A Little Enjoyment for Your Earhole

May 21, 2008

Yes, that’s Christopher Walken….who knew he could dance so well?

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The Brits Are Screwed…Among Others

May 21, 2008

Found this on mypetjawa, rather disturbing.  The police are practically begging the man to stop, and wind up sounding the retreat horn.  One more in a long line of problems they’re having over there. 

Then there’s the case of the cartoonist in the Netherlands who was arrested the other day.  For the horrible offense of “publishing cartoons which are discriminating for Muslims and people with dark skin.”  The man makes cartoons, and publishes them anonymously, for obvious reasons.  The Dutch authorities spent three years uncovering the man’s identity, took ten officers to arrest him, and told him “Now we’ve got you!” and “…Do you understand what it means when you’re identity gets known?”.  The obvious meaning is that the man’s life is now in jeopardy, since the Dutch government was so intent on making him public.  They just had to interrogate him for thirty hours

The cartoonist whose real name I won’t post) had charges filed against him by a Dutch jihadi by the name of Abdul Jabbar Van de Ven, also known for calling for the death of Geert Wilders, on live television, right after his compadres slaughtered Theo van Gogh.  They can’t, of course, go after the Hate Imams, the teenagers who rape with impunity, or harass native Christian women into wearing the hijab.  Nooo, that would be bigoted, of course!  Go read at the kleinverzet site for more information on the situation, the Judge who ordered the investigation and arrest, and some of the cartoons.  Also, more information is available on youtube, here and here.

Of course, Europe isn’t the only one in trouble, they’re just closer to dhimmitude* than we are.  By a bit.  Mark Steyn is being shut down, or they’re attempting to, in Canada, along with Ezra Levant.  For exercising the awful crime of free speech.  As in warning people, in a public manner of the threat of creeping sharia. 

Then, right here at home, in Minnesota, an epileptic student teacher, who requires the use of a service dog for his safety, lost his position before he had completed it.  Why?  Because a muslim student threatened to kill the dog.  That’s right, a student who threatens violence is rewarded for his actions, and a disabled student, trying to support himself instead of sucking on the government teat, is punished.  For the sick student’s actions.  Only in the multiculturalist, moral relativistic world of the Left does a violent criminal get preference over someone with a physical disability.  At least, when it’s one of our future overlords, he does.

These are just a small number of recent cases around the Western world, in which people’s rights are being eroded away to the benefit of people whose stated goal is the subjugation of the entire world.  The whole Earth is divided into two, and only two categories.  Dar al Islam, and Dar al Harb.  Translation?  House of Islam, and House of War.  That’s it.  You are muslim, or we are at war with you.

 

*Rules for dhimmis, under sharia law:

  • We shall not build new monasteries, churches, convents or monks’ cells in our cities or in Muslim neighborhoods. Should any of theses fall into ruins or disrepair, we shall not repair, by day or night, those in our own neighborhoods or those situated in the quarters of the Muslims.
  • We shall keep our gates wide open for passersby and travelers. All Muslims that pass our way are to be given board and lodging for as many as three days. We shall not hide any spy from the Muslims or give them sanctuary in our churches or shelter them in our homes.
  • We shall not proclaim our religion publicly nor attempt to convert anyone to it. We shall not forbid any of our kin from entering Islam if they desire to do so.
  • We shall show respect toward Muslims. If they wish to sit, we shall rise from our seats.
  • We shall not seek to resemble Muslims by imitating any of their garments, turbans, footwear or parting of the hair. We shall not imitate their way of speech.
  • We shall not mount on saddles, gird ourselves with swords, bear any kind of arms, or conceal weapons on our bodies.
  • We shall not engrave Arabic inscriptions on our seals.
  • We shall not sell fermented drinks.
  • We identify ourselves as non-Muslims by clipping the fronts of our heads.
  • We shall always dress in the same manner wherever we go and we shall bind the zunar, identifying us as non-Muslims, around our waists
  • We shall not display our crosses or our books on the roads or in the markets of the Muslims. We shall use only clappers very softly in our churches. We shall not raise our voices in mourning when following our dead. We shall not shine lights on any of the roads of the Muslims or in their markets. We shall not bury our dead near the Muslims.
  • We shall not take slaves who have been allotted to Muslims.
  • We shall not build houses of taller elevation than the houses of Muslims.
  • We accept these conditions for ourselves and for the people of our community, and in return we shall receive safe-conduct.
  • If we in any way violate these regulations, for which we ourselves stand surety, we forfeit our covenant [dhimma] status and shall become liable to the penalties for contumacy and sedition.”

Too Many Things to Do Individual Posts

May 20, 2008

It seems there’s quite a bit of new Barack Obama news, and I might fill up WordPress’ servers if I did a new post for each one.  Where to start?  Lessee…

First, He warns us that Republicans have been scaring people since 1968 in order to win elections, then he of course goes right out and…scares the olderly folks by telling them John McCain is going to steal their Social Security and make them eat dog food.  (Okay, I made the last part up, but that exact scare line has been used against Republicans before)

“Let me be clear, privatizing Social Security was a bad idea when George W. Bush proposed it, it’s a bad idea today,” Obama said. “That’s why I stood up against this plan in the Senate and that’s why I won’t stand for it as president.”

Okay, that is the same Social Security that is already long ago bankrupt, right?  The one that just last year alone added $900 bln in new unfunded liabilities?  The one that went from 16 people paying in for every one drawing out when I was born, to about 4 to one now, projected to head for about two to one before I even retire?  Yeah, we don’t need any reform or anything, let’s just scare old folks so their children and grandchildren can eat the dog food so they don’t have to!

Next, He gets a bit testy about an ad that the Tennessee Republican Party ran, featuring the lovely Mrs Obama, telling them it was ‘unacceptable’, ‘low class’, and that we should ‘lay off my wife’.

Now, Barry, your Lovely Wife Loretta is putting herself out there on the stump, probably as much as you are.  What she says on your behalf is fair game.  If you don’t want her being brought into the campaign, then don’t bring her into the campaign.  Besides, exactly what is in this ad that she didn’t say?  Are those not her words, from her own mouth?

Last week, President Bush spoke in front of the Knesset in Israel, saying

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” the President said to the country’s legislative body, “We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is –- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Barack rather quickly took offense, and went on the offensive, even sending out the great international negotiator Jon Cary to lie for him, among others, despite Bush never mentioning Obama’s name, or even implying it was him.  One member of the dinosaur media even went so far as to say that What Hitler was demanding was not unreasonable, regarding Czechoslovakia.  Indeed, the White House denied Bush was speaking of Obama.  Speculation from the gitgo was that Bush was actually referring to Jimmy Carter, who has been playing kissy-face with Hamas recently.  Or, he could have been referring to Speaker Pelosi, who made a pilgrimage to Syria last year, to assure President Assad that we meant them no harm.  While at the same time, they were busy building a rogue nukular facility in the desert with the Nork’s assistance.  Which the Israelis promptly destroyed.  Bush could have been speaking in fact, of the Fwench, who seem to be reaching out to Hamas.

Which leads us to his statement that he of course would never negotiate with terrorists, unless of course they are the terrorists leading the leading terrorist group in the world, Iran.  Of course, he wanted “all those who have influence with Hezbollah” to “press them to stand down.”  That Hezbollah in Lebanon, taking them down into a new civil war.  The same Hezbollah who is a proxy for…Iran.  The Iranians who are ordering them to cause war on Lebanon, ordered them to make war on Israel, are going to ‘press them to stand down.’  Um hmmmm…and you’re going to go negotiate with Iran, unconditionally, right?

Which leads to the next lil’ fib, in which He claims that we “on the right have distorted and reframed” his views.” and that “…nobody said he would initiate contacts at the presidential level; that requires due preparation and advance work.”

Well, Barack, I think you, among many other politicians, seem to think that there is no such thing as this here Intrawebs Thingy.  You know, where things exist forever?  First, He said very clearly in last July’s debate, that he would, the NYT confirms this last November, it’s even on His own website!

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Speaking of our enemies, he seems to think that nations like Iran, Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela aren’t ‘serious threats’.  So…nations that repeatedly threaten us openly, are rather known for their training of insurrectionist forces in Columbia, Angola, El Salvador, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt aren’t a real threat?  Let’s ask Israel if they would agree with that assessment.  Or the Columbians, et al.

Of course, we can’t forget Sweetiegate, in which he told a Detroit female reporter who couldn’t get an answer to her question from him “Hold on one second, sweetie. We’ll do a press avail, thanks,”. 

Which of course, His Followers in the MSM promptly absolved him of any guilt in the matter.  Now, do you really think that they would have been quite so forgiving if it were, say, a Republican calling a woman Sweetie?

Then, He seemed to get the facts wrong about Afghanistan, Iraq, and the respective languages spoken while bashing the Iraq war.

You certainly can’t forget the ‘Hamas Hearts Obama’ story, in which the terrorist organization in the Middle East has set up a phone bank to cold call people in America, to urge them to vote for Him.  Yes, that’s right.  Terrorists are hoping for Obama to win.  Now, He claims that He wouldn’t negotiate with Hamas, but they sure do see something in Him they like.

Obama managed to kiss up to the mob, promising them He would call the dogs off the Teamsters, ending years’ worth of scrutiny.  The payback for their endorsement of Him, I guess.  I guess it’s okay though, since the Teamsters have no problems with corruption, right?

The Planet Is In Peril, and we must all sacrifice, right?  I mean, it is for the children you know.  Why, just yesterday, He was in Seattle, and told us that

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

This is the Obama who drove a Hemi V8 and a GMC Envoy until charged with hypocrisy, all the while claiming even back in 2006 “the blame for the world’s higher temperature rests on gas guzzling vehicles.”  In addition, he seems to be a Learjet Liberal, flitting to fundraisers in a private jet, getting whisked away from the airport in…you got it, eeevillle SUVs.  Typical for the Learjet Liberals, reduction of lifestyles is only for me, but not for thee.

There’s the Obama version of the Tuzla Dash, in which He kind of fibs about His reception at a speech on the automobile industry.  He claims he was laying down the law to automakers, and they were so offended at this, that ‘nobody clapped’.  Just one problem…they did.  Repeatedly.  Some enterprising soul put a little video together.  A compare and contrast, you might say.

How powerful is Obama?  He’s ‘been to all 57 states’!  He must have done the Time Warp Again and been to the future, in which Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and some others are all added on!  Now, I’m actually guessing He meant to say 47 or something, except that that doesn’t constitute ‘all’ the states either.  But hey, I’m feeling charitable, so let’s do much more for Him than the Left would do for McCain, and write it off to the wear and tear of campaigning ever since he took office in 2005!

I can’t let this go without mentioning the real problem with all these pesky little attacks.  It’s….pssstttt…Fox News.  And nameless, faceless goons!

“Part of it is because there have been these e-mails that have been sent out very systematically, presumably by various political opponents, although I don’t know who,” he said. “And there are a lot of voters who get their news from Fox News.

Yeah, that’s the ticket!  That’s why those bitter, clinging to their guns and religion, typical white folks in places like West Virginia and Kentucky aren’t voting for you!  Hey, it might even be the Joooooosss!

Of course, these things are all just ‘distractions’ and off limits just like we can’t call him a liberal, can’t question his toughness on the ‘WoT’, nor mention his far left views on social issues, can’t mention his background in Chicago, either.  These things have been laid down to us, and we are not to trespass.  The meme that any questioning at all is racism is already going around, and be prepared for it to really ramp up after the convention. 

Well, Diary, I guess I’ll close for now.  How’s about leaving you with a bit of levity, regarding Him before we go?

Barack Chamberlain

May 16, 2008

Today, President Bush spoke in front of the Knesset (their Parliament) while in country for the 60th anniversary since Israel’s modern birth.  while speaking, he had something to say about those who would negotiate with Iran, whether to get them to abandon their nukular weapons program they of course don’t have, or on their program to take over the whole islamic world and wipe Israel off the map.  Bush had this to say regarding the appeasement movement of today:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” the President said to the country’s legislative body, “We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is –- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Seems rather obvious to me.  There was a massive appeasement movement both in England and right here in America.  Chamberlain’s infamous ‘Peace in our time’ speech came after his meeting with Hitler in Munich, dooming the Czechs.  Less than six months later, Hitler showed why appeasement doesn’t work.

Very quickly after Bush’s speech made the news here, Team Obamessiah took a bit of offense, saying

In a statement, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shot across the bow: “It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power — including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”

Considering the fact that Bush mentioned no names in his comments, Obama sure does seem defensive!  Old Bill Shakespeare got it right in Much Ado About Nothing when he wrote ‘thou dost protesteth too much, methinks.’ 

The comments could be said to pertain to a large number of individuals in the Western world.  However, let’s assume Bush were talking about Barack Obama.  Why would he ever think such a thing?

Despite Obama claiming, as of a few days ago, that people on the right have ‘reframed’ his views, and that He would not meet unconditionally with Iran, or any other rogue state, LGF busted Him, going back to last July’s CNN debate.

QUESTION: In 1982, Anwar Sadat traveled to Israel, a trip that resulted in a peace agreement that has lasted ever since.

In the spirit of that type of bold leadership, would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?

OBAMA: I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration — is ridiculous.

 

Obama continues this idea to this very day, stating on his own website (as of today, even though the light has been shone on this matter five days ago)

Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior. Obama would offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation. Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress.

This is the same Iran whose leader promised to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ repeatedly, said yesterday that “Israel is dying and that its 60th anniversary celebrations are an attempt to prevent its “annihilation.”, and Israel is referred to as “filthy bacteria” and a “cancerous tumor” and Jews are characterized as “a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians”. 

Okay, Barack, you want to meet unconditionally with these people?  The same ones whose very holy book orders them to kill Jews?  Repeatedly?

Obama has cried in his defense of meeting with Iran that he would talk to our enemies in the same manner as Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Truman.  A couple of problem with this: FDR never sat down with Hitler, or Tojo.  His diplomatic staff did, and look what all that talk got us.  WWII.  Truman met with Stalin, true, but did Uncle Joe cease to blockade West Berlin, or drop the Iron Curtain across Eastern Europe?  Reagan did in fact sit down with Gorbachev, after instituting the original Star Wars plan which 1) completely threatened any first strike capability and 2) any attempt to compete would utterly bankrupt the Soviet Union even faster than was going on.  Gorby knew he had no chance to compete against America, so he smartly sat down and struck a ballistic missile treaty which has served the world well. 

You don’t offer to negotiate with a dictator, unconditionally.  It only gives them legitimacy, makes you look weak, emboldening them, and dictators are rather infamous for telling you what you want to hear, to buy time, and keep on doing what they want when you walk out the door.  Looking like a paper tiger is what got us attacked on 9/11, among other attacks.

What we have been doing with Ahmadinnerjacket, and what Obama promises to kick into overdrive,  is akin to the parent with an unruly child, who constantly tells that child ‘now you stop that!  I mean it this time!  I’m really going to be upset this time!’  All the while, the child knows good and well Mom or Dad has no intention of ever doing a darned thing, and the behavior continues, unabated.

If there is any solution to the Iranian problem with nukes, it lies in the TR philosophy of ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’.  Tell your enemy how it’s going to be, without bluster.  While showing him that there will be real consequences if he doesn’t comply.  If he comes along, then great.  If not, then whack him with the stick you showed him.  Every parent knows that if you aren’t willing to back up your threats, then your situation will be worse than if you never made them at all.

UPDATE:  Barack’s partner in diplomacy says “The Hidden Imam manages all the affairs of the world.”  When someone is so religiously oriented that he believes the last in muhammed’s bloodline has been living at the bottom of a well for over a thousand years, and will not return until his followers create total chaos in the world, and when he does, he will be the equivalent of Christ returning to Earth…  I don’t think The Obamessiah will be able to speak any magic words to deter such a nutburger from his plans to create that very chaos.  The man used city funds to create a special boulevard leading up to the Mahdi’s well, so he has a nice path to enter the city among adoring fans.  He doesn’t give a rat’s patoot what pretty words Obama has for him, for peace, when he doesn’t want anything but chaos. 

Ronald Reagan From the View of a Cold Warrior

May 6, 2008

Great words from a Great Woman.  With pure humility, she sings President Reagan’s praises.  Everything she says is true, but she leaves out a major player in Reagan’s accomplishments:  herself. 

The Iron Lady is proof positive that a woman can in fact be the leader of a great nation (among other examples, such as Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi).  She led Great Britain at an important time in its history, and aided President Reagan and Pope John Paul in bringing down the Soviet Union.  Those three formed a triumvirate that brought strength back to the west, at a time when people were predicting its demise. 

President Reagan revived America’s will, spirit, and strength, Prime Minister Thatcher was a staunch ally when most of our allies in Europe were failing, and Pope John Paul revived Christianity and the will of people who had lived under the Iron Curtain for generations.

Two of those three are gone now, to be remembered among the great individuals of the 20th Century.  Lady Thatcher is still with us, and history will write her name among that list of Great People.

This brings to mind another video of Reagan from nearly half a century ago, so timely still today. 

Simply replace the words ‘Soviet Union’ and ‘communism’ with ‘Islam’ and you have a message that is as true today as it was a half century ago.  We still today have people in our own country who want us to surrender our way of life, and our very lives to those who want us submitted or dead.  President Bush is surely no Ronald Reagan, but he was the right man for the events that befell us.  I thank God for him, and for the men and women who are the direct descendants of those who fought and died to protect this nation from the Soviet Union, the Fascist regimes of Germany and Japan, all the way back to those who died throwing off the shackles of the King, bringing this great nation into the world.  We still today have true heroes, and they aren’t on the football field, the basketball court, nor the stages singing or acting.  They have chosen to put themselves in harm’s way so that our way of life, our very position as a shining light in the world will continue. 

President Reagan, Lady Thatcher, and all the men and women who protect every one of us, I salute you.

More Geeky Goodness!

April 25, 2008

Okay, this is just the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.

Unobike1 

Sometimes a bike is just a bike… there’s no photoshopping going on here, guys. This is Uno, of course, a segway/motorcycle mashup shown publicly for the first time at the recent Toronto National Motorbike show. Technically it has two wheels, but they’re right next to each other and it does balance on them under its own power.

Built by Ben J. Poss Gulak, it’s an electric vehicle that uses a similar sort of microgyro-motor system as the Segway, but with two gyros: one for forward and back, and one for turning. Its got just one control —a power switch— and everything else is done by leaning, which must make for one hell of an adrenaline-packed ride. It’s the culmination of a number of vehicle projects by Ben, and uses electric propulsion for eco-friendliness, since Ben visited China where he found that “the smog was so thick, we never saw the sun.”

Click over for more pictures.  I want one!!!!!!!!

They have pickup trucks in America

April 19, 2008

Via Rightwing Sparkle:

From his website:
Stefan Koehler is a recent immigrant from Germany, Stefan was an eyewitness to the horrors of life under a dictatorship. He is now thankful and proud to live in America, the country of his dreams, the land of freedom and opportunity. His goal is to encourage Americans to appreciate and honor their great nation. His authentic enthusiasm is highly upbeat, touching, contagious.

I think my favorite part of this was when he brought out the piece of the Berlin Wall.  I have to throw in the mentioning of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan’s speeches, and when the Immigration Officer welcomed him ‘home’. 

Each of us here in America either is an immigrant now, or our ancestors were.  Some came from Europe, centuries ago, some from far-flung parts of the globe today.  It may have been people fleeing Vietnam, Africans coming here for a better life, or yes, Mexicans who see the corruption and come here (legally, as with all the immigrants) to start over.

I hear constantly from people who have been here for generations about how horrible America is.  We’ve done this, or are doing that.  There’s a reason people from every continent and every country quite literally risk their lives to make it to America.  They know what real oppression is, they know what real economic suffering is, they know what real poverty is.  They may have lived under real oppression because of their religion, or their ethnicity, or maybe they had fought against tyrants, and their side lost.  Whichever the case, the stories of freedom and opportunity in America have spread around the world for centuries, and people answered the call.

I was having a conversation just today, and we were discussing how easy we have it here.  We have such a good life, from the top to the bottom, that we complain about such trivial things.  The very reason we complain about trivial things, is that we are so blessed.  People don’t starve to death in America, even our poor have the problem of too much to eat.  We don’t die in heat or cold waves in any real numbers.  76% of the poor have air conditioning.  Many of those are in northern climes with little need.  A few summers ago, the nations of western Europe had a heat wave.  (conditions were what we here in Texas call ‘summer’)  Over 35,000 people died.  Our average poor live better than the average overall Europeans.

Our new immigrants come here often with little more than the clothes on their backs, not speaking a word of English.  Their children graduate at the top of their classes and go on to be doctors, attorneys, business owners. 

A while back, I went to see a band.  In a barbeque joint that has live music on the weekends.  Here I am, in a honkytonk wannabe, in flyover country, in the middle of Texas.  You know, real redneck racist hateful country, right?  Corncob-Smokin’, Banjo-Strokin’ Chicken-Chokin’ Cousin-Pokin’ Inbred Hillbilly Racist Morons.  Bitter too.

Not so much.  There were white people, black people, Hispanics, several types of Asians.  College kids, all the way up to retired age.  Bikers, preppies, cowboys.  Despite copious amounts of alcohol flowing in the place, you know what?  There was not a single fight.  No cross words. 

I looked around and realized two things:  1) That even here in Backwardsville, there was a real mix of the world’s people, and 2) we were just people, having a good time.  That’s all.  Another realization I had shortly thereafter was this:  I love this country.  Nowhere else in the world could you have this situation.  Among countless other examples that engender the same feeling, the above video has one effect on me:

I’m. Proud. To. Be. An. American.

The Two Wars in Iraq and Mistaken Republican Support for Obama

April 18, 2008

Rusty has an excellent analysis of the wars in Iraq (yes, I said wars plural).  I covers the idea that I’ve thought of, and others have mentioned, that there were two phases to the war:  The invasion phase, in which we kicked some serious butt, and the occupation phase, where mistakes have been made and butt-kicking didn’t really happen til a year ago.  He takes the model much further, and applies it to the Democrat’s, and some Republican’s failing support for finishing the job.

[T]he root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.
–James Baldwin.

Bush screwed the pooch in Iraq. There is a good argument to be made that we should not have invaded in the first place.* There is no good argument that we should leave.

This conclusion is inevitable when one comes to the same realization as me. There was a war in Iraq and there is a war in Iraq. In fact, there we’ve had two wars in Iraq: Iraq War I & Iraq War II.

The war now is not the same as that war. The first war in Iraq was against Saddam Hussein, the second war is against Islamists of various stripes, but mainly al Qaeda.

Many of the arguments used by those who keep reminding us that Bush’s decision to invade Iraq was a mistake are valid. While Saddam Hussein strategically supported groups linked to Osama bin Laden, there was not a substantial al Qaeda presence in Iraq prior to the invasion. Ansar al Islam, the main Sunni Islamist group in Iraq prior to the invasion that would eventually morph into al Qaeda in Iraq, operated nearly exclusively in the Kurdish north—a zone not firmly under Hussein’s sovereignty.

All would agree that the invasion liberated Iraqis from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. That was the First Iraq War.* It ended the day Saddam Hussein was captured.

The post-invasion period subjected Iraqis to the tyranny of chaos. The vacuum left by the Baathist police state was filled by yet another tyranny: the tyranny of Sunni Islamists, like al Qaeda; and the tyranny of Shia Islamists, like those following Muqtada al Sadr. This is when the Second Iraq War started.

The first war was against Iraq, a nation-state. The second war is against terrorists and Islamist rebels.

It is true that mistakes made in the first war led to the second war. It may also be true that our national security was not enhanced by that first war.

But the first war is over. We won. Handily. Easily. It’s history.

 

As they say, read the rest.  You’ll be impressed and enlightened.

Want Some Chill Bumps?

April 17, 2008

Today, Rush played the audio of a couple of things from Pope Benedict’s ceremony at the White House.  The U.S. Army Chorus sang  the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  It was amazingly moving…  Here’s the video of it.  Kind of low volume, so you’ll have to turn it up a bit.  It gives you chills, and as Rush said, it makes you proud of our American Exceptionalism, and it proudly shows the heritage of Christianity and faith in America. 

It reminded me of another rendition of the Battle Hymn done by a collection of school choirs, brought to us by Powerline.  The video is small, but the sound is fantastic.  It was titled ‘Patriotism: Not Quite Dead in the Public Schools’.  Very moving, and as John says about it:

Anyway, here it is. I hope it’s a day-brightener for you, as it was for me. If you can keep a dry eye to the end, you’re made of sterner stuff than me. I wasn’t the only one, though; the applause that followed the performance was absolutely deafening:

Listen to both if you have the time, each rendition is truly stirring.  The lyrics to the song were written at the beginning of the War Between the States, and the key line is this:

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free

Nuff Said.

Vader Strikes Back

April 16, 2008

Rusty has a video he runs from time to time, and I just get a total kick out of it.  Especially after watching Return of the Jedi last weekend.


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