Trump administration moves forward with Afghanistan mining plan, despite risks – Middle East – Stripes

Here’s an important article from Stripes. It reports that President Donald Trump, who last week announced that he would be sending more troops to Afghanistan, believes the country’s estimated $1 trillion in mineral resources can be used to repay the United States for what it has spent there.

Source: Trump administration moves forward with Afghanistan mining plan, despite risks – Middle East – Stripes

Of course, the elephant in the room also means that developing the mineral wealth in Afghanistan and divert attention from opium. The US is experiencing an opioid crisis where the large cause of death for the under fifties is drug overdose.

Unfortunately, the Trump strategy seems high risk, so it would be interesting to speculate on risk mitigation options?


Opinion – Poll: 1 in 3 British Jews has considered emigrating due to antisemitism – Diaspora – Jerusalem Post – John Gelmini

English: Saudi Arabia

English: Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf raises interesting points about anti-Semitism and the prevailing attitudes in UK society.

Anti Semitism has been with us throughout the world for thousands of years and a look at history shows that Jews have been expelled from more than 80 countries since the rule of the Roman emperor Hadrian who put down a Jewish rebellion with such ferocity that 500,000 of them died leading to a passage in the Talmud which says “May his name be accursed forever”.

The question of ‘to where Jews might migrate to avoid trouble and persecution?’ is not a moot point because prejudice is not dead, merely dormant when economic times are good and most people are in work. History reminds us that anti-Semitism is at its worst when it’s politicized – that’s why the policies of the Far Left and Radical Islam are so relevent. To some extent, through their own successes and hard work, the Jewish people have been able to insulate themselves from a lot of the physical realities and, like my own ancestors who were not Jewish, many of them have changed their surnames so as to Anglicise them. John Bercow (Bercowitz), Jack Straw, the late Leon Brittan, Louise Ellman are all recent UK examples.

Fleeing from trouble works when you are dealing with a Hitler or a Cossack pogrom but with milder forms of trouble it is best to face it because it grows if left unchecked. The authorities do, and are doing, too little to take the phenomenon seriously and political correctness gone mad stopping strong and effective measures against troublesome Muslims and Jihadis who pose a threat to everybody. In the end internment, asset sequestration and mass deportations of foreign-born jihadis will become a necessity, along with closure of rogue mosques. The Muslim community will have to do more to oust troublemakers in their midst and be made to embrace Judeo Christian ethics.

Iran will need to be contained and Saudi Arabia brought to heel and all of us will need to be vigilant.

The issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is more tricky because the party pretends to be supportive of working people but ignores the latent anti-Semitism of the elements of the proletariat whom Dr Alf describes as “down on their luck” and does its best to harvest votes from the Muslim community. Parts of that Muslim community are troublesome to the point where unbelievers and kuffors are lumped in with pigs, Jews and dogs as objects of opprobrium. Corbyn does not act because he wants power at any cost, and the Government and the media pretend the problem doesn’t exist, so that they can sell Saudi Arabia more weapons.

Possibly the reason that the poll finds that 1 in 3 UK Jews is considering emigrating is because anti-Semitism is again being politicized – this time it’s Jeremy Corbyn’s Far Left Labour Party and radical Islam, previously it was Nazi Germany and Tsarist Russia.

John Gelmini