The White House has been beating the war drum lately in an effort to build support for a bombing campaign in Syria. The Obama administration alleges that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, though this claim lacks proof, as many experts believe that the gas attack was perpetrated instead by the Al-Nusra rebels that are currently locked in a bloody civil war with the Syrian regime.
After the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, many liberty activists distributed memes depicting Miley Cyrus “twerking” on images related to the conflict in Syria as a way to call attention to Obama’s looming war. Hollywood star Alyssa Milano must have noticed one of these and decided to create her own satirical content to raise awareness. However, she put a pro-war spin on it by creating a fake sex tape video for Funny or Die, in which her foot “accidentally” kicks the camera around just before things get NSFW, displaying instead an also-fake news report promoting the Obama administration’s rationale for striking Syria. Read The Full Story
Modern liberals, so quick to insist that people are the products of their environment, spectacularly fail at actually incorporating such a claim into their policy prescriptions. Their suggestion that children ought to be subject to 13 years of intensive otherkin sensitivity training (they might also learn how to read) and their resultant recoil at the thought that parents might want to teach their own children otherwise is laughable and tedious. You mean that some parents don’t want to willingly let their children be indoctrinated by a state hostile to their traditional family values? Read The Full Story
In countries such as Somalia, Libya and Syria, there is a variety of armed groups, warlords and militias. Their funding varies, as from public, semi-public and private sources. In many cases, they are fighting and warring. They are not anarchists, even if the state happens to be weak in their countries. That is not the anarchism that I have in view. I agree with Jacques Ellul in saying “By anarchy I first mean an absolute rejection of violence. Hence I cannot accept either nihilists or anarchists who choose violence as a means of action. I certainly understand the resort to aggression, to violence.” I agree with non-aggression as a central tenet of anarchy.
It may seem to some that these individual armed groups are, in effect, private defense companies. In response, I say this.
Any defense provider, public or private, has to decide what’s a defense action and what’s an offense action. These two unalterably opposing kinds of action have to be clearly distinguished on some reasonably objective basis. Otherwise, it’s very easy for what is claimed to be defense to be in reality aggression. In addition, when there is defense, the means of defense should be as minimal as possible in using violence. The goal, unattainable for human beings, is total nonviolence. Read The Full Story
As he touched down in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning, President Obama greeted his host Vladimir Putin with a handshake and a smile.
But the cordial greeting belies the tinderbox the two leaders are sitting on, as they posture and deliberate over a potential U.S. strike on Syria -- one of Russia's closest Mideast allies.
Putin escalated concerns about the fallout from any strike when he indicated in an interview published Wednesday that his country could send Syria and its neighbors in the region the components of a missile shield if the U.S. attacks.
U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified this week that the Russians might even replace any military assets the U.S. destroys in a strike. Read The Full Story