Archive for April 2007

How modern Liberals think – with the intellectual maturity of a five-year old

Friday, 27 April 2007

Courtesy of YouTube, a brilliant talk given by Evan Sayet, a conservative American “Writer, Lecturer and Pundit”, on the flight from reason and the five-year old mentality of the modern “Liberal” with a Capital “L”.  Whatever your politics, I urge you to listen to it.

Looks like I shall have to get a copy of Alan Blum’s book The closing of the American mind.

The trouble for us in Britain is that this “Liberal” worldview, with all the intellectual rigour and moral understanding of the kindergarten, holds complete sway in every Institution and public body in the land. God help us all!

‘Inconvenient’ Serbs may impede the ‘peaceful’ islamification of Europe

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

A recent posting on Samizdata points to an editorial in the Asia Times regarding the possible dangers of a Serbian/Russian backlash if the US/EU/UN policy of implementing independence for Kosovo. While, as the Samizdata post writer indicates, the sympathy of the editorial’s author (‘Spengler’) is clearly with the Serbs, the article is well worth reading. Therefore I make no apology for quoting extracts therefrom.

When the outcome of a tragedy is known in advance, it finds ways of occurring earlier than expected. In this case, the fate of 100,000 Serbian Christians who remain in Kosovo may pre-empt the debate over Europe’s eventual absorption into the Muslim world.

A new book on the Islamification of Europe appears almost weekly, adding to the efforts of Ben Wattenberg, Oriana Fallaci, Bat Ye’or, George Weigel, Mark Steyn, Philip Jenkins and a host of others. Scholars debate whether the decline and fall of Europe will occur by mid-century, or might be postponed until 2100. The inconvenient Serbs may force the issue on Europe a great deal sooner.

If Serbia and Russia draw a line in the sand over the independence of Kosovo, we may observe the second occasion in history when a Muslim advance on Europe halted on Serbian soil. The first occurred in 1456, three years after the fall of Constantinople, when Sultan Mehmed II was thrown back from the walls of Belgrade, “The White City”, by Hungarian and Serb defenders. The Siege of Belgrade “decided the fate of Christendom”, wrote the then Pope Calixtus III. Not for nothing did J R R Tolkien name his fictional stronghold of Minas Tirith “The White City”.

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Sentiment is not the only issue. Russia, as I reported in Russia’s hudna with the Muslim world (Asia Times Online February 21, 2007) must face the prospect of Islamification far sooner than Western Europe.

There can be no doubt that Europe is resigned to gradual absorption into the umma. Father Richard John Neuhaus, the conservative Catholic writer, quotes an “influential French archbishop” saying, “We hope for [assimilation of Muslim immigrants], while we work at reducing immigration and prepare ourselves for soft Islamicization.” Western Europe is a beaten, deracinated rabble with no will to fight. [My emphasis] Russia is a different sort of beast. The Kosovo question for Russia is not a sentimental, but an existential matter.

No modern people have proven a greater inconvenience than the Serbs. They threw off two foreign yokes unaided – the Ottomans during the 19th century, and the Germans during the World War II. Out of pride and pig-headedness, Serbia refused to give up the Muslim-majority province of Bosnia to Austria, and the murder of the Austrian Crown Prince Ferdinand by extremists supported by Serbian intelligence sparked World War I.

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If Washington does not modify its support for independence, the most likely outcome is a Russian veto of the Ahtisaari plan in the UN Security Council, followed, perhaps, by a unilateral declaration of independence by the Albanian Muslim majority in Kosovo. The aftermath could be quite messy, namely a small shooting war between Christians and Muslims on European soil. “Soft Islamification,” in the words of Father Neuhaus’ French archbishop, may turn out to be no option at all.

It would be foolish to try to guess the outcome. After all, no one expected the inconvenient Serbs to become the casus belli of 1914. No one wanted the war; the generation of leaders that guided Europe in 1914 had spent a whole generation avoiding a general European war. No-one, least of all Russia, wants an open conflict with Muslims. But there are limits to what the Orthodox Christian world will tolerate, and they may have been reached in Kosovo.

If the behaviour of late of certain British naval personnel is anything to go by, the term “a beaten, deracinated rabble with no will to fight” is an uncomfortably accurate description. It certainly applies to the political, media and administrative classes and throughout all civilian authorities in the “United” “Kingdom” (sic.).

A little light relief

Sunday, 8 April 2007

To divert attention from the recent national humiliation suffered by the 9th Euroregion of Lesser Britain at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a little light relief.

A pity that anyone under 30 with less than a degree in the physical sciences or engineering is unlikely to have a sufficient grasp of atomic theory to ‘get’ the joke. That or having been educated at an independent (fee-paying) secondary school. For more on the level to which Britain’s state ‘edukasyhun’ has sunk, see Frank Chalk’s eye-opener of a blog.

A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest chemical yet known to science. This new element has been tentatively named “Governmentium.”

Governmentium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons,and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over 4 days to complete when it would normally take less than a second. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 4 years; it does not decay but instead, it undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypocritical quantity is referred to as “Critical Morass.” You will know it when you see it. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element which radiates just as much energy since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Hat-tip to: cspeight@dircon.co.uk

Iran farce – the armchair warrior wades in

Sunday, 8 April 2007

I admit it. I am an armchair warrior. As a mere civilian who has never tried to tackle anyone or anything more dangerous than a drunken man attacking his equally drunk girlfriend (needless to say I got no thanks from the girl for interfering in a private argument), from the comfort of my home I presume to lecture those who have actually put themselves in harm’s way.

Nonetheless, I cannot but be appalled by the failure of what used to be Her Britannic Majesty’s Royal Navy to give a decent account of itself in the latest spat with Iran. Thankfully, the 15 sailors and Royal Marines have now been released unharmed. However, the naval commanders of our history (Drake, Nelson, Jellicoe, Cunningham to name but a few) must be spinning in their graves to see the parlous state to which our Navy has been reduced by successive Conservative and Labour governments. We now have virtually no carriers, no air defence for the fleet (AMRAAM capable Sea Harriers with beyond visual range radar decommissioned in favour of RAF GR7s with only AIM-7 Sidewinders for self-defence), and nearly half of all 43 (!!!) hulls mothballed. To make matters worse, Gordon Broon and the Treasury seem to have their beady little eyes on the money supposedly promised for two proper carriers.

We’ve been this way before with Labour (and Conservatives to be fair – vide John Nott’s defence cuts in 1980 prior to the Falklands war). Those old enough to remember Denis (now Lord) Healey’s tenure as Secretary of State for Defence (?) from 1964-1970 will recall his infamous decisions to cancel both the land-based TSR-2 strike aircraft and the Royal Navy’s proposed new carrier CVA-01. Had he had his way, the Harrier prototype would have been cancelled, too. That it was not was due mainly to political considerations, not sound analysis of our defence needs.

The near-disastrous consequences of the decisions of these two Defence Secretaries (Healey and Nott) was pointedly put by the Liberal Democrat MP and Liberal Shadow Defence Secretary Paul Keetch during the Commons debate of 17 July 2002 on defence procurement:

“The Minister is a great student of history and will know that he is not the first Minister for the Armed Forces to say in the House that, effectively, we will never go to war by ourselves. Denis Healey said that in defence of the cancellation of CVA1; Sir John Nott said so in the 1980 defence review when he was planning to sell off HMS Invincible, which gave the wrong signal to the Argentines and led to the Falklands war, to which the Minister referred. If the Minister is saying that Britain will never need an air defence capability for the fleet again, why will the JSF have such an element? He cannot have it both ways. We either need an air defence capability—in which case it should be continued—or we do not.”

From the recent behaviour of our political masters and the chain of command it would seem Britain no longer needs a Navy worthy of the name, let alone one with an organic air defence capability. No wonder some Royal Navy personnel are seeking transfers to the Royal Australian Navy. At least their Navy is growing in size.

[Edited 21:09 on 8 April 2007 to correct spelling of Healy to Healey.]