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Why Is the World Becoming Such a Nasty Place?

July 27th, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Same Old, Same Old

Vladimir Putin is systematically gobbling up the expanse of the former Soviet Union. He swallows some land, regurgitates a bit, then slowly digests what he gulped down, burps, and then has another slice. Future targeted states, perhaps like Estonia, should understand that they are slated to play the 1939 role of Poland after the earlier Anschluss and dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. Estonia should consider itself safe because it is a NATO member; but Russia thinks it is most vulnerable precisely because it is a NATO member: what better way to destroy NATO than to champion the Russian minorities of a NATO member as pretext to carving out territory, and to expect nothing at all in response?

The Dutch were outraged that the daughter of Vladimir Putin — whose surrogate thugs just shot down a civilian airliner bound from Holland – was living it up in a penthouse in the Netherlands, but then they quickly apologized for being outraged. It is not like she was Jewish after all. (She finally left.)

Speaking of Jews, mobs of Middle Easterners in the streets of Europe are calling for the destruction of Israel, and at times the completion of the final solution — 70 years after it played out in the streets of Europe. We are told Europeans are worried as these demonstrations become more virulent. But we are confused whether Europeans are worried that their guests are premodern — or instead worried that the world senses their guests are saying things that they would like to say but cannot (yet).

Christians and Jews — So What?

Christians are being exterminated and cleansed from Iraq and Syria. But we seem to think they are equivalent to bible-thumping Texas evangelicals and their killers exotic versions of Che, and so the ethnic cleansing is rarely condemned. If Barack Obama would just close his eyes and envision ISIS, Hamas, or Putin as the Tea Party or Fox News, and then react accordingly, the world would be a safer place.

Israel is trying to figure out an effective policy against Hamas. I say struggling, because Hamas is 7th century: using schools, mosques, and hospitals as missile storehouses, wiring up animals to be suicide bombers, stocking up handcuffs and syringes to capture Israeli soldiers for Aztec-like treatment, urging their civilians to become human shields.

In general, the liberal principle persists that when Arabs on the offense kill lots of Arabs it is normal, but when Jews in defense kill far fewer Arabs it is reprehensible.  If Israel were weak, Hamas would do to it what ISIS is now doing to Christians, and the world would react to the rout and slaughter of the Jews with the indifference that it shows to Christians. Wait, it does that anyway.

Yet victory is not an anachronistic ideal; it persists across time and space as long as the human condition remains constant. If the IDF inflicts a great deal of punishment on Hamas, as it did to Hezbollah in 2006, then eventually those whose homes were repositories for missiles and tunnel openings and are now junk will blame (privately) Hamas as much as Israel. Even Hitler lost public opinion once he looked clueless amid the suffering he had caused all those who once cheered him on.

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These days, "You are a racist!" actually means "You can think".
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A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE CAUSED BY A UTOPIAN PRESIDENT.
Of all the nastiness mentioned, I think the elimination of our southern border is the nastiest (so far):
1) We can't educate the children we have. This new wave of immigration will never be educated. Our schools, especially in urban centers, are already in failure. This will put them over the top; 2) This new wave of immigration will bring diseases that we thought were eradicated -- that doctors aren't looking for -- plus new diseases we've never known. It will overwhelm the healthcare system, welfare, our schools and our culture; 3) The dems are probably right -- this may tip the US to the left, forever; 4) Then, there's the real problem: Who else is coming across the border while our agents are babysitting other people's children? If I were doing the planning for Iran, I would pay the coyotes to take any and all children through Mexico, so I could smuggle terrorists and weapons across the border while no one's looking; 5) With a country filled illegal immigrants, leftys in power and a country as socialist as any in Europe, we would never be able to handle domestic terrorism caused by our open border. Yes, it's nasty now. But it's only going to get worse.
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I think the world is getting nasty because it's run by leftists. For all their talk of "the people's republic of..." they really resent the people. Jerry Moonbeam's first words after learning we had achieved drought status were "Now I can really put the screws to people!"

They hate us.
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Read our founders. They knew there is a nasty quality in human beings. That's why they made us a Republic and created the constitution. To try to protect us from ourselves. But they said our form of government could only survive if we remained virtuous. That's where the problems comes in. We can't, we didn't, we are human.
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good analogy about Canada vs. chicago.

you forgot to mention one of Israel's worstest enemies, amerikan jews. w/o their votes and $$ I doubt we would be feeling the consequences of the little golfing 'abomination that makes desolate'. Jewish joan is finally letting loose w/ some long overdue, suffocated truths about the 1st fraud family and the media. too little too late? Israel is in the unenviable position of needing the u.s. a$$istance controlled (partly) by what appears to be a 'jack' muslim, while trying to fight for its very survival. good thing amerikan jews have their backs, huh? //sarc off

in a 'who love Israel most contest' between American Christians vs. amerikan jews, looks like the Christians win, hands down. not even close. guess nobody is targeting a.j.'s w/ rockets, yet.

I'm w/ that '5' girly who says the less our golfing disaster does on the nation's stage the better. a golf nut who hates doing his job is only going to be useful in a limited number of scenarios, mostly along the back nine.

another vacation anyone? only if there a really great golf course there and a very expensive place to keep 5,000 close friends and staff, on 'the biggest chumps ever' dime of course?
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Why is the world become such a nasty place? Two words: Barack Obama.
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Because nasty people voted for Barack Obama.
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Becoming?

The world has always been a nasty place. Many people - particularly those on the left, but not limited to them - simply try to pretend it isn't.

Reality is simply reasserting itself.
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"Could not Israel lecture Mr. Ki-moon to be more tolerant of the next over flight of North Korea missiles, to worry less about Pyongyang’s bomb, and to please ask the U.S. to leave South Korean soil?"

Beautifully put. I wish they would. I would laugh and laugh and laugh.
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VDH's dog

When VDH's dog who I affectionally named George bit my leg last summer in Selma, CA I realized that he was what America needs more of to stop unescorted children. I plan on doing a book on the mind of George and what it is like to be Victor Hanson's dog and what it is like to be a dog in Mexifornia. Rick Perry is the best governor in America thus far. Sending the National Guard in Texas has stopped the problem. Jerry Brown Rot sadly doesn't get the message. After I spend time writing about George and asking dogs that know him why the world is becoming such a nasty place I will know more. If VDH was invited to the White House I think he and George should be given the Medal of Honor of citizenship. I agree the bible is right, but what was great about George was that he looked up at me and not down at me or even right at me like a "pig." I have noticed President Obama looks right at the teleprompter and the American people a great deal. George knows what it takes to stop unescorted kids and so do the Nazi Gestapo. VDH's dog George would make a better President than who we have in office. He even looked more Presidential in a photo shot that bored Victor and i next to him....God bless America....
"Agent Orange Dixoin Kills!" C.F.P. i "Combating the Socialist Regime"
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The world today is just as it always was, an evil world, run by human beings that are evil by nature. The Bible makes this clear, yet few people recognize this because they have ignored the words of God.... Only news to those folks, the rest of us understand it and are not surprised.
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When the most powerful nation(?) elects an incompetent community organizer to lead(?) them and who's legacy will be (Nero fiddled) that of fundraising while America (Rome burned) disintegrated under his carefully planned (careless lack thereof) leadership, exactly what did people expect?
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FYI, the world has always been "such a nasty place." Maybe todays' nastiness looks superficially different from yesterday's nastiness. Maybe it's happening to different people (you, for example). But it's always been there.
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"When the president of the United States renders his nation’s immigration laws irrelevant"

So does every American who hires an illegal.
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And does that somehow make obamas refusal to enforce our imigration somehow good. Typical obama supporter busk passing, never fix the problem, just find somebody else to blame.
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Typical ignoramus buck passing. Never blame the citizen for contributing to the problem, just the government
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