Friday, July 10, 2009

American Racism

Those who say that racism is no longer a problem in this country are simply burying their head in the sand. They choose to ignore the evidence that racism in America is as virulent as ever.

For example, Drudge recently linked to a gut-wrenching story of a group of about fifty white kids attacking and beating a black man and his wife and two children, along with a couple of their friends, at a Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Akron, Ohio.

The police are investigating but have so far declined to call this a hate crime even though the young thugs were yelling "this is a white world" and "this is our world" as they beat their victims with kicks and punches.

Surely there's something rotten in a society that turns out young men so prone to hatred and violence. What are these kids' parents teaching them, or as is probably the case, did they actually learn their hatred and racism from their parents?

What more reason the police need to make this a hate crime is hard to say, and, in fact, the reluctance of the police to file that charge strongly suggests that there may be some bigotry among the Akron authorities as well. It seems that some races are more protected than others in this country.

All of that is quite true and it tells us something ugly about our culture. The only thing in the preceding that's not true is the racial identities of the perpetrators and victims in this report, which were reversed, but you probably suspected that.


Facing the Tyrants

I know that DEBKAfile doesn't enjoy a reputation for utter reliability so I offer the following with that caveat. Nevertheless, according to reports at DEBKAfilethere have been between 5000 to 6000 Iranians arrested since the massive protests of two weeks ago. Other sources put the figure at roughly half that. Even so, a number of those arrested have made televised "confessions" and appear to have been tortured.

Mir Hossein Mousavi, the man who seemed to have actually won the disputed election that precipitated the mass demonstrations, may be brought to trial according to the DEBKAfile post:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, driven by a thirst for revenge, is preparing a wave of show trials, public confessions and executions to crush the opposition which dared to refute the legitimacy of his election. The West, especially the Obama administration, hoping the bloody crackdown was over, can forget about re-engaging Tehran in talks on the nuclear controversy any time soon, when Mir Hossein Mousavi and the reformist ex-president Mohammed Khatami are denounced for "acting as America's fifth column."

Hossein Shariatmadari, writing in the conservative Kayhan daily Saturday, July 4, said Mousavi must be put on trial as a "US agent" who committed "horrible crimes and treason." The writer is a close adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and must be presumed to represent his boss's views.

Whether Mousavi is actually executed or not, it's almost certain that many others will be. The current regime was born in mass executions of their enemies and can't afford to allow the protests to continue to challenge their legitimacy.

President Obama needs to rethink his unwillingness to use force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. He has gotten no help at the G-8 summit in Italy from the Russians, who are up to their eyeballs in complicity with the Iranian weapons development program, or anyone else, and without Russian pressure there's little the West can do to stop Tehran without using military means.

When the executions start in Tehran there should be a total blockade of oil and other goods to Iran, and if that fails to stop the mullahs then there should be a reprise of shock and awe on the nuclear weapons facilities in the country. The Iranians are a nation of sophisticated, civilized people ruled by an elite of Islamic Neanderthals. The world cannot afford to allow the Neanderthals access to the most fearsome weapons in history.