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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cultural insensitivity

Lacking in a reasonable level of cultural confidence, many western nations have made little to no effort to assimilate immigrants in the last few decades.  The failure to address the resulting behaviors has promoted an escalation of these behaviors.  This Bill Whittle video he explains that contrary to conventional wisdom, failure to deal forcefully with the radical islamists is a provocative weakness that also elicits added support from more moderates.

In the U.S. there is no sign that this approach will change.  The president seems to approach his job with something potentially worse than benign neglect:
"I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind, I would say closed his mind, they say, to the intelligence they try to bring him about various groups he does not consider terrorists even if they're on the U.S. list of designated terrorists," Attkisson said. "I don't know the reasoning for it -- I’ve only been told by those who have allegedly attempted to present him, or been in the circle that has attempted to present him, with certain intelligence that they said he doesn’t want it, he said he doesn't want it or he won't read it in some instances."

Andrew McCarthy provides additional insight while dissecting the recruitment tool canard:
Obviously, jihad does not erupt out of thin air. The American public, which remains widely uninformed about Islam, realizes something must cause the violence, and that the violence will continue unless that something is overcome. For Leftists, this presents a golden opportunity: They understand that our deeply ingrained tradition of religious liberty – a tradition the Left generally abhors – makes the public resistant to the notion that a religion can cause violence, and thus receptive to the assurance that Islam does not. 
So if Islam, in the Left’s telling, has nothing to do with the savagery jihadists commit, what is the cause? Obama and his cohort fill in this blank with … the principles and policies they oppose: robust national defense, American leadership in the world, free speech, sovereignty, economic liberty, income inequality, Christianity, Israel’s character as a Jewish state, Guantanamo Bay, military commissions, … even climate change. 
Yes, this is preposterous if you’ve familiarized yourself with Islamic supremacism and classical sharia. But, alas, much of America has not despite a generation of jihad from Tehran to Manhattan to Paris. What a powerful rhetorical weapon it is for the Left to claim that what it opposes is not just wrong but the cause of mass-murder attacks. 
In the real world, however, it is the sharia supremacist interpretation of Islam that causes jihadist terror. With that as the foundation, jihadist recruitment has little or nothing to do with the pretexts conveniently conjured by the Left. To the contrary, recruitment is driven by one thing: the perception that jihadists will win. As Osama bin Laden recognized, people are drawn to the strong horse and shun the weak horse. 
That is why I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIS than … Barack Obama.

(read the whole article)

By acting in what is ultimately a provocative manner, leaders risk increasing the chances that future leaders will be forced to open a giant sized can of whoopass and everything that goes with such an action.


Barry Meislin said...
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Barry Meislin said...

"The president seems to approach his job with something potentially worse than benign neglect..."

"Benign neglect"?

If only.

"Something potentially worse than benign neglect..."

Getting warmer.

Actually, we're looking at "willful creative destruction," which the the lying thug in the Oval Office has been up to. Is up to. Will be up to for the next 13+ months.

All under the beguiling guise of "for the good of the people," "for the good of the country," and "for the good of humanity."

In other words, snake oil. (In other words, "fundamental transformation.")

File under: Sigh.

Peter said...

Say what you will about him, he is inspiring. I was so moved by his latest statement that "the most powerful tool" we have against ISIS is to simply declare we are not afraid that I've resolved to be similarly defiant about climate change.

Barry Meislin said...

Careful there, Peter.

Even if climate change has been a fixture in the Ottawa Valley for the past several millions of years, if you keep that up, you could, under your new government, risk getting a "social" visit from CSIS.

So this is no time for flamboyance. Even inspired flamboyance.

Instead, you'd be well advised to keep your head down, watch your back and for heaven's sake, don't even think of wearing that fur coat....

Oh, and turn down the theromostat. Even better, turn it off. (At least until they're gone.)

Meanwhile, I hear that Trudeau, fils, is ripping out his central heating as part of the latest renovation. Leading by example, he says. A PM for our times, no doubt. He may even be installing a bicyle generator (to give his cabinet members something to do while they wait for him to make up his mind on grave issues of the moment).

Of course, in Alberta, they're taking it all very personally, viewing it, suspiciously, as the new emanation's updated version of the sainted progenitor's NEP.

Rumour has it that the boy wonder is also leaning on Air Canada to further reduce the quality of its service (suprising, I know, that it can get even worse), this in order to kick off the new government's coast-to-coast "Reduce Canada's Carbon Footprint" campaign, thereby showing that Canada is now---finally---in lock step with all the right causes; but also in order to distract the public from noticing the influx of those 25,000 (freezing) Syrian immigrants, who presumably will get into Canada under the radar in the months ahead.

Indeed, exciting times. Inspiring times (actually, with all that global warming, perspiring times)....

Clovis e Adri said...

Hey, let's make a deal.

You take those meager 10.000 Syrians refugees over which the US is chickening out, and send them to Brazil.

Really, we can give you a hand, no strings attached.

That way Howard, Barry and our other US friends here in the Blog can keep their peace of mind. Their... safe spaces, you know.

Really, no need to keep crying mama - just send those Syrians down here and get back to your pajamas, boys.

Howard said...


You misunderstand. We aren't nervous, we're bemoaning "stupid."

Clovis e Adri said...


May be the way it looks like to you guys, from inside.

From afar, it looks more like you guys are in pursuit of reducing that Mighty Eagle to some Little Chick.

Howard said...

From afar, it looks more like you guys are in pursuit of reducing that Mighty Eagle to some Little Chick.

I could say, that is what the president desires.

I have very little concern for what things look like. In both individuals in a social order or nations in the global political order I would apply the following: If all men count with you, but none too much;

Clovis e Adri said...

Kipling was fond of saying too: Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.

I sense more fear than reason concerning those ragged refugees.

erp said...

Clovis, you're looking at the wrong pictures. The "refugees" are all fit looking young men who as one commenter I read said, "Look like they bench press Buicks."

Clovis e Adri said...

That's an expression I've never seen before, nor get its meaning. Bench press buicks?

Anyway, Erp, I guess there are too many photos so anyone can picture whatever he/she wants to believe in.

What I can tell is that, contrary to what the conservative blogosphere was screaming after Paris ("look, that's because they opened the gates to all those refugees!"), the terrorists were pretty much home made.

erp said...

Please elaborate on what you mean by "home made" terrorists.

You're right that the media confuses with mis-leading pictures and information. That's why I trust the source.

Buicks* used to be very big cars (don't know what they are now), so being able to bench press one is to say someone is very strong.

*Family lore has it, that when my husband as a kid backed it his father's 1939 12 cylinder Buick into a fire hydrant, the hydrant went down for the count while the Buick remained unscathed and I believe it because it was huge and formidable.

Clovis e Adri said...


Well, thanks for the English class.

My turn: "Home made" means... made at home :-)

All Paris terrorists were (they only have one more to confirm identity) born (or grew up since very little) in France and Belgium. IOW, they were EU citizens.

Now, they did use the refugee crisis to re-enter in Europe undetected. Which is a very good move from their evil point of view: they achieved to both kill Parisians and make the life of all those infidels refugees fleeing Syrian even more difficult, as the reaction we see in the US - and well exemplified here by Howard's post - makes clear.

See, we may hate those terrorists, but aren't them smart? They achieved both targets with one single move. And you guys are just playing as they want it.

erp said...

Clovis, If you what say is true, then you're making the case to stop all immigration until we can return to the assurance that all who come to our shores come to become part of We, the People, IOW, jump into the melting pot, not become stealth terrorists waiting for the chance to terrorize and bringing up their children to do the same.

The Islamic world can take care of their own widows and children and create wars among themselves to kill off extraneous young men as they have done for centuries.

Clovis e Adri said...


The Islamic world can take care of their own widows and children and create wars among themselves to kill off extraneous young men as they have done for centuries.

I wouldn't disagree, if not for the fact the USA insists on being part of those wars.

A fair question is thus: would those refugees exist if not for the external influences over Syria (of which the US is part of)?

Even before that, would ISIS - one actor who made the Syria crisis even worse - exist if not for the Iraq disintegration?

And way before them all, would Iraq be the unstable mess it is now if the US had never fought 2003?

They are all good questions, IMHO. None of them asked by the people soooo afraid of Syrian refugees now.

I told you before, Brazil received a fair number of Syrians and Lebanese in the begin to the middle of the XX century. And yet, no terrorists down here. Please, explain that to me.

Howard said...

My my, those reactionary Canadians...

erp said...

Please explain why Islamic terrorists tried to bomb the WTC in the US twice, the second time exceeding beyond their wildest expectations, and didn't blow up an iconic building in Brazil instead.

We probably have as many or more Americans of Middle Eastern extraction than does Brazil, many of whom have been here for generations and have assimilated as we all have. Non sequitur.

My opinion: The secular left is aiding and abetting Islam in a delusional attempt to destroy our country with their help. Their arrogance is so great, they can't see that when the US is completely destroyed, the left worldwide will go with us.