Merkel said Germany and its allies had achieved significant advances against "Islamic State" (IS) - pointing to the liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul as an example. "This in turn has raised the threat level in our country, because the aggressiveness has increased."Yes, that's the problem. Arabs don't like our crimes and try to defend themselves against our crimes. So how do you fix it?
Merkel's warning was released the same day von der Leyen spoke at the Gulf security conference alongside her US and European counterparts. The German defense minister emphasized that IS could only be defeated once governments put more emphasis on spreading liberal values and creating economic opportunities for the sort of young people who travel abroad to join IS. "We should complement the coalition against terror with a coalition for education," von der Leyen said.All in one neatly wrapped sentence. We should smoke more and develop better cough syrup.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.