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Africa: A Tragic Continent

vladwe Wrote: Oct 29, 2014 11:45 AM
Mr. Williams is right.It has been known since the 18th cent. that economic and political freedom, aka free markets and democracy, are the only way nations can thrive, and I mean entire nations. To the examples of former colonies, which are doing pretty well, regardless how you measure their success, add South Korea, between 1910 and 1945 a Japanese colony (and the Japanese at the time were no humanists). I have just been there and the wealth and success are obvious. Then compare that 12th largest GDP in the entire world, 50 mil people, squeezed on 100k sq km (slightly more than twice Denmark - pop 5.4 mil) with their co-nationals in the North, who are literally starving. That would give you the picture. Economic freedom + hard work= wealth. As for foreign aid, our country (Denmark) takes pride in the amount of foreign aid. The results are mixed, but I would guess not exactly worth the loads of cash spent in the last fifty years or so. Most "experts" and most politicians do NOT question foreign aid. They should take a fresh look.
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Why Narratives Are More Powerful Than Ideas

vladwe Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 11:28 AM
I fully agree and this is not the first time. Mr. Goldberg is one of the brightest intellectuals of our time. One aspect, I believe, ought also to be discussed: the psychological need to have heroes and villains in the stories that Mr. Goldberg is talking about. Dr. Sowell in his "Intellectuals and Race" often mentions that those who call themselves intellectuals take and then defend a position to be "on the side of angels". Hence the aggressive reaction to being contradicted, i.a. by such a nuisance as facts. I liked Mr. Goldberg's examples. Both are a disgrace for the western media, (most) politicians and almost all "intellectuals", and both are extremely hard to combat. But, like many other crazes, like the Charleston or the Twist, they will eventually fade out. Only to be replaced by other, just as crazy, stories. Like Dr. Krauthammer famously said, baseless opposition to Prez Bush is a mental "derangement". Mental health is indeed poor in this world of ours... And lies thrive, the more fact-repellent, the merrier...
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Predatory Journalism

vladwe Wrote: Oct 21, 2014 9:26 AM
Dr. Sowell is the best. Period. Full stop. G-d's speed, Dr. Sowell! May you enjoy a good health and good spirits for many more. years!
I am just sorry I did not see the Pew Poll when it came out. Mr. Hawkins does not dwell on it, but it is also important to notice that the Moslems now subjects of Russia by a great majority do NOT share the "kill'em" views. Think about it. Those lazy journos and "correct" politicos who damn the Chechens (because if Russian TV says they are bad, they must be), and Israel (who is for decades now constantly blamed for not making a deal with... see the text above) ought to rethink. Then again: I have always had some unrealistic wishes...
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Is the Islamic State Really Un-Islamic?

vladwe Wrote: Sep 12, 2014 8:22 AM
Mr. Goldberg is right. What is tragically missing here is that large Moslem communities should denounce those who kill and torture and oppress (women and "infidels" in particular) in the name of "Islam". But generalizations are never truthful. E.g.: there are plenty of bad apples in the Jewish people (meaning the larger Jewish communities, especially in the US). You know who they are and what awful things they have done and said. Does that mean that Jews are bad? A solid majority of Jews have denounced the bad apples and made it clear that they were not acting in the name of the Jewish people. Likewise, there are several Moslem nations, who are rarely mentioned in the media and whose record is generally peaceful and tolerant. One example are the Tatars and many other Moslem nations in the Russian (past and present) Empire, Bosniaks, Uyghurs, etc. They were at the receiving end of Russian, Serbian, and Han-Chinese mass violence. One tough example are the Chechens. Far too often media and politicians have swallowed raw Russian propaganda and baselessly blamed Chechens for all kinds of horrible crimes. E.g. the Tsarnayev bros from hell, who cannot be categorized as Chechens (that being only the ethnicity of their mostly absent father). A documentary on the Boston terror investigation said that "Tamerlan Tsarnaev (sic!) had been in Chechnya in 2012". Oh, really? And Boston is the capital of Canada? The terrorist had been with his mother's family in Daghestan. The two sick bros had NO connection with Chechen tradition and culture. Just look at the FBI file. In fact, a large majority of Moslems in the Caucasus (north and south) are not violent. And some of this world worst crimes, from terrorism to genocide, have been committed by nominal Christians, Buddhists, and what have you. The terrorists who shot down that Boeing over Eastern Ukraine were - what were they? Don't get me wrong. The Qur'an is full of calls to kill and punish "infidels". There is a terrible lack of condemnation of Moslem terrorists within the larger "Umma". But there are other (non-Arab, non-Persian) Moslems, who are just ordinary people.
Don't bet the farm, Mr. Barone!
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Deport the Tsarnaev Sisters

vladwe Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 11:11 AM
Ms. Malkin is (as usual) right. These two women ought to be deported to Russia, the sooner, the better. That is the only remedy to the existing problem. I would, though, respectfully like to point out that the moniker "Chechen" is not accurate. Their father is Chechen, their mother is Darghin (from Dagestan). The four siblings spent their childhood in Kyrgyzstan, then moved to Mrs. Tsarnayeva's family in Daghestan. Then, citing the mendacious cause that they were "persecuted Chechens", they got asylum in the US. They had never contact with the Chechen society and were raised by an atheist mother in an atheist society, until she in the US "saw the light", rather the evil darkness of Jihadist Islam. There is a serious problem with generalizations and carpet-blaming of Chechens for everything and anything bad. A little research into the matter would promptly show this for what it is: swallowing raw Russian propaganda. The Chechens are no angels. No nation on Earth is. But they sure do not deserve the blame for actions of the Russian government. Ever since the first Russian showed up in the North Caucasus, the Chechens have raised and rebelled in every generation. In 1944 Stalin's genocidal forced removal from their ancestral land left one third of the Chechens dead. Then in 1994 and again in 1999 monstrous wars decimated the population and destroyed the towns and villages. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the last big war (1999-2003) did not receive any serious coverage, let alone create the deserved outrage in the MSM. The current war in Ukraine just shows what the Russian government is like. This behavior and the accompanying lies did NOT begin last February. They began as soon as the former KGB boss took over as prime-minister, soon to become president (virtually) for life. The first victims of this kind of actions were the Chechens, At the outset, Putin promised to "dip them in the latrine".
Mr. Goldberg is the greatest. And has a sharp pen. My respect!
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Lessons of the War in Gaza

vladwe Wrote: Aug 11, 2014 8:30 AM
Dr. Pipes is arguably the most authoritative voice on Israel and her travails. Excellent, as usual piece. I would just like humbly to suggest that we all refrain from name calling, like calling the Israelis who just want - against grim odds - to defend their country "rightwing". When the Government has the considerable support of the nation, there are not longer wings. BTW: the lefties have almost internalized their irrelevance, even the fact that their "Land for Peace" plans are more of a nightmare than a dream. G-d's speed, prof. Pipes!
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Lessons of the War in Gaza

vladwe Wrote: Aug 11, 2014 8:25 AM
Since when is Hypocrisy a sin? It happens 24/7/365. One example is the barbarism of ISIS (ongoing), which did not bring any crowds to the streets or any (Spanish or otherwise) actors to write about "genocide". Another, less discussed example is the carpet bombing, torture, and indiscriminate killing of civilians during Putin's first "thing" as president: the 2nd Chechen-Russian war of 1999-2003. EVERYBODY accepted that as an "internal Russian matter". Oh, yeah? So was the Rwanda killings of 1994!
Mr. Carter (as former Irish Prez Mary Robinson) have long ago amply demonstrated that they are Jew haters and that logic and international law mean nothing to them. Mr. Ransom, Sir: you are wasting your time. The two former Prezs ought to be ignored into oblivion.
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