Beyond the Cusp

October 19, 2017

Will Europe Divide Over Religion?

 

Those of us old enough to have experienced a divided Europe between free and Communist also remember the Iron Curtain. Some may even recall the origins of that phrase being a speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on March 5, 1946. United States President Harry S. Truman was with the British Prime Minister on the dais listening to the speech. The speech is actually titled “The Sinews of Peace” despite the most famous phrase history remembers was the term “Iron Curtain” used as Churchill stated, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” The entirety of the speech can be viewed below. That curtain will potentially become the basis for a new wall in Europe, one where religion remains an important cornerstone of society and one which has entered what many are referring to as the post-Christian society. Some of the functionaries of the European Union describe this divide a between élites of Western Europe who favor a more cosmopolitan and tolerant society which is democratic-liberal and accepting of people of all faiths with various views against those of Eastern Europe who are less enlightened exhibiting xenophobic views where they are bigoted against foreigners and those with whom they are unfamiliar seeking protection in the religions of Old Europe and an age long left behind by New Europe.

 

 

The reality is that one Europe lived in a free society which brought them more freedom than they could manage leading them into a hedonistic fervor where personal pleasure was the new aim by which life was measured and immediacy of realization of those very pleasures superseded all other pursuits. Thus, they left behind the limitations of Christianity and entered their new multiculturalist, post-Christian age where the self replaced the church and each person became the definer of their own religious beliefs. The restrictions of morality imposed by religion were replaced with the hedonism of an older age where barbarity ruled and the gods demanded child sacrifice. This new age has its own version of child sacrifice where pregnancies are terminated by abortions such that the party can continue without consequence or interruption. This has led to Western Europe having such a low rate of childbirth by the native population that they have fallen way below replacement rate leading to an aging population requiring the importation of foreign workers. In an effort to find these workers, leaders such as Angela Merkel made a decision to permit free and unregulated immigration from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) calling for any who consider themselves to be refugees of any nature seeking the liberal governance of Western Europe to come and join in the wonders of Europe. This has brought on a huge wave of Islamic “refugees” which happened to be largely males, unaccompanied males, and unforeseen problems. This may be the result of their utopian dream becoming their nightmare.

 

Now for Eastern Europe and why they have a different view of what their new freedom means compared to their fellow Europeans at the western end of the continent who have had freedom ever since the end of World War II. The Eastern Europeans were behind that “Iron Curtain” Winston Churchill so perfectly described. Other than East Germany which reattached to West Germany to reestablish the whole of Germany and thus are being taken for a political ride as their neighbors from West Germany had a population advantage and thus control the politics. That tore East Germany from the remainder of the Warsaw Pact nations. These nations led by Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic and the rest of the former Warsaw Pact nations, had experienced the godless forced atheism of the Communist regimes imposed by the Soviet Union. This denied them their Christianity making it something more sacred with time. Their areas were closed societies which left their towns, cities and nations as homogeneous as they were at the end of World War II, in simple terms, Poland remained very Polish, Rumania remain Romanian, Hungary remain Hungarian and so on. Once free of the authoritarian governments which had oppressed these societies, they were still in a similar state as they had been under the Nazis who were another socialist and atheistic society, thus these societies are still flocking to their churches and Christianity is having a revival throughout Eastern Europe or the old Warsaw Pact nations. Thousands of Polish Catholics replete with rosary beads ringed much of their nation gathering at border points protesting the continued atheistic secularism of their government and in solidarity with fellow Christians across Europe who have been victimized by the spread of Islam across parts of Europe.

 

New Divide of Europe Between Western and Eastern Europes

New Divide of Europe Between Western and Eastern Europes

 

The two Europes could not be any more separate, the first shedding Christianity for the liberation of no religion and the other embracing Christianity after forced atheization under Soviet Union dictatorships. The first has shed the concept of traditional marriage replacing it with alternate definitions and simple hook-up culture and other alternate lifestyle choices where too many are child-free lifestyles. This had the consequence of a low reproductive rate and an aging population. Since 1950, the reproductive rate in Western Europe has steadily declined to the point that it has fallen well below replacement rate and showing no signs of recovery. The other Europe had a depressed reproductive rate while under Communism and its oppressive governance which was consistently below replacement rate. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and their respective Communist governance, the Eastern European nations have slowly risen from their melancholy lethargy. Their governance has had a less than smooth transition from Communism to Democracies independent and free from the central planning under Moscow. Their economies have slowly emerged as they faced an initial necessary improvement of infrastructure in order to make industrial growth possible. The reinitializing of free and independent nations did not exactly go without its challenges and little hiccups along the way. Where the real benefits of the newfound freedoms appears to actually taking root about now as the first generations raised entirely free of the pains of Communism are reaching adulthood, the reality of the freedom is now starting to be truly felt and the signs are impressive. The people are returning to their religious roots which had been illegal and forbidden for so long. Marriage is gaining amongst the youth and it appears that population numbers are slowly returning towards replacement rate and hopefully above into a range unseen for over half a century. Eastern Europe may be approaching a bright future if they can survive the European Union. The Western Europeans would gladly chase their Eastern Europeans from the European Union and if the Eastern Europeans are smart, they will be running so fast from the European Union that their Western European counterparts will be unable to catch them to chase them out.

 

There is nothing to prevent the Eastern Europeans from eventually following in the exact same footprints down the merry path which the Western Europeans have already tread. Perhaps the disaster that Old Europe is about to become and the potential for internecine violence and possible wars similar to the past wars against the spread of Islam, are about to repeat themselves, except this time with modern weaponry. Such conflicts will be more devastating with much higher toll in human lives than previous wars. While these threats are on the increase and the violence is growing in Western Europe, Eastern Europe will be experiencing their return to their various Christian roots with their population slowly recovering and starting to grow. It may become required for Eastern Europe to come and aid their Western Europeans otherwise they may fall to Islam and then pose a threat to Eastern Europe. Maybe history will find another John III Sobieski, King of Poland, though the next Polish savior of Europe will be possibly a Polish President, or a Romanian hero whose name will convey evil as did the name of their King Vlad III Dracula, but who will turn back invading enemies. Perhaps Western Europe will be the next conquest to eventually make up the Caliphate when Islam finally settles for the lands they posses and desire no more Jihadi Wars. What the future holds we cannot know and should we be patient, it does reveal itself in its own time. Time is the owner of great secrets of which we can know those revealed already and see those that come as we live and only strike with conjecture at what time holds from us in what we always pray will be a fantastic story for our children and their children and on for generations yet to come. For now, this is what we can say today, maybe we will say more in our hoped for mutual futures.

 

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October 7, 2017

The World Often Appears Insane

 

Well, not necessarily the whole world all at once, but there is plenty of crazy to go around. Currently, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as being Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan. That is right; he is one of the Crown Princes of Jordan and direct relative of Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. He has instructed the United Nations Human Rights Council to distribute letters to over one-hundred-fifty major companies warning them that should they continue trading with Israeli companies which may have business dealings or selling their products in the “Occupied Territories,” also known as Judea and Samaria, then they will be black listed making it illegal for nations to use their products or services. Most of these companies appear ready to move all their operations from within Israel and possibly to cut off all trade with Israel. This is straight-forward blackmail and a blatant attempt to place universal sanctions on the nation of Israel.

 

This is in addition to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) making rulings that divest Israel from the Temple Mount, the Cave of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are buried) Jerusalem, Hevron, Judea, Samaria and given time assuredly anyplace on planet Earth. All of these came after UNESCO became the initial United Nations agency to admit the Palestinian Authority under the guise of being the country of Palestine. This came on the heels of Mahmoud Abbas declaration declaring the end of the Palestinian Authority replacing that name on all paperwork, passports and other legal document with State of Palestine in January on Monday January 7, 2013. Then there is the fact that the UNHRC has as the initial part of the agenda for every gathering the denunciation of Israel as a required item. Below is a quote from UN Watch concerning the obsessive, one might say maniacal, nature of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

GENEVA, Dec. 21, 2016 – The UN General Assembly has wrapped up its annual legislative session by adopting twenty resolutions against Israel—click here for detailed chart—and only six resolutions on the rest of the world combined, with three on Syria, and one each on Iran, North Korea and Crimea.

 

If it were only the United Nations, it could be ignored; but it goes so much further. Recently, INTERPOL decided to admit Palestine as a new member nation. Just place that front and center in your mind and imagine INTERPOL sending their Palestinian inspectors to aid in finding the reasons behind the recent attack in Las Vegas. Additionally, the European Union has ordered Israeli goods to be marked separately if they were produced in Judea and Samaria. If the wording were to be carried to the ludicrous extent, then this special labelling could be placed on any item that might contain parts that were produced in Judea and Samaria. If one were to carry it to even further extremes, one could simply mark everything Israeli made as from Judea and Samaria. There have been some unintended consequences of this system where adopted as some people have actually sought items marked in this manner for purchase over items not carrying the stigma. Sometimes, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, as we all know all too well. Then there have been a long list of European nations that have either recognized Palestine or passed rulings supportive of recognition but not actually formally recognizing Palestine. The Vatican also recognized Palestine. There actually is an internationally respected and often accepted document from the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance which contains a suggested legal Definition of Anti-Semitism. This definition has been accepted by many nations for prosecuting crimes but somehow the definition never quite gets applied to the government actions.

 

There is an area which deserves note, the many individual states within the United States which have passed laws making any invocation of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) against Israel by any government agency as well as business or company doing business or receiving State contracts illegal and as a disqualifying act. The Federal Government has not adopted such legislation despite it being potentially a part of their responsibility as part of international trade and dealing with a foreign nation. What most people are unaware of is exactly how and where the BDS movement began. The origin was the Arab boycott of all things Israel started in 1948 and decided upon before Israel was even declared a nation. The Arab League at the bidding of the PLO took the Arab boycott of Israel and decided after watching what happened with the Apartheid boycott of South Africa that they would adopt the same idea and reasoning with Israel. It does not matter that in Israel Muslims are granted all the same rights as Jews as are Christians and every religion, race and ethnicity. Israel is a multicultural democracy as well as the Jewish State. But the Arabs are betting that because Israel is the Jewish State that they can make people believe that only Jews have rights. That would be the same as believing that in France no one of English or German origins could have equal rights.

 

European Union Labels for Products from Judea and Samaria

European Union Labels for Products from Judea and Samaria

 

These efforts are playing on the historic idea the Jews are different and prefer other Jews and are united against non-Jews. They particularly misuse the Palestinian Arabs as not having rights in Israel where they have rights except voting as they are not Israeli citizens and most were Jordanian citizens and still have Jordanian passports. Claiming that Palestinians should have full rights in Israel would be equal to claiming that Mexicans should have full rights in the United States. But this works because of Arab propaganda which has a multi-billion dollar industry backing the efforts and have been attempting to destroy Israel for decades, actually over half a century and approaching a century. The Arabs have been fighting against allowing any Jewish State since the end of World War I after the Ottoman Empire was defeated and the Balfour Declaration was made public in 1917. Unfortunately, Israel does not have a department specially designed to fight this propaganda war and this proved a disaster after the Durban Conference (World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance) in 2001 which was turned into an Israel hate-fest. The following Durban Conferences were basic repeats of the original. These Durban Conferences have become so toxic that the United States, Israel, Canada and a number of European nations amongst others have refused to attend. But not to worry, hatred of Israel will remain a part of the world’s agenda in far too many places for as long as the Arab nations demand on pushing their agenda to destroy Israel and Islam insists on declaring their war against the Jews.

 

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September 7, 2017

Sacrificing Kurds Along with Iraq to Iran

 

Currently the world and particularly the United States are all concerned with and paying tunnel-vision-style attention on North Korea and ignoring, as a consequence, Iran. This will prove to be a mistake which the world can ill afford. The current actions, backed by Iran and given a nod of agreement by the United States, are moving to take complete control over Mosul and pushing the Kurdish forces further north. The Kurds had been intending, if we read them correctly, to maintain forces in Mosul and retain the city rejoining it to their area of control as it had been a Kurdish stronghold and center of culture before Saddam Hussein forced the Kurdish from the city and flooding it with Sunni Arabs. Now the Iraqi government with strong IRGC support from Iran is once again forcing the Kurds from Mosul and this time placing Shiites in Mosul along with trusted and controlled Sunni militia. Their reasoning is multi-leveled and includes but not limited to control of the northern hub of transportation and communications for northern Iraq, using their Sunni trained former ISIS members to face off with what they regard as renegade Shiites following Muqtada al-Sadr, control over the Mosul Hydroelectric Dam Complex, and a final thrust into the heart of any Sunni forced beyond IRGC control in Iraq. Thus far, the United States has largely sat on the sidelines providing intelligence and some weapons and air support and has removed themselves from any final decisions concerning the future of Mosul.

 

Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr

 

We have been led to believe that central behind this attitude is the State Department which has strong pro-Iranian core put in place by President Obama over his eight years. Where Secretary Rex Tillerson stands on this is unknown, but we suspect that he has been persuaded by the Saudi Royals that allowing the Kurds to form their own country in their upcoming vote would be ruinous for them but appears not to have received any directive or missed the memo which would have told him allowing Iran to gain control would be even worse. From all intents and purposes which have been discernable, appearances are that pushing back the Kurds from Mosul had taken priority to holding the line against spreading Iranian influence. The Mosul Dam Complex at peak power provides over one-mega-watt of power and generates over one-giga-watt of power annually providing almost all of northern Iraq with its electricity. Iranian control of this dam could spell the end of any Kurdish hopes for independence, for Kurdistan would be then dependent upon the Iraqi government to provide power, something their Iranian masters might use to crush the Kurds at a subsequent time. Mosul must end up in Kurdish hands along with the Mosul Hydroelectric Dam complex. The Kurds have already signaled they would continue to permit electrical power to flow to all of northern Iraq and not just their area of control. We seriously doubt the Kurds can expect the same cooperation from Iraq or Iran. What the leadership of the United States need remember is that North Korea and Iran are coordinating for their mutual gains, they cooperate on both nuclear and missile technologies, and finally that Iran is flush with American monies and will use them to gain hegemonic control of the Middle East and plans of then fulfilling the Quranic instruction to conquer the world and rid it of all disbelievers wherever they are found. Such a cleansing would include Sunni and other non-Shiite Muslims and the imposition of Sharia of the Tehran Ayatollah style. Iran sees themselves as the modern Persian Empire only this time an Islamic empire rather than multi-cultural.

 

North Korea is a certain and present threat but beyond launching missiles and possibly marching into South Korea and obliterating Seoul if they choose, they pose little threat of world conquest or any real conquest. Beyond South Korea and Japan, North Korea might pose a five to ten missile launch threat which the United States has assured all involved that they can intercept such an attack or even one twice that size. North Korea does not pose a serious follow-on threat after their launch beyond the threat they have posed since the late 1950’s to attack South Korea with human waves styled assault and the demolishing of Seoul with originally mostly artilleries and now additionally rocketry and missiles. Iran has already signaled their intentions when they began reeducating and further training the ISIS fighters they deemed worthy whom they had captured while taking Mosul. The best they have forced into a Shiite mold and others they allowed to remain Sunni. The Sunni are the sacrificial force which will, at some time in the future, be used to depose and destroy the power structure of Muqtada al-Sadr located largely in southern Sadr City district in Baghdad. Iran has de facto control of all the territory controlled by the Iraqi government. Iran had previously announced their intentions to wield a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East. This they currently have reaching from the Indian Ocean across Iran, Iraq, Syria and through Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea. Then the Iranian leadership stated a desire to encircle Saudi Arabia which they accomplished with the use of the Houthis in a civil war in Yemen. This plus further attempts to include the Gulf States in their circle of influence and they are pretty much in control of the Middle East (see map below). Iran needs to finish taking control of all of Syria in the south in order to cement the link to Iraq, something they are accomplishing with relative ease having Russian air support. This is why they must be prevented from closing their power in Mosul, the key to the north of Iraq. We know not who, but suspect the State Department, told President Trump to sacrifice the Kurds, but they gave bad advice. Even had the advice been given in order to serve Saudi Arabia, that idea is misleading because allowing Iran to wrest control of Mosul simply empowers Iran further and weakens the Saudis. Despite the Saudi distaste for the Kurds, the Kurds and their dream of Kurdistan including Mosul is the best thing the Saudis could pray and hope to achieve to provide them with security.

 

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

 

There are other problems concerning the rising hegemony by Iran. They are once again providing monetary and supplying military goods to both Hamas in Gaza and Hezballah in Lebanon. Iran has de-facto control of Lebanon and Hezballah has almost exclusive control over the Lebanese armed forces and all of the Russian and America equipment including numerous Abrams heavy battle tanks and Apache attack helicopters provided to Lebanon by President Obama, taking their word that Hezballah was not in control as honest. It is highly suspected President Obama knew he was directly arming Hezballah but that is a done deed and blame is irrelevant. The truth is the Iranian arming of Hamas and the taking of all weapons from the Lebanese military has placed new and viable threats on the northern and southern borders of Israel. There have already been rumors and talk that should another war inevitably come pressed upon Israel by Hamas, Hezballah or both in a coordinated assault, Israel will have little if any choice but to fight these wars differently this go-around. No longer can Israel afford their “mow the grass” method of destroying most of the infrastructure and arms caches and avoid direct confrontations when possible leaving the fighting forces and command and control centers, often placed in the basements of hospitals, intact and not destroyed. The Israeli military, and starting to grip the political class with the necessity of the next war brought on by Hezballah, has to be fought to destroy Lebanon as a fighting force and possibly liberate the nations and return it to being a Christian nations this time protected by Israel forcing any Islamist ideology from within the borders. Further, the same may also be the result sought for Gaza should Hamas and Islamic Jihad and friends start launching hundreds of missiles and rockets a day into Israel, this time including her major cities, then Israel will likely change to a complete eradication of the terror forces in Gaza.

 

Should these scenarios come to pass, there will be a great amount of screaming coming from the European Union and the United Nations and many of the nations allied with Iran and the United States State Department. Israel will need to stick to her plans and if necessary, break relations with the European Union and United Nations. They need to act completely independently and without fear of threats to not provide military aid if Israel does not comply with the demands of the United Nations or other nations or groups of nations. This means that Israel need have developed and in place the ability to manufacture preferably fifth or sixth generation aircraft and fourth generation aircraft as a minimal level and as providing backup to the more expensive fifth or sixth generation aircraft. Israel will also require maritime production facilities that could be built between Akko and Haifa using the Akko Bay as their waterfront after some dredging. The aircraft industry could be placed in the Negev or the Galilee thus these projects along with munitions factories would provide badly needed jobs and increase the tax base possibly permitting a drop in the VAT tax rate relieving many Israelis financial woes. The added tax base and revenues would very likely exceed current foreign aid from the United States which would allow Israel to cut all umbilical cords which are currently used to force her to make concessions which are against her best interests.

 

There would be many other gains made should Israel develop her own arms industries, as this would also permit Israel selling advanced armaments to nations who pose no threat to Israel. Such commercial accounts would also permit Israel to influence these nations to assure they do not provide aid or comfort to any Israeli enemies. This could provide Israel with a wedge to drive between many of the developing world and their current Arab arms providers. Further, Israel could develop the best air-frames and other military technologies and thus not be dependent upon other countries to provide these weapons systems. Israeli ability to out-engineer most of even the developed nations when it comes to weapons systems was proven as Israel took the early lead in drone development as well as a continuing advanced ability in projectile interception as the Israeli Iron Dome systems have proven and Israeli ballistic missile interception includes one system which is also capable of taking satellites out of their orbits and destroying them. This is a capability that has the United States seriously considering buying some batteries of this system for protection against both Iranian and North Korean satellites which could harbor dangerous weapons payloads. Israel has proven capable of tackling anything which she is required of performing but has gone too long dependent upon the United States for her munitions and her aircraft and needs to break that dependency.

 

Conclusions are that first and foremost the United States need support the Kurds in taking and retaining control of Mosul or face a Middle East where Iran runs the show and Saudi Arabia is encircled and under threat. Israel need read the tea-leaves and realize that they are but three or four elections going the wrong way from losing their protection from the United States as the next generation take over the positions of power. Nations have interests which change with little notice and not friends forever. Nations do not form BFF’s on Facebook with other nations. They do enter into and back out of alliances as regularly as people buy new vehicles. The Europeans have a short period where if they awaken and realize their errors they can begin and potentially save their continent. This would require them teaching the next generations that the purpose in life is to seek happiness and satisfaction and this is most easily accomplished through families, nice, large families. They need to regain an appreciation for the Judeo-Christian Ethic which built them into the most powerful force on Earth. They need to remember that work gives one a purpose and sense of accomplishment, especially when everyone is working at a position they enjoy and is at least slightly challenging. They also need to save their education systems which currently produce spoiled children incapable of facing the slightest upset. These snowflakes who have been indoctrinated rather than educated may end up incapable of even running to the store, let alone run a nation or the world. If the Judeo-Christian philosophy and work ethic is to survive, it will require being taught as what it has proven to be, the most open and successful system for governance which can produce a future which strives to accomplish great feats reaching for the Moon and beyond. The other choices may be the Chinese central governance with limited economic freedom and even less actual freedom or worse yet; the coils of Fundamentalist Islam which will stifle all creativity, imagination and progress will slide back into another Dark Ages which may actually signal the end of human development and an end to freedom of any variety. Should freedom be lost in Europe, it will be lost for the foreseeable future and not only will the children grow up in a form of bondage, so will the grand children and probably their grandchildren after them for twenty or fifty or even a thousand generations. This is all that is at stake and freedom once lost is never regained in less than four generations, and that is a long time. We are aware how unlikely this appears but trust that it is on the horizon, getting larger, and is not a joking matter and something the West need focus on and prepare or surrender now and may your chains wear lightly on your children and their children.

 

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