A Toast For 2007: To The Collapse of The EU!

December 31, 2006

Evil dictators commit genocide, but even benign ones cause human suffering by destroying wealth and liberty. Fortunately all dictatorships are unstable, and in 2007 the Euro is quite likely to collapse, taking the benign dictatorship of the EU with it.

Winston Churchill’s famous words in 1947 addressed benign dictatorships:

We accept in the fullest sense of the word the settled and persistent will of the people. All this idea of a group of supermen and super-planners, such as we see before us, “playing the angel,” as the French call it, and making the masses of the people do what they think is good for them, without any check or correction, is a violation of democracy.

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time; but there is the broad feeling in our country that the people should rule, continuously rule, and that public opinion, expressed by all constitutional means, should shape, guide, and control the actions of Ministers who are their servants and not their masters.

The subsequent failure of communist and socialist economies (including that of the Brits) confirmed his analysis.

But the local petty dictators were replaced by the continent-wide dictatorship of the EU – 80% of Brit laws are now imposed by corrupt, statist and unchecked EU bureaucrats, who are fast destroying Brit freedoms built on centuries of incremental economic and social improvement.

Still, the EU’s “angels” are just as fallible as their predecessors, and the only glue left holding their institution together is the Euro. That grand project is now hated by a majority in all the big nations using it – Germany, France and Italy. That’s because it has made them poorer, and without democratic support, it’s bound to collapse like the Soviet ruble block.

For a variety of reasons, currency collapses are never predicted by the markets and so the Euro blowup could come any time.

So Brits should raise their glasses tonight to drink to an EU-free 2007.


Crime And Punishment

December 30, 2006

The execution of Saddam Hussein is a rare act of justice – most genocides die in their beds. If we want to make the world safe, we need such hangings to be the rule, not the exception.

The other three big post war mass murderers dodged the hangman’s noose:

Pol Pot killed up to 3 million Cambodians, was given sanctuary in Thailand and China, then returned home to face a court that sentenced him to lifelong house arrest (the Vatican no doubt deemed this harsh). Just when it seemed likely that he’d face a real trial, he died peacefully in bed.

Idi Amin killed between 80,000 and 500,000 people, was given shelter by our friends the Saudis, and died there after 23 years in exile.

Slobodan Milosevic, was responsible for genocide in the former Yugoslavia. After his defeat, he was unfortunately extradited to the UN’s International Criminal Court for a trial that was still going strong after 5 years, when he upped and died.

So a genocidal dictator has a 3 in 4 chance of dodging the noose. A 75% chance of escape is way too high since the only way of deterring genocide is a near certainty that perps will be killed. That’s why nuclear deterrence worked during the cold war – the Soviet rulers knew they would be fried if they started a war.

The first step is to define the A list of candidates for the noose. As well as current mass mirderers, this should include intended mass murders. Here’s the top four:

Kim Il-Sung, who runs a state based on concentration camps, mass murder, rape and starvation, and has killed about 2 million North Koreans. With nukes he can double that number.

The Iranian Gang, who hang rape victims and are working on a second holocaust. Their Supreme Leader Khamenei, his 12-man Council of Guardians, and their front guy Ahmadinejad will need a total of 14 nooses.

Robert Mugabe, the 21st century Amin.

The Hutu leaders of the Rwandan genocide who killed about 1 million Tutsis. The surviving Tutsis are dealing with the retail hatchet men, but the leaders scattered to safe places, including the UK. The Brits have finally decided to extradite four of them, but only if their victims promise not to execute them. So these four are on the list.

When this bunch have swung, there’s a B list to work on: the Janjaweed mass murderers and rapists in Darfur; Putin, who slaughtered the Chechens, armed the Mullahs, and is deploying ICBMs to dodge the US BMD on their way to kill Americans; and of course the Chinese thugocrats.

Additional suggestions are welcome, and a future post will suggest how we implement this planetary clean-up.

He’s On His Way!

December 24, 2006

North American AeroSpace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa, and your kids can stay in touch by going here.

NORAD is based in Colorado Springs and provides surveillance for the US and Canada, and:

…uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Right now he’s over Fuji in Japan.

Have a great Christmas.

On Brit Eccentrics

December 23, 2006

Britain is famed for its nutty eccentrics, and two made news today – a Saddam-boosting archbishop, and an anti-semitic historian. The historian is the harmless one.

Brit eccentrics are, like all eccentrics, wrong. But some are evil while some are harmless.

The archbishop is an evil eccentric:

Christians in the Middle East are being put at unprecedented risk by the Government’s “shortsighted” and “ignorant” policy in Iraq, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, says today.

In an extraordinary attack, Dr Williams accuses Tony Blair and the US of endangering the lives and futures of many thousands of Christians in the Middle East, who are regarded by their countrymen as supporters of the “crusading West.”

The archbishop is head of the Church of England (C of E), an organization in decline for decades – when new Army recruits state their religion as “none” they’re put down as C of E.

The archbishop’s eccentricity is to confuse cause and effect. Christians have been persecuted in Muslim nations for centuries. And even if it has gotten worse because we’ve deposed a monster who killed millions, how can he treat inconvenience to Christians as worse than that genocide? This goes beyond eccentricity to real harmfulness because he absolves the people who persecute Christians of responsibility for their crimes, so they’ll keep on persecuting

By contrast, David Irvine is a harmless eccentric:

British writer David Irving wasted no time Friday offending Jews and black people at a news conference, a day after his return from Austria where he was imprisoned for denying the Holocaust.

At a news conference in London, Irving endorsed actor Mel Gibson’s drunken comments earlier this year that Jews were responsible for all modern wars.

He also referred to his success as an author in the 1970s by talking about how be used cash to buy a Rolls-Royce – the color of which he described by using a racial slur against blacks.

Mr Irving follows in the grand tradition of the likes of the historian Alan Clark, who famously seduced many of the women he encountered but was so likable that his talented and beautiful wife tolerated his foibles. Irvine’s oddity is different – he doesn’t like Jews. But he is IMHO a very good historian, writing the definitive history of the German V-1 and V-2 programs.

And his acerbic comments are understandable after 12 months locked up by the self-satisfied and pompous Austrians, whose parents included many of Hitler’s most efficient Jew killers.

Irving, like all Englishmen, is entitled to his opinion, no matter how lunatic – only fellow-lunatics will agree with him while the rest of us can use our right to free speech to disagree with him.

So Irving is harmless and the archbishop is not.

AP Is Bad, But Not All Bad

December 22, 2006

The AP, deep in the hole on its flawed reporting from Iraq, is still digging furiously. But it has some decent employees, and thanks to them we know Sandy Berger is a crook with something big to hide.

AP’s false reporting from Iraq has been exposed by Curt at Flopping Aces, who in his day job is a cop in Los Angeles. It turns out AP relies on Iraqi stringers who front for terrorists and have fed AP overstated reports of the violence.

That’s regrettable but understandable – getting objective truth is hard in the (few) areas of Iraq suffering sectarian violence. What makes the affair reprehensible is AP management’s attempts to cover up.

Here’s AP’s bright side (WSJ, $):

Bill Clinton’s former National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, has already recanted his initial claim that he removed documents from the National Archives “inadvertently” back in 2003 while preparing for testimony to the 9/11 Commission. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2005 and paid a $50,000 fine. But now the report of the Archives’ Inspector General has come to light, and it suggests Mr. Berger knew he was engaged in a bit of hugger-mugger when he secreted the after-action memos he was reviewing out of the building.

According to the report, obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request, Mr. Berger removed the documents and hid some of them under a trailer in a construction site before returning to retrieve them later. This is not the behavior of a man with a clear conscience. And it’s astonishing for a man who served in a senior White House position that made him familiar with the obligations of handling classified papers.

Thanks to AP, we now know that Berger took huge risks to remove and destroy classified documents – which tells us he thought them highly prejudicial.

Let’s hope the AP stays on the case and finds out exactly what these were.

Time For Linebacker III

December 21, 2006

In spite of our difficulties in Iraq, it’s unlikely the thugocracies running Iran and Syria will survive the next two years.

The Brit Times:

President Bush conceded for the first time yesterday that America is not winning the war in Iraq and said that insurgents had thwarted efforts to stabilise the country.

Since the insurgents are supplied and armed by Iran and Syria, we just need to change their regimes out, and that’s not hard.

Good Cop

In this approach, dictators are removed by helping their domestic opponents.

Iranians aren’t happy with their fundamentalist government, even when it rigs elections:

Iranians made their feelings plain about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week by voting to reject his allies in municipal elections and in the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that theoretically has authority over Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Syria has an opposition too, and the administration is helping it:

The US government confirmed Thursday morning a Time magazine report that it was working to secretly strengthen factions opposing the Assad regime in Syria.

The Time Web site revealed a report Wednesday that said the US government was working to affect its support for the opposing factions before the Syrian election in March 2007, in an effort to push towards a true democratic regime in the Syrian state.

The opposition is rational – the Syrian and Iranian people want their place in the sun along with the rest of the world. But, unlike us they’ve seen their living standards plummet, their freedoms diminish, and they now face slaughter in a nuclear war.

But this good cop approach won’t work with the current players in Washington. The pro-democracy programs will be run by the appeasers at State, the Dem Congress will crimp the funding, and the NYT will blow the security cover of the Iranian and Syrian opposition.

Bad Cop

So that leaves bad cop, as last practiced by President Nixon to bring the North Vietnamese 11 days at the end of 1972:

Operation Linebacker II was a U.S. seventh Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 aerial bombardment campaign conducted against targets in the Democratic republic of Vietnam (DRV) during the final period of the American commitment to the Vietnam Conflict.

By Christmas most of the legitimate targets in North Vietnam were in a shambles…By the eleventh and final mission (29 December), there were few strategic targets worthy of mention left within the DRV…Total bombing was rounded out by sending (B 52s) on Archlight missions in the southern DRV and in South Vietnam. Once again, there were no aircraft losses to AAA fire, MiGs, or missiles.

This confirmed the US can completely destroy its opponents, even when they’re protected by the latest Soviet weapons.

Our objective in Iraq is a lasting democracy – unitary, federal or 3-state. Given the limitations the US lefty opposition will place on the good cop approach, the bad cop will also be needed, though probably not on the scale of Linebacker II.

The targets are Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and both Iran and Syria’s rocket forces. Both can be eliminated with minimal civilian casualties, and their destruction will reveal the powerlessness of the ruling dictatorships and pave the way for their removal by democratic forces.

And the good news is that such a strike can be authorized by the president, just like Linebacker II.

EU’ll Be Sorry

December 21, 2006

The EU enables cash to flow to Hamas while France provides air cover for Hizbollah’s re-armament. So they’ll end up part of the eventual Mideast nuke-fest.

The EU (my ellipsis):

EU monitors overtook the responsibility of operating the crossing (from Egypt to the Gaza strip) in November 2005 after the implementation of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal plan from Gaza.

(But) Some $60 million have been smuggled from Egypt into the Gaza Strip through the EU-controlled Rafah border crossing, Gen. Pietro Pistolese the head of the team of monitors said Thursday.

Fortunately, the Israelis did stop this (my ellipsis):

(The Israeli) Defense Minister Amir ordered the closure of the Rafah crossing in Gaza Thursday to prevent (the Hamas leader) from returning to the Strip with dozens of millions of dollars in aid that he had received from neighboring Arab nations and Iran, during his recent trip around the Middle East.

Still, $60 million funds a lot of suicide bombers and rockets.

The French have had similarly delivered on their UN commitment to disarm Hizbollah (my ellipsis):

Syria…(has) used the past four months since the end of the war to transfer – sometimes on a daily basis – truckloads of advanced rockets and weaponry to Hizbullah in Lebanon. The weapon transfers…were not even executed covertly, but were conducted “out in the open” for the entire world to see.

None of this is surprising, given the EU’s corruption & incompetence and French antisemitism. But these guys are stoking a nuclear war, which their in-theater forces won’t survive, and their capitals may not.

That’s dumb.