The cynicism of the radical Left

October 25, 2013

Why is it that upper-middle class private schoolkids are drawn to this nonsense?

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Be careful from whom information is sourced…
http://kouroshziabari.com/…/
“The Zionist agenda was described by Israeli Oded Yinon in his document “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.” Yinon projected the rise of Israel’s power in the region by way of the fracturing of neighboring Arab nations along ethnic and/or religious lines. He envisioned that this splintering, as observed in Lebanon, could be repeated in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan to weaken them.”

http://libyasos.blogspot.co.uk/…
“The charge of rape as a political weapon was spread — without evidence — against Serb forces to justify U.S. plans for the first NATO bombing campaign in the history of the military alliance in 1994 in Bosnia and was used again in 1999 in Serbia in the first NATO occupation. The rape charge was used to soften up the U.S. and European population for the criminal war against Yugoslavia. Now a similar plan is in the works for Libya.”
Ergo, she argues that the atrocities by Serbs against Bosnians in the 1990s were fabricated.


Douglas Murray at his best

January 30, 2011

The stupidity of moral isolationism

January 28, 2011

Once again, Peter Oborne demonstrates his complete flight from reality.

The Algerian Civil War had nothing to do with the West and everything to do with a society divided between a dangerous Islamist opposition threatening to rule as an Islamic tyranny and the existing authoritarian regime. It was a war brought about through internal tensions and political violence current in that society.

He confuses anti-government protests and groups with democratic ones. The regimes that fall might well be replaced by regimes fundamentally hostile to our interests. We’d all like to see those countries liberalise but liberalisation in authoritarian societies is a dangerous development if the authority of the state is attacked. These regimes have pent up a great deal of radicalism, often stoked by the same regime and directed against Israel and Jews, and when the regime falls, these movements are revolutionary and violent.

Can we imagine what would happen if the Muslim Brotherhood which is the dominant movement in Egyptian society were to come to power? Egypt is a military power of no mean proportions; its army is equipped with M1A1 main battle tanks, the airforce has 300 F-16s. This would be Iran all over again but on the Mediterranean.

There is no social or political appetite for reforms of the kind which the liberals cheering the protests would like to see. The Egyptian Copts would not find themselves full and valued members of Egyptian society – a campaign of expulsion would begin similar to that seen in the Palestinian Authority. Women would find that the legacies of the revolutionary days of Nasser would disappear and they would become confirmed second class citizens, while honour killings would be encouraged by authorities taking their lead from misogynistic clerics.

Above all, the peace treaty with Israel would not last long. War would be on the agenda and it would not be long before voices called for it in the Arab world.

What we should be calling for is reforms to the civil bureaucracy, to the law and to freedom of speech where this does not subvert the state. We can force Egypt to start this process through withholding financial aid but work with the regime to help it safely liberalise.

You cannot expect democracy to materialise from revolution. Revolution is antipathetical to the rule of law, settled civil society, and the institutions of an strong state where the rulers give up power after electoral defeat. No Arab country with the possible exception of Tunisia is ready for such a transition. To encourage this in Egypt would encourage a strategic political disaster of the highest proportions.

 

Update

It appears that Christina Odone is doing the same thing. She is transposing a Western notion of democracy on to the Arab world but does not include the ingredients that make a successful democracy possible, instead believing that these will grow out of free speech, free press and tolerance of protest in a society that does not tolerate protest. She shows no understanding of how Islamism as a political model works; if you provide an open door to them, they will subvert the state.


Blair Supporter’s latest (27/10/2010)

October 27, 2010

Excellent article on the “Ebay controversy” and Lauren Booth.

It seems to me that it is women who want rules on what to think and feel in life who are prone to converting to Islam. They are insecure and need to be dominated.


David’s bang on…again

August 24, 2009

Read his article here. The release of the Libyan bomber was a disgrace.
Personally, I suspect that this has more to do with the SNP sucking up to the likes of Libya, Iran and China. “Look, we hate the Americans too!”

Update: Harry’s Place, read this. Very interesting. Tempted by his book.


Oxfam join the useful idiots brigade

January 8, 2009

This is the text of an email I received today from Oxfam. They’ve previously asked the usual utopian “peace” requests (international peacekeeping force in Darfur) over which I have argued with a rather nice lady via email.
This is the final straw for me. I have replied to Oxfam,
“The simple answer to “demand a ceasefire” is, no. There should be no outcome that leaves the murderous fanatics of Hamas in control. As of now, I am cutting my links with Oxfam.”
I have unsubscribed from the email list.

You don’t need to be reminded that fighting between the Israeli army and Hamas and other Palestinian militants has intensified in the past two weeks. At the heart of the fighting, innocent women, men and children are being killed, injured and displaced. Demand an immediate ceasefire and protect civilians on both sides The situation in Gaza was already severe – with a 19 month blockade cutting people off from essential supplies, and four out of five people largely dependent on food aid. But the current conflict has made things dramatically worse. Many people now have little or no access to clean water, food or electricity. Medical and sanitation systems are on the brink of collapse. Frankly, in the face of such suffering, short-term, piecemeal solutions are not the answer. Oxfam is joining thousands of other organisations around the world in demanding world leaders take responsibility for securing an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire – by both parties. No ifs. No buts. With a total ceasefire in place, vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered. Civilians on all sides can feel safer. And negotiations for a long-term solution for both communities can begin again. Demand an immediate ceasefire and protect civilians on both sides Please add your name to our call for peace. We’ll send your message directly to our leaders – and we’ll get back to you to tell you about the impact of your support. And finally, please spread this urgent message now by forwarding this email to your friends, colleagues and family. Together, we can make a difference.

I believe that this episode is typical  of the sort of soft-leftist thinking, especially regarding warfare. They will not see past the casualties to the worse potential of unending warfare. Oxfam obviously take Hamas and its friends’ accusations at face value and I have not heard anything from Oxfam about the citizens of Israel in places like Sderot, whose lives have been ruined by constant terror attacks. I heard nothing from Oxfam about the displaced refugees in Georgia (from either side). Indeed this email smacks of a publicity stunt to screw more money out of western consumers feeling guilty at the selected photos and images beamed to them by the complient media.
This might not be anti-semitic but something is rotten in the state of Oxfam.

 


David Aaronovitch gets it in one

December 2, 2008

He’s right and has summed up the central dilemma that should be afflicting the left – “Why the rabbi?”

“I’m sure there are plenty of Deobandi followers who are in no way violent or dangerous, but one sees here an ideology, a psychosis in search of a grievance, not an expression of an existing grievance. And it will always find a grievance. ”

Read it yourselves.


She’s bloody right, you know

October 13, 2008

Libby Purves, who is usually to be found dispensing rubbish, is actually talking complete common sense and being un-PC! Fantastic!

The Royal Navy used to guarentee the freedom of the seas – not anymore because we’ve (Labour) been running the navy down so much that it cannot do more than one operation at a time. The way things are going, Iraq 2003 may have been our last hurrah.


On that UN speech…

September 28, 2008

I haven’t posted much on Ahmadinejad’s speech to the UN. Why? Because it is all so familiar; as Meryl Yourish says, we’ve heard this before from Adolf Hitler.

What will it take for the West to act? Open evidence of a nuclear weaponisation programme? (Wait. We’ve already got that). Open declarations of genocidal intent? (Got that one too…) How about…IAEA evidence of ballistic missiles being retrofitted to carry nuclear warheads? (That one too…)
Okay, how about Israel being attacked with nuclear weapons? Honestly. If Obama is president…nothing but words; if McCain is president, then at least the US and perhaps Britain under Cameron will go to war to disarm Iran. But I doubt the rest of the world will shed any tears for Israel – much better to blame the victims for bringing it upon themselves.
So when will the West act? Probably when Rome is bombed by Iranian nuclear terrorists…and the reaction? War, right?

Nah. They’ll try and surrender.


Any Guesses?

August 28, 2008

Iran’s the second largest state executioner in the world. Only China has executed more people this last year – with a proportionately much larger population.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are concerned and outraged respectively.

And what do they propose to do about it?
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