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Monday, April 03, 2006

Empty Womb

By Aussiegirl

Wonderful article by Tim Birdnow. This is an interesting development that few others have noticed or pointed out. It does matter to us what happens to Russia. Unfortunately, the Russians will probably revert to their reflexive desire for a strongman who promises them a return to past imperialist glory, rather than seek to move forward into a democratic and free future. The real legacy that Russians should look to should be the great writers of the past and dissidents of the Soviet era, all of whom championed faith, liberty and the dignity of man while criticizing authoritarianism. But since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has reverted to its authoritarian model, and the Tolstoys and Solzhenitsyns and Sakharovs have been forgotten. Kudos to Birdnow for doing so much research, like the information about the Mariana Islands -- fascinating stuff.

The American Thinker

Immigration has become a great crisis in the United States and Europe, with (much like the old Roman Empire) non-assimilated invaders pouring across the borders unchecked. The situation is grave, with the likelihood of Europe becoming part of the Islamic world and the possibility of the United States being partitioned.

Nowhere is the situation more critical, however, than in Russia, which is being flooded by hordes of illegals. The decline of Russia is dire, and presents a tremendous challenge to world peace and the Security of the United States.

To put it mildly, Mother Russia has an empty womb.

[...] Ultimately, a nation must have hope and a vision. America had Manifest Destiny and the spread of Protestantism to fire her ambitions and invigorate her culture. Russia is a land which has lost hope. Seventy years of Soviet domination has destroyed the Orthodox faith, and most Russians see no real reason for Russia. The Russians need to have their own version of Manifest Destiny. They need prosperity. They need to dismantle the corporatism now espoused by Putin in favor of a truly free system. We can teach them this, if they will only listen.

People with hope, people with faith in the future have children. The Russians, like their European neighbors, have lost this. This is a moral and spiritual crisis; Russia has lost faith in her national identity, in her culture, in her intrinsic value. Russia has lost faith in her Religion and her God. The people must renew their hope, rekindle their spirit. Until they do, Mother Russia will find her cradle empty, and her enemies encroaching.

We must encourage Russia in this-not just for security reasons, or any other selfish purposes. We face a very similar challenge and if Russia can be saved, perhaps there is hope for us.



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Scribe said
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Also, this is a worldwide problem: India, Vietnam and many other places that have been practicing abortion are seeing a population falloff because of the lack of girls. From Reuters:


"Lack of women turns tables on suitable boys Mon Apr 3, 11:00 AM ET

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Long, twirling moustaches and bejewelled daggers are no longer enough for a man seeking to marry in India's desert state of Rajasthan, long considered a land of fearless warriors.

But if he is lucky enough to have a sister, he can relax, a newspaper report said Sunday.

A declining sex ratio in the state is prompting a girl's parents to spurn offers of marriage from men unless the potential groom's family also has a marriageable daughter for their son, the Sunday Express said.

"Around 30 percent of the marriages in the past year in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan were fixed on this swap system," local lawmaker Rajendra Chauhan said.

The sex ratio in many of Rajasthan's districts has dropped to 922 girls for every 1,000 boys, according to the last census. In one or two villages, it has plummeted to less than 500, the paper reported.

The joint engagement pact, called "aata-saata," or the "double-couple plan," has emerged as young women find themselves much in demand in a state where the traditional preference, as in much of India, has been for sons.

Heavily skewed sex ratios have emerged in several parts of India as couples use ultra-sound technology to achieve their desire for a baby son despite such tests being illegal.

A joint study carried out by researchers in India and Canada recently suggested that half-a-million unborn girls may be aborted in India every year.

But now the absence of girls is changing village dynamics, the newspaper said.

"There are no girls. If there is one in a house, the father is like a king. He can demand anything," said Prahland Singh, the head of Bhorki village in Rajasthan.

He said that around 30 families had carried out marriages under the swap system in the village of 3,000 people in the last two years.

The report said that dowry, where traditionally a bride's father had to bestow riches on a groom to secure a marriage, has completely disappeared from many parts of the state.

Rather the groom's families are now offering to bear the cost of finding a suitable bride for their sons.

3 Comments:

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous scribe said...

Don't write off the Russians too soon. One of the very first things they did after the fall of Communism was to restore their churches.

Many young Russians, even the highly educated ones, are now investigating their faith and going back to their church (I'm Orthodox, so I see them making the effort at my parish. They tell us that even their atheist parents are starting to convert.)

Much still needs to be done--they had been badly wounded by Communism and Islam, as well as the cults, are trying to make inroads there. The massacre of Orthodox school children at Beslan 2 years ago is just one of many incidents.

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous scribe said...

Also, this is a worldwide problem: India, Vietnam and many other places that have been practicing abortion are seeing a population falloff because of the lack of girls. From Reuters:

"Lack of women turns tables on suitable boys Mon Apr 3, 11:00 AM ET

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Long, twirling moustaches and bejewelled daggers are no longer enough for a man seeking to marry in India's desert state of Rajasthan, long considered a land of fearless warriors.

But if he is lucky enough to have a sister, he can relax, a newspaper report said Sunday.

A declining sex ratio in the state is prompting a girl's parents to spurn offers of marriage from men unless the potential groom's family also has a marriageable daughter for their son, the Sunday Express said.

"Around 30 percent of the marriages in the past year in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan were fixed on this swap system," local lawmaker Rajendra Chauhan said.

The sex ratio in many of Rajasthan's districts has dropped to 922 girls for every 1,000 boys, according to the last census. In one or two villages, it has plummeted to less than 500, the paper reported.

The joint engagement pact, called "aata-saata," or the "double-couple plan," has emerged as young women find themselves much in demand in a state where the traditional preference, as in much of India, has been for sons.

Heavily skewed sex ratios have emerged in several parts of India as couples use ultra-sound technology to achieve their desire for a baby son despite such tests being illegal.

A joint study carried out by researchers in India and Canada recently suggested that half-a-million unborn girls may be aborted in India every year.

But now the absence of girls is changing village dynamics, the newspaper said.

"There are no girls. If there is one in a house, the father is like a king. He can demand anything," said Prahland Singh, the head of Bhorki village in Rajasthan.

He said that around 30 families had carried out marriages under the swap system in the village of 3,000 people in the last two years.

The report said that dowry, where traditionally a bride's father had to bestow riches on a groom to secure a marriage, has completely disappeared from many parts of the state.

Rather the groom's families are now offering to bear the cost of finding a suitable bride for their sons.

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Thanks for the link, Aussiegirl!

Scribe, you are correct; there are some signs that things could improve. As I pointed out, the 13% flat tax has the economy booming, improved pre-natal healthcare has reduced the number of abortions a bit, and there does seem to be a religious revival there. Unfortunately, Comrad Putin and his dancing teeth would love to re-Bolshevize Russia, and the anti-American rhetoric coming out of the Russian government is appalling.

Were I a bookie, I would give at best 3 to 1 odds on Russia pulling through.

 

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