Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A history lesson that will never be broadcast on CBC

... all of which should be standard educational material for all Canadian high school students before they head off to those bastions of anti-Semitic propaganda we like to call universities.

David Horowitz - Confronting the Anti-Israel Jihad on Campus: (snippets)
I’ve given 400 speeches on university campuses, yet I’ve been invited only three times by members of university faculties. Three out of 400.  I assure you this experience is not exceptional or unique among conservative speakers. The Left should be ashamed of itself for working so assiduously to deny their students the opportunity to hear the other side of these important debates. But we should not forget that leftists are totalitarians, and therefore we should not be surprised by these behaviors. [...]

The Left does not want to be in a room with anyone who is ready to point out that these self-proclaimed champions of women and gays and minorities are acting in solidarity with Islamic Nazis who oppress women and are determined to cleanse the world of gays and Jews.

This explains why I am hated by the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice for Palestine, and their progressive allies like Jewish Voice for Peace. I am hated because I have exposed them as agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, supporters of Hamas, and willing accomplices to the genocidal agendas of the Palestinian cause. The Muslim Brotherhood spawned al-Qaeda, created Hamas, and supported Hitler in the ’30s and ’40s. Its founder, Hassan al-Banna, said in 1948 that if the Jews create a state, Muslims would push the Jews into the sea. Its spiritual leader today, Yusef Qaradawi, says that Muslims will finish the job [...]

Israel is in fact the only country that is not an apartheid state. Most of the Arab countries of the Middle East exclude Palestinians, which is why the Palestinian refugee camps are still filled 63 years after the 1948 war. There were 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab states as a result of that war, but they have all been re-settled in Israel. The head of the Palestine Authority has said no Jews will be allowed to live in the Palestinian West Bank. [...]

I want to read some of the statements recently made by Hamas leaders, now part of a unity coalition representing all Palestinians. If, during the question period, there is anybody from Jewish Voice for Peace who wants to explain these quotes and how, as Jews, they could embrace a movement that lives by them, be my guest.

The head of Hamas, Mahmoud al-Zahar, recently said, “There is no place for you Jews among us and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed to annihilation.” The speaker of the Hamas-controlled Gaza parliament said this: “Be certain that America is on its way to disappear. Make us victorious over the infidel people. Allah take hold of the Jews and their allies, Allah take hold of the Americans and their allies, Allah count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.” That’s everybody in this room, in case you didn’t get his point. [...]

Israel was not created on any land that belonged to Arabs, let alone “Palestinians.” Israel was created on land that belonged to the Turks for 400 years before the birth of the Jewish State. Four hundred years is longer than America has been in existence. The Arab claim has less justification than the claim of the Iroquois to New York. If one is going to roll back the map 400 years, why not 1,000 or 2,000? The land that is Israel today was owned by the Turks and the Turks are not Arabs, and certainly not Palestinians.

How many people under the age of 25 in this room know this fact, that Israel was created on land belonging to the Turks? I see by your hands that there are about ten. Out of more than several hundred. Some education you’re all getting at this university. For those of you new to this history, the Turks could not prevent this transfer from taking place because they had chosen the wrong side in World War I and were defeated. One of the rules of war is that when you lose, the victors get to redraw the map. This also applies to aggressors in war. The Arabs of Jordan and of all the Arab states bordering Israel launched, not one, but three wars of aggression against the Jewish State. By all the laws of international warfare, the Jews had every right to expel all the Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza. But in fact they didn’t.

After World War II, the entire region of East Prussia – the industrial heartland of Germany – was taken from Germany and given to Poland. That was because they had invaded Poland three times in a century. Twelve million Germans were removed from Prussia and from the homes and lands which they had occupied for nearly a thousand years. That was their punishment for being aggressors, like the Arabs.

There were other nations created out of the ruins of the Turkish empire — Arab nations: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Jordan is 70 percent made up of the same ethnic people who live on the West Bank and in Gaza — in other words, Palestinian Arabs. But they are ruled by a Hashemite minority. Where are the calls for the liberation of the Palestinians of Jordan? There are none. Nobody calling for the liberation of Palestine is interested in the self-determination of Palestine. Their first priority is getting rid of the Jews. “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free.” The Jordan River is the eastern boundary of Israel, the Mediterranean Sea is the boundary to the West. In other words, Palestinian freedom is synonymous with Israel’s destruction. Who can fail to understand this?

Even the word “Palestine” is not Arabic. It is Latin. The Romans gave the region around the Jordan the name “Palestine” as a humiliation for the Jews whom they had just conquered nearly 2,000 years ago. The name referred to the Philistines, who were the Jews’ enemies but were not Arabs. There were no Arabs in the area until 500 years later. Throughout the subsequent two thousand years, there has never been a political entity or state or country called “Palestine.” The idea of such a country was invented in 1964, fifteen years after Israel’s birth.

In 1948 when Israel was created, there was no Arab people self-identified as “Palestinians.” The Palestinian national identity was invented in 1964 with the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization. In 1949, after the Arab war against Israel, Jordan annexed the West Bank and the so-called Palestinian homeland disappeared from the map. [...]

The Palestinian cause is not about Palestinians. If it was, there would be a liberation movement in Jordan and protests against the bans on Palestinian immigration to other Arab states. It is about pushing the Jews into the sea. That is why there has been no peace in the Middle East, why the Arabs rejected the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza in 1948, and the offer of 98% of what they claimed to be asking for from Clinton and Barak in 2000. The terms were intolerable to them in both cases because they included a Jewish state, however tiny – in fact less than 0.02% of the entire land mass of the Arab Middle East. The Arab Middle East must be Judenrein. That is the true agenda of the Arabs and their supporters on the Left.
Do read it all.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Moral inversion

San Francisco, where it's perfectly legal to dismember and eviscerate an unborn male but may soon be illegal to remove an infant's foreskin.
Circumcise a child in San Francisco and you could face a year in jail, under a proposed San Francisco bylaw that will be put to voters in November.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stephen Hawking's fairy tale

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
He's correct, of course, that the brain is a magnificent computer, though brain component failure is not the normal cause of death, rather the failure of supporting systems.

He's also correct that the human brain doesn't go to heaven or hell. From dust it came and to dust it returns, no different than, say, one's kidneys.The human soul, however, is another question. Either Hawking considers the brain and the soul one and the same or is of the impression that humans do not have a soul.

On the existence of heaven, however, he's the one telling fairy tales. Or Jesus Christ was an absolute lunatic and liar.

Your call.

Thin edge of the islamist wedge

One law for Muslims, another for Australians.
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the government's new multiculturalism policy, argues that Muslims should enjoy "legal pluralism".
Update May 17, 2011: "No place" for sharia law in Australia. (HT)
And that's a good thing.

Self-inflicted nakba

The next time your hear or read the phrase nakba, remember this: Israel didn't cause "The Catastrophe;" the Arabs inflicted it on themselves. They voluntarily left their land based on the hope that the Jews would be annihilated by Arab armies.

There is no right of return where the premise for leaving is ethnic cleansing. That right is forfeited.

Internet goodness:
Jawad Al-Bashiti, Palestinian journalist in Jordan:
"Remind me of one real cause from all the factors that have caused the 'Palestinian Catastrophe' [the establishment of Israel and the creation of the refugee problem], and I will remind you that it still exists... The reasons for the Palestinian Catastrophe are the same reasons that have produced and are still producing our Catastrophes today.
During the Little Catastrophe, meaning the Palestinian Catastrophe, the following happened: the first war between Arabs and Israel had started and the 'Arab Salvation Army' came and told the Palestinians: 'We have come to you in order to liquidate the Zionists and their state. Leave your houses and villages, you will return to them in a few days safely. Leave them so we can fulfill our mission (destroy Israel) in the best way and so you won't be hurt.' It became clear already then, when it was too late, that the support of the Arab states (against Israel) was a big illusion. The Arabs fought as if intending to cause the 'Palestinian Catastrophe.'"
[Al-Ayyam, May 13, 2008]

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Morons at Amnesty International

... doth protest too much.
A punishment in which an Iranian man was to be blinded by having acid dropped into his eyes has been postponed after international condemnation.

Majid Movahedi was convicted and sentenced for pouring a bucket of acid over Ameneh Bahrami after she rejected his marriage proposals.

The attack left her blind and severely disfigured. [...]

Among those unhappy about the prospect of Ms Bahrami exacting such a brutal revenge on her attacker was Amnesty International.

The organisation called for a stay of the sentence, which it described as ‘cruel and inhuman . . . amounting to torture’.
The judgment is not even an "eye for an eye;" it's his eyes for her total disfigurement plus blindness. A pretty just verdict if you ask me.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Gas Price and Government Regulation

The government is preparing to give oil industry representatives a "tongue-lashing" over high gas prices. Canadians are convinced - rightly so - that a Tony Clement tirade will have the same effect on gas prices as the outfit next worn by Lady Gaga. (Aside: Does anyone seriously believe oil executives haven't faced more intense grillings outside of Ottawa? Tony, dude.)

Now, the good news is that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is on record saying "Governments should not be regulating markets." Indeed they shouldn't. The trouble is that Flaherty's own government saw fit to intervene in the market in 2009 and has no plans to deregulate markets it currently controls, save a campaign promise to trash the Canadian Wheat Board. This makes it challenging to take Flaherty's word at face value.

The truth of the matter is that every major political party, including the CPC, considers the Capitalist ideal of free markets to be made of paper mâché. The GOC regulates many aspects of the economy and they will regulate gasoline/diesel if the conditions are "right," the same way the CPC pursued its Keynesian interventionism in 2009 because conditions "demanded action."

The CPC has proven time and time again that it is a fair-weather or middle-of-the-road party, to quote von Mises, when it comes to free market Capitalism. The best that Capitalists can hope for at this point is that conditions do not materialize that "force" the government to intervene. Conditions are the only thing standing in the way of government intervention into fuel markets. Ideals surely are not.

One point I find mildly amusing about the specter of government upbraiding oil companies is the duplicity of the government having both hands completely immersed in fuel-based revenue yet screaming at the guy whose higher prices dumps even more revenue into its coffers (via percentage-based GST/HST).

If government wants to have a clear conscience beating up oil companies then the least it can do is grant a GST/HST exemption for gasoline and diesel. Not only would it lend validity to its belligerence, but it would ease the strain on voter pocketbooks and signal to the public that the government is serious about reducing gas prices the Capitalist way instead of using hollow political theatrics and meaningless dress-downs of industry executives.


Monday, May 9, 2011

I, Hoperite

Gerry Nicholls nails it.
Who are the Stephen Hoperites? Well, that's a name I have given to those people who consider themselves part of Canada's conservative movement. And the conservative movement, remember, is different and distinct from the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party is a political machine. Its main purpose is to win seats during elections; its main focus is gaining and then holding on to power. The party may or may not be ideologically conservative.

The conservative movement, on the other hand, stands not for power, but for principles. More specifically, movement conservatives care about promoting freer markets, smaller government and individual freedom. Canadian conservative individuals and organizations, in other words, are not concerned so much with winning elections, but with winning something far more important: the war of ideas. The goal of conservatism as a philosophy isn't to win seats in the House of Commons, but to win converts to the values of freedom.
Do read it all.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pakistan exluded from bin Laden raid

Yes, that's why it was so successful.

CPC Majority

I am elated that the CPC has been mandated by Canadians to lead the nation for four years before returning to the polls. It speaks to trust in Stephen Harper and is a visceral acknowledgement of sound leadership in multiple minority Parliaments. Harper has earned a majority.

The CPC are now able to bring the CPC platform and most recent Budget to bear. This is good news for Canada's economy in the short term, and one hopes that four years onward we will be able to testify how Harper's government kept taxes low, supported businesses of all sizes, retracted its talons from the market and abandoned deficit spending.

As a former party member, I am looking for some real conservatism from the CPC in the next four years. No, I do not for a moment think the Harper government will tack hard-right. Their platform is very centrist and clearly reflects a party that is much more "progressive" than conservative. A majority isn't going to change that; the CPC has captured the political center and must govern close to it if they wish to retain power post 2015. Still, one can hope that a shred of conservatism remains in the party faithful somewhere and hope that amidst the "progressive" policies there may now be room for some truly conservative policies that lead Canada in a different and better direction. Time will tell.

Congratulations CPC and Stephen Harper!