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Predictions of catastrophe depend on models. Models depend on assumptions
about complex planetary systems -- from ocean currents to cloud formation --
that no one fully understands. Which is why the models are inherently flawed
and forever changing. The doomsday scenarios posit a cascade of events, each
with a certain probability. The multiple improbability of their simultaneous
occurrence renders all such predictions entirely speculative.
Yet on the basis of this speculation, environmental activists, attended by
compliant scientists and opportunistic politicians, are advocating radical
economic and social regulation. "The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the
market economy and prosperity," warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, "is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism." Read it all here.
Green is the new Red. Don't be deceived by it.
Actress Susan Sarandon has vowed to move abroad if Senator John McCain is elected to the Presidency of the United States. Columnist Liz Smith reports that the comely Sarandon, who will be 62 this year, is not pleased at the idea of another Republican regime occupying the White House.
Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the rest of the world, including in its presumed haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In a strikingly upbeat assessment, the CIA chief cited major gains against al-Qaeda's allies in the Middle East and an increasingly successful campaign to destabilize the group's core leadership.
While cautioning that al-Qaeda remains a serious threat, Hayden said Osama bin Laden is losing the battle for hearts and minds in the Islamic world and has largely forfeited his ability to exploit the Iraq war to recruit adherents. Two years ago, a CIA study concluded that the U.S.-led war had become a propaganda and marketing bonanza for al-Qaeda, generating cash donations and legions of volunteers.
Read it all here. Hat tip Gates of Vienna.
Fascinating: The Jihadists Admit Defeat in Iraq
A prolific jihadist sympathizer has posted an ‘explosive’ study on one of the main jihadist websites in which he laments the dire situation that the mujaheddin find themselves in Iraq by citing the steep drop in the number of insurgent operations conducted by the various jihadist groups, most notably Al-Qaeda’s 94 percent decline in operational ability over the last 12 months when only a year and half ago Al-Qaeda accounted for 60 percent of all jihadist activity!
Thus, not only is America defeating Al-Qaeda militarily in Iraq but it is also squashing the grand jihadist vision for a caliphate that the Islamic State of Iraq stood for. This point is critical: in this ideological war, victory can only come about when the ideology of the opponent is negated and proven unworkable. The fight in Iraq is doing just that.I’m not saying that the jihadists won’t keep trying to find a workable formula for the caliphate elsewhere, but for now they have been dealt a severe demoralizing blow. Put that in your pipe and smoke it all ye calling for a hasty withdrawal.
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.
On this day of dedication, our blog wishes to recognize and support the American women who serve with courage in the armed forces. They represent 15% overall, and many are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is an ancient battle between good and evil. The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers. In truth, the men who carry out these savage acts serve no higher goal than their own desire for power. They accept no God before themselves. And they reserve a special hatred for the most ardent defenders of liberty, including Americans and Israelis.Bush continues to push the erroneous theory that Muslim extremists want to kill us because we are democratic and stand in the way of their lust for power. He continues to believe, wrongly, that the terrorists are not being true to "the real Islam." All that is, is crap.
The fight against terror and extremism is the defining challenge of our time. ItThe last sentence above is particularly accurate.
is more than a clash of arms. It is a clash of visions, a great ideological
struggle. On the one side are those who defend the ideals of justice and dignity
with the power of reason and truth. On the other side are those who pursue a
narrow vision of cruelty and control by committing murder, inciting fear, and
And that is why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the "elimination" of
Israel. And that is why the followers of Hezbollah chant "Death to Israel, Death
to America!" That is why Osama bin Laden teaches that "the killing of Jews and
Americans is one of the biggest duties." And that is why the President of Iran
dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages and calls for Israel to
be wiped off the map. There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the
darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but
it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.
Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.
I repeat: this is a must read. I am moving Gates of Vienna to my "Must Reads" list and demoting Little Green Footballs to the blog roll.
Topping the list is elite hostility to all forms of solidarity of the
majority population based on shared historical memories, ancestors, and common
culture; the consequences are predictable:
1. the loss of a sense of place and history among Europeans and North
2. rapid demographic decline, especially in Europe, unparalleled in
3. rampant Third World (and in Europe, overwhelmingly Muslim)
4. collapse of private and public manners, morals, and traditional
commonalities; imposition of “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” “sensitivity”;
5. demonization and criminalization of any opposition to any of the
The end-result is the Westerners’ loss of the sense of propriety over their
lands. Before 1914, both the West and the Muslim world could define themselves
against each other in a cultural sense. The neoliberal elite insists on casting
aside any idea of a specifically “Western” geographic and cultural space that
should be protected from those who do not belong to it and have no rightful
claim to it. The elite insists that our countries belong to the whole
And then, with logic so perverse it hurts to render it in verse, The charge was made that atheism is religious faith.
And even Orwell would be awed by language so profoundly flawed, For logically, religious faith is therefore non-belief.
To try to cast theology as natural philosophy Is clearly what Intelligent Designers have in mind.
Their documented strategy to wedge their way to victory Speaks volumes on the nature of Intelligent Design.
The hypersensitivity of the West today -- especially in Western Europe -- to anything invocative of national pride or civilizational identity has crippled its ability to assert the legitimacy of its own traditions against those who would destroy them.
The West must awaken to the fact that it is facing nothing less than the resurgence of the greatest war machine in world history: an ideology that holds the killing of others, the plundering of their wealth, the conquering of their lands, the enslavement of their people, and the destruction of their institutions to be among the highest virtues and the stepping stones to salvation.