Chas' Compilation

A compilation of information and links regarding assorted subjects: politics, religion, science, computers, health, movies, music... essentially whatever I'm reading about, working on or experiencing in life.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Terrorism:
the DELIBERATE targeting of civilians


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. Here is an excerpt from one of their links (by Eleana Gordon):

We should not be bound by our past perceptions and definitions. The perpetrator of an act that has all the hallmarks of terrorism — deliberately targeting civilians, intent to send a message, in support of a broader cause or ideology — is a terrorist, whether or not he, or she, is formally affiliated with a terrorist organization.

All this has important implications for how we fight terrorism. We need to pay close attention to how radical Islamic ideas, such as jihad against infidels, are promoted in our country. We should keep a watch on Islamic hate groups, just as we keep a watch on Christian white-supremacist hate groups. And we should be on the lookout for hate-driven, sympathizer terrorism, a phenomenon that is real, that is happening, and which must be recognized if we are to have any chance to defeat it.

(bold emphasis mine) This lady makes a lot of sense. How can you stop the enemy if you can't even recognize them? Political correctness and multiculturalism are both preventing us from scrutinizing and honestly discussing what Mulsims are doing and teaching in our country, and that has to stop.


Related Links:

Pamela Waechter, R.I.P.
...She worked for the Jewish Federation of Seattle for 8 years; spent nine years as a family support volunteer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; served on the board of her congregation, Temple B'nai Torah, including president for three years; earned the 1993 Jesse Danz Outstanding Volunteer Award from Jewish Family Service; was the UHAC/Central Conference of American Rabbis Commission on Reform Jewish Outreach for nine years, including four years as Vice Chair; and was on the National Board Member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations for eight years.

She was also the federation's former director of special events and worked as development officer and assistant director of annual giving...


A random gallery of "lone" shooters
All Muslims, of course. Are we allowed to connect the dots yet? Or would that be too insensitive? And speaking of sensitivity, the next link asks a good question:


When do terrorists warn civilians?

It's a warning leaflet distributed by Israeli Defense Forces for the safety of Lebanese civilians--warning them to evacuate their cities and villages so that Hezbollah will not use them as human shields.

Now, someone show me the warning leaflets Hezbollah dropped on all the cities in Israel it has lobbed missiles and rockets at, okay? ...




(Hat tip to LMC's Sunday Smorgasboard for the cartoon)

This cartoon sums it up nicely. Is Hezbollah trying not to kill civilians, by launching rockets into Israel? Are they trying to avoid Lebanese civilian deaths, by launching their attacks from heavily populated civilian areas. There have even been reports that civilians are prevented by Hezbollah from leaving those areas. They regard these civilian human shields as shahids - martyrs - even if they did not volunteer to die. Since they will go to heaven as martyrs, it's ok to get them killed, wether they want to or not.

Our MSM fully supports them in this, making it profitable for the "Party of God" to continue doing it.

Hezbollah has no problem with killing civilians; that's what they are all about. If they succeed in destroying Israel, who do you think will be next?
     

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Why Lebanese civilians die


From Australia's Herald Sun newspaper: Photos that damn Hezbollah. Some excerpts:
...The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.

Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.

The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend...

Driving the truck cannon into Christian areas, so that Christians get killed by the return fire?

...The images include one of a group of men and youths preparing to fire an anti-aircraft gun metres from an apartment block with sheets hanging out on a balcony to dry...

...The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.

"Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets," he said.

"Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated...


Kindermord bei Qana
...Let us call the childrens' deaths in Qana what they are: a horrific freak of war. They were not intended; they were not actively sought; and they were not the product of criminal negligence. In weeks of war and thousands of sorties against a foe that intentionally hides amongst civilians in the active hope of just this manner of carnage, the remarkable fact is that this hasn't happened before. Contrary to founding advocates of airpower -- and unlike its battlefield foes -- Israel does not seek the death of civilians for their own sake...

...Need it be said -- and it is a sign of our fallen age that it does need to be said -- Israel's enemy in this war operates under no such constraint. (One assumes that in bygone days, the difference between a Western democracy and a band of murderous savages would not need repeated explanation.) Hezbollah and the average Islamist do not shrink from direct assaults on civlians as such and as an end in itself. Indeed, it has been their sole tactic in this entire war. If they have not produced scenes of masses of dead children, it is not for lack of trying -- it is, after all, the only thing they try for...


Peace and Eurofighters
...A real peace is, as things stand, unlikely. While Israel, Lebanon and some other Arab states might want it, a non-state entity that is a cheap-to-run proxy of recognized states (Syria and Iran) exercises de facto control over the moment’s battle-field. The Party of God – well supplied with prayers and arms – is committed to a struggle to the last drop of unwillingly hosting Lebanon’s blood. Therefore, any cessation of hostilities (whether that be a peace or an armistice) depends of Hizbollah’s intentions. These Jihadists will agree to little and whatever they promise they will not feel obligated to keep as agreements with faithless dogs lack validity once breaking them is of use to the Faith.

All plans for pacification are cognizant of Hizbollah and so they take into account the resulting problem of making, respectively keeping the peace...

The author goes on to explain why Americans would be excluded from a peace keeping force, and why a European peace keeping force would be unlikely to succeed.

As for using the Lebanese Army as a peackeeping force, I would say that is unrealistic. You can read more about that here:

Fault Lines in the Lebanese Armed Forces

These charts are also from the article:




The short but fact-filled article has a lot of good background information about the Lebanese army. 70 percent of it's armed forces are Muslim, split about 50-50 between Shia and Sunni, with the Shia not only being sympathetic to Hezbollah, but actively supporting them:

...Considering the number of Hezbollah sympathizers and members in the Lebanese armed forces, it comes as no surprise that the militant group is receiving logistical and intelligence support from the army to stage its missile attacks. Hezbollah recently attempted to launch missiles from mobile launchers near the Kfar Shima army base, located in a Druze-Christian area just outside Beirut's southern suburbs. The Israeli air force subsequently destroyed the launcher and killed 10 Lebanese soldiers. Of particular concern is the transfer of technology, such as the French Milan and U.S. TOW anti-tank guided missiles, which are known to be in the Lebanese arsenal and may very well now be in Hezbollah hands in southern Lebanon...

While are MSM bends over backwards to be sympathetic to the Lebanese, any objective observer would have to admit that the Shia Lebanese, with their support of Hezbollah, are largly responsible for bringing these counter-attacks upon their country. But of course, being objective is hardly the strong point of our MSM, is it?
     

Friday, July 28, 2006

Global Jihad, Inc.


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. An excerpt from just one of their links, from AP: Iranian volunteers set off for Lebanon:

Surrounded by yellow Hezbollah flags, more than 60 Iranian volunteers set off Wednesday to join what they called a holy war against Israeli forces in Lebanon. ...

Iran says it will not send regular forces to aid Hezbollah, but apparently it will not attempt to stop volunteer guerrillas. Iran and Syria are Hezbollah's main sponsors. ...

"We are just the first wave of Islamic warriors from Iran," said Amir Jalilinejad, chairman of the Student Justice Movement, a nongovernment group that helped recruit the fighters. "More will come from here and other Muslim nations around the world. Hezbollah needs our help."

Military service is mandatory in Iran and nearly every man has at least some basic training. Some hard-liners have more extensive drills as members of the Basiji corps, a paramilitary network linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Other volunteers, such as 72-year-old Hasan Honavi, have combat experience from the 1980-88 war with Iraq.

"God made this decision for me," said Honavi, a grandfather and one of the oldest volunteers. "I still have fight left in me for a holy war."

The group, chanting and marching in military-style formation, assembled Wednesday in a part of Tehran's main cemetery that is reserved for war dead and other "martyrs."

They prayed on Persian carpets and linked hands, with their shoes and bags piled alongside. Few had any battle-type gear and some arrived in dress shoes or plastic sandals.

Some bowed before a memorial to Hezbollah-linked suicide bombers who carried out the 1983 blast at Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen. An almost simultaneous bombing killed 56 French peacekeepers. ...

"We cannot stand by and watch our Hezbollah brothers fight alone," said Komeil Baradaran, a 21-year-old Basiji member. "If we are to die in Lebanon, then we will go to heaven. It is our duty as Muslims to fight."

(bold emphasis theirs) And this group of volunteers is just the "first wave"? That's some religion of peace, huh? I guess the peace comes when they've blown to pieces everyone they disagree with, and we all submit to Islam.

And for anyone who thinks "It's just Israel, let's not get involved", I would ask: Do you really think it's just going to stop there? The Nazis started with the jews, and they didn't stop there.

And I'm not just making a flippent comparison; it's an historical reality and a strong influence currently. We must not forget the actual Nazi roots of Islamism. History has a tendency to repeat itself, when we don't remember and learn from our past mistakes. Hitler and the Nazis were allowed to grow and florish, to the point where it almost became unstopable. We don't need to do the same thing with a Muslim Nazi cult, which is on the verge of aquiring nuclear weapons.

Iranian Jihadists heading for Lebanon.



Related link:

Lebanon: NATO into the Breach?
...The Israelis are willing to accept an international force on its northern border, provided that force has a robust mandate, and provided it is led by NATO. This is at once a good idea and a bad one...

...The first thing to remember is that Hezbollah is an Islamist organization, and as such it is not especially interested in having its warmaking capacity thwarted or taken away...

...The reality is that Hezbollah will fight. Even as it fights the IDF in the dusty valleys of southern Lebanon now, it will fight the Westerners who arrive to strip it of its core mission. It cannot do less: it knows that acquiescence means the end of itself in its own conception; and its mentors abroad do not fund and teach it on the premise of peace. If the present war is that of the IDF versus Hezbollah, the next will be NATO versus Hezbollah. The Europeans of NATO – and it will be all Europeans – may prosecute the mission with somewhat less enthusiasm than the IDF; but it will be the same mission nonetheless...

...NATO has had two combat missions in its existence. It drove Serbia from Kosovo, and it now fights Islamists in Afghanistan. The suppression of Hezbollah would constitute its third, and it would strongly imply a fundamental strategic realignment of the alliance...

...This direct response to Islamist aggression, compounded with the Afghan mission, and compounded with the prospective campaign against Hezbollah, all add up to a new role for NATO: as the anti-Islamist military front of the West at large.

This is hardly a wholesale or overt re-orientation, of course. NATO member Turkey would never acquiesce to the open realignment of the alliance in this manner. Nor would the more dhimmi-minded NATO members – Zapatero’s Spain, Belgium, et al. But that is formality: reality would be something different. As we travel further into the 21st century, the great questions of the age will be met by great combinations of states and peoples. NATO defended the West against the existential threat of the last half of the 20th century. If it assumes the burden, with Israel, of defending against the existential threat of this century, it will be, in one sense, a profound change...

(bold emphasis mine) Will NATO members become involved in the defense of Israel? I don't know. It could easily be argued that Europe does not recognise Israel as one of it's own. There is also the issue of Europe's new anti-semitism disguised as anti-Americanism.

NATO involvement is an interesting idea, and it will be even more interesting to see if it becomes a reality. Israel needs the help, the U.N. is ineffective, and NATO does indeed have some experience in this.

For those who will argue that NATO should not become involved, I can only say; if Israel falls, who do you think will be next? Because you can most assuredly believe, there WILL be a "next".

     

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Cowboys, Mullahs and High Stakes


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. An excerpt they have from the Jerusalem Post:

STRENGTHENING the view that opposition to war against Iran and its proxies is suicidal, it was reported Sunday that Bulgarian border guards along their border with Romania had intercepted a British truck filled with radioactive materials for building a so-called dirty bomb. The components, which included dangerous quantities of radioactive caesium 137 and americium-beryllium, were stored in 10 lead-lined boxes addressed to the Iranian Ministry of Defense.

According to the Daily Mail, this was the second time in less than a year that a British shipment of nuclear materials had been stopped by Bulgarian border guards.
Last August, Bulgaria stopped a shipment of zirconium silicate, which can be used as a component of a nuclear warhead, at its border with Turkey en route to Iran. ...

[I]t is impossible not to recognize the Bush administration's centrality in the current [Israeli] campaign [in Lebanon]. Not only is the US rearming the IAF with bunker buster bombs, it is making certain that its own public and the international community recognize that what is at stake here is far greater than the well-being of Israel's citizens.

As President George W. Bush has made clear, this is not just Israel's war. This is a campaign of the Iranian-led axis of jihad that seeks to dominate the entire free world. ...

[I]t must be hoped that now that the US, Israel and other Western states are acknowledging the true nature of the war against Israel, they will abandon their suicidal demons and use this campaign as a stepping stone for neutralizing its chief instigator: The Islamic Republic of Iran.

(bold emphasis mine) It's about time we start taking this threat seriously. This isn't just about Israel and Lebanon. Iran wants to escalate this war. Will it somehow be better if we wait until they have nuclear capability as well?


SURPRISED? MAYBE WE HAD BETTER WAKE UP HERE
...Israel, at the urging of the world community, sowed the seeds for this current situation when they withdrew from Southern Lebanon years ago. The Israelis responded to world opinion (usually a mistake) by pulling back without any agreement from either the terrorists in Hezbollah or in Lebanon. The idea behind the pullback was that maybe, just maybe, Hezbollah and Lebanon would be content to honor the international border between the two countries and leave Israel in peace...

...Israel tried to do the right thing. They withdrew. They sought peace. They asked nothing more to be left alone. The Islamists in Hezbollah and their supporters and enablers in Lebanon, Syria and Iran saw this as a sign of weakness. Israel is tired. Israel doesn't want to fight any more. Israel is weak. Israel can be defeated.

These Islamic murderers see the same weakness in the United States. Oh, to be sure, for a while they feared George Bush. In George Bush they saw an American leader who understood their intentions and who was bent on their destruction. Soon after Bush showed his resolve by invading Afghanistan you saw Muslim leaders starting to backtrack. They were starting to retreat back into their holes ... until, that is, the American left stepped forward...

...As the Democrats intensified their attacks on George Bush over the war in Iraq, the Muslims started to see the weakness they were looking for. Another Western weakness ripe for exploitation.

Right now Israel is paying the price for appeasement. Some in Israel thought that there might be a better way ... a way to live in peace with radical Islam. They now know better.

Do we? ...

(bold emphasis mine) How is it possible to appease anyone, when the only thing they want from you is your destruction?


The Fragility of the Good Life
...No one praises Reagan, Clinton or Bush for the past amazing performance of the U.S. economy. Instead, it's taken as America's new birthright.

We expect almost instantaneous success in everything we do. Most in the media are thus tired of the present wars in the Middle East and think the enormous human cost is not worth the goal of offering freedom to millions, even though we have suffered far fewer fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan than a generation sacrificed in Vietnam.

As we near the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, most have forgotten the dangers of a terrorist attack. Often the public appears to worry more over the Patriot Act and wiretaps, as if our own leaders pose a greater threat to the United States than do mass-murdering Islamist terrorists.

But could our good life really sometime come to an end - as the histories of past affluent societies suggest it will? Imagine al-Qaida attacking the New York Stock Exchange or an unexpected North Korean missile taking out a West Coast city. What if Beijing suddenly had to sell off billions of its accumulated American dollars? Or how about a good old 1970s-style recession in which interest rates hit 20 percent, with inflation and unemployment each hovering near 10 percent? What would millions of younger Americans do - people who have known only the prosperity, material surfeit and mostly peace and security of the 1980s and 1990s?

Prosperity can also be deceiving. Many Americans, despite superficial affluence, are in debt and often a paycheck away from insolvency. By historical standards, they are pretty helpless. Most of us can't grow our own food, don't know how cars work and have no clue where or how electricity is generated. In short, few have the smarts to survive if the thin veneer of civilization were to be lost, as it has been from time to time in places like downtown New Orleans...

...In our own new age of war, terrorism, huge debt, high-priced gas and frightful weapons and viruses that we try to ignore, we should remember that civilization's progress is not always linear. The human condition does not inevitably evolve from good to better to best, but always remains precarious, its advances cyclical.

The good life sometimes can be lost quite unexpectedly and abruptly when people demand rights more than they accept responsibilities, or live for present consumption rather than sacrifice for future investment, or feel their own culture is not particularly exceptional and therefore in no need of constant support and defense...

Stability and prosperity too often breed complacency. It could be our undoing, as it has been for many civilizations that have gone before us.





DEARBORN ANTIWAR PROTEST: 10,000 unite for Lebanon
...At one point, a speaker held a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah, Hizballah's secretary-general. The crowd burst into applause.

Rana Abbas-Chami, deputy director of the Michigan Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, called Israel's violence "appalling, unfathomable and unforgivable."

"The sad reality is that the United States and Israel have decided that they are at liberty to determine the value of human life based on what side of the border you fall. The U.S. is just as guilty as Israel is. History will not forgive, nor will it ever forget, these crimes." ...

What the hell are these Islamic cultists doing in our country? They should be arrested, interogated, and deported. Now!

Is that "too judgemental"? Well mabye some judgement is sorely needed. These creeps are claiming that the U.S. is guilty? Here is a reminder of some of Hizbollah's past deeds:

-- 1982: Muslim extremists (mostly Hezbollah) began a nearly decade-long habit of taking Americans and Europeans hostage in Lebanon, killing William Buckley and holding Terry Anderson for 6 1/2 years.

-- April 1983: Muslim extremists (Islamic Jihad or possibly Hezbollah) bombed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 16 Americans.

-- October 1983: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) blew up the U.S. Marine barracks at the Beirut airport, killing 241 Marines.

-- September 1984: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) exploded a truck bomb at the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people, including two U.S. servicemen.

-- December 1984: Muslim extremists (probably Hezbollah) hijacked a Kuwait Airways airplane, landed in Iran and demanded the release of the 17 members of al-Dawa who had been arrested for the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, killing two Americans before the siege was over.

-- June 14, 1985: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) hijacked TWA Flight 847 out of Athens, diverting it to Beirut, taking the passengers hostage in return for the release of the Kuwait 17 as well as another 700 prisoners held by Israel. When their demands were not met, the Muslims shot U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac.

-- June 1996: Muslim extremists (13 Saudis and a Lebanese member of Hezbollah, probably with involvement of al Qaeda) explode a truck bomb outside the Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds.


(source: More of John Kerry's Retroactive Campaign Promises)

What are we waiting for? Again: How is it possible to appease anyone, when the only thing they want from you is your destruction?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Islamism WANTS us to kill civilians


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. An excerpt:
..."Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," he said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."

Using women and children as shields has been a favorite tactic of the enemy. Alan Dershowitz, in his article "The predictable condemners", contends that the enemy wants us to kill as many civilians as possible:
...The international community, the anti-Israel segment of the media and the so called "human rights" organizations could stop falling for this terrorist gambit and acknowledge that they are being used to promote the terrorist agenda.

Whenever a democracy is presented with the lose-lose option and chooses to defend its citizens by going after the terrorists who are hiding among civilians, this trio of predictable condemners can be counted on by the terrorists to accuse the democracy of "overreaction," "disproportionality" and "violations of human rights."

In doing so they play right into the hands of the terrorists, causing more terrorism and more civilian casualties on both sides...

...IT SHOULD BE obvious by now that Hizbullah and Hamas actually want the Israeli military to kill as many Lebanese and Palestinian civilians as possible. That is why they store their rockets underneath the beds of civilians; why they launch their missiles from crowded civilian neighborhoods and hide among civilians. They are seeking to induce Israel to defend its civilians by going after them among their civilian "shields." They know that every civilian they induce Israel to kill hurts Israel in the media and the international and human rights communities.

They regard these human shields as shahids - martyrs - even if they did not volunteer for this lethal job. Under the law, criminals who use human shields are responsible for the deaths of the shields, even if the bullet that kills them came from the gun of a policeman.

Israel has every self-interest in minimizing civilian casualties, whereas the terrorists have every self-interest in maximizing them - on both sides. Israel should not be condemned for doing what every democracy would and should do: taking every reasonable military step to stop the terrorists from killing their innocent civilians...

The trio Dershowitz speaks of actually protects terrorists and allows them to continue and thrive, by preventing us from defending ourselves and dealing with them effectively. WE are accused of "Human Rights Violations", while terrorists continue to kill us. Why do terrorists have more rights than we do? I say, stop the madness.


Related Links:

Israel's War Separates Decent Left From Indecent Left
... The Left's anti-Israel positions until now were based, at least in theory, on its opposition to Israeli occupation of Arab land and its belief in the "cycle of violence" between Israel and its enemies. However, this time there is no occupied land involved and the violence is not a cycle with its implied lack of a beginning. There is a clear aggressor -- a terror organization devoted to Islamicizing the Middle East and annihilating Israel -- and no occupation.

That is why the Israeli Left is almost universally in favor of Israel's war against Hezbollah. Amos Oz, probably Israel's best-known novelist and leading spokesman of its Left, a lifetime critic of Israeli policy vis a vis the Palestinians, wrote in the Los Angeles Times:

"Many times in the past, the Israeli peace movement has criticized Israeli military operations. Not this time. . . . This time, Israel is not invading Lebanon. It is defending itself from daily harassment and bombardment of dozens of our towns and villages. . . . There can be no moral equation between Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah is targeting Israeli civilians wherever they are, while Israel is targeting mostly Hezbollah." ...


The Middle East Buddy List
...Confused? We are too. Slate's Middle East Buddy List breaks down the relationships between the countries, terrorist organizations, and political factions who are fighting it out in the current conflict. Who likes whom? Who are the bitterest of enemies? And which groups don't really know where they stand?...


Kofi Talk
So, UN chief Kofi Annan is accusing Israel of deliberately targeting the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) observer post. The NY Post editorial page rightly excoriates Annan. You'll hear Annan's hysterical charges embraced and echoed in the MSM throughout the day.

Richard Fernandez at The Belmont Club has the must-read post of the day, with analysis you won't find from the pro-Hezbollah press. Fernandez examines the press releases of the last several days issued by UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. His conclusion...

(bold emphasis mine) Why is Kofi Annan even still at the UN? For that matter, why are WE?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

HEIL KITLER!


The Kitler's are among us, and growing. As Tammy Bruce says, who knew?

You can find out more about the Kult of Kitlerism by visiting Tammy's post about it HERE. Includes a link to the main Kilter website, with more Kitler pics. They are worth browsing through, some are even more Hitler-like than this one.

UPDATE 07-26-06:

Blogger was down for a bit yesterday, so I wasn't able to upload these, two of my favorite Kilter pics:





The last pic is great, but I can't help but wonder if that mustache didn't have a little, uh, "help" with photoshop?

You can see more Kitler's HERE.

 

Monday, July 24, 2006

American support for those who kill us


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. Here is an excerpt of theirs, from Amir Taheri's article "God's army has plans to run the whole Middle East":

...Terror has been its principal weapon. Throughout the 1980s Hezbollah kidnapped more than 200 foreign nationals in Lebanon, most of them Americans or western Europeans (including Terry Waite, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy). It organised the hijacking of civilian aircraft and more or less pioneered the idea of suicide bombings against American and French targets, killing almost 1,000 people, including 241 US marines in Beirut and 58 French paratroopers...

The Cox & Forkum website has more links and excerpts about Hezbollah's terrorist history and killing of Americans. Their piece ends with an extetensive list of links to websites covering the Moonbat protests in America and Abroad, by people who support the killing of Americans and suicide bombers.

Be sure and look at the links to the American protests. These folks weaken us and encourage those who wish to destroy us.

How long can a house divided against itself stand? No doubt the Jihadists look at us and ask the same question. These folks, the Jihadist's supporters in the west, embolden the enemy to attack and kill us.


And it seems that some of these... "demonstrators?" do a pretty good job of launching their own attacks, as one blogger in Boston discovered:

A little crowd started gathering around me, threatening and verbally abusing me.

Some rather short and skinny woman, screaming hysterically at me, grabbed my camera and left arm:



In the ensuing commotion, I suddenly noticed that Noah Cohen grabbed my camera and was quietly trying to break off its swivel monitor. This really stunned me -- I didn't expect he would go to such length and engage in criminally punishable behavior, but I guess, he figured he could afford to do so and get away with it, being surrounded by his comrades-in-arms with no police in sight.



(bold emphasis mine) When I lived in Boston, I knew leftists who would actually boast about attacking and beating up counter-demonstrators when the police weren't around. They would attack as a group, of course.

You can read the whole story about the attack by these thugs here:

Mayhem at the Defend Hizballah Rally!

And remember, Islam means peace... especially when they can get a piece of you.



Related Links:

NO CEASE-FIRE
Remove Hezbollah's missiles--or destroy them.


...Imagine what the U.S. would do if, on its northern border, a terror state-within-a-state pledged to its destruction was established from which flurries of missiles were fired at Chicago, its third-largest city. With that in mind, to suggest, as some have, that Israel is not acting with restraint is preposterous. Unlike Hezbollah, which is indiscriminately launching hundreds of missiles at Israeli cities and towns to kill as many civilians as possible, Israel is using only a fraction of its firepower and is in fact acting with great care to minimize harm to civilians. But because Hezbollah not only targets civilians but also uses them as human shields by hiding its missile launchers in population centers, Hezbollah has deliberately placed innocent Lebanese civilians in harm's way...


This time may be different

... Today, almost no one is demanding a land-for-peace deal. The reason is obvious. Israel left the Gaza strip last year, and the Palestinians there, instead of observing a cold peace, began launching missiles into Israel and elected a Hamas government that seeks Israel's destruction. Now, Hamas forces have killed and kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Similarly, Israel left southern Lebanon to the tender mercies of Iran-supported Hezbollah fully six years ago. But Hezbollah, urged on by the Iranian mullahs who want to deflect attention from their nuclear program, has lobbed missiles into Haifa and attacked Israeli soldiers.

No government can be expected to ignore such armed attacks on its people and its military forces. Land-for-peace is a non-starter. Hamas and Hezbollah already have land. And they have made it clear that they will never willingly make peace.

The Iranian support for Hamas and Hezbollah has also prompted leaders of other Arab nations to respond differently than they have in Middle East crises in the past...

If the appeasers succeed in brokering a cease-fire, Hezbollah will just re-group and strike again. And again. And again.

No cease fire. No appeasement. No Hezbollah.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Lebanon: Victim or Accomplice?


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. An excerpt:

...As Lebanon is being used as a shield for Hezbollah, both politically and literally, some Lebanese have cried for help in the fight against Hezbollah's presence in their country.

But some Lebanese officials have been more conciliatory toward Hezbollah. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora has expressed sympathy with Hezbollah claims against Israel. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud formally thanked Iran for its support during the Israeli attacks, knowing that Hezbollah is using missiles made in Iran. And though its been reported that the Lebanese army is too weak to take on Hezbollah, this report says the Lebanese army may join forces with the "Party of God" to take on Israel...

(bold emphasis is mine) I have no sympathy for Lebanon. They have played and continue to play their part in this, now let them take the consequences. The Lebanese Army wants to join forces with Hezbollah? Fine, let them die with them too.




Related Links:

Israel Poised to Invade Lebanon

Hooyah! The New York Post has all the details, plus additional updates. I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I think with Secretary Rice leaving for Israel Sunday any invasion will happen after that meeting. It's difficult to believe that our Secretary of State would arrive in a nation which has just launched an invasion of another country. Not because we don't support it, just because everyone would be rather, uh, busy.

It would also be sweet for the invasion to occur just after she leaves once again illustrating to the Islamist savages and the rest of the world that we like what Israel is doing and we support it...




Out of Disproportion

...The Lebanese have been sheltering Hezbollah killers who have been rocketing and bombing Israel for ten years almost every day. The Lebanese have admitted the terrorists into dominant positions in their government. In every way, Lebanon has made itself a haven for terrorists bombing civilians day in and day out in Israel. Is Israel finally standing up and saying enough "disproportionate"? Yes, if you think Israel and Jews should be permanent victims who suffer, bleed, and die in silence the way the Nazis preferred. No, if you believe Jews have the same rights as other people to defend themselves...

...By any historic measure, Israel's response to a decade of torment is extremely restrained -- maybe too restrained. And it can stop any time the Hezbollah says they will use peaceful means to get their aims. I don't hear them saying that. What I hear is a thousand Hezbollah rockets falling on exclusively civilian targets in Eretz Israel. There's your answer about whether Israel's response is disproportionate...




Ceasefire now?

... The New York Times editorial page, showcasing its almost unbroken record of obtuseness, demanded that the international community enforce a ceasefire as soon as possible, arguing that a "wider war" would benefit only "Iran, Syria, and the armed Islamic radical groups that they support throughout the region."

The exact opposite is true.
If a premature ceasefire were imposed, the parties named by the Times would be the clear winners. Only if Israel is able to punish Hizbollah severely will those aggressors be thwarted. A ceasefire stops the guns for a week. A victory can stop them for years...

The United States and its allies gave Iran a deadline to respond to an ultimatum regarding its nuclear program... The deadline for a response was July.

Just then, Iran launched its proxy war against Israel through Hizbollah. Not only does this take nuclear talks off the front page, it potentially complicates the U.S. position in Iraq. Hizbollah notoriously makes war on Israeli and Lebanese civilians simultaneously. It shoots its rockets into Israeli cities and farms from patios and school playgrounds in Lebanon. Israeli retaliation is bound to kill innocent civilians, who are then paraded on television to generate world condemnation of Israel...




Pacifists versus Peace

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...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Suicide of the West?


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. An excerpt:

...according such rights to terrorists who murder women and children gives them moral legitimacy that will make winning this war that much harder. It elevates terrorists nearly to the level of GIs who obey formal rules of engagement and who can be, and as we've seen often are, punished severely for harming innocents.

I've posted quite abit about Suicide Bombers and the cult of death that makes it possible. Most sane people think it's crazy. But how sane is it to help an enemy who is trying to destroy you?

That is exactly what we are doing when we treat terrorists by the standards of the Geneva Convention, even though they do not meet it's qualifications.

Do they apply the standards of the Geneva Convention to us? We already know the answer:



If we apply the Geneva convention to these animals, it will cease to have any meaning at all; it just becomes another weapon for our enemies to use against us. One that WE gave to them.

Is it any wonder they are emboldened to kill us? They would never do anything so stupid, and such actions encourage them to believe we are weak, vulnerable and ripe for destruction. It's time we wake up and deal with reality - or be destroyed.




Related links:

Hezbollah is Here
...You think Hezbollah is only Israel's headache? Wake up. Iranian Hezbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli's threat on Tuesday to dispatch 2,000 operatives "to every corner of the world to jeopardize Israel and America's interests" is more than just idle Islamic heavy breathing.

The Jew-hating terrorists of Hezbollah who call themselves the "party of God" are already here. In America. Plotting attacks. Raising money. Slipping through the cracks...





Hezbollah Among Us
...This is one example where everyone at this rally carrying signs calling for Israel's destruction and are sympathetic to Hezbollah should be considered supporters of the enemy, arrested and interrogated. And then, of course, either jailed or deported. And if they have somehow managed to become citizens of the United States, they should be stripped of that honor and then deported back to the pit from whence they came.


The Only Exit Strategy
... In a stunning development, the 22-member Arab League criticized Hezbollah for provoking the current crisis. It is unprecedented for the Arab League to criticize any Arab party while it is actively engaged in hostilities with Israel. But the Arab states know that Hezbollah, a Shiite militia in the service of Persian Iran, is a threat not just to Lebanon but to them as well. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have openly criticized Hezbollah for starting a war on what is essentially Iran's timetable (to distract attention from Iran's pending referral to the Security Council for sanctions over its nuclear program). They are far more worried about Iran and its proxies than about Israel. They are therefore eager to see Hezbollah disarmed and defanged.

Fine. Everyone agrees it must be done. But who to do it? No one. The Lebanese are too weak. The Europeans don't invade anyone. After its bitter experience of 20 years ago, the U.S. has a Lebanon allergy. And Israel could not act out of the blue because it would immediately have been branded the aggressor and forced to retreat.

Hence the golden, unprecedented opportunity...


Patience is Wearing Thin
...Yet for all their threats, what the Islamists -- from Hezbollah in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley to the Iranian government in Tehran to the jihadists in Iraq's Sunni Triangle -- don't understand is that they are slowly pushing tired Westerners into a corner. If diplomacy, or aid, or support for democracy, or multiculturalism, or withdrawal from contested lands, does not satisfy radical Islamists, what would?

Perhaps nothing.

What then would be the new Western approach to terrorism? Hard and quick retaliation -- but without our past concern for nation-building, or offering a democratic alternative to theocracy and autocracy, or even worrying about whether other Muslims are unfairly lumped in with Islamists who operate freely in their midst.


Any new policy of retaliation -- in light both of Sept. 11 and the messy efforts to birth democracies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and the West Bank -- would be something of an exasperated return to the old cruise-missile payback. Yet in the new world of Iranian nukes and Hezbollah missiles, the West would hit back with something far greater than a cruise missile...



Hat tip to Chatterbox Chronicles for the cartoon. Be sure and check out Dee's post: The War on Terror--Expanding!!!


A 'cycle' on nonsense
... Of all the Western democracies, only two have no choice but to depend on their own military forces for their survival -- the United States and Israel. The rest have for more than half a century had the luxury of depending on American military forces in general and the American nuclear deterrent in particular.

People who have long been sheltered from mortal dangers can indulge themselves in the belief that there are no mortal dangers. Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran or North Korea -- and, through them, in the hands of hate-filled terrorists -- may be all that will finally wake up such people. But that may be tragically too late.

Those who keep calling for an end to the "cycle of violence" are what make such violence more likely. "World opinion" in general and the United Nations in particular can always be counted on to counsel "restraint" in response to attacks and "negotiations" in response to lethal threats.

What that means is that those who start trouble will have a lower price to pay than if those they attacked were free to go all out in their counter-attack. Lowering the price to be paid by aggressors virtually guarantees more aggression.

(bold emphasis mine) Many of the things the west sees as virtues - restraint, humanitarian aid, multiculturalism - are seen as weaknesses by our enemies. The methods and the madness of the death cult that has been allowed to flourish in the Palestinian territories (while we have supported it with financial aid, and the "restraint" of ourselves and Israel) has now spread throughout the Islamic world, like a cancer. The patient will not recover from this madness if we keep supporting the illness.

As a final reference, I'm pleased to link to this well researched article at the Chatterbox Chronicles:

Who is Hezbollah?

Miss Chatterbox has done her homework, provided links to her sources and the result is a concise article that should answer most peoples questions on the subject.

     

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Farm Report 07/19/06

Turandot wins Mother of the Year award

Little chickies, have no fear - your Mommy is here!


How many mothers do you know who would let their kids sleep on top of their back? At first I thought this was a fluke, but it's a nightly occurence.


You might think she was uncomfortable, or unable to sleep, but she seems to made for it; she's in her element. She's certainly filling a need.


It seems they just can't get enough of her. Turandot the "Mommy" bird is proving to be immensly popular with the bantam fledglings.


Our black singing chicken, Maria Callis-Von Trapp, still retains the admiration of the eight oldest fledglings. It's even been verified that she has taught two of them to sing. But the majority of the rest of the fledglings prefer Mama.


If only she had more room under those wings! No doubt she would have them all under there if she could.


As Momma-in-charge, she also acts as referee. When the little roosters get carried away in their play fighting, she will step in and smack them around till they stop. She seems to enjoy this role. It no doubt makes the littlest ones feel safe, as they follow her around, and hang our wherever she chooses to be.


Such photos as this might make you believe that life in the coop is domestic bliss, but it just isn't so. After all, these ARE chickens we are talking about.


Hen Pecking Party Gone Wild

There was a major altercation a few days ago, apparently a bitch-fight over a nesting box. It was three against one, the Gabor sisters vs Goldie Hawn. Goldie got the worst of it. I will spare you photos of the bloody mess. For the details of the sordid story, you can read the post on Pat's blog:

Goldie Hawn's comb ripped from her head.

Thank goodness it wasn't quite ripped of entirely, but it was a bloody mess.


The Duckie's New Digs

At last, the duck house has been completed:



It has a house with a window light, air vents near the roof, and two doors, one leading into an enclosed pen, and another larger door leading outside.


The larger door is for cleaning out the inside. We also leave it open durning the day so the ducks can go outside, into the open top pen we have built for them.


With the swimming pool in the yard, it's a Duckie dream home. O.K., I don't doubt that they would probably rather have a pond, but this isn't "Duckie Lifestyles of the Rich and Feathered".




Flower Power


I could do a whole report on just the plant life we have here on the farm. But here is a peak at a few of the more dramatic flowers that are blooming right now. This is a flower called "Tigridia". It's very dramatic, but can you believe it, it only blooms for ONE DAY.


I think it comes from Mexico. We have several of them, and it's a treat each time one blooms. You have to watch for them though, it's here today, gone tommorow.


More stable but still dramatic is one of my favorites, a South African Native whose common name is "Fairy Wand". I forget the botanical name. It's not only beautiful, but there is something very soothing about watching them gently sway and bob in the breeze, it's almost magical.




Promiscuous Tramp Aborts Five.

The last farm report reffered to our promiscuous tramp, our siamese cat "Smudgie".


She was knocked up by none other than our grey barnyard tabby, "Swanky". They are both quite youg, and his attempts at coupling with her were so clumsy, that we thought nothing would come of it, but we were wrong.

The litter was aborted about two weeks before it was due. It would have been 4 kittens that looked like her, and one that looked like him (The vet's assistant pickled the one that looked like Swanky, for a science project she was working on. You can be glad that I resisted the temptation to get a photo of it for the Farm Report! I think that's what's called "too much information").


It would have been tempting to let her have them, but she would have gone into heat again right after popping them out, and it just would have been too irresponsible; the local SPCA is full of unwanted kittens, even siamese ones, you see them at the local mall every time you visit. So while it would have been fun to have kittens around, what would have become of them?

So she had her wheels removed, and is adapting just fine. When she's not lounging around with Swanky, she is killing mice, sniffing flowers or teasing the dogs.



End of Farm Report.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Do we encourage our enemies?


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. Here is one of their excerpts, from Robert Tracinski's The War Comes to Us:

If, in the face of repeated threats and provocation by an aggressive dictatorship, you refuse to go to war, the war will eventually come to you.

That's the meaning of Iran's de facto declaration of war against Israel--which is, ultimately, a new war Iran is waging against the US. Iran is so desperate for war with the West that it is bringing the war to us, openly and willfully initiating a regional conflict that may soon involve three of Iran's proxies--Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria--fighting against America's proxy, Israel.

The danger for us is that, in seeking to avoid an unavoidable war with Iran, we have allowed Iran to start the conflict on terms that it believes will be most favorable to it...


Bold emphasis mine. Does anyone still think this is just going to go away if we just use "restraint"? Restraint has gotten us nothing but repeated attacks for decades. Do we have to wait for Iran to get the bomb, and use it gainst us, before we even wake up to reality?

Is it even possible that someone like Russia has already sold them the bomb? Is this a trap, to start a nuclear war? Sure that sounds nutty, but so do the statements made by the Iranian President. If they have nukes, that might be cause for restraint, but there is no easy way out of that either; the situation is not likely to get better by ignoring it. That's how we got where we are today.



Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE. Here is one of their excerpts, from Yaron Brook: World Leaders Encourage Hezbollah and Hamas:

"The worldwide condemnation of Israel's retaliation against Lebanon is morally obscene," said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. "The calls effectively demand that the innocent victim be sacrificed to the aggressor."

"Instead of excoriating Hezbollah and helping Israel to annihilate it, President Bush and other leaders urged that the victim, Israel, not cause 'excessive' damage to the aggressor--and begged that no harm come to Lebanon's terrorist-supporting government. Were Israel to follow such calls, it would have to leave in place the terrorist leadership and infrastructure that works to abduct, blow up and slaughter Israelis.

"The obscene premise governing so many of the West's leaders is the belief that we have no moral right to defend ourselves against the forces of Islamist barbarism.

"All of this can serve only to encourage Islamic totalitarian groups to intensify their war on Israel--and the West."


(bold emphasis mine) Duuh. We are far too good at encouraging the enemy. Shouldn't that be obvious? You can bet it's obvious to THEM.




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From Nealz Nuze:

IS THIS GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO FINALLY WAKE US UP?
...It's been said that this World War, sometimes called the War On Terror, has an enemy that is difficult to define. Nothing could be further from the truth. We know who the enemy is in this world war: it is the savages who practice radical Islam. We know exactly who they are and we know exactly where to find them: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza strip. Let's also be sure to mention the Wahabbis of Saudi Arabia and a good number of professors in American colleges and universities. This isn't rocket science...it's never been more clear exactly who the enemy is and where to find them.

So what should we do? It's time for the United States, Israel and whoever else values freedom and our way of life to eliminate radical Islam once and for all. The time to speak of toleration, negotiations and appeasement is past. Israel tried this route, and we clearly see what it bought them. Nothing but misery and death at the hands of the wonderful, peaceful religion of Islam...

...Inside Israel we have leftists marching and demanding an end to Israel's military moves. The appeasement left is pulling out the same mantras perfected by the left in this country. They're detailing the deaths of women and children, and calling for even more negotiations. Never mind that the negotiating has been going on for more than 50 years. Any rational observer can quickly see that the radical Islamist position on negotiations is that you negotiate to buy time, you kill to take the advantage...



From Tammy Bruce:

STRATFOR Lays Out the War's Current Big Picture
Courtesy of David Horowitz's blog, here is a link to a Strategic Forecasting comprehensive analysis of the situation in the Middle East. One of your Must Reads for the morning...



Annan & Blair on Protecting Hezbollah
...Why anyone would want to stop the crushing of an armed Islamist terrorist group is beyond me. The only time Israel should stop its attacks on Hez is when that enemy of civilized people everywhere has been destroyed.

And what planet is Kofi Annan on? He thinks there is going to be a "ceasing of hostilities?" Terrorists never cease and Israel has been under regular attack for over 50 years. What a plan like this means is that Israel, and only Israel, is stopped from defending herself.

And who, really, are we kidding? A UN force deployed at a border where there's actual shooting as opposed to just sex-for-food? Last time the UN experienced the horrors of an Islamist attack they ran away. Just ask the people of Iraq.

(bold emphasis mine) HA! Tammy does not mince words.

   
 

Friday, July 14, 2006

Double Trouble: has Bush abandoned "cowboy diplomacy" ?

http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000887.html
Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE.
We're hoping that Israel continues to vigorously defend herself and refuse negotiations with Hezbollah and Hamas for the kidnapped Israeli soldiers. In our cartoon "Non-negotiable" we celebrated such an aggressive response. But it should be remembered that the terrorists' tactics have worked for them in the past...

(bold emphasis mine) Read the rest, and you will understand why the terrorists are kidnapping Israeli soldiers. This should underscore why we don't negotiate with terrorists.


Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary and links HERE.
...At the United Nations, there were differences over a Japanese-backed draft resolution to sanction North Korea. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the measure had "broad and deep support," but Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador told The Associated Press that Moscow would not back sanctions, as the resolution calls for.

Instead, Russia wants the council to pass a nonbinding presidential statement with the goal of getting North Korea back into six-party talks on its nuclear program.

Is it any wonder Japan is freaked? It's way too close. I read somewhere that the missiles were aimed at Hawaii.

It's easy for Russia to go lightly on North Korea, it's not close to them. You just have to hope Russia hasn't sold nukes or North Korea or Iran.

Iran has been preparing for battle in every other way possible...




Pat Santy at the Dr. Sanity blog has three good posts relating to these issues:

WHAT IRAN IS COUNTING ON
...It is no coincidence--as others have pointed out--that Iran has taken action on the eve of its nuclear deadline. The war it has initiated is designed to 1)deflect attention away from its nuclear program (not quite ready yet, are we?); and to force the U.S.'s hand in the region--i.e., forcing us to act before they think we were quite ready to act.

In all this, Iran is counting on the appeasement of both the UN and the EU ;and they haven't been disappointed, have they?

But in all this maneuvering, Iran betrays its fundamental ignorance of the psychology of both Israel and the U.S. ...

Be sure and read the whole post, with it's embedded links. Dr. Sanity does her homework. Her other posts:

THE MULLAHS' TERRIBLE VISION
...The time is rapidly approaching when we see if George Bush's fine rhetoric about bringing terrorists to justice, and freedom to all people has been halted at the borders of Iraq. We have flushed the real enemies of civilization out in the last 5 years since 9/11; and perhaps, we managed to flush them out before they were entirely ready--forced their hand so to speak--by our actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is just possible that we have a slight, but definite advantage over the mullahs and the patient game of chess they have been playing.

Because now, it should be crystal clear to anyone who has been paying attention, who the puppet-masters of terror have been all along.

They have been planning for this scenario ever since Jimmy Carter failed to stand up to them when they brashly held Americans hostage without consequences some years back. Ahmadinejad, one of the ringleaders of that action, apparently was satisfied that he understood the cut of America's jib from that experience; and that in the decades since his first terrorist action, the physical impotence of Carter has spread into the body politic of America, resulting in the complete moral paralysis exhibited by a majority of Democrats and the MSM today.

In other words, Iran is confident that even George Bush will not dare stand against their plans for Middle Eastern Armageddon.

I think that Ahmadinejad is wrong about this...

(bold emphasis mine) Near the end of the article, Dr. Sanity quotes Michael Ledeen:

"You cannot escape the mullahs. You must either defeat them or submit to their terrible vision. There is no other way."

The Democrats and the MSM are completly blind to this; we would all be dead before they even begin to understand.




It's worth reading the whole article, which also has some good embedded links, and some more excerpts from Ledeen about Iran and Syria, their roll in the current conflict, and their motivation for these actions. And finally:

JUST A THEORY, BUT A VERY GOOD ONE
In my last post I suggested that with the current crisis developing in the middle east, it was time to see if President Bush really meant what he said back in 2001.

I happen to think that he did mean it; and that despite the wishful thinking we have been reading about in the press-- that he has abandoned "cowboy diplomacy" and given in to the "realists" at the State Department--George Bush is pretty much the same man he has always been...

Dr. Sanity presents a good case for this opinion, with embedded links that support her theory. Let's hope she's right.



On another matter entirely: The Palestinians claim to need financial aid just to survive from day to day. Yet even as they plead poverty, it seems they have money to buy (and make and sell?) things like these:

 


Here are some items that were for sale in Gaza, to commemorate the 911 attacks. The 2nd item is a cigarette lighter. Nice.

These folks have WAY too much time on their hands, thanks to hand-outs from western governments. It leaves them a lot of free time for... other pursuits.


 
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PALESTINIAN DEATH CULT
Anybody remember Vietnam War protestor "Country Joe" McDonald's song lyric: "Be the first one on your block to have your son come home in a box"? (McDonald, by the way, is still running around hitting the same note; lately he's been seen with Cindy Sheehan.) Well, when Country Joe sang, he meant his words as parody, because he comes out of a culture that doesn't believe in child sacrifice. But when the Palestinians say it, they're deadly serious. Palestinian TV is now (once again) running a call to the children to die in war. "How pleasant is the smell of the earth whose thirst is quenched by blood pouring out of young bodies," the children are told.

...Anybody who has ever been a kid will remember the nasty ideas that pop into your head. If you're born into a decent society, you'll be exposed to influences that press you to follow your better nature while controlling your savage impulses. The Palestinian culture does the opposite, nurturing and validating the most evil desires. The result is ultimately a culture that has been "weaponized", ready and willing and anxious to choose violence as the first and only answer to any situation.

This, and not carbon dioxide, is the real "inconvenient truth" that the world wishes to deny...

(bold emphasis mine) Maynard at the Tammy Bruce blog got this right. The Palestinians are only a part of a larger death cult that is gripping the Muslim world. That grip must be broken, not appeased. Our very survival may depend on it.


WORLD ON FIRE
Michelle Malkin offers a list of blog links that are covering many of the events talked about here.