Thursday, May 31, 2007

So, he is in, apparently

It was amazing how the Republican presidential challenge was dominated by the man who hasn't even decided to run. It seems, that has ended finally, since Fred Thompson has publicly announced his candidacy.

For weeks conservative Republicans touted Thompson as their "great white hope". But other then his movie and TV roles, what does the public actually know about him? He served two terms in the US Senate, but it doesn't seem he was active or outspoken. What are his stands on the burning issues of today, such as global jihad and, more domestically, energy independence and especially immigration? It seems that the proposed amnesty bill and it's consequences is going to be the dominating topic not only in the coming days. Nobody has heard Thompson taking a stance on any of this. For the time being Thompson is doing excellent in the opinion polls for someone who hasn't officially run until now, but as the campaign goes on he will eventually have to make a clear statement and that will either prop him up or sink him. Giuliani, with the image of the tough, no-nonsense New York mayor and the hero of 9/11, looked all but a sure winner a few months ago, but since then his ideas on abortion and gay marriage came out(not to mention his pictures in a drag) and that cooled off many a Republican.

Thompson, if he wants to have any chance of winning the Republican nomination, will have to bring in something new and by that I don't mean the internet campaign. While that is important, it is only a means. It is the new goal that must be given a reason for all those bloggers and internet activists to write why is it that Thompson should be president, how different is he from others.

Now, the last time the Republican party nominated an actor they won in a landslide both times. History hardly ever repeats itself and Thompson better have something more to go on then what he has now if he wants a serious shot at the White House. Otherwise, "president Hillary Rodham Clinton" is becoming a serious prospective each day.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This is the EU

For practically the whole year EU has been trying to make a unified policy for Kosovo and Metohija but the obstacle was always the policy of one memeber, most notably Spain, Italy and Slovakia. EU comissioners in Brussels, however, insisted that unity will be reached. It could only mean that the dissenters would be coerced into supporting the Ahtissari plan.

Confirmation of this came in the recent days when Italy and Slovakia announced their support for the US-led policy. Italian PM Romano Prodi said that they "did not change their opinions but that the circumstances changed". In other words, they were blackmailed into submission.

So much for respect for memeber states. As well as for the Baldrick-style "cunning plan" by some of the more idiotic EUtopians in Serbia that consisted of Serbia dissing Kosovo for EU membership and then when the time came she would block Kosovo's membership. Fat chance! In fact none, as we have just seen. Lesser members are forced to conform with policies directly against their interests in the name of the higher goal, or rather THE GOAL! The Union is everything, members are nothing. The policies of it are in full accordance with Mussolini's principle: everything within the Union, nothing outside the Union, nothing against the Union.

I may be preaching to the choir when I say this, but I'd like to ask people from the EU reding this, especially the new members from Eastern Europe: is this what you signed up for?

Monday, May 28, 2007

Principle? What prinicple?

While on one hand doing it's most to sever Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia, on the other the USA is demanding that Bosnia and Hercegovina be reunified.

Don't bother trying to look for a logic in the US policy in the Balkans and elsewhere. There is none. Or rather, there is, but it has nothing to do with the public proclamations the White House amd the State Department make. Either that or they are insane.

As for the outrageous demands the US made, Republika Srpska prime minister Dodik naturally dismissed them out of hand. But such bullying approach does not concern me a lot because it has very small, even non-existant chance of succeeding. It is the "cooking the frog" method, the creeping unification that could be imposed through seemingly harmless measures that I fear. And I doubt any politician in Srpska is up to this challenge.

Friday, May 25, 2007

"We shoudn't have occupied Iraq"

Says who? Al Gore? Hillary Clinton? John Kerry? Some other democrat? No, it's former US ambassador to the UN, Bush apointee John Bolton.

Of course, Bolton's reasons for expressing such an opinion are redically different then the "Bush is evil" rantings from the liberal left. He gives a reasonable, political point if view, but his analysis, while correct as a draft, is a bit superficial.

For instance, Bolton does not analyze the key premise for such a long term occupation of Iraq nad the main goal of the Iraq war architects, which is establishing democracy. He does come close, but falls short of saying that this goal was flawed in it's essence. It's proponents were utterly ignorant about almost everything. They knew nothing about the history of Iraq, the nature of islam which was for 1400 years a dominant wordlview, the sunni-shia split and it's consequences, the tribalistic culture of Iraq.

What they lacked in knowledge, however, they made up perfectly with hubris and fascination with brute force. Democracy, you see, is the answer for everything, they say. Once they vote, they will see how great it is to pick your own representatives. After all don't the "ordinary moms and dads in the middle East" want the same for their children as those in the US? And so what if they don't? So what if they elect people who want to eradicate the other group and, while they are at it, also take down an American soldier here and there? We will respond, we will stay as long as it takes, do whatever it takes, until we win the hearts and minds of ordinary Iraqis. Yes, this is the mindset of those that constructed the whole Iraq war idea. It is not therefore at all unusual that they first say that it is racist to think that muslims are not ready for democracy and then about a minute later say that they will crush and subdue them with any means necessary and that "Arabs only respect force".

Not one of the proponents of the Iraq democratization plan is admitting their mistake. Then again, they don't have much choice, do they? They invested their whole reputations pursuing this idea which, when it comes to Iraq has become the idea. A whole worldview is now at stake not to mention a significant number of careers. Which is why further lives and resources must go to the fantasy of Iraqi democracy, lives and resources that should be used to fight against an all to real threat of global jihad. And that's the worst part, because the unpopularity and by now evident sheer folly of the war in Iraq has many a common man starting to buy the talking points of islamic apologists and their liberal globalist allies of how the global jihad does not exist and that it is all an invention of the "evil Bush administration". Such a development endangeres us all, not just those presently living under constant threat of jihadist violence.

Bolton was a senior member of the Bush administration and his words carry much more weight then those of any pundit or analyst. It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction his words provoke. It would be nice if this would start a real debate about Iraq and global jihad outside the artificially imposed "Stay the course" - "Bush is evil" dichotomy.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bye-bye Britain, it's been nice knowing you

Quick, get all the Shakespeare's works, poems by Lord Byron and Schelley, novels from Walter Scott, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens. While you're at it make sure you buy DVDs of movies by David Lean, Alfred Hitchkok and Sir Richard Attenborough with the likes of Richard Burton, David Niven, Vivian Leigh, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Liz Taylor, Alec Guiness and Sir Laurence Olivier. Don't forget the albums by Beatles, Queen, Iron Maiden or Sex Pistols(depending on your taste). Because if British conservative leader Cameron has his way, those will be just reminders of an extinct culture.

Cameron spent a couple of days living with a muslim family in England and has come to some interesting conclusions. One of them was:

Here the picture is bleak: family breakdown, drugs, crime and incivility are part of the normal experience of modern Britain. Many British Asians see a society that hardly inspires them to integrate. Indeed, they see aspects of modern Britain which are a threat to the values they hold dear - values which we should all hold dear. Asian families and communities are incredibly strong and cohesive, and have a sense of civic responsibility which puts the rest of us to shame. Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.

I am curious...Do these family values include honour killings and arranged child marriages? How about the hijab, women being unable to leave the house without a male companion? Putting those questions aside, Cameron basically trashes his own country and it's culture and traditions and says that another culture, not indigenous to the British isles is superior and therefore the British culture must make way. How about returning to the family values of old, the values of traditional protestant and catholic churches, that enabled Britain to win both world wars and built the most powerful and advanced nation in the world at one point, and then demand that immigrants assimilate to that? Ah, but that is not an option, because that is narrow-minded, xenophobic.

There are more pearls from him such as this one:

First, a concerted attack on racism and soft bigotry...But many Muslims I've talked to about these issues are deeply offended by the use of the word 'Islamic' or 'Islamist' to describe the terrorist threat we face today.

So saying that islamic terrorism is islamic terrorism would be racist. Never mind that Bin Laden, Hamas and others publicly proclaim as their goal the supreme rule of islam in the world or that they regularly quote the Koran, sunna and the hadith. It offends people to call them "islamic terrorists" and so a Newspeak term must be come up with, and the facts be damned.

And this is supposedly the leader of the nominally "right wing" Conservative party. No, it's definitely not the party of Lloyd George and Churchill. Will the last sane person leaving Britain please turn the lights off?

My two cents on the Champions League final

Or rather the Lucky League final, because the luckiest, not the best team won. No wonder Napoleon used to enquire whether his generals were lucky.

This seems harsh and bitter to you? Let's look at the facts. Milan's group consisted of Lille, Anderlecht and AEK Athens. Honestly, if Serie A sent last-placed Ascoli they would stand a chance of going through. Then in the knock-out stages the first opponent was by far with the least quality, Celtic who in European cups hasn't been able to draw, let alone win away from Parkhead in ages, yet managed to hang on to 0-0 at San Siro after 90 minutes only to fall after extra time. Next opponent were Bayern who did not even manage to qualify for the CL in the Bundesliga. Enough said. And then came Man United whose style of play suits Milan perfectly and against whom they played the only decent games in the whole season. Milan won this trophy without showing anything all season really.

The recipe for stopping Milan is quite easy: pack the midfield, cut up space there, prevent Kaka's runs and they are lost. And if you've got a couple of guys capable of raising the pace of the game every now and then, you've got it. This is what Rafa Benitez did last night and it worked well in the first half until the usual lucky deflected goal for Milan. The second came after Liverpool thrust everything up front and Kuyt's strike was to little too late.

All in all, a Champions League season to forget really.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Good thing they were from a "pro-American area"

What if the Fort Dix plotters were from a country replete with anti-American feelings? They'd propably try to smuugle a nuclear device.

Anyway, Julia Gorin does a fairly good job of showing how preposterous that cliche' that has been appearing in the mainstream papers. I'd just like to add a quiz question. Which country did 17 out of nineteen 9/11 terrorists come from?

Yep, it was the staunch US "ally", Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

And there had better not even try!

Last night I watched PM Koštunica's interview on the state-funded RTS television(or as they like to call themselves, "the public service"). Mostly it was circumstantial phrases, but the one significant is that Serbia will not trade EU membership for it's agreement on Kosovo independence. Although this has been said before, it's the first time Koštunica has said it as a fully fledged prime-minister and not as a campaign slogan or a head of the "technical governement". He had better live up to this, and his party had better finally take a definite stand on this.

As for the coalition parties, they are still trying to balance the rope, but where they will end up when the push ultimately comes to the shove? If the new foreign minister's recent statement is anything to go by, they are hardly to walk lock in step with Koštunica.

If the split does happen, at least the political situation in Serbia will be cleared somewhat. Finally it will be there for everyone to see whose heart lies in Serbia and whose in Brussells. And upon which side prevails it will be clear whether we are worthy of our ancestors or if we have become a nation of defeatists and surrender monkeys.

Monday, May 21, 2007

A couple of thoughts on the FA Cup final

Well, at last the new Wembley is open. Yeah, I know, officially, it was England vs. Italy U21s that opened it, but to me it wasn't truly inaugurated until it hosted it's first cup final on Saturday. If you ask me, I liked the Wembley of old better. It was somewhat original in it's looks, different from others. This one looks like one of many stadiums of type, kind of like the Ford T-model.

As for the game itself, it was more or less as expected. Two more or less equal teams meeting each other often results in a tactical battle with chances few and far between. It is usually the superstars that break the deadlock in such matches and this time it was Drogba who duly obliged.

So Mourinho is safe, at least for the time being. Some think that Chelsea had a better season then Man United since they won more trophies. But let's not kid each other, Chelsea's primary goals this season were retaining the Premiership and winning the Champions League. They failed in both. The League and FA Cup are consolation prizes, something to put the "OK" stamp on this season not "disastrous", however one sugarcoates it. Next season bringing back the League will propably be the minimum demanded from Jose, otherwise...

Roll on 2007/2008. And without a World cup or a european championship, it's gonna be one long summer.

Mosques in Europe and USA? Of course! A non-muslim in Mecca?

That one isn't gonna happen!

So where are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others? Is anyone of the numerous anti-racist organizations going to condemn this obvious case of apartheid? I am not holding my breath. Still, crickets aren't so bad to a human ear, at least they put you to sleep.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Thursday, May 17, 2007

What political correctness can do to people

By now the details of the Fort Dix plot have surfaced. One of those is how the essence of the whole plot was not discovered by the law enforcement agencies, but by upstanding Circuit City clerks. Instead of converting the VHS to DVD privately, the plotters were dumb enough to take their tape to a video store and thus exposed themselves. Or were they?

According to the account of the clerks themselves, in spite of seeing threats of murder and carnage, they were reluctant to report what they saw. Their thoughts are best described in this sentence:

"Dude, I just saw some really weird s-," he frantically told his co-worker. "I don't know what to do. Should I call someone or is that being racist?"

Behold the result of brainwashing entire generations with politically correct ideologies! Nobody is to discriminate in the Brave New World, nobody is to be judgemental of others, because, you see, it is racist to consider certain acts wrong especially when another culture sees it differently. The great masses in the West are now borught to the point where their immersion in such an ideology is so great it endangers their very survival. The need to be seen as open-minded and non-racist has all but erased the insinct for self-preservation not only in individuals but in nations as well.

These two clerks, however, managed to rise above indoctrination and prevent the disaster from happening. In another previous occasion there was no such luck. Political correctness saved Mohammed Atta(and doomed others).

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

God help us!

Serbia has elected a new governement, amidst accusations, backstabbing and pressures from the outside. I don't know whether to laugh or cry at some of the ministers. The minister of defence Šutanovac is a man with zero qualifications for the job and the new foreign minister Jeremić has been caught red-handed negotiationg over Kosovo and Metohija behind evrerybody's backs. Unbelievable!

The "new" PM failed to answer many questions, the most important being what the governement intends to do if some countries(namely US and it's allies) decide to unilaterally recognise the independence of Kosovo and Metohija? What if new violence interrupts, with Albanians wanting to expell the remaining Serbs? How will the governement deal with the rising corruption?

But why should they care? They got their butts in the ministerial seats, to us mortals is left to worry about our destinies on our own.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Yay, we won!

If you detected faint joy in my title, you are not mistaken. Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that Serbia won the Eurovision song contest but the media over here is making it a much bigger deal then it should be.

I'm not the biggest fan of Eurovision, I must admit, but on Saturday night I was on a visit and all people expressed desire to watch it so I had to adapt. I somehow felt it was inappropriate of me to sneak off to the other room and watch Real vs. Espanyol as I would have done had I stayed at home. The show was the usual set of cheesy performances I could honestly do without, with Marija obviously standing apart with the quality of singing and melody. As the voting went on she was steadily first with only Ukraine being competitive. Ukraine song seemed utterly preposterous bu after last year and Lordi one should expect anything.

Now for the aftermath. The media in Serbia immediately began to bring this into a context of current politics. The harping on about how this "brings Serbia towards Europe and the world" was as irritating as it was predictable. As is the recent attempt of poilticians to connect to Marija through her relatives allegedly supporting this or that party. All that will continue for quite some time. But the EU Comissioner for Expansion, an odious and slimy character by the name of Oli Rehn, congratulating Serbia almost had me throwing up.

Now you understand my lack of enthusiasm for this achievement. Honestlsy, who could blame me?

Monday, May 14, 2007

How about them Hammers?

OK, I was off with the my cautious approach last week concerning the Premiership race. City are a hopeless bunch indeed and Chelsea is simply below par this season, so for once football gave the logical outcome. United have won the league, deservedly!

But in this entry I am not going to tell a story about them. Instead I will focus on a team whose feat is, in my opinion, much more deserving of plaudits even though the competition they competed in is much less glamourous and does not bring any silverware. However, the price of failing in that quest is much higher then of not winning the league. I am talking about West Ham United and their relegation battle.

Two months ago Upton Park seemed bereft of even the faintest hope. The team was packed with talented players, even superstars, but to say that they were not delievering would be an undestatement. They couldn't score, let alone win and the loss at home to Spurs still beggars belief! Oddly enough that game seemed to be the turning point. Instead of killing the team completely, it lifted the weight of pressure of them. Seen as a team that is already all but down by everyone, West Ham confronted the remaining games as a collective with nothing to lose. And lo and behold, inch by inch, they began to claw their way uphill. All of a sudden the porous defense looked rock solid, the midfield finally began to string up a couple of passes togehter and strikers began scoring, especially Tevez. If it's true that class players shine when it's most needed Tevez is class without a doubt since at crunch-time he delievered in goals and assists alike.

Talking of Tevez, his transfer saga is not yet over it seems. There are talks even of High court. But if you ask me that is just the graceless losers clutching at straws. Sheffield United have nobody but themselves to blame, and if you can not at least draw against Wigan at home...

Just before the now legendary 1989 championship decider at Anfield George Graham was asked how are his team handling the pressure. "Pressure?" he replied "Pressure is being bottom of Division 3!" West Ham faced pressure, an outcome that might have even meant the demise of their club altogehter(just ask Leeds fans). And they hadled it in the best possible way. Bubbles will be blowing at Premiership grounds next season as well.

Friday, May 11, 2007

No apologies necessary, at least not to me

There were many reactions over the web to the Fort Dix plot, especially in the context of where the plotters came from and how they came to the USA. Some people finally began to understand what the Serb people fought for in the 1990-ties and are starting to look at the conflict in the former Yugoslavia with different eyes.

In that sense, I simply have to emphasize this essay from the blogger ZionistYoungster. I have to admit I was touched.

Now, yours truly did leave a comment over there but it wouldn't hurt to repeat what I said. as far as I am concerned, no apology is necessary. First, it is because in those days alternative sources of information we have today such as blogs and internet in general were extremely hard to come by and there was little chance of you to see what the Serb side had to say.

Second, many of us Serbs are guilty of the same sin when in the past we swallowed uncritically the pro-Arab version of the Middle East conflict hook, line and sinker and sadly, a good deal still do. And a great many complain why outsiders look at the whole Balkan situation in a simplified way.

Leaving old beliefs one considered sacrosant is very difficult, I know this from personal experiance. It does not include only internal soul-searching but potentially conflicts with other people that can not understand your change of heart. That is why the admission of ZionistYoungster of having reversed his position renders him honour enough, without a need to apologize for anything.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

6 people arrested in US terror plot

It is with a specific purpose that I titled this entry in such a way. By now everyone has heard of a plot to kill US military personel in Fort Dix, NJ. But more then the story itself, I'd like to concentrate on the way the media covered it.

First they announced that four of the plotters were ethnic Albanians, then they said they were islamic jihadists and finally conceded that 4 were "nationals of the former Yugoslavia". Hence the title as a parody of their behaviour.

But why? Why are the mainstream media changing their story practically every hour?

During the Stalin era in the old USSR the propaganda boasted how the NKVD never makes any mistakes. Such "reputation" had to be maintained at all costs. So when the NKVD used to arrest people who have done nothing wrong there was no way they could have released them since that would take down the myth about them. So the poor hapless soul that had the misfortune of being taken to Lubyanka had to be sentenced for any trumped-uo charge they could come up with.

The mainstream media behave like the NKVD today, in every sense. They have assumed the power of labeling the right and wrong and at the same time boast of their infailabilty. They simply cen not ever admit that they made a mistake or misled their audience and even the slightest story that contradict the ideological matrix they create has to be supressed and/or obfuscated. And since the ideological matrix about the Balkans is that Albanian muslims are secular, pro-western and modern and were oppresed by the Serbs and are grateful to the US for "liberating" them, this story had to be twisted.

Too bad less and less people believe the old media and are turning to other sources. I guess the Dan Rather fiasco has them learning the wrong lessons.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Sarkozy wins

As expected and predicted by opinion polls Nicolas Sarkozy won the presidential elections in France, beating Segolene Royal.

What effect will this have? If you ask me, not much. We all heard Sarkozy talk tough, and him calling the 2005 rioters racaille has become somewhat stuff of legends(which says about a lot of the state of mind of today's world). But what is it that Sarko has done to put this racaille in their place? Nothing! The riots stopped in the same way they started.

Sarkozy may have stolen a good part of Le Pen's platform(Le Pen repeatedly moaned about this, not without justification) but will he act on his words? And even if he does implement som of the ideas he advocated, what will he make of them? Sarkozy was not of much use as interior minister during the 2005 riots, nor did he voice an opinion against immigration policies while in governement so I advise everyone not to hold their breaths. And another thing: Sarkozy is certainly not going to send troops to Iraq and Afganistan nor uncritically applaud every US move so both the drooling neocons in Washington and overzealous Front national agitators better put their minds at ease.

In short, the French elections can be described as: de plus se change de plus c'est la meme chose.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Weren't they supposed to be secular?

For years the US governement have been convincing the world how the Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija are secular and modern. I wonder how would they explain sponsoring the trip of the Kosovo Albanian imam to Detroit and him asking for the support from the local Muslim community?

But there is nothing illogical or inconsistent with such behaviour, as Nebojsa Malic puts it well.

It is interesting, to say the least, that Albanians suddenly become Muslims when it’s convenient to make this sort of “argument,” but quickly become “secular” and “moderate” when critics try to point out the systematic destruction of Serb churches and construction of Saudi mosques. Same with the so-called Bosniaks — one day they are “moderate” and “secular,” the next they are “Muslims in the heart of Europe.”

It's simple really: the means do not matter, the goal does. Except that the "means" sometimes have goals of their own, not necessarily in accord with those of their users.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

EU parlamentarians at work

It's been 60-something years since an official figure in Europe expressed a desire to kill a Jew, but a Belgian member of European parliament Veronique De Keyzer broke that taboo the other day.

Don't expect a public outcry over this though. It is only reserved for the so-called right-wingers. to the parties of the so-called left everything is permissable because, you see, they are pursuing the noble goals of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusiveness for all...except for those not sharing their views. "Theirs will be an awful doom" - Quran 2:7

If a desire to kill wasn't bad enough, the "cloud cookoo" on which this woman lives is even worse. PA's moderation and maturity? The "moderate" and "mature" PA officials call for genocide as if it was nobody's business! What's extreme then?

What wonderful people occupy official positions in EU! True products of the post-modern ideological mould! And my contry is steaming towards this.