A Warning to the Independently Minded

You, the individual, and your neighbours around you do not have to take care of the hungry, the needy, diseased, disabled or homeless in your community because we, your elected government’s officials will plan and administer the programmes needed for those purposes from our central offices. These programmes, designed by intellectuals, directed by bureaucrats and funded by you, the willing tax payer, will resolve all these difficulties in your area. The programmes are already in progress. As we continue taking over the welfare functions that you and your neighbours used to perform by yourselves through your churches, civic organisations and neighbourhood groups, here are some cautions for you keep in mind. Continue reading

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My Second Blog!!

My next door neighbour is a lady called Helen and she is a solicitor. She lives with a Somali Muslim who teaches mathematics. He drinks and smokes and enjoys the company of the three playful dogs in our enclave. I get on pretty well with him but am more comfortable with Helen, a white English woman from the midlands.

The other day I surprised her by saying I could see no answer to the Palestinian problem since a two state solution was simply pie in the sky.

Surely, she said, compromise through negotiation and good will has to be practiced until the ‘peace process’ finally succeeded. I dare say her attitude is almost universal among westerners because to her a permanent state of hostilities was unthinkable.

And there of course lies the problem that our political leaders are unable to tackle. They, like<!–more–> her, believe with the right amount of goodwill and honest compromise, peace in Palestine will at last come about.

What they are unable to comprehend is that they are dealing with people culturally completely unlike themselves, westerners who regard negotiation as a process leading to a conclusion of benefit to both participants.

But the Muslim sees all conflict in stark black and white. He sees only victory or defeat, honour or shame, there is no middle ground. So when Israel swaps land for peace as they did in Gaza, the West expects the Gazans to regard the deal as conclusive and the beginning of a new chapter of mutual benefit for Jew and Arab.

Recent history has shown otherwise. Gaza was merely another step on the prescribed road to supremacy of Muslim over Jew (and every other unbeliever). The final goal of course being the destruction of the state of Israel and the extermination of the Jewish race throughout the world.

In an interview with Israel Hayom, Ayaan Hirshi Ali spells it out. She says: <em>’From the perspective of the Arab leaders, reaching a two-state solution is to betray God. If you want peace and not merely a process, you must make peace with the people. The negotiators themselves are of no importance.'</em>* Because to the Arabs, reaching a 2-state solution is to betray God, the Koran, the hadith and Islam.

So it is the Arab people themselves, not just their leaders, who have to be convinced that the right way is the West’s way, the Judaeo-Christian way, and that their way is simply wrong.

Which will never happen in this century, will it?

* Ayaan Hirshi Ali at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, 28 June 2013:
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/06/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-2-state-delusion-reaching-a-2-state-solution-is-to-betray-god-the-koran-the-hadit.html
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Indonesian Criminals

<img src=”http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/AG-AD311_Ziv_G_20121205112448.jpg&#8221; /> Adi Zulkadry and Anwar Congo making up for their key roles
 
 <strong><u>I watched a film on Friday evening</u>.</strong>
 
 
 
 In late 1965, the Indonesian army orchestrated the killing of  communists and suspected sympathisers in reprisal for what they claimed was an attempted Communist coup. It proved to be one of the great mass killings of the 20th century. It was the beginning of the passing of power from Sukarno to Suharto.
 
 
 
 Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s (exec producer Werner Hertzog) film, ‘The Act of Killing’ has focused on the perpetrators of this slaughter and it has become what I believe to be a unique examination of the lives of killers as they grow old among both supporters and survivors.
 
 
 
 In making the film, numerous original members of the ‘gangsters’ as they proudly call  themselves, were made up and directed to act out<!–more–> their killing sprees. They also proudly displayed their trophies and looted art works in their palatial homes, rather as Goering would proudly display his Vermeers and van Dykes to his Nazi friends. But the similarity ends there; Goering had taste, these modern day Nazis collected Tretchikov trash, glass dolphins, badly stuffed tigers and an Antelope head, hugely prized because of its critically endangered status.
 
 <img src=”http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/343/330/343330995_640.jpg&#8221; />
 
The survivors too were pressed into the action and as one of the tormentors boastfully demonstrated how he would use thin wire and a piece of wood to murder his victims the cinema audience seemed paralysed, uncertain that we weren’t actually watching the real thing, a snuff movie, so horrifying it was. Two hours watching laughing, joking mass-murderers, revisiting their blood-drenched past in a manner at once insanely surreal and distressingly domestic, was something of an ordeal too fascinating to look away from (though two viewers did run from the cinema).
 
 <img src=”http://cdn.realscreen.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/The-Act-of-Killing1.jpg&#8221; />
 
Towards the end the Boss Man, a grinning thug, Anwar Congo, is interviewed on Indonesian TV by a possibly sexually excited presenter who claps her hands and cries ‘Good’ as Congo describes and justifies his behaviour in front of the cameras and an applauding studio audience.
 
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But some of the killers, now forced to become reenactors rather than perpetrators became somewhat uneasy; “We shouldn’t look brutal,” says the leader of the Pancasila youth, after watching a baying mob whipping themselves into an axe-wielding frenzy. “We shouldn’t look like we want to drink people’s blood – that’s dangerous… for the image of the organisation.”
 
 <img src=”http://aarhus.guide.dk/files/Nyheder/film/2012/act-of-killing.jpg&#8221; />
 
There have been no official screenings in the country where it took place, though it has been shown in about 265 underground screenings, with secret invitations among small groups, but there is the fear that police might try to block the screenings. Still, by the end of February this year, some 10,000 have been to see it.
 
 A national police spokesman did not respond to questions asking whether the police would have tried to stop showings of the film.
 
 These people are free and presumably protected by the Indonesian government.  They are regarded as heroes by the local population. One of the killers is asked if he did not worry that he might have to face the ICC in the Hague, after all the film is gold to any criminal prosecutor. ‘Of course not’ he said, ‘I would be happy to fly to Brussels, (sic) they would understand why I did it, it HAD to be done.’ But then, perhaps he was aware that Indonesia, like North Korea, Pakistan or Saudi, were not and had no intention of being, signatories to the Rome Statute.

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Still, an application for the extradition of these murderers would certainly put the Indonesians on the spot.
 
 
 
 Slobodan Milosevic, Ratko Mladić, Goran Hadžić, they have all been brought to trial. Why not Anwar Congo and the other death squad leaders, many of them anonymous in the credits but quite a few named and unambiguously condemning themselves from their own mouths?
 
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But they aren’t like us, Helen.

<img src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6iYGZkGyvjg/TgY3PRQMvWI/AAAAAAAAABY/waJ0SF7myWM/s1600/hajj+pilgrimage+%25286%2529.jpg&#8221; />
 
 My next door neighbour is a charming lady called Helen and she is a solicitor. She lives with a Somali Muslim who teaches mathematics. He drinks and smokes and enjoys the company of the three playful dogs in our enclave. I get on pretty well with him but am more comfortable with Helen, a white English woman from the midlands.
 
 The other day I surprised her by saying I could see no answer to the Palestinian problem since a two state solution was simply pie in the sky.
 
 Surely, she said, compromise through negotiation and good will has to be practiced until the ‘peace process’ finally succeeded. I dare say her attitude is almost universal among westerners because to her a permanent state of hostilities was unthinkable.
 
 And there of course lies the problem that our political leaders are unable to tackle. They, like<!–more–> her, believe with the right amount of goodwill and honest compromise, peace in Palestine will at last come about.
 
 What they are unable to comprehend is that they are dealing with people culturally completely unlike themselves, westerners who regard negotiation as a process leading to a conclusion of benefit to both participants.
 
 But the Muslim sees all conflict in stark black and white. He sees only victory or defeat, honour or shame, there is no middle ground. So when Israel swaps land for peace as they did in Gaza, the West expects the Gazans to regard the deal as conclusive and the beginning of a new chapter of mutual benefit for Jew and Arab.
 
 Recent history has shown otherwise. Gaza was merely another step on the prescribed road to supremacy of Muslim over Jew (and every other unbeliever). The final goal of course being the destruction of the state of Israel and the extermination of the Jewish race throughout the world.
 
 In an interview with Israel Hayom, Ayaan Hirshi Ali spells it out. She says: <em>’From the perspective of the Arab leaders, reaching a two-state solution is to betray God. If you want peace and not merely a process, you must make peace with the people. The negotiators themselves are of no importance.'</em>* Because to the Arabs, reaching a 2-state solution is to betray God, the Koran, the hadith and Islam.
 
 So it is the Arab people themselves, not just their leaders, who have to be convinced that the right way is the West’s way, the Judaeo-Christian way, and that their way is simply wrong.
 
 Which will never happen in this century, will it?

* Ayaan Hirshi Ali at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, 28 June 2013:
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/06/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-2-state-delusion-reaching-a-2-state-solution-is-to-betray-god-the-koran-the-hadit.html
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