Fuck Max Boot
Is his life worth a fraction of
Fighting for citizenship
Put foreigners who enlist in the U.S. armed forces on a fast track to naturalization.
April 12, 2006
The British Empire is long gone, but the Gurkhas remain in British service — and in the service of such erstwhile British colonies as India and Singapore. They have continued to distinguish themselves — from the 1982 Falkland Islands war to the ongoing war in Iraq.
The Gurkhas' glittering record is worth mentioning because we are in the midst of a heated debate over immigration. The crux of the discussion is: To whom, and under what conditions, should we grant American citizenship?
Lost in the uproar has been an idea so meritorious that it should win universal assent: Create a fast track toward citizenship for those willing to serve a stint in the United States armed forces.
The immigration bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, now stalled on the Senate floor, would take a small step in this direction by granting residency to the children of undocumented immigrants who obey the law, graduate from high school and spend two years in either college or the armed forces. I would go further by opening military service not only to immigrants already here but to those who would like to come here.
This would address two critical shortcomings. First, it would make it easier for the U.S. armed forces to fill their ranks with high-quality volunteers. Second, it would increase the armed forces' knowledge of foreign languages and customs.
THE ARMY MISSED its recruiting quotas in fiscal year 2005. This year it has been meeting its goals, but only by raising signing bonuses and lowering standards. There has been an increase in the number of recruits with criminal convictions, drug use, medical conditions, no high school diploma or low scores on cognitive aptitude tests.
This is a dangerous trend because the profession of arms has never been more mentally or morally demanding. Soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan have to make split-second decisions with major political ramifications. Obviously it would be easier to attract the kind of top-notch soldiers we need if the recruiting pool were expanded from 295 million Americans to 6.5 billion earthlings.
Our current conflicts also require intimate knowledge of the areas where our soldiers operate, because their tasks are often as much diplomatic as military. Recruiting foreigners could go a long way toward filling this critical knowledge deficit.
What a crock of shit.
Ghurkas recieve less pay and allowances than their British comrades
This is from a Google cached transcript of the Australian Broadcasting System's interview with a Nepalese activist.
GURKHAS DEMAND BETTER TREATMENT FROM THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT
In Nepal thousands of Gurkhas who served in the British army are demanding better treatment from their former employer.
The recent death of two British Gurkha soldiers in Kosovo has re-opened a dispute about discriminatory conditions in the British Army.
Britain will pay the widow of the Ghurka sargeant killed in Kosovo less than 10-percent of the amount that a British war widow would receive.
The government of Nepal is demanding that the Ghurkas be given parity in terms of pensions and other benefits.
Linda LoPresti reports the dispute has raised the question of whether Gurkhas should be recruited by foreign armies.
Thirty-seven-year old Balram Rai of the 26th Gurkha Engineer Regiment was killed in Kosovo along with a British officer when a unexploded NATO bomb detonated while they were trying to diffuse it.
The British Ministry of Defence says it will pay the dead sergeant's widow a lump sum of nineteen thousands pounds and an annual pension of nine hundred pounds which will decrease by two hundred pounds after five years. That's seven point five percent of what the widow of a British sergeant would recieve.
Deepak Thapar is a leading Nepalese journalist whose grandfather fought in the two World Wars.
THAPAR: I think it's high time that some sort of revision was made for future soldiers to be serving in the British army. And the reason I want the widow to get equal compensation is because of the sacrifice given by her husband. It is the ultimate one. Unless you argue that the life of a British soldier is more precious than that of a Gurkha. And I don't see how you can deny her recieving the same amount of compensation.
LOPRESTI: Under a tri-nation treaty of 1947 between Nepal, India and Britian, all Gurkha troops in the Indian and British armies were to be paid the same wage and subsequently equal pensions. However allowances in the British Army were substantially higher. Britain argues the cost of living in Nepal is cheaper and therefore a Gurkha soldier can make do with a smaller pension. Rajan Bhattarai is with the Communist Party of Nepal. He says that logic smacks of racism.
BHATTARAI: That is ridiculous. If you come here and compare, it's very very hard for the Gurka family after their retirement life or after their death to survive, by getting that very small amount of money. That is not enough.
Journalist Deepak Thapa says Britain has made an attempt to fix the price of blood based on the nationality of the dead soldier.
THAPAR: I think it's pretty unfair that you do the same work but because you are a Gurkha and you live in a poor country, the rationale that is being provided by the British government for lower pays and pensions is I think outdated now.
First Broadcast 09/07/99
Boot's pushed this lame idea for three years, as if it got better with age. He can talk about the Ghurkas all he wants, but they get fucked by the MOD because of historic racism.
What Boot doesn't tell you, because he's a clueless fuck, is that the Indians HATED serving under the British. The Japanese creation of the Indian National Army was just one hint. The British Army had to hide the true nature of their quest, to liberate India.
When asked in 1995 how they felt about serving with the British in the New Yorker, Indians said if they had known what the INA was about, they would have turned on the British. The racism was stiffling, as was the lack of advancement. If he had read anything about the end of the Indian Army, he would have found it far from ideal.
The Red Fort trial of 1946 courtmartialed Sikh, Muslim and Hindi officers for treason, but they were let of lightly because the Indians wanted the Brits to go the fuck home.
We should start by nationalizing the illegals recruiters have helped enlist and grant citizenship to living green card holders in the military to date.
Boot doesn't want Ghurkas, he wants a Foriegn Legion of disposal troops. Why is this a bad idea?
The Generals' Putsch
During a press conference on April II, the head of state confim1ed his new orientation: "Decolonization is in our interest, and, as a result, it is our policy," said General de Gaulle. Thereafter, a few of the most highly placed people in the French am1y decided to organize a putsch against him. To hold onto French Algeria, General Challe, who arrived secretly in Algiers, launched the adventure of a coup d'etat against the Republic, along with Generals Jouhaud, Zeller, and Salan.
At midnight on Friday, April 21,1961, the Green Berets in the First Foreign Regiment of Paratroopers marched on Algiers and seized the general government, the airfield, the city hall, and the weapons depot. Within three hours the city was in the hands of the putschists and in the morning Algiers residents could hear over the airwaves this communique, which had fallen into the am1y's hands: "1 am in Algiers with Generals Zeller and Jouhaud, and in contact with General Salan to keep our pledge, the am1y's pledge to keep Algeria."
In Paris the government confined itself to announcing that it was "taking the necessary measures" and decreed a state of emergency. Moreover, the anny was not moving to rally behind the putschists. General de Gaulle al- ready seemed persuaded of the failure of the military guerrillas. At five o'clock p.m. in the Council of Ministers, he commented: "The grave thing about this affair is that it is not serious."
But as Salan was being cheered by the mob in Algiers, Paris was in fear of a military coup d'etat and a disembarkation in the capital. De Gaulle decided to apply article 16 of the constitution, which conferred nearly all powers on the president of the Republic. On Sunday evening, he spoke on television in a peremptory tone. He denounced "the attempt of a smattering of generals on the retired list," who possessed "a hasty and limited know-how" but saw the world "only through their delirium."
For the soldiers of the contingent, who made up the greater part of the troops stationed in Algeria, the effect was devastating. Heard on transistor radios that the officers had not managed to confiscate, the speech legitimated the resistance of those who opposed their "Challist" officers and led the contingent to go over to the putsch's opposition. In Paris, Prime Minister Michel Debre was nevertheless panic-stricken and appeared on television at midnight to ask everyone to walk or drive out to the airport to prevent a possible action by the putschist generals.
In Algiers on Tuesday, April 26, the generals were cheered one last time on the balcony of the general government. Then Maurice Challe surrendered, as Algiers cried treason. The putsch had failed. On April 28, a decision was made to set up a military high tribunal charged with judging the insurgents. General Marie-Michel Gouraud, then Generals Pierre-Marie Bigot and Andre Petit were charged and committed to La Sante Prison. On April 30, General Jean-Louis Nicot, a participant, like the others, in the "generals' putsch," was put in state prison. On May 3, the Council of Ministers decided to dissolve the Algiers Bar Association and to ban L 'Echo d'Alger indefinitely. Former General Zeller fell into the hands of Algiers authorities on May 6. But R. Salan and E. Jouhaud fled and went underground. The OAS now took their place.
And the main instrument of their attempted coup was the Legion. Soldiers with only an alliegiance to the unit and it's culture, not the state.
For a guy who writes about history, he seems to know fuck all about it.
posted by Steve @ 12:56:00 AM