Saturday, September 05, 2015

A Difference Between Western Culture and Chinese Culture

The conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have produced hundreds of thousands of refugees. According to a report by Deutsche Welle, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann have opened the German and Austrian borders to welcome thousands of such refugees who were stranded in Hungary; in the above photo are the refugees arriving in Munich. According to a report by "The Economist", approximately 800,000 refugees will seek asylum in Germany. According to a report by YLE, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has offered one of his homes in northwest Finland as temporary housing for the refugees.

Such is the compassion of the Westerners.

By contrast, the Chinese routinely send North-Korean refugees back to torture and death in North Korea. According to a report by the "Sydney Morning Herald",

China routinely repatriates North Korean defectors, [labeling] them economic migrants. This directly contravenes United Nations refugee conventions, given defectors face imprisonment and torture if returned.

Such is the animal-like brutality of the Chinese.

If there is a compassionate life force (also known as the Christian God or Buddha) that pervades all living things, then it surely condemns the Chinese people.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The PKK Must Cease Further Warfare

According to a recent report by "The Economist", war between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Ankara has begun. This fight will lower the quality of life for the Kurds. The PKK must cease any further hostile actions against Ankara. Continuing the conflict wastes money and lives.

The PKK should fight Ankara only after the PKK has presented irrefutable evidence (to European Comission or to the German government) of 3 instances of the Turkish government's harming Kurdish lives. Allowing foreign fighters to travel across Turkey to enter Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) is one instance.

What should the PKK do after 3 such instances? The PKK should assassinate the key members (including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) of the Turkish government. Assassinations are relatively clean operations that do not inconvenience ordinary Kurds or Turks. The European Commission would understand and accept such retaliation.

After the Iraqi government (under the leadership of the late Saddam Hussein) fired its chemical weapons at the Kurds in 1988, the proper solution for the Kurdish issue in the Middle East has been an independent Kurdish nation. However, realpolitik has prevented such a solution. Turkey is a NATO ally. Since Ankara opposes an independent Kurdistan, Washington also opposes it. Further, Washington has made a commitment to the Iraqi government to uphold the territorial integrity of Iraq. Supporting a Kurdish nation would undermine that commitment and would foster Iraq's entering the Iranian sphere of influence.

So, Washington steadfastly opposes an independent nation for the Kurds. The American government reinforces this negative message by, for example, refusing to directly give weapons to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). It receives weapons from Washington only via the Iraqi government.

Yet, the Americans are not the only powerbrokers in the Middle East. Berlin is an important shaper of events there and has directly given weapons to the KRG.

Berlin should push aside the Americans and take steps to establish an independent Kurdistan from the territories of Iraq and Syria. Doing so does not violate the European principle that force must not be used to change the borders of nations. The Kurds would not be using force to create Kurdistan from the territories of 2 sovereign nations. Syria, as a viable nation, no longer exists. It has already been fragmented by civil war.

As for Iraq, it too is no longer a viable nation. To ensure that Iraq remains in this state, the KRG must refuse to sacrifice more Kurdish lives on defending the Iraqi political boundaries from IS. Preserving these borders is an American project, not a Kurdish one.

An independent Kurdistan is a proper moral objective and, given the current chaos in both Syria and Iraq, is now a practical objective. Berlin should support it. The PKK can help by taking the steps outlined at the start of this essay.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Another Look at the Kurdistan Workers' Party

In a recent report, the "Wall Street Journal" (WSJ) illuminates the human face of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). It is not a terrorist group in the usual sense of the word. The aim of the PKK is only to establish a Kurdish nation and is not to spread terror in the West.

The WSJ writes, "The [PKK's] largely pro-West stance, and its deployment of female fighters like Ms. Ruken, has brought sympathy from Western governments and populations. Hundreds of volunteers from the U.S. and Europe have enlisted with the group since 2014."

In the above photo is Sinjar Mountain, to which thousands of Yazidis had fled from the Islamic State (IS). As IS terrorists converged on the mountain to kill them, the PKK guerrillas punched through the terrorist lines and created a humanitarian corridor that allowed the Yazidis to escape.

This sort of humanitarian rescue is not the behavior of a terrorist group. The PKK is a different creature.

The European Commission should re-evaluate the PKK and possibly re-label it a separatist group (like the one that started and won the American war for independence in the 1700s) instead of a terrorist group. Also, if Berlin can shove the Turks aside and help the Kurds to establish their nation, then the PKK will surely retire.

Berlin should ignore Washington on matters involving the Kurds. Washington committed a grave error by not partitioning Iraq and by not giving the Iraqi Kurds their own nation.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Greatest Society in Human History

European culture (also known as Western culture) and European genetics have created societies with the highest quality of life in human history. Many residents of nations or territories outside the West want to live permanently in the West.

A poignant example of this truth appears in a report by "The New York Times". During a meeting with the German public, a Palestinian girl begged Chancellor Angela Merkel to allow her family to stay permanently in German. This girl is one of hundreds of thousands of refugees who annually seek refuge in Germany, according to a report on July 16 and another report on July 17. Merkel told her that Berlin cannot allow every refugee to stay in Germany, but Berlin eventually granted asylum to this Palestinian girl.

The Germans expect all residents of Germany to assimilate into Western culture.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Greeks Want Free Money

"The New York Times" presents (1) a summary of the key issues in the Greek crisis and (2) an assessment of the choices for Europe.

For the past 5 years, the political leaders of the creditor nations avoided asking their citizens to approve giving their money (in the form of bailouts) to the Greeks. Nonetheless, the governments of the creditor nations gave billions of euros to Greece.

According to a report by "The Economist", in a referendum on Sunday (July 5), the Greeks overwhelmingly declared that they (1) want more money from the taxpayers in the creditor nations (of which most are located in northern Europe) but (2) refuse to reform the economic and political system in Greece. The synonym for "reform" is "austerity". In the above photograph are thousands of Greeks joyously demanding this free money from the rest of Europe.

Now is the time for the citizens of Germany, Finland, and other creditor nations to resolutely express their opinion of being forced to give money to the Greeks. If you are a citizen of these countries, you must immediately contact (via e-mail, phone, personal visit, etc.) the office of the prime minister and the offices of the members of parliament (MPs). You must firmly tell your prime minister and your MPs to cease contributing any money to any bailout for Greece.

If you remain silent, you will allow the Greeks to frame the discussion in the media. Your silence will only facilitate forcibly transferring even more of your money to the Greeks. You must vociferously oppose any more money for Greece and, hence, give the necessarily political support to all politicians with the power to expel Greece from the Eurozone.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

End of the Line for Greece

According to a report by "The Economist", Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, terminated further negotiations with the troika -- European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) -- on June 26 and will submit their last proposal to a national referendum which will be held on July 5. He is gambling that this referendum will pressure the troika to present a more palatable proposal.

In response, the finance ministers of the Eurozone canceled plans to release €16.3 billion to Athens. Without those funds, it will not be able to repay €1.5 billion to the IMF.

The exit of Greece from the Eurozone is near.

We should not feel sorry for the Greeks. They deliberately destroyed their own nation by, for example, refusing to pay taxes. According to a report by the "Wall Street Journal", unpaid taxes amount to approximately €76 billion.

The ECB should immediately cease increasing the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Greek banks and, hence, force Athens to impose capital controls. Any additional financial assistance to Greece will only be squandered its citizens until they make a genuine commitment to fixing their culture of dishonesty and laziness.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Compassion: the West Versus China

Dori Samadzai Bonner was born in Afghanistan in 1977 and, at the age of 10, fled with her family to the United States. Her father appealed to an American immigration judge to obtain political asylum. Listen to her story about their day in court.

Representing the compassion of the citizens, Western governments often grant political asylum to refugees who would be tortured or killed upon returning to their native lands.

By contrast, the Chinese government (in Beijing), representing the barbarism of its citizens, regularly sends refugees back to torture and ultimate death in North Korea.

Chinese "morality" assaults Western notions of right and wrong. As the Chinese economy expands, its people will export their "morality" to the rest of the world. Just as the Chinese ignore the cries of the Southeast Asians who work themselves to death in sweatshops run by Chinese bosses, the Chinese will ignore the cries of the victims brutalized by the authoritarian governments whom Beijing bribes with money and weapons.

There is precedent for this atrocious behavior. The Chinese supported the Khmer Rouge financially and militarily. It then proceeded to massacre 1.7 million Cambodians.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The National Election in Turkey

According to a report by "The Economist", the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received 42% of the vote in the national election on June 7. Consequently, AKP will likely fail at obtaining passage of legislation that converts the current system of government into a presidential system. Although such a system is not necessarily inappropriate, it might encourage Erdogan to transform Turkey into a Middle-Eastern version of Russia.

Understanding the risk that Turkey might become an autocracy under Erdogan, a significant percentage of Turks voted against the AKP. This electoral outcome increases the probability that Turkey will be admitted into the European Union (EU).

What would increase the probability even more is Ankara's helping Kiev to crush the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. Suppose that Turkish soldiers wearing uniforms without insignias indicating their country of origin (1) entered eastern Ukraine, (2) slaughtered the Ukrainian militants and the Russian "volunteer" soldiers, and (3) captured several of the Russian officers in or near Ukraine (on the Russian side of the border). Such Turkish intervention would solve a significant problem for the EU and, hence, would win European votes for Turkish membership in the EU.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Chinese Threat to the West

According to a report by "The Economist", Beijing has warned Washington to keep its reconnaissance aircraft away from some islands located in the South China Sea and claimed by several national governments in Southeast Asia. The Chinese military is busily trying to build a military base (on which will be parked modern jet fighters) on the islands.

Most Chinese, including the folks in Hong Kong, favor nationalism over human rights or democracy. In private conversations, the Chinese living in the USA cheer Beijing as it asserts its claims over some islands in the South China Sea. These Chinese hope that Beijing will defeat the West in both the economic sphere and the military sphere.

Washington must do 2 things with regards to Chinese belligerence. First, Washington must curtail -- or even halt -- all Chinese immigration into the USA. Second, a battle group of American and Japanese warships should challenge Beijing by passing within 2 miles of the disputed islands. If the Chinese jet fighters activate their targeting systems in order to "scare" the Westerners away, then the Japanese jet fighters should shoot down all the Chinese aircraft.

The Chinese understand only 1 thing: Western military might.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Death of a Russian

According to a report by "The Economist", Boris Nemtsov was murdered on February 27 by assassins while the security services of the Kremlin witnessed the crime. Nemtsov is an opposition politician. "The Economist" described him in the following way.

Almost unique among Russian politicians, Mr Nemtsov remained scrupulously honest and sincere throughout his political career. He earned no riches, and at age 53 returned to grassroots politics, winning election as a deputy in the local council in Yaroslavl. Physically fit, he considered himself a marathon runner in politics. Mr Nemtsov could fairly claim to have spent his life guided by values rather than interests or ideology.

According to a report by the "New York Times", Nemtsov was preparing to publish a pamphlet illustrating Russian involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. He appears to have uncovered some sensitive information, and it convinced a faction in the Kremlin to kill him.

Though the majority of Russians are indifferent to his death, some Russians like Mikhail Shishkin mourn his death. Shishkin knows that evil pervades Russia, and he describes the evil in the following way in his essay in the "New York Times".

In the 16th year of his rule, President Vladimir V. Putin has achieved everything a dictator could strive for. His people love him; his enemies fear him. He has created a regime that rests not on the shaky paragraphs of a constitution but on the unshakable laws of the vassal’s personal loyalty to his sovereign, from the bottom to the top of the pyramid of power. [...] It is impossible to breathe in a country where the air is permeated with hatred. Much hatred has always been followed in history by much blood. What awaits my country? Transformation into a gigantic version of Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region?