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Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

The Independent claims to represent the progressive environmentally conscious left, embracing recent cultural trends and decrying traditional cultural values. However, if progress means anything, it means liberating ourselves of the darker violent side of humanity that evolved as a survival extinct when hunting was a way of life and we were presented daily with very real natural predators. Yet Independent journalists portray virtual violence, whether in first-person shooter games, paintball, laser quest or ...

Yet more reasons why the Iraq war was right

Why does the Independent give this guy a platform to spout such utter nonsense. In 50 years no reputable historian will look back at this war as an act of humanitarian intervention. All will see it in the context of depleting OIL and as a proxy for control thereof with China. Come on Mr Rentoul, if you think you are so bright, debate it live on the Web. Address the real issues... Why would a superpower consuming over 25% of the world's oil supply and in whose currency oil is traded, intervene to stop...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

That is a rather silly comment. You have accepted that violence is a normal and inevitable part of human nature that cultural progress will never overcome and at the same time you have restated my point by offering justification for violence. Sure if you call your enemies Nazis, paedoes or terrorists, you can always justify violence. Nonetheless, unlike NuLab, I do believe in the right to self-defence, but would never see momentary defensive action as a form of entertainment. Have you never heard of the...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

Self-righteousness knows no bounds. The last time I visited a bookstore 1/2 of the books in the history were dedicated to WW2 and most extremely one-sided, good guys and bad guys. Anyway official figures clearly show UK arms expenditure rose sharply as early as 1935 under the National Government (with over 500 seats) of Stanley Baldwin. I very much doubt the UK would have declared war over the Soviet/Nazi partition of Poland if they had not been assured that US would enter that war within two years. The...

Jobless who refuse work will lose benefits for up to three years

As a loyal Independent reader and keen supporter of Labour Party initiatives may I suggest the following policies: 1) Outsource all manufacturing to low wage economies... 2) Subsidise single parents and extend the definition of disability to free 5 million from the trouble of getting out of bed in the morning... 3) Subsidise private landlords so they can charge what they like to accommodate benefit claimants, driving up rents for those stupid enough to pay market rates. 4) Transform an obsession with...

Oil Discovered Off the Falkland Islands?

Are all wars ultimately motivated by Greed? ... How very convenient, by mere coincidence around 60 billion barrels of oil has been discovered within 150 miles of the Falkland Islands. Before you conclude this will save our economy from the effects of peak oil, that's approximately 2.75 years of global consumption and as in the North Sea would have a low EROEI (energy return on energy invested), i.e. it would require expensive oil rigs drilling hundreds of metres below the bottom of the Southern Atlantic ...

Knee Jerk Hysteria

Most Sudanese citizens of all religious affiliations are desperately poor. As in most other African countries early deaths through malnutrition and disease are so rife that many just count themselves lucky to be alive, let alone benefit from the wonders of Western consumerism, fun culture and post-modern enlightenment (the kind of fuzzy thinking that endows us with some kind of moral superiority over all things ethical). But Sudan has a hidden jewel, the oil reserves in its Southeastern corner known as...

Blaming the Messenger

Spiked Online are at it again, jumping at the chance to blame common atrocities on the spectre of green fascists . To the likes of Frank Füredi and Brendan O'Neill a green fascist is anyone who doesn't believe in their technocratic vision of unlimited human and material growth, if indeed they believe their own propaganda. More is always better and anyone who says otherwise opposes progress . ... A couple of weeks ago a school shooting in the Finnish town of Jokela captured the imagination of the...

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