Posted by picard578 on February 17, 2017
Source: Večernji list
A day after new US defense minister James Mattis requested allied countries to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP, Croatian Minister of Defense Damir Krstičević stated that a decision on Croatian Air Force can help Croatia meet the target, increasing defense expenditure from current 1,23% of GDP. At this moment, only seven NATO members has no air force. Reaching the 2% target would mean increasing the defense budget by 400 million USD (2,8 billion HRK). Currently, United States are responsible for 70% of NATOs military capabilities. Mattis has also stated that “Americans cannot care more for the future of your children than you can”.
Freedom is not free but unfortunately Croatian politicians do not want free Croatia. For this reason, the Communist Party of Croatia (divided into so-called HDZ and SDP) has systematically gutted Croatian military.
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Posted by picard578 on February 17, 2017
“Phobia” means “fear”, whereas “phillia” means “love”. Islamophobia – fear of Islam – is historically and logically justified. To fear something dangerous is only logical, and cannot be called hate. Conversely, Islamophillia is a type of the Stockholm syndrome that the Left has long engaged in. It is not generally spoken about, but mainstream Left has a tendency to worship mass murderers – much like radical Right and radical Left. This is seen though many T-shirts with image of mass murdered Fidel Castro being sold. Has anyone seen T-shirts with Adolf Hitler or Ante Pavelic? Probably not. So Prophet Muhammad is merely one in a pantheon of mass murderers being worshipped by modern West, from Constantine the Great to Napoleon.
Patrice Ayme's Thoughts
With Islam, As With All: No Maximal Context, No Maximally Wise Truth:
Christianism, whatever its merit, was a horrendous system of ideas. Getting rid of its rule is how we should define the end of the Middle Ages. However, all along, Christianism was rarely the master. Roman secular law, was the basic organizing principle (at least for the Franks, and their paraconsistent Salic law, written by Roman lawyers; it’s this legal superiority which empowered the imperial supremacy of the Franks, ultimately.)
When Muhammad took control of Mecca, he had to concede that Mecca’s main industry, religion, would be preserved. That required him to preserve some element of the Pagan religion prior, with its 360 deities, presided by the Moon. Hence the symbolic role of the Moon in Islam. We of course love the Moon, mosques, and even a few ideas of Islam…
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Posted by picard578 on February 16, 2017
The link above has a good discussion of anti-Israel media bias. It has hit home because I used to be affected by the same bias myself, and description is quite close to my own experience – except for the fact that I never personally witnessed things described in the article, with main factor in my own change of heart being learning about Islam itself. Also, I was never really a liberal myself. I was a socialist at times, but due to history of my nation (being from Croatia), I always was a nationalist. And that is a danger of knowing facts without context. It is a fact that Israel is bombing Palestine: but context is that they are only doing it in self-defense. It is a fact that Europe had colonized Islamic world: but context is that said colonialism was merely an act of self-defense against Islamic aggression. It was very successful self-defense as well, forcing Islam to fight against infidels on its own home turf, instead of coming over to fight in Europe.
Today, Islam is carrying out aggression against both Israel and Europe, through a combination of terrorist cells and mass immigration. How this war will end, nobody knows. And Israel, with hostile Arabs in front and hostile, increasingly Islamic liberal Europe in the rear, is in dire straits. Both Islam and liberalism are dogmatic, illogical sets of beliefs, and are working together to destroy Europe. Left reacts with outrage whenever West attempts to protect itself against Islam, and so acts as a Trojan horse enabling Islamic conquest. Israeli “colonization” of Palestine works under the same logic as European colonization of Africa and the Middle East: it creates a tampon zone to protect Israel itself from Islamic aggression, and moves the violence to Islam’s home turf. Islam has an inbuilt hatred against all non-Muslims, but this hatred is especially pronounced against the Jews. Palestinian terrorists intentionally use civilians as human shields in order to make Israel look bad in the eyes of emasculated liberal West.
Liberal West itself uses double standards: what is acceptable for Muslims to do, is not acceptable for Israelis to do. Reason for this is inbuilt liberal anti-white, anti-Western racism: they see conflict as a developed Western country beating on underdeveloped Arab neighbour because it fits their narrative of Westerners always being the oppressors. When facts cannot be made to fit the narrative, they deny the facts, positing that Islamic terrorism is not endemic to Islam, but is in fact created by the West.
A reading that may help explain causes of liberal antisemitism: “Nazi roots of multiculturalism“
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Posted by picard578 on February 15, 2017
This would more or less apply to myself as well. In fact, Croatian conservativism has long had a social component, having developed in predominantly rural 19th century Croatia where cooperation was the key for survival. While accepting of the principles of individual independence and responsibility, Croatian conservativism also demands a high measure of social responsibility – towards one’s own family, people and the country. In Croatia, it is generally the Left who are socially irresponsible – a problem made that much worse by the fact that both major parties (SDP and HDZ) are leftist neocommunist parties deeply rooted into Titoism.
I firmly support the need to emphasizecommon ground, rather than differences when collaborating with individuals of differing ideologies.
So whilst constructive dialogueis important, andI consider parts of conservatismand libertarianism essentialto my own ideology, I am first and foremosta conservative person.
This is not to state that I am incapable of changing my positions on issues over time, but for now I have a firmly rooted, mostly conservativeset of beliefs.
But why is that?
Upon reflection, the primary reason I was drawn to conservatism, was my beliefin being part of a broader collective. Yes, I favour lower taxes, private property rights, some libertarian principles, and am waryof the dangers governmental overreach can pose.
But from a young age, it wasn’t economic growth, or individualism that really graspedmy fascination.
Instead, my passion for preserving our great country emerged, as well as forpromoting the traditional order whichdeveloped modern Australia.
In all my travels…
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Posted by picard578 on February 11, 2017
Modern militaries have various types of vehicles for various jobs. These range from destruction of hard targets (tanks and bunkers) to convoy escort, peacekeeping and counterinsurgency. For this reason, and due to variance in terrains as well, most if not all types need to exist in more than one category. Main battle tanks can take considerable punishment, but are vulnerable to infantry and air support, and are impotent in very difficult terrains. They are also lacking in strategic and operational mobility, being incapable of utilizing many bridges. On the other hand, lighter forces often lack the direct fire support on the same level as main battle tanks provide, so they need lighter systems with similar firepower. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by picard578 on February 1, 2017
Requirement for wheeled armoured vehicles appeared between First and Second World Wars, and in 1930s Germany started serial production of such vehicles for its recon units. Widespread usage of wheeled armored vehicles only started after World War II. In 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, new generations of wheeled armored vehicles appear, responding to military requirements for increased mobility, protection and firepower. Still, wheeled armored vehicle development lags behind tracked AFV development due to their significantly inferior off-road mobility, inferior firepower and inferior protection due to lower carriage capability of configuration.
New lease of life wheeled vehicles were given as a result of an air-land battle doctrine, a response to 3:1 advantage in armored forces by the Eastern block. There are also requirements for infantry transport, quick strikes, anti-tank combat at low and medium range, anti-air defense, fire support etc. Light armoured vehicles are receiving large-calibre guns, anti-tank missiles and other heavy weapons, and are being integrated into combat units. Recon vehicles are adapted for frontline use in peacekeeping operations through improvements in firepower and armor, albeit at the cost of sacrificed mobility. Still, airborne forces typically lack sufficient protected firepower platform, especially since few to no militaries still operate light tanks that can be deployed via parachute. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by picard578 on January 14, 2017
The role of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation at the Pentagon is to ensure that US weapons programs continue on track and that the weapons do what they are supposed to. His report for the 2016 year can be found here. The interesting observations in the report, with respect to the F-35, are listed following: Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by picard578 on January 11, 2017
Hollowpoint bullets have been a very controversial topic for nearly two decades now. They have often been the focal point of the anti-gun campaign, despite not being anything new. Hollowpoint ammunition has appeared near the end of the 19th century, a time from which also dates the common nickname – “dum-dum bullets”, which came from the town of Dum Dum in India (near Calcutta), where British produced ammunition for rifles in .303 caliber. (It should be noted that actual “dum-dum” bullets were not hollowpoints, but rather soft-nosed projectiles, with flat nose exposing the lead core through the lubaloy jacket). For various reasons, including international bans, hollowpoint ammunition never found widespread usage in the military. However, it became very popular for hunters and in self-defense. There is an interesting anecdote about Winston Churchill, who was an officer in the Boer War. In his Mauser C-96, Churchill carried self-made hollowpoint ammunition. Boers would have executed him for utilising such ammunition, but he managed to escape.
Hollowpoint bullet usage started to get more widespread after 1960., when Lee Juras developed hollowpoint bullets of small mass and high exit velocity. With that, he solved the issue of reliable expansion. As the reliability rose, so did the usage of hollowpoint bullets among both police and the civillians. Consequence of that was also increased interest of the media and general public in hollowpoint bullets, who quickly – and incorrectly – identified hollowpoint ammunition as a threat to the society. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by picard578 on January 10, 2017
Czechs are smarter than the brainwashed Western Europe. Groups of apes have always been killing each others and this has not changed when apes evolved into humans. That is why multiculturalism does not work. And Islam is the ultimate war ideology, one which encourages its followers to kill everybody else. So Europe has to prepare for war for its very survival.
In contrast to the failures of Western Europe, the Czech Republic still has some good sense, in speaking candidly about how to deal with the Islamist threat.
“Czech government tells its citizens how to fight terrorists: Shoot them yourselves”, Washington Post, January 5, 2016:
A couple of months ago, Czech President Milos Zeman made an unusual request: He urged citizens to arm themselves against a possible “super-Holocaust” carried out by Muslim terrorists.
Never mind that there are fewer than 4,000 Muslims in this country of 10 million people — gun purchases spiked. One shop owner in East Bohemia, a region in the northern center of the Czech Republic, told a local paper that people were scared of a “wave of Islamists.”
Now the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists. Proponents say this could save lives if an attack occurs…
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