Reply to American who Blames US Policies for Irruption of Terror

I’m republishing this short piece that was written on March 2008, as some people still continue to blame the United States  for the irruption of Islamist terror.

By Con George-Kotzabasis

This is no time for populist politicians like Obama, nor, could I say, for “aureole” New York Times commentators like Paul Krugman, who are attempting to bait the electorate’s hate of the Republicans. But for politicians with mettle, sagacity, and visual clarity and imagination to deal with the stupendous issues that America faces in a very dangerous world that emanates from the great Islamist threat. It’s for this reason that John McCaine is Napoleon’s “voila une homme”.

It’s an easy intellectual escape, when one is devoid of arguments, or should I say when one is replete with hackneyed arguments, to dub one’s interlocutor’s points as being a “straw man”. You still see war and great dangers emanating solely from states, and you cannot see, due to lack of imagination and historical perspective, those “stateless” invisible enemies who operate both from within and from outside the countries they are attacking are even more dangerous, especially when, the rapid technological development accelerates and consummates their possibility of acquiring weapons of mass destruction, and indeed, nuclear ones, and which they will use with fanatic glee against the infidels of the West and the “Great Satan” America. Further, your contention that Republican policies created terror is your own real straw man. It’s America’s unprecedented success in the history of mankind in the fields of the economy, science, technology, and cultural and political power and its status as the sole superpower that has created the envy and also the hate of many people of the world against it, especially of people with retarded cultures and chiliastic religious beliefs. Residing in countries of corrupt and authoritarian governments, and as a result of this they have been left behind in the race of economic development and tend to scapegoat America for all their ills. Policies are objectively evaluated geopolitically and morally only within the context they are made. Hopping in bed with ugly and murderous regimes was an unenviable choise that the U.S. perforce had to make during its confrontation with a powerful planetary enemy, such as the Soviet Union had been. Sure enough, some of these policies alienated many people, but the end result was to save the world from the most brutal of all regimes in the history of mankind, Communism.

There is no costless freedom. And often one has to pay a high price for its keep, politically and morally, not to say bloodily. Thucydides tour de force History of the Peloponnesian War, clearly depicts the intricacies of geopolitics and the unholy alliances nations have to make to prevent their downfall.

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Rudd is Stopping Boats at the Price of Exposing his Cant about his Humanitarianism

By Con George-Kotzabasis—June 24, 2013

At last, Kevin Rudd, after swallowing a double dose of Viagra he is entering the ‘seraglio of reality’ that you can only stop the boats carrying asylum seekers not by a policy of immaculate conception, as he has done in the past when he repudiated and displaced Howard’s Pacific Solution, but only by forcefully violating the ‘hymen’ of this intricately difficult problem and giving birth to a hard line policy that will decisively stop illegal migrants from entering Australia. His deal with Papua New Guinea (PNG) to resettle refugees in the latter is a masterstroke that will achieve this up till now elusive goal.

This is a craftily made disincentive that will comprehensibly deter asylum seekers from reaching the shores of Australia by boat, since they will know beforehand that they will be send to New Guinea for perpetual settlement. And with the barrage of advertisements that the Rudd government is preparing that will make explicit the new government policy to would-be refugees and by implicitly conveying to them the inimical environment in which they will be residing, this will erase any incentive  attempting to enter Australia by paying people smugglers when their dangerous and expensive passage over the sea will take them not to the social and economic paradise of Australia but to the hellish socio-economic conditions of the dangerous land of PNG. And the veracity of the appalling and dangerous environment in which refugees will be placed is being ironically corroborated, willy-nilly, by all their ‘humanitarian’ supporters, like David Marr, and defence lawyers, who have already in their shrill shouts denounced Rudd’s announcement as “a day of shame” for Australia depicting in dramatic terms the great dangers that refugees will be facing in this hellishly bad setting once they are settled in PNG. After refugees becoming cognisant of the infernal conditions in which they will be living in, by these statements of their own supporters too (thus all the fans and backers of asylum seekers will find themselves being redundant and deprived of their libidinal pleasure by showing their heart on their sleeves, by their own ironic contribution to the stopping of the boats), who of the illegal migrants would be willing to pay a smuggler to be transported by Charon to the Hades of PNG and not to the paradisiac land of Australia?

Beyond any doubt, if the Rudd government will retain to the end the strength and acquire the determination to implement this hard line policy and there are no insurmountable legal challenges to it will exultantly succeed in this endeavour to protect the borders of Australia. And Kevin Rudd from a weak politician will be metastasized into the Roman god Terminus who guarded the boundaries of the republic by the force of arms. But if he is going to avoid from embarrassing the Roman god, he must tear the veil of pretence that covers the ugly features of this new policy and hails it as being humanitarian by arguing fatuously and emotionally that it will save lives by preventing boat people from drowning. Indeed, he will save them from drowning at sea but only by drowning them on dry land, in the socially cesspool of Papua New Guinea. Thus, his ‘humanitarianism’ will be swallowed in the whirlpool of his own hard line policy. Mockingly, he himself has already admitted that his new policy on illegal migrants has all the hard features of a porcupine—to use a metaphor. And the reason he has adopted this porcupine is, other than winning votes, to prevent boat people coming to Australia.

In his by now double replication of “me-tooism”of John Howard—the first time he professed to be willing to imitate Howard, as dyed in the wool conservative, in economic policy, this time he is doing it on border protection—he is out-distancing the latter in his hard line, like a galloping horse running next to a mule. And if he doesn’t lose his balance riding this winning stallion over the rough ground of politics, which so many times before enfeebled his policies by making them captive to populism, he will triumphantly pass the winning post and stop the boats.

I rest on my oars: your turn now                

LAWYERS LICKING THEIR CHOPS IN ANTICIPATION OF PRIME MINISTER’S WORD “SORRY”

SEASON’S GREETINGS

A healthy, joyous, industrious, and challenging 2008 to all readers and commentators of this blog. 

By Con George-Kotzabasis 

The announcement of Labor policies during the electoral campaign by Kevin Rudd clearly revealed that his government would be a government of tokenistic gestures and impressionistic policies without substance. The holy trinity of his major policies, Climate Change, Workplace Relations, and Education Revolution will turn out to be the most “unholy” inexpedient promises he made to the electorate, heavy in symbolism and light in substance.

First, signing the Kyoto Protocol will hardly entice America, China, and India, the highest polluters in the world, to agree to binding emission targets. And Prime Minister Rudd already realizes that this is a great difficulty when he admits that Australia will not be a party to emission targets unless the developed and developing countries also agree to such targets. And without such agreement of the big three his signature of the Protocol therefore will just be one of the last signatures before the former is thrown into the dustbin of the UN, like so many other ineffective and impractical initiatives of the latter.  

Secondly, on Workplace Relations after scaring workers that some of them might lose their benefits and even their jobs, all that he will do with his new IR legislation, even as he scraps in name Howard’s WorkChoices, is to tinker on the edges of the Coalition’s IR laws. Careful not to impose upon employers, especially in small business, hefty costs with harsh unfair dismissal laws which would produce an irreversible disincentive for employers to hire more workers, and indeed, in some cases dismiss workers before Rudd’s legislation is in place if business sniffs that the latter will seriously endanger their economic efficiency, and hence their viability, to survive in a highly competitive market.  

And, thirdly, on his “Education Revolution” that will provide future generations of Australians with the ‘best education in the world’, to quote him, that will facilitate their entry into the higher levels of the Australian economy. How is he proposing to accomplish this tremendously important task, by merely .providing laptops to all students from year nine to year twelve? Without throwing his revolutionary fervor where the real education revolution lies, not on laptops, but on the quality of teachers and the curriculum they teach and where the teaching unions are a counterrevolutionary force that will not allow any transformation of the status quo, Rudd will fail to achieve his goal.  Unless he is prepared to fight the intransigence of the teaching unions on this cardinal issue Rudd’s revolution will be the devolution of education. 

As provision of laptops to students, without a real revolution that will overthrow the postmodernist structure of the education system and its PC advocates that is especially entrenched in state schools which are the unions’ protectorate, will merely furnish students with a technical gadget. Without tempting them to climb toward the clear crackling snow peaks of education since there is a dearth of excellent guides, i.e., teachers, to lead their students to trek on the intricate and challenging paths to the Everest of education.

Instead, in government schools where there is a poverty of good teachers and mediocre performance of students, the latter might use the mobile privacy of the laptops to play games and watch sports, and, indeed, to enter the exciting and tempting “illicit” scenes that are spread all over the internet. Kevin Rudd’s laptop “education revolution” therefore might finish as a free ticket to some students to enter the “bordellos” of the global internet.  

Therefore, unless Prime Minister Rudd exorcises the spell of the teaching unions that divides government and private schools his revolution will be a farce, “laptop made” and at a high expense to the taxpayer. And parents who aspire for their children to get a good education will take the laptops and couple them with good teachers who are in private schools.

 Rudd’s Read my Lips: Ever “Sorry”  

Prime Minister Rudd’s propensity for “shambolistic” and impressionistic actions is further illustrated by his announcement after his election that unlike his predecessor John Howard he would utter the up till now elusive and unutterable word “sorry” to the present generation of indigenous people for the indignities and sufferings inflicted upon their descendants by past generations of white settlers. And at the same time expressing his strong belief that such an apology would not be followed by a spate of demands for compensation.  To believe this before the trumpeting sounds that aboriginal leaders, such as Lowitja O’Donoghue, made in the past and continue to make presently, that such a generous gesture should be accompanied by a generous package of compensation, is delusional.

But one group of professionals who have no illusions and are realistic about the consequences of the uttering the word sorry are the civil libertarian and humanitarian lawyers. Who are already joining a long queue that will deliver this gold laden package to the “stolen generations” through “activist” judges and in anticipation of this lucrative banquet at taxpayers’ expense, that Rudd so capriciously and innocently has set up, lawyers are already licking their chops.  

At a time when Australia could be facing a recession as a result of the economic reverberations to the rest of the world of a possible collapse of the housing market in America and its inevitable decline into recession, the country cannot afford to be lavish with its economic resources to an ever expanding cycle of compensations. If it enters into recession the government will need every cent to cushion the country from a hard economic fall. The Treasury should exercise Occam’s razor in its expenditure and should abstain from gratifying the black band arm and bad misplaced conscience of the café latte habitués. 

Moreover the Prime Minister in his rash to satisfy his black band clientele does not stop to ponder the pragmatic question that no individual or group of individuals is responsible for the malign actions and deeds of another individual or group of individuals and therefore could not render any meaningful apology on behalf of the latter, as only those who perpetrated these actions are solely responsible for them. To each his own! Nor does he stop to ponder the metaphysical question that the sins of man/woman perceived by human beings as such, in the subtler eyes of history, or if you like in the subtlest eyes of God, may not be seen as sins at all as they might originate from his/her human condition and since all humans by their nature are bound to commit them therefore do not have to be exculpated. But we must stop as we are diverting into philosophy and it would be unfair to drag common politicians to tread on its dangerous mountainous paths. 

Your turn now…