Saturday, November 14, 2015

When are we going to stop pussyfooting around with DAESH?

America wouldn't exist without France and for that, we must always be there stand by their side in their time of need. Over 100 people lost their lives because of hate and their lives demand justice. The 40 lives lost in Beirut on Thursday demand justice. All the lives lost in Iraq, Syria, and everywhere else that DAESH's vile, evil taint has touched demands justice! The world needs to stop standing on the sidelines, hoping that mere airstrikes and commando raids are going to be enough to stop DAESH, because they aren't. The Iraqis, Kurds, Syrians, and all the others who are actually fighting back against that group aren't enough and need help. More help than airstrikes are needed!

America, Europe, China, whoever else need to take more direct action against DAESH. I mean, shit, even I have to praise the Russians for taking action. I'll never be a fan of Putin and I don't like that the Russians are going after Syrian rebels as well as DAESH, but at least they're doing something! Hell, the U.S. and Russia should be more than enough to rub those terrorist fuckers out. The Russians can hit them from the North and East, while we hit them from the West (in Iraq) and the South (from Israel).

By the by, the reason why I keep referring to them as DAESH instead of as Islamic State, ISIL, or ISIS is because those motherfuckers have about as much to do with Islam as the Westboro Baptist Church has with Christianity. Using the word Islamic does nothing but reinforces the idea that they have the support of Muslims or that Islam actually condones what they're doing. The fact is that the majority of Muslims in the world are opposed to DAESH and everything they stand for.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Well, that's a bit bothersome: Stalin's making a comeback in Eastern Ukraine

Credit: Alexey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images
Saw an article on The Guardian about how portraits of Josef Stalin are being installed in Donetsk, the capital of the rebel-held and unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic. In fact, the rebel government is also reviving other artifacts of the Soviet-era.
The previously taboo display comes as the rebels revive Soviet customs to cement their Moscow-backed rule – while glossing over Stalin’s atrocities.

The portraits went down well with one young woman walking past. “I think the portraits of Stalin are a good thing. It’s our history and a lot of people have forgotten he even existed,” said Yekaterina, a 22-year-old student.

The horrors of Stalin’s repressions and the deaths of up to five million Ukrainians in the 1930s due to famine caused by forced collectivisation go unmentioned.
The Donetsk rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, said how he regretted the break-up of the Soviet Union.

“The Soviet Union was a great country and it was a huge mistake that it was destroyed by the CIA and other secret services,” said the 39-year-old former field commander who prefers to dress in camouflage gear. “Europe and other countries were scared stiff of us.”

Stalin portraits have become de rigueur in the offices of rebel officials in eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict has killed more than 8,000 people.

The Donetsk rebels’ deputy defence minister, Eduard Basurin, wears a badge with Stalin’s profile on his uniform.
Side note: Donetsk was also once named Stalino, so I wonder how long until that gets revived as well.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Still alive, amazingly enough

Wow, I haven't posted in this blog since...holy shit, December 19, 2014?! Well, the truth is, I had given up the ghost on Matter of Expedients because I just wasn't feeling it anymore. At the same time, I didn't want to delete and I definitely didn't want to merge it with my other blogs (and have to manhandle those tags? No thanks!), so I left it alone. But now, my eye is turning back to MoE. I'm thinking of broadening the scope to include other areas of interest. The urge to write has started to come back as a mighty itch that badly needs to be scratched, so I might include that and any research that goes into it.

Fortunately, my writing interests intersect with this blog. I want to write action-packed stories set during wars and conflicts both real and fictitious. Nothing deep or super serious, just neat bits of daring-do and badassery. The conflicts might not always be of the military variety, as I've developed a keen interest in writing at least one story featuring a one-man war against a criminal empire. With that in mind, expect plenty of pictures of weapons and military vehicles.

I'll still do posts about military history related stuff, so don't worry about that going away.