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Address by.jpgIn 1962 during his second year at West Point, my father attended an address by the Great American General Douglas MacArthur. It was what would become known as one of the greatest speeches in history. Recently, my father's vinyl recording of the event was re-discovered in a box along with the program. While I have found bits and pieces of audio from the speech on YouTube or in obsolete audio formats posted way back in the 1990s in various corners of the web, I did not see the full audio online, so I thought it might be useful to others to remedy that.

I also felt that reading the speech within the pages of the actual program handed out on the day the address was delivered would be enjoyable for others, so I have scaned it and converted it to a PDF document. You can download and view that here: USMA MacArthur Farewell Address 62.pdf  A copy/paste-friendly version of the address can be found at American Rhetoric and other spots on the web. I hope that you will be enriched by these priceless treasures of our great history and be inspired as an American to know that our greatest days yet lie ahead.


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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.

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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.
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Some Thoughts on The Norway Terrorist

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I find it interesting that mass-murdering terrorist Anders Behring Breivik's closest apparent political leanings would be along the lines of United Russia, Vladimir Putin's political party (and similar to Vidkun Quisling's National Unity Party).

I also find it noteworthy that two separate Islamist groups tried to take responsibility before realizing that gig was up. This further demonstrates that with their shared hatred for Israel and love of blowing things up, Anders and the Islamists he claims to also detest are actually natural allies.

I suppose there is some irony here, particularly with the aforementioned antipathy for Israel shared by Anders and the Islamists, but also Norway's Labor Party. Incidentally, Labor also has "declared war on radical Islam." Of course, radical Islamists hate Labor and Anders, too. That the three of them are at each other's throats is noteworthy no matter how you look at it. As the saying goes, "haters gonna hate", and all three seem to hate each other and everyone else, for that matter.

I'm also rather curious if Anders had any connection with the "Anonymous" movement, which is allegedly supported by "Russian interests". Russia not only has a long history with active measures throughout Europe in both Soviet and post-Soviet days, it also has a considerable one in Norway.

Speculation aside, what we can gather about Anders at the moment is that he is a fairly educated and intelligent sort of terrorist. He doesn't seem the type to be led around by the nose of one ready-made ideology, but might well hand pick the things he likes out of both right and left baskets. Just another speculation, of course, since we truly know so very little about him yet. Some have made some great points about the fact that had Norway's gun laws not been so strict, camp counselors could have been able to possess firearms and thus could have stopped Anders much earlier on in his murder spree. That would have especially been handy in this case, because authorities took an hour and a half to respond. Another travesty of the socialist dystopia? It is likely that Anders will only get 21 years for his unspeakable carnage. 21 years? Seriously?

Some great analysis and links to those who've really been digging into this can be found here, here, here, and here. Bonus: Far-Left Wikipedia has already linked Anders to the American Tea Party Movement.


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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.


It appears the plot has thickened in the horrific Norway massacre that involved bombings and shootings at two separate locations that claimed the lives of close to 100 innocents yesterday. Unlike many on the left, it made no difference to many of us what color the shooter's hair or eyes were; there only began to prove to be a strange twist when rumors of his worldview began to swirl around. It was only then that he began to appear to be a bit of a departure from the norm. After all, he would not have been the first European Islamist we've captured in the past ten years. But we one thing seems unchanged: he agrees with Norway's labor government's - and the Islamists' - anti-Semitism, and he agrees with the far left that terror and oppression are the only useful tools in governing a society.

At present, Anders Behring Breivik seems to be the sole suspect, contrary to earlier suspicions - mine included, as well as those of the BBC and other left-of-center media and government officials - that this was a coordinated Islamism attack. Of course, the BBC dutifully began filling the air almost entirely with speculation that it was Norway's almost non-existent role in Afghanistan and Libya that was the culprit and all but ignored the growing Islamist movement in Norway and how PM Jens Stoltenberg's government has chosen not to deal with it (when it wasn't supporting it, which was quite rare).

But of course, all of that talk may have become moot as more details seem to have surfaced. So naturally, conservatives will seek to fall back and suggest that perhaps this will become the exception that proves the rule, while the left will most certainly suggest the opposite: that this is the rule that proves the rule. In one sense, the left is right. When you begin to look at it a little deeper, you might begin to think this is the rule that proves the rule.

But what rule? While early reports suggest he was an ultra-nationalist á la Alex Jones-with-hand-grenades (though we do not know the philosophical basis of this or his mental health - so it is yet too early to determine what is at the root of his rampage) we do know that Europe has a long history in which the balance of power has either shifted toward the violent left or the violent right - a "right" quite alien from how we define it here in the US. Historically, this battle has not given much voice to the average, peaceful person living in the Old World. Marx or Hitler was your choice, so you were screwed either way. Over the centuries what started out as contests among nobility has evolved into what began to be known as leftist versus rightist in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Regardless of the name of the fashionable political philosophical candy du jour, this clash of titans remained one of the principle reasons so many fled to America.

Of course, much of the media in the US and the world today counts itself among the combatants in the Old World sense, so it will seek to make up for the Loughner that got away in its quixotic cultural quest to finally vanquish its ancient nemesis as well as put away this new post-1776 foe: the "third option". As you recall, before the blood had even dried on the pavement, MSM sought to paint Jared Loughner as a right-wing terrorist and then pin him not to the Alex Jones extreme but to the Sarah Palin mainstream. This was until Loughner's rantings on YouTube and testimony from those who knew him surfaced and it became clear he was a radical atheist and quasi-neo-Marxist. Loughner was also determined to be mentally unfit to stand trial, so the crestfallen media was able to quickly let the story drop with cover. The Obama administration was also forced to wait for another opportunity to push its anti-America class narrative.

If anything, yesterday's tragic incidents in Oslo and Utoya should serve to further support the reality that the traditional American conservative is the true "centrist" in the world body politic. While you still have at one extreme the deranged Hitlerites and at the other the genocidal Maoists, in the very exceptional and sane middle, you can still find the rational pro-America, pro-Israel constitutionalist. This third option is only option that has ever truly empowered the people. "Centrist" not so much in the more popular sense today; many see political actors such as John McCain and Jon Huntsman, Jr. as timid leftists. Rightly so, because these faux moderates seek to join their more radical comrades in turning back the clock on America to the old days, when we were subject to top-down governments and the kind of extremist clashes eternally ongoing in Europe.

Of course, the likely policy response in Norway and in other NATO countries to yesterday's attacks will most likely prove counterproductive and will also neither solve the growing and very extant Islamist threats nor the actual violence or the anti-Semitism that continues to thrive in Norway. Nor will it provide anything of use in dealing with the nascent and already very serious China threat. Instead, it will surely provide further cover for ignoring them. It will likely, however, encourage Janet Napolitano to grope Americans a little bit more. This incident will no doubt play right into the narrative Napolitano and the Obama administration have been working on more feverishly in recent days, which in itself makes for an exceptionally convenient set of circumstances in Norway. This will in turn play into the narrative of the Alex Jones sect, who will seek to continue to hijack what is truly American while the extreme left seeks to help the hijacking so they can be rid of us, the peaceful, civil American voter - and the exceptional idea of America - once and for all.

So you neither have in Anders the nail in the coffin that proves that ordinary people trying to live their lives are actually terrorists who should be locked up, nor the exception to the rule that all terrorists are Islamist - which isn't true at any rate. What we do find in Anders, if early reports turn out to be true, is that the rule that civil society is still caught between two extremes happy to use violence against innocents to attain their goals is still very much a reality. And we also see why our Founding Fathers were wise to want none of it in the US. At the end of the day, Anders serves as a reminder why we must divorce the kind of European thinking that has led to wars and so much suffering and loss of life around the world. It once again demonstrates that the idea that the Founding Fathers had was truly exceptional and that for democratic peace theory to work, there must be more freedom and power in the hands of the people, not less. The idea that "we the people", the civil society, oversee the affairs of state rather than the opposite and that differences are solved rationally through debate (at times impassioned) and elections rather than an endless cycle of oppression and uprising, tyranny and terrorism, is truly the most novel even some 235 years later; it is the best idea men have ever had and also the best in practice.


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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.




Norway has gone farther than many EU countries in appeasing Islamists to the extent of even persecuting Jewish visitors - Israelis and otherwise - and citizens. Islamists can't be appeased, but we could have told PM Jens Stoltenberg that before the Islamist bomb went off - and many indeed tried to warn his country.

In fact, the hate and violence have been building, proffering an ominous warning for those who would listen. YNetNews from just last month today, 22 June:


Earlier this month, a survey by the Oslo Municipality found that 33% of Jewish students in the town are physically threatened or abused by other high school teens at least two to three times a month. The group that suffered the next highest amount of bullying was Buddhists at 10%. "Others" were at 7% and Muslims at 5.3%. Furthermore, the survey found that 51% of high school students consider "Jew" a negative expression and 60% had heard other students use the term.



The story goes on to talk about Norwegian media's role in enabling the danger to build, too, by shielding Norwegians from criticism from outside their country about the dangerous trends that were clearly visible from afar. For instance, the YNet story points out, US Senator Samuel Brownback sought to warn the Norwegian ambassador to the US Wegger Strommen of the rapid rise of anti-Semitism as well as anti-Israeli sympathies in Norway.

But there's more:


A letter from the Simon Wiesenthal Center was appended and mentioned extreme negative actions of inter alia Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, as well as Ministers [Jonas Gahr] Stoere and [Kristin] Halvorsen. Also mentioned was Deputy Environment Minister [Ingrid] Fiskaa, who had stated that before she entered the government, she dreamt about the UN launching rockets against Israel.



YNet also makes mention of Norwegian diplomats being promoted by comparing Gaza to the Holocaust. But there was more:


In retrospect, it seems that the tipping point in exposing Norway abroad was Professor Alan Dershowitz' visit in March of this year. Three Norwegian universities refused his offer of a free lecture on Israel and international law. Dershowitz thereupon compared his Norwegian experience with a visit to South Africa under apartheid in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.




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More horrific photos of the blast area. This is in Norwegian, so it helps if, like me, you know German, Dutch or something similar. Otherwise, just click the thing that most closely resembles "next".


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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.







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Ask any Pole, any Czech, any Hungarian what it means to be illegally occupied and raped by another country and they will tell you many stories you do not wish to hear; for they experienced it twice in one century. The first invasion came from Nazi Germany, and as hope dared to look up at the end of World War II, it saw the Soviet Union's tanks rolling by for the second. The brutality is enormous, the carnage unspeakable; the loss unimaginable. Doors kicked down in the dark of night, families disappeared by the military authorities or the puppet government, torture, rape, dismemberment, medical experimentation, and for the "lucky" ones, the heavy fog of fear and oppression.

Today, China is the new Nazi Germany as well as the new Soviet Union rolled up into one hideously evil empire. As all the others, it seeks to expand its Lebensraum into the ancient lands of its neighbors. At present, China illegally occupies the southern portion of Mongolia, Manchuria, East Turkestan, and Tibet. In every instance, China pursues a brutal campaign of physical and cultural extermination, and none is spared, from young to old, from weak to strong.

News of the latest victims comes out of Tibet. Two teenage girls were viciously beaten by a gang of male Chinese occupation forces then kidnapped by the occupiers under the guise of "arrest". Tashi Palmo is only 16; her friend Pema Yangzom just 19. Their "crime": peacefully calling for the end of the genocidal occupation by China of their beloved homeland. For this, they continue to suffer from injuries described as  serious made worse because the occupying Chinese have refused them access to medical care.

It would be helpful if the International Red Cross demanded access to the girls, but the IRC has become in many ways a political organ over the years and it may once again ignore its charter for the sake of expedience. The UN is also unlikely to take action; these girls were not so fortunate as to be born Palestinians, and challenging the human rights abuses of the most genocidal regime in human history - China - which also happens to be one of the leading states of the most influential coalition within the UN that also holds a seat on the UNSC is even more unlikely. Indeed, when you realize that the democracy of Israel has received almost half of all UN condemnations while China, which has murdered over 70 million - and counting - has barely been mentioned, it's easy to see the UN is fairly unreliable in terms of addressing human rights as a rule.

So the next question then is who will speak up. Will Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch stand up for these young teenagers who have their whole lives ahead of them? On occasion both these organizations have taken bold stands against the Chinese regime, yet to my knowledge neither has called for the complete end to all illegal Chinese occupations and it remains to be seen if these somewhat bipolar organizations - also quite politically motivated - will find it in their interest to cast the light of shame on this illegitimate regime.

This, sadly, is just another day in a gilded, blood-spattered hell-hole known as the Chinese sphere, in which those who wish to live are aborted against their mothers' wishes and those who are alive wish they had never been born. Perhaps someday there will be a Western government strong enough morally to take the stand that brought down the Soviet Union three decades ago. Until then, humanity will continue to witness a butchering machine like none other in human history - a human meat grinder - slowly turn as it crushes the lives of millions.


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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.



UPDATE: The human rights group Samizdat International has sent out a press release condemning China's shocking atrocity and calling on the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to demand to see the girls and treat any injuries sustained during the attack. Samizdat International is owned by the author of this blog.


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The NPR History of Hate

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In light of the faux mass MSM hysteria over Michele Bachmann's non-anti-Catholic religious beliefs, I wonder what NPR thinks about Catholics? Blogbat has the answer.

In this episode, our cardboard hero runs into his physics professor (who also works as an NPR personality) in the cafeteria. A chat ensues that leaves the good folks of Generic College with mouths agape.

 



Thanks to Newsbusters and (gasp) Fox News for the dirty laundry on NPR used in this bit.



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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.
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China: The Fourth Reich

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Change some names from this latest Chinese state media aping of the regime's ruling party and you've traveled back in time to an era our grandparents knew well.

The latest straight out of Nazi Germany:


w020090322680748373586.jpgGermany has strived to protect human rights of all social groups while honoring its National Human Rights Action Plan.


On Thursday, the Führer's State Council Information Office (RRIA) published the Assessment Report on the National Human Rights Action Plan of The Greater German Reich (1939-1940), which says all targets and tasks set by the Action Plan have been fulfilled as scheduled.


Over the past two years, Germany has earmarked 2.779 billion Reichsmarks (431 million U.S.dollars) as a development fund for ethnic minority groups.


Levi, a Polish wood artisan, moved to a 100-foot-long brick-wood apartment last year. He said, "It's beyond my wildest imagination that I could have ever got such a nice apartment." Previously, his family, eight people in total, roughed it in a 10-square-foot mud house in a ghetto.


The renovation of his house was, for the most part, sponsored by the Reich.


Like his family, 46,000 households of Poles in his neighborhood were moved to new houses in 1939 in our new communal living center that provides free healthcare and ovens for baking large quantities of bread.


In Czechoslovakia, the people, in carrying out the Action Plan, strived to raise the employment rate of ethnic minority people, and have done so, with full 100 percent employment right outside their new homes.


The Reich has worked to safeguard women's rights to employment and equal access to economic resources. The state now forces women to have abortions whether they want them or not so that they may stay employed for their own good.


The Führer has relaxed restrictions on the disabled people for applying for drivers' license by introducing a revised "Regulations on Application and Use of Driver's Licenses" in 1939.


The revised regulations allow, for the first time, Germans who are able to sit by themselves despite their paralyzed limbs - that they may have obtained while visiting one of our education camps - to acquire a license for adapted vehicles.


According to official statistics, there are 2.8 million people with paralyzed limbs in Germany, and many are longing to drive but had been deprived of the right. Some have driven anyway, hoping to avoid being caught by the police and forced to hand over their kidneys.


A man with disability surnamed Eigelbeck, who is taking driving classes in Berlin, said, "The idea of getting a driver's license makes me excited, which means I could go to farther places. I feel more decent sitting in a car than in a boxcar."


Germany has also made headway in getting every orphan a roof overhead and getting children of migrant workers to classrooms. Our medical experimentation clinics are among the best in the world with both heat in the wintertime and air conditioning in the summer.


In April 1939, the RRIA published the National Human Rights Action Plan of The Greater Reich (1939-1940). It is Germany's first national plan on human rights.


Otto von Hassenwald, vice director of the human rights studies center of the German Academy of Social Sciences (DASW), said fulfilling the human rights action plan as scheduled marked a milestone in Germany's human rights program.


Von Hassenwald said, "Drafting and implementing national human rights action plan is a long-term undertaking, and there will be more such action plans coming," and added, "We are working hard toward the final solution."


Von Hassenwald said he is confident that the Führer will make the people's lives of the Greater German Reich more secure, decent and blissful.


The 56-page report released on Thursday made an overall assessment of the implementation of the Action Plan. It also specified The Greater Reich's efforts on implementing the plan to safeguarding people's economic, social and cultural rights, people's civil and political rights, as well as promoting the cause of human rights in other spheres.


The Chinese regime has clearly announced it protects the human rights of everyone, so we should all go about our business and keep buying products made by happy eight-year-olds. China is a Utopia, after all. That is, except for the aforementioned eight-year-old slave laborer, the Uygar and Tibetan and Mongolian and Manchurian and any other ethnic, religious or political group that does not bow to National Socialism "with Chinese characteristics".



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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.





In an effort to try to blunt further unrest, the regime has detained the security guard involved in the assault of the pregnant migrant woman which led to the riots in Guangdong Province last month, according to Stratfor. The guard was also fired, along with two other municiple Communist Party officials.

Unfortunately, the regime also went after several of the protesters, charging at least 11. Its refusal to release any details suggests the protesters in custody may be in a bad way at this point, with torture and other abuses the rule in Chinese detention centers for "trouble-makers". We can sadly expect little else.


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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.


First

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Greetings one and all. This is officially the kick-off post of my upgraded blog. So for our first post, I thought it would be appropriate to talk a little shop to get you caught up on the whats, whys, and whos.

The skinny

This is a weblog about foreign policy, national security, and human rights primarily, as well as the occasional foray into politics with a bit of snark, events, humor, and the random.

The author - that would be moi - has a BA in international relations and is currently working on his MA in national security studies. He has studied abroad in Germany and undertook an internship in London with the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank focused on primarily trans-Atlantic foreign policy and security issues, as well as human rights, as the name implies. In addition to my studies, I have just begun a new project called Samizdat International, which will focus on human rights issues from a Natural Law perspective - a bit refreshing for those who see the social justice (aka revenge) basis for human rights as being fundamentally flawed. SI thus covers many issues around the world ignored by others, such as the persecution by radical Islamists of other faiths or the genocide of the unborn. And we will soon have a website, so stay tuned for that shameless plug. In addition to SI, I also maintain a large presence on Facebook and Twitter for both SI (here and here) and Regime Change China (here and here), a human rights project which focuses entirely on China. And then there is my "day job": IT consultant. So there you have it in a giant, Alaska-grown nut shell. Oh, and almost forgot: be sure to like the Blogbat page on Facebook. Also, you can follow Blogbat on Twitter and YouTube.

The new Blogbat Weblog 3.0 is officially up and running and we welcome our new visitors. Over the course of the days and weeks ahead you'll see changes here and there as we improve the aesthetics and go beyond this generic template that you see now. But it was important to get things working again, so I wanted to get things operational as soon as possible.

I will also be adding important links on the sidebar to the archives on Blogbat 2.0. (You can go directly to 2.0 until then and scroll down to find the archives on its sidebar). 2.0 goes back to 2006 or so and follows Blogbat 1.0, hosted on Xanga, and was created in 2003.

Other stuff
I may also decide on a name change for this blog at some point in the near future. I'm currently entertaining several ideas. The down side of doing that is I can't as easily recycle the old graphics used in 2.0; the up side is that I could pick a catchy name that will earn me instant success and fame. Or maybe not so much.

Sum
So that's everything for now. A bit verbose, but I've been blogless for a bit. But the most important part of all of this is you. It is my hope that my thoughts and ideas will cause you to have thoughts and ideas that are in some instances better than the ones you came with. And I hope to hear what you have to say and learn from you, as well, so feel free to comment or send me an e-mail from the contact link on this page (that will appear at some point). Happy reading.

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Martin is a master's student in national security studies and is the executive director of Samizdat International, a genuine human rights concern. Martin undertook his internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society in the summer of 2009. He hates the Turabian style format.


 

 

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