Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence on the world

Afghanistan Women

Summary: Trump is committing America to the overthrow of a 4th secular regime in the Middle East, probably to be replaced (like the others) by a fundamentalist Islamic government (or chaos). Amidst the cheering for Trump, let's look at what we have done for the women in Afghanistan. Let's remember that before we wreck another country. People … Continue reading Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence on the world

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Oddities of the New Left, making them weaker than the Old Left

Old Left - Friedrich Engels

Summary: Continuing my series describing how both Left and Right in America have become unmoored from their roots and adopted strange new beliefs. This post looks at the New Left. These evolutions have made the Right stronger and the Left weaker. "Using the hijab as a symbol of women's liberation & empowerment is like using … Continue reading Oddities of the New Left, making them weaker than the Old Left

We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago

Summary:  Today's violence from Islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists -- without massive restrictions on civil liberties, without military operations. We can defeat today's Islamic extremists using similar methods -- reversing the results from 16 years of … Continue reading We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago

The Premier of Ontario visits a mosque, revealing much about our society

Summary: Small incidents in the news often reveal hidden but large trends in society, if we examine them carefully. Such as a recent visit by Ontario's Premier to a local mosque. Her political allies cheer; her political foes laugh and mock. But it tells us so much more. {Also, see yesterday's post: Trump points to Sweden’s problems … Continue reading The Premier of Ontario visits a mosque, revealing much about our society

Trump prepares for a strong military response to jihadists. We’ll win anyway.

Summary: Trump's two key defense appointees, General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor and General James Mattis, suggest Trump will intensify our war with jihadists. Obama did so, and only helped spread the jihadist struggle. Trump is unlikely to do better because this is primarily a cultural conflict -- with America the overwhelming favorite to … Continue reading Trump prepares for a strong military response to jihadists. We’ll win anyway.

The third wave of Jihad begins. We will soon see its power.

Summary: Jeremy Harding at the LRB looks at the next big step by jihadists, and the amazing oddity of the West's response.   Introduction Modern jihad has gone through several phases, each stronger and more virulent than the predecessor. First came Afghanistan's Mujahideen, who burned out in internecine conflict (defeated by the Tailiban). Al Qaeda … Continue reading The third wave of Jihad begins. We will soon see its power.

Stratfor: Getting to the Root of France’s Muslim Dilemma

Summary:  Generations of immigration gave France cheap docile workers. Now comes the hangover as France struggles to integrate them, amidst concerns about rising Islamic fundamentalism and recruitment by jihadists. Getting to the Root of France's Muslim Dilemma By Joe Parson. Stratfor, 24 January 2016 The jihadist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo signified the beginning … Continue reading Stratfor: Getting to the Root of France’s Muslim Dilemma