Liberals are looking after you poor rubes – Pride disguised compassion.

C. S. Lewis wrote, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

 

He lost 3 laptops, one apparently to the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) but who’s counting…

 

Modern Islam

There are specific types of people who are attracted to Islamist movements and the ideologies and goals of these groups in general. A cursory glance at Islamist cadres finds young intellectuals from an urban background who have Western-style educations are running the show.

The Islamist masses are the new urban arrivals, the peasants who have tripled the population of Muslim cities over the last 20 years. Because the Islamists, on the whole, have not studied the traditional Islamic curriculum, they have only a superficial understanding of Islamic institutions and idealize an Islamic past. It’s not unlike modern American negroes who look at Central Africa and imagine a glorious past wherein the continent reposed all manner of philosophical centers and seats of learning…ruined by the arrival of Europeans.

An attempt to create one universal Islamist state is doomed to failure because of the conflicts between Sunni and Shia forms and other ethnic differences in the Islamic world. Muslims from Morocco, Iran, and Indonesia find that culture warps the practice of religion.

Islam is a religion of political extremism, containing the seeds of its own politicization in a manner inherently incompatible with much of the Western world. Yes, I just made a gross simplification, but is it valid all the same? Political Islam has already failed. ‘Islamism’ has already atrophied into a sterile, hypocritical, and very Western neofundamentalistic system of faith that is doomed to failure.

It will be interesting to watch what happens to the hundreds of thousands of displaced Afghans who flood into enclaves of their own making in the USA, supported by welfare money and government largess — 30 years later. What will that look like?  I won’t be alive to see it.

 

 

The Tank Challenge

Here are four tanks from history. Identify them correctly if you’re able:

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The View on 9/10/2001

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. Great Lewis quote, I’ll have to borrow it. And good Islam point. Note the great (grrrr) Saladin who managed to unite the Moon Rock Horde. Quite a feat. Also, and to your point, didn’t the clergy kill off speculative/metaphysical thought in the 13/14th C? No more Averroes for you, sons of the Prophet, just rote learning the Koran.

    Sterility ensued and with it backward, tribal primitivism. An issue for the Islamist, because if they’re so very superior to everyone else, per divine, ahem, revelation, why are they so very inferior? At every level, not least militarily.

    Mind you, if the Rainbow has its way that gap will soon be closed. To put it mildly.

  2. I’m thinking everything that has transpired – minimally these past 8 months – is designed to get the ire up of true Constitutional loving American’s, last night being the most recent stick prod into the ticked off patriotic dog.

    Hopefully it won’t work to provoke those already on edge, which is exactly the response the Dems want in order to move to the next level of tyranny. Instead, using quiet civil disobedience to shut down edicts and dictates and overreach might be the better play on the good side of the fence. Give them no where to go.

    Tomorrow being 20 years with obvious short memories for a far too large portion of the population, and those who I swear are born pissed at the world, may, as some believe we have been left with our fly wide open, will make a hit on our soil (as if Afghanistan wasn’t – still is – bad enough.) i hope not.

    As for the tanks, I’ll wait for Martin and the other experts on rolling stock.

    • Martin won’t even have to look those up.

      Yes, the democrats are hoping that a patriot will bump off Jo/Ho and save them the trouble, giving them justification for a complete fascist police state.

      • That picture of the Twin Towers…then hearing Levin play Amazing Grace on the bagpipes…got seriously dusty in my homestead for a few minutes. Then I got royally peeved.

  3. The mystery tanks were great entertainment again — thank you for the weekend fun!
    #1: PzKpfw IV Ausf. G, already upgraded to the 7,5cm cannon. The construction of this tank was largely inspired by Guderian’s visionary input. Over 8.500 produced models make it the most numerous German tank of WWII.
    #2: Sturmgeschütz StuG III G or Sturmhaubitze 42 G. Both ran unter the nomenclature of Sd.Kfz 142/2; the main difference being that the StuH carried a 10,5cm howitzer instead of the 7,5cm cannon carried by the StuG III. The covered muzzle brake makes it difficult to provide a definite identification. As an aside remark: the arrival of the hollow-charge warhead on the battlefield necessitated the addition of the ‘Schürzen’ (= aprons). By the way, the construction of the Romanian ‘Maresal’ assault gun from last week’s “Mystery Challenge” proved to be the inspiration for the construction of the StuG III.
    #3: PzKpfw III Ausf J; still carrying the 5cm ‘Stummel’ (= stub) cannon which made it outclassed by the Allied opposition.
    #4: Vickers Light Tank Mk VIB, probably around the pre-war years 1938 or 1939. This tank is a remarkable specimen to illustrate the numerous difficulties the British found on their way to define and construct a definite tank. In spite of their pace-setting doctrine visionaries (Liddell Hart, Fuller, et al.) the British Army hampered itself by an overly long trial-and-error period, complicated by doctrinal in-fighting until they had a clear understanding of the role of a modern tank on the battlefield and how it should look like. The lost battles up to 1942 assisted them a little in gaining these valuable insights.

    • A lot of tanks had growing pains. The French never had the military doctrine to conduct a Blitzkrieg and their tanks were too slow, but not under-gunned for the time. The Italians ran their tanks in the desert, brutal on tracks and men. The British were slow in developing good armor, but they suffered some serious battlefield reverses very early in the war (Dunkirk, etc.)

      The Americans brought the Grant and the Lee to the battlefield. The Lee was a good light tank but was light. The Grant was a waste of metal.

      • The Brit Mk. (several) light tanks were sort of useless in war, but I’ve always thought they would be fun toys in peacetime.

        I disagree about the Grant. It was kind of a weird mess, but by the standards of it’s day it was still a lot better than a lot of the other contenders. It did age very poorly, though and was not really suitable for upgrading as a tank.

        -Kle.

  4. MkI V with the long 7.5cm and skirts

    Looks like a Stug III with the 10.5cm gun.

    The third looks like an early version of the Mk III, with the short 5.0cm gun.

    And a Vickers Light Tank Mk VI.

    Did I get any right?

    As to Modern American Politics, the less I say and think, the happier I am. Seriously considering trepaning myself so I can pour in some brain bleach.

    And.. I don’t forget, I will never forget 9-11.

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