Anti-Religion & Libertarianism: Natural (& Dull) Conclusions of Western Nationalism

There has always been a divide between the Western (European) Nationalist model, and that of the Central & Eastern European models. One grew out of the rationalist philosophers and functioned more as a tool, the other grew out of German romanticist and other corresponding thinkers who brought it back to a more native perspective (though sometimes there isn’t ever even a true formalization of the philosophy in the cases of places like South Korea where there seems to be little officious doctrine on it).

It can be said that all forms of nationalism are derived from one or the other. But it can also be observed that the Western nationalists no longer think of themselves or even recognize themselves as Nationalists. Especially now, in the current age, there is a trend to think of themselves as more than Nationalists because they believe that their ideology resolves itself into a purely rational, and even ‘universal’ philosophy.

The American state began formulating that the ideologies of its society were, in fact, applicable to all nations (and perhaps this is why we have found ourselves in a thousand foreign wars to boot); we are motivated to provide a certain standard to all men all around the world, a standard that is identical to how we view our own relationship with others. Our nationalism has always been a relatively superifical one that is based off of individual liberty and rational cosmopolitanism as the scholar Hans Kohm says. This certainly echoes back into the education of any Western person.

The comedy of it is that we often deny such a thing to even be nationalism: so entrenched is the importance of this ideology within us we view it more as an abstract truth than any point open to our criticism. Of course the sense of individual liberty we have is necessary, and of course the multicultural, multi-ethnic formation of our communities are a good thing — they are the actualization of not just of our national agenda and mission, but they are also some sort of abstract universal truth of what is best for men.

In some sense this is the greatest form of Nationalism: it is the hidden Nationalism that nefariously turns even the Leftist progressive into a loyalist of the civil state.

Compare this to the Central & Eastern European brands of nationalism that has always sought to understand oneself in the context of being German. The truths and conclusions were meant only for a limited audience & culture. The same influence can be seen in characters like Michel Afleq of Syria who have seen his own contextualization for an ‘Arab nationalism,’ or any other manifestation in places like India or Korea. Admittedly, I am no expert in these, but there is a palpably different mission in these areas, although to some degree it can be said that the south Korean nationalism has essentially evaporated and become more & more like the Western nationalist models.

But the relevance of all of this has a few clear results that people won’t like:

(1) Anti-Religion: religion has ceased to serve a purpose within the context of the Western nationalist framework. Originally it could function as a loose uniter of the people, and that we could always depend on the spread of Christianity was enough that we could depend on a loose Christian humanism for lack of a better word.

Christianity functioned as a phase one within the ‘rationalist, cosmopolitan’ state. Christianity served to be an ideological cudgel against the idea of racism and against the ideas of ethnic natioanalism, and in many senses it can be said to have been a formidable tool in the full ingratiation of non-whites to the European elements there.

But, Christianity is entirely incompatible with the Phase Two: the rationalist cosmopolitan conclusion is one that is now rooted in creating an even greater aquarium of culture (a Gellner concept we will go into some other day), where religion should not even stand as a barrier to unity.

Religion gets into the way of exaggerated concepts of personal liberty (that are now no longer distinguishable from perosnal indulgence) and so religion is cut from the Western Nationalist doctrine. We see it in all of the nations who no longer see a purpose to side with Christian doctrine, and we now see more hostile denunciations of Christendom, increasing even since the 80s, and an allowance & endorsed tolerance in the media and films for such an advance.

Defanging Christianity is also a goal because it defeats whatever traditionalist elements remain within Western society. The Traditionalist elements are always the most dynamic and flammable aspects of any society, and so the goal of the Western Nationalists, who never have had a deep nationalism, has always been to defeat those who would otherwise hijack these movements in a very potential way.

Even Hans Kolm has noted that it is the Central or Eastern nationalist stance that has the greater potentialities (& risks) that go with it. It could be said that the Western nationalism has only functioned as a tool of the Capitalist system that has been its largest proponent and driving force even after the enlightenment, rationalist philosophies have ceased to be great contributors to it. 

(2) Libertarianism Final Phase for Conservatives

Libertarianism rears its head as a philosophy and it is meant to be the last bastion of anyone who identifies as a conservative — it is the last ideology that, at all, tips any hat to any sort of tradition, and the tradition itself it serves is only that of excessive individual liberty prioritized over any traditional identity.

It matches the attitude of the rationalist cosmopolitanist who desires the destruction of the traditionalist principles that have always acted as a barrier to it.

It seems to be that the formation of a libertarian standpoint is less of a throwback to 19th century philosophical inspiration and more of the result of the anti-religion success to remove any sense of traditionalist cultural values within the American conservative philosophy.

Conservatism is stripped bare & left as a hollow, husk of an ideology — the husk, of course, being Libertarianism. The movement is boiled down to just the few, naked, skeletal conceptualizations that alone can be viewed as servile to the Capitalist institutions that directed this entire campaign.

You will also notice how utterly dull these philosophies serve to be; they have very few conclusions but only exist as static, blunt devices that are not meant to have large impacts on individuals but encourage them to remain as non-dynamic cogs within the wheels of Capitalist consumerism.

This is only a small piece of writing but I felt like putting it out there to simply show that the anti-religious & Libertarian sentiments are a planned part of the overall system; too often we perceive this as some heroic or dynamic change within our society but, in reality, they are planned phenomena.

Donald Self-Actualizes & Levels Up, Pointing Out True Theme of 21st Century

Prominent politicsforum.org user, and former Leftist but now metaphysically enlightened transpositional spiritual guru Donald summarizes the entire theme of the 21st century in the following words.

I do not elaborate because he basically wont his ‘ten ways to Sunday’ or some shit.

DONALD

Unread post Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:06 pm [ Report ][ Quote ]

noemon wrote:

I believe we are way past that stage, and that Islam will never pose a seriously credible threat to warrant the requirement of a zealous rally point. The West can deal with Islam so easy that it does not require to rally mass mobilisation. It needs only to order a 1% of its army and Islam gets crushed.

The next clash of civilisations will not be with Islam but with China. At that point I don’t really know what the rally cry will be.

I disagree. I see the world in terms as a spiritual struggle between Tradition and Initiation (with and against) counter-tradition and counter-initiation (read: René Guénon). The Chinese, like the West, worship Mammon and are part of the armies of Ahriman (the Anti-Christ), whose goal is the continuation of the law of the serpent (i.e., predatory evolution). Any kind of hostility between China and the West will always lack authenticity because they are bound to the same leadership.

PoFo

& this is why I understand the phenomena of never drinking alcohol and praying five times a day, and why other people are confused that they aren’t buying iPhones & updating their profile pics.

 

All civilization was a boiling away, a failing away; all humanity was enslaved, beatened, saddened, imposed upon.

& finally people just started thinking far outside of the box and got their inspiration from true geniuses analyzing the postmodern question as opposed to re-sharing “I Fucking Love Science” links.

Personally, right now, I want to live my life to the fullest & warn everyone that they are selling their souls & losing themselves with every minute they spend in slavery to a 21st century mindset.

You can literally see the skinny & handsome figure of Donald just standing up & stepping outside of a box, turning back & looking at it, summarizing it in a few words then walking away — now so much larger, so much the better than the box, though inside of this box remains hostile creatures fighting over spilt milk.

 

 

 

 

Cultivated Indifference: Our Attitude Towards Rotting Structures

There’s something about our postmodern existence that divorces us from any sense of responsibility. Certainly, there are some things that were directly assigned to us that we are responsible for. I was careful to never damage or destroy my school texts as I might theoretically be held responsible for it — but when it comes to damaging a desk or bathroom with graffiti, or watching someone else engage in it, it was an entirely different story. While I never abused property myself I had always thought that, on some level, there is no responsibility I have in the least, no obligation, towards the destruction of property.

I have spent much of my life though, then and now, not only with a sort of ‘indifference’ towards the things around me, but also have cultivated the idea that I am not not responsible. In fact, I have grown up with a feeling not only of no responsibility, but of powerlessness. Certainly great teachers have told me this is not the case since I was a young man — but this is a lesson that takes some age and maturity to fully grasp, and perhaps this is why this is a lesson that we try to impart on youth with such urgency.

I feel, though, that the task of changing the rot within the society seems like a monolithic venture. Whether it is excessive corporate greed or the sorry state of the American government, or the degradation of the environment, or even the moral degradation of ourselves as people, we have a vague fatalistic approach and a series of excuses and justifications for our indifference & inability. We also exist as tired creatures that are so obsessed with doing the tasks we need to do to keep from being destitute. In some sense we are not that different from former peasants who could do little to nothing to improve the state of their society.

It can be depressing to be so isolated from nature, and to be tasked out and treated as just a functionary within a society with a wrong direction. We also never get the ‘leg up’ we need to become influential partly because the only people appointed to be influential are appointed by the operators of the status quo — they want this maintained, and unchanged, and so appoint like minded people.  They push us into a direction only beneficial to themselves, and we know it; we have no sense of ownership over our Society, and we have no sense of ownership over our own Fate much of the time.

All of this points us towards cultivated indifference.

We are responsible for nothing because we are just another member of the herd, with no power, and no influence; and when we act and function just as cogs in the machine we are told that this is how you get ahead. You bide your time, you wait; you don’t waste time on things not your responsibility because it is too hard. Your responsibility is just making money and waiting for the day of your influence.

When we pass the homeless man on the street, we understand this is not something we can help with. It is someone else’s job. So is the environemtnal destruction. So is the corruption in the government. So is the trash on television. None of this is us. None of this is our responsibility.

In fact, not even our personal immorality is our responsibility anymore; we feel that these brief indulgences are things that we need to cope with the daily grind.

So all around us, there are rotten structures. We may even be a rotten structure. But because of a combined our of powerlessness and lack of responsibility, we do not even move to change it. I think this can be properly called cultivated indifference.

Perhaps what we have to do to effect better change around us, and better change for our society, is to do something like the following:

- Care about things around us, so that we can cultiavate the will to take responsibility for improving things. Even if it is not our responsibility directly, we should take efforts to make it a part of our general responsibility as human beings. 

- Exercise daily to improve our health, both mentally and physically, and make us more alert.

- Learn important things daily.

- Fight the rot in our own life, and then fight it in our community, and then fight it in our society.

The first step is for us to be better people, and the end goal is to simply change the leadership above us that routinely fails.

And if I cannot take away the leadership above me that creates a more terrible place to live, then I will simply resist in by all means at my disposal, and distance myself, and take precautions to let everyone know that I was not a part of the structure which further degraded our society.

I think there has been enough wallowing in exitential helplessness and we should proceed towards a proactive fight against the rot — and if we cannot clear the structures of rot, we must destroy the structures themselves.

Afghanistan in Crisis As Obama Prepares Withdrawal

2014 has been an epic year for Pres. Obama:

- He attempted to destabilize the secular Syrian government & ended up supporting Islamist terrorists. The Russians & Iranians who backed Assad won out.

- His withdrawal from Iraq predictably culminated in mass civil warfare. Islamists recovered billions of dollars in currency & advanced military equipment making them incapable of being dislodged. Obama helped move to sack Maliki, who he had previously been fine with until this catastrophe (a little bit of late effort there, isn’t it?).

- Who can forget in the face of Russian aggressive posturing to take Crimea he sent John Kerry & his Hapsberg jaw to Ukraine; nothing was done to prevent Russian expansion, and instead money was given to a fledgling government of closet Fascists & corrupt strongmen in Kiev, who just this morning killed 10 civilians in artillery shelling of the Donetsk region. 

- Now Afghanistan is in a miserable position:

MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan —Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency as the United States moves to complete its withdrawal of combat troops, according to Afghan officials and local elders.

The Taliban have found success beyond their traditional strongholds in the rural south and are now dominating territory near crucial highways and cities that surround Kabul, the capital, in strategic provinces like Kapisa and Nangarhar.

Their advance has gone unreported because most American forces have left the field and officials in Kabul have largely refused to talk about it. The Afghan ministries have not released casualty statistics since an alarming rise in army and police deaths last year.

At a time when an election crisis is threatening the stability of the government, the Taliban’s increasingly aggressive campaign is threatening another crucial facet of the American withdrawal plan, full security by Afghan forces this year.

“They are running a series of tests right now at the military level, seeing how people respond,” one Western official said, describing a Taliban effort to gauge how quickly they could advance. “They are trying to figure out: Can they do it now, or will it have to wait” until after the American withdrawal, the official added, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the coalition has officially ceded security control.

Interviews with local officials and residents in several strategic areas around the country suggest that, given the success of their attacks, the Taliban are growing bolder just two months into the fighting season, at great cost to Afghan military and police forces.

New York Times

Basically, the Taliban is poised to plunge the entire nation into civil war and perhaps even come out victorious in the end. They are so confident of their ability to do this they are even attacking now before the US troops have withdrawn — signs that they feel powerful.

is anything going right at all in his foreign policy?

Perhaps people can try to tie this all back to Pres. Bush, but one cannot help but think that the overly ‘aggressive’ and ‘warmongering’ Pres. Bush would have at least not yapped like a tiny dog while Russia expanded into Crimea, or have witnessed the complete & total deterioration of conditions within Iraq & Afghanistan.

The real losers in this whole mess are the Iraqi & Afghan people who were treated to a glimmer of hope of democracy only to have it snuffed out by the awkwardness & inadequacy of the US government. The other major losers are the thousands of Americans and other allied fighters that have died or been maimed & wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan– now their sacrifices truly have been for little to nothing.

The only people that have won out during the Obama administration are the Russians, the Iranians and the various Islamic extremist organizations throughout the Middle East.

Russia “Created Conditions” (!?) Leading To MH-17 Tragedy

In the world of politics you often see that even when it is clear that they cannot completely burn their political opponents for an incident that they will seek to otherwise accuse them. On some level this is a human phenomena — we all seek to get to the bottom of it, and sometimes that means making a lot of sober and rational judgments and sometimes that just means pointing fingers out of frustration.

Senior intelligence officials said Tuesday Russia created the “conditions” that led to the downing  of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine but stopped short of directly linking Moscow to the fatal missile strike.

The officials said-that anti Ukraine government forces, which are backed by Russia, likely fired the missile that took down Flight MH-17 last Thursday, killing all 298 aboard.

However, they made no direct link to Russia.

The assessment follows a series of State Department comments and releases over the weekend that made a strong connection among the strike, Russia and the pro-Russian separatists, who are believed to have fired a SA-11 surface-to-air missile.

The officials said the plane was likely shot down by the separatists who are in eastern Ukraine, based on intercepted communications, satellite photos and social media postings, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts.

But the officials said they did not know who fired the missile or whether any Russian operatives were present at the launch.

A senior intelligence official confirmed Tuesday that the separatists are being training in air defense systems at a Russian training facility in Rostov, near the Ukraine border.

In terms of who fired the missile, “we don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 percent sure of a nationality,” one official said, adding at another point, “There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here.”

The officials also said Russia has continued to help the rebels after the downing, providing additional tanks and rocket launchers.

The officials said the most plausible explanation for why the plane was shot down is that the rebels made a mistake. Separatists previously had shot down 12 Ukrainian military airplanes, the officials said.

Fox News

It seems pretty obvious that the Ukrainian separatists who shot down the aircraft were on some level educated and trained fighters, whether from Rostov or from previous military experience. Separatists had successfully shot down 12 other aircraft — they merely made an unfortunate mistake here.

The problem with the US officials saying that they created the conditions which lead to the downing of the US aircraft is that it could imply that, at other times, the United States has created similar conditions that led to the deaths of civilians as well. It creates a basis for argumentation that can bring us towards conclusions that are rather unflattering to the United States government.

… Of course, the government expects the people to be so generally blind in their fanaticism that they would have little regard to being objective and trying to understand the deeper ramifications of such an accusation.

But John Kerry & Barrack Obama haven’t stilled themselves and remained calm, and instead have pursued this in a predictably backwards & hypocritical fashion. I am not sure if we can necessarily blame Kerry & Obama, though, as this is the modus operandi of American politics: boldfaced stupidity & hypocrisy.

After all, it is what we tolerate as American people in our politics.

Hobby Lobby: Their Rights… & What About Universal Health Care?

The Hobby Lobby debate is a great illustration of a distracting issue that quickly devolves into a meme contest of mud slinging & false comparisons. The basic facts of the case are often ignored, and there is little to no discussion on what people actually believe government or business should do, or what obligations they actually have towards people. It seems to be more about what team you signed up for years ago, and what shirt you are wearing, than about the actual discussion of it.

That is why being ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’ isn’t helpful in this debate. The only thing that is actually helpful is having a clear view of the role of government, the role of business, and the role of individuals within society. And when you even take a moment to understand all of these perspectives that you might have, and come to conclusions on them, you are then suddenly overwhelmed by the absurdity of the Hobby Lobby debate as it stands….

Let us be clear for a minute: Hobby Lobby is only fighting to not pay for 4 of 20 different contraceptive devices that they believe specifically to be involved in the process of abortion.

They even released a statement saying that the 4 items they do not provide through their health care plan are generally quite cheap and readily available, and any of their employees can certainly purchase these on their own dime if they do not intend to use any of the other 16 methods that range from the classic Jimmy Hat to vasectomies & female sterilization surgeries (The Blaze).

But some people are still not satisfied because of the four things they cannot buy — most notably, the morning after pill, for this is where they have decided to draw their line in the sand, believing that abortion is an immoral action, and they do not want to spend any of their money on it.

There is a really simple line of argument for the right of Hobby Lobby to not do this:

(1) People should be able to negotiate their terms of business. 

I simply believe that private enterprise has the right to come up with their own contracts.

If person A agrees to work for person B for 40/hours week for X-amount of money, and they put in the contract that person A also gets one bottle of Jack Daniels every Friday night, that is their business; if person A agrees only to work for person B if he is paid in Swedish Krona because he plans on returning to Sweden at the end of the summer and he wants his money in that, so be it; if person A wants to be paid exclusively in foodstuffs, that is also their business.

it seems remarkably silly that a person wouldn’t be able to negotiate the terms of a health care plan.

(2) People Should Be Able To Express Religion / Ideology, Even In Business.

Is it the best idea for a major chain store to advocate a religious or ideological standpoint? Probably not. But if the local Hallal butcher wants to talk about how great of a Muslim he is, or a Hallal grocer wants to insure the Hallal-ity of his groceries, why not?

Let’s say we even have a private Buddhist school, and it only has about 100 students… They only need about 10 teachers and a few other staff, and they want every employee to be a devout Buddhist because of the environment that they try to foster, and they give special priority to Buddhist monks or nuns to be teachers…
Can we be upset with them if they hire only Buddhists? Can we be upset with them if they hire only monks & nuns, and for these people they have zero plans for birth control?

Follow this logic t its natural conclusion.

(3) Personal Responsibility & Strength

I am responsible for everything that I do. if I were to ride my bicycle without a helmet consistently, who could I blame if I suffered a head injury? My employer who didn’t buy me a helmet even though he knew I was a cyclist?

If my employer doesn’t buy me a helmet… I guess if I want to cycle, I just have to use a portion of my own income to buy my own helmet. If my employer doesn’t want to give me abortion pills but still offers to buy me condoms, should I really complain if they do not buy me my abortion pill?

(4) If You Want Universal Health Care So Bad, How About You Universalize Health Care?

I want universal health care in the sense that I think everyone who doesn’t make a certain amount of money should have affordable and essentially free health care provided by the state.

I have no idea why we would just fight for businesses to provide some sort of… vast health care plan. Then we are denying health care to loads of unemployed people. Then we are denying health care to people who will just go to jobs that will cut their hours below X-amount so they do not qualify for certain health care costs…

I thought there was some goal for this generation of young Americans to universalize the health care system…

… Instead, they are taking the fight to make hobby lobby buy them abortion pills, as if this is the new frontier of a meaningful healthcare plan. 

Whatever happened to the campaign for universal health care? How did the Left suddenly see this Red Herring, and then go barking up this tree?

They are just being duped by super-liberal organizations capitalizing off of anti-religious  & anti-conservative sentiment.

This really should all be addressed in calm, quiet terms and be an issue about private enterprise and its rights to negotiate their own terms of service…

If this was really about health care, why would we focus on getting private businesses to buy abortion pills for people while the far greater injustice is the fact that many people are without viable health care plans?

I think the whole thing is a distraction from real issues & being discussed in entirely the wrong way.

Perhaps we should all go sit on some ice for a minute and re-think our priorities.

The Islamic State Offers Up A Map

Of course, the idea that Spain & the Balkans are going to become dominated portions of the Islamic state is incredibly silly, but there are a few things that we can see from the article below & the map that they offered up:

ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.

The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda – demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.

With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.

Daily Mail

And here is the map:

Notice how they do not apparently seek to take any lands beyond what was once theoretically held within Europe.

Notice, as well, that Kordistan would take up a massive swathe of land — a good chunk of Turkey and a large chunk of Iran.

I imagine that ‘Qoqzaz’ is theoretically existent there as a ruling area for the Azeri / Turkic peoples that are otherwise not in Anatolia.

Khorasan is intimidatingly large, taking up much of central Asia, parts of Iran, Pakistan, India, and… The Uighur lands. We can conclude from that that they are consciously in opposition to the Chinese government who has taken away domestic control from the Uighur people. I imagine that indicates that even if the Islamic State fails, there could be money, support and increased interest in the Uighur struggle which may be a new frontier of jihad.

Notice the entire lack of Iran — not surprising that they would abolish an entire Shi’ite theocracy, after all. :)

The map is significant as far as it gives us an interesting worldview of the Jihadis — one in which it seems to respect the traditional territories held by these various peoples to some extent, and appears to care about correcting theoretical past wrongs.

Perhaps you can see that while the goal is most assuredly not something that can be achieved, the dream is certainly there, and they have shown some interesting sympathies and inclinations that will be indicators of their future behavior.

The IS just has to buckle down and resist whatever onslaughts are coming towards them and hope that Obama & NATO foreign policy stays impotent, and this is going to be a wild summer for us all.

ISIS/ISIL/The Islamic State & “Caliph” Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi

By now many are talking about this transition from being “ISIS/ISIL” and becoming simply the Islamic State. I certainly found the whole thing rather interesting.

The ISIS/ISIL enclave had become incredibly rich through their exploits and captured loads of great military supplies of US origin — including helicopters. They even joked that they expect the USA to service them and honor the warranty. They also seized an esitmated $400 million in currency (source: NY TImes). Certainly, these are very serious characters.

That does not mean that I think this is the erection of a permanent and recognizable state. This honestly depends on the will of the Iranians & the Syrians at this point, and the diplomatic skill of the new IS rulers. I also wonder if the Turkish will involve themselves, and in what capacity the Israelis & the US will act. Obama the cowardly lion brings little to the table though I wouldnt’ be surprised if he takes some sort of misguided, probably illogical action.

What is most interesting about this series of developments is the identity of this new “Caliph” which can shed some light on the issue.

His new, official name and identity, is as follows (and is as released by IS itself) and likewise explains their motive in dropping the geographic specifications of their title:

a khalīfah for the Muslims, and the pledge of allegiance to the shaykh (sheikh), the mujāhid, the scholar who practices what he preaches, the worshipper, the leader, the warrior, the reviver, descendent from the family of the Prophet, the slave of Allah, Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Awwād Ibn Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Alī Ibn Muhammad al-Badrī al-Hāshimī al-Husaynī al-Qurashī by lineage, as-Sāmurrā’ī by birth and upbringing, al-Baghdādī by residence and scholarship. And he has accepted the bay’ah (pledge of allegiance). Thus, he is the imam and khalīfah for the Muslims everywhere. Accordingly, the “Iraq and Shām” in the name of the Islamic State is henceforth removed from all official deliberations and communications, and the official name is the Islamic State from the date of this declaration.

Longwar

He is being identified in popular media and elsewhere simply as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which wikipedia notes as his nom de guerre.

One interesting aspect of his origin is that he was a Ph.D. student of Islamic studies at the University of Baghdad and that he apparently can claim lineage from the Prophet. I am guessing that both of these are correct — we may disagree with the IS and their cruel actions, but we can certainly consider that somewhere among that massive organization there may surely be a descendent of the Prophet. They even say that Prince George is a descendant of the Prophet (the Local, France). There is no shortage of people with this distinction.

I found another interesting tidbit that shows the inaccuracy and lameness of popular media coverage of the whole background of events concerning how ISI (Islamic State in Iraq) essentially took power over Jabhat al-Nusra:

When the formation of ISIS was announced in April 2013, al-Baghdadi stated that the Syrian Civil War jihadist faction,Jabhat al-Nusra, had been an extension of the ISI in Syria, and was now to be merged with ISIS.[8][20] The leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani, disputed this merging of the two groups and appealed to al-Qaeda emirAyman al-Zawahiri, who issued a statement that ISIS should be abolished and that al-Baghdadi should confine his group’s activities to Iraq.[21] Al-Baghdadi, however, dismissed al-Zawahiri’s ruling and took control of a reported 80% of Jabhat al-Nusra’s foreign fighters.[22] In January 2014, ISIS expelled Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and in the same month clashes between the two in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Governorate killed hundreds of fighters and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.[23] In February 2014, al-Qaeda disavowed any relations with ISIS.[4]

Wikipedia

Those dumb asses everywhere from NPR to the Guardian touted this title of them being “Too extreme for al-Qaeda!”  (look at all these articles via google search) but there is little to really verify such a fact (hell, the Guardian article points out that they were told to not raise any hands against religious / tribal / clan groups that did not want to fight on their behalf).

Really, we are just dealing with a scenario where there was in-fighting within al-Qaeda and clearly they wanted to have their own, centralized body that was independent of the al-Qaeda network. It was a powerplay by ISI & al-Baghdadi, and it appears that it has truly paid off over there.

I am very fascinated to see how things are going to unfold and to see what this new “Caliph” is going to declare and do. This is a very fascinating point for Middle East history, and I am excited to say that I can write about a portion of it.

Now let’s just see where this is all heading and how the rest of the world reacts.

Keep your eyes peeled and dig for the truth — this is a complex scenario, so do not depend on mainstream media alone concocting some strange story. There is a lot of moving pieces here that have large political ramifications for the Middle East, and if you do not find a good thread to follow you will run the risk of getting duped or being ill informed.

I also recommend following some famous twitter handles that the Islamic State is using; many of them appear and disappear but a few of them for you are:

@troublejee

@islam4allXs

@AbuBakrAl_Janab

@abuomarassayf

@MuawiyaIASufian

These are changing all the time and I am unsure which are directly linked, but it appears @Islam4allXs is perhaps the best one for English source on it that I have seen so far, and they are incredibly active.

Enjoy.

USA n00b Foreign Policy: How Idealism Interfered W/ Practicality

In games, timing is everything… Of course, in many games I want to do something earlier in the game than is reasonable. Some people bring their Queen out early in chess & encounter game ending disasters due to their overeagerness. Of course, developing your Queen and putting her into a position where she can wreak the most havoc is a necessary part of chess, but to do so prematurely invites loss.

Likewise you have people in all manner of game that are just silly n00bs. They want to gank with Faceless Void before he has Chronosphere at Level 6; they want to just get in the tank & rush anenemy strongpoint in the first 5 minutes of the Battlefield match even though everyone knows the first thing they do is mine the gate… The number of newbish moves that people make in games because they act prematurely is infinite.

Perhaps it is a part of human psychology to desire early, quick victory, and to believe that we can just sort of throw it out there and something great happens.

Hell, sometimes just because our enemy is also a newb the tactic works — so we try it again, with hopes that it will be applicable in every match.

This is basically USA foreign policy in Iraq & Afghanistan over the last decade.

… Everybody knows that there is a specific order that you have to do things or the overarching strategy doesn’t work. This principle is found in everything. I

USA foreign policy has sought to democratize entire societies as quickly as possible without developing their education, security & health care. It could also be said that we attempt to develop all of them at the same time. 

This is a lot like trying to bake the bread, cook the meat, dice up the vegetables and ready the spices while setting the table for dinner simultaneously. We have all tried to achieve maximum multitasking to thereby achieve high level of efficiency while cooking, but generally speaking, this always results in failure.

It’s almost as if because of the nature of the criticisms that the USA has faced over the last century in the support of dictatorial regimes, and it is almost because of the rationale we use to prop ourselves up as righteous in our interference with foreign states, that we forget that you can never jump from largely ignorant, unstable third world state into a first world democracy without decades of coordinated effort.

& it is as if we set these nations up for abject failure specifically when we give them weak, unhinged “democratic” governments. They are only “democratic” by virtue of it describing the process by which tribalists & sectarians manipulate the masses to gain control and perpetuate internal strife. They are “democratic” only in the sense that the Weimar Republic was a democratic state — it is an unsustainable flash in the pan that lends itself well to eventual total collapse & civil war.

If we actually did have interest in seeing these countries prosper we would have to get rid of this newbie mentality of front loading our ideology. We have to understand that the real process for building & achieving a sustainable state is far more subtle & involves the development of far more basic institutions before the subsequent achievement of others.

Perhaps the fact that we are stooped in over-the-top emotional rhetoric on liberty has also undone is… “He who would exchange liberty for security deserves neither,” (paraphrase). What a silly idea…

Would you rather live in a place where there is no civil war, growing education & health facilities, peace and a rapidly developing economy but, there is a lack of freedom…

… Or do you want to live in Iraq, where, over the last decade, you have endured intense warfare, have little to no new opportunities and are suffering…

… But you get to cast your vote along with the millions of other sectarian tribalists?

The answer is obvious.

Don’t be a n00b & bring your queen out to get caught right away and lose the game; don’t be a n00b and try to gank a stronger character while your ulti isnt even unlocked.

Don’t be a stupid n00b and make the Iraqis do democracy while they are steeped in civil warfare & economic meltdown….

Obama Admin Playing Stupid on Iraq In Spite of Evidence

First off, I find it hilarious that the Obama administration would even attempt to feign ignorance on this topic because of the fact that one would imagine that keeping track of intelligence and threats towards the nascent little republic we set up & were working with should be top priority… Much like it would have been getting Maliki to play nice with others, something that the administration continued to bemoan later as his shortcoming in spite of little to no news or actions from Obama previously concerned with fixing such a situation.

Evidence has come out that has shown that the Obama administration had known about the growing threat of ISIL months before they reared their ugly heads in Iraq:

The U.S. intelligence community warned about the “growing threat” from Sunni militants in Iraq since the beginning of the year, a senior intelligence official said Tuesday — a claim that challenges assertions by top administration officials that they were caught off guard by the capture of key Iraqi cities.

Earlier Tuesday, in an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State John Kerry said “nobody expected” Iraqi security forces to be decisively driven out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as they were earlier this month in Mosul.

And here comes another great kicker:

Offering a grave warning about the current strength of the group — which is a State Department-designated terror organization — the official also said that barring a major counteroffensive, the intelligence community assesses that ISIS is “well-positioned to keep the territory it has gained.”The official said the ISIS “strike force” now has between 3,000 and 5,000 members.

Fox News

So you are telling me that they were not aware that a group with a “strike force” of only 3,000-5,000 men could bring the Iraqi military down to its knees, begging their Iranian neighbors for help? You are telling me, we left the country essentially defenseless so that Obama could win the theoretical ‘early withdrawal’ points?

The entire security situation of Iraq was being ignored while it deteriorated — as was the threat from ISIl, who we were sticking out feelers months ago to see if we could get the support of people to help fight Assad… Assad being the thin guard against Islamic extremism, don’t you know.

I am beginning to be convinced that this administration totally failed in Iraq on all accounts, and so amazingly.

And we love how they actually go before the American people and say… sorry guys, we just missed it! In spite of evidence to the contrary, of course, but still… The idea that this wouldn’t, say, oh… Be a major priority to them!

Thousands of Americans died and thousands more lost limbs and lost all manner of things over in Iraq. And what did they get for that loss? Apparently, a government that is disinterested in even maintaining what little gains we made in that country, and an environment where they are willing to just throw it all away.

Shameful. Naive. Stupid.

Imagine if, at work, I just blew off one of my big assignments at work… I would be fired, and I could expect that people would laugh at me behind my back.

So what do these jokers & snakes in the Obama administration anticipate for themselves?

They just go and tell a boldfaced lie before the brainwashed public.