Have you heard the news? There’s a humanitarian disaster unfolding in a Leppo because an evil dictator is dropping bombs and airstrikes on his own people. Civilians are being killed in a war. We’ve got to do something, and by something I mean bomb the winning side because reasons (which will prolong the war actually).
Ugh. Pothead and former governor of New Mexico or somewhere Gary Johnson had it right when he asked America, “What’s a leppo?” What indeed. The American public knows jack shit about anything going on in the Middle East full stop, leaving few checks against the foreign policy inclinations of a bunch of hacks and (((lobbyists))) in Washington. A Jacksonian policy would be best for the country and the world but that is yet to be realized. If the public are simply too uninformed, gaslighted, or stupid to decide on foreign policy, there should be none, lest command of the arms of the state pass into the hands of bandits and psychopaths.
But speaking of foreign wars… Does anyone care about the US-backed Saudi invasion of Yemen? Does anyone realize that the anti-Assad coalition includes jihadists? Nah. It’s all about saving Aleppo from… uh… war! Here is basically the “muh leppo” casus belli being advanced by liberals and neocons:
Because the Syrian government is defending itself against a rebellion and people in areas held by rebel forces are getting killed as a result of its military operations, the United States should engage in acts of war against Syria on behalf of the rebels. It is the right thing to do because people we don’t side with are killing people our media classifies as civilians. Here are some pictures of bloodied children, especially fair-skinned ones. Also Russia backs Syria so we should oppose it because Russia is the permanent enemy of freedom and democracy.
People who advocate for the United States to escalate the war in Syria (which is currently being won by the de jure government) should be called what they are: traitors and lunatics. People who think we should assist a rebellion which includes Islamists against a government which poses no threat to us (and which had in fact done well keeping a lid on sectarian conflict for years) should be viciously cross-examined until they confess their agenda. People who are willing to use pictures of bloodied or dead Levantine children to convince us to ally with Bedouin salafists are engaging in levels of duplicity that shouldn’t even be possible. People whose century-long neurotic obsession with destroying Russia clouds their impartiality on issues of American foreign policy should be parted with.
Among schoolgoys, there is a rather vindictive prank one can do to a classmate who has left his backpack or bookbag unattended, known as skinning. The bag is emptied of its contents, turned inside out, and then zipped back up with all of its contents inside.
In 1988, Peggy McIntosh published one of the seminal works in the far-left dominated academic field which has come to be called “Whiteness Studies” in a number of circles. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” is an excerpt taken from a working paper produced by the women’s studies department of Wellesley College, and lists 50 “daily effects of white privilege” in the first-person perspective of the author from her experiences. Though McIntosh tried to cover herself by claiming her examples shouldn’t be generalized, her work is obviously not read that way in the identity politics dominated Obama years. If even some of these privileges existed in the 1980s, you would be hard pressed to find them now. A sacred text of the anti-white/third worldist/regressive left, Invisible Knapsack could use a good skinning. Here is a critical assessment of privileges 21-30.
- I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.
This complaint has frankly never made any sense to me. In the United States, non-whites are largely encouraged to be as tribally collectivist as possible and participate in organizations on the basis of their race and ethnicity, especially when it comes to grievance-mongering, rent-seeking, or demanding additional privileges in schools, workplaces, government, etc. Groups like La Raza, or the Congressional Black Caucus come to mind, to name just two. Many politically active people of color wear their tribal affiliations on their sleeves, and they like doing it. Why is it then considered so odious for members of their out-group, i.e. White people, to treat them as ambassadors of their in-group? I thought you were extremely proud to be X? You don’t like being asked about X by Y though? Huh.
The Cold War casts a long shadow, and in Asia it never really ended. India and the Philippines have localized maoist rebels. There are still two Koreas. As many tend to forget, there are still two Chinas as well. Thanks to President Trump’s recent chat over the phone with the president of Taiwan, America’s geographically illiterate are learning that.
Chinese history is long and complicated so I will spare you most of it; the short version is that China’s colossal civil war in the first half of the 20th century ended without Total Celestial Victory. Communists took over the mainland and ejected the nationalists/republicans to the island of Taiwan. Both sides still exist, in the People’s Republic of China (Chynah) and Republic of China (Taiwan), respectively. The problem, naturally, is that both countries claim to be China and want the world to recognize their side as the one trve China. The PRC goes as far as to claim it in fact governs Taiwan.