13 Dec Open Post and Q&A December 2019
Publisher’s Note: The Village Armorer and I will be taking a pistol/carbine course in April 2020, so we are ramping up a training plan to get ready.
I am also making progress on my advanced pistol skills to allow me to move onto some advanced carbine and then F-Class rifle training in the latter half of 2020, Big Igloo or not.
Impeachment? Who cares?
In other news, Hitler and the Nazis were enthralled and had a school-girl crush on Islam much like the progressive left and collectivists in America. Keep this in mind as you see the soft peddling by the usual suspects in Mordor on Muslim apologetics in the US.
“Hitler cultivated many parts of the Muslim world, but he was fanatically enthusiastic about only one country: Turkey (the Nazis officially decided in 1936 that the Turks were Aryans). Stefan Ihrig’s brilliant new book Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination demonstrates convincingly that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s conquest of Turkey was the most important model for the Nazis’ remaking of Germany, far more so than Mussolini’s 1922 March on Rome, which is usually cited as Hitler’s main inspiration. Turkey had taken control of its destiny in manly fashion, in proud defiance of the international community—if only Germany would do the same! So argued many on the German right, including Hitler, during the 10 years between Atatürk’s victory and the Nazi seizure of power.”
The odd relationship between today’s left fascists and their willful silence on Islamic barbarity may be explained by the book that Ihrig penned.
I spent nearly two years of my life in Kabul and Mazar e Sharif and other points on the compass in the Hindu Kush.
I have known since 2001 that the entire American military adventure in Afghanistan was a fools errand [h/t to Scott Horton], the Washington Compost did some journalism for a change that is worth reading.
“As commanders in chief, Bush, Obama and Trump all promised the public the same thing. They would avoid falling into the trap of “nation-building” in Afghanistan.
On that score, the presidents failed miserably. The United States has allocated more than $133 billion to build up Afghanistan — more than it spent, adjusted for inflation, to revive the whole of Western Europe with the Marshall Plan after World War II.”
Sobering, infuriating; only government can craft this existential a fuck-up.
I have been examining the phenomenon of collaboration during wartime and the dynamics of occupier and occupied and there are alarming analogs to the US today. More to follow.
I’ve started sampling a couple new podcasts:
Good stuff. If the readers have any recommendations on podcasts to make my commutes useful, chime in…
If you ain’t training, you’re wrong. -BB
“I shall not last long; my life is forfeit, but I shall do my best. After I am gone it will be easier for others.” – Michael Collins
“Sacred cows make the best burgers.” – Bill Buppert
“I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means.”
“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.”
“The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.”
– Clarence Darrow
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