Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 12, 2009
The great Chinese general Sun Tzu stated: “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” The Art of War hasn’t change centuries later.
In the days before Obama, we had the “War on Terrorism”, “Axis of Evil” and “Islamofascism”. These have since morphed into “Overseas Contingency Operation”, “other countries” and “terrorists”, none of which adequately describe our enemy. If we cannot properly label the enemy, how can we expect to know them?
Islamofascism was coined to indicate the similarities between the Muslim Extremists, some of which are terrorists, and the Fascist regimes of Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s. This term has fallen out of favor during recent years, the victim of the PC (political correctness) police. That obfuscation does not change the striking similarities between the Muslim extremists and their Fascists counterparts of the past. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Diplomacy, Evil, Iran | Tagged: Arab, Art of War, Axis of Evil, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Fascism, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Islam, Islamofascism, Jews, Nazi, Neville Chamberlain, Nowruz, Overseas Contingency Operation, President Obama, Revolutionary Guard, Sun Tzu, Taliban, Terrorists, War on Terrorism | 5 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 10, 2009
We just passed the 20th anniversary of the removal of the Berlin Wall. The fall of this wall represented much more then the elimination of bricks and mortar. More importantly it was the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Communist Empire. For us Baby Boomers raised during the height of the Cold War, this was a remarkable event. For the first time in our lives, the threat of a nuclear holocaust was substantially lowered.
There are those with a revisionist view of history that believe the Soviet Empire rotted from within and this alone brought down the Wall and its empire. While the Soviet Union was indeed rotten, the overly simplistic view that this by itself brought them down ignores the dynamic events that occurred during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The 1970’s was the zenith of the Soviet Empire’s power. America had been embarrassed and weakened by the Vietnam debacle. This, along with the Watergate scandal, led to the election of the accommodative and liberal, Jimmy Carter, the worst president of modern time. These happenings emboldened the Soviets and led to their invasion of Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Evil, Foreign Policy, Ronald Reagan | Tagged: Berlin Wall, Bush, Cold War, Communist, Evil Empire, Iran, Jimmy Carter, Nobel Prize, Obama, Soviet Union, State Department, Viet Nam, Watergate | 7 Comments »