Sunday 28 February 2010

Colonel Gaddafi, Cuckoo of Cuckoos

I saw a performance of The Third Man last year, a special sixtieth anniversary screening. It’s a particularly good example of film noir and must count as one of the best British movies ever made. I absolutely loved it; the atmosphere, the tension, the music, the setting, the direction, the screenplay and the acting. Joseph Cotton and Trevor Howard were both excellent but Orson Welles as Harry Lime, he was something else, in a different class altogether! There are lots of memorable lines but the most memorable surely has to be Lime’s observation about Switzerland;

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

Well, now the poor old Swiss, despite their promotion of brotherly love, have produced something beyond the cuckoo clock; they have managed to produce outrage in the breast of the great Cuckoo himself; they have managed to upset Colonel Gaddafi, this King of Kings. Yes, that’s one of the titles he has bestowed on himself. Anyway, the King of Kings has called for a holy war against the “obscene, infidel” state of Switzerland. Why? It’s the minarets, of course, the Swiss decision to allow no more to cut into their obscene and infidel horizons;

Those who destroy God’s mosques deserve to be attacked through jihad and if Switzerland was on our borders we would fight it. Jihad against Switzerland, against Zionism, against foreign aggression is not terrorism.

So, now you know!

I’m sure even the Cuckoo of Cuckoos knows that we live in an age where states do not have to share a common border to make war on one another. It’s all just so much hot air and petulant bluster or the Libyan air force would even now be on its way to Zurich. That’s one way of looking at it; another way would be to see this as an invitation to terrorist attacks on Switzerland, the kind of attacks that Libya specialised not so long ago, the kind of thing that led to Lockerbie.

Who, I have to ask myself, in their right mind would do business with this man, so obviously mentally unbalanced and delusional. Well, we do, for one, this Labour government does; Peter Mandelson, Lord Rumbo of Rio, does, having a particularly cosy relationship with the Cuckoo’s son. His government, the government of Mad Gordon Brown, effectively betrayed those who died in the Lockerbie outrage to clear the way to deals over oil and gas, as wretched a piece of appeasement as I can conceive.

Just imagine a meeting between the Cuckoo and Mad Gordon; just imagine them both in a mood; just imagine the effing, blinding and missiles that might be produced; just imagine the jihad. Now that really would be something worth seeing!

“But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice. "Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."


  1. I love how paranoid fanatics include zionism as reason for all their woes - nothing but retarded rhetoric, convenient discourse for vacuous wouldbe mannequins.

    Has the man released for the Lockerbie bombings died yet? I thought he only had a few months to live... no doubt he's currently sipping Pimms in the Bahamas. One thing which got my back up about that farce, was Alex Salmond grandstanding about Scottish 'compassion', with predictable nats slagging off Americans for (imo) being rightly aggrieved; it was hardly the time or place for nationalist indulgence - along with all of the childish finger pointing between the Scottish government and British (rediculous we have to differentiate between the two considering who runs the British executive). Mind you, still waiting for him to make us dance to a Scottish tune, I personally took that as a sectarian comment :P.

    I like the Swiss, they go about their own business how they see fit without intefering - as soon as we get rid of the man who would sell the world, maybe we can do the same!

  2. Hi Ana,
    Very interesting story about Gadafi
    and his "mad" plan.
    However, many world governments love
    to do business with him.
    But like the cat said: "We're all mad here"

  3. Jimmy, the Lockerbie bomber died six months ago-except he didn't. :-))

    Indeed so, harry. :-)

  4. Thank you, OC; you are very kind. :-) Well, I read voraciously, think quickly and love writing. Research is also part of my life, so things come easily. And you are right: blogging is an excellent way to practice writing.

    I tried to come to your blog, OC, but can't get anything under that link.