Monday, January 08, 2007
Between 1988 and 2002, 900m sons were born to mothers in the developing world and a careful demographer could almost predict the trouble spots. In the decade leading up to 1993, on the eve of the Taliban takeover, the population of Afghanistan grew from 14m to 22m. By the end of this generation, Afghanistan will have as many people under 20 as France and Germany combined. Iraq had 5m people in 1950 but has 25m now, in spite of a quarter-century of wars. Since 1967, the population of the West Bank and Gaza has grown from 450,000 to 3.3m, 47 per cent of which is under 15. If Mr Heinsohn is right, then Palestinian violence of recent months and years is not explained by Israeli occupation (which, after all, existed 30 years ago) or poverty (the most violent parts of the Muslim world are not the poorest) or humiliation. It is just violence.Mr Heinsohn's point is not that the West is "outnumbered". Nor is it that a Malthusian battle for scarce resources is under way. In El Salvador, for instance, the explosion of political killing in the 1970s and 1980s was preceded by a 27 per cent rise in per capita income. The problem, rather, is that in a youth-bulge society there are not enough positions to provide all these young men with prestige and standing. Envy against older, inheriting brothers is unleashed. So is ambition. Military heroism presents itself as a time-honoured way for a second or third son to wrest a position of respectability from an otherwise indifferent society. Societies with a glut of young men become temperamentally different from "singleton societies" such as Europe's, where the prospect of sending an only child to war is almost unthinkable. Europe's pacifism since 1945, in Mr Heinsohn's view, reflects an inability to wage war, not a disinclination.In biological terms he is almost certainly right. Young men are aggressive by nature, we have all met some & many of us been young men & can confirm that they can be macho idiots. That is their evolutionary nature. Societies whose young men didn't fight aren't around any more. I would like to thing that that is no longer the case because a society's strength is in its education & technology but even so we should exercise care.
The point about Europe's pacifism & sending only children to war is clearly true. Mothers of 6 males in Gaza quite reasonably do not have the same reaction as British mothers who denounce Bliar for getting their boys killed in Iraq.
Such concern for individual human life is admirable & is in many ways what makes western civilisation admirable (though our concern for the lives of US pilots in the War in Support of Terror did not extend to children in Yugoslav maternity hospitals we were bombing) but it also makes occupation & "proportionality" in casualties a recipe for disaster. By comparison the occupations of Bosnia & kosovo have not caused military problems or terrorism by Serbs in Europe which may prove that if you are going to attack people low population growth Europeans will be the easy target.
Steve Sailer, whose highly intellectual blog I respect, has said that a further problem is that Islam accepts polygamy & thus produces a higher proportion of surplus males. I am not sure if this is significant, partly because I don't know what proportion of women in different societies enter polygamous marriages & partly because it does not seem to produce militarily undisciplined Mormons. Nonetheless it is a point.
The elephant in the room could be China which, due to its one child policy has a substantial surplus of young males. Fortunately China has never been a militarily aggressive culture & its recent behaviour compares very favourably with the various aggressions carried out by NATO countries.
In any case this makes me wish to discourage immigration here, with the possible exception of allowing largely or entirely female immigration. It also raises the question of whether we should recruit more overseas soldiers if we are going to invade other countries (but NEVER allow them to serve on British soil). Finally it suggests foreign aid should be slanted heavily to encouraging pre-conception family planning (abortion assures disproportionate boys).
Not nice but nasty facts don't disappear if you ignore them. By 2050, at present rates of population growth Yemen will have a larger population and a more aggressive population than Russia.
I liked your comment which you contributed to "Rice says the US ready to elect black president" http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1905012006
It's amazing how you can easily determine an individual's integrity (or conversely, blatant hypocrisy - especially those purporting to be "liberal humanitarians") by mentioning Clinton's war crimes and genocide perpetrated against the Serbs in Krajina, Bosnia & Kosovo (via his support of al Qaeda "Mujahedeen" terrorists, Bosnian Islamist Fascists & Croatian Nazis) in contrast to the Western corporate media condemnation of Bush Jr. over Iraq (and to a lesser extent,over Afghanistan).
Take the comments below as an example:
43. dawkins' goat, cork / 8:37pm 23 Dec 2006
NEIL - you are obviously a complete nutter...
37. Scullion, Canada / 7:12pm 23 Dec 2006
Clinton, Karadzic, Milosevic, Drakulic.
Quick, Great Readerhood, who in this bunch has not been condemned for crimes against humanity? You have one guess.
Neil, I fear you have a hidden agenda that colours your perception of reality. You give yourself away when you say "Yugoslavia". (I daresay you really meant Serbia).
The contributor to the Scotsman article "Rice says the US ready to elect black president" above - a certain "Scullion" from Canada, is clearly a blatant hypocrite.
Need evidence for this? No problem really, because if you read his/her subsequent post (comment #41) you will see that he/she implies condemnation of the Western European powers for their colonialism and imperialism in Africa over several centuries and yet when the subject of Yugoslavia and the very same Western powers' support of genocidal Nazis and Islamist Fascists is brought up by you in comment #15, "Scullion" from Canada shows his/her true (hypocritical) colours by implying that Western powers are of unimpeachable integrity, honesty and morality, by saying:
"Clinton, Karadzic, Milosevic, Drakulic.
Quick, Great Readerhood, who in this bunch has not been condemned for crimes against humanity? You have one guess."
Ahh, of course, how silly of me to forget: Scullion from Canada being so dedicated to his/her version of "liberal democracy", "human rights", "justice" and "truth", fails to tell us that the ones doing the "condemning" for alleged "crimes against humanity" are the very same Western European powers whom he/she condemned for their centuries of colonialism and imperialism in comment #41.
So in other words,according to what "Scullion" from Canada is clearly implying, its okay for NATO/EU Western powers to murder thousands of innocent civilians from 30,000 feet up and support Nazi and Islamo-Fascist genocide of tens of thousands and ethnic cleansing of over a million and a half Christian and Jewish and Roma peoples in Serbia/Kosovo, Croatia/Krajina and Bosnia/-Herzegovina over a 17 year period from 1990 to the present, but its absolutely NOT okay to do so in Africa against black Africans in the early 20th,19th and 18th Century, because, according to Scullion's own words in comment #41, white Western people have a "superiority complex" in relation to Africa & black Africans (but obviously NOT against Jews, Roma and Eastern Orthodox Christian Serbs,who are obviously "white" but NOT Western)
And in case you still weren't convinced of Scullion's blatant anti-Serbian bigotry and racism, he/she obliges by giving you further evidence, with this comment:
"You give yourself away when you say "Yugoslavia". (I daresay you really meant Serbia)."
In other words,according to "Scullion", Serbia deserved to to ganged up on by 19 of the world's most powerful and richest countries, be bombed around the clock for 3 months - not even stopping the bombing for Orthodox Christian Easter - have its civilian infrastructure destroyed, be polluted with toxic Depleted Uranium, and have thousands of its people killed and maimed for life all in support of a genocidal Islamist Nazi terrorist group who specialize in beheadings, throat cutting,eye gouging, bodily dismemberment and boast to this day, that "we do everything with the knife"
To see what kind of people NATO/EU governments and media were supporting click here: KLA Cut Off People's Heads: Murderers' Bloody Feast!
When you look at these photos, please remember that not one of these NATO/EU backed mass murderers has been indicted -let alone brought to justice - by the NATO owned so-called Hague ICTY "war crimes tribunal".
Just like Alija Izetbegovic's Bosnian Islamist Nazi "warlord", Naser Oric, a self-confessed mass murderer of over 3,800 Serbs in the villages and towns of Srebrenica,Kravica,Milici,Skelani et al,over a three and a half year period from early 1992 to mid 1995 - most of the killings done under UN supervision. Mr. Oric was given a very "harsh" 2 year sentence by the NATO owned Hague ICTY "war crimes tribunal" in June,2006 AND RELEASED!
For the photos and documentation of the massacres [erpetrated by Oric and his allies,click here:"The Real Srebrenica Genocide"
WHAT A TWO-FACED WESTERN PRO-FASCIST PRO-NAZI "LIBERAL HUMANITARIAN" HYPOCRITE THIS "SCULLION" IS!
Wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if "Scullion" from Canada got a job offer from the Guardian,ITN,BBC or "GreenLeft Weekly" after posting such a bigoted,racist comment on the Scotsman whitewashing Western backed Nazi genocide.