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http://frontpagemag.com/2012/03/15/jim-belushi-raises-money-for-obama-castro/ “I love Cuba!” bellowed comedian Jim Belushi last week from a Havana stage. The comedian, who cashed-in on his comedian brother’s name, was giving a stand-up routine as guest of honor of a regime whose “constitution” mandates two years in prison for any subject overheard cracking a joke about Belushi’s host, Fidel Castro. Jim [...]
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ While terms like “The Marketplace of Ideas” are still tossed about occasionally like confetti out of a tenth story window, they mean about as much as the soiled mass of tape that everyone has stepped on by the time the parade is over. The age of ideas, when issues might actually be debated, instead [...]
The military policy of the United States has been governed by altruism since at least World War I, when Herbert Croly, the proto-fascist and Progressive writer, advocated that America involve itself in that war as a “tonic of a serious moral adventure.” The shocking news is that, if an American soldier murdered sixteen Afghani citizens in cold blood, it is a direct consequence of that policy.
The messianic President Wilson could not pass up what he saw as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help remake the world. As historian Arthur Ekirch writes in The Decline of American Liberalism, “The notion of a crusade came naturally to Wilson, the son of a Presbyterian minister, imbued with a stern Calvinist sense of determinism and devotion to duty.” He was goaded by a host of Progressive intellectuals, such as John Dewey and Herbert Croley, editor of The New Republic, who wrote that “the American nation needs the tonic of a serious moral adventure.”
I first posted this heart-warming April 1945 photograph of Canadian-liberated Zwolle, Netherlands last year. I’m posting it again because the point I raised then is at least as relevant today, particularly in light of the tragic and completely aberrational incident in which an Army Staff Sergeant apparently walked off base and shot and killed t6 Afghan civilians.
Last year, I wrote:
Between 1940 and 1945, 128 known air raids were carried out by Allied forces on German-occupied Rotterdam in the Netherlands, killing 884 civilians and wounding 631. I mention this wondering whether Admiral Mullen ever ponders just why it was that Allied Forces in Europe were greeted as liberators in a war that caused millions of civilian casualties.
Just to underscore: that figure includes millions of civilian casualities caused by Allied Forces. How do Bush and Obama and Mullen and Kilcullen and Petraeus and McChrystal and now John R. Allen, the current commanding general in Afghanistan, explain the welcome Allied forces received across Europe in 1945 despite the massive suffering and death the Allies, too, inflicted? The answer is that the liberated peoples rejected the Nazis and their ideology. So why doesn’t the same logic work on “liberated” Afghans? Maybe they don’t reject either the Taliban or their ideology. Maybe there’s just way too much overlap on both counts.
…Pravda, historically the organ of the USSR Communist Party, now an online paper of the same, sinister-storied name, can comment on the stunning lack of media oxygen given to further evidence, as marshaled by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse, that President Obama is an identity thief.
From, yes, Pravda:
A singularly remarkable event has taken place in the United States of America. This event occurred in Arizona on March 1st and was an earth shattering revelation.
A long awaited press conference was given by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a five time elected Sheriff, which should have made national and international headlines. Arpaio’s credentials include serving in the United States Army from 1950 to 1953, service as a federal narcotics agent serving in countries all over the world with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and served as the head of the Arizona DEA. Without doubt, this is a serious Law Enforcement Officer, not one to be taken in by tin-foil-hat wearing loons.
http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2012/03/14/mainstream-american-muslim-jurists-blueprint-for-undermining-americas-legal-system/ Mainstream American Muslim Jurists’ Blueprint for Undermining America’s Legal System Salah al-Sawy, mainstream AMJA “jurist”, expresses his patriotic views on US citizenship: As for obtaining citizenships in light of circumstances of Muslims today who are residing outside the lands of Islam — on the condition that they do not accept indefinitely the law and [...]
Syria Debate: I Didn’t Miss the Totalitarian Angle; I Wrote the Book On It
There is not much with which to argue in Michael’s last salvo, but I do think I’m entitled to grouse a bit.
The subtitle of my last book (The Grand Jihad), which Michael has been characteristically kind in praising, is “How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.” My central thesis is that, while there have been periods of militant Islamic supremacism as long as there has been Islam, the most recent iteration is uniquely threatening due to two factors. First is the propagation of fundamentalist ideology by the unimaginable oil wealth of a few Islamic countries (mostly Saudi Arabia), amplified by the unprecedented communications capabilities of our age. Second is the alliance between Islamic supremacism and the revolutionary Left.
As Michael will recall, I took no small amount of guff over this, particularly from my usual allies on the Right. Some of it was just uninformed — the sort of thing you get from people who’ve heard that a provocative argument has been made but haven’t bothered to familiarize themselves with it (Are you saying Obama is a covert Muslim? That Obama wants to impose sharia law? That Obama supports al-Qaeda?). Some of it was the craven preening that has become too familiar: The opposition, having been nailed, is certain to fight back with its bread-and-butter, character assassination; so the brave conservative pundit — posing as Bill Buckley purging the Birchers — shows how thoughtful and nuanced he can be by fretting over the “Islamophobia” and ideological “extremism” he perceives in the suggestion that one’s political adversaries sympathize with the nation’s enemies. And finally, some of it was strategic: Many on the Right are, alas, heavily invested in the Islamic democracy project; I counter that this enterprise is not only a national-security mirage but a means by which the progressives who dominate U.S. foreign policy (in the State Department, the military brass, the intelligence community, and elsewhere in government) export not our constitutional culture of individual liberty but their preference for Big Government. (Three years ago, I wrote about “democracy building” as a pretext for spreading statism, after reading commanding general Stanley McChrystal’s outline of what I saw — and see — as the tragically flawed U.S. mission in Afghanistan.)
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO…PLEASE READ ANDY McCARTHY’S BOOK…”THE GRAND JIHAD”
The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andrew C. McCarthy
Check out today’s posts and more at http://nsroundtable.org/:
From Assad With Love
Thousands of emails intercepted by Syrian opposition and released by UK’s Guardian show Iranian officials advised Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to divert attention by verbally attacking Israel, centering on ‘Palestinian cause’; and stop blaming al-Qaida… http://nsroundtable.org/as-we-see-it/from-assad-with-love/
The Iranian Scourge
The Iranian regime continues to spread its venom throughout the world. This time in Azerbaijan, a Muslim country that has good relations with Israel… http://nsroundtable.org/as-we-see-it/the-iranian-scourge/
More Tidings Of Joy From RoP
A suicide-bomber from Islamist terrorist group, al-Shabab, has blown himself up at the gates of the presidential palace in Mogadishu, killing at least 5 and bringing the world more tidings of joy from the ‘Religion of Peace’… http://nsroundtable.org/as-we-see-it/more-tidings-of-joy-from-rop/
Democracy Has Failed, “Caliphate is the Answer” http://www.stonegateinstitute.org/2943/democracy-caliphate “What liberties are offered by the western secular system? The liberty of disintegrating the family? The liberty of being homosexual? ‘Oh Caliphate! Help!’” Even though in Tunisia the Islamist party Hizb-ut-Tahrir [HuT] — Party of Liberation — is officially banned, it was able to organize a large [...]