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to go and fight Isis.
strong implication there that he's going to fight WITH ISIS, the massive twat
who when he came back was doing the rounds getting interviewed by everyone.
Pretty impressive attempt to monetise the situation, very aspirational.
the 'city wanker becomes self-righteous moral crusader with machine gun' and then makes a recruitment video
fucking awful white supremacist/empire propaganda, makes me sick
that this guy and guys like him are accepted by many as some sort of fucking hero in the UK is a sickness - and it is no different from the sickness that drives ISIS or any other group to make their own propaganda videos or believe their own compulsions & moral justifications for their acts
left-wingers who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War?
I know absolutely zero about the Spanish civil war or the glorification thereof in any context
Democratically elected socialist government otherthrown in fascist military coup. Lots of British volunteers went to fight for the Republicans, subsequently rolled out (along with Battle of Cable Street) as great example of the left-wing literally fighting fascism.
going along with the intention of shooting dead fascists though.
have a read of http://www.amazon.co.uk/Penguin-Spanish-Twentieth-Century-Classics/dp/0140186352 (I studied this for A Level English) and Orwell's Homage to Catalonia
Watch Ken Loach's Land and Freedom
Also Manic Street Preachers' If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next is on the same subject, but the song hasn't aged well.
because young British people joining ISIS is really reminiscent in some ways of the reasons why people went to join the Spanish Civil War, e.g. admiration of a different political system, desire for adventure and to be a hero, but getting there to find they're massively out of their depth and it's scary and full of factions.
Spanish Bombs by The Clash is the discerning indie kid's Civil War anthem of choice.
I find it hard to shake off being a teenage Glitter Slut and forget about cooler bands.
it's just a natural progression when corporate paintballing doesn't give you that rush anymore
so we're going to do the ultimate team building exercise.
I mean, look at this outpouring of devotion and love for these modenr day crsuaders!!! Lickshot @Lickshot1 9m9 minutes ago
@commentisfree @guardian I'm disappointed with rhetoric. Maybe if we didn't illegally invade Iraq. Isis would not exist??
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Matt Kidd @mattkidd 9m9 minutes ago
@commentisfree @lukeallnutt Fantastic
Truly this man is a god to the UK people, and I'll certainly be making a statue in his honour.
"The man, who went to a £23,000-a-year public school but is operating under the 'nom de guerre' of Macer Gifford , also vowed to stay on the front line until the terror group has been crushed.
The 28-year-old, who once stood as a Tory councillor, said: 'I passionately believe in democracy and freedom of speech – all the rights we take for granted in the UK.
'I have left my family and a comfortable life in Britain to risk suffering the most horrific death at the hands of ISIS.
'But they won’t take me alive. I’ve got a grenade in my pocket and I’ll blow myself up and take them with me. I won’t let my family see me publicly executed.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2940870/Public-schoolboy-Young-Tory-abandons-City-job-fight-ISIS-attacks-David-Cameron-failing-extremism.html#ixzz3fxDrcs6T
but it doesn't alter the fact that there are plenty of other whackjobs ready to follow his call - the same goes for radicals on the 'other' side which is why anyone broadcasting a call to arms to fight for anything other than #BritishValues is an enemy of the people amd wouldn't get near the mainstream media
I'm starting to suspect that you would.
It should have been you with the Spanish Civil War dig up there. This is simply not good enough.
and decides to make a difference in a tangible way. I don't see the problem with this. Same as an of the people joining ISIS - fair play. We can't all be male models or DJs earning 20k for a photoshoot
and tweet your solidarity. That's how you can make a *real* difference.
I'm thinking a 'Chilled-Out Funky House Against Religious Oppression' might get some important people on board?
there's the wider context of having a UK Government being perpetually accusatory of the muslim community in the UK as being complicit in the actions of extreme/radical groups even going so far as urging mothers & family members to police the behaviour (ie be suspicious) of their families lest they get on a plane to Syria
while this guy going out there with his rudimentary gun handling skills to protect his privilege is some kind of hero and role model
it's fucked up
he's trying to get the British government more involved in the conflict, not saying that's a good idea either but it's not quite as simple as "follow me and become a hero".
Complete twats on either side, takes a ridiculous zealot to do it, whatever.
But I'm certainly not a fan of the increasing trend of civilian warfare. Turns out any prick with an idea can just go and shoot people because of it.
and increased fatigue costs, I'm surprised we haven't gone under
Will update the spreadsheet.
I realize there's a wider conversation to be had about the roots of the conflict here and indeed about the existence of a group like the YPG, but I'm purely looking at the actions of the Kurdish forces + the YPG, in defending/reclaiming areas that previously belonged to people displaced by the fighting.
The fact that it would help Assad in the long run too just reaffirms how messy the conflict is and how unqualified a Westerner is to do so.
or that they're not qualified to by virtue of not being Kurdish? Also whilst it might help Assad to have group's actively trying to counter the expansion of IS, I'm not sure if it help's anyone to have IS expand further into Syria or Iraq.
Which will sour a peace process, and label the Kurds as being Western collaborators.
And yes IS expansion is bad, but the way to stop them isn't through the employment of English cityboy mercs.
ready to move back into those areas to form a society. I'd actually suggest YPG's relative diversity, not just ethnically but also ideologically but suggests they're better equipped to facilitate a representative democracy.
It might not be the best solution but, given the relative lack of reported diplomatic engagement by IS, I'm not really sure how many other options they have.
i.e. more important than your not-in-the-city job.
this guy is better than the city types who re-invent themselves as artisan crisp makers or whatever.
(the AK-22 is a gun)
what a monster to feel the need to combat the war atrocities against innocent civilians by ISIS
do you have to buy your own kit or is there someone dishing it out for free?
Can you just go off and kill people?
cares not for your puny human "laws"
there was an interview on the Today Program a few months ago with a former member of the armed forces who felt they needed to fight against the likes of IS in the ME. Something like they technically don't have the backing of their nation, which is responsible for the behaviour of their people.
as their position excludes ground warfare at the moment, so i think this person could, depending on their actions be classified as a terrorist.
And put loads of other people at risk
I would imagine. Is he a first aider?
but he's a deputy fire safety warden, and has undertaken evac chair training fairly recently
do you mean commode?
that ends up getting young Chris Rock killed
Given that claim came immediately after someone had raised a pertinent analogy against the argument you were making.
Just saying, like.
Anyway, yeh fair play to him. I couldn't give a toss about him "imposing his privilege" if he wants to play a positive role in fighting a barbaric organisation.