Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Fine Line Between Patriotism and Nationalism


In the wake of the unlawful gathering in Charlottesville, VA I decided that an article on this topic would be a good idea. Exactly at what point does Patriotism turn into Nationalism?

To better understand this, it is best to look at the base level impetus to promote change in a society. I call these the 4 P's. You must have all four of these if you hope to motivate people into taking action. They are Pride, Patriotism, Prejudice and Propaganda. Let's look at the four things separately before we combine them into one concept.
PRIDE - This can be as small or as encompassing as you want but the larger the feeling of pride, the more potential people you can have follow you. German patriotism arose from the founding of Germany in 1871 putting an end to the splintered nation-State wreckage from the 18th and 19th centuries. It could also be a common cause such as the Czar abdicating in Russia (Serfdom was only abolished in Russia in 1905) and the people sensing a freedom they hadn't felt in centuries. Once you have engendered pride, you will have the attention of the people (in proportion to how much of that feeling you have created).
PATRIOTISM - This is the second 'P' and it is as important as the three others. You now have the people expressing pride but you now need a focus for that expression. "Let's Make America Great Again!" "USA!" "Ein Volk, Ein Stadt, Ein Deutschland!" God, Guns and Guts made the USA!" Patriotism in itself isn't bad or good... it is a neutral entity. What people can do in the name of Patriotism can be good or bad though. Patriotism is the focus of pride. It gives people a sense of identity and the feeling that they belong somewhere. That is a normal human condition. We want to belong and have a sense of identity. In most cases, it stops right there... but in some cases, it doesn't...
PREJUDICE - You have instilled pride in the people and gave them a slogan or two to allow for patriotism but if you want them to follow you past a certain point, you need to solidify your gains. What better way than to find someone or something or... some culture that can be perceived as a threat to patriotism?
The Jews were persecuted for centuries in various ways. in the Middle Ages, they were prohibited from owning land or livestock... so how were they going to survive? They became shopkeepers and merchants and jewelers and (eventually) bankers. While they were successful, their means of earning a living was divorced from the land... and with a bit of tinkering, they became the demon bankers that controlled the wealth and sought only to enslave those tied to the land by manipulating money through the banks. This was how Hitler used prejudice in Germany. Another example would be the Reds in Russia. Their version of prejudice included Royalists (Czar Supporters), Republicans (Shcharansky Supporters) and the Rich (Kulaks and other wealthy people) who were hell bent on oppressing the workers. Germany used Prejudice to focus the German people while the Reds used it to exterminate those who would stand against them. The Catholic Church in Rome falsified evidence against Galileo Galilei to convict him of heresy; the implication was that any who supported GG would then not be a believer in God. The Re-Education in the PRC was another incident where prejudice was used to modify societal thought. I am sure you can find many more examples of this tactic being used (and it usually results in bad things happening).
PROPAGANDA While the final 'P' is as important as the other three, you still need a sort of glue to bind people together and that glue is...propaganda! Propaganda ranges from exaggerating an action to allow for better understanding "Loose Lips Sink Ships!" "Join the Army!" to its purest and deadliest form: Agitation Propaganda or Agit-Prop. While the previous two samples actually serve a constructive purpose, agit-prop too often is directly produced from prejudice and at its best (or worst), it can take a grain of truth and bundle it with a sack of lies to sound valid to those not informed. At the top of this article, you will see three such examples of agit-prop. All is fair in war but if you stop and think about these pictures, are they fully telling the truth? Are Jewish bankers actually scions of Satan? Do the Bourgeoisie actually have in in for ALL of the Proletariat? If the third poster is to be believed, then all Germans would be sterilized and Germany would no longer exist as a country. You might laugh at the pictures but imagine people instilled with pride, drawn together by patriotism and vulnerable to vicious prejudice... Yes, it is no longer funny, is it?
While I consider Nation-Statism to be a disease (and a massive waste of resources), patriotism in itself isn't really bad. You are a member of a Nation State and you choose to express your pride in that fact by waving a flag. that in itself is a peaceful action covered by the First Amendment. I personally think the line is crossed though when violence accompanies the patriotism. I then call it nationalism and that is where things usually go bad. Nationalism can emerge from both sides of the equation; it isn't a strictly Left-Wing or Right-Wing situation. Ultranationalism springs from Nationalism and that is how you get someone like Hitler, governance like the USSR (and even more so the current Russia) and the degradation caused by Pol Pot. Mao Tse Tung and others.
What happened in VA was patriotism was subverted by nationalism and it shows that humankind still has a lot to learn.
Note: What just happened in NC was a disgrace. Destruction of our history needs to cease.

A Jaded Bard

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Regarding the Transfoprmers Movie Reviews... Enough Already

Transformers: The Last Knight recently appeared in theatres and like clockwork, the naysayer critics gather for the feast. They complain about everything in the movies from their runtime to the noise level in some scenes but after their latest round of  verbal vitriol, I finally had to say... Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

How could you expect such movies to be quiet when you consider the main players? The robots are 15 meters tall in some cases and bristling with ordnance (in addition to swords and maces). Are they going to be like Jimmy Carter with his détente or are they going to pound the crap out of each other?

As for the plots, I had no problem following them. (Of course if you read some backstory on the Transformers, you wouldn't either.) Having an intricate plot made the movies that much more watchable. If I had any objection to the movies, it was excessive screaming female. My head didn't hurt after watching the movies because I was entertained.

The five movies were savaged by critics but they made a lot of money at the box office. That alone should tell you something. These are probably the same critics who spoke out against the recent Les Miserables because it wasn't all happy and upbeat. If you had watched the Opera (I did with the original cast) or read Victor Hugo's novel (I did), you would realize the musical movie was supposed to be bittersweet. (If you want insipid happy musical garbage, go watch Disney's Anastasia)

What will be in Transformers 6? I am hoping that Wreck-Gar and Company are in it along with Sharkticons but I wonder how hard it would be to create them? Would Andrew Sirkis be needed?

In conclusion, it would be a wise move to noty pay attention to critic reviews if they are going to be so blatantly biased. Watch the movies in question and rate them yourself.

A Jaded Bard


Friday, January 20, 2017

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Miscellany (Including some Spoilers.)



Regarding the Warcraft Movie:

While the movie was predictable in some ways, I still found it to be entertaining. There was only one major problem with it from my humble point of view.

Whatever in hell those over muscled things were, I can not realistically think of them as Orcs. They are too physically imposing, too (relatively) intelligent and possess few if any weaknesses. I also had a problem with an Orc Shaman being able to wield powerful Life Magic. Orc Shamans are rather low on the magic totem pole and simply don't have that level of magic knowledge. It made more sense that the main human mage opposing the Orcs had that sort of magic but I would call him a Patriarch (who DOES have life magic knowledge... although of the evil kind.). There is also the problem with one of those monster things riding a human horse. If one of those toothy monsters weighs let's say 400-500 pounds and a average horse weighs between 700-1100 pounds, one of those monsters wouldn't realistically be able to ride one of those horses. If the horse was a Percheron (weighing in at 2000+ pounds), that would be different but Percheron's are war horses who would not tolerate a strange rider. The monsters in the movie would be better called trolls or even giants, not Orcs.

Regarding The Game of Thrones (Spoilers here too!)



Season 6 is done on HBO and somewhere in the USA, George R.R. Martin is cranking out 'The Winds of Winter' (probably one word at a time). The finale for Season 6 was decent and now looking forward to Season 7, here are some things I would like to see in the HBO Series. (These will be N/A regarding the books).

- Have more giants appear and have Jon Snow step in to protect them.

- Arya makes it back to Winterfell (in a faceless disguise) but only revealing herself to Jon and Sansa when she is caught practicing with Needle.

- When Daenerys attacks Kings Landing, those in the city respond with wildfire once again. While the Unsullied are susceptible to swarming attacks, their spears and shields together make a formidable fighting wall. If used in concert with the Dothraki skirmish attack, the combination could be deadly. Daenerys makes landfall with assistance from Houses Dorne and Tyrell and begins suborning the area surrounding Kings Landing.

- Bran Stark also makes it back to Winterfell but he not only vacates his claim to Sansa, he tells Jon of his true parentage. Jon and Sansa  wed so that they are King and Queen of the North. As such, they harshly rebuke a Lannister order to bend their knees to Cersei. before Arya leaves River Run, she releases Edmure Tully and his banner men so that they can take back the Tully home. Almost every Frey is killed in retaliation for the Red Wedding.

- Arya helps an injured giant and gains his loyalty as a reward. She and Lyanna Mormont become fast friends. A White Walker attacks Winterfell with a small horde of  cold walkers (What I call the 'wights'. A Wight has more intelligence than a blue eyed frozen zombie.) and Arya only avoids getting killed by the WW by sheer luck. Her sword Needle is shattered into pieces and only a blow from Jon Snow's sword saves her from death.

- Lyanna Mormont welcomes the arrival of more of her banner men and the large chest they bring with them. The trunk was used by her grandfather but only recently found and is sealed by a rusty lock. Once the lock is broken, the chest has a lot of things inside. In addition to armor of a proper size for the Little Bear, there are also several swords including a bastard sword made of  Valyrian steel and a small sword made of the same. Lyanna gives the bastard sword to Arya to replace Needle; it was called Bear's Bane by a Mormont ancestor.

- Another White walker/ cold walker attack happens at Winterfell but the results are drastically different. While Arya's giant friend  (Hur Knur) smashes apart the cold walkers, Arya confronts and then kills two White Walkers (Including one attacking the Little Bear). Arya is lifted up to Hur Knur's shoulder where she can use her bow with dragon glass arrows. She kills a third White Walker as the attack is finally defeated.  Her prowess in battle causes a group of knights to call themselves 'Arya's Legion'.

- A meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen occurs. Common ground is found and an agreement is reached. House Lannister's fate is sealed as banner men are called and the largest army ever created in the history of Westeros looks to the north. By this time, only King's Landing is held by the Lannisters; the houses of the surrounding lands are either exterminated or have sworn allegiance to Daenerys.

- Arya still shows that she dwells on the dark side of humanity. She freely admits to killing Walder Frey in retribution but she is far from done. Unknown to even Hur Knur, Arya has cut the faces from more than one cold walker and is undetectable by even a White Walker while in such a disguise. She sneaks beyond the wall where the cold walker hordes are massed but her attempt to assassinate the WW Leader is foiled by another WW. Before Arya floats away south on a coracle, she has added two more White Walkers to her kills. The Night's King is as angry as one such as him could be and he decides to attack the south with his full might.

-The battle against the Night's King has caused losses on both sides. The fell ferocity of the cold walkers is matched with fire arrows, giants with massive fiery scythes and  those with Valyrian steel killing White Walkers. The Night's King finally appears at the front of his army as Jon Snow answers in kind. There are no words spoken but the two know that they will join in single combat. The Night's King is a skilled combatant but Jon Snow holds his ground. A cold walker bear charges Jon Snow and while he is distracted by the beast, the Night's King grievously wounds Jon Snow. The bear is set on fire by some archers but there are many on the side of the living that expected such treachery. The cold walker hordes now charge forth to once again join in the melee of battle but the Little Bear has brought along a surprise. Three motionless giants come to life as they hurl barrels of wildfire into the cold walker hordes. A few fire arrows stop their charge as the wildfire will burn whatever it touches. Even a WW  isn't safe from the attack as they melt into the ground along with most of the cold walkers being destroyed. The unexpected response has caused the Night's King to pause from moving forward. As the forces under Jon's command begin chanting 'King of the North', Jon Snow gets to his feet but sets his sword on fire.  The night's King attempts to defend himself but a powerful blow from Jon Snow shatters the Night King's weapon and then the Night king himself. With his death, the cold walkers lose their animation.

Regarding the Omnicider attacks on July 4th (No Spoilers here!)

 
An omnicider struck in a Shi'a enclave using an ice truck to draw people in before detonating the explosives concealed under the ice. A group of dysgenes called ISIS claimed responsibility for the act but why did this occur anyways? This proves that even with the mythical concept of Dar Es Salaam (The House of Peace), the omniciding will still occur. This attack (along with others) all but proves that at least some of Islam are fell liars and that they are not doing this to even further their religious cause. They are murderers and any that don't condemn such as these are as complicit in the crime as the actual perpetrators. You can't negotiate with people like this nor can you appease them; they will not stop until they have killed everyone they consider to be an infidel and it is very easy to get on their list. I have an alternative solution to waiting for them to attack us yet again on US soil. Weapon up as best as you can so when the terrorist shitheads arrive, they can be greeted in proper fashion... in a hail of lead.
 
 
A Jaded Bard




Saturday, June 25, 2016

The most profitable High Speed Rail line in existence isn't being built. Why?


Preamble
Even if air and automobile travel dominate the world, there still is something to be said about trains. They are more efficient in moving cargo when they can be implemented and over the decades, they have moved a substantial number of people across the land.  Since the 1960's or so, we have had what is called High Speed Rail or HSR. While HSR is most cost effective in highly urbanized areas, this isn't always the case. As a matter of fact, the potentially most profitable HSR line in existence would travel through the Mojave Desert between two urban areas.

Las Vegas, Nevada has around thirty million visitors per year and while gambling is a main focus, conventions and other special events also draw a fair share of people. About twenty five percent of  the yearly visitors are from southern California (SoCal) and even if Las Vegas has enough room capacity for visitors, the relatively limited road access to the city poses a logistical nightmare. Traffic in Las Vegas is bad enough as it goes let alone with massive numbers of vehicles clogging up I-15. It can take eight hours to traverse the ca. 265 miles from SoCal to Las Vegas in peak travel times but what if  the travel time to Las Vegas could be cut down to one hour instead of eight? The visitors could arrive faster and be less frazzled or worn out; this could result in more money being spent in Las Vegas and potentially more frequent trips to the city. In addition, you could get more visitors overall because foreigners visiting SoCal could be transported to Las Vegas quickly and efficiently.

Okay, you are looking askance at me like I am not in my right mind... but I am. The solution to the traffic gridlock on I-15 and to bring in more visitors to Las Vegas is...a High Speed Rail line! You would build terminals that would go from SoCal to Las Vegas while providing parking for vehicles. Concession areas would generate even more revenue and the large number of jobs created would also be of benefit. The trains themselves could have one way mirror glass so that passengers could see the external flora and fauna of the desert. This is only a partial list of benefits that this HSR line could bring.

- Free up traffic congestion on I-15
- Generate a large number of jobs
- A guaranteed ridership (One hour in a train or 4-8 hours driving?)
- Increase visits to Las Vegas from both SoCal people and visiting foreign nationals
- The opposite of the above would also be true. (More people visiting SoCal)
- Cut down on vehicle emissions
- Easier control by law enforcement

So why hasn't this been built yet?

Politics

The biggest roadblock to constructing this HSR line has been political. California and Nevada have been arguing over who would pay for what for a considerable period of time. If you considered a distance of 265 miles from Las Vegas to North Tustin, only 39 miles (ca. 15%) of the route is in Nevada. Despite this fact, CA wants NV to pay for half of the route's construction but it doesn't end there. The major Las Vegas casinos were approached about paying for the HSR but they insisted that the cost be covered by a tax on Nevada residents through either a goods surcharge or a property tax levy. The response to that proposal was predictable because the tax burden would have ben on ALL residents of Nevada. Meanwhile, you have all sorts of vocal factions in California calling for regulation beyond even maximum for any such HSR line being built. California has a massive tax base but it is heavily taxed and the governance currently in place there isn't very effective. There has been a lot of foot dragging on California's end too. The biggest amount of it has to do where the terminal will be located on the California side. For my proposal, I looked at a SoCal map versus decided on a political basis. The terminal location in California has to be close enough to an urban center to be practical but also has to have ample room to not only construct the terminal but also to have room for concessions and lots of parking. The Las Vegas location was nowhere near as problematic. This is what I propose.

Proposal

A High Speed Rail (HSR) line located in the following areas.

California: North Tustin  Nevada: West Lake Mead Boulevard @ County Highway 215
Distance: 265 miles between the above locations. (226 miles in CA, 39 miles in NV)
Distance Proportion: 85% CA, 15% NV (Used for cost & revenue calculations)
HSR Type: Very High Speed Rail (270 mph (434 kph))
Rail Lines: 4 initial lines with up to twelve additional lines (as needed)
Train Design: Locomotive with ten passenger cars or four heavy freight cars
Passenger Capacity:  1000 passengers @ Full load (100 per Passenger Car)
Construction Cost and Revenue Split: 85/15 for both considerations. While CA will pay 85% of the construction cost, they will also receive 85% of generated revenue from the HSR. Nevada's cost (15%) has to come from those who would directly and most strongly benefit from its construction. The State of Nevada  can't be asked to bear the cost because the HSR is only arriving in Las Vegas, not Reno or Ely or Elko. The casinos will be the ones most directly benefitting from the HSR so they should pony up the cost of Nevada's portion. In exchange, form up a Casino Funding LLC  or the equivalent to collect revenue from the casinos towards the building of the HSR. Don't make it mandatory to contribute to the LLC but the casinos that do contribute will be allowed to have an advertising and transportation presence at the new HSR location. The increase in casino business will cover the cost of the HSR sooner than they think. if the traffic volume can justify it, build extra rails for additional trains.

Cost of ridership: $40 One Way; $25 Round Trip per person. Children under 12: $10. Special Group Rates

Estimated Revenue: Ten million Visitors @ $25 per person - $250,000,000 (Conservative)
Conclusion

There is no way that the construction of this HSR line will be cheap; one million dollars per mile is a conservative figure and that is just for the rail. The two terminals will also be costly and it will be necessary to set up security checkpoints along the train route. One way that future costs of additional HSR lines could be reduced is to use the same sort of track and the same types of train components as the HSR line is built out. That way a freight car from the Vegas line can be used on a HSR train going to San Francisco or Vegas can be loaned a few passenger units from the Los Angeles - San Francisco Run.

If the politics can't be overcome, perhaps a foreign national company could build the HSR line... and they would get to keep ALL of the rail revenue....

A Jaded Bard.


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Saturday, March 05, 2016

A Game of Thrones vs. The Shannara Chronicles

I have not only read the books of both series but I have watchesd the shows so I figure that I am in a good position to comment on the shows. Let's compare the two series.

Casting

Game of Thrones - The people playing the parts were properly chosen. The young looked their age and so did the older folks.

The Shannara Chronicles -  Some of the cast was decent (such as John Rhys Davies as the king) but the three main players (and their sidekicks) left a lot to be desired. While Ivana Baquero looks to be her age, Austin Butler looks like he is fourteen while Poppy Drayton looks like she is forty in some scenes. (She will not age well.)

Theme Music

Game of Thrones - While only a cello is used for the theme, the music is deceptively complex and when mixed in with the imagery, makes for a memorable tune.

The Shannara Chronicles - A very forgettable piece of electropop autotune twaddle sung by a millenial that sounds like she dropped some quaaludes before taking up the mike.

Acting and Storyline Adherence

Game of Thrones - The acting is superb with several standouts. As for the complaints of excessive violence and nudity, the books are far more graphic. What sex scenes there are set the tone for the story and do not dominate the air time. After all, the series is about dynastic families struggling over who will ultimately hold power over the land. While there are some differences (and a distracted author), the show largely adheres to the novels.

The Shannara (Shagnara?) Chronicles - The major themes of the storyline are sacrificed so that a Twilight or Hunger Games style love triangle can be created. It also seems that in most every episiode, someone is sleeping with someone else and when there is a plot hole, shots of Ivana Baquero's ass are used to fill them, This show is nothing like the book it allegedly follows. The first book of the series was skipped over for because it didn't have a love story in it. The major theme of the second book was saving the lands from being overrun by demonkind, not people jumping into bed. I will give the series credit for smoothly incorporating magic and technology ruins and concepts but any future book adaptations need much more substance if it wants to be taken seriously.

Conclusion

Since I read the Shannara books, I know the answers to the questions posed regarding the first season but you need to be a young millenial to really enjoy The Shannara Chronicles.  If you seek a more realistic theme and better acting, then I recommend GOT. Don't ever expect TSC to be anything like GOT. (Even if MTV had HBO's free reign of content)

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Attacks on Paris - Europe's Wakeup Call

Let me first express my condolences regarding the dead and wounded in the attacks. War shouldn't be made upon the innocents  but it is they who are too often the victims of such atrocities.

Who in hell am I?

I am an American (no, I do not wear a serape and carry a loaded Colt .45 waiting to settle any argument with hot lead.) and I live in the USA. Unlike France (A Socialist Democracy), the USA (A Constitutional Republic) gives me something dangerous called freedom. I can refer to the US President as a moron (he is), I can call politicians liars and cheats (they are) and I can refer to the IRS as a criminal organization that steals money from me all year long (They are and they do) without having to worry about being disappeared or worse. This blog post will be in two parts and I recommend that you read both of them in order to get a proper perspective on matters.

To France (and the rest of Western Europe)

Congratulations!! (Sarcasm) You may have heard the phrase 'You reap what you sow' but now you are reaping what you have sown down through the centuries. When you sow intolerance and refusal to integrate and assimilate the immigrants within your borders, you reap a class of citizen who is all but told that 'you can live in (our country) but you will never be of (our country)'. This causes resentment which when it festers long enough can lead to hatred and actions based on that hatred.

Europe really hasn't changed over the centuries; it still is an elitist and classist place where the native born consider the immigrants no better than shit stuck on their shoes. The Jews used to be the favorite target but now there is a much better one at hand. What do you think a Syrian or an Algerian will do if they are told they can live in France but will never be considered French? They have to identify with something because that is how humans are. It is doubtful that they will identify with the governments in their places of origin because that is probably what they are escaping so they will identify with the only other unifying aspect of their lives: their religion. As such, these immigrants will pay attention to an alleged 'Islamic Scholar' before they pay attention to a government who considers them to be subhuman filth and if this scholar exhorts violence against those seen as their oppressors.... you get the picture.

Because these immigrants don't identify as French, you will have no way to deal with them and as their numbers swell, more violence will be the result. You can no longer sweep this issue under the rug because this will start happening in other European countries with the same classist mindset. You need to start assimilating and integrating these people into your society  because if they can identify as French, perhaps they will set their religion aside (or not be as extreme).

This is not to say that Europe is totally in the wrong. Secular government is the only type of government that works. Theocracy (Shari'a Law) doesn't. As long as they don't infringe upon others, Muslims should be free to worship God in the way they choose but it needs to be made clear to them that Shari'a Law is suborned to Secular Law. The latter also needs to be applied  in a non partisan fashion. Those attacking Muslims in France at the moment are also violating the law.

To those behind the Paris Attacks (and those of Islam)

Congratulations! (Sarcasm) Even now I am hearing and reading about the praise heaped upon the omniciders by various hard line Islamic leaders. This is nothing new. While there might actually be some Muslims that condemn the attack, there will be many others who will dissimilate on the matter. They will allegedly express condolences regarding the dead but then they will also say that if more understanding were shown to Muslims, the violence would end. Once this 'more understanding' is in place, more violence will occur and it continues in a deadly cycle until Islam has control. Once that happens, Shari'a law and intolerance follow close behind. This is how fundamentalist Islam takes over secular countries but this time you may have stepped over the line.

There are those saying the attack wasn't from Islamic State  but the usage of omnicider rigs spells out Muslim. Algerian Separatists could also have been involved but ISIS claimed responsibility so let's see what the omniciders have won for their cause!

Free ammunition for the French Nationalists & the Communards

You may say that you are Omniciding for peace but that is just another filthy lie. Even in places where most everyone is Muslim (Dar Es Salaam), these senseless attacks still occur. Salaam means peace while Islam means submission. You have not only angered the nationalists (like the LePen contingent), there are other extremist groups in France who despise immigrants. The French equivalent of a skinhead would probably be one of the Communards.

The Communards are a violent socialist contingent that is pro France and anti immigrant. They attempted to overthrow the French government in 1870 and in the early 1950's but were stopped by the military. If you persist in attacking French citizens, you will find yourselves attacked in return.

You may cause a change in Administration but it is not one you will like.

The Madrid attacks succeeded in a governmental change because the PM mistakenly attributed the attacks to Basque Separatists. A little research and comparison might have stopped the vote but the French President (who is a socialist) has called this attack perfectly. There will be no blame faux pas this time and now Europe has a warning message. A simple Vote of No Confidence could throw down the Hollande Administration and it would probably be replaced with an Anti-Immigration contingent.

Your Al-Taqiyyah has been exposed

What will happen in the aftermath of the attacks is largely predictable. There will be some who will feign concern for the dead and wounded but they will follow it with statements that people need to be more tolerant of Islam and its customs... which will be followed by even more violence. This is how Islam takes over secular countries. There are those (like myself) who have read the Qur'an and Hadith and we know dissimilation when we see it. Lying is lying and crocodile tears will only gain you more resentment.

Each attack only polarizes matters and causes more Anti-Islamic sentiment

I still can't fully grasp the sort of mindset that would allow someone to gloat over the deaths of innocent citizens. Humanity is finally running out of patience for those of that sort. While we might become insulated against the horror of such attacks, we are watching to see who condemns them. In my mindset, failure to condemn means to condone so any not condemning the Paris attacks must agree with those who perpetrated them. Is it any wonder that people have trouble separating the peaceful Muslims from the violent ones when there is such silence following a massacre? You can say that they 'don't represent Islam' all that you want but they have Qur'ans, they pray to Allah and they are quick to call those who don't agree with them 'infidels'. The aforementioned argument doesn't hold any water.

If you really want to show the world that there are peaceful Muslims, then start exterminating or marginalizing the extremist elements of your religion. Every single omnicider attack will make your job that much harder and will alienate more people regarding your efforts.

A Jaded Bard

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