Beyond the Cusp

June 1, 2016

Coming Culture Clash; Prepare or Lose by Default

 

Author Samuel Huntington stated in his book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order that “religion is a central defining characteristic of civilizations” (1998, page 47). This war is more than just the resurgence of Islam and their battling one another between Shiites and Sunnis and between self-proclaimed Islamic Messianic leaders and secular leaders as well as everything inbetween. There is the refugee war being waged in Europe inundating the continent with Muslims in an attempt to place a fifth column waiting for the notice to ply their deadly trade. Yes, the majority, possibly the vast majority are peaceful and wish only to live and improve their lives and make a life that is better for their children. The problem is that these are not the majority of those who follow Islam and are not the majority of people outside the influences of the Anglo-American world-sphere of influence and the establishment of basic tenets of Anglo-American values. The advantage of such moral underpinning is made amply evident in the non-English speaking nations which have embraced Western values and are some of the more stable nations on planet Earth. Such examples are Germany, Japan, Philippines and possibly India. Proof that the English history is not necessarily the panacea that it has proven to be through much of the world comes via Egypt, Jordan and primarily Pakistan. What is notable is that the nations where Anglo-American influence has been less than successful are all nations within the Islamic sphere which is currently feeling it has a powerful opportunity to press once again into Europe and finally realize the conquests it has been denied for over a venture starting with the Battle of Tours which began on October 10, 732. Grand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha commanded the Islamic troops of the Ottoman Empire. The Frankish leader Charles the Hammer Martel who defeated the Islamic army and Emir Abder Rahman who was killed during the battle became an unrivaled hero who is buried alongside the Royalty of France. Then there were the fights at the other end of Europe where the lynchpin becomes Vienna where two battles were crucial, where the initial siege occurred from September 27 through October 15, 1529 which resulted in the Muslim forces took Vienna and later retreated as holding the city was troublesome. The second assault resulted in a second siege began on July 14, 1683, which was broken on September 11 and 12, 1683. The definitive forces instrumental in breaking the siege of Vienna came largely from Poland and were led by King Jan III Sobieski, who commanded the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and had been made Commander in Chief of his own 30,000-man Polish forces as well as the 40,000 troops of Habsburg and their allies.

 

King Jan III Sobieski of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth he commanded in the battle to relieve Vienna from the Ottomans

King Jan III Sobieski of Poland and the
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth he commanded
in the battle to relieve Vienna from the Ottomans

 

Such history is all well and good, but what about the here and now? Oddly enough the world has changed little from the times above with the major difference was the retreat of Islamic control and absolute rule in Spain, Portugal and southern France as well as some area along the Mediterranean Sea from which they were pushed back. The other change came at the close of World War I which marked the closing chapter on the Ottoman Empire and eliminated the concept of a grand Islamic One World Governance under Sharia forming the promised final Caliphate. The lands were randomly delineated trying to make each state in the Sykes-Picot Agreement comprised of ethnic and religious groups which were not compatible and thus any rule would be a strong-man variety or a failed state. Included in this arrangement was the hope and theory for the formation of a Jewish State with Jerusalem as its Capital City. Israel plays a very vital and important role in this civilizational clash. Israel has played the role before as the lynchpin which binds and separates Asia, Africa and Europe and even today Israel receives the vast majority of media coverage, international conferences, United Nations edicts along with protestations and a drive to destroy Israel and some even call for the annihilation of the entirety of the Jewish Peoples. Some United Nations agencies, UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) being the most guilty list making their entire living off the Arab-Israeli conflict. It truly is the Arab Israeli conflict as the Palestinian factions, Hamas, Fatah, Palestinian Authority (PA), Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and with the terrorists in Gaza are provided arms and explosives by Iran.

 

In Gaza there is additionally Hamas who are building tunnels (see below) so as to facilitate their attempts to murder Jews by confiscating an estimated ninety percent, that’s 90%, of the cement, rebar, and other necessary building supplies provided and transported into Gaza by Israel presumably for rebuilding homes, apartments, schools, clinics and other civilian items, for assault tunnels into Israel from Gaza. Some of these latest tunnels have been detected and destroyed but it is painfully obvious that there are scores more not yet discovered or detected and destroyed by Israel. At the same time, from the north in Lebanon, or should we say Hezballah and ask is there any real difference, there are closing in upon a quarter of a million rockets and missiles, many capable of striking anywhere in Israel with a five kilo warhead, all set for launch and just awaiting the order to fire. The vast majority of these launch sites are imbedded in civilian’s homes. Hezballah also claims to be tunneling using Iranian provisions and equipment as well as the provisions they have received during their fighting in Syria, Iraq and Yemen all to further the goals of Iran. The fact is that Iran also desires wiping Israel off the map and the influences of the Jews off the pages of history and literally publically sacrifices each and every Jew on the planet whether they are pro-Israel, anti-Israel as it makes little to no difference when the Islamic radical sentiments invade Western Societies. The fact that the main forces in Islam are currently fighting an endless war in Syria and Iraq may prove when history looks back on this period and hopefully will see that the Western World dodged a bullet. The debates in the United States where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead the two main parties and one will be sworn in as the next President of the United States, revolves around largely which one do the voters hate less. Be that as it may, the campaign will be all about each slamming and slurring the other candidate with little substance to the debates or anything else along the campaign trail. Since both candidates have higher negatives amongst those polled, it is quite likely that slamming the opponent will prove the instrument which wins Election Day. That is a sorry state but there are some positives in that no matter which candidate should win surviving the election. With either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House, the possibility of another nation testing the President and their resolve to tolerate actions against the interests of the United States or most of her traditional allies as, especially under the Donald, the outward directions and actions of the United States will likely return to a traditional outlook. Still, the war between freedom and liberty versus dictatorial and oppressive governance will continue with the three main forces of such governance, Russia, China and Islam all continuing their efforts to spread further into the other nations in the world.

 

Sec Gen Ban Kimoon visits Hamas tunnel after Gaza war

Sec Gen Ban Kimoon visits Hamas tunnel after Gaza war

 

Close Up Ban Kimoon viewing Hamas infiltration tunnel into southern Israel

Close Up Ban Kimoon viewing Hamas infiltration tunnel into southern Israel

Ban KiMoon Inspects Hamas Infiltration Terror Tunnel
Which he and the United Nations Pretend do not Exist

 

Russia will not permanently be seeking expansion and may even retreat from the Crimean Peninsula returning it to the Ukraine. Putin still might expand into the Eastern nations which broke off from Russian as the Soviet Union collapsed all the way back in the past century. The current greatest challenge to freedom and liberty are the forces of Islam. The main reason Europe has not fallen to these powers is simple, their preoccupation with Israel has crippled their efforts. What has been a saving grace for Europe has also placed Europe particularly susceptible to invasion and a complete takeover by Islam without using their armies. The free world will also need to pay close attention to the Sunni-Shiite battle for preeminence. The lines are starkly drawn, Iran which now controls southern Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Yemen and is stretching its fingers into the remainder of the oil fields of northern Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and central Iraq. Further, all of the different Sunni Islamic powers of Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram and Islamic State and GCC States (Gulf Cooperation Council) working in concert better targeting their actions will compete for as much of Europe and North and Central Africa. The spread of Islam into Europe will continue apace with little preventing the refugees from continuing to flood into Europe from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, anywhere in the Middle East. Israel can expect challenges of their hold on the Golan Heights as well as threats from Lebanon and from Gaza and the occasional rocket across their southern border with stateless forces from Sunni and Shiite forces need also watch for any provocation of Egypt who might decide to clear out the Sinai Peninsula. Another set of sources of refugees from Islamic nations threaten Italy as we are referring to refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mali, Niger, Chad, South Sudan and any other African Refugees. Amongst the refugees are likely a good number of terrorists ranging from one in ten to a more realistic estimate of one in seven or even five.

 

The truly frightening thing is the number of Islamic people who are completely normal individuals who say their prayer most days, all five repetitions at their appointed times, and reads the Quran regularly, especially some of the recent teachings and they tend towards a quiet and peaceable life. The neighborhood will remain quiet until a single terrorist joins the otherwise peaceable and quiet neighborhood. Now there has been introduce a fuse and all that is required is the blasting cap and Islam will rear its ugly side and violence will break out and everybody will be wondering what happened, why it happened and how could such have happened. The answer is the Quran and the Hadiths. Muslims are instructed by their religious writings to assist another Muslim in any endeavor and doubly special to assist Jihad, the forceful spread of Islam by the sword. Peaceful Muslims are different than other religious devotees. A Muslim has the potential programmed by their learning of the Quran, and if they are a good Muslim they have the entirety of the Quran memorized and know which verses supercede what versus. Because the Quran is written smallest verses to largest verses such that it is designed to be memorized but not interpreted without an Imam to instruct in the proper precedence and superceding versus. More can be read about this in our article Which Quran, Mecca or Medina? As the good, quiet, respectable and good neighbors know the Quran in its entirety and the superceding verses, when they are called to Jihad their choice becomes extremely precarious as if they are seen to resist too much they will become the target of their former friends because their refusal to take up Jihad makes them an apostate, a disbeliever born to Islam. That is a crime immediately punishable by death and not just their but much of their family and most definitely their wives unless one of the Jihadists decided he desires one of your wives. As long as the children are even sufficiently young to be brought up to be a “better” Muslim than Dad they will be allowed to live and if they are already of sufficient age for Jihad they will be tested. Probably one will be assigned to be a suicide homicidal bomber. So, just because the Muslims in your neighborhood are members of the neighborhood watch, the clean-up committee, property maintenance battalion and nearly every neighborhood help project, they may be doing so just to earn your trust, find out intelligence, who had firearms, where are they kept and the layouts of the houses, entrances, emergency keys and every other thing you thought you had kept hidden so that they know the weak spots and where not to strike until ready, very ready. They will be counting on their neighbors to vouch for their wonderful and helpful nature and be character witnesses before the police. All the while he was a potential Jihad waiting to happen only needing a leader to assign tasks and targets.

 

On the other hand, Muslims do all they can to get on the school committees, especially those which choose the books. Their Jihad is teaching Islam in the schools and making your secular raised children into good little Muslims who can say the prayer for conversion and know the five pillars of Islam and all about assisting any Muslim in need of help and how their parents are evil if they are not Muslim, oh, and it all is a secret between them and the school. This indoctrination begins as early as first grade and the reading lessons have as parts of their content. Their getting on school boards is all part of the civilizational Jihad with which they are planning on turning the United States and Canada. Sure, we realize this all sounds impossible but there are cases of this being found in areas which would shock those residing there as they have no idea their little Sally or Johnny is being converted to Islam and as long as the Parents have no real attachment to any religion and are true liberals they think many of the lesson plans which have hadiths and Quranic verses included within the lessons but not presented as Quranic, then they will likely get by any parent, especially if they are Mecca verses and not Medina verses. Jihad, be it silent and deceitful or overt and blowing up in your face, either way, they are both Jihad, one by sword the other by collusion. Either way produces the same results, good little Muslims plain and simple. Europe is all but lost and many nations will need to produce rivers of blood, much of it the indigenous peoples while other places are still well within the range of retrieving your neighborhood. The first step is the most difficult; one must return to their faith and pray for strength and guidance like never before. If your home has no religion then the school will implant Islam to fill that void, it is your choice, decide before it becomes too late, period.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

April 16, 2016

Requiem for Europe

 

Europe has survived former presses by Islam and done so with great glory. The first was when the Crusades responded to the surging Muslim Arabs out of Arabia in the Holy Land. These surges into the Holy Lands with the intent and oft success in liberating lands and even Jerusalem may not have kept the lands from eventual Islamic ascendancy, but it did prevent the further surge of Islam into Europe. Constantinople had stood for years against the battering by Islamic forces with catapults, ballista and similar siege equipment but the walls built to withstand any attack of its day did exactly that and Constantinople withstood every barrage thrown at them. It was the eventual equipping the forces of Islam with the newest of weapons, the siege cannon (see picture below) which caused its fall. These were not any normal cannons nor did it throw normal cannonballs. The stone cannonballs weighed hundreds and hundreds of pounds (or kilos) which would bounce across the ground retaining most of their speed and eventually they brought down the walls that had stood since the height of the Roman Empire. The fall of Constantinople revealed the secret weapon of Islam, the renaming; so as to end the former period and reference and restart the history, making it purely Islamic with no reference to the glories of the past. Thus Constantinople was renamed Istanbul and as Istanbul the city had no former existence as a Roman or Byzantine city; Istanbul was purely Islamic while Constantinople now no longer existed in this new history.

 

 

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege and Breaking of the Impenetrable Great Walls of Constantinople

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon
Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege
and Breaking of the Impenetrable
Great Walls of Constantinople

 

There was another assault on Europe from the west with the moors spilling across Spain into France, appearing to be unstoppable. The Moors simply ate up one city after another and another beating one force of Christian Europe after another. Finally a French army commanded by a German set a strategy to stop the Moors. Their plan was to not fight the main body of the Moors; they simply had forces meet the main body and slowly fall back allowing them to surge forward. The French main heavy horse cavalry swept in a wide arc around the main body and set down upon the camp and supply lines and destroyed the food and reserves of weapons and destroyed the supporting military mechanism and people, leaving the front unsupported. They then set upon the fight from the rear and succeeded in breaking their lines. With no support and no food or reserve troops, the Moors assault into France had been thwarted. The commander was Charles the Hammer Martel.

 

There were pushes from the West as well with one of the most famous coming and laying siege to Vienna. The city was holding but required that the siege be broken or the Islamic Turks would extend out of Istanbul (Constantinople) and set upon the rest of Italy and threaten Rome itself. One King offered to lead his entire armies and break the siege relieving Vienna and protecting Rome. There was a catch which he demanded a set of promises from every neighbor and king of every petty fiefdom to protect his borders and hold from attacking while his entire army led by him set forth across a thousand miles and relieve Vienna. The king was the ruler of Poland, King John III Sobieski and his forces broke the siege and liberated Vienna on September 11 and 12, 1683. This stalled the push into Europe and saved Europe once again.

 

Now Islam is making a new assault on Europe and the European leaders are actually inviting Islam into their nations as their negative population growth leaves there a demand for workers; and while the economies were healthy and demanding workers, things were great all around. The surging economy of twenty years finally ground to a doldrums where growth has slowed and the demand slackened and now the young Islamic population is finding there is little demand for their employ as hiring is at a standstill. Add to this the flooding of Syrian refugees as well as refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and other places across the Islamic world. There is little work and their native society is at direct conflict with the European liberal lifestyles. This has shown itself during the New Year’s Eve celebrations where the women, who were scantily and immodestly attired which was a signal that they were loose and simply asking for lecherous treatment and were open to sexual advances. The reactions of these new refugees sent a ripple of discontent and fear through the women who were receiving treatment and indecencies which they did not understand. The police were handcuffed by demands from their superiors to not arrest the refugees as they required certain leeway and understanding while they would adjust to their new lives. Many did not adjust and expected their new societies to adjust to their demands and the rules and inhibiting societal rules from the lands they had fled. This was a clash of civilizations; one the liberal socially uninhibited modern society facing an invasion of inhibited socially, strictly structured, and socially stunted, demanding women to live shuttered existence ruled by a retrograded strictly restricted and socially shuttered life. What will be the result of this clash will depend on the worth the liberated Europeans place on their social liberated lifestyle against their refugee’s demand that their rules replace those which Europe has developed since the reformation and the renaissance and the political liberation of the people from the stunted social structure of the medieval Dark Ages. Thus far all appearances point to the replacing of liberal Europe with some dark and foreboding repression and stunting of their social fabric. This diseased repression will eventually threaten the United States and only strong leadership will be at all capable of preventing the complete closure of liberal democracies being subjugated and inhibited until they become Islamic theocracies with the stunted social structures mirroring life in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and possibly falling before the Islamic State as they dissolve themselves through weak and unworthy leadership. The backwards bending of the rule of law replacing it with the rule of foreign inhibitive oppression where nothing can be permitted to offend the sensibilities of the Islamic invaders, the invaders invited to conquest by the weakness and spinelessness of their leadership. Will Europe survive? They probably will not if the current actions are any indication of their future.

 

While Europe appears to be lost, or at least failing to act in self-defense, and failing to stand against the waves of barbarians; the United States may fair better if they choose the proper leadership. Fortunately, the United States, as usual, is running as much as a decade behind Europe. The threat is likely to advance upon the United States somewhat faster than a ten year delay as the current leadership is taking the right steps to allow the United States to admit large numbers of potential disruptors who will attempt to impose their stridently restrictive societal rules upon America. The American societal structure is more independent than the somewhat stunted European societal structures and thus more difficult to over whelm, but that does not make America invulnerable as nobody is immune to societal disruptions. With Europe poised to collapse before Islamic hordes crashing their shores and stunting their societal freedoms in an attempt to refashion their society into an Islamic one, they will rename the great structures making the great Cathedrals into Mosques and rename the iconic buildings removing their former references and now have them attest to their Islamic greatness. The Leaning Tower of Pisa could be renamed the Bent Minaret of the Caliph, the Eiffel Tower simple redone in a Green Patina Eiffel Tower and Big Ben might be renamed the Great Clock of Allah with Buckingham Palace named the Grand Mosque of London; that is assuming London is not renamed as was Constantinople. The great museums will be destroyed and the art works burned, the statues smashed, the David transformed into marble ruins and the Vatican transformed into Mecca II and the place the Europeans will be permitted to use for their Haj.

 

 

Eiffel Tower from the Past to the Future?

Eiffel Tower from the Past to the Future?

 

Europe managing to turn the tides around and salvage their history and societies will only happen if they find the soul which made Europe great and capable to strive into a future with any promise. The likelihood that the Europeans will find that spark depends on whether they are willing to return to the Christianity which permitted their survival and resistance to Islam in periods past. Without such a return to their religion, Europe will lose as those who are fighting for something greater than themselves will always defeat those fighting for comfort and personal existential existence. Those fighting for Islam and Allah will defeat those fighting for nothing more than their comfortable, secularist, laissez faire, free society as such a lifestyle are designed around this abhorrence for violent behavior, the only thing which could save Europe. Will the United States be willing to fight the good fight or will America also fall due to their abhorrence to fighting the good fight which will take generations upon generations with no end in sight. There is a Chinese curse which decries that one live in interesting times, well; we are indeed living in interesting and dangerous times. Will the survival of a society outside of Islam come down to China and Asian nations or will it fall to the world against Israel, a battle already written about almost two thousand years ago with an ominous tale which depends on miraculous forces beyond out mere mortal imaginations ability to behold. These times may get more interesting than anybody is capable of imagining. The first battle will be fought in Europe, assuming the Europeans actually believe their lifestyle and societal norms are worth fighting for. Will they fight or simply fold without even a whimper?

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

April 14, 2016

One Shot Out of Four is All We’ve Got

 

Europe appears to be hell-bent on committing suicide and not exactly taking the slow road about it. The introduction was all Angela Merkel with her promise to have room to absorb 800,000 Syrian refugees a year for the foreseeable future. The invitation appeared to reach a few more than the planned 800,000 and apparently somewhere towards three or four times as her presumed limit. The response was so monumental that every European country could have been a new home to their own half a million and some received that gratis before they could act to close their borders. A few countries saw sanity and kept their borders closed except for those on a train passing straight through without even stopping for a break and a brew. Now Europe in many parts is experiencing the pleasures of refugees running wild, and it is not a reality show title but the reality running loose on their streets. New Year’s Eve celebrations had some extra and unwanted gusto especially for any native women venturing out anywhere, especially the central train stations in any city, sizeable or quaintly small. There are many looking to the United States hoping that the electorate will realize the threats now straining the bounds of civility poised to dissolve all sanity along with all the Western World’s graciousness. The threat is impolite, boorish and horrifically violent. But the American public appears to be enamored with electing a high school senior class president than a leader of the democratic, free, liberal Western World.

 

There were seventeen Republican candidates and four Democrat candidates well into the campaign and we are now down to four apparent survivors and three of the four would be just as Americentric as President Obama has been with a similar isolationist policy outlook. Their presidential outlook would stop at the border and would only differ in their treatment of the southern border with Mexico where one promises to build a wall while the others would install an easy access walkthrough with neon lights claiming open for business. The only one who understands the threats facing our world and the distinct possibility of a new dark ages shrouding any further scientific advancement ending the hopes for a bright future with promise of medical miracles and exploration reaching out and taking the first baby steps into the cosmos all hanging by a thin thread which requires our constant vigilance and protection, our constant mending and reinforcement; otherwise it breaks and we plunge back into the darkness of suspicions and loss of curiosity. That begs the question of what are the possibilities that civilization which prizes curiosity and ventures into the unknown always striving to find the next challenge and then meeting it with inventiveness and spirit constantly striving to know more, to understand why, how and sometimes even what might be the next discovery, the next level to strive and reach beyond what the last generation accomplished. That is what hangs threatened and with it the hope for cures for diseases, crop yields and fresh water derived from land now unusable and water unpotable, new energy generation which is green, plentiful and affordable. The world of machines with artificial intelligence and automation replacing tedious jobs freeing mankind to chase dreams and pursue that which was beyond belief just a few decades back. What is at stake is whether we will continue to strive for new technical heights and progress matching or exceeding that which took us from Kitty Hawk and a flight of 12 seconds and 120 feet to the moon in 66 years. Where will man be when the next sixty-six years has passed and it is 2035? Will we be reaching Mars and have built a space station with space dock for building the next generation of space travel built in space purely for space and have a moon base with monitoring telescopes of every variation taking advantage of the lack of interfering atmosphere? Will we be chasing a thousand dreams or will we be locked in an eternal conflict pitting one against his brother where no one wins and society and advancement are the biggest losers? Where do we wish to go with the future? That is the only question which should be on the minds of every voter in the United States, Europe and the entirety of the advanced industrial and information world as there truly are clouds on the horizon and that horizon is falling closer and closer and in some places it seems to have arrived bringing the threat of an eternal darkness. We have choices. They neither are not necessarily pleasant choices nor are they easy choices. Nobody enjoys even discussing the choices but we have been here before and we had better not make the same mistakes again as the consequences are far more dire this time around the merry-go-round.

 

 

One in Four Knows the Score For if Wrong you Choose Your Freedom You Lose

One in Four
Knows the Score
For if Wrong you Choose
Your Freedom You Lose

 

 

Every election which comes will be the choice and we need to choose studiously and with great caution. The last time we faced such a threat it was from amongst our own house and we almost threw away our last hope. We cannot afford to make such a mistake again as the weapons of war have changed and even an intelligent high school science whiz-kid is capable of building an atomic bomb for his science fair project. Such a bomb would be clumsy, large, and require a cement truck to carry it making it undeliverable, but such could still be driven in said cement truck to its target. We played games and pretended that it is beyond the scientific and industrial ability for North Korea to produce a deliverable weapon and we now realize how wrong we were as they are capable of placing a device on a medium range ballistic missile and striking anywhere in Japan, South Korea, China, Hawaii, Australia or anyplace within that radius and within a few years that missile will be an ICBM capable of reaching anywhere on the planet with a thermonuclear warhead. We are pretending currently that Iran is thus limited and that is a pipe dream which could be turned into a nightmare at any time. The reality is that these countries have scientists just as capable as any in the free world as they attended the same universities often at our expense as a matter of if we allow them scientific advancement they would be less likely to wage war. What if we were sorely mistaken? After all, we allowed North Korea to advance and produce such weapons and the means to deliver them very soon to anyplace on the planet, likely they already are capable of such. While we are listing nations in some of the trouble prone areas known to have nuclear weapons we can add Israel, Pakistan and India to the list. These are in addition to the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and with the technical knowledge we can add Japan, Canada, Taiwan and likely quite a few more if they felt a pressing need. All in all the world is armed to the brink of turning much of the planet into a smelting pot of smoking ruins incapable of supporting much if any life, let alone human life. The world has never been closer to the theme of the movie On the Beach as it is today and the one guarantee is each day places that alternative that much closer. Where nuclear disarmament is a wonderful idea and would be a great stride towards a safer world, until there is a surefire method of assuring complete compliance worldwide it is just that, a nice dream.

 

The time is approaching where we begin to be on the wrong side of the warning given by Winston Churchill when he explained the choice fast approaching his England and the free world of the 1930s, the same world which relegated him to obscurity as they called him an old fool and a war monger and then turned to him to save them when they realized almost too late the monster they had allowed the time needed to become all but unstoppable. We should heed that warning as well as Winston Churchill stated to his peers saying,

 

Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.

 

My driving question is where is and who can be our Winston Churchill as we need to find that individual before it is too late. Reviewing the leaders of our carious nations and there are a few candidates but none who possess the full range of guts, intellect, eloquence, command of language and that spark necessary to lead into the teeth of adversity with steadfastness and audacity all while bringing forth the nest from others elevating all in their midst. The combination required comes around only once a century and I pray it is not so soon that Winston Churchill was that person for our time as well. One need remember that he warned of Hitler when none cared to listen, he warned of communism and coined the phrase Iron Curtain which he said had fallen over half of Europe and opposed FDR and the virtual surrender to Stalin but bowed to necessity of a second front and he warned of another dehumanizing catharsis which took on the disguise of a religion. Perhaps he was the man for our season as well and we will have to take his guidance and fight for his memory and allow his words to steel our nerves for the storm that approaches. There is a storm brewing on the horizon and we can only hope there will be sunlight when we reach the other side.

 

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