Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.
By Peter Burrows 9/24/21 email@example.com
The Taliban are in charge of Afghanistan again, and as devout Muslims, they have begun to enforce Islamic law. These laws are nothing new, hundreds of years old, in fact, it’s just that under the previous government they weren’t being enforced.
That’s not because the previous government was “moderate” as opposed to the Taliban being “radical,” or “extremist.” Those are distinctions Western infidels fool themselves with. As Turkey’s President Erdogan told then-President Obama, “There is no moderate Islam. There is no extreme Islam. Islam is Islam.”
The operative distinction should be militant Islam vs. non-militant Islam, and as a general rule, Islam is ALWAYS militant unless somehow constrained. As Winston Churchill noted over a hundred years ago, were it not for Europe's technical, and hence military superiority, it too would have been conquered by “Mohammedanism.”
By Peter Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org - 9/19/2021
Devout Muslims are not surprised by our defeat in Afghanistan. They see it as proof that Islam is destined to rule the world, something foretold many times in the Koran, every word of which is direct from God.
My favorite example is verse 33 in chapter nine, which says God gave Muhammad the true religion, Islam, and directed Muhammad to make it prevail over all other religions, "howsoever those who associate others with Allah might detest it." In other words, like it or not, you despicable infidels, Islam is going to rule the world.
About now, some of you are thinking, "C'mon Burro, Afghanistan is hardly 'the world.'" No, but it is an ominous defeat because it took them only 20 years. When the Muslims fought the Byzantine Empire, it took them 738 years to conquer Constantinople. That was 647 years ago and I notice the Muslims are still in charge there.
Since the end of the Civil War, there have been only two major attacks against our country that have taken place on our soil: Pearl Harbor, which cost 2400 lives, and 9-11, which cost 2900 lives. Both of those attacks were committed by fanatical adversaries who wished to destroy the United States.
In hindsight, Pearl Harbor was the beginning of the end for the fledging Japanese empire. Will 9-11 mark the beginning of the end of the American Republic? The signs are ominous.
Twenty years after we thought we had avenged 9-11 by destroying al Qaeda in Afghanistan, we have retreated from that country in ignominious defeat. It's almost as if 9-11 was bait to lure us into a war the Muslims knew we couldn't win.
They know this because Muslims are commanded by Allah to wage war until the world is ruled by Islam, however long that takes. Afghanistan took only 20 years. The Muslim conquest of Constantinople took 718 years. As an unknown Muslim once said, "You've got the watches, we've got the time."
This is only 20 minutes, Introduction to Summary, after which you will know more about Islam than Presidents Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden combined, plus Pope Francis. Alas, that is NOT a high bar.
https://silvercityburro.com/2020/10/26/how-to-read-the-koran-and-understand-islam/ (opens in a new tab)
Nobody should be surprised that the Taliban have retaken control of Afghanistan. It was inevitable, regardless of who was in the White House. The spectacular incompetence of the Biden administration is acutely embarrassing, but that's just the culmination of decades of embarrassing incompetence, bipartisan incompetence.
Our Afgan defeat began when President George W. Bush, less than a week after the 9-11 attack, made his infamous "Islam is peace" speech at, of all places, the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. I was appalled that a President could be so ignorant about a religion with 1400 years of God-driven hatred toward Western civilization.
Since then, I've learned that when it comes to Islam, our ignorance is "invincible," as the late Bill Buckley would have said. The price we have paid for this invincible ignorance is incredible, and there is no end in sight. Many more Americans are going to die because of our abject failure to follow a 2500-year-old rule of warfare: If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
By Peter Burrows 8/15/21 - email@example.com, and https:silvercityburro.com
Avangrid, a New England electric utility which is 82 percent owned by a Spanish company, has offered to purchase Public Service of New Mexico, PNM, for $4.3 billion, or roughly $50 per share. The offer was overwhelmingly approved by the people who own PNM, the shareholders, last February.
Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearings are currently underway to determine if the merger is in the public interest. PRC approval is the final hurdle for the merger to go through, and, unsurprisingly, the "usual suspects" are objecting to the merger.
The objections fall into two main categories, the first alleging that Avangrid and its parent company, Iberdrola, have a record of "unreliability, corruption and disrespect for the law." The other type of objection argues that the merger "would allow a foreign entity to control the development and transmission of our energy resources, thereby exploiting our citizens and small businesses for profit."
That last was in a press release from "Our New Mexico," an organization formed to "bring citizen voices into the discussion and debate around Avangrid's proposed takeover of PNM." I was struck by their blatant assumption that New Mexicans don't realize that any and all "control" of energy "transmission and energy resources" is firmly in the hands of the PRC and will remain so, no matter who owns PNM. Ditto any "exploitation" for -- GASP! -- profit, something specifically controlled by the PRC.
By Peter Burrows 6/17/21 firstname.lastname@example.org - silvercityburro.com
Why is China building military bases on coral reefs in the South China Sea? Don't they know that increasing CO2 in the atmosphere is going to inundate entire island nations, not just coral reefs? Are they crazy?
They probably didn't see this 2011 article from Scientific American that details a grim sea-rise scenario, which today reads more like a Grimm scenario, as in Grimm's Fairy Tales:
That same year, a special edition of the Chinese Science Bulletin (October 2011) had eight articles about a climate project begun in 2009: "Research on tree-ring and millennium climate change in China." The introductory editorial noted that "research on global climate change has been at the frontier of contemporary sciences," and "whether the greenhouse effect produced by human activities is a major factor responsible for modern global warming."
The most important conclusions of the Chinese study were: (1) that temperatures in the Medieval Warm Period (950 AD to 1250 AD) were "comparable to those in the current warm period over China," and (2) that "the effect of solar activity on climate cannot be neglected in any period of the millennium."
Both conclusions were at odds with the idea that carbon dioxide, CO2, is the driving force behind climate change. Most importantly, the Chinese not only confirmed the existence of the Medieval Warm Period, MWP, they determined that temperatures in that 300-year period a millennium ago were as warm as today's.
By Peter Burrows 5/19/21 - email@example.com
One of the featured speakers at last month's "Leaders Summit on Climate" was China's president Xi Jinping. Since the ostensible purpose of the "Summit" was to reduce the world's carbon dioxide emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change, Xi's presence was only fitting. After all, China is by far the world's largest emitter of CO2, responsible for some 30% of the world's total, and China emits about twice the CO2 as does the U.S., the world's number two CO2 producer.
China is also a world leader, along with India, in adding CO2 to the atmosphere. China's CO2 emissions increased last year by 1.5%; and Chinese leaders have publicly stated that the nation's CO2 emissions will continue to increase until 2030, nine years from now. I would guess by 2030 China's CO2 emissions will be at least three times that of the U.S.
If you think China will then honor its pledge and begin to reduce CO2 emissions, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. China will still be able to claim its CO2 per capita emissions are much lower than in the U.S. and, besides, on a CUMULATIVE basis, China has a long way to go before their CO2 matches that of the U.S. or the EU.