National ID cards have more than Australians concerned

Written by Kenn Gividen (

Fearful that terrorists will next target Australia, Prime Minister John Howard brokerepparttar silence this week. He reopenedrepparttar 150191 debate on issuing mandated national ID cards.

Those who live topside and think that internal political decisions made down under will have little bearing on our lives, should think again.

A national ID system in Australia will do more than raid that nation of personal liberty. It will set a precedent to be followed byrepparttar 150192 rest ofrepparttar 150193 world.

So what'srepparttar 150194 big deal?

Oncerepparttar 150195 national ID card is adopted in Australia, its effectiveness in curbing terrorism, illegal immigration and host of other social ills will be realized. That will make for an easy sell to Americans, Europeans and others weary of what ails society. The national ID will be seen as a quick fix.

The logical progression will lead to an international interlink between nations. An international ID card will be established. Then, to thwart card theft,repparttar 150196 business-card sized documents will be replaced with permanent IDs: computer chips implanted inrepparttar 150197 hand (for convenience) andrepparttar 150198 forehead (for permanence).

Once established, implanted IDs will lend themselves for other conveniences, such as biotechnical debit cards and health histories.

So long to liberty

Implanted IDs will be effective. They will do wonders to end terrorism, tax evasion, kidnapping, money laundering and even purse snatching. Withrepparttar 150199 exception ofrepparttar 150200 cumbersome act of bartering, implanted IDs will be required for commerce of any kind. No ID implant? No buying and no selling.

While international IDs will provide a panache of benifits, they will also end personal liberty as we know it. And that, many believe, will be a fair exchange.

End of national sovereignty

The move toward internationalism is not new. What is new is a report issued recently byrepparttar 150201 Council on Foreign Relations. Like John Howard's quest to fend off terrorism,repparttar 150202 CFR says terrorism can be held at bay ifrepparttar 150203 Americas will form a coalition similar torepparttar 150204 European Union.

THE ELEPHANT ROARED AND BROUGHT FORTH A TURD...A Case Against Democratizing the Middle East

Written by Doug Krieger

THE ELEPHANT ROARED AND BROUGHT FORTH A TURD! …A Case Against Democratizingrepparttar Middle East

The original vulgarity was bylined: …The Constipation of America’s Mid-East Peace Policy!

It is with some trepidation that I embark upon this discourse; for one, out of respect for elephants, but more so because withinrepparttar 150094 American framework of democracy I have so greatly benefited. Thus, to likenrepparttar 150095 extension of America’s efforts to democratizerepparttar 150096 civil administrations of Moslem states—even withrepparttar 150097 caveat “considering cultural sensitivities”—torepparttar 150098 intestinal hardships of our beloved pacaderm is in itself cause for internal consternation, reflection, and a longing for interior relief.


The current administration’s mascot bears some responsibility forrepparttar 150099 chosen political metaphor; however, it must be duly noted, that this article could just as well be entitled: Asinus asinorum in saecula saeculorum! (Latin for: “The Jackass of Jackasses inrepparttar 150100 Centuries of Centuries”, or “The Greatest Jackass in Eternity”—this, and other Latin expressions in honor of Pax Americana will be duly sprinkled throughout this missive)—giving equal honors to both dominate American political parties for their extended efforts at peace inrepparttar 150101 Middle East, for: Stunt omnes unum . . . they are all one!

Indeed, by giving credit to where credit is due, we must keep in mind thatrepparttar 150102 commonality of purpose to secure America’s interests inrepparttar 150103 Middle East and, ipso facto,repparttar 150104 West’s energy spicket, via proping up its Islamic dictatorships, or hasteningrepparttar 150105 democratization ofrepparttar 150106 region, isrepparttar 150107 continuous policy of both Democratic and Republican State Departments—make no mistake about it.

The Democrats differ only inrepparttar 150108 design of a better mouse trap and have no right to cast their stones of dispersion from their glass palace atrepparttar 150109 failed policies ofrepparttar 150110 GOP—policies now garbed in democratic hyperbole.


Peace inrepparttar 150111 Middle East! Better yet: What isrepparttar 150112 current administration’s Mid-East Peace Policy? Road Map to Peace? Peace Process? It is prudent, though policy makers would dearly extract this fixation fromrepparttar 150113 debate,repparttar 150114 theological implications—Moslem, Jewish, and Christian—from this canundrum of canundrums, and why, specifically, “Jerusalem (has become) a cup of trembling (i.e., “reeling” or “drunkeness”) to allrepparttar 150115 surrounding peoples . . . a very heavy stone for all peoples . . . though all nations ofrepparttar 150116 earth are gathered against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3)?

The Biblical metaphor of “reeling” and “drunkeness” is actuallyrepparttar 150117 physical reaction of a person who trembles after imbibing a poisonous potion. You drink of this venom, you immediately go into radical convulsions, with one destination in view: death!

Initially, so it appeared, our President’s so-called lack of a coherent Mid-East peace plan atrepparttar 150118 commencement of his administration both mystified and concerned—sooner or later he too would be compelled to deal with this Middle East “tar” baby. Could you blame him—grasping this “cup of trembling” portends incessant disappointment and, worse yet, staggering political liability with purient involvement leading to—as we now bemoane—intractable conflict.

Yet,repparttar 150119 greatest “Consuming Nation” ever to countenancerepparttar 150120 planet—fueled byrepparttar 150121 mecurial petroleum molecule—would inevitably be sucked into this black hole whose exit strategies escape all nations.


Nothing like pontificating—i.e., extolling our efforts at peace inrepparttar 150122 region. This was masterfully accomplished byrepparttar 150123 Council on Foreign Relations’ Aaron D. Miller atrepparttar 150124 CFR’s “Transition 2005: Israel, Palestine, andrepparttar 150125 Middle East Peace Process” forum in February. Dr. Miller—a former U.S. State Department official, having served six previous Secretaries of State by helping to formulate U.S. policy onrepparttar 150126 Middle East andrepparttar 150127 Arab-Israeli “peace process”—confirmed my original thesis regardingrepparttar 150128 bi-partisan nature of our endeavors at formulating peace inrepparttar 150129 Middle East; to wit:

“The three Americans that have maderepparttar 150130 most compelling contribution inrepparttar 150131 history of American diplomacy, and there are only three—two Republican secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger, James Baker, and one Democratic president, so it transcends party lines, Jimmy Carter—all combined those qualities, with an acute sense of knowing when to intercede. That is how to do effective American diplomacy. And if in fact we were to succeed again, that is an approach that we have to come back to. (Note: Apparently, Miller dismisses President Clinton’s endeavors.)

In any event, bi-partisan consensus was summed up by political think tank Seeds of Peace president Miller as follows:

(1)President Bush must makerepparttar 150132 Middle East Peace Process a 24/7 top priority—working with a diverse team of “competent” advisors. (2)Policy must not neglect what’s happening onrepparttar 150133 “ground” (i.e., realities onrepparttar 150134 ground integrate with immediate policy). (3)The U.S. must remain in control of its own policy (i.e., don’t let either side, Israeli or Palestinian/Arab, dictate). (4)Beware of interim deals, but also beware of high-risk efforts to solve this problem quickly. (5)Combine empathy and trust, with toughness, to both Israelis and Arabs.

Furthermore, avoidance ofrepparttar 150135 black hole is useless—Miller concludes:

“If we want to supplement our war against terror, furtherrepparttar 150136 cause of democratization, there is no other issue that would do more to enhance our credibility thanrepparttar 150137 pursuit of this one” (i.e., full engagement inrepparttar 150138 so-called “Middle East Peace Process” involving Arabs and Israelis).

Safe, reasonable, intelligent, thoughtful—yep, just plain vanilla. Butrepparttar 150139 status quo of Dr. Miller’s world was about to be shaken withrepparttar 150140 departure of one Collin Powell, andrepparttar 150141 subsequent installation of National Security Advisor, now Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.


“In this time of great decision, I have come to Cairo not to talk aboutrepparttar 150142 past, but to look torepparttar 150143 future — a future that Egyptians can lead and define.

“Ladies and Gentlemen: In our world today, a growing number of men and women are securing their liberty . . .

“After all, America was founded by individuals who knew that all human beings -- andrepparttar 150144 governments they create -- are inherently imperfect. Andrepparttar 150145 United States was born half free and half slave. And it was only in my lifetime that my government guaranteedrepparttar 150146 right to vote for all of its people.

“Nevertheless,repparttar 150147 principles enshrined in our Constitution enable citizens of conviction to move America closer every day torepparttar 150148 ideal of democracy. Here inrepparttar 150149 Middle East, that same long hopeful process of democratic change is now beginning to unfold. Millions of people are demanding freedom for themselves and democracy for their countries” (Excerpts from Sec. of State Rice’s speech atrepparttar 150150 American University in Cairo, Egypt on June 20, 2005).

Naturally, Dr. Rice’s (later references) to democratic aspirations forrepparttar 150151 region—addressing her audience as “ladies and gentlemen” to highlight Islamic suppression of women in general—blewrepparttar 150152 Kaffiyeh off her Arab audience. Notwithstanding allrepparttar 150153 cultural sensitivities torepparttar 150154 contrary . . . it is nigh impossible and absurdly ridiculous to fathom how Judeo-Christian Americana ideals and cultural backgrounds relate to Middle Eastern realities onrepparttar 150155 ground (as we speak). Never mind—the President must opine:

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