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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Soldier Attacked Outside Military Base in Washington State

As hear on KTTH AM radio, Sytman and Boze morning show, Pierce County Sheriff's Department and local Tacoma area law enforcement officers are looking several individuals who "allegedly" attacked a National Guardsmen in uniform as he was walking into a convenience store.

Sytman and Boze said that a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and someone asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action. Apparently the Guardsman indicated that he had.

The individuals exited their vehicle brandishing a weapon and proceeded to beat the guardsman.
As they left the scene, the attackers called the guardsman "a baby killer."

The driver as described as a white man, 25-30 years old, with short blond hair, wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. The passengers were white males about the same age with red baseball hats and red sweatshirts during the attack. Apparently a $1,000 reward is being offered.

Also reporting the story, Tacoma News Tribune: Guardsman attacked, beaten in Parkland.
Investigators suspect the man was attacked because of his uniform. "The indication is it’s because he was a soldier," sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

"There are some specific questions (the attackers asked) that were military related and what his involvement in the war was."

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and charges filed in an attack against a uniformed National Guard soldier in Parkland. Callers remain anonymous. Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Are our Pacific Northwest peace activists and left wingers changing tactics, or, were there other reasons for the attack?

Stand by for more information.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Know the Enemy

Courtesy of Dallas News with permission of the Author, Rod Dreher.

Forty years ago, the godfather of Islamic terrorism was executed, says Rod DREHER, and America today is no closer to understanding his apocalyptic vision.....

Two days from now, the country will observe the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its catastrophic aftermath. What will pass unnoticed on that day is the 40th anniversary of a hanging of a revolutionary in Cairo, an event that is incalculably more important to the present and future of the United States than any meteorological event.

The pious life and martyr's death of Sayyid Qutb, and the legacy the Islamic theologian left behind, extend a powerful challenge to the West. Until we provide an answer to him and his followers, we can't hope to prevail in the war of ideas with Islamic extremists. And most of us have no idea who this man even was.

Sayyid Qutb (pronounced KUH-tuhb) has been called "the philosopher of Islamic terror." He rose from humble origins in rural Egypt to become an influential theologian and leading light of Egypt's fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood movement. He advocated global Islamic rule imposed by the sword.

Also Online: English translation of 'Milestones.'

The Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser ordered him hanged for treason Aug. 29, 1966.

Yet, his ideas have spread like a prairie fire over the parched landscape of Islam's last generation. As writer Paul Berman observed, Qutb was "the intellectual hero of every one of the groups that eventually went into al-Qaeda."

We Americans have a bad habit of assuming that there's nothing to radical Islam but fury, grievance and bloodlust. We think of jihadist leaders as wild-eyed mullahs far removed from our experience. It's a fatal form of condescension. Qutb may have been a madman by our lights, but he was no fool – and, in important ways, he had our number.

Americans also cherish the idea that lack of understanding is at the root of conflict – and that there are few disputes that can't be worked out by people getting to know each other. Not so with Qutb, whose sojourn in America as a foreign exchange student between 1948 and '50 radicalized him and confirmed his hatred for Western materialism and freedom.

Qutb spent most of his time in the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colo. The pathologically prudish Egyptian scholar was shocked by the morality of Greeley's women, appalled by its racism and scandalized by the wealth of American society.

As Lawrence Wright writes in The Looming Tower, his acclaimed new book about the roots of 9/11:

"Qutb saw a spiritual wasteland, and yet belief in God was nearly unanimous in the United States at the time. It was easy to be misled by the proliferation of churches, religious books and religious festivals, Qutb maintained; the fact remained that materialism was the real American god. 'The soul has no value to Americans,' he wrote to one friend. 'There has been a Ph.D. dissertation about the best way to clean dishes, which seems more important to them than the Bible or religion.' Many Americans were beginning to come to similar conclusions. The theme of alienation in American life was just beginning to cast a pall over the postwar party. In many respects, Qutb's analysis, though harsh, was only premature."

It is tempting to laugh at the Islamic pietist overwhelmed by the sensuality of the Rocky Mountain Gomorrah. But when Qutb returned to Egypt, his ardor to fight Western cultural hegemony led him to write: "We are endowing our children with amazement and respect for the master who tramples our honor and enslaves us. Let us instead plant the seeds of hatred, disgust and revenge in the souls of these children."

Qutb believed that if Muslims accepted democracy, capitalism, civil liberties and the Western way of life, they would commit spiritual suicide. He dedicated the rest of his life to convincing Muslims that their only hope rested in surrendering totally to a stringent form of Islam.

But why, according to Qutb, are modernity and Islam irreconcilable?

Because modernity was only made possible by a fundamental theological error that guaranteed man's alienation from God and from his nature. This alienation had reached a point of crisis worldwide, with the world's richest and most powerful nations producing masses of well-fed, well-off people who are rootless, miserable, hedonistic and self-destructive.

This was not a novel insight. As Paul Berman points out in his 2003 book Terror and Liberalism, many Western thinkers of the same era were writing about alienation amid the freedom and plenty of modern society. Qutb located the source of the modern world's ills in Christianity's separation of the world into sacred and secular realms, creating what he called a "hideous schizophrenia" that caused Western man to split the material realm from the spiritual.

Islam holds the two to be one under God's sovereignty. But this unnatural divorce had material benefits for the West, enabling it to leapfrog far ahead of the Islamic world in science and technology. The West's success made it powerful, true, but its culture grew increasingly debauched, and its people were turning into moral and spiritual wrecks. Yet – and here, Mr. Berman writes, is where Qutb is most original – the all-powerful West was in the present day imposing its false and destructive ideals on the weakened Muslim world.

What is to be done? Lenin famously asked about Czarist Russia. Qutb's answer to the same question about the West was, in part, "Milestones," a Leninist-style tract advocating worldwide Islamic revolution.

In this thin volume, Qutb argues that the Islamic nation must overthrow modernity if it wishes to continue to exist. Only Islam, with its divinely given law regulating all aspects of daily life, is capable of rightly ordering the soul and body, and of being most true to God-given human nature. He believed the West, whether or not it realized it, was engaged in a fight to the death against Islam. Though the conflict had military, economic and cultural aspects, for Qutb, this was essentially a religious war.

"Milestones" calls for the subjugation of all non-Islamic peoples, the total crushing of all non-Islamic institutions and entities, and the universal imposition of harsh sharia law. Reading "Milestones" as a guide to the mentality of jihadists is a bone-chilling exercise (even more so when you consider that Muslim teens participating in a 2004 quiz competition at the Dallas Central Mosque were assigned "Milestones" as part of their contest reading).

His is the voice of the genocidal utopian, an apocalyptic idealist who – like Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao – will stop at nothing to create an earthly paradise on the bones of the Crusaders, Zionists, moderate Muslims and sundry infidels.

It's difficult to imagine why anybody fell for Nazism or communism, but neither ideology could have gone anywhere if it didn't speak deeply to the hopes, needs, fears and passions of millions. As fanatical as Qutb's Islam sounds – as fanatical as it is – it provides an explanation for the misery and backwardness so much of the Muslim world lives in today. It gives its followers dignity and solidarity, a focus for their anger, a sense of purpose and of being on the right side of history. It holds out the false promise, that old siren song, that perfect happiness and oneness can be achieved in this life, once the Enemy has been destroyed. And it is a vision that Qutb gave witness to by courageously sacrificing his life.

What are we to do? There are no easy answers, but we should begin by jettisoning as folly the naive idea that all Muslims want the same things the liberal West wants. Followers of Qutb's brand of Islam hold that our wealth, secularity and freedom, especially for women, are evidence of our corruption.

While Qutb's prescriptions are quite mad, his diagnosis of the Western spiritual and psychological condition was serious, and it requires a serious response. If we Westerners cannot look at the world we've created for ourselves and understand that Sayyid Qutb was not all wrong, we will never figure out how to convince the Islamic masses he lived and died for that their holy martyr was a false prophet.

Rod Dreher is an assistant editorial page editor. The views expressed here are his own. His e-mail address is .

Find a link to an English translation of Sayyid Qutb's "Milestones" at

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

U.S. Must Remain "Committed" To Fighting Terrorism

Courtesy of the United States Department of State - U.S. Must Remain "Committed" To Fighting Terrorism, Rice Says: Nexus of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction greatest threat

By Carolee Walker, Washington File Staff Writer

Washington – The world must stay united in fighting terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, particularly in Iran, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a radio interview August 29. Yet the “really devastating problem for the world would be if America loses its will or loses its nerve or loses its commitment,” Rice said.

“If America remains committed, we will meet these challenges.”

Rice said she encourages looking at events from a historical perspective before assessing success or failure in Iraq or the Middle East.

“I would ask that we think back on the times when it also seemed impossible and yet the success did emerge,” Rice said. In the Cold War, for example, Rice said there was no reason to believe that the United States would stay steadfast and that 50 years later the Soviet Union would collapse peacefully. “There are people living today, among them the president's father, who fought Japan,” Rice said. “And yet when the president sits across from the prime minister of Japan, he sits across from a democratic friend.”

Rice was interviewed on the Doug Wright Radio Show before addressing the annual American Legion Convention in Salt Lake City, where she accepted the American Legion Auxiliary Woman of the Year award.

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary presents a Woman of the Year award recognizing the significant contributions of women in advancing the quality of life for others and making a positive impact on the men and women of America’s armed forces, veterans and their families.

The transcript of Rice’s radio interview and her remarks to the American Legion are available on the State Department Web site.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

Sunday, August 27, 2006

ACLU brings superfluous lawsuit against the Feds regarding Mt. Soledad

This was a nation founded on Christian principles. According to research conducted by my senior editor, Rosemary, the very first document, the Mayflower Compact, that was signed and witnessed in the United States. So, if anyone tries to tell you this is NOT a Christian nation, refer them to the Mayflower Compact:

"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620."

There followed the signatures of 41 of the 102 passengers, 37 of whom were Separatists fleeing religious persecution in Europe. This compact established the first basis in the new world for written laws. Half of the colony failed to survive the first winter, but the remainder lived on and prospered.

Wish the ACLU would get with the program instead of challenging America with the superfluous "Freedom from Religion" lawsuits.

According the KFMB San Diego, the ACLU has just filed a lawsuit against the federal government in regards to Mt Soledad Cross located in San Diego County, California on behalf of a Jewish Veterans Organization.

The ACLU lost the chance to sue the City of San Diego when President Bush signed the bill transferring Mt Soledad to the Federal Government.

So, now the ACLU is mounting a campaign against the Feds to forcibly remove the cross: ACLU Files New Lawsuit over Soledad Cross

"The controversy over the Mount Soledad cross continues to grow Friday, with the American Civil Liberties Union now suing the federal government over some newly signed legislation."
You may find additional information about the Mt Soledad controversy as it becomes available at KFMB Channel 8, San Diego.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

UN Continues to Threaten Sanctions Against Iran

Courtesy of CBN News Service:

Threat of Sanctions: U.N. Continues to Threaten Sanctions Against Iran
By Chris Mitchell CBN News – At the United Nations, the world's leading powers have been waving diplomatic carrots at Iran’s leaders to get them to stop enriching uranium.

Iran responded in writing to the U.N. offer of economic incentives and better relations with the west if it will end its drive for nuclear weapons. But Germany has joined France and the United States in branding the Iranian response as unacceptable.

“We've also made it clear that their unwillingness to give up the pursuit of nuclear weapons will result in our efforts in the Security Council to obtain economic sanctions against them,” said U.S. United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.

But Iran’s ayatollahs and its president have scoffed at the threat of U.N. sanctions led by the United States. They see the U.S. as weakened by Hezbollah’s standoff with Israel in Lebanon and the ongoing fighting in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Iranian leadership continues its daily verbal assault against Israel.

As the U.N. deadline approaches, a number of Israeli military and defense experts have raised concerns that Israel might have to take on Iran by itself.

The Jerusalem Post quoted a senior Israeli official, who said Israel "may have to go it alone" in facing a potentially nuclear Iran. The official also said, "the Iranians know the world will do nothing. This is similar to the world's attempts to appease Hitler in the 1930s. They are trying to feed the beast."

This week, Israeli cabinet member Rafi Eitan told Israeli radio that Israel should prepare bomb shelters for a missile attack by Iran if the U.N. negotiations end badly.

Israel's summer war against Hezbollah was in effect a war against Iran, and its leaders are bracing for the reality that the war could resume.

Pro-Lifers Protest Easy Accessibility of Plan B

Courtesy of CBN News Service: Controversy of Plan B – Plan B, also called the morning after pill, will be available over-the-counter to anyone 18 or older. Pro-life groups aren’t too happy the drug will now be so widely and easily available.

Taking Plan B is like ingesting as many as 40 birth control pills all at once.

“The morning after pill is a high dose of the birth control pill. And a low dose can cause complications like heart attack, stroke, blood clots,” said Wendy Wright from Concerned Women for America.

Kimberly Zenarolla of the National Pro-Life Action Center said, “The FDA has taken the indefensible position of encouraging the use of a potent synthetic steroid, which not only has the potential to destroy a newly conceived child, but also may pose serious health dangers to women and young girls who repeatedly ingest this mega-dose of artificial hormones.”

And some pro-life groups say in many cases it’ll be tantamount to a self-induced abortion.
As Dr. Gene Rudd of the Christian Medical Association put it, “Many women in America would not take it if they realized that it can have the effect of preventing a fertilized ovum, a living human embryo, from implanting in the womb and having a chance to be born.”

Others worry this will cause a serious spike in the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. They say in countries where the “morning after” pill has already been available over-the-counter, studies show STD rates have increased.

But the decision to allow Plan B sales without a prescription doesn’t totally end legal wrangling over the drug’s use.

Organizations like Planned Parenthood are already pushing to wipe out the ban on selling it over-the-counter to teenagers.

“There is no scientific or medical reason to limit access to young people to get emergency contraception,” said Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood.

But pro-life groups worry even the ban won’t stop enterprising teenagers.

“Untold numbers of minors buy cigarettes and alcohol using fake or borrowed identification. Now they will do the same with Plan B,” said President Ruben Obregon of The No Room for Contraception Campaign.

Many in the pro-life community are angry with the Bush administration over the Plan B decision. They point out the same President who worries about discarded embryos being destroyed for their stem cells is now turning a blind eye to the many millions of embryos likely to be destroyed by the women and girls taking Plan B.

“President Bush and his nominee to head the FDA…have turned the agency into a hand-maiden of the abortion industry and powerful pharmaceutical companies,” said Rev. Thomas Euteneur, president of Human Life International. “The FDA was created to be the last line of defense between consumers and manufacturers, but instead has become the lead offensive against women in crisis and the innocent unborn.”

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TESTING THE FAITH: Protestant Ministries Booted from Georgetown University

According to World Net Daily, protestant ministries with long histories of serving students at Georgetown University were told last week - 'after much dialog with the Lord' - they are no longer welcome and have been banned from holding on-campus events and using the school's name.

The groups – which include Georgetown chapters of InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and Crossroad Campus Christian Fellowship – were told their ministries "will no longer be allowed to hold any activity or presence (i.e. bible [sic] studies, retreats with Georgetown students, Mid-week [sic] worship services, fellowship events, move-in assistance ...) on campus. As well, there will be no Affiliated Ministry presence or participation at our annual Campus Ministry Open House held at the end of August.

According to David French, an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, more than 50 colleges, including Harvard, Princeton and the University of Wisconsin, have attempted to end associations with religious groups.Read the latest developments on this story at TESTING THE FAITH

Previous stories that have appeared at World Net Daily:

2 fine young bloggers you should know about (and a 9/11 Tribute alert)

A Soldier's Perspective reported on two fine bloggers who are participating in the 9/11 Tribute. They are 5 and 6 years old! Noah and Ben. Read their entry, here.

As the 5th anniversary of 9/11 looms on the horizon, we are approaching the goal of achieving 2,296 blogposts per each victim of that terrible day.

For those unaware, I will be posting at Sparks from the Anvil, about David Gamboa-Brandhorst, the 3 year old son of a man who was my boss. David and his two fathers were aboard the 2nd airliner that was crashed into the World Trade Center.

If you have not yet signed up, you are needed.

UN backs away from disarming Hezbollah

What is up with the United Nations? Has it been officially confirmed that the United Nations is an appeaser and apologist organization? Are they really in cahoots with Islamofacists based in Lebanon and Gaza, who commit terrorist acts and kill innocent civilians on behalf of their supports and providers; Iran and Syria?

Lets review the the events of last month's conflicts. Hezbollah and Hamas attacked Israel last month and took hostages. Israel struck back. Hezbollah and Hamas responded by firing thousands of rockets at Israel. Israel countered the rockets. And, the world community said Israel did not have the right to protect itself.

Along came the United Nations and Europe countries to broker a peace treaty and provide the "backbone" of a peacekeeping forces for Lebanon. Today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan made an outlandish statement that the UN peace keepers will not disarm Hezbollah.

"It is generally accepted that the disarmament of Hezbollah cannot be done by force," Annan said. "The troops are not going there to disarm Hezbollah, let's be clear on that." Source AP News story courtesy of CBN News Service

To make matters worst, according to the Jerusalem Post, the sponsor of terror in the Middle East, Iran, has moved things up several notches in the past few months. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel on almost a daily basis.

Giora Eiland, Israel's former national security adviser, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, if he ever became the supreme decision maker in his country, would "sacrifice half of Iran for the sake of eliminating Israel,"

Eiland also believes that Ahmadinejad,"has a religious conviction that Israel's demise is essential to the restoration of Muslim glory, that the Zionist thorn in the heart of the Islamic nations must be removed. And he will pay almost any price to right the perceived historic wrong. Source, Iran leadership poses threat

Tell me, is there something wrong with this picture or is the United Nations an enabler of terror, fascism, and oppression. This sure is reminiscent to the workups of the Fascist anti-Semantic Third Reich almost 60 years ago. And the world community sits by making apologist and appeaser solutions. The UN and world community sits back and does nothing, the hands on the "Doomsday Clock" for Israel moves forward.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

The First Amendment does NOT cover incitement

LGF has found an awful request to allow people to protest saying, "Death to Israel." Go read it. I've had it up to here with tolerance...

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Freedom of Assembly not afforded Jews in Argentina

When I read this yesterday, I was infuriated. "How could this be?" I asked myself. It was a frightful conclusion that came to me. It is because no one wishes to go against the Mullahs of Iran.

Do they not realize that this is precisely how the holocaust in Hitler's Germany (not today's Germany) began? Is anyone paying attention, taking note? Why has this not reached the news? Fear?

Gateway Pundit has been watching and writing about this atrocity.
Iranian Regime Supporting Leftists Harass Jews in Argentina
A group of radical leftist supporters of the Iranian regime prevented Jewish protesters from holding a demonstration at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires today:
    Left-wing activists in Argentina prevented an anti-Iran demonstration.

    Argentine Jewish groups organized a demonstration Wednesday in front of the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires to protest Iran’s support for Hezbollah.

    But some 50 members of the group Quebracho stopped traffic and blocked the street so the Jewish demonstration couldn’t proceed.

    Argentine Jewish leaders expressed serious concern and demanded the freedom to demonstrate.

    “Public opinion can understand, from this event, who is playing with violence,” said Silvio Rossjansky, president of the Argentine Zionist Organization.
A member of the Iranian community (L) argues with members of the Jewish community (R) who had planned a protest against Iran, near the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires August 23, 2006. (REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian)
May someone else will start to pay. Then another and another, before it is too late...

Update: I have some disgusting cartoons about the holocaust, if you want to see what the ME is learning... These are from Iran. If you want to enlarge them to view them, please go to the bottom-left corner and put the arrow on the last picture. You will see a yellow square. Click on it. If this will upset you, please do not view this. Remember, they are cartoons. Yes, it is because of what was done in Holland a couple years back.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Assad Warns on Deploying UNIFIL and threatens Golan

Special Dispatch - Syria/Lebanon
August 25, 2006
No. 1265

Syrian President Al-Assad on Deploying UNIFIL at Lebanese-Syrian Border: "If [Lebanon] Wants to Destroy Relations Between Syria and Lebanon, It is Free to Do So - and to Bear the Responsibility"

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: Syrian President Al-Assad's views on UNIFIL .

The following are excerpts from an interview with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, which aired on Dubai TV on August 23, 2006.


"This [Lebanese] Movement Consists of Some Figures who are Known Historically for Their Relations with Israel"

Bashar Al-Assad: "This [Lebanese] movement consists of some figures who are known historically for their relations with Israel, since the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Others have begun collaborating with the Israeli position - not necessarily with Israel itself, but we do not necessarily have all the information. They did this through Resolution 1559. The Israeli officials said that they themselves had worked hard to bring about this resolution. Yet [these Lebanese figures] supported this resolution. Resolution 1680, which deals a blow to Syrian-Lebanese relations... For whose sake was this resolution adopted? For Syria? For Lebanon? It was for the sake of Israel. The recent war has exposed these positions."


"As is well known, they accepted the first Franco-American draft, and if the situation on the ground had not changed, this draft would have become Resolution 1701. These forces have carried out all these plots against the resistance. With regard to the resistance that concerns us as Arabs - and I'm not talking about resistance as an internal Lebanese issue, but as an issue that now concerns any Arab citizen, and you can see Hizbullah flags everywhere... They conspired with Israel in both directions."


"Loyalty to One's Country Means Rejecting Foreign Interference, Through Any Embassy"

Bashar Al-Assad: "Loyalty to one's country does not just mean [not] being a known agent of another country. Loyalty to one's country means rejecting foreign interference, through any embassy - and I am always clear on this - and through any foreign government that tries to interfere directly. I have said this very clearly to the Europeans several times. I said to them: Any person on whose behalf you interfere - we will consider him to be unpatriotic. You must stop interfering and sending messages. This matter is closed, as far as we are concerned. We are very sensitive when it comes to foreign interference. Apart from this, everybody is here. If we wanted to prevent them from talking, as some claim, they would all be in prison. This is not the case. We have taken a few steps, and we are not claiming we have achieved a lot. We have taken some steps that are reasonable, given our circumstances. Some think these steps are less than they should be, and others think they are more than they should be. Let us stay in the middle. We must act with caution. We are not operating in a normal climate. No one, Syrians or others, should doubt that there are daily attempts to interfere in Syria's domestic affairs. We cannot be naive and say: Everything is fine, everybody is patriotic. This is not a matter of good intentions."


Deploying UNIFIL "Would Violate Lebanon's Sovereignty"

Interviewer: "How do you view the deployment of UNIFIL on your border with Lebanon?"

Bashar Al-Assad: "This would mean creating hostility between Syria and Lebanon. First of all, this would violate Lebanon's sovereignty. No country in the world would accept the deployment of soldiers of other nationalities at its border passes, unless it is at war with another country, like in the Golan or South Lebanon. This is normal. First of all, this would mean taking away Lebanese sovereignty - and they are constantly talking about Lebanese sovereignty - and giving it to others. The other issue is that this would be hostile to Syria. Naturally, this would create problems between Syria and Lebanon."

Interviewer: "But Mr. President, they fear that Syria would be used as a conduit for weapons that would reach elements that they don't want these weapons to reach. People might infiltrate through this border, and help one group of Lebanese against another. This may justify their apprehensions and the presence of such a force."

Bashar Al-Assad: "If there is a Lebanese army, it should be responsible for that. Why should the Lebanese army be responsible for protecting Israel?"

If [Lebanon] Wants To Destroy Relations between Syria and Lebanon, It is Free to Do So - and to Bear the Responsibility

Interviewer: "Mr. President, are you calling upon the Lebanese government to reject the deployment of an international force along the border between Lebanon and Syria?"

Bashar Al-Assad: "I am calling upon it to bear the responsibility like any other country. It will bear the responsibility. If it wants to destroy the relations between Syria and Lebanon, it is free to do so, and to bear the responsibility. There are elements within the Lebanese government and among the majority who strive towards this."


Interviewer: "Is it possible that we will see armed resistance in the Golan?"

Bashar Al-Assad: "Like I said... Same answer... The people will decide. I reiterate: If peace does not restore the rights, this will be the natural and obvious option. Things will take this course, whether we like it or not."

Interviewer: "Mr. President, you say that the people will decide. Is the people ready... I am sure you can sense the sentiments of the people. Is the people ready now for armed resistance in the Golan?"

Bashar Al-Assad: "There are always different currents and opinions. Some people talk enthusiastically about getting into this today, while others say we must prepare ourselves. However, this war has emphasized that option."


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Syria threatens the Golan: Wake up call for the free world

Special Dispatch-Syria
August 25, 2006
No. 1264

Syrian Government Press Threatens War in the Golan: "Those Who... Call for Peace Must Always Support the Resistance"

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: 'Those who ... call for peace must always support the resistance .

In an August 15, 2006 speech, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad repeatedly emphasized that resistance is the way to peace, and that Syria would liberate the Golan "by [its] own hands." In the days following the speech, the Syrian media published articles in a similar vein.

The following are excerpts:

Assad: "Resistance and Peace Constitute One Axis, Not Two"

Reiterating arguments made by President Assad, the Syrian government paper Al-Thawra stated in an editorial that anyone who supports peace must support the resistance as well, since resistance is the way to achieve peace: "Syria does not believe in the slogan 'resistance for the sake of resistance,' but in the practical and realistic principle of 'resistance for the sake of peace,' because resistance, among its other results, helps to create a climate that is conducive to achieving a just peace.

"So those who support peace and call for peace must always support the resistance, since slogans and initiatives of peace without resistance generate [nothing but] arrogance and haughtiness on the part of Israel, which has disdained such initiatives [in the past]. Every time the Arabs made a step towards peace, the Israelis took [several] steps towards war...

"Syria never abandoned [the option of] peace, just as it has [never] laid down its weapons... The Arabs made many peace initiatives, [but] these initiatives always met with a negative response on Israel's part, to the point where every Arab peace initiative was rewarded with an Israeli massacre against the Arabs. Israel [thus] showed that it was not interested in peace. [Its] governments did not believe in the obligation of returning occupied territories to their owners, and [they] received full support and [extensive] assistance from the U.S...

"Syria has always believed in peace. It was the Israeli side that foiled [every] attempt to make progress... Israel must learn from the [outcomes] of its recent aggression against Lebanon, and understand that its military strength, great though it may be, will not lead [it] towards peace and does not reflect a desire for peace...

"In any case, the victory of the Lebanese resistance [i.e. Hizbullah] and the victory of the resistance in Palestine and Iraq will cause the way of the resistance to spread. Past experience has shown [us] that [an approach which] regards resistance as an unfeasible option [only] harms the peace [process]. The moral of the present [war] is that victory of the resistance is the way towards peace. Did not [our] President Bashar Al-Assad say that 'resistance and peace are one axis, [not two]'?"(1)

Mufti of Damascus: "The Arab Nation and Islam... Will Not Rest... Until the Golan is Restored to Syria"

Mufti of Damascus Sheikh Bashir 'Abd Al-Bari spoke in a similar vein at a ceremony marking the Al-Israa Wa Al-Mi'raj (Muhammad's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven): "This year, the anniversary [of Muhammad's night-journey] occurs while our nation is engaged in a bitter struggle and holy jihad against the enemies of Allah and humanity - the traitorous and despicable Zionists who are occupying the Holy Land and the Al-Aqsa Mosque...

"The Lebanese resistance [i.e. Hizbullah] and its leader Hassan Nasrallah have taught the Zionist enemy a bitter lesson that it will never forget. They have proved that the nation of Arabism and Islam has sworn to [its members] that it will never rest until the rights are restored, until Palestine and holy Jerusalem are restored to [the Muslims], until South Lebanon is restored to its owners, and until the Golan, which is waiting with determination and patience, once more becomes a part of the homeland, Syria - no matter how long this takes."(2)

Syrian Government Daily: 'We Will Fight [Israel] as the Lebanese Resistance Fought [It]"
An article in the Syrian government daily Al-Thawra threatened that Syria will not allow Israel to occupy the Golan forever, and that the Syrian people will fight Israel in every part of the Golan:

"This time, Israel's considerations were mistaken, since it is unaccustomed to confronting the Arab resistance fighters face to face. [In the past], its military power allowed it to hunt [the fighters] from a distance, but now things have changed. The oppression, murder and destruction [perpetrated by Israel], and its lack of regard for the position of the other side, have prompted the resistance fighters to confront death... and to fight, without any fear of death, for their rights, their homeland, and for a cause they believe in and are [willing to] die for. Consequently, they [succeeded in] scaring the enemy and defeating him, and presented him with a reality that he never imagined he would have to confront...

"[Israel's] pretext for [starting] the war was [its desire to] liberate the two prisoners, [but its real goal] was to implement [U.N.] resolution 1559 by force. But the heroic resistance [i.e. Hizbullah] broke [the enemy's] might, rubbed the [noses] of its best fighters in the dirt of South Lebanon, and turned the mightiest tanks in the world into coffins for the [Israeli] soldiers.

"The outcomes of this aggression will have far-reaching political and military repercussions for this [Israel], which will be even more severe than its humiliating military defeat. What the enemy encountered today in South Lebanon, it will encounter tomorrow on the Golan front.

"We Syrians say to the occupiers...: 'We will not allow you to occupy our land, to deport its people and to enjoy its riches forever. You must realize that our people will fight you just as the Lebanese resistance fought you in Maroun Al-Ras, Bint Jbeil, Ita Al-Sha'b, and other places. Our Syrian people will fight you in Jabal Al-Sheikh, Mas'ada, Majdal Shams, Ein Qinya, Banyas, Za'ura, Al-Nukheila, Waset, Al-Qal'a, Qna'aba, Tel-Sha'ban, Kafer Tufah, Al-Darbashiya, Hafar, Al-Jumruk, Tiberias, Al-Hamma and in all [other] places in the Golan - on every plateau, on every hill, and in every valley.

"Some of the wise intellectuals in Israel have already realized this truth. It seems that the blows [dealt to Israel] by the resistance, Israel's experience in South Lebanon, and the terrible military, political and psychological blows that the Zionist entity received as a result of its attack on Lebanon have caused some of the intelligent people in [Israel] to wake up.

"I attentively read what [the Israeli columnist] Gideon Levy recently wrote in [the Israeli daily] Ha'aretz: 'Had Israel returned the Golan at the suitable time, and had it signed a peace agreement with Syria, this war would not have broken out. Peace with Syria would have guaranteed peace with Lebanon.' Levy added: 'The claim made by some Israelis, who say "why should we return the Golan when Syria is sitting quietly" is a stupid one. This approach is harmful and silly...

The insupportable notion that [Israel] can hold on to the Golan forever without paying the price of occupation may [one day] blow up in our faces in all its enormity...

"Levy believes that Israel must [offer] the Golan in return for peace, and that this [move] will serve Israel better than a thousand acts of war, no matter how daring. But [returning the Golan] takes more courage than starting a war.'...

"Having [read Gideon Levy's] ideas - though I disagree with some of the details - I see them as the awakening voice of reason. My question now is whether this voice can reach the ears of the decision makers in the Zionist entity. Is it possible that they might open their minds to new ideas? Will they understand that the [Arab] rights will have to be restored sooner or later, whether they like it or not?

"The choice is now in the hands of the leaders of the oppressive entity... Will they listen to the ideas that have begun to be heard [in their country] and to the voice of reason which forbids them to usurp the rights of others? Or will they be forced to hear this voice by means of resistance, as in Lebanon and Palestine?"(3)

Syrian Government Daily Harshly Criticizes Arab Leaders

An article in the Syrian government daily Teshreen harshly criticized the Arab leaders as well as forces in Lebanon which "from the very beginning of the war, expressed their hatred towards the resistance, relinquished [the option of resistance] and referred to it as 'uncalculated adventurism'". The article said: "[Had we taken] this way... the [Arab] nation would have remained meek and humiliated, obeying its masters in the U.S., in the West and in Israel." The writer added that the Arab leaders are like "chicks gathering around their ugly mother... as though they have forgotten that the U.S. despises its agents and gets rid of them once they have outlived their usefulness..."(4)

Endnotes:(1) Al-Thawra (Syria), August 22, 2006.(2) Teshreen (Syria), August 21, 2006.(3) Al-Thawra (Syria), August 16, 2006.(4) Teshreen (Syria), August 21, 2006.


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Pluto No Longer Planet

I must admit this saddens me, but science has advanced far enough to allow us to make this determination. We must accept this, and carry on. If we do not, it would be same as saying, "The earth is flat."

When we learn that things are not the way we have believed them to be, we must buck-up. I will miss you, Pluto. I will always remember you. Farewell.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

US dismisses Syrian Objections; And Rightly So.

According to a follow-up news article in News.Com.Au, the voice of Sydney and Eastern Australia: The United States flatly dismissed Syria's strong objections to the possible deployment of a multinational force along the Syria-Lebanon border.

Asked whether Washington took Damascus's reservations seriously, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino replied: "No".

Ms Perino said the unanimous UN Security Council approval of a resolution calling for such a force and said of Syria: "I'm not sure that they're a party to this discussion". "Lebanon is a sovereign country. It is its own territory. If the president of Syria was not supplying Hezbollah, this wouldn't have been a problem in the first place," she said.

Bravo, Ms. Perino, tell it like it is. 'Bout time a White House pundit spoke the straight facts. Perhaps there is hope for the White House, yet. Just the other day President Bush uttered the inflammatory words, Islamofacists. The village idiot, Charlie Rangel, and the rest of his liberal pundits had a fit.

Apparently as reported in several other news sources, Syria threatened to close its border with Lebanon if an international UN force is deployed along it. I sincerely hope that the UN will become brave enough to enforce the agreements that it put forth. Go ahead Syria, close the border. International sanctions should be placed immediately.

But, of course we are talking about the dysfunctional United Nations. Who knows. Even, President Bashar al-Assad has warned that a deployment of international troops along Lebanon's border with Syria would be a "hostile" act against his country. Hope John Bolton has some manly friends in the United Nations and gets this thing straightened out.

We had better watch the developments in Lebanon closely and remember the obstructionists of Middle East peace. And, I am not talking about Israel.

Link to the story: US dismisses Syrian objections

Ann Coulter Op-ed: Whatn part of the war on terrorism do they support?

In Ann Coulter's latest column, that was posted at WorldNetDaily, the take-no-prisoners commentator goes after Democrats with both barrels, hitting the party's elected officials for supporting one war and opposing the other.

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Writes Coulter: "As Howard Dean put it this week, 'The occupation in Iraq is costing American lives and hampering our ability to fight the real global war on terror.'

"This would be like complaining that Roosevelt's war in Germany was hampering our ability to fight the real global war on fascism. Or anti-discrimination laws were hampering our ability to fight the real war on racism. Or dusting is hampering our ability to fight the real war on dust."

Adds Coulter: "Assuming against all logic and reason that the Democrats have some serious objection to the war in Iraq, perhaps they could tell us which part of the war on terrorism they do support. That would be easier than rattling off the long list of counter-terrorism measures they vehemently oppose."

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Syria warns against deployment of troops (on Lebanese side of the border)

As reported by Reuters, Syria warns against deployment of troops on the Lebanese side of the Syrian - Lebanese border. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday the situation in Lebanon was "explosive" while Syria's president says the deployment of international troops along the Syria-Lebanon border would be a "hostile" act. For the rest of the story, Syria warns against deployment of troops
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8 Military Personnel to Have Article 32 Hearing

KFMB San Diego, channel 8 is reporting that the Marine Corps has denied four Marines accused of killing an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania, Iraq, the option of going straight to trial even though they apparently waved their article 32 hearing to go to trial. Defense lawyers claimed that perhaps this was a sign that prosecutors don't have a solid case. The generals and administrative weenies will keep the pressure on until those eight lads break, regardless of the truth.

According to Camp Pendleton spokesman Lt. Col. Sean Gibson the move was made "to make a fair and impartial decision on the disposition of these cases."

Lt. Col., save it for the MSM, libs and anti-war groupies.

The seven Marines and one Navy corpsman allegedly went into Hamdania, and among other things took a man from his home, tied him up and shot him without provocation April 26. The men ---- all accused of premeditated murder, kidnapping and related offenses ---- were first detained in late April in Iraq. All were jailed in the Camp Pendleton brig on the same day in May, and all were charged on the same day in June. Soon, 12 men ---- 11 Marines and one sailor ---- were pulled from their units, kept on house arrest in Iraq, then returned to Camp Pendleton two weeks later.

Eight of the men were jailed and charged on June 21 with premeditated murder, a charge which carries the possibility of the death penalty if they are convicted. The other four men, including platoon commander 2nd Lt. Nathan Phan, were restricted to the local base ---- but not jailed.

On of the defense attorneys, Joseph Casas said he views the recent decision by the Marines to bringing charges in the assault case as a pressure tactic to get the men not accused in Awad's death to tell what they know about the alleged slaying.

It sure as hell makes me wonder what is going on with this case.

More from KFMB channel 8>>

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Demand for immediate trial signals change in Pendleton 8

Military Justice on trial

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Russia: No Survivors from Airplane Accident

An airplane with 170 people aboard may have hit by lightning while in the air. It appears there are no survivors.
Associated Press Writer

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Russian passenger jet with at least 170 people aboard crashed Tuesday in Ukraine after sending a distress signal, authorities said. A news agency reported no survivors and that Russian officials had ruled out terrorism. [continue reading]
This is breaking news, so there will be more news to come.

Category: Russia.

Iran: Over the Weekend 8/22/2006

I am going to give you the titles of the e-mails which have many articles in them. From there, you may go to Doctor Zin's homepage to see the rest of the articles. I am very grateful to have awoken today. As I drifted (slammed) into sleep, I was not sure if I would be alive today. I sure do hope we do more than talk and talk and talk. Now I know what they mean when they say, "You can talk a subject to death."

Thank you, Doctor Zin and your whole team of dedicated people. Continue to bring us the news from behind the 'wall of silence', and I will continue to spread the word. Information is going to either save us or kill us. I'm on the side of saving us!

Category: The Daily Briefing on Iran.

Monday, August 21, 2006

BBC stages pics; German bombers get few pics

So, you thought al-Reuters was the only corrupted news organization? LGF has the goods on BBC.

After I went searching for the story about the BBC inadvertly staging pictures in Lebanon because Hizbollah didn't want their positions known to Israel, I came upon a story I wrote a little about earlier, also thanks to LGF.

Apparently, Germany has now captured 2 of the suspects who planted bombs in the train station. The only reason they did not blow up is because they were poorly designed.

(IMHO. Come on, these guys are engineers? lol. I'm making fun of the terrorists. That's right.)

They have determined that this was indeed a terrorist plot. In Germany. I recommend you visit David's site. He is from Germany. He is also very articulate. RayD also writes with David, and they make a great team.

If you want any news about Europe, this is the site to go visit. Have a great day.

OMG! I almost forgot one of the most important sites. This is the site where I found the pictures, and this is the site that has the e-mail that was sent to or found by LGF. Either way, it is the basis for this whole article. I caught the misstep right away, though. Thanks. :)

H/t LGF who lead me to USS Neverdock who lead me to Gateway Pundit who lead me to RayD at Davids Medienkritik.

Category: Germany and Media.

Pulitzer Prize Recipient Joe Rosenthal Passed Away, 08/21/2006

Courtesy of a good friend Jerry W. who emailed me on our loss:

Photographer Joe Rosenthal, Who Won Pulitzer Prize for Photo of Iwo Jima Flag-Raising, Dies

In a file photo with the Iwo Jima Memorial in the background, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Joe Rosenthal poses for photographers Wednesday, June 28, 1995 in Arlington, Va., during a ceremony honoring photographers who lost their lives covering military conflicts around the world. Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize for making the photo that the Iwo Jima Memorial is modeled after. Rosenthal died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. He was 94. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)


SAN FRANCISCO Aug 21, 2006 (AP)— Photographer Joe Rosenthal,
who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, died Sunday. He was 94.

Rosenthal died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the San
Francisco suburb of Novato, said his daughter, Anne Rosenthal.

"He was a good and honest man, he had real integrity," Anne Rosenthal said.

His photo, taken for The Associated Press on Feb. 23, 1945, became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The memorial, dedicated in 1954 and known officially as the Marine Corps War Memorial, commemorates the Marines who died taking the Pacific island in World War II.

The photo was listed in 1999 at No. 68 on a New York University survey of 100 examples of the best journalism of the century.

The photo actually shows the second raising of the flag that day on Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island. The first flag had been deemed too small.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Chavez v Rosalas on Dec. 3, 2006

December 3, 2006, there will be an election in Venezuela, and Gov. Rosalas is challenging Mr. Chavez for the seat of president which is a six year term.

While the polls have Rosalas at 9% and Chavez at 56%, Gov. Rosalas realizes he has an uphill battle. One which he is willing climb.
"The government wants to be the owner of all private property," Rosales said. "We will distribute land to the peasants, but we will buy it in such a way as to respect the principle of private property, just as we will respect those of human rights and social justice." [continue reading (free reg. required)]
While he is considered a Social Democrat, he sounds more like a American Conservative! Mr. Chavez is far Left in his political persuasions. He also hates America.

This is one of the reasons it would be a terrible mistake to allow Venzuela to obtain the South American seat in the UNSC!

Category: Venezuela.

Cease-fires are not the Answer

Being anti-war does not equate to being pro-peace, in terms of achieving the desired result...which is peace. Not all wars need be fought, nor lead to peace. Yet some wars must be fought. And what of cease-fires? What is achieved, when one side has long desired peace and the other side has long desired destruction? All it does, is perpetuate the status quo; and allows one side to reinvigorate its hatred and regroup and restrengthen itself for the next armed conflict.

Thomas Sowell wrote another great, piece...during the month-long Hezbollah-Israel war. The whole thing should be read, but here I give you what I found to be the relevant excerpts. On second thought, it's difficult to cut out anything. So I'll just highlight what I found to be exceptional:
One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.

"Peace" movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called "peace" movements — that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war.

Take the Middle East. People are calling for a cease-fire in the interests of peace. But there have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than anywhere else. If cease-fires actually promoted peace, the Middle East would be the most peaceful region on the face of the earth instead of the most violent.

Was World War II ended by cease-fires or by annihilating much of Germany and Japan? Make no mistake about it, innocent civilians died in the process. Indeed, American prisoners of war died when we bombed Germany.

There is a reason why General Sherman said "war is hell" more than a century ago. But he helped end the Civil War with his devastating march through Georgia — not by cease fires or bowing to "world opinion" and there were no corrupt busybodies like the United Nations to demand replacing military force with diplomacy.

There was a time when it would have been suicidal to threaten, much less attack, a nation with much stronger military power because one of the dangers to the attacker would be the prospect of being annihilated.

"World opinion," the U.N. and "peace movements" have eliminated that deterrent. An aggressor today knows that if his aggression fails, he will still be protected from the full retaliatory power and fury of those he attacked because there will be hand-wringers demanding a cease fire, negotiations and concessions.

That has been a formula for never-ending attacks on Israel in the Middle East. The disastrous track record of that approach extends to other times and places — but who looks at track records?

Remember the Falkland Islands war, when Argentina sent troops into the Falklands to capture this little British colony in the South Atlantic?

Argentina had been claiming to be the rightful owner of those islands for more than a century. Why didn't it attack these little islands before? At no time did the British have enough troops there to defend them.

Before there were "peace" movements and the U.N., sending troops into those islands could easily have meant finding British troops or bombs in Buenos Aires. Now "world opinion" condemned the British just for sending armed forces into the South Atlantic to take back their islands.

Shamefully, our own government was one of those that opposed the British use of force. But fortunately British prime minister Margaret Thatcher ignored "world opinion" and took back the Falklands.

The most catastrophic result of "peace" movements was World War II. While Hitler was arming Germany to the teeth, "peace" movements in Britain were advocating that their own country disarm "as an example to others."

British Labor Party Members of Parliament voted consistently against military spending and British college students publicly pledged never to fight for their country. If "peace" movements brought peace, there would never have been World War II.

Not only did that war lead to tens of millions of deaths, it came dangerously close to a crushing victory for the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese empire in Asia. And we now know that the United States was on Hitler's timetable after that.

For the first two years of that war, the Western democracies lost virtually every battle, all over the world, because pre-war "peace" movements had left them with inadequate military equipment and much of it obsolete. The Nazis and the Japanese knew that. That is why they launched the war.

"Peace" movements don't bring peace but war.

See No Terrorism, Hear No Terrorism, Speak No Terrorism

Old Soldier linked to a great analysis by Seth at Hard Astarboard. This is my comment there:

We often speak of "going on with our daily lives and not living in fear" as the best way to show the terrorists that they have not won. But the reality is, they have changed our way of life, and we have no choice but to do so, in order to protect ourselves from the reality of terrorism.

News must be reported; but everytime a terrorist act is broadcast, it is another victory for the terrorist. Because it means getting their message of violence out into the public consciousness. I sometimes wonder what if we never allowed any terrorist activity any airtime at all. Would it continue? After all, part of the motivation is to garner as much media attention as possible. They want the spotlight; they want the media to be complicit in their propaganda of terror.

If we only showed more resolve and a harder stance, it would minimize the impact terrorists see that they have on us. But when we broadcast our grief, our fears, our internal political bickering and dissention, they know that terrorism is effective..and that it works.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Do you know who this judge is?

More importantly, do you know what she represents? It is NOT the United States of America. Yes, I will declare this. Call me what you may.

Does anyone remember the Affirmative Action lawsuit in the Michigan District Court in March 2001? Then there was another case or the appeal while the Democrats held up any of President Bush's nominees, because they wanted to have the fix in (remember the memo).

Well, before it reached that level, there was another Justice assigned to the case. Ms. Taylor did not trust his ruling, even though he is also a Democrat, so she pulled the case from him.

Here are pro-American, and pro-affirmative action rulings from the Michigan Court. Just scroll to March 27, 2001. These are the only links I could find.

Since I cannot locate (at this time), I will just leave you with this:
    Judge US District Court Eastern District of Michigan
    231 W Lafayette Blvd Rm 619
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Phone: (313) 234-5105
    Fax: (313) 234-5361
BE NICE. I do not want anyone from this site to berate this lady. I just want to know what happened when she interferred with case on affirmative action...

Category: Constitutional Issues.

News from the Middle East 8/18/2006

There is much 'news' coming from the Middle East; however, it appears some questions may soon be answered as to what are we actually facing. For example, do you remember the ruckus about the cartoons? So does Egypt.
    Egypt's top Islamic cleric demands jail time for editor over Prophet cartoons.
    Saturday, August 19, 2006.
    Egypt's top Islamic leader on Friday called for the editor of Jyllands-Posten, the Danish daily that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, to be imprisoned and for his newspaper to be closed down. "The satirical drawings of the Prophet Mohammad are one of the most serious crimes ever committed. The editor should be imprisoned for one, two or three years," Grand Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi told Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende in an interview.
They are half a day ahead of us. There is also this article which speaks of a 'possible' failed terrorist attack in Germany.
    Investigators link 'failed bomb attack' on German trains to Lebanon.
    Saturday, August 19, 2006.
    by Richard Heister.
    WIESBADEN, Germany: German investigators said on Friday they suspected that homemade bombs found on two trains last month were a failed terror attack. In the wake of the revelation, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned he could not rule out an attack on the German public transport system to rival the bombings in Madrid and London which killed dozens of passengers.
Jonah Goldberg has written a must read article about the conditions in the Middle East in comparison to the conditions Nazi Germany in the 1930's-40's. It is chilling.
    The swastika and the scimitar.
    Thursday, August 18, 2006.
    The Jews everywhere are "the Muslim's bitter enemies," said a prominent Islamic leader. Throughout history, the "irreconcilable enemy of Islam" has conspired and schemed and "oppressed and persecuted 40 million Muslims," he said. In Palestine, the Jews are establishing "a base from which to extend their power over neighboring Islamic countries." And, he proclaimed, "this war, which was unleashed by the world Jewry," provided "Muslims the best opportunity to free themselves from these instances of persecution and oppression."
And that's just the first paragraph.

That should be enough to keep you busy for now. If you would care to read about the Military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, please go to DoD Daily News or DoD Daily News-2. The second one is where you will find the more lengthy, detailed articles. However, there are many good articles on the homepage (the first one). Thank you, and have a nice day.

Category: Egypt, Germany, Israel, Middle East and Blogger News.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

France now sending 10 officer and 200 troops

3220.gifAfter all the posturing during the peace talks at the United Nations, France may send only 10 officers and 200 troops to Lebanon? When the negotiations first started, one did not need a crystal ball to figure that there was not going to be a new, tough, 15,000 strong UN force to manage the Lebanese border and keep Hezbollah at bay. Imagine trying to get Euro-weenies to carry their weight and do something other than drink wine and talk BS.

frenchie.JPGFolks, France never wanted anything more than the right to claim command credit and to demand their share of the new UN support contract to feed and supply the additional 13,000 Blue Hats in Lebanon. Color me surprised that France disappointed the apologists at the United Nations with their significantly small troop contingent.

French President Jacques Chirac left open the possibility that France might eventually provide more soldiers. He did say that 1,700 French troops already positioned near Lebanon would be made available to the United Nations but would not be placed under UN control. It is quite probable that France's reconsideration of troop commitment was due to their fears over "reprisals from Syria or Iran" not to prevent hostilities between Islamofacists and Israel.

Lets face it, Chirac is trying to cover his dhimmis ass, if hostilities should break out in Lebanon or if Syria organizes a second front resistance. Chirac is not concerned about Israel's safety or that of the civilians in Lebanon when Hezbollah decides to run amok again. Chirac figures that the less French troops in the area, the less they can get hurt from running over each other as they stampede to the rear.

The white flag waving does not stop with France. The whole peace process was ill planned by the United Nations. There were no provisions to disarm Hezbollah and no meaningful rules of engagement. This is another half-assed United Nations operation destined to failure before it gets off the ground.

I hate to say this, but, Israel had better stand by for Act Two.

And the world of public opinion will condemn Israel instead of the the aggressors no matter what happens.

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