Archive | July, 2006

Photos Reveal Hezbollah’s Human Shield Tactics

Posted on 31 July 2006 by Ed Z

Photos recently obtained by Sunday Herald Sun show Hezbollah fighters using
densely populated civilian areas as bases for rocket attacks.

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

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

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,19955774-5007220,00.html

This comes after an Israeli
air strike killed 52 civilians
in the Lebanese village of Qana. 
Hezbollah has been accused of using civilians as shields and this proves
it.  The media has been quick to jump on Israel for the bombing in Qana,
but not so much on Hezbollah for their human shield tactics.

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Free Military Shipping Kits

Posted on 28 July 2006 by Ed Z

You might have seen this email making the rounds but I thought it was worth
posting. 

The USPS has a program for
military family members and friends to supply them with packaging
materials to send packages to troops overseas. If you call
1-800-610-8734 and select option # 1, Ask them for the
"Military pack" they will send you boxes, tape,
packaging materials and labels. They will also give you an I.D.
number so if your supply runs low, you just call them up and
they’ll send you more supplies. The materials take about four to
ten days to receive.

This has been verified by Snopes.com.

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Required Reading for July 28

Posted on 28 July 2006 by Ed Z

‘Peace’
activists gone wild
By Michelle Malkin

Thanks, Uncle
Walter
By Jeffrey Lord

Hezbollah
Rally @ Dearbornistan City Hall, Yesterday
By Debbie Schlussel

Katyusha
World
By Daniel Henninger

Israel:
Keep rolling
By Charles Krauthammer

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Hezbollah Mulligan

Posted on 25 July 2006 by Ed Z

I think Hezbollah wants a do-over.  A senior Hezbollah leader is
reported saying the terrorist group is surprised by the Israeli response. 
What does his statement below teach us?  The "usual limited
response" doesn’t do much to discourage terrorists.

"The truth is _ let me
say this clearly _ we didn’t even expect (this) response…. that
(Israel) would exploit this operation for this big war against
us," said Komati.

He said Hezbollah had
expected "the usual, limited response" from Israel to
the July 12 cross-border raid, in which three Israelis were
killed.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/07/25/D8J37I5O1.html

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Entertainment and Reality

Posted on 25 July 2006 by Ed Z

I’ve often considered the irony in our movie tastes and the our perceived
taste in reality. What I mean is, often our appetite for retribution in cinema
is not echoed in reality. Well, at least that’s what we’re told.

We cheer when the hero seeks merciless vengeance and we leave the theatre
satisfied when the dead and the living have been adequately sorted. But when
this becomes a reality, suddenly (or seemingly) our collective stomachs turn and
we run for the hills.

I’m not convinced this is the case. The MSM wants us to believe this, and
excels at giving the most volume to the "outraged"; whether they be
outraged over Abu Ghraib, wiretapping, finance tracking programs, or GITMO.

I think many Americans know what is necessary to succeed in the fight against
terrorists, but we need to let them be heard.

QandO writes on this topic, discussing
the Jack Bauer Voter.

The New York Times and
assorted Democratic politicians would have us believe that our
nation is gripped in angst over the NSA wiretapping program, the
national phone database episode, secret foreign prisons, and even
monitoring terrorists’ financial transactions. The popularity of
“24” suggests that there is a fairly large portion of the
citizenry that has no problem with any of those activities, as
long as they result in catching terrorists.

http://www.qando.net/details.aspx?Entry=4300

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A Difficult Lesson by David Bogner

Posted on 24 July 2006 by Ed Z

David Bogner over at Treppenwitz
has a must read entry.  As one commenter said, "I don’t want to quote
for fear you won’t read the whole thing".

http://bogieworks.blogs.com/treppenwitz/2006/07/thanks_i_needed.html

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A History Lesson by Raymond Kraft

Posted on 21 July 2006 by Ed Z

This was forwarded to me the other day and I think reading it will be time
well spent.  The author, Raymond S. Kraft, is a lawyer out of
California.  You can read some more of his articles on ChronWatch.

Sixty-three years ago, Nazi
Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to
the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk more than four
hundred British ships in their convoys between England and America
for food and war materials

Bushido Japan had overrun
most of Asia, beginning in 1928, killing millions of civilians
throughout China, and impressing millions more as slave labor.

The US was in an
isolationist, pacifist, mood, and most Americans and Congress
wanted nothing to do with the European war, or the Asian war.

Then along came Pearl Harbor
on December 7, 1941, and in outrage Congress unanimously declared
war on Japan, and the following day on Germany, which had not
attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.

France was not an ally, the
Vichy government of France aligned with its German occupiers.
Germany was not an ally, it was an enemy, and Hitler intended to
set up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan was not an ally, it
was intent on owning and controlling all of Asia. Japan and
Germany had long-term ideas of invading Canada and Mexico, and
then the United States over the north and south borders, after
they had settled control of Asia and Europe.

America’s allies then were
England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and Russia, and
that was about it. There were no other countries of any size or
military significance with the will and ability to contribute much
or anything to the effort to defeat Hitler’s Germany and Japan,
and prevent the global dominance of Nazism. And we had to send
millions of tons of arms, munitions, and war supplies to Russia,
England, and the Canadians, Aussies, Irish, and Scots, because
none of them could produce all they needed for themselves.

All of Europe, from Norway
to Italy, except Russia in the east, was already under the Nazi
heel.

America was not prepared for
war. America had stood down most of its military after WWI and
throughout the depression, at the outbreak of WWII there were army
units training with broomsticks over their shoulders because they
didn’t have guns, and cars with "tank" painted on the
doors because they didn’t have tanks. And a big chunk of our navy
had just been sunk and damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Britain had already gone
bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600 million in gold
bullion in the Bank of England that was the property of Belgium
and was given by Belgium to England to carry on the war when
Belgium was overrun by Hitler – actually, Belgium surrendered one
day, because it was unable to oppose the German invasion, and the
Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day anyway just to
prove they could. Britain had been holding out for two years
already in the face of staggering shipping loses and the
near-decimation of its air force in the Battle of Britain, and was
saved from being overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the
mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively minor threat that
could be dealt with later and turning his attention to Russia, at
a time when England was on the verge of collapse in the late
summer of 1940.

Russia saved America’s butt
by putting up a desperate fight for two years until the US got
geared up to begin hammering away at Germany.

Russia lost something like
24 million people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow, 90% of
them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more
than a million soldiers. More than a million.

Had Russia surrendered,
then, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire campaign
against the Brits, then America, and the Nazis would have won that
war.

Had Hitler not made that
mistake and invaded England in 1940 or 1941, instead, there would
have been no England for the US and the Brits to use as a staging
ground to prepare an assault on Nazi Europe, England would not
have been able to run its North African campaign to help take a
little pressure off Russia while America geared up for battle, and
today Europe would very probably be run by the Nazis, the Third
Reich, and, isolated and without any allies (not even the Brits),
the US would very probably have had to cede Asia to the Japanese,
who were basically Nazis by another name then, and the world we
live in today would be very different and much worse. I say this
to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey
things. And we are at another one.

There is a very dangerous
minority in Islam that either has, or wants and may soon have, the
ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons,
almost anywhere in the world, unless they are prevented from doing
so.

France, Germany, and Russia,
have been selling them weapons technology at least as recently as
2002, as have North Korea, Syria, and Pakistan, paid for with
billions of dollars Saddam Hussein skimmed from the "Oil For
Food" program administered by the UN with the complicity of
Kofi Annan and his son.

The Jihadis, the militant
Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs – they believe that
Islam, a radically conservative (definitely not liberal!) form of
Wahhabi Islam, should own and control the Middle East first, then
Europe, then the world, and that all who do not bow to Allah
should be killed, enslaved, or subjugated. They want to finish the
Holocaust, destroy Israel, purge the world of Jews. This is what
they say.

There is also a civil war
raging in the Middle East – for the most part not a hot war, but a
war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and its Reformation
today, but it is not yet known which will win – the Inquisition,
or the Reformation.

If the Inquisition wins,
then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the Middle East, and
the OPEC oil, and the US, European, and Asian economies, the
techno-industrial economies, will be at the mercy of OPEC – not an
OPEC dominated by the well-educated and rational Saudis of today,
but an OPEC dominated by the Jihadis.

You want gas in your car?
You want heating oil next winter? You want jobs? You want the
dollar to be worth anything? You better hope the Jihad, the Muslim
Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.

If the Reformation movement
wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who believe that Islam can
respect and tolerate other religions, and live in peace with the
rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into the 21st,
then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away,
and a moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.

We have to help the
Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the Inquisition,
i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda, the Islamic
terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere. We cannot do it
nowhere. And we cannot do it everywhere at once. We have created a
focal point for the battle now at the time and place of our
choosing, in Iraq.

Not in New York, not in
London, or Paris, or Berlin, but in Iraq, where we did and are
doing two very important things.

(1) We deposed Saddam
Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly involved in 9/11 or
not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively supporting the
terrorist movement for decades. Saddam is a terrorist. Saddam is,
or was, a weapon of mass destruction, who is responsible for the
deaths of probably more than a million Iraqis and two million
Iranians.

(2) We created a battle, a
confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic terrorism in Iraq. We
have focused the battle. We are killing bad guys there and the
ones we get there we won’t have to get here, or anywhere else. We
also have a good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq,
which will be a catalyst for democratic change in the rest of the
Middle East, and an outpost for a stabilizing American military
presence in the Middle East for as long as it is needed.

The Euros could have done
this, but they didn’t, and they won’t. We now know that rather
than opposing the rise of the Jihad, the French, Germans, and
Russians were selling them arms – we have found more than a
million tons of weapons and munitions in Iraq. If Iraq was not a
threat to anyone, why did Saddam need a million tons of weapons?

And Iraq was paying for
French, German, and Russian arms with money skimmed from the UN
Oil For Food Program (supervised by UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan and his son) that was supposed to pay for food, medicine,
and education, for Iraqi children.

World War II, the war with
the German and Japanese Nazis, really began with a
"whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor.
It began with the Japanese invasion of China. It was a war for
fourteen years before America joined it. It officially ended in
1945 – a 17 year war – and was followed by another decade of US
occupation in Germany and Japan to get those countries
reconstructed and running on their own again a 27 year war.

World War II cost the United
States an amount equal to approximately a full year’s GDP -
adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion dollars, WWII
cost America more than 400,000 killed in action, and nearly
100,000 still missing in action.

[The Iraq war has, so far,
cost the US about $160 billion, which is roughly what 9/11 cost
New York. It has also cost about 1,800 American lives, which is
roughly 1/2 of the 3,000 lives that the Jihad snuffed on 9/11.]
But the cost of not fighting and winning WWII would have been
unimaginably greater – a world now dominated by German and
Japanese Nazism.

Americans have a short
attention span, now, conditioned I suppose by 60 minute TV shows
and 2-hour movies in which everything comes out okay.

The real world is not like
that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody and ugly.
Always has been, and probably always will be.

If we do this thing in Iraq
successfully, it is probable that the Reformation will ultimately
prevail. Many Muslims in the Middle East hope it will. We will be
there to support it. It has begun in some countries, Libya, for
instance. And Dubai. And Saudi Arabia. If we fail, the Inquisition
will probably prevail, and terrorism from Islam will be with us
for all the foreseeable future, because the Inquisition, or Jihad,
believes they are called by Allah to kill all the Infidels, and
that death in Jihad is glorious.

The bottom line here is that
we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it,
whenever that is. It will not go away on its own. It will not go
away if we ignore it.

If the US can create a
reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we have an
"England" in the Middle East, a platform, from which we
can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The
history of the world is the clash between the forces of relative
civility and civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the
gates. The Iraq war is merely another battle in this ancient and
never-ending war. And now, for the first time ever, the barbarians
are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless we prevent them. Or
somebody does.

The Iraq war is expensive,
and uncertain, yes. But the consequences of not fighting it and
winning it will be horrifically greater. We have four options -

1. We can defeat the Jihad
now, before it gets nuclear weapons

2. We can fight the Jihad
later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as
next year, if Iran’s progress on nuclear weapons is what Iran
claims it is).

3. We can surrender to the
Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East, now, in Europe
in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in America.

4. Or we can stand down now,
and pick up the fight later when the Jihad is more widespread and
better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and
Germany and maybe most of the rest of Europe. It will be more
dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier then.

Yes, the Jihadis say that
they look forward to an Islamic America If you oppose this war, I
hope you like the idea that your children, or grandchildren, may
live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the Sharia, an
America that resembles Iran today.

We can be defeatist
peace-activists as anti-war types seem to be, and concede,
surrender, to the Jihad, or we can do whatever it takes to win
this war against them.

The history of the world is
the history of civilizational clashes, cultural clashes. All wars
are about ideas, ideas about what society and civilization should
be like, and the most determined always win.

Those who are willing to be
the most ruthless always win The pacifists always lose, because
the anti-pacifists kill them.

In the 20th century, it was
Western democracy vs communism, and before that Western democracy
vs. Nazism, and before that Western democracy vs. German
Imperialism. Western democracy won, three times, but it wasn’t
cheap, fun, nice, easy, or quick. Indeed, the wars against German
Imperialism (WWI), Nazi Imperialism (WWII), and communist
imperialism (the 40-year Cold War that included the Vietnam
Battle, commonly called the Vietnam War, but itself a major battle
in a larger war) covered almost the entire century.

The first major war of the
21st Century is the war between Western Judeo/Christian
Civilization and Wahhabi Islam. It may last a few more years, or
most of this century. It will last until the Wahhabi branch of
Islam fades away, or gives up its ambitions for regional and
global dominance and Jihad, or until Western Civilization gives in
to the Jihad.

Senator John Kerry, in the
debates and almost daily, makes 3 scary claims:

1. We went to Iraq without
enough troops.

We went with the troops the
US military wanted. We went with the troop levels General Tommy
Franks asked for. We deposed Saddam in 30 days with light
casualties, much lighter than we expected.

The real problem in Iraq is
that we are trying to be nice – we are trying to fight minority of
the population that is Jihadi, and trying to avoid killing the
large majority that is not. We could flatten Fallujah in minutes
with a flight of B52s, or seconds with one nuclear cruise missile
- but we don’t. We’re trying to do brain surgery, not amputate the
patient’s head. The Jihadis amputate heads.

2. We went to Iraq with too
little planning.

This is a specious argument.
It supposes that if we had just had "the right plan" the
war would have been easy, cheap, quick, and clean.

That is not an option. It is
a guerrilla war against a determined enemy, and no such war ever
has been or ever will be easy, cheap, quick, and clean. This is
not TV.

3. We proved ourselves
incapable of governing and providing security.

This too is a specious
argument. It was never our intention to govern and provide
security. It was our intention from the beginning to do just
enough to enable the Iraqis to develop a representative government
and their own military and police forces to provide their own
security, and that is happening. The US and the Brits and other
countries there have trained over 100,000 Iraqi police and
military, now, and will have trained more than 200,000 by the end
of next year. We are in the process of transitioning operational
control for security back to Iraq.

It will take time. It will
not go with no hitches. This is not TV.

Remember, perspective is
everything, and America’s schools teach too little history for
perspective to be clear, especially in the young American mind.

The Cold war lasted from
about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
Forty-two years. Europe spent the first half of the 19th century
fighting Napoleon, and from 1870 to 1945 fighting Germany.

World War II began in 1928,
lasted 17 years, plus a ten year occupation, and the US still has
troops in Germany and Japan. World War II resulted in the death of
more than 50 million people, maybe more than 100 million people,
depending on which estimates you accept.

The US has taken a little
more than 2,000 KIA in Iraq. The US took more than 4,000 Killed in
action on the morning of June 6, 1944, the first day of the
Normandy Invasion to rid Europe of Nazi Imperialism. In WWII the
US averaged 2,000 KIA a week for four years. Most of the
individual battles of WWII lost more Americans than the entire
Iraq war has done so far.

But the stakes are at least
as high . . . a world dominated by representative governments with
civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms or a world
dominated by a radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad,
under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law).

I do not understand why the
American Left does not grasp this. They favor human rights, civil
rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently not for Iraqis. In
America, absolutely, but nowhere else.

300,000 Iraqi bodies in mass
graves in Iraq are not our problem. The US population is about
twelve times that of Iraq, so let’s multiply 300,000 by twelve.
What would you think if there were 3,600,000 American bodies in
mass graves in America because of George Bush? Would you hope for
another country to help liberate America?

"Peace Activists"
always seem to demonstrate where it’s safe, in America. Why don’t
we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan,
North Korea, in the places in the world that really need peace
activism the most?

The liberal mentality is
supposed to favor human rights, civil rights, democracy,
multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but if the Jihad wins, wherever
the Jihad wins, it is the end of civil rights, human rights,
democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc. Americans who oppose
the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side of their own
worst enemy.

If the Jihad wins, it is the
death of Liberalism. Everywhere the Jihad wins, it is the death of
Liberalism. And American Liberals just don’t get it.

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Tony Snow Vs. Helen Thomas

Posted on 18 July 2006 by Ed Z

Watch Tony Snow battle it out with Helen Thomas.  The line that has
become the instant sound byte is Tony thanking her for presenting the
"Hezbollah view".  This is a perfect example of what the Bush administration
has to put up with on a daily basis when dealing with the press.  Argumentative,
self-righteous, and seeming to deliberately ignore the facts.

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2006/07/snow_to_thomas_thank_you_for_the_hezbollah_view_video/

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The Pedophile Party

Posted on 17 July 2006 by Ed Z

A Dutch court failed to ban a political party whose aim is to lower the age
of sexual consent from 16 to 12. Dubbed the "Pedophile Party", they
now have the power to seek parliamentary seats, though analysts doubt they have
the votes to get them. But who knows over time, if the work hard enough maybe
they will.

Opponents had asked The
Hague District Court to bar the party from registering for
national elections in November, arguing that children have the
right not to be confronted with the party’s platform.

"Freedom of expression,
freedom … of association, including the freedom to set up a
political party, can be seen as the basis for a democratic
society," Judge H. Hofhuis said in his ruling.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NETHERLANDS_PEDOPHILES?SITE…

It is a cost efficiency move for the pedophiles. To seduce a 16 year old you
need booze; for a 12 year old, candy will do. Good times.

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A Brave Woman

Posted on 12 July 2006 by Ed Z

My mother-in-law, Susan Dexter, was carjacked Monday morning and managed to
escape by jumping from the moving vehicle.  Faced with threats of death,
she kept a level head and found a way out of the situation.  I am relieved
that she got through the awful experience with no major injuries and I am also
extremely proud of her calm and bravery that helped her get out of a dangerous
situation.

She talked with the
kidnapper easily and plotted her escape while cruising toward a
nearby Bank of America. His voice chilled her, but she said she
didn’t give off a hint of fear.

"He said, ‘Listen, if
you don’t do what I tell you, I’ll stab you or kill you,’ "
Dexter said Wednesday. "He said, ‘I need you to help me out.
My mother’s sick in the hospital, my brother’s been murdered and I
need $2,000.’ "

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/pbcsouth/content/local_news/epaper/2006/06/29/m4b_wanted__0629.html

Sun-Sentinel: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pcarjack29jun29,0,3630155.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

Another reminder to be conscious of your surroundings and lock your car doors
when you get in.  If you are faced with this kind of situation, don’t
panic, try to think clearly and make your move early.

Update 7/12/06:  In an amazing turn of events, an arrest was made
yesterday in the carjacking of my mother-in-law.  Having recorded the
incident on her cell phone, police were able to release a voice sample and
composite sketch of the perpetrator.  A tip lead to the arrest of Paul
Clark.

Clarke didn’t offer much of
an explanation for detectives.

"He stated he had a
drug problem," Ott said. "He never really admitted or
denied anything."

Deputies charged him with
kidnapping and carjacking with a weapon. Both crimes are felonies
punishable by up to life in prison.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pcarjack12jul12,0,7435826.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

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