We in the developed world live in a civilization that would make our ancestors giddy. We have rule of law, participatory government, literacy, property rights and contracts, and live with possessions never dreamed of by the most lavish emperors of the past. But the most important thing that characterizes our civilization is a culture of trust. We trust that we do not have to fear our neighbors, that the market always has food, that there is a system of law enforcement that works quite well, and that rules of the road govern driving. It is no small matter to me that I can smile at strangers and that they smile back. What most Americans don’t know is how precious—and rare—that heritage is!
Not every country in the world is our friend. In dealing with others, from the beginning of our country’s history, we have needed diplomats to be stationed in other countries, as others have diplomats stationed here. We depend upon these “eyes and ears” to provide our government with insights not available at a distance. This is oneimportant leg of “intelligence.” We all gather it—and our enemies (and sometimes our friends) try to pierce each others’ communications. This is called spying, but it usually does not involve publishing the information., until now.
When English Queen Elizabeth I sent an ambassador to France the 16th century, he witnessed a nation-wide pogrom launched by the Catholic king against his Protestant Huguenot subjects. It was a massacre. He knew that this anti-Protestant campaign would next be focused on his queen. Knowing that he could not trust to a messenger to alert her, he had to wait until he could tell her about it privately.
Now we have been put in this position again, thanks to the work of a devout anarchist, the Australian Julian Assange, who believes that nobody should have secrets, except for himself and his clandestine cult. Assange trusts nobody and nothing—and as an anarchist, only knows how to destroy, not build. He has single-handedly assaulted that very trust at the core of our civilization: that we can talk to each other confidentially without having those confidences not only violated, but published.
The Anarchists really believe that there can be no brave new world of their imaginations until the civilizations of today are taken down. Assange is one kind of anarchist—but this movement takes other forms as well, most noteworthy Al Qaeda and other militant Islamists, with their murderous destruction and belief that they will have a perfect (imaginary) Muslim world in the future after destroying this one.
If you want to see what really comes with anarchy, we need only look at Yemen and the Horn of Africa—Somalia being one of the best examples—in which anarchists have or are in the process of destroying all semblance of government, law, and order. As once noted, life amidst anarchy is nasty, brutish, and short. Read Philip Kaputo’s novel, The Horn of Africa, for a brilliant picture of what life is like without the civilization of trust.
Some futurists have predicted that by mid-century a major cyber war will break out—possibly between the United States and China—a war fought in space. But nobody thought that the first volley of that war had already been fired—and we are going to have to confront the consequences and come up with defenses and remedies. This is not a blow for “freedom of the press.” It is a blow for destroying that freedom and all the other freedoms.
Shocker: WikiLeaks Employs Holocaust Denier Who Refers to Jews as a “Virus in Human Form” And His Equally Anti-Semitic Son…
Note to the left: Take a good look, these are your heroes…
(Reason)– Last week, I wrote that the widely-linked article positing that the CIA was behind a Swedish woman’s accusation of rape against Julian Assange was authored by a Russian-born, Swedish-domiciled, multi-aliased anti-Semite and Holocaust denier currently writing under the name “Israel Shamir,” a.k.a. Adam Ermash or Jöran Jermas. The broader point had little to do with the efficacy or morality of WikiLeaks—there are plenty of debates available on the narrower issue of government transparency; this isn’t intended to be one of them—but was concerned with how ideology and confirmation bias (WikiLeaks is a good thing, therefore Assange must be defended, and the CIA has done bad stuff in the past so—cui bono?—Assange’s accuser must be a Langley asset) can lead mainstream media figures into the fever swamps of Internet conspiracy theory.
It is worrying enough when journalists, either by accident or design, consort with vulgar figures like Shamir. But it has now been revealed that Israel Shamir, when he is not accusing Assange’s accusers of setting CIA honey traps, works with WikiLeaks in an official capacity.
According to reports in the Swedish and Russian media, the broad strokes of which have been confirmed by a WikiLeaks spokesman, Shamir serves as the group’s content aggregator in Russia, the man who “selects and distributes” the cables to Russian news organizations, according to an investigation by Swedish public radio. In the newspaper Expressen, Magnus Ljunggren, an emeritus professor of Russian literature at Gothenburg University, outlined Shamir’s close ties to WikiLeaks and his position “spreading the documents in Russia.” (The article is illustrated with a picture of Assange and Shamir in an unidentified office.)
So let us quickly recap the foulness of Shamir’s political views. As I noted last week, he has called the Auschwitz concentration camp “an internment facility, attended by the Red Cross (as opposed to the US internment centre in Guantanamo),” not a place of extermination. He told a Swedish journalist (and fellow Holocaust denier) that “it’s every Muslim and Christian’s duty to deny the Holocaust.” The Jews, he says, are a “virus in human form” and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is real.
But wait, there’s more!
The Swedish media has identified Shamir’s son, a disgraced journalist named Johannes Wahlström, himself accused of anti-Semitism and falsifying quotes, as a WikiLeaks spokesman in Sweden. Indeed, Wahlström has authored stories based on the WikiLeaks material for the newspaper Aftonbladet and is credited as a producer on a recent Swedish public television documentary about the group.
But while being the son of a famous Holocaust denier is perhaps only suggestive—Wahlström is surely not responsible for his father’s many sins—his celebrations of his father’s work in print and his contributions to Shamir’s website suggest ideological affinity.* Indeed, in 2005 Wahlström wrote a story for the leftist magazine Ordfront arguing that Swedish media, not known for being friendly to the Jewish state, was in fact being manipulated by Jewish interests on behalf of the Israeli government.
so thats it. leftism is a mental disorder