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  • Journalist Disputes Syrian Chemical Attack in British Publication

    04/19/2018 8:18:20 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    Duke of Qin to Zhang Fei

    Your thinking is too clever by half. Like your Israeli example showed, you don’t need chemical weapons to get people to leave. Gun down all the adult men, rape the women and children. People will get the message and leave. Starvation is an even more effective tool to precipitate large scale population transfers. Immediate hunger and thirst will force undesirable Sunnis out of Syria faster than a random once a year chemical weapon attack.

    The biggest problem with the American strategy in Syria is fundamentally because the Americans demand that they be the “goodies” and other people be “baddies” and thus the mountain of lies peddled by the American luggenpresse regarding America’s role in Syria.

    The most beneficent reading of America’s intention in Syria is that the CIA/Pentagon/State Department honestly thought a foreign Jihadi backed Sunni radical movement could affect a relatively quick and painless regime change to a more Pro-American government and that simple bureaucratic inertia kept with this strategy for years past its sell by date even when it became obvious it wasn’t going to work. This is plausible because the American establishment is precisely that combination of delusionally stupid and cravenly careerist that this is a realistic explanation.

    The alternative hypothesis is that the CIA/Pentagon/State Department knew exactly what it was doing in funding Jihadists and forming an alliance of opportunity with Al Qaeda and really has no expectation of actually overthrowing Assad. The entire purpose of the War is only tangentially related to Syria and it is instead primarily a method to bleed Iran and to a lesser degree Russia of men and material at relatively modest financial cost to itself. Afghanistan redux. The hundreds of thousands of Syrian dead are simply irrelevant roadkill in this strategy.

    The rather bold faced lies coming from American state media could be reconciled by either explanation. The first theory is that the lies are to shield their gross incompetence. The second theory is that the lies are to shield their Machiavellian scheming which soft hearted American voters wanting to be the good guys would never publically approve of.

  • When A War Went Worldwide 75 Years Ago

    07/28/2016 9:11:24 AM PDT · 18 of 26
    Duke of Qin to Pontiac

    Long time lurker, very rare poster, but your comment and the response really got my goat so to speak.

    You could not be more wrong. The idea of “Just War” is neither a hallmark of Christianity or actually designed to prevent civilian casualties. Rather “Just War” is the logical outcome of the Whig/Marxist dialectic and by innate design, encourages totalizing wars of annihilation. The logic may seem counterfactual, but as with usual leftists plots, the path to hell is paved with good intentions.

    Total war isn’t actually a modern concept, it is actually an ancient and primitive one. The complete destruction of an opposing group was the de-facto way of war since man was using wood clubs and flint spears. Even with the arrival of Christianity, this didn’t change much since the default method of warfare in Europe up into the late middle ages from the collapse of the Roman Empire was the Chevauchee, i.e. the civilian massacre.

    The big break actually came following the bloodletting of the Thirty Years War and the new European balance of power that lasted up until the beginning of the 20th century. The general trend of European warfare from the late 17th century onwards were characterized by frequency but remarkably few casualties both military and civilian given the number of combatants involved. What generally happened was when once side was losing, they would surrender en mass or retreat and the other side would accept it and not murder all the captives as generally tended to happen before.

    The reason why wars became less bloody at this time was not because of “Just War” but rather because war became legitimized for all parties involved. That is to say following Westphalia, notions of justice were simply irrelevant and wars became more like sporting contests. Sure you lost round one, but there is always next season and when all parties accepted the legitimacy of state aggression, the costs of losing wars became less onerous for the participants and thus the incentive to completely annihilate the others in an all or nothing gambit disappears.

    “Just War” on the other hand returns us back to the earlier era where the legitimacy of all parties involved is not de facto acknowledged. Instead of recognizing winners and losers of political contests, it sees only the “Righteous” and the “Criminal”. Upholders of the so-called International Order and breakers of the Peace. Paradoxically, “Just War” theory rather than preventing conflicts which arises from differences in interests, serves to maximize grudges and encourage escalation. When all parties see one another as illegitimate enemies instead of competing principals, the stakes become all the higher and chancy wars of annihilation and the resultant civilian massacres become certain.

  • ISIS Makes Gains in Syria Territory Bombed by Russia

    10/10/2015 11:20:04 PM PDT · 27 of 79
    Duke of Qin to Brad from Tennessee

    I think this is something that many people haven’t realized yet which Western and Gulf states are working so hard to obscure via their media propaganda is that the various rebel factions including ISIS all share the same agenda, Sunni Islamic supremacy and the extermination of all infidels. Some just simply have a wider definition of infidels than others. Like the various Communist splinter groups that battled one another over quibbles in interpretation of Marxism and the “proper” revolutionary path, the end goal was still the dictatorship of the proletariat. You say People’s liberation front of Judea. I say Judean people’s liberation front. There is minor differences in ISIS and All Nusra or the dozens of other groups of armed men who change affiliations on a weekly basis. A “moderate” Syrian rebel group fighting for secular democracy simply does not exist in reality. Merely bands of jihadists practicing taqiyah who are willing to accept American money and weapons and bands of jihadists so dogmatic that that they don’t. The overthrow of Assad won’t usher in anything other than another Libya. There is no way America can influence developments in Syria to the way it wants without significant ground forces and an occupation. Present American policy also shared by the Gulf States and Turkey can only result in Sharia law and various stripes of Jihadists fighting for power over the carcass of a former Syrian state. The Russian policy is to restore the antebellum status quo with Assad in power and all of the rebels dead. Which outcome is more desirable depends on who you ask, but there will be no “Free” liberal Syria at the end of either road. That is simply a fantasy shared by both neoconservatives and liberal interventionists.

  • Video: Carly Fiorina on how she would fight ISIS

    05/28/2015 8:49:01 PM PDT · 72 of 112
    Duke of Qin to SeekAndFind

    Fiorona is an incompetent clown like most of the Washington establishment. Her proposals vis-à-vis the Islamic state are as juvenile as the moronic liberals who think more government money will fix everything. To destroy the Islamic state will mean recognizing Assad’s continued right to rule Syria. To overthrow Assad means the further expansion of Sunni fundamentalist power in the middle east. One path is mutually exclusive of the other. To claim otherwise is patent nonsense akin to a whore claiming technical virginity. The entire Washington establishment is speaking with forked tongues because they actually do not want to do anything about Isis at all. One cannot speak of the Vietnam war without mentioning the role of the Soviet Union and PRC in backing the Vietnamese communists yet Isis has apparently seized half of Iraq and Syria after manifesting from the desert air. Simply put Isis is the catspaw of the Gulf petrostates and Turkey. They keep the former funded and supplied and allow and even actively facilitate the entry of Jihadists into the war. The Islamic state exists because the Sunni’s want it to, believing it to be a useful tool to roll back Shia in general and Iranians specifically. The US has the capability to roll back and destroy the Islamic state in weeks if it wanted to. It does not, so everyone is making pious sheep noises about Isis barbarism while the enablers continue to keep giving them money. Idle hands are the devil’s playthings and in this case the rich petrol sheiks have decoded that Jihad is a worthwhile activity instead of working for a living. It will be interesting to see if the Gulf states and Turkey can keep the crazies on a leash to direct them against targets of their choosing or if will slip free and eventually behead them in turn for insufficient zeal in Mohammedanism.

  • US sees Israel, tight Mideast ally, as spy threat

    07/28/2012 6:06:15 PM PDT · 33 of 43
    Duke of Qin to Tzfat

    Wrong. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law. The Jews are no more the Chosen of God. Christ’s love brought salvation to all and the Chosen are now all those in communion with him.

  • Foreign Policy: The Mess In Mali (Surprise! Obama's magical Libyan tour results in more Sharia)

    04/11/2012 6:58:27 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    Duke of Qin
    Once is coincidence, but Obama seems to have made a habit of shooting America in the foot. Surprisingly from National Proletariat Radio of all places.
  • John Derbyshire: Racial Heretic

    04/07/2012 3:44:30 PM PDT · 41 of 68
    Duke of Qin to jocon307

    The problem is that Derbyshire did make the argument in a rational sober tone. No matter how much the message is sugarcoated, the Left and their dog robbers in the Republican party will cry r-r-racist! Self censoring to avoid hurt feelings is just one of the effeminate intellectual shackles that Marxism has foisted on public debate.

    People, with few exception are extremely maladapt at probabilistic thinking. A lack of intelligence doesn’t make anyone a bad person. But chances are they will be extremely poor decision makers, have lower inhibitions, poor impulse control, etc. Derbyshire did not say that Blacks are stupid, corrupt, corrupt, and to be avoided. He said that a significant number were stupider, more corrupt, and more dangerous than the national (non-black) mean and those to be avoided. People have the freedom of association and there are plenty of non-black individuals I would write off ever interacting with. It just so happens to be that there are plenty more blacks on that list (Disparate Impact!). Why take the risk at all when the opportunity costs of avoiding it are so negligible.

  • Indian students ranked 2nd last in global test

    01/16/2012 4:20:56 PM PST · 1 of 26
    Duke of Qin
    For all the slings and arrows hurled against the U.S. educational system, it is still empirically without a doubt the best in the world (Unfortunately it also happens to be the most expensive and wasteful). The biggest problem facing American education and one that absolutely no one in the educational bureaucracy will address is that the Marxists running the show keep attempting (and failing) to circle the square by closing "gaps" and disparities. Naturally to do so requires more diversity commissars, and more propaganda drummed into peoples heads, and most of all more money. In truth, even the under performing immigrant students are doing wildly better than in their home countries. Yet the powers that be keep clucking their heads at declining test scores without accounting for the demographic shift of America's future generations.
  • Game Fish Bill: ‘Beginning of the End for Commercial Fishing’ (North Carolina)

    01/15/2012 1:31:45 PM PST · 59 of 64
    Duke of Qin to bksanders

    What’s really interesting to me is that commercial aquaculture has not taken off in a big way in the US which is somewhat surprising. The US helped pioneer industrial agriculture and food production and productivity has exploded, lowering food prices and increasing both the quantity, quality, and availability of nutritious food to everyone. Yet fishing remains the same today as it has for the last several thousand years of human history. Certainly people have better boats now and GPS guidance systems and sonar to help find fish, but the fundamentals are the same, men in a boat with a net.

    Modern poultry, pork, and beef production differ vastly from pre-industrial practices and it’s well past time for fish production to catch up. Wild fish stocks are rapidly depleting and eventually everyone will be eating farm raised fish anyway so now is as good of a time as any to make the switch.

  • 62 Year old grandfather on vacation dies in Florida police custody

    01/14/2012 12:23:12 PM PST · 19 of 126
    Duke of Qin to humblegunner

    I’m sorry, but the original title was too long and would not post, so I had to reword it slightly.

  • 62 Year old grandfather on vacation dies in Florida police custody

    01/14/2012 12:01:37 PM PST · 1 of 126
    Duke of Qin
    I like this part the best.

    Deputy Medical Examiner Dr Robert Pfalzgraf later noted in his autopsy report that, two days after his death, brown-orange liquid pepper spray was still all over Christie's body.

    Pfalzgraf ruled the death a homicide, as Christie's heart gave out due to stress from his exposure to pepper spray. An internal investigation concluded there no wrongdoing on the part of any Lee County deputy.

    None of the deputies involved were disciplined in any way and Florida State Attorney Stephen Russell declined to press criminal charges.

  • Return of the War Party?

    11/16/2011 8:23:55 PM PST · 18 of 18
    Duke of Qin to jimbo123

    Buchanan loves America most. He would make a far better president than any other currently running Republican candidate.

  • Zuccotti protesters put up women-only tent to prevent sexual assaults (More Obamaville madness...)

    11/05/2011 8:04:01 AM PDT · 12 of 40
    Duke of Qin to jimbo123

    Anyone who remembers Haight-Ashbury would have seen this coming a mile away. A group of utterly delusional naifs gather, and the wolves move in sensing prey.

  • In France, far right capitalizes on euro crisis

    10/07/2011 6:12:07 PM PDT · 12 of 37
    Duke of Qin to Cicero

    Ah the no true Scotsman fallacy. France is France and America is America. Le Pen is willing to stand up for the dignity of France and the French people. She argues against the tidal wave of ethnically disparate third world aliens invading her home. Stands up against the crushing bureaucracy of Brussels. If only America had politicians who would do the same. Instead there is only the tweedle dee of a mulatto socialist beholden to god knows whom and a tweedle dum of Perrius Bushus Maximus II.

    If the single defining qualification of an American president is simple unceasing obeisance and groveling towards Israel then Americans do not deserve or even need the vote. I’m sure Bibi would be perfectly willing to appoint a viceroy, not that it’s even necessary.

  • Census count finds decreasing white population in 15 states

    09/29/2011 8:13:42 PM PDT · 20 of 95
    Duke of Qin to libh8er

    Overall non-hispanic white population increased by 1.2% in 10 years. Overall population growth was 9.7%. Relative declines in non-hispanic whites as a percentage of the total population are national and in every state. 15 states also witnessed absolute declines in numbers of non-hispanic whites.

  • U.K. Schools Ban Witches’ Black Hats for Promoting…Racism Among Children?

    09/27/2011 10:44:19 AM PDT · 3 of 12
    Duke of Qin to Free ThinkerNY

    Thus the West dies. Not with fire and blood but the crushing force of accumulated petty tyrannies.