Attractive (personality-wise) Boris Nemtsov and Unattractive (personality-wise) Vladimir Yeltsin
In the War of Freedom, Vladimir Putin is not on our side. That is not to say, of course, that freedom-loving Russians, such as (the now murdered) Boris Nemtsov are not on freedom's side. They are more on the side of freedom than the pissy - excuse the language - so-called conservatives in the West who apologise for KGB-man Vladimir Putin as a defender of Western civilisation. Big bloody joke! Here are a couple of articles I have written on KGB-man Putin: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/06/looming-prospect-second-cold-war/ and http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2012/06/deluded-tyrant-in-the-kremlin/
And here, courtesy of the BBC, is the latest chapter in the homicidal life and times of KGB-man Vladimir Putin, a very short and unattractive (personality-wise) character who reminds me more of Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan with every passing day: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31669061 If only the the civilised world knew how to "nip in the bud" the evil machinations of unloved, provincial, anti-Semitic, introverted, diminutive, furtive-but-unintelligent, personality-challenged, uncomfortable-with-women, unattractive (personality-wise only, please) fellows, what a lot of bother we could avoid. At any rate, I now chose to refer to myself as a freedomist rather than conservative. Cheers!
President Obama has been wrong and/or negligent about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Libya's Islamist revolution, Benghazi and the Second 9/11, the security of the Republic of Iraq, the July 9 uprising in Iran, Iran's nuclear intentions, Erdogan's Turkey, the potency of the Islamic State, Nigeria's Boko Haram, murderous anti-Semitism in Europe, Islamists activists in Washington D.C., Palestinian negotiators with Israel, and that's just for starters. USAF support for the Rojavans, much like the mini-surge in Afghanistan in 2009 during his first term in office, is the exception that proves the rule: which is that Brack Obama is the worst president in the entire history of the United States of America. In this context, I link to Jonathan S. Tobin's article in the New YorkPost: http://nypost.com/2015/02/19/obama-dances-around-reality-as-isis-plays-the-tune/
Kasim Hafeez was brought up to hate Israel, but he always placed evidence above received opinion. He actually bothered to read Alan Dershowitz's The Case for Israel (2004) and then explored the claims within. Here is his story: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-puder/kasim-hafeez-a-story-of-a-miraculous-transformation/ Having been an ardent Marxist-Leninist when I was young, I can relate to believing in an ideology only to reject it when reality clearly does not match. These two books by Dershowitz (the latter published in 2008) are not a bad place to start.
Tony Abbott has survived a not-quite-a-challenge to his his prime ministership and now conservatives, libertarian and unreconstructed libertarians have a chance to reflect on who would be better to lead the the modern-day Liberal Party. No alternative, as far as I can see, is offered in this piece by James Allan for Quadrant Online: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2015/02/finding-good-mr-abbott/