2016: Year of the Chinese Curse

It’s not just because I have been reading the English translation of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission that I sense we are heading for some sort of apocalypse in 2016. The novel, ironically published in its original French the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre (7 January 2015), all too realistically describes an election and near civil war in France in 2022, ending in a Muslim takeover of the state (through an alliance with the left). Not even a year after its publication, and the more recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, this riveting book seems, if anything, a bit tardy in its time frame.

As the famous supposedly-Chinese curse goes: “May you live in interesting times.”

  • Exile1981

    I doubt france will last to 2022. I suspect the far left will start a race war if it looks like trump will win.

  • Dana Garcia

    The biggest danger will be Obasma’s swan song, fueled by his hatred of the West including Americans, and his love of Muslims. Even without active sabotage, his weakness will entice opportunists around the world from Tehran to Beijing.

    • They know he is anti-american. They will act upon that information.

  • AlanUK

    Anyone care to comment on the longarms they are carrying? Seems to me that the magazines would not be able to hold more than (a guess) 5 rounds.
    Looks a bit like lighter versions of a WWI Lee-Enfield …

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Semi-auto,7.62×39 cartridge, 10 round integrated magazine, loaded by stripper clips. China bought all the SKS (Simonov Carbine) machine tooling from Russia after they transitioned to the AK-47. All-metal, machined parts, no stampings…something worth $1500 if they made it today, but now it’s unquestionably the best deal in a gun, for $200-$300, NEW. Ammo’s really cheap, too.

      • AlanUK

        Thank you.
        I guessed someone would be informed!

  • John

    One thing is certain for 2016; Islam will continue…and this tendency will intensify…becoming the enemy to all of humanity. If Islamists pull off a series of high casualty hits in Russia, China, the U.S., Germany etc that violence could galvanize many disparate elements and forge alliances we never though could exist. Simon talks about C.H. and France but we shouldn’t forget how many Islamist attacks China has endured in just the past year.