Different strokes

Ludwig von Gress

When it comes to the defense of the West and of the Western democratic values in particular, the amazing hypocrisy of the Left is even more pronounced. The double standards become institutionalised.

President Hussain Obama in his relentless appeasement drive tried to call British Falklands by a name given to the islands by Argentina and blissfully mistook former British Protectorate Maldives for Malvinas. Both the ignorance of geography and the casual dismissal of the alliance with Great Britain passed almost unnoticed by the Left media. [Obama’s two major gaffes]If similar error and reversal of foreign policy was made by G.W.Bush we would hear no end of it. And when the President of United States starts referring to Austria / Australia as Southern Java we will know that his education in Jakarta madrasas did not go amiss and that we could be in real trouble. But we will not hear it from our media.

The astonishing amounts of money disappearing from Afghanistan get hardly ever a mention by our politically correct opinion makers. A recent estimate by the World Bank found that Afghanistan will face a shortfall of about $7 billion a year from the end of 2014 until 2024. U.S. combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 as Bonaparte Obama wisely advised the enemy well beforehand. However, the West pays and is expected to keep on paying, the opium profits and cash exodus notwithstanding:- “Wealthy Afghans are carrying about $8 billion — almost double the state budget — in suitcases out of the country each year, an amount likely to rise as the exit of foreign troops nears and threatening to ruin the fragile economy, a senior official said. In an interview with Reuters, deputy central bank governor Khan Afzal Hadawal said confidence in the economy had eroded to such a degree over more than a decade of war that cash was pouring out of Afghanistan in suitcases and carry-on bags, taken to safe havens in Dubai and elsewhere. … Hadawal estimated that up to $8 billion in cash leaves Afghanistan’s airports every year, half of it from Kabul alone. “The $8 billion being taken out is double the total assets of the (central) bank,” said Hadawal. It is also nearly double the size of last year’s national budget. … In 2009, ahead of the last Afghan election, millions of dollars — much of it of questionable origin — made its way out of the country in suitcases and even on pallets loaded into aircraft, according to police at Kabul’s main airport.Former vice president Zia Masood was stopped entering Dubai carrying cash worth $52 million but released without question, according to a cable from the U.S. embassy in Kabul that appeared later on the website Wikileaks.” / Reuters 13-03-2012[ von Gress – Afghanistan revisited]

If this was happening during the Bush years we would hear no end of it.

US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on shooting rampage in Fort Hood, chanting Allahu akbar, killing 13 and wounding 29. That was in November, 2009. Apparently Hasan, a practising Muslim and an Army psychiatrist, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from having to listen to soldiers who had combat experience. His trial might take place in June this year, inshallah.

US Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales killed 17 Afghan civilians in Panjway in March this year. Interestingly, Afghan authorities did not allow US Army investigators to inspect the crime scene or interview witnesses, thus leaving room for the claims that up to fifteen American soldiers were involved. Modern forensic scientific examinations can determine which spent cartridge and which bullet (if found in a reasonable shape) came from which individual firearm. To find out whether the murder bullet was fired from M4/M16 (5.56mm) or AK-47 (7.62) ought to be a piece of cake. [Information blackout from government] In 2010 Sgt. Bales was treated for traumatic brain injury after a vehicle roll-over in Iraq. He went through four tours of duty; three in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. A week before the incident his friend lost a leg to a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED), likely to have been planted by a civilian. [Sgt.  Bales case echoes loudly among veterans] Naturally, the media clamour for death penalty, extradition to Afghanistan or at least speedy trial to pacify our Afghan friends. If somebody dared to demand an independent investigation of Panjaway massacre or a speedy trial and a death penalty for Hasan, we would hear no end of it.

About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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29 Responses to Different strokes

  1. certain bloke says:

    It is not the brain injury, it is not the combat stress or multiple tours of duty, it is the lack of defined goals. Nobody, but nobody believes that Afghans would be able to keep peace themselves. They don’t want to, they want to fight somebody, anybody for ever and after. Nobody in the West reads history; and the benighted soldiers are made to read a pap like Three Cups of Tea.

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  3. Ace knowledge says:

    Hypocrisy of our media is getting worse, they are becoming as credible as politicians. I don’t know what can be done about it.

  4. Globo says:

    Not getting better: Mark Steyn April 27, 2012 5:07 P.M.
    “Hitherto, “green-on-blue” violence – in which western troops are killed by their Aghan “allies – has been confined to regular soldiers and policemen. But today saw a first:
    An elite Afghan soldier shot dead an American mentor and his translator at a U.S. base, Afghan officials said on Friday, in the first rogue shooting blamed on the country’s new and closely vetted special forces.
    But not to worry, the brass are fairly relaxed about it:
    NATO commanders argue the growing number of shootings is in proportion to the growing size of Afghan security forces towards an eventual 352,000 target.
    So the more Afghan soldiers Nato soldiers train, the more Nato soldiers Afghan soldiers kill. But as long as it’s proportional it’s no big deal:
    “Quite often people resolve their personal problems by resorting to the use of a weapon. It’s more of a cultural thing here.”
    So that’s okay then.
    This seems as good a time as any to dust off Burke’s line that “men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” Which is not un-germane to Andy, Mario and Mark K’s back-and-forth on whether, in the Arab world, the Muslim Brotherhood is the path to democracy. “Democracy” – as in a polling station and ballot box – is the last piece of liberty’s puzzle. What comes first are property rights, legal systems, freedom of speech and of conscience, a civil society rather than a tribal one. Absent those, the “cultural thing” will out.”

  5. Elias says:

    Never has the media in the West been so biased and corrupted as today. One could cry. This problem will not be solved by voting.

  6. Anuncio says:

    Who will rid us of liberal media?

  7. vendeta sociale says:

    Nobody should expect justice in Obama’s Amerika, last of all the soldiers.

  8. ratioceli says:

    I would like to tell you that your blog is more and more interesting each day. Hypocrisy of MSM is breathtaking. Only way out of this mess is revolution, a real one, not the ‘occupiers’ one.

  9. Edgard II says:

    It is all in the book by Tim Groseclose – Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind. media is more left than the Left.

  10. commander en france says:

    Never so many lied for so long. Time for the final act.

  11. Dionirus says:

    The gap between the rulers and the ruled is widening. A revolution will be needed.

  12. Caterine says:

    That’s the way it goes and that’s the way it will end. People do not care they are being lied to, until too late.

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  14. Urdu says:

    I really prize your work, great post.

  15. Mihaylo says:

    The developing media narative is, as expected, generally hostile toward a soldier. Without question, this is a sad situation and, however this issue is addressed, it must be within the domain of the U.S. Military and creedence must be paid to the unfortunate reality that this soldier has spent considerable time in what seem best described as hostile toward Americans hell holes.Hopefully, reason and objectivity trump any emotional rush to judgement.

  16. Marcy Swimm says:

    Is it too late to get rid of a rotten government?

  17. Regime says:

    Great post, I genuinely enjoyed reading it, keep up the hard efforts.

  18. Benedict says:

    There is always something important and interesting to learn on your posts. Good.

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  20. mother oder says:

    Even Obama’s IRS uses different strokes.

  21. Ron Howard says:

    It is good that Obama finds things out from newspapers; otherwise he would be completely in the dark… oops, is that racist?

  22. Jason says:

    IRS certainly has your measure.

  23. Lazy Dad says:

    Sharks and minnows – what would you expect? reason?

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  28. Bosoon says:

    You can’t treat them equaly.

  29. George West says:

    Black is black and Mohammud is his Prophet.

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