Jason OMahony - Irish political blogger, Irish politics, EU politics

Time to privatise the war against ISIS?

Posted by Jason O on Feb 9, 2015 in Politics

Much and all as we agree that ISIS is a threat not just to global security but actual global sanity, we have to admit a problem. Iraq and Afghanistan have completely wiped the willingness of the west to get into boots-on-the-ground  operations.

Is it time to look to our history, to the days when nation states privatised war? England, for example, used to issue letters of marque to privateers, allowing them to legally commit acts of piracy against England’s specific enemies. Letters of marque are specifically mentioned under the US Congress’s enumerated powers.

If a private military contractor (what we used to call mercenaries) announced that it was seeking crowdfunding to put a force into Iraq to fight ISIS, hands up who’d be willing to kick in their €100?

I know I would.


Sinn Fein/Tories call for descendents from “good families” to be given political privilege.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 7, 2015 in Irish Politics, Not quite serious.


Sinn Fein/The British Conservative and Union Party (delete as appropriate) have defended the rights of people descended from famous ancestors to be given special treatment above that of ordinary citizens not sharing a famous bloodline.

A spokesperson for the party said: “We are calling on people from these good families, who are entitled to this special treatment due to the superior blood in their veins, to be consulted on things like commemoration of national historical events/national legislation (delete as appropriate). It is only right that people whose key achievement in this regard is to have been born be sought out and asked their opinions with regard to these national matters. They should be given reserved seats on committees/in the House of Lords (delete as appropriate). I mean, it’s not like we want to copy those filthy republican practices of say, France, where all citizens are regarded as equal. This is a country where people must learn to respect their blood betters and know their place.”


France to fund Creationism in US schools.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 6, 2015 in Not quite serious., US Politics

The French Ministry of Science and Technology has surprised many by announcing that it is to commit €50 million to a campaign to encourage anti-science teaching in American schools.

A spokesman told us: “This is a wonderful opportunity for France and Europe. We would like to help American conservatives turn a whole generation of American schoolchildren against science, and instead obsess about stuff in a 2,000 year old book. Today, it’s evolution, but we are confident that within five years we can have them teaching that gravity is a communist idea, and that bio-technology is something to do with the Devil and homosexuality. We have one school board in Alabama voting tomorrow to teach that the Sun revolves around the United States. NASA aren’t happy, but the director of commercial satellite launching of the European Space Agency actually weed himself, he was laughing so much. Sent us a lovely hamper. It had cake.”

The ministry ruled out extending the policy to Europe. “Absolutely not. We need kids who can write software and develop new medicines, not wonder if God designed Zebras to look like they’re wearing pyjamas.”

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