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March 30, 2010

Karl Rove Called “War Criminal” at Book Signing, CBS News; 36 comments
More leftist hatred for free speech.

U.S. Prep Schools Push to Recruit Foreign Students, Washington Post; 5 comments
Foreign enrollment rising in universities, too.

Class on Pa. Town’s Immigration Fight Draws Fire, Google News; 9 comments
Temple University teaches class on Hazleton’s fight against illegals.

Illegals Increasingly Charged in Violent Crimes, Washington Examiner; 12 comments
Half the illegals ICE picks up in DC area are charged with murder, rape, or gang crimes.

Denver Lawyer Shepherd Sanctioned on Diversity Claim, Denver Business Journal; 4 comments
Sometimes the temptations are too great to resist.

White Devils: The Unbearable Whiteness of Duke Basketball, Alternative Right; 20 comments
Duke basketball players are white—and win.

Mayor Daley Proclaims 2010 the Year of Mexico in Chicago, City of Chicago; 9 comments
City will celebrate with more than 70 events.

Skin-Bleaching Vitiligo Creams Found in Michael Jackson’s Home, Black Voices; 9 comments
Along with a lot of other drugs.

BNP’s First Ethnic Member Appointed Special Advisor on Islamic Extremism to Nick Griffin, BNP News; 22 comments
The changing face of the BNP.

Woman Stunned to Find Romanian Migrant Living in Her Shed (He Enjoyed Picnics in Her Garden—But He Does Recycle), Daily Mail (London); 15 comments
Another “Romanian” squatter in Britain.

White Farmers ‘Being Wiped Out’, Times of London; 15 comments
Over 3,000 have been killed in South Africa since 1994.

Black Rector Stirs Once-White S. African School, Google News; 6 comments
But he is making sure not to push whites out too rapidly.

March 29, 2010

Arizona Law Promises to Be ‘Toughest’ on Illegal Immigration, ABC News; 38 comments
Illegals will be considered trespassers and subject to arrest.

Border Region Chaos Calls for National Guard, Rocky Mountain Foundation; 34 comments
Tancredo wants Napolitano to act after murder of rancher.

El Paso Area Law Enforcement Officers Targeted, KFOX-TV (El Paso); 19 comments
Mexican gang says it will kill American police officers.

Nativo Lopez Headed to Trial After Incident, Orange County Register; 2 comments
Immigration activist flouts election laws.

Reaction to Violence Muted by Stereotypes, Philadelphia Inquirer; 38 comments
Why is there silence about black-on-Asian violence?

Still Black or White: Why the Census Misreads Hispanics, Time; 19 comments
Hispanics and Arabs unhappy with racial choices on Census form.

There Goes the Neighbourhood: Change Sweeps Black America’s Cultural Home, Time; 20 comments
Blacks in Harlem being displaced by whites and Hispanics

Vanderbilt, Fisk Collaborate to Get More Minorities Science Doctorates, USA Today; 17 comments
In 2008, only 12 American blacks got PhDs in physics.

What’s Behind ‘Flash Mobs’?, Philadelphia Inquirer; 61 comments
They’re all black and they attack whites but there is no racial motive.

Jill Scott Talks Interracial Dating, Essence; 56 comments
Black R&B singer-songwriter “felt her spirit wince” when black friend married white woman.

Victoria Tube Stabbing: 35 Schoolchildren in Knife Battle, This Is London; 27 comments
Britain is thriving on diverstiy.

March 26, 2010

Saying ‘I Do’: Black Marriage Campaign Is Growing, WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.); 33 comments
“Black Marriage Day” is the fourth Sunday in March. “Marry Your Baby Daddy Day” is Sept. 24.

Minnesota Near the Top in Reading, Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul); 40 comments
Racial gap in achievement will not go away.

Mayor Vetoes School Board Appointment, Commercial Dispatch (Columbus, Mississippi); 20 comments
Because whites can’t represent non-whites.

Latest Farmers Branch Rental Ordinance Struck Down, NBC-DallasFortWorth; 13 comments
Judge says you can’t enforce US immigration laws with local ordinances.

Robert Menendez Poll Draws Scrutiny, Politico; 18 comments
The Senate’s only Hispanic wants to know how many non-whites are in management.

Petition Drive Held For Non-Citizen Voting Rights, WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine); 12 comments
Legal immigrants’ right to vote in Portland elections to go on ballot in November.

Black Women Least Likely to Breast-Feed in U.S., ; 20 comments
Black mothers just not getting the word.

What White People Fear, YES! Magazine; 75 comments
White writer: Whites must choose—accept white supremacy or be human.

The Burka—Not ‘Worn,’ But ‘Borne’, National Post (Toronto); 10 comments
Everyone agrees: good riddance to the burka.

We Apologise for These Images but They Speak More Eloquently Than Any Politician of the Plight of Zimbabwe’s Starving People, Daily Mail (London); 46 comments
Villagers fight over dead elephant and strip it for food.

An America Without Americans, AR Classic Article; 13 comments
A remarkable new study of the prospects for the American nation.

March 25, 2010

Fertility Industry Offers Big Money to Recruit “Desirable” Egg Donors at Top Universities , The Hastings Center; 24 comments
Each additional 100 SAT points are worth about $2,350 in the egg-donation business.

Regents Apologize for Racist Incidents at UC San Diego, Los Angeles Times; 48 comments
Not having enough non-whites “frees” hatred and bigotry.

Racial Preferences in Obamacare, Michelle Malkin; 21 comments
Eliminating “health disparities” by using race preferences to distribute money.

Deadline Ticks With No Movement on Black Farmers’ Settlement, Politico; 6 comments
Money not yet found for so-called discrimination claims.

Underdogs Bring to Light: Time to Fight Trite, White Stereotypes, CBS Sports; 19 comments
White men can jump.

Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message, New York Times; 36 comments
Even the New York Times concedes that flash mobs are mostly black.

Race in America: Restructuring Inequality National Conference, University of Pittsburgh; 10 comments
This conference probably won’t be shut down.

Trailblazing Paratrooper Broke Color Barrier in Secret, CNN; 27 comments
Story of the first black paratroopers.

Woman Says RI Officer Raped Her, Came to Hospital, AP; 15 comments
Black cop accused of offering to help drunk lesbian, raping her in substation bathroom.

BanditTrackerNortheast, BanditTrackerNortheast; 5 comments
Who’s robbing banks?

Asylum Centres ‘Overcrowded’, Independent (Dublin); 14 comments
African women seeking asylum in Ireland dissatisfied with their quarters, say they face racism.

Mass Immigration Kills Aussie Culture, Says Demographer Bob Birrell, news.com.au; 22 comments
And social divisions are getting worse.

March 24, 2010

DHS IG: Immigration Plan Will Bury Agency, Washington Times; 27 comments
Amnesty would create “the mother of all backlogs.”

3 Arrested As NC School Board Reverses Busing Plan, Google News; 24 comments
Busing supporters shout “segregation” and get unruly.

Math, Civics and Sciences Founder Alleges ‘Discrimination’ by Referees, Philadelphia Daily News; 15 comments
Black basketball team loses, claims refs were biased.

Candidate Calls Obama ‘Buckwheat’, Just News (Pembroke Park, Florida); 8 comments
Black Republican says blacks are too racially sensitive.

“The History of White People”: What It Means to Be White, salon.com; 38 comments
A black author explains it all.

1st Sikh in Decades Graduates Army Officer School, Yahoo! News; 21 comments
Exemption lets him keep his beard and turban.

New Ancestor? Scientists Ponder DNA From Siberia, Google News; 11 comments
Researchers may have found a new species on the human family tree.

Action Urged Against Campus Racism, Toronto Star; 30 comments
Canadian universities beset by “culture of white privilege.”

Rise in Marriages Between Cousins ‘Is Putting Children’s Health at Risk’, Times of London; 11 comments
Fifty-five percent of Pakistanis in UK are married to first cousins.

KFC Diner Told ‘You Can’t Have Bacon in Your Burger Here—We’re Now Halal’, Daily Mail (London); 15 comments
86 British KFC stores sell only halal meat.

March 23, 2010

March on America, Youth for Western Civilization; 29 comments
What the DC pro-amnesty rally was really like.

Appointee Plans Big Changes for King Center, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; 7 comments
First step: Take control away from the King children.

Revenge of the White Men, Los Angeles Times; 67 comments
They have discovered that Obama is letting them down.

New Caucus to Focus on Illegal Workers, Unemployed Americans, Federation for American Immigration Reform; 4 comments
Some legislators begin to see the obvious.

Immigrant Groups Reach Out to Blacks, Washington Post; 19 comments
Hispanics want blacks to support amnesty.

Tulsa Hispanic Leaders Oppose School Bill, Tulsa World; 5 comments
Checking on illegals will show that the cost of educating them is “stunningly high.”

Trial Begins to Decide Whether Dekalb County Discriminated Against White Managers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; 7 comments
Black county CEO wanted a “darker administration.”

Another Flash Mob Rocks South Street, Philadelphia Daily News; 60 comments
Blacks run amok in Philadephia—again.

Confederate General Returns to Battlefield, Los Angeles Times; 25 comments
SCV camp erects statue of Joseph E. Johnston without asking for Yankee approval.

Times Square Mural Reinforces Stereotypes of Black, Latina Women, Black Voices; 19 comments
Not even a Hispanic artist can get it right.

Million Dollar Mistakes, ESPN; 27 comments
NBA player goes through $110 million.

Invisible Apartheid Leading to Socio-Economic Backwardness Among Blacks, TopNews (Mohali, India); 26 comments
Black Canadians face “unbridled prejudice in policing, education and labor.”

March 22, 2010

Minutemen Return to the Border—This Time Locked and Loaded, Sonoran News (Cave Creek, Arizona); 48 comments
Minutemen will have “zero tolerance for any and all violations of our border.”

Tens of Thousands Rally for Immigration Reform, Yahoo! News; 43 comments
Immigrants say to Americans, “You need us as much as we need you.”

Despite Programs, Black Enrollment Hits a Wall at S.C. Flagship Universities, Independent Mail; 13 comments
Blacks going to two-year and “historically black” colleges rather than state universities.

Row Over ‘Ugly Blacks’ Question, Sun (London); 41 comments
Google expects you to ask: “Why are black people so ugly?”

Police: Boy, 16, Made Racial Comment at NJ Walmart, NPR; 57 comments
Criminal charges for prankster.

Other Racial Taunts Reported at Turnersville Wal-Mart, Philadelphia Inquirer; 43 comments
NAACP wants to help Walmart set up “sensitivity training.”

Killer of Malcolm X Is Granted Parole, New York Times; 12 comments
Confessed killer to be released next month.

Asians Differ When It Comes to Rates of Disease, San Francisco Chronicle; 9 comments
Hmong get some cancers at four times the rate of other Asians.

Mexican Police Ask Spirits to Guard Them in Drug War, Reuters; 10 comments
Voodoo tatoos and smeared chicken blood will stop cartel bullets.

Residents Powerless to Remove Illegal Immigrants From Their Gardens, Daily Mail (London); 25 comments
Police refuse to help; say it is not a criminal matter.

March 19, 2010

Hispanic Dems Will Vote Yes on Healthcare, The Hill; 12 comments
Hispanic Caucus assured that a vote for health bill improves chances for amnesty.

A Delicate Balancing Act for the Black Agenda, New York Times; 13 comments
Black leaders: “Barack Obama is ignoring the black community.”

Cummings: Jobs Bill Won’t Help Black Community, The Hill; 8 comments
Tax breaks don’t help blacks.

Who’s Still Biased?, Boston Globe; 54 comments
Diversity training doesn’t work.

Prosecutor Investigating NJ Walmart Racial Comment, Yahoo! Finance; 61 comments
Counseling available for those affected by prank.

Marvel’s ‘Captain America’ Casting Identity Crisis, The Wrap News; 44 comments
Not one non-white being considered to play Captain America.

Racism Storm Over £38,000 ‘Indians-Only’ Job Advert, Daily Mail (London); 17 comments
British IT company says its ad was all just a mistake.

Police Banned From Asking for Someone’s ‘Christian’ Name Because It Might Offend Those of Other Faiths, Daily Mail (London); 25 comments
The offensiveness of not giving “offense.”

Police Slam New Rules on Racial Descriptions in Seeking Crime Suspects, Herald Sun (Melbourne); 11 comments
Suspect descriptions henceforth limited to “Aboriginal,” “Caucasian,” “Asian,” and “other.”

European Human Rights Bodies Call for Decisive Action Against Racism, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe; 28 comments
March 21 is the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.”

The Rise of Islam in America, AR Classic Article; 25 comments
Islam lies at a dangerous intersection of race and immigration.

The United States of America Born July 4, 1776 Died November 4, 2008

Federal Raids In Michigan

“Schiel said the raid occurred at a service in the Ann Arbor area for a Hutaree member who died recently, and about eight Hutaree members were present.”

Um…..remind me again, why did everyone hate the Westboro Baptist Church? Why, because they picketed the funerals of our “heroes,” of course (from hundreds of yards away, behind a police line in most cases, but we’ll forget about that for a moment….)

I guess arresting folks at a funeral isn’t being “disrespectful….”

-John

***********

Dear John:

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Obituary

The United States of America
Born July 4, 1776
Died November 4, 2008

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2008 presidential election:

Number of states won by Obama: 19. McCain: 29

Square miles of land won by Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the [White] taxpaying citizens of the country. Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the governmental dependency phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders illegals and they vote, then perpetual power for the Democvratic party is assured and the United States of America as we have known it in our lifetimes is gone forever.

Liberals = Nazis: They are out to get us from Guywhite

Liberals = Nazis: They are out to get us

So I am reading Yahoo’s AR list and its amusing comments on the total Jewish domination with the goal to keep the rest of the world permanently submitted. As evidence they will cite, out of context, some Jew they think agrees with them (a lot of Jews in Hollywood = it’s an organized effort to bring down the white race), some out of context quotes, bad acts by individual Jews, etc.

And I am sitting here thinking, “don’t you guys realize how ridiculous you sound. Does it not bother you that your stories are only believed by people from Alabama and Montana, where more people claim to have seen aliens than Jews?”

Then I see a NY Times article posted. And it’s the same exact crap, except the victims of the assault are right-wingers and whites rather than Jews. It’s exactly the same crap, which makes it that much worse.

A person from Arkansas who never saw a Jew will fall for anything someone he trusts will tell him. If his Minister tells him thst Jews are the Chosen People who must be supported in their fight agaist the exclusively evil Moslems, he will believe it.

Likewise, having never seen a Jew he can think they are a different race out to destroy whites with some diabolical scheme.

I never met any Bulgarians so it would be easy to convince me either way on them.

But everyone in the US met whites. We are not talking about some mysterious people from a far away land. So how does this crap fly?!

Why is nobody calling BS on it?

There’s nothing entertaining
about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil
rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank. And as the week
dragged on, and reports of death threats and vandalism stretched from
Arizona to Kansas to upstate New York, the F.B.I. and the local police
had to get into the act to protect members of Congress and their families.

How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows
so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale
mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at
Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.

No less curious is how disproportionate this red-hot anger is to its
proximate cause. The historic Obama-Pelosi health care victory is a big
deal, all right, so much so it doesn’t need Joe Biden’s adjective to
hype it. But the bill does not erect a huge New Deal-Great Society-style
government program. In lieu of a public option, it delivers 32 million
newly insured Americans to private insurers. As no less a conservative
authority than The Wall Street Journal editorial page observed last
week, the bill’s prototype is the health care legislation Mitt Romney
signed into law in Massachusetts. It contains what used to be considered
Republican ideas.

Yet it’s this bill that inspired G.O.P. congressmen on the House floor
to egg on disruptive protesters even as they were being evicted from the
gallery by the Capitol Police last Sunday. It’s this bill that prompted
a congressman to shout “baby killer” at Bart Stupak, a staunch
anti-abortion Democrat. It’s this bill that drove a demonstrator to spit
on Emanuel Cleaver, a black representative from Missouri. And it’s this
“middle-of-the-road” bill, as Obama accurately calls it, that has
incited an unglued firestorm of homicidal rhetoric, from “Kill the
bill!” to Sarah Palin’s cry for her followers to “reload.” At least four
of the House members hit with death threats or vandalism are among the
20 political targets Palin marks with rifle crosshairs on a map on her
Facebook page.

When Social Security was passed by Congress in 1935 and Medicare in
1965, there was indeed heated opposition. As Dana Milbank wrote in The
Washington Post, Alf Landon built his catastrophic 1936 presidential
campaign on a call for repealing Social Security. (Democrats can only
pray that the G.O.P. will “go for it” again in 2010, as Obama goaded
them on Thursday, and keep demanding repeal of a bill that by September
will shower benefits on the elderly and children alike.) When L.B.J.
scored his Medicare coup, there were the inevitable cries of “socialism”
along with ultimately empty rumblings of a boycott from the American
Medical Association.

But there was nothing like this. To find a prototype for the overheated
reaction to the health care bill, you have to look a year before
Medicare, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both laws passed by similar
majorities in Congress; the Civil Rights Act received even more votes in
the Senate (73) than Medicare (70). But it was only the civil rights
bill that made some Americans run off the rails. That’s because it was the one that signaled an inexorable and immutable change in the very identity of America, not just its governance.

The apocalyptic predictions then, like those about health care now, were all framed in constitutional pieties, of course. Barry Goldwater,
running for president in ’64, drew on the counsel of two young legal
allies, William Rehnquist and Robert Bork, to characterize the bill as a “threat to the very essence of our basic system” and a “usurpation” of states’ rights that “would force you to admit drunks, a known murderer or an insane person into your place of business.” Richard Russell, the segregationist Democratic senator from Georgia, said the bill “would destroy the free enterprise system.” David Lawrence, a widely syndicated conservative columnist, bemoaned the establishment of “a federal dictatorship.” Meanwhile, three civil rights workers were murdered in Philadelphia, Miss.

A nuke for a nuke

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A nuke for a nuke

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Attacking Iran is not only about stopping its nuclear program, but preventing the nuclearization of other rogue regimes who are now waiting to see the outcome of the international quarrel with Iran.

Destroy Iranian oil refineries, bomb pipelines, stop gasoline deliveries. Strain the Iranian economy to the extreme. Security build-up for Sistan, Baluchistan, and Kurdistan cost Iran a lot of money. Iran had to scrap long-term economic programs.

Why not hit Ahmadinejad’s plane on one of his trips to Belarus? General Doolittle similarly objected to bombing the emperor’s house during the war with Japan.

Iran is not the biggest nuclear threat. The biggest is Pakistan. It supports nuclear development programs in many Muslim countries. Muslim radicals heavily influence Pakistan’s policies and are strong in its military, especially due to the close security-military-religious cooperation with the Kashmir insurgency. Pakistan enjoys Saudi Arabian political and financial backing. Pakistan is basically a front for Saudi Arabian nuclear proliferation activities.

Other Muslim countries are also dangerous. Islamists purchased nuclear waste in Kazakhstan and Albania; some got caught, but probably many other shipments went through. It is unknown whether Libya ended its nuclear program or transferred it to a safer location. Algeria and Morocco have nuclear programs. Jordan intends to build a nuclear reactor under Israel’s nose, and with the fall of the Jordanian monarchy Palestinians will get a lot of radioactive material for dirty bombs. Egypt will be able to develop nuclear weapons in a matter of years, and Saudi Arabia most likely stocks some Pakistani nuclear bombs; the Saudis have also received state-of-the-art aircraft from the US, capable of delivering nuclear bombs into Israel.

Some naive souls harbored the dream of North Korea abandoning its nuclear program in return for $300 million in foreign aid. The unveiled North Korean nuclear cooperation with Syria dispelled such nonsense. Nuclear weapons are too profitable in strategic and financial terms to part with them. The North Korean ship which delivered nuclear cargo to Syria made two conspicuous stops in Egypt and Lebanon; North Korea cooperates with those countries, too. A ballistic missile strike against North Korean nuclear facilities is the only proper response to its nuclear proliferation efforts. Israel can safely launch the missiles when no hostile satellite watches the area.

Just about every Muslim country, from the dangerously large to the irrelevantly small, is pursuing some sort of nuclear program, ostensibly peaceful. There are no peaceful nukes. Any nuclear reactor can be used to harvest weapon-grade uranium, and most reactors produce plutonium. These reactors are traditionally thought of as peaceful because harvesting enriched fissile material requires stopping them for weeks or even months, leaving the electric power supply short. Muslim regimes, however, can live with power shortages. The Soviet Union built its peaceful reactors with an eye toward using them as a backup source of plutonium. Peaceful nuclear proliferation will give Muslim regimes easy access to radiological weapons.

Whatever Israel does to stop nuclear proliferation, the nukes will proliferate. Muslim regimes will be happy to nuke Israel. The only policy that can perhaps prevent that scenario is the threat of retaliation against all major Muslim targets: Mecca and Medina, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran, Islamabad, and so on. There are of course Christian countries, notably Russia, which would be equally happy to fry the Jews in a nuclear mushroom; they deserve a similar response. When Tel Aviv is annihilated, Israel should not seek to save Haifa but to avenge Tel Aviv.

Israel must deal a crushing blow to Islam. Just like the destruction of Jerusalem in CE 135 signaled a change of Judaism from a state-oriented religion into a purely spiritual one, so the nuclear destruction of Mecca and Medina, with the concomitant radiological contamination, will render the concept of jihad senseless. The idea of ripping out the heart of Islam is ambitious but doable and feasible.

a nuke for a nuke

POLITICALLY INCORRECT SOLUTION FOR ALL ISLAM

Wary of Islam, China Tightens a Vise of Rules

By EDWARD WONG

New York Times

Published: October 18, 2008

KHOTAN, China — The grand mosque that draws thousands of Muslims each week in this oasis town has all the usual trappings of piety: dusty wool carpets on which to kneel in prayer, a row of turbans and skullcaps for men without headwear, a wall niche facing the holy city of Mecca in the Arabian desert.

Khotan’s mosque draws thousands of Muslims each week. In Kashgar, Uighurs prepared to break their daily fast during Ramadan last month.

But large signs posted by the front door list edicts that are more Communist Party decrees than Koranic doctrines.

The imam’s sermon at Friday Prayer must run no longer than a half-hour, the rules say. Prayer in public areas outside the mosque is forbidden. Residents of Khotan are not allowed to worship at mosques outside of town.

One rule on the wall says that government workers and nonreligious people may not be “forced” to attend services at the mosque — a generous wording of a law that prohibits government workers and Communist Party members from going at all.

“Of course this makes people angry,” said a teacher in the mosque courtyard, who would give only a partial name, Muhammad, for fear of government retribution. “Excitable people think the government is wrong in what it does. They say that government officials who are Muslims should also be allowed to pray.”

To be a practicing Muslim in the vast autonomous region of northwestern China called Xinjiang is to live under an intricate series of laws and regulations intended to control the spread and practice of Islam, the predominant religion among the Uighurs, a Turkic people uneasy with Chinese rule.

The edicts touch on every facet of a Muslim’s way of life. Official versions of the Koran are the only legal ones. Imams may not teach the Koran in private, and studying Arabic is allowed only at special government schools.

Two of Islam’s five pillars — the sacred fasting month of Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Mecca called the hajj — are also carefully controlled. Students and government workers are compelled to eat during Ramadan, and the passports of Uighurs have been confiscated across Xinjiang to force them to join government-run hajj tours rather than travel illegally to Mecca on their own.

Government workers are not permitted to practice Islam, which means the slightest sign of devotion, a head scarf on a woman, for example, could lead to a firing.

The Chinese government, which is officially atheist, recognizes five religions — Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Taoism and Buddhism — and tightly regulates their administration and practice. Its oversight in Xinjiang, though, is especially vigilant because it worries about separatist activity in the region.

Some officials contend that insurgent groups in Xinjiang pose one of the biggest security threats to China, and the government says the “three forces” of separatism, terrorism and religious extremism threaten to destabilize the region. But outside scholars of Xinjiang and terrorism experts argue that heavy-handed tactics like the restrictions on Islam will only radicalize more Uighurs.

Many of the rules have been on the books for years, but some local governments in Xinjiang have publicly highlighted them in the past seven weeks by posting the laws on Web sites or hanging banners in towns.

Those moves coincided with Ramadan, which ran from September to early October, and came on the heels of a series of attacks in August that left at least 22 security officers and one civilian dead, according to official reports. The deadliest attack was a murky ambush in Kashgar that witnesses said involved men in police uniforms fighting each other.

The attacks were the biggest wave of violence in Xinjiang since the 1990s. In recent months, Wang Lequan, the long-serving party secretary of Xinjiang, and Nuer Baikeli, the chairman of the region, have given hard-line speeches indicating that a crackdown will soon begin.

Mr. Wang said the government was engaged in a “life or death” struggle in Xinjiang. Mr. Baikeli signaled that government control of religious activities would tighten, asserting that “the religious issue has been the barometer of stability in Xinjiang.”

Anti-China forces in the West and separatist forces are trying to carry out “illegal religious activities and agitate religious fever,” he said, and “the field of religion has become an increasingly important battlefield against enemies.”

Uighurs are the largest ethnic group in Xinjiang, accounting for 46 percent of the population of 19 million. Many say Han Chinese, the country’s dominant ethnic group, discriminate against them based on the most obvious differences between the groups: language and religion.

The Uighurs began adopting Sunni Islam in the 10th century, although patterns of belief vary widely, and the religion has enjoyed a surge of popularity after the harshest decades of Communist rule. According to government statistics, there are 24,000 mosques and 29,000 religious leaders in Xinjiang. Muslim piety is especially strong in old Silk Road towns in the south like Kashgar, Yarkand and Khotan.

Many Han Chinese see Islam as the root of social problems in Xinjiang.

“The Uighurs are lazy,” said a man who runs a construction business in Kashgar and would give only his last name, Zhao, because of the political delicacy of the topic.

“It’s because of their religion,” he said. “They spend so much time praying. What are they praying for?”

The government restrictions are posted inside mosques and elsewhere across Xinjiang. In particular, officials take great pains to publicize the law prohibiting Muslims from arranging their own trips for the hajj. Signs painted on mud-brick walls in the winding alleyways of old Kashgar warn against making illegal pilgrimages. A red banner hanging on a large mosque in the Uighur area of Urumqi, the regional capital, says, “Implement the policy of organized and planned pilgrimage; individual pilgrimage is forbidden.”

As dozens of worshipers streamed into the mosque for prayer on a recent evening, one Uighur man pointed to the sign and shook his head. “We didn’t write that,” he said in broken Chinese. “They wrote that.”

He turned his finger to a white neon sign above the building that simply said “mosque” in Arabic script. “We wrote that,” he said.

Like other Uighurs interviewed for this article, he agreed to speak on the condition that his name not be used for fear of retribution by the authorities.

The government gives various reasons for controlling the hajj. Officials say that the Saudi Arabian government is concerned about crowded conditions in Mecca that have led to fatal tramplings, and that Muslims who leave China on their own sometimes spend too much money on the pilgrimage.

Critics say the government is trying to restrict the movements of Uighurs and prevent them from coming into contact with other Muslims, fearing that such exchanges could build a pan-Islamic identity in Xinjiang.

About two years ago, the government began confiscating the passports of Uighurs across the region, angering many people here. Now virtually no Uighurs have passports, though they can apply for them for short trips. The new restriction has made life especially difficult for businessmen who travel to neighboring countries.

To get a passport to go on an official hajj tour or a business trip, applicants must leave a deposit of nearly $6,000.

One man in Kashgar said the imam at his mosque, who like all official imams is paid by the government, had recently been urging congregants to go to Mecca only with legal tours.

That is not easy for many Uighurs. The cost of an official trip is the equivalent of $3,700, and hefty bribes usually raise the price. Once a person files an application, the authorities do a background check into the family. If the applicant has children, the children must be old enough to be financially self-sufficient, and the applicant is required to show that he or she has substantial savings in the bank. Officials say these conditions ensure that a hajj trip will not leave the family impoverished.

Rules posted last year on the Xinjiang government’s Web site say the applicant must be 50 to 70 years old, “love the country and obey the law.”

The number of applicants far outnumbers the slots available each year, and the wait is at least a year. But the government has been raising the cap. Xinhua, the state news agency, reported that from 2006 to 2007, more than 3,100 Muslims from Xinjiang went on the official hajj, up from 2,000 the previous year.

One young Uighur man in Kashgar said his parents were pushing their children to get married soon so they could prove the children were financially independent, thus allowing them to qualify to go on the hajj. “Their greatest wish is to go to Mecca once,” the man, who wished to be identified only as Abdullah, said over dinner.

But the family has to weigh another factor: the father, now retired, was once a government employee and a Communist Party member, so he might very well lose his pension if he went on the hajj, Abdullah said.

The rules on fasting during Ramadan are just as strict. Several local governments began posting the regulations on their Web sites last month. They vary by town and county but include requiring restaurants to stay open during daylight hours and mandating that women not wear veils and men shave their beards.

Enforcement can be haphazard. In Kashgar, many Uighur restaurants remained closed during the fasting hours. “The religion is too strong in Kashgar,” said one man. “There are rules, but people don’t follow them.”

One rule that officials in some towns seem especially intent on enforcing is the ban on students’ fasting. Supporters of this policy say students need to eat to study properly.

The local university in Kashgar adheres to the policy. Starting last year, it tried to force students to eat during the day by prohibiting them from leaving campus in the evening to join their families in breaking the daily fast. Residents of Kashgar say the university locked the gates and put glass shards along the top of a campus wall.

After a few weeks, the school built a higher wall.

Don’t be soft on Islam, says EU terror chief

Jason Burke in Brussels

The Observer,

Sunday September 28 2008

Europe‘s anti-terror chief has launched a stinging attack on the political correctness that he says is hampering the campaign against militant Islam.

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator, said last week that concern about stigmatising Muslim populations was hampering policy-making and thus prevention. ‘One of the problems … is that some member states are extremely reluctant to be explicit about the link with religion,’ said de Kerchove. ‘Religion has been hijacked and distorted for political ends.’

De Kerchove’s statement comes against a background of infighting within the EU over counter-terrorism policy. The European Commission has been working for several years on a paper analysing militancy in Europe and outlining policy to combat radicalisation. The Council of Ministers is still waiting for the now long-overdue paper, on which future policy will be based.

EU officials claimed last week the delay was because Jacques Barrot, the French Commissioner for justice, freedom and security, had grave reservations about the definition of terrorism in the commission’s policy paper and had delayed signing the policy document as it ‘went too far in blaming Muslim communities’.

A spokesman for Barrot refused to comment. ‘There is a paper that is being prepared. Our services are working on it and there is no fixed timeframe at the moment,’ he said.

De Kerchove praised the Home Office’s emphasis on countering the extremists’ message through the media. ‘We have to provide an alternative narrative,’ he said. ‘A lot of research is showing that young people being radicalised are looking for thrills as much as anything ideological. We need to show the violence for what it is, bloody and indiscriminate, and the people who do it for what they are, ugly criminals not heroes.’

The Case for Nuking Mecca

In this post I make the case that nuking Mecca would be a rational deterrent to radical Islamists bent on using WMD against American civilians. However, even if there is no deterrent effect, attacking Mecca and wiping out the central locus of Islamic ritual worship may be in the long-term interests of the US and Occidental world.

Ace: What would we do if we get nuked? Continue to “hunt down the terrorists” who nuked us? At what point does the desire to survive outweigh the desire to be merciful and sparing in the use of force?

Bill Whittle: If a suitcase nuke detonates in Times Square, or Long Beach harbor, or outside the Capitol building, what do we do? Nuke Mecca? Incinerate Damascus? Because – so help me God, I tremble to say it – that is exactly the response our enemies would hope for. They care not a whit about their own people because they have no allegiance to anyone but themselves and their vision of a vengeful and bloodthirsty Allah.

In response to Bill Whittle’s and Ace’s considerable thought on how you deter terrorists, I thought I’d add a couple of thoughts that have been ruminating between my ears for awhile now.

Let me make a couple of points first. One: I do not advocate using nuclear weapons. Two: I do not advocate killing Muslims or any other follower of any religion. Three: I do not imagine in any way possible the US government actually doing this–or even thinking it. Four: These are rudimentary thoughts. This post is used as a sounding board only. Much of what I say may be wrong and all is subject to revision. The purpose of this post is to start a conversation.

First point: Bill’s major argument about deterring terrorists is well taken and mostly on the money. I think he’s right, for the most part: you cannot deter these guys, only defeat them. And if incinerating Damascus were the only threat we could use to deter terrorists then certainly a MAD scheme would not work in this new Cold War we find ourselves in.

However, Mecca is not Damascus. It plays a central role in Muslim worship. Five times a day Muslims pray toward it. All Muslims who have the means are expected to make the Hajj–a pilgrimage to Mecca which revolves around the Kaaba stone. The Kaaba stone is really the reason Mecca is considered holy. Muslims believe the site was used for worship as far back as Adam and that the shrine around the stone was first placed there by Abraham (Ibrahim). There is a 12 mile zone around the stone that infidels are restricted from entering. It’s that holy. No non-Muslims near it. In fact, without Mecca and the Kaaba stone, Islam would be very different.

Mecca, then, is quite unlike any other place in the world for Muslims. It is an entire city dedicated to Muslim worship. A place set apart. A holy place. It is an entire city that is thought to be the Temple of God.

Islamist terrorists also consider Mecca the holiest place in the world. It is central to their mode of worship. They face it when they pray. They too believe they must make the hajj. If we take them at their word, then the reason they commit terrorist acts is because they take their religious convictions so seriously. When they kill us, it is because they believe that this is what their God wants them to do.

So, ask yourself the question again: Can terrorists be deterred from using WMD against American targets?

Maybe they can. If Islamic extremists really love their religious institutions in the way that they claim they do, then pointing an ICBM at Mecca may not be the most irrational thing to do. They may not care if the rest of the world goes up in a nuclear mushroom cloud, as Bill points out, but Mecca is not the rest of the world. Would they really risk blowing up New York City if they believed the consequences of such an action would be a 30 kiloton nuclear explosion over the Kaaba stone? After all, the nuclear destruction of Mecca would end Islamic forms of worship as they presently exist.

If I might misquote Sting for a moment, “Is it such a crazy thing to do, if the Terrorists love their Mecca too?”

Second point: Why would destroying Mecca have potentially beneficial long-term affects to US and Occidental interests?

I have already made the case that Mecca is central to Islamic forms of worship. Mecca, I have argued, is a Temple City. Although many Muslim theologians will deny that any place is holy in Islam, there is at least a de facto holiness ascribed to the area surrounding the Kaaba stone. In many ways the city of Mecca is central to Islam in just the same way that the Temple of Solomon was central to ancient Judaism. It is this similarity which is so striking, and why the destruction of Mecca might do to Islam what the final destruction of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem did to Judaism. While the bloody events surrounding Rome’s sacking of Jerusalem are indeed disgusting and tragic, that event forced Jews to rethink their relationship with God. More importantly, that event forced Jews to rethink their relationship with their fellowman.

Without wishing to reduce all of Jewish history or life to one paragraph, and thus leaving out the many facets of ancient Hebrew worship, let me go ahead an do that anyway (with many apologies up front–and welcoming any corrections or differing opinions). Ancient Judaism had a legal structure which was similar to Islamic sharia in that they both unify the religious codes thought to be handed down by God with secular authority. In fact, the Old Testament laws seem just as draconian as any I would find in sharia. There is just something about stoning adulteresses that I kind find of harsh, that’s all. I know such applications of Mosaic law were probably rare, but Muslims would argue the same thing about the strict application of sharia law in the ideal Islamic state.

Ancient Judaism also had another commonality with Islam: worship was centered on a holy place of ritualistic practice. After the destruction of the Temple, though, Jews had to ask new questions about the meaning of being holy. Stateless, they found that strict religious codes of conduct could not be enforced in the same way as before. While the Jewish Diaspora had already begun the process of transforming Judaism, the final destruction of Temple centered worship forced this transformation on a broader scale.

Jews found that God no longer had a place to reside in. Jews found that they could no longer perform the rituals required by God to be purified. Jews found that they could no longer enforce God’s law. Jews found that their specialness was different than they had previously supposed. Worship changed. Everything changed.

What I propose is simply this. Would destroying Mecca begin a similar process for Muslims? Perhaps only the threat of destroying Mecca would be enough.

Radical Muslims believe they are in a race to bring about the world wide Caliphate. They believe that Muslims are destined to rule the world. What I propose is simple: show them that they cannot rule the world. Show them that Allah is not on their side–at least, not in the way that they believe.

Osama bin Laden once famously said that people will choose the strong horse over the weak horse. What if Islam is shown to be the weak horse? What if one of the central tenants of Muslim worship, the hajj, was gone? Would this not force some serious rethinking in the Islamic world?

Today we are told by Muslims that the true meaning of jihad is internal struggle. Unfortunately, the actions of too many Muslims shows that they believe jihad means armed struggle against the infidels. Destroying Mecca may have the long-term affect of convincing radical Muslims that Allah really doesn’t want sharia law around the world. That all that stuff about killing the infidels in the Quran–that’s all metaphor.

After all, if Muslims can be convinced that the whole hajj thing is just metaphor, then what else might they consider as metaphorical? Perhaps jihad. Perhaps sharia. Perhaps the global Caliphate.

These are just some thoughts. No one should take them too seriously.

Posted by Dr. Rusty Shackleford

7 Good Reasons To Nuke Mecca & Iran- A Rogue Response To Yamin Zakaria

March 15, 2007

by The Rogue Jew

Recently here on MND, Yamin Zakaria posted a commentary stating his 7 reasons why Islamic Terrorists should NUKE the USA.  Instead of leaving my wisecracking comments on his blog, I decided to respond with a Photo Essay listing my own 7 very good reasons why the United States should turn Terror Sponsoring nations in the middle east such as Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and others into a nuclear fueled litter box.

Sept 11 Attack By Islamic Terrorists

Behead Jews & Christians

Islam Will Dominate the World

Suicide Bomber

In return, I would like to respond back to Yamin and other Islamonazis that would like to dominate me and force their cult down my slit throat:

Jihad This Biatch!

Allahu Fubar, Have A Nice Day!

Iran’s Final Solution Plan

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
November 1, 2005

“Iran’s stance has always been clear on this ugly phenomenon [i.e., Israel]. We have repeatedly said that this cancerous tumor of a state should be removed from the region.”

No, those are not the words of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking last week. Rather, that was Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s supreme leader, in December 2000.

In other words, Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of Israel was nothing new but conforms to a well-established pattern of regime rhetoric and ambition. “Death to Israel!” has been a rallying cry for the past quarter-century. Mr. Ahmadinejad quoted Ayatollah Khomeini, its founder, in his call on October 26 for genocidal war against Jews: “The regime occupying Jerusalem must be eliminated from the pages of history,” Khomeini said decades ago. Mr. Ahmadinejad lauded this hideous goal as “very wise.”

In December 2001, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former Iranian president and still powerful political figure, laid the groundwork for an exchange of nuclear weapons with Israel: “If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel but the same thing would just produce minor damages in the Muslim world.”

In like spirit, a Shahab-3 ballistic missile (capable of reaching Israel) paraded in Tehran last month bore the slogan “Israel Should Be Wiped Off the Map.”

The threats by Messrs. Khamenei and Rafsanjani prompted yawns but Mr. Ahmadinejad’s statement roused an uproar.

The U.N. secretary-general, Kofi Annan, expressed “dismay,” the U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned it, and the European Union condemned it “in the strongest terms.” Prime Minister Martin of Canada deemed it “beyond the pale,” Prime Minister Blair of Britain expressed “revulsion,” and the French foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, announced that “for France, the right for Israel to exist should not be contested.” Le Monde called the speech a “cause for serious alarm,” Die Welt dubbed it “verbal terrorism,” and a London Sun headline proclaimed Ahmadinejad the “most evil man in the world.”

The governments of Turkey, Russia, and China, among others, expressly condemned the statement. Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a leading opposition group, demanded that the European Union rid the region of the “hydra of terrorism and fundamentalism” in Tehran. Even the Palestinian Authority’s Saeb Erekat spoke against Mr. Ahmadinejad: “Palestinians recognize the right of the state of Israel to exist, and I reject his comments.” The Cairene daily Al-Ahram dismissed his statement as “fanatical” and spelling disaster for Arabs.

Iranians were surprised and suspicious. Why, some asked, did the mere reiteration of long-standing policy prompt an avalanche of outraged foreign reactions?

In a constructive spirit, I offer them four reasons. First, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s virulent character gives the threats against Israel added credibility. Second, he in subsequent days defiantly repeated and elaborated on his threats. Third, he added an aggressive coda to the usual formulation, warning Muslims who recognize Israel that they “will burn in the fire of the Islamic umma [nation].”

This directly targets the Palestinians and several Arab states, but especially neighboring Pakistan. Just a month before Mr. Ahmadinejad spoke, the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, stated that “Israel rightly desires security.” He envisioned the opening of embassies in Israel by Muslim countries like Pakistan as a “signal for peace.” Mr. Ahmadinejad perhaps indicated an intent to confront Pakistan over relations with Israel.

Finally, Israelis estimate that the Iranians could, within six months, have the means to build an atomic bomb. Mr. Ahmadinejad implicitly confirmed this rapid timetable when he warned that after just “a short period … the process of the elimination of the Zionist regime will be smooth and simple.” The imminence of a nuclear-armed Iran transforms “Death to Israel” from an empty slogan into the potential premise for a nuclear assault on the Jewish state, perhaps relying on Mr. Rafsanjani’s genocidal thinking.

Ironically, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s candor has had positive effects, reminding the world of his regime’s unremitting bellicosity, its rank anti-Semitism, and its dangerous arsenal. As Tony Blair noted, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s threats raise the question, “When are you going to do something about this?” And Mr. Blair later warned Tehran with some menace against its becoming a “threat to our world security.” His alarm needs to translate into action, and urgently so.

We are on notice. Will we act in time?

How to End Terrorism

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
December 5, 2006

An effective counterterrorism strategy must focus on the fact that terrorism by Muslims in the name of Islam presents the strategic threat today to civilized peoples, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.

On the low end, this threat involves lone individuals seized by the Sudden Jihad Syndrome who unpredictably set off on a murder spree. At the high end, it involves an outlaw organization like Hamas running the quasi-governmental Palestinian Authority, or even Al-Qaeda’s efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. In all, were terrorism by Muslims halted, this would be a major advance toward winning what some call World War IV.

Can this be achieved?

Yes, and partially via effective conventional counterterrorism. Individuals must be hunted down, organizations closed, networks smashed, borders monitored, money denied, WMD restricted. These steps, however, address only the symptoms of the problem, not the problem itself. “The problem itself” consists of the motivating forces that lie behind the surge of violence by Muslims in the name of Islam. Only by isolating why terrorism has emerged as so prominent a feature of Muslim life can the violence be countered.

This aggression results not from some perverse impulse to inflict damage for its own sake; nor does it flow from the religion of Islam, which just a generation ago did not inspire such murderousness. Rather, it results from political ideas.

Ideas have no role in common criminality, which has purely selfish ends. But ideas, usually ones about radically changing the world, are central to terrorism. and especially to its suicidal variety. Unlike the rest of us, who generally accept life as it is, utopians insist on building a new and better order. To achieve this, they demand all powers for themselves, display a chilling contempt for human life, and harbor ambitions to spread their vision globally. Several utopian schemas exist, with fascism and communism historically the most consequential and each of them claiming tens of millions of casualties.

By 1945 and 1991, respectively, these two totalitarianisms had been vanquished through defeat in war, one violently (in World War II), the other subtly (in the cold war). Their near demise emboldened some optimists to imagine that the era of utopianism and totalitarianism had come to end and that a liberal order had permanently replaced them.

Alas, this view ignored a third totalitarianism, growing since the 1920s, that of Islamism, most briefly defined as the belief that whatever the question, from child-rearing to war-making, “ Islam is the solution.” As the result of several factors – an historic rivalry with Jews and Christians, a boisterous birth rate, the capture of the Iranian state in 1979, support from oil-rich states – Islamists have come to dominate the ideological discourse of Muslims interested in their Islamic identity or faith.

Islamic law, in retreat over the previous two centuries, came roaring back, and with it jihad, or sacred war. The caliphate, defunct in real terms for over a millennium, became a vibrant dream. Ideas proffered by such thinkers and organizers as Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Shah Waliullah, Sayyid Abu’l-A’la al-Mawdudi, Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, and Rouhollah Khomeini aggressed successfully against traditional, modernist, and centrist approaches to Islam. To advance the poisoned vision of these utopians, their followers adopted violent means, including terrorism.

The most effective form of counterterrorism fights not the terrorists but the ideas that motivate them. This strategy involves two main steps. First, defeat the Islamist movement just as the fascist and communist movements were defeated – on every level and in every way, making use of every institution, public and private. This task falls mainly on non-Muslims, Muslim communities being generally incapable or unwilling to purge their own.

In contrast, only Muslims can undertake the second step, the formulation and spread of an Islam that is modern, moderate, democratic, liberal, good-neighborly, humane, and respectful of women. Here, non-Muslims can help by distancing themselves from Islamists and supporting moderate Muslims.

Although theoretically possible, the weakness of its advocates at present makes moderate Islam appear impossibly remote. But however dim its current prospects, the success of moderate Islam ultimately represents the only effective form of counterterrorism. Terrorism, begun by bad ideas, can only be ended by good ones.

Threats on Islam sites could deter terrorists

By The Denver Post

08/03/2007

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., speaks with supporters during a campaign stop at Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Buell motorcycle dealership in Waterloo, Iowa, Saturday, May 12, 2007. Tancredo participated in a local annual motorcycle ride of ABATE of Iowa, a statewide motorcycle safety and awareness group. (AP | Scott Mussell, The Waterloo Courier)

Washington – Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo says the best way he can think of to deter a nuclear terrorist attack on the U.S. is to threaten to retaliate by bombing Islamic holy sites.

The Colorado congressman on Tuesday told about 30 people at a town-hall meeting in Osceola, Iowa, that he believes such a terrorist attack could be imminent and that the U.S. needs to hurry up and think of a way to stop it.

“If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina,” Tancredo said at the Family Table restaurant. “Because that’s the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they otherwise might do.”

Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia, are Islam’s holiest cities.

A Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group responded Thursday, calling Tancredo’s statement “unworthy of anyone seeking public office in the United States.”

“Perhaps it’s evidence of a long-shot candidate grasping at straws and trying to create some kind of a controversy that might appeal to a niche audience of anti-Muslim bigots,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

This isn’t the first time Tancredo has suggested such action.

In 2005, he drew international criticism after he told a radio talk-show host that “you could take out” Islamic holy sites if terrorists ever launched a nuclear attack against the United States.

Destroy islam and kill all muslims

NUKE THE MUSLIM PIGS NOW!

NUKE ‘EM NOW!

The United States Government had some great news to share over the weekend that marked the dastardly Attack of 09/11/2001 -

WE ARE FINALLY TO BRING NUCLEAR JUSTICE TO THE MUSLIM PIGS OF IRAN!

HALLELUJAH !

While this thinking is encouraging there’s not much time to waste. Credible reports of an impending attack are numerous and since next months is Ramadan (the month Muslim men have their period) if they can mount an attack they will within 6-8 weeks – so what are we waiting for?

* The MUSLIMS ARE HERE
* The MUSLIMS ARE PLANNING TO ATTACK AMERICA
* The MUSLIMS ARE CRAZED MURDEROUS MADMEN

This persistent and irksome ISLAMIST conduct leaves the US no choice but to exterminate these troublesome roaches totally and fumigate the areas they have infected thoroughly. A pre-emptive nuclear strike judiciously aimed can accomplish thee noble aims with a minimum of cost and risk to US forces.

Now first let us examine a few figures:

* Cost of one Smart (Minute Man) Missile $ 10,000,000.00
* Cost of one Hydrogen Bomb $ 750,000.00

When we utilize the first option, we are gaining the benefits of:

* Great targeting precision (within one yard)
* Limited Destruction and loss of life
* Minimal collateral damage and resultant casualties

If we opt for the second option we are gaining the benefits of:

* Great targeting precision (within one yard)
* Great Destruction and loss of life (for those within the target area)
* Maximum Damage and total kill ratio (For those within the target area)

Thus, when we examine these options it is easy to verify that tactical nuclear weapons provide
Far More BANG FOR THE BUCK! Why must we spend BILLIONS for ‘precision’ strikes when we can SAVE BILLIONS and EXTERMINATE MILLIONS of the Evil Muslims at the same time?

WHY WASTE MONEY ON THE EXTERMINATION OF THESE TERRORIST ROACHES?

We must remember that they are DEMONS ON EARTH – MUSLIMS:

* MUSLIMS ARE SAVAGES
* MUSLIMS ARE PERVERTS AND QUEERS
* MUSLIMS ARE CRAWLING WITH VD AND AIDS
* MUSLIMS ARE IGNORANT
* MUSLIMS ARE DRUG DEALERS
* MUSLIMS ARE THIEVES
* MUSLIMS ARE INSANE
* MUSLIMS ARE SATANIC PIGS!
* MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS!!!

View the works of these MURDEROUS MUSLIM BASTARDS at: The Muslim Murder Gallery then surf on over to The Savage Nation and watch a few BEHEADING VIDEOS! (The Exeuction of 13 Nepaleses hostages is particularly brutal – feating not just brutal beheadings, but close up vides of the BRAINS BEING BLOWN OUT of two of the innocent victims of MUSLIM TERROR)

* We don’t need any more talk
* We don’t need any more debate
* We don’t need any more time wasted

i. ALL WE NEED IS MILLIONS OF DEAD MUSLIMS!

ii. WE MUST DO GOD’S HOLY WILL!!

iii. WE MUST KILL THEM ALL!!

The USA has used nuclear weapons only once in warfare which led to the quick and welcome end to WWII in the Pacific. At that time, since we had just successfully concluded the Battle of Okinawa and we knew that the Japanese fanatics (who were also fond of suicide bombers and also never enjoyed the benefits of civilization and smelled bad too) would wage a desperate battle for the main island of Japan. Allied estimates of losses were at ONE MILLION US soldiers for the invasion and TEN MILLION for the Nips. When we realize that Truman’s brave and historic decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved 15,000,000 on both sides lives we must applaud him for his great wisdom and historic courage. 1

WE THANK GOD FOR THE WONDERFUL BLESSINGS OF HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI!

THERE IS THEREFORE NO DEFENSIBLE REASON FOR WASTING US LIVES AND UNTOLD BILLIONS SIMPLY TO EXTERMINATE THESE IRKSOME ISLAMIST PESTS. All we have to do is decide on appropriate targets and then

NUKE ‘EM ALL!

The easiest centers to target are Tehran and Damascus and BLAST THE BASTARDS TO HELL!

We must bring THE FINAL HUMILIATION TO THESE ISLAMIST PIGS!

* The enemy has demonstrated via their actions that they are no longer fit to live within the confines of civilization opting instead for the rule of murder, force and barbarism and attempting to force it upon the rest of the civilized world.
* The enemy has a demonstrable paradigm of Pederasty, Concupiscence and Greed and has forfeited their claim to live amongst the nations of the world and must be totally destroyed.
* The enemy has thus chosen to live by a set of rules that are savage and thus contrary to the progress of the entire human race – they are primitive.
* The enemy has opted to devote all their effort to the works of Lucifer and thus have become DEMONS on earth – since they are no longer human we must feel no regret in exterminating them all and in fact realize it is our HOLY CHRISTIAN DUTY TO DESTROY THEM.
* The enemy constitutes a dangerous and malignant cancer that must be eliminated and surgically removed for the benefit and health of all World Citizens.
* THE ENEMY IS EVIL INCARNATE AND MUST BE SENT INTO HELL!

WE MUST EXTERMINATE THEM ALL:

* Do you want to spend TENS OF BILLIONS MORE FIGHTING THIS WAR?

* Or would you like to END IT NOW for a FEW MILLION?

WE CAN SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!!:

BLASTING TEHRAN, DAMASCUS, MECCA AND MEDINA will give the MUSLIMS the GOOD SWIFT KICK IN THE ARSE THAT THEY NEED.(and give we Neocons a great belly laugh!)

The USA must NOW FINISH THE JOB and casualties should be of no concern: since these monstrous liaisons of Lucifer must be stopped it may prove necessary to wipe out millions for the good of all and we must remember – Life means little in Asia since all of these medieval ‘nations’ are over-populated. Additionally, we must be realistic and understand that the Arabs multiply faster than roaches due to their multiple wives and rampant promiscuity, so the loss of a few million or more can be made up easily in a few years or decades, and they won’t really miss a beat. Muslims are too dumb and lazy to work so most just lay around all day, smoking dope, fornicating and PLANNING A NEW JIHAD.So why not just exterminate most of them now when we can do so with great ease?

There may be a few innocents that must perish, but the Holy Christian must not be concerned – Muslims are not really human anyway. The Crusaders were confronted with the same problem – the advice of the HOLY CATHOLIC FATHERS who went with them was to simply:

“Kill them ALL and Let God Sort them out!” (you can pray for them if it makes you feel better)

We’ve KILLED 500,000 of these EVIL MONSTERS in the last four years – so TENS OR EVEN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS will be a LOT BETTER -

And a LOT MORE CONVINCING TOO!

WE MUST GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS WAR and KILL 10 or 20 MILLION NOW – they will get the idea in a big hurry. (although it may require multiple strikes as it did with the Japs in 1945)

St. Paul spoke of the vile Muslim carcinogen that has infested the world in his letter to the Romans Chapter 1:

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against
all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the
truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about
God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible
qualities his eternal power and divine nature have been
clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so
that men are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him
as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became
futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although
they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged
the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like
mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of
their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their
bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God
for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather
than the Creator who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.
Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural
ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural
relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one
another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and
received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. *

28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to
retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved
mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become
filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and
depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and
malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters,
insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing
evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless,
faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s
righteous decree that those who do such things deserve
death, they not only continue to do these very things but
also approve of those who practice them.

Muslims are certainly:

* filled with every kind of wickedness,
* evil,
* greed and
* depravity.

Muslims are full of (Expletive deleted)
* envy,
* murder,
* strife,
* deceit and malice.

Muslims are certainly

* gossips,
* slanderers,
* God-haters,
* insolent,
* arrogant and boastful

Muslims do little else but invent ways of doing evil

CONSEQUENTLY THE MUSLIMS DESERVE DEATH – THE ETERNAL DEATH!

We must forget all the rhetoric, all the obfuscation and all the cowardly excuses and face reality:

ISLAM IS DEVIL WORSHIP AND MUSLIMS ARE EVIL DEMONS!

Those who worship Satan become his angels and are devils themselves:

* WE DO NOT PRAY FOR THE DEVIL
* WE DO NOT ASK GOD TO HAVE MERCY ON THE DEVIL
* WE DO NOT ASK GOD TO BLESS THE DEVIL

WE DO PRAY:

St. Michael, the Archangel, Defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do Thou, O heavenly host, through the Power of God, THRUST INTO HELL SATAN, and all the EVIL SPIRITS THAT PROWL ABOUT THE WORLD SEEKING THE RUIN OF SOULS AMEN.

WE MUST SEND THE EVIL OF ISLAM AND THE MUSLIM DEVILS INTO HELL!

St. Paul gives us the courage we need to defeat the Islamic Evil:

“Finally, my brethren, Be Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might.

Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Stand therefore, having your loins gird about with Truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.

And shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.

And above all, taking the shield of faith, wherein ye may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.”

Ephesians 6:10-18 (The “Armor of God”)

We must face harsh reality:

The Muslims are Coming!

The Muslims are Coming!!

The Muslims are Coming!!!

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE NEEDED NOW!

The Lord calls us to HOLY BATTLE IN HIS GLORIOUS NAME NOW:
PRE-EMPTIVE NUCLEAR STRIKES ON:

* Tehran
* Damascus
* Mecca
* Medina

Will result in total confusion and powerlessness amongst the ignorant Muslim Devils. Within a day, large scale use of napalm, cluster bombs and anti-personnel weapons can eliminate the diabolical pigs of Palestine.

WE MUST SEND ISLAM AND THE MUSLIM DEVILS INTO HELL NOW!

In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth it is time to -

NUKE ‘EM ALL!

Let us pray:

Fear not, for I am with you. I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I shall be with you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flames scorch you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1b-3a

Remember MOHAMMED The obliterator.”! (nickname given by Tabari)

“I say to our enemies: We are coming. God may have mercy on you, but we won’t.”

Let us recall the worlds of a great American Patior:

WE MUST FIGHT SIR, I SAY WE MUST FIGHT! – John Payne, 1775

There is no time to waste – THE LORD IS CALLING US TO HOLY BATTLE: -

NUKE ‘EM NOW!

Michigan Christian Militia Group Charged With Police-Killing Plot

Michigan Christian Militia

Group Charged With Police-Killing Plot

AP

The FBI conducted weekend raids in three states and arrested at least three people, and a militia leader in Michigan said the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group.

WASHINGTON — Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia in the Midwest are charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement people, federal prosecutors said Monday.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because the Hutaree members were planning a violent reconaissance mission sometime in April — just a few days away.

Members of the group called Hutaree are charged in the case, including their leader, David Brian Stone, also known as “Captain Hutaree.”

Once other officers gathered for a slain officer’s funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs at the funeral, killing more, according to newly unsealed court papers.

The indictment includes charges of seditious conspiracy, possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, teaching the use of explosives, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — homemade bombs.

The indictment charges members of the group conspired “to levy war against the United States, (and) to oppose by force the authority of the government of the United States.”

The charges follow FBI raids over the weekend on locations in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
According to investigators, the Hutaree view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a “brotherhood” and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government.

Eight suspects have been arrested by the FBI, and one more is being sought. Of the eight captured, seven are due in court later Monday.

Andrew Arena, head of the FBI’s field office in Detroit, said the case “is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society. The FBI takes such extremist groups seriously, especially those who would target innocent citizens and the law enforcement officers who protect the citizens of the United States.”

Locust: Time to hide your guns and any other stuff you may or may not have. Any excuses they have or make up and they will come for you.

The Decline of the West?

The Decline of the West?

post by Lord_Morningstar
Mariner

Over the last few months I’ve begun thinking about the problems that the western developed democratic world faces. I’ve never been one to go in for apocalyptic thinking, but it is interesting to consider the worst-case scenario. I don’t fully subscribe to the argument I lay out below, but I’m now starting to entertain it a possibility, which I wasn’t willing to do this time last year. But certain events in the United States and Europe have made me start to think a little more outside the mainstream than I used to on this issue.

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In his 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man , American neoliberal Francis Fukuyama argued that the triumph of western liberal democracy was now an effective certainty. It had defeated or outlasted fascism and communism, and even in the face of continued setbacks would continue to spread and bring peace and prosperity with it. It’s a popular vision of the world’s future, not least for being an optimistic one. Science fiction from Star Trek to Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot is built on the image of a peaceful, prosperous and united world, solving its problems with technology and reaching out for the stars.

Of course, some writers seem to prefer Gibbon to Fukuyama. There has been a steady trickle of literature predicting the downfall of the United States, Europe, or western civilization in general. Some through environmental catastrophe, some through famine, some through economic collapse, some through nuclear war, some through a combination of the above. But how likely is it? After all, every prediction so far has failed.

There are some hints, though, that the problems that we are facing now are different to the ones we faced before, and run much deeper. They are insidious, building up gradually, and most importantly, seem inevitable. Some are widely accepted by doomsayers on the right, and some by doomsayers on the left, but few accept them all together. Some have been seen before, but many are novel and defeat attempts to rationalize them to historical parallels.

Firstly, let’s begin with the twin issues of demographics and economics.

The western world’s economic difficulties at the moment stem from two sources, one short-term (the recession) and one long-term (demographics).

At the moment, Japan has the most severely aging population in the world. It has virtually zero net immigration, long life expectancy, and its death rates matched in birth rates in 2005 and will soon supersede them. Its GDP growth rate, which averaged 8% during the 1950s and 1960s, now hovers [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Real_GDP_growth_rate_in_Japan_(1956-2008).png]a little above zero[/url]. And in 2009, the Japanese economy shrank by a remarkable 5.7% – the East Asian Tiger is apparently reverting to a kitten. A quick glance over the list of OECD countries by national debt shows the consequences of trying to deliver services, healthcare and pensions to an aging population from a shrinking economy – on OECD figures Japan’s public debt stands at 170% of its GDP , the highest in the developed world.

Europe is also aging, and while it is not going grey quite as quickly as Japan it is going quickly enough to place huge burden on the finances of the continent’s governments. At the moment, they’re feeling the strain of having four workers supporting every retiree. By 2050, there’ll be only two . Europe’s workforce could decline by up to a fifth over the next 25 years. And even among working-age people, rates of participation are often low. In France, for example, only about 32% of 15-24 year-olds work . In Italy, half of 30-year-olds still live with their parents. And with the current recession, unemployment is high, over 10% in most of the EU and approaching 20% in Spain – a level normally associated with the Great Depression. Supporting this huge and growing non-working population costs a lot of money – Italy’s public debt is now well over 110% of GDP, France’s and Germany’s over 60%. And it isn’t as if there’s plentiful money to spend on these programs, either. The EU’s three largest economies have been sluggish for the past twenty years – Germany, France and especially, Italy .

And these economic problems have not hit everyone equally. Europe has large and growing populations of North African and Middle Eastern immigrants among whom unemployment is often chronic – over 60% in Spain, for example. Some of them have been easy targets for Islamist terrorist recruiters, leading the 2005 London bombings. Others simply remain poor and alienated, and a possible threat to the long-term stability of the EU. If the economy does not improve and Islamic extremism continues to spread, riots and car-burnings by immigrant mobs on one hand and electoral victories by far-right politicians on the other will only become more common. The 2009 European Parliamentary elections saw the best showing yet for such movements, with parties like the British National Party, Front Nationale and Vlaams Belang sending new MPs to Brussels.

Under the U.S. Treasury’s own projections, the national debt will reach 100% of GDP by 2020. And that’s based on an optimistic assessment of 2.4-4.6 percent annual GDP growth. The three main culprits are Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and interest. All of which will continue to grow regardless of government policy – the former two due to demographics, the latter as a result of steadily increasing debt. According to the Government Accountability Office’s projections , spending on those areas alone will consume the entire Federal Budget by 2040, leaving no money for anything else.

U.S. public debt did reach 120% of GDP by the end of the Second World War, but declined rapidly over the next thirty years due to steady and sustained economic growth. But that was with less than 20% of the population aged over 65 and claiming Social Security and Medicare benefits – according to the Congressional Budget Office , that figure will rise to 40% by mid-century. And only an optimist would predict that the world economy will perform over the next thirty years as well as it did from 1945 to 1975. And the deficit now is not being driven by a one-off like a major war, either. There’s no end to the spending in sight.

And while the deficit puts more and more pressure on public finances, the rising cost of healthcare does the same with private finances. Americans already spend twice as much of their GDP on healthcare as other westerners, and the cost of insurance premiums is still rising . A family of four in Maine is now up for $22,000 per year for health cover. And the U.S. Government spends 16% of its budget on healthcare, far more than is normal in the OECD. Britain runs the NHS on almost half that, and yet the United States only covers the over-65s. Real healthcare reform in the U.S. has almost certainly failed, and the trend will continue. Healthcare is now the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S., and a soaring number of bankruptcies and corporate insolvencies could lead to another financial crisis in weakened American financial markets. And the underlying problems that led to the 2008 crisis remain unresolved.

And what’s significant about this year? People born in 1945 will celebrate their 65th birthday. 65 is the year that people can begin collecting pension benefits in most western countries, and 1945 is the first year of the post-war baby boom. Many have retired already, particularly in Europe (55-65 year-olds in France don’t participate in the workforce any more than 15-24 year-olds do, for example), and the rest will retire over the next 20 years. Many countries will see their proportion of retirees to workers double over that time. In Southern Europe, where birth rates collapsed in the 1980s, the consequences could be disastrous.

On the other hand, many western countries are approaching the limit of the population that they can support with the same standard of living they’ve enjoyed. Japan has packed 127 million people into the ten percent of the Japanese islands flat enough to build on. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and many small European countries cannot have many more people before they need to start building over their quality farmland, making them more and more dependent on food imports. And the vast, uninhabited spaces of Canada and Australia are generally uninhabited for a reason. We can’t simply keep having more babies even if we wanted to. We’re in a vice made from our own prosperity.

Secondly, there’s the military situation.

Considering the power of the United States and its NATO allies, it’s remarkable just how few wars they’ve actually won in the last sixty years. The West’s last really decisive victory in a major war was in 1945. Since then, we’ve either sort-of won, stalemated or lost. Three years of fighting saw the North Koreans and Chinese driven from South Korea, but the North Korean regime remains and Kim Jong-Il is free to boast of his father’s ‘victory’ over the imperialists and threaten his neighbours with nuclear weapons. And even the crushing victory of Desert Storm – arguably the West’s finest hour since the end of the Second World War – didn’t follow with an end to the Hussein regime. Otherwise, the United States couldn’t prevent North Vietnam from taking South Vietnam, France was driven from its colonies in both North Africa and South-East Asia following humiliating defeats by local insurgencies, and a series of minor operations from Suez in 1956 to Iran in 1980 have left nothing but burned-out helicopters as reminders of the once far-reaching power of the U.S. and Europe’s colonial empires.

And when the West does win, it’s usually only through the use of overwhelming force. The U.S invasion of Grenada in 1983 was riddled with issues like troops landing in the wrong places at the wrong time, and against more determined resistance could have easily seen hundreds of American casualties. And Europe was not able to deal with Slobodan Milosevic – one dictator in one small country – without calling in American support. Only Great Britain, ironically held up as a classic example of military decline, can really claim serious victories against determined opponents post-1945. Aided by its former dominions, it fought a successful counter-insurgency operation in Malaysia in the 1940s and 1950s that makes a sharp contrast to the French and American attempts to hold Vietnam. And it (narrowly) won back the Falklands in a hard-fought naval and air campaign against Argentina that made the Soviet Union decide to boost its forces facing the British in Germany. Of course, the idea that a war between Britain and Argentina would be a hard-fought struggle would have seemed absurd in the 1930s, but it was a win against reasonable odds nonetheless. And those victories are balanced out by military and political defeats and stalemates, from Suez to Afghanistan.

And this apparent weakness is compounded by a lack of will. Western countries half-heartedly send troops to peacekeeping operations in the third world and then pull them out if they get attacked. The loss of a helicopter ended the American mission in Somalia, and before that, the death of 243 marines in a bombing ended the American mission in Lebanon. In both cases, the decision to withdraw was probably wise, but it left the U.S. looking like a paper tiger in the eyes of its Islamist enemies. And worse, in many cases western forces do nothing – U.N. ‘peacekeepers’ stood by while nine hundred thousand were massacred in Rwanda, and even today the tight rules of engagement prevent the troops of many of America’s allies from fully committing themselves to the war in Afghanistan. Of course, that’s because we can no longer take casualties like we used to, either.

The situation had continued to the present. In 2003, everyone debated the right of western nations to interfere in the Middle East with military force. Nobody was debating their ability . But seven years on, we don’t look anywhere near as strong now as we did then.

No matter whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic about Afghanistan and Iraq, the fact is that we haven’t won either war yet. It’s remarkable when you think about it. NATO, an alliance of countries between them responsible for 60% of the world’s military spending, has been struggling for a decade to control a small central Asian country in the face of resistance by a few tens of thousands of semi-trained militia. The U.S. has exhausted is finances maintaining over a hundred thousand troops in a Middle Eastern country of thirty million to hold down a similarly-sized insurgency. Gone are the days when the Allies defeated and occupied industrial nations of tens of millions.

It may be that we have the power to win these wars but not the will, but either way the west is looking like a steel giant with clay feet. Governments are going to find it harder to justify military expenditure in the face of growing deficits. Voters no longer accept casualties. And if another threat arose to NATO or other western allies today, say a second North Korean invasion of South Korea, we would struggle to meet it. Between garrisoning its wealthy allies and occupying two small countries, the U.S. military is overstretched.

And the prognosis is not good. Between now and 2040, the American military will surely shrink. Either that, or the country will go bankrupt. And love it or loathe it, it is the last and best guarantee of the security of the free world there is. It wards Kim Jong-Il off South Korea and Japan, guaranteed Indonesian withdrawal from East Timor, has dissuaded China from finishing off the Nationalists in Taiwan, props up shaky pro-western regimes and guards Eastern Europe from Russia with its missile shield. A decline in American power will leave a vacuum that rogue states could easily exploit.

And on top of it all, we’re being steadily outnumbered. The developing world is growing much faster than the developed – more and more people are born into authoritarian states in Africa and the Middle East, and fewer and fewer in the democracies of Europe, North America and East Asia. Europe was home to 25% of the world’s people a hundred years ago, now its home to about 12%. And on current trends, it will be only 7% by 2050. It’s much easier to rule the world when you have a quarter of its people than it is when you have less than ten percent. There are going to be changes in the world’s demographics that the U.N. Population Division has predicted will be “the most dramatic in human history”, and we’re going to be on the pointy end.

Thirdly, let’s consider everyone else – the people not living in the western world. In particular, I want to look at a few specific examples of what I see as potential problem areas.

It should be obvious to anybody that Pakistan is unstable. It has a rapidly-growing population, severe poverty, a shaky authoritarian government and a history of political strife. It has a decently-performing economy, but low rates of savings and high public debt. It needed $100 billion in aid from the IMF to avoid bankruptcy during the 2008 financial crisis.

Since 2004, the Taliban has been waging an escalating war against the secular government in the north and along the Afghan border. In 2006, the Pakistani Government actually signed a peace agreement with the Taliban, giving them de facto legitimacy, and there is now an ‘Emirate of Waziristan’ in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas. This truce has since been broken, and the war continues, having killed three thousand soldiers and displaced some three million civilians so far.

In my view, Pakistan’s stability is more important than Iran’s nuclear program. A collapse of order in Pakistan would give Islamic extremists one of the most secure bases they could possibly have, hidden amongst almost two hundred million people. It could see the second Sunni theocracy of modern times after Afghanistan, but in a far larger and more populous country. And in a country with nuclear weapons.

Russia is dying, both figuratively and literally. The country is in the midst of one of the most severe demographic crises in the world. Its birth rate is 1.3 children per woman, which isn’t particularly low by European standards, but it has a disturbingly high death rate. Due to illness, alcoholism, accident and violence, the average Russian man lives to only 58 years old. There were 147 million Russians in 1991, now there are 142 million, with some 700,000 fewer each year.

There is a HIV/AIDS epidemic that, while not spreading as quickly as it did in the 1990s, has still infected over 900,000 people . Worse, 80% of them are in the 15-30 age group. Both Russia and the Ukraine have rates of HIV infection on par with the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo .

But some parts of the country are still growing, and suffer from far lower rates of alcoholism and HIV/AIDS. In Muslim-majority Dagestan, for example, the birth rate is 1.8. In fact, according to Tallinn Professor Paul Goble , the Muslim population in Russia has increased by 40% since 1989. Predictions of a Muslim-majority Russia are probably far-fetched given that birth rates among Russian Muslims are also in decline and the fertility rate among Slavs has shows signs of improvement. But the country will almost certainly become less stable as the number of Muslims increase and radical Islam, suppressed during the Soviet era, spreads. And more and more of the men conscripted into its army are Muslims – some 40 percent by 2015 .

Russia is largely being buoyed by its impressive economic performance, driven in part by an abundance of natural resources, oil and arable land. And it has little public debt. But its economy has been shocked by the financial crisis and wild fluctuations in oil prices. Should it recover, then the prospect for Russia is not as bad. The IMF predicts rapid economic growth between now and 2013. But should it go into decline, then the country’s many other problems – its demography, its old, sick and dying population, its wars on its southern borders – will come to a head. And Russia has seen severe collapse and an attempted military coup in the last twenty years – it is not far-fetched to imagine that it could see them again. And then questions start to be raised about the security of the vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons, and the power vacuum a Russian collapse would create in Asia and Eastern Europe. And the same thing could, if things go badly enough, end up happening in Europe.

And finally, this analysis does not even consider the effects of climate change. With the effective failure of Copenhagen, we will be seeing them over the next fifty years.

It’s not clear where we’re going or how quickly we’re getting there, but it’s important to remember just how fast things can change. As late as 1980, few mainstream Sovietologists were willing to predict that the Soviet Union would collapse in the next forty years, yet alone the next ten. Stephen Cohen, professor of Russian studies at Princeton, described the Soviet system as ‘remarkably stable’ – in 1983. Western experts on the USSR and communism in general derided the ‘apocalyptic predictions’ of the few writers publishing books predicting Soviet collapse, and even those like Carter-Administration Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski who did not expect the Soviet Union to last still did not expect to see it fall apart for ‘generations’.

Picture yourself watching the coronation of King George V in 1911. How many of the people around you would have been willing to predict the fall of the Russian, Austrian, Ottoman and German Empires – four of the time’s major powers – within the next ten years?

Now change the event to, say, Barack Obama’s inauguration last year. Will we look just as oblivious to an observer from the future?

The Closing of Civilization in Europe

The Closing of Civilization in Europe

Europe’s current problems are entirely self-inflicted. This does not mean, however, that the result will be less catastrophic. By subverting the roots of its own Judeo-Christian culture – a process that started with the French Enlightenment (as opposed to the Scottish Enlightenment, which was not anti-religious) – a religious and cultural vacuum was created at the heart of European civilization. The collapse of faith in its own values has, not surprisingly, led to a demographic collapse because a civilization that no longer believes in its own future also rejects procreation. Today, a new religion and culture is supplanting the old one. There is little one can do about it, but hope for a miracle.

America’s immigration problems pale in comparison with what confronts Europe. America’s major ethnic minorities – Blacks as well as Hispanics – are Christian, while the meanstream culture is also rooted in Christianity. In Europe a secularized post-Christian culture is facing a Muslim one. The secularized culture is hedonist and values only its present life, because it does not believe in an afterlife. This is why it will surrender when threatened with death because life is the only thing it has to lose. This is why it will accept submission without fighting for its freedom. Nobody fights for the flag of hedonism, not even the hedonists themselves.

One could also put it in a slightly different way: Europe lacks what America still has, namely the so-called “conservative reserves,” or as the German sociologist Arnold Gehlen explained over 30 years ago, “the reserves in national energy and self-confidence, primitiveness and generosity, wealth and potential of every kind.” Every so often I travel to the U.S. to recharge my batteries, and I am not the only European Conservative to do so. From time to time one needs to breathe the air of freedom before submerging again in the stifling atmosphere of Europe.

America’s “conservative reserves” are far stronger than Europe’s, because America, unlike secular Europe, has remained rooted to a larger extent in traditional Christian values. I do not doubt that if these values continue to decline in the U.S., American culture will collapse as European culture and civilisation have collapsed. However, America can learn from the impending European catastrophe, and avoid a similar fate.

The old European civilization – the pre-secular or the pre-post-Christian one – will live on in the U.S. If it perishes there too, mankind will relapse into the dark ages that are now taking hold of Europe, the cradle of Western civilization.

I suppose one could feel sad about all this, but sadness is not what I feel. One can feel compassion for those who die in accidents, fall in battle or get murdered (like the countless unborn children that perish every day) but can one pity those who have killed their own future for the pleasures of the present? Europe’s predicament, I repeat, is entirely self-inflicted. Not Islam is to blame. Secularism is.

The coming decade will witness the war between the values of Islam and the secular “values” of the decadent, hedonistic post-Marxist Left. We have seen the assassinations of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, last November’s prelude to the French civil war, the Danish cartoon case. This is just the beginning of the beginning. I do not consider myself a pessimist, merely a realist. It is quite clear who is going to lose – and whose fault that will be.

What If US Collapses? Soviet Collapse Lessons Every American Needs To Know

What If US Collapses? Soviet Collapse Lessons Every American Needs To Know

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to you to decide just how urgent a message it is.

My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use is the “Collapse Gap” – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the Cold War.

Slide [2] The subject of economic collapse is generally a sad one. But I am an optimistic, cheerful sort of person, and I believe that, with a bit of preparation, such events can be taken in stride. As you can probably surmise, I am actually rather keen on observing economic collapses. Perhaps when I am really old, all collapses will start looking the same to me, but I am not at that point yet.

And this next one certainly has me intrigued. From what I’ve seen and read, it seems that there is a fair chance that the U.S. economy will collapse sometime within the foreseeable future. It also would seem that we won’t be particularly well-prepared for it. As things stand, the U.S. economy is poised to perform something like a disappearing act. And so I am eager to put my observations of the Soviet collapse to good use.

Slide [3] I anticipate that some people will react rather badly to having their country compared to the USSR. I would like to assure you that the Soviet people would have reacted similarly, had the United States collapsed first. Feelings aside, here are two 20th century superpowers, who wanted more or less the same things – things like technological progress, economic growth, full employment, and world domination – but they disagreed about the methods. And they obtained similar results – each had a good run, intimidated the whole planet, and kept the other scared. Each eventually went bankrupt.

Slide [4] The USA and the USSR were evenly matched in many categories, but let me just mention four.

The Soviet manned space program is alive and well under Russian management, and now offers first-ever space charters. The Americans have been hitching rides on the Soyuz while their remaining spaceships sit in the shop.

The arms race has not produced a clear winner, and that is excellent news, because Mutual Assured Destruction remains in effect. Russia still has more nuclear warheads than the US, and has supersonic cruise missile technology that can penetrate any missile shield, especially a nonexistent one.

The Jails Race once showed the Soviets with a decisive lead, thanks to their innovative GULAG program. But they gradually fell behind, and in the end the Jails Race has been won by the Americans, with the highest percentage of people in jail ever.

The Hated Evil Empire Race is also finally being won by the Americans. It’s easy now that they don’t have anyone to compete against.

Slide [5] Continuing with our list of superpower similarities, many of the problems that sunk the Soviet Union are now endangering the United States as well. Such as a huge, well-equipped, very expensive military, with no clear mission, bogged down in fighting Muslim insurgents. Such as energy shortfalls linked to peaking oil production. Such as a persistently unfavorable trade balance, resulting in runaway foreign debt. Add to that a delusional self-image, an inflexible ideology, and an unresponsive political system.

Slide [6] An economic collapse is amazing to observe, and very interesting if described accurately and in detail. A general description tends to fall short of the mark, but let me try. An economic arrangement can continue for quite some time after it becomes untenable, through sheer inertia. But at some point a tide of broken promises and invalidated assumptions sweeps it all out to sea. One such untenable arrangement rests on the notion that it is possible to perpetually borrow more and more money from abroad, to pay for more and more energy imports, while the price of these imports continues to double every few years. Free money with which to buy energy equals free energy, and free energy does not occur in nature. This must therefore be a transient condition. When the flow of energy snaps back toward equilibrium, much of the US economy will be forced to shut down.

Slide [7] I’ve described what happened to Russia in some detail in one of my articles, which is available on SurvivingPeakOil.com. I don’t see why what happens to the United States should be entirely dissimilar, at least in general terms. The specifics will be different, and we will get to them in a moment. We should certainly expect shortages of fuel, food, medicine, and countless consumer items, outages of electricity, gas, and water, breakdowns in transportation systems and other infrastructure, hyperinflation, widespread shutdowns and mass layoffs, along with a lot of despair, confusion, violence, and lawlessness. We definitely should not expect any grand rescue plans, innovative technology programs, or miracles of social cohesion.

Slide [8] When faced with such developments, some people are quick to realize what it is they have to do to survive, and start doing these things, generally without anyone’s permission. A sort of economy emerges, completely informal, and often semi-criminal. It revolves around liquidating, and recycling, the remains of the old economy. It is based on direct access to resources, and the threat of force, rather than ownership or legal authority. People who have a problem with this way of doing things, quickly find themselves out of the game.

These are the generalities. Now let’s look at some specifics.

Slide [9] One important element of collapse-preparedness is making sure that you don’t need a functioning economy to keep a roof over your head. In the Soviet Union, all housing belonged to the government, which made it available directly to the people. Since all housing was also built by the government, it was only built in places that the government could service using public transportation. After the collapse, almost everyone managed to keep their place.

In the United States, very few people own their place of residence free and clear, and even they need an income to pay real estate taxes. People without an income face homelessness. When the economy collapses, very few people will continue to have an income, so homelessness will become rampant. Add to that the car-dependent nature of most suburbs, and what you will get is mass migrations of homeless people toward city centers.

Slide [10] Soviet public transportation was more or less all there was, but there was plenty of it. There were also a few private cars, but so few that gasoline rationing and shortages were mostly inconsequential. All of this public infrastructure was designed to be almost infinitely maintainable, and continued to run even as the rest of the economy collapsed.

The population of the United States is almost entirely car-dependent, and relies on markets that control oil import, refining, and distribution. They also rely on continuous public investment in road construction and repair. The cars themselves require a steady stream of imported parts, and are not designed to last very long. When these intricately interconnected systems stop functioning, much of the population will find itself stranded.

Slide [11] Economic collapse affects public sector employment almost as much as private sector employment, eventually. Because government bureaucracies tend to be slow to act, they collapse more slowly. Also, because state-owned enterprises tend to be inefficient, and stockpile inventory, there is plenty of it left over, for the employees to take home, and use in barter. Most Soviet employment was in the public sector, and this gave people some time to think of what to do next.

Private enterprises tend to be much more efficient at many things. Such laying off their people, shutting their doors, and liquidating their assets. Since most employment in the United States is in the private sector, we should expect the transition to permanent unemployment to be quite abrupt for most people.

Slide [12] When confronting hardship, people usually fall back on their families for support. The Soviet Union experienced chronic housing shortages, which often resulted in three generations living together under one roof. This didn’t make them happy, but at least they were used to each other. The usual expectation was that they would stick it out together, come what may.

In the United States, families tend to be atomized, spread out over several states. They sometimes have trouble tolerating each other when they come together for Thanksgiving, or Christmas, even during the best of times. They might find it difficult to get along, in bad times. There is already too much loneliness in this country, and I doubt that economic collapse will cure it.

Slide [13] To keep evil at bay, Americans require money. In an economic collapse, there is usually hyperinflation, which wipes out savings. There is also rampant unemployment, which wipes out incomes. The result is a population that is largely penniless.

In the Soviet Union, very little could be obtained for money. It was treated as tokens rather than as wealth, and was shared among friends. Many things – housing and transportation among them – were either free or almost free.

Slide [14] Soviet consumer products were always an object of derision – refrigerators that kept the house warm – and the food, and so on. You’d be lucky if you got one at all, and it would be up to you to make it work once you got it home. But once you got it to work, it would become a priceless family heirloom, handed down from generation to generation, sturdy, and almost infinitely maintainable.

In the United States, you often hear that something “is not worth fixing.” This is enough to make a Russian see red. I once heard of an elderly Russian who became irate when a hardware store in Boston wouldn’t sell him replacement bedsprings: “People are throwing away perfectly good mattresses, how am I supposed to fix them?”

Economic collapse tends to shut down both local production and imports, and so it is vitally important that anything you own wears out slowly, and that you can fix it yourself if it breaks. Soviet-made stuff generally wore incredibly hard. The Chinese-made stuff you can get around here – much less so.

Slide [15] The Soviet agricultural sector was notoriously inefficient. Many people grew and gathered their own food even in relatively prosperous times. There were food warehouses in every city, stocked according to a government allocation scheme. There were very few restaurants, and most families cooked and ate at home. Shopping was rather labor-intensive, and involved carrying heavy loads. Sometimes it resembled hunting – stalking that elusive piece of meat lurking behind some store counter. So the people were well-prepared for what came next.

In the United States, most people get their food from a supermarket, which is supplied from far away using refrigerated diesel trucks. Many people don’t even bother to shop and just eat fast food. When people do cook, they rarely cook from scratch. This is all very unhealthy, and the effect on the nation’s girth, is visible, clear across the parking lot. A lot of the people, who just waddle to and from their cars, seem unprepared for what comes next. If they suddenly had to start living like the Russians, they would blow out their knees.

Slide [16] The Soviet government threw resources at immunization programs, infectious disease control, and basic care. It directly operated a system of state-owned clinics, hospitals, and sanatoriums. People with fatal ailments or chronic conditions often had reason to complain, and had to pay for private care – if they had the money.

In the United States, medicine is for profit. People seems to think nothing of this fact. There are really very few fields of endeavor to which Americans would deny the profit motive. The problem is, once the economy is removed, so is the profit, along with the services it once helped to motivate.

Slide [17] The Soviet education system was generally quite excellent. It produced an overwhelmingly literate population and many great specialists. The education was free at all levels, but higher education sometimes paid a stipend, and often provided room and board. The educational system held together quite well after the economy collapsed. The problem was that the graduates had no jobs to look forward to upon graduation. Many of them lost their way.

The higher education system in the United States is good at many things – government and industrial research, team sports, vocational training… Primary and secondary education fails to achieve in 12 years what Soviet schools generally achieved in 8. The massive scale and expense of maintaining these institutions is likely to prove too much for the post-collapse environment. Illiteracy is already a problem in the United States, and we should expect it to get a lot worse.

Slide [18] The Soviet Union did not need to import energy. The production and distribution system faltered, but never collapsed. Price controls kept the lights on even as hyperinflation raged.

The term “market failure” seems to fit the energy situation in the United States. Free markets develop some pernicious characteristics when there are shortages of key commodities. During World War II, the United States government understood this, and successfully rationed many things, from gasoline to bicycle parts. But that was a long time ago. Since then, the inviolability of free markets has become an article of faith.

Slide [19] My conclusion is that the Soviet Union was much better-prepared for economic collapse than the United States is.

I have left out two important superpower asymmetries, because they don’t have anything to do with collapse-preparedness. Some countries are simply luckier than others. But I will mention them, for the sake of completeness.

In terms of racial and ethnic composition, the United States resembles Yugoslavia more than it resembles Russia, so we shouldn’t expect it to be as peaceful as Russia was, following the collapse. Ethnically mixed societies are fragile and have a tendency to explode.

In terms of religion, the Soviet Union was relatively free of apocalyptic doomsday cults. Very few people there wished for a planet-sized atomic fireball to herald the second coming of their savior. This was indeed a blessing.

Slide [20] One area in which I cannot discern any Collapse Gap is national politics. The ideologies may be different, but the blind adherence to them couldn’t be more similar.

It is certainly more fun to watch two Capitalist parties go at each other than just having the one Communist party to vote for. The things they fight over in public are generally symbolic little tokens of social policy, chosen for ease of public posturing. The Communist party offered just one bitter pill. The two Capitalist parties offer a choice of two placebos. The latest innovation is the photo finish election, where each party buys 50% of the vote, and the result is pulled out of statistical noise, like a rabbit out of a hat.

The American way of dealing with dissent and with protest is certainly more advanced: why imprison dissidents when you can just let them shout into the wind to their heart’s content?

The American approach to bookkeeping is more subtle and nuanced than the Soviet. Why make a state secret of some statistic, when you can just distort it, in obscure ways? Here’s a simple example: inflation is “controlled” by substituting hamburger for steak, in order to minimize increases to Social Security payments.

Slide [21] Many people expend a lot of energy protesting against their irresponsible, unresponsive government. It seems like a terrible waste of time, considering how ineffectual their protests are. Is it enough of a consolation for them to be able to read about their efforts in the foreign press? I think that they would feel better if they tuned out the politicians, the way the politicians tune them out. It’s as easy as turning off the television set. If they try it, they will probably observe that nothing about their lives has changed, nothing at all, except maybe their mood has improved. They might also find that they have more time and energy to devote to more important things.

Slide [22] I will now sketch out some approaches, realistic and otherwise, to closing the Collapse Gap. My little list of approaches might seem a bit glib, but keep in mind that this is a very difficult problem. In fact, it’s important to keep in mind that not all problems have solutions. I can promise you that we will not solve this problem tonight. What I will try to do is to shed some light on it from several angles.

Slide [23] Many people rail against the unresponsiveness and irresponsibility of the government. They often say things like “What is needed is…” plus the name of some big, successful government project from the glorious past – the Marshall Plan, the Manhattan Project, the Apollo program. But there is nothing in the history books about a government preparing for collapse. Gorbachev’s “Perestroika” is an example of a government trying to avert or delay collapse. It probably helped speed it along.

Slide [24] There are some things that I would like the government to take care of in preparation for collapse. I am particularly concerned about all the radioactive and toxic installations, stockpiles, and dumps. Future generations are unlikely to able to control them, especially if global warming puts them underwater. There is enough of this muck sitting around to kill off most of us. I am also worried about soldiers getting stranded overseas – abandoning one’s soldiers is among the most shameful things a country can do. Overseas military bases should be dismantled, and the troops repatriated. I’d like to see the huge prison population whittled away in a controlled manner, ahead of time, instead of in a chaotic general amnesty. Lastly, I think that this farce with debts that will never be repaid, has gone on long enough. Wiping the slate clean will give society time to readjust. So, you see, I am not asking for any miracles. Although, if any of these things do get done, I would consider it a miracle.

Slide [25] A private sector solution is not impossible; just very, very unlikely. Certain Soviet state enterprises were basically states within states. They controlled what amounted to an entire economic system, and could go on even without the larger economy. They kept to this arrangement even after they were privatized. They drove Western management consultants mad, with their endless kindergartens, retirement homes, laundries, and free clinics. These weren’t part of their core competency, you see. They needed to divest and to streamline their operations. The Western management gurus overlooked the most important thing: the core competency of these enterprises lay in their ability to survive economic collapse. Maybe the young geniuses at Google can wrap their heads around this one, but I doubt that their stockholders will.

Slide [26] It’s important to understand that the Soviet Union achieved collapse-preparedness inadvertently, and not because of the success of some crash program. Economic collapse has a way of turning economic negatives into positives. The last thing we want is a perfectly functioning, growing, prosperous economy that suddenly collapses one day, and leaves everybody in the lurch. It is not necessary for us to embrace the tenets of command economy and central planning to match the Soviet lackluster performance in this area. We have our own methods, that are working almost as well. I call them “boondoggles.” They are solutions to problems that cause more problems than they solve.

Just look around you, and you will see boondoggles sprouting up everywhere, in every field of endeavor: we have military boondoggles like Iraq, financial boondoggles like the doomed retirement system, medical boondoggles like private health insurance, legal boondoggles like the intellectual property system. The combined weight of all these boondoggles is slowly but surely pushing us all down. If it pushes us down far enough, then economic collapse, when it arrives, will be like falling out of a ground floor window. We just have to help this process along, or at least not interfere with it. So if somebody comes to you and says “I want to make a boondoggle that runs on hydrogen” – by all means encourage him! It’s not as good as a boondoggle that burns money directly, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Slide [27] Certain types of mainstream economic behavior are not prudent on a personal level, and are also counterproductive to bridging the Collapse Gap. Any behavior that might result in continued economic growth and prosperity is counterproductive: the higher you jump, the harder you land. It is traumatic to go from having a big retirement fund to having no retirement fund because of a market crash. It is also traumatic to go from a high income to little or no income. If, on top of that, you have kept yourself incredibly busy, and suddenly have nothing to do, then you will really be in rough shape.

Economic collapse is about the worst possible time for someone to suffer a nervous breakdown, yet this is what often happens. The people who are most at risk psychologically are successful middle-aged men. When their career is suddenly over, their savings are gone, and their property worthless, much of their sense of self-worth is gone as well. They tend to drink themselves to death and commit suicide in disproportionate numbers. Since they tend to be the most experienced and capable people, this is a staggering loss to society.

If the economy, and your place within it, is really important to you, you will be really hurt when it goes away. You can cultivate an attitude of studied indifference, but it has to be more than just a conceit. You have to develop the lifestyle and the habits and the physical stamina to back it up. It takes a lot of creativity and effort to put together a fulfilling existence on the margins of society. After the collapse, these margins may turn out to be some of the best places to live.

Slide [28] I hope that I didn’t make it sound as if the Soviet collapse was a walk in the park, because it was really quite awful in many ways. The point that I do want to stress is that when this economy collapses, it is bound to be much worse. Another point I would like to stress is that collapse here is likely to be permanent. The factors that allowed Russia and the other former Soviet republics to recover are not present here.

In spite of all this, I believe that in every age and circumstance, people can sometimes find not just a means and a reason to survive, but enlightenment, fulfillment, and freedom. If we can find them even after the economy collapses, then why not start looking for them now?

Thank you.

If you want Dmitry’s analysis in detail, get his lates book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects

Dates That Destroyed America

By Chuck Baldwin

Passage of the so-called “health care reform” bill in the House of Representatives this past Sunday, March 21 (I won’t even address the inferred unconstitutionality of Congress doing business on the Lord’s Day. See Article. I. Section. 7. Paragraph. 2.) drove yet another stake into the heart of America. For all intents and purposes, it is the health of the United States that is in dire need of healing. In fact, the US has been on extended life-support for decades. With its condition being rendered critical, and absent major surgery, its days are numbered. The passage of this bill only serves to further weaken an already frail Constitution. In fact, this one may prove to be the fatal blow. Lady Liberty may never recover.

The decision by Congress to socialize medicine in the US ranks among the most draconian, most egregious, most horrific actions ever taken by the central government in Washington, D.C. This bill rocks the principles of liberty and constitutional government to the core. It changes fundamental foundations; it repudiates historical principle. Oh! The same flag may fly on our flagpoles, the same monuments may grace our landscape, and the same National Anthem may be sung during our public ceremonies, but it is not the same America. The Congress of the United States has now officially turned America into a socialist state.

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law, and as such, this date–along with March 21–joins a list of dates that have each inflicted unconstitutional, socialistic, and sometimes even tyrannical action against the States United and have, therefore, contributed to the destruction of a free America.

April 9, 1865

This is the date when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Regardless of where one comes down on the subject of the Civil War, one fact is undeniable: Abraham Lincoln forever destroyed the Jeffersonian model of federalism in America. Ever since, virtually every battle that free men have fought for the principles of limited government, State sovereignty, etc., have all stemmed directly from Lincoln’s usurpation of power, which resulted in the subjugation and forced union of what used to be “Free and Independent States” (the Declaration of Independence). In fact, the philosophical battles being waged today regarding the recent health care debacle (and every other encroachment upon liberty and State power by the central government) have their roots in Lincoln’s tyranny.

July 9, 1868

This is the date when the 14th Amendment was ratified. This amendment codified into law what Lincoln had forced at bayonet point. Until then, people were only deemed citizens of their respective states. The Constitution nowhere referred to people as “US citizens.” It only recognized “the Citizens of each State.” Notice also that citizenship was only recognized among the “several States,” not among people living in non-State territories. Until the 14th Amendment, people were “Citizens of each State.” (Article. IV. Section. 2. Paragraph. 1.) The 14th Amendment created a whole new class of persons: “citizens of the United States.” This false notion of “one nation” overturned the Jeffersonian principle that our nation was a confederated republic, a voluntary union of states.

February 3, 1913

This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified, and the direct income tax and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom principles! What began as a temporary measure to support the War of Northern Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an unconstitutional–and ever-growing–central government.

April 8, 1913

This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment overturned the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators and replaced it with a direct, popular vote. This was another serious blow against State sovereignty. The framers of the Constitution desired that the influence and power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to the people and states as possible. For example, the number of representatives in the House of Representatives was to be decided by a limited number of voters. In the original Constitution, the ratio of “people of the several States” deciding their House member could not exceed “one for every thirty thousand.” (Article. I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came to the US Senate, the framers also recognized the authority of each State legislature to select its own senators, thereby keeping power and influence from aggregating in Washington, D.C. The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the influence and power of the states by forcing them to elect their US senators by popular vote. The bigger the State, the less influence the State legislature has in determining its US senator. Senators who answered to State legislators, each answering to a limited number of voters, are much more accountable to the “citizens of the several States” than those who are elected by a large number (many times numbering into the millions) of people. For all intents and purposes (at least in the larger states), US Senators are more like “mini-Presidents” than they are representatives of sovereign states.

December 23, 1913

This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This Act placed oversight of America’s financial matters into the hands of a cabal of private international bankers, who have completely destroyed the constitutional principles of sound money and (for the most part) free enterprise. No longer would the marketplace (private consumption, thrift, growth, etc.) be the determinant of the US economy (which is what freedom is all about), but now a private, unaccountable international banking cartel would have total power and authority to micromanage (for their own private, parochial purposes) America’s financial sector. Virtually every recession, depression, and downturn (including the one we are now experiencing) has been the direct result of the Fed’s manipulation (again, for its own purposes and with Washington’s cooperation) of the market.

June 26, 1945

This is the date when the United Nations Charter was signed and America joined the push for global government. Ever since, US forces have spilled untold amounts of blood and sacrificed thousands of lives promoting the UN’s agenda. Since the end of World War II, in virtually every war in which US military forces have been engaged, it has been at the behest of the UN. And it is also no accident that America has not fought a constitutionally declared war since we entered the UN–and neither have we won one.

Furthermore, it is America’s involvement in the United Nations that has spearheaded this draconian push for a New World Order that George H. W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Walter Cronkite, et al., have talked so much about. The United Nations is an evil institution that has completely co-opted our US State Department and much of our Defense Department. It is an anti-American institution that works aggressively and constantly against the interests and principles of the United States. But it is an institution that is ensconced in the American political infrastructure. Like a cancer, the UN eats away at our liberties and values, and both major political parties in Washington, D.C., are culpable in allowing it to exert so much influence upon our country.

June 25, 1962, and June 17, 1963

These are the dates when the US Supreme Court removed prayer (‘62) and Bible reading (‘63) from public schools. At this point, these two Supreme Court decisions were the most serious affront to the First Amendment in US history. Think of it: from before a union of states was established in 1787, children had been free to pray and read the Scriptures in school. We’re talking about a period of more than 300 years! Of course, the various State legislatures–and myriad city and county governmental meetings–still open their sessions in prayer, as do the US House and Senate, and even the US Supreme Court. But this same liberty is denied the children of America. There is no question that America has not recovered from these two horrific Supreme Court decisions. In effect, the federal government has expelled God not only from our public schools, but also from our public life! And America has not been the same since.

October 22, 1968

This is the date when President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968. Before this Act, the 2nd Amendment was alive and well in the United States. The Gun Control Act of 1968 turned a right into a privilege and forever forced the American people to bow to the altar of government when seeking to arm themselves. Interestingly enough, this Gun Control Act mirrored Nazi Germany’s Gun Control Act of 1938. In fact, the Gun Control Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler’s Gun Control Act of 1938.

Our Founding Fathers could never have imagined that governments within the “several States” would ever be allowed to deny the people’s right to keep and bear arms. In fact, it was the attempted confiscation of the firearms stored at Concord, Massachusetts, that triggered the War of Independence in 1775. That the people of Massachusetts would be denied their right to keep and bear arms, as they are today, could not have been foreseen–and would never have been tolerated–by America’s founders.

Yet, most of the hundreds of draconian gun control laws that have been inflicted upon the American people have all come about as a result of the Gun Control Act of 1968.

January 22, 1973

This is the date when the US Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand. These two decisions expunged the Jeffersonian principle that all men are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life (Declaration). Since then, more than 50 million unborn babies have been legally murdered in their mothers’ wombs. Abortion is, without a doubt, America’s national holocaust. It has opened the door to a host of Big Government programs and policies that have resulted in the wanton destruction of human life both in the United States and overseas. It has created an entire industry whose express purpose for existing is the destruction of human life. It has desensitized the conscience and soul of America. Furthermore, it has forced men of decency and good will to finance–with their tax dollars–the unconscionable act of killing unborn children.

And once again, another Jeffersonian principle was eviscerated. He said, “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The Roe and Doe decisions violate this principle in the most egregious manner possible.

October 26, 2001

This is the date when President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, and the federal government’s war against individual liberty began in earnest. Most of the unconstitutional eavesdropping, snooping, wiretapping, phone call intercepting, email reading, prying, financial records tracking, travel watching, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, by federal police agencies began with the implementation of the Patriot Act. The Department of Homeland Security and the “war on terrorism,” which have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people worldwide, and the usurpation of federal power at home, have all come about as an outgrowth of the Patriot Act. The USA Patriot Act has forever shifted the focus of American law and jurisprudence against constitutional government and individual liberty, toward a police-state mentality. The Patriot Act is even turning our local and State law enforcement agencies into military-style “Jackboots,” where police officers see themselves not necessarily as guardians of the citizenry, but, as often as not, as adversaries, where citizens are deemed to be the “enemy.”

October 17, 2006, and October 9, 2009

These are the dates when President G.W. Bush signed and re-signed the Military Commissions Act. This Act is the outgrowth of the Patriot Act but has, in effect, terminated the fundamental protections of individual liberty, which are found in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. For all intents and purposes, the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act eviscerated the 4th and 5th Amendments, and do serious injury to several others. The Military Commissions Act also expunges the constitutional right of Habeas Corpus.

March 21 and 23, 2010

These are the dates when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the so-called “health care reform” bill that we spoke about at the beginning of this column. While Social Security and various Welfare programs have toyed with socialism in the United States, this bill is the largest and most expansive endorsement of socialism in American history. This bill socializes some 18% of the US economy by socializing the health care industry in America. The fallout and ramifications of this bill are going to be horrific.

When future historians review the demise of our once-great republic, they will observe that the above dates, including March 21 and March 23, 2010, were the dates that destroyed America. The American people have been far too tolerant for far too long.

People concerned about the future of freedom and prosperity in America should line up quickly and demand that their respective State legislatures and governors resist this new health care bill, even to the point of refusing to implement it in their states. More than 30 states are threatening to take the health care bill to court. But states must do more than that. They must follow the lead of the State of Virginia and pass legislation refusing to comply with it. Yes, I’m saying it: it is time for another State rebellion! If states do not stand up and draw their lines in the sand now, it will be forever too late.

Locust: I would add the 1965 immigration reform act, on this list as well, this was the deal that ended American exceptional-ism and immigration restrictions to western nations and western peoples, no mud’s.  What have we gotten for it, look around and see where our nation has gone, that’s right into the 3rd world.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He hosts a weekly radio show. His website is here.


News From Political Cesspool Blog

Hispanic gang attacking police in Hemet, California

Hemet is outside of Los Angeles, and as California fills with Mexicans, we shouldn’t be surprised to find Mexican style violent attacks on law enforcement itself, which is quite common south of the border.

Hemet police are investigating the torching of four code enforcement trucks in a city parking lot Tuesday night, believing it to be part of a pattern of attacks targeting them since December.

The four white pickups showed signs of burning this morning in the roped off lot as investigators scoured the area for clues. Last week state Atty. General Jerry Brown announced a $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the attacks.

The first three were booby traps aimed at members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force.

Hemet police said they believe Tuesday night’s incident, just a block from the police station, was connected to the earlier assaults.

So far there are no suspects but gang officers recently launched a crackdown on the Vagos motorcycle gang, which has a reputation for infiltrating police departments.

In December, a gas utility line was redirected to fill the offices with gas; any spark could have triggered an explosion. In February, a modified handgun was hidden by the gate to the office and rigged to fire. When a gang officer opened the gate, the weapon went off, narrowly missing him. And two weeks ago, police said, a “dangerous” device was found near the unmarked car of a task-force member.

More about the Mexican Vagos gang here.

Farmers Branch law against renting to illegals is struck down

The Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, like many cities in the Dallas area, has been overrun with illegal aliens. A few years ago, when “conservative” George Bush and the “conservative” GOP Congress refused to do anything about this invasion, the city council passed a law making it illegal to rent to illegal aliens. Now a federal judge has thrown it out. Why? Because it’s the federal government’s job to enforce laws against illegal immigrants, and if the Democrats and the Republicans in DC refuse to, that’s too bad, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

A Farmers Branch ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting apartments in the city is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled today.

U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle of Dallas found that the ordinance was an attempt to enforce U.S. immigration laws – something the judge said only the federal government can do.

Boyle issued a permanent injunction to stop Farmers Branch from enforcing its Ordinance 2952.

The only group it’s OK to hate

Conservative white people. It’s not only OK to hate conservative white people, it’s encouraged and celebrated. Try to imagine any news media in America talking this way about blacks, Jews, gays, Muslims, etc:

Gay panic is sweeping the land! This might be news, except that it’s the usual cast of hillbillies, teabaggers, right-wing Christians, and right-wing Christian hillbilly teabaggers (look for the latter category on the 2020 U.S. Census form) who’re getting their panties in a wad. Again.

Mass immigration is destroying Australia

That’s what a noted demographer says. And I tend to believe him.

TRADITIONS based on heritage, sporting culture and common language are threatened by mass immigration, a leading demographer has warned.

Monash University population expert Dr Bob Birrell has said the huge influx of people with few or no English skills had created social problems in Melbourne suburbs such as Dandenong, Sunshine and Broadmeadows and most major cities were feeling the population strain, the Herald Sun reported.

“This is not a pretty picture,” he said. “Social divisions are becoming more obvious and geographically concentrated and certain areas are being overlain by an ethnic identification.”

Dr Birrell made the explosive comments in an article for Policy, a magazine published by the Centre for Independent Studies, a right-wing think tank.

In a plea to the Rudd Government to slash the current immigrant intake of 180,000 a year, Dr Birrell warned that the predicted population of 35 million by 2050 would be a disaster for urban living and the environment.

“One would have to wander deaf, dumb and blind through Australian capital cities to not notice how urban congestion has already reduced the quality of life,” he said.

The intake dominated by people from non-English speaking backgrounds was transforming Australia, Dr Birrell said. (Click to see the Immigration department’s statistics on migration and where migrants have come from.)

“We are losing core elements of what was once shared. Almost all could once aspire to a house and land … and sharing a common language, sporting culture and heritage,” he said.

Ann Coulter gets the AmRen treatment

Ann Coulter’s speech at the University of Ottawa was canceled due to fears of violence. It’s the same thing that was done to AmRen last month in Washington, DC, and the same thing that was done to the EURO conference here in Memphis in late 2008. Conservatives should have been speaking up about this a long time ago, but they didn’t seem to mind when “racists” lost their free speech rights. Apparently it hasn’t sunk in with them yet that when liberals talk about “racists” they mean any white person to the right of Jesse Jackson. Kathy Shaidle has the best coverage; scroll down, because there are several posts worth reading.

Pentagon’s New Robots Eye Creepy New ‘Flex Fuel’

Pentagon’s New Robots Eye Creepy New ‘Flex Fuel’

Will Future US Military Vehicles, Robots Feast on the Flesh of the Slain?

The real downside to the Pentagon’s planned army of merciless killbots, besides the inevitable robot rebellion (which the Pentagon is spending billions trying to head off) is all that fuel. Robots need really big batteries, or internal combustion engines, or something. No matter how they’re powered though, it’s not free. Until now.

A Pentagon contractor in Maryland is now working on a robot that can forage for its own food. It could use any biomass in the area. And lets face it, in any really big war there’s plenty of biomass just lying around all shot up or bombed to death and not doing anything for the war effort. So the robots, and potentially vehicles based on the same design, will be feeding off the flesh of slain humans to continue on their mission to slay humans and feed off their flesh.

Besides the obvious ethical issues of creating man-eating, killer robots (which presumably don’t concern the Pentagon any more than the non-man-eating but still killer robots did), the plan will also raise serious concerns about the reliability of body counts. It is difficult enough to get an accurate death toll out of the military when villages present the bodies to local officials. Imagine the skepticism if the villagers have to explain that Pentagon battle droids consumed all the slain villagers and sped off for more mayhem.

Locust: my take, lets begin research and design, when we retake the nation in the next decade, we will use them on our enemies.

The Republic Hanging by a Thread – by Jeff Davis

The Republic Hanging by a Thread

by Jeff Davis

Every once in a while Rush Limbaugh hits the nail on the head even though he constrains himself from delving into the underlying race issues. His response to the massive Democrat power grab is definitely worth quoting and commenting on. To be sure, there is a BIG racial component to socialized health care. County hospitals all over the southwest US were being hopelessly overcrowded and driven to bankruptcy by a flood of illegal aliens. This Democrat health care bill is not intended to help out needy White people. It’s intended to help the 30 million Latinos, who have invaded the US and their equally poor cousins who already have citizenship. Young White people will eventually find themselves taxed to the point of oblivion to support this crushing Third World burden. Imagine how much harder an impact Limbaugh’s response would have made if Limbaugh would only bring race up.

Limbaugh began his Monday program with, “Today, as we start the radio program, America is hanging by a thread. So we have to see what we can do with a thread. At the end of the day, our freedom has been assaulted. This is the kind of change that people did not think they were going to get when they voted for Barack Obama. Freedom must win the day.”

Granted, Limbaugh’s definition of “freedom” and mine are significantly different, but he alone of all the major commentators has come closest to the truth.

Limbaugh continues: “…I’m asking myself what kind of country are we today. We’re not a representative republic. The will of the people was spat upon yesterday. The will of the people is of no concern to the people who now have power and authority from the White House all the way down to Capitol Hill. The will of the people is something to be crushed. So we’re not a representative republic. You can’t even say, loosely defined, we are much of a democracy….. We have the people. We have the intellectual arguments. We have the commonsense arguments. We have history. But they won yesterday.”

Now, if only Limbaugh had the guts to come right out and say just who “we” are. “We” means White people. “Democrats” means the organized hordes of non-Whites, Jews, sexual perverts and deranged liberals who want to take this continent from the White man and turn it into a multi-racial cesspool just like Brazil. Continue reading

Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It

Truth Has Fallen and Has Taken Liberty With It

Good-bye

By Paul Craig Roberts

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell

There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.

Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-Semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government.

Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.

Truth is inconvenient for ideologues.

Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid handsomely to hide it. “Free market economists” are paid to sell offshoring to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relicts from long ago, we are best shed of them. Their place has been taken by “the New Economy,” a mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. All Americans need in order to participate in this “new economy” are finance degrees from Ivy League universities, and then they will work on Wall Street at million dollar jobs.

Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth of “the New Economy.”

And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in peer-reviewed journals concocted “studies” that hype this or that new medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the “studies.”

The Council of Europe is investigating big pharma’s role in hyping a false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of the vaccine.

The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms.

And there is the global warming scandal, in which climate scientists, financed by Wall Street and corporations anxious to get their mitts on “cap and trade” and by a U.N. agency anxious to redistribute income from rich to poor countries, concocted a doomsday scenario in order to create profit in pollution.

Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money.

Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the job.

I remember when, following CIA director William Colby’s testimony before the Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from assassinating foreign leaders.  In 2010 the US Congress was told by Dennis Blair, head of national intelligence, that the US now assassinates its own citizens in addition to foreign leaders.

When Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime, just murdered on suspicion  alone of being a “threat,” he wasn’t impeached. No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee. In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there might be don’t carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.

As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO “performance bonuses,” have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession.

Intelligence and integrity have been purchased by money. The transnational or global U.S. corporations pay multi-million dollar compensation packages to top managers, who achieve these “performance awards” by replacing U.S. labor with foreign labor. While Washington worries about “the Muslim threat,” Wall Street, U.S. corporations and “free market” shills destroy the U.S. economy and the prospects of tens of millions of Americans.

Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the police state.

Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect “terrorists,” and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free.

Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any different.

I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.”

For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.

For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.

The American media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.

America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based.

These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency. The wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar’s value have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called “entitlements” as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid for in payroll taxes all their working lives.

With over 21 percent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980, with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and India, with war being Washington’s greatest commitment, with the dollar over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the “war on terror,” the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history.

The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.

Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct. His latest book, How The Economy Was Lost, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press.

Turmoil Over War, Immigration Threatens The Alternative Right

Turmoil Over War, Immigration Threatens The Alternative Right

By W. James Antle III

When an Establishment conservative like Mitt Romney wins the CPAC straw poll, it is an opening salvo in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. But when Ron Paul wins, well, there is nothing to see here.

“Be careful not to read too much—or much at all—into these results,” warned the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza. “Paul’s supporters are loyal and loud but not, ultimately, that large a group as proven by the fact that he did not win a single primary or caucus in 2008.”

The Christian Science Monitor recounted this bit of snark from the blog Little Green Footballs: “There’s never been a poll Ron Paul couldn’t win, unless you count a presidential primary race.”[CPAC: Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll - ends Romney's CPAC domination, By Jimmy Orr, February 20, 2010]

It’s true: straw polls are unscientific. Paul’s victory doesn’t mean he’ll be taking the oath of office come January 20, 2013 anymore than Romney’s three consecutive CPAC triumphs translated into him winning the presidency—or even the Republican nomination.

But straw polls do test organizational strength and grassroots enthusiasm. CPAC, as its organizers like to point out, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists. It says something that Ron Paul was able to attract substantially more support than Sarah Palin, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, and a slew of other Beltway right favorites. It may not portend much for the 2012 primaries, but it does show where the youthful intensity and enthusiasm lie.

Paul’s first-place showing wasn’t the only sign that what some are calling the “Alternative Right” is coming into its own. Paul-inspired organizations like the Campaign for Liberty are displaying increasing professionalism and effectiveness. The movement is even shedding its cult of personality aspect, developing other respected leaders alongside Ron Paul. At this point, Paul’s son Rand has to be favored to win the Republican senatorial nomination in Kentucky, where he’d be at least even to win the general election.

The Paulites’ relationship with mainstream conservatives—who remain enamored of the Iraq war and the Bush Doctrine, if not always former President George W. Bush himself—is still contentious. Paul’s win was booed by many CPAC attendees. But increasingly, dissident conservatives feel like a real presence rather than a rump or a remnant.

All of this is good news in a political culture where positive stories are hard to come by.

But as conservatives are fond of saying, ideas have consequences. The ideas that animate the movement started by Ron Paul are mostly libertarian. One of the consequences is that patriotic immigration reform may not be as salient to a Paulian alternative right.

Pat Buchanan launched three presidential bids in which he championed three broadly paleoconservative causes: a restrained post-Cold War foreign policy; an approach to trade that was skeptical of the benefits of a hyperglobalized economy; and patriotic immigration reform. Buchananite ideas, his supporters hoped and his critics feared, had the potential to appeal to many more people than the 3 million who cast ballots for Buchanan during his most successful presidential campaign.

After the disappointment of Buchanan’s Reform Party bid, the Buchanan brigades were to live on in the pages of older publications like Chronicles and such new ones as The American Conservative (for which I worked for nearly three years).

Even during the heady days of the Buchanan campaign, there were harbingers of a possible split between non-interventionists and immigration restrictionists. The libertarians involved in the paleo “New Fusionist” bargain originally invented by the much-missed Murray Rothbard began to have qualms about supporting a presidential candidate who opposed free trade and advocated economic nationalism. Before his death in 1995, Rothbard worried that Buchanan’s trade views were pushing him in a more statist direction.

But once paleos had for the most part quit the political scene—there was no obvious successor to Buchanan—for intellectual enterprises, the split seemed to subside. Reports of contentious John Randolph Club meetings notwithstanding, paleocons and paleolibertarians were publishing together in The American Conservative during the run-up to the Iraq war.

Ron Paul brought paleos back into politics again. The Good Doctor’s position on immigration isn’t perfect but it isn’t bad (the same is true of his son Rand). In fact, Paul’s immigration views during the 2008 primaries were more sensible and durable than most of the GOP frontrunners. He is a believer in sovereignty and borders. Nevertheless, the National Question does not move him much and immigration was far less important to Paul’s campaign than Buchanan’s.

Consequently, under Paul’s would-be successors things could get rather worse. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is talked about as a possible Paulite candidate in the 2012 primaries. His frugal record as governor and his constitutionalist platform today are remarkable. But his position on immigration is dreadful.

Johnson’s “OUR America Initiative” includes expanding legal immigration on its “Three Point Plan” for national prosperity. In 2000, Johnson gave an interview to Playboy in which he promiscuously uttered almost every immigration enthusiast canard:

PLAYBOY: As governor of a border state, what is your view of the immigration issue?

JOHNSON: I don’t think Easterners recognize that the Hispanics who immigrate are great people, great citizens. They care about their families like other Americans care about their families. They’re living in poverty in Mexico and can come to the United States and do a lot better.

PLAYBOY: By–according to some–taking away jobs.

JOHNSON: They work the lowest-paying jobs, which is a huge step up from where they come from. And they are taking jobs that other Americans don’t necessarily want. They’re hardworking people who are taking jobs that others don’t want. That’s the reality.

PLAYBOY: Would you open the borders and make it easier to immigrate legally?

JOHNSON: My vision of the border with Mexico is that a truck from the United States going into Mexico and a truck coming from Mexico into the United States will pass each other at the border going 60 miles an hour. Yes, we should have open borders. It will help enormously with the drug issue, too, by the way. One of the huge raps on Mexico is that it is a drug supplier, that it’s the drug corridor. But there wouldn’t be drugs coming in illegally from Mexico if there weren’t the demand in the United States. We have a militarized border with Mexico, and it’s a shame. It doesn’t work very well, either. Mexican mules get paid a king’s ransom to carry marijuana or cocaine across the border, but they are just mules. If they get caught, they’re the ones who get locked up, not the drug lords. One out of eight gets caught. Whoever’s paying them south of the border knows that equation and understands the risk.

PLAYBOY: In California, there was a backlash against illegal immigrants. Voters passed a proposition that would have denied them medical and other services.

JOHNSON: It wouldn’t be a problem if they were legal, so the process to make them legal should be easier.

PLAYBOY: Many Americans fear the flood of immigrants that would follow.

JOHNSON: Again, they would come over and take jobs that we don’t want. They would become taxpayers. They’re just pursuing dreams—the same dreams we all have. They work hard. What’s wrong with that?

“Yes, we should have open borders.” If this were an idiosyncrasy of Johnson’s, it wouldn’t matter much. One could easily justify a protest vote for an antiwar Republican while disagreeing on other important issues. But what if Johnson’s immigration expansionism catches on?

At a Campaign for Liberty roundtable discussion on the war on terror at CPAC, panelist Jacob Hornberger proposed an alternative to a foreign policy based on regime change: allowing all victims of tyranny to flee their oppressive home countries and come to the United States. If the mostly young audience objected, it didn’t show in the raucous applause that followed Hornberger’s immigration line. (By contrast, the crowd was clearly divided when another panelist called America a “secular republic” and said religion had no place in politics).

To be sure, a Ron Paul libertarian is far less likely to support open borders than most other self-described libertarians. And the Paul movement has been good for exposing young people to authentic conservatism, including arguments for immigration restriction.

But there has been a divide between paleoconservatives primarily interested in immigration and those primarily interested in foreign policy.

Foreign policy, even more than the Federal Reserve, draws people to Paulian forms of conservatism and libertarianism. While non-interventionism has gained a following among a growing number of young people on the right, it has gained little traction among the millions who still identify with the mainstream conservative movement. By contrast, patriotic immigration reform has appealed to rank-and-file Republicans who detest George W. Bush’s amnesty proposals but like his wars just fine.

This has left some paleoconservatives feeling uneasy. As the immigration-reduction movement has sunk deeper roots into the conservative movement and begun to acquire a mass-electoral base, it has also picked up some of the political style and impulses of the prowar Right,” wrote my old boss Scott McConnell in an American Conservative review of Mark Krikorian’s The New Case Against Immigration. “Talk-radio hosts who are anti-immigrant are especially anti-Muslim and noisy enthusiasts for bombing other countries.”[Assimilating to the GOP, September 22, 2008 ]

Many leading voices on the antiwar right, such as Justin Raimondo and American Conservative publisher Ron Unz, never agreed with restrictionist arguments on immigration. Others, like McConnell and Lew Rockwell, began to find those arguments irrelevant in the context of the GOP’s bellicose foreign policy.

Politically, this split came to a head during the 2006 midterm elections: Should the paleo movement support the congressional Republicans who stopped amnesty for illegal immigrants? Or should it jettison them because of their near-unanimous support the war?

As it turned out, the tactical question didn’t matter very much. Amnesty proved too unpopular to pass even under a Democratic Congress. And congressional Democrats were too wimpish to do much of anything about the war, dabbling in nonbinding resolutions and standing by meekly as George W. Bush commenced the surge.

But the political question will come up again. Do paleos support a peace candidate like Gary Johnson who favors open borders? Or do they back someone like Tom Tancredo, who is a stalwart on immigration but speaks casually of bombing Mecca?

In the long term, this split is bad for the Alternative Right. Mass immigration will frustrate the Paulites’ efforts to shrink government by expanding the welfare state’s beneficiaries and swelling the ranks of big-government voters. Unguarded borders at home will encourage reckless searches abroad for monsters to destroy. And romantic attitudinizing about the glories of immigration will limit the liberty movement’s electoral appeal to the young men who have always been the best potential audience for libertarians.

The consequences will be equally bad for immigration patriots. For one thing, it will tie them to a GOP Establishment that still has much to learn about immigration beyond the clichés that “amnesty is bad” and “illegal immigration is illegal.” Republicans are better at voting down bad ideas than enacting good ones.

Worse, as McConnell warns, “By becoming part and parcel of the Republican Right, the immigration-reform movement risks becoming absorbed by the Right’s jingoism, turning into another means of expressing American superiority over foreigners, people to be kept out at home and bombed abroad.”

The immigration patriots who don’t become Republican regulars will find themselves tempted into what I believe is the moral and political dead end of white nationalism.

The original paleo blend of anti-statism, particularism, and belief in a transcendent moral order avoided dangerous extremes. It abjured both authoritarianism and libertinism, universalist flim-flam and bigotry.

The growth of the Ron Paul movement is an exciting new opportunity. But on some things, the paleos were right from the beginning.

W. James Antle III (email him) is associate editor of The American Spectator and a contributing editor of The American Conservative and Young American Revolution.

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