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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Know Your Military Colonists

"Military Colonist" is a term that has gone out of fashion in this brave new world of "No Human Being is Illegal" and "Every Refugee Deserves to be Resettled."

The university history professor with an office full of fake Indian jewelery and a view of the parking lot will lecture on the military colonies of the Roman period, always careful to emphasize their eventual fate. And he may even get up to the 16th century. But he'll stay away from the present.

But if you are going to take land or seize power, you will need military colonists to hold it. The military colonist may be an ex-soldier, but he's more likely to be someone the empire, present or future, doesn't particularly need or have a use for. The Czars used serfs. The present day military colonist who shows up at JFK or LAX may also be a peasant with even less value to his culture.

Mexico's military colonists are not military. Often they aren't even Mexican. But they have managed to take back California without firing a shot. Unless you count the occasional drive by shooting.

While the United States sent tens of thousands of soldiers to try and hold Iraq and Afghanistan only to fail; Mexico took California with a small army of underpaid handymen who claim entire cities and send back some 20 billion dollars a year. As conquests go, it's not hard to see who did more with less.

In 2009, 417 Mexican migrants died trying to reach America, and 317 American soldiers died in Afghanistan. But Mexico has more to show for it than America does. Every Mexican who settles across the border is a net gain who sends back money and spreads political influence. Meanwhile America is spending trillions on a much smaller army in a country whose land no one actually wants.

In 2009, the year Obama approved a 30,000 man troop surge, 3,195 Afghans received permanent legal status in the United States.

In the decade since the US invaded Afghanistan, 24,710 Afghans successfully invaded the United States and received permanent legal status. That is an occupying force larger than US troop numbers were at any point in time in Afghanistan until the very end of the George W. Bush's second term.

During this same period there were also 19,000 Afghan non-immigrant admissions. As invasions go, the Afghan invasion of America was far more successful than the American invasion of Afghanistan.

That is even more true when you consider birth rates. Military colonists are not a mere invading army. They are generational footholds.

The American birth rate was at 13.5. The Afghan birth rate was at 37.3 at the time. American soldiers go home when their time is up. Sometimes they come home with a Muslim wife after converting to marry her. Afghan immigrants come with a birth rate that is nearly three times that of the country they are invading.

Across the ocean, the Algerian War is still going strong and France is losing badly. There are fewer bombs and bullets. Only men and women showing up and expecting to be taken care of. An army of millions could not have landed in France and begun pillaging the countryside. Not unless they came as immigrants. If you are going to invade a Socialist country, the best way to do it is as a charity case.

Unfortunately that holds true for us as well.

The military colonists flooding our shores are part of an unacknowledged partnership between their political leaders and ours. Their political leaders are fighting a war to redress the wrongs of centuries or millennia. Our political leaders are looking to shift the voting balances in a ward or a district for the next election. When they resettle the next shipment of Afghans in an otherwise conservative area with a view to tilting the electoral balance, they are using them as military colonists for the short term while their homelands use them as military colonists in the long term.  

War is about controlling land, resources and populations. Land just sits there. It's the populations that cause the trouble. The military colonist makes a more enduring occupation possible by settling the land and giving the conquering power a deeper foothold in the enemy territory.

There was a time when American settlers acted as military colonists holding down lands in Florida and Texas. Today America is being colonized by the settlers of other nations and ideologies. And we will find ourselves in the same position as the Spanish did in Florida and the Mexicans did in Texas.

Mexico invited American settlers to move in to Texas on the understanding that they would learn Spanish and otherwise fit in. Instead language and culture proved to be stronger than land and oaths of citizenship. Many of the Texas settlers might not have had much use for the United States at the time, but creed and culture made them American military colonists whether they knew it or not. The same holds true for the present state of affairs there today.

It's more than just cultural or ethnic differences that make one a military colonist. It's a cause. Whether it's Manifest Destiny or the Reconquista or the Caliphate. Underlying it all is that sense of destiny. The power of an exceptionalism that makes it impossible for the settler to sink in and abandon his roots and beliefs to the tidal pull of a new culture when his grudge against it is more than the mere personal dissatisfaction of the new immigrant or his children caught between two worlds.

Integration is hopeless in the face of that  sense of destiny. European nations struggling to defend some notion of secular space misunderstand the problem as one of extremism. Some of the more visible terror attacks may indeed be associated with what can be described as extremism in the sense that its participants are willing to push the envelope harder and further in more violent ways.

But Islamic terrorism is only the foam on the surface. It's the bubbles at the edge of the pot. A minor symptom of a much bigger problem. Ir's simply the most violent expression of a widely shared belief that Islamic law is superior to Western law. Most peoples feel that their ways and customs are best. It doesn't become a problem until they become the majority and won't take no for an answer.

American liberalism and European republicanism have no answers to Islamic terrorism. Their embrace of the Arab Spring was motivated by the need to believe that the Muslim world was ready to "advance" to the same postmodern level of existence eliminating the need to worry about women in Burkas or Al Qaeda. The same misreading of the power of tribe and religion that led to the foolish belief that Saudi Arabia's military colonists could safely be turned into Labour voters led to the Arab Spring's  equally misplaced confidence that the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to be just like Europe.

It isn't only a tiny minority of extremists who believe that Islamic values are superior to Western values and who would like the law to recognize that assumption. It's a tiny minority of extremists who try to prove their devoutness by jumping the gun and killing people over it before the full demographic impact of the military colonists would make a Burka ban into the next Syrian Civil War.

Think of two armies maneuvering into position. The extremist is the one who fires before the enemy is fully in range ruining the strategic effect of the surprise attack. Trying to understand the extremist not only misses the point, it misses the whole chain of events in motion. The schemes for integrating the disgruntled youth and countering violent extremism is symptom control.

Terrorism is an early warning in the clash of civilizations and all our leaders can think to do is hold a meeting with the heads of the opposing army asking them to get their hotheads to stop shooting at us  because it's bringing our civilizations into conflict. Our civilizations are in conflict and have been as far back as they have both existed. The occasional plane hijacker is the first snowflake of a winter storm. Instead of preparing for a storm, we're trying to figure out how to stop snowflakes.

The conflict is primal. It isn't about American foreign policy or War X or Country Y or Cause Z. These are all "arguments" that explain the conflict once it's already under way. It's simpler than that. It's about the incompatibility of cultures, religions, political and economic systems. And it's about countries with a lot of oil and not much else trying to buy their way to an empire by using their own impoverished brethren as cannon fodder. And finally it's about what happens when birth rates fall.

Western countries have achieved individual comforts with an unsustainable system.

This unsuistainability is both economic and demographic as budgets and children are both lacking. Meanwhile the countries and cultures that have failed have achieved a perfectly sustainable state of misery. They may not have much income, but they also don't have much to eat. They may have high infant mortality rates, but they have even higher childbirth rates.

America of 2013 cannot go on being this way indefinitely. It probably can't even manage another two decades without major changes of some kind. Afghanistan 2013 however can go on being the way it is indefinitely.  And that sustainability is what makes its people effective military colonists. Living the Afghan lifestyle in London or Los Angeles is even sustainable because food and housing are free.

That just leaves large packs of nomadic youths roaming the streets, selling drugs and rioting at the slightest provocation until it's time for them to get married and make more nomadic youths of their own. It's not that different from Afghanistan. It's the tribal life transplanted to the West. It's a culture with no real purpose except to produce young males eager to fight and expand tribal power and a religion with no real purpose except to affirm that as a religious duty.

Islam embodies expansionism. Its directives of male violence and female subjugation have no other end. They protect the tribal imperatives of endogamy and violence, of inbreeding and the feud. It has no ideas except to get bigger and that makes its followers into ideal military colonists.

19 comments:

rxc and jlm said...

We come in the name of Mohammed. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

Anonymous said...

Just to keep everybody honest the Spanish claim to California hadn't been exercised in 250 years but as of the Treaty of London (1604) the King of Spain gave his relative the Czar a large tract ~ and depending on how you understand what is meant by the Inside Passage ~ (the one in Southern Alaska/BC not yet having been discovered at the time) it is likely he gave Baja to the Czar, and it it everything East of Santa Fe to the Coast and North to the Arctic except where that might intersect a French claim that he gave to his French relatives.

Later claims were made, with English colonies on the East Coast claiming all the way to the West Coast ~ interfering with the Russian claim (itself not much exercised either).

Be that as it may, Spain relinquished to Mexico nothing beyond what itself had an indisputed claim to, and that Russian thing lingered on.

The Russian claims (real and potential) were finally extinguished by Seward during the American Civil War. Mexico was a nuisance; Russia was a problem. Money worked with both parties.

Now, about the deal for Americans to become colonists in Texas, that was originally with Spain, not the non-existent Mexico. You had to also become a Catholic.

The lesson: Know your treaties; know your land claims; know your timelines for the existence of Spanish government in North America; know your timelines for the existence of Mexican government in North America.

Otherwise, you'll confound things and nobody will understand your point.

Matthew Bracken said...

Sheer brilliance, one of your very best. Passing it along everywhere.

Edward Cline said...

I've been calling Muslims the Borg for years. I haven't found a name for the Third Worlders coming across the border yet, except perhaps, "Barack's Children."

Anonymous said...

Not a chance . . . rxc . . . Deus Vult!

Alphamail said...

To "Anonymous said":

Your "Just to keep everyone honest..." reply, is not only weirdly imperceptive and disconnected, it is inordinately anal.

Daniel is explaining in quite reasonable and erudite manner why "civilization" is on the brink, and you want to delve into the spelling and root of the word itself.

I am the first to tell you - but you are certainly the last to know, it is you and your friends who got us here - and it is you who is making it so difficult to hear the message and insure survival.

Bless you Daniel, for making the complex simple.

Moshe David Tokayer said...

"Islam embodies expansionism. ... It has no ideas except to get bigger ..."

Sounds a lot like cancer.

Bill said...

This article is the most important I've read in months. Every Western intellectual should read it and anyone else who cares about the topic.

I've surmised for decades much of what you say especially that which relates to the nature of Islam, and your remarks on demographics.

I predict the next milestone (or pivot) in this clash of civilizations will be the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Islamic world.

As we know Pakistan has a few funded by the Saudis. Following a regime change there, such weapons could well fall into the hands of Islam's most violent groups. We know the proclivity to use such means is there, if the manufacture of chemical weapons by Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iran meant anything.

I enjoy your writing.

Bill D

uplate5301 said...

We are Rome, with the Barbarians at the gate. But where Rome may not have ultimately had the ability to resist, we do. However we lack the will. We are being overcome internally by the moral relativism of Liberalism. And eventually that moral relativism will succumb to the moral certainty of Islam. And like with the fall of Rome, our demise will herald the arrival of a new set of Dark Ages.

Perhaps ultimately the best thing that could happen for Western Culture will be Iran getting the bomb, which is going to happen because our feckless government is going to allow it. And they will use it once they get it. And in preparation for that, other Mid-East nations will develop the bomb. If the Iranians get the bomb, the Saudis will go on a crash program to develop it. Shiite and Sunni will continue their age-old conflict on an atomic scale. And while we may well get bombed as well, we'll survive wounded, and it will allow us to justify our using it.... and we will be MUCH better at it than any of them.

Absent something like that happening, the fall of Western civilization appears to me to be inevitable, because in the end, nowhere near enough people care.

Anonymous said...

rlc..even if your master Hussein Obama passes legislation to take our guns, you Muslim scum won't ever take the south. Our weapons, seen and unseen will mow you down. Unlike the Israelis, we won't care if you hide with cowardice behind your women and children, you won't get this land and you will fail because you have the intelligence or will to build a society that can manage or control non Muslims.

Anonymous said...

There has been a new slaughter is Iraq. ISIS rounded up hundreds of young Shia men and slaughtered them while they cried and begged for their lives. Where is Obama and Kerry? Where is the EU and the UN. Where's Iran? The are so immoral and so deranged all they can think about is damn Israel is defending herself .. It's sick.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/horror-new-video-isis-terrorists-slaughter-hundreds-of-shiites-in-iraq/

Anonymous said...

The Europe-style vagina-conquest....

Anonymous said...

Outstanding article and very thought provoking; I'll be chewing on it for days. First though, I think I am going to be sick to my stomach.
Captlee

Robert What? said...

Mexico is benefitting from this because they are basically unloading their underclass onto the United States. The vast majority of the "immigrants" are of Amerindian descent because there are no opportunities for them in Mexico. There are plenty of Mexicans of European descent, but they come here as tourists.

mushroom said...

And we thought "Eve of Destruction" was just an old song from the '60s.

Anonymous said...

Israel needs a Sherman:

“We must have peace, not only at Gaza, but in all the terrirories. To secure this, we must stop the war that now desolates our once happy and favored country. To stop war, we must defeat the terrorist armies which are arrayed against the laws and nation that all must respect and obey. To defeat those armies, we must prepare the way to reach them in their recesses, provided with the arms and instruments which enable us to accomplish our purpose. Now, I know the vindictive nature of our enemy, that we may have many years of military operations from this quarter; and, therefore, deem it wise and prudent to prepare in time. The use of Gaza for warlike purposes in inconsistent with its character as a home for families. There will be no manufacturers, commerce, or agriculture here, for the maintenance of families, and sooner or later want will compel the inhabitants to go. Why not go now, when all the arrangements are completed for the transfer, instead of waiting till the plunging shot of contending armies will renew the scenes of the past month? Of course, I do not apprehend any such things at this moment, but you do not suppose this army will be here until the war is over. I cannot discuss this subject with you fairly, because I cannot impart to you what we propose to do, but I assert that our military plans make it necessary for the inhabitants to go away, and I can only renew my offer of services to make their exodus in any direction as easy and comfortable as possible.

You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into Israel deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace. But you cannot have peace and rocket attacks on Israel... Once admit the right of Israel to exist in peace, and, instead of devoting your houses and streets and roads to the dread uses of war, I and this army become at once your protectors and supporters, shielding you from danger, let it come from what quarter it may. I know that a few individuals cannot resist a torrent of error and passion, such as swept Hamas into power, but you can point out, so that we may know those who desire a government, and those who insist on war and its desolation.

You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable, and the only way the people of Gaza can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war, which can only be done by admitting that it began in error and is perpetuated in pride...”

Anonymous said...



Last night I had a horrific thought upon awakening from a deep sleep. My friend and his wife and son just got back from visiting her 85 year-old father living in Guatemala yesterday and their son felt sick. Naturally while there in Guatemala they traveled around somewhat and through the airport in this country.

With the great influx of illegal children and adults crossing over into this country from Guatemala and other countries, how many of them could've been infected with some type of "superbug," a biological "bomb" of sorts, planted by the Muslim haters of America who illegally or legally traveled to Guatemala, or Honduras, or San Salvador infecting these illegal travelers to our country, before they got tossed back to their country of origin, if ever?

Furthermore if this is indeed occurring, is our President an active and thoroughly knowledgeable participant in this "coup," or a bumbling pawn??

Anonymous said...

Daniel,

thank you for your excellent article

I join Bill when he comments: "This article is the most important I've read in months."

Indeed, these "migrants" are colonists, and the West just continues to babble about "reconciliation" and "Abrahamic religions" and "religious feelings". The West has become insane, disoriented and unaware of itself.

Islam has been and continues to be the anti-thesis of what we are.

From my side of the world, Germany, I can tell you so much: Europe's people wanted to create a "European Union", and what did they got? Muslim colonists, Chinese imports and cultural relativism!

What's more uncomfortable: The United States as protector of the "Free World" is in a pitiful state, deconstructed by incapable Presidents like Obama, who created a world unsafer then it was.

Please push further to discuss how to anticipate a full-blown Global Jihad. It is important and helpful.

Erik from Germany

Anonymous said...

Suicide infectors using the latest strain of Ebola would be a nightmare indeed. All it would take would be to get one into a large city, such as New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago. That one person could infect 10,000 before he or she became too sick to continue. And once those 10,000 were infected, there isn't a damn thing the CDC, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, of the Department of Defense could do about it. Not until 50% of our country was dead, our economy crashed from it; and the Ebola plague ravaging through the rest of the world.

Dr_Zinj

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