A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXIV

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Argumentation

 

The War on Islam:

Andre Zantonavitch

September 25, 2006:

Andre Zantonavitch contends that the War on Terror should become a War on Islam-- not just of the radical and extreme sort, but of the "moderate," "average" variety. Mr. Zantonavitch claims that all Muslims believe in assertively promoting their hateful and annihilating ideology via the phenomena of war and tyranny. He considers this normal Muslim foreign policy and normal Muslim domestic policy.

 

The War on Fanaticism, Savagery, and Murder-- not on Islam:

G. Stolyarov II

September 25, 2006:

Mr. Stolyarov offers refutations of Mr. Zantonavitch's claims in "The War on Islam" by presenting numerous examples of prominent Muslims issuing condemnations of terrorism and religious intolerance and by furthermore articulating the principle of individualism in passing judgment on people on the basis of their particular, individual beliefs, not on the basis of nominal adherence to a broadly defined ideology.

 

Culture

 

Is It Just Me, or are People Really Getting Meaner?:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

September 24, 2006:

"Is it just me, or are people really getting meaner?" asks Dr. Chuck Baldwin. Much of what he hears and reads these days indicates that people's actions and attitudes are increasingly rude, crude, and downright cantankerous. Has it always been this way? If it was, he does not remember it. Dr. Baldwin asks us: "Is it really obligatory that we lose our warmth and compassion? Is everyone who disagrees with us really our enemy? Can we not remain truly uncompromising for a principle without becoming raving, sadistic madmen?"

 

 

Historical Analysis

 

The Antifederalists Were Right:

Dr. Gary M. Galles

October 1, 2006:

September 27 marked the anniversary of the publication of the first of the Antifederalist Papers in 1789. The Antifederalists were opponents of ratifying the US Constitution. They feared that it would create an overbearing central government, while the Constitution's proponents promised that this would not happen. As the losers in that debate, the Antifederalists are largely overlooked today. But that does not mean they were wrong or that we are not indebted to them. Dr. Gary Galles examines the Antifederalists' arguments, which warned us that the cost Americans would bear in both liberty and resources for the government that would evolve under the Constitution would rise sharply; the Antifederalists were right beyond the extent of even their worst nightmares.

 

Politics

 

Robbing Parents to Pay Teachers:

Alan Caruba

September 24, 2006:

It is an act of thievery to take money to provide goods or services and then fail to do so. Alan Caruba writes that the American public schools have become a great criminal conspiracy, promising to educate our children, but more often producing “graduates” without even the most basic skills, let alone a useful, wider body of knowledge. The entire education establishment, frequently advocating the teaching of values at odds with those held by parents, has ruined American schools and is defrauding taxpayers by failing to truly educate the children placed in their care.

 

Diagnosing Our Health Care Woes:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

October 1, 2006:

Rep. Ron Paul writes that the problems with the American health care system are not the result of too little government intervention, but rather too much. Contrary to the claims of many advocates of increased government regulation of health care, rising costs and red tape do not represent market failure. Rather, they represent the failure of government policies that have destroyed the health care market.

 

British American Tobacco Perpetuates Disease in Africa:

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

October 1, 2006:

Just days after the World Health Organization announced new policies to control the spread of malaria, British American Tobacco (BAT) has emerged as the leader and financier of efforts to undermine those policies, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) charges. This press release from CORE explains the hypocritical and inhuman nature of BAT's efforts to block the use of DDT-- a pesticide which could save 300 Ugandans per day from dying of malaria.

 

Big Tobacco Opposes WHO and Malaria Control in Uganda:

Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM)

October 1, 2006:

British American Tobacco plc (BAT) has emerged as a frontrunner in a corporate coalition opposing the highly effective public health insecticide, DDT, in Uganda.  DDT has been endorsed and supported for malaria control by the World Health Organization and is being used for malaria control by many governments and several donors, such as USAID and the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Yet BAT opposes DDT, claiming erroneously that its use in malaria control would harm exports. This Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM) press release states that this unseemly episode sees BAT pitted against vulnerable Ugandan citizens, notably young children and pregnant mothers most at risk from malaria.

 

Winning the War on Malaria:

Fiona Kobysingye-Boynes

October 1, 2006:

The war on malaria has been tragic and difficult. The disease remains Africa ’s number one killer of children, sending 200 little Ugandans and 1500 African children a day to miserable deaths. But in recent months, several hard-fought victories have been won – offering the first hope the continent has had in many years that the disease might yet be controlled. Here is the inside story from Fiona Kobusingye-Boynes, a brave and tireless Ugandan woman who has long been on the front lines. It is based on the testimony she presented to her country’s Parliament and First Lady on September 22, 2006.

 

Two Women in Afghanistan:

Alan Caruba

October 1, 2006:

Alan Caruba tells the story of two women, Safia Ama Jan and Sergeant Merideth Howard, who were brutally murdered by terrorist fanatics in Afghanistan. Mr. Caruba is convinced that Ms. Ama Jan and Ms. Howard both knew how high the stakes were, especially for a new generation of women in Afghanistan. Warriors like these two can never be defeated unless the appeasers and cowards convince Americans and their allies to run away from murderers on motorbikes and in bomb-laden cars.

 

"In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution."

 

~ Alexander Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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