The Plastic Hippo

January 22, 2016

Deeply disturbing…probably

Filed under: Media,Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Via gq-magazine.co.uk

Via gq-magazine.co.uk

When a government resorts to summary execution, extrajudicial assassination and cold blooded murder then that government is clearly failing and represents a rogue and pariah state. Few would disagree with the UK Home Secretary when she unequivocally states that the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko is a “blatant and unacceptable breach of the most fundamental tenets of international law and civilised behaviour.” Thank goodness we have Trident to deter such state sponsored acts of nuclear terrorism and we can sleep soundly in the knowledge that the teapots of Mayfair are now free of Polonium thanks to the courageous defence policy of our courageous government.

It seems that there is a “distinct possibility” that two “former” Russian agents probably spiked the Earl Grey and Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun were probably acting under the orders of a Russian security service and their crime was probably authorised by the Russian president. We know these probabilities to be actual facts due to extensive forensic evidence presented by MI6 which is probably so convincing that it is probably best not to disclose it in the interests of national security. What is unusual is that time and effort has been spent to publicly prove that the head of state of a foreign power could possibly order the execution of a former secret agent now working for a rival security service. Treason, it would appear, transcends national borders.

The UK government were swift to react to this “deeply disturbing” attack on British sovereignty that took place 10 years ago and summoned the Russian ambassador for a good telling off. The extradition of Lugovoi and Kovtun was demanded along with a travel ban which probably makes the two ultimatums mutually exclusive and the suspects were given plenty of notice to move their assets before their assets are frozen. If they ever again dare to turn up at the Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair then they will be firmly but politely refused entrance. Vladimir Putin was described as being very, very naughty.

For the British media, the story was simply too good to resist. All that was missing was Beyonce in a leather one-piece and Daniel Craig emerging from a massive explosion to simply adjust his cuff links and then spend the rest of the movie pouting in the style of Victoria Beckham. The difference is that 007 never dies and is routinely replaced by a younger model to pump fresh life into an ailing franchise. Alexander Litvinenko however, died a slow and painful death from radiation poisoning.

Interestingly, the day before the Litvinenko report was published, the UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon alluded to “deeply disturbing” evidence concerning the Russian air campaign in Syria. He claimed that Russian unguided aerial weaponry was killing civilians and prolonging the conflict. It is comforting to know that British intelligence has the details of Russian airstrikes but worrying that no mention is made of British unguided aerial weaponry killing civilians and prolonging the conflict in Syria. It`s probably something to do with national security.

When a government resorts to summary execution, extrajudicial assassination and cold blooded murder then that government is clearly failing and represents a rogue and pariah state. Claiming self-defence and national security does not justify a “blatant and unacceptable breach of the most fundamental tenets of international law and civilised behaviour.” In August 2015, the British Prime Minister authorised the “execution” of two British citizens in Syria using a drone before the House of Commons voted in favour of bombing what is, rightly or wrongly, still an overseas sovereign state.

Polonium in Mayfair or collateral damage in Raqqa? Do pay attention 007.

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