Beyond the Cusp

April 24, 2017

Internet Insanity Over Potential Trump Assassination

 

There have been numerous articles where people are all but, and some obviously, salivating over the possibility of President Trump being assassinated including as an example about Quora postings. What proved far more interesting was that many people had similar responses over had Bill Clinton, Barack Obama or both George Bushes had been assassinated. Much of this could be due to Quora being an international forum thus those disrespecting any American President becomes less surprising. Still, the reaction to the idea that no thinking or feeling Secret Service Agent should ever consider taking a bullet intended for President for us was unsettling. The fact that Kerry O’Grady, a now former senior Secret Service Agent who was the senior agent in Denver, explains that she viewed Trump as a candidate for President to be a “disaster” for the country, and especially for women and minorities and she would rather suffer “jail time” rather than “taking a bullet” to save his life. Apparently, she never read the fine print in her job description. Nowhere did it say take a bullet to save the life of whomever you are assigned to protect only if you liked them and believed them worth saving. Her position did not provide for such leeway or other considerations beyond it was her job to do everything within her power, to include but not limited to taking a bullet, to protect the President of the United States and all others deemed by the department as somebody the Secret Service was protecting. Apparently, the train has left the tracks and is teetering on the edge of a cliff as everything has gone south and the entire system is starting to fall apart all due to the simple fact that half the nation is upset that their preferred candidate lost an election. Could you imagine the New York Times, Washington Post and a thousand other leftist newspapers and news outlets reaction had a Secret Service Agent gone on the Internet and claimed that they would not protect Barack Obama? We would have become just as outrages over such a protestation and demanded that agent be relieved of their position, not just punished, but fired and made sure they never again received any position in law enforcement or other position where they were responsible for the lives of others, as to do so would be as criminal as would be her refusal to protect the President of the United States regardless of her personal feelings.

 

Kerry O’Grady Special Agent in Charge United States Secret Service Denver District

Now on to the continuing events and social media storms which are still showing little signs of reduction in numbers, ferocity of opinions or extremes in temperament. This is not normal nor is it healthy for the nation as it is tantamount to a Civil War except thus far without the bullets. The opinions were just as divided, though in exactly the opposite direction, both times when Barack Obama won and became President of the United States, yet there were minimal eruptions on social media and no Secret Service Agents refusing to take a bullet for the President on social media or marches on Washington or in major cities across the nation. Yes, there were the Tea Party rallies which somehow managed not to permit any signs showing the President being shot or otherwise being harmed. The Tea Party rallies mostly spoke of political action to take back the Congress and the White House through elections, not revolutions. There were no ninja styled black clad figures attacking Obama supporters on college campuses or at pro-Obama rallies. There were no rallies demanding he resign. The Tea Party was actually organized to fight the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and after that, other legislations which those people did not particularly care for. There were neither calls for the assassination of the President nor discussions on social media which gleefully called for him to die any one of numerous horrific deaths from assassination to diseases to poisoning and others. There were no demands that his opponents from the two elections be placed in the White House in his place by any means necessary. But, there really were many, many people equally upset when he won the first election and started implementing his socialist agenda and even higher emotions against his second term but never to the point of desiring him illness or physical harm. That was seen as simply beyond the pale by all and his opponents simply prayed for the nation to survive and for the harm to be minimized such that when a new election allowed for rolling back some of what his opponents saw as harm to the nation could start and sanity return to politics. Apparently, the desire for sanity to return to politics was one desire too far. The one thing which definitely has not occurred was for sanity to have returned to politics and that is true about both sides.

 

That is the one item which has proven the sole outlet for humor, that there are conservatives just as irate as the leftists though the conservatives are not amongst those demanded Trump’s head, at least not yet. The Never Trump conservatives such as journalist Jeff Jacoby and Arizona Senator John McCain have yet to decide that working with President Trump might result in accomplishing more for the conservative cause than trying to beat him into submission along with those from the left. Similar such things happened before in the conservatives corner and it cost the Republican Party severely. It was when Barry Goldwater won the nomination for President and the core of the Republican Party felt thwarted and worked more against his candidacy than they supported him. Their lack of effort very likely cost him that extremely thin loss to John F. Kennedy which led to the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the singular president most responsible for the socialization and destruction of the United States. Many have laid blame for the wrong direction taken by the United States for the past three-quarters of a century at his feet even more than they do at those of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We would rate President Johnson as the worst President in United States history and it will remain to be seen if President Barack Obama manages to eek out a victory over President Johnson for that title. We sincerely doubt that but are open to the possibility as President Obama does have a lot of potential going for him. Where much of the damage done by President Obama can still be reversed or at least mitigated, what President Johnson committed is now engrained into the fabric of the United States and to remove it would take a concerted effort and the winning of both the Congress and the White House for at least a third of a century, a near impossibility for the conservatives who are but a state or two away from electoral extinction. Should the Left manage to rip Texas over to the other side, the conservatives will possibly never recover without some cataclysm befalling the nation, and the United States might never recover from such an event.

 

The left realize how close they are to near total control of the electoral levers and the complete victory. They have been working to turn the United States ever since Woodrow Wilson if not Teddy Roosevelt. The problem is that both the Democrat (not Democratic) Party and the Republican Party have both been supporting the leftist goals of socialist governance. The mere difference has been the speed in which to arrive at their socialist utopia. The Democrats would have preferred to have arrived at their goal around 1999 while the Republicans were for a slower progress arriving around 2250. What is interesting is why President Donald Trump has equal disdain coming at him from both the extreme left and many on the empowered right. The reason for the mutual disdain is because President Trump actually is against the Progressive agenda, be it slow or fast. President Trump is no progressive, no socialist, no normal politician, he is actually as advertised, a businessman. President Trump knows little of the political games or how government works, nor does he care. He likely has an idea of what he would like to accomplish but unfortunately, less knowledge of the give and take required to reach his goals. The brighter side, for those who think that President Trump might be their knight in shining armor, President Trump is probably a faster learner than his opponents believe. That is something we will see with time. If Donald Trump is half the man he thinks himself to be, then it may be interesting to watch and see what he will accomplish. If President Trump is as big the fool as his opponents constantly claim, then the United States is in for four years of horrific despair and then hopefully a more fitting President after the next election. Again, we will see.

 

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April 14, 2017

Europe Taking Israeli Price of Peace Path

 

In Israel back during the early days, before and immediately after the Oslo Accords, Israel would take the position officially that the deaths from terrorism were a price we needed to pay for peace. This mantra was echoed by the liberal and leftist politicians and much of the mainstream media in Israel and was accepted broadly by left-wing and leftist Jews across the United States. In Israel this mantra became to strike sour notes really fast when the Second Intifada was launched by Yasser Arafat claiming the lives of over a thousand Israeli civilians and tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of injured, many with debilitating and horrific wounds which left them crippled, disfigured, scarred and in mental anguish not just for years but for the remainder of their lives. The price Israel was asked to pay for peace by the left was what has led to the public turning to the right to govern as they promised not to accept such a price and claimed they would get a peace with dignity. That is where the problem arose and which the world refuses to accept, that the Arabs do not desire peace, they demand total victory and the Jews dead or gone. The European Union and most European governments refuse to accept such and instead blame Israel for the lack of peace. This has also been the driving force behind the United States means of reaching a peace demanding that Israel continuously make sacrifices and concessions for peace while not demanding any reciprocal sacrifices or concessions from the Arabs. The Europeans, United Nations and United States all historically have demanded that Israel meet one demand from Arafat and then Abbas after demand after demand every time there is a decision to drive the peace process forward. The problem is as long as the Arabs are gaining concessions for refusing to negotiate, they will continue to not negotiate and simply demand more concessions and wait for the United States in concert with Europe and the United Nations to force these concessions out of Israel. This has finally had the breaks applied and Israel is starting to resist the continued concessions. It remains to be seen whether President Trump will be different though, as we covered in our article “Will President Trump Really Demand Same Old Concessions of Israel?”, it initially appears that he is planning on at least initially demanding concessions of Israel. From there we will see but should Israeli Prime Minister make too many concessions he can expect his time as Prime Minister to be limited as the Israeli public has realized the fruitlessness of that game.

 

Europe has also taken the concept that terrorism is the price they will need to pay while their Islamic populations adjust to European philosophies and lifestyle. The last three months have seen major terror attacks striking in Berlin, London and Stockholm yet Europe continues living responding to these attacks as if stating, “Terrorism is simply something we need tolerate for now as our societal norms are stronger than Islamic terror.” I think we all know the Islamic terrorist response, “We love death more than you love life”. This was made obvious on numerous other occasions in Paris, London, Madrid, Zurich, Normandy, Nice, Brussels and on and on and the list will only grow until Europe disappears or stands up. Anybody with a modicum of common sense can figure out who will win this fight, and it is not European traditions. The problem goes so much deeper than attitude. Currently Europe is in the driver’s seat and if they were to return to what built Europe, then they could salvage their society and their way of life for their grandchildren. As things stand now, the average European born today should at least reach adult life before having their entire existence challenged by the forces of Islam, radical Islam, forcing them to either live in the shadows worried minute to minute what might befall them or fleeing to the United States or South America. Should the trends remain as they now stand, their children if born in Europe will be Muslims with traditional Muslim beliefs and not one whit of European traditions born of Judeo-Christianity.

 

Map of Terrorist Attacks in Europe Middle East and North Africa after 9/11

 

The problem Europe is facing is theirs is an aging society which stopped having sufficient children to replace the population, let alone support their aging pensioners. In order to support their elderly and continue the engines of their economy, they brought in immigrants from what they call Asia but most of the world knows as the Middle East, the Arab world plus Turkey and many North Africa countries, the MENA Islamic community. Many of the nations, despite appearing to operate in normal fashion, have actually been failed states with marginal economies having many of their population eking out subsistence farming to survive. This left these immigrants educationally deficient for the European economic model with modern factories and high tech industries. But the problem when it comes to terrorism was not with these immigrants from years past but with their children who feel cheated and abandoned by their European governments and the converts to Islam who often were radicalized from the very start. This has caused a growing problem and with the latest surge of refugees these problems have only become exacerbated. The liberal and leftist governments across Europe were determined to make the refugee influx into their elixir to solve the growing economic problems and thus were invested heavily in refusing to recognize the growing problems. They took on the exact mantra which had been adopted by the liberal and leftist Israeli politicians, that terrorism would prove temporary and that with time the refugees and second generation Muslims would acclimate and blend into the population. Their mistake was they never took the necessary steps to incorporate the Muslim populations into their workforce or to educate and train them adequately and thus they left much of the Muslim population living in the slums where radicalization became to be viewed as a way out, the way to force the Europeans to grant them the solution which they view as Sharia. The problem with this is Sharia and European secular democratic multiculturalism are mutually exclusive and only one or the other can prove dominant. If Europe refuses to insist on retaining their democratic and secular culture, then Sharia will become the new normal and Europe as we know her will die a cruel and terrible death never to rise again, ever.

 

Europe Islamist Terror in Snap Shots

Europe Islamist Terror in Snap Shots

 

Israel realized this in time but Israel has an advantage, a higher reproductive rate which is sufficient for a growing society gaining in numbers amongst its Jewish and Christian populations. Israel, and not Europe, is the mainstay where Christianity is actually growing and healthy as is the Israeli religious Jewish population. Israeli secular left population suffers a similar but less severe fate as does the secular left populations suffers in Europe, a reproductive rate well below two children per woman. Replacement rate is somewhere between two-point-one and two-point-three children per woman and that is simply to sustain population numbers. The graph below shows the by nation numbers and what becomes immediately apparent is that the nations with the closest to replacement reproductive rates are the nations where there is also larger Muslim populations such as France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Sweden almost attaining replacement rate and their native population reproducing closer to one-point-five and with Turkey, an Islamic nation, actually attaining minimal replacement rate (and Ireland is unexplainable as usual but this time that is almost a good thing). Until Europe can reverse their sagging reproductive rates without taking in ever increasing immigrants, then the continent will continue to be a dying culture incapable of sustaining itself. Simply put, despite having a culture dripping with sexuality from every corner in its commercials, media, entertainment and almost every other means, they use that sexuality apparently purely for recreation and not for procreation. Unless the Europeans get serious and change their cultural attitude where everything is about the immediate pleasures and forget the future and return to their former nurture and natural society which had been based on Judeo-Christian ethics but does not necessarily need to return there, as long as they find some meaning which produces a future population to carry on what they have built. Anything less will bring to an end the Europe which has attained one of the more advanced cultures and civilizations known to mankind, a society now teetering on ruin.

 

European Reproductive Rates

 

Accepting terror deaths is not a future, caring about the future is the only future. That means the “now” culture must be placed in the dustbin of history or Europe will be placed in the dustbin of history. If the average European refuses to take even the slimmest of concerns for the future, then those now flooding into Europe will definitely give them no concern. We might ask whether they care about what they are leaving for their children, but there lies the problem, all too many Europeans are not having children at all. Having no children is the quickest path to extinction and Europeans are on that path as a lifestyle. The question the leadership of Europe must find the answer for is how to have an entire population made up largely of narcissistic childlike adults who refuse to leave the playpen into responsible adults who desire a future and offspring to populate and build it. Religion had been the driving force which made propagation a principle worth pursuing. What they are going to replace religion with is a mystery to us here as we remain attached to our religion. The saving grace in the United States is the share of the population who, if we can borrow a description used by President Obama, “cling to guns or religion” and could have added Bibles and children. The other saving grace is the main religion of the immigrants who are coming from south of the border is Christianity. Europe is importing a foreign culture which is incompatible with their historic culture and only one will survive unless Islam has a reformation and decided that the Mecca Quran should supersede the Medina Quran, and not the other way around as they now interpret abrogation. One of those pressing for just such a reformation is Egyptian President Sisi but he has friends who are fighting for the same thing, they are just rather less visible as they are not the leaders of the largest Arab Muslim population. We can only hope they can succeed where former attempts have failed.

 

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April 13, 2017

Frightening Challenges Facing All in the World

 

Syria is a problem from which there may be no good solution as there is much confusion and has as many facets as a rare gem, each reflecting hostilities on all the others. Every side of this entanglement fights for their own glorification seeking supremacy. Bashir al-Assad is attempting to prove that he is as worthy to carry the torch of leadership as was his father and to the grand level his deceased brother was expected to bestow on the nation as its President. He is attempting to overcome having been always the lesser son whose superior brother died tragically leaving him as the nation’s second choice. His attempts at overachievement could be diagnosed as some twisted form of Napoleonic Syndrome despite his height but due to his being measured by his father as always coming up short of what a leader should be. Add to the mix there is the Islamic State whose leadership fully believe that they are serving a greater purpose and are the proper leadership of all Islam and that they are defining the religion for every Muslim in the world. Their initial military successes have come to a crashing halt and are starting to find their opposition making valid and strong challenges and taking back territories which the Islamic State had initially conquered. Then there are al-Qaeda and other terror groups fighting representing the Sunni opposition to Alawite rule as it is a form of Shia Islam which they oppose and believe are apostates. There are also the Kurdish militias which are mostly concerned with defending their people and are having the greatest challenge coming from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, who has claimed to be fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist groups but has used the majority of his troops to attack the Kurdish populations. Additionally there are the Iranian forces which mostly consist of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who Iran is backing further with Hezballah terror militias from Lebanon. From time to time these two groups attempt to draw Israel into the war by launching artillery or rockets into the Golan Heights. Israel will return fire when they have a solid set of coordinates on which to return fire and which also do not endanger civilians but, other than these, Israel refuses to be drawn into the fighting. Finally there is Russia who is most interested in retaining their two naval ports which are within the Alawite region of Syria which places them in the position of supporting Bashir al-Assad. The recent presumed bombing of targets with chemical weapons such as Sarin Gas which murdered civilians received a strong attack from the United States on the originating airfield with over fifty Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. This drew a strong rebuke by both al-Assad and Russian President Putin.

 

By comparison, the remainder of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) is only slightly less violent and confused. Yemen is also in the midst of a civil war with the Houthis being backed by Iran while Saudi Arabia is supporting the government forces of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Egypt had supported the Saudi Arabian side providing mostly air support but lost faith in the situation and no longer supports anyone in the Yemen civil war. Libya is a complete disaster with tribal forces warring for preeminence while terrorist forces use some contested areas for training recruits readying them for fighting usually elsewhere. At one point al-Qaeda and Islamic State had cleared out territories they used for training but when they came under attack by tribal forces decided to simply leave as they had no reason to take part in the wars in Libya. The Sudan and South Sudan, which declared independence on July 9, 2011, have remained in a state of conflict with the Sudan sending militias forces raiding their southern neighbor as the Sudan has not fully recognized their independence and still believe that most of the people of South Sudan to be infidel or inferiors and see their military actions as a cleansing the territory of enemies of Islam. Somalia continues to be basically without true governance and has become a destabilizing force for its neighboring nations most notably Eretria as well as Kenya and Ethiopia. There are further threats centered on Nigeria with Boko Haram attacking Christian villages and other sites as well as Islamic villages where they kidnap “volunteers” to fight in their Islamic Army. Boko Haram had pledged their allegiance to Islamic State but whether that remains intact is questionable. All of these Islamic disruptions are largely traceable to what was often referred to as the Arab Spring which largely destabilized the entire area of MENA with the exception of places where there existed strong dictatorial governance such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States and Egypt which survived due to the military taking back the control they had lost to the Muslim Brotherhood after President Mubarak was forced from office under direct pressure from United States President Barack Hussein Obama. Iraq is still in a state of unrest with the Sunni and Shia segments of the population still facing difficulties resulting from a premature removal of United States forces by President Obama who was fulfilling a campaign promise sparking a low level of conflict. Meanwhile the Kurds are continuing to provide their own defense and act as if under semi-autonomous rule. Then there is a problem where the developed world has been inundated by refugees from these many conflicts plus increasing unrest and instability in Afghanistan leading to the new United States President, Donald Trump, to impose a temporary ban on immigration from seven nations where vetting to identify terrorist entities has proven difficult. This ban has fallen into court challenge and is still to be resolved but odds are the ban will stay in place for the ninety days while new vetting procedures are finalized.

 

Allied loosely with Syria and Iran is another problematic location, North Korea. The erratic leadership by Kim Jong Un who has ordered executions of senior officials including his uncle and also ordered the assassination of his half-brother all in the name of national security but actually to secure his position from any challenges. Kim Jong Un has also been petulant and often challenges the United States claiming that he is prepared to reply to any and every provocation by the erratic leadership of who he calls the nation’s greatest enemy. With the recent attack on the Syrian airfield both Kim Jong Un and Bashir al-Assad have denounced the United States as being imperialistic, colonial and using false excuses to try and extend the autocratic rule of the United States over more of the world through many varied and devious means. Both leaders have recently threatened to attack the United States or its forces and allies wherever and whenever possible and as necessitated by the warlike actions of the United States. The most violent of threats have come from North Korea and have been taken seriously as by many measures, Kim Jong Un is considered to be irrational and possibly not entirely rational and sane. The latest episode is currently playing out as the United States has diverted an aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and her strike group from harboring in Australia and is having them head towards the Korean Peninsula passing through the western Pacific. Kim Jong Un has raised the specter of a nuclear strike against the aggressor United States if a posture of war should continue and claims to be watching closely any aggressive behavior by the United States and its allies.

 

A World All Upside Down

A World All Upside Down

 

Add to this the threats by Syria and the displeasure shown by Russian President Putin and there are quite a number of signals which could be interpreted seriously wrong and any one could have devastating consequences. Needless to say, such unrest around the world, nerves frayed and on edge and troops moving and shots being taken on two separate fronts, one in the western Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, East China Sea, Yellow Sea and possibly the Bay of Korea while the other is in the Mediterranean Sea, the world is balanced on a razor’s edge unlike anything since the end of the Cold War. We are a far cry from Cuban Missile Crisis stage but the world need take a deep breath and calm itself before somebody somewhere misreads intents and starts something which could quickly fly out of control and lead to serious sets of actions, reactions and counter reactions ending who knows where. Add in the increased amount of terrorism and rising crime rate in much of Europe and that simply adds another tinderbox to the sparks and electrical arcing from friction and frayed wires on too many fronts. You know things are tense when Israel is seemingly a singular place where the level of unrest could be considered calm, at least this far into the year. Being nervous is seemingly in fashion for world leaders currently and that is never a good sign. We need to remember that it was the assassination of a little known Austrian Archduke named Fred, well, you’re right, Ferdinand, but I bet his friends called him not Fred but Archduke Fred, which started the War to End All Wars. That War later was renamed World War I as it led kind of directly to World War II and if there ever should be a World War III and the human race survives, it will be traced in some means to World War II and thus World War I. If we were honest, we would realize that one could trace all warfare back to Cain’s Murder of Abel if we really tried, so don’t be too complacent, the world leadership sure has not been of late. We have too many people thinking they should rule the world or they already rule the world and all of them are mistaken, or at least we had best hope they all realize such. They won’t and we will all be the worse off for it.

 

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