July 4, 1976

As an American I still feel enormous pride in what Israel did 43 years ago today. As the linked essay states, Israel — the bulwark of democracy in the Middle East — proved the war against Islamic fascism was indeed winnable.

[…] In the decade preceding Entebbe, Palestinian terrorists were responsible for at least 50 skyjackings. Exasperated Western nations took measured comfort in the fact that finally, a resilient nation with backbone, took resolute military action against those waging war on civilization. Following the rescue, the skyjacking scourge declined measurably, and the Baader-Meinhof terror cell responsible for carrying out the hijacking jointly with the PFLP became largely ineffectual thanks to the liquidation of two of its central members as well as post-raid resignations and defections. Most importantly, Israel demonstrated to the world in spectacular fashion that the war on terror was indeed winnable.

June 4, 1989

Thirty years ago today all hope for democratic reform in China died along side thousands of Chinese citizens who were murdered in Tienanmen Square while protesting their government. Fred Gedrich, an eyewitness to the event, has written an excellent remembrance of this watershed moment.

[…] It was at that moment I witnessed the spirit of freedom in action. Against overwhelming odds, those sympathetic to the freedom movement fought back without weapons. Some attempted to stop the tanks by erecting barricades and blowing up cars, buses, and trucks on the street in a futile attempt to prevent the convoy from moving forward. Eventually, the troops in the tanks used machine gun fire to disperse demonstrators and, for good measure, directed a few warning shots towards our hotel to prevent Westerners from observing what was happening.

The tanks eventually burst through burning debris and headed down the avenue towards Tiananmen. Afterward, I went into the street to comfort some of the locals. Their faces were filled with horror and voices with anguished cries. Various sources suggest that death casualties among the locals ranged several hundred to several thousand – but no one knows for sure because of the communist government’s tight control of information. In a span of just a few short hours, I witnessed the spark of freedom, and saw it extinguished. And I decided forthwith that speaking out on behalf of freedom would be a life passion.

How did the U.S. respond to that atrocity? Rather tepidly in the long run. […]

Another excellent essay at American Spectator:

On this day in 1989, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army opened fire on civilians throughout the Chinese capital of Beijing, killing hundreds of students and activists who had assembled to protest for democracy and reforms of China’s authoritarian government and political system. The incident, now known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, shocked observers worldwide, resulting in international condemnation and sanctions.

Three decades later, democracy has not come to China. Indeed, the personalized politics of the Mao era has returned with Xi Jinping, who has overseen the introduction of “Xi Jinping Thought” into the Chinese constitution and the removal of term limits. To the east of the country, it is working at a breakneck pace to seize ocean territories in defiance of international opinion; in the west, it has interned millions of Uyghurs in “re-education camps” without trial. The Communist Party has been blunt in its efforts to undermine and dismantle the political autonomy of Hong Kong, China’s last remaining bastion of democracy. The government is notoriously unfair in its conduct of trade: companies hoping to do business in China are pressured to hand over technology, and where such pressure is infeasible, state spies have few qualms about theft. […]

More, quoting this blog’s spiritual father: “30 Years After Tiananmen Square, China’s Communists Are Still Doubling Down on Repression”

[…] As George Orwell wrote, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

The Chinese Communist Party is controlling the past, suppressing the truth about the Tiananmen Square massacre. The truth cannot be suppressed forever, but the tragedy of Tiananmen Square shows that big government tyranny can crack down on dissent for decades. Americans should remember the horrors of the 20th century and know that the threat of big government communism has not been erased from the world.

If China can kill thousands of protesters and suppress that truth from its people after 30 years, even in the internet age, government tyranny is emphatically not a thing of the past. The modern Western miracle of free-market prosperity, limited government, and broad civil rights is not the norm in human history: government oppression and poverty is. Those who encourage rejecting that miracle in favor of socialism and communism should reckon with this dark history and reconsider their support for a style of government that historically trends back toward oppression.

April 24, 1915

The Armenian Genocide: Islam’s greatest slaughter of Christians….

Today, April 24, marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire throughout World War I. Then, the Turks liquidated approximately 1.5 million Armenians and 300,000 Assyrians.

Most objective American historians who have studied the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide:

More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000…. Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present.[…]

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There were massive death marches.

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There were concentration camps. There was starvation. There was torture. There were firing squads.

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There were executions. There were beheadings. There were crucifixions. There was the extermination of millions of Armenian men, women, and children spanning from 1914-15, and carried out by Turkey …

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And it was religion/ideology-driven genocide that, to this day, has its own set of deniers including Turkey and Turkey’s government today who insist it did not happen because Muslims are not capable of such things. Hitler allegedly claimed he could get away with his Jewish Holocaust twenty years later in WWII because Turkey had gotten away with theirs in WWI…

(WSJ) – Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam.

Turkey, which has long rejected the term genocide to describe the killings, swiftly called its ambassador to the Vatican back to Ankara for consultations after the pope’s remarks. Turkey’s foreign ministry also summoned the Vatican’s envoy to Ankara, informing him that the government was “disappointed and saddened” by the pontiff’s comments, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.

The pope, speaking at a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the 100 years since the killings, addressed the massacres in the context of the contemporary persecution of Christians in the Muslim world. That subject has become an increasingly pressing theme for Pope Francis—who, before becoming pontiff, had close ties to Buenos Aires’s overwhelmingly Christian Armenian community.

Even as he has continued to call for better relations between Catholicism and Islam, the pope has urged Muslim leaders to denounce the actions of extremists and pushed Christians of different churches to stand together in the face of anti-Christian violence.

The pope’s statement is a boost for Armenia’s decadeslong campaign to define the killings as genocide, as well as a setback for Turkey’s efforts to fend off the accusations of systematic killing.

Armenians—the vast majority of whom are Christians—say that as many as 1.5 million Armenians were systematically killed during World War I in today’s eastern Turkey, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire.

A number of countries officially recognize the killings as genocide. But Turkey contests Armenian claims about the scale of losses; it argues that hundreds of thousands actually died in warfare and famine, and that many Turks were also killed by Armenians. Turkey argues that the question of genocide should be left to historians rather than politicians.

Pope Francis said Sunday that “it is necessary, and indeed a duty,” to “recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forbears had to endure…Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.”

Turkey accused the Vatican of using history for political aims: by singling out Armenians and not mentioning all lost lives in Anatolia during World War I. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the comments were “not fitting of the Pope.”

“The Pope’s declaration, divorced from historical and legal facts, is unacceptable. Religious posts are not positions to stoke hatred and grudges on baseless claims,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a message from his official Twitter account.

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The Armenian Genocide and my grandmother’s secret

Decades ago when I was very young, my grandmother, Mary Kupelian, told me a haunting story I’ve wondered about ever since.

As I sat in the kitchen of her cozy little home in Bethesda, Maryland, eating her delicious homemade bread and talking about a frequent topic – the Armenian Genocide, which she and my dad (as a little boy) had barely survived – she shared with me the following enigma.

A people killed twice

It is the forgotten 20th-century catastrophe. In 1915, under cover of world war, Ottoman Turks wiped out a third of the Armenian population. To this day, Turkey denies blame – and, behind it, Britain stands firm among a dwindling band of nations that fail to acknowledge the massacres were genocide

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Centennial

Today is the centennial of the man who became the 20th Century’s conscience: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. One of a handful of writers I consider among the best the west has ever produced. For the three volume Gulag Archipelago alone his legacy is guaranteed, but he wrote so much more, especially Cancer Ward and One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich.

In City Journal, “Solzhenitsyn: A Centennial Tribute“:

December 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aleksandr Isaievech Solzhenitsyn. A writer of immense talent and spiritual depth, the century’s greatest critic of the totalitarian immolation of liberty and human dignity, a thinker and moral witness who illumined the fate of the human soul hemmed in by barbed wire in the East, and a materialist cornucopia in the West, the mature Solzhenitsyn remained remarkably faithful to the twin imperatives of courage and truth. A modern Saint George, he slew the dragon of ideological despotism with rare eloquence, determination, and grit. For that alone, he deserves to be forever remembered.

He had two great “missions,” as he called them: to witness to those who suffered and perished in the Soviet prison-camp system (and accompanying manifestations of Communist repression); and to trace the roots of the Soviet tragedy in the great unfolding “red wheel,” especially in the February Revolution of 1917 that preceded the October Revolution later that year and made it all but inevitable. He is the author of two great “literary cathedrals,” as the Solzhenitsyn scholar Georges Nivat put it: The Gulag Archipelago and The Red Wheel, two “experiments in literary investigation” that will require decades to come to terms with in any adequate way. Many silly and even pernicious things have been written about Solzhenitsyn by those who confuse love of truth with dogmatism, and the “active struggle with evil,” as Solzhenitsyn once described it, with moral fanaticism. And among these tendentious critics are those who mock patriotism, repentance, self-limitation, and liberty under God—that is, all of Solzhenitsyn’s enduring themes and commitments. […]

Invading “Migrants” Remind Germany That Nobody Puts Hitler on a Corner

Europe is in deep cultural and national security trouble. This is what happens when you, rather, your heady leftist leadership governments and the squeamish PC populations make an enemy invasion so quick and welcoming. (I say this because the U.S. is about to do the same thing, in addition to our already asinine border situation.) The sovereignties of Germany and other countries is near collapse as the majority of these Hegira ‘refugees’ have no intentions of assimilating or of allowing existing cultural traditions and norms to stand. They have already begun the fundamental transformation of Germany, France, Great Britain, the Scandi countries and more. The 21st century Crusades are underway and our leaders are not only allowing it but inviting it.

More @ The Gateway Pundit

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Sweden’s Political Gaffes Add to PM’s Woes Amid Refugee Overload…

Deception and Deflection: The Western Left Throws ‘Feminism’ Under the “Refugee” Bus

Mark Steyn is absolutely brilliant, as is Nigel Farage who makes his own rebuttal to the two liberals in the extended video versions of this debate.

“Newborn feminists” (the left always believes they own the language) are obsessed with ‘sex’ and it’s why they are leading the charge against this cultural invasion by “migrants”?

Conservatives have always been the true ‘feminists’. We have pointed out the anti-woman leanings of the pop culture that sees girls and women as so much entertainment and publicity fodder for low-end cultural morals. And while we disagree with the objectification and sexualizing of females in our society we have never viewed women/females as less than any other person in our society. As a matter of fact, our anti-abortion stance is based in the belief that women are actually superior in their ability to have life created and nurtured in their wombs.

However, today’s liberal/leftist “feminists” are showing their true colors. It has never really been about the individual rights of women, but the ‘collective’ political power in harnessing this idea that only leftists/liberals are capable of defending women. Bullshit on so many levels. In these last nearly 16 years of our military involvement in Islamic based countries our military has seen and has tried very hard to bring rights and equality to females (AND young boys) in these backwater cultures that beat and rape and execute them at will for even the slightest imagined insult against their cultural religion.

But now we see the left actually chuckling and shrugging-off the dark ages of this culture being invited into their own socially modern societies where the women have now become acceptable ‘collateral damages’ in the name of ‘tolerance’ and political correctness. More bullshit. And as is stated, these Western government officials are diluting the rights of their own females by insisting they abide by the invaders’ cultural demands, and these attacks are somehow their own fault.

I recall when I was young watching TV shows where during a rape trial a woman’s attire (sultry or not, or even naked) or individual freedom to come and go whenever and wherever she pleased was defined as NOT reason for the defense to excuse the rapist’s crime against her. And now today’s liberal/left feminists shrug it off and, as is stated near the end, have basically sold out women in favor of appeasing these extremely antiquated cultures invading their countries. And make no mistakes, in all this huffy-puffy current LGBTXYZ activism and liberal outrage forcing wedding cake baking and hosting, and mixed bathroom attendance YOU’RE NEXT on this radical Islamic invasion’s radar. Yet, you refuse to see they have no intentions of assimilating to your modern society norms, and you have no intentions of expecting or insisting they do so. You are openly willing to throw your own into the fires as long as your own wretched, fascist, hypocritical and dictatorial ideology presumably survives.

There will come a reckoning, lefties…

Steyn’s closing statement on this current ‘migration’ invasion into the West is stunning. Listen to what he says about the ‘American poem’ nailed to the base of the Statue of Liberty. I totally agree…

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2/3rds Of British Muslims Wouldn’t Tell Government About A Terror Plot

Two Recently Arrived Muslim Immigrant Boys Attempt Murder of a 9-Year-old Canadian Schoolgirl by ‘..Choking Her With Chains..’

WOW! Just WOW! Follow the embedded links at the blog to the full original story printed by The Chronicle Herald News, AND especially the link to their retraction, and downright fucking apology, for having printed it: “School bullying story needed more work” … and tidbits like this: “Our story was incomplete and insufficiently corroborated, given the serious nature of the allegations.” … And this was said after they extended the list of parental complaints of this school bullying by ‘immigrants’ at the school. And this: “Readers also rightly pointed out that the headline ‘Parents worried over school kids’ brutality’ was unfortunate. Using the word brutality to describe children, particularly of an identifiable cultural group, is problematic.”

Get the fuck off this planet. Just go.

Obama’s Legacy of Genocide

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Make no mistake, when this legacy of horrific failure can no longer be ignored by the MSM that pushed Obama into two election wins through lies, cover-ups, and racist bullying, and have spent these last nearly 8 years burying the facts and truths about his miserable policies at home and abroad that have cost trillions in gold and countless lives in our military and the innocents in Syria, Iraq and other countries that trusted and depended on us, said media will insist these 8 years are George W. Bush’s fault for going into Iraq.

This is the real face of Barack Obama’s and his ilk’s ideas of “social justice”…

( Jennifer Rubin @ WaPo) – The plunge of Syria and Iraq into seemingly interminable warfare is the most long-lasting debacle of the Obama presidency. Despite a temporary cease-fire in Syria — which only cements Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule and Russia’s geopolitical victory — and some gains in Iraq, the facts on the ground have changed irreparably.

While subsequent presidents may be able to halt Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons (although thanks to President Obama, more likely through the use of force), genocide cannot be undone. On March 17, Secretary of State John Kerry had this to say:

My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh [the Islamic State] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions — in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities. . . .

Our goal, after all, is not just to defeat Daesh — only to find that in a few years some new terrorist group with a different acronym has taken its place. Our purpose is to marginalize and defeat violent extremists once and for all.

By that standard, the Obama administration has failed miserably.

Of course, the Islamic State is responsible for only part of the mayhem. The continued rule of Assad — who has repeatedly used chemical weapons with no real or lasting consequences and has waged a bloody civil war taking the lives of more than 300,000 and turning millions into refugees — is a critical part of Obama’s legacy as well. In other words, the Obama team will leave behindmore than a genocide. 

Consider how culpable are the president and his advisers

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Do not remove Hillary Clinton from this massive grave.
She was directly responsible for all of the Libya policy, and the gun-running into Syria from that country during her tenure in the US State Department. This woman must NEVER be allowed in the federal government at any level ever again, most especially as POTUS. Never.

And let’s be clear, Obama’s policies in Syria and the region are also partly responsible for the troubles Europe is now having with the floods of “refugees” and the terrorism being transplanted with it. The rest of the responsibility is on the backs of those European countries who have foolishly believed in unrestricted immigration, to the point of inviting it, and not enforcing assimilation and tolerance to their country’s culture and laws, just stupidity in a lazy appeasement of the invaders’ cultural and religious whims.

Have a look at just one example: Air France stewardesses furious over order to wear headscarves on Tehran flights