Here’s the weekend reading!
Must Read Merkel Speech. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed an annual security conference declaring:
“Looking back to German history in the early 1930s when National Socialism (Nazism) was on the rise, there were many outside Germany who said ‘It’s only rhetoric — don’t get excited’,” she told the assembled world defense policy makers.
“There were times when people could have reacted differently and, in my view, Germany is obliged to do something at the early stages … We want to, we must prevent Iran from developing its nuclear program.”
QDR Reviews. DefenseTech, as always, has a great round-up on the QDR
Dan at tdaxp on Fifth Generation Warfare. “5GW: Soundless + Formless + Polished + Leading“.
Ibn Warraq Article. Ibn Warraq, author and Muslim dissident, “Democracy in a Cartoon“. Excerpt: “If the west does not stand in solidarity with the Danish, he argues, then the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.”
Belmont Club. Wretchard takes an interesting comparative look between the “Phony War” and the current Jyllands-Posten/Muhammed Cartoon Crisis. Here’s just one interesting insight provided by the Wretchard:
Yet the cartoon crisis has been cruelest to radical Islam because it has upset the timetable for the slow demographic conquest of Europe. It forced the crisis before the time was ripe to win an outright trial of strength. And it has deranged the carefully crafted plan to hold Europe politically neutral while the Islamists concentrated their force on their most dangerous enemy, the United States. Unless the Islamists can reverse or at least pause the process of confrontation it will find itself engaged on two fronts, against Europe and the United States simultaneously.
1.5 Million Missing Palestinians? Officer’s Club has the scoop on a recent census audit that seems to indicate that the PA overestimated the Palestinian population by ~1.5 million; and discusses the political consequences of the census numbers.