Having a Laugh

September 27, 2005

“Having a Laugh” is currently Brit slang for an obvious deception – when London authorities initially claimed that the 7/7 bombs were just an electrical problem, a London cabbie remarked “They’re having a laugh – it’s the mossies”. (“Mossies” is the Brit term for their Islamic guests.)

Blair is now having a laugh. The London Telegraph joyfully reports “IRA Arms Dumped”. Sure, right into armories of splinter terrorists.

The dumping (my ellipsis and emphasis):

The IRA has finally put its arsenal of weapons and explosives amassed during 35 years of the Troubles out of action, the (retired Canadian general) head of the international arms decommissioning body said yesterday.

Gen John de Chastelain said he believed that the IRA had disposed of all its arms but questions were raised over the verification procedure when he said that his assertion would have to be taken on trust.

…Roman Catholic and Protestant clergymen…witnessed the decommissioning of an arsenal that was believed to have contained more than 1,000 rifles, 500 handguns, 40 mortars, at least one surface-to-air missile, six flame throwers, 600 bomb detonators and three tons of Semtex.

Tony Blair said: “This is the moment we have been waiting for. It has taken years of patience and perseverance and often disappointment.

Of course there’s no reason at all why the IRA fear state gang should disarm. If for some unknowable reason they did so, they’d want to be believed and would do the deed in public, not in hiding in front of a couple of clerics and a retired Canadian general. And real decommissioning would involve some mighty explosions.

The Clinton-bashing Reverend Ian Paisley is now having a laugh at Tony (my ellipsis).

Unknown numbers of IRA weapons have ended up in the hands of splinter groups and no-one can say that all have been decommissioned, the Reverend Ian Paisley said today.

He said the intelligence estimates used by members of the International Independent Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) to judge whether all the IRA weapons were gone had been revised.

“Part of the weapons that should have been decommissioned have disappeared, and the security forces admit they are probably in the hands of dissidents.”

He said even the weapons estimate used had an upper and lower tolerance – but the (retired Canadian) general had refused to disclose whether weapons actually decommissioned met the higher or lower level.

(The Reverend Paisley) said they “got the greatest surprise of all” when they discovered that improvised weapons were not covered on the intelligence lists.

So, the IRA has handed its weapons to its buddies – folks like the Real IRA who murdered 29 old people, women and kids using a decoy bomb to herd them into the kill-zone of their IED. And the IRA has kept some weapons. And they’ve retained their IEDs.

Very funny. And very Canadian.

The World Seen From Berlin

September 27, 2005

If you want to understand the German world-view, take a look at Der Spiegel’s in-depth feature about how hard life is for Kofi Annan and the UN.

You don’t get to the Oil-for-Food scandal until you’re in part 2, by which time the average reader will have nodded off. The corruption of Annan’s lieutenants, the pedophile habits of the his peacekeepers and the tendency for terror states to reign on his human rights council don’t get a look in.

Oh, and it’s Bush’s fault for not letting the Germans have a seat on the Security Council – apparently Schroder hoped that he could ignore the US. But he couldn’t!

The Rage of the Dispossessed US Dominant Minority

September 27, 2005

The great historian Arnold Toynbee explains the rage of the American left – it’s a dispossessed dominant minority that believes that its divine right to rule has been stolen!

In his “Study of History”, Toynbee analyzes all 21 successful civilizations, from Egypt through Babylon to the West. Updated in 1945, it’s ten dense volumes – I read the abridged twovolume set, hard going, but worth the (8 week) effort.

Toynbee shows that civilizations begin, grow, decline and die in the same way. They are created by stress, grow through inspired leadership, begin to decay during a “time of troubles” (for example the Roman Punic war), and decline through an Indian Summer of what he calls a Universal State. Then they die.

He’s weak on the effects of democracy on this cycle of birth and death – it’s a new phenomenon, only present in one of the 21 civilizations (ours), and in what follows I’ve extended his model to account for democratic self-renewal (e.g. Reagan, Thatcher).

Toynbee shows that as a civilization begins to decay, its ruling class ceases to lead and becomes oppressive. He labels it a “dominant minority”, which rules over an increasingly disaffected “proletariat”. The Caesars after Augustus were a dominant minority – Caligula is an example.

Members of a dominant minority break the law or social codes with impunity – Caligula married his sister. If we look at the US, some members of a dominant minority are easily visible:

– Edward Kennedy left a woman to drown. That’s at least negligent manslaughter, but he’s never spent a minute in court.

– John Kerry negotiated with the North Vietnamese while it was at war with the US, and he held a commission in the US Navy. That’s treason, but he has not had to account for it.

– The US MSM routinely violates social norms, for example displaying images of the dead and suing to retain the right to do so.

These examples are visible because the perpetrators are politicians and media. They probably represent the tip of an iceberg.

This US dominant minority is made up of rich East Coast WASPs and their MSM lieutenants. If the US was like all earlier 21 civilizations, this group would be running the US for the next few centuries as it declined and then died. But US democracy has changed the rules and the leadership has passed to a new multi-ethnic group drawn from all classes.

The dominant minority’s loss of power explains its sheer rage – from their perspective, they’ve been robbed of their birthright! How can an “uppity nigger” distinguish the Supreme Court by his presence? How can an aged film actor or a swaggering cowboy run the nation better than they could? What right have a bunch of pajama clad amateurs to breach the MSM’s monopoly? What right has the nobody Bolton to beat up on their sacred UN? And so on.

They hate because they’ve been robbed!