Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ladies in White Betrayed

“On their way to Mass on Sundays they are beaten, kicked and pelted with stones by Castro surrogates.” Mary Anastasia O’Grady

“Yaquelin Heredia Morales, is being held in a facility exclusively for HIV/AIDS prisoners though she does not carry the virus.” Ibid

Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents

Civil liberties have deteriorated since the U.S. said that it would normalize ties.

Cuban activist Guillermo Fariñas in Madrid, June 9.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2016, p. A 9

Fidel Castro turned 90 years old on Saturday, adding plausibility to the popular Cuban theory that even hell doesn’t want him. Meanwhile Cuba’s military dictatorship, now headed by his 83-year-old brother Raúl, is cracking down with renewed brutality on anyone who dares not conform to its totalitarian rule.

If President Obama’s December 2014 softening of U.S. policy toward Cuba was supposed to elicit some quid pro quo on human rights from Havana, it has so far failed. Independent groups that monitor civil liberties on the island say conditions have deteriorated in the 20 months since the Obama decision to normalize relations and ease Cuba trade and travel restrictions for Americans. Many dissident groups opposed any U.S. thaw without human-rights conditions attached and say they feel abandoned by the U.S., which they had long relied on for moral support.

Guillermo Fariñas, a 54-year-old psychologist and winner of the European Parliament’s Andrei Sakharov Prize, is one such disappointed Cuban. Continue reading

Elite Hypocrisy

“Our elites have abandoned or are abandoning the idea that they belong to a country, that they have ties that bring responsibilities, that they should feel loyalty to their people or, at the very least, a grounded respect.” Peggy Noonan

“In Hollywood the wealthy protect their own children from cultural decay.” Ibid

“The State Department showed that almost all Virginia’s refugees since October ‘have been placed in town with lower incomes and higher poverty rates, hours away from the wealthy suburbs outside of Washington, D.C.’” Ibid

How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen

Those in power see people at the bottom as aliens whose bizarre emotions they must try to manage.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the refugee crisis, Sept 7, 2015.
Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal, August 13-14, 2016, p. A 13

This is about distance, and detachment, and a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist.

Recently I spoke with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the conversation quickly turned, as conversations about Ms. Merkel now always do, to her decisions on immigration. Last summer when Europe was engulfed with increasing waves of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries, Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced that Germany would take in an astounding 800,000. Naturally this was taken as an invitation, and more than a million came. The result has been widespread public furor over crime, cultural dissimilation and fears of terrorism. From such a sturdy, grounded character as Ms. Merkel the decision was puzzling—uncharacteristically romantic about people, how they live their lives, and history itself, which is more charnel house than settlement house.

Ms. Merkel’s acquaintance sighed and agreed. It’s one thing to be overwhelmed by an unexpected force, quite another to invite your invaders in! But, the acquaintance said, he believed the chancellor was operating in pursuit of ideals. As the daughter of a Lutheran minister, someone who grew up in East Germany, Ms. Merkel would have natural sympathy for those who feel marginalized and displaced. Moreover she is attempting to provide a kind of counter-statement, in the 21st century, to Germany’s great sin of the 20th. The historical stain of Nazism, the murder and abuse of the minority, will be followed by the moral triumph of open arms toward the dispossessed. That’s what’s driving it, said the acquaintance.  Continue reading

Wahhabism reigns

“The problem for the West started in the 18th century in the area of Najd in the Arabian Peninsula, when two men met. One was a religious figure, Abd al-Wahhab, son of an Islamic cleric (juge) who wanted to stop Bedouins from being pagan.” Michael Curtis

Radical Islam: Wahhabism and Salafism

Michael Curtis, American Thinker, August 12, 2016

In one of the great speeches of the 20th century, General Charles de Gaulle on BBC Radio on June 18,1940 spoke to the French people after the government of France had capitulated to Nazi Germany.  Optimistically, he argued that France would be able in the future to overcome the enemy by a “superior mechanical force.”  The fate of the world depended on it.

Hope, de Gaulle said, must not disappear.

Today, the democratic world must respond to the enemy, radical Islam and Islamist terrorism, with the same force and in the same spirit that de Gaulle embodied.  The task has become increasingly difficult and complicated with the changing nature of the threat and the varied massacres and terrorist Islamist attacks.  The West has also now become aware of the sophisticated propaganda machine of the jihadist terrorist groups, especially ISIS, whose propaganda spreads on the internet, Skype, Facebook, YouTube, and satellite outlets.  Now revelations about one intelligence unit, EMNI, responsible for an external terrorist network, of the secret service of ISIS, is the latest cause for Western concern.

The first organized attack on the West came from groups such as al-Qaeda that concentrated on important or symbolic targets.  Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11 and war on U.S., arguing that the U.S. had massacred Muslim people and supported Israel.  To this attack was added the fight against those regimes, including Saudi Arabia, that aided the U.S.  Continue reading