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When even your friends are getting sick of your continuous militarism and its associated costs, it isn’t them you should be worried about. NATO accounts for 70% of the world’s military spending, with the US accounting for well over half of that.
“We looked for a time of Peace, but no good came; for a time of health, but, behold, Terror.”
NPR asks whether or not the Emperor has lived up to his Peace Prize. Of course, giving the Peace Prize to commander-and-chief of the United States is not the only silly thing the committee for the Peace Prize has ever done, but it ranks right up there. Mind you, if you are going to give the U.S. C-in-C a Peace Prize, I suppose it is best to do it before he has had a chance to become well-practiced in militarism.
A Taliban gun locker was found to contain guns which have outlasted two of the biggest empires of the last two centuries.
(Via War in Context.)
The west African nation of Guinea, 85 percent Muslim, saw a savage attack on an opposition demonstration at a stadium where nearly 50,000 had gathered to protest the military government. Rape by groups of soldiers figured prominently in the violence.
157 were reported slain by the military,
But even more than the shootings, the attacks on women — horrific anywhere, but viewed with particular revulsion in Muslim countries like this one — appear to have traumatized the citizenry and hardened the opposition’s determination to force out the leader of the military junta, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara.
Rape is a fairly common tool of military repression in Africa, but large-scale violence against women has not been a previous government tactic here. “This time, a new stage has been reached,” said Sidya Touré, a former prime minister who was also beaten at the stadium and said he had witnessed brutalities there. “Women as battlefield targets. We could never have imagined that.”
“Where could people get the idea to start raping women in broad daylight?” Mr. Touré asked, in an interview at his home here. “It’s so contrary to our culture.”
Opposition leaders are asking for a “force of intervention to protect us from the ferocity of the Guinean Army.”
I personally remain distracted by the idea of a Muslim group like Hizb ut-Tahrir seeking to bring military governments into power in Muslims nations when these kinds of governments have a long track record of coercive debauch.
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The response from American liberals: “[D]o not fuck with the Jews.”
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