Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Liberal leadership in dangerous times

Peggy Noonan has published an article well worth reading.
"Madrid and London took place during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and could be taken as responses to Western actions. The Charlie Hebdo massacre was in its way a story about radical Islamic antipathy to the rough Western culture of free speech. But last week’s Paris attack was different. It was about radical, violent Islam’s hatred of the West and desire to kill and terrorize its people. They will not be appeased; we won’t talk them out of it at a negotiating table or by pulling out of Iraq or staying out of Syria. They will have their caliphate, and they will hit Europe again, as they will surely hit us again, to get it."

I agree with much of it but I do not think that the refugees are a side issue. They are a much more important issue than ISIS and ISIS is - perversely - helping wake people up to Islamisation. 

I have not regarded Mr Obama as a bad president until very recently. he presided over economic recovery and was right for example to save GE. But these words ring very true.
"the imperious I, to the inability to execute, to the endless interviews and the imperturbable drone, to the sense that he is trying to teach us, like an Ivy League instructor taken aback by the backwardness of his students. And there's the unconscious superiority."

Mr. Obama is pretty arrogant - and I start to see that he is naive and professorial like the disastrous Woodrow Wilson. He might be too intelligent to be a good leader as Wilson was. Think James VI and I. I am disappointed that he sees climate change as a big danger - to my mind it is pretty obviously a rather fatuous ignis fatuus. Migrations not global warming are the big issue.

Mark Steyn was very funny about left-of-centre leaders' concern about sea levels in the Maldives in the 22nd century. By then the Shia former citizens of the Maldive will be living in Europe.

Here is a very good article by Dan Hannan, MEP, on what produced the Paris jihadis.

Think of the experience that boy will have had in his adolescence. His every interaction with the Belgian state will have taught him to despise it. If he got any history at all in school, it will have been presented to him as a hateful chronicle of racism and exploitation. When he hears politicians on TV, they are unthinkingly blaming every ill in the world on Western meddling. It's hardly an inducement to integrate, is it?
Americans are very good at assimilating newcomers. They go in for loud displays of national pride — flags in the yard and bunting on Independence Day and stirring songs — that strike some Euro-snobs as vulgar, but that make it easy for settlers to want to belong.
In the EU, by contrast, the ruling doctrine is that patriotism is a dangerous force, and that the nation-state is on its last legs. Eurocrats dream of making the 12-star flag a common post-national symbol, just as they have already replaced national passports with an EU version. "Europe — Your Country," says the sign at the Commission building

The academics and schoolmasters are the unacknowledged legislators of the world - their politically correct teaching are at least in part responsible for the crisis the West is in. It reminds me of the late 19th century German schoolmasters whose nationalism paved the way that led to the horrors of Nazism and the mid-20th century. 

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