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PI Newsletter #93

  1. U.S. Army Abandons Iron Dome Project After Israel Refuses to Share Critical Intelligence

Even though the U.S. gives Israel billions in aid, they are holding onto their secrets.

By Shane Trejo, March 12, 2020.

Without receiving the source code from the Israelis, the Iron Dome project became wholly untenable for the U.S. Army. They were previously hoping to implement Iron Dome technology within the military’s Integrated Battle Command System by 2023.


While Israel certainly has the right to be independent, they are subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer to the tune of billions per year to help keep the only Western democracy in the Middle East safe from external threats.

Israel receives the assistance regardless of who wins national elections, with the vast majority of leaders within both political parties supporting the foreign aid:

“The United States will provide Israel’s military with $38 billion during the next 10 years, official said Tuesday, the largest batch of military assistance the U.S. has ever pledged to another country.”

  1. Why I became a conservative

By Roger Scruton, February 2003


In the narrow street below my window the students were shouting and smashing. The plate-glass windows of the shops appeared to step back, shudder for a second, and then give up the ghost, as the reflections suddenly left them, and they slid in jagged fragments to the ground. Cars rose into the air and landed on their sides, their juices flowing from unseen wounds. The air was filled with triumphant shouts, as one by one lamp-posts and bollards were uprooted and piled on the tarmac, to form a barricade against the next van-load of policemen.


That evening a friend came round: she had been all day on the barricades with a troupe of theater people, under the captainship of Armand Gatti. She was very excited by the events, which Gatti, a follower of Antonin Artaud, had taught her to regard as the high point of situationist theater—the artistic transfiguration of an absurdity which is the day-to-day meaning of bourgeois life. Great victories had been scored: policemen injured, cars set alight, slogans chanted, graffiti daubed. The bourgeoisie were on the run and soon the Old Fascist and his régime would be begging for mercy.


Of course I was naïve—as naïve as my friend. But the ensuing argument is one to which I have often returned in my thoughts. What, I asked, do you propose to put in the place of this “bourgeoisie” whom you so despise, and to whom you owe the freedom and prosperity that enable you to play on your toy barricades? What vision of France and its culture compels you? And are you prepared to die for your beliefs, or merely to put others at risk in order to display them? I was obnoxiously pompous: but for the first time in my life I had felt a surge of political anger, finding myself on the other side of the barricades from all the people I knew.

  1. Turkish Government Official: “Europe Will be Muslim”

In Document, March 28, 2018

[Turkish] MP Alparslan Kavaklıoğlu, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)  and the head of the parliament’s Security and Intelligence Commission, recently stated:

«The fortune and wealth of the world is moving from the West to the East. Europe is going through a time that is out of the ordinary. Its population is declining and aging. It has a very old population. So, people coming from outside get the jobs there. But Europe has this problem. All of the newcomers are Muslim. From Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Those who come from these places are Muslim. It is now at such a level that the most popular name in Brussels, Belgium is Mohammed. The second most popular name is Melih [Malih] and the third one is Ayşe [Aisha]. »

According to Kavaklıoğlu, if this trend continues,

«the Muslim population will outnumber the Christian population in Europe. This… has increased the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Islam rhetoric there. Hence, marginal, small parties have started to get large numbers of votes… But there is no remedy for it. Europe will be Muslim. We will be effective there, Allah willing. I am sure of that.»


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