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Thursday, 13th December 2018

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...for his intentions always appear to be good

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


“Demoralise the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future and the victor will never be asked if he lied!” Who said that? ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi perhaps? Maybe Pol Pot or Stalin? Nope.

Well here’s a clue: He led a National Workers’ Party and was trusted by the people who elected him. His political message to millions was clear and convincing and when the Great Depression hit, his people felt they were in the right hands at a terrible time.

The awful stories leaking out from Poland were ignored, drowned out by the magical music of Bach and Beethoven echoing the length of the Rhine Valley.

Yep, that’s him, the Fuhrer, and it cost millions of allied lives to rid the world of him. Yet after a short 75 years we have yet another, perhaps greater, threat that’s being quietly ignored, even actively encouraged, by the leader of the very same Deutschland.

You see, Angela Merkel also genuinely believes she is doing mankind a favour... this time by turning Europe into an even greater Islamic ghetto.

Maybe it was a little boy washed up on the beach that caused Angela to have a brain snap and invite 800,000 unknown Muslim “refugees” into the arms of average Germans. Maybe she didn’t realise the mayhem it would cause smaller European nations. Maybe she doesn’t realise that they are all Muslim with the usual Islamic agenda and that they are not all from Syria like they say.

Maybe she doesn’t believe ISIS has already embedded dozens of its operatives among these “refugees”.

Why didn’t Angela’s heart go out to the millions of fair dinkum refugees rotting away in camps instead of those sufficiently well-heeled to journey to Germany. Of course Germany can economically absorb the millions who will now arrive, they absorbed an insolvent East Germany without a whimper, but they were their German cousins, not Muslim aliens.

Shades of Rudd/Gillard can be seen in the constant stream of body-building males with the latest Iphones and, as will also be the case, only women and children will die of cold this winter or drown in the Mediterranean. Surely Madam Chancellor could have waited until the dawn of summer instead of the oncoming of yet another record cold European winter.

Only five years ago, Merkel was discussing Germany’s Muslim problem when she told a meeting of members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Party that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany had "utterly failed!"

She said: "The concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it does not work" and "we feel attached to the Christian concept of mankind, that is what defines us. Anyone who doesn't accept that is in the wrong place here."

She went on to say that, “Immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany's culture and values.” This led to a growing debate on the level of immigration, its effect on Germany and the degree to which Muslim immigrants have failed to integrate into German society. Now there's a surprise!

So what made Frau Merkel flip? Was it the image of that little dead boy on the beach or was it a guilty memory of what happened 75 years ago or perhaps a possible Nobel prize?

Panicking German Security Agencies leaked this to the Press: "We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other people as well as their political instability."

Those who take the ostrich approach to Islam must eventually pay the highest price and Australia is high on the ostrich list with its reactive Security Agencies writing politicians’ scripts encouraging assimilation. But the word “assimilation” is not in the Islamic lexicon, it was replaced with the word “infiltration” a thousand years ago.

It was the Americans who made the German folk go see with their own eyes what their Fuhrer had done.

I wonder how soon the world will see what Chancellor Frau Merkel has done.


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Reading that just 5 years age Chancellor Merkel said "The concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it does not work" and "we feel attached to the Christian concept of mankind, that is what defines us. Anyone who doesn't accept that is in the wrong place here." bogles the mind. It does not seem possible that an intelligent, sane person could become so utterly contradictory.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928 (note that Bernays’ book, Propaganda, begins with the above quote).
John F. Hylan was Mayor of New York City from 1918-1925. He has been famously quoted as saying:

“The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation …
The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties …

[and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.
It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection. (source)(source)

Many years ago,in or about 1969, I listened to Norman Banks speaking with Ormsby Wilkins and Andrea, or maybe Claudia Wright on 3 AW. It was about what he had learned after Germany fell at the end of the War. He had been shown some document which he claimed, stated that Russia and or Germany would never be able to fight a conventional war and win in the future , but there was a long term plan to destroy the west and Europe by ruining their economies, the first part of this plan was to “rot the fruit” when in blossom” that is to subvert and destroy the culture by brainwashing the young, encouraging sexual freedom, use of drugs, encouraging feminism, break peoples faith in religion and marriage, there was much more. A few years later I got to know Ormsby Wilkins rather well, meeting him for the first time on 11/11 1975 when he underwent surgery, on the very day Whitlam was overthrown. I was to be with him for several weeks and during that time he confirmed he had heard of this also, among many things we discussed in the wee hours, when he was combatting pain and wanted to talk.
It has now occurred to me, that Angela Merkal being of a communist family, brought up in East Germany and a very active member of communist youth, and so high up, allowed to travel abroad, has never ever forsaken her roots and is part of the implementation of the plan to destroy the west(how in hell did she ever get to be leader of Germany?) She has her escape route mapped, of this I am sure I am sure. No one of sound mind could do to her country and those surrounding it, would ever consider opening the doors to these hordes, unless by design. When chaos reigns complete, they will implement martial law and the people will be enslaved and entrapped. No wonder the USA was encouraged to remove the military, who had been in place for 70 years and then transferred to Iraq and Afghanistan leaving the borders open for this onslaught.
Unless we awaken and bring back Tony Abbott, we too face an uncertain future, remember we have 50,000 unprocessed Islamics in this country, many who were of military bearing and who no doubt are already forming cells to terrorise, when given the signal.

I live in a rural tow and have noticed the police patrolling far more than ever before, I wondered why, as we are such a small and peaceful town, but have also noticed many short stay people passing through, staying in motels and Caravan park all of Asian/African/Indian appearance. We see them shopping for a weeks or so then they are gone, always in small groups of mostly men and all with quite reasonable vehicles. where they come from and wither they go, one can only surmise.

Norman Banks also said that hundreds if not thousands of Nazis or supporters made their escape as ‘refugees from Germany and the Baltic states using the stolen Identity of Jews murdered in the concentration camps and many with the assets of those people who perished. (George Soros come to mind) Makes me wonder about many left wing Socialist Jews, and those with Eastern European and Baltic names who are very left wing,
I have met many from those countries, who suffered so terribly under such regimes, and would never ever support socialism, so it begs the question, who are these left wingers really descended from? I personally have had extremely close contact with such a family and who are very evasive about their family’s past.

The left media have said Abbott is an embarrassment to Australia for giving the speech that he did. I would like to ask the left. Why is it that in Austria you cannot buy a gun? Like in Australia they are banned but can be purchased thru gun club affiliation and police checks. You cannot buy a gun in Austria because they are sold out. TO WOMEN. Women are frightened because those invading their countries are mainly men. Have a look at this video of marches in the streets in Germany. Note the groups of 3 young men (Muslims?) walking with the march but away from it on the edges. Why?

Processed Meats Too Dangerous for Human Consumption.......but it's not the meat that is the problem, it is the sodium nitrite used in the processing of the meat.
"....If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDA and USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used? The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators. The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970?s but was overridden by the meat industry.5 It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.”.....

From Larry’s article:

“You see, Angela Merkel also genuinely believes she is doing mankind a favour... this time by turning Europe into an even greater Islamic ghetto…. I wonder how soon the world will see what Chancellor Frau Merkel has done.”

From a book written almost 5 centuries ago:

“Dear lords, emperor, and princes (leaders, presidents, prime ministers, etc.), if you would be emperor and princes, act as emperor and princes, or the Turk (Islam) will teach you with God’s wrath and disfavor. Germany, or the empire, is given to you and committed to you by God [that is, Christ], that you may protect, rule, counsel, and help it, and you not only should, but must do this on pain of losing your soul’s salvation and God’s favor and grace. But now it is evident that none of you takes this seriously, or believes it, but you take your office as a jest, as though it were a mummery of the carnival, for you leave the subjects, whom God has committed to you, to be so wretchedly harassed, taken captive, put to shame, plundered, slain, and sold by the Turk. Do you not think, since God has committed this office to you, and has given you money and people besides for you to do good to them, that He will demand at your hands all the subjects whom you so shamefully deserted, while you danced, reveled, showed off and gambled? If you seriously believed that you were appointed and ordained of God to be emperor and princes, you would leave your banqueting and rivalry for high places and other unprofitable display for a while, and consult faithfully how you might discharge your office and fulfil God’s commandment and rescue your consciences from all the blood and misery which the Turk inflicts upon them. For how can God, or any godly heart think otherwise of you than that you hate your subjects or have a secret covenant with the Turk (Islam) or, at least, hold yourselves for neither emperor nor princes, but for dolls and puppets for children to play with? Otherwise, it would be impossible that your consciences should let you rest, if you seriously held yourselves for overlords appointed by God, and were not to speak and advise together about these matters differently than you have done heretofore. In this you see that you are constantly becoming Turks to your own subjects.

“Nay, you even take up the case of Luther and discuss, in the devil’s name, whether one can eat meat in the fast-times and nuns can take husbands, and things of that kind, which are not committed to you for discussion and about which God has given you no commandment; and meanwhile the serious and strict commandment of God hangs in the smoke, the commandment by which He has appointed you protectors of poor Germany; and you become murderers, betrayers, and blood-dogs to your own good, faithful, obedient subjects, and leave them to the Turk, nay, cast them into his jaws, as a reward for the bodies and money wealth and honor that they stake on you and reach out to you.”*

Does this situation sound familiar, not only now in Germany, but also here in Australia?

*Excerpt from ‘On War Against the Turk’ (Islam), in The Works of Martin Luther – Volume V (5).

As time goes by and the Russian onslaught continues the rats are getting smoked out, particularly the Saudi rat, the dirtiest of the lot.

"I've been insulted by some of the finest people on three continents"

"Completely unfit to serve Her Majesty in any capacity whatever, except the most menial, a walking insult to the profession of arms, and a total disgrace to the Queen's uniform" was one I copped.

Flirdy Girl is a national embarrasement.

Australian Liberty Alliance launch

Here's something we should all read and absorb... God give us strength.

More horrible than rape: Spengler

The body of a 20-year-old Syrian woman, “Rokstan M.,” was unearthed from a shallow grave in the small Saxon town of Dessau last week. Her father and brothers stabbed her to death on her mother’s orders, after she was gang-raped by three men. The rape left her “unclean” and the mother allegedly demanded the killing to restore the family’s honor. German police are seeking the father and brothers. That by itself is not newsworthy; what is newsworthy is the news itself, which appeared in not one of Germany’s major daily newspapers or websites. The tabloid Bild-Zeitung ran the story, along with the regional press, while the arbiters of enlightened opinion buried it. Der Spiegel, the country’s biggest news site, and the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, the newspaper of record, made no mention.

The case of Rokstan M. is heart-rending. She had found work in Germany as a translator for the government, but she knew her family would track her down and kill her. “I am awaiting death. But I am too young to die,” she had written on a social media profile. Her story deserves a line or two in the quality press. But it’s one of many that German leaders want to ignore.

Political leaders in Germany—which may absorb 1.5 million migrants this year—are struggling to respond to reports of a sex crime epidemic among newly-arrived Muslims. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere urged Germans not to believe rumors of widespread rape at refugee centers, while Germany’s police union chief Rainer Wendt warned, “There is a lot of glossing over going on. But this doesn’t represent reality.” Wendt added, “It is understandable that there is the desire to calm things down politically.”

Germany’s elite knows perfectly well that the migrants bring social pathologies, because they have already seen the world’s worst sex crime epidemic unfold in Scandinavia. Sweden now has the highest incidence of reported rape outside of a few African countries, and nearly ten times the rate of its European peers—and all this has happened in the past ten years. Sweden ranks near the top of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index, yet it has become the most dangerous country for women outside of Africa, with an incidence of rape ten times that of its European peers. Sweden’s political leaders not only refuse to take action, but have made it a criminal offense to talk about it.

Even in liberated, feminist, gender-neutral Sweden, there is something more horrible than rape, something horrible enough to persuade the political elite to sacrifice the physical and mental health of tens of thousands of Swedish women. That is the horror of social disintegration in the Muslim world. Sweden opened its borders to refugees twenty years before the migrant flood arrived on Germany’s doorstep, and the foreign born rose from 9% of the population in 1990 to 15.4% in 2012. Foreigners have a higher birth rate, so the percentage is higher including second-generation immigrants.

There have been protests, to be sure, and nationalist parties like the Sweden Democrats have gained support on an anti-immigration platform, but Sweden will remain supine as its social fabric unravels. So, I expect, will Germany. Europe is transfixed by the horror unfolding from Libya to Afghanistan, as one of the world’s major civilizations unravels in real time. In its moment of agony, the Muslim world’s most potent weapon is its own weakness. The human cost of the collapse of Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria is horrendous, but it is small thus far compared to the horrors that would attend instability in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The West can’t bear to look at it.

A month after the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers I warned that “radical Islam could win,” by the same methods that nearly won the last world war for Hitler:

Al-Qaeda wants no territory, no conversions, no loot, no slaves. It wishes to destroy the West and happily will sacrifice millions of Muslim lives in order to do so. Indeed, the mass sacrifice of Muslim lives may lie at the heart of its battle plan. It has more in common with the Dostoyevsky of The Possessed or the Wagner of Die Goetterdaemmerung than with the Muslim conquerors of the Middle Ages…

Horror is the great vulnerability of the Western. The Nazis understood this and undertook a campaign “des Schreckens” (to cause horror) and “Entsetzens” (terror, literally: dislodgement). Horror was not merely an instrument of war in the traditional sense, but a form of Wagnerian theater, or psychological warfare on the grand scale. Hitler’s tactical advantage lay in his capacity to be more horrible than his opponents could imagine.

That is why I have been writing on the subject these past fifteen years: to harden hearts and inoculate Westerners against this vulnerability.


The incidence of rape in Sweden has tripled in the past ten years as the country became Europe’s premier destination for Muslim immigrants. Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard observe,

Since 2000, there has only been one research report on immigrant crime. It was done in 2006 by Ann-Christine Hjelm from Karlstads University. It emerged that in 2002, 85% of those sentenced to at least two years in prison for rape in 2002 were foreign born or second-generation immigrants.

A 1996 report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention reached the conclusion that immigrants from North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) were 23 times as likely to commit rape as Swedish men. The figures for men from Iraq, Bulgaria and Romania were, respectively, 20, 18 and 18. Men from the rest of Africa were 16 times more prone to commit rape; and men from Iran, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, 10 times as prone as Swedish men.

A new trend reached Sweden with full force over the past few decades: gang rape — virtually unknown before in Swedish criminal history. The number of gang rapes increased spectacularly between 1995 and 2006. Since then no studies of them have been undertaken.

Sweden not only stands by while large number of its women are raped, but outlaws public discussion of the causes. Michael Hess, a Social-Democratic population, was condemned by a Swedish court under a law forbidding denigration of ethnic groups. for writing in 2014, “There is a strong connection between rapes in Sweden and the number of immigrants from MENA-countries [Middle East and North Africa].”


Why should Sweden inflict such damage upon itself and criminalize dissent against the policies which caused it? Ideology can’t be the whole explanation. Sweden is committed to a postmodern multicultural ideology, to be sure, but other ideologies have a voice, feminism. Yet the feminists are mute on the subject of Sweden’s rape epidemic. That is not because feminists condone rape, but because they believe that there is something even more horrible than rape.

There are rare moments in history where long-term trends impinge on short-term events, and we have the misfortune to be living in one of them. The world has become very strange indeed. In the past week alone we witnessed the murder by suicide-bomb in Ankara, with the likely complicity of Turkey’s government, and an epidemic of random killings of Israelis by seemingly ordinary Palestinian Arabs, incited by their clergy and their “moderate” as well as extremist political leaders. ISIS continues to horrify the world.

Israel has sustained terror attacks on a far greater scale; in March 2002 alone, 130 died in suicide bombings during the Second Intifada. The attacks were well organized, with networks of explosives experts, planners, transporters supporting the actual bombers. It took Israeli security three years to disrupt these operations and contain the threat. In some ways, the recent assaults are stranger and more disturbing. They appear to involve citizens with no overt radical history, such as the Arab employee of the Israel telephone company who drove his van into a group of pedestrians, then left his car and hacked a 60-year-old rabbi to death with an axe. The grisly affair was captured by a security camera, and is painful to watch. Israeli and West Bank Arabs with no previous history of violence, including young teenagers, appear to erupt into spontaneous rage and initiate attacks against Israeli targets of convenience, with the certain knowledge that they will die after inflicting harm on Israelis that is slight compared to the suicide bombings of 2002.

The ostensible provocation for the attacks is an urban legend, namely Jewish designs on the al-Aksa Mosque, despite the Israeli government’s vigorous enforcement of its ban against Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an advocate of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, observes that Israeli police have arrested Jews there “on suspicion of muttering.” The supposed plot against al-Aksa is not the silliest nor the most destructive rumor to trouble the Muslim world. Polio has returned to Pakistan and Nigeria because local Islamic authorities have issued fatwas against vaccination, claiming that the vaccine is a Western plot to reduce Muslim fertility.

There have been many wars of extermination, but there is something uniquely horrifying about today’s terrorism. Never in the history of warfare have tens of thousands of individuals stood ready to commit suicide in order to harm enemy civilians. Never for that matter, has one combatant (Hamas in the 2014 Gaza rocket war) sought to maximize civilian casualties on its own side. The Japanese killed over 20 million Chinese during the Second World War, but committed suicide in combat in the attempt to sink enemy warships, not kill enemy civilians. The Nazis did not ask their soldiers to kill themselves in order to kill Jews.

Bret Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s chief foreign policy commentator, calls this behavior psychosis. That begs the question: Which kind? DSM-IV doesn’t have a name for it. Perhaps we should call it “Social Death Derangement Syndrome,” or SDDS.

The fear of social death that comes with civilizational decline is unspeakably worse than individual death, and horror before the prospect of social death gives impulse to atrocious behavior. More precisely, it makes it impossible to say what is atrocious and what is not. “We cannot, indeed, imagine our own death; whenever we try to do so we find that we survive ourselves as spectators,” said Freud. That is not quite true: we often tremble at the prospect of our own death in fear and horror, which we would not do if we did not imagine it. Our consciousness, rather, is both individual and social, and we regard our own death with the inner eye of those with whom we share a common language and aspirations, which will not end with out physical existence.

Unless it does. That is the ultimate horror. It is one thing to imagine being a spectator at your own funeral, and another to imagine yourself shut into perpetual silence, cut off from all human contact, with no past and no future. That is a living death, a mental presence without consciousness. Imagine, for example, that on your deathbed you are the last speaker of a language that will become extinct upon your passing, erasing your memory and your history. That is a horror much worse than Hell, where at least you can chat with your neighbor in the brimstone pit. At least the shade of Achilles could gripe to Odysseus about the misery of the underworld; imagine how the son of Peleus would have felt if all memory of Greece along with its language were forever extinguished, and he sat in Hades alone and in perpetual silence.

That is how it feels to be trapped in a dying civilization.Rationality ceases to have meaning. Upon learning that you have an inoperable malignant brain tumor, you might cash in your insurance policy and go on a spree—but not if everyone who speaks your language and shares your memories already is extinct. In that case there is nothing to do with your money. You can sit at the bar by yourself and drink Chateau Petrus. Or you can go out and stab the next Israeli you run into.

The death of Muslim civilization is too horrible for the Germans to contemplate, because the bell tolls for them, too. And it is particularly painful for Germans to consider the possibility that the source of the terrible events that have driven millions to Germany is the character of the people themselves. Syria has torn itself to pieces not only because of the malfeasance of its leaders but rather because of the character of its people. Once the Sunni revolt against Shia-majority government in Iraq enlisted elements of Saddam Hussein’s army as well as the “Sunni Awakening” funded by Gen. Petraeus during the 2007-2008 “surge,” sectarian war to the death became inevitable in Syria, with both sides inflicting the most revolting atrocities imaginable.

The Assad regime has killed more people because it has the aircraft to attack Sunni civilians, but the Sunni opposition–including the “moderate,” American-backed Sunni opposition–has committed mass murder and bragged about it. Human Rights Watch in October 2013 that in one operation near Latakia in the Alawite heartland, Sunni “fighters killed 190 civilians. Residents and hospital staff in Latakia, the nearest city, spoke of burned bodies, beheaded corpses and graves being dug in backyards. Two hundred people from the area remain hostage.” Free Syrian Army chief of staff Salim Idriss, the poster-boy for “moderate opposition,” praised the operation in a video and took partial responsibility. ISIS has captured the world’s imagination and turned its stomach with public executions and the destruction of archaeological treasures, but that is how Muslims have fought wars for 1,500 years. Just ask the Christians of the Balkans or the Armenians of Anatolia about the Turks.

Very large parts of the Syrian population are complicit in the civil war’s atrocities, almost certainly by intent. Mass complicity in war crimes has two functions–first, to destroy the enemy’s will, and second, to make entire populations complicit in the atrocities. The Nazis made sure that the German population knew about the Holocaust in order to bind them closer to their leaders. There was a third function of Nazi terror as well: I suspect that their Schrecklichkeit also was intended to poison Christian belief: the Nazis also knew how to read Ivan Karamazov.

Horror does not deter Muslims, because Muslims see the world in terms of unconstrained will. Allah’s will governs the spin of every electron and the path of every bullet. It is unfathomable and arbitrary, like nature in the pagan world. Islam can endure horror, but not humiliation. But horror is the Achilles’ heel of the Christian world, whose founding premise is that God offers unselfish love and unmerited grace to mankind, and in a sense stacked the deck in favor of goodness. The perception that the universe is cruel and without purpose is poison to Christianity. That is the great paradox of salvation: If God’s unselfish love and unmerited grace offer salvation to all humankind, what are we to make of those to willfully reject it?

All the promises of heavenly bliss are not worth the torment of a single child, said Dostoyevsky’s Ivan Karamazov. But Karamazov spoke of the aberrant behavior of a few cruel people within the Christian world, whose actions the vast majority of Christians would condemn. The news photo of one drowned boy overwhelmed Europe. What does one do with a culture that routinely commits atrocities?

“The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz,” quipped the Israeli psychiatrist Zvi Rex, and there is deep truth in the joke. Auschwitz is killing off the Germans while the Jews flourish, at least in Israel. Israeli Jews have three children per female while Germans have less than 1.4. At current fertility rates, there will be more Israelis than Germans under the age of 25 by the end of the present century. The share of Germany’s population over 60, meanwhile, will rise to 45%.



The impulse to open Germany to Muslim refugees is irresistable for Germany’s elite, prominently so in the case of Chancellor Angela Merkel. To understand her motives one must consider that she is not only a German, but also a Christian. “Belief in God and closeness to the church have molded me and occupied me since my childhood,” she wrote in an essay entitled “Why I am a Christian” just before her election victory. A pastor’s daughter, she grew up in atheist East Germany and maintained her belief despite the hostility of the state and her peers. “Since my youth I knew that I followed an inner compass through my commitment to God and his Church, one that was rejected by the [East German] state and the majority of the population. It was not always easy to stand by Christ. In contrast to most young people I went to Christian instruction and confirmation classes, rather than to the [state] ceremonies for youth.”

All the promises of heavenly bliss are not worth the torment of a single child, said Ivan Karamazov. The image of one drowned boy overwhelmed Europe. Only a few hundred thousand people have died in Iraq and Syria during the past fifteen years, but zeros could appear to the right of the death toll before long. Whether the migrant tidal wave arose spontaneously, or whether it was channeled by Turkey, is a secondary question. The Christian mind cannot absorb the horror of human suffering on an apocalyptic scale, and what we see now is tiny compared to what is likely to come next.

Judaism is more resilient in the face of horror, I think, because it assigns to humankind a higher degree of freedom, that is, the radical freedom to enter into partnership with the creator of the world and transform nature itself. The God that Judaism encounters in the world in which we find ourselves–this God, and not a God that satisfies the sensibilities of philosophers or theologians–left Creation intentionally incomplete so that man might have the freedom to become a partner in the work of creation. Chaos in the natural world and human wickedness are a divine challenge to humankind to rise to the status of co-creator. The possibility of radical freedom, of course, also implies the possibility of radical evil.

The Christian is reborn into the Church and enters its community as an individual. The Jew already was present in the congregation at Mount Sinai, where all Israel, including all future generations, heard the voice of God from the fiery mountain. The Christian ponders why bad things happen to good people; the Jew prays each morning in good times and bad, “How fortunate are we. How good is our portion, how pleasant our lot, how beautiful our heritage.” The deliverance at the Sea of Reeds is not a past event and Israel’s ultimate redemption is not a mere future: Judaism is simply the construction of a present in which all generations rejoice in Israel’s inheritance, and provide a context against which an individual’s suffering is measured. One might ask with Ivan Karamazov whether all this is worth the suffering of a single child. In the Jewish perception, it is worth it to God–not an abstract God, not a designer God to whom we attribute our own sensibilities, but YHWH with whom Abraham and Moses spoke.

The jihadists know just how to manipulate Western sensibilities. Catastrophic casualty levels are part of the program, at least in a number of theaters. Hamas in Gaza was the first combatant in history to deliberately maximize the number of casualties among its own civilians (by firing thousands of missiles at Israel during the summer of 2014 from densely-populated civilian areas). The Israel-Palestine conflict, though, is a sideshow in the Middle East; the disintegration of Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen and the latent instability of Pakistan and other Muslim countries.

Only a few hundred thousand people have died in Iraq and Syria during the past fifteen years, but zeros could appear to the right of the death toll before long. Whether the migrant tidal wave arose spontaneously, or whether it was channeled by Turkey, is a secondary question. The Germans–the best Germans, like Chancellor Merkel–cannot absorb the horror of human suffering on the present scale, and what we see now is tiny compared to what is likely to come next.

The choices are between a near-apocalyptic level of horror, and a somewhat more limited horror. Whatever you can imagine, it will be worse. If the West invites the horror into its own home, though, it is unlikely to survive.

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Julia Lard and her bogan fishwife voice is like rasping nails across a blackboard. More than enough to give anyone the sh1ts.

Australia has a "minascule" refugee problem, precisely because TA and SM stopped the boats. If KRudd or Lard were still in charge, we would have had major refugee problems.

HH that's just too funny, and probably true.

The genie has been let out of the bottle, by Merkel, the thief of Baghdad and Damascus:

.....NWO agents and their lackeys, Putin seems to argue, are responsible for too many deaths in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Unless a strong leader stands up and tells them that enough is enough, then they will continue to suck the blood out of every single country.
The world is getting tired of those blood suckers. They are getting on everyone’s nerve, and this is why much of the world is supporting Putin. As Kevin Barrett has recently put it:
“The whole world seems to be lining up behind Putin. Did the Wolfowitz doctrine – according to which the Sole Superpower would squash any country that refused to lick its boots – just collapse at free-fall speed?”

I think she is a green keeper Gent. Smokes plenty of it too.

yes KW..very well summed up...though it didn't mention the Central Bank Fiat currency fraud, and how that allows this mafia operation unlimited cash to do whatever they like...without Central Banks in place, their resources would be limited..currently they are unlimited....and they are feeding off the people who live in the West...hopefully people will now understand why Iran is painted as evil (as well as Putin)..the other things that is never noted about Iran, is that the Persians who live there have been subjugated by an Arab moslem mafia...which works for you know who...just like our Western Govts

Tony Abbott is right !!!
Charity begins at home
A proverb that expresses the overriding demands of taking care of one's family, before caring for others.
'Charity begins at home' isn't from the bible but it is so near to being so that it is reasonable to describe it as biblical. The notion that a man's family should be his foremost concern is expressed in 1 Timothy 5:8, King James Bible, 1611:
But if any prouide not for his owne, & specially for those of his owne house, hee hath denied the faith, and is worse then an infidel.
John Wyclif had expressed the same idea as early as 1382, in Of Prelates, reprinted in English Works, 1880:
Charite schuld bigyne at hem-self.
John Fletcher came very close to using the phrase in the comedy Wit without Money, circa 1625:
Charity and beating begins at home.
Sir Thomas Browne was the first to put the expression into print in the form we now use, in Religio Medici, 1642:
Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world: yet is every man his greatest enemy.