Ed Driscoll

All Quiet on the Middle Eastern Front

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

The book tells the story of Paul Bäumer, a German soldier who — urged on by his school teacher — joins the German army shortly after the start of World War I. Bäumer arrives at the Western Front with his friends and schoolmates (Tjaden, Müller, Kropp and a number of other characters). There they meet Stanislaus Katczinsky, an older soldier, nicknamed Kat, who becomes Paul’s mentor. While fighting at the front, Bäumer and his comrades have to engage in frequent battles and endure the dangerous and often dirty conditions of warfare.

— First paragraph of Wikipedia’s profile of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.

“Lamya Kaddor is one of German’s star “Moderate Muslims”. She was a pioneer in introducing Islamic tuition into the public education system. Now she is dismayed to find that five of her former pupils have gone off to fight the jihad in Syria.

— “Ooops… Germany’s Star Moderate Muslim Finds that Five of Her Former Pupils Went Off to Fight Jihad in Syria,” a blog post at Blazing Cat Fur last week.

(Via SDA. Wow, you’d think that 21st century German socialists with a yen for nationalism would be too busy attempting the eco-anschluss than raising fresh troops for the Jihad.)