okay, here's a new brain-buster:
Europe will be Islamic in less than 100 years
. It is also predicted that the current demographic dominator will be no longer the most populous in the US.
So what of it? This is not the first time we've heard this claim, nor will it be the last if it is true. Whether or not it is true will be irrelevant to the debate as the questions for this one are as follows:
Given the nature of the war on terror, and hostility for Islamic Terrorists in predominantly Muslim countries is, shall we say, a little lacking
(save for Iraq, from which I have heard many wonderful things from
), Is this demographic shift indicative of a future security crisis? Indeed, as the article linked said, it is already
What actions are appropriate to take to deal with the new influx of Islam into Europe? What issues will need to be dealt with in order to take these actions? Especially since what this means for the fate of the United States- if Islamism gets its' hand into the EU and gets a decent representation in the ballot box, it could be France, not Iran with the second Islamic Bomb. It could also mean the dissolution of NATO. Do we push for Europe to close its' borders? or is demographic shifting a natural and healthy thing?
what say you? any overt political correctness for the sole sake of "not offending" will be disqualified as only your TRUE FEELINGS will fly on this one. Sources and sound analysis are the best way to score points and win, as Thief has figured out.
ALLEZ DEBATE (even if it is only until sunday)
-Chris from NH
(PS- my school account isn't working right now, so use the address above to email me with issues, arguments, death threats, etc.
Well, you've all heard the news by now: The Assault Weapons ban has RUN OUT.
given that nobody else has posted a battle, and I have papers to write, I'll make this one a quickie:
What does this mean? What does this mean for the crime rate? what about personal freedom? is this a blessing or a pestilence? Is the possession of assault weapons unconstitutional in nature, or does the second amendment cover that? Or, does the ban ending run directly counter to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness outlined in the Declaration of Independence?
WHAT SAY YOU, O READERS OF IRON BLOG?
last battle was far too weak. Unless there are more than 5 people participating in this one, there shall be no clear winner.
step it up!
-Chris from NH
For a moment, sit back and visualize something for me.
Visualize living in a small country situated on a peninsula, with your sworn national enemies residing in the direct pathway to the mainland of Asia. Your trade routes are almost exclusively air and sea because of this, and even then, your seamen (no laughing, this is serious) are at risk
after the bitter, bloody war about 50 years ago that separated your peninsular nation, the North decides to pour the lion's share of their economic "earnings" into military equipment and research. As a result of the stalemate, the North became bitter and decided that at one point in time, Korea will be reunited... under their rule.
to ensure this, they parked 11,000 artillery weapons pointed at over 10 million citizens in your capital city
and boast about their nuclear weapons program.
are you scared yet? you should be.
Now take a step back- realize (well, most of you anyways) that you are a US citizen. Your nation is not directly threatened (at least not yet.) However, you have some thousands of troops stationed on this peninsula. Realize that the peninsula is too small to respond to a nuclear attack with our larger weapons... though that is precicely why we are developing tinier nukes
. And that any conventional force deployed would have to face the world's fourth-largest standing army. If they wanted to, the DPRK could launch missiles at Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, parts of Alaska and parts of eastern Russia
. Those missiles can carry any type of payload the DPRK desires, including nuclear. And there is not a whole lot we could do to stop them.
so what say you? given the sensitive situation of our troops present in the face of an immense threat, what needs to happen? is North Korea out of control? Is there any acceptable way to negotiate peace? or would a carefully executed war be an exercise in justice and virtue?
this topic should come as little surprise
to everyone. Even if the blast wasn't nuclear (I mean come on, you'd know instantly if it was or not, and people are sayin it's "unclear?" I call shenanigans... especially during the WoT. They wouldn't even tell us if it was) it is still an inevitability that the DPRK will possess this technology in the near future.
what should we do?
anxiously awaiting information on this one
-Chris from NH
Well. We have a couple Challengers on tap, now, and I was all set to unveil a new Battle. It seems that life is being mean to our Iron Bloggers, now.
Vinod got sent out of town and cannot Battle as scheduled.
Big Dan, being his usual helpful self, was going to Battle instead, until things exploded for him off-line, and now he's out for the week as well.
Jay and Dru generally need more than, oh, 5 hours notice to Battle.
So it looks like one more week of Battling amongst yourselves. At least we have a few Challengers, again!