Friday, March 29, 2013

Food for thought over the weekend of 30th and 31st of March

"The idea of Peace in Our Time was conceived in Paris shortly after the Liberation..... I began to suspect that the physical effect of four years intermittent bombing is far less damaging to the intrinsic character of a nation than the spiritual effect of four years enemy occupation."

Noel Coward on the inspiration for one of his plays, Peace In Our Time, that depicts an alternate history scenario of Nazi Germany occupying Great Britain .

Again, it's up to you to choose whether any similarity to the situation of Serbia is coincidential or not.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Could it have happened to a nicer guy? Absolutely not!

No, not even Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, John McCain or Lindsey Graham are as deserving as Bernard Henry Levy of this fate. The former at least have the excuse of being politicians. But hey, he got off lightly, unlike ambassador Stevens who was on the receiving end of full-blown gratitude on behalf of Lybia's jihad. 

Now that Levy has been demoted from useful idiot to useless nuissance(copyright: Daniel Greenfield) you'dcthink  he learned something? No way. He is still gushing over "free Lybia" and it is difficult to see which part of his paean to this fictional entity is more absurd. Is it his lavish praise to the  "leaders" that are "masters of all Lybia's parts", that in reality can barely master the buildings of their own so-called governement and which note as the official reason for banning Levi their inability to gurantee him safety from "islamists" which both Levy and the governement claim are "marginal"? Or the lavish praise heaped upon  the "moderate Islam of Benghazi  practiced by the people" which includes destroying churches and torturing priests and ordinary christian believers and, as previously noted,  killing from time to time the odd American ambassador?

But then, Levy himself in an absurd character who, presumably with a straight face, told Benyamin Netanyahu that those same people who won't grant him entry to Lybia would recognize Israel. And at least equally absurd is the fact that high-ranking officials are lending an ear, however unwilling, to this charlatan.

Now he wants to take his absurd act to Syria. With his track record, what could possibly go wrong? 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Food for thought over the weekend

War has an endpoint. Peace does not. A peace in which you are constantly at war can go on forever because while the enthusiasts of war eventually exhaust their patriotism, the enthusiasts of peace never give up on their peacemaking. Warmongers may stop after a few thousand dead, but Peacemongers will pirouette over a million corpses. 

Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish

Any similarity to the Serbian situation is purely...Well, you choose...

PS: I might make "Food for thought" a permanent feature on this blog.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wrecking the world? Actually yes, but...

David Goldman aka "Spengler" has the latest column on world affairs and America's role in it, as well as the Russian perspective of it. I have to say I'm a bit ambivalent as to it's worth because while it hits the nail on the head on some important points, I believe it dramatically misses it on some others.

In the begining Goldman presents how Fyodor Lukyanov laments what he sees as an overestimation of US capabilities and "conspiracy theories" that emerge from them, and the rest of the article is a littany of blunders America made in the world and their consequences as well as an attempt to see them all from the point of view of the Russian leaders. Spengler is sympathetic to those who reason that these foreign policy blunders can not be that but are in fact smoke-and-mirrors made to cover up a master plan(or rather, sympathetic as to why others might see it that way) but he firmly rejects the possibility that such plan exists and concludes:"I wish it were a conspiracy. The truth is that we really are that dumb."

It is at the word "dumb" that I have to first part company with Mr.Goldman since it definitely is not adequate and does not describe the state of mind of the American establishment. Some time ago a Serbian Orthodox monk taught me that the sin from which all others originate is pride. It is this pride, or rather it's most excessive variety, hubris, that is also fons et origi of every disaster created by US foreign policy. From this hubris came self-absorption and narcissism(and a bit of naivete') that had policy makers believe that "all people have the same desire for freedom that Americans do" and that with the removal of "tyrants" all problems will go away. From this hubris came the cognitive dissonance when it comes to the consequences of the "support for democracy" and with it a complete lack of the ability to learn on one's mistakes(how could they, indeed, when they do not see mistakes as such?). All this gives the average observer the impression of either incredible stupidity or incredible deviousness, depending on the point of view.

Another point where I have to diverge from Goldman is his rejection of the existence of a "master plan". There is one, actually, but it is indeed nowhere near as elaborate and cunning as the "paranoid Russians" believe it is. In fact, it is based on the wishful thinking stemming from the state of mind I described above and which even Goldman himself in his text noted via the exchange between Bush and Putin. As a result, while the actions themselves are planned, their consequences most certainly are not. And herein lies the tragedy, in many senses...

As I wrote already, to most observers American behaviour shows either incredible stupidity or incredible deviousness. Since, as Goldman noted, the first option is scarcely credible, the second comes as natural. And the only logical conclusion that can come out of that is that both US foreign policy actions and consequences of those are planned in advance and that the installation of islamic fundamentalist groups, those who never waste time to show in words and deed that they hate America, Israel, Europe as well as Russia in the place of former secular autocrats is in fact for the benefit of the former three and to the detriment of the latter. It is therefore inconcievable  that in their hubris Americans unleashed forces that they could not control even if they had attempted to and that they can not bring themselves to realize this. 

Tragically, by embracing the misconception of American omnipotence and omniscience the opponents of American foreign policy, are actually making such opposition all the more harder, not only psychologically, but also from a practical point of view since any possible strategy against it will be based on wrong assumptions and thus doomed to fail. And the consequences of such failure will encompass the world at large, including America.

Worst of all, however, is that analysis such as Mr. Goldman's which are close to the mark sound to the average ear like a conspiracy theory in it's own right. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cyprus, the place where the disguise was dropped

More out of trepidation of consequences, personal rather then national or social, then out of general principle, the Cypriot parliament rejected the EU/IMF terms for a bail-out. The waiver for accounts less then 10.000 EUR did not help. Cypriots are now looking towards the East for salvation. 

Let's, however, pause and think for a moment and see what is going on here. Two super-national, pseudo-state institutions demand that for the sake of salvation of a couple of banks the governement of a sovereign country (on paper at least) confiscates money from the private accounts of it's citizens and those of foreigners. Luckily, I am not the only one seeing there is something wrong with this picture. And not just something, but everything. And then some.

One of the cornerstones of civilization is property and the fact that it is unassailable, save cases when it is obtained through illegal and/or patently immoral means(such as expropriation of Jewish property by the nazis which was "legal" according to Nuremberg laws). By attempting to sieze money from ordinary people the EU has dropped the mask it has donned for way too long, one that made it appear as a benevolent entity dedicated to progress, development and peace. It is now for all except fanatics, hopelessly naive and irredemably  stupid a totalitarian state on a par with Nazi Germany and the USSR. This is not an exaggeration, because there is no other way to describe a political structure that is after the property of honest citizens. 

And if this monstrousity passes nobody should be under the illusion it will stop there. Once the new round of the financial crisis kicks in it will be the land they will set their sights on with everyone owning as much as a garden or a front yard being proclaimed a modern-day kulak.   And then the houses themselves...Just like in the terrible littany of Martin Nimoeller. 

Yet this is the organization our governement is so eager to take us into. One that would gladly take the little what we have left. I just hope that the vast majority of Serbs is at least concerned about it's bank accounts, if nothing else. 

Meanwhile, there are only two pieces of sound advice one can give to the citizenry. One, withdraw your deposits from banks now, just in case. Two, again just in case, spend some of that money on guns and ammunition. I'm not advocating violence but neither do I wish to remain blind to the direction the world is going now.

PS. Who says footballers are dumb? Years ahead of others back when he played as well as now. Not for nothing was he my favourite during the 1990-ties.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Catching the same disease

A couple of months ago I wrote about the complete lack of principles and standards within the "right" in the USA and it's adoption of progressive liberal agenda and modus operandi as long as it is directed towards "the other". For truth's sake, I sadly have to note that a similar problem is rearing it's ugly head within the national patriotic public opinion among Serbs.

The most glaring recent example is some of the news surrounding  the election of the new head of the Roman Catholic church,  Pope Francis I. His Argentinian origins and the fact that he held the office of archbishop of Buenos Aires during the military junta immediately prompted articles questioning his supposed "dark past", along with the obligatory pejorative epithet of "conservative" routinely attached to his name. Other articles seeking to discredit the new Pope also cited his "political meddling" in his native land and opposition to president Kristina Kirchner, without going into specific details, and for a good reason that will be revealed later in this entry.

These stories have unfortunately been swallowed hook, line and sinker by the Serbian patriotic portals whether in syndicated columns or in comments and discussion forums. Bit by bit a conspiracy theory based on the half-truths noted above was born, one that said that the new Pope is an American puppet, set up to take down the socialist governements of Latin America. Just how does the Roman Catholic church's declining influence in South America that's been going on for decades and Nicholas Maduro's claim that the late president Chavez appealed to God in Heaven to give the world a Latin American pope fit into this is naturally not explained. Pope Francis' reputation of being a modest person and actually helping the poor and the needy, hardly virtues of a caricature the left-liberal media depinct as "conservative", is also barely mentioned.

The conspiracy theories now developing would look even more grotesque and off-the-wall if one actually dug a bit deeper for details of the new Pope's supposed "political meddling". It turns out that the only documented case of his political activism against president Kirchner is his opposition to the bill legalizing gay marriage and adoption. Not only is this an issue where Cardinal Bergoglio would simply have to take the stance he did by the virtue of his very membership among the clergy of the Roman Catholic church, not to mention the postition he occupied at the time, and indeed by the virtue of his very catholicism, it is also an issue where the overwhelming majority of those among the Serbian public which have subscribed to the  distorted portrait of the new pope is actually in agreement with him. 

Imagine a situation where the governement of Serbia introduces a bill legalizing gay marriage and adoption and the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox church vigorously opposing the bill by lobbying with the lawmakers. All those in Serbia that now eagerly want to believe any bad thing they read about Pope Francis would not only enthusiastically applaud the Patriarch but would also chide him for not going far enough in his opposition. At the same time, the very same press which now seeks to dig up any possible dirt it might against the Pope, would label our Patriarch as, you guessed it, "a conservative". Yet, when a Roman Catholic cardinal does the same in a Roman Catholic country we are eager to revile him as an "American agent" and fully believe any smear coming from the left-liberal press. The whole thing becomes even more surreal when one takes into account the official American position of support, even aggressive,  for the so-called gay rights. 

It is not the way it goes, people, you can not have it both ways. If gay marriage is bad for Serbia it is bad for Argentina as well. If it is bad for the Orthodox it is also bad for the Roman Catholics. And I, for one, am not taking up an inconsistent position on this issue. If this is the only time Pope Francis openly opposed his country's governement I'll readily and unashamedly say that he was right to do so. And president Kirchner has by legalizing gay marriage and adoption sown the seeds of destruction of everything positive she may have achieved so far.

And to return from the concrete example to the general principle: make no mistake, this kind of inconsistency when it comes to values one supposedly holds dear is doubly self-defeating. It not only alienates many neutrals and potential allies but also gives a propaganda weapon to the transnational progressive left and ultimately leads to it's victory in the long run. Careful before jumping the gun and learn from the mistakes of others. 

Friday, March 08, 2013

An example we should emulate

The Serbian governement's collaboration on the country's dismemberment has entered it's final phase. They are now brazenly open about it(in Serbian only). The Serbian media, like their Western counterparts when it comes to forcing down governement measures on an unwilling public, got into the act by relegating the story to the background at best(as well as misinterpreting it) or outright ignoring it. And the so-called nationalist and patriotic parties and organizations are by and large either passive or incapable of countering this stonewalling on the part of the governement-media cabal.

Luckily for them, something happened that might point the way to them. Ironically, the news comes from America. The governement was trying to sneak  through a policy which would allow it to target for death just about any person of it's choosing under the guise of "imminent threat" or "fight against terrorism". This, as well as the attempt of the lapdog media to stiffle the debate did nor go down well with Rand Paul who took the floor of the US Senate and would not relinquish until not only an actual debate gets ignited but also until the governement gives up any pretense of a right to simply assassinate it's own citizens which do not pose a threat. And he won on both accounts, garnering support even from people who are polar opposites ideologically.

This is how the Serbian patriotic organizations should act in the next immediate period. They do not have the possibility to seize the floor of the parliament but in the age of internet if the person is able, willing and above all principled it is not possible to simply shut him up or black him out short of physically terminating him. It is now obligatory for the opposition to organize continual manifestations of popular dissatisfaction within institutions as well as outside them and force the regime to come clean on whether it intends to betray Kosovo and Metohija for a mere date, as well as reveal other potential arrangements it has with EU and NATO. Anything short of this simply will not do, the time for strong-worded party communiques and standard debates is over. It is now an existential issue.

Are you up for it?