Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Armenian Genocide at 100--It Could Have Been Worse, If Not For America

The U.S. effort to save the Armenians, Near East Relief, deserves to be praised more prominently. The refugees were resettled around the Middle East, fed, clothed, housed, & given remoralizing work to do. It and Herbert Hoover's American Relief Administration, which conducted famine relief in the Soviet Union, were among the biggest humanitarian projects of that era. So much so that wits in Kiev said that ARA stood for "Amerike Ratevet Aleman"--"America Rescues Everyone".

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Nothing has changed"

This seems to be the emerging line for contemporary racial affairs commentary. From reading Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic to Jeet Heer & co. in The New Republic, the time is forever 1963, and the past half century never happened. Like la Rochefoucauld says, "Philosophy triumphs over past and future evils, but present evils triumph over it." That's natural enough, as is the impulse to identify oneself with a time of heroes, as the early 60s Civil Rights movement surely was. But can it really be sound analysis to exclude the Great Society and its fallout, the successes and shortcomings of affirmative action, the rise and struggles of the black middle class, etc. entirely as though Black America had no agency at all? Nobody's asking anybody to forget anything; it is right, good and necessary that our past be openly considered, as the U.S. uniquely does among most nations. But a bill of narrowly circumscribed indictments --which is all that some universities seem to have taught the students who are now taking the helm of opinion journals--is not enough, isn't analysis or reflection at all. Tell the whole story, and consider all the facts!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Coptic Martyrs of Libya, 2015

From Patheos blog. May there be a God, may there be a heaven, and may they be received into it.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A scene from the Jihad

"I grew up in colonial Africa. And I remember in 1955,... [m]y father
took me down to the quayside in Dar-Es-Salaam harbor. And he pointed
out a dhow in the harbor and he said, "You see that dhow there? Twice
a year it comes down from Aden. It stops here and goes down [South].
On the way down it's got boxes of machinery and goods. On the way back
up it's got two or three little black boys on it. Now, those boys are
slaves. And the United Nations will not let me do anything about it."

"The conversation went on. "Look, boy. There is not going to be a World
War between Russia and the United. The next World War will be between
Islam and the West."

"This is 1955! I said to him, "Dad, you're nuts! The Crusades have been
over for hundreds of years!"

"And he said, "Well, I know, but militant Islam is on the rise again.
And you will see it in your lifetime."

"He's been dead some years now. But there's not a day that goes by that
I don't think of him and think, "God, I wish you were here, just so I
could tell you that you were right." "

-- John Rhys-Davies, interview, 2003

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Coptic Martyrs (no gore)

"Radicals" and "Moderates"

Look at who is committing these jihadist attacks. They are quite radicalized. Look at who is complaining about "islamophobia" and "backlash", the split-second the jihadists commit another atrocity. They are quite peaceable and moderate, seemingly--but yet they will still brook no criticism of Islam from infidels. So these moderates transfer blame for the attacks, by tortured rhetoric, from the attackers to the victims, and injury from the victims to themselves. If you need examples just look at any given press release from CAIR.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Notable Tweets from the State Of The Union speech

Friday, January 09, 2015

Christina Amanpour calls Charlie Hebdo terrorists "activists"

Dear God in Heaven, how do libs wrap their thoughts into these contortions?