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EUROPE:  “AMERICA’S WORST IDEOLOGICAL ENEMY”

Europe is the worst enemy of the US?   You cannot be serious. Islamism, Russia, illegal immigrants . . .  whatever, but surely not Europe!  Are we not still together in NATO?  Do we not conduct huge amounts of trade every day?  Do we not share the same cultural roots, the same civilization, the same vision of the future? Did France not give the US her famous Statue of Liberty – “Liberty Enlightening the World?

Not anymore. In a sense, Europe looks like a continent where American Democrats have been in power for 30 years, not only in the European states, but also at the level of the European Union. (Gatestone Institute, 20th July).

Wanted: US ambassadors in Europe

 The Trump administration’s slow pace in appointing ambassadors, which has left major posts vacant around the world, is hampering the ability to carry out US policy.   “Now is a bad time not to have an ambassador in Germany,” the top US Army commander in Europe said. (Politico)   (FT 7/20)

Melanie Phillips writes on Brexit:

Good gracious!   Someone tell me I’m not dreaming!   A Eurocrat has spoken the truth about Britain’s negotiations with the EU.

In an article in The Times Hans-Olaf Henkel, a senior German politician who is deputy head of the European Parliament’s industry, research and energy committee, accuses the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier of trying to punish Britain by making a deliberate “mess” of key elements of Brexit.

You don’t say!

Mr. Henkel writes that the European parliament’s Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, was responsible in “no small part for the disaster of Brexit” and “now wants to punish the British, full stop.”

“He says he doesn’t want to, but I’m afraid he does.   My impression is that Mr. Barnier wants to do the same.   The reason is simple.   They would seek to make sure that Brexit is such a catastrophe that no country dares to take the step of leaving the EU again.”

Precisely.

(“So just who is really messing up Brexit talks?”  7/20)

KING AND QUEEN OF SPAIN VISIT UK

The King and Queen of Spain were on a state visit to the United Kingdom last week.   Predictably, the King brought up the question of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory at the southern tip of Spain. It’s been under British rule for over three centuries, far longer than it ever belonged to Spain.

There’s an element of hypocrisy here.

Spain rules two enclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, which are both claimed by Morocco. They are the only African territories still ruled by Europeans.

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 ISRAEL

UNESCO is an Immoral, Anti-Semitic Organization 
- Decent Countries Should Leave

by Guy Millière  •  July 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Although Europe claims to respect human rights and the rights of peoples, it has been a party to violating the most essential right of the Jewish people:  the recognition of its existence for more than 3,000 years, and the anchoring of this existence to its sacred monuments.   Worse, Europe does so in the name of a people fictitiously invented less than 50 years ago.   No serious scholar can find any trace of a “Palestinian people” before the 1960s.   Europe has apparently been all too happy to accept lies.

While claiming to fight terrorism, Europe complies with the demands of a terrorist movement that does not even bother to hide its terrorist nature.   When Mahmoud Abbas speaks Arabic, he continually incites the murder of Jews.   He recently repeated that he would not stop paying tried, convicted and imprisoned murderers of Jews, and still calls these murderers heroic “martyrs.”   On all maps used by the Palestinian Authority and in Palestinian textbooks, Israel does not exist;   it is called Palestine.

Europeans, imbued with a generic sense of guilt, began attributing all that is wrong in the world to Western civilization.   Because they had colonized parts of the Muslim world, they failed to note that Muslim culture had, in fact, colonized Persia, the Byzantine Empire, the Middle East, Greece, Cyprus, the Balkans, North Africa, Southern Spain, and, more recently, northern Cyprus.  (Gatestone Institute 7/20)

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Turkish schools drop Darwin

Turkey’s new school curriculum drops the theory of evolution and adds the concept of ” jihad as patriotic in spirit”.   The move has fueled fears that populist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is subverting the republic’s secular foundations. (Independent)


 

POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS

a.  A white Australian woman was shot dead by a policeman In Minneapolis over the weekend.

Headlines around the world announced that she was shot by an American cop.

The cop, it turns out, was a Somali immigrant, a Muslim named Mohammed Noor.

Was the fact that he is a Somali Muslim a factor?    Possibly.

What was certainly a factor is that he is an immigrant from Somalia, one of the most violent countries in the Islamic world, a country famous for its mistreatment of women.

Once again, an innocent victim would still be alive if there were stricter controls on immigration.

b)  I’m looking forward to going to see the movie “Dunkirk” which begins this weekend.   The movie tells the true story of the 1940 evacuation from the French coastal town of Dunkirk of 330,000 British troops who were about to be captured by the German army.

USA Today gave it a good review.   However, the reviewer fell victim to political incorrectness when he ended his review with these words:   “… the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way.”   (“Dunkirk an immersive look at heroism,” 7/18).

It wasn’t until 1948 that non-whites started arriving in Britain in significant numbers; and women were not used in combat until fairly recently.

But how would a generation raised on political correctness possibly know that?

Note the following from a review of the movie “Atonement” (2007) which featured the evacuation from Dunkirk.   The same problem perplexed the historical adviser to the movie.

“She said that as a historical advisor on Atonement (2007), there was a decision that had made her uneasy – the depiction of a black soldier appearing with Robbie (the main character) in Dunkirk.   She asserts:  “In fact, it was almost impossible for there to have been a black soldier in the British Expeditionary Force in France.”   She suspects this was done “to reflect today’s multicultural society” and “gave a misleading impression of how Britain was at the time.”   The film did prompt discussion.”

(Presenting the black past – how history must change the media,11/14/13).

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RUBELLA, THE EMPEROR, AND GUNS

Rubella         Emperor          guns

I haven’t had the opportunity to write over the last couple of weeks.

We’ve had sickness in the family.

Our daughter’s two boys have both had German measles (rubella).  Although not very serious, it’s miserable.  A red rash accompanies a very high fever.  Try explaining to an eight-month-old and an eighteen-month-old that it won’t last very long – all they know is that they are miserable and can’t sleep.  In turn, that means parents and grandparents are also miserable and can’t sleep!  Because they live with us, we were able to help.   When our daughter is at work, we watch the boys for up to twelve hours – really exhausting for a couple of seniors.

Our son’s two girls were here for a few of those days.  They also got sick, with a high fever but no rash appeared.  They were immunized for rubella some years ago.  Maybe the fever was rubella trying to break through.  Who knows?

We felt somewhat isolated.  We didn’t get to church for fear of spreading disease.  Rubella can cause congenital defects in babies, so it’s especially important to stay away from pregnant women.

One of our daughter’s friends came over to see the boys.   As she is pregnant, we had to ask her to leave.  We still felt bad telling a friend to get out of our house immediately!

The sickness seems to be over.  Last night, Mom took the boys out for a walk to get some fresh air.  So Diane and I had some time to ourselves.

After dinner we rented the movie “Emperor.”  I knew it had not made it into theaters, implying that it would not be popular.  But I saw it at Redbox and it was only $1.20 plus tax.  So I checked it out as the subject matter interested me.

The movie tells the story of the ten days after World War II when Douglas MacArthur, the US general overseeing the occupation of defeated Imperial Japan, had to make a decision on whether to prosecute and hang Emperor Hirohito for “war crimes.”

In spite of numerous flash-backs that made the movie somewhat incoherent (similar to “Alexander,” another historically accurate box office flop a few years ago), the movie was fascinating, especially the last twenty minutes when MacArthur met the Emperor.

There was no nudity, bad language, special effects or excessive violence in the movie, which may explain why it went straight to DVD.  But I’m glad it’s available.  It saddens me that most Americans have so little interest in their own history.  MacArthur’s decision to save the Emperor, arguably, saved Japan, which remains a loyal American ally to this day.  It could all have gone so differently if MacArthur had chosen to hang the Emperor – which is what Washington wanted.  Revolution and civil war would have likely followed, with Japan going communist like its neighbors China, North Korea, and Vietnam.

It’s hard to imagine so much depended on one man, the Emperor.  Well, two men when you factor in that MacArthur had to make the final decision.

At that time, America’s reputation was at an all-time high.  Today, it’s quite different.

Putting aside the fact that the Obama Administration is rapidly losing the Middle East and that the US government may be in default in a few weeks, small, sometimes seemingly insignificant events can often have a major impact.

Such is the case with the senseless murder of a 22-year-old Australian student in a suburb of Oklahoma.  He was shot by three teenagers who were, quite simply, bored.

Sadly, there was a racial element.  It will be interesting to see whether the press makes as big a deal over this one as with the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmermann case.   Here the victim was white and the perpetrators non-white, the reverse of the famous case in Florida.

The US press may be inclined to leave it alone but the Australian press won’t.   At the very least it will deter Australians from visiting America.  At worst, there is talk of an international tourist boycott of the United States, at a time when our hotel industry and some resorts are already struggling.  The demand is that the US do something about guns.

Most western countries, including Australia, have strict gun controls.  Proportionate to population, the US has more guns than anywhere else on earth.  Yemen is in second place, a country with never-ending tribal violence.  Could this happen in the United States?  Already, our big cities are plagued with gang warfare, a euphemism for ethnic strife.

It’s a tragedy but there’s also an element of farce.  One question the world has is why we can’t keep guns out of the hands of teenagers when they can’t buy a beer until they’re 21.  That’s a very good question.