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France’s Problem

While the Foley debacle is fast becoming a lesson in why one should never trust “the news” anymore, back at the ranch there is some disturbing news coming out of France which the MSM will not talk about.

Muslims (and not just “youth” anymore) are waging a veritable civil war against French police on a daily basis. Naturally the politicians are trying to downplay the reality of what is going on while the officers on the ground know exactly what the threat is:

Senior officers insisted that the problem was essentially criminal in nature, with crime bosses on the estates fighting back against tough tactics.

The interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is also the leading centre-Right candidate for the presidency, has sent heavily equipped units into areas with orders to regain control from drug smuggling gangs and other organised crime rings. Such aggressive raids were “disrupting the underground economy in the estates”, one senior official told Le Figaro.

However, not all officers on the ground accept that essentially secular interpretation. Michel Thoomis, the secretary general of the hardline Action Police trade union, has written to Mr Sarkozy warning of an “intifada” on the estates and demanding that officers be given armoured cars in the most dangerous areas.

He said yesterday: “We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their ‘comrades’ free when they are arrested.”

All I know is that the Europeans had better wake up fast. Regardless of how much the Islamists hate America, they hate you too and your decades long “plan” of appeasement is only giving them more time to breed you out of existence.

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Religion of Ignorance

So previously we couldn’t say or do anything to insult Islam or its prophet Mohammed.  Now, one can’t even quote someone from the 14th century who does as such without instigating a global fatwa against the Pope and by extension those which follow Christianity.

What is intersting is that in the cartoon flap, that sort of pitted Europe’s notion of free speech against Islam.  Islam won of course because most newspapers and media wouldn’t republish the cartoons.  Europe essentially rolled over an played the dog and pony game of appease the fascist again.  Now, I suspect that Benedict’s statement was not merely an accident (I mean, I know the man is brilliant but who really quotes 14th century Byzantine emperors concerning Islam without doing a bit of research??), but intended to bring to the fore the underlying conflict between Christianity and Islam.

Even though Europe has become heavily secular in practice, there is still a deep seated notion of Christian identity.  What will be interesting to see is whether Europe gives up its identity as easily as it gave up its free speech.

On a related note, it appears that the Pope’s trip to Turkey is not being cancelled in light of the recent uproar.  However, via Michelle Malkin I saw what was on the best-seller there:  Papy’ya Suikast (“Attack on the Pope”), which just so happens to predict that he will be assassinated in Istanbul.  How “moderate” indeed.

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Terrorists at Abu Ghraib: “Americans…Please Come Back!”

It’s only been a week since the US handed over Abu Ghraib to the Iraqis and it’s being reported that torture is rampant. No, I mean real torture, not the “we allowed dogs to bark at you” or “laughed at you while naked” torture. The kind of torture that makes your skin crawl just thinking about it.

Some of the small number of prisoners who remained in the jail after the Americans left said they had pleaded to go with their departing captors, rather than be left in the hands of Iraqi guards.
“The Americans were better than the Iraqis. They treated us better,” said Khalid Alaani, who was held on suspicion of involvement in Sunni terrorism.

So let me get this straight. These prisoners were being “tortured” by American troops like Lynndie England, yet they were pleading with these same bloodthirsty torturers to let them GO WITH THEM??? Now maybe I just don’t understand properly, but if someone was really torturing me and other, new torturers were coming to take control I don’t really think I’d give a damn whether I went with the former or stayed with the latter.

Access to the part of the prison containing terrorism suspects was denied, but from that block came the sound of screaming. The screaming continued for a long time.

I have no doubt that it did. You see, the bleeding heart liberals in this country don’t realize that the Iraqis play by the same rules that the terrorists attempting to take over their country do. There is no mercy, there is no Geneva Conventions, there are no ACLU lawyers to whine to about your Koran being peed on.

My prediction is that you won’t hear hide nor hair about “Abu Ghraib” any more now that it’s the Iraqis who are doing wrong. Which to any sane individual points to the fact that the whole Abu Ghraib flap never had anything to do with human rights in the first place. It was just a case of pompous self-hate that just so happened to have a nice political angle for them.

No, all you’ll hear from the Leftist surrender monkeys is how ABC and Disney are the devil.

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David McCullough: 1776

Everyone raved about it. And for an historical novel, which are typically a dime a dozen, that says something. So I picked it up on sale at Barnes & Noble last week thinking I’d slog my way through it over the course of a few weeks. Little did I realize I would read all 297 pages in a single sitting (albeit a long one).

I’ve read some other accounts and histories of the American Revolution. I’ve read biographies of all the major players, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Hancock, George III. But while this book only covers the events of 1776, I have to say that if you want to understand the larger context within which the very idea of an American independence took root…this is the book that’ll provide it.

It doesn’t focus too much on any one person, although Washington obviously plays a large part in regards to surviving correspondence and such during this critical infancy of the Revolution. Instead, it successfully attempts to drive the very fragmented political, military and societal influences in America as well as England into the reader’s understanding. This context then is used as the foundation for explaining the almost mystical events around which this fledgling “insurgency” rallied in order to take on the world’s premier military superpower (sound familiar?). The difference being I’m not convinced Providence is helping the current insurgency as He was with Washington’s rag-tag excuse of an army. But still, after reading this book you won’t be convinced that such a thing isn’t possible today.

My favorite part of the book though was reminding me of Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis, which I had read in college…excerpted below:

These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.


Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to set a proper price on its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.


Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to Tax, but) “to bind us in all cases whatsoever,” and if being bound in that manner is not slavery, then there is not such a thing as slavery upon earth.


Even the expression is impious, for so unlimited a power can belong only to GOD.

Exactly.

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Just War and Victory

For the past few weeks or so I’ve been grappling in my mind with the implications of Just War theory and the current Middle East fighting. Not only with respect to Israel’s current battle with Hambollah, but within the greater context of what appears to be a showdown coming between the West as a whole and Islam.

One side of me thinks that just war theory should be followed to the T, with those of us held to the “higher standard” (i.e. Geneva Conventions) going out of our way to limit civilian casualties in the short term, even if our actions (or inactions) may lead to higher civilian and/or military deaths in the long term.

The other side of me thinks that while we should certainly not target civilians, we cannot allow terrorist and their state sponsors to hide behind human shields unpunished (as we are doing in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Israel is in Lebanon). One cannot win a war in which enemies are allowed to attack under pretenses in which their targets cannot respond out of a sense of moral obligation to innocents.

I was watching a Discovery Channel program last night on the use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. Surely we will never know how many men would have died as a result of an Allied invasion of Japan. However we can get a good estimate from the battles in the pacific which were fought, island by gruelling island. And by those estimates I dare say it was a JUST thing to end the war by targeting tens of thousands of civilians directly, and hundreds of thousands more indirectly by using the atomic bomb. When you’re talking millions of deaths, tens or hundreds of thousands don’t seem bad by comparison….unless you happen to be one of them.

[Editor’s Note]: This sentiment indicates I approve of the direct targeting of civilians. I certainly do not, as this contradicts Catholic moral teaching and is unacceptable (bad means do not justify good ends). I stand corrected.

When two sides have stances which are diametrically opposed, there is no such thing as a diplomatic solution, and further there is no such thing as a casualty free war. That is why war is so despicable, so reviled and should always be considered very last option: because it is a fact that many people will die.

The fact of the matter remains that while everyone pretends that war is not what is wanted, wars continually start despite that apparent “universal sentiment”. Meaning it ain’t that universal.

And insofar as wars must sometimes be fought, I am coming to the conclusion that we, as the side held to the morally higher standard, must come to grips with what David Warren posits as potentially a horrible truth: that targeting enemy combatants regardless of civilian presence may be the only way to win.

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Reverse the Roles

I’ve read damn near everything I can get my hands on in the last 2+ weeks since Hambollah attacked the sovereign nation of Israel and started this war. There are good points to be made on both sides of the debate over blame, fault, tactics, reasons, atrocities (everything is an “atrocity” these days) and such. But I’ve finally found the one allegory which sums up the entire conflict in the middle east, and from Dennis Miller no less:

Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not. Or marshaling every fiber and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab state into the sea? Nonsense. Or dancing for joy at the murder of innocents? Impossible. Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting. No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.

So true.  Read it all.

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Israeli / Palestinian History Primer

1948 — Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan & Saudi Arabia declare war on Israel. Arabs get ass handed to them and lose 50% more land than was originally allotted to Israel.

1956 — Series of escalating border raids, as well as the closure of the straits of Tiran and Suez canal to Israeli shipping, Israel invades Sinai peninsula and occupies it for a few months.

1964 — PLO formed with STATED intent of “destroying Israel”.

1967 — 6 day war: Israel destroys Egyptian air force on the ground, conquers Sinai and Gaza, then the West Bank from Jordan and Golan Heights from Syria. Again, Arabs get ass handed to them. Lose more terrority.

1973 — Yom Kippur War: Egypt takes Suez canal and a some adjoining land. Syria takes Golan Heights. Israel kicks the shit out of Syria, threatening Damascus. Egyptian third army cut off by IDF in Sinai. Again, even on a surprise attack, the Israelis kick the ever-living snot out of the Arabs.

1981 — Israel destroys Iraqi nuclear reactor.

1981 — Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated while on a victory parade.

1982 — Israel initiates massive invasion of Lebanon to fight the PLO (who have been doing the same pedantic terrorist shit their modern counterparts are doing today). IDF has Arafat surrounded in Beirut but fail to finish job because of UN calls for peace (sound familiar?).

2005 — Israel initiates evacuation of Gaza & 4 west bank settlements, effectively giving land back to the Palestinian Authority, which is apparently what they’ve been fighting for.

2006 — Israel has finally had enough of Hezbollah, Hamas, and the ineffectual Lebanese government. Decide to rid themselves of the thorn in ther side once and for all.

So basically the Palestinians have been trying to “destroy” Israel for nearly 60 years. That anyone thinks Hezbollah stands a snowball’s chance in hell of coming out of this as Nasrallah says they will is simply kidding themselves (or highly delusional).

So far as history has shown us, Israel does not randomly engage in sending suicide bombers into Lebanese, Syria, Egyptian and Iranian cities to target civilians. They basically respond as they see fit to terrorist attacks by organizations whose expressed written charters call for the utter annhilation of Israel.

Kofi Annan is right, Israel’s actions are excessive. But perhaps excessive is 60 years of having to put up with every single country around you trying to kill you? Nah, that would be too obvious.

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I was thinking the same thing….

…that Lioness wrote, only not just about BBC, but about even some of the coverage by what I would consider left leaning syndicates like MSNBC and CNN (and of course our local idiot affiliates who ask questions like, “How do you feel about the rockets coming into your city?”).

Now let’s not get carried away with ourselves and promote the idea that the left-leaning MSM infrastructure has somehow magically undergone a political lobotomy (we can hope can’t we?) and suddenly realized that, yes in fact, Israel has a right to defend itself. That would be too easy.

No, there is another motive here that I can’t quite put my finger on yet. There has to be another reason that those who previously had nothing but disparaging missives for Israeli action against terrorist threats to suddenly side with them, albeit cautiously, and basically peripherally attack the Palestinians and their nihilist scum.

My guess is that they, like some Arab countries, are throwing Hambollah under the rug in the hopes that public opinion will somehow see them as moderate and “neutral” in this conflict, therefore gaining much needed credibility which they will use for exploitation (obviously) down the road when they need it. The other, less disturbing proposition is that they are simply too stupid to realize that they actually have gotten this one right and will soon enough fall back into bashing anything that is logical, reasonable and just.

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Two Faced Saudis

NOTE: I’m sick of writing Hezbollah and Hamas as if they were different somehow.  I hereby decree a name change to Hambollah. 

This from an official Saudi statement:

“A difference should be drawn between legitimate resistance and rash adventures carried out by elements… without consultation or coordination with Arab countries, thus creating a gravely dangerous situation exposing all Arab countries and [their] achievements to destruction with those countries having no say.”

While everyone and their dog (including Bush) have been praising the Saudis for their apparently ground breaking castigation of Hambollah and their “adventures”, I for one am not convinced.  It doesn’t take a degree in rocket scientology to figure out that Tom Cruise………sorry, it doesn’t take a degree in katyusha science to figure out that the Saudis are using the ol’ “shit in one hand and wish in the other” tactic in its dealing with both external and internal Western influences as well as the ever increasing radicalism of the Islamo-fascists in the region.   They are hoping that while they chastise Hambollah publicly nobody will notice that they are privately promoting their fanatical terrorism via funding and propaganda to appease the destabilising forces within their own country sympathetic to the sick radical cause that Hambollah espouses.

Maybe the U.N. and the other RDDB‘s will buy that bullshit, but I won’t.

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You Want A “Peace” of This?

It’s been nearly 7 full days of fighting in Northern Israel/Southern Lebanon now and I just want to share my thoughts on what is taking place.

I’ve been reading blogs on both sides of this debate, both Israeli and Lebanese.  No I didn’t bother to read any blogs written by Hezbollah terrorists, call me biased.  But in doing so I am getting a sense that this is going to be quite a long war, if not a world war.   The reason is that like American politics, both sides in this dispute have no intention of budging, regardless of the facts of what as led them(us?) to this point.

Like it or not, Israel has a right to defend themselves.  Some say that the Lebanese government is “incapable” of taking out Hezbollah, and some pundits and idiots alike actually buy that as a legitimate defense.  They say that forcing the Lebanese army into such a situation would spark a civil war.  Well….maybe one is needed in Lebanon.  If there are that many people in Lebanon who would side with Hezbollah and agree with their stated mission to wipe Israel off the map, then perhaps the Lebanese people aren’t as “innocent” as everyone has been crying about.

Secondarily, I’m sick to death of hearing about how Israel should “temper” it’s attack.  It’s not like Israel has a history of carpet bombing Beirut into oblivion just for the shits and giggles of it all.  To the sight of any rational individual, Israel has gone out of their way to limit civilian casualties when having to repeatedly enter areas like Gaza and the West Bank to ferret out their enemies who intentionally hide behind the very civilians everyone is trying so hard to protect.  So you tell me, who is more to blame?

If anyone has a real actual alternative to what Israel is doing militarily to limit civilian deaths even more should probably be at the Pentagon and not armchair quarterbacking the decisions of the leaderships of duly elected officials from sovereign nations of which they are not a part.  I cannot even fathom the logistics of trying to specifically target the munitions, individuals and infrastructure of terrorist organizations that 1) wear no visible uniforms, 2) hide amongst innocent civilians and 3) use cowardly tactics like intentionally aiming for civilians rather than their armed combatant foes in war.   That anyone would even think it sane to compare on a moral level the actions of Israel with those of terrorist scum like Hamas, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah is simply unthinkable.

Finally I will just say that in all the expected (and unexpected) rhetoric that is coming out of this conflict, and will no doubt continue unabated throughout its duration, I am beginning to realize even more-so than before that a great many Arabs simply do not want peace.  I think a reasoned look at the concessions that Israel has tried through the past 20+ years (can anyone even point to a single real concession the Palestinians have made in the “peace process” that didn’t require Israel to give an excessive amount more?) compared with responses by the Palestinians will show that this is more true than not.   The Israelis would love nothing more than to come up with a reasonable solution that would allow both Israeli and Palestinian, Jew and Muslim to live in peace in the region.   They have shown they are willing to give up concessions, albeit incrementally, to truly “give peace a chance”.  The Palestinians (and their supporters) however have shown that what is reasonable to them is nothing short of the complete annihilation of Israel.  That is not a recipe for peace.  That is a recipe for war, and the pessimist in me thinks….no, believes….that that is exactly what some in the region want.

If that is the case, then it seems the Israelis, like the child who gets picked on one too many times, has had enough and are more than willing to oblige.  God help us all.

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