Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Two British Reactions to Brussels

What we're going to get from American politicians, including most libertarians, are more smarmy lectures about the dangers of Islamophobia, except, of course, from Trump. We get more rational reactions from British libertarians, which I find at The Libertarian Alliance [link]. The first from Sean Gabb: 

A Brief Response to the Brussels Atrocity
Sean Gabb
Aside from expressing the usual sadness, I have little to say about the present events in Brussels. However, since I feel obliged to say something, I will say this:
  1. Since the end of the Sinn Fein/IRA rebellion, terrorism has been a statistically insignificant cause of death in the United Kingdom. During the present century, about five people a year have been killed in this country by terrorists – the same as the number of people killed by wasp and bee stings. Indeed, in 2010, 53 people died by falling off ladders. This is not to dismiss any avoidable death as unimportant, but it does put terrorism into context. In the next few days, all the usual suspects will start calling for an even bigger police state than the one we have. My belief is that we have not been given a police state in order to fight terrorism; instead, terrorism has been made the latest excuse for a police state. Anyone who takes a dim view of Islam or mass-immigration should bear this continually in mind.
  2. For the past generation, Western countries have followed a dual policy of what Steve Sailer calls “invade the world/invite the world.” There are very good reasons for not turning much of the Islamic world into slag heaps dripping with blood. There are very good reasons for not letting in millions of unassimilable alien paupers. Doing both at the same time is at least unwise.
Bearing in mind these two points, I deplore the latest terrorist atrocity in Brussels, and hope that the Belgian authorities take all reasonable steps to catch as many of those responsible as have not blown themselves up. But I will continue going about my normal business, and suggest that everyone else of reasonably firm mind should do the same. I shall also regard whatever response our own authorities propose or make with undiminished suspicion.
And the second from Keir Martland:
Brussels: Déjà vuBy Keir Martland
I remember watching with horror on the night of the 13th November 2015 as the news of the Paris atrocities came through. RT, the BBC, and Sky were all of them thoroughly confused by the events and yet I stayed up until the small hours of the morning. When I woke up, the death toll was well over a hundred.  It made me, and countless others, almost physically ill. It also made me very angry.
This morning, I sat down with my breakfast and switched on the television set with the intention of getting my 5-10 minutes of BBC propaganda. Instead, I was very nearly late for college. Just as in November, I was glued to the screen, only this time I don’t feel the same anger. Yes, I am repulsed. I would hope that the very idea that any one of us could be blown to smithereens by some lunatic while on the way to work or waiting for our luggage – in our own country – would repulse any sensible person. But I am incapable of reproducing the emotions of last year.Instead, what I mostly feel is déjà vu. 
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Why not the same excitable reaction?
Firstly, simply because the circumstances are so similar. The perpetrators appear to be Islamist terrorists. They killed innocent Europeans. The death toll has crept upwards throughout the day, from about 10 while digesting my cereal to over 30 as I sit writing this.
Secondly, because the politicians have cried the same crocodile tears as they did last November. David Cameron has made it known to the world just how “shocked” he is that such a thing could happen. If that is truly the case, then David Cameron is the most retarded Prime Minister this country has ever had.
Thirdly, because our retarded Prime Minister has promised to “do everything he can to help.” This is perhaps the worst thing I have heard today besides the death of over 30 innocent civilians in terrorist atrocities at the Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station.
I do not believe David Cameron should do “everything he can.”
David Cameron is a neoconservative. Having been a complete failure at home, he has turned his sights abroad, where he has also been a complete failure. David Cameron believes in spreading democracy throughout the world. More specifically, he believes, like Tony Blair, in imposing democracy on the Middle East through the waging of costly and ineffective wars and regime change.
Yet, David Cameron has proved doubly as bad as Tony Blair. For, at least Blair destroyed only Iraq. David Cameron has destroyed both Libya and Syria, albeit in league with other despicable men.
In 2011, our Prime Minister joined in enthusiastically in Hillary Clinton’s Crusade in Libya, along with the French, on the pretext of protecting civilians’ human rights. That Crusade was authorised by the modern equivalent of a mediaeval papal bull, a United Nations resolution. But unlike the First Crusade, they set out not to conquer and rule Libya as their own, but simply to destroy its state.
Now, I have anarchist sympathies. I have no qualms about the realisation of a stateless society. But the trouble is that if you destroy a Middle Eastern state, it creates a vacuum which will be filled by lunatics. The result was that Libya became a ‘failed state’, overflowing with mercenaries funded by the United States and the various Gulf Arab factions. Some of these mercenaries then went on to fight in the five-way Syrian Civil War.
Libya is now a mess and yet David Cameron to this day maintains that what he did was right.
After Ed Miliband’s Labour Opposition saved us from intervention in Syria in 2013 in support of the rebels against President Assad, David Cameron decided to take Britain into Syria in 2015 with the aim of fighting ISIS. Cameron exploited the November 2015 Paris atrocities in the most appalling fashion most likely to distract attention from his disastrous economic record at home. Not only did Cameron lie to Parliament when he claimed that there were 70,000 “moderate rebels” to assist in the fight against ISIS (whom he wanted to support in 2013), but he also maintains that “Assad must go.” Therefore, the British Government went into a five-way civil war, opposing two sides and supporting a side that is non-existent.
David Cameron has one of the worst, if not the worst, foreign policy records of any British premier to date.
Wars of this kind in the Middle East are not fought by only natives to the country in question. Rather, various Arab states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with the United States and the other Western powers, employ Islamist mercenaries to destroy these countries for them. And these mercenaries are seriously crazy. I have heard reports that the United States, for example, give out drugs to their Islamist fighters which make them think they are invincible. In any case, the psychological impact on any human being of the type of wars that are nowadays fought would be enough to turn even the sanest of us into lunatics.
Many of these mercenaries are Muslims who have recently settled in Europe. According to the rather conservative estimates of General Breedlove of NATO, in Syria alone there have been 9,000 ‘foreign’ fighters and 1,500 of them are on their way back to Europe. Indeed, it makes sense for many of them to do so, since the Russian bombing of ISIS bases, combined with internal strife within ISIS’ ranks, mean that the Syrian Civil War will probably die down soon provided the various factions don’t ignite it again by throwing more men, arms, and money into it.
Returning to the November 2015 Paris atrocities, ISIS claimed responsibility for this and all of the perpetrators were EU citizens. ISIS justified the murder of 130 civilians in Paris by reference to the French bombing of both Syria and Iraq. A number of the perpetrators had been Islamist fighters in the Middle East who had come ‘home.’
One example is Bilal Hadfi, who was associated with Boko Haram, and both the Libyan and Syrian branches of Islamic State. He had French citizenship and the authorities were aware that he had gone to fight in Syria.
Another example is the Syrian Ahmad al-Mohammad, who claimed to be a Syrian refugee.
I am not usually a betting man, but I would be willing to bet a few quid that the bastards who blew themselves up today were in some way connected to ISIS, and may even have recently come home from Syria.
While the Cameron Regime was elected on a promise to get net migration down to the tens of thousands, it has instead risen to record levels, with the figure for last year being well over 300,000, the equivalent of another Wigan or another Enfield in the space of just one year. The politicians talk glibly about the impact of immigration on housing and school places, but they dare not mention the impact on racial and religious tensions. Immigration is effectively Balkanising this country, which will mean ultimately the collapse of civil society and the rise of an all-powerful State.
But a number of British Muslims have also gone off to fight in the Middle East. Britain is also home to a number Syrian refugees – the numbers are difficult to ascertain, but I would guess into the thousands. Many of them are being housed in hotels which now have lucrative contracts with the British State to become, in effect, makeshift detention centres. The fact that all of our existing detention centres are full tells you all you need to know about the scale of the problem.
The reason I am not angry when I hear about terrorist attacks in France or in Belgium is because I am relieved it is not Britain’s turn…yet. The British State’s foreign and immigration policies guarantee that there will soon enough be a London atrocity, or a Manchester atrocity, or a Liverpool atrocity, or a Birmingham atrocity. However, there may yet be time to remove the inevitability.
What, then, should David Cameron do?
Firstly, he should end all British involvement in the internal affairs of Middle Eastern nations.
Secondly, he should temporarily close Britain’s borders, only to be re-opened “when our leaders figure out what the hell is going on” as Donald Trump would say.
Thirdly, he should get Parliament to repeal all anti-gun legislation so that if an Islamist former mercenary starts killing civilians left, right, and centre with a Kalashnikov,  we can shoot the bastard, before he shoots us.
While I said I’m not a betting man, I am willing to make another bet: that not one of these measures will be taken by the Cameron Government. Instead, the latest round of atrocities in Belgium will be used to get the Investigatory Powers Bill passed into law.
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Now, why can't American Libertarians be this realistic? Is it because they're so damn inoculated by liberal political correctness that they're just useful idiots for the liberal/necon narrative? I'm beginning to think so. 
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