Saturday, May 27, 2017

Does Trump Really "Get It" In The Middle East?

First, my take on the MIddle East and Jews in general:

There is a tacit alliance between Israel in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and other Arab/Muslim countries. This alliance opposes the Iranians and Assad of Syria quite forcefully and is adamant about it, which is why you hear so much anti-Iran rhetoric from our lickspittle politicians.

This is also related to domestic Jewish overwhelming support for just about any kind of behavior from the Israeli governments. I hasten to add that many Christian groups and American politicians also demonstrate such support.

Jews in America tend to be overrepresented among the left, all the way from the classical marxists to the cultural marxists, but again, they're accompanied in this by appallingly self-destructive Christian and Secular (not much difference there these days) groups. And there are a lots of patriotic American Jews who oppose the left as much as I do.

As for Israel, I'm no Zionist. As a Middle Eastern country, I regard it as rather free and enlightened. As a European country, it's repressive and authoritarian, and deserves little respect and no financial aid from us.

I don't agree with everything Eric Margolis says below. For example, I see no reason think Trump "hates" Islam. I rather expect he thinks like I do — that it's fine in Islamic countries if they want it, but incompatible with the West and Muslims shouldn't be granted entry for that reason.

But what I'm hoping, of course, is that Trump's take on the area is similar to mine, and that his behavior is an attempt to take reality into account while preventing hostility on the left from growing enough to cause a liberal/neocon alliance to develop strong enough to stop his agenda. So to answeer my own question, I hope he gets it but I can't be sure. You ever notice how hard it is to type with your fingers crossed? This is from lewrockwell.com


Trump of Arabia

Monday, May 22, 2017

Innocents Abroad? — Let's Hope Not

We Americans are a naive bunch in many ways. Let's hope that Trump isn't representing that side of us on his whirlwind tour of the territories of some of the world's trickiest bastards.

One of our naive beliefs is that Israel is constantly being mistreated by any and all Arab/Muslim nations. Actually, the Israelis provoke a lot of the mistreatment by dishing out some mistreatment of their own(and sometimes they even bite the hand that feed them — see this link, and there are Arab/Muslim nations who are actually allies of israel. Turkey and Saudi Arabia spring to mind. The Musim/Arab world, you see, is not monolithic, and componets of it are constantly struggling against others. Justin Raimondo, over at antiwar.com [link] expounds on our relationship with the Arabia, for example:


Donald of Arabia: A Disgusting Spectacle


This is the worst yet
by , May 22, 2017
Has there been a more disgusting spectacle during the four months of this presidency than the sight of Donald Trump slobbering all over the barbarous Saudi monarch and his murderous family of petty princelings? It’s enough to make any normal American retch, especially when one remembers what Trump said about them during the election:
“Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!”
And then there was this tweet:
“Tell Saudi Arabia and others that we want (demand!) free oil for the next ten years or we will not protect their private Boeing 747s. Pay up!”
Now Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, is calling up Lockheed-Martin to get a discount for the Saudis, personally brokering the biggest arms deal in US history. What a difference a presidency makes!
The old Trump told us that the Saudis were “mouth pieces, bullies, cowards,” who were “paying ISIS,” but now they’re our partners in the “war on terrorism.” Why it seems like only yesterday that he was calling out Saudi princes like Alwaleed bin Talal for thinking they can “control our US politicians” – today he’s kowtowing to them.
Most tellingly, it was Trump who made a campaign issue out of the missing 28 pages redacted from the Joint congressional report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In calling for their release, he painted a scenario in which the Saudi royals assisted the hijackers and said:
“You know, it’s sort of nice to know who your friends are, and perhaps who your enemies are.”
Does Trump know who are our friends and who are our enemies?
While the US government, under both Trump and Obama, has routinely maintained that Iran is the biggest exporter of terrorism, that is utter nonsense: the Saudis easily outdo the mullahs of Tehran. Riyadh funds radical madrassas throughout the world that preach pure hatred of the West: they are incubators of terrorism, and have been wreaking havoc from one end of the globe to the other for decades. The terrorist groups that have destroyed Syria are the progeny of the Saudis, and their allies among the Gulf states.
Most shameful of all, the Saudis have invaded nearby Yemen, slaughtering children and women with impunity, bombing funeral processions, and causing a famine that will kill hundreds of thousands of noncombatants: the very young, the sick, and the old. And they’re doing it with US assistance, a pact signed in blood under the Obama administration, now continued and beefed up under Trump.
In all fairness, this is nothing new as far as the US is concerned: our relationship with the Saudi monarchy goes all the way back to Franklin Roosevelt, who cemented the alliance in 1943 by declaring that the defense of their medieval dictatorship was “vital” to our national security: US taxpayer dollars flowed into the Saudi treasury via the Lend-Lease giveaway. The flow hasn’t stopped since that time: indeed, it has only increased.
And the flow will turn into a torrent if Trump’s wacky idea of an Arab NATO ever comes to fruition. We’ll be paying their “defense” bills unto eternity, while they send their army of head-chopping assassins out to murder infidels on a global scale – and US arms dealers rake in cash hand over fist.

Yes, the US-Saudi relationship is one of the central pillars of our globalist foreign policy – but wasn’t Trump supposed to be different? Wasn’t he supposed to be putting America first? Of all the betrayals we’ve had to endure since he took the White House, his pilgrimage to the epicenter of world terrorism has got to be the absolute worst. As he kneels before the Saudi king, he humiliates all of us.
Read the rest HERE:
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/05/21/donald-of-arabia-a-disgusting-spectacle/
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Quibcag: I found the ax-wielding girl at http://www.animespirit.ru/forum/topic_12152

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Allons, Enfants!

If you were French, would you vote for a branleur who says vapid, politically correct drivel like this? I should hope not, especially if you have Marine Le Pen to vote for instead.

As I have said over and over one way or another on this blog, the intrinsic value of Islamic culture isn't the issue — it's the compatibility of that culture with the culture of the West (of which French culture is one component), and that compatibility just isn't there. Insofar as culture in France is diverse, it's self-destructive and useless in practice.

So when Macron hastens to remind us that diverse is good, he's demonstrating his willingness to let Algerian or Malian or whatever cultures replace French Culture. Vote Le Pen!
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Quibcag: I found the illustration here:
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/cartoons/steph-bergol2/index.htm