“In proposing to pour yet more fuel on that fire, Hollande demonstrates a crippling absence of imagination, one that has characterized recent Western statesmanship more generally when it comes to the Islamic world.”
David Shulman of Hebrew University in Jerusalem:
“There was one experience that was shared by the Islamic world, India, China, and Japan in the nineteenth century–that of predatory intrusion and sustained economic violation by the Western powers. The forms this intrusion took varied from place to place, but its traumatic effects were common to all the great Asian states and huge parts of the planet throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries… Has any Western country truly come to terms with, or accepted responsibility for, the misery it inflicted out of unadulterated avarice on peoples situated half a world away?”
“President Obama took a very short break from bombing Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan, Somalia to express his grief over the attacks in France. ‘This is an attack not just on Paris.. this is an attack on all of humanity.” – Ward Reilly
Recommended viewing… A German film: “The Coming Days (Die Kommenden Tage)” which was released in 2010 presciently depicts a Germany overrun by refugees from the wars in the Middle East and a society descending into anarchy with anarchist bombings and computer attacks designed to cripple the computerized power grid. Naturally the film received no attention whatsoever on its release, but perhaps a few people will pay a bit of attention to it now?
(Goetz: If you’re reading this, please get in touch about when you want the drawing sent and the address… I’ve been down with pneumonia, funerals and so on. Not complaining just making excuses for being unable to locate your email due to disorganization.)
One more from the Boston Globe. This goes a good way toward explaining why Europe is going to feel the impact of the refugee crisis caused by our endless wars, not to mention the reprisals in Paris.
Artists, of course, will simply stick their heads in the sand or in their various orifices of choice. Hotly debating the burning issues like “Jeff Koons vs. Ellsworth Kelly: Who Is Higher Culture”?
“What Are Andy and Banksy Trying To Tell Us?: Imbecility and Its Subtext”.
I like the quote by Kinzer of Freud, whose insights into human nature seem strangely politically incorrect these days. I imagine that it’s because the truth is politically incorrect.:
“It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggressiveness.”
Finally, a free Buick to any reader who can name this crazy person:
And one more link to an article that would begin to open up the tightly closed eyes of the blind people stumbling around in the visual arts arena today. Clearly they prefer their bottomless ignorance and utopian fantasies of the abstract sublime to reality. More’s the pity. But there are no more excuses for the abysmal ignorance that Western Artists willingly choose as we continue our descent into hell.
“The Age of Despair: Reaping the Whirlwind of Western Support for Extremist Violence”:
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”–Galatians 6:7