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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sharpening the Air Assault Spear

The second half of a chalk of Air Assault soldiers doing a left door exit on Tuesday at 6 SAI Bn.

It is interesting to note that most of the problems experienced by the UN in the Congo (and other places) could in theory be solved by employing the techniques utilised by Air Assault. A platoon of Air Assault Soldiers could fast rope into an area where suspected belligerents were operating, carry out whatever task and then be extracted by means of the rope extraction method. The UN reliance on roads could be curbed and the knowledge belligerents would develop that there is no place for them to hide would ensure a much safer countryside.

I suspect that by effectively employing a company of South African Air Assault Soldiers with trackers the whole Eastern DRC could be turned peaceful in months.

Boarding for Another Go

A section of South African Air Assault soldiers run to the waiting chopper to fast rope as part of the training we did on Tuesday.

Fast Roping Training for 6 SAI Bn

Tuesday. Two of our soldiers slide down the rope from an Oryx Helicopter at the Grahamstown Skydiving Club.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Short Term Perceived Solution Called "War"

What goes around comes around. The American CIA calls it "Blowback". It teaches us that war does not solve problems, it just creates more problems. As a soldier I understand the hopelessness of war and realise that my skill as an Air Assault Infantry Officer only helps me to win battles, but it does not ensure lasting peace.

I also know that the consciousness I have regarding the fruitlessness of war is present in all people, but like an addiction we still endeavour to wage war for the drugs we call adrenalin, making money, danger, power, large scale mobilisation, military maneuvring, playing at war, military romance and respect from other nations based on fear. We look for the short term highs war unfortunately does bring. In short we do not really want peace because we actually think peace is boring. In consciouness we agree that peace is what we want and that it is a better proposition than war, but in the unconsciousness created by nationalistic fervour with the help of the media we lose that consciouness and most people jump on the conflict-is-the-only-way bandwagon.

The only way to stop our wild roller-coaster ride and to save the billions we spend on national defence in South Africa and the world is to create an atmosphere conducive to peace by means of applying the powerful forces available to us in science. I am talking about the extreme power found in the realm of the Unified Field, which is even stronger than nuclear power just as nuclear power is so much stronger than chemical power.

On this level the power of the Unified Field is made understandeable to us by means of meditations such as Transcendental Meditation because the science might not really be that easy to comprehend. Based on the science of quantum physics on the level of the Unified Field by means of group meditation it is possible to create an output of energy that can actually reduce violence in a sub region. This has been scientifically proven in experiment after experiment conducted throughout the world. The amount of meditators (and "meditators" is a simplified way of explaining it) should match one percent of the square root of the population of said sub-region to have an influence. In the case of South Africa that amounts to 700 to 1000 individuals applying the method according the the TM-Sidhi Programme as explained on the website
In 1992 Mozambique applied Invincible Defence Technology and war did not flare up again as it so often does in Africa whenever a previous war ends. In that country 14 000 practitioners of the TM-Sidhi Programme were trained and today it is still one of the more peaceful countries in Africa. The successful examples of using the TM-Sidhi Programme and meditation like Transcendental Meditation in the world abound and are too numerous to mention here. For more information have a look at some of my links in the right margin of this page.

For more information you can also read this article written by By Dr. John Hagelin and Dr. David Leffler as published in the Senegambia News: "Pakistan Must Go Beyond Nuclear Weapons to Obtain Real Invincible Defence".

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Training Charlie Company

I spent the last couple of days in the bush with live fire exercises training my sub-unit. I took this photo during a platoon attack.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Nuclear Fusion Power the Future

Currently South Africa is using a normal nuclear fission power plant at Koeberg. The South African Government plans to build five new nuclear fission power plants by 2014. Are we too hasty?

A consortium from the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan has proposed to build a fusion reactor called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France from 2010 to demonstrate the feasibility of using sustained fusion reactions for making electricity. Nuclear Fusion is basically the opposite of nuclear fission and we know it as pictured above, hydrogen bombs.

Nuclear fusion promises to be less dangerous, more powerful and with less nuclear waste than the old nuclear fission power plants. It promises to be the future until we learn to harness the power of the Unified Field and Zero Point Energy, and on that day for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

The second part of that last sentence comes from a well known quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. “The day will come when after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."

Saturday, August 01, 2009

The South African Factor

On 22 January 1879 a 20,000 strong Zulu army equipped mainly with iron spears and cowhide shields fought a force consisting of a mixed British and native force, 1200 to 2000 strong, armed with the then state of the art, Martini Henry Breech Loading Rifle and artillery. The Zulus defeated the British Force killing around 1300 men.

In the First War of Independence (1880-1881) the South African Boers defeated the British Empire. Years later in the Second War of Independence or Second Boer War the South Africans initially took the advantage using modern tactics taken from the American Civil War and the First Boer War, but were eventually defeated. Although the South Africans lost the war their contributions to warfare live on today with the word "Commandos", which referred to units of mounted Boers who were excellent marksmen and riders. Today special forces are referred to as Commandos.

South Africa served in both the First and Second World Wars and there are many stories of South African victories and heroism to be told. At Delville Wood there is still a monument to be seen for the selfless contribution we made during that battle. South African Forces featured in both Africa and Italy during World War 2. During World War 2 General Jan Smuts was the only non-British soldier sought for advice by Winston Churchill and would years later establish the League of Nations which would become the UN in later years. Thus the first groundwork for the United Nations was actually laid by Jan Smuts.

The South African Army and Air Force played a major role in defeating the Italian forces of Benito Mussolini during the 1940/1941 East African Campaign. The converted Junkers Ju 86s of 12 Squadron, South African Air Force, carried out the first bombing raid of the campaign on a concentration of tanks at Moyale at 8am on 11 June 1940, mere hours after Italy's declaration of war.

Another important victory that the South Africans participated in was the liberation of Malagasy (now known as Madagascar) from the control of the Vichy French who were allies of the Nazis. British troops aided by South African soldiers, staged their attack from South Africa, landing on the strategic island on 4 May 1942 to preclude its seizure by the Japanese.

The South African 1st Infantry Division took part in several actions in North Africa in 1941 and 1942, including the Battle of El Alamein, before being withdrawn to South Africa to be re-constituted as an armoured division.

The South African 6th Armoured Division fought in numerous actions in Italy from 1944 to 1945.

The South African Air Force (SAAF) made a significant contribution to the air war in East Africa, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, the Balkans and even as far east as bombing missions aimed at the Romanian oilfields in Ploiesti, supply missions in support of the Warsaw uprising and reconnaissance missions ahead of the Russian advances in the Lvov-Cracow area.

Numerous South African airmen also volunteered serivce to the RAF, some serving with distinction. Sailor Malan (Adolph Gysbert Malan) was a South African and the top fighter ace during the Battle of Britain. He established the Ten Rules of Air Fighting which is still taught today.

South Africa contributed to the war effort against Japan, supplying men and manning ships in naval engagements against the Japanese.

Of the 334,000 men volunteered for full time service in the South African Army during the war (including some 211,000 whites, 77,000 blacks and 46,000 "coloureds" and Asians), nearly 9,000 were killed in action.

Post-war, the SAAF also took part in the Berlin airlift of 1948 with 20 aircrews flying Royal Air Force Dakotas.

South Africa also contributed to the Korean War mainly as fighter pilots in the famous 2 Squadron known as the "Flying Cheetahs."

It won many American decorations, including the unusual honour of a United States Presidential Unit Citation in 1952 which read:

"2 Sqn had a long and distinguished record of service in Korea flying P-51D Mustangs and later F-86F Sabres. Their role was mainly flying ground attack and interdiction missions as one of the squadrons making up the USAF's 18th Fighter Bomber Wing."

"During the Korean conflict the squadron flew a grand total of 12 067 sorties for a loss of 34 pilots and two other ranks. Aircraft losses amounted to 74 out of 97 Mustangs and four out of 22 Sabres. Pilots and men of the squadron received a total of 797 medals including 2 Silver Stars - the highest award to non-American nationals - 3 Legions of Merit, 55 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 40 Bronze Stars. 8 pilots became POWs. Casualties: 20 KIA 16 WIA."

In the sixties, seventies and eighties South Africa in essence fought a civil war as the Apartheid Government fought the Freedom Fighters of mainly the ANC as well as a war in Northern South West Africa/Namibia and Southern Angola.

Today South Africa leads the way in sporting victories. At present we have the number one ranked cricket team in the world as well as the Springbok Rugby Team which has won the Rugby World Cup twice. The movie "The Human Factor" was directed by Clint Eastwood on the 1995 World Cup victory and will be launched soon. Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar.

Several important scientific and technological developments have originated in South Africa. The first human to human heart transplant was performed by cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in December 1967. Max Theiler developed a vaccine against Yellow Fever, Allan McLeod Cormack pioneered x-ray Computed tomography, and Aaron Klug developed crystallographic electron microscopy techniques. These advancements were all recognised with Nobel Prizes. Sydney Brenner won most recently, in 2002, for his pioneering work in molecular biology.

South Africa has also cultivated a burgeoning astronomy community. It hosts the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. South Africa is currently building the Karoo Array Telescope as a pathfinder for the $20 billion Square Kilometer Array project. South Africa is a finalist, with Australia, to be the host of the SKA.

South African contributions to the world are too many to name here and even though we have problems like any other country the future looks bright because this country is built on the spirit of who we are. Here is looking to the future. The government plans to build another three or four nuclear power stations to be ready by 2014 and the economy is expanding even though it is being thwarted by the current recession. A sign of a stable economy is how it stands up in a recession and the South African Economy is not doing too badly and should also be boosted by the 2010 Soccer World Cup being hosted here.