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Sunday, August 26. 2007
I have no doubt that we are fortunate to live in the best of times. Tigerhawk considers Goklany's book on the subject.
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It is one of the cardinal conundrums.
An optimist believes we live in the best of times
A pessimists is afraid that's true
RACIAL EXTORTION IN LONDAON BY JESSE JACKSON
Jesse Jackson drops the "R" bomb on London
Ole Jesse had London's mayor Ken "Red" Livingston in tears and then went for the white guilt wallet trick on the Brits. Naw Jesse Jackson's not an N-word-gger, not a bit.
HITLER WAS A SOCIALIST
John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.)
"True, it is a fixed idea with the French that the Rhine is their property, but to this arrogant demand the only reply worthy of the German nation is Arndt's: "Give back Alsace and Lorraine". For I am of the opinion, perhaps in contrast to many whose standpoint I share in other respects, that the reconquest of the German-speaking left bank of the Rhine is a matter of national honour, and that the Germanisation of a disloyal Holland and of Belgium is a political necessity for us. Shall we let the German nationality be completely suppressed in these countries, while the Slavs are rising ever more powerfully in the East?"
Have a look at the headline quote above and say who wrote it. It is a typical Hitler rant, is it not? Give it to 100 people who know Hitler's speeches and 100 would identify it as something said by Adolf. The fierce German nationalism and territorial ambition is unmistakeable. And if there is any doubt, have a look at another quote from the same author:
This is our calling, that we shall become the templars of this Grail, gird the sword round our loins for its sake and stake our lives joyfully in the last, holy war which will be followed by the thousand-year reign of freedom.
That settles it, doesn't it? Who does not know of Hitler's glorification of military sacrifice and his aim to establish a "thousand-year Reich"?
But neither quote is in fact from Hitler. Both quotes were written by Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx's co-author (See here and here). So let that be an introduction to the idea that Hitler not only called himself a socialist but that he WAS in fact a socialist by the standards of his day. Ideas that are now condemned as Rightist were in Hitler's day perfectly normal ideas among Leftists. And if Friedrich Engels was not a Leftist, I do not know who would be.
An important and rewarding essay
John J. Ray has written a stunning essay entitled "Hitler was a Socialist" that is the best treatment of the subject I have ever seen. This goes well beyond the usual talking points noting that "Nazi" meant "National Socialist" into detailed exhumation of strands of Hitler's influences, practices, writings, and relationships of which I had heard little or nothing.
Even better, Dr. Ray demonstrates the linkages between contemporary leftism and Hitler's beliefs and practices in greater detail than I have previously seen assembled. Other notables are at work on tracing the linkages between the rise of communism, progressivism, and fascism on the one hand, and today's left wing movements ont he other. But Ray's work is an important building block in that emerging intellectual enterprise, one that I believe is very important in understanding where we are today, and where we may be headed.
The American Thinker
Even better, Dr. Ray demonstrates the linkages between contemporary leftism and Hitler's beliefs and practices in greater detail than I have previously seen assembled* .
British Armed Forces staff shortage crisis
By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:52am BST 27/08/2007
The Armed Forces are missing thousands of specialised soldiers, sailors and airmen crucial to continuing the fight against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
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New figures show an alarming shortage of vital staff, with more than a third of Army medical posts now vacant - leading to fears that lives are being put at risk.
An injured soldier is being taken to a British field hospital
Across the Navy, Army and RAF, experienced personnel are leaving, fed up with the demands of continuous operations and often taking up highly-paid jobs in private security.
There are now only 15 per cent of Navy Harrier pilot instructors left at a time when the aircraft is in constant use in Afghanistan.
Perhaps more worrying - given that the fighting in Helmand is as intense as any the Army has encountered since the Second World War - is the severe lack of medical staff.
China accused of hacking into heart of Merkel administrationRoger Boyes in Berlin
China has hacked into the computers of Angela Merkel’s Chancellery and three other German ministries in an extraordinary economic espionage operation that threatens to blight the German leader’s already delicate trip to Beijing this week.
The claims, made in a detailed investigation by Der Spiegel magazine, were denied strenuously by the Chinese authorities yesterday, but there was no mistaking German anger. “If true, it is unacceptable,” Ralf Stegner, a senior Social Democrat, said. “China is a competitor as well as a trading partner. Mrs Merkel has to get to the bottom of the affair on her China trip.”
Mrs Merkel arrived in China last night with senior business executives determined to put concern about product piracy high on the agenda. “We are pursuing the issue of protection of intellectual property very strongly with China,” said Mrs Merkel, who refused to discuss the espionage claims.
Der Spiegel, quoting senior officials from the German equivalent of Special Branch, said that the hacking operation was discovered in May. Computers in the Chancellery, the Foreign, Economics and Research ministries had been targeted. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) conducted a comprehensive search of government IT installations and prevented a further 160 giga-bytes of information being transferred to China. Commentators described it as “the biggest digital defence ever mounted by the German state”.
Secret Plans Captured
An alleged secret Iranian war plan outlines aggressive military operations in coordination with the Turkish army to capture Kurdish land in northern Iraq to create a buffer zone, Kurdish sources close to the PKK says. The primary objective is to sabotage a possible blitz by American ground troops into Iran. The information was disclosed by a dissident Iranian military official.
The Iranian pretext for the offensive into southern Kurdistan will be to root out and destroy PKK forces along the border with eastern [Iranian] Kurdistan.
Iran has since last year tested the territorial integrity of Iraq and the KRG with incursions into south Kurdistan. The areas along Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq bordering Iran have been shelled by Iranian artillery and raiders have conducted one-day operations several kilometers into what is officially Iraqi territory. The Iraqi and American silence has encouraged them and they?re continuing to push the limits,? a PKK-source told DozaMe.org.
The Iraqi and American silence has embroiled KRG who has sent Iran several diplomatic notes warning them against any military adventure in southern Kurdistan [northern Iraq].
The operations will start with an offensive against PKK?s military units, but the real aim will be to capture border areas to push a possible American front further from the official Iranian border.
Turkey will give air support to Iranian ground troops with attack helicopters. The Turkish helicopters will lift and land in Urmiye. A small number of Turkish special forces consisting of privates and NCO?s will act as tactical support, advising invading Iranian troops. Turkish officers will remain in Operational HQ?s on Iranian soil coordinating the Turkish troops embedded into the Iranian army. Turkish troops will wear Iranian uniforms or Kurdish pro-Iranian paramilitary uniforms.
Any support to Iranian troops, open or covert, by the Kurdish PUK will be rewarded by Iran. Iran will then hand over PKK-controlled areas such as Asos, Martyr Harun, Martyr Ayhan and Qandil to the PUK. It is not known whether PUK has accepted or declined the offer.
Coinciding with the Iranian incursion, Turkey will conduct enormous military operations against PKK forces in the border provinces of Hakkari, Van and Sirnak.