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It’s the demography, stupid
The New Criterion ^ | Jan 2, 2006 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 01/01/2006 2:52:39 PM PST by twntaipan

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To: NZerFromHK

thanks for the ping. I have a horrible feeling he might be right.


101 posted on 01/05/2006 6:37:31 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf download - link on My Page)
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To: jjm2111
Steyn credits the Islam of Osama with the power to sway every Muslim to that way of thinking. If that was the case, we'd be playing hell in Afghanistan and Iraq. Do we still maintain bases in Saudi Arabia, home of Mecca and Medina? Osama and gang are probably knocking their heads against the cave wall because their cause has faltered.

Crediting Steyn's argument discredits the elections in Iraq. What goes on in Islamic countries now, with minority populations of Christians and/or Jews, or Westerners, for that matter?

Someone wrote an article in the local paper here. The person was visiting in one of the countries of the Middle East. What she described as far as a local shopping mall goes sounded like any mall in America.

Osama has been banging the drum for jihad long enough that you'd think they would all be buying airline tickets w/o the benefit of a kamikaze helmet and goggles.

It is an elightening piece, baffling as well, but I just don't buy all of it.

102 posted on 01/05/2006 6:43:31 PM PST by Simo Hayha (An education is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to protect oneself from harm.)
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To: onef

long but interesting piece by Mark Steyn


103 posted on 01/07/2006 3:07:01 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: All

MUST READ bump


104 posted on 01/08/2006 12:21:36 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: starfish923; CasearianDaoist; headsonpikes; beyond the sea; E.G.C.; Military family member; ...
One thing for sure: our media won't like it, think it's good enough or accept that anything we achieve is good.
"The media" - specifically journalism - is in thrall to the idea of their own importance. In thrall to the idea that is, that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, the sword and everything else is irrelevant compared to the glories of PR. I think that is the only way to explain the media's antipathy towards the military, the police, and business. Everything which we rely on in the real world is, inside the virtual reality of his newspaper, seen by the journalist as a mere pretender.

The conceit of the journalist is that only the journalist keeps anyone honest.

Descarte's famous dictum, cognito ergo sum - "I think therefore I am" - has been called the lunatic fringe of philosophy because it suggests that nothing else but "I" can be proven to exist. But how is that different from a philosophy which denies that reality even exists if it doesn't show up in the newspapers?


105 posted on 01/09/2006 11:25:43 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Media bias bump.


106 posted on 01/09/2006 11:46:36 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Simo Hayha
”Steyn credits the Islam of Osama with the power to sway every Muslim to that way of thinking.”

Iran is a good example of what Steyn is saying. Iran’s people have become very western thinking yet it has been taken over by the extremist. The populations of most Muslim countries become complacent due to the fact they seem agree with part of the extremist thinking thus the majority doesn’t do anything about the extremist.

107 posted on 01/10/2006 11:35:45 AM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
I don't know enough about Iran or any other Islamic country to argue whether or not Steyn's argument holds water. I was under the impression, at least up until the last year or two, that Iran was becoming more....progressive, for lack of a better word.

But Steyn is predicting the downfall of Europe and western civilization. Someone raised the question earlier, around #51 on this thread or another echo like this one, that a Europe with a high unemployment isn't very likely to import more workers for jobs that don't exist. Additionally, life expectancy is rising--so many people are continuing to work longer before retirement.

Seems to me that those who see some kind of prophetic vision in Steyn's piece are, by association, arguing against success in Iraq. Steyn says that Europeans will be reluctant to give up the perks they have gotten--why would they be any less reluctant to give up perks, or liberties for that matter, if there is a larger population of Muslims on the continent?

108 posted on 01/10/2006 4:59:37 PM PST by Simo Hayha (An education is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to protect oneself from harm.)
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To: Simo Hayha
”a Europe with a high unemployment isn't very likely to import more workers for jobs that don't exist.”

good point but not accurate, it is much like the illegal argument where people don’t want to work for near nothing.


” Seems to me that those who see some kind of prophetic vision in Steyn's piece are, by association, arguing against success in Iraq.

No, you must of miss understood what I was saying earlier. The Muslim majorities become complacent if they are under Shari laws even if it is a tyrannical government. Obviously from the migration of Muslim’s to western countries they don’t mind a free society given the chance. I believe most in Iraq are taking advantage of that opportunity.


"Steyn says that Europeans will be reluctant to give up the perks they have gotten."

This is true. The Europeans have learned to vote themselves 'freebies', they are not going change.

” why would they (Europeans) be any less reluctant to give up perks, or liberties for that matter, if there is a larger population of Muslims on the continent?”

I don’t understand this question. I am misunderstanding this question because perks are not liberties. Unless you consider a tax a liberty. I get stuck on that point and I cann't move on.

109 posted on 01/11/2006 7:49:04 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
In other words, Steyn argues that Europeans have grown accustomed to a certain way of life that he says will eventually prove fatal. Are Muslims included in that population that has become familiar with whatever that may be?

If I understand what is meant by "sharia?" "Shari?"--a more fundamentalist-radical kind of Islam--I don't buy that idea that Muslims in Europe would embrace the concept. Seems to me there are a number of Muslims, everywhere in the West, who are "faithful" to their religion w/o being fundamentalist. So why would a vocal minority of fundamentalists sway all and any of them in country? Not all Muslims are that way in countries where Islam is predominant.

110 posted on 01/12/2006 6:23:38 AM PST by Simo Hayha (An education is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to protect oneself from harm.)
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To: Simo Hayha
”Are Muslims included in that population that has become familiar with whatever that may be?”

For the most part yes.

” I don't buy that idea that Muslims in Europe would embrace the concept. Seems to me there are a number of Muslims, everywhere in the West, who are "faithful" to their religion w/o being fundamentalist.”

I would rather go with polls:
From the article:
“ According to a poll taken in 2004, over 60 percent of British Muslims want to live under sharia—in the United Kingdom.”

"So why would a vocal minority of fundamentalists sway all and any of them in country?"

Muslims in general want to live under Shari laws, that is why a fairly western thinking country such as Iran has been taken over by the whack jobs. They don't have 'elections' the people are content with what they have, so there is no revolt.

111 posted on 01/12/2006 1:35:12 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
There is an article by R J Rummel called "Muslim Arabs Favor Democracy," at http://www.americandaily.com/article/11111 that addresses this issue. Note in particular:

To the statement that, "Democracy may have problems but it's better than any other form of government," the people of five Arab countries strongly agreed. See the table below. Note with amazement how this agreement is greater than that for the sample from other regions, such as Western Europe. Agreement for other Muslim nations is a little lower, but still greater than for Latin American and U.S./Canada/Australia/New Zealand..

Given what you have said about polls, what's your take on this? Note also his conclusion:

Therefore, if the democratization the Arab people value is to come, it must come from pressure from the outside. In this, President Bush's "Forward Strategy of Freedom" is well aligned with our understanding of the Middle East, and it is working.

Another point tht could be made, based on the article is, given that Muslims living under dictatorship are not inclined to raise their heads above the masses, why wouldn't they embrace democratic ideals when they are away from the oppressiveness of such regimes?

112 posted on 01/16/2006 7:25:19 AM PST by Simo Hayha (An education is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to protect oneself from harm.)
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To: Simo Hayha; Steve Van Doorn

Apparently the article hasn't been posted to FR. Maybe it could be? I'm not familiar enough with posting articles and I'm not comfortable with an attempt.


113 posted on 01/16/2006 7:28:44 AM PST by Simo Hayha (An education is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to protect oneself from harm.)
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To: Simo Hayha
I am not going to post this article by R J Rummel analyzing Ronald F. Inglehart work.

Here is how the question went: Could you please tell me if you agree strongly, agree, disagree or disagree strongly, after I read each one of them?
“V163. Democracy may have problems but it's better than any other form of government 1 2 3 4 9
From: http://wvs.isr.umich.edu/ques3.shtml

As a hard core capitalist I would pick number 9 disagree strongly. The absolute worst form of government is a true Democracy, I would honestly prefer communism over a true Democracy. Inglehart chose a question that set it self up to look bad. It seemed to have gone right over R J Rummel head he didn’t get it.

I know what the article is trying to imply but when you put garbage in you get garbage out.

114 posted on 01/16/2006 1:13:43 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
So I take it that you have no opinion on the results of the question?

I've been reading some of the SCOTUS decisions related to guns. One of the more recent cases, Muscarello v United States, which had the unlikely scenario of Ginsburg and Souter joining Rehnquist and Scalia in a dissent. There is much ado about the word "carry" or "carries" with the OED, literature, and Congressional Record, as well as a citation from the M*A*S*H television show.

Reading the Justices, one is left with the impression that Congress is careless in the wording of the legislation that they pass.

An earlier case, Lopez v United States, and Justice Thomas' opinion in that case illustrate the opposite--Congress seems incapable of reading plain English and unwilling to be limited by the Constitution's plain text.

I'll hazard that a "democracy" is somewhat less repressive than a "dictatorship" and that in this case, knowing what some here know about Joe Public's ability with signifiers and signified, and that the respondents to the questionaire most likely share the comprehension and understanding of Joe Public.

Anyway, thanks for the exchange.

115 posted on 01/16/2006 3:36:38 PM PST by Simo Hayha (An education is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to protect oneself from harm.)
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To: Simo Hayha
" I'll hazard that a "democracy" is somewhat less repressive than a "dictatorship""

I absolutely disagree.

116 posted on 01/16/2006 6:44:25 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: Simo Hayha

The classic example of a true Democracy is where you have three people two of the three vote to take everything from the third. In a True Democracy that third person has no legal recourse, in a Republic that person does have a legal recourse.


117 posted on 01/16/2006 6:51:11 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: Simo Hayha

The anarchists that you see protesting once in a while dream society is a Democracy, they call it a Libertarian-Democracy.


118 posted on 01/16/2006 6:53:12 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: marshmallow
This is a spiritual war, above all, and only spritual weapons will win it.

I was thinking the same. Well stated.

119 posted on 01/16/2006 9:24:06 PM PST by Bill_o'Rights
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To: Simo Hayha
"why wouldn't they embrace democratic ideals when they are away from the oppressiveness of such regimes?"

When it is handed to them on a silver platter it should work in my opinion such as Iraq. But in Iran I don't believe the people are willing to fight against what they have today. I sure hope I am proven wrong.

120 posted on 01/16/2006 11:09:57 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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121 posted on 01/17/2006 1:08:21 PM PST by jkid2 (Accept risk. Accept responsibility. Put a lawyer out of business)
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To: jkid2

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122 posted on 12/19/2010 9:42:29 PM PST by Whiskeyjim (Riots in 2010)
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To: Wilhelm Tell
The CIA is predicting the EU will collapse by 2020. Given that the CIA’s got pretty much everything wrong for half a century, that would suggest the EU is a shoo-in to be the colossus of the new millennium. But even a flop spook is right twice a generation. If anything, the date of EU collapse is rather a cautious estimate. It seems more likely that within the next couple of European election cycles, the internal contradictions of the EU will manifest themselves in the usual way, and that by 2010 we’ll be watching burning buildings, street riots, and assassinations on American network news every night.

Steyn was right. Riots in 2010. And rising.
123 posted on 12/20/2010 4:30:10 AM PST by Whiskeyjim (Riots in 2010)
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