You're describing the kind of backbone and resolve commonly associated with civilisations that have not descended far into decadence.[...]
The "Arab Street" perceives offing old Yankees in wheelchairs or European nuns as the mark of true heroism, and our quiescence supports their thinking. If, OTOH, we had the Russian or Chinese attitude, AKA "The Chicago Way", the filthy subhumans wouldn't dare crawl out from under their rocks and the "Street" would view them more the way we do. They feel emboldened specifically BECAUSE we wet our drawers over feeble analogies about torture, imprecise and stupid actions by prison guards, and endless apologies with desperate attempts to bribe, cajole, or appease. Instead, we ought to be employing their own massive psychological insecurities against them, not catering to the same.
At least one half of that panto horse pair is doing a job that you couldn't stomach, fella. Show some respect.That isn't exactly the "Strong Horse". More like a panto.
*tries to imagine a life in which that linked pic wasn't linked*Grr. Feckin' spotted blogs. Here's a re-use with typical frothy garbage tacked on underneath.
Hmm. Enraged Dr Who fans, storming my home, tearing their beards and burning pictures of Capt James T Kirk ... I'll cope.[...]
Really? I'm surprised. I never enjoyed it that much, but I'd watch my back after that statement...
I see no strong evidence that the activities you mention, here and in other posts, which may or may not have actually occurred, for motives that may or may not have anything to do with your contention, are a result of the actions of putative Soviet sociological warfare.Well, Knave, what I'm saying is not that there's still a secret cabal that the COMINTERN manages, so much as that Obama's Communications Director is a Maoist, his Science Czar is a Malthusian, and Cherie Blair was one of the grubby Greenham Common slatterns. It was money quite well spent, as far as I'm concerned; the "fellow travelers" influence is wide and deep. Imagining that they don't make a difference or that their activities gained no traction seems, well, stupid. These people would NOT have become anti-Nationalist on their own; the whole point of these GRU operations were to instill an indecisive, self-doubting, HIGHLY contrary attitude to the highest levels of the enemy nations as could be achieved. Tell me that's not been spectacularly successful, even if the USSR collapsed under its own weight?
Think about it. The West sends hamburgers to the Eastern Bloc to undermine it - yeah, I get that. I even approve. But the USSR sends over subtle psychological cues to induce a desire for Obamacare on a fiercely independent nation of work-for-a-living individuals? Nope. Obamacare and other social constructs are a purely internal desire on the part of middle-class America to salve its own conscience over having been successful and affluent. It's modern human nature amongst liberals/moderates. Naval gazing, indeed.
So you are saying that the manipulations by the West in the Twentieth Century never took place. Oh man, my conscience feels so weightless now!Well, if it matters, the "original failings of the West" view was promulgated by Edward Said, and if I could go back in time and behead him I'd have to give it serious consideration.
Muslims were responsible for their own "Dark Ages", I agree. As for a "Golden Age of Islam", who the hell has suggested that? There was a Golden Age that immediately preceded Islam, centred in the Middle East but Islam itself has always been a recipe, hell, an entire cookbook for closing the eyes of rational thought.That view completely ignores and obscures the cold hard fact that the Muslims were directly responsible for the Dark Ages, and that the supposed Golden Age of Islam is a crock of... propaganda.
:sigh:Sorry, you're not at all trustworthy. I was there. Kuwait should certainly have been held culpable for the cross-drilling, but that's why they liked having America as Daddy. Much as does Europe.
Once more into the breech ... Sophistry is where you come up with a reasonable/rational/justified argument for doing something you would have done anyway, regardless of any argument. Kicking Saddam out of Kuwait was reasonable, rational, justified - it was even legal FFS - but it was always going to happen. D'ya see now?
There was no "occupation", no. There was only a disputed land, disputed for millennia, the future of which Britain and the US decided to adjudicate. With or without the agreement of all parties. I'm of the opinion that, if you cannot fix a problem, you shouldn't get involved by making it worse. We see this happening right here and now - hello North Korea, hello China - the only thing that is different in those two cases and the only reason the West isn't busy making the problem worse with those two nations is ... uh care to guess?What I contend is that just because Yalta was an exercise in hubris, it hardly excuses decades worth of savagery that is largely trumped up. There was no "occupation". There was no "Palestinian People". The invading Arab armies were responsible for the bulk of what is now considered "ethnic cleansing" during the Naqbah. At what point do people recognize, "enough is enough, and we're living a lie"? Even the Irish got that, and before Ian Paisley kicked the bucket IIRC.
Your labels for Left and Right resemble the labels on some of my light switches - Off and On. I also have lights that have dimmer switches ... maybe you could get dimmer switches for your politicsUntrue - the former, not the latter. I rail against that oppression on any front, but while I characterize that oppression generally as "Progressive", I hold particular hate for those who do it in the name of "The People" or "The Working Man", AKA the Left.
Some truth here. However, some of those private hands, they seem to be guiding those public hands somewhat.There's no difference: I am wiser because I recognize that private hands remain weaker than public hands no matter how much money's in them. Bill Gates found this out to his chagrin, while George Soros used Socialism and took the governmental path to wickedness and prosperity.
I have already mentioned my half-belief that all top-echelon politics is merely puppet-show theatre (Punch'n'Judy) to keep the public occupied whilst the real business of rulership is carried out by the wealthy and the powerful. I won't try to defend that hypothesis here, though.
Dave who? I'd love kris to be proud of me but I fall way shortSee? Kris and Dave must be proud.
So cunning and discrete, he has never ever been found to act in a way that was even close to Red Ken's socialist/communist agenda. Hmmm ... how could this be?More fool you, then. He's to the left of "Red" Ken; he's just far more cunning and discreet.
Eat hearty, for tomorrow you ... er, dine. It's the American WayWell, I'll grant you the immigration argument, but I hardly characterize the 'wetback' population as being the same as 'Spartacus', despite the slave status both of them hold compared to the decadent crowd. I guess I'm looking at the population and culture, where you're actually looking at time. However, I'm hungry (and putting off drink at least on weekdays since work's tough currently) so I'll have to pick this up tomorrow.