Tuesday, July 14, 2009


You can tell much about a President's frame of mind by looking at the people he appoints to positions of influence and power. In the case of President Obama those appointments have been troubling, including as they do a series of tax cheats, radical pro-abortionists, and leftists of various stripes, but perhaps none is more disturbing Mr. Obama's appointment to the position of new science czar, John Holdren.

Hot Air directs our attention to this report at ZombieTime:

Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens. The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?

These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology -- informally known as the United States' Science Czar. In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:

  • Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
  • The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food;
  • Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
  • People who "contribute to social deterioration" (i.e. undesirables) "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" -- in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
  • A transnational "Planetary Regime" should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans' lives -- using an armed international police force.

ZombieTime has direct quotes from Holdren's book and they're pretty disturbing, not just because this man, whose ideas are frighteningly similar to those of the Nazis, is in charge of science policy, but because his ideas may not be considered objectionable in the Obama White House.

Perhaps the administration was unaware of Holdren's views when they selected him for this post. That would cast doubt on their competency, but at least we can expect the President will do the right thing and terminate his appointment now that he knows.

If, however, the administration does not dissociate itself from this man after his views have been brought to public attention then we have very good reason to worry that the President does not find those views disagreeable, in which case we have very good reason to be very alarmed.


The State of Hate

We often hear that there's too much hatred in America, and indeed there no doubt is, but much of what's sometimes called "hatred" really trivializes the word. In any case, whatever the state of hate in America, it's strictly minor league compared to what can be found elsewhere in the world, even in civilized countries like, say, France.

Consider this piece from NRO:

Late last night a Parisian court finally announced its verdict in the Ilan Halimi murder trial, which I first wrote about over three years ago here. As I noted at the time, while The Independent in London headlined its piece on the murder "This anti-Semitic attack is terrifying" and Le Monde called it "the anti-Semitic crime of an era," other papers - notably The Guardian's sister paper The Observer in London - scrupulously avoided any mention of the fact that the victim was a Jew, and The New York Times was initially silent about the story.

Youssouf Fofana, leader of the gang that masterminded Halimi's kidnap, torture and murder, which was described by a leading police officer as the most brutal and sadistic in modern French history, was sentenced to life (with a minimum of 22 years). Of the 26 other defendants in the case, two were acquitted and the rest received sentences of between six months and 18 years. Fofana admitted in court that the plan was to "kill a Jew". Halimi, a 23 year-old shop clerk, was chosen at random.

At the end of 24 days of torture that left cuts and burn marks all over his body, including his eyes and throat, Halimi, who was handcuffed throughout his ordeal, was doused in alcohol and set alight. One of the young torturers told police his accomplices took turns to stub out cigarettes on Ilan's forehead and tongue while voicing hatred for Jews. They cut bits off his flesh, fingers and ears.

Fofana, who screamed "Allah Akbar!" (God is greatest) during the trial, has called on others to now murder Halimi's parents and other French Jews. Scores of police, some in full riot gear, took up posts around the Palais de Justice in central Paris as the verdict was read out last night.

The lawyer for Halimi family's immediately announced he would lodge an appeal against some of the lenient sentences the other gang members received.

Halimi's remains have been reburied at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery after repeated threats by anti-Semites to attack his grave in France.

Nidra Poller, who was in the court for the verdict last night, writes from Paris that the strange timing of the verdict (after 10 pm on Friday when much of Paris had already departed for the "14th July" weekend, the biggest French holiday of the year, and also after the Jewish Sabbath had started when Halimi's friends and families, many of whom are observant Jews, had left the court) was probably no accident and designed to minimize media coverage. Indeed state-owned France 3 TV unashamedly admitted that the verdict was announced during the Sabbath in order to avoid incidents.

"Allah Akbar," indeed. If Allah is at all just Halimi's torturers will, in the world to come, yearn to be back in the French prisons.

There are haters in this country, to be sure, and doubtless there are some individuals capable of doing to other human beings what these savages did to Halimi, but thankfully it seems we still have a way to go before we've degenerated to the level of barbarity that some Muslims in France have achieved. Thankfully, such acts of pure evil are not yet in this country front page news.