What’s Behind Our World on Fire?

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What's Behind Our World on Fire?

USA -(Ammoland.com)- When the wildfires of California broke out across the Golden State, many were the causes given.

Negligence by campers. Falling power lines. Arson. A dried-out land. Climate change. Failure to manage forests, prune trees and clear debris, leaving fuel for blazes ignited. Abnormally high winds spreading the flames. Too many fires for first responders to handle.

So, too, there appears to be a multiplicity of causes igniting and fueling the protests and riots sweeping capital cities across our world.

The year-long yellow vest protests in Paris, set off by fuel price hikes that were swiftly rescinded, seemed to grind down this weekend to several thousand anarchic and violent die-hards.

The riots in Chile were started to oppose a small hike in train and subway fares in a country with the highest per capita income and least inequality in all of Latin America. Yet the protesters have succeeded in forcing the elected government to capitulate and write a new constitution.

Bolivia's uprising was over an election stolen by longtime president Evo Morales, who fled to Mexico to be welcomed by the foreign minister. Among the issues dividing Bolivians are economic inequality and tribalism — indigenous peoples living alongside a European-descended elite.

In Hong Kong, where protesters appear to be making a last stand in the city's universities, the cause that first united them was a proposal to allow the city's citizens to be extradited to China for trial. While that proposal was withdrawn, the rioting has continued for half a year and now involves Molotov cocktails, slingshots, bows and arrows, and catapults to hurl bricks at police. The latest demands include investigating and punishing police for excessive force, restoration of all liberties and freedoms Hong Kong enjoyed in the last years of British rule, and the right to elect their own leaders.

If Hong Kong can resist mighty China for half a year, imagine what Taiwan, with three times Hong Kong's population, significant military forces, and 100 miles of water between the island and mainland, could do to resist the rule of the Party of Xi Jinping.

In Baghdad, the protests went violent early, and hundreds are now dead.

A primary cause of the rioters' rage — Iranian influence in Iraqi politics that arose among the Shiite majority after George W. Bush overthrew the Sunni regime of Saddam Hussein.
The Iranian-backed Shiite militia who helped stop the Islamic State group's drive to Baghdad in the days of the caliphate are now less welcome. “Iranians, go home!” is a popular demand.

The recent violent protests inside Iran are rooted in both politics and economics. U.S. sanctions keep millions of barrels of Iran's oil off world markets every day, causing surging deficits, exacerbating the plunging value of Iran's currency and contributing to rising inflation.

The triggering event for the riots in Iran was a rise in the price of gas, which is still only a fraction of what Americans pay per gallon, but is deeply painful for working- and middle-class Iranians who are stretched to the limit.

The issues pulling continents, countries and capitals apart thus appear to be growing, enduring, and, indeed, perhaps insoluble.

Consider. The economic issues propelling workers into the streets to protest inequalities of wealth and income are occurring at a time when our world has never been more prosperous.

The ethnic and racial clashes within and between nations seem increasingly beyond the capacity of democratic regimes to resolve peacefully.

As for matters of fundamental belief — political, ideological, religious — the divides here, too, seem to be deepening and widening.

India's Hindu majority of 1 billion seeks suppression of its Muslim minority. Secular Chinese put Muslim Uighurs and Kazakhs in concentration camps by the thousands to root out their birth loyalties and convert them into Marxist nationalists. Han Chinese are moved into Tibet and Xinjiang to swamp indigenous populations.

In Hong Kong, the struggle is ideological and political, between believers in democracy and advocates of authoritarianism.

President Trump's America wants to secure the Southern border against an ongoing invasion of Latin American and Third World people, who could soon create here a new majority that votes reliably Democratic.

Europe resists with growing alarm a decades-long invasion of the Old Continent by desperate people fleeing the failed states of Africa and the Mideast.
In Spain, a nationalist party, Vox, vaults to third place to resist a leftist regime in Madrid that is seen as too accommodating to Catalan secessionists and refugees from across the Mediterranean.

Americans are not at actual war with one another, but our divisions are as wide and deep as they have been since the 1960s, if not since the Civil War.

We have Republicans standing united against the impeachment and removal of a president they overwhelmingly elected — by a united Democratic Party dominated by implacable ideological adversaries.

Neither authoritarians nor the world's democracies seem to have found a cure for the maladies that afflict our world's unhappy citizens.


Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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JH1961
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JH1961

My granddad was a WWII combat veteran. When I was a teen in the 1970s he would talk about ‘the next civil war’. I wish I had known what to ask at the time.

Mikial
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Mikial

For years now those of us considered to have paranoid and extreme views have warned out friends and neighbors that society can only endure for so long under the pressures of an increasing number of people who rely on government welfare made possible by a shrinking minority of working class people who pay taxes to support a corrupt, Liberal leaning government.

StWayne
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StWayne

When I first entered military service as in E-1 in 1978, my pay was around $420.00 a month. I lived like a King because I had free housing, free food, free clothing, free medical, free dental, and free access to assistance for everything I ever needed. It was sometimes hard to wonder what to do with your money. Being as firefighter, I only worked every other day, on which I worked at a local gas station for about the same pay I was getting in the military. I was raking in around $1,000 a month with overtime, which would be… Read more »

Will
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Will

@StW,like you I had lots of disposable income when in the military too. Things changed quick. You must had been single.

StWayne
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StWayne

As the day was long.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@ST…E1 was I think around $160/mo . I had one of the first Z28’s in town . It was actually my 3rd new car . 3 years prior I was selling gasoline for .19 cents a gallon . Have several years seniority , discharged as an E5 .

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OV, Thank you for your service. The NCOs are the back bone of the entire military.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@WB… And to you and your E7 spouse as well .

StWayne
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StWayne

So now we know who gives the orders in that house! 🙂

StWayne
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StWayne

Oldvet, were you Army? After the Air Force I went into the Army, but some years later. After eight years of total TIS (Time In Service [just in case you forgot,]) I came out an E-6 or SSGT. Even then, at that rank, I never again lived like I did back in the day. Something about the economy had been slowly shifting, and I was feeling it like everyone else. To a truth, I never did recapture that kind of earning power. Even today the average wage earner is underwater. Hope Trump can change that around, but don’t think so… Read more »

Circle8
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Circle8

Democrats intend to divide us to make it easier to conquer (control) us.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Circle, We divide ourselves, too!

Vern
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Vern

At no other time in history could the events seen in todays world match the scripture of the Bible. The scripture talks of things in the last days just as we are seeing them unfold. The sea, in scripture speaks of people, it talks of the sea and waves of roaring. That can be read “people in waves of protest.” What do we see most in the protesting today? people want a leader who will give them what they want. As we view the events going on it is bewildering that so much can happen in just the last 50… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

I recently saw a commercial that stated if I had bought gold some 20 years ago instead of stocks my net worth would be some 400% higher. If this is true, the power of the dollar today buys only 25% of what it bought some 20 years ago. I hope the math is incorrect but 20 years ago, I had a rough time carrying $100 worth of groceries, these days it is quiet easy to carry $100 worth of groceries. Diesel prices in 1999 were just under $1.00 per gallon but now it hovers around $3.40 per gallon. The point… Read more »

Firewagon
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Firewagon

LOL! It takes $8.78 today to buy what $1 did in 1960. Over 777 %! Why a $3,000.00 automobile in 1960 will cost you $26,310.00 today…….My parents bought their last home, a three-bedroom ranch-style, for just over $19,000 in 1960 – $167,000 now.

RoyD
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RoyD

That sounds about right. I have a distinct memory of my father buying a 50 round box of 22 Short ammo and it costing 25 cents.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Yep and a 500 round brick of long rifle for $5.00

gunnerdd517
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I paid $3.00 for a brick at the local feed co-op, where one could buy dynamite,large pellet black powder,blasting caps,fuse. All for blasting large rocks,stumps, & splitting logs without a problem. Miss-use was unheard of. $.27 for a box of 22s at hardware store. Life was simpler,safer back then, & ya, I miss those days. Where a kid with a bb gun could walk down the street & head into the woods for a day of fun. No body cared. Now, hed probably be arrested, or shot by police.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@DB, I heard on Fox Business News that a dollar in 2000 only buys 68 cents worth of stuff, today. FDR and later Richard Shithouse Nixon unlinked the dollar from gold. Now, it is just paper with pretty pictures.

tomcat
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@ DB All you have to consider is a $15.00 per hour starting wage for flipping burgers or working at the car wash. As wages increase so will the costs. From there you get inflation. Of course you could look at it like Bernie and Fauxihonis when they say these business owners are making way too much money. Sorry, I would not have taken all the risks to have a business and not make any money

PatriotUnitDeath
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PatriotUnitDeath

It’s the NWO Agenda and their Marxist leaders. The believers don’t want freedom and liberty just free stuff.