Rwanda not so great

Behind the mask: an explosive book about Rwanda’s president
 Paul Kagame’s admirers say that as ruler of Rwanda, a once-benighted land, he is beneficent, even benevolent. Not if you believe even half of “Do Not Disturb”, a new study of his government by Michela Wrong, a journalist. Under her scrutiny, Mr Kagame has almost no redeeming features. Brought up among Tutsi exiles in Uganda, Rwanda’s neighbour to the north, in this telling he was the school sneak. He rose in the Ugandan intelligence service. Then Mr Kagame reconquered Rwanda. As a disciplinarian leader, she reports, he was known to comrades as “Pilato” (after Pontius Pilate) for overseeing punishments while washing his hands of moral responsibility. He is blasted, too, as a menace in the region. He should bear the bulk of guilt, reckons Ms Wrong, for a high death toll in civil wars initiated mainly by him in Congo. This book, full of detailed research, will enrage Mr Kagame and rattle his friends at home and abroad.

From the Economist magazine’s Espresso newsletter.

Rwanda is typically referred to in the liberal media as a democratic, progressive, law abiding country that illustrates that not all African nations are repressive dictatorships. Maybe it’s not such a good example after all.

Confederate Flag in the Capitol

The furor over the Confederate flag being carried by one of the invaders of the US Capitol is overblown.  Many more invaders were carrying American flags and using them as weapons, compared with one individual apparently walking quietly through the halls with a Confederate flag.  The man with the Confederate flag should not have been there, but it looks like his offense was considerably less than many of those with American flags.  Nevertheless, the Confederate flag photo has been highlighted because commentators believe it represents some kind of evil, like a Nazi swastika.  This is unjustified.

The men who fought under the Confederate flag did not kill blacks; they killed white men fighting for the Union army.  Some black men fought for the Union and were killed along with their white colleagues, but that had nothing to do with their race.  To imply by comparisons with Nazi paraphernalia that the Confederate flag is a symbol of genocide is simply wrong.  It was a battle flag like those that troops have carried in war for thousands of years.

Some may argue that the flag became a symbol of oppression and Jim Crow segregation after the war, but this was a misuse of the flag and not a true representation of what it stands for.  If you look at violence committed by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups, you will probably find the Christian cross used as a symbol as often as the Confederate flag.  Should the cross be banned like the Confederate flag?  Should the American flag be banned because the rioters in the Capitol carried it during their rampage?

The attack on the Confederate flag by liberals and Democrats has other motives, based on their own ethnic hatreds.  They want to destroy Southern white people as a political force, and the Confederate flag is a good symbol for their campaign of disparagement and disenfranchisement.  They have reopened the wounds of the Civil War and want to destroy the South this time around.  They believe Lincoln was too soft; they think he should have been more like Hitler and decimated and enpoverished the Southern white population, so that it would never have recovered from the war.  There should have been no “Reconstruction” after the war.  There should have been continued destruction.  They want destruction now.

The decision to refight the Civil War has been made by the liberals and Democrats.  The disastrous Trump presidency was a reaction to their attack on ordinary white people across the nation, not just in the South.  Biden has not been a leader in this fight like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have been.  We will see if he gets dragged into it by them and their allies.  Trump’s impeachment may shed some light on what lies ahead.  Trump clearly urged insurrection, but it is not clear that impeachment is the remedy for what he did.  It is clear that it is part of the effort to destroy those Trump supporters whom the Democrats bitterly hate.

White Supremacy

The term “white supremacy” is a racial slur, just like “nigger,” but the liberal media treat it as if it were a perfectly proper way to describe white people.  I see the term as expressing the extremist hatred and bigotry of those who use it.

Although those who use it would say that it does not apply to all white people, that it only applies to certain white people like the Proud Boys (although the leader of the Proud Boys is not white).  In fact, it is intended to besmirch all white people.  White people who use the term may not think they are referring to themselves, but they are.  Many white people feel guilty for being born white and hate or at least dislike themselves for being white.  Jews use the term freely because they do not believe they are white.  They belong to the Jewish race.  Although they often accept the benefits of being perceived as white, they believe they are different.  They use circumcision to differentiate themselves from whites.

Belief in white supremacy does exist, but so do many other forms of discrimination.  The Nazis believed in Aryan supremacy, a subset of white supremacy.  Jews believe that they are the children of God and other races are not.  Russia had the serfs for thousands of years.  Greeks and Romans (and Jews) had slaves during the height of their civilizations.

Not everyone who believes in white supremacy is violent or a threat to society.  Whether it is right, wrong, socially incorrect, or even dangerous, there is nothing illegal about an idea if you do not act on it.  You are free to believe in white supremacy as long as you obey the laws relating to the treatment of individuals.  In America everyone is equal before the law, but that does not mean that everyone is an equally good athlete or speaker, or that everyone is equally strong or smart.  You are not forced by law to have a sports team of uncoordinated weaklings; you can choose good players.  But you cannot refuse to serve someone in your restaurant because he is an uncoordinated weakling.

If you look around at the general population, the best accountants are probably going to be Jewish or white, and the best athletes are probably going to be black.  To deny generalizations like that is to close your eyes to the facts.  Liberals often do close their eyes to such facts, just as they accuse conservatives of denying other sorts of facts.  Liberals, like conservatives, tend to ignore or deny facts that do not fit into their worldview. People are different, but society can make laws to protect uncoordinated weaklings, just as it can make laws to protect black people.

Believing in “white supremacy” is not a crime, although the liberal media would like it to be.  The liberal hatred directed at people they believe to hold this belief is enormous.  Liberals are capable of extreme hatred, just as conservatives are.  They often don’t act on it, but they have in the past, in demonstrations against the Vietnam War, for example, or more recently in some Black Lives Matter demonstrations where the whites have been more aggressive than the black participants.

To me, the solution to the “white supremacy” issue is to avoid the issue of race altogether.  There are a lot of good white people and a lot of good black people, and there are a lot of bad people of both races.  It is a lot easier to like an individual than it is to like a whole race.  And it’s not fair to blame one individual for something that someone else of the same race did.  But if black people say, “You have to love me because I’m black,” I don’t think it’s going to work.  It is not the same thing as saying, “You should love me because I’m a good person.”  Blacks and whites need to work harder at being good people and drop the white supremacy label.  Is a white man a good person, not is he better (or worse) than a black man because he is white?  “White supremacist” is just a shorthand way to denigrate white people like “nigger” is used to denigrate black people.