Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/25/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/25/2011The unrest in Tunisia seems to have spread to Egypt. Opposition groups staged a major demonstration in Cairo, with possibly more than a hundred thousand participants on the streets. The Muslim Brotherhood reportedly fielded a large number of agitators who helped spark violence against police and businesses. Hosni Mubarak’s son and likely successor is said to have fled to London with his family.

Unrelated unrest is also underway in Lebanon, in response to the attempt by Hezbollah to gain control in advance of an expected decision by the UN tribunal to indict some of its leaders for the murder of Rafik Hariri.

In other news, Mervyn King, the chief of the Bank of England, warns that Britons’ standard of living will drop drastically this year, more than it has since the 1920s.

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Robert said...

Architect of European Union honored;

What architect of European wrote:

The Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals.

Feli said...

Kent (UK)
Folkestone in shock at Afghan gang street killing last night in what is described as a ‘no go area after dark’ for residents

Folkestone residents have spoken at their shock at the fatal stabbing of an Afghan man in the street last night.

People have described the area of town where the killing happened as ‘a no go area after dark’.

One man died and five are in hospital after the fight which is believed to be the culmination of weeks of friction between rival Afghan gangs…


EscapeVelocity said...

President Obama giving shout outs to Muslims during the State of the Union.

He stands with his brothers in America.

EscapeVelocity said...

PS - Looks like Tunisia and Egypt heading for Islamist governments.

That is the beauty of the Bush Doctrine.

It allows a future, in which total war can be waged, when Muslims have direct control of their governments via democratic elections.

Zenster said...

EscapeVelocity: It allows a future, in which total war can be waged, when Muslims have direct control of their governments via democratic elections.

Excellent idea, but your hypothesis is merely proof that Republicans, too, can fall prey to the Law of Unintended Consequences™. There is no way possible that Bush 2.0 was either so visionary or unshackled from his Politically Correct Multicultural chains as to have foreseen one of the sole paths towards holding Islam ultimately accountable for itself.

That said, again, SMASHING IDEA. As in smashing Islam to smithereens once it no longer has its perpetual cringing excuse about ATM (A Tiny Minority) of non-state actors being responsible for hijacking their oh, so peaceful religion.

Once shari'a governments are in place throughout the MME (Muslim Middle East), all of them will have de facto declared Total War™ upon the West and be completely vulnerable to any military measure seen fit by Western powers.

As always, the old maxim applies:


Hesperado said...

Apropos of Escape Velocity and Zenster above, it's not unreasonable to predict in the coming decades a domino effect of Muslim revolutions throughout the Dar-al-Islam, where the end product (after a few years of violent chaos, of course) will be quasi-Shabaabesque regimes of clear Islamic extremism (or what the MSM, slyly telegraphing the equivalency with right-wing Christians, likes to call "fundamentalism").

This will likely not be an overnight process, but a protracted and messy process.

Part of the messiness will be the amusing quandary this will cause the Leftists (Obama, Hillary, etc.) and the PC MCs (most Republicans): Whom do we support? The officially torturing repressive Egyptian regime who is nevertheless our "staunch ally" whom we send billions of dollars to annually? Or the masses of "the Muslim People" agitating for "freedom"? Both are "Muslim", so if Obama is "pro-Muslim" how does he choose?

Sooner or later, this process will bring into sharper relief the amusing dilemma:

1) support the official government in question, which is dictatorial, oppressive, tortures dissidents, but represents by degree an "Islam Lite" we PC MCs can more or less comfortably call "moderate Islam";


2) support seemingly "democratic" masses of "the people" demonstrating and rioting like the good old 60s for "freedom", who also represent Islam but of a "fundamentalist" flavor of outrageously anti-liberal policies that is supposed to reflect only a small minority.

The strain of this dilemma will not be felt quickly: it has to exert tons of pressure per square inch over a long period of time to get through the thick titanium obtuseness of the PC MC paradigm. But over time, and given the metastatic volatility of the diseased Islamic demos (which will also include increased and worse terror attacks within the West), I'm confident it will eventually yield useful effects toward the long-range goal of dismantling that paradigm.

The Hesperado

Baron Bodissey said...

Hesperado --

Excellent analysis. Zenster and I were just discussing this topic via email, and your description is as pithy a summary as any.

Hesperado said...

Thanks Baron, I was trying to get all the variabilities of the problem in without being too wordy or extraneous (habits of mine I wrestle with).