Monthly Archives: September 2007

Countering the Communist Narrative on Pakistan’s Troubles

Pakistan’s troubles concern everyone. It is a nuclear state with a dangerous, growing insurgency led by Al Qaeda. It is a semi-Islamist dictatorship imposed on a strong democratic culture descended from the British Commonwealth. It is an exporter of militant Islam in the form of Tablighi Jamaat, Hizb ut Tahrir, and the Pakistan-trained Taliban.

We can expect plenty of Communist and Islamist agitprop about the troubles in Pakistan. The danger is that the propaganda may confuse and paralyze the free world.The dinosaur media, led by the New York Times, and leftist politicians, pundits, and celebrities will echo the socialist/communist narrative in the near future. Given this sad but inevitable progress of events, what is the socialist/communist narrative on Pakistan? What form will the agitprop take?

Theme 1: Blame America First

Chris Harman (of the International Socialism Journal) begins his article in the Socialist Worker.

Pakistan is facing growing instability as a result of its role in the US-led “war on terror”.

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Italian Commandos Execute Daring Rescue in Afghanistan

From the AP in the WashPo:

KABUL, Sept. 24 — Italian commandos, aided by other NATO forces and aircraft, rescued two kidnapped Italian intelligence operatives Monday in a daring ambush and gun battle that left at least nine of the captors dead in western Afghanistan.

Although both freed Italians were wounded — one of them seriously — Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi proclaimed the operation a success and said it could put a dent in Afghanistan’s growing kidnapping industry.

The US and England aren’t the only forces fighting in NATO. Despite comically restrictive rules of engagement held by many NATO members, the Afghanistan mission requires soldiers to be soldiers. Even the Italians and Spaniards in Afghanistan are coming to recognize the need for soldiers in the battle for Afghan liberty, and in this global Counterjihad.

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Incredible Video: Train Runs Through Bangkok Market

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

–Lewis Carroll

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Watching the UN

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Swallowing Swords

Hans Rosling gave a brilliant statistical talk in 2006 and another in 2007 that both exploded a lot of myths about the first and third world. Conclusion: The first and third world that were very distinct in 1950 have converged in 2007 with the exception of Africa and a few other exceptionally poorly managed countries. The 2007 talk also features visual proof that the impossible really isn’t, when an academic statistician swallows a bayonet.


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Reasons to be Cynical

One was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 for being the leader of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party. One was nominated in 1945 and 1948 for being the most prolific mass murderer of the 20th Century. One won the prize after being the worst American President of the 20th Century. One won the prize for negligence while watching over North Korean and Iranian nuclear weapons development. One won the prize for presiding over the UN during the Oil for Food scandal, in which his own son was a major player. One won the prize for appeasing the totalitarian regime in North Korea. One won the prize for masterminding terrorist attacks against Israel for fifty years. One won the prize for creating a nation of militant refugees and helping them double in size. One won the prize for leading the North Vietnamese Communist Party and rejected it as he hadn’t yet unleashed half a million boat people to dare the high seas in small boats in order to escape his workers’ paradise.

There are plenty more examples of Progressive thought where that came from.

And another reason… Have you heard the one about Columbia University inviting the Jew-hating dictator of a terror-sponsoring state to campus for a talk in 2007, and 1933?

H/T: LGF 1, 2

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Comrade Osama bin Laden, Jihad Marxist Moonbat

A few weeks ago, the media wing of Al Qaeda released an Osama bin Laden tape that was full of rambling Marxist and multiculturalist folderol, obviously written by Californian Jewish convert to Jihadism and all-around moonbat death-metal fruit-basket Adam Gadahn. The speech resonated so well with the transnational-socialist left-wing of the Democrat party in America that one could well imagine a cleaned up Bin Laden doing well in Democrat presidential polls. He’d do gangbusters on HuffPo, Think Progress and FireDogLake. Now that would be a first for the Democratic Party: The first active terrorist to be a Democratic presidential candidate.

Editorial cartoon by Payne.

Bin Laden could also be the first deceased sock-puppet of a moonbat death-metal fruit-basket Jewish convert to Jihadism to be a Democratic presidential candidate, but that’s a topic for another post. For the rest of this post I will hold to the polite fiction that Bin Laden is definitely alive. But it doesn’t really matter whether he’s alive or dead. Somebody is putting out videos with his face on them. Somebody is guiding and coordinating Al Qaeda’s efforts. I’m concerned about somebody.

Dr. Sanity wrote a brilliant piece (as usual) about the love-match between Islam and Marxism that threatens the rest of the world. It’s called Islam and Marxism: A Marriage Made in Allah’s Socialist Paradise.

Multiculturalism and political correctness are two of the fundamental pseudo-intellectual, quasi-religious tenets that have been widely disseminated by intellectuals unable to abandon socialism even after its crushing failures in the 20th century. Along with a third component, radical environmentalism, they make up three key foundations of leftist dogma that have been slowly, but relentlessly, absorbed at all levels of Western culture in the last decade or so–but primarily since the end of the Cold War. Continue reading