Filed under: Europe, Foreign Policy, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: Blaming America, Mass Shootings, Obama's Goals
“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to those families impacted. I mean, I say this every time we go one of these mass shootings, this just doesn’t happen in other countries,”
This was in Paris, a city which had just experienced a real, coordinated terrorist attack by ISIS, that left over 130 dead — but some disturbed person shooting 3 people in a Planned Parenthood establishment just doesn’t happen in other countries. Embarrassing.
The president criticized the lack of gun control in the United States and pledged to remain focused on using executive action to enact new controls where possible.
The Pew Research Center pointed out today that the gun homicide rate was down 49% since 1993, but the public is unaware of that fact. The president isn’t either, or else he is uninterested.
Is there any other head of state who goes to a big foreign meeting and pops off about his personal troubles with his opposing party? Was David Cameron expressing his concerns about the newly elected Labour leader? Was Vladimir Putin discussing his problems in Ukraine? It seems rather ill-mannered, to say the least.
I think there’s something going on here. Obama has made no bones about his intent to “fundamentally transform America” into something that he finds more agreeable. I think he was outraged, in his opposition to the Iraq War, by what he assumed was the negative opinion of the nations of the world towards George W. Bush and the fighting in Iraq. I think his rush to get out of Iraq, leaving a disastrous mess behind him — was because of the opinion of world lefties about Iraq.
I think his drive to get rid of all the detainees in the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was because he believed, and he thought the world believed, that it was an evil place where detainees were tortured and abused. I think his releasing thousands of drug dealers and “non-violent” criminals in American prisons, is because he thinks world opinion is appalled by the numbers of prisoners we have in Americas prisons.
He is a confirmed leftist, more attuned to world leftism and their opinions, which are more important than our own views of American exceptionalism which he finds repugnant, and he’s told us so. If you remember, when he first became a candidate, he was quite determined not to wear any little flag pin in his buttonhole as the rest of the candidates did, and he wasn’t going to do the hand over the heart thing for the Star Spangled Banner either, until someone told him to cool it.
That ‘s my take.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Crime, Europe, Immigration, Intelligence, National Security, Politics, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: Demanding not Grateful, ISIS Attacks in Paris, Refugees or Migrants
For a Friday the 13th, this was a particularly bad day. In Paris, seven attacks,
140 153 dead, hostages, and the numbers may be higher. Clearly pure terrorist or ISIS attacks — Kalashnikovs, just killing as many people at random as they could. France has closed its border, a little too late, and is cracking down. President Obama said appropriate words about our oldest ally, but without understanding.
The invasion of Europe began at the end of August, when Angela Merkel spoke welcoming Syrian refugees to Germany. What Europe got was not a modest number escaping Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons and the terror of ISIS, but refugees/migrants from all over, Russia, Somalia, Ghana, ISIS, traffickers seized on the opportunity to make money, and boats of all sorts transported hundreds of people across the Mediterranean, many drowning in the process. Refugees broke out of a camp near Serbia and started walking toward Germany and Sweden.
The initial impetus seemed to be misplaced guilt — Germans atoning for World War II. Others guilty for their comfortable lives, who knows, but they welcomed the ‘refugees’ with food and bottled water, clothing. The refugees turned out to be mostly young men who claim to have left their families behind until they get settled and can send for them.
Hungary put up a razor-wire fence to keep the migrants out, Austria sneered at Hungary, then soon opted for razor wire fences themselves. They may be migrating to Europe, but they don’t seem to be refugees fleeing in terror, grateful for any help — but demanding, expecting generous welfare, food that meets their taste, suitable entertainment, and nice housing. They leave incredible messes behind them, the camps are cesspools of rape, even small children are being raped.
In some quarters the U.S. is being blamed because of the War in Iraq, others recognize that ISIS arose when Obama pulled our troops out. The European Union is being petitioned to boycott goods produced in Israel. This makes sense just how?
One bright spot, Jihadi John, the British ISIS adherent who specialized in chopping off heads, was killed in an American drone strike.
As President Obama said when he pulled the American troops out of Iraq; “We are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.” Now, a year before his term ends, he has sent in 50 special forces as advisors. The Ayatollah Khomeinei has said that he has no intention of signing a deal with the Americans, and events seem to indicate that he meant it.
Obama appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning, to downplay the threat of ISIS. Nice timing, Mr. President. He said:
I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama responded. “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”
“What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures,” he admitted. “We’ve made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters and part our goal has to be to recruit more effective Sunni partners in Iraq to really go on offense rather than simply engage in defense.”
There have been accusations that the administration is not allowing accurate reports of ISIS advances, Oh well, never mind. Climate Change is a much greater threat, and the White House is preparing for the climate talks. John Kerry argues that the U.N. Global Warming Treaty will be legally binding, but won’t need such mundane things as Senate approval, so here we go again.
Here is a video summarizing the migrant invasion of Europe, which has gone viral. It is clearly an Anti-Immigrant video, 20 minutes long, and so intended, so you need to view it with a critical eye. I can’t embed it here, it is available from Breitbart. We can expect this here. Obama wants to welcome 70,000 ‘Syrian Refugees,” and some religious organizations are plumping for 100,000. Scary.
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, History, Law, Politics, United Kingdom | Tags: Daniel Hannan M.E.P., How Nations Develop, Private Property
Why private property matters, and how nations develop. In some parts of the world they have never developed those simple ideas, which is why poverty remains so endemic. If you have no title to your property, nor law that defends your rights, you cannot borrow against that value to start even a small business.
Filed under: Africa, Europe, History, Islam, Middle East | Tags: Arabia, Christendom, Muslim Conquest
plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
In the early years of the seventh century, when the Prophet Muhammad began his mission in Arabia, the whole of the Mediterranean world was still part of Christendom. On the European, Asian and African shores alike, almost all the inhabitants were Christians of various denomination. Of the other religions of the Greco-Roman world, only two, Judaism and Manichaeism, had survived and were professed by minorities in these lands. In the eastern Mediterranean, the East Roman Empire, known to scholarship as the Byzantine Empire, continued to flourish and with Constantinople as its capital ruled over Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and part of North Africa as well as Asia Minor and southeastern Europe. In the western Mediterranean, the Roman state had fallen, but the barbarian peoples, and the kingdoms they raised on the ruins of Rome, had adopted the Christian religion and tried with intermittent success to maintain at least the forms of the Roman state and the Christian church. Nor was the realm of Christendom limited to the Mediterranean lands. Beyond the eastern border of Byzantium, Mesopotamia, the metropolitan and western-most province of the Persian Empire, was by the early seventh century predominately Christian and thus part of the Christian though not the Roman world. Even in Arabia, beyond the imperial frontiers of both Rome and Persia. Christian and Jewish minorities lived among the pagan majority.
Within a few decades of the death of Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers had burst out of the Arabia Peninsula, attacked Byzantium and Persia, the two great empires that had divided the Middle East between them, and wrested vast territories from both. The Empire of Persia was conquered and absorbed in its entirety. From the Roman world the Arabs took Syria Palestine, Egypt, and the rest of North Africa which, in turn, became their springboard for the invasion of Africa which, in turn, became their springboard for the invasion of Spain and the Mediterranean islands, notably Sicily. Defeating both the Byzantine and the barbarian armies, they were able to incorporate these countries in the new Islamic Empire and to threaten Christendom from both ends. In the east, Arab armies from Syria and Iraq pressing against Anatolia, then a Greek and Christian land and the heartland of the Byzantine Empire, while other Arab and Berber armies in the west swept from conquered Spain across the Pyrenees and threatened to engulf all of Western Europe. For a while, Muslim armies occupied Sicily, parts of southern Italy, and seemed to menace even Rome itself.
The opening paragraphs from The Muslim Discovery of Europe by Bernard Lewis, New York, 1982 Highly recommended.
Filed under: Communism, Europe, Foreign Policy, Freedom, History, Humor, Russia, The United States, United Kingdom | Tags: A Book of Limericks, And Much More, Renounded Historian, Seven Collections of Poetry
The great historian of Russia has passed away at the age of 98. Robert Conquest spent 28 years at the Hoover Institution where he was a Senior Research Fellow. He has, perhaps, been best known for his landmark work The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties. Thirty-five years after its publication, the book remains one of the most influential studies of Soviet history and has been translated into more than 20 languages. It is a detailed log of Stalin’s assassinations, arrests, tortures, frame-ups, forced confessions, show trials, executions and incarcerations that destroyed millions of lives.
Conquest was the author of twenty-one books on Soviet history, politics, and international affairs, including Harvest of Sorrow, which exposed the terror famine in the Ukraine, Stalin and the Kirov Murder, The Great Terror a Reassessment, Stalin: Breaker of Nations and Reflections on a Ravaged Century and The Dragons of Expectation. The last two are treasured books of mine.
He wrote one science fiction novel, and lots of poetry for which he also received awards.
He had no shortage of awards, the Jefferson Lectureship, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for achievement in the humanities (1930), the Dan David Prize (2012), Poland’s Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit (2009), Estonia’s Cross of Terra Mariana (2008), and the Ukrainian Order of Yaroslav Mudryi (2005).
Educated at Winchester College and the University of Grenoble, he was an exhibitioner in modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford, receiving his BA and MA in politics, philosophy, and economics and his DLitt in history.
Conquest served in the British infantry in World War II and thereafter in His Majesty’s Diplomatic Service; he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. In 1996 he was named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
( from the Hoover Institution, and Cynthia Haven)