Saturday, May 05, 2007
Final vote results for roll call 298, from South Dakota Politics and South Dakota War College.
The best argument in favor of Hate Crimes legislations is that Hate Crimes Laws are actually Anti-Terrorist Laws. Terrorists, such as today's al Qaeda and yesterday's Ku Klux Klan kill people for the same reason that politicans pass laws: to get things done. al Qaeda wants America out of the mid-east, just as the Klan wanted America out of the south-east. This subverts the political process.
Hate violence is political violence. When a black or homosexual is murdered for being in the wrong neighborhood, this killing is done by those who wish to answer the political question, "who should live in our neighborhood?", through violence. However, if that same person was killed by his boyfriend in a quarrel, such would be a murder among murders. In the same way, if a PLO suicide bomber kills an Israeli, the world properly calls it terror and vows to pursue the terrorist to the ends of the earth. But, if that same Israeli was killed by her boyfriend, the world calls it "crime" and expects the police to handle it in the normal procedure. For that matter, the hateful political violence of 9/11, which killed almost three-thousand Americans, is considered much more serious than vitamin deficiency, which may easily top that number.
Hate crimes are attempts to subvert the political system, while regular crimes are attempt to subvert the justice system. When a man kills a friend, he attempts to go around the law-courts in a "he done me wrong" manner. He has no larger goals, and is thus merely a law-and-order threat for the country. However, when a man killers another out of hate, he attempts to go around the Congress and legislature. He is killing for a reason.
Thus, my Representative's (Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-SD) vote against hate crimes protections for veterans and soldiers is sickening. If I gave her and Nancy Pelosi intellectual credit, I would say that are more interested in protecting their supporters from terrorist violence than they are in reducing terrorism. However, I don't give them credit. The Democratic-Party Congress has been a disaster. Vote Republican.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Slashdot links the Guardian's summary of what the UK Ministery of Defense fears the world may look like in 30 years. Some thoughts below:
Actually, this would be a revolutionary petite bourgeious...
"The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx," says the report. The thesis is based on a growing gap between the middle classes and the super-rich on one hand and an urban under-class threatening social order: "The world's middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest". Marxism could also be revived, it says, because of global inequality. An increased trend towards moral relativism and pragmatic values will encourage people to seek the "sanctuary provided by more rigid belief systems, including religious orthodoxy and doctrinaire political ideologies, such as popularism and Marxism".
Resentment among young people in the face of unrepresentative regimes "will find outlets in political militancy, including radical political Islam whose concept of Umma, the global Islamic community, and resistance to capitalism may lie uneasily in an international system based on nation-states and global market forces", the report warns. The effects of such resentment will be expressed through the migration of youth populations and global communications, encouraging contacts between diaspora communities and their countries of origin.
... is perhaps optimistic. Of greater concern to Europe are European Islamic No-Go Zones.
Nice bit about China though:
Tension between the Islamic world and the west will remain, and may increasingly be targeted at China "whose new-found materialism, economic vibrancy, and institutionalised atheism, will be an anathema to orthodox Islam".
The world would be very different in 9/11 had been directed against Shanghai and Beijing. Perhaps, as China connects with more and more New Core powers and threatens Islamic ruleset absolutism, that day may still come.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
My good friend Aaron wrote this for a post on 5th Generation War. However, the question is broad enough, and well thought out enough, to demand a thread of its own (emphasis mine)"
"I'm afraid I don't find patriotism some quality to aspire to. It's racism minus the pigmentary convenience. If anything, I'd say the Democratic Party is currently beholden to their electorate, who inarguably saw this election as a referendum on the war. I guess I'm curious why Herb and his type think what the Democrats are trying to do (the will of the people) is counter-intuitive to our country's goals. If terrorism had stopped on the eve Iraq fell, I'd have to eat my words. Alas, it has not."
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thanks to the generosity of a fellow officer in my dorm's government, Lady of tdaxp and I enjoyed free tickets to The Producers. Lady of tdaxp and I loved it. Much funnier than the 2005 film version (or even the original Mel Brooks movie), the play is a brilliant combination of physical, situational, political, and general humor. No wonder it's the most award winning play in history.
The political message of the play can be summed up in a line of dialog from the second act
"You made a fool of the Fuerher!"
"He didn't need our help!"
Yet Mel Brooks' vicious, satirical attack on the Nazi Party and German ultranationalism was not condemned by Nebraska's sizeable German community. The reason is obvious: American Germans do not see Nazis as part of their community, American Germans are not sympathetic to Nazi Party ideals or methods, and very few American Germans would view the American government as partially or largely at fault for World War II.
American Germans do not "respect" Nazis and Americans do not "respect" the Nazi Party.
As for more contemporary enemies...
Long Island University has fired five students from their positions as resident assistants at the C.W. post campus after they posted a fake hostage video on the Internet with the pretend hostage takers speaking in Middle Eastern accents.
"This is not an issue of free speech, but rather an issue of respect for others and insensitively to acts of violence," university Provost Joseph Shenker said in a statement obtained by FOXNews.com
In the video, five figures in ski masks speak in crude Middle Eastern accents as they threaten a 'captive' — a rubber duck named 'Pete' that serves as the mascot of a residence hall at the campus, Newsday first reported. The video was posted on the Web sites Google and YouTube, but it has since been removed, according to the newspaper.
A search of those two sites on Thursday also failed to recover the video, which Shenker said was reported by residence life staff to administrators on Jan. 30.
Rabiah Ahmed of The Council on American-Islamic Relations told FOXNews.com that based on what was reported about the video, “it does stereotype Muslims in a negative way.”
Previously on Islam withoout Irony... The Case of Robert Redeker.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
In 1969, Arthur D. Lewis wrote (407):
If we have thought about it at all, I think many of us have simply assumed that man, being rational, would respond logically to a changing environment. He would adapt himself to his environment simply because that was the sensible thing to do. But this is not the case. Social man reacts irrationally to radical change.
Lewis was half right: man reacts irrationally to any change.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
"IQ and the Non-Integrating Gap," by Arcane, gnxp, 26 September 2004, http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/002790.html.
"The great divide: Pew surveys Muslim public opinion," by Allahpundit, Hot Air, 22 June 2006, http://hotair.com/archives/2006/06/22/the-great-divide-pew-surveys-muslim-public-opinion/ (from Michelle Malkin).
"Air chaos as terror plot foiled," by Michael Holden and and David Clarke, The Standard, 11 August 2006, http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=16&art_id=24845&sid=9270156&con_type=3.
I've previously noted how the Non-Integrating Gap -- those areas that are getting worse as globalization makes the world as a whole a better place -- exports her violence to the Core -- those areas benefiting the most from the global economy, Specifically I outlined how the Gap exported her terror to India and Israel.
Now the United Kingdom has been struck
British police foiled a suspected plot to blow up several aircraft mid-flight between Britain and the United States in what Washington said might have been an attempted al-Qaeda strike.
"We are confident we have disrupted a plan by terrorists to cause untold death and destruction," said London police's Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson Thursday. "Put simply, this was intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale."
Sources said some of those held are British Muslims.
The security alert comes 13 months after four British Islamist suicide bombers killed 52 people and injured about 700 on London's transport network.
While the Gap is both African and Islamic
A few things should be obvious:
- The merely "African" portion of the Gap does not export terrorism. Terror -- from India to Israel to England -- is exported by Muslims. Islam is not a race, an ethnicity, or a nationality. It is a religion.
- As a religion, it exists regardless of social status. During the London Train Bombings, we saw how a Muslim teacher of disabled children was part of the terror plot.
- As a religion, it exists with little regard for geography. It appears the Muslims to were going to conduct this terror attack were British citizens.
The Global War on Terror, our long war, will be won when the Islamic world is lifted up from the Gap. This is for our benefit -- no more of them exporting disease, plague, war, and terror, and for theirs. The Gap traps human beings in misery, poverty, and ignorance. The borders of the "non-integrating gap" are also very close to the borders of the lowest IQ nations:
Our actions, which are designed to change rulesets of action, thought, and behavior in the Islamic World, are going to invite retaliatory strikes.... even if the host populations of our enemies do not see a connection:
Therefore, we must firewall ourselves off from the terrorism of the Islamic Gap while changing regime rulesets of the Islamic Gap. Or, in simpler English, we are an open society, but we do not have to be an open society for all people at all times. And it may not be the risk.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Grand strategist Thomas PM Barnett defines four "flows" of the contemporary world
(1) the movement of people from the Gap to the Core;
(2) the movement of energy from the Gap to the New Core;
(3) the movement of money from the Old Core to the New Core;
(4) the exporting of security that only America can provide to the Gap
Now the Republican Senate identifies two more
(5) the movement of clean air from the New Core to the Old Core
(6) the movement of terrorism from the Gap to the Core
and is about to speed up one, and decrease the other
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Chirol's recent three part series on the Third World in the United States (I,II, and III) warn us of the dangers of importing dysfunctional cultures to the developed world. "Connectivity" is not the answer to cultures that been destroyed. Especially if the new host culture is its inflexible.
Which is why the Islamization of Europe is idiotic.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
"How Companies Cope," by Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat, 2005, pg 356.
From Friedman's thought-provoking work on globalization
"In the old days," said Vive Paul, the Wipro president, "when you started a company, 'Boy, in twenty years, I hope we will be a multinational company.' Today, you say to yourself that on day two I will be a multinational. Today, there are thirty-person companies starting out with twenty employees in Silicon Valley, and ten in India... And if you are a multiproduct company, you are probably going to have some manufacturing relationships in Malaysia and China, some design in Taiwan, some customer support in India and the Phippines, and possibly some engineering in Russia and the U.S." These are the so-called micromultinationals, and they are the wave of the future.
Is this change in business companies also relevant for terrorist networks? If a company can be a micromultinational in two days, can a terrorist organization?
First, let's diagram a simple 21-man micromultinational
Three Layers, Four Countries
Note that we don't know if the top level is "CEO" or "Emir," if the middle layer is "Manager" or "Sheik," or if the lowest level is "Knowledge Worker" or "Mujahid." We only know it is a relatively flat command-and-control network with operations in the United States, European Union, South Asia, and Middle East / North Africa.
We solve the mystery if we ask what enables the peaceful corporation to make itself a micromultinational in two days:
- Common language
- Communications technology
- Trust in contracts
Trust in contracts is vital to quickly build a micromultinational. In business, if your new European component doesn't do what you want, you can sue them and get your money back. You also know your workers are unlikely to kill you.
Trust is lacking when trying to quickly build terrorist micromultinationals. Not only may the jihadis you just gave money to run out and spend it in Bangkok, they may be Enemy agents trying to kill you.
This means corporations are more nimble than terrorists, no matter how much terrorists want to be entrepreneurs.
Monday, May 02, 2005
"The Nuclear Option, Algeria and David Hume's Perfect Commonwealth," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 2 May 2005, http://www.juancole.com/2005/05/nuclear-option-algeria-and-david-humes.html.
Juan Cole compares the Fight for the Courts with the Algerian Civil War
What has the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s got to do with the dictatorial way the US Senate Republicans have begun acting with regard to judicial appointments? The war pitted secular and religious forces against one another, killing over 100,000 persons in constant village massacres and urban assassinations over more than a decade. One of the extreme religious factions, the Armed Islamic Group (French acronym GIA), became angered at US and French support for the secular-leaning military government.
Hyperbole aside, I was excited when I read this. The Battle for Algiers was a fourth generation war. Is Cole going to say that the courts struggle is fourth generation politics?
No such luck. He predicts (threatens?) political violence (by liberals? who else qualifies?).
It is away from our republican system and toward the old Algerian system of simple majority rule that the Bush administration is now attempting to take us. And it will will produce the same turmoil and violence, ultimately, as the rather stupid 1963/1976 Algerian constitutions produced in that country.
Or is Cole comparing the Republican party to the Islamists who murdered a hundred thousand
In other words, the United States of America is on the verge of looking an awfully lot like Algeria did in fall of 1991, when the Islamic Salvation Front was poised to exercise a tyranny of the majority in that country.
Cole rants on for a bit, and forgets an important point.
The filibuster is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. Nor are super-majority requirements for judges. They part of the rules of the Senate. The Constitution gives each House of Congress the ability to decide its rules by a simple majority. The filibuster is one of these rules.
Cole's sadness for the Constitution -- saying "Sorry [James Madison]. It is over" -- are crocodile tears.