—not in this particular case—issues concerning the transfers of technology and when they do or do not comply with United Nations regulations are discussed regularly with the United States. I do not intend to speculate in the House today about whether there will be further sanctions. We are not at that point. We want a discussion in the Security Council about Iran and its current nuclear programme, a matter on which we have exchanged views in the House frequently, and I do not think that it would be appropriate to make those discussions more difficult by speculating on whether sanctions will be the result of them.

Fucking hell, I am so pissed off.

When are our politicians going to grow some fucking balls?

If we aren't being pushed around by the fucking EU or bloody Iran, then we are being shoved all over the place by the fucking Americans! When are our politicians going to stand up for the rights and interests of this country, rather than constantly kow-towing to the wishes of everyone else?

For fuck's sake, we were the greatest fucking nation on earth once, the hub of the biggest and most wide-ranging trading empire ever known, the centre of industry, science and general innovation, a military and political power without rival. What the fuck has happened?

We no longer have the empire: who fucking cares? We now have a world in which travel has never been easier (despite the aspirations of the blasted global warming loons) and in which our economy has never been so flexible. We are the world's fifth largest economy and the third biggest trading nation: we do not have to bend over and be ritually bum-fucked by every country who feels like it.

You want to halt the decline of our society? You want to be able to define Britishness? Then our politicians need to give people something to feel pride in and feeling pride in our country's achievements might be a very good fucking start.

So, to all those MPs that we pay an absolute fucking fortune for: get off your fucking knees, fulfill your primary obligation and and defend our citizens, you greedy, useless cunts.

The US want to keep fucking over our citizens? Then we expedite our immediate withdrawal from Iraq and threaten to end all and any special concessions to US companies.

The EU, obviously, shouldn't exist, so fuck them; we leave and any fucking funny business on their part and we make it as difficult as humanly possible for them to sell their products, whilst opening all of our trade borders to the rest of the world.

Because, you see, the EU is a big part of the problem since we are incredibly restricted in what we can do with anyone else. Trade is the biggest lever that we have with any country and we are not in control of our trade policy so we have no power.

All of this needs politicians with confidence in Britain's abilities; it needs politicians with balls.

And where, in the name of all that's inholy, are we going to find those? Certainly not amongst the current crop of pocket-lining, bastard, fucking shysters occupying our Parliament, like the disgusting leavings of a London-sized slug. That we allow the majority of these venal, incompetent buggers to live is pathetic: that we let them rule us is pitiful.

Sometimes I absolutely fucking despair, before the anger kicks in and, at those times, I wish that I might emulate my ancestor, Oliver Cromwell, and dissolve parliament with the words he spoke to the Rump Parliament on 20th April 1653:
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

I don't think any quote has ever been more appropriate since first it was spoken.

6 comments:

Little Black Sambo said...

Hear, hear!
(You are wonderful when you are angry.)

Arthurian Legend said...

Probably no coincidence that 'Lord Triesman' sounds like 'Lord Treason'.

Martin said...

"We no longer have the empire"

No, the Americans do instead. Not that many Americans actually want it, but that's life.

Tom Paine said...

Tell us more about your descent from our chief of men, please. I am intrigued.

Martin said...

DK,

If there were a 'friendly fire' incident involving Brit service personnel killing Americans, they'd be in the brig at Quantico before their boots hit the ground at Brize Norton.

Truth said...

Maybe Mr. Manzarpour should try telling the truth for a change. I doubt the Lords would be asking any questions if they knew the truth.