Opinion – The Guardian view on France’s election: a win for Macron and hope | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

This is a momentous time for France, Europe and the world that the Guardian is reporting on in this new and interesting post from Dr Alf.

Macron may indeed win eventually but it may not be by a very wide margin and as for his dreams of a Federal Europe, these are becoming more implausible by the day.

The best case scenario is a two-speed Europe, a central core run by Germany as a latter-day Holy Roman Empire with an outer ring comprised of bankrupt and troubled vassal states headed up by a liege lord (Macron) reporting to Germany but running France which would in turn watch over the PIIG countries assuming Greece gets bailed out again by the IMF.

The worst case scenario will be an EU split into two distinct units, with only the Northern half paying its way plus a massive influx of new Muslim and African migrants courtesy of President Erdogan the new leader of a revived Ottoman Empire.

Macron’s abilities, like those of Donald Trump, have yet to be tested even assuming he wins and wins by a reasonable margin.

Most of the EU leaders are lightweights, with the exception of Mrs Merkel, whilst our own Prime Minister is a slow-footed ditherer who cannot think on her feet and who buckles under concerted pressure rather too easily when it comes from Big business, plutocrats and local authority and NHS fat cats.

Only time will tell what the future of Macron is and 7th May is not that long to wait.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Trump – In North Korea you will be murdering human beings! – PravdaReport – John Gelmini

I have to agree with Dr Alf, PRAVDA does have a very distinct style of reporting and a streak of memory loss to boot.


Stalin, the man whose regime North Korea was/is modelled on, and who was one of the catalysts for the Korean War, murdered and worked to death 66 million people in his Gulags, a figure 11 times Hitler’s worst total for the Holocaust and exceeding by 16 million people, the total for all deaths in World War II.

The former Soviet Union did invade countries either directly or by using proxies so PRAVDA’s stories about people in parks loving each other unconditionally need to be juxtaposed against all the other normal lives snuffed out and ruined elsewhere.

At the end of World War II some 160,000 Italian prisoners of war were never returned, some married and led new lives, others disappeared into Stalin’s Gulags, forgotten and never seen or heard from again.

There were no reparations to be paid because Italy was a poor country so the 160,000 non-repatriated soldiers who were mostly conscripts anyway, were written off as surely as if they were a line of bad debt in a company’s accounts.

The Korean War pitted a UN force led by America against North Korea, Russia and China; it saw brainwashing introduced for the first time, the use of delayed action bombs by the Americans which trapped North Korean civilians in their houses for days on end and atrocities on both sides, including surrounding people in barbed wire enclosures, hog-tying them as if they were animals and then machine gunning them to death. The war waged in freezing cold winters and boiling hot summers left a brutal legacy and a feeling of “never again” in the minds of North Koreans who came to realise that a UN “police action” meant being ravaged by 40 different countries all invading at once.

The memories for the people who were sent there in between 1951 and 1954 when it ended in stalemate are now fading because most of them other than prominent actors like Sir Michael Caine who remembers firing at North Koreans with an ancient bolt-action rifle are now dead or about to meet their maker.

That feeling of ” never again”, aided by nuclear reactors supplied by of all people the USA, most recently by a company Donald Rumsfeld was a director of and by the earlier history of the country when the Japanese and others were earlier enemies, still lingers and shapes attitudes in that country.

Whilst holding no brief for North Korea I can understand why, if push comes to shove, they will arm themselves to the teeth and now have the 4th biggest standing army on the planet.

I can also see that from their point of view, the West cannot be trusted following the abandonment of South Vietnam by the Americans after the fall of Saigon, the murder of Gaddafi following the earlier embrace between Gaddafi and Tony Blair in Ghaddafi’s tent in the desert and what they saw as the fate of Saddam Hussein and various African leaders deposed by the CIA including Patrice Lumumba.

They also do not trust China despite the loss of 1 million Chinese in the Korean War including Mao Tse Tung’s brother; they reason that China will sell them out in exchange for business and trade with America.

The original Kim modelled himself on Stalin and his descendants including the young Kim Jong Un,a man who has murdered his own brother have been quick to apply the methods of Stalin on the impoverished North Korean people by imprisoning at least 1 million of them in Gulags of his own.


It is against this background of tortured complexity that Donald Trump, a man who has never had to fire a bullet in anger against anyone, never had to risk his life in a war(his heel spurs and a wealthy father kept him out of Vietnam), now proposes with or without China to “take care of North Korea”.

America since the 1980s has been able to read the epaulettes on a soldier’s uniform from outer space so the idea that 37 years later they cannot identify where Kim Jong Un lives or his movements, is fanciful.

However, removing him alone is not enough because others, as bad or worse than he is, might follow.

For that reason a drone strike or missile strike from a carrier based force might well trigger all out war and cause more of the death and destruction that PRAVDA claims to dislike so much.

The best option is of course to keep the carrier strike force at sea (Mattis’s strategy), whilst allowing Xi Jin Ping to “reason ” with the young Kim and act as his guarantor and saviour from “The Donald” and of course from the Japanese who would then want nuclear weapons of their own.

If that doesn’t work then space based Tesla cannon can deal with Kim and his immediate entourage whilst the mobile HAARP device can be deployed in conjunction with the Antarctica’s facility to create devastating earthquakes and hurricanes to disrupt the North Korean Army’s ability to fire on the South or cross the demilitarised zone in strength.

From that point on Korea can be reunified with China and America acting as guarantors of the peace once the Korean War is finally and officially declared to have ended.

John Gelmini