The anti-Trump forces that still make up the majority of the Republican coalition must begin an expedited Manhattan Project, the sole aim of which is to bring down the front-runner piece by unpleasant piece. “If not us, who?” Ronald Reagan asked in the heat of the 1981 budget battle. “If not now, when?” Time to go nuclear, chaps.
Short version of the first post can be found here. Excerpt:
Our withdrawal from Vietnam was ignominious, but we were not completely without honor: For example, Dorothy Martin, the wife of our ambassador, left her personal suitcase behind so that one more Vietnamese woman could squeeze onto the chopper beside her.
President Obama has amnestied, or is about to amnesty, millions of illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America, who came here for better economic opportunities, as is understandable. Do we not have room in this vast country for a couple of thousand Iraqis who helped us in the war and now, because of that help, are threatened with murder by monsters? Who are we? [my emphasis]
Why is the United States barring a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun — an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS — from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe?
Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one. The single delegate whose visitor visa was denied happens to be the group’s only Christian from Iraq. . . . [More...]
. . . As an articulate, English-speaking Iraqi Christian, who is not only personally a victim of ISIS but also an aid worker with a broad perspective on the suffering of the Christian community there, Sister Diana would make an exceptional witness.
Whether conscious or not of her high value in that regard, those who decided to block Sister Diana from entering this country on a visitor visa acted in a manner consistent with the administration’s pattern of silence when it comes to the Christian profile of so many of the jihadists’ “convert-or-die” victims in Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Kenya, and Iraq. In typical U.S. condolence statements, targeted Christians have been identified simply as “lives lost,” “Egyptian citizens,” “Kenyan people,” “innocent victims,” or “innocent Iraqis.”
Me: It's certainly true that the Obama administration cares not a fig about religious persecution around the world, but in addition to that, it has developed a particularly strong animosity toward reporting atrocities and persecutions committed against Christians. I have almost finished reading the remarkable story of Bob Fu [God's Double Agent], who as a Chinese advocate for religious freedom secured wonderful cooperation from the George W. Bush White House and President George Bush himself. The contrast between Presidents Bush and Obama could not be more dramatic. GWB put religious freedom high on his list of foreign policy concerns. From all the evidence, the current occupant of the White House despises Christians.
Myriam is an Iraqi Christian whose family had to flee their home near Mosul when ISIS took control of their town in mid 20014. They fled to Irbil, in the relatively safe area of the autonomous region of Kurdistan where they live as refugges. She told her story to Essam Nagy, the presenter of one of SAT-7 KIDS' most popular programmes called 'Why is that?', when he visited Irbil at Christmas 2014. Read story:http://www.wazala.org/2014-02-letters..
CBN News provides a complete report including an interview with Ret. Gen. Paul Vallely who pulls no punches in stating what he would do if he were commanding operations.
ERBIL, Kurdistan -- Islamic terrorists in Iraq are beheading children and burying people alive, and it won't stop there. They have a message for America: "We're coming for you."
Over the past week, the army of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), also known as IS (Islamic State), swallowed up swaths of Iraq like a pervading darkness.
In just one day, tens of thousands of Christians fled from towns like Qaraqosh and Bartilla, about 25 miles away. Most came to the town of Erbil with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
"America is at a crossroad," says Retired Gen. Paul Vallely, who has more than 15 years of experiencce in special operations and other military ops. He shared his insight on the chaos in Iraq and how it will impact America, on The 700 Club, August 11.
"They take everything from the house, from the store, everything," one refugee told CBN News. "They hate Christian especially. We don't know why."
Charles Krauthammer cannot understand why the Obama administration is unwilling to provide arms to Kurds battling ISIS in Iraq: “The Kurds are allies of the U.S. They have a civil society, they’re pro-American, and they fight really hard. But they’re essentially using javelins and harpoons here, and we have not given them anything.”
The White House has claimed that all American arms must go through the Iraqi government, an obligation at which Krauthammer scoffed: “The Iraqi government — that’s Maliki, that Shiite chieftain — has cut off all aid to the Kurdish area [of Iraq] since December of last year.” None of the arms the U.S. has sent through the Iraqi government have arrived, says Krauthammer.
“Why in God’s name we don’t resupply or supply our allies who can hold back ISIS is beyond me.
The government of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell overnight to the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mosul’s panic-stricken Christians, along with many others, are now fleeing en masse to the rural Nineveh Plain, according to the Vatican publicationFides. The border crossings into Kurdistan, too, are jammed with the cars of the estimated 150,000 desperate escapees.
The population, particularly its Christian community, has much to fear. The ruthlessness of ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, has been legendary. Its beheadings, crucifixions, and other atrocities against Christians and everyone else who fails to conform to its vision of a caliphate have been on full display earlier this year, in Syria.
As Corner readers will remember, in February, it was the militants of this rebel group that, in the northern Syrian state of Raqqa, compelled Christian leaders to sign a 7th-century dhimmi contract. The document sets forth specific terms denying the Christians the basic civil rights of equality and religious freedom and committing them to pay protection money in exchange for their lives and the ability to keep their Christian identity.
Since 2003, Iraq’s Christian community has suffered intense religious persecution on top of the effects of the conflict and, as a result, it’s shrunk by well over 50 percent. Mosul, the site of ancient Nineveh of the Assyrians, who converted to Christianity in the first century, has become the home of many Christians who remained. Considered by Christians the place of last resort inside Iraq, Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Plain has been home to many Christian refugees driven out of Baghdad and Basra. Mosul has the only university, the best hospitals, and the largest markets serving the Christian towns and villages of the Nineveh Plain. The plain, itself, is now at grave risk of direct jihadi attacks and the possibility of being cut off from an essential city.
The obliteration from Iraq of its ancient Christian presence — and with it the reality of religious freedom and pluralism — is an unintended consequence of the U.S. invasion but has never been factored in as a U.S. strategic concern. There is no Obama policy, not even a safe-haven or refugee policy, designed specifically to help Iraq’s Christians as they confront religious cleansing.
[...] It's always been curious to me that the successful strategy to stamp out sectarian violence somehow did not extend to protecting Iraq's minorities, particularly a Christian population that stretched back nearly 2 millennia and numbered up to 1.5 million under Saddam Hussein. By December 2007, church leaders estimated, that population had been halved through death and displacement to somewhere under 700,000. . . .
we noted the silence of CNN's website in the midst of another wave of jihadist attacks against Christians in Iraq. Dancing with the Stars merited a mention, along with Sarah Palin on baking cookies and other human interest pieces. Another escalation in the latest violent campaign to convert or expel non-Muslims from the Middle East? Not so much
- (Original post) - I don't know, but the failure is shameful and inexcusable. The BBC and the German press are much more responsible. Charles Colson reports:
On Sunday, October 31st, Islamic terrorists set off a car bomb and then took dozens of worshippers hostage at Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad. A few hours later, at least fifty-eight people were dead.
Most of the news reports, at least here in the United States, treated it as just another instance of Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence. It wasn’t, and we shouldn’t permit it to be interpreted that way.
Two Christian brothers were
gunned down on Monday as they were being led in chains from a Pakistani
courthouse. The two were on trial for blasphemy against Islam.
This latest incident once again highlights the intense persecution of
Christians in the Middle East, persecution that is taking place with the
tacit support of the government. This is happening under the very
government that the U.S. helped establish in Iraq.
FRC senior staff met with several Iraqi Christian leaders (Catholic,
Protestant, and Assyrian Orthodox) to learn more
about the very troubling situation facing Christians in their country.
Clearly, the situation has deteriorated for Christians since the fall
of Saddam. Their population of over 1.1 million prior to U.S. military
intervention in 2003 is now down to around 400,000 and decreasing daily.
Many are having difficulty finding employment and sometimes experience
active persecution from Muslim extremists. In recent months, conditions
for Iraqi Christians have gotten so severe that many have fled to other
countries for fairer treatment, and of the Iraqi Christian refugees who
have found their way to the U.S., many are struggling financially.
FRC is urging the U.S. government to call upon the governments in
these Islamic countries to recognize the right to religious freedom that
even the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
acknowledges. This is especially important in Iraq where our young men
and women have shed their blood to bring freedom to all Iraqi citizens. A
number of U.S. Congress members have recognized the importance of
saving the Christian communities of Iraq and have taken action toward
this end, including Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.),
Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and
Chris Smith (R-N.J.). Please write Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to
urge her to work with them and fight for Iraq 's Christians. It is
critical that the investment of U.S. resources and troops in Iraq not
end with the elimination of Iraq 's Christian communities.
John F. Cullinan offers the sad report. Before posting the entire article, I wish to highlight a couple of sentences: (my bolding)
U.S. officials have deliberately refused to take
any steps to safeguard Iraq’s persecuted Christians — or even to
acknowledge their plight — for fear of being seen as aiding unpopular
and unfashionable religious minorities. . . The U.S. government’s consistent policy of studied and
shameful indifference forms rare common ground between the Bush and
Obama administrations. It is an indelible stain on American honor that
two administrations did nothing to assist, much less protect, a
beleaguered religious minority. Such was not the case in the Balkans a
decade ago, when the Clinton administration came to the aid of
embattled Muslim minorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo with
decisive military force in similar circumstances.
a thought — and perhaps also a prayer — for Iraq’s beleaguered
Christians, who yesterday observed the somber Feast of the Holy
Innocents. Perhaps nowhere else does this particular occasion cut
closer to the bone: In Iraq, Christians mourn their friends, the most
recent martyrs for the faith, on the same day that
The British medical journal Lancet published a study of
civilian casualties in 2006 that estimated Iraqi civilian deaths at
more than 2% of Iraq’s pre-war population, around 655,000. Later
studies produced numbers of less than a quarter of Lancet’s totals, and the authors of the study were largely discredited. Now a research association has publicly rebuked Gilbert Burnham for not disclosing his methodology, and Burnham may face action from his employer, Johns Hopkins [more . . .]
Morrissey's post goes on to say that George Soros was involved:
Last year, the Times of London
revealed that George Soros provided almost half of Burnham’s funding
for the study. Soros shoved millions of dollars into his highly vocal
opposition to the war and George Bush, funding Democrats and the
Democratic Party in their efforts to unseat Republicans over the last
three election cycles.
A church of martyrs on the cusp of annihilation. That’s the grim reality
that Iraq’s beleaguered and vanishing Christian community faces. And
it’s no secret, especially after two pillars of establishment
journalism — the New York Times and CBS's 60 Minutes— produced truly shocking accounts of savage persecution right before the Fourth of July.
The June 26 Times piece is one of the most thorough treatments yet of the ubiquitous practice of “protection money” (jizya) being extorted from Iraq’s surviving Christians on pain of death, exile, or forced conversion to Islam. And the June 29 60 Minutes segment recounts in chilling detail how "iraqi Christians are being hunted, murdered, and forced to flee--persecuted on a biblical scale."
A wonderful friend came visiting with his wife and son last
week.He gave me a copy of Michael Yon’s
book, Moment of Truth in Iraq.The book had moved him, and he, generous soul
that he is, gave me his copy.Michael Yon
is well known to those who have been following the independent reporting of the Iraq war on the internet. On Amazon.com the book has garnished 88 five-star reviews and 8 four-star reviews. Be sure to read the publisher's letter at the Amazon site. I totally agree with him when he wrote:
Just wait until you read the Chapter "High Noon" (my favorite), the
story of the American soldiers who have to arrest a corrupt but
politically popular Iraqi police chief we had put in office in the
first place because he had been a real hero in fighting the terrorists.
He had to be removed by Americans to show the Iraqis we really did
believe in the rule of law. The whole thing could have blown up into a
one-town civil war with hundreds dead on both sides. Won't tell you how
it ends, but you will be amazed and very proud.
Here are some excerpts that I marked as I read. (I have not included excerpts from the "High Noon" chapter just mentioned -- that's for readers of the book) :
On the American soldier’s thirst for mail:
Mail is more important then even hot showers or hot
food…People at home probably have no
idea how much their little cards, letters, and goodie bags boost morale.Countless walls around Iraq are
wallpapered with cards and letters. Soldiers and marines especially love the
cards from kids.There is nothing better
over here than reading two-dozen cards from kids who can barely hold a
crayon.If a kid sends a card, rest
assured that card will be stuck on a wall somewhere, and it will bring a smile
to many a soldier and marine.(pp. 24-25)
The American soldier is the most respected warrior on earth but
also the most gentle:
Part of counterinsurgency is soldiers letting themselves be
Americans in the most romantic sense of the word.The American soldier is the most dangerous
man in the world, and the Iraqis had to learn that before they would trust or
respect us.But it was when they
understood that these great-hearted warriors. . . are even happier helping to build a school or to make a neighborhood safe that
we really got their attention.(74)
On the American soldier as an example to the Iraqi soldier
Iraqi forces that used to flee would now stand and fight,
partly because their American trainers would stand and fight with them. The
Iraqis were amazed that American officers and sergeants would lead from the
front into the worst situations...
Seeing how American officers and sergeants behaved, the Iraqi jundis (soldiers)
began to hold their own leaders in contempt.Iraqi soldiers might be a lot of things, but cowards they are not. (217)
Update 6/10/08 - Horowitz and Ben Johnson say they are offering "$500 to any critic of the war who has written for a reputable publication and wants to challenge our thesis." Contact email@example.com to sign up.
- If anyone can refute the major points David Horowitz makes in the article below I would be glad to read those arguments. If no one can refute Horowitz's points, then the Democratic party has gotten away with snookering the nation, and most assuredly has no right to the White House, or the control of Congress. Herewith selections from Horowitz's article with my emphases: . . . In the
last five years the Democratic Party has crossed the line from
criticism of war policy to fundamental sabotage of the war itself, a
position no American party has taken until now.
Starting in July 2003, just three months
into the war in Iraq, the Democratic National Committee ran a national
TV ad whose message was: “Read his lips: President Bush Deceives the
American People. This was the beginning of a five-year, unrelenting
campaign to persuade Americans and their allies that “Bush lied, people
died,” that the war was “unnecessary” and “Iraq was no threat.” In
other words, for five years, the leaders of the Democratic Party have
been telling Americans, America’s allies and America’s enemies that
their country was an aggressor nation, which had violated international
law, and was in effect the “bad guy” in the war with the Saddam Hussein
The first principle of psychological
warfare campaigns is to destroy the moral character of the opposing
commander-in-chief and discredit his nation’s cause. Yet this is a
perfect summary of the campaign that has been waged for the length of
this war by the entire Democratic Party leadership, Joe Lieberman being
an honorable exception who was driven out of his party as a result.
The one saving grace for Democrats would
be if their charges were true – if they were deceived into supporting
the war, and if they had turned against it only because they realized
their mistake. But this charge is demonstrably false.
In fact, the claim that Bush lied in
order to dupe Democrats into supporting the war is itself the biggest
lie of the war. Every Democratic Senator who voted for the war had on
his or her desk before the vote a 100-page report, called “The National
Berman's recent article reminds us again of America's shameful flight from Southeast Asia and the killing fields that resulted. It seems the Democrats are willing to do it again (this time Iraq) if given the chance.
Berman wrote earlier this year on "The Lies of Tet" demonstrating again how media misreporting has devastating consequences. - For more on the Vietnam era and its relevance to current foreign policy, see my earlier posts here.
Surprise, surprise. Having failed to penetrate General Petraeus’s story
about the great improvements on the ground in Iraq, liberals are now
trying to make the case that the cost of the Iraq war may have somehow
undermined the economy, and even caused the current slowdown. What
complete and utter nonsense.
First point: The U.S. has spent
roughly $750 billion for the five-year war. Sure, that’s a lot of
money. But run the numbers and the total cost works out to a miniscule
1 percent of the $63 trillion GDP over that time period. It’s miniscule.
important, the real question we ought to be asking ourselves is what is
the cost of freedom? While the Left refuses to acknowledge it, the
undeniable fact is that the United States homeland has not been
attacked since September 11. Meanwhile, over in Iraq, al Qaeda and
other extremist terrorist groups have been utterly routed by U.S.
forces. It’s another fact the Left hates to acknowledge.
I find it disconcerting that truthfulness in reporting no longer can be assumed. In fact, we must now treat news organs the way Russians had to treat "Pravda," i.e. as instruments of propaganda. Consider Andy McCarthy's revelation over at "The Corner:"
As several of us have noted countless times, there
are influential elements of the Intelligence Community who are
unmovably vested in the absence of a meaningful
Saddam Hussein's regime and radical Islam. By some calculated leaks to
friends in the mainstream media, they've once again managed to put an
Orwellian spin on an important study, claiming the new Pentagon report
on Iraq's terror shows, as the New York Times and ABC put it, "no link"
between Saddam and al Qaeda. They are trying to write the narrative
before anyone can read what the report actually says.
What it says is breathtaking. Today's required reading should be Steve Hayes's post over
at the Weekly Standard's blog and Eli Lake's article in the New York Sun.
There is simply
no doubt that there were serious ties between Saddam's
Iraq and al Qaeda elements — most especially, Egyptian Islamic Jihad
(run by al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman Zawahiri, who merged formally EIJ into
al Qaeda in 1998).
Christians in Iraq need our prayers. The U.S. government, while it has a military presence, needs to insure their safety. From OneNewsNow:
John Eibner, who heads a worldwide Christian human rights
group, says although the U.S.-led military surge is reducing violence
overall in Iraq, the situation for Christians is still tense and
Catholic archbishop was recently kidnapped in eastern Mosul, and his
two bodyguards -- who were both Christian -- were shot and killed. This
is the latest in a long line of violent acts targeting Christians
throughout Iraq. Since the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, more
than 400,000 Christians have been forced to flee the country.
Dr. John Eibner, CEO of Christian Solidarity International,
encourages believers in the U.S. to call on the government to ensure
that Christians in Iraq are protected. "We have a special
responsibility because we are in a position to make a difference," says
Eibner. "It's now or never, and we have to pull out all stops if we're
going to fulfill our obligations as members of the body of Christ, to
help the other parts of the body that are suffering."
Christians are not simply caught in the middle of the crossfire, notes
Eibner, but are actually targeted for death, and are also discriminated
against on a regular basis. He says some Christians even receive
letters that demand they convert to Islam or face death.
Eibner believes as long as U.S.-led forces are still in the country, it
is the responsibility of the United States to ensure that Christians
and other religious minorities are safe.
Andrew Strattaford posts this fascinating excerpt from an article in the New York Times (my emphases):
almost five years of war, many young people in Iraq, exhausted by
constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say
they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of
the faith that they preach. In two months of interviews with 40 young
people in five Iraqi cities, a pattern of disenchantment emerged, in
which young Iraqis, both poor and middle class, blamed clerics for the
violence and the restrictions that have narrowed their lives...Atheer,
a 19-year-old from a poor, heavily Shiite neighborhood in southern
Baghdad, said: “The religion men are liars. Young people don’t believe
them. Guys my age are not interested in religion anymore.”...Professors
reported difficulty in recruiting graduate students for religion
classes. Attendance at weekly prayers appears to be down, even in areas
where the violence has largely subsided, according to worshipers and
imams in Baghdad and Falluja. In two visits to the weekly prayer
session in Baghdad of the followers of the militant Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr
this fall, vastly smaller crowds attended than had in 2004 or 2005.Such
patterns, if lasting, could lead to a weakening of the political power
of religious leaders in Iraq. In a nod to those changing tastes,
political parties are dropping overt references to religion. . .
there are some definitive answers to the mystery of the missing WMD.
Civilian volunteers, mostly retired intelligence officers belonging to
the non-partisan IntelligenceSummit.org, have been poring over the
secret archives captured from Saddam Hussein. The inescapable
conclusion is this: Saddam really did have WMD after all, but not in
the way the Bush administration believed. A 9,000 word research paper
with citations to each captured document has been posted online at
LoftusReport.com, along with translations of the captured Iraqi
documents, courtesy of Mr. Ryan Mauro and his friends. (more)
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feel great about too.
Update 11/12/07 - Kimberly Kagan explains "How They Did It: Executing the Winning Strategy in Iraq."
** Hugh Hewitt talked with Michael Yon who reportsa remarkable new, upbeat mood now enveloping the country.
HH: Tell us what the Iraqis are telling you about this lull or peace
or improvement. What do they think is going on here, and how long will
MY: I don’t believe this is a lull. I believe this is the real
thing. I believe that we’ve seen lulls before, and I’ve always been
very circumspect on taking a chance and saying hey, this is the real
thing. But I’ve seen a change in the mood of the people, and it’s
remarkable. . . I can tell you, I can see it every day I’m out now, or week by week,
month by month now, I really believe that, I’ll be the first to say it
and take a chance, I really believe five years from now, I’m going to
be back here with my camera and my longest lens shooting bird photos. I
just feel that it’s coming. You can sense the change in the people. The
Iraqi people actually really tend to like Americans. . . (more)
Abdel Bari Atwan is the editor of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper. I’ve debated him on TV and radio shows a number of times. Let’s just say we don’t often see eye to eye.
we do today. He is now acknowledging that Americans have been winning
“the trust of certain tribal leaders” in Iraq and that “for the Iraqis
the enemy has become al-Qaeda and not the occupying [American] forces.”
his most recent audio tape, Osama bin Laden implies the same thing.
Atwan calls that tape "possibly the most important message" in
al-Qaeda's history. "It is the first time that bin Laden recognizes the
error committed by
Christians are being cleansed from their ancient neighbourhoods and
villages by roving bands of terrorists and criminals. Muslim families
swiftly move into the abandoned homes. According to Major General
Benjamin Mixon, commander of US forces in northern Iraq, ‘this is an
act of ethnic cleansing…almost genocide’. While Sunni and Shi’ia may be
blowing each other up, they are united in targeting the Christians, and
seek to cleanse them from Iraq in accordance with their respective
interpretations of political Islam.
The irony of their situation is that Assyrian Christians are perceived
by the ignorant Sunni and Shi’ia as being agents of the West;
collaborators with the occupying forces. In fact, their presence in the
region predates Islam by some 700 years. Assyrians are Semitic cousins
I hope I shall not be violating blogger ethics by reposting so much material from two bloggers below, but links have been provided, and I invite readers to view the posts in their original setting as well as here. I wish to have the material consolidated here so one can understand as clearly as possible what is at stake should we abandon Iraq prematurely.
In his speech
to the Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday, President Bush reminded us
of the agony and genocide that followed the American retreat in Vietnam:
Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge began a murderous rule in which hundreds of
thousands of Cambodians died by starvation and torture and execution.
In Vietnam, former allies of the United States and government workers
and intellectuals and businessmen were sent off to prison camps, where
tens of thousands perished. Hundreds of thousands more
On July 8, the New York Times ran an historic
editorial entitled “The Road Home,” demanding an immediate American
withdrawal from Iraq. It is rare that an editorial gets almost
everything wrong, but “The Road Home” pulls it off. Consider, point by
point, its confused—and immoral—defeatism.
Michael Gerson, noting that Democrats in a rush to get out of Iraq offer no plan to deal with the chaos that would result down the road, offers a painful reminder in his article, An Exit to Disaster.
In 1974, a weary Congress cut off funds for Cambodia and South Vietnam, leading to the swift fall of both allies. In his memoir, "Years of Renewal," Henry Kissinger tells the story of former Cambodian prime minister Sirik Matak, who refused to leave his country.
thank you very sincerely," Matak wrote in response, "for your offer to
transport me towards freedom. I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly
fashion. As for you, and in particular for your great country, I never
believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning
a people which has chosen liberty. You have refused us your protection,
and we can do nothing about it. You leave, and my wish is that you and
your country will find happiness under this sky. But, mark it well,
that if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it
is no matter, because we are all born and must die. I have only
committed this mistake of believing in you [the Americans]."
Eventually, between 1 million and 2 million Cambodians were murdered by the Khmer Rouge when "peace" came to Indochina.
Matak, Kissinger recounts, was shot in the stomach and died three days
Andy McCarthy over at the Corner sums up the situation depressingly well:
Unlike the foreign policy establishment, however, I have spent many
years dealing with real live jihadists. Fact: They really do think
they can and will win. They don't need a lot of hope to carry on --
people willing to kill themselves in order to kill you are already
pretty motivated. But they derive great hope from what they (rightly)
see as our surrenders and our ambivalence -- compared to their own
great certainty and confidence.
I am not a fan of how the
war has been directed, and I believe expending our time and effort on
the democracy project rather than on defeating our enemies in Iraq and
elsewhere will go down as one of history's great blunders. But with
all that said, I note with the heartache of one who has seen it all too
many times before: We will rue the day we leave Iraq without routing
radical Islam. What we have not killed, we have made stronger.
militant Islamic group in Iraq recently issued a fatwa, or religious
edict, to the Assyrian Christian residents of the Baghdad suburb of
Dora: Convert to Islam within 24 hours, or face death. At the same
time, Muslim neighbors were instructed, over the loudspeakers of local
mosques, to confiscate the property of Christians and enforce the edict.
response was as swift: The majority of Assyrians remaining in Dora
immediately gathered whatever they could carry and fled the city.
Assyrian Christians know quite well that these latest threats are not
empty promises. Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, over 25 churches
across Iraq have been bombed, in highly symbolic and coordinated
manners. The Islamic group claiming responsibility for the bombing of
four churches in August 2004 issued a warning. "To the people of the
crosses: Return to your senses and be aware that God's soldiers are
ready for you. You wanted a crusade and these are its results."
priests have been abducted and beheaded, one in apparent retribution
for the pope's public musings about Muhammed and the nature of Islam in
October 2006. In March, two elderly nuns were reportedly stabbed to
death in Kirkuk. Several Christian women have been beheaded or doused
with chemicals for failing to wear the veil. And last October a
14-year-old Assyrian boy was crucified near Mosul.
the Islamists, the violence has certainly had the desired effect: The
massive exodus of Assyrian Christians from Iraq. The UN High Commission
for Refugees estimates that as many as a third of the 1.8 million
refugees now outside Iraq are Christian. (more)
Amir Tahiri's informed analysis will leave you feeling ill. At least it did me. I now see Pelosi's visit as not only dumb and stupid and egocentric, but as potentially catastrophic. This is aMUST READ article. (Tahiri is an Iranian-born journalist based in Europe.)
HH: Now let’s get to the first major issue of the day, which is
Iran. Mr. Speaker, if the United Kingdom feels obliged to use force, if
diplomacy fails to get their people back, will you applaud?
NG: I think there are two very simple steps that should be taken.
The first is to use a covert operation, or a special forces operation
to knock out the only gasoline producing refinery in Iran. There’s only
one. And the second is to simply intercede by Naval force, and block
any tankers from bringing gasoline to Iran…
HH: Would you do, would you urge them…
NG: And say to the Iranians, you know, you can keep the sailors as
long as you want, but in about 30 days, everybody in your country will
HH: So how long would you give them, to give them that ultimatum, the Iranians?
NG: I would literally do that. I would say to them, I would right
now say to them privately, within the next week, your refinery will no
longer work. And within the following week, there will be no tankers
arriving. Now if you would like to avoid being
Many highlights there, but take special note of the face-off at the
6:00 minute mark. As you can see, we spent most of the day covering the
march on the Eagles' side of the fence. Why? Because almost all of the
news camera crews we spotted--the ones that bothered to show up, that
is--gathered around Cindy Sheehan and the anti-war freak show--and then
left. We didn't see any of them covering the long lines of Eagles
waiting to get through security to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Didn't see them covering the speeches and performances by the vets and
pro-military activists. Reporters mingled comfortably on the moonbat
side, except to shoot drive-by photos casting pro-troops
counterprotesters in a negative light. Bloggers continue to rip old
media whitewashing of the historic event. (Click through for links and more commentary).
** Here's a Washington Rally you probably didn't hear about, or if you did, you received a slanted version. (The MSM coverage is unconscionable!) Michelle Malkin reports:
It was a breath-taking, historic, and emotional day in Washington,
D.C. You won't know it if you tune in to the usual MSM channels. But
new media--bloggers, conservative documentarians, Internet activists, FReepers (giant thread here), citizen journalists, photojournalists, and talk radio hosts--turned out in full force to participate and cover the Gathering of Eagles counter-protest.
Thousands upon thousands turned out despite freezing temperatures and
hairy travel conditions. We met bikers who drove up all night from
Huntsville, Alabama; a retired NYC firefighter who arrived here at 2am;
college students who traveled from Massachusetts; a Vietnam veteran's
wife who bought plane tickets at the last minute from San Francisco;
and countless participants who arrived as part of Move America
Forward's cross-country caravan.
A pure, grass-roots effort, the Gathering of Eagles' volunteers
matched the massive Soros-funded anti-war machine sign for sign, chant
for chant, and marcher for marcher. The contrast was most stark right
before the entrance to the Memorial Bridge, where Eagles gathered with
a field of American flags--while anti-Bush, 9/11 conspiracy nuts
wrapped themselves in a figurative blanket of yellow "Out of Iraq"
placards. Several of the vets shouted, "Yellow! How appropriate!" in
between spirited chants of "U.S.A! U.S.A!" While the classless Cindy Sheehan ranted profanely,
the Eagles raised their voices in polite, but roaring disapproval and
raised their American flags in answer to the ANSWER socialists' Che
banners and peace pennants.
Why did the Eagles come? One common refrain: Vietnam veterans, some
fighting back tears, told us they came to show the kind of support for
the troops that they did not receive when the surrender lobby marched
on the Pentagon 40 years ago today.
At what point is it okay to fight dictators like Saddam or the al Qaeda terrorists who want to take his place?
turns out that the answer, according to Gandhi, is NEVER. During World
War II, Gandhi penned an open letter to the British people, urging them
to surrender to the Nazis. Later, when the extent of the holocaust was
known, he criticized Jews who had tried to escape or fight for their
lives as they did in Warsaw and Treblinka. “The Jews should have
offered themselves to the butcher’s knife,” he said. “They should have
thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.” “Collective suicide,” he
told his biographer, “would have been heroism.”
peace movement certainly has the right to make Gandhi’s way their way,
but their efforts to make collective suicide American foreign policy
just won’t cut it in this country. When American’s think
of heroism, we think of the young American soldiers in Iraq and
Afghanistan, risking their lives to prevent another Adolph Hitler or
Gandhi probably wouldn't approve, but I can live with that.