In World War 2 the Danish people, led by King Christian X, agreed to all wear a yellow star on their coats to stand with their Jewish population. That defiance of the occupying German army completely stymied their efforts to round up Jews and send them to death camps. Here’s a WWII parallel I can get […]
In World War 2 the Danish people, led by King Christian X, agreed to all wear a yellow star on their coats to stand with their Jewish population. That defiance of the occupying German army completely stymied their efforts to round up Jews and send them to death camps. Here’s a WWII parallel I can get behind:
All Islamic moderates who are against Jihad – the murder of (European) infidels (non-Muslims), should wear a symbol that tells everyone that they find the value system of ISIS to be abhorrent. If they are against genital mutilation or the stoning of homosexuals then they should advertise it. How about a green peace sign or a green sword through the official flag of ISIS, worn on the lapel or the front of one’s hijab?
Yes, eventually even the fanatics will wear the symbol to disguise themselves but in the meantime a message will be sent to the non-Muslim majority = “I am with you, not the Islamicists”. The key will be to see who leaves the pin on while they are at home (in Muslim majority suburbs) and at their Mosques. But even if plenty of radicals wear the pin and weaken the assertion that it is separating the bad from the good, the message will be spread. If a sign is posted everywhere against antisemitism it will help spread the meme, even among racists. Advertising works. Non-Muslims need to see that Muslims are on their side in this fight. White Europeans could wear the pins too as an expression of their anger.
We need to separate religion from people and we should have a way to differentiate between them in public. We can be biased against violent religious dogma and not against people from a particular region of the globe. If you choose to follow such dogma then you should be called out. I am intolerant of a set of beliefs rather than a set of people but if people buy into radical Islam then I have no problem being a bigot towards them. They are a threat to my life. To not be against them would make me a fool.
Let’s offer everyone a way to publicly declare where they stand.
The Middle East is a very complicated place where our enemies are often our allies – all depending on what policy we are discussing. The simple dumb rule that says that the enemy of your enemy is your friend, is almost never true. Our response to Islamic terrorism is invariably loaded with multi-part initiatives regarding […]Continue reading →
Bernie Sanders’ heart is in the right place but he sure does get carried away. That’s what makes him Bernie. He rails against Wall Street as greedy fraudsters. If it were that simple then why did Citibank for example (just to pick one) almost bankrupt itself by buying all those ugly mortgage bonds for its […]Continue reading →
We have a long record of overusing the word war. Far too many politicians have applied the word to poverty, drugs and terror. It adds nothing to the conversation and in certain cases implicitly promotes the use of armies to fight criminals. We invade and occupy foreign countries after using this word and achieve nothing. […]Continue reading →
I have become pessimistic about the Republican Party since it purged its intellectual wing. Every political organization needs thoughtful people creating a marketable ideology based on facts and real world evidence. If they don’t then they only attract members who don’t trust intellectuals or science … or facts. The party becomes doomed to following mythology or worshiping a charismatic leader.
It naturally follows […]Continue reading →
There will be no revolution Bernie – they only happen after conditions get suddenly worse. Outsourcing and the collapse of the US labor movement has been happening in slow motion for twenty years. Everyone is scared not angry and fear begets quiescence not rebellion. Can we stop saying it doesn’t matter if the candidate knows […]Continue reading →
We have a free enterprise system that has significant flaws. Like any market, it will earn a greater return for people with capital such as intelligence, education, money, and connections, than for those with none of those things. Over time the resulting skew in income or wealth distribution will appear egregious. We can either use government […]Continue reading →
There are two primary urges inside us all (leaving out reproduction):
The need to believe that a supreme being is looking out for you and will give you life after your body dies. Curiosity. We begin asking why just after we learn to talk and in most cases our desire to learn never goes away.
A natural conflict […]Continue reading →
The baby boomers are winning again. In the early 80’s when they were in their 20’s, all they wanted to hear about was how great America was. They wanted to know that a new President was going to change the country and get it out of the horrible post-Vietnam funk. A septuagenarian like Ronald Reagan picked up […]Continue reading →
The stock market mess started when China decided to devalue its currency by a paltry 3%. The panic that followed has apparently stopped them from doing more, if they ever had more in mind. Their stock market (if we can call it that) has fallen by 42% after rising spectacularly over the preceding year. That “market” is […]Continue reading →
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