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Daniel Fallenstein

Rachel Reid, Human Rights Watch’s Afghanistan analyst, was quoted in the NYT (via Christopher Hitchens):

There is a real need for more pressure and open dialogue with insurgent forces for their violations of the laws of war.

Open dialogue with the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

It's easy to ridicule her and others that think along those lines. Too easy. Dialogue is of course the best solution for settling problems.

The West has largely been a peace-bubble for the last decades. Wars? Not here. Robbery? Call the Police. Quarrel? Go to court. Jimmy pulled Jenny's hair? Off to the psychologist.

The largest part of Western society and certainly most of the chattering classes live in a sort of bubble, completely disconnected from the use of physical force to achieve any goals. That is first of all a most remarkable achievement. 

But the basic problem remains: there are still men who just want to see the world burn. They don't understand any other language than force..

Daniel Fallenstein is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist...More >>

You can’t ride a wave that’s about to drown you. Yet that’s exactly what the Mullah regime that’s occupying Iran is trying to achieve. While they praise the domino effect of autocracies falling in the Arab world, they try to maintain their stranglehold on the Iranian people.  To that end they spin the popular uprisings against Arab rulers as an Islamic revolution. They aren't.

Meanwhile tensions grow as the Iranian youth sees that it is indeed possible to topple a despotic government. As the Iranian protests against the Islamic Republic increase the oppression.

The regime’s schizophrenic approach to the protests abroad and domestic means that the Islamic Republic believes it can fool the world, just as it did in its endless seheenanigans around the A-Bomb.

If they indeed believe that the fresh surge of Iranian resistance against their Islamic regime is not connected to the Arab revolutions, abandon all hope, those believing in a peaceful solution for Iran.

Daniel Fallenstein is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist

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germany politics westernized liberal marxist socialist conservative libertarian anti fascistAre we seeing the genesis of a multi-partisan pro-Western political scene in Germany? Contributing Writers Niklas Anzinger and Daniel Fallenstein examine the implications of this promising development.

Writing for The New Republic, Jeffrey Herf recognized the emergence of a mix of conservatives, liberals and leftists with a common vision of indivisible universal human rights in Germany. The demarcation lines are often blurred. Where do they come from and what unites them?

Some of them are genuine libertarians. Some emerged from the anti-fascist Left and radical criticism of regressive tendencies in Leftist mainstream.

The Frankfurt School scholars recognized regressive tendencies in the German Left that are stuck in traditional Marxist thinking. Jean Amery, a Jewish-Austrian intellectual and radical Leftist noticed the German Left´s hostility towards Israel in the aftermath of the Six-Day-War 1967. At that time, German Leftist terrorists seperated Jewish and non-Jewish passengers in the Entebbe hostage taking in 1976.

In the aftermath of German reunification the radical Left split. Skeptical communists saw racist nationalism in more frequent attacks...More >>

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