January 29, 2007
Is there anything here that requires an explanation?
Now, see this. What are we to make of this? How do we deal with deliberately instilled dysfunction, in an age of chemical and biological weapons?
How do we address an ideology that teaches children that the killing of Jews is mandatory obligation? How do we address ideologies that goes to great lengths to ensure the vilification of Jews- and for that matter, the vilification of ‘The Great Satan- is not just a political ideology, but a religious one as well?
Can we sit down and expect to reach an accommodation with people espousing these kind of ideologies? Can we really consider them our moral equals?
The magnitude and implications of the issues at hand are enormous.
The use of children as fodder to bolster a dysfunctional political and religious agenda is beyong tragic- and the profundity of that kind of tragedy cannot be overstated.
As we noted in Religion and Politics,
Religions are not measured by what they destroy, but rather, by what they build. Religions are not measured by how many they kill in God’s name, but rather by how many they save in God’s name. Religions are not measured by who they hate in God’s name, but rather, they are measured by how many they extend their arms in acceptance, in His name.
Religions, like cultures and societies, are also measured by how much they value their children.
Every religion has esoteric and ancient texts, written and meant to be applicable to ancient and more primitive societies, with very different cultural values. Pamela, at Atlas Shrugs, posts on a more recent release of rules written by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Boggles the mind.
January 29, 2007
Israel, a nation the size of New Jersey, can only lay claim to the following achievements:
Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world.
Israel has the second highest output of books published per citizen in the world.
Israelis hold more patents per person than do citizens of any other nation.
More than 85% of all solid waste in Israel is treated in an environmentally sound manner.
Israeli companies, Amdocs, Comverse and Nice pioneered voicemail, SMS and other cellular phone services.
Israel has the highest concentration of high tech companies industries in the world, relative to it’s population.
ICQ, the technology that powers AOL Instant Messenger, was developed in 1996 by a team of 4 young Israelis.
Israeli start-up company TransChip developed the first high resolution camera that fits on a single electronic chip, for use in cellular phones.
Israel is one of only eight countries in the world capable of launching their own satellites into space.
Israelis developed the world’s first cellphone at the Motorola research lab in Haifa, that companies largest research center in the world.
Israel ranks third, after the US and Canada, in the number of publicly traded companies on Wall Street.
Israel has more scientists and engineers per capita than any other nation in the world.
American industry giants such as GM, Ford and Lockheed Martin manage their manufacturing facilities using software written by Tecnomatix, an Israeli company.
Israeli company Given Imaging developed a video camera small enough to fit inside of a pill. The camera helps doctors diagnose digestive tract diseases.
Israeli scientists developed the first computerized radiation free diagnostic scanning device for detecting breast cancer.
Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world.
Not bad for the offspring of monkeys and pigs.
To be fair, the Palestinians have the greatest number of suicide bombers per capita, as well as the largest number of openly terrorist organizations in the world.
The Arab world can lay claim to the greatest number of openly anti semites in the world, by any standard of measurement.
According to UN Human Development Report, the Arab world has the lowest standard of education in the world, save for sub Saharan Africa. Given that there are virtually no schools in sub Saharan Africa, that is quite an educational milestone.
For more ‘Cool Facts’ about Israel, see this.
January 29, 2007
Red Ken spoke first, and gave a very urbane speech about the need for multiculturalism and a coming together of different cultures to form a “world civilization”. He referred repeatedly to the defects of the United States, and gave his opinion that the era of America as the premier global power is even now coming to an end.
Mr. Pipes expressed a strong disagreement with the mayor.
“The problem is not so much a clash of civilizations,” he said, “but a clash between civilization and barbarism… The ‘clash of civilizations’ idea fails; it does not fit the facts; it is not a good way to understand the world.” He went on to detail the dangers of the largest and most violent barbarism of all, radical Islam. He singled out Britain, and in particular London, as the world’s principal haven for Islamic terrorists.
The debate is interesting, for any number of reasons- not the least of which is that the debate needed to be held in the first place.
No one has a problem with multiculturalism that results in ethnic identity and pride while at the same time, remains committed to civilized behavior that seeks to empower and better the community at large. That has never been subject to debate.
The issue of multiculturalism becomes volatile when ethnic expression results in violence, intimidation or subjugation. When that happens, there should be no need for debate at all. We have noted,
…in a free society, we don’t care about your beliefs. We do care about your actions and behavior. You are free to integrate and to assimilate into our society in whole or in part. We really don’t care. Do not tell us we need to care about your beliefs and your concerns above all else and above our own beliefs. If you do try to make that assertion, you will soon be surprised at how easily you will be marginalized and resented- not for your beliefs, but rather, for your attempt to jump to the head of line. You are not more important than anyone else. We don’t care if you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu. You are free to worship as you believe. In fact, that is the last thing we worry about. America and free nations have long ago dispensed with the notion that what you believe or how you believe is relevant to peaceful existence. Notwithstanding some religious voices from the pulpits and the media, America has learned to live and let live…
You are not free to react violently or threaten those with whom you disagree. Western democracies are just that- free societies- and we do not operate under the ‘laws of the jungle.’ If we did, we we would not take kindly to even the firdt display of barbaric behavior. Your dissent is a right- but it is also a privilege, contained in the same way a painting is contained in a frame. You are free paint the canvas of your dissent as you please- as long as you stay within the borders of what is deemed accetable behaviot- that is, behavior that non-violent ior destructive.
These truths are not subject to debate. They are and have been the underpinnings of civilized societies. Any ‘debate’ that attempts to obfuscate these truths or serves to justify what is barbaric behavior does not serve democray or civilized society.
See the Baron’s post here. Take a few minutes and view the videos links. The various contexts between the views of Livingstone and Pipes are startling.