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Globalized pathologies

Our Reprimitivized Future by Mark Steyn

As my colleague Andrew McCarthy wrote, “Civilization is not an evolution of mankind but the imposition of human good on human evil. It is not a historical inevitability. It is a battle that has to be fought every day, because evil doesn’t recede willingly before the wheels of progress.” Very true. Somalia, Iran, and North Korea are all less “civilized” than they were a couple of generations ago. And yet in one sense they have made undeniable progress: They have globalized their pathologies. Somali pirates seize vessels the size of aircraft carriers flying the ensigns of the great powers. Iranian proxies run Gaza and much of Lebanon. North Korea’s impoverished prison state provides nuclear technology to Damascus and Tehran. Unlovely as it is, Pyongyang nevertheless has friends on the Security Council. Powerful states protect one-man psycho states. One-man psycho states provide delivery systems to apocalyptic ideological states. Apocalyptic ideological states fund non-state actors around the world. And in Somalia and elsewhere non-state actors are constrained only by their ever increasing capabilities.

Most wealthy nations lack the means to defend themselves. Those few that do, lack the will. Meanwhile, basket-case jurisdictions send out ever-bolder freelance marauders to prey on the civilized world with impunity. Don’t be surprised if “the civilized world” shrivels and retreats in the face of state-of-the-art reprimitivization. From piracy to nukes to the limp response of the hyperpower, this is not a “distraction” but a portent of the future.

The emphasis is mine. While reading the article, I remembered a video “Shift Happens” – unrelated, but also about the future of globalization:

and this seems to be an update:

Makes you think.


April 15, 2009 Posted by | Globalization, Security threats | , , | Leave a comment

What about all the good Arabs/Muslims?

Daniel Pipes recently wrote about good Palestinians Who Helped Create Israel – those who saw the big picture and rejected Hajj Amin al-Husseini’s calls for genocidal jihad. Let’s not forget that some Palestinian Arabs saved their Jewish neighbors during the Hebron pogrom of 1929 and other massacres. Among other righteous gentiles, an Iranian diplomat in Paris Abdol Hossein Sardari saved the lives of hundreds of Jews in 1941. It is important to remember and honor these decent people.

I agree that there is a significant minority, or maybe even a majority, of genuinely good Arabs/Muslims/etc. Do they matter?

Under totalitarian regimes, a system of threats and perks is arranged and usually a vast majority of population passively goes along with the established order. Those who do not believe in an official ideology, know that it is safer to keep your thoughts to yourself. In addition to this silent majority, there are two minorities: ruling elite and dissenters.

Illustrative video: Hamas Deadly Campaign Against Suspected Collaborators (Warning: graphic violence)

Even if we assume that the most of the fine folks standing around watching are “good”: does it matter?
Conclusion: all totalitarian thugs are alike. In a despotic society, good people don’t have a say.

April 4, 2009 Posted by | Totalitarianism | , , | 1 Comment

A word from Israel’s “moderate” “peace partner”

This is Mohammed Dahlan, a senior official from Fatah, speaking in Arabic:

It is 2009, and Fatah still refuses to recognize Israel.

“I want to say for the thousandth time, in my own name and in the name of all of my fellow members of the Fatah movement: We do not demand that the Hamas movement recognize Israel. On the contrary, we demand of the Hamas movement not to recognize Israel, because the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel even today.”

Courtesy Palestinian Media Watch

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Arab-Israeli Conflict | , , , , , | 5 Comments