So what the fuck is this UK
Gunnin' with this US of A
In Iraq and Iran and in Afghanistan
Does not a day go by
Without the Israeli Air Force
Fail to drop its bombs from the sky ?
How many mothers to cry ?
How many sons have to die ?
How many missions left to fly over Palestine ?
'Cause as a matter of fact
It's a pact, it's an act
These are illegal attacks
So bring the soldiers back
These are illegal attacks
It's contracts for contacts
I'm singing concrete facts
So bring the soldiers back
What mean ya that you beat my people ?
What mean ya that you beat my people ?
And grind the faces of the poor
So tell me just how come were the Taliban
Sat burning incense in Texas
Roaming around in a Lexus
Sittin' on six billion oil drums
Down with the Dow Jones, up on the NASDAQ
Pushed into the war zones
It's a commercial crusade
'Cause all the oil men get paid
And only so many soldiers come home
It's a commando crusade
A military charade
And only so many soldiers come home
Soldiers, soldiers come home
Soldiers come home
Through all the blood and sweat
Nobody can forget
It ain't the size of the dog in the fight
It's the size of the fight in the dog on the day or the night
There's no time to reflect
On the threat, the situation, the bark nor the bite
These are commercial crusades
'Cos all the oil men get paid
These are commando crusades
Commando tactical rape
And from the streets of New York and Baghdad to Tehran and Tel Aviv
Bring forth the prophets of the Lord
From dirty bastards fillin' pockets
With the profits of greed
These are commercial crusades
Commando tactical raids
Playin' military charades to get paid
And who got the devils ?
And who got the Lords ?
Build yourself a mountain
Drink up in the fountain
Soldiers come home
What mean ya that you beat my people
What mean ya that you beat my people
And grind the faces of the poor
Brown / Wills / Maxfield
Released September 2007:
Illegal Attacks (Radio Edit) / Illegal Attacks (Album Version) (Fiction, ILLEGAL1, Promo CD)
Released 17th September 2007:
Illegal Attacks / Illegal Attacks (Sway Soldier Story Remix) (Fiction, 172 466-8, CD)
Illegal Attacks / Illegal Attacks (Sway Soldier Story Remix) (Fiction, 172 466-9, 7", 1 of 2)
Illegal Attacks / Keep What Ya Got (BBC Live Lounge Session) (Sway Soldier Story Remix) (Fiction, 174 546-4, 7", 2 of 2)
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The World Is Yours (4.10)
(Nathan Barley, Episode 2)
Illegal Attacks, featuring the eternally unhinged Sinead O'Connor (she of the 'Sharing Jerusalem: Two Capitals for Two States' debacle of 1997) as guest agitator, was Ian's most explicit protest song to date. The opening notes of the song are plucked softly in arpeggios, which are juxtaposed with a confrontational opening line. The song then pulses with an ominous, grinding cello, and culminates with a Taliban-touting Ian, via a series of clumsy couplets (Sesame Street meets the crypto-Marxists), calling for the return of British soldiers to their homeland. Skinhead O'Connor in a latter-day prophet Isaiah role*, lecturing about a massacre of the innocents ? Good lord, where do you even begin with that one. All human beings are endowed with an inalienable right to life. Sinead O'Connor advocates the war against the preborn, the slaughter and pulverization of innocent babies in the womb. These are victims of the Sacrament of the Demonic, and this institutionalised barbarism at the hands of contract killers is the most heinous evil in the world today. This is beyond paganism. This is a new order of barbarians. The human mind cannot imagine an 'illegal attack' of greater depravity than this transgression of God's law. Even the animals will try to protect their young at the risk of their own lives. The Left eats its own. Cooperating in a holocaust on a global scale, the abortionist is the quintessential Nazi, and boy do we need another Nuremberg. Evil destroys innocence. There is gravity of sin, and there are gradations of malice. The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault. What leftards Brown and O'Connor, a couple of self-styled dispensers of peace, fail to grasp is that peace is the tranquillity of order (Saint Augustine, The City of God). Peace is not the absence of war, but the living presence of God. Before kingdoms change, men must change. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ - Pax Christi in Regno Christi. Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. Our Lord gives the peace which the world cannot give, the interior peace of soul. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. These sons of God are likened to the Son of God who, by His redemption, wrought peace between God and man. If man is not at peace with the Prince of Peace, then earth itself cannot be at peace. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.** A world at prayer is a world at peace. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. If baby butcher advocate Sinead O'Connor (a walking episode of EastEnders with more issues than Time and Newsweek combined) ever becomes the moral barometer for society, then heaven help us all.*** You can set your calendar by Sinead O'Connor's public meltdowns.****
Here is an online blog extract from someone with their feet on the ground:
Former Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown who once took a vow never to perform in Israel, because "he doesn't agree with the government's regime", will be coming for one performance at the end of May.
'Illegal Attacks' features quite silly lyrics which could have been written by an undergraduate poetry major with an anti-war fetish at a bad liberal college. Whatever happened to metaphors and allusions in tunes ? I will not be attending Ian Brown's show. If the lyrics above even remotely represent his current body of work, I think I'd find listening to the sounds of my own bowel movements more appealing.
It's all about the moolah, innit ? Imagining himself to be the indie Salman Rushdie, here is the armchair activist in February 2006, talking as if some bounty has just been placed on his head by the Israeli powers that be:
Fear not, Ian Brown fans ! Despite such portent of doom from Agent Nimrod, Manchester's martyr-in-waiting was able to enter and exit Israel with not a hair on his head harmed. Hurrah ! Ian is increasingly prone to portraying himself as some sort of freewheeling maverick who doesn't play by the rules and flips the bird at authority. Here is the aspiring Trot soapboxing in 2007, touting himself as some firebrand anti-war, anti-establishment nucleus, sanctimoniously reprimanding the youth for falling asleep at their post:
Take that, The Man ! I'm calling bullshit on this one. You've yet to meet anyone who is for or against the war ? Where the fuck are you living ? Switzerland ? By the time Illegal Attacks hit the shelves, the Iraq War was over four years in the running, in which time, everyone and their French poodle (Shoot the Dog !) had opposed it. First out of the trenches my arse. Pope John Paul II was on the case long before this pair of johnny-come-latelys set foot in the studio. Next thing you know, they'll be covering Free Nelson Mandela ! Left wing of anarchist ? Your cranium is firmly lodged somewhere north of Wiggo's sphincter. Ian Brown seems to be a man exceedingly interested in posterity, for he uses this very same 'I haven't heard anyone else speak out about ________' template for global warming, when doing the rounds with the press in 2009. From war on terror to a war on weather, note the dovetailing of overwrought anti-capitalist rhetoric here. See ye not the beauty of creation ? Hear ye not the cries of the earth and its poor ? Business as usual costs the earth and apparently, we owe the planet a debt. Western Civilization and its matrix, Christianity, are killing the planet and so we must heed the call to ecological conversion. Explaining why he covered In The Year 2525, the singer gears up for an eco-catastrophic-Marxist screed: "I wanted to write a song about global warming 'cos I've not heard anyone sing a proper song about global warming or the effect that it’s going to have being the end and everything." There's another substitute morality canard. Man's first environment is the womb. Those hazardous fumes perpetually blowing out of your Lexus can't be good for the environment. These eco-warrior tendencies were evident as early as May 1995 (Melody Maker), with Ian stating that the Roses would gladly play a gig for Greenpeace.
Just as John Rock's The Time Has Come was a Planned Parenthood brainchild, The Population Bomb is a Rockefeller baby. The natural evolution of the early eugenics programme, global warming alarmism is a government power grab via coercive population reduction. Communism is a tyranny of power seekers whose most powerful weapon is the big lie. In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility. This populist eco-agenda is a poverty reduction programme hiding a population control motive; their means of eradicating poverty is to eradicate the poor. Excess population is tolerated only as expendable war material. From its inception in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation was at the vanguard of the birth control movement. 'Sustainable Development' is the environmental war slogan of population control advocates (abortion mongers), chief among them, the United Nations. "What is needed today", stated Al Gore in November 2005, "is a 'global Marshall Plan' to save the world's environment". Climate Change, you see, is an attack on the poor. The eco-guerrillas of the environmental movement are now the strongest force at work in preventing growth in the developing countries. The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Most of all, they war for peace.
"As long as a child breathes the poisoned air of nationalism, education in world-mindedness can produce only precarious results. As we have pointed out, it is frequently the family that infects the child with extreme nationalism. The school should, therefore, use the means described earlier to combat family attitudes that favour jingoism [nationalism]…. We shall presently recognize in nationalism the major obstacle to development of world-mindedness. We are at the beginning of a long process of breaking down the walls of national sovereignty. UNESCO must be the pioneer."
William Benton, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State at UNESCO, 1946
"The weather will be modified and used as a weapon of war to create drought or famine."
Dr. Richard Day (former national medical director of the Rockefeller-sponsored abortion empire, Planned Parenthood), 1969
"If you're going to curb population, it's extremely important not to have it done by the dammed Yankees, but by the UN. Because the thing is, then it's not considered genocide. If the United States goes to the black man or the yellow man and says slow down your reproductive rate, we're immediately suspected of having ulterior motives to keep the white man dominant in the world. If you can send in a colorful UN force, you've got much better leverage."
Alan Guttmacher (former president of Planned Parenthood and former Vice President of the American Eugenics Society), 1970
"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria !"
Dr. Peter Venkman, 1984
"The common enemy of humanity is Man. In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill. ... All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself."
Club of Rome (Environmental consultants to the UN, founded: 1968), The First Global Revolution, 1990, p. 75
"If the religions are to play a constructive role as members of the emerging new world community, they too must reconstruct their worldviews and ethics in the light of ecological thinking."
Steven C. Rockefeller, 1997
"Third World nations are producing too many children too fast ... [It] is time to ignore the controversy over family planning and cut out-of-control population growth ... [and recognize abortion as part of the solution to this problem]."
U.S. Vice President Al Gore, 1997
"The climate crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level."
Al Gore, Club of Rome member, on receipt of his 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with a UN panel on climate change. Suddenly the CVs of many a climate activist were padded with references to winning a Nobel Prize on the grounds that they had contributed to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports. The circle is now complete.
In order for global governance to reign, the cry for peace must be universal. Some of you probably think the churches won't stand for this. The churches will help us. By adopting the language of "responsible parenthood" (a loaded phrase if ever there was one) and referring to overpopulation as "this danger", Pope Paul VI legitimized the myth of a demographic explosion with his long-delayed 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The procreative essence of marriage was subordinated by personalist phenomenology, with teleology relegated in favour of a consequentialist philosophy. From hereon, freedom of conscience was sacrosanct. A dead letter in effect, this hand-wringing three-year-long paralysis did nothing but contribute to the very problems that it purported to forestall. Why in heaven's name appoint a commission to call into question a settled doctrine that was already part of the universal ordinary magisterium ? Casti connubii put this matter to bed in 1930. Three words. Book One. Chapter One. Page One. You can thank me later.
Political Beatitudes. Politicizing morality and moralizing politics. That which is political is now theological, and that which is theological is now political. The Church's focus is, or ought to be, on saving souls, not whales. With the apertura a sinistra of Vatican Council II, the doors to Revolution - ecclesiastically, politically and culturally - were thrown wide open. Since Rome has practically joined the club and continues to provide a platform for the UN, climate change and energy efficiency are no longer mere political issues. They have been elevated to the level of a de facto new article of Faith. Integral ecology dictates that everything is connected. We are one with the universe and the universe is one with god. Gnostic environmentalism is the universal religion; Gaia is their goddess and carbon is the currency of a New World Order. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today ! And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and You Will Atone ! Accordingly, sins are now calculated by carbon footprints. Forgive me father, for I have left the light on. For your penance, your carbon tax will be doubled. Now, go green and go in peace. The least serious sins nowadays, it seems, are the sins of the flesh.
It's like Will Durrant said: "Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice." This 'consent' ultimately comes from God, and the second person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were made. Whatever politically liberal (practically socialist) cause du jour happens to be exciting tree-hugging environ-mentalist zealots to a paroxysm, this earth has a sentence against it already. I've got some bad news for you Gaia. This earth is going to be consumed by fire - it's just a matter of time. All men then living, every beast upon the land and every fish in the sea will be destroyed in this universal conflagration. The history of mankind ends in judgment. Dies irae, dies illa, solvet saeculum in favilla. Man has no covenant with inanimate matter. Man cannot destroy 'Creation'. It is not within his power. Nor is 'Creation' a wilful entity with doomsday on its mind. The world is what it has been and will remain. Satan is still the prince of it. Evil, in this world, comes from sin. Not from income disparity or anthropogenic 'climate change'. Communism never really went away. It just has a new name these days - Globalism. Geopolitical chicanery to make partners of rivals. New lies for old. After the Berlin Wall came down, the communist movement, the global leftist movement, was left in a quandary. Having lost the economic argument, they needed somewhere else to go, and global warming (communising energy) has become the great proxy issue. Extreme weather is the great equalizer in the realm of survival. Promoting a god of environmental socialism, this redistributive racket enables them to achieve many of the same aims as before but under a cloak of green righteousness. The utopian environmentalists are at root religiously pantheistic. Green on the outside but red on the inside. All at the service of an embryo world government, the 'ecological anxiety' of the Social Justice movement is Communism repackaged for a new age. A green peace is a fabricated conflict resolution on socialist terms, indebted to Lucis Trust. In the name of universal brotherhood and Gaia environmentalism, the UN has enshrined a new paganism - a synthesis of New Ageism, Eastern mysticism, and covert Satanism. The European Union is the new Soviet Union. Freemason and de facto architect of the EU, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi envisaged the development of a one-world state by progressive regionalization. If we look around us, the Kalergi plan seems to be fully realized. In the campaign to de-Christianise Europe via replacement migration, an open society breeds moral chaos. In this Machiavellian venture, the green movement has a red shield. At the siege of Vienna in 1683, Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. With this tidal wave of immigration, we are simply in the latest phase of a long-established war. No longer do they sail in vessels of war. Instead, they sail under the guise of refugees. Demography is destiny. Weaponized migration is an ancient tactic of demographic warfare. This is not the demographic of a civilian population displaced by war. This is the demographic of an army. This isn't immigration, this is invasion. He who emigrates in the way of Allah will find in the earth enough room for refuge and plentiful resources. And he who goes forth from his house as a migrant in the way of Allah and His Messenger, and whom death overtakes, his reward becomes incumbent on Allah. The beginning of Islam was the emigration (the Hijrah) of Muhammad from Mecca to Yathrib (later renamed Medina) in 622.
With all-encompassing government control imposing cultural Marxism on the nations via stealth globalism, the Western world is in a battle today between a false morality and an objective morality. Two worldviews competing for predominance. One believes in the sanctity and unique dignity of human life. The other believes in a 'quality of life' ethic. That is, some humans have greater value than others, thus denying the intrinsic dignity of human life. A political order built on feels versus reals. The leitmotif of the Liberal is that there are no enemies to the Left. The Liberal is a fanatic for independence; he extols it to the point of absurdity, in every domain. The Left always subverts its own stated objectives. Furthermore, they are generally insulated from the effects of the changes they push for. See Brown's oh-so-zany Guardian manifesto from September 2007 for a synthesis of idiotic proportions. Eco-socialist motions on the agenda include 'wealth redistribution', permacultures and communitarianism (and the obligatory green light to Sharia law). In a misty-eyed romanticisation of peasant life, this eco-maniac libtard quite literally wants to grow carrots up the side of the Empire State Building. Vertical farms: good science at work. This veritable idiocracy contains two shout-outs for global farting, the first of which is the sweeping claim that "America won't accept that there is global warming...". Al Gore must be on vacation ? I mean, it's not as if the former Vice President of the United States has been handed two Oscars (An Inconvenient Truth, 2006), a Nobel Peace Prize (2007) and a Grammy (2009) for his global warming propaganda. Indeed, so plugged into nature is Gore that he is quite literally running the show in the form of Live Earth. That three hundred million Americans don't fall for this 'corporate ecocide' swindle en masse is some cause for hope, I suppose. China doesn't accept that there is global warming, but no mention of that from Comrade Brown, because China is already communist. Billed as the existential crisis of our time, the eco-guilt-ridden pursuit of "climate justice" is a first-world luxury with no basis in scientific fact. Call it climate gentrification. On a false eco-trip, Brown goes on to lament, in true Attenborough style, "Here we are with the polar ice cap melting due to global warming." Quite the fallacy of converse accident...
...transformed into that place from whence, like the North Wind, terror comes. Where once Malthus and Darwin sought to inventory earth, today's battlespace is an inventory of the skies. Engineering the biosphere through enviroterrorism. Control the air, you win the war. Environmental manipulation (geoengineering) is the ultimate method of covert warfare, and this has been in the works since the 1940s. Terror is an abstract noun, not a country. Climate is the average range of weather, not something with which we need to engage in combat. Just as the war on terror is a war without end, a perpetual war on weather commands unlimited scope of practice. All doom and gloom until the big boom, the revolutionary, subversive mentality changes global scare like you change a car. Whenever one scare is exposed, a new one must necessarily be invented. But the war forever remains the same. In the year 2525, if man is still alive and happens to stumble upon this page, be aware that Ian Brown is talking all manner of shite on both the global warming and global warring fronts. This is a construct. This is petrodollar warfare. This is full-spectrum dominance. In response to anthropogenic 'climate change', don't hold your breath - we have nothing to fear but climate fear itself. 'Climate change' being instrumentalized as a smokescreen for climate engineering is the real danger at hand. For 'creation in crisis', read crisis creation. Ultimately, climate policy exists, not to control climate, but to control you.
* Isaiah 3: 15. Another direct lift in the song is Mark Twain's 'dog in the fight' analogy.
** Jerusalem. Jeru/Salem. Jehovah-jireh/Salem. The Lord will provide peace. Jesus Christ is a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. First, the name Melchizedek means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." (Heb 7: 2; my emphasis). The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace. Righteousness and peace have kissed (Psalm 85: 10) and the fruit of that righteousness will be peace (Isa 32: 17). Justice shall march before him and peace shall follow his steps. John came to show you the way of righteousness, going before him and preparing the way for his steps (Psalm 85: 13). The Baptism of Jesus fulfils all righteousness (Matt 3: 15).
*** Into the valley of post-Christian apocalypse we ride. I see the media lauding O'Connor for giving moral advice to an off the rails Miley Cyrus in 2013. That's like Screwtape telling Wormwood to tone it down a bit. The harlot reproves the harlot. Who can bear to listen to this bald-head ? Reprobation is all around us; as the shepherd said of his sheep, let's get the flock out of here.
**** What's that, you say ? A Sinead O'Connor public meltdown ? By Jove, it must be time to put up the Christmas decorations !
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