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The Yalta Conference briefing book stated that the United States did not favor any Chinese political faction, but only “a broadly representative government which will bring about internal unity, including reconcilement of Kuomintang-Communist differences.”

In an echo familiar from countless modern-day speeches about American allies in the Middle East, political reform was touted as the best defense against Communism. And by political reform, Truman meant bringing the Communists into the government for a peaceful and unified China. American aid to the Nationalists was explicitly conditioned on their acceptance of that form of peace and unity.

Political leaders, diplomats and reporters tell us that we should not fear the Muslim Brotherhood, that it is a moderate organization, and that like other political Islamists, it can be our ally in the war against the real extremists. The American people were similarly told that the Chinese Communists were not the bad extreme kind in Moscow. They weren’t even real Communists at all, only “red on the outside, white on the inside” types. And then having learned nothing from the fall of China, the same propagandists then began assuring us that the Viet Cong were not true Communists either.

...that's an excerpt from my article, How Democrats Turned China Red and Egypt Green


Obama had advocated political reform for Egypt as early as his first anti-war speech in 2002. Ten years later the ashes of the Arab Spring are fluttering over American embassies and consulates. Mitt Romney has proposed economic reform instead of political reform as his prescription for change, but it is not likely that reforming Muslim economies will work any better than reforming their governments did.

As in the fable of the blind men and the elephant, each of our blind doctors steps up to feel the ten-ton elephant of Muslim violence and offers his proposed philosophical cure. The blindness of the doctors is in their Western preconceptions which prevent them from seeing the huge beast as anything but a conglomerate of familiar parts. One of the blind doctors sees a lack of democracy and another sees a lack of free enterprise, and they prescribe what they think is lacking in the Muslim world.

Their false sense of familiarity with the Muslim world, akin to the linguistic false friends that deceive us into thinking that a familiar foreign word is the counterpart of a word in our own language, leads them to see the East as the West with a few missing spots that need to be filled in. But the Muslim world cannot be fixed by attempting to graft on a few Western institutions; if it were that easy then British and French colonialism would have already fixed the Middle East.

... that's from my article, Moral Reform for the Muslim World


Islamists saw Afghanistan as the future of the Middle East and they were right. Saudi Arabia and the oil states that backed the Arab Spring are Afghanistans with oil. Egypt, Tunisia and Syria are on the way to becoming Afghanistans without oil.

Eleven years after September 11, Afghanistan is nowhere near being stable; instead it is the Middle East that is becoming Afghanistanized. Forget about having only one Afghanistan, after the Arab Spring we can pick and choose from new Afghanistans popping up all over.

The Muslim Middle East is facing a choice between two paths. One leads ahead to a Westernized society and the other back to the barren deserts of the 7th Century. The Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islamists claim that it is possible to have the best of both worlds, combining high tech and desert morals in a society where every woman is covered and every man is an engineer. But that illusion is under siege as Islamist militias begin fragmenting countries into tribal encampments.

... and that's from my article, The Afghanistanization of the Middle East


There's a cure for Abu Hamza's blues

Luckily he can get a brain scan here. And if Abu Hamza is truly depressed, one treatment for severe depression is electroshock therapy. ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy is still in use for really tough cases of depression and the United States has some top notch ECT specialists in a little facility positioned near Cuba to take maximum advantage of the advanced Cuban health care system. Those specialists, I know, will be pleased to help Abu Hamza beat the blues. And if ECT doesn’t work, there’s always Hydro-Immersive Therapy, which former patients like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed absolutely swear by.

Not that Obama would allow Abu Hamza access to this kind of advanced mental health therapy. That must be why the American health care system is so hopelessly backward.

and a look at why the Muslim Brotherhood is having trouble taking over Jordan (hint, it's the Palestinians) and the racial pathology of leftist Obama whiners

The liberal fetishization of black rage is a creepy thing and it is also inherently racist. Liberal commentators expect Obama’s anger to be racial rather than political. They keep thinking that Obama is the Incredible Hulk with a mild-mannered exterior and uncontrollable rage over the oppression of the black man pulsing within. All he has to do is step into a phone booth, tear off his suit and underneath he’s Huey P. Newton.

This is actual racial stereotyping and Moore, Schultz and Co. never seem to have considered that Obama has nothing to be angry about. Obama has become successful with a minimum amount of effort. He lives a comfortable life and a charmed one. He really has nothing to be angry about.

As well as the top Federal prosecutor targeting the Mohammed filmmaker, the failure of Obama's moderate Taliban strategy, our GDP growth falling behind Cuba, the fact that every Al Qaeda leader has been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood... and the parable of the Islamist Scoprion

A scorpion wanted to cross a river, so it hitched a ride on a friendly naive useful idiot of a toad. The toad swam the river with the scorpion on its back and then the scorpion bit it when it got across to the other side. The toad said, “But don’t you know that we are both part of the international left and believe in LGBT rights and revolutionary change. So why did you bite me?” And the Scorpion answered, “Praise Allah, it’s in my nature. You knew what I was when you asked me to move to your riverbank, collect welfare benefits and for your politicians”

And finally why Putin cannot afford an Obama defeat.


Edward Cline at Rule of Reason imagines what life would be like without the prophet of Islam.

It is tempting, for example, to imagine recent history and the state of America had President Barack Obama never existed – if, say, Stanley Ann Dunham had decided to try out for the Dallas Cheerleaders, or pursued a degree in physics, instead of trying to prove her "tolerance" with a sham marriage with a Kenyan Muslim and making whoopee in Hawaii with a black Communist on the FBI's watch list while pursuing degrees in anthropology and micro-financing – and so have never been born and sparing the country of his brand of super-sized community organizing. But, that would be too easy. 

...the other prophet of Islam.


In one of my more casual posts at The Point, I took note of a New Yorker piece on J.K. Rowling's new book and described it as a left-wing screed. This led to attacks on a Daily News blog and an entire comment thread at Harry's Place for reviewing the book without having read it.

I was not reviewing the book, obviously, as it had not been released at the time. People who review Rowling books generally do so under armed guard lest one of those precious tomes fall into the wrong hands and be immediately sold to gypsies on eBay. But the comment thread lead to a lively debate on the welfare system with some interesting observations.


yeah we’re all evil scum, who get up every morning and piss in a cup to prove we are drug free in order to work 40, 50 , 60 hours a week to give half our pay to people who can not be asked to piss in a cup because it would violate their constitutional rights


Perhaps Gene could point out the exact number of words in her books written by the Welfare State as a proportion of the total?

The true reactionaries here are the likes of Gene and Brownie who want to help themselves to ever greater sums of other people’s money and can’t see an end to the statist gravy-train. Because they care don’t you see?


But for those of "the vision that dare not speak its name" it is precisely the American hegemony, and no other, that must be removed to make way for the glorious one-world where it is "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need." And that world, in their shared visionary imagination, will be made of a green, caring, carefully stewarded world where the we all get to "do our thing" in perfect freedom and without any interference from dictators, power blocs, theocratic states, weapons of mass destruction, crime, guns, and oppression of any living thing on the planet, including animals.

Like the world after the Rapture, the vision of the One-Worlder is Gaia triumphant for the many and a shining realm of gracious living for the elite few. It is a green Hobbit realm with iPods for all and no Saurons to be found anywhere. A technotronic Middle Earth.


When discussing the character of Rolling Stone founder, the execrable Jann Wenner, someone once remarked to me, "For some people it will always be 1968." That's pretty much the case with the cosmopolitans of "The Not So Great Generation." Because they no longer live in America but in the Happy World, they deeply and fundamentally believe that their unnameable vision will prevail, and with the defeat of the nation on which their freedom and prosperity depends, all shall ascend finally into Happy World of Obamaland where the world will leave us alone to pursue our various socialist experiments if only we leave it alone.

Save the world or sink the world, it's all a matter of perspective. So long as your intentions are noble and your ideology tells you that the way things are is completely unacceptable and that compromises are the only reason why we aren't living in a leftist utopia now, right now.


Remember the slogan “These colors don’t run,” captioning the American flag?

Neither does al Qaeda.

Why should they?  They’ve just won.  They have forced us out of Benghazi.  It did take multiple attacks over several months, and the gruesome torture and murder of our ambassador, to edge us out.  But the job is done now.  We’re running scared. 

...from the Optimistic Conservative


The next day she was told that a pupil, Mohamed Moustafa Ahmed Hashim, had filed a complaint against her, claiming that she had said something offensive about the Prophet.

on Sunday afternoon, police arrested Gad and took her to an Assiut police station, on charges of contempt of religion and insulting Prophet Mohamed, following a complaint from Moustafa Ahmed Hashim, the student in question's father, who is known locally to be a Salafist.

Gad denied all charges, but was detained and spent the night in a solitary confinement cell, her lawyer told Ahram Online, causing her family great worry as she is eight months pregnant.

You think the TSA is bad, try the reason that we have the TSA and all the appeasement. It's worse.


But we’re already used to it. Don’t believe me? Afshin Ellian, an Iranian-born Dutch law professor, poet and columnist, puts it this way: “If you cannot say that Islam is a backward religion and that Muhammad is a criminal, then you are living in an Islamic country, my friend, because there you also cannot say such things. I may say Christ was a homosexual and Mary was a prostitute, but apparently I should stay off of Muhammad.”

...signs you're already living in a Muslim country.


What we are discussing today about article 18 which is freedom of thought, conscience and religion and belief.

Within this religion, we have the freedom to change; within Islam you don’t have this choice with over 1.3 billion people they don’t have the freedom to change. That’s that.

We have to rely that as human beings, and just listening to you today, we have different opinions, we have different agendas. We have different ways of thinking. And I would like the world to be like this room, where we can talk and discuss and we [have] our points of view, without killing. And to have the right to change one’s religion.

It doesn’t work, we are created free. And God has given us the freedom, because he wants us to love him and without freedom we cannot love God.

What more is there to say?

Islam was built on the power to take away religion and freedom, to force people to worship Allah by destroying their religions, their cultures and their freedom to choose.

Islam is an anti-religious religion that purges, persecutes, tortures and intimidates. It is a religion based around the man and the power of his followers to terrorize those who might decide for themselves that an illiterate pedophile mass murderer is not their way to the truth.

Islam is power. There is no love in Islam. Only hate and fear. There is no G-d in Islam, only death.


  1. ...the other prophet of Islam.


  2. While I'd imagine the world being a much better place if Mohammad and Islam never existed, with the industrial age appearing 250-500 years early and religious/cultural diversity being abundant in places like Arabia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and much of Africa, Mohammad was not the only self-proclaimed prophet who apparently led a movement in Arabia at the time.

    Though the following is my own conjecture, if history in Arabia at the time is any guide we'd probably have Musaylimah and his movement (that I dub "Hanifism" based partially on the Arab word for monotheist and derived from the Syric word for heathen as well as the name of his tribe being the Banu Hanifa) to deal with in place of Mohammad and islam, which biased islamic sources describe as a liberal theocratic form of islam where prayer is abolished while sex and Alcohol consumption are freely allowed though whether it would have ended up becoming as big as islam is another matter entirely.


    Still, we'd be much better off with Musaylimah's movement instead of islam.

  3. Anonymous6/10/12

    DG wrote..Eleven years after September 11, Afghanistan is nowhere near being stable; instead it is the Middle East that is becoming Afghanistanized

    And why should we require our historic enemies to be peaceful and developing, thus making them real threats to our safety?


  4. A couple of thoughts -- I don't see how moral reform is possible in the Muslim world when their religion teaches distorted morality. It's not like Muslims aren't living up to the teachings of their religion and need to be encouraged to do so, but rather the problem is that they do live down to the moral teachings of Islam.

    Second, imagining a world without Allah/Mohammed. As a Christian, I believe God permits certain evils because He can bring a greater good from them. I believe Islam is one of those evils He permits to bring about a greater good. The greatest problem facing the West is the loss of religious faith and morality -- the aggression and violence of Muslims towards the secularized, faith-less Westerners is going to force us to face ultimate issues of life, death, loss of liberty and faith. The materialistic "values" of secular Westerners is no match for the totalitarian ideology of Islam. Who is willing to die for "values" that have no value or meaning? That must come from faith -- only from the perspective of moral absolutes and truth and eternity does sacrifice in the temporal realm (life, material goods, personal comfort and safety)make any sense or create a strong motivation for action, as happened historically in Europe when faced with Muslim aggression. I can see the possibility that God may be using the scourge of Islam to whip the godless West back to faith in Him.

  5. Anonymous6/10/12

    The fact that this kind of treason is being facilitated by American leaders, tells me that the constitutional republic is already dead.

    What is now happening is large scale looting of the nation's and people's purse - evidence that a just law no longer operates. Pensions, savings and assets are being stripped. The FED is busy adding zeroes to its Excel spreadsheet, and hands the increased" liquidity" to Wall street merchants banks. It also devalues everyone's savings, and also loads the public with debt.

    The republic has been betrayed not just in finances but in allowing immigration of people who have no concept of freedom and liberty - quite contrary.


  6. History may be repeated, but it is man who repeats it.
    And through the annals of history, we have not only witnessed the devastation of what leaderless mobs can do, but what some of those mobs can do when ad hoc leaders are allowed thier license.
    Even past principles, abrogated over time, are still valid references.

  7. Anonymous6/10/12

    How wonderful the world would be without the

    presence of the name of the Prophet and the

    cult of Islam, but one of the bloggers forget

    to mention the Blacks. How wonderful the world

    would be without both of these tribal

    tribal mentalities to contend with. Islam is

    the only "CULT" that demands violence and

    subjugation. Is this what the original Muhammed

    actually taught? Perhaps a course in Islamic

    history, which would include the study of the

    Koran, would be appropriate for ALL students,

    regardless if they are University bound or not.

    I am tired of these Muslim camel-herders

    accusing the West of not understanding Islam,

    but what I further abhore, is the fact that

    the Moron's that cultivate the Islam Cult, have

    demanded that we in the West, not speak freely

    about the prophet of to mention Islam in a

    negative vein. According to my 1st Amendment

    rights, Muselmania had better learn that we

    Americans are not in this world to cater to a

    group of desert rats, solely because of their

    religiou whims, if you follow. In the United

    States, we have taught our children to be

    tolerant of other religions, but if that does

    not transpire, then it is no excuse to kill

    members of a non-beliving class, if you follow.

    What is lacking in the Muslim world, is the word

    "COMPROMISE." Muslims would sooner remain

    patient under the thumb of a intolerant leader,

    waiting for the time to rise and strike, than

    to immediately come to the table and compromise.

    Our American Blacks maintain the same tribal

    mentality, because only 25% of American Blacks

    can read and write. How is that possible in

    the United States, after all the funds that have

    been awarded to American education? Without the

    Blacks and Muslims, the world would be at peace.

  8. cdnbn6/10/12

    Er, I think we can have this discussion without slurring "the blacks" as some sort of problem.

    That being said, a case could be made that Islam, and the values it is made from, may have been brought over with many of the African slaves, and survived within "black" cultures.

    Slagging "blacks", (who include Martin Luther King Jr and Allen West among their numbers) as some wholesale category, is mistaken, I believe.

  9. Anonymous6/10/12

    A friend shared this with me:

    German’s View on Islam
    A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a
    number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people
    were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward
    fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed
    the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one
    of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority
    just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us,
    and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost
    everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my
    We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is
    the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to
    live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is
    entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better,
    and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the
    globe in the name of Islam.
    The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is
    the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting
    wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or
    tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire
    continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder,
    or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is
    the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims
    and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to
    become suicide bombers.
    The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent
    majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.
    Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace,
    yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20
    million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge
    population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a
    staggering 70 million people.
    The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering
    sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia
    in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million
    Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
    And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be
    said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
    History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our
    powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
    Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
    Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because
    like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the
    fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
    Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans,
    Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have
    died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
    As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group
    that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.


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