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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif id'Ullah (Australia), Apr 20, 2016 at 23:18

"In the case of Islam, some of the their faith produces good works: the notion, for instance, that an all-seeing and all-knowing God will answer every deed can deter people from harming themselves and one another"

In Singapore (where chewing gum and long hair on men is banned) they have the all-seeing eyes of the State upon them (mostly via video cameras) - much like the UK is becoming. The self-censorship that is engendered by the threat of constant surveillance eventually becomes automatic and stifling. People must have the freedom to be able to do the wrong thing. Allah, the angry, jew-hating deity in that little green book of arabian ignorance has all the qualities that a despot needs to run a police state of the mind..

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"1. There is just one great Empire in the world, which I will simply call The Empire. It contains the "Five Eyes" (US, Can, UK, Aust, NZ), NATO, EU, EFTA, Japan, Korea, Israel, Taiwan and Singapore; and has affiliated states in places like Afghanistan, Colombia, etc... . . . . Effectively, it is the modern equivalent of the Roman Empire; or in Biblical terms, "The Beast". You and I live in it........................."

I don't see it as a 'Beast'. It is the best of many possible alternatives such as N Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa etc. Would you rather live in Diepsloot, S.A.? But your country in particular , despite it's incredible advances in certain areas for a relatively limited few, has a lot of injustices happening within its borders which might cause you to see the darker side too often. There's no real social 'safety net' there for poorer people and the middle class just keeps getting poorer as national debt increases, so you could end up feeling like there's always an onslaught coming, from any direction at any time. Plus you have a lot of truly crazy people (especially on the West coast!). But if you go to other countries peopled mostly by northern Europeans things aren't so bad. Close-by Canada is an example, despite the recent efforts of Prince Trudeau.

2. Item #1 is the central factor in strategic relations. Even the "War on Terror" and the "War of Civilizations" are subservient to it. Russia and China are as close as they are, in order to maintain their mutual independence of The Empire. India is being insensibly drawn to join it. Personal feuds aside, Turkey, Isaral and Saudi Arabia are aligned with it; and Iran and Syria are aligned against it."

So who is NOT in it besides Iran (islamist) , Saudi and N Korea (communist).? Turkey (islamist.fascist) is only always with whoever it thinks will win. Only countries which don't really count because f low GDP or low populations - like most of Africa and a lot of South America. And perhaps New Zealand! When was the last time you heard of anything happening there in the press? (besides filming of the Lord of the Rings?)

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"... 2. separatist tendencies: Grexit, Brexit, Catalonia; "
Catalonia is an irrelevancy. As would have been Scotland leaving the UK. The UK should leave I think They pay billions a year for pretty much nothing. And no one is going to stop trading with them if they leave. Just as no one has stopped trading with Japan because they refuse to commit cultural suicide by not allowing immigrants in in any large numbers.

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3. tremendous economic pressures involving the stability of the Euro, the security of the Dollar as a reserve currency, interventions by central banks, etc. and 4. factors affecting freedom of movement: barbed wire and border checks arising in Schengen,

" the expiry of visa exemption reciprocity between the EU and the US and Canada. "

That won't affect people badly. All you need is a biometric passport and facial rec ID systems at the airports and you can get waved through. Slight delay but no big deal.

"....Also, 5. while The Empire seeks to expand, in places like the Ukraine, Syria and the "Pivot to Asia", it is being militarily confronted by the Russians and Chinese."
That is the most serious of the threats you've outlined and I agree.

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" It makes the Islamist terrorists and the US election, Trump and all, seem like mere footnotes."

Islamist threat is more sinister. Their goal is eventual world domination. They have a foothold in most countries now but they are unable to raise an army of course. So they'll remain a policing issue for a long time rather than a military one in the West. But they'll just get sneakier and sneakier - with quieter times punctuated by real disasters - like spreading radioactive and/or biologically hazardous aerosols through large cities via drones. Things like that with massive effect but very easy to do and taking very little by way of resources.

Ah , Trump, a red head with a Scottish mother..... I like the idea of having him win just for the hell of it - it will throw the cat among the pigeons as the saying goes. Of course it's unlikely I'd be affected personally be affected by that outcome.

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