The Moral Dilemma of Syria: Heart and Mind Go To War
A lot of really bad things are being done in Syria. People are eating people. People are possibly gassing other people the way an entomologist gets rid of a hive of bugs. If over 1,300 really died from a gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, this would be the most widespread use of toxic gas against civilians since before the US Military overthrew Saddam Hussein. This would morally motivate us to make this madness stop. We don’t want to rewind and replay the Rwandan Massacre. But on the other hand, could we stop this and should we stop it?
To determine if we could stop this we should first figure out what set of actions would create a set of conditions necessary and sufficient to ending the barbarism currently rife throughout Syria. To determine if we should engage in these activities requires us to weigh the unavoidable evil and long term damage to American interests that would result from our involvement in another Middle Eastern Civil War. Figuring these two things out could empower us to make the proper decision as to whether to conquer Syria*, manipulate events in Syria**, or to stay out of this mess*** and perhaps duck all negative externalities.
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The Egyptian Revolution Starts Devouring Its Children
There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
(The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”)
This won’t be a Facebook Revolution. It will be more Falò delle vanit. The people of Egypt are not demanding Modernity. They are not demanding Cafe Americano at Starbucks. They are rejecting the ongoing erosion of their culture to the point of unleashing a Thermodorian Reaction against what Francis Fukayama refered to as The End of History. If Muhammad Morsi was The Neitzchean Last Man, the Egyptian people demand a do-over. Entropy trumps Darwin until absolute zero is reached.
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North Korea And The Enigmatic Threat.
People can’t quite figure out Kim Jung Un. They couldn’t quite figure out the last Kim either – or the one before that. The North Koreans have a cyclical pattern or making loud threats against the US and South Korean until they get paid and then they recline until the next time they’ve driven their society into another ditch.
Each new crisis results in two diametrically opposed opinions. One goes that the North Koreans are bluffing once more and suggests we should just ask them how it will cost this time to make them pipe down. Guy Somerset posts an article in Takimag that represents this school of thought. He holds King Jung Un in contempt from his opening paragraph.
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The Shot Heard Around the World
“The shot heard around the world” is most commonly taught today to be the shot that started the Revolutionary War and America’s fight for freedom. However I believe that as time has gone on, the true meaning behind “the shot heard around the world” has been quite distorted, and this can easily be tied into the media narrative today. Since the shooting at Sandy Hook | Read More »
An End to Twitter’s Gulag?
Since April of 2012 many conservatives on Twitter have experienced either a suspension or know of someone who has been suspended. After Chris Loesch’s unjust suspension, conservatives suspended for their beliefs joined around the term Twitter Gulag, which became a hashtag many would rally around. Solutions to the Gulag problem have been considered and a various people have voiced their opinion. Some say a mass | Read More »
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On bayonets and battleships
Already, much has been made of the President’s comment about “horses and bayonets” during the foreign policy debate. The President was responding to Mitt Romney’s comment that the United States Navy is as small as it has been since our entry into the First World War. The President responded with the following (from the Washington Post): “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets,” | Read More »
Over 2,000 Soldiers Dead: Bush 630 … Obama 1,496
Nothing can make up for the losses of our soldiers and their families. Their sacrifices are for our nation and not any temporary Commander in Chief. I know, because my wife and I have had friends and relatives “over there” in Iraq and Afghanistan (some, on multiple deployments) and our families have served and lost a few since 1776. I wonder where the media are | Read More »
Happening Now: Attempted Assassination in Somalia. Also, American Ambassador to Libya is Killed. Violent mobs assault U.S. Embassies in Egypt and Libya on 9-11.
UPDATE at 7:19 a.m. on September 12, 2012, by Erick:While all of this is going on in Egypt in Libya, look a bit to the Southeast and Al Jazeera is reporting an attempted assassination of Somalia’s newly elected President while he was meeting with Kenya’s foreign minister.UPDATE at 7:03 a.m. on September 12, 2012, by Erick:American Ambassador to Libya and career member of the Senior | Read More »
India, Abbottabad, and Osama bin Laden: Did New Delhi Assist the U.S. on Operation Neptune Spear?
The most-discussed “revelation” in No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, by former Navy SEAL “Mark Owen,” is certainly Osama bin Laden’s status as unarmed when he was shot twice in the head by an American operator in his Abbottabad house. Not only was the al Qaeda leader and terror mastermind not holding a weapon when he was | Read More »
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In Memoriam of Andrew Breitbart: We Will Continue the War
[This article was originally published in the March 2012 issue of the Binghamton Review. With the exception of spelling and grammatical changes the article remains as it was written, by me. Enjoy!] A little past midnight on Thursday March 1st, an idol to me and many others, Andrew Breitbart, passed away. He was walking home with his Father-in-Law when he collapsed. Paramedics were called but | Read More »
Video: Two Paths
A new video from Ben Howe via Breitbart.tv (h/t @LarryOConnor): It never ceases to amaze me how good Andrew Breitbart was at summing up a situation, or to sadden me that he’s gone. And he’s right. We have only two choices for the top of the ticket in November. It’s important to remember that. Consider this an Open Thread.
Category Error? Never Heard of Such a Thing
If this is the kind of dishonest political ad we can expect from the President, and it is, we bloggers are going to have a fun election season. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
Over the Brink and Into the Abyss: A Memoir from World War II Austria
THE BASIC HISTORY of World War II’s European front is (or should be) well known to every western adult and schoolchild. From the offensives that brought the majority of the European continent under Axis control, to the D-Day invasion and Operation Overlord, to Hitler’s unthinkable campaign to exterminate Jews and other “undesirables,” the general flow of the first half of the 1940s has been the | Read More »
It’s Time To Bring Our Troops Home From 7th Century Afghani Hell
It’s official, I am now against the war in Afghanistan. In the wake of the ‘sensitivity’ of the Koran burning incident and the U.S. soldier who went off the deep end, killing 16 Afghan civilians, we are now learning of the death a 22-yr-old Marine who was shot in the back of the head by an Afghan soldier at an outpost last month. In what | Read More »
After a Decade of Operations, Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Afghanistan?
As we hit the 10 1/2 year mark in Afghanistan, the state of trust and confidence between the coalition and the Afghan people is at perhaps its lowest ebb, and support for the war effort is wavering across the political spectrum. Given this, it appears time to reconsider the current status of our effort there — what have we accomplished, and what do we still | Read More »