The new barbarism

There is an article in the latest Standpoint with the interesting title, Are we learning the right lessons from the Holocaust?. This discussion is based on the author’s reflections on an exhibition dedicated to Anne Frank:

Many believe that the holocaust teaches modern societies the need for racial tolerance, to stand up for the persecuted, and so on. The protagonists of this view vary enormously in their politics and prescriptions. They range from those who see, not unreasonably, a mortal threat to Jewry in the paranoid anti-Semitic worldview of a nuclear-armed Iranian leadership, to those who, less reasonably, accuse Israel of perpetrating genocide against the Palestinians.

He describes the basis of this “Anne Frank” exhibition in this way:

The thrust of the exhibition – as indicated by its inclusion of ‘and you’ – is to demonstrate how Anne Frank’s story transcends the specificity of time and place to embrace the cause of all humanity. It does so by reminding us of the number of genocides that have happened since the holocaust, including Briafra, Cambodia, Sudan (on many occasions), Bosnia, Kosovo, among others. It also laments the prevalence of ethnic and cultural prejudice occurring even in advanced western societies. The exhibition features panels on the experiences of black people and homosexuals.

The interesting part of all this he notices is that amongst this homily to tolerance, the fact that Anne Frank was murdered because she was a Jew has tended to be read out of the story. His conclusion:

Sadly, modern anti-Semitism is not a negation of multi-culturalism, but in some respects a result of it.Perhaps the only occasion when the extreme right and extreme left sit down together in harmony is when they combine to descry the power of international Jewry (sometimes thinly disguised as ‘Zionism’). Here, diversity is not the solution, but part of the problem, because an extreme desire to respect it often means tolerating extreme intolerance. The exhibition could easily have ended with a poster containing portraits of the white extreme right-wing politician Jean Marie le Pen, the black comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, an Iranian Mullahs, and assorted other extremists, with the question: “Which one of these is an anti-Semite?” Answer: “All of them.”

Hatred of Jews has returned in some parts of the world to a similar intensity as in pre-World War II Central and Eastern Europe and in other parts has become as bad as it has ever been. What to make of this latest turn of events, Jews ‘ordered to register and list property’ in east Ukraine city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings:

Jews have reportedly been told to ‘register’ with pro-Russian forces in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

They were also told they would need to provide a list of property they own as well as being ordered to pay a fee or face the threat of deportation.

U.S. officials in Washington say leaflets bearing the chilling order have recently appeared in the city amid pro and anti-Russian protests as tensions rise in the area.

It comes after Jews leaving a synagogue in the city of Donetsk were reportedly told they had to ‘register’ with Ukranians trying to make the city part of Russia.

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84 Responses to The new barbarism

  1. Ant

    Why don’t the Americans just push that ‘RESET’ button again?

    After all it was cooked up by the genius lightworking diplomat genius Barack Obama and his equally brilliant wonder-woman secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, and we all know how it worked such a treat after the cowboy years of Bush.

  2. Lem

    So called “tolerance” in Europe seems to be equating in fact to official tolerance of anti-semitism, or any bad behaviour, by noisy groups who claim racism if they are brought to brook. With a burgeoning Muslim population, politicians seem reluctant to take on Islam. Anyway, it seems anti-semitism in the failed socialist paradise of France is also on the rise and the Jews are voting with their feet.
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.582849

  3. C.L.

    Are we learning the right lessons from the Holocaust?

    Evidently, no.

    Two organisations that wield enormous power in the US are Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International – both founded by Nazis sympathisers. Marie Stopes was an out and out Nazi who even sent a love poem to Adolf Hitler. The American president is buttressed by George Soros – a Nazi collaborator. The Western left – as I’ve pointed out several times – has no substantive moral difference to Nazism.

  4. Alfonso

    The lesson of the Holocaust?
    Easy, make sure civilian society is generally armed.
    If the first Gestapo who came through a Jewish front door to arrest was shot dead by the residents every time Adolph will rapidly run out of Gestapo……and have his attitude adjusted.

  5. srr

    How do Russians deport Jews from the Ukraine when the EU Controlled Ukraine is already banishing Russians?

    MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti) – The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service confirmed Thursday that Russian males aged 16-60 have been banned from entering the country.

    Russia’s largest airline Aeroflot earlier announced it had received an official letter from Ukrainian authorities notifying the company of the severe restrictions.

    The exceptions to the ban include passengers traveling with relatives who are women or children, or those who have documents confirming an invitation from close relatives or serious illness or death in the family, the company said.

    A spokesman for the service told RIA Novosti that “these temporary measures apply, primarily, to healthy males who could somehow influence the situation in eastern Ukraine.”

    “Ukrainian females aged 20-35 years who are registered as residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol will be allowed to enter Ukraine only after special verification,” Aeroflot added.

    Aeroflot recommended that passengers who belong to the restricted categories temporarily refrain from trips to Ukraine, adding that the company would issue refunds to passengers now banned who have already booked travel.

    The bans do not apply to flight and cabin crew, as well as to engineering and technical personnel, the airline said.

    The entry ban is yet another folly by Ukrainian authorities that will leave the country’s economy in ruins and cause a revolt among its population, Deputy Chair of the Russian Civic Chamber Vladislav Grib told RIA Novosti.

    Since last month, pro-federalization rallies have swept across eastern Ukraine, which has a large proportion of Russian speakers.

    Federalization supporters in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slaviansk and Kramatorsk have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian government.

    The protestors have urged interim authorities in Kiev to hold referendums similar to the one held in Crimea last month, which led to the republic’s reunification with Russia.

    Well that reads like the EU Controlled ‘Ukrainian’ Government/Dictatorship is already doing to Russian speaking/blooded Ukrainians, what the UN/EU Controlled ‘Western’ media is accusing Russians of wanting to do to Russians and Ukrainians who’s religion is that of the peoples that Islam swears it will wipe off the face of the earth.

  6. C.L.

    Well, the attempt to portray Putin as the new Hitler has been on the boil for weeks.

    So it was only a matter of time before the forgeries started.

    Claim: There’s a flyer abroad calling for Ukraine Jews to register themselves.

    Status: Fake.

  7. TonyOrlando

    Jews have reportedly been told to ‘register’ with pro-Russian forces in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

    Reportedly

    It comes after Jews leaving a synagogue in the city of Donetsk were reportedly told they had to ‘register’ with Ukranians trying to make the city part of Russia.

    Reportedly

    I don’t think the Holocaust has much light to shed on the motivations on either side in Ukraine’s fractious situation, but it would be the height of chutzpah to overlook the murky lineage of the OUN and Bandera organisation down to the modern Right Sector. The strongest nationalist sentiment today comes from the Western borderlands – the same region that were noted for the ecstatic welcome they gave they Wehrmacht in 1941 and the enthusiastic enrollment in their auxiliaries (who participated in what exactly……?)

    However, I repeat, I don’t think the Holocaust should be trotted it out to support either faction – but it is barefaced check of the American government to try and deploy it in they way they have. Is that the best John Brennan could come up with in his famous visit to Kiev?

  8. Paul

    Wasn’t hard to work out that would be a fake. Its as easy as “who benefits?”

  9. And Another Thing

    The left seems to be getting ever more hysterical at the thought of organized religion. It is not only against Judaism, but attacks on Christianity, particularly Cathicism, seem to be on the increase. I guess that’s because those of the left know that what’s good for us is for them to be in charge.
    But here’s what happens. I’m a Christian, but not a Catholic. Every attack on Catholics makes me more determined to defend that particular faith. And every stupid leftist attack on Jews makes me more determined to defend the Jewish faith and its right to Israel, its promised land.
    And I’m certain I’m not alone.

  10. stackja

    Shortly before he died on March 5, 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin accused nine doctors, six of them Jews, of plotting to poison and kill the Soviet leadership.

  11. Toiling Mass

    Ant,

    That RESET button was the problem.

    The word put on it, peregruzka, means ‘overcharged’ or ‘overloaded’.

  12. Lem

    Shortly before he died on March 5, 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin accused nine doctors, six of them Jews, of plotting to poison and kill the Soviet leadership.

    Heh heh heh………

  13. srr

    Every attack on Catholics makes me more determined to defend that particular faith. And every stupid leftist attack on Jews makes me more determined to defend the Jewish faith and its right to Israel, its promised land.
    And I’m certain I’m not alone.

    You most certainly are not alone.

  14. sabrina

    As Tex’s links suggest, this can come from all quarters. But whoever is behind this leaflet represents the worst of evil.

  15. Vasily

    Steve, anti-Semitism must be deplored, but you must not be too gullible to believe the story of Jews being registered in Donetsk by pro-Russian militia. Why do you think US Secretary of State Kerry was so fast to comment on it? Also Ukrainians describing pro-Russian militia as “terrorists” and asking for international military support to expel them from region. This is CIA means of discrediting Russian opposition in eastern Ukraine. The real neo-Nazis are sitting in Ukrainian parliament courtesy the CIA. You know the saying “the first casualty of war is truth”?

  16. Vasily

    The word put on it, peregruzka, means ‘overcharged’ or ‘overloaded’.
    Yes, the word they evidently were looking for was perezagruzhat’ meaning reload.
    Still not a happy translation in the circumstances. You really have to ask is US State Dept totally incompetent?

  17. Rabz

    If anyone had predicted as little as a decade ago that there would be violent attacks on ‘boycotts of’ Jewish businesses in this country (let alone anywhere else) in the early 2010s, I would have said they were insane.

    Lo and behold, look at what is unfolding.

  18. Rabz

    You really have to ask is US State Dept totally incompetent?

    No, Vasily, you don’t.

    Zdravstvujtye, BTW.

  19. Vasily

    Steve, here is biography of Ukraine’s new Secretary of National Security and Defence Council, long time neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy. This is type of person US State Dept is backing in Ukraine.

  20. Alfonso

    “is US State Dept totally incompetent?”
    Well, not entirely incompetent.
    They destroyed and scattered the USSR and its political system, won the Cold War and started the as yet incomplete liberation of the USSR’s conquered states.
    Nice job, time for beer at State.

  21. Vasily

    здравствуйте Rabz! Or perhaps, “G’day mate”!?

  22. This is type of person US State Dept is backing in Ukraine.

    The U.S. state department are cockheads.

    This whole Ukrainian fiasco is waaaay over their pay grade. The Vladster is not even bothering anymore with making a punk of President Bambi. Obambi is irrelevant.

  23. Rabz

    The latter is fine, Squire!

  24. TonyOrlando

    As Tex’s links suggest, this can come from all quarters. But whoever is behind this leaflet represents the worst of evil.

    Nah, John Kerry is just your average gutless American.

  25. Er… Alfonso, that was a previous State Dept. The current one is a sub-branch of Obama type wankery.

  26. Vasily

    They destroyed and scattered the USSR and its political system, won the Cold War
    You give them too much credit Alfonso.
    Soviet system collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions.

  27. Soviet system collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions.

    That and trying to keep up Reagan’s defence spending.

    The best kept secret of the Cold War was Russian administrative incompetence.

  28. Vasily

    That and trying to keep up Reagan’s defence spending.
    Yes, one of the contradictions I was thinking of was military expenditure vs no food in shops!

  29. The contradictions are endless: An almost endless supply of some of the best farmland in the world, yet still importing shipload after shipload of grain. (And unable to pay for it)

  30. Alfonso

    West 1 Russian apparatchiks 0 .
    Whenever the comrades want to try their luck Putin can invade/Russian minority claim a NATO state.
    See how that works out.

  31. Vasily

    And still sending billions in hard currency abroad to client states and fifth column groups in the West while not paying creditors. Collapse was only a question of when. The Soviet system was unsustainable. Parallels with USA now – in debt and unable to provide proper benefits to veterans of its wars yet still intervening in foreign countries. How long will American people put up with it? How long until US collapse? Maybe not but it is possibility. At least I think they will be next country to “Balkanize”.

  32. Vasily

    Whenever the comrades want to try their luck Putin can invade/Russian minority claim a NATO state. See how that works out.
    Cold War is over my friend, as is Communism.
    The only “comrades” left are in your western universities where they brainwash your brightest youth.

  33. Alfonso

    Ah, come on…..you can tell us. Putin is a comrade to his bootstraps, modified by opportunism, as must be many of his oligarch cronies. They crave the real estate back in Russian hands but not the ‘not for profit’ USSR commie system?
    I understand.

  34. cohenite

    The left seems to be getting ever more hysterical at the thought of organized religion. It is not only against Judaism, but attacks on Christianity, particularly Cathicism, seem to be on the increase.

    The left never attack the religion of pieces.

  35. Vasily

    Russia has moved from semi-feudal society to communism to state capitalism to oligarchy in space of 100 years and is now moving incrementally to mix of state capitalism and free market economy with rising wages and social conditions. It took the Western countries 500 years to cover the same ground (without 70 years of communist hell)! We will never be like American capitalism but we will not return to communism. So, as the Americans say “give us a break” my friend. In future, after inevitable American withdrawal, we will be second largest power in Pacific region and balance with China. It is therefore in Australia’s interest to cultivate good relations with Russia.

  36. Grigory M

    Whenever the comrades want to try their luck Putin can invade/Russian minority claim a NATO state.

    Alfonso – why would he do that? He seems on firm ground staring down anyone he wants to in relation to the Ukraine, where everything east of the Dnieper River and in the Crimea is essentially Russian. Surely you don’t believe that the EU or Obama’s USA, or NATO is going to bluff him out of there or actually commit their own military assets to a fight there? The likelihood is that, without going much beyond sabre-rattling, the Russians will achieve whatever they want with the Ukraine, whose politicians and military haven’t demonstrated any ability so far to deny them.

  37. It is therefore in Australia’s interest to cultivate good relations with Russia.

    You’re using your old Soviet desk globe or something Vasily.

    Tokyo (capital of Japan) is closer to London (capital of the UK) than it is to Canberra (capital of Australia).

    Vladivostok even more so.

    Btw, don’t be so fast to write off the US. Obama won’t be around for more than a couple of years. The USA may well be back in the hands of a male after that time.

  38. Alfonso

    But Vas, Russian can’t even design and build a primitive but acceptable very high bypass jet turbine engine, its fighters hold all sorts of speed to height straight line records yet are built by blacksmiths and cannon fodder to an F22.

    “we will be second largest power in Pacific region”, hee, hee …the US has a Pacific West Coast that makes the Russian Pacific coast look like a remote facility free junk yard. Watch you don’t confuse desire with capability, it’ll bite you on the arse every time

    You’re right tho, Russia in the Pacific is an excellent reason for Australia to nuke up.

  39. Alfonso

    Grig…Ukraine is not my point, which is: Putin will not attempt to invade any NATO state.

  40. Grigory M

    Alfonso – I repeat – why would he?

  41. Alfonso

    I give up…….he’s a Russian Imperialist craving old Empire via ‘oppressed’ Russian minorities perhaps?
    Ask Estonia.

  42. sdfc

    If Russia is so economically progressive Vasily, why is it so paranoid about a custom union that is its biggest trading partner.

  43. Grigory M

    he’s a Russian Imperialist craving old Empire via ‘oppressed’ Russian minorities perhaps?

    Alf – do you really think so? Seems to me he just doesn’t want an immediate border country like the Ukraine going to the West via the EU, when it owes substantial money to Russia and has a more than significant pro-Russian population. He has given no indications whatsoever of having designs on any NATO country – it surprises me that you imply he does.

  44. Greg

    Tokyo (capital of Japan) is closer to London (capital of the UK) than it is to Canberra (capital of Australia).

    Tokyo – London is 5,936mi. Tokyo – Canberra is 4,938mi.

  45. Alfonso

    Putin thinks he can excise part of another country because some Russians live there and or because it owes Russia money? On that basis the US has a claim on a part of Canada.
    What business of Putin’s is it if the Ukraine prefers the EU? It poses no military threat to Russia or Russians living there.
    Comatosed US tuggers like Obama and Kerry might well encourage a claim you don’t expect.


  46. Tokyo – London is 5,936mi. Tokyo – Canberra is 4,938mi.

    Fair Dinkum? Then I’ll have to trade in my desk globe!

  47. Grigory M

    On that basis the US has a claim on a part of Canada.

    Nonsensical, Alf.

    What business of Putin’s is it if the Ukraine prefers the EU? It poses no military threat to Russia or Russians living there.

    The Ukraine owes substantial amounts of money to Russia. The Ukraine as an EU member under the NATO umbrella poses no military threat to Russia? Seriously? You’re kidding.

  48. sdfc

    By military threat, you mean NATO members are more difficult to invade.

  49. maurie

    sadly, ‘scapegoating’ is practically as old as man & even high education fails to erradicate this instictive (primitive) response by those faced with a genuine low self esteem & an unidentified or unbeatable threat. Not only do self entitled rulers from time to time drag the old bogey out to direct the emotions of their society while they proceed to excercise greater control, but as the world has already witnessed even among the Israelis when offered the role of direct authority over the security of their Palistinian neighbours, some among them instinctively wielded excess to satisfy their own levels of self esteem.

  50. Alfonso

    You got me. The EU is a military threat to Russia eager to expand by military conquest….should have seen it sooner.
    Russia should undoubtedly have the right to decide which economic grouping its neighbours belong to……silly me.

  51. Grigory M

    The EU is a military threat to Russia eager to expand by military conquest

    Alf – FFS, that’s not what I said.

  52. Alfonso

    “The Ukraine as an EU member under the NATO umbrella poses no military threat to Russia? Seriously? You’re kidding”

    No, I’m not..

  53. Rabz

    Russia has moved from semi-feudal society to communism to state capitalism to oligarchy in space of 100 years

    Vasily – then try and be a force for good, for a change. Given the disintegration of the US, Russia will need to step up.

  54. Dan

    If the various posts above are trying to compete in displaying who hates Jews more I can assure you that members of my grandmother’s family were murdered by Ukrainians and Russians with equal enthusiasm. Given the number of Ukrainians and Russians who also died I don’t think the goodies/baddies narrative works cleanly here. Seeing supporters of Ukraine and Russia take the high moral ground in this setting is pretty nauseating given the almost entirely negative history of the dominant ethnicities with regard to Judaism.

    Lem if you are suggesting that Jews actually did poison Stalin you are mistaken. The alleged plot was a pretext for the planned mass deportation of Jews to Siberia and likely subsequent genocide, avoided when Stalin dropped dead of a cerebral hemorrhage (on Purim).

  55. tomix

    Stalin didn’t “drop dead”. He suffered a massive stroke and lingered for four days. And he probably was poisoned.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/05/world/new-study-supports-idea-stalin-was-poisoned.html

  56. RodClarke

    If anyone had predicted as little as a decade ago that there would be violent attacks on ‘boycotts of’ Jewish businesses in this country (let alone anywhere else) in the early 2010s, I would have said they were insane.

    Lo and behold, look at what is unfolding.

    And the speed with which these have spread is staggering , also so soon after the indiscriminate mass murder of :-
    East African embassy’s
    9/11
    Beslan
    London and Madrid
    Bali 1 and Bali 2
    Jakarta 1 and 2
    Boston

    I make a point of reminding any BDS lefties that the Second Intifada started because a Jew went to Temple Mount.

    Thats all.

    Race hate singularly and wholly on the part of the Palestinians started ALL of this.

  57. David

    Steve you probably measured Tokyo to London around the globe whereas the shortest distance is actually the great circle route; i.e. up to the north in an arc making use of the diminishing size of the globe to minimize the distance. Tokyo to Canberra is almost a straight line down with just a ten degree difference in longitude.

    If you look at a reliable map of airline routes between North America and Europe you will see they arc to the north.

  58. David

    because a Jew went to Temple Mount.

    Rod tradition aside the archaeologists tell us there was a [Jewish] temple on the mount long before Mo straddled his first goat.

    Kol tuv

  59. RodClarke

    Rod tradition aside the archaeologists tell us there was a [Jewish] temple on the mount long before Mo straddled his first goat.

    agreed

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_mount

  60. Those looking for the smoking gun of Australian Leftist antisemitism and how far and deep it has come so quickly need only take a glance at New Matilda. Look at this recent article by Stuart Rees following on from antisemitic enabler, Bob Carr’s outburst about the Jews.

  61. sdfc

    Race hate singularly and wholly on the part of the Palestinians started ALL of this.

    So the Palestinians should be happy with their lot, living on reservations.

  62. jupes

    So the Palestinians should be happy with their lot, living on reservations.

    If they stopped their race-hate and / or their fellow Arabs accepted them as citizens, then they wouldn’t be living on what you term ‘reservations’.

  63. sdfc

    So ethnic cleansing is your favoured solution.

  64. jupes

    So ethnic cleansing is your favoured solution.

    No more terrorist cleansing.

  65. sdfc

    Yeah, I forgot. All Muslims are baddies.

  66. jupes

    Yeah, I forgot.

    Remember: Must try harder.

  67. Steve you probably measured Tokyo to London around the globe whereas the shortest distance is actually the great circle route; i.e. up to the north in an arc making use of the diminishing size of the globe to minimize the distance.

    My assumed stoopidity in not being able to measure the shortest distance between two points on a sphere aside;- It’d be the other way around David. I’d believed Tokyo to London was shorter than it really was.

  68. David

    G’day Steve,
    Lots of years ago I studied spherical geometry as part of an advanced navigation course. It made my head hurt then [despite passing and always seeming to get where I intended] and it still does make my head hurt.
    :-)

  69. David

    All Muslims are baddies

    Not so however the ones who persist in lobbing rockets into Israel and strapping explosives onto kids certainly are.

  70. Stalin didn’t “drop dead”. He suffered a massive stroke and lingered for four days. And he probably was poisoned

    Who gives a shit? We’re not talking about your average dodgy politician here.

  71. Andrew

    NRT-LHR is 2hr longer than to SYD. But time zones are important too.

    Let’s assume TAS seceded to form a Green Marxist (but I repeat myself) paradise. But then they stopped paying gas bills to Vic, overthrew the Hodgman regime in favour of an unelected McKim presidency that AUS doesn’t recognise as legitimate, went full Green-fantasy anti-Semite, there were mass shootings, and a bunch of ethnic Victorians in Flinders Is (noting the pensions 4x larger) said “screw this failed state – can we return to AUS”?

    Meanwhile, the powerful NZ with their China FTA and budget surplus is also sniffing around Tassie, which we regard as a hostile act.

    What would we do?

  72. nerblnob

    What would we do?

    I’m thinking book, TV, film rights, game spinoff.

  73. srr

    Let’s assume TAS seceded to form a Green Marxist (but I repeat myself) paradise. But then they stopped paying gas bills to Vic, overthrew the Hodgman regime in favour of an unelected McKim presidency that AUS doesn’t recognise as legitimate, went full Green-fantasy anti-Semite, there were mass shootings, and a bunch of ethnic Victorians in Flinders Is (noting the pensions 4x larger) said “screw this failed state – can we return to AUS”?

    Meanwhile, the powerful NZ with their China FTA and budget surplus is also sniffing around Tassie, which we regard as a hostile act.

    What would we do?

    or, for all those glad that ‘Tasmania is separated from Australia’ by a big lot of mean seas, tweak that scenario to – North Queensland secedes, with the help of the Leftist Greenie Muslim serving BDS, International ‘community’, bans ‘evil’ mining, so can’t pay it’s bills, but that’s fine by them because their ally neighbours, Muslim Philippines say they don’t have to and their UN enablers declare the rest of Australia the hostile threat to the new coup formed Sovereign State of The Religion of Pieces….with nothing but a line in our mineral rich sand to separate Judeo Christian Agnostic and Atheist Australians from their devout, religiously sworn, eternal enemies.

    Israel at least has a wall and nukes, but it doesn’t stop their neighbours attacking them with missile’s, or the rest of the secular world from abusing Israel for getting upset by being constantly bombed.

    Australian’s don’t know what it’s like to never know the next time murderous neighbour states will pop over a constantly shifting land border overnight, rape and slaughter women and children, then run back home and call, ‘barley’.

    Russian do. Africans do. Europeans do.

    That’s why so many were so desperate to migrate to Australia where we don’t share land borders with those insanely murderous fucks…oh well, at least some generations got to live that peaceful, heaven on earth, life in Oz…and some future generation will remember…

  74. Paul

    “Shortly before he died on March 5, 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin accused nine doctors, six of them Jews, of plotting to poison and kill the Soviet leadership.”

    I thought that Doctors poisoning and killing was a fairly normal state of affairs, Jew or Gentile.

  75. Paul

    “Race hate singularly and wholly on the part of the Palestinians started ALL of this.”

    Gee you’ve made a big study of this subject haven’t you.

  76. cohenite

    Yeah, I forgot. All Muslims are baddies.

    No, just not moderate; unless you assume sharia is moderate since muslims want sharia to be the legal structure of any society where they are.

  77. Shauno

    As far as the US state department and most of the left wing media are concerned the most important thing that has happened concerning Russia over the last decade or two is Pussy Riot.

  78. Vicki

    Norman Swan conducted an interesting interview this morning on Radio National with Professor Francisco Bethencourt, a professor of History at Kings College, London, who has just published a book, “Racism: From the Crusades to the 20th Century”.

    Nethencourt shocked his ABC interrogator by claiming that racism is not innate in humanity, but is almost always motivated by political impulses – particularly over resources. I think his argument may be a little over stated, but it is refreshing to see a more critical analysis of the term “racism”.

    Rarely in contemporary debate, does this term refer to disparagement on the basis of “race”. Mostly, the accusation relates to an attitude towards cultural practice or ethnicity. This is something quite different to rancour about the colour of a person’s skin, or the way they look. It also embraces quite a different debate – because it involves the issue of cultural relativism in which valid arguments supporting personal values may be advanced.

    If we could reach agreement on the terms of this debate, we might be able to curb the irrational and emotional arguments advanced by those who see “racism” in every discussion of multiculturalism.

  79. cohenite

    Rarely in contemporary debate, does this term refer to disparagement on the basis of “race”. Mostly, the accusation relates to an attitude towards cultural practice or ethnicity. This is something quite different to rancour about the colour of a person’s skin, or the way they look. It also embraces quite a different debate – because it involves the issue of cultural relativism in which valid arguments supporting personal values may be advanced.

    If we could reach agreement on the terms of this debate, we might be able to curb the irrational and emotional arguments advanced by those who see “racism” in every discussion of multiculturalism.

    Just so.

  80. rickw

    Are we learning the right lessons from the Holocaust?

    Briafra, Cambodia, Sudan (on many occasions), Bosnia, Kosovo

    Absolutely not. There is one thing that all of the anti-discrimation laws and other claptrap is never able to counter. What if the other side actually wants you dead? What if the other side isn’t reasonable and doesn’t have reasonable objectives?!

    The answer of course is the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (invented by the English and writ large by the Americans). The confiscation of arms held by The People is THE door-opener to genocide. It doesn’t matter who does it either, the UN has quite a bit to answer for in Rwanda for example.

    Is RKBA going to stop things getting ugly? Absolutely not. It will however convert Genocide into a Civil War at worst, the outcome may however be something better. The serious shooting may never really get started if neither of the protagonists thinks they have an upper hand.

    Of course dumb old Australia blithley threw all this under the bus in 1996 after many previous attempts at doing the same. We’re living in the 20th Century! Unfortunately, a little more than a decade later, things are looking decidedly 19th Century. Which is precisely why this keeps happening, Governments and Politicians keep thinking we’ve “moved on” as a society, which is akin to saying we’ve “moved on” from gravity.

    The greatest and least learned lesson of The Holocaust is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It doesn’t take many arms in the hands of free men and women to make a difference.

  81. The greatest and least learned lesson of The Holocaust is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It doesn’t take many arms in the hands of free men and women to make a difference.
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    Quite so.

  82. Alfonso

    “dumb old Australia blithley threw all this under the bus in 1996.”

    Aw geez….. I’ll do it once more for the Gipper, but it’s getting tedious.
    1996 removed semi autos and pumps (yes, that’s a joke)….however to infer Australia has thereby been disarmed is agitprop you can read on halfwit US 2nd Amendment sites.

    There are many more firearms in private citizens’ hands in Australia in 2014 than pre 1996.

    The buy back money was directed into buying bolts, levers, wheel handguns and OU shottys.
    NZ has an ideal system, where local police who are aware of the ‘strange’ in their community, after a local interview ensure firearms permits are never processed or are rejected without incompetent box ticking licencing mega agencies ever knowing why.

  83. rickw

    Alfonso,

    I completely understand what the 1996 gun laws did and didn’t do with respect to firearm ownership, the question is do you understand?

    - 1996 cemented firearm ownership as being at the behest of The State, secondary to ALL other considerations.

    - 1996 concentrated ownership of firearms into a very, very small percentage of the population, which means to say that the vast majority consider guns to be dangerous, scary and alien.

    Looks pretty thrown under the bus, regardless of how many bolt guns are owned by a tiny portion of the population.

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