Friday, August 22, 2014
Natan Sharansky wrote The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror wherein he and coauthor Ron Dermer contend that democracies do not make war on each other. The book suggested peace would come to the Middle East as tyrants were replaced by democracy. Despots have indeed fallen since the publication of the book, but democracy did not replace tyranny. Sharansky did not take into account that if Wahhab fanatics were given the vote that they would elect leaders who strictly enforce Sharia which is absolutely incompatible with pluralistic, tolerant democracy. Under the new (dis)order gripping the Arab world, there is no possibility of advancing peace. While Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi were evil to the core, they at least kept Sunni fanatics from wantonly slaughtering those who believed differently. Now, Wahhab madmen murder wantonly where these dictators before kept some degree of order. There would have to be a reformation of Islam for Sharansky's notions to become practical. An Islamic version of George Washington would have to arise. Neither of these events is on the horizon.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The United States until recently was the bastion of liberty for the world. America was the heart of the free enterprise system that fed the rest of the world. Thrift and industry were rewarded in the country that became the manufacturing center for goods that were coveted by the rest of the world. Now, almost everything on America's retail shelves is made abroad. Saving is punished because Federal Reserve easy money policies mean savers earn virtually no interest. Our corporate taxes and capital gains tax are among the highest in the world. America still has some very wealthy individuals, but government policies make it increasingly difficult to rise into wealth from the middle class. The US has retreated from being the lone global superpower and that has allowed Red China and Russia to assert primacy over their neighbors. The ideals that made America great still exist. We just need to elect a political leadership that returns to those ideals.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jihad yesterday, jihad today, jihad tomorrow, jihad forever- these sentiments resound across the Middle East- and were seen in the barbaric beheading video. I demur from President Barack Hussein Obama in his contention that the murder had nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with nihilism. The motivation of ISIS matters. The reason they murder is their sense of religious obligation. This fanatical devotion, this bloodthirsty fervor is performed because these terrorists believe they are doing Allah's bidding. Whatever other Koranic authorities contend, these jihadists do not think they are doing evil, but doing good by fulfilling a sacred duty. This murderous mentality can not be negotiated with but must be defeated militarily by the West. If the West lacks the will to fight, the battle is left to America. If the US will not stand, only Israel is left to uphold Western values and try to thwart international jihad, Islamism, and the creation of the Caliphate.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
On the menu today, we have an entree of socialism. We have a side of Marxism. There is plenty of progressive sauce thrown on almost every dish. We have race-baiting and Jew-hating tossed in for good measure. On the continental side of the menu, the fascism sure looks tasty. Nationalism and jingoism continue to be big sellers, Everything is sweeter after a dessert of lies served to us by politicians of all sorts. For an after dinner mint, you can not beat religious war, pestilence (including yummy Ebola), and a market crash of never seen before proportions. After a meal like that, I could stand an antacid.
Monday, August 18, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council has convicted Israel of gross human rights violations. Now, after declaring the Jewish State guilty, the UN intends to investigate. The UN inquisitors will surely give Israel a fair shake. Israel will not be held to any standard of conduct that is not applied to every other country. If you think Israel will have an unbiased hearing, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. The UNHRC has predetermined that the IDF and political leadership of Israel is guilty. It would be a farce for Israel to participate in the proceedings as they are being directed by a body that is as determined an opponent of Zionism as Hamas is.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The dogs are not happy. The rain, the lightning, the crash of thunder make the four-legs miserable. None of the five want to walk in the downpour. All have to go out nonetheless. A Keeshond does not look (or smell) good soaked in rain. Dogs look generally ridiculous in "pet rain gear", but somehow, clever marketers manage to sell it. We need the rain after a dry summer, but I imagine the dogs would not mind living in the driest desert. Well, I am off to get soaked now.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The rioters near St. Louis may have real grievances against the government and the police, but destroying the area you live in will not make their lives better. In fact, if you run the merchants out of your neighborhood, you will find your lives are just that much harder. Some residents of Ferguson do not have cars, meaning that they will have to rely on public transportation to ride far from home just to shop. If you are already barely getting by, the added expense of travelling to shop is yet another obstacle to getting back on your feet. There are cooler heads trying to calm the situation. There are also agitators coming in from the outside to keep the situation stirred up. Al Sharpton's presence does not seem to be calming matters. Justice is not advanced by treating innocent people unjustly, whether those people are citizens victimized by police, or whether they are businessmen who have their stores destroyed by looters.