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Mark Steyn: The Facebook Caliphate
National Review Online ^ | May 26, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/26/2012 11:08:37 AM PDT by neverdem

So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember — the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election, so by the time you read this the pecking order may have changed somewhat. But currently in first place is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, who in an inspiring stump speech before the students of Cairo University the other night told them, “Death in the name of Allah is our goal.”

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In second place is the military’s man Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and a man who in...

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No one should begrudge Mark Zuckerberg his billions, and decent people should revile in the strongest terms thug-senator Chuck Schumer’s attempts to punish Zuckerberg’s partner Eduardo Saverin for wishing to enjoy his profits under the less confiscatory tax arrangements of Singapore: It is a sign of terminal desperation when regimes that can’t compete for talent focus their energies on ever more elaborate procedures to prevent freeborn individuals voting with their feet.

But it is also a sign of desperation to talk up amiable diversions for pampered solipsistic Westerners as an irresistible force of modernity. One of the basic defects of the Bush administration’s designation of a “war on terror” was that it emphasized symptoms (bombs and bombers) over causes (the underlying ideology). In the war of ideas, the West has chosen not to compete, under the erroneous assumption that the ever more refined delivery systems for its sensual distractions are a Big Idea in and of themselves. They’re not. If you know your Tocqueville, they sound awfully like his prediction of a world in which “an innumerable crowd of like and equal men . . . revolve on themselves without repose,” a phrase which nicely distills the unending busy-ness of our gaudy novelties...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arabspring; facebook; islam; marksteyn; steyn; zuckerberg

1 posted on 05/26/2012 11:08:48 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: JLS

Ping


2 posted on 05/26/2012 11:10:52 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Mark Steyn is always a pleasure to read...witty too.


3 posted on 05/26/2012 11:19:44 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Dude has a way with words, yes?


4 posted on 05/26/2012 11:21:11 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Sure does.


5 posted on 05/26/2012 11:29:20 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: neverdem
“Death in the name of Allah is our goal.” Like

Literal LOL.

6 posted on 05/26/2012 11:30:43 AM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: EEGator

Steyn spot on as always, well almost: he perpetrates the annoying mistake of comparing market valuation (measured in dollars) with GDP (measured in dollars per year). I’ll be impressed when a corporation has revenues approximating even a small developed nation’s GDP (both measured in dollars per year) or a market valuation approximating the total value of all real estate and other assets held in (again even a small) developed nation.


7 posted on 05/26/2012 11:41:16 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: EEGator

I just purchased the Kindle edition of his “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon”.

I expect it to be very interesting reading!

Is he using “Armageddon” in the current sense of “a BIG mess!” or in the Biblical, prophetic sense?


8 posted on 05/26/2012 11:43:21 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: neverdem

Sowell for President. Steyn for Secretary of State.


9 posted on 05/26/2012 11:46:42 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: neverdem
One of the basic defects of the Bush administration’s designation of a “war on terror” was that it emphasized symptoms (bombs and bombers) over causes (the underlying ideology). In the war of ideas, the West has chosen not to compete,

True enough, but at least the Bush administration aimed at real solutions, regime change and democracy, while the Obama administration indulges in appeasement and assassination. I am less inclined to criticize assassination than I am to find fault with appeasement.

Nevertheless, I think Marc Stein is on something in this column as he brilliantly skewers our tendency to substitute anything for unpalatable reality. We will prattle on inanely like Maureen Dowd about cultural phenomenon like Facebook rather than recognize blood in the streets and rape in broad daylight, or we will declare war on a tactic (terrorism), or we will pretend we are not at war while waging murder from the skies.

When will we have a President who stands before the world and says, "Western Christian civilization is superior to Islamic barbarism and we will defend our higher way of life against the forces of medievalism, female mutilation, and authoritarianism; it is Islam which must reform and not America and the West which must apologize or submit"?


10 posted on 05/26/2012 11:49:16 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: neverdem
...decent people should revile in the strongest terms thug-senator Chuck Schumer’s attempts to punish Zuckerberg’s partner Eduardo Saverin for wishing to enjoy his profits under the less confiscatory tax arrangements of Singapore...


Dubya's opinion of Schumer:


11 posted on 05/26/2012 11:50:00 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Albion Wilde

That is a great pic. W looks like he’s going to knock him out.


12 posted on 05/26/2012 11:54:01 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Albion Wilde

Mike Rowe for Secretary of Labor/Education!


13 posted on 05/26/2012 12:00:25 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: The_Reader_David

He didn’t compare the two because they were equivalent in nature, but because they were near in size.


14 posted on 05/26/2012 12:02:15 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: neverdem
In the course of the election campaign, the Muslim Brotherhood has cast off the veil of modernity and moderation that so beguiled the U.S. State Department and the New York Times: Khairat el-Shater, the deputy leader, now says that “the Koran is our Constitution” ...

Years ago it seemed the nightmarish outcomes of liberal ideas was a 'mistake'...

Liberals acted surprised at painful "unintentional consequences"... And we believed them. Believed the myth of the bleeding heart. It was a lie. They're not even bothering to pretend on this one - it's just 'move-on to the next lie'.

The Egyptian end game - with the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamists in charge - flags waving as they march backwards into horror - is what democrats wanted. I repeat, it's what democrats wanted. There's no 'patrick moynihan' types to provide cover for the goons... no one believes dems feel anyone's pain - it's hunger and greed now. Illusions long past...

It works for them.

Making blacks childlike and dependent wasn't a 'mistake' of theirs either - it secured 90%+ of the vote. This horror will be the same. Don't know how they'll do it, but we'll see dems 'cash in' on what's to come.

15 posted on 05/26/2012 12:10:42 PM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: Albion Wilde
Charles Schumer: A cross between a used car salesman and a mob lawyer, without the integrity or fashion sense of either.

Mark

16 posted on 05/26/2012 12:22:44 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

LOL! But we digress...


17 posted on 05/26/2012 12:24:08 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: MarkL
Charles Schumer: A cross between a used car salesman and a mob lawyer, without the integrity or fashion sense of either.

Wonder if Chucky's living room looks like it fell off a truck? </Michelle Pfeiffer>

A truck headed for Donald Trump's condo, maybe, but still, a truck.

18 posted on 05/26/2012 12:35:36 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: neverdem

Brilliant as always.


19 posted on 05/26/2012 12:43:30 PM PDT by mykroar (Romney: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Shows daily.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Dude has a way with words, yes?

He also has a way with using words I've never even heard of before. I rarely get through a column without going to the on-line dictionary to look up at least one new word. It's fun; kind of like my lesson for the day.

I'd venture a guess that Steyn has an eidetic memory and remembers everything he's ever read.
20 posted on 05/26/2012 12:46:54 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: nathanbedford
We will prattle on inanely like Maureen Dowd about cultural phenomenon like Facebook rather than recognize blood in the streets and rape in broad daylight, ....

What rape? One of CBS's newsettes was raped with cameras watching in the middle of a Cairene street only a year ago .... and CBS still won't talk about it.

We owe Obozo a treason trial, frankly. He has back-channeled Hillary and the entire State and Defense Departments, and directly engaged the Muslim Brotherhood through unseemly (and murderous, Communist) surrogates to foster this destruction of America's key relationship with a vanguard ally, to the manifest injury of the People of the United States.

21 posted on 05/26/2012 12:49:27 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Shannon

Now I gotta go look up “eidetic”!


22 posted on 05/26/2012 12:55:01 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Shannon
Steyn, for all his brilliance and his recognition of the general superiority of western cuture, baffles me at times. He unabashedly recognizes that the west has developed and grown in ways unparalleld by other cultures and civilizations, but he seldom pays more than lip service to Christianity which is at the very core of the west's success.

I know he is not a theologian or a Christian apologist, but if he would more freely tie in the spiritual with the intellectual he would easily be the equal of a CS Lewis or GK Chesterton.

23 posted on 05/26/2012 1:04:09 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BwanaNdege

Whooo boy!

Steyn doesn’t pull any punches in “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon”.

I highly recommend reading it.

Kindle e-book $9.58 (readable on your PC, Android phone, Tablet or Kindle device)


24 posted on 05/26/2012 1:21:46 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: 9YearLurker

No, things measured in different units are not comparable in size. The “comparison” is like marveling that the distance between two cities (in miles) has approximately 2/3 the value of the speed-limit on some road in miles per hour. If the road connected the cities it would tell you that it would take about 40 min to get from one to the other, but otherwise it’s silly.

(2/3)*(NZ GDP in US$/year)having approximately the same numerical value as Facebook’s market capitalization in US$ is a pointless “comparison”.


25 posted on 05/26/2012 1:23:11 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: EEGator
W looks like he’s going to knock him out.

Chucky's the kind of little smartassy guy who missed out on all his social-adjustment ass-beatings out behind the loading dock.

26 posted on 05/26/2012 1:25:59 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Joe 6-pack
I know he is not a theologian or a Christian apologist, but if he would more freely tie in the spiritual with the intellectual he would easily be the equal of a CS Lewis or GK Chesterton.

I don't know where he hails from, but I'd put a nickel in the dark on South Africa, which if I'm right will have had to alter his perception of humanity quite a bit, and dampened his enthusiasm -- like Kurz's in Heart of Darkness -- for Christian uplifting of the pullulating masses of happily unchristlike barbarians.

Besides, Europe is pretty much a religious dead zone; their Christianity pretty much died of materialism during the two World Wars. By the time my old man got to France and Germany in 1944 and 1945, he said the congregations for weekly Mass were down to children, very old men, and women, and were already well shy of anything like a full house.

27 posted on 05/26/2012 1:31:46 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Doctor 2Brains

May as well look up Solipsism while you’re at it. I had to.


28 posted on 05/26/2012 1:38:11 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

May as well look up Solipsism while you’re at it. I had to.


29 posted on 05/26/2012 1:38:38 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Steyn was born in Canada, and educated in the UK.


30 posted on 05/26/2012 1:39:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: The_Reader_David

You’re being small-minded.

He’s making the comparison in the sense that you might say you could have listened to Wagner’s ring cycle in the time it took you to see a doctor in the emergency room.

No need for equations trying to compare music and medicine, the key point is made simply.


31 posted on 05/26/2012 1:48:57 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: lentulusgracchus

I agree. I’d love to see him get his ass beat.

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” - Henry VI, Shakespeare


32 posted on 05/26/2012 1:49:23 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nathanbedford

“”Western Christian civilization is superior to Islamic barbarism and we will defend our higher way of life against the forces of medievalism, female mutilation, and authoritarianism; it is Islam which must reform and not America and the West which must apologize or submit”?

Your summation reminded me of a bygone era. Different ideology, but really no different.

“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”


33 posted on 05/26/2012 1:55:43 PM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: neverdem

“Indeed, for a “social-media revolution,” the principal beneficiaries seem to be remarkably antisocial: Liberated from the grip of Mubarak the new Egypt is a land where the Israeli embassy gets attacked and ransacked, Christians get killed and their churches burned to the ground, female reporters for the Western media are sexually assaulted in broad daylight, and for the rest of the gals a woman’s place is in the clitoridectomy clinic.”

Even more anti-social than you can believe. The “clitoridectomy clinic(s)” in Egypt are now mobile. No waiting...


34 posted on 05/26/2012 2:08:52 PM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: Owl558
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

It has become a commonplace to observe how far the Democrat party has evolved from the firmness of purpose expressed in Kennedy's inaugural address. The Obama administration is mired up to its genitals in the swamp of relativism seemingly capable only of vomiting up apology after apology out of its dismay over what we have done in the last half-century "to assure the survival and success of liberty."

Whether Kennedy read these words of his speech writer, Ted Sorensen, because he really believed them or because he was insecure and felt it was necessary to dress his new administration with an aura of square jawed purpose is not entirely clear to history. One can review Kennedy's performance at the Vienna summit with Khrushchev, his decision to go ahead with the Bay of Pigs but also his failure to support it, his performance under pressure during the Cuban missile crisis, and come to either conclusion. Kennedy was at the end of the day a politician but he was also an Irish-American patriot. The same could hardly be said of his brothers. Teddy even treacherously consorted with the KGB to gain the White House.

If one looks at the foreign policy of Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama it is difficult to see any coherent driving purpose except acceptance of the notion that the nation state is an evil institution and the American nation state is the most evil of those institutions because it stands athwart the march of socialism toward utopia obstructing progress.

In the shack-up of modern progressive neo-communism with Islamic jihad under Obama we see the inversion of Kennedy's words to the effect that we will support any enemy and subvert any ally to assist in the survival and success of statism and one world socialist government.

Ultimately, one is driven to believe that the ultimate rationalization moving the Obama administration is nothing more elevated than, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." The leftists which now inhabit not only the Oval Office but the State Department and the CIA are so purblind in their hatred of American exceptionalism that they will court Islamic terrorism in the homeland, believing in their arrogance that they will be able to triumph over Islam just as they will have defeated American capitalism. They will stand over the ruins of both.


35 posted on 05/27/2012 12:06:28 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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Well written.

Except the very last sentence, you give them more credit than due.

They will stand over the ruins of both.

36 posted on 05/27/2012 12:14:07 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: neverdem

This guy Steyn is the best.
He’s like a wittier, more intellectual version of the Ann Coulter of five years ago.


37 posted on 05/27/2012 12:26:22 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nathanbedford
Ironically, KGB documents that were declassified and released in 2006 revealed that another Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy (D-Hell), went behind Reagan's back in a brazen attempt to collude with the Soviet Union to undermine American foreign policy.

Naturally, the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms spiked the story on behalf of their fat, drunken, murderous piece of sh** Teddy Kennedy.

38 posted on 05/27/2012 12:49:37 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nathanbedford; neverdem; Lancey Howard; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; onyx

In the shack-up of modern progressive neo-communism with Islamic jihad under Obama we see the inversion of Kennedy's words to the effect that we will support any enemy and subvert any ally to assist in the survival and success of statism and one world socialist government.

39 posted on 05/27/2012 1:28:07 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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