Last week the socialist government of Venezuela began seizing and destroying handguns, rifles and shotguns — continuing the late Hugo Chavez’s effort to solve the nation’s crime problem by disarming the nation. However, since Chavez imposed what he and his followers proudly called “21st- Century Socialism” on one of the wealthiest nations in South America, Venezuela has been in economic, political and social free fall. Disarming the country won’t work, but one can certainly understand current President Nicolas Maduro’s desire to disarm as many Venezuelans as possible. He and his cronies are increasingly worried that an angry and frustrated populace could turn his country into a revolutionary cauldron.… Seguir leyendo »
David A. Keene
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I first met Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s controversial president, in 2002 when he was serving as then-President Thabo Mbeki’s vice president. I was in South Africa at the behest of a number of South African outfitters and professional hunters to urge the government to reject a British-inspired laundry list of firearms regulations that would have crippled big-game hunting in South Africa. I was asked to see what I could do because I was known within the country as a pro-gun political activist and a personal friend of Zulu Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, then serving as the nation’s home minister.
It was an interesting trip.… Seguir leyendo »
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the support of something like 84% of his fellow citizens for his effort to destroy the dozens of tunnels Hamas has dug under Israeli territory over the last few years because every Israeli knows that they allow Hamas fighters to infiltrate their country to kidnap and kill Israeli civilians or worse.
These tunnels are not simple holes in the ground or a nuisance, but make up a sophisticated complex of concrete reinforced underground pathways into the heart of Israel. They originate in civilian residential areas, homes and schools in Gaza and allow Hamas fighters a safe, clear road into Israel itself and are central to Hamas‘ effort to destroy the hated Jewish state.… Seguir leyendo »
The answer George Will gave several years ago when asked what he thinks of “neoconservatives” has stuck with many ever since. “They tend to be very bright, good writers” he said, “and many of them used to be my friends, but they fail before taking action to ask the question that Admiral Yamamoto asked of his superiors as he agreed to lead the attack on Pearl Harbor.”
Adm. Yamamoto had attended Harvard, spoke English and was familiar with and an admirer of the United States. The imperial government of Japan wanted to drive the United States out of the Pacific and, according to Mr.… Seguir leyendo »
Last month, a Spanish forensics team called in to examine the remains of six adults and two children found in a mass grave in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara raised anew charges that in seizing the area in the 1970s, the Moroccans had captured or arrested and killed hundreds of Western Saharan civilians.
The remains were identified by forensic experts from the University of the Basque Country and the Aranzadi Society of Science. They turned out to be those of a family detained by the Moroccan military in 1976 and never heard from again. Their buried bodies were discovered by a shepherd near the place where they were taken into custody.… Seguir leyendo »