Saturday, June 04, 2005

Thoughts on "Our Strange War"

VDH is one of my favourites. I read everything I can lay my hands on. I say this one is a must to read.
One has strange thoughts while reading it. Just see what he has written.
we are publicly pledged to fighting a method — “terror” — rather than the concrete enemy of Islamic fascism that employs it.

One has to admit that fascism was invented about fourteen hundred years after Islam. Islam is a religion. Some would argue that fascism is also a religion, because a) you can not prove its tenets, you have to believe in it, b) it professes the higher moral standing of its members, c) it professes that its teachings are handed down from God or an equivalent world-spirit (see uebermensch, divine Providence etc.), d) whoever adheres to it, goes to Heaven and all others go to the respective Hell (beheadings, gas chambers or eternal flames). So: Islamic fascism is a religious aberration of a religion, which is still a religion.

VDH - I belive knows this but does not want to say - finds himself in a battle pitted against a religion and in the 21st century - phooey - how can anyone say that? This
explains our exasperating strategy of half-measures and apologies — and the inability to articulate exactly whom we are fighting and why.


Forget about his analogy of Hitler in the next paragraph, it just does not make sense. Hitler was made of a cloth different from the hijab.
So to recap:
The real enemy is an Islamic religious heresy that is promulgated by a few thousand. They wear no uniforms and are deeply embedded within and protected by Muslim society.

You see, they are "deeply embedded and protected by Musim society". One wonders, why? Maybe, because the society agrees with them, secretly or dancing openly on the streets? Maybe that the society is coward to openly express its joy and exuberance when presented with a beheading or a blown up disco?
Even if they would hate living under Taliban-like theocrats, millions at least see the jihadists as about the only way of “getting back” at the Western world that has left them so far behind.

Now, you see, there are "millions" who are joyous at getting back at the westerners, who have left them behind. But remember, the forbears of these millions, those other millions in the 16th and 17th century, were a deadly menace to the westerners at the gates of Vienna and other gates of other cities. How were they left behind, in such a few short - Islamically speaking - centuries?
Still, most in the Middle East wish simply to embrace the human desire for prosperity, freedom, and security within the umbrella of traditional Muslim society — and will support American efforts if (a) these initiatives seem to be successful, and (b) are not seen as American

Islam, we are told, means "submission", purportedly to the divine word of the Koran which defines responsibilities of the believer and much less is said about freedom, equality and human laws and constitutions.
Although the enemy is weak militarily and its nihilist ideology appeals to few

Now we are presented with a few nihilistic ideologues, embedded into millions of the Islamic society, are there a few only or are there millions?
Then:
the doctrine of the deniability of culpability. In the legalistic world of the United Nations and international courts, Islamists depend on their patrons’ not being held responsible beyond a reasonable doubt for the shelter and cash they provide to those who kill Westerners

but the shelter and cash is not only provided to those who actually kill westerners, but also the rest of their society. The US, EU, UN etc. is -has been - providing hundreds of millions to the e.g. Palestinian Authority, which passes it on to the Hamas, Fatah and I don't know what other terrorist societies. Iran will be promoted to the WTO - because they have been playing ball with the West so nicely.
Again, forget what is said about the oil. It again does not make sense. Everybody makes a few bucks - BILLIONS of them -wherever one can.
VDH makes a major point here: Europeans
find psychic satisfaction in seeing the world’s sole superpower tied down, as if it were the glory days of the Vietnam protests all over again....So there is a deep, deep sickness in the West.
but not only Europeans, but Americans as well, the American left, the media, John Kerry, Edward Kennedy, the obstructionists and the rest.
Where will it all end? Our choices are threefold.
We can wind down...Or we can continue to pacify Iraq...Or we can press on. Such escalation is embraced by few, although many acknowledge that we may soon have few choices other than just that.

I am afraid, very soon.

Did Bad Leadership Knock the EU Constitution off its Eurail?

The Spiegel writes:
European leaders are scrambling to bring a sense of order to Brussels and the whole EU experiment, following devastating "no" votes on the constitution earlier this week in France and the Netherlands. But German papers say it was the lack of leadership shown by Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac and others that landed the EU in this mess in the first place.
The party is over, for the time being, for the European integration and the massive hangover across the Union is still the source of pounding headaches on Friday. The political storm gathers over Brussels and the talk in German newspapers is about a complete failure of national leaders to sell the idea of Europe to the people.
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, the foreign editor of the center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung rings the death knell for the EU constitution.
"In stubborn desperation, politicians in Brussels and elsewhere are still resisting the logical recognition that this treaty is not just in a coma, but is actually dead."
Europeans, he argues, want more leadership.
"But who still has enough authority to bring together the fraying threads? The answer is not promising."
When it comes to leadership or authority, Frankenberger opines, Europe isn't very blessed. Chirac's reputation is in freefall. Schroeder wants the Bundestag to vote on his ability to act. Not much can be expected of Berlusconi. And, as always, Blair will promote liberalization and rightly point out that European interventionism is part of the problem and not worth conserving. Blair, Frankenberger adds, has
"never mustered the courage to fight for 'Europe' because of the prevailing euroskeptic mood in Britain and there is no longer much hope resting on him."
And don't count on European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, the paper concludes.
"Just like his two predecessors, Barroso does not have the necessary stature or clout to lead the EU out of crisis."

The financial daily Handelsblatt warns:
You reap what you sow, and goes on to blame the result on the fact that European leaders have been turning the EU into scapegoat by spreading anti-European sentiments for years.
Such as Germany and France's recent condemnation of the services directive. "In light of their attacks against Brussels, Schroeder and Chirac lack the credibility for the strong declaration of belief in Europe which is now bitterly needed," it writes. It's no longer possible for the duo to rescue the constitution. "This task will be left to the next generation -- probably Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy,
it concludes.
Stefan Kornelius, a columnist for the center-left Sueddeutsche Zeitung, recognizes the same power vacuum in Brussels and across the EU.
"Schroeder and Chirac are the two lame ducks of Europe, Berlusconi has a perpetual crisis on his hands, while Blair was not exactly gloriously re-elected."
He says you can't find strength or leadership anywhere in Europe. The message in the referenda is that
"we don't see the point of Europe anymore."
And that means the constitution is dead.
But,
"Maybe the crisis will lead to Europe changing its image, New opportunities could emerge, more national-minded governments will create a fresh vision of Europe -- policies that deal with growth and jobs and do not fuel fear of globalization."

Over at the Financial Times Deutschland, columnist Wolfgang Proissl sees a major challenge for the next German chancellor.
"The French non and the Dutch nee have made something, that until now was been unthinkable, into something suddenly plausible." The European Union could fracture, EU institutions like the European Commission could become incapable of action and the 25 member states could take back their shared sovereignty. A crisis of confidence could hit the European markets and put the euro under pressure. Some countries might even opt out of the euro. "Berlin's next head of government will play a decisive role in determining whether the EU is able to maintain its current status or whether chaos and doubt restore the community."

Fears of globalization, argues Berlin's Tagesspiegel, have fanned the flames of dissatisfaction with the EU.
The non and nee were not only directed at a complicated treaty that no one had really read, the paper writes, but against the Polish plumber (a metaphor for the displacement of jobs to lower wage countries), the locusts from America (US private equity firms that snap up European firms and downsize them before selling them off for fat profits -- i.e. the excesses of capitalism) and the Turkish headscarf (for difficulties of integrating a multicultural society).
The overall message was clear: We don't want to carry on like this. At the end of the day, it figures, either a slimmed-down version of the constitution will be approved or May 29 will go down in history as the day the European Union started to fall apart. "The fact that both are possible," it opines, "shows just how fragile and uncertain Europe is, how it lacks goals and leadership." Ironically, it will now fall on the euroskeptic British to save Europe.
And that will not be good for people who preferred the Franco-German political engine of the EU, which Der Spiegel's London correspondent, Matthias Matussek, believes has become "ineffective." Instead, we will now see a situation in which the EU ball will be placed in the court of a country that has been sometimes distrusting or even disdainful of a Europe under French and German leadership.
"Britain was always in an uncomfortable situation,"
he writes.
"It didn't want to sacrifice any of its sovereignty, but at the same time it didn't want to be left out of the European dynamic."
By rejecting the constitution, which they saw as overly Anglo-Saxon, and too friendly to the markets and capitalism, the French have achieved the opposite of what they were aiming for.
Not surprisingly, the conservative, laissez faire Die Welt is relishing the moment.
"This reality shock is doing Europe good," the paper writes. "The Europe of regulations for bananas and cucumbers must once again become a Europe of entrepreneurs and economic success."
It argues that relinquishing power to individual states is the best way to ensure that this can happen.
"To do so it does not need a pseudo-governmental structure in Brussels, but resolute national governments that push through the principles of the market economy on their own,"

Thursday, June 02, 2005

EU-logie for a stillborn Constitution

After fifty years of arguing fervently to convince the rest of Europe to unite around the new European Constitution, the French did the perfectly French thing: surrendered, facing the reality and chose to successfully defend the French way of life, the six-week long vacations, the short work weeks, writes Jeff Babbin in the American Spectator article EU on Wry With Malaise

About half of the EU population has already succumbed to French blandishments and ratified the charter, but there is a silver lining in the clouds enveloping EUnuchdom and this presents a great opportunity for the Anglo-Saxon world, or, at least America.

Babbin writes:
We toss free trade agreements around too casually -- NAFTA, CAFTA, whatever -- and usually gain nothing from them. But why not an "EFTA" -- a free trade agreement with those nations of Europe such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland -- who take their own defense seriously, and whose economies aren't yet suffocating under the socialism that is killing France?
and he is perfectly right.

New Europe - as it is recently called - mostly consists of what was called in the 19th century Austrian or Habsburg Empire, with the political divisions

Austria: (popular though unofficial name)
Kingdoms of Bohemia, Dalmatia and Galicia-Lodomeria;
Archduchies of Lower Austria and Upper Austria;
Duchies of Bukovina, Carinthia, Carniola Salzburg, and Styria;
Margraviates of Istria and Moravia;
Counties of Gorizia-Gradisca, Tyrol and Vorarlberg;
Crownland of Austrian-Silesia;
Bosnia-Hercegovina;
Lombardy (transferred to Italy 1859), Modena (transferred to Italy 1860), Tuscany (transferred to Italy 1860) and Venetia (transferred to Italy 1866);
and the town of Trieste.
Kingdom of Hungary:
Banat, Batschka, Central Hungarian Highlands, Sathmar, Swabian Turkey, Transylvania, West and Central Hungary and Croatia-Slavonia including Croatia, Slavonia, Syrmia
You would call them today: Czech Rebublic, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herczegovina, Austria, Italy.

This area can be called Central-Eastern Europe.
We must not forget, of course, about the Baltic states.

Most of these states have suffered under various communist and socialist oppression or rule and they know a communist when they see one. These states still care about their freedom and are willing to work for it.


Babbin continues:
THE FRENCH VOTE GIVES US an opening to improve trade and defense relations with New Europe and those parts of Old Europe that can be weaned away from the Brussels losers. Around these nations we can even hope to rebuild NATO, excluding those, such as France and Germany, that have broken the bargain on which it is based. We can wean some away with carrots, while applying a stick vigorously to French backsides.

Also
We toss free trade agreements around too casually -- NAFTA, CAFTA, whatever -- and usually gain nothing from them. But why not an "EFTA" -- a free trade agreement with those nations of Europe such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland -- who take their own defense seriously, and whose economies aren't yet suffocating under the socialism that is killing France?

How about CEFTA for Central-Eastern European Free Trade Agreement?

Babbin concludes:
There is chaos in the EU and in its favorite outpost, the UN. President Bush has apparently decided to try to fix the UNfixable. It's unwise to place any faith in the UN, but if we are to do so, we have to act boldly in improving what little of it we can. Kofi Annan will be out of a job at the end of 2006. In the usual rotation of the secretary generalship, his successor would be from an Asian nation. But, with Burma's U Thant, Asia has had a turn. Eastern Europe has not. America should be championing an East European -- one whose life has been dedicated to the cause of freedom -- to succeed Annan. Such a man could give the UN a new voice, one that has a moral compass, that condemns terrorism instead of excusing it, and won't echo every anti-American sentiment. Lech Walesa for secretary general.


Prophetic words.

See this and other articles: Marianne Unfaithful by Jeffrey Cimbalo and David Frum, Crushed in a Stampede by Suzanne Fields, Fear and Rejection by David Brooks through the links in The Herkimer Diaries

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The constitution is dead, Blair tells a chastened Chirac

Excellent article in the scotsman:The constitution is dead, Blair tells a chastened Chirac with the following key points:

British PM heads for trouble over EU constitution
Tony Blair feels that France's NO has killed off EU plans
British referendum may or may not go ahead

It seems that Tony Blair has started a behind-the-scenes attempt to kill the European Union constitution - defying growing international pressure to carry on with a British referendum.

Read also the analysis: Blow to Premier's vision to a Very British Europe also from the scotsman and Non by Michael Stuermer.

Find links to these articles in the Herkimer Diaries.

Vindication: There Is an Unholy Alliance

Last fall David Horowitz published a book called Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, which argued that the progressive left in the West was in a de facto alliance with the Islamic jihadists, an alliance that developed out of the left's support for the genocidal camapaign of Palestinian jihadists against the Jews, and its global assault on the world capitalist system called "anti-globalization."

Read also Abu Zarqawi: Holy Man by Robert Spencer, The West's Muslim Allies by Andrew G. Bostom, Mainstream News Media vs. America by Cinnamon Stilwell and Belief in non-violent jihad is for the naive by Daniel Pipes.

You can find links to all these excellent, deeply analytical articles in the Herkimer Diaries.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Stronach hits back

Belinda Stronach says
some of the personal attacks mounted against her for defecting to the federal Liberals are a disgrace and a new low in Canadian politics

We say: her defecting to the federal Liberals is a disgrace and a new low in Canadian politics
Belinda Stronach says:
"It's very interesting to me, in moments like this, how partisan people become. There were a lot of negative comments made, and I find that disgraceful, quite frankly"

We say: It's very interesting to us, in moments like this, how partisan Belinda became.
She said
she made the move out of concern that Conservative Leader Stephen Harper wasn't doing enough to bring the party into the moderate mainstream and was too cosy with the separatist Bloc Quebecois

We say: she was too cosy with Bill Clinton when she was in Washington and asked her friends to arrange for a party for her the next day to the President's inauguration.
She said
she was also upset by the tendency of the news media to focus on the break-up of her romance with deputy Conservative Leader Peter MacKay, rather than the political reasons for her move.

"I think it's a shame that so much attention has been put on my personal life," she said.

We say: she will be shamed when very little attention will be paid to her political life by Paul Martin in a short while.
As for the partisan attacks she has endured, Stronach said
they're a good example of what's wrong with politics and called for a return to civility in public life.

We say: she is a good example of what's wrong with politics and we call for a return to honesty in public life.
She said:
"There were many hurtful and negative comments made," she said. "I think that's part of the problem (of) why people are tuned out and feel that politics doesn't work for them . . . I think we've stooped to new lows."

We could not agree more with her last sentance: she stooped to new lows.




andrewcoyne.com: I alienate my readers again

ANdrew wrote:
I have suspended the comments, indefinitely. I know that's why most of you come here, and that this will mean a sharp decline in readership.

Andrew, not quite true. There are us who are interested in your views, waiting for whatever was supposed to appear from your pen or rather keyboard. I understand youi, nobody prefers to be censoring others and I hope, really hope that this change will not, somehow, subconsciously influence your writings. As for the comments, maybe you could exclude those anonymous posters who are afraid to use their real or invented names.
I look up your blog every day and have referenced to some of your writings on mine and I will do it in the future, too.
Keep up the spirit, Andrew.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Oh, Canada...

Read what happened the next day:
Tim Murphy suing Andrew Coyne by The Raging Ranter, Oppositions want probe by Anne Dawson, The Tape (listen to what Murphy said (and not said)) by GOPinion and the Transcript of the tape from the Globe and Mail.
You find a link to all these through The Herkimer Diaries

The RCMP to investigate ...

Layton joins call for probe into Grewal's allegations, that
a taped conversation in which it is alleged that the Prime Minister's chief of staff suggested to an MP that the government would be more free to discuss a possible Senate appointment only after he and his wife, also an MP, abstained on Thursday night's confidence vote.
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Jack Layton backed Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe, who on Thursday wrote the RCMP asking them to investigate the matter.
Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal surreptitiously taped his talk over switching sides with Tim Murphy, Paul Martin's chief of staff, and released an eight-minute segment to the media Wednesday night, saying he had engaged in negotiations with the Liberals to prove they were trying to lure defectors with deals.

Tim Murphy cleverly refrains to talk openly on the phone and said: " it is a bad idea to "have any kind of commitment that involves an explicit trade."" but also said that if
if Mr. Grewal and his wife, Nina Grewal, who is also a British Columbia MP, decide to abstain from confidence votes that could defeat the government, then afterward they could have discussions about whether there might be a Senate appointment, with "some freedom."
"In advance of that, explicit discussions about Senate, not Senate, I don't think are very helpful, and I don't think frankly can be had, in advance of an abstention tomorrow," Mr. Murphy can be heard telling Mr. Grewal on the tape.

Mr. Murphy is note returning calls and is not giving media interviews.

The Conservatives, who initially said they would release the full tape of the half-hour conversation, now refuse to do so. And they have also refused to release another tape of a prior conversation between Mr. Grewal and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh, which they say was mostly in Punjabi. A spokesman for Mr. Dosanjh, Ken Polk, said that in the conversation, Mr. Grewal asked for a cabinet post for himself and a Senate seat for his wife, but Mr. Dosanjh told him that was impossible. Mr. Dosanjh did talk with him about whether he would cross the floor without the appointment, Mr. Polk said.

The Conservatives offered no reason for refusing to release the tapes. "We think it's just plain fine the way it is," said Geoff Norquay, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's communications director.

That made Mr. Layton angry:
"Having started the process by releasing excerpts, I think it's incumbent upon them to provide of the taped information that they have," he said.

A spokesman for the RCMP said that Mr. Duceppe's letter "will be reviewed and appropriate action will be taken."


Read also Captain Ed in QC "NDP, BQ Join In Call For RCMP Investigation"
UPDATE
Read the Transcript from Grewal-Murphy meeting.
Listen to the tape itself

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The day of reckoning in Canada.

Read the analyses of the Canadian situation. The articles This is it! by Monte Solberg, For Martin and Stronach, It's Lose-Lose by David Frum, The smoking audiotape by Andrew Coyne, also Proof there are no more rules by him, A Constitutional Coup by Mark Steyn and Canada received her Judas kiss by David Warren. You will find a link to each of these on The Herkimer Diaries website.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Spam Alert

Recently my mailbox has been inundated with messages running as Re: Offer Of Employment...Immediate Response Required! promising wonders of working at home for a company called WORLDWIDE MARKETING SERVICES.
In order to sign up you only have to spend a few bucks to buy the training manual of the services you are supposed to perform.
There were, however, a few problems with the proposal:
1. there is no company WORLDWIDE MARKETING SERVICES in the Google search
2. the email address given in the brochure (employment@worldwidemarketingservicellc.com) is not a valid address.
3. the address of the sender is debbie_smith_hrdept@ureach.com . Now, if you look up ureach.com, you find out that this is an ISP (Internet Service Provider) company, which, by the way, is listed in http://www.kbrhorse.net/pag/spam3.html as an ISP that does not control spammers and is advisable to be filtered out from your site.

It is time that scam-spammers (as VodkaPundit calls them) that generate spam-scams are picked up in the blogosphere and their addresses and ISP are made public in order to restrict their abuse of the Internet.