The GorseFires Collectif - spreading Fear and Conspiracies of Russian Invasion of Ireland
There are certain groups within Ireland who’s primary objective is to spread fear among the people. Their goals are varied, but what they all have in common is to achieve said goals, regardless of the cost to Ireland or her people.
One such group calls itself the GorseFires Collectif (GFC) and from research I have done, their objective is to spread propaganda and fear, in the hope of persuading Ireland to become a member of NATO! And thus take a position against Russia.
Further searching in to the GFC, leads me to Ukraine during the Euromaidan uprising 2014. In fact the then Gorsefires described themselves as a group who bring to light the injustice of the then Ukrainian President Yanukovych, who later fled the country. Some time later GFC described themselves as putting down the pen (so to speak), while holding on dearly to the name, just in case the need arises in the future.
Jump forward six years to 2020 Ireland and it appears the GorseFires Collectif have been reactivated, at least within the Twitter sphere. One might be tempted to say, or take the position that they are only on Twitter, so what?, after all everybody has a position on something or other, on Twitter nowadays.
Indeed as a true believer in Free Speech, I would also argue for their entitlement to have their say, regardless of their opinion. However, I do strongly object to having my nation used in such a manner, I do object to the spreading of falsehood and fear to obtain a goal that does not serve the people of Ireland.
I first came across the name GorseFires Collective (GFC) while reading a Russophobic scare piece / story, suggesting a Russian plot to invade Ireland. You might also remember the article done in the Sunday Times whichsuggested that Russian frogmen were checking out internet / communication cables, JUST off the coast of Ireland.
RT America Wrote the following about the GFC: A mysterious “pro-NATO” Twitter account calling itself GorseFires Collectif has been “warning since 2014 about Russian General Staff planning efforts & GRU interest regarding strategic assets in Ireland,” it reminded its followers after the story was published, dredging up several years’ worth of tweets that all predicted a Russian invasion was just around the corner and warning Irish authorities that a “Ukraine in 2014” situation could arise at any moment. (Source: rt.com)
Now, I have NO DOUBT that such comments will be answered with claims of RT being a Russian state news channel and of me being nothing more than a voice box of the Kremlin. Nevertheless, the fact is that a group within Ireland is spreading fear and propaganda to serve only their own narrow interests, along with a desire to see Ireland less neutral and more pro-NATO.
The Hoax: The Russian invasion of Ireland
If you are anything like me, right now you are either suffering greatly from neck ache, from casting your eyes towards the heavens OR are currently receiving first aid for friction burns, received from rolling about laughing, on your living room carpet.However, meanwhile certain groups such as the GFC are more than happy to spread such fear mongering as much as possible across Twitter, example below:
rt.com US states: While that gripping saga could be deflated with a quick look at one of Ireland’s own government websites, which posts the exact latitude and longitude of those cables for all to see, it clearly lita fire under the senescent Cold War hawks at the CSP. Not content to let the Irish lie awake in their beds with visions of Russian divers – or better yet weaponized beluga whales - dancing in their heads, this Strangelovian bunch let their imaginations run wild.“The neutral republic of Ireland has no military allies, so a Russian attack would not invoke NATO’s Article 5 provision on collective defense,” writer J Michael Waller salivated, as if Ireland’s neighbours – or theUS, for that matter – would sit by and twiddle their thumbs if the country was invaded by Russia, or anyone else, for want of treaty obligations!
“ Russia would meet little resistance were it to take over Irish deep-water ports, occupy the vital Shannon airport, and physically control orcut trans-Atlantic undersea cable network that keeps the world economy running." (article by Helen Buyniski for rt.com)
J Michael Waller, the author of the Center for Security Policy document mentioned above, quotes a certain Mark Galeotti who one might remember from his own piece of work, the ‘Gerasimov doctrine’, a true flight of fancy, brought to the attention of fellow Russophobes, who simply couldn’t resist the temptation & warned about the fate facing Ireland should it not… hire a private security company to guard all the tech firms who’ve set up shop here!.
Needless to say there were also Strong recommendations from Galeotti and co,about the extent of such measures that should be taken by Ireland, in an effort to foil the commies and protect her people, such as (Drum Roll Please) yes you guessed it!, NATO membership.
Finally on March 5thof 2018, Mark Galeotti admitted in the article Sorry for creating the Gerasimov Doctrine with the heading: “I am Sorry for creating the “Gerasimov Doctrine”, and the sub heading of: “I was the first to write about Russia’s infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn't exist”
The whole “Gerasimov doctrine” was nothing more than a Hoax!. Still never mind, after all this does not mean that millions have not swallowed this egotistical rant!, or for that matter gone on to create even more hoaxes upon the shoulders of a manufactured rant.
This being at least in part the background for the Sunday Times “unnamed Sources article, has in no way harmed anybody and Galeotti eventually owned up to the hoax, so no harm no foul!, Right?
Wrong! Because some like our friends the GorseFires Collectif are still active in spreading such nonsense about the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ireland.
Thus leading me tobelieve that those within the collective know little about Irish history or for that matter the Modus Operandi of her people, when it comes to invaders.
But then I find further evidence that the GFC are functioning within the state, or at the very least have knowledge of modern day Irishpolitics, as their comments on Sinn Féin below clearly show:
Note the date is 5thof February, just three days prior to the general election inIreland. The above Twitter rant goes on further, mainly scolding Sinn Féin for it’s policy on putting Ireland first and guaranteeing that the Irish Army would not be part of PESCO or NATO. While I do not often agree with Sinn Féin policy in general, I am however in total agreement with their policy of avoiding at ALL COSTS membership of Both, an EU army and ofmembership of NATO, indeed if this is still their policy.
Further searching of the GFC Twitter account also points out their alliances, along with the usualOrange man BAD & Trump = Hitler type comments, examples below:
Must NOT forget about the 2020 US Presidential election, and how President Putin is doing his very best to get President Trump elected again!.
Now, I know many would rightly argue that the re-election of POTUS Trump, is a matter for the American people & has little bearing on Ireland. I agree, and have only included the tweets above, to paint a picture of the kind of political bias the collective spreads.
In conclusion, We the Irish people need to be fully aware of what is happening, being said and presented under the guise of concern for Ireland and her people.
We now have little choice but to defend our culture, our history and YES our people from Propagandists, likely working within these Isles. We must highlight such articles, highlight wrong doings and factually incorrect fantasy driven pieces which are, it appears driven by both those willing to do harm to Ireland and those egotists wishing celebrity and notoriety.
I assure all, I am neither a fan nor a detractor of President Putin, my interest in this group is only in the fact that like many others, they are happy to spread lies, propaganda and fantasy regardless of the cost, to those they claim to have concern for!. My biggest concern is how little we know of a this Ukrainian group now in Ireland, and worse how much harm their propaganda might have already done in the minds and fears of my people, the Irish people.
Most who know me would say that such a statement is very much unlike the thinking of the person they know, and indeed they would be correct!. For the record, I am not in any way against immigration, nor am I against any person, of any creed or colour who decides to live in Ireland & abide by her laws. I am however, against illegal entry in all it’s forms, I am against an influx of the undeserving to satisfy quotas handed down by our masters in the EU and gratefully received by our own leaders. Most of all, I am against those of ANY nation, who desire to change the values of the people of my country, or who wilfully take advantage of the systems set up within the Irish constitution!.
But most of all, I am against any person or body of people, who use Ireland as nothing more than a pawn, in their own crusade against something or someone!. As is clearly the case in the Russophobic propaganda being vomited out over Twitter by the GorseFires Collectif.