Middle East

The only way to stop the Muslim refugee crisis becoming our crisis is to shut the door

It is time for a pragmatic solution to what is, in reality, an unsolvable problem affecting most of the world. Daniel Greenfield who is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Centre provides a pragmatic solution. It may not make people feel good as it involves putting our country and our country’s citizens first but it is as essential as this memorable scene in Game of Thrones where Hodor gave his life, holding the door shut so that his friends could survive.

…Even without the Sunnis and Shiites competing to give each other machete haircuts every sunny morning, there would still be a permanent Muslim refugee crisis.

The vast majority of civil wars over the last ten years have taken place in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are also some of the poorest in the world. And Muslim countries also have high birth rates.

Combine violence and poverty with a population boom and you get a permanent migration crisis.

No matter what happens in Syria or Libya next year, that permanent migration crisis isn’t going away.

The Muslim world is expanding unsustainably. In the Middle East and Asia, Muslims tend to underperform their non-Muslim neighbors both educationally and economically. Oil is the only asset that gave Muslims any advantage and in the age of fracking, its value is a lot shakier than it used to be.

The Muslim world had lost its old role as the intermediary between Asia and the West. And it has no economic function in the new world except to blackmail it by spreading violence and instability.

Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn’t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life…

The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.

Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.

There are only two solutions; war or migration.

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McCully off to collect his 30 pieces of silver?

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully

Murray McCully is off to his Islamic pals for a reach around:

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to the Gulf region this weekend for meetings in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain.

“Our relationships with this important region are growing at a great pace and my visit will be an opportunity to continue discussions about priority areas, including the NZ-GCC FTA, regional security issues and cooperation in areas such as renewable energy,” Mr McCully says.   Read more »

New Zealand continues to strengthen deals with the Middle East

If you were hoping for National to make friends and trade with “people like us”, the news continues to be bad.

Trade Minister Todd McClay today welcomed the inaugural daily flight of Qatar Airways direct Auckland – Doha service at Auckland International Airport saying the world’s longest flight was set to boost New Zealand trade and tourism. Read more »

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This is what happens when you go dog on your mates

Like NZ did to Fiji when we turned or backs on our mates, the US has done the same to Israel.

When you are spurned you find better friends. Fiji tuned north, and now Israel has cut a deal with Russia and is improving relations with Sunni states in the region, while Obama looks on.

There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than the fact that President Obama has been a terrible foreign policy president, and that is that Bibi Netanyahu is an extraordinarily successful Israeli Prime Minister. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, Israel’s diplomacy is moving from strength to strength. Virtually every Arab and Middle Eastern leader thinks that Bibi is smarter and stronger than President Obama, and as American prestige across the Middle East has waned under Obama, Israel’s prestige — even among people who hate it — has grown. Bibi’s reset with Russia, unlike Obama’s, actually worked. His pivot to Asia has been more successful than Obama’s. He has had far more success building bridges to Sunni Muslims than President Obama, and both Russia and Iran take Bibi and his red lines much more seriously than they take Obama’s expostulations and pious hopes.

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They’re here!

An Auckland man has been convicted over ISIS-related activities in Auckland.

And you want refugees from Daesh central coming here?

An Auckland man has become the first person in the country to be jailed for possessing and circulating objectionable material related to extreme violence.

Imran Patel, 26, has been jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to making, distributing and possessing videos depicting cruel violence perpetuated by terrorist group Isis.

As he was sentenced Patel stood up and screamed, “Tell John Key to stop being a slave to America!” He had to be pulled from the courtroom by security guards. He continued screaming as he was escorted to custody cells.

According to a summary of facts Patel was known to police to be an Isis sympathiser. He was one of two men with Isis sympathies sentenced in Auckland on Thursday.

His ISP network provider cautioned him about the content he was sending but he sent a second message to the same people, with a similar video showing prisoners being beheaded. An Isis logo was visible.

This prompted the network to bar his number from sending further messages.

He obtained another number and sent a further text to the same recipients chastising them for getting his number disabled.

“Remember that you are a Muslim so behave like one,” he texted them.    Read more »

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The Krauts are revolting

The Krauts are revolting against Angela Merkel’s continued support for the wog invasion.

A pig’s head bearing a written insult against German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been found outside her constituency office.

Police declined to provide further details about the insult when contacted by Reuters, saying an investigation had been launched in the northeastern town of Stralsund on Saturday.

Ms Merkel’s popularity has waned due to her liberal migrant policy.   Read more »

UN does not recognise genocide against Christians in the Middle East

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The ACLJ has announced a seven-point plan to advance the cause of Christians persecuted by the Islamic State (ISIS.) They have urged U.N.Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon to recognize the genocide against Christians and to take decisive action and to press the relevant U.N. offices and bodies to do the same. The plan calls for…

  1. U.N. leadership to recognize the genocide against Christians;

  2. The U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to fulfill its role as a catalyst;

  3. The U.N. Security Council to take the necessary steps to stop the genocide, including referrals for prosecution;

  4. International intervention to protect Christians as Iraq and Syria are failing to do so;

  5. U.S. authorities to aggressively urge the U.N. to take the above-described steps;

  6. Establishment of in-region safe zones for genocide victims; and

  7. A more effective international coalition to defeat ISIS militarily.

The ACLJ have previously run a successful campaign to get the Secretary of State John Kerry to recognise ISIS’s atrocities targeting Christians as genocide so they have now turned to the U.N. which so far, has not recognised the ongoing slaughter of Christians in the Middle East as genocide.

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Couldn’t he just find a strong wind to piss into

Murray McCully is going all Neville Chamberlain again making a play to try and create peace in the Middle East.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has given notice to the United Nations Security Council that New Zealand will begin work again on a resolution on the Middle East peace process.

Two years ago negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians were suspended.

In a hard-hitting speech in New York this morning, Mr McCully said that since then, violence had escalated, Israeli settlements had continued and trust between the two parties had been further eroded.

“And the council has been largely a spectator.”   Read more »

Josie Pagani has got it on dealing with Islam

Josie Pagani has four things we can do post Paris.

A couple of them are useful, others are wishful thinking, but at least she has shown an ability to step outside of liberal hand-wringing over upset feelings of “moderate” muslims.

While it is morally clear that we must stop ISIS, it is not obvious how. Here’s where we can start:

1. Step up air strikes against ISIS strongholds and increase no-fly zones so that moderate groups can better fight back themselves.

France has already stepped up its air campaign and bombed the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. It’s not clear that boots on the ground would be lawful. However if more attacks are planned, international law says a country can act in self-defence where an ‘instant’ and ‘overwhelming’ risk exists which gives a country no ‘moment of deliberation.’

What’s certain, is that air strikes will continue.

To anticipate those who say that would be a repeat of Iraq: all the outcomes are bad, but some are worse than others. Boots on the ground in Iraq was a disaster, so was the half-way house in Libya. The failure to intervene in Syria has been possibly the worst outcome of all. We must stop fighting the last war: The 2003 misjudgment over Iraq does not mean any intervention today against ISIS will also be a disaster.

Daesh needs to understand that if they come above ground they will be bombed and if they live in caves they will be bombed there too.    Read more »

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Wait until they run out of oil money

The days of artificial borders drawn by pompous, idiot Poms are over in the Middle East.

A military solution is “impossible” in parts of the Middle East, US CIA chief John Brennan says.

Brennan argues that it was hard to picture effective central governments in some countries as they exist today.

He was joined by other security officials and industry experts when he spoke at an intelligence conference in Washington.

“When I look at Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen,” Brennan said, “it’s hard for me to envision a central government in those countries that’s going to be able to exert control or authority over the territory that was carved out post World War II.”

“A military solution is just impossible in any of these countries,” he added.   Read more »

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