This is the second time around

June 21, 2009

Hit tip to Harry’s Place for its superb blogging on the ongoing repression in Iran. But this has happened before: read this article by an Iranian dissident in 2004.
The Iranian regime is one of the worst on the planet – and therefore protected by the Left, especially as it has a fig-leaf of “democracy” in front of the tyranny, which given the controls placed on that democracy, render it a fraud – like the recent elections.
Reports are coming out of police and Revolutionary Guardsmen opening fire on crowds, of abducting the wounded from hospitals (probably never to be seen again) and arresting “foreign agents” (i.e. opposition leaders, thinkers and organisers). All trade, whether merchant or financial should be severed at once. This is the bare minimum that the West could do – but to change the regime, which is founded in terror, murder and the threat of unrestricted violence, we should prepare to wage war.
Freedom should be our slogan. Where injustice is allowed to exist, all justice is emperilled (to loosely quote Dr King).

Caroline Glick is right once more

June 20, 2009

Reading her latest column in the JPost, she argues that Israel should morally speak up for the anti-regime protesters in Iran and should do it can to aid them. Once again the West is just waiting for a tyranny to crush its opponents, proving that the West’s obsession with human rights is merely a canting form of speech.
Britain, by any reasonable measure of moral politics should enact the same measures she prescribes for Israel: publically supporting democracy, acting to give alternative channels of information and communication to the opposition and making clear that the agenda of the Iranian regime is not that of the Iranian people.
There is not likely to be much of a chance of change, especially if the regime resorts to massacre (by bringing the army onto the streets) but history is resplendent with moments of seeming madness turning a fixed situation into an unknown number of possibilities.
Britain, as should Israel should support the opposition and do all it can to aid a change of regime. It is time to drop the scales from our collective eyes.

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.

Iran shipping nuclear/chemical weapons to Somali Islamists?

September 28, 2008

Report from a South African newspaper, via The Long War Journal that pirates hijacked an Iranian ship and suffered injuries suspiciously similar to radiation poisoning.
Um… So that nuclear program…peaceful?

Israel’s necessity

August 7, 2008

There are two possible points in time when Israel will strike Iran, one being the autumn, the other being the spring. But as all analysts of the region must realise, war against Iran means war against Hamas and Lebanon, the core meaning of Lebanon being Hezbollah. But we must be clear that the Lebanese state is now actively collarborating and controlled by Hezbollah, Syria and Iran: Lebanon is now an enemy state and must be treated as such.
Following the strike against Iran, Israel must seal the Gaza Strip and the West Bank tight and mobilize for all out war against Lebanon. And this time, Israel must not withdraw afterwards.
The Lebanese government is now only nominal in nature, the real power in the Lebanon is Hezbollah and Israel must destroy the power of Hezbollah. It came surprisingly close to doing so in the 2006 war, despite the bungling of the IDF General Staff, Israel’s politicians and the stupidity of Condelezza Rice. The war plan must involve at least three main thrusts by as many soldiers as Israel can field; of particular importance is to seal the Lebanese – Syrian border and to provoke Hezbollah to fight in the field, where it’s valuable trained personnel can be destoyed.
That is the war phase. Once Lebanon has fallen to Israel, then comes the occupation phase. The plan for the occupation must be to a: the total destruction of Hezbollah as a military and political force, b: the breakup of Lebanon into ethnic states, the Christian and Druze parts of which can be armed and established by Israel (and hopefully the United States), while the Shia part is also established as a demilitarised state. It maybe that strategically important parts of Lebanon will have to be annexed to guarentee Israeli security, which may be legal given that Lebanon does not recognise Israel.
The greatest problem after eliminating Hezbollah will be the “refugee” Palestinian Arab problem. The best solution would be to expel them into Syria, or perhaps Iran! If this is not feasible, then Israel must undertake the administration and settlement of the Lebanese Palestinian Arabs. If they are given farms and the material to make a living, perhaps they could be pacified? At present, they cannot legally work and have no legal presence within the Lebanese state.

This scenario is inevitable given, as above, the  collaboration and control of Lebanon’s army and state by Hezbollah, Syria and Iran, given the seizures of Mt. Sannine and Mt. Barukh and the installation of anti-aircraft and radar systems there – which under international law have no right to be there, Hezbollah not being recognised as a state, instead acting as an “interest group” within Lebanon, one which freely flouts the laws of that state. The rearmament of Hezbollah has been openly allowed to happen by the Lebanese state and the UN force stationed in southern Lebanon.
Lebanon can no longer be considered a sovereign state as it has not been in control of its borders since the 1970s (when Arafat et al arrived), has been host to terrorist organisations that it has been unable or unwilling to remove and which undermine the state, and it now controlled by foreign powers and domestic terrorist groups.

Defeatism in the West

July 13, 2008

At this moment, Israel is about to cave into Hezbollah and Hamas on virtually every demand made by those two groups in return for the bodies of two soldiers (and probably Gilad Schalit’s body too). There is a malaise of defeatism in the West that has been spread by the left-leaning intelligensia and sourced back to the religious pacifists, the collaspe of cultural identities (see Natan Sharansky) and the continued efforts of the communist and fellow-traveller groups in western academia to demoralize and disempower the west in favour of an assumed “revolutionary” movement from Islam.
The model for the current time can be found in the late 1970s and the collaspe of Iran from a forward looking state (admittedly a tyranny) to a backwards, anti-progressive Islamist tyranny that outdid the Shah’s regime for physical and mental butchery. At the time the western elites refused to believe what the Islamists led by Khomenei were both writing and proclaiming in public speeches, prefering the safety of their own assumptions and wishes. Michel Foucault slobbered over a man who would have put him to death faster than if one could say “Jack Robinson” if he had been an Iranian subject. Why? Because they were following what they wanted to see, not what was in front of them.

Now we find the same path being trodden again. We have a growing Islamist movement in the west that is emboldened by appeasement and accomadation, a left-leaning intelligensia whose imagined enemies are the working class, the right wing and apostates from a pseudo-communist correct line of thought (mulitcultural political correctness) and who see virtue as inherently located outside of their own culture. A negative, plaintive attitude has emasculated and embarressed the west and left it soft and weak.
We need a new idea of ourselves and the best people saying what this might be are the left-wing apostates such as Christopher Hitchens, Nick Cohen and David Aaronovitch. We need to mobilise the huge economic potential in the west and reawaken our shared values of equality before the law, the importance of the individual against the group and the humanisation of our society. What I mean by the last statement is that throughout history, we as human beings, as a species have slowly in parts and places moved from a tribal and group based identity that excluded, punished and was demarcated by taboo, towards a state of awareness that comes out of the fallout from the European religious wars and the Enlightenment.
Today, the Enlightment is under attack and accused of being the root of 20th Century fascism and 19th Century racist ideologies, ignoring the fact that the values at the centre of the fascist and communist movements were anti-modernanti-intellectual and anti-individual (as opposed to the group). These were movements against the Enlightment and modernity – and today, so is Islamism.
Islamism and it’s left-wing fellow travellers in the west seeks to impose a new order of racism, genocide and tyranny on the world. There is no place in Islamist philosophy for free-thought, free-speech, or the mere existence of difference beyond that mandated in a collection of thoughts and sayings from the 7th and 8th Centuries AD. Why do the left-wing affect to believe more in the virtue of this fascist creed than in their own culture?
Because they have abandoned reason and logic as their own beliefs have attained the trappings of religion, since reason and logic (those gifts of radical Christianity, but above all the Greeks) can be used to question and dismantle those beliefs. By finding nothing but fault in the west for the last half-century, by despising the working classes of the west for not being good revolutionaries or humble new-age serfs, the left-wing intelligensia (and here I use the word in a derogotary sense) have been left with nothing of value inside themselves, excepting their own sense of absolute virtue. They recognise the wickedness of the Islamists, but fool themselves into believing that the wickedness is a product of western mistakes, rather than a poison nutured outside of themselves. Far easier to blame the west for being attacked than to defend it.
So we now have winter solstice festivals, instead of Christmas. We now no longer teach our history, except for those bits where our ancestors can be painted as devils attacking angels out of spite or greed. We blame assaults on us as the result of our political opponants or yesteryear, or increasingly the result of wicked and greed machinations by secret elites, which leads rapidly into conspiracy theories and the revival of anti-Jewish rhetoric.
We have an intellectual culture that is so anti-militarist, that it would deprive us of the means to defend ourselves or prevent harm against others in the world, while the BBC tells us to weep crocodile tears as one tyrant or movement massacres the helpless in the name of fascist ideologies – or sometimes out of greed.
We have become complacent, self-loathing and corpulent. Our intellectual culture has been labelled as worthless by its’ own practitioners and instead of treating the ideas of our enemies as anything like better, we opt for a standard of “difference” that implicitly makes them better while seeming “equal”.
As Lord Lawson put it in another context, I leave the last words with Euripides (or rather his 19th Century admirers). “Those whom the gods wished to destroy, they first made mad.”

The height of egocentric stupidity

June 22, 2008

In the Times, this Sunday, Simon Jenkins has displayed his cogent grasp of the realities of the war between the West and the Islamists in his article calling on the West to cease fighting the Taliban. To grant him more intelligence than customarily given, let us ask what his reasoning for this cowardice must be…
The answer is disturbingly close-minded: We need the Taliban to help suppress Al-Qaeda…
Seriously, how stupid and typical of an egocentric analysis of the situation? Jenkins refuses to acknowledge that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, while not the same thing are part of the same movement, which is Islamism. In their speeches, legal documents and policy statements, the Islamists have proclaimed their aim and desire to take over the world. Yes, that is the truth of the matter. A global caliphate.
Simon Jenkins obviously has decided that it is too far fetched to imagine that the Taliban might have wider aims than being yet another “resistance” movement. No, the Taliban must be purely a local political group, in defiance of all evidence to the contrary. Convenient eh? This would mean, if true, that the real warmongers are the Bush administration and their Western lackeys. I’m just waiting until he mentions neo-cons or zionists…
But let us put aside the hubristic idea that they are just a local resistance group and look at the human rights implications of this attitude. Simon Jenkins is seriously proposing handing over the women, children and ethnic and religious minorities of Afghanistan to the rule of Islamists or Islamic fundamentalists. Let’s see how that’s working out in Iran? We could ask the women’s rights movements or the Baluchis. I guess all this displays is Simon Jenkin’s innate racism: only white people deserve human rights. Fuck everyone else.
To which I would reply: how did that work in 1939?

Two facts tied together…

June 11, 2008

Amadinejad believes that with the world in chaos and destruction, the 12th Iman will reappear and the Day of Judgement will be called. What happens when we tie this together with the hadith about slaughtering the Jews, even behind the rocks and trees?

The answer is that wiping out world Jewry is the Iranian regimes’ target. Once it has been deemed that the Day has arrived, then the next step (divinely sanctioned) is the annihilation of the Jews and the end of the world. We should all study the Koran. It tells us what a shit hole of a religion is trying to kill and enslave us all.

The Klots of the Israeli government

June 10, 2008

There is an excellent phrase to describe a basic principle of success in war, which comes from Guderien: “klotzen, nicht klerken”, or “boot ’em, don’t spatter ’em”.
The Israeli government is likely to repeat the stupidity of its planning, political manoeuvres and ideology by ordering a limited, timid operation in Gaza against Hamas and the assorted terrorist groups there. By wasting effort, treasure and lives, the government hopes to stay in power.
People of Israel, defy the leftists in the media and elect a Likud government with a brief to prepare for all-out war. Otherwise, this lot will lead you into more casualties, contempt and danger.

Conservatives with balls?

June 8, 2008

I’ve just heard that the Conservative government of Canada will not be attending Durban II… My god, they do have balls…
Bravo, Canada! I do hope that other western nations stay away from this ridiculous charade of a conference. Let’s rescue human rights from the worst abusers… how on earth did Libya, Cuba, Iran and Pakistan end up chairing the preparatory committee drawing up the agenda?