Immigration Red Flags, Article 13, & Petitions To Sign & Share.

Please don’t forget about Article 13! Watch the video at the end of this entry!!!

Lately I’ve been mentally drafting an entry about citizenship in an open world. There are so many contradicting laws that makes no sense especially in combination with facilitated mass movements of people. It is indeed a very interesting topic for many reasons:

  1. Just because a government is generous enough to give you legal permission to be in a territory doesn’t mean that the locals will.
  2. Assuming that immigration laws make sense is naive since a number of measures are carried out in an attempt to create an image of governmental efficiency.
  3. Assuming that a territory will be more welcoming towards geographical neighbours also fly in the face of incredibly generous offers directed towards non-bordering territories. A territory might be legally more hostile towards people next door.

Just when I had all of this in the back of my mind I came across The Windrush Scandal that perfectly illustrates my point:

  1. You are allowed entry into a territory that theoretically isn’t yours through claims of ancestry.
  2. You are told by governing forces that you are legally allowed to stay.
  3. All of a sudden you find that your status has been revoked several years even decades after you were welcomed into the territory and that you are all of a sudden being treated as an illegal immigrant.
  4. The digital revolution has wrecked havoc on the old system of file-keeping. So if you were born before 2000 you might struggle to get hold of school records and other “evidence,” because you were born before mainstream digitalisation. When I was little my name was just added in my parent’s passports, you had to have your own passport once you were a teen or something along those lines, so government bureaucracy and technological changes can easily land you in a grey area.

Did anyone say an open world? Think again. This is a topic worthy of a giga entry because the issue puts into question a myriad of things that we just assume in today’s digitally and commercially open world.

Once again:

  1. Just because a piece of paper grants you legal access doesn’t mean that you and your family will actually be safe – because there will always be many layers of “borders” – and if locals are pissed off and unhappy they might create their own border-control “service,” which you probably do not want to deal with, ever.
  2. An authority might change its mind about you or the ethnic demographic that you belong to regardless of whether or not you actually represent a threat as an individual or as part of a generalised group. You might just end up being targeted so that the government can look busy.

If the Windrush scandal illustrated anything it is how dangerous the illusion of an open world actually is. You might be safe in terms of residency for 40 years only to wake up one day to find out that you’ve been labeled an “illegal immigrant” and that you are on your way to a detention facility.

Here are some petitions to share about a more peaceful issue: the environment.

Fracking

Whaling

Plastic Pollution

Exotic Zoo Animals

Trophy Hunting

Detained Whales

Dog Fighting

 

 

 

Globalism vs. Localism & The Rise of Nationalism.

A clear advantage that you’ll have if you’ve been raised internationally is that it gives you the ability to compare different population groups and Nation State Systems.

If there is one thing that is clear to me whenever I look at old entries that I’ve written it is that the challenges faced all over the Western world are largely the same.

When a music publication criticises the current U.S. President in the U.S.A. the Italian counterpart uses the same tone and style towards the current Italian leadership.

When there is a movement to remove statues of historical characters in the U.S.A. you see the same unfolding in the U.K.

When a Norwegian ad is deemed racist in Norway since it features Norwegians and a Norwegian flag you see the same type of activism other places in Europe.

What is interesting though is that the backlash to globalism is localised Nationalism from groups who don’t necessarily seem to realise that we all find ourselves in the same boat…

Nationalism is bad when it is expansionist, when a sense of superiority dictates to such an extent that it justifies waging war and invading everybody else. Take this attitude and couple it with redistribution of wealth and you have a true horror-show next door since said group will have to expand in order to find more loot to “redistribute.“

Nationalism that is non-expansionist though ensures the survival of your Nation, especially if you are non-isolationist and keep your “friends“ close.

France for the French, Italy for the Italians, Norway for the Norwegians and England for the English has become the slogan that a lot of people hold on to these days ignorant of the fact that “the elite“ always intermarried and travelled around Europe as they wished…

Rules do not apply to the super rich. One of their privileges is freedom of movement. This is a privilege extended to those who work for them or those fortunate enough to work for corporations with an international reach.

The major bulk of whatever population group though remains stuck. No movement for them!

If the E.U. did something positive it was to enable liberty of movement to everyone, this was probably done to benefit businesses  but what it meant in practise was that more people had the liberty to pack their bags and simply exit.

This resulted in retired Norwegians moving to Spain where they could get more for their money, lots of Italians moving North to get access to jobs and people from Poland going Westwards all in the name of “pursuit of happiness.“

Of course this started to bother the managers of Nation State systems at a certain point, resulting in legal changes intended towards those who dared to leave.

Benefit recipients in Norway realised that they could have a pool, great food and cheap liquor if they went South!

Norwegians with substantial salaries in Norway realised that they could rent or buy villas if they took their Norwegian oil money with them anywhere else in Europe.

If you are well-off or rich up North there is no end to how you can live down South and as more and more people realised this I imagine that more and more bureaucrats were having nightmares and premature seizures.

All of this liberty resulted in non-elites owning properties all over Europe, moving around the continent on a whim while poor people could actually enjoy themselves and not just struggle.

So far so good? Well, apparently not. Because even though the scenario above might seem like a dream come true to anyone who actually believes in liberty the EU (and the UN) decided for some strange reason to invite everyone else into the European Utopia…

Freedom of movement also meant that if you could get across any border into Europe it would give you access to the entire continent. All of a sudden there were hordes of people doing anything and everything to get to Elysium; the source of all of their aid money, the Utopia in the distance.

Which of course can make one wonder if it was the majority who wanted colonialists out of their territories or whether or not this was the wish of specific elites eager to dominate their own territory?

How do you explain fighting for your independence when the result is mass flight Northwards only some years later?

It goes without saying that Europe cannot hold all of the world since Europe is a relatively small continent compared to other territories and when all of a sudden you end up having security threats all around your territory then how can anyone expect civilians to be quiet?

I think the reason for the current rise in Nationalism in Europe can be blamed on this.

For some weird reason though it is a Nationalism that is localised rather than a continental one, which means ignoring the fact that no European Nation stands alone in the challenges that they are facing and that the E.U. does not equal Europe.

This type of Nationalism rejects everything and anything reverting back to how things used to be when only the elite and the ridiculously wealthy could enjoy certain privileges.

It sounds like a political movement that is simply fed up. It also means that it doesn’t seem capable of actually dealing with the root of the problem which seems to be  international non-State organisations….

What you end up having are atomised Nations convinced that their situation is a uniquely unfortunate one, completely convinced that their situation is particularly bad and than the solution to their problems is: them alone, first, in front of everyone else, rather than a network of Nations facing challenges together.

Because this is the reaction observed all over the Western world I’m not quite sure how things will play out. The challenges are not unique, they are largely the same and if you were raised in an international fashion there is no way that you cannot see that.

What will the future bring? I have no idea but it will probably be bumpy for everyone.

 

 

Thou Shall Not Laugh In Europe – The End Is Nigh For YouTube Entertainment!

The end of YouTube as we know it might be near thanks to the western world’s most notorious party-poopers: The EU.

YouTubers doing covers of other people’s music, game-channels, parody channels, top. 10 lists and independently run news sites will be the first content creators to be affected since the law is supposed to protect those who own their own copyright a 100%, in addition to whatever mechanical and/or visual copyright. (I do, or  we’ve paid for a license).

In short you need to own all the content that you upload. It will ultimately be the responsibility of YouTube to ensure that this rule is being followed. Which means that it might only be profitable and safe for social media platforms to approve content from major entertainment companies.

This will literally mean the end of socio-economic mobility and independent brand-building via social media an opportunity open to anyone with an internet connection. It will simultaneously be the end of the youth-culture that our younger siblings and/or children have grown up with.

The face of my younger sister when I explained this to her says it all, I don’t even want to know how my youngest sibling might react.

The role-models of Generation Z are YouTubers, when they meet they talk about bloggers, when they laugh they enjoy parody accounts and memes, their heroes are gamers and influencers and Millennials and other Zers who are doing covers, often times 10x better than the actual original.

Not only will it mean the end of their unique and diverse culture it will also put a lot of influencers and role-models who have not become part of the entertainment establishment out of business.

It is an attack on anyone who is not a baby-boomer, an attack on anyone who is independent, an attack on those who’ve been fortunate enough to be able to create their own playlists and choose their own role-models rather than having content defined for them by whatever establishment.

It is an attack on freedom, youth, diversity, creativity, vitality and innovation.

The EU are the ones who claim that they care about diversity, cultural enrichment and children, now we see how deep this concern truly is in their handling of the internet.

Generation Z & Millennials will never forgive them – Thou Shall Not Laugh In Europe.

You can contact your EU representatives and find out who they are by a simple Google search or make a video if you are a YouTuber: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/your-meps/uk_meps.html#shadowbox/1/

 

Having A Raison D’être & An End Game – The Impression One Can Get.

When reading about the Iraq war last year I was stunned to see the willingness to sacrifice the integrity of Europe on the altar of momentary territorial access needed in order to get into Iraq.

“Plan Of Attack” by Bob Woodward.

“Decision Points” by George W. Bush.

I was further mystified by the fact that 4-star Army General (ret.) Colin Powell came across as the one lone voice of reason, since he tried to raise awareness of tribalism and ethnic diversity in the targeted area.

The reading certainly gave me the impression that humans are simply being seen as replaceable cogs in the machinery by the establishment.

Culture and ethnicity simply doesn’t matter, it is all about momentary victory, without any overarching solid narrative selling a clearly defined End Game, that will be reached by many separate actions all serving the same underlying objective.

This is a startling realisation.

When reading “The Art Of War” I was surprised about what sort of advice it contained. Prolonged warfare with no end in sight is depicted as one of the worst projects that a Nation can ever engage in. A group that engages in warfare also have to ensure that they have access to an efficient supply line, taking advantage of whatever resources the group can get their hands on as they expand into a territory. A war effort should be swift and precise, without too much meddling from sovereigns located far away. The people who are on the ground need to be able to do what is necessary to reach their goal in a completely mobilised way, to the extent that this is possible.

All of this certainly made me question the sort of warfare that people my age have grown accustomed to. All of our Nations’ war efforts seem concentrated in “alien territories,” fighting and training “aliens” that might turn on the West later, and all of our Nations’ major war efforts seemingly drag out for ever…

No proper end game that logically makes sense is ever presented to the public and when getting an insight into the world of those who run these things, it doesn’t really seem like these characters know what the deal is either (unless a battle ground is simply needed in order to train soldiers and test new equipment).

Warriors & Citizens – American Views of Our Military edited by Kori Schake & Jim Mattis.

A parallel can be drawn to hacker activists, who don’t seem too concerned with allies. They’ll attack an enemy of the West one day only to target Western political and military structures the next, potentially jeopardising the integrity and safety of a Nation State or its military operations.

When reading about community organisers you see this pattern of behaviour once again.  A lot of left-wing activism simply cancels itself out, since the only common denominator seems to be emotionalism. Due to this you’ll get contradicting agitation and advocacy that will leave someone like myself slightly confused, as there is no End Game in sight anywhere.

If you look at Islamic agitation in Europe it is very easy to understand what their End Game and overarching goal is. They engage in demographic expansionism into Europe, which gradually gives them a political advantage. Wealthy Muslim power-players buy themselves into Western Corporations which gives them cultural influence and leverage. Street-level Muslims carve out their own territories and then defend these. Mosques are erected further cementing a claim to a specific territory boosting confidence, while a romanticized fantasy of Islamic Imperialism, appealing to people’s sense of identity and innate penchant for ancestry-worship, is promoted. Of course, as always, not all. But you don’t need every member of a specific group to behave in this particular fashion for it to have its desired effect. My impression of European Islamification is that there is a long-term vision, coupled with a willingness to commit to certain behaviours, in order to eventually reach a clearly defined outcome: Nation States that become compatible in their policies and in their cultures with the Muslim faith, preferably paving the way for a new “Golden-Age.” Of course it is of importance to point out the ethnic and racial diversity within Islam, and that there are numerous conflicting denominations within the faith as well. As an example: we can now clearly observe, imported tribal disagreements and feuds, in Europe, in addition to all of our own inter-ethnic issues that we had from before….

Inter-ethnic dissonance is very prevalent in Africa; which is generally referred to as the most diverse continent on the surface of the earth.

So what can be said of the West? What is our End Game? What can be observed and what conclusions can be drawn? 

What would make sense, instinctively,  would be to have common ancestry as the glue holding Europe together. Race has become way more inclusive than what it used to be, since we now largely see Race as something observable, while ethnic groups give us what has become our European Nation States, with its specific cultures and characteristics.  Back in the day these used to be chopped up into various tribes that probably displayed a lot of similar traits to one another, hence our generalisation regarding population groups contained within the boundaries of the modern Nation State: an extended family sharing common ancestry and a similar distribution of genetic traits on average.

It would make sense if our Nation States in Europe concerned themselves with the protection of our shared and individual cultural heritage, doing everything to ensure the survival and majority status of white children (and mixed whites) in the only territory that actually belongs a 100% to whites, protecting our continent’s borders and integrity.

A strong unified Europe and more broadly speaking, a strong unified West with the more multi-racial configurations found within territories conquered by whites, would in theory make sense.

Is this an End Game for what is collectively known as The West though? No.

This would be a racist objective. It would insinuate that Ethnic-Europeans have a natural claim to a specific territory and that conquest is a legitimate way to establish a Nation, which is what a white presence in all other territories other than Europe is a result of. (To my knowledge … It certainly looks that way when observing strange geographic settlements by Whites and the presence of dark-skinned indigenous groups).

The prevalent mythos championed in the West is this:

  1. that all other groups are minorities, even if Europe looks very small when compared to other continents, and we are outnumbered globally speaking.
  2. That the magic soil theory is truth, meaning that you’ll automatically become  Swedish by simply breathing the air in Sweden.
  3. That all human beings are born equal due to a blank slate, and that genetics simply don’t exist.
  4. That talking about genetics and genuine diversity is dangerous because that will instantly turn you into Hitler and result in a new Holocaust.
  5. That it makes sense to celebrate white ethnic groups becoming minorities, after years of civil-rights battles in the U.S.A. to ensure equal opportunity regardless of skin colour, and after years of Whites trying to do good towards previously marginalised and abused non-white minority groups within their domains. Not to forget: the constant focus on the challenges faced by so-called (and genuine) minorities within traditionally White-majority constructs. None of this paints minority-status in an appealing light … yet we should do everything in our power to lay the groundwork for our own marginalisation…. which is particularly interesting when reading about the merciless brutality in other parts of the world perpetrated by non-white majorities…
  6. That previous white expansionism will just be forgotten, since Whites have decided to “play nice,” which means that we no longer have any enemies and don’t really need any borders….
  7. That only white ethnic groups can be guilty of racism and imperialistic activity.
  8. That white ethnic groups are not under any circumstance “indigenous” and that there will at no point be any need to give any white demographic the status of “protected group.”
  9. That race and/or ethnicity is only real and only counts if/when dealing with “indigenous people,” who can under no circumstance be white. These “indigenous” groups are also the only ones entitled to certain territories that have to be protected in order to ensure their survival.
  10. That charity is only needed in the 3rd world as it is probably your own fault if you are poor and hungry in the superior, egalitarian, socialist inspired constructs that make up the Western World.
  11. That you have to import workers from Africa and The Middle East, rather than employing individuals from territories closer to your own, or within your own continent.
  12. That mixing on a massive scale is always peaceful and not the result of violent demographic change or militant conquest.
  13. That re-writing history and engaging in gas-lighting on a National and/or Continental level is perfectly alright in order to salvage vanity projects initiated by international organisations, that might look good on paper and in theory; until inserting the human factor into the equation actually implementing the idea.

Ok. So this doesn’t look too promising. Then what about Christianity? This is multi-racial, multiethnic and global. It is way more inclusive and has been used as a unifying factor in Europe before…

The West has continuously acted as an enemy to Christian groups in the Middle East, facilitating genocidal persecution of genuine Christian minority tribes. Western governments not only promote the build-down of Christianity within Europe and all other territories under White influence, they actively side with Nations and regimes known for violent Christian persecution.

What about human-rights, enlightenment ideas, world peace and the “human race”?

Western governments have repeatedly sided with regimes guilty of outrageous human rights abuses, making themselves guilty of gross hypocrisy since human rights and the protection of humanity as a whole has become the main narrative and general raison d’être of Western groups.

Portraying oneself as a defender of the human race also becomes tricky as you cannot possible go out there and claim that population group A needs more protection and privileges than population group B as this would be racist and undermine universal rights. And how on earth can you even say population group A and B when race/ethnicity isn’t even real? You cannot say that religious group A is more guilty of persecution than religious group B, because why would religious group B be more righteous or in need of more protection than the other? Are you a bigot or what?

Who are you to say that Terrorists don’t have rights or don’t have a point, when you claim to be a defender of all of humanity? And how on earth do you even define a “War on Terror” or “Terrorists”? Any person or group could fall into this category when nothing is specified.

These kind of points can be spinned indefinitely putting The West in a situation where none of its actions can be seen as righteous and/or legitimate.

It opens up the door for a potential legal, moral and PR nightmare where The West and its natural inhabitants never win.

It also puts Western Nation states in a situation where an enemy cannot be clearly defined, at least not in public, due to important exotic alliances and potential diplomatic disasters. By relying on exotic alliances for abstract military operations, the West paints  itself into a corner, where they cannot kick out subversive elements within their own nations if these stem from their good “friends and allies.”

The West is forced into a position where it cannot really look after the interests of its own inhabitants, nor enforce the heritage and integrity of itself.

Not to forget that The West is put into an incredibly awkward situation when Western leaders cannot clearly formulate anything, if interested in maintaining good international relationships.

This results in cringe worthy narratives that leaves all of those who don’t just parrot our “modern shared values” confused and puzzled. What are we all about really? Does anyone know?

What about Capitalism then? A support for this must surely be a constant factor from The Americans at least? 

No. Think again. The U.S.A. is willing to tolerate oppressive communist regimes that in the long run pose a threat to the American experiment and their global influence, as long as the U.S.A. can gain from such an alliance in the short run.

So what is The End Game of The West? 

Strangely and worryingly enough there doesn’t seem to be one……(but I might be very wrong, after all, who knows what goes on behind the scenes…).

At best it can be argued that there are forces within The West championing stability trough whatever means by expanding the police state and surveillance of their own citizens. This though is worked against by leaders who don’t want to acknowledge the effects of demographic change. In addition it facilitates the very form of governance that Western Nations are outspokenly against, not to forget that the identity destruction currently happening in The Western world work against any conservation efforts intended to protect our cultural and ethnic inheritance, while simultaneously compromising stability and security; in short, all of it compromises the survival of those people who occupy the territories that we collectively refer to as The West.

 

Europe & America’s Transformation Due To Migration – My Observations as A European Globetrotter.

From 2008-2009 I was living in London, my first year in England. During that time I remember how surprised I was while driving around the various neighbourhoods in the capital. I honestly felt like the area we lived in was an oasis surrounded by ghettos on all sides. One scenario certainly branded itself into my mind. We were driving through a foreign-looking neighbourhood where the only white person I saw was an elderly male surrounded by Arabs and Africans. As I observed this old person who was waiting for the bus, standing there as some sort of relic in a street fundamentally transformed, complete with signs in foreign languages and whatnot, I could only think of one thing: “This is the future of Europe.”

These days there seems to be many who blog and voice a genuine worry about this visible development in our part of the world. Not because they are racist or anti-immigration but because the transformation of Europe is staggering, which you’ll understand if you read this entry. Having lived in several countries and having been raised a “European” I’ll share some of the observations I’ve made over the years.

In 1995 I turned six, officially moved out of Norway with my family and was enrolled into an Italian grammar school.  I’ve been an ethnic minority for the majority of my life, even a racial minority within western territory. I’ve been exposed to street level diversity   which is relevant in a political debate as this is the reality that most face, a crucial, but much overlooked detail when multiculturalism is mentioned. Elitist diversity is not representative of what “the people” will be thrown into. I’ve also seen both sides of the capitalist coin, experiencing socio-economic mobility, both up-down & down-up – another important detail to note.

  1. The parent generation of Scandinavian Millennials would have been the first people to actually see coloured people wandering the streets of Norway and Sweden. Both my parents remember the first time they ever saw an African in the flesh; this was an absolute rarity.
  2. Ever since the first migrant wave into Oslo of “guest workers” (who of course remained) there had been rumours that Turkish people walked around with knifes and were dangerous. Yet “spooky Muslim gangs” was “word of mouth” and not something that was reported on in the mainstream media nor something that most would have actually seen or encountered.
  3. When we moved into the Italian city of Verona and I was enrolled in 3rd grade, we had one Moroccan in our class. He was the first North African I had ever met and the only person of colour I had ever seen…
  4. …besides the pitch-black street vendors selling pirate/stolen goods in the city’s main street. They were a curiosity as they certainly stood out in the city landscape, to put it mildly. They would carry their goods in bags so that they could quickly wrap them up and run away the second that they saw a police officer coming. They were always on the run it seemed uttering strange sounds to one another.
  5. When my mother was calling around to see if she could find accommodation for an au pair that was going to stay with us, she was mortified when someone she spoke to asked what skin colour our employee had as this person was not interested in renting out to Africans. This experience was retold to us (the kids) so that we could learn about how horrible racism is.
  6. When I later attended a Norwegian school in 5th grade, we had one African Muslim girl in our class. This was my first ever encounter with a “girl who was different,” when we learned about religions in school, she demonstrated how Muslims pray.
  7. During this stint in Norway we rented a house where the neighbours across the street were a Pakistani family, their son called Henan used to play with my brother.
  8. During the 90s we ventured down South in Italy. The divide was clearly visible. Southern Italians don’t look like Northern Italians at all and the landscape dramatically differs too as their part of Italy has shitty infrastructure and looks like a mess. We swiftly aborted our adventure and left back North after I nearly got hit in the head by a rock thrown by an orphan – something that could have smashed my head. After that we decided to never travel further south than Rome.
  9. During the 90s a friend of the family moved to Napoli. On his first night there he was held at gunpoint.  This just enforced our impression that the further South you go, the more dangerous it gets.
  10. At one point during the late 90s we were mugged as a family in Rome. We were gassed in our hotel room and the burglars then walked around meticulously sorting out what they wanted among our personal belongings. They only took what was of value. We had a full investigation going courtesy of the Carabinieri, they were convinced it was an inside job by the people working at the hotel.
  11. When we had gone on an evening stroll the night before in the area we had noticed the alarming amount of foreign looking homeless people sleeping on the streets. It was a sad and shocking sight. They slept on top of where the heat was emitted from the underground. After the mugging and our observations of the true state of the city we never went to Rome again. We had stayed in a fancy, sheltered “oasis” on previous visits, so what we now saw and experienced was disturbing.  A new rule was set: you don’t go further South than Tuscany.
  12. When half African-half Norwegian Benjamin Hermansen was killed (2001) by Neo-Nazis in East Oslo we heard of it and were shocked that a racist murder had taken place in Norway. Back then it was not reported that many other racists murders were occurring towards Norwegians; I didn’t know this until some months ago (2017) myself.
  13. Later when I came back to Norway on another occasion in 2002 I attended a different school in another part of the country , there we also had one girl of colour in our class, I don’t know if she was a Muslim.
  14. In 2002 a scandal broke in Norway about how Imams advised Muslim girls to go against Norwegian laws as the Quran was/is more important. The girl who broke the story revealed how genital mutilation was being recommended to her even though this procedure is illegal in Norway. It was a strange case that received nationwide exposure. The girl was ostracised by her own with other Muslims harassing and spitting at her in the streets.
  15. The only other time I can remember seeing Arabs as a little girl was when we had to buy groceries at a fantastic vegetable/fruit shop over at Lillestrøm, since Norwegians always had an excuse for not working 😛 (read: lots of Christian holidays, that are still conveniently maintained in a secular-socialist-society).

How has Europe changed since then?

  1. From 2002-2003 I lived in Vence, up in the hills outside Nice in France. We were very surprised when we drove into Vence during the evenings as we only saw groups of young Arab looking men hanging out in the town centre. We never saw any women or people who looked French out in the evening.
  2. During my stay there I had to attend a mandatory French class for non-French speakers, I was the only girl and the only white student in the class. We were a group of 12-15 students, all the others were Arab Muslim boys, only one of them was interested in learning French. All the others mocked the initiative and didn’t even try. I had one friend and she was a Muslim, she attended a public school while her brother was sent off to a private one. She came from Tunisia and had strict parents.
  3. Nice certainly gave off a has-been vibe as the old town reeked of urine. The entire area seemed like a sad ghost of a former glorious past and it was impossible to not notice a very un-French demographic and crumbling buildings/infrastructure.
  4. As we drove around in France we observed the ghettos from afar and saw burned out apartment blocks. Marseille had already gained a horrible reputation, we had also heard of the ghettos in Paris.
  5. In 2005 we were in Norway for a short stint and lived on the Eastside of Oslo. My brother became a racial minority in his own fatherland, my school had one of the worst reputations in town and was as multicultural as you can get. The Muslim boys clustered together even if they came from different Middle Eastern countries and spoke different types of Arabic. They communicated in broken Norwegian and had their own “brotherhood.”
  6. A girl my age in one of the other classes became blind on one eye after she was attacked by a girl-gang. Gangs of violent girls were notorious on the East side back then. What their ethnicity was I don’t know, but I do know that their victim was blond and white.
  7. In 2006 I spent my Easter Holiday in Norway and stayed with a friend of mine of Turkish descent on the Eastside, I came with her to attend a day at her school and saw for the first time in my life a class that was predominantly Muslim in Norway. I was for the first time in my life in an environment where I was a racial minority in my own country.
  8. From late 2006-2007 I spent 5 months in Norway, my last extended stay in my nation. During this period I went to hang out with an old childhood friend of mine.  She had just started dating a Muslim and we were going to go back to his place to hang out, this didn’t seem particularly alarming so I just tagged along. Little did I know that he shared a tiny cramped flat with a pack of Muslim men of all ages. They had posters on their walls of Muslim terrorists and had a TV on where a Muslim in a black turban and attire was going on about something in the Arabic language. There were no women there at all and only my friend’s boyfriend seemed to speak Norwegian, they spoke Arabic amongst themselves. I was not interested in hanging out there as I found the posters and the whole atmosphere alarming, I instantly got my dad to come and get me. Eventually when my friend starting sending me all sorts of anti-American messages when I lived in the USA and told me that she had converted to Islam I severed all contact with her, as she appeared to be  radicalized.
  9. In 2007 I came back to Italy as we still had our main residency there. This was my last address in Italy and the last time I was in our apartment in Padova. We decided to head over to Verona to say hi to old friends and whatnot. In contrast to how things were in the 90’s there were now African street sellers everywhere. They had increased enormously in numbers to such an extent that it was shocking. They were still running around with their bags though. Verona had also lost its “innocence” as my mother was “pickpocketed” in Via Mazzini when a gypsy woman tried to snuck her hand underneath my little brother’s baby stroller  to steal things. What we saw in our former home-city was a sad transformation.
  10. We heard a rumour of how Muslims wanted to remove crucifixes from public Italian buildings. They tried to use the EU for this purpose. The story seemed ludicrous after having grown up there. Italy is a Catholic country.
  11. In 2007 I also spent some time in Germany and was surprised to see a great number of Arab shops in the area where I was as I didn’t know that there was a big Muslim presence in the country.
  12. There were no aesthetic perimeters around the Eiffel Tower in Paris when I saw it in 2007.
  13. Between 2007-2014 I heard and also saw for myself that the Norwegian media had started to use a new term: Ethnic-Norwegians.
  14. In 2010 I spent around a month or so in Germany outside Koln; there we ran into a German music industry character who complained loudly about the Turkish not integrating, something that had started to become a common heard complaint when talking with people throughout Europe.
  15. We also ventured into the Muslim area of town for some strange reason, not that I can recall what we were doing there, it certainly struck me as strange that there were that many Muslims and foreigners in Germany of all places. When I write this it is important to bear in mind that the neighbourhoods where they are a majority transform completely. All you see are Arab shops and signs in the Arabic language. Whatever Europeanness reigned there before will be gone, with the exemption of the buildings. So the carcass of Europe is left, pretty much.
  16. In 2014 I came back to Norway to record my first album, meaning that I was locked up in a studio most of the time. Yet we managed to travel in to Oslo. On this occasion I had a very bizarre experience as I was the only white person in an elevator ride and the only woman not wearing a Niqab. We also ventured up into the mountains to visit some relatives where we heard that a Somali  had attacked the bus driver and some passengers on the bus going over the mountain to a neighbouring town. Strange to experience and hear of this in Norway. During the same visit I also visited my grandmother. Islamist terrorists warnings were flashing on the TV. In Norway. The most Northern country in Europe. What was most ironic about the situation was the fact that my grandmother had been sharing her opinions on Islam several years earlier, thoughts that I had dismissed as “paranoid” yet there we were standing in her living room seeing the evidence of Norway’s sad transformation in the news.
  17. In 2014 I performed at two prisons in Norway. I was told that we had to speak English as the majority of the inmates couldn’t speak Norwegian.
  18. In 2015 it caught my attention that students in Oxford wanted to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes as they found it offensive. Who was he? A colonialist who expanded the British Empire in Africa. It was brought to my attention that this was only one of many incidents of “triggered” students advocating the “de-whitification” of European universities. Appalling. What was even more ridiculous was the fact that the guy who was fronting the Cecil Rhodes campaign here in England was an African student who had gained access to Oxford thanks to a Rhodes Scholarship.
  19. In January 2016 I posted my first blog post that was critical of Islam and what is currently unfolding in Europe, my entry was about Charlie Hebdo as I couldn’t stop thinking about the Islamist attack on its one year anniversary. After that entry I started reading and writing more and more about our current mess.
  20. In 2016 I actually went on a proper holiday to Norway. I went up to visit relatives in the Fjord land and had the odd experience of walking into a supermarket  where I was the only non-Arab/Muslim.
  21. In 2016 I also went to pick up my passport over at the Norwegian embassy in London and ventured into a nearby park. I decided to take pictures for my blog as it was a lovely day. When I came back home to upload my pictures I noticed that there were hijabs in nearly all of my pictures and that Muslims looked like a majority, I first titled my entry “Londonistan” but felt like maybe that was too rude and changed it back to London, with multiple dots after the capital’s name…..
  22. During the 2016 Islamic terrorist attack in Nice we were concerned about my dad’s safety as he lives down there. He had been out with some friends at one of the street restaurants and was not far away from where it happened.
  23. In 2016 I  performed at the HQ of a European major corporation in London, I was surprised to see the uneven demographic distribution as it seemed like the majority of those present were non-English/European.
  24. In 2016 I noticed for the first time that a great number of little children here in Europe do not look European at all. Something I had never paid attention to before.
  25. In 2017 I spoke with my friend who sadly revealed to me that she had been abused by her Muslim boyfriend, she also revealed that she had been reluctant to speak about it as she didn’t want to add to the image of Muslims being a problem in Europe. I was happy to hear that she was safe and while hearing of creepy things she had seen in the area where she lives, I guess I tried to rationalise it all in the conversation by mentioning ethnic Norwegians acting badly….My friend had adopted a foreign accent to her Norwegian, and now spoke Kebab-Norwegian despite being an ethnic-Norwegian. It seems like she has perfectly integrated into this foreign culture.
  26. In 2017 after having been on holiday on the French Riviera (my first extended stay there since I lived there) I noticed and wrote in my blog about how strange it was to come back to Heathrow in England and not see a single English looking person        working at the airport (with the exception of the border patrol agent). This is strange for a non-English European to witness. In my blog entry I also wrote about the strange duplicity of France; how you can be somewhere where there is a state of emergency without seeing much of it if you live in a safe haven of a bubble. I also noted how the area looked like a time-capsule  as my old school had fallen into disrepair, the infrastructure looked the same as when we lived there and the airport was in desperate need of a facelift, nothing had changed in terms of the infrastructure. It was literally  like travelling back in time, only that things were even more worn out.
  27. While I was on the Riviera in 2017 I was also informed by my dad that they had put new concrete on Promenade Des Anglais, as it was impossible to clean up all the blood from the victims of the Islamic terrorist attack in 2016. So they just tried to erase the event pretty much.
  28. Whenever I left our “safe space” in France I saw military men patrolling the streets and an increasingly un-French demographic.
  29. When we came back to England and were travelling home, we had to stand by and wait while the Heathrow Express was checked for unattended bags.
  30. In 2017 I’ve also noticed how commercials have completely changed their demographic in terms of casting. It is crazy that so many roadside advertisement boards, TV commercials and magazines now portray more foreign looking people than actual white Europeans; this is disturbing to say the least as this is our continent and our territory. Yet when advertisers are trying to reach consumers they are obviously starting to see Europeans as minorities in their own countries.
  31. In 2017 I’ve noticed how editorials and magazines such as National Geographic now  attempt to diversify the list of accomplished and influential individuals from the past. It is obvious that it is politically incorrect to cherish our own as other characters have to be brought out of obscurity to minimise European exceptionalism. Every single magazine you come across now normalise diversity to such an extent that I sometimes wonder if I live in Africa or the Middle East.
  32. In 2017 I’ve seen that  the ultimate casting seems to be an Arab or an African looking male coupled with a white woman. This is the new ideal.
  33. I’ve noticed that whenever I’ve run into an ensemble of English people gathered to uphold English culture they’ve aways been elderly. Whether we are talking about the local church community, individuals volunteering on what you can roughly call tourist spots, individuals arranging activities for the local neighbourhood and/or the GW brass band performing at Paddington Station in London. There is a general air of resignation when it comes to the Church of England for example, regardless of where you go. While Mosques are erected our own churches are closed and/or desecrated. I’m wondering why there is such an absence of young Englishmen engaged with their community and/or heritage? This is something that I’m asking in 2017 as I only see white-haired people and no one willing to inherit the duties and activities that they are engaged in. Needless to say; there are people who are very happy to see my face as finally there is a young person showing some interest; the issue is this though that I’m not English, I’m Norwegian and more concerned with the wellbeing and cultural inheritance of this country than many of its ethnic countrymen. Now that is strange.
  34. On the 1st of September 2017 I travelled in to London to vote in the Norwegian election. I saw even more women wearing Niqabs than on my last London visit. There seems to be an exponential growth in traditionally dressed Muslims wherever one looks in the capital. This time around it was impossible to not feel uncomfortable as it honestly doesn’t look like you are in London anymore. I felt like the odd one out since I was not wearing a Niqab or Hijab.
  35. A mother and a daughter wearing Niqabs who looked like they came from Africa were picking up their Norwegian passports at the Norwegian embassy. Last time I was at the embassy I ran into a Muslim woman in a Niqab and a man dressed in traditional Muslim dress picking up their Norwegian passports as well.
  36. Once again it is important to mention that only the carcass of London is left as more and more shops pop up with foreign looking signs creating the impression of being in the Middle East rather than Northern-Europe. English statues still stand as relics of what once was and as a reminder of those who won England’s wars and built the country. The drivers of the London-cabs are also English, they stand out like an odd curiosity in the modern city landscape. The also speak proper English, which makes you wonder if you should actually take a picture of them or film them – funny enough – we overheard a group of London-cab drivers speaking amongst themselves and what they were talking about was exactly what we had just been discussing: the viral video of an African disrespecting a female English police officer.
  37. Everyone, or at least most, seem to have an accent on their English in London; during my last visit I honestly could not understand any of the announcements from the African employee on our train. It is also interesting to note that my sister is one of the best in her class when it comes to English….there is not much diversity at her school, still the English language seems to be struggling. Even though this is the case you can at least understand what people are saying since they obviously don’t have an accent as they are English.
  38. I have met foreign looking New-Norwegians speaking perfect Norwegian which is good, I also met an African woman once with flawless Swedish. Only having some foreigners in your country, as mentioned above at the beginning of my entry, who integrate perfectly is ok. The dramatic transformation of Europe is racist towards the natives and tragic to witness. Only racists would have been opposed to one Pakistani family living on the corner, likewise, only racists will support what is currently happening to European territories.
  39. If you travel by train in this country you’ll also notice the latest update to the automatic announcement being looped constantly throughout your journey. It is obvious that England is at war, since the public service announcement is about reporting any suspicious activity to the authorities with a number constantly being repeated that you can text or call. You will also hear this update on the station as well. It is different that the older one mentioning unattended bags, this one is longer, more detailed and as I just wrote includes the relevant contact information.
  40. During my last trip to London I travelled with my dad who first came to London in the 60’s, he spoke about how England used to be so very English in terms of its cars, busses, culture, etc; all of these various European nations were so unique in regards to how everything looked like apparently. According to him Europe has become bland as everything looks the same regardless of where one goes. This is an interesting detail to add as I’ve never really seen this “old Europe” I guess; I’ve just seen the remnants and the next generation will probably not even see that.
  41. During my last trip to Norway in late 2017 I travelled across the mountains in the Sogn og Fjordane region. High up in the mountains the bus was boarded by around 10 people who looked like they came from Somalia. They looked completely out of place. During the same trip we also observed that jobs of authority had been given to Arab looking men in the capital. Such as security at Oslo’s main train station or ticket controllers on the capital’s buses.
  42. Upon returning home to England I discovered to my great horror that this had happened right in the area where I had been on the last night of my journey: The European Utopia Vol. MMCCCLLVVVIIIIIIIIIII

Meanwhile in the U.S.A.

My first impression of America:

  1. In the late 90s I travelled to America for the very first time. The occasion was an extended holiday in Manhattan, upstate New York and Martha’s Vineyard. The trip was spectacular and would have turned anyone into a pro-American, USA – USA – USA – chanter.
  2. In 2001 right before 9/11 we moved to Merritt Island in Florida,  but amid the increased terror-fear in the U.S.A. we moved back to Europe before Christmas. Once again my impression of America was stellar, the neighbourhood we lived in was great, the schools of the best quality – in short: we saw the best of America and were entertaining the idea of buying property there before the War on Terror officially erupted. Nobody within the family had ever paid much attention to Islam being a potential threat before 9/11; nobody had even entertained the thought or possibility of renewed plans of Islamist expansionism into Europe…..And to shut up silly people who might think that I describe Florida as great due to lack of diversity, guess what? My brother was hanging out with the Afro-American boy next-door, while some of the girls at my school were Latinos. It was a predominantly white area, but it was not homogenous – in fact I think you will struggle to find that within white communities in the U.S.A.
  3. A female teacher who was a friend of my mother, explained how a Somali student had celebrated 9/11 with his/her family by eating cake. This was in Norway. The teacher had no idea what to say or handle such an awkward situation.

The dark side of the American experiment:

  1. In 2005 I moved to America again but this time to Chicago. The difference was immense. You wouldn’t have thought that it was part of the same country. Don’t get me wrong the windy city was enthralling – until I actually started to live there;
  2. …at first I was shocked at how poor the infrastructure was the second that we left the downtown area.
  3. When I was going to be enrolled into the school system I couldn’t believe that they  had metal detectors in the entrance areas, I was also unsettled by the general air of despair and hopelessness among those working in the public offices.
  4. When I then started school and realised how tribal, divided and fragmented the students were and that people actually “self-segregated” I was utterly mortified.
  5. This self-segregation can also be seen when one looks at the various ethnically divided neighbourhoods in the city. Races/ethnicities cluster.
  6. I obviously made some good memories over there as nothing is ever all doom-and-gloom, but my overall impression of the city was very grim. As I lived in three different neighbourhoods I can certainly say that I was an inner-city Chicago kid, sadly this also meant that I saw the dark-side of the American project. What was also telling was that it first seemed like we lived in “Mexico,” then we lived where “Mexico” was not that far away, then it seemed like we lived in “Africa.” No offence – I have nothing against people from these places,  I just found it awkward that I would be a racial minority in the neighbourhoods where I lived, especially as this was not the impression I had of America, I actually thought that there were white people there too. I also found the “word of mouth” extremely surprising in terms of racist crimes and gang violence. Political correctness doesn’t exists when it comes to science and truth. The reality of Chicago doesn’t fit into any politically correct mainstream narrative.
  7. It is telling that the majority of my fellow students referred to themselves as American second, highlighting their ethnicity and ancestry first.
  8. It is equally telling that my brother had to sing the ” Black American National Anthem” when we lived on South side Chicago and that my mother was accused of being you-know-what when she had the guts to say that there ought to be one national anthem in America uniting all Americans. What we saw was the Divided-Tribes-of-America. Living in Chicago convinced me that diversity is the opposite of strength and that multiculturalism is a ticking bomb. I’ve never been as Norwegian as I was when I lived there. I moved to Chicago as an open-minded, idealistic, liberal and left as a  nationalist, terrified of what the future of Europe might entail.
  9. We left the windy city several years before our visas expired.
  10. I was surprised at how many people I ran into who spoke broken English or had thick accents on their American.
  11. The schools in Chicago were referred to as drop-out-factories,
  12. when we lived on the South side we heard shootings nearly every night, in a city with such strict gun control laws. Deaths were underreported but all we heard of was black on black crime, no KKK or fascist cops which is the popular narrative.
  13. It is also interesting what kind of people I hung out with over there. My main group of friends were metal heads, among them there were only Hispanics. In fact 99% of my friends were Latinos. I had one white friend who was Polish and extremely religious, I was also friends with the brainy Asian crowd as one of the Chinese girls was in my art class. I think that pretty much sums it up, I tried to reach out to the Afro-Americans but they didn’t seem interested in having any white friends. They had their own thing going.
  14. When I hung out with a mixed (half white, half afro-American) acquaintance he suddenly freaked out when he realised where we were and what he was wearing. He was worried that his choice of clothes could get him shot as we were heading into Latino-controlled territory. This was the first time that the gang disputes between Latinos and “Blacks” was explained to me.
  15. Somebody got shot at a dance over at my high school, in the parking lot.
  16. Apparently there was a real-life hard-core gangster in one of my classes.
  17. I witnessed Afro-Americans vandalising a boutique sign in Lincoln Park where my high school was located.
  18. All my male friends had been mugged or beaten up by groups of young Afro-Americans.
  19. When I lived in Chicago I was excited about how easy it seemed to navigate the city by looking at the orderly map. The city planning is very organised in contrast to a typical European city. Yet it isn’t as straightforward as it seems, since one street will be safe and the other one a mess, etc;
  20. I walked through Cabrini Green and survived. I had no idea that it was dangerous or a project, all I saw was a convenient shortcut on my awesome map. I did wonder why I was the only white person in the neighbourhood and why I didn’t see anybody else walking there.
  21. Chicagoans survive mentally by telling themselves and everybody else: “not on my block, this block is safe, it’s the other block next to us that is dangerous.”
  22. From 2009-2010 I lived in the valley outside L.A. in an area called Santa Clarita. It was comical when we passed through immigration upon arrival to the U.S.A., as the border patrol agent was a Mexican who spoke broken English and funny enough seemed to suggest that we could be potential “illegal immigrants.” The whole scenario was ridiculous to say the least as we had very firm ties to Europe, a business visa, return tickets, not to mention that we were Europeans coming from Europe having paid for expensive plane tickets and the whole exercise ourselves. We certainly had some jokes about this guy once we passed him, as he probably had jumped over the fence from Mexico himself at a point. I mean, the guy could barely speak English.
  23. Again I was surprised at how much badly spoken English I heard in America and then I mean really broken English. There are even some who know none.
  24. We rented a nice town house in a gated community. The neighbourhood was predominantly Afro-American. We experienced three shut downs of our gated community due to fugitives. We literally had police officers in full combat gear patrolling our streets and a helicopter hovering ahead. Nobody could leave or enter our community, we were in a total lock-down and this happened three times.
  25. On one occasion we heard shootings in the non-gated community next to ours.
  26. Our neighbours across our lawn (who would fall under the category “white trash”) had one loud incident which resulted in the police brawling with a crazy woman who must have been high or something. She was dangerous and all over the place, I think they actually slapped her and they also filmed her, which made me wonder if she made it unto some TV show or something. The same apartment and group of shady characters eventually had a coroner over some weeks later since one of them had died. The mother of the dead individual was sitting outside the flat for hours, and screamed loudly, as she had to identify her son from what we could tell. Lots of flowers and whatnot was placed outside their flat and the dog that lived there cried endlessly in the following weeks.
  27. Once I took my sister to play with one of the other kids who lived in our community, when her father opened the door I instantly regretted taking her over as he was a giant, covered in tattoos – obviously a gang member, either former or active, I was worried sick that she might end up in the middle of a shoot-out or something, but left her behind with her friend as I didn’t want to create a scene or offend a gangster.
  28. On one occasion as I walked back home, after having crossed the bridge over the dried out river in Santa Clarita we saw a group of young Afro-American boys, little kids, children, who stood by the dried-out river smoking. When we turned around and looked at them closely they didn’t look like children at all in their eyes. It was a deeply troubling sight that has stuck with me ever since. I’m pretty sure that child soldiers in Africa would have had the same look. It was extremely unsettling to meet these young delinquents, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had assaulted or shot me. Yet I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them, even though they looked like the devil himself.
  29. The State of California was bankrupt when we lived there, the infrastructure was also horrendous.
  30. Word of mouth was that Latino gangs equipped with machetes were fighting over influence against their Afro-American counterparts. Once again I saw the dark side of the American project and a country on a steep decline.
  31. In 2015 I had a great promo-trip over to the U.S.A.  I was well looked after and once again saw the best of America. I stayed on Manhattan which was very, very lovely and also travelled across the country to a very nice place in California. My experience was fantastic but I couldn’t help but notice how the overall infrastructure in the US.A. was very poor, just like in Europe. After that observation, in addition to many others, I reached the conclusion that the West looked/looks passé.

This impression is constantly re-inforced. This is a negative development that should be stalled and reversed. I thought it would be of interest to share my observations throughout the years as many who have travelled less and never lived abroad share their view points left right and centre. None of what I wrote is politically correct, but it is the truth!

If anyone hates this entry they will probably complain that I haven’t chronicled bad behaviour from Europeans, well we do have our own internal problems. That is a given, all nations and continents do, which is it why it is a good idea to sort out local/internal problems first and foremost.

  1. As a little kid I experienced white on white racism in Italy now and then – teasing and ostracization based on my ethnicity. I know how it feels like to be the one who is different and how it feels like to be perceived as a second grade citizen in certain situations. This doesn’t mean that my childhood was horrible in any way, it was quite good. I’m just mentioning certain experiences and describing differences internally in Europe as it is most relevant.
  2. In the 90s while we were driving around in Norway, our driver honked her horn as Italians do if the car infront of them is being driven by an idiot. This angered the Norwegian driver in front of us to such an extent that he stopped his car, walked out of it and violently opened up the driver’s door and thundered out insults, my mother who was in the passenger front seat just pretended that we were Italians by replying in Italian. The furious Norwegian man, shut the door behind him muttering “Fucking foreigners.”
  3. My dad’s car was routinely broken into when he had it parked over at Fornebu SAS Hotel Parking. Those guilty were never caught, but there are gangs apparently raiding parking lots, we do not know if these criminals were Norwegians or foreigners.
  4. We had our summer cottage broken into twice, it was located over at the Norwegian holiday area of Hvaler. We never caught those that were guilty and have no idea who they could have been.
  5. A dangerous psychopath was married into my extended family once. He was a murderous Norwegian who even the police were afraid of. Ta-ta, behold the mandatory Norwegian-psycho.
  6. I can recall overhearing a thunderous vocal argument between angry Norwegians. Who hasn’t?
  7. Word of mouth between tweens over at the last school I attended in Italy, was that pedophiles were allowed access to children via the public schools under the guise that they were chiropractors. I heard many accounts from girls discussing how they were groped. This was in 6th grade.
  8. I myself encountered a man who must have been a pedophile  in Italy when I was a little kid. He touched my butt of all things and had the same charisma as a little boy who is in love – only that this guy was an adult. Creepy to say the least, not that anyone believed me when I sounded the alarm.
  9. Once I experienced being touched by a random stranger, who didn’t respect my personal space at all. That happened once again in Italy, same thing only that I was a teen. He quickly passed me by after uttering a compliment. He was Italian.
  10. I overheard Scandinavian women who came to visit my parents complaining about how they had been raped by Italian men. An alarming story was that of a woman calling the police as she discovered a stranger in her room, when the police officers arrived they apparently raped her as well. Who knows if these crazy-Italian-rapists stories were real but I don’t think these Scandinavian women lied. Why would they? There were too many stories from different sources.
  11. None of the inter-ethnic marriages lasted between Norwegian women and Italian men that we knew. There seemed to be a general agreement that the cultural difference was too great. Something to keep in mind when promoting inter-racial relationships.
  12. I have never experienced catcallin or nasty comments in Northern Europe, this seems to be a Southern phenomenon. I’ve only had my personal space violated once by a Northener, this was a boy at one of my schools who was violent and wanted to fight. Not much to talk about in other words. Apparently he ended up joining the special forces in Norway. His friend was equally unlikable but hey, we were little kids and little kids fight and have their disputes.
  13. I’ve personally never seen evidence supporting the evil-white-male narrative. It seems like women are treated more respectfully the further North you go and this is not propaganda, it is what I have observed and experienced myself. The further South you go the more unrestrained will men behave in the public space when it comes to how they treat women. So when feminists are on their crusade I think they shoul re-think who they attack or maybe they are too afraid to do so….

None of what I wrote above justifies “replacement migration” or the current situation on our continent, but it certainly adds some perspective to the entry. I’ve certainly seen and experienced awkward behaviour in the music business as well, but that is a different story as not everyone is an artist. There is a big difference when it comes to what sort of behaviour you attract/inspire when you are a public person. People will either put you up on a pedestal and be very friendly or hate you. There are people who channel all their bile upon artists. There are people who are truly vile. This is irrelevant though, just as it is irrelevant with globetrotters championing diversity after having witnessed elitist diversity. That is nice indeed, but a completely different situation than what is experienced by the majority of the population.

Right now for example I live in a wonderful old manor house in England, that has been  turned into apartments. Everyone who lives here come from different parts of the world and travel an awful lot. These individuals and the place where I live is therefore not representative of the locals, who’ve lived here for years and are integrated and active in the community as they’ve been here for generations in most cases. It is a totally different reality. This is also why I didn’t include anything from Spain for example, as I only experienced expat-Spain when I was there. I can therefore not compare or give a particularly well-balanced description of the experience. Same thing when I attended an International School in Padova, at a certain point, some of  the kids were obviously from all over the place and had travelled extensively throughout the world. It was a dull school that I thankfully attended for a very short amount of time, but once again when you live like that it is a separate reality, a separate world. 

The same can be said of those who attend the Ivy League University in Hyde Park, Chicago. Those students typically lived in a guarded, high security high-rise, where they only encountered people like themselves, high achievers from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, America, etc; or others who could afford to live there. They would take a cab or a bus into their school and would take a cab downtown if they wanted to go out. What I’m describing is a high-rise I actually lived in myself; the place even offered private drivers. It was fancy for sure, but we in contrast to the other people who lived there were not involved with that particular University and were part of the local community. Because the other inhabitants isolated themselves as this probably just occurred naturally, we would never really see any white people when out walking, something that was commented on by one white woman we knew who was in an inter-racial relationship. The occurrences of parallel realities within the same territory also explains how my brother could be a racial minority in an area that is officially “very diverse.” That wasn’t the truth though as this “diversity” was contained. In reality the south side is Afro-American territory.

The reason why I had such a fantastic experience when I last was in France was because I was living in a bubble, safely sheltered from the New-Europe.

It is important to note that those who are the most welcoming towards multiculturalism are normally those who haven’t experienced it or those who haven’t experienced street level diversity. A very important thing to bear in mind. 

“Decision Points” by George W. Bush.

This entry has been edited since it just dawned upon me that I probably got a bit carried away when quoting the book. Rather than quoting huge sections I’ve removed the majorities of this but have kept the page numbers. I intend to go over all of my other book reviews and do the same. (26th of December 2018)

 

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This book offers a crucial insight into how American enlightenment principles colour the world view and drive the foreign policy of Washington. It can be seen in the small sentences – as quoted and commented on by me further down in this long entry. Please read this book. It is a must read for those of us who want to understand. 

When my mother suggested to me some years ago that I should read “Decision Points,” I was less than enthusiastic in my response. It probably resembled more of a grunt. Why would I be interested in reading a book authored by a President my peers and I, along with all of our teachers, the entertainment industry and (eventually) the mainstream media had disliked to such an extent? Anti-war protesters young and old were risking imprisonment all in the name of publicly displaying their dissent loud and clear. Michael Moore was on the war path spreading his propaganda far and wide, Europeans rolled their eyes at “Cowboy-politics” from the USA while “anti-Bush” songs became almost a music industry standard in the last years of Bush’s presidency. I guess it displays maturity to expose oneself to something authored by those one disagrees with. Just as it would be wise to read up on Marxist literature and the Quran.

To anyone who lived in the USA during and after 9-11, like myself,  Bush’s book proves an emotional read as the reader is reminded of a bleak time when the US was united in grief and anger. The vocabulary and flow of the book is straightforward and easy, but for anyone who remembers that fateful day in September, the Anthrax threat that followed, preachers visiting schools and fathers getting ready to go to war; it will be impossible to not shed a tear or two. For a President that was so widely vilified and hated in the  later years of his presidency – it should be made mandatory to get a peek at the President’s perspective – from the man himself. I also started criticising the “Bush regime” at a certain point due to water boarding as approved by the Bush administration, the damning photos leaked depicting abuse towards muslim prisoners, the War in Iraq and the lack of weapons of mass-destruction + the potential for violation of civil rights due to the much criticised Patriot Act. Did I read the Act myself? No funny enough I did not; yet I was against it as the narrative of America turning into Orwell’s dystopian 1984 prevailed everywhere. You could get sent to Guantanamo without a trial. Protests were rampant. The Bush administration was hated just as much on both sides of the Atlantic. Many were peddling the viewpoint that the USA Inc. only wanted the oil in Iraq, many Americans even started believing that 9-11 was planned and executed by their very own government….

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Yet here we are again with a conservative administration in power. Iran & North-Korea are once again defined as enemies, the axis of evil is back into the public discourse, the war on Islamic terrorism has gotten worse and the Obama administration now seems like some awkward intermezzo. Much like The Ministry Of Magic in Harry Potter denying the return of Voldemort and Professor Dolores Umbridge seeing no need in teaching her students how to defend themselves as there are no dangers, there are no threats. Much of the general hatred towards Bush had to deal with the fact that he was a conservative I’m sure. Dick Cheney was Darth Vader, Karl Rove was the grim reaper; now Steve Bannon has taken over “the grim reaper torch” while Trump is the new Hitler, just like Bush was back in the day….

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(p.177)

(p.180)

It is particularly illuminating and revealing to read about the accusations of “bigotry,” “racism,” and “xenophobia” that were thrown around at the time, directed towards Bush’s associates, most of whom you’ve probably never heard of or remember. It is also interesting to note that Bush’s legitimacy was questioned in addition to calls for his impeachment. After witnessing a couple of Presidential elections and how different politicians are treated by the press, the cultural elite and the protesters on the streets; it becomes a bit easier to see the bigger picture. I remember very clearly that a good friend of mine who was very active politically, told me that protest organisers in the US didn’t really care about the War in Iraq. They engaged in “inter-sectionalism” recruiting “foot soldiers” from various disgruntled groups so that they could descend upon Washington great in numbers. How unpopular the Bush “regime” really was I guess we’ll never know too clearly, since anti-Americans and radical-revolutionaries seized the “recruitment” opportunity presented to them back then. We see it all again now with all of these anti-Trump protests, accusations of his illegitimacy and calls for murder and impeachment.

“Our national security was tied directly to human suffering. Societies mired in poverty and disease foster hopelessness. And hopelessness leaves people ripe for recruitment by terrorists and extremists.” (p.336)

What is most striking about Bush’s chapter about the War in Iraq is/was his idealistic vision of the world, something which he shared and probably still shares with his pal Tony Blair. Some of the segments in this book display a blind belief that more current experiences with Islamism in Europe surely must have dispelled … “People who could choose their leaders at the ballot box would be less likely to turn to violence. Young people growing up with hope in the future would not search for meaning in the ideology of terror. Once liberty took root in one society, it could spread to others.” The highlighting of that quote was my doing, but I find it crucial to bring attention to it due to its ignorance. It is precisely due to this type of thinking that Europe will lose against Islamists. We have no understanding of convictions … we believe that materialism will miraculously satisfy the hunger for a cause, something to stand for, something to fight for, and most crucially the enormous importance of identity and fundamental tribalism. Only those with a deep understanding of the true meaning of diversity and the deep-seated need for masculine-honour will be up to the modern challenges we face. We have to ask ourselves what our “shared values” really are, clearly articulate and define them while establishing a National or Continental objective – a common purpose. What do we really stand for? What are we aiming for? What are we fighting for?

“One of the most effective forms of diplomacy is to show the good heart of America to the world.” (p.214)

The idea that dropping democracy into people heads will change the world into a peaceful global utopia is in my opinion absurd. It is also a questionable action to empower and enrich other competing nations that might not adhere to such strong morals as us in the west. It might force us into very unfavourable situations in the future.  Another interesting quote is this: “For months, we had been pressing the Turks to give us access to their territory so that we could send fifteen thousand troops from the Fourth Infantry Division to enter Iraq from the north. We promised to provide economic and military aid, help Turkey access key programs from the International Monetary Fund, and maintain our strong support for Turkey’s admission to the European Union.” The highlight was mine once again. This quote openly displays black on white America’s lack of knowledge or carelessness when it comes to European heritage and cultural interests. If Turkey gets access to the EU and the “free float of people” we are officially done. That will be the end of us. Completely. The fact that the US would actually promise to engage in lobbying intended to sell out Europe in order to have strategic access into Iraq – speaks volumes, when you think about the long-term consequences a EU membership for a Muslim nation would entail – it is surely not the act of friends and display dubious intentions on behalf of the US or an inability to foresee long-term negative consequences.

I suppose that my predictions and writings have been true – that we really and truly do stand alone. All alone as a continent. With enemies in the East, in the South, in addition to indifference or ignorance from the West. There you have Europe.

 (p.333)

On the other hand a conclusion can be drawn that Bush was one hell of a “domestic president,” maybe even a visionary, as he tackled sensitive national issues head on rather than looking away. He tried to change social security that was heading for bankruptcy and was willing to put his head on the chopping block politically as he was more concerned with the future of America rather than instant popularity and elections. He also tackled the immigration crisis and tried to stretch out his hand to the Democrats in an attempt to again solve a sensitive and controversial, in fact divisive issue. He managed to change healthcare to a certain degree for those who were forced to work in their old age to pay for drugs. He managed to keep schools accountable for their performance levels in a political climate where money spent was seen as more important than actual tangible results. He was particularly focused on levelling the playing field for forgotten minorities, so the accusations he had to endure about his “racist nature” seem dubious and unfounded. All in all I think that Bush would have been a phenomenal success if he had kept to his vision of being the education president, instead he became the war president. His face branded by the media as that of a modern Satan character. After reading Bush’s book there is no doubt in my mind that he would have thrived as the domestic CEO of USA Inc. rather than a global exporter of well-intentioned enlightenment principles.

Reading about Bush’s initiative to save sub-Saharan countries from the AIDS epidemic, the Malaria maladie and whatnot, proves an interesting read taking into account the migration crisis Europe currently faces from those regions…. We as a continent are in deep shit in lack of better words and matters will only get worse. Yet another example of how well-intentioned charity can turn lethal and dangerous in the long run. I know it isn’t a popular thing to say, but it is true. Europeans are not guilty of over population. Far from it. If we don’t get more kids and become more militant in the protection of our borders, we are doomed.

“The last thing I wanted to do was bail out Wall Street.” (p.460)

After reading about Bono’s visit at the Bush White House where he praised Bush’s Africa initiative I’ve reached the conclusion that Bono & celebrities like J.K.Rowling should be sent down to the Mediterranean or elsewhere on the Southern border, so that they can be the “first responders” when the real Tsunami of the African zombie-apocalypse hits us. No wonder people are furious all over the western world, when righteous celebrities who :

  1. hide behind their armed security guards
  2. hide behind high walls on their estate
  3. hide within fortified buildings when travelling
  4. do everything to avoid the taxes they want to impose on everyone else

voice their opinions and even lobby for their culturally suicidal endeavours. You wonder why people are angry? It’s easy to see why. Of course Bono would appear out of nowhere to praise the strengthening of Sub-Saharan Africa – I bet he supports the current migrant crisis as well. Idiots. Go talk to ethnic-Europeans or go look at all of those areas that are now ruined. Of course a familiar name pops up too: “I later learned that one of his major funders, ultra-liberal investor George Soros, had excoriated Bono for joining me at the MCA event without getting more in return.” The highlighting was mine. Soros pops up further down in this long entry, in the “quotes section” as well.

Bush also includes some of his speech after a trip to see a grim “slave museum” in Africa: “At this place, liberty and life were stolen and sold. Human beings were delivered and sorted, and weighted, and branded with the marks of commercial enterprises, and loaded as cargo on a voyage without return.” Yes it is good that we acknowledge history and refrain from repeating atrocities, but we cannot let our guard down and expect others to be as civil. A day may come when Europeans are enslaved after being subjugated either by an alien population reaching majority status within our continent or by foreign invaders breaching our depleted defences….It is naive to expect gratitude or that western charity will be reciprocated. We should never take friendliness for granted or expect that the rest of the world put their arms down just because we do it. People are still kidnapped and sold into slavery by international organised crime cartels today. Women and children are forced into prostitution. Human beings are subjected to illegal “organ harvesting.” Militant muslim fighters re-opened ancient slave markets. If anything there should be an intellectual awakening in the west to the violent and dangerous nature of man. Especially in regards to the hate directed towards us. Only then will we be equipped to confront future challenges.

“I am always amazed when I hear Democrats say the financial crisis happened because Republicans pushed deregulation.” (p.455)

BOMBSHELL→ I intended to paste this quote further down in my entry. But since the general attention span in today’s society equals nil I had to put it here: “West Germany emerged as the engine of European prosperity and a vital beacon of freedom during the Cold War. Japan grew into the world’s second-larger economy and the lynchpin of security in the Pacific. South Korea became one of our largest trading partners and a strategic bulwark against its neighbour to the north. All three countries benefited from relatively homogenous populations and peaceful postwar environments. In Iraq, the journey would be more difficult.” (my highlighting) Ha! Take that. Everyone with more than two brain cells know the pitfalls of multiculturalism. But what is this? On page 357 Bush finally reveals the inevitable challenges posed by the glorified multi-ethnic utopia that political forces have fought so hard to implement upon us Europeans? H-y-s-t-e-r-i-c-a-l. There goes your post-modern enlightenment values straight out of the window. Or down the toilet. It took me 357 pages to finally find a truthful sentence about the difficulty of implementing post-modern bliss around the world. People are different. Races are different. Ethnicities are different. We create the systems and adapt the values that resonates the most with our genetic inheritance. Thank you Bush. I can’t believe you actually wrote that. “With time and steadfast American support, I had confidence that democracy in Iraq would succeed. That confidence was tested daily.” (My highlight)…ehhh…whatever…when someone is strong in the faith I guess there is no turning back. Whatever. I will celebrate the fact that there at least was some sort of admission about the fallibility of multiculturalism…that is more than what our current European leadership will give us…

I see my country & continent die in slow-motion. Only isolation can spare me the reminder of our perdition. Only self-imposed ignorance can muffle my sadness – but nothing can kill my spirit when faced with the truth – and all truth bequests me is fury and anger.

On a positive note, at least from an American perspective, this book highlights America’s impressive military capabilities and conveys some truly touching stories of the commitment and attitude of American soldiers who hailed Bush as their leader and dedicated all of their strength physically and psychologically to take down America’s enemies and win the war on terror. It is impossible to not get emotional when reading some of these stories.

Of course it is understandable that fighting abroad was justifiable in the name of national security when a primitive looking ensemble broadcasting from what looked like a cave or something over in the impoverished country of Afghanistan could wreak such havoc upon the USA. Bush describes his encounters with troops wounded in battle and grieving families imploring him to keep on going, as they didn’t want their sons or spouses to have died in vain. Bush describes one mother who became an anti-war protester: “She is a mother who clearly loved her son. The grief caused by his loss was so profound that it consumed her life. My hope is that one day she and all the families of our fallen troops will be comforted to see a free Iraq and a more peaceful world as a fitting memorial to the sacrifice of their loved ones.”

After reading that section I couldn’t help but wonder if such a sentiment will ever take hold when there is such a vast geographical distance? That is a question I will not even attempt to answer.

(p.460)

Bush describes their military victories in Iraq and the Iraqi people’s desire for freedom. This hunger for liberation seceded though when faced with the gruelling fear of terror. Bush writes on page 371: “I read accounts of sectarian extremists torturing civilians with power drills, kidnapping patients from hospitals, and blowing up worshippers during Friday prayers.” A grizzly account for sure. While violence was rampant Americans kept pushing for elections and the apparent success of democracy. According to this book the problem was fortification. Maintaining strongholds. The strategy was to train the Iraqis to look after themselves. This failed and a new strategy was therefore needed.

What is especially interesting to note, was intercepted communication from one of the extremist leaders in Iraq, where it was obvious that their objective was to prolong the war effort by dividing the various tribes in Iraq further. It is obvious that they wanted to drag “the unbelievers” into a drawn-out quagmire.

Touchingly Bush writes on page 373: “I marvelled at the contrast between a regime so brutal that it would hack off men’s hands and a society so compassionate that it would help restore their dignity. I believed the Iraqi man who wrote those words spoke for millions of his fellow citizens. They were grateful to America for their liberation. They wanted to live in freedom. And I would not give up on them.”

(p.468)

Bush describes the success of the legendary General Petraeus: “Lincoln discovered Generals Grant and Sherman. Roosevelt had Eisenhower and Bradley. I found David Petraeus and Ray Odierno.” And concludes his “Surge” chapter with:

“A free and peaceful Iraq is in our vital strategic interest. It can be a valuable ally at the heart of the Middle East, a source of stability in the region, and a beacon of hope to political reformers in its neighbourhood and around the world. Like the democracies we helped build in Germany, Japan, and South Korea, a free Iraq will make us safer for generations to come.” Hmm….all I could think about when reading that was of the current mess in Germany and the nationalist uprising in Japan. But oh well…..

There is no doubt that the US military kicks ass and that the famous surge at the command of Petraeus worked. I guess the issue was that highly skilled and competent US warriors thought or were told that Iraqis would be equipped to just take over. Why people would think that when reading about how quickly the US military could successfully take over both Afghanistan and Iraq beats me. There is an obvious diversity between the best America has to offer and whatever it is that dysfunctional low-performing societies in the middle east can conjure. It is obvious that the militant Islamist have some impressive strategists and masterminds behind their operations, but as a group of people I personally think that their situation looks dire if modern science and cluster imaging of traits is to be believed. Which it should be, since it is based on scientific facts. The US military is an elite and a damn impressive one. It surely cannot be claimed that such a force can be easily replaced?

Bush offers some crucial facts about the 9/11 attack:

(p.443)

On Palestinian elections in 2005 Bush writes: “Some interpreted the results as a setback for peace. I wasn’t so sure. Hamas had run on a platform of clean government and efficient public services, not war with Israel.” Why should we assume honesty? Is this a symptom of our high-trust societies, that we venture forth into the world clad from top to toe in idealism? “We sent financial assistance and deployed a high-ranking general to help train the Palestinian security forces.” We display open palms with trust as our currency, offering a peaceful handshake while expecting low-trust societies to respond to this in the same manner that our own kin would. This can explain our blind immigration policy in Europe, feminist politics in Sweden, resulting in their loss of control over their own territory. A European inability to enforce the law of individual nations within every inch of their territory. This can explain bewildered politicians expressing in Norwegian newspapers the importance of getting Norwegian born Jihadis back to Norwegian soil to offer them psychological help. Obama’s ignorant belief that jobs could destroy terrorism, when well-integrated, well-adjusted, high-achieving Jihadis left comfortable England to fight a holy war.

This also explains how I can live in the countryside of England where neighbours simply put up a sign saying how much money to leave behind when picking up eggs, cards, newspapers, or drinks that are neither guarded by people or locked away in cupboards.

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The church is always open where I live, all interactions are based on trust – people will reciprocate this trust and stay true to their word. (I don’t live in a particularly diverse area by the way). In London this level of trust is absent. Water bottles that had been set out for runners during the London marathon some years ago were stolen. The other day I saw an interesting article about how a transport system somewhere in the western world wouldn’t release CCTV footage or reveal the ethnicity of those guilty of crimes on their transport network, as apparently they saw this as racist or building up around subconscious bias. In Sweden they’ve stopped collecting crime data, since the findings are “racist,” in Norway officers are instructed to compare criminals with the crime-level of their countries of origin, since it is fairer to compare an Afghan criminal to crime levels in Afghanistan than to those of Norwegians. Welcome to multicultural, political correct hell.

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A public toilet in London … Toilet usage has all of a sudden become a major issue all over Europe.

Only those who have been exposed to street level diversity and those officers in the streets tasked to deal with “unfortunate crimes that could jeopardise the utopian vision” know the truth. Diversity is not unity. It is the equivalence of division and hate. The multicultural utopia can only be held together with l-i-e-s. A failure to realise this seals the fate of what is left of Europe and also the USA. Our constructs will wither, like those we left behind in Africa. Our culture will be erased. Everything our forefathers built will be left in ruins. Some smart folks might say that Europe has waged war against its own countless times before, but I dare to say that no threats have ever been greater than those we face today as there is no interest to conserve even a smidgen of what is ours.

 

” . . . I had to safeguard American workers and families from a widespread collapse. I also had my successor in mind. I decided to treat him the way I would like to have been treated if I were in his position.” (p.469)

“. . . my administration and the regulators underestimated the extent of the risks taken by Wall Street.” (p.470)

Ok – time for some humour courtesy of Bush. On page 412 Bush describes meeting Angela Merkel. Apparently she complained about how horrible it was to grow up in communist East Germany where “her mother constantly warned her not to mention family discussions in public. The secret police, the Stasi, were everywhere.” Ha-ha-ha-ha … That is rich as hell coming from Merkel who appointed an ex-Stasi official to spy on the “evil-alt-right.” Fantastic. Bush continues: “It was hard to believe that less than twenty years had passed since tens of millions of Europeans lived like that.” Øhø…If you are looking for an alt-right propaganda tool look no further than George W.Bush’s “Decisions Points.” I’ve highlighted this whole section due to its importance. I really hope that people bother to read this entry and the whole book. And if people do I hope that they read it paying attention to the things that are popping out to me. Angela Merkel complaining about not being allowed to express her political opinions in Stasi Germany is f—– priceless.

Bush finally departs from his naiveté when describing the Iranian and North Korean leaderships:

 (p.416)

(p.423)

(p.423)

This work is a fascinating read to say the least. To call it a page-turner would be an understatement.

It is particularly interesting to read about how the former President weighted his decisions. About all of the various input from advisors, how tough it is to run for office, how chance/luck always plays a major role and how active Bush Jr, was in his youth. Nobody can surely claim that G.W.Bush was inexperienced regardless of whether one chooses to agree with him in hindsight. The former president illustrates perfectly what a daunting undertaking it is to be the President of The United States. This is certainly a book that I would strongly recommend. It should be read by all regardless of their political convictions. I would also like to add that this is the first book I’ve read in a very long time without any typos at all.

(p.181)

What follows are some very interesting quotes from George W. Bush himself; as always I recommend that people read the work in its entirety, but for those of you who can’t be bothered and in the name of sharing crucial information; well here we go:

While visiting his father in China Bush observed:

 (pp. 22-23)

Bush on the art of campaigning:

(p.41)

(p.41)

This reminds me of the last Presidential election. Both how “grab a pussy” was revealed at a point when those who published the conversation obviously thought that it would yield the greatest impact and the re-opening of the Clinton investigation:

 (pp.49-50)

This reminds me of all of Hillary Clinton’s celebrity endorsements:

 (p.55)

Bush on describing his team:

 (p.87)

(p.87)

(p.90)

(p.93)

(p.101)

(p.102)

Bush on dealing with embryo based research:

 (p.106)

(p.115)

(p.115)

(pp.120-121)

This segment was of such interest that I made the decision to quote it in its entirety:

 

(pp.121-122)

This quote is particularly valid in today’s political environment, take note:

 (p.124) – [the highlighting is my own] – [I just wanted to bring attention to how caring the “caring-party” truly is] –

On dealing with 9/11 & the new rules of engagement in a modern era:

(p.142)

(p.142)

(p.144)

(p.154)

(p.156)

(p.159)

On the PATRIOT Act:

 

 

(p.161)

(p.162)

(p.163)

When extending  the authority of the NSA Bush explains:

 (p.163)

(p.164)

About the Islamic shoe-bomber:

 (p.165)

Bush describing Guantanamo Bay:

(p.166)

Bush on the Geneva Conventions & al Qaeda:

 (p.167)

On negotiating with terrorists:

 

On the trial of terrorists:

 (p.167)

On “enhanced interrogation”:

(p.169)

This whole segment was of such interest that I had to quote the whole thing:

 

(p.171)

On dealing with the media and opposition:

 (p.176)

(p.179)

(p.180)

(p.180)

After describing a remarkably swift and impressive victory in Afghanistan hailed by the international community, Bush goes on to describe how the project started spiralling downwards in the “nation building phase”:

 

(p.211)

Bush on the “Pakistani issue”:

(p.212)

(pp.213-214)

Bush on the hostile relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan:

(pp.215-216)

Bush on Pakistan’s “improved strategy” and commitment to anti-terrorist military actions:

 (p.216)

 

(p.217)

Bush recounts a touching moment, displaying the admirable commitment and sense of duty among American soldiers:

(p.221)

Leading up to the infamous Iraq War:

 (p.228)

(p.228)

(p.228)

Here comes an interesting segment; I lived in France when America decided to “invade” Iraq (pretty much everyone referred to it as an invasion). I read in the French papers that the government were against the initiative due to their business dealings with Saddam, this of course shed doubt on their “moral” justification for opposing the war:

(p.233)

(p.234)

When Bush spoke in front of the UN Security Council asking for a new UN resolution forcing Saddam to reveal his WMD:

 (p.241)

Pushed by Tony Blair who recommended Bush to address the Security Council once more when Saddam still proved to be difficult, Colin Powell delivered his infamous speech about Iraq’s WMD. Probably one of the most famous moments of the Bush administration. It seemed like the Security Council weren’t particularly interested in enforcing the “serious consequences” they had warned about:

 (p.245)

It is an interesting thing to note that Bush writes: ” gasses his people.” The Kurds weren’t part of Saddam’s tribe, so what worth did they have to him? Again we get a glimpse of a fundamental lack of understanding of low-trust, extreme-tribal societies far removed from the excessively civic-minded, high-trust societies of Europe. Something that must have lingered on in certain parts of America as Bush described his childhood home in Texas as a place where no one locked their front doors…These type of statements lend an incredible insight into the “American mindset” where introduction to enlightenment ideas will automatically convert people to our way of life. If one operates under the belief that “all men are created equal” well then there isn’t much hope that western interference will ever come to a halt or that our own societies will survive – as massive immigration will be justified, since we are all the same and can function perfectly within a democratic, western, social construct. Bush goes on to share his take on the Iraq War critics:

(p.248)

After the Americans and their allies had delivered yet another quick and impressive “take over” matters got ugly both in terms of PR and chaos in Baghdad:

 (p.257)

(p.258)

(p.259)

Here is an interesting thought. Was America as a nation played? And if so by who? After reading the following pages one can start to wonder…Bush writes in his book that everyone had intelligence about Saddam’s WMD. So did he ship them somewhere? Or did he lie? Was it all part of a grand scheme where Saddam behaved as if though he had something to hide – knowing that the Americans would come after him? Luring them into a situation he thought would cripple them? Was Saddam just the bait? These quotes, in fact these pages are of great interest:

 

(p.261)

(p.262)

(p.262)

On receiving Saddam’s pistol in a glass box from the Delta Team that captured him Bush writes:

(p.267)

These are some very interesting quotes from Bush:

 (p.268)

 

(P.269)

(p.270)

Our favourite Moriarty character makes a guest appearance: 

 (p.290)

Bush on the looming financial meltdown:

 (p.455)

Bush’s account of the impending financial collapse and the repercussions for not only Americans but the “global economy” makes for a terrifying read. Bush describes trying to rescue the “sinking Titanic” a hopeless mission requiring federal interference through the purchasing and selling of public companies. This went completely against Bush’s free-market stance, but he saw himself as forced to “bail out Wall Street” due to the severe consequences that would manifest themselves as a result of bankruptcy upon bankruptcy among humongous businesses entrenched in all sort of enterprises far and wide. These pages read like a high-pace action thriller, where you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as a reader. The fact that major corporations are so sensitively interlinked in terms of their finances and investments/speculations is alarming for all, regardless of who they are or where they might live.

As we near the end of these 481 pages Bush writes:

 (p.467)

Finally Bush closes with a wonderful epilogue and a touching acknowledgments section. All I can say is what a book. 10/10 for sure. Magnificent!

jon snow

Winter Is Coming.