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I have periodically done a collection of what I consider my better material, such as here and here.  I haven’t done one in a while so, for newcomers in particular, I have compiled what I consider some of my more interesting and enduring entries over the last five years. I hope you enjoy.  I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to read, comment, and support this blog.  For conservatives, it is becoming a real time in the wilderness, so one small contribution I have tried to make here is to let conservatives know that they are not alone and to give them intellectual ammunition with which to defend common sense and basic decency.

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No, not all Muslims are terrorists.  And not all Muslims in the US are terrorists.  Clearly, very very few are.  But we don’t know which are which, and the non-terrorists have a bad habit of relativizing, sympathizing with, providing aid and comfort to, and otherwise showing more concern for themselves and their tribe than the broader community.

Equally important, the non-terrorist side of the ledger adds very little to our common and collective life.  We could do without any more such immigrants, and we should work to encourage self-deportation among those already here who are not firmly rooted.

Don’t expect to hear this from the Marco Rubio wing of the Republican Party any time soon.

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America does nice things all the time all around the world, and we are rewarded with contempt, hatred, and hostility.  We are like the “Nice Guy” who gets to be alternately a sucker and an emotional punching bag, while the “Bad Boys” get to do what (and whom) they want. 

Today, an Albanian Muslim terrorist was arrested in my neck of the woods. He’s from Kosovo, a criminal neighborhood that the Serbs were cleaning up until NATO decided to align with the Albanian terrorists in 1999 and bombed the hell out of the Serbs.  The false pretenses of the war were soon exposed; indeed, they were many times flimsier than the WMD claims in Iraq.  But it’s all down the memory hole now.
 
Thanks to American airpower, these Albanian clients run prostitution and drugs through the Balkans with little interference.  Even their criminal leader Hacim Thaci  is in on the act.  Sometimes we get to harvest the fruits of their civilization, as in today’s terrorist bomb scare in Tampa.  One of the worst consequence of Humanitarian Wars is that we often get a flood of refugees, even though these wars themselves are supposed to render fleeing from atrocities obsolete.  We have Somalis, Haitians, Palestinians, Egyptians, Kurds, Iraqis, and every other people from the planet Earth living here on various asylum and refugee visas, often engaged in menial work at best and criminal terorrism at worst. We stupidly think the Muslim newcomers will be greatful for us “helping them” or for being exposed to our wonderful way of life, but let’s look at the record.  We’ve helped them in Afghanistan it the 80s, in the entire Israeli-Palestinian peace process, today in Egypt and Afghanistan, yesterday in Somalia and Kuwait and Kosovo, and it makes no difference.  We are hated.  And sometimes we are killed.  Let’s not forget Mohammad Atta and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad both spent a lot of time in the West.  They hated the place too.  Sami Osmakac’s ingratitude and hostility is not new. 

Of course, not all Muslims are terrorists.  Indeed, the vast majority are not.  But Muslims are probably 100X more likely to be terrorists. When they’re not terrorists, they often obfuscate and make excuses for terrorism.  They often are hostile to our country, even if they are nonviolent and do not formally endorse terrorism.  Their marginal contributions to our collective life make their presence in our country a luxury (and more like a liability) that we simply cannot afford.  Indeed, when the US acted tougher–as in bombing Libya to smithereens in 1986–its tough and unapologetic actions have paid much better dividends than our Nice Guy routine today in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And when we acted tougher at home, such as in our rough treatment of Japanese and German agents and supporters in World War II, we found relatively little sabotage and domestic terrorism.

To deal with militant Islam we don’t necessarily need to do any favors for Muslims in Muslim lands.  But whether we shoudl be activist or isolationist, we certainly don’t need to add to the Muslim threat at home by inviting “refugees” and others from the most alien and hostile civilization on earth.  We must live in reality to remain an independent nation, just as we must learn about and master reality to live as self-respecting individual men.

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Spontaneous Muslim Violence

It turns out the attacker (Arid Uka) of our troops transiting through Germany was a Albanian Muslim from Kosovo.   Apparently the West’s concerted attack on Christian Serbia in 1999 on behalf of the terrorist KLA earned us few rewards among the worldwide Muslim community.  The 9/11 attacks, this attack, and countless other spontaneous attacks by Muslims ranging from Maj. Nidal Hasan (spree killer at Fort Hood) and Sgt Akbar (turncoat fragger in Kuwait) to Abdulhakim Muhammad (Arkansas military recruiters) and John Muhammad (DC Sniper) continue apace, one every few months it seems,  all spawned by the spontaneous and deeply rooted notion of obligatory violence known as “jihad.”

As in other patterns that defy liberal expectations, expect this attack too soon to go down the memory hole, dismissed as a lone whackjob or as the “act of a tiny minority” defying the peaceful essence of Islam.  Muslim attacks are becoming about as humdrum and common as black on white crime in the legacy media.  And our political and cultural leaders, particularly on the so-called right wing, are doing very little to correct the dominant narrative on either score. For a “religion of peace” an awful lot of Muslims (a) commit violence (b) in the name of their religion (c) to the applause of their less courageous coreligionists (d) with ample textual, scholarly, and popular justification of their violent acts as legitimate expressions of Islam.  This is bad, of course, but it’s also a reality we can address, by cordoning off most of the Muslim world, preventing immigrants into our lands, and dealing with them, at most, in an arms length way to acquire useful natural resources like oil.  Otherwise, let them stew in their backward juices and keep to themselves.

While Obama and Bush both claimed to be at war with terrorism, we are more at war with reality itself.  By way of analogy, it’s as if we were fighting World War II and declaring the Nazi Party–which ruled Germany, controlled its industry and military apparatus, and enthralled a great majority of its people–as a tiny clique that was not expressing the freedom-loving and peaceful desires of the real Germany.   Further, it’s as if the deliberate and highly ideological mass killings of Slavs and Jews and Communists by the Nazis in the name of Nazism were treated as an aberration, to which any deep inquiry into Nazi ideology would yield little insight.

Our media and politicians are a complete  joke, and the joke is costing lives on a daily basis.  It cost lives on 9/11.  It costs lives every time a Muslim in the West goes on a killing spree.  And it costs lives as we impossibly try to shove western freedoms and democracy down the throats of proud, backwards, and violent Muslim tribesman in Afghanistan and Iraq.   Precisely because Islam is inherently violent, prickly, proud, and xenophobic, we do ourselves no favors by showing up in their lands with an expeditionary force promising “freedom,” which, in reality and correct Muslim perception means the export of western values, attitudes, and practices which are anathema to Muslims.

We must deal with reality as it is, and an honest inquiry into reality makes it plain that Muslim extremists are not that rare, their supporters even less rare still, and a cursory review of the Koran and Islamic history find ample justification for the use of violence against “infidels.”  After all, this was once widely known as the “Religion of the Sword,” before George W’s indifferentist and self-deceptive description of Islam as the “Religion of Peace.”  As bad as this is, at least he didn’t talk about Islam being “revealed” on the Arabian peninsula, as Obama heretically did in his famous Cairo speech.

Bush pretended to fight Islamic terrorists but, in the process, concealed the reality of Islam out of his big tent and moronic belief that everyone everywhere wanted to live like Americans and be governed like America.  Obama, by contrast, hates America, doesn’t think anyone truly wants to be like us (nor that they ought to), and revels in using his office as American president to subvert symbolically American values and prestige by engaging in ritual obeisance to Islam and the Third World generally . . . hence Islam was “revealed.”

And today, as a result of the confusion of so many western leaders, media figures, and ordinary citizens, more Americans have died as martyrs to the Western commitment to open borders, diversity, indifference to religion, and other suicidally liberal ideas.  A war on terrorism, this is not, because the terrorism we fight is a tactic in a broader campaign to Islamicize the world and the west.  Once that is understood, the far less costly and necessary changes to our immigration laws, hairbrained democratization efforts, and other policies become self-evident.

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Byron York writes in the Washington Examine regarding liberal Portland’s politically correct refusal to cooperate with the FBI on antiterrorism:

In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  On Friday, that task force helped prevent what could have been a horrific terrorist attack in Portland.  Now city officials say they might re-think their participation in the task force — because Barack Obama is in the White House. . . .

What is ironic is that the operation that found and stopped Mohamud is precisely the kind of law enforcement work that Portland’s leaders, working with the American Civil Liberties Union, rejected during the Bush years.  In April 2005, the Portland city council voted 4 to 1 to withdraw Portland city police officers from participating in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Mayor Tom Potter said the FBI refused to give him a top-secret security clearance so he could make sure the officers weren’t violating state anti-discrimination laws that bar law enforcement from targeting suspects on the basis of their religious or political beliefs.

Other city leaders agreed.  “Here in Portland, we are not willing to give up individual liberties in order to have a perception of safety,” said city commissioner Randy Leonard.  “It’s important for cities to know how their police officers are being used.”

Bush was wrong, terrorists don’t hate us because our freedom.

And Obama (and his liberal followers) are wrong, in that terrorists don’t hate us because we’re mistreating certain Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, though that is their contemporary pretext for attacking the United States and Europe.

Muslims hate us because we’re not Muslim.

The more radical (i.e., pious) ones believe this justifies terrorism.  The less radical believe that they must conquer us through persuasion, coupled with the ongoing demographic and moral collapse of the West.  They hate the West because, historically, the West was Christendom, the great anti-Muslim force in history.  It was other things, of course, the land of Michaelangelo and Kant and Issac Newton.  That is, our identity was not solely anti-Muslim, though it was primarily Christian.  And this Christianity required it to be anti-Muslim in self defense, which the West accomplished with great energy at Lepanto, Tours, and Vienna, as well as the Crusades.

After the Enlightenment, the West lost its way a bit; it stopped being self-consciously Christendom, but it never stopped being the dominant, attractive, wealthy, accomplished, anti-Muslim citadel to which the entire non-Muslim world looked to for leadership, technology, and also a bit of envy. We outshone the Muslim world, and this was unbearable to a people whose political, economic, and social system was supposedly divinely ordained, allegedly a formula not only for other-worldly happiness but also for worldly success.

Portland thought it was safe from this kind of thing because it felt so guilty for being Western and so consciously and publicly distanced itself from Bush’s wars to inculcate western freedoms to illiberal Muslim lands.  But Portland’s deracinated leadership forgot one thing:  that sometimes hate and injustice and aggressive rage arise naturally and predictably from the Others whom they hold so high on a pedestal.  Appeasement does not work to appease the uneappeaseable, world-historical program of Islam, which demands complete submission by every person on Earth.

It’s not clear if an event like this, even if successful, can remove the politically correct scales from the eyes of Portland’s leaders.  Theirs is a web of deception that will likely detect, even in this, a clarion call to redouble their efforts of outreach, tolerance, and the like.  Liberalism like that of Portland’s mayor renders intelligent people stupid and blind to basic reality.  It also can render whole societies dead if they do not have a revival of clear thinking and an affirmation of their right to continue to exist in their traditional form.

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Airline Security Uproar

I have to say, flying is a real drag these days, but the recent uproar over TSA strikes me as kind of immature.  I completely agree with what my friend Dave had to say on the subject, which is reprinted below:

I am fairly underwhelmed by the whole “don’t touch my junk” uproar.  To me it’s just another example of magical American thinking, and a good illustration of the meaningless of what passes for conservative thought when deeper issues are left unaddressed.
 
Yes we should be upset by the fact that we have an overly intrusive security check, but our hostility should be first directed at the open immigration polices, multiculturalism, and pacificism that are the root of the problem.  If we want to simultaneously a) let the third world flood into the West, b) ignore the reality of Islam, c) refuse to security profile based on race and religion, and d) fight foreign wars with kid gloves, we are going to have to put up with being constantly humiliated.  You can’t have it both ways.  If you don’t want to be groped, don’t fly, but I would personally rather not be blown out the sky by a slightly more competent underwear bomber.  Yes the typical American doesn’t deserve to have his privacy violated by some TSA drone, but the typical American also insists that Islam is the religion of peace.   
This is also an example to me of how the false freedom of open borders intrudes on our real freedoms, including the modest security regime that prevailed before 9/11.  So long as we have a free society and open borders, we will have an increasingly unfree society since wild, hostile, and ungovernable foreigners are not fit for American freedoms.

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Obama has stepped into an unnecessary public relations disaster, once again.  Last summer, he got involved in the Officer Crowley and Professor Gates event, and ended up permanently alienating many people who saw him transform from the post-racial healer into an old school, race-hustling politician.  He acted like a bully, and it was very clear where his loyalties lay.

Then he weighed in on the planned Ground Zero Mosque, stating he was supportive to a group of Muslims, then he said he was neutral but supported the Constitution, then he went back and forth a few more times and appeared altogether weak.  One thing he never acknowledged in his journey through these positions was that this was an incredibly bad idea to build the Mosque there and that critics had a legitimate point.  Now, it turns out, we’re told by the self-promoting Imam Rauf that there is no going back on the Mosque, because such backing down would be seen as an insult to Islam and lead to violence.  Always the violence, just waiting in the wings, from the “religion of peace.”

Finally, Obama has condemned the Koran-burning Florida pastor, Terry Jones, with no genuflection to his constitutional rights, and instead, acted against him with a full court press.  The Secretary of Defense, the Pope, the Secretary of State, plus countless media schills have piled on this guy.  And, in the most development to date, FBI agents visited the Church, ostensibly to warn Pastor Jones of death threats.  Jones, to his discredit, has backed down in the face of this massive public pressure, without any apparent change of ideas.  In other words, he was not persuaded, but cowed.  Pathetic.

At one point Obama stated “This kind of behavior or threats of action put our young men and women in harm’s way. And it’s also the best imaginable recruiting tool for al-Qaeda.”  I have no doubt there is some small truth to that, not least because Muslims are incredibly quick to anger. But why is all of his passion and all of his rhetoric addressed to an insignificant Florida pastor?  Why not also say something to the other side of this transaction:  the demented, hollering, wild eyed crazy people making these veiled threats in Afghanistan and elsewhere?  After all, Jones is threatening to burn a book, but these Muslim crazies are threatening to kill Americans in response.

If Obama really believed in and understood America, he would say something like this: “Anyone that engages in violence or judges the US because of the act of a small town preacher is despicable.  There is no right to resort to violence just because your feelings are hurt or your religion is insulted.  There is no moral equivalence whatsoever between burning a book and killing a human being.  Americans learned long ago that killing each other over religion, over speech, and over much else both weakens our society and also is wrong.  You people need to learn this as well, and while I do not support Pastor Jones’ disrespect for the Koran, I am sensible of my duty to protect his rights as an American, and so I’m not going to give into the veiled threats coming out of the Muslim world in response to his actions.  It’s his right as an American to burn a Koran and have any opinion he wants about Islam, and I will not bow to threats of violence in defending the rights of Americans.”

One thing we saw with Officer Crowley last summer was that standing up for yourself does more to slow down violent threats than the craven weakness.  After Crowley stood up for himself, Obama was a little shaken; he was used to the old white guilt shuffle. Obama learned to play white guilt like a violin growing up among his white single mom and his old school white liberal grandparents.  He was shaken by Crowley’s self-respect; it’s not something he has ever had much experience with. Obama ultimately retreated from his initial remarks that the officer acted “stupidly.”

In spite of the value of self-respect–which everyone from King David to General MacArthur demonstrate–weakness in the face of Islamic threats is displayed all the time by nearly all of our leaders and large institutions.  The defense of ourselves and our culture is absent in the face of repeated Muslim blackmail.  And, predictably, this feeds on itself, as Muslim incivility and violence is constantly being rewarded.  It’s analogous to the lavish public funds bestowed on cities beset by race rioting in the 1960s; as a result, we have perrenial threats of a “long, hot summer” from the Al Sharptons of the world ever since if payoffs of various kinds are not given to the right shakedown artists.

Islam has become the only religion in the western world protected from blasphemy due to a combination of threats, actual violence (such as the killing of Theo van Gogh), and series of weak-kneed responses by our leaders.  I recognize, frankly, that some of these elected officials don’t love America and want to see it brought low by the Third Worlders.  They identify with the outsiders and want to see the traditional American culture and people destroyed.  I believe Obama is off this ilk.  Some, however, clearly are just confused.  For these that do love America and want to see it made stronger, they could learn from Officer Crowley and similar episodes that a little self-respect and defiance go a long way.

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