"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." -Sir Charles Napier
BigEarth of New Mexico sez, The warmest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great national moment, reserve their neutrality.
Bill Whittle's mom sez, If you can’t say anything of deep and meaningful scientific or political import that is not supported by fact, reason, historical precedent and in-depth step-by-step logical analysis then don’t say anything at all!
:: Friday, April 30 ::
LOVE THAT FREE SPEECH
:: michael Friday, April 30, 2004 [+] ::
:: Wednesday, April 28 ::
LIBERALS STRENGTHENING THE MISSILE DEFENSE ARGUMENT
The wish is nice, but it does not look the enemy in the eye any more than it acknowledges the enemy's existence:
This won’t happen entirely without the intervention of God Himself.
• American activity in Asia has motivated India and Pakistan to talk about Kashmir instead of waving nukes in the air.
• South Africa was the first nation to do away with theirs (although this was cynically dismissed as an effort to keep blacks from getting the bomb).
• Qadafi's Libya is becoming swiftly open.
• The change in Iraq should bring on needed change in Iran by strengthening Iran’s significant student democracy movement. Iran will open.
• Communist China eyes the natural gas of the Spratleys, wants the national pride in taking back democratic Taiwan, will not give up Tibet, seizes territory from northeast India, and specifically threatened the incineration of Los Angeles in 1995. China’s population may require eastern Russia.
• North Korea, besides specifically threatening the US, has already launched a missile over Japan, which may also belong on that has-nukes list, and which seeks missile defense capability.
• Back to that list, compare the number of China’s nuclear-capable neighbors compared to ours.
Tell me about the stabilizing effect of Chinese foreign policy.
Ironically, McNamara and Caldicott give strength to the argument for missile defense.
The earliest idea of atomic weaponry I am aware of is the Nazi aspiration to develop the bomb. Naturally, the Allied west would have to beat them to it to deter.
Soviet Russia, with openly stated aspirations for world domination and subsequent atomic espionage, had to be deterred.
China would not be on the above list for another 20+ years were it not for the deliberately relaxed security during the Clinton administration. (Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary actually disallowed the forced display of clearance-level badges at Los Alamos because she deemed them “discriminatory.” Too bad if she had to enforce non-discrimination she didn’t do it instead in hospital operating rooms – ultimately less people would die.)
Pakistan would not be on the above list were it not for Chinese help. North Korea should be on the above list thanks to Pakistan’s help.
India, the world’s largest democracy, faces aggression from China and from a Muslim world that detests its varied religions. If the Muslim world’s dream for an annihilated Israel came to be, India would get on its Great Satan list as much as America at that time.
If it were not for the United States, Israel would not possess some 400 warheads. If it were not for those warheads, would the 57 nations who gave standing ovation last year to Mahathir Mohamad’s “arm-against-the Jews” speech by now have accomplished their dream?
France will do whatever the hell it wants to do. Britain may as well be us. But combined, and combined with the rest of Europe, the continent is still militarily significantly weaker, but while combined is industrially more productive than the US, which will lead to increased jealousy and hatred from the unfree and backwards nations. Europe will depend on the deterrent power of the French, and especially British, arsenal, and, of course, ours.
The local smartass responds on impulse, but will they print the unedited version?:
“A better label for Asheville”
On April 25, an AC-T letter argued “Magazines don’t represent native’s opinion of Asheville”. The writer decried the “best place” and “gay friendly” labels in a surprising claim best paraphrased as “We don’t want them here.”
Ironically, “gay unfriendly” people from Topeka that very day came to Asheville to protest allegedly “gay friendly” churches. A lovely guest column by 6 pastors rebuked their intolerance on the next page.
I agree that magazines need to drop the trite “gay friendly” label, but for a different reason: it is incomplete. Asheville is in fact “all-walks-of-life friendly." That is how a conservative activist (yours truly) can always have a drink and great talks with a Kucinich activist, a quirky artist, or a Rastafarian.
The writer claims to shelter her family from downtown’s “rude, half-clothed, weird-looking people” and “crazy arts.” Additionally, she wants Asheville “the way it was.”
That’s a depressing vision: the majority of downtown spaces vacant; almost all independent restaurants gone; the transplants and the entrepreneurs investing and creating jobs elsewhere.
Be encouraged, timid writer, your family has a better chance of staying in its home town because “all walks of life” are here.
His chessboard is interesting, too: the Palestinian pawns come to mind first. The teens and pre-teens strapped in dynamite, and the civilians amongst whom the terrorists hide.
The Israeli pawns, well, aren't pawns by comparison, although the Palestinians seem to think all 16 pawns are theirs.
The rules of movement are clearly different. Thinking back to Oslo, Israel moves back, Arafat moves forward. Israel complies, Arafat doesn't and gets a pass. Where is Maddie Albright when you need her?
Fragmented is an interesting choice of word, and accurately describes not just the teenagers and women bearing explosive vests, but the Israeli citizens, Arab and Jew, in cafes, on buses, and celebrating the Passover meal wherever you find equally fragmented Palestinian hate agents after their so-called martyrdom is accomplished.
Fragmented describes the Palestinian family whose mother decided her two sons having a mother was less important than her "knocking on the door of heaven with the skull of a Jew." Fragmented describes the Palestinian family who lost their son to Palestinian gunfire because - oops - they thought he was a Jew.
Perhaps the fragmented Palestinians build unity by naming streets after their suicide bombers and letting their children trade "martyr cards" since thbaseballll bats are in the Palestinian arsenal.
Sheikh 'Atiyyah Saqr, who in the past issued a Fatwa declaring Jews "apes and pigs," was asked the following question in March in an online chat room: "What, according to the Qur'an, are the Jews' main characteristics and qualities?":
Perhaps the post-election bombs on the Spanish train tracks were needed after all. There was the declaration of troop removal after the bomb-influenced election, but it took, I suppose, just a couple more to bring home the soldados.
We are in danger here. Our enemy will strike, and, worshiping death, will not fear our response. Add to that the American mobs that take busloads of people to the private homes of conservative leaders, beat on the windows, and terrify the occupants. The mentality is in place, and the time is soon.
In the meantime:
Spain's prime minister says he does not believe the United Nations will be able to take over the occupation of Iraq.
So, Senator Kerry, if Spain did the right thing by electing the terrorists' choice, are they right about the UN you say should be more involved? What is the message from the Left today anyway? or will it finally be that 20+ million ordinary Iraqis really aren't worth the effort?
The terrorists certainly agree about the worthlessness of people. That message, buried inside the bigger message from the Left, is what the bombers are counting on.
"After much howling in the Legislature, senators decided that dogs can continue riding free in the backs of pickup trucks."
It amazes how something like this, legal as long as there have been pickups, suddenly for some people needs to become illegal. I wonder what Al Gore's position would have been. Would his ability to hypnotize chickens have any influence on his position?
"Let me say at the beginning I'm very impressed, indeed, I'd go so far as to say moved by your story, the story of your life and what you've accomplished. It's quite extraordinary."
Is this really the kind of attention that ordinary black Americans want? At least Kerry's pander didn't tell the country that blacks are stupid, which was the Al Gore's message after some 3000 people in south Florida screwed up their punch-ballots in the 2000 election. Still, when is this going to end?
Let's parse Bob Kerry's statement:
"L I B, Dr. Clarke - ah - Ms. Rice, the Democrats of Jim Crow Alabama just couldn't keep some smart brown sugar like you down. And my fellow Democrat Lee Hamilton is right, you sure are articulate, you think you can get your boss to talk as good as you do?
If only you didn't act so white and betray your race into thinking they don't have to vote as a herd. If you were the right kind of black, we should have seen you here thirteen years ago."
The photos published with the report are bearable. They are not the images of the incinerated, hacked with shovels and hung from the bridge in Fallujah. They do not feature the reveling of the wicked, but instead they show evidently civilized Iraqi people going through the bones.
I have read elsewhere about the women excavated still clutching their water jugs - clearly not expecting death when they were simply off to fetch a pail of water. That image would have added to this report, but there is an image of one victim's skull with his blindfold still intact. Then there the stories of the survivors, Ali, Muhaned, and Hamid.
This report and its images will not sway the Bush-haters. They do not care about the mass-murdered any more than they cared about the women in Afghanistan or the homosexuals who are desperate to flee Palestine. To them, Bush is the wrong person to earn credit for their liberation - and even that gives them too much credit. In what could be almost irreffutably argued as leftist racism, their protests make their case clearly that these mass murdered and their survivors are not worth the effort. In the meantime, they bemoan the alleged theocracy of a dreadfully Christian President who had the nerve to make a moral case for this war.
Although this National Security Presidential Directive was originally a highly classified document, we arranged for portions to be declassified to help the Commission in its work, and I will describe some of those today. The strategy set as its goal the elimination of the al-Qaida network. It ordered the leadership of relevant U.S. departments and agencies to make the elimination of al-Qaida a high priority and to use all aspects of our national power - - intelligence, financial, diplomatic, and military - - to meet this goal. And it gave Cabinet Secretaries and department heads specific responsibilities. For instance:
* It directed the Secretary of State to work with other countries to end all sanctuaries given to al-Qaida.
* It directed the Secretaries of the Treasury and State to work with foreign governments to seize or freeze assets and holdings of al-Qaida and its benefactors.
* It directed the Director of Central Intelligence to prepare an aggressive program of covert activities to disrupt al-Qaida and provide assistance to anti-Taliban groups operating against al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
* It tasked the Director of OMB with ensuring that sufficient funds were available in the budgets over the next five years to meet the goals laid out in the strategy.
* And it directed the Secretary of Defense to - - and I quote - - "ensure that the contingency planning process include plans: against al-Qaida and associated terrorist facilities in Afghanistan, including leadership, command-control-communications, training, and logistics facilities; against Taliban targets in Afghanistan, including leadership, command-control, air and air defense, ground forces, and logistics; to eliminate weapons of mass destruction which al-Qaida and associated terrorist groups may acquire or manufacture, including those stored in underground bunkers." This was a change from the prior strategy -- Presidential Decision Directive 62, signed in 1998 - - which ordered the Secretary of Defense to provide transportation to bring individual terrorists to the U.S. for trial, to protect DOD forces overseas, and to be prepared to respond to terrorist and weapons of mass destruction incidents.
I love this part:
Within a month of taking office, President Bush sent a strong, private message to President Musharraf urging him to use his influence with the Taliban to bring Bin Laden to justice and to close down al-Qaida training camps. Secretary Powell actively urged the Pakistanis, including Musharraf himself, to abandon support for the Taliban. I met with Pakistan's Foreign Minister in my office in June of 2001. I delivered a very tough message, which was met with a rote, expressionless response.
"Within a month." - We already knew that Clarke was a liar, not because of the release of his book, but because of giving contradictory testimonies before the Congress. There was no doubt which testimony was a lie. The only damning thing I find is Condoleezza Rice taking, in her own words, the "unusual step" of keeping Clarke at his post. We all know now that the look Clarke described on Rice's face could only have been one of contempt for him, and the rote, expressionless response was actually on the face of an Islamist sympathizer who certainly preferred Clarke over Rice.
LET'S GO BACK TO 1998
From inside Rice's above statement: "Presidential Decision Directive 62, signed in 1998 - - which ordered the Secretary of Defense to provide transportation to bring individual terrorists to the U.S. for trial, to protect DOD forces overseas, and to be prepared to respond to terrorist and weapons of mass destruction incidents. "
To be prepared to respond to incidents - here is the root of the pre-emptive strike argument. Clintonian leadership, with this take, went far enough to decide that we RESPOND to weapons of mass destruction incidents. In other words, not prevent. (Is it any damn wonder the Chinese got our mass weapons technologies?)
So that's it. Do nothing to prevent because terrorists will strike anyway. Do not fight because terrorists will strike anyway. Welcome to Spain.
In the last two hours of sleep I had truly surreal dreams. The highway I was on began to warp and tilt up like the deck of the Titanic. Then it morphed into something like an aircraft carrier combined with Battlestar Galactica. I could detatch body parts and hold them in my hands. My age changed.
And I woke up hearing John Kerry speaking the word "unilateral" on NPR. It was the Bob Edwards interview.
Just as the professional radio and TV speakers have been pointing out, his campaign is almost entirely a Bush-bash and almost completely without the details of Kerry's own plans. And that word "unilateral". The British should be expressing insult at Kerry and Carter's dismissal of their contributions. Further, Kerry lies when he calls it unilateral, but the country, even knowing better, shows an absurd faith in the nuances.
Alaska's governor has expressed the "will of Alaska" by declaring an OK to drilling for oil in the Beaufort Sea, outside of the ANWR, where drilling does not require an act of Congress.
Environmentalists are balking, because, with good reason, they do not believe would actually take place there for being too expensive. Native Alaskans, who support drilling into the land, fear an offshore operation with good reason: they are whalers. You don't have to travel there, as I have, to figure out that growing crops is impossible. Of course they do not want, and should not have, a vital food source put at risk.
Still, again, native Alaskans favor drilling the land. For all the fuss, the environmentalists whose global-warming models we are supposed to accept without question, demonstrate in Alaska their extremely poor math skills in two key ways:
proposed drilling area: 2000 acres
ANWR's area: the size of South Carolina
ANWR's part of Alaska: a mere fraction
change in population of caribou over last 20 years: + 800% (that's an increase)
Again, we are not to question their eco-enviro-science claims, even in the face of them proving their own mathematic disability.
The photos of the crime in Fallujah were more complete at Yahoo News Photos yesterday. The charred bodies strung from the overhead beams of the bridge, and the bodies that were being hacked to pieces with shovels, are images that actually do need to be seen. I was disturbed all day yesterday after viewing them via a Drudge link, but, like the video of the beheading of Richard Pearl, I think I had a responsibility to view them.
They are the images of the enemy that must be viewed, and studied, because of the vast number of people who are still in denial about the complete evil of the Ba'athist regime and why it had to be stopped. Radio news has done a so-so job with descriptions, but there is no mention of the shovels. Some refer to dragging and leave out the stringing-up, I haven't heard the radio describe the involvement of the young boys.
Still, the images were tempting me to decide that all those people over there are animals and do not deserve our help. Pull out and let them die.
But that thought gets it totally backwards. The enemy in yesterday's photos is different from the millions of innocents in the rest of Iraq. We, the world's richest country, have sacrificed to help those innocents because that is right to do.
Annihilation is called for, however, of the enemy in Fallujah. Like the people of the West Bank and of Gaza, who I repeated see dancing at the news of dead Americans and Jews, whose children trade suicide bomber cards when not themselves are being sent to explode, who parade in bomb belts and vests, and who name their streets after suicide bombers, these people in Fallujah, rotten with hate, young and old, may simply need to be wiped out.
Genocide? - Is that what we call the bombing of Nazi Germany's cites? Japan's? Or was it the necessity in war to smash the enemy?
Is it possible to take these indoctrinated minds by the hundreds of thousands, sing Kum-ba-ya, and convert them? When Christ comes and does it Himself...