Tag Archives: Terrorism

The Gulf of Oman Incident

The combox consensus on the NYT write up of the Gulf of Oman incident is that is some sort of false flag operation. The reasoning is that someone (either John Bolton or Saudi Arabia) is desperate to start a war between the U.S. and Iran, and Iran is too smart to give the U.S. a […]

Religious Violence

I haven’t said anything about either the Christchurch Massacre or the attacks in Siri Lanka, but not because I have not been thinking about them. I haven’t written in part because I’ve already said a lot about this sort of thing over the years: I have expressed opinions on white supremacy (its stupid), on allowing […]

REPOST: Crime is not random

The latest mass shooter, like the last mass shooter, was known to authorities. So I thought I would re-post this as a reminder that while crime is not random the authorities like to pretend it is to cover up their incompetence. In reaction to the report that the Manhattan Bike Lane Terrorist was “known to […]

I tried to write a post on Brussles

This is the third time I tried to write a few posts on Brussels, but the other two times I never got past the first few sentences. What is there left to say? The cheap symbolic vigils, Obama’s bored blathering, the Pope urging Europe to accept still more rapists migrants… it is like everyone is sinking into self parody. […]

False Equivalents

False Equivocation One: Saying we shouldn’t blindly accept Middle Eastern refugees is like saying we shouldn’t accept Cuban refugees! Response: If Cuban refugees had a history of strapping on suicide vests that would mean something. False Equivocation Two: The real problem is religion. Response: Those damn Amish again?

Good Luck with That

He doesn’t want prayer? OK. Does he want us to send James Taylor again? We just sent John Kerry who pretty much blamed the Carlie Hebdo victims for being too French. Kerry’s remarks are a sign of the future. Every time Israelis get murdered by Palestinians, the world rolls its eyes and says, Why don’t […]

John Oliver is an Idiot

The same John Oliver who assured us last month that the Middle Eastern migrants could not possibly have terrorists among them had this to say to the Paris killers. Because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology; they’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust, and the fucking croque-en-bouche. […]

Paris

As awful as the attacks were, I can’t bring myself to feel sorrow as much as resignation: this is the world we now live in. Outpourings of grief and solidarity will flow into Paris from all over the world, just like last time. Like last time, President Hollande has declared war on terrorism. President Hollande’s approval rating […]

American Sniper, Decadence, and Fascism.

1) American Sniper and American Decadence. Some people are throwing hissy-fits over the success of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, a movie adaption of the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who was credited with 160 confirmed kills in Iraq. Hmm. I never tweeted 1word bout AmericanSniper/ChrisKyle. I said my uncle killed by sniper in WWII; only […]

War, Terror and Ethics

It feels like I’ve had this conversation a thousand times: Angry Person: The Israelis are once again attacking Gaza! Who will stop this tragedy? Me: Hamas will stop it, once they renounce terrorism. Angry Person: Over 1000 Gazans have died during the war, only a few dozen Israelis. Who are the real terrorists? Me: The ones […]