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●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which ultimately leads to civil disorder.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
War is hell. But civil war is worse. Both sides defending their home turf are especially brutal. And civil wars seem never to end, completely.
Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in the nation’s wars — 620,000 in the Civil War and 644,000 in all other conflicts.
It was only as recently as the Vietnam War that the amount of American deaths in foreign wars eclipsed the number who died in the Civil War.
Combine that amazing statistic with the reality that the American civil war never has ended. The feelings of the Southern states, about blacks and northerners, may be camouflaged, but smolder. You still can see Confederate flags printed on decals and flying high from poles.
But, the worst wars are the religious wars. Based on mindless hatred, they are the most brutal, and they too never completely end. Religious hatred lingers, passed from parent to child. And no act is too horrific, as everything is “approved by God.”
I was reminded of this, when I read these articles:
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A child is photographed, waiting to be killed by militants. ISIS uses these images to terrorize others and to glorify their spree of terror.
“There is a park in Mosul,” Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American leader, told CNN, “where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park.”
“Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,”(It is a) ‘Christian genocide.’ Children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”
I can’t verify the truth of these stories, but beheading seems to have been a favorite Middle Eastern terror tactic in the past.
The evaporation of the Iraqi army in Mosul earlier this summer, followed more recently by the failure of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s peshmerga in northern Iraq, and the “green-on-blue” violence in Afghanistan as well as the Afghan army’s uncertain cohesion against the backdrop of the U.S. retreat from that country should raise serious questions about the efficacy of missions to train foreign militaries.
Despite all the money, training and American lives lost, somehow the results are negligible. I suspect the reason has nothing to do with the quality of the training, but rather with the morés of the nations we try to train.
They are not like Americans. They are a different people, with a different history and a different set of life expectations.
While we have tried to train them militarily, we also have tried to impose our seemingly alien concepts on them: Freedom, democracy and tolerance. And they have not responded well.
By: Max Boot, military historian and foreign-policy analyst.
President Obama is sending U.S. aircraft back into action in Iraq. His actions provide much-needed relief for the besieged Yazidis who were in danger of dying under siege from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as well as for the Kurdish peshmerga which were reeling under ISIS assaults.
Why is the humanitarian imperative in Iraq compelling enough to justify American military action but not in Syria, where at least 170,000 people have been killed since 2011 and where ISIS is just as oppressive and threatening as it is in Iraq?
What is the logic of telling ISIS to stay out of Erbil and Baghdad but implicitly allowing it to consolidate its hold on western and northern Iraq and eastern and northern Syria?
What is needed now is more than a few symbolic air strikes or food drops. What is needed is a strategy to roll back ISIS.
We need to send many more advisers and Special Operations Forces to Iraq, backed up by airpower, to aid not only the Iraqi security forces but also the Kurdish peshmerga and the Sunni tribes to fight back against ISIS–and that we should also step up our aid to the Free Syrian Army to put pressure on ISIS on the other side of the border.
We could send thousands of our young people into the meat grinder, to be maimed and killed, and to maim and kill thousands of “the enemy,” whoever they might be on any given day.
Or, we could do nothing.
Both approaches, fighting or doing nothing, will accomplish the same nothing, but one way will cost American lives, and the other will not.
ISIS is known for its harsh interpretation of the Islamic faith and sharia law, and has a record of brutal violence, which is directed at Shia Muslims and Christians in particular.
It has at least 4,000 fighters in its ranks in Iraq who, in addition to attacks on government and military targets, have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed thousands of civilians.
ISIS was composed of a variety of Sunni insurgent groups. It had close links with al-Qaeda until 2014, but in February of that year, after an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties with the group, reportedly for its brutality and “notorious intractability.”
Too brutal for al-Qaeda?
Hatred is the power emotion of the Middle East. And hatred does not subscribe to current Western logic. ISIS, for instance, believes that the Shia Muslims are apostates and must die in order to forge a pure form of Islam.
[President Bush II was amazed that Iraqis did not welcome our brand of freedom, democracy and tolerance, vs the dictatorial theocracy they had suffered. He didn’t understand the historical morés.
Only the iron fist of Saddam Hussein kept Iraq together. With Saddam’s disappearance, the nation predictably fell into civil/religious war.]
It was the dictatorship of Iraq that controlled the dictatorship of Iran. Now that Iraq has lost its dictator, Iran’s dictator can act against America, unimpeded.
Freedom and democracy require tolerance — “all men are created equal,” “one for all and all for one,” “everyone’s vote counts,” etc. But given the many lines of hatred within Islam and the Arab nations, plus Islamic hatred for Christians and other non-Muslims, what hope is there for this mutuality?
Not to say that Islamic and/or Arab nations cannot form some type of free democracy. Some do — Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh — though most don’t.
But, democracy by its very nature, is fragile, especially when it has little history in a nation. Only the greatest of leaders can, with much effort, install democracy. But a little, tin pot colonel can overthrow it at a moment’s notice.
And the tipping point can come when, for some reason, a power vacuum occurs, and a charismatic Hitler steps in. And if that leader happens to speak for God, his power is multiplied.
The leaders of ISIS speak for God. To consolidate power, they have provided objects of hatred: Shia, other Muslim groups, Christians, Americans. Hitler did the same with Jews, Gypsies and non-Aryans.
Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said his government had evidence that 500 Yazidi civilians had been killed so far, and that some of the victims had been buried alive. A further 300 Yazidi women have been kidnapped as slaves, he added.
Short of totally exterminating ISIS, a practical impossibility and moral offense, there is no way to end the hatred. It will seethe and boil forever. A thousand years from now, the Sunni and Shia will enjoy mutual hatred.
But, can we stand by and allow the slaughter to continue?
Our hearts tell us “no.” Yet, what is the alternative? Return our troops to Iraq so they can participate in the slaughter?
The Middle East is in the midst of a religious civil war, and the end will come only when one side loses so many people, the remaining souls surrender, and a religious dictator assumes power.
We cannot force-feed freedom into the Middle East. We cannot force-feed them democracy. We cannot force-feed them tolerance. These are historically alien concepts. Israel is the anomaly, a western nation thrust into the midst of an eastern culture.
As cruel as it may seem (and cruel it is), the kindest thing we can do is to allow the Arabs to commit so much barbarity upon each other that their passion exhausts them, a ruler assumes power, and peace descends upon that blood-soaked land.
Our past efforts have been counter-productive. We have done nothing but scratch at wounds, and delayed the healing. It will be heartbreaking to stand back and watch the killing, when we could intervene — and increase the killing.
At most, we can try to protect democracy where it exists and where it is understood — France, Israel, Turkey et al — but beyond that, the mission is impossible.
So yes, the world does need dictators, and will have dictators, because the people demand dictators, whether we like it or not.
And we must find a way to live with that.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.