The East is Dead

H. Numan, who is based in Bangkok, sends this report on the current socio-political crisis in China.

The East is Red Dead

by H. Numan

Football is a sport. Sometimes a deadly sport. I’m talking of course about what Americans call soccer and the rest of the world football. It even caused a war in 1969. Right now, it’s causing massive uprisings in China. Something nobody, least of all Chinese censors, could foresee. Likely with deadly consequences for the entire world.

Football is hugely popular in China. The Qatar World Championships are shown live on Chinese TV. The censors clearly forgot that TV cameras will show not just the players, but also the crowds. Who are sitting side by side, shoulder to shoulder, without wearing masks. Chinese citizens are not stupid. They probably heard stories about the West being no longer in lockdown. Now they see those ‘wild conspiratorial rumors’ confirmed. By their own government.

At the same time an unfortunate accident happened in Xinjiang. A building caught fire while the city was under lockdown. The residents were welded inside their building. Literally. Municipal workers welded the doors and the locks shut. That happens a lot during Chinese lockdowns. The people had no way to escape the fire, and firemen couldn’t enter the building. Ten people lost their lives.

The news of the fire combined with the championships made the population explode in anger. Ordinary Chinese citizens could see with their own eyes, on state TV, that the outside world was okay after Covid. All their suffering and hardship was, and is, in vain.

This is by far the biggest crisis the Chinese Communist Party has faced since Tiananmen Square in 1989. It may very well grow into something much bigger, because the Tiananmen Square riots were not widespread. Only some students revolted, and only in Beijing and a few other large cities. With, at that time, nearly a billion people, ‘some’ students does quickly add up. Also, nobody outside university campuses knew about Tiananmen Square. It could be controlled. The current riots are all over the country, by enraged ordinary citizens.

There is no formal cadre or leadership in this outburst. People have simply had enough. All over China riots are flaring up. So far, nothing that the police can’t handle. Demonstrating in China is highly illegal. Any gathering of more than a few people is closely watched, and often dispersed quickly by the authorities. Even if it is a ‘long live Xi Jinping!‘ demonstration. With extreme violence, if that becomes necessary. That’s the situation the authorities face right now. How to handle it? Difficult to say. Normally the riot police would be sent in. That probably would make things far worse, causing more and much bigger riots.

They could give in, and ease the Covid lockdown regulations. However, that will very quickly cause more problems. You see, China isn’t a superpower. It is a lower income country with a huge population, some nukes and a very bad public health system. Under the most oppressive regime since Mao.

Xi Jinping, the present chairman just got his tenure extended. He is effectively president-for-life. Technology gave him much more of a grip on society than was possible under Mao or even in the DDR. With much Western support, by means of Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter, China was able to control its population to an extent few people in the West would think possible. Xi Jinping used it to build his own power base. Don’t believe a word of anti-corruption in China. It’s as hollow and meaningless as anti-corruption in Thailand. In Asia, notably China, corruption is endemic. Built into the system. Anti-corruption simply means replacing corrupt officials with your own cronies.

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They Worked Their Will on John Barleycorn

After the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, Communism was dead. Or so we were told at the time. However, it should be clear by now that Communism is the John Barleycorn of political ideologies:

They worked their will on John Barleycorn, but he lived to tell the tale.

That is, Communism was thought to have been destroyed, but not only did it survive, it eventually came to dominate those who believed they had destroyed it. (A full-length exegesis on this conceit may be found in my 2008 essay “John Barleycorn Was Dead”.)

The 21st-century version of the victorious ideology is not called “home-brewed ale”, but rather “Progressivism”, or the “New World Order”, or “Global Governance”, among other terms. The process of imposing the new global utopia is, of course, referred to as “the Great Reset”. Which is currently well underway, and will probably be completed before most people realize what is happening.

One of the features of latter-day Communism is that it has always been able to count on a multitude of fellow travellers among the members of the political class in the liberal democracies. The Soviets recruited agents of influence in Western governments and cultural circles, but they really didn’t have to work all that hard to find them; there was always a pool of idealistic intellectuals who were eager to embrace the utopian vision provided by the Socialist Revolution.

Communism is primarily a disease of the intellectuals. The proletariat — the purported beneficiaries of the socialist revolution — are generally indifferent to the allure of progressive utopias. But those who hold multiple advanced degrees are especially attracted to the idea of a glorious future planned and implemented by technocrats. They can draw up detailed plans for the construction of an ideal political economy, but they lack the political power to realize their dreams. Achieving such power tends to consume all their energy for well over half their lives; hence the pursuit of power becomes an end in itself.

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The following remarks by Diana West were delivered on October 27 at the Institute of World Politics in a talk entitled “Secrets of the Archives: Reconsidering Research of Bukovsky and Romerstein”. In it she draws extensively on the work of the well-known Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, who was given access to the archives of Soviet intelligence during the brief interregnum in Russia after the breakup of the USSR. This recording is audio-only, but well worth your time:

In her talk, Diana refers several times to her book American Betrayal, which is available here.

The Great American Divide Isn’t What You Think

The following guest-essay by Brad Lena was originally published in 2019, but is still apropos, given today’s events.

The great American divide isn’t what you think

by Brad Lena

For the last 50-plus years, “the peaceful transfer of political power” meant a four- to eight-year rebranding of the ruling paradigm designed to preserve the policy, perks, economic, legal, and legislative advantages of the governing class. In 2016, the election ushered in a division some say is as significant as the election of 1860. Many think it is the clear division of political ideologies. While this is true, there is another split, and in my opinion, it is generally not recognized and is ultimately more profound.

First, some context. The complex, interdependent infrastructure that supports modern life in America operates with such reliability that unimaginable amounts of goods and services are conceived, produced, and distributed with seamless regularity. It takes a massive natural catastrophic event to interrupt it. The downside is that the demands are so great that a broad interruption lasting two weeks or more would result in chaos in every major city.

What does this have to do with this divide? The divide can be generally thought of in terms of two groups: those with the skills that maintain the modern infrastructure and those who lack those skills. For example, a person might be the most brilliant, accomplished brain surgeon in the world, but he is dependent on someone understanding, building, and maintaining electrical power generation and transmission or having the skills to design and build emergency power generators.

A more down-to-earth example: What would happen to the business you work for if the power went out for a day? Would the business function?

There are countless people whose skills and detailed coordination of complex systems enable modernity. Somewhere along the line, those who benefit from modern infrastructure but lack the contributing skills decided to bite the hand that sustains them. The disdain and contempt of the media, academics, students, comics, the MSM, progressives, etc. for those who engineer, build, maintain, and repair modern infrastructure, goods, and services has become particularly virulent and now violent.

One indication is that Harvard, with input and guidance from others, organized an excursion to introduce some students to the reality that supports their worldview. So detached have these elite students become that an expedition had to be mounted to expose them to reality outside their experiences. A situation where never have so many known so little about so much will not weather a prolonged disruption with stoic endurance.

Perhaps it is no surprise that a populace encountering a level of unprecedented material abundance would, after a sufficient number of generations, act is if it were like oxygen: it’s just there, always has been, always will be. That belief will be put to the test. What the future holds is anybody’s guess, but I’d be nice to those who know how to do something practical.

Previous posts by Brad Lena:

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When the Music Stops

Earlier this afternoon there was a discussion on Skype about this post at American Partisan quoting Egon von Greyerz concerning the imminent meltdown of the global financial system.

Below are excerpts from my exchange with one of the translators:

Translator: What can we do when the whole shebang collapses? Governments all over the world are already prohibiting people from buying gold and silver above a certain amount, and then that has to be declared so that they can come afterwards and take it away by force. What will happen to people who own their properties outright? Will these be taken along with those that borrowed from banks? I hope that NOBODY will sell any food to the rich afterwards. Let them eat their money.

Baron: It all depends on who is holding the AK-47s when the time comes. Those will be the ones who “own” whatever they want to claim.

As for selling stuff — what will people use to buy it with? Our assumption is that there will have been a financial collapse, and that the old currencies will be worthless. There will be barter, and there will eventually be a new currency based on something of real value. Probably multiple privately-issued currencies. Those currencies that reliably back up their scrip with gold or silver will become the new dominant media of exchange.

But there will also be a lot of starvation and violence, especially in the big cities.

T: I wonder how much longer we still have?

B: That’s a good question. Lots of people said the end was near back in 2008 and 2009, so we’ve already gotten an additional thirteen years for free.

I no longer make any predictions. The Powers That Be have shown that they can keep the bubble of imaginary money inflated for an indefinite amount of time. It can’t last forever, but I have no idea when the real crash will occur.

T: The South Sea Bubble also burst, despite the British and other European governments trying to keep it going.

B: Yes. This is just the biggest such bubble ever inflated. The first truly global one.

T: Although I’m not so sure how that affected the peasantry at that time, because they could still feed themselves, unlike their modern counterparts who have been made dependent on supermarkets.

As far as I remember, in France the rich exchanged most of the “paper money” for gold and silver before the big crash, and shipped it out of France into Switzerland. Nothing changes, now, does it?

B: People like Soros will know exactly when to cash in their paper gold and take delivery, while the price is still set artificially low. After that the price will skyrocket, and there will be a mad rush to take delivery of physical gold. Then the supplies will be exhausted — after less than 10% of the paper has been exchanged — leaving the rest of the metals-traders holding worthless promises to deliver.

It will be like financial musical chairs: when the music stops, those who are left standing with their paper gold and silver will be ruined, while the ones who sat down early will have their metals.

That will be part of the systemic collapse. The question is: can all that gold help keep Soros and his ilk alive? I mean, they can pay their mercenary guards with their gold, but what’s to prevent the most ruthless and capable of the mercenaries from eliminating the middleman and appropriating all the gold for themselves?

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Requiem for a Culture, Part 3: The Battle of Staunton River Bridge

This is the third essay in an occasional series. Previously: Part 1, Part 2.

Requiem for a Culture

Part 3: The Battle of Staunton River Bridge

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

— William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun, Act I, Scene III (page 80 in the Vintage paperback edition)

The Roanoke River is a modest river at the bottom of a deep gorge where it flows out of Roanoke to the southeast. By the time it empties into Swan Bay and Albemarle Sound in coastal North Carolina, it is a broad expanse of slowly-moving water.

For a portion of its passage through Virginia, the Roanoke River inexplicably assumes a different name. According to Google Maps, it becomes the Staunton River where Cheese Creek joins the flow just below Altavista in Campbell County. It then resumes its former name where it widens out as it becomes the John H. Kerr Reservoir, a.k.a. Buggs Island Lake, between Charlotte and Halifax Counties. In reality, however, the two toponyms are not that clearly delineated — which name is used depends largely on local customs.

To make matters even more interesting, the name of the river, like that of the city of Staunton (which is nowhere near the river), is pronounced “Stanton” — one of many regional peculiarities of Virginia pronunciation.

In the middle of its term as the Staunton River, it is crossed by a railroad bridge that was strategically important to the Confederacy in the summer of 1864. At that time General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia were entrenched in and around Petersburg, where they were besieged by the Union Army commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant. The Confederates’ main supply route was a single railroad line that crossed the Staunton River from Charlotte County into Halifax County just south of Roanoke Station, nowadays called Randolph.

In late June General Grant ordered a raid on the railroad line. 5,000 cavalry troops led by Brigadier Generals James H. Wilson and August V. Kautz left the Petersburg area on June 22nd and proceeded west and south along the railroad, tearing up track and burning down stations. Their ultimate objective was to destroy the Staunton River Bridge.

Below is a map of the raid. It’s somewhat inaccurate in its details — for example, it puts Cumberland significantly to the south and west of its actual location. It also misspells “Nottoway”. Nevertheless, it’s a useful overall schematic diagram of events during the raid.


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On June 23rd General Lee sent word to Captain Benjamin Farinholt, who commanded a battalion of reserves charged with defending the bridge, warning him that the Federals were about to come down hard on him, and ordering him to prevent the bridge from being destroyed. If the Union troops were able to get to the bridge even briefly, they would pour oil on its wooden structure and torch it.

Captain Farinholt’s situation was dire. He commanded a force of fewer than 300 soldiers, and had only six artillery pieces with which to confront the sixteen being fielded by the Northern cavalry.

That night he sent word out to the surrounding communities, asking for volunteers to help defend the bridge. Military-age men had already been siphoned off by conscription, so the captain was drawing on teenage boys and men over 45 to form hastily-assembled militias. In popular accounts written after the war they were referred to as the “Brigade of Old Men and Young Boys”.

The new arrivals were also augmented by 150 Confederate regulars from detachments stationed around the region. With the regulars added to the old men and boys, Captain Farinholt was able to deploy a force of 938 men — less than 20% of the size of the cavalry units bearing down on him.

The battle was joined on the afternoon of June 25th. As happened so many times during the Civil War, the South prevailed against a much larger Northern force. 42 Union soldiers (including several officers) were killed, 44 were wounded, and 30 were missing or captured, while Captain Farinholt’s men suffered 10 killed and 24 wounded.

The details of the battle make for inspiring reading. The excerpts below are from the Staunton River Battlefield website:

In June of 1864, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia were engaged in a desperate defense of the city of Petersburg, Virginia. Victory for Lee depended upon a steady flow of supplies from the west and south, via the South Side and Richmond & Danville railroads. Union General Ulysses S. Grant knew that if these supply lines could be destroyed, Lee would have to abandon Petersburg. To accomplish this, Grant planned a cavalry raid to tear up the tracks of both lines and destroy the Richmond & Danville railroad bridge over the Staunton River.

The raid began on June 22, and was led by Brigadier General James H. Wilson and Brigadier General August V. Kautz. They left Petersburg with over 5,000 cavalry troops and 16 pieces of artillery. As they moved west, the Union raiders were closely pursued by Confederate General W. H. F. “Rooney” Lee and his cavalry. Although Lee’s troopers occasionally skirmished with the invaders, they were unable to stop their advance. During the first three days of their raid, Wilson’s cavalry tore up 60 miles of track and burned two trains and several railroad stations.

Just south of Roanoke Station (present-day Randolph) was a long, covered railroad bridge over the Staunton River, Wilson’s final objective. The bridge was defended by a battalion of 296 Confederate reserves under the leadership of Captain Benjamin Farinholt. On June 23rd, at 10 p.m., Captain Farinholt received word from General Robert E. Lee that a large detachment of enemy cavalry was moving in his direction to destroy the bridge and that he should “make every possible preparation immediately.”

Captain Benjamin Farinholt: “By the trains at 12 o’clock that night, on the 23rd, I sent off orderlies with circulars, urging the citizens of Halifax, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg to assemble for the defense of the bridge, and ordering all local companies to report immediately… On Saturday morning, the 25th, about 10 o’clock I had received, citizens and soldiers inclusive, 642 re-enforcement. Of these about 150 were regulars, organized from different commands, my whole command numbered 938 men.”

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Eye Update, and the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

I went in to the retinal specialist’s office today to get a periodic injection in my left eye to help mitigate wet macular degeneration. I’m doing pretty well, all things considered, and I thought I’d get more posted this evening. However, the aftereffects have slowed me down enough to keep me from doing much tonight.

I’ll just leave you with this news about the Confederate memorial at Arlington National Cemetery (which is located on what used to be Robert E. Lee’s plantation in antebellum days). It was designed by a Jewish sculptor who served in the Confederate army, and has stood at that location for more than a hundred years. However, the federal government is determined to erase all memory of the Confederacy from national institutions and public spaces, so the memorial has to go.

Below is a video about the issue that was produced by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It is narrated by an annoying computer voice, but there’s nothing I can do about that:

After the Civil War was over, the country was allegedly reunited. Part of the process was to allow Southerners to recognize and commemorate their heritage within the same fora where Union veterans were remembered. But that was then, and this is now. We can forget being “united”. The South has been VANQUISHED, and it must know the humiliation of having its past erased.

The SCV is mounting a valiant effort to mail-blitz senators and congresscreatures, but I don’t think it will do any good. The Woke tide is at the flood. It means to sweep away everything it deems “racist”, and there’s no way of stopping it.

Except for secession, of course.

Requiem for a Culture, Part 2: The Battle Flag

This is the second essay in an occasional series. Part 1 is here.

Requiem for a Culture

Part 2: The Battle Flag

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

— William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun, Act I, Scene III (page 80 in the Vintage paperback edition)

In Part 1 I wrote about the statue of the Confederate rifleman that was removed from a public park in Farmville, Virginia during the George Floyd hysteria of 2020. It was eventually relocated to the Confederate Cemetery, which is in an out-of-the-way location across the river in Cumberland County. The sentinel now guards his fallen comrades in their unmarked graves under the oak trees on a shady hillside.

The statue was just the beginning of controversy over Confederate issues in Farmville and the surrounding counties.

Back in 2011, in response to the mania for pulling down statues and erasing Confederate symbols, a group known as the Virginia Flaggers was formed. Their mission was to put up flagpoles and fly the Confederate battle flag in as many places as possible, on private property but visible from public thoroughfares. Their most famous success was to erect an enormous flag in Northern Virginia that was visible from I-95.

[Rather than a regular website, the Flaggers have a Facebook page, which I haven’t looked at, because I don’t do Facebook. I’m surprised it hasn’t been taken down. However, they also have a blog — it’s on Blogspot, and for some reason Google hasn’t yet taken it down.]

After the long hot summer of 2020, the Flaggers intensified their efforts to put up more flags. Travelers on major highways all across the Commonwealth can now see them. Last year a patriotic Virginia property owner donated space for a flag just outside Farmville, on a hillside next to US 460 adjacent to the Third Street exit into Farmville. The Flaggers went through the necessary legal steps before they raised the flag, acquiring the permits from Prince Edward County and jumping through all the zoning hoops. Early this year the flag went up on a sixty-foot pole (see the photo at the top of this post), and a predictable uproar ensued.

In the public discussion about the issue, there seems to be widespread confusion about what the flag actually is. It is not a national flag. It is a battle flag. It was carried into battle by Confederate troops between 1861 and 1865. Each unit had its own version of the flag. It was an important symbol for the soldiers who fought under it, and if the bearer fell, it was the urgent duty of any man nearby to pick up the flag and raise it again.

My great-great-grandfather Daniel Weisiger fought in the 4th Virginia Cavalry. I haven’t been able to find a photo of his battle flag, but this is the flag for the 4th Virginia Infantry:

As you can see, it was very specific to the group that carried it. By the time this particular flag was sewn, the 4th Virginia Infantry had seen combat at all the battlefields listed on the flag.

All the brouhaha about the flag raised outside of Farmville was, of course, based on the fact that it was deeply offensive to all right-minded citizens. However, the flag’s detractors were well aware that lip service had to be paid to the First Amendment, and that opposing the battle flag based on its symbolic meaning could never succeed. The preferred strategy was, as it often is, to use zoning ordinances to force the removal of the offending flag.

In this case, however, the anti-racist bien-pensants had a problem: Prince Edward County didn’t regulate flagpoles with its zoning ordinances. The county hurriedly passed a new one, and then appealed to the zoning board to force the removal of the flag.

The Farmville Herald, which is getting more woke with every issue, was fairly salivating over the prospect of sticking it to the nasty Confederate racists by bringing down the flag. Numerous articles appeared in advance of the June meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Unfortunately for its opponents, forcing the removal of the flag was not the slam-dunk they had hoped for. Not only had the permit for the flag been issued before the zoning change went into effect, but the flag had already been flying for longer than the statutory 60-day period during which a building permit could be revoked.

The issue was obviously a hot potato that the board was anxious to get out of its hands. The Herald and Longwood University may be modern and progressive, but the surrounding rural areas most certainly aren’t. Country people have a fierce respect for custom and tradition, even the black folks among them. If a referendum had ever been held about the issue, the Confederate Battle Flag would have won by a large margin.

In the end, three members of the board voted to reject the appeal, and two members abstained. The flag stayed up.

The Farmville Herald was so dejected by the decision that it waited more than two weeks to report on it. The full article is below:

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Double Trouble: Dr. Mehmet Oz and Turkey

A crucial Senate race is underway in Pennsylvania in the coming midterms: a cognitively impaired stroke victim vs. America’s celebrity Turk. In the following essay David Boyajian examines the unsavory connections between Dr. Mehmet Oz and Turkey.

Double Trouble: Dr. Mehmet Oz and Turkey

by David Boyajian

TV personality Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz is the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Pennsylvania. He could become the first senator to hold dual citizenship, notably that of Turkey and America.

Which country does Oz owe his allegiance to? That’s what journalists and others have justifiably been asking.

It’s an important question, particularly as Turkey remains a rogue NATO member and unapologetically repressive and corrupt.

Moreover, Ankara has long supported international terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

Oz and Turkish Terrorism

Ahmet S. Yayla was Turkey’s counterterrorism chief from 2010-2013. He acknowledged in 2020 that “Turkey was a central hub for… over 50,000 ISIS foreign fighters, and the main source of ISIS logistical materials [including] IEDs [improvised explosive devices], making Turkey and ISIS practically allies.”

Terrorism expert/State Department adviser Dr. David L. Phillips directs Columbia University’s Peace-building and Human Rights Program. In Turkey: A State Sponsor of Terrorism? (2021), Phillips showed that if a “non-NATO country behaved like Turkey, it would warrant designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

Has Oz ever forthrightly condemned his country’s terrorism, repression, or corruption? Seemingly not.

Does Oz even care that Turkey sponsors ISIS and other terrorist organizations? I find no evidence of that.

Take his January 10, 2022 Washington Examiner op-ed. He expressed his “deep concerns about many of its [Turkey’s] authoritarian domestic policies and harmful foreign policies.”

Which “policies,” exactly? He didn’t say. I asked his campaign for examples. It hasn’t replied.

Moreover, Oz’s alleged “concerns,” as noted by the journalist Benjamin Baird, appeared only after the latter’s stinging, detailed, exposé of the doctor’s “many entanglements with Turkey’s government” (National Review, December 23, 2021).

Americans, said Baird in June, can rightly “question Oz’s loyalty and wonder why he wishes to prolong his allegiance to an oppressive authoritarian state.”

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The Silent War Against the Germans

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the news portal Ansage.org:

The Silent War Against the Germans

It happened again: a Somali immigrant randomly stabbed young Germans. This time the victims were young men who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Again, attempts will be made not to give the victims a face. It is the wrong victims that our Federal President Steinmeier is reluctant to commemorate, because he cannot indulge in his eternal cult of guilt and hold up the mirror to the majority of society that they have failed again. Last year in Würzburg the victims were German women; in Dresden they were homosexuals. The perpetrators were always said to be in an “exceptional psychological situation” and then everything quickly returned to business as usual. It will be the same again in Ludwigshafen.

And how does it continue? The next attack will not be long in coming. NRW [North Rhine-Westphalia] Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) announced in August that in the first half of 2022 alone, no fewer than 7,131 “crimes involving stabbing weapons” were recorded — in this one federal state alone. That corresponds to thirteen attacks per day — not counting a considerable number of unreported cases. This trend will continue to increase with ongoing and currently exploding illegal immigration. It is only the most spectacular cases that make it into the mainstream media for a short time.

Concealed Facts

On the other hand, one can read every day everywhere in Germany, at least in the local media, about rape, serious physical injury and murder of those who “have been living here for a long time” by men who came to Germany supposedly “seeking protection” — these almost always belong to the Islamic culture. This is a fact that is either hushed up or put into perspective — and anyone who dares to state it openly is denounced as “Islamophobic” (the Islamists’ combat term), “right-wing” and “Nazi”, or more appropriately, accused as “servant” of certain “narratives”. No other people in the world deny crimes against their own citizens in a way comparable to the Germans.

Since Maria from Freiburg, Mia from Kandel and Susanne from Wiesbaden, hundreds if not thousands of victims have been added who rarely make it into the national press as so-called “individual cases”. They are women, homosexuals and also men: people who became accidental victims because so-called “refuge seekers”, who were able to get into Germany unchecked and unhindered, had destroyed their lives and those of their families. Merkel’s legacy is only just beginning to take effect.

Deafening silence

And those in politics? The silence is deafening. On the contrary, with the basic income one creates the next incentive to immigrate to the German social system. People are taken indiscriminately from Afghanistan, and countries like Greece and Italy also want to relieve the burden of “refugees” — as if the majority of them wouldn’t end up in Germany within a short time anyway. Those in government at the federal, state and local level believe that currying favor with Islamic values would soften the immigrants. In doing so, they criminally fail to recognize that many of them have not the slightest interest in the values that made our society the successful, peaceful and free country that Germany became after 1949 and that have distinguished us for decades.

On the contrary; they often reject them deeply, and every step back we take is understood not as a gesture of friendship but of weakness. Like the unlawful approval of the muezzin call, which is now calling out to everyone in the cathedral city of Cologne that there is “no god but Allah”. Ultimately, this is an order to all Muslims to spread their own faith among the so-called unbelievers — in extreme cases, in accordance with the Quran, even through violence.

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Old Enough to be Drafted

Today is the eighteenth anniversary of the founding of Gates of Vienna.

In preparing for this post I went through a lot of archival material stored in the Auxiliary Brain, and now I’m suffused with nostalgia. Dymphna and I started this blog together, but it’s been a one-man operation for the last three and a half years. I remember those early days, which simultaneously seem so recent and so long ago. A lot has happened since then.

Looking through the graphics and documents from the old days reminded me of how naïve we were when we started out. In the intervening years, as my hair turned white, I became quite cynical and skeptical, not to mention paranoid. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, death threats, intramural wars in the Counterjihad, and the gradual realization that Islamization was continuing apace regardless of anything we might do or what the ordinary citizens of the West might want — our culture was being systematically deconstructed, and there wasn’t a damned thing we could do about it.

The last six or seven years, culminating (so far) in the Corona hysteria and the war in Ukraine, have brought an increasing ghastly awareness that the controlling oligarchy in the West is a force for evil that intends the destruction of everything Europeans have accomplished and hold dear.

At this point the juggernaut can’t be stopped. It’s too late. My role in the time that remains to me is to chronicle what happens as best I can, knowing that at some point everything is going to come to grief. I may not live to see that dire time, but it’s definitely on the way.

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The photo at the top of this post shows a panorama of Vienna as seen from the Upper Belvedere Palace. I took it in May of 2008 during my visit to the city for one of our Counterjihad conferences. I got as close as I could to the view used for the masthead of this site, which was painted by Bernardo Bellotto (Canaletto) in 1758. He must have been painting somewhere a little further to the left, perhaps from a balcony at the far west end of the palace.

To reach the location I took the U-Bahn to the Karlsplatz station, walked across the Karlsplatz and up the hill on Prinz-Eugen-Straße to the western entrance of the upper palace. The Turkish embassy with its ominous red crescent-and-star flag sits across the street and just down the hill from where visitors enter the palace grounds.

The view from the palace includes the spire of the Domkirche of St. Stephan in Central Vienna. Closer at hand is the Lower Belvedere Palace, and in the far distance is the Kahlenberg, where King Jan III Sobieski of Poland arrived on September 11, 1683 to break the siege of Vienna by Kara Mustafa Pasha and the Ottoman Turks.

In the Bellotto painting the Karlskirche is visible in the distance on the left, with the reflecting pool in the Schwarzenberg-Garten in the middle distance. The border trees and shrubbery are much taller now, so those landmarks are no longer visible, at least not when the leaves are on the trees. I never saw the reflecting pool, but based on the Google satellite image, it’s still there.

There’s almost no remnant of the original city walls, so I was never able to take a photo of the actual gates of Vienna. As far as I know, there is nothing left of those gates.

If I make it to the nineteenth anniversary this time next year, who knows what I might have to talk about by then?

Deo Vindice.

The Dream of Greater Turkey

Lucine Kasbarian has published an article at WND News Center about Pan-Turkism. Some excerpts are below:

Pan-Turkism’s Aggressive Dreams of Empire — Yesterday and Today

by Lucine Kasbarian

Turkey’s imperial ambition of creating a Pan-Turkic empire, ruled from Ankara, is on display in today’s Caucasus and elsewhere.

This racist ideology envisions an empire that would include any country or region speaking a Turkic-type language regardless of how distant that language is from the language spoken in Turkey and regardless of whether the people in those regions approve of such an empire. This doctrine was and continues to be a key element of Turkish foreign policy.

A country standing in the way, Christian Armenia, is considered the Cradle of Civilization. In Biblical tradition, Noah’s Ark rested upon the peaks of Mt. Ararat — the historic symbol of Armenia. The Armenian language is considered to be one of the mothers (if not the mother) of all Indo-European languages.) Armenia is decidedly non-Turkic.

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Trump’s Turkish Problem

David Boyajian sends his analysis of Donald Trump’s unseemly relationship with Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bidniz is bidniz, I guess.

Trump’s Turkish Problem

by David Boyajian

American presidents have habitually kowtowed to Turkish demands.

However, President Trump’s business investments in Turkey, Turkish-tainted associates, and baffling deference to President Erdogan have spawned an exceptionally troubling record.

That record could provide additional fodder for Trump’s Republican, Democratic, and Justice Department (DOJ) foes, especially as Turkey remains a rogue NATO member and supporter of international terrorism.

Below is a mere fraction of the dismal Trump-Turkish saga.

A Little Conflict of Interest

“I have a little conflict of interest” regarding Turkey, admitted Trump in 2015.

Indeed, since 2012, Trump Towers/Mall in Istanbul has earned him a reported $10 million in naming rights.

Mehmet Ali Yalcindag is Trump’s Turkish partner in that venture. He’s chaired the Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) — linked to the Turkish government — since 2018. He was also reportedly an intermediary between Berat Albayrak (Erdogan’s shady son-in-law) and Jared Kushner (Trump’s son-in-law).

In 2020, Yalcindag’s letters to Trump’s Agriculture, Commerce, and Energy secretaries lobbied for increased business with Turkey. Yalcindag conspicuously cc’d Trump, thereby apparently (and inappropriately) leveraging their business partnership.

From 2013 until late 2020, DC’s Mercury Public Affairs served as TAIK’s registered Turkish foreign agent.

Following Trump’s inauguration, Mercury hired his communications director, Bryan Lanza, and registered him as a Turkish agent. Ballard Partners, headed by top Trump fundraiser Brian Ballard, also soon became a Turkish agent.

Donald Jr.’s Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Donald Trump Jr. went hunting in Antalya, Turkey right after his father’s election.

Accompanied by an unnamed businessman — Yalcindag, allegedly — Donald Jr. bagged two wild goats.

The self-indulgent trip to a repressive country highlighted the Trump family’s Turkish blind spot.

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Persecuting Those Who Point Out the Dirt

The following article discusses the persecution of dissident German citizens who dare to criticize government policies and actions. Its primary focus is the relentless hate campaign against critics of the “vaccine”, but the same techniques are being used against people who dissent from other governmental policies.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Boris Reitschuster’s website. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

The public prosecutor’s office is investigating because of #ichhabemitgemacht [I participated]

Legal parallel universe

In the US science fiction series “Spaceship Enterprise”, the heroes end up in a parallel universe one day. It is indistinguishable from theirs. Only the characters are “reversed” — “the good guys” are “the bad guys” in the parallel universe. Everything is upside down.

I have to think about this episode of my favorite series more and more often these days. And again today, when I read a tweet by FDP [Freie Demokratische Partei, Free Democratic Party] member Mic de Vries. The avid Twitter user is one of the brains behind the “We participated” campaign. It compiles the worst cases of hate speech and discrimination against people who do not want to be vaccinated against Corona (see my article “The ultimate (self-)exposure of the Corona agitators — hashtag #ichhabemitgemacht — causes a stir”).

Many of the statements collected in this way are perceived, at least by a legal layperson, as insult, defamation and/or vile slander as well as hate speech. Here are some examples:

  • “Vaccination opponents are crazy.”
  • “No opponent of vaccination is treated like an enemy of the state. He’s just not allowed to go out with people, hopefully soon, because he’s a dangerous social pest.”
  • “Would dividing society really be such a bad thing? It wouldn’t break apart in the middle, but fairly far down on the right. And such an appendix is not, in the strictest sense, essential for the survival of the entire complex.”
  • “First of all, we have to send a clear message to the unvaccinated: You are now out of social life.”
  • “Anyone who doesn’t get vaccinated is an antisocial freeloader!”
  • “Tyranny of the Unvaccinated”
  • “At this point, I would like to expressly request social disadvantages for all those who voluntarily do not get a vaccination. May the entire republic point the finger at them… The state has already rammed through more controversial things!”
  • “Vaccination opponents are crazy.”
  • “No more unvaccinated people in the office, no more unvaccinated football players on the lawn, no more unvaccinated MPs in the Bundestag, no more unvaccinated students in the lecture hall.”
  • “Society must now regulate this itself: If you are not vaccinated, then I do not want you to play with my children, either!”
  • “The unvaccinated must not terrorize the majority as a minority.”
  • “What rats were in the days of the plague, children are now to Covid-19.”
  • “In Germany it’s not enough to get on the nerves of the unvaccinated, one must do more.”
  • “The unvaccinated now need the stick instead of the carrot.”
  • “Avoid contact with the unvaccinated!”
  • “Only the unvaccinated, who are like deserters, are to be punished!”

If you thought that prosecutors would take action against those who made such statements, you are wrong.

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The Day Women Burn Their Uniforms en Masse, Islam Collapses

Many thanks to LN for translating this op-ed from Snaphanen:

How Islam is broken down

by Lars Hedegaard

Alleged feminists agitate for female cover-up as a right for women. Just as slaves have the right to wear shackles.

Unrest continues in Iran, where residents fed up with clerical rule are defying the regime’s bullets, tear gas and arrests. The demand is for the Islamic Republic to end.

The regime has responded by intensifying violent repression. Dozens of protesters have been killed and the government has shut down the internet to prevent the protests from spreading. But they have spread to dozens of cities, including the capital Tehran.

In the town of Osvanieh in Iran’s north-west, gun battles have broken out between the mainly Kurdish population and the regime’s repressive apparatus, and many women have taken the opportunity to burn their hijabs, the Islamic headgear that the clerical regime forces all women to wear.

In the West it can be difficult to understand why Islamic rulers place such importance on women’s attire. In this country [Denmark], there are even left-wing opinion leaders and alleged feminists who advocate female headgear as a right for women. Just as slaves have the right to wear chains.

Where does Islam’s sick preoccupation with women’s clothing come from? To understand this, we need to go back to the origins of Islamic ideology and society, which arose in Arab tribal societies of 1,400 years ago.

That is why Muslim women in the West are not allowed to meet infidel men

Such a society is characterised by constant fighting between tribes or clans over land, camels and other resources. Weak clans fall to strong clans, and the clan that cannot gather enough warriors is doomed. Therefore, it is important for the clan leader to control the women so that they are not conquered by hostile neighbouring tribes and do not enrich them with their male offspring — i.e. more warriors.

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