Me and my new buddy hangin’ with some bamboo appetizers.

Sometimes you just have to chill out from the problems of the world.

That’s why I decided to travel on a whim to Chengdu, China. It’s the capital of Sichuan Province, known for panda protection and procreation, the world’s tallest Buddha sculpture and seriously hot food.

There’s good news on the panda front, although the Chinese still consider the furry guys endangered. The artificial insemination project in Chengdu resulted in 20 live births last year, raising the number of living pandas to more than 2,000.

I went to one of three panda sites near Chengdu, where two-year-old pandas are getting ready to be set free back into the wild. I got to sit with one, who thought I was either interesting or pretty weird.

The following day I traveled to Leshan, the site of the tallest Buddha in the world. It took nearly 80 years to carve out of the stone until it was done in 803. It stands more than 200 feet tall–an impressive accomplishment for an era long ago. Think of it as the Mount Rushmore of China.

The Leshan Buddha is the largest statue in the world in the Buddhist culture.

Finally, I tried true Sichuan hotpot, the favorite of  the Chinese, who, when they eat at a restaurant, order this dish almost one-quarter of the time.

The hotpot, which is a boiling mixture of water, peppers and other ingredients, provides the stew for whatever you want to eat: beef, chicken, duck, mushrooms, potatoes and much much more.

Duck blood soup with tripe

No one believed me that I wanted tripe–aka pig intestines–because I was the first Westerner known to want to eat the stuff. I know many of you find that disgusting, but I found it delicious.

It was a wonderful trip–one that made me forget for a few days about the turmoil swirling around us.

And who couldn’t love the photo below from the center of Chengdu?

One of the thing that can be taken as one of the basic facts of life is that if there are no consequence for an action it will continue.

This is the basis of most law, it’s very hard, if not impossible to change people actual feelings or beliefs about certain things, so if you want to discourage an activity create a severe penalty for it, or tax it or create regulations so onerous that most people are unwilling to jump through the hoops to do said activity.

There are times when such incentives are used for good, the most effective example of this  in history is, in my opinion, General Napier in India  whose response to Indians insisting on the right of Suttee (or Sati) is one I never tire of quoting:

“You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

And with that incentive system in place the ritual of throwing widows on their husbands funeral pyre alive ended in India.

Of course there are less noble examples of this such as the modern jihad by the left against believing Christian bakers and farmers or the tax incentives on so called “green” energy whereby huge tax incentives are given to prop up an industry and enrich it’s proponents that would fail otherwise.

But regardless of the motive, such incentives, toward action or inaction, tend to work.

Which brings me to the point I made yesterday concerning so called “moderate” Muslims concerning incentives:

If you want to get the average unassimilated Muslim to take the risk necessary to stop terrorists within their community, they have to be less afraid of what their fellows will do if they talk then they are of what we will do if they remain silent.

Or to put it another way, if you are England and  want so called “Moderate” Muslims to warn authorities about potential terrorists in their community you are going to have to provide a incentive for them to do so:

My suggestion?  The “Silence Will Cost You” Act.

I suggest Britain pass a law saying that if a person becomes aware of any attempt to radicalize and recruit members of the public for the purpose of committing acts of terror, and fails to inform the proper authorities (police) they are subject to the following penalties

If said person is foreign born and does not hold British citizenship said person is subject is upon conviction, subject to deportation to their country of origin and ineligible to return.

If said person is holds British Citizenship they will be, upon conviction,  permanently ineligible for any and all public benefits paid for by taxpayer funds including housing, financial benefits, medical benefits.

I would further suggest that the law shall be suspended at the end of any Ten year period where there is no Terror attack on British soil.

Suddenly those who have been silent out of either fear or sympathy have a powerful incentive to change their behavior.  Furthermore by including the sunset provision based keeping the enemy from successfully striking the county it’s made clear that this measure is an emergency measure all about stopping terror attacks that will end as soon as it’s clear the threat to the country is over.

This is the single easiest way for England to solve the problem, the question is, do they have the stomach to pass such a law and the bravery to endure the wrath of social justice warriors of the left who would be more offended by such a law then the sight of men woman and children slaughtered in the streets.

So England, are you serious or are you not?


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