Tag Archive: The West


Children Of The Caliphate

 

 

 

” They stand in the front row at public beheadings and crucifixions held in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria. They’re used for blood transfusions when Islamic State fighters are injured. They are paid to inform on people who are disloyal or speak out against the Islamic State. They are trained to become suicide bombers. They are children as young as 6 years old, and they are being transformed into the Islamic State’s soldiers of the future.

  The Islamic State has put in place a far-reaching and well-organized system for recruiting children, indoctrinating them with the group’s extremist beliefs, and then teaching them rudimentary fighting skills. The militants are preparing for a long war against the West, and hope the young warriors being trained today will still be fighting years from now.

  The young fighters of the Islamic State could pose a particularly dangerous long-term threat because they’re being kept away from their normal schools and instead inculcated with a steady diet of Islamist propaganda designed to dehumanize others and persuade them of the nobility of fighting and dying for their faith.

” [The Islamic State] deliberately deny education to the people who are in the territory under their control, and not only that, they brainwash them,” said Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who’s tasked with thinking about future threats and planning for the Army’s future. “They engage in child abuse on an industrial scale. They brutalize and systematically dehumanize the young populations. This is going to make this a multigenerational problem.” “

 

This article from Foreign Policy is a real eye-opener , or should be , if we had some real leadership . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Blaine Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

PC Kills …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Growth, Not Redistribution, Most Benefits The Poor, Working People, And The Middle Class

 

World map showing countries by nominal GDP per...

 

” Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon note in their underappreciated work, It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years, that in the last century,1900 to 2000, real per capita GDP in America grew by nearly 7 times, meaning the American standard of living grew by that much as well. The authors explain:

“It is hard for us to imagine, for example, that in 1900 less than one in five homes had running water, flush toilets, a vacuum cleaner, or gas or electric heat.  As of 1950 fewer than 20 percent of homes had air conditioning, a dishwasher, or a microwave oven.  Today between 80 and 100 percent of American homes have all of these modern conveniences.”

Indeed, in 1900 only 2% of homes in America enjoyed electricity.  As Cox and Alm note further in their insightful Myths of Rich and Poor, “Homes aren’t just larger.  They’re also much more likely to be equipped with central air conditioning, decks and patios, swimming pools, hot tubs, ceiling fans, and built in kitchen appliances.  Fewer than half of the homes built in 1970 had two or more bathrooms; by 1997, 9 out of 10 did.”

Such economic growth produced dramatic improvements in personal health as well.  Throughout most of human history, a typical lifespan was 25 to 30 years, as Moore and Simon report.  But “from the mid-18th century to today, life spans in the advanced countries jumped from less than 30 years to about 75 years.”  Average life expectancy in the U.S. has grown by more than 50% since 1900.  Infant mortality declined from 1 in 10 back then to 1 in 150 today.  Children under 15 are at least 10 times less likely to die, as one in four did during the 19th century, with their death rate reduced by 95%.  The maternal death rate from pregnancy and childbirth was also 100 times greater back then than today. ”

 

 

Clash of Civilizations

  “For the world as a whole, it appears Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations thesis is being borne out by events. And not in the vulgar sense that some read the man’s work—that Islam and Christianity cannot coexist peacefully. But rather that civilizational fault lines are real, and are a source of instability that radicals are now doing their utmost to exploit:”