Tuesday, May 11, 2021

VX Nerve.

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From Iranian Internet media PressTV and thanks to same.

Yeoman work nearly complete and with good results. A very long and arduous process coming to fruition.

Destruction of deadly stockpiled nerve gas continues for the betterment of all mankind.

"US military to destroy last batch of missiles carrying deadly VX nerve agent"

"The United State military has revealed that its last batch of stockpiled missiles armed with highly lethal VX nerve agent outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) had been delivered for destruction."

"According to news released by the US Army Chemical Materials Activity media, the US military delivered the last batch of the stockpiled 155mm projectiles carrying VX nerve agent for destruction this week."

A long and arduous process to destroy chemical munitions indeed. Ongoing and for decades now.

Nerve agents such as VX the most deadly and the destruction process complicated and time-consuming.

INDEED THOSE CHEMISTS AND WEAPONS EXPERTS THAT ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED THE VARIOUS CHEMICAL MUNITIONS HAD NOT GIVEN ONE SLIGHT CONSIDERATION AS TO HOW THE AGENTS WERE TO BE DISPOSED OF IF NOT USED IN COMBAT.

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Kiribati II.

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"Always ... and I mean ALWAYS ... get ye to a chart ... better yet, a globe."

From Commander Salamander and refer to my most recent blog entry.

"Why Kiribati and Kanton Matter"

"China is working with the tiny Pacific island state of Kiribati to explore the feasibility of improving an airstrip on one of its remote islands, China’s foreign ministry said late Friday."

"Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing Kiribati lawmakers, that China has drawn up plans to upgrade an airstrip and bridge on the tiny island of Kanton (also spelled Canton), a coral atoll strategically located midway between Asia and the Americas."

"This is just part of a pattern of China using a combination of economic promise to the poor, a little graft to grease the skids, and you have all sorts of access from the small Pacific Islands, long suffering African republics, European mercantilists, and DC thinktanks."

I highly suggest all devoted readers to the blog read the entire Commander article. And break out that chart and globe one and all. Instantly. Global power machination on display.

Devoted readers to the blog will instantly understand that the first American ground offensive action in the Pacific during the Second World War was in response to the Japanese building airbases that threatened Lines of Communication [LoC] between the United States and Pacific allies New Zealand and Australia.

That you for the timely Commander web site entry. I and my readers are all indebted.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Bermuda.


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Hardly this is the Bermuda Triangle. Or is it? 

Once more from the Internet web site The Drive and the article by THOMAS NEWDICK.

"Navy Maritime Patrol Planes Flying From Cold War Base In Bermuda For First Time In Decades"

"The ballooning presence of Russian submarines and new interest in the region from China has made the Navy up its maritime patrol game in the Atlantic."

"Bermuda, the British island territory in the North Atlantic best known for its pink sandy beaches, has a U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft presence for the first time in a quarter-century. This comes as the service looks to counter an increased level of Russian submarine activity in the region."

Anyone care to venture a guess if this a NATO mission of part of bi-lateral security agreement between the USA and the United Kingdom?

Poseidon reigns supreme! American naval aviation first with Orion now with the sea-god. "Myth! So says I'm myth?"

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Canton.


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Forget [?] merely the South China Sea. China wants it all. Oceanic domination. China moves east?

From the Internet web site the Drive and the article BY THOMAS NEWDICK AND JOSEPH TREVITHICK 

"China Wants To Revive A Strategically Located Airfield Deep In The Pacific: Report"

"The airstrip in the country of Kiribati is positioned just 1,800 miles from Hawaii, which isn't that far in terms of the distances in the Pacific."

"The Chinese government reportedly has plans to refurbish and expand an airstrip on the island of Kanton, also spelled Canton, part of the archipelago nation of Kiribati in the central Pacific Ocean. If true, this could give Beijing an airbase in an incredibly strategical location, between North America and New Zealand, potentially giving China's military much greater reach throughout a critical and increasingly tense region."

RECALL THOSE FOUR ELEMENTS OF USA VICTORY IN WORLD WAR TWO TO INCLUDE AVIATION AND BULLDOZERS. AIRSTRIPS HACKED OUT OF CORAL ROCK SMIDGEN-TYPE ATOLLS VITAL TO THE WAR EFFORT.

War tends to constitute a geography lesson for Americans. Go point to Kiribati if you don't think so.

But you need Construction Battalions [CB's]. Does the Chinese have those at the ready?

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Funerary.


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All thanks to the Internet web site of Archbishop Cranmer. His 
Grace is most beneficent and I am strongly appreciative.

Yet one more venture into the land of woke, critical race theory, anti-colonialism as is now so vogue. A venture with a definite military dimension.

"David Lammy and the anti-Empire racism of religious illiteracy"

"When it transpired recently that thousands of black and Asian soldiers who died fighting for the British Empire had been ‘unequally’ commemorated in death, the absence of headstones and other memorials to their service was swiftly attributed to 'pervasive racism' and the evils of the British Empire"

AS IS ALLEGED THE LACK OF TOMBSTONES FOR THOSE IMPERIAL TROOPS HAVING FALLEN DURING THE GREAT WAR [WW1] ATTRIBUTED TO RACISM OF THE WORST POSSIBLE SORT!

Now for the rest of the story:

Sir: "The storm over Commonwealth war graves misses the point that contribution of colonial troops is deliberately ignored by post-colonial regimes in their home countries. It has been forgotten that those colonial troops were not conscripts, as in Britain, but professional soldiers who volunteered to serve the British Empire."

"The focus on headstones wrongly labels as institutional racism what were often reasonable assumptions about diverse funerary customs. Individual headstones were a Christian practice, completely alien to the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims who made up the huge British Indian Army, which accounted for the vast majority of colonial war dead. Hindus and Sikhs insist on cremation, with ashes scattered, while Muslims only give tombstone to grandees. You would be hard pressed to find individual headstones to the dead of those communities anywhere in Indian or Pakistan today. What you would find is collective amnesia about their defense of empire in two world wars"  Dr. Zareer Masani.

"Graves 'apartheid'"

Sir: "David Olusoga's description of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as guilty of 'apartheid' is simplistic and unhistorical. Had their been an established custom of commemorating war dead from which non-white soldiers were deliberately excluded, then he might have had a point. But there was not. Before the First World War it was normal for regimental memorials only to list offices by name, the number of other ranks killed was simply tacked on at the end. When the idea of individual graves for the dead of the First World War was proposed it was denounced as a cruel state takeover of the primate process of mourning, many families objected to their loved ones being abroad under a uniform design of headstone. Given the controversy it aroused in Britain, where burial was at least the normal, it is not surprising that there was little enthusiasm for enforcing it on soldiers from cultures with very different funerary traditions."

"It is certainly true that the enormous contribution made by Empire and Commonwealth troops to the Great War has been over looked, and Professor Olusoga has played an important part in rectifying that, but to throw such wild accusations does the cause of historical objectivity and harmonious community relations no service."   Dr. Sean Lang.

There you have it. Headstones for troops killed in the Great War a Christian custom alien to the cultures of the Indian sub-continent. British Indian Army soldiers their burial rituals different, tombstones not lacking because of some overwhelming and pervasive racism.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Elizabeth II.

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Found this image the initial operational deployment of the British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth [QE].

Not like anything else that has been in over one hundred years?

North Sea to Sea of Japan and then homeward bound. A very intensive first operational mission.

Click on image to see an expanded view. Half way around the world and then return presumably by the same route. Impressive.

To an extent the course of the QE reminds of another naval contingent at a different time in history:

Think: "Voyage of the Baltic Fleet, (1904-1905)".

As usual click on image to see an enlarged view. The Russian Baltic fleet in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War. The main body sailing around the southern tip of Africa, a secondary contingent more or less following the same course as will be the QE. One historian referring to the Russian naval forces as the "Fleet That Had to Die". QE and attending naval vessels in a deliberate manner note avoiding the Taiwan Strait obviously for diplomatic reasons not to rile the Chinese.

Hardly do I expect the Queen Elizabeth and escorting warships to meet the same fate as the Russians at Tsushima. Hardly.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Incirlik II.

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HEY, I thought that was all settled and done.

American nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to be used if needed as part of NATO mission removed and gone.

This is not so? Thanks to Freeper for the tip.

"Turkey President Erdogan – Claims All US Nukes On Incirlik Base Belongs To Turkey"

"A statement issued by the Turkish Ministry of Defense regarding the ownership of the Incirlik base and all the weapons systems at its disposal!"

"The announcement came as a blow because US Pentagon officials themselves did not expect any Turkish moves or statements involving the Incirlik base."

Previously about fifty atomic munitions were said to be stored at the Incirlik Air Force Base. YET 1/3 still remain? NONE of this sounds any good to me.

See previous blog entries with further embedded links as germane to the topic:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/03/gone.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/10/action.html

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