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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Israe To Hit Iran With Nukes? Sunday Time Of London Says So

UPDATED AT BOTTOM OF POST

Go to Drudge Report. He is reporting it in big red letters. There is no link as of yet.

Krishna left the link to the Times Of London article:


ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.

The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.


Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.

“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” said one of the sources.

Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock. However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.

Israeli and American officials have met several times to consider military action. Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack.
The Israeli government has warned repeatedly that it will never allow nuclear weapons to be made in Iran, whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has declared that “Israel must be wiped off the map”.


Sources close to the Pentagon said the United States was highly unlikely to give approval for tactical nuclear weapons to be used. One source said Israel would have to seek approval “after the event”, as it did when it crippled Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak with airstrikes in 1981.

Scientists have calculated that although contamination from the bunker-busters could be limited, tons of radioactive uranium compounds would be released.

The Israelis believe that Iran’s retaliation would be constrained by fear of a second strike if it were to launch its Shehab-3 ballistic missiles at Israel.

Note that we just this past week, installed a Navy guy as the new head of Centcomm. Iraq is, obviously, a ground war. Why would we want a Navy Guy to head up a ground war?

Because the theater of war is about to shift dramatically? To Iran, to be headed up by the Navy?

Makes sense.

UPDATE: In an article from the Spectator which I found at Wizbang (and which is hidden behind Registration) there is speculation that either Israel or the United States are bound to do this within 12 months:

Within the next 12 months, the Americans or the Israelis, possibly both, are likely to launch military strikes aimed at crippling Iran's nuclear ambitions. Those strikes may come sooner rather than later. And they will probably be nuclear.
In addition to Iran’s indigenous nuclear programme, there have been reports that it has bought several nuclear bombs ‘off the shelf’ from rogue scientists in the former Soviet Union. So, for all the fuss about its nuclear programme, Iran might already have several tactical nuclear weapons stuffed in its armoury.
If Israel is drawn into a pre-emptive strike, the Iranians might reckon that the international community will judge an Iranian nuclear response to be proportionate, even justifiable. With their political compass fixed at the dangerous intersection of ideological fervour and religious zealotry, the mullahs of Tehran could be calculating that such an outcome will succeed in both burnishing their Islamic credentials and realising their cosmic dream of dominance.

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Litvinenko: A $30 Million Murder?


According to this source, an unnamed source familiar with the post-mortem examination of Alexander Litvinenko has revealed that the dose of Polonium which killed Alexander Litvinenko would have cost $30 million.

Wow, that's an expensive hit, isn't it?

Lends more credence to my theory that the Litvinenko death was not a murder, but was instead the result of a messy smuggling operation by Alexander Litvinenko himself.

UPDATE: The London Times says the dose cost $10 million, and they are still going with the theory that it was a murder. Good luck with that.

UPDATE: The Guardian says $20 million.

UPDATE: The Australian says $12 million.
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Storm Track Infiltration: Is Arizona the Next Nexus For Terrorism?

When the 9/11 commission released its final report, it revealed, among other things, that Osama bin Laden sent the terrorists of 9-11 to flight schools in Arizona. This information from a FBI field agent in Arizona was knows as the ‘Phoenix Memo’.

But the Phoenix connection to the Jihadists doesn’t end there. A listener called into the Glenn Beck Show and here’s what Glenn said:

Yesterday on the radio program I asked listeners to call in with their predictions for 2007. Most of them were preposterous, you know, things like: "Glenn's show will beat the TV Guide channel in the ratings" -- but there was one that stood out. A guy named "Michael" called in and told me his prediction is that Phoenix, Arizona is going to be involved in something big this year on the terrorism front. He said there have been too many stories involving that city lately for it all to be coincidence.

The Real Story is that Michael was right, there are an awful lot of "isolated incidents" going on involving Phoenix. Taken individually, each of them sort of makes you go, "hmm, that's interesting" -- but put them all together and -- well, you decide.

First, remember that FBI memo from right before 9/11 that caused a huge political uproar because it supposedly had documented the idea that Osama bin Laden was sending terrorists to flight schools in the U.S.?

Guess what -- it's actually called "The Phoenix Memo" because it was written by the Phoenix FBI. It reads, in part, quote, "Phoenix has observed an inordinate number of individuals of investigative interest who are attending...civil aviation...colleges in the State of Arizona."

Hmmm, interesting.

And when the 9/11 report was finally issued, it contained 59 references to terrorist activity in Arizona and mentioned, for the first time, the existence of a highly classified FBI/CIA report titled, "Arizona: Long Range Nexus for Islamic Extremists." That report has still not been made public.

Nothing to see here people, move along.

Now, fast forward to this past November. A guy is stopped by Detroit police and is found to be carrying $80,000 in cash, information about cyanide, nuclear power plants and suitcase bombs, along with newspapers commemorating the 9/11 attacks. And just in case you think all of that is coincidence, he also had a hand-written note that said:

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

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Gun dealer in Australia arrested for selling stolen weapons to terrorists

The Sydney Morning Herald, which reported this, doesn't actually say he's a Muslim, but the name does tell something:
Counter terrorism police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Sydney gun dealer over the theft of seven rocket launchers from the Australian military allegedly for sale to a major underworld figure and suspected terrorist.

Taha Abdul Rahman was arrested at a house in Leumeah, in Sydney's south-west, early this morning in a joint operation by NSW Counter Terrorism Police, AFP and ASIO. He was charged with 17 offences.

Police say Abdul Rahman, 28, supplied five of the Light Anti-Armour Weapons to one of the men arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Sydney last November over a plot to blow up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

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The theft of the rocket launchers was revealed exclusively by The Sydney Morning Herald last month.

The story triggered a top-level national inquiry by security services into the theft of military weapons including an audit of arms stockpiles.

In addition, all use of hand-held rocket launchers by the military has been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry.

"The person who received five (launchers) is currently facing terrorism-related charges on another matter,'' Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Frank Prendergast told reporters in Sydney.

The other weapons were supplied to another man who is facing criminal charges not related to terrorism.
It's clear that Muslims cannot be allowed to run businesses as gun merchants, as they're likely to smuggle some of the wares to terrorists under the table, or, as in the case of the suspect here, to steal weapons from the army to give to terrorist gangs.

Via David Frum.
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Save Nazanin Video : Plea from Nazanin Afshin-Jam

The video plea from Nazanin Afshin-Jam for mercy for Nazanin Fatehi. For the latest releases from her campaign, please check What Would Charles Martel Do? where I am posting all that I can.


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Because of course, mes amis, if we had done nothing, he would have killed all the terrorists

Chirac Blasts U.S.-Led Invasion of Iraq

PARIS -- President Jacques Chirac gave a tough critique Friday of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its fallout, saying the war destabilized the entire Middle East and allowed terrorism to spread.

In a speech to ambassadors, Chirac also renewed his call for an international conference on the Middle East, saying he was deeply concerned by the growing number of crises there.

"At Europe's gate, the Middle East has become an epicenter of international tensions," Chirac said. "Crises are building up and spreading."


Of course it's all due to that SHITTY LITTLE COUNTRY, anyway


On Iraq, Chirac suggested the problems there today justified France's strong opposition to the invasion in 2003.

"As France foresaw and feared, the war in Iraq caused upheavals whose effects have not yet finished unraveling," he said.

"The venture exacerbated the divisions between (Iraqi) communities and undermined the very integrity of Iraq," he said. "It weakened the stability of the region, where every country is now worried about its security and independence. It gave terrorism new terrain for expansion."

Iraq has no integrity beyond the Sykes-Picot agreement of IMMENSE GALACTICALLY ARROGANT IMPERIALISM created and implemented by LITERALLY colonial European powers, and never did.

Iraq is a Chimera

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Gertz- U.S. intelligence quietly backed Ethiopia in war against Somalia

The Bush administration has rejected the return of the U.S. military to Somalia. But the administration has found a willing subcontractor: Ethiopia.
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Western diplomatic sources said the U.S. intelligence community has been working with Ethiopia in its drive against the Al Qaida-aligned militia in Somalia. The United States has promised to replenish equipment, munitions and other supplies for the current offensive against Somalia.

"The U.S. does not have the troops to threaten Al Qaida in Somalia," a diplomat said. "But Ethiopia has the numbers and the interests to stop an Al Qaida regime. Washington has been quietly helping Ethiopia, although the big payback will come later on after the dust settles."

The source said the administration has used Israel to help coordinate Ethiopia's military needs in the current offensive against Somalia. Israel has long been a quiet but reliable military ally of Ethiopia and has supplied unmanned aerial vehicles and other systems to the African state.

There are other ways to do this thing besides american troops, and allies without moral equivalence and willing to do whatever it takes to survive are alive.

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Write Your Elected Representatives!

Yesterday, I received. via email, the copy of a lengthy letter by the author of Escape! From an Arab Marriage: Horror Stories of Women Who Fled From Abusive Muslim Husbands. Excerpt from her letter:

Dear Speaker of the House Pelosi and House Representative Conyers:

I understand that you are co-sponsoring the “End Racial Profiling Act” and that, among other things, this is prompted by the expulsion of six Muslim imams from an airlines in the United States because of their provocative behavior.

Do you realize that you are being misdirected by CAIR and other Muslims about what is labeled “racial profiling”? Race has nothing whatsoever to do with the problem. It is the demonstrated and proven behavior patterns that we are trying to bring under control and eliminate. Color and ethnic descent do not matter—but what does matter is the ongoing, demonstrated behavior patterns of violence, murder, and continuous determination of destroy this wonderful, beautiful, and free country and yank it back to the religious nightmare of 6th century Islam.

Are you aware that Muslim imams are not just religious clerics of their belief system as are the clerics of the various Christian and Buddhist churches? Imams are very much political players...

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Why we can't just leave..the BITTER REALITY of this world war

5,000 Iran agents behind Shi'ite death squads in Iraq

What's the plan going to be George, Nancy and Harry? You answer to me. Personally.


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WASHINGTON — Iran maintains thousands of intelligence agents in Iraq, according to Saudi security sources.

A report on Iran's intelligence presence in Iraq by the Saudi National Security Assessment Project asserts that Iran has at least 5,000 agents, responsible for helping establish Shi'ite death squads. Authored by Nawaf Obaid, a leading Saudi consultant based in Washington, the report cited the Al Quds Forces, identified as a special command division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Obaid said Al Quds mainly functions as the special foreign intelligence division of IRGC and specializes in unconventional warfare.

Al Quds "has a close relationship with the Badr Organization and the Mahdi Army, as well as with smaller Iraqi Shi'ite militias," the report said. "Members of the Al Quds Forces organized what came to be known as the death squads under the former Iraqi Interior Minister."

[On Dec. 20, the U.S. military announced the capture of a leader of the Iranian-backed Mahdi Army south of Baghdad. The military said the Mahdi Army commander, a bomb expert, was linked to attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces in the Wasit Province.]
The report estimated the strength of Al Quds at 5,000. Obaid said the Mahdi Army has a strength of 10,000 and the Badr Organization, 25,000.

Obaid, who was an adviser to the Saudi embassy in the United States until December 2006, said Al Quds has been transporting Al Qaida fighters from Afghanistan to Iraq through Iran.

"Iran has also provided Al Qaida material support in the form of explosives, food, and logistical help," the report said. "Operational structural resembles what was formerly the Al Qaida organization in Saudi Arabia.

"The idea of an overall commander is a Western delusion — no single leader orchestrates Al Qaida operations in Iraq," the report added. "Each network operates independently and has its own fighters, funding, logistical support, recruitment and training."

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And it begins, the democrats begin the campaign for 2008 with 1975

Pelosi, Reid Urge Bush To Begin Iraq Pullout

Despite the warnings that Iraq would sink into an internecine war, despite the FACT that we have no solution to the terrorists who would then make Iraq Afghanistan, we have a repeat of 22 Gia Long street on the horizon.

While I am against any increase in troops for its own sake, and against a reinforcement of FAILED STRATEGIES AND TACTICS, there is no way to avoid the conclusion that in withdrawing from Iraq, and in viewing the democratic party leaders first foray into foreign affairs, they have revealed themselves at the leadership level to be EXTREME.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid declared yesterday that "it is time to bring the war to a close" and warned President Bush that sending more U.S. troops to Iraq would be unacceptable to the Democratic majorities that have just taken over Congress.

Directly challenging Bush's wartime leadership on their second day in charge on Capitol Hill, Democrats Pelosi (Calif.) and Reid (Nev.) sent Bush a letter suggesting that, instead of starting a short-term escalation, he begin a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces in the next four to six months. The mission of remaining troops, they said, should be shifted away from combat toward more training, logistics and counterterrorism.

The newly ascendant Democrats are trying to preempt the president before he announces his new strategy. As he prepares for a nationally televised address next week, officials said, Bush is considering three main options to bolster U.S. forces in Iraq: a relatively modest deployment of fewer than 4,000 additional troops, a middle-ground alternative involving about 9,000 and, the most aggressive idea, flowing 20,000 more troops into the country.


Can anyone doubt that the democratic result here will be to REPEAT the Israeli mistake in Lebanon?

The democratic leaders are for halting the casualties of american soldiers and instead protecting them with the lives of the american peoples endangered as result

Can there be a doubt that the terrorists emboldened as a result of Iraq's abandonment to the tune of the Nasrallahs....

will arrive in the USA convinced we are vulnerable?

Is there any doubt that whatever the reality WAS in 2003, Iraq is central to to the war against islamofascists now?

Is there any doubt that whatever the reality of a civil war without influence supply and incitement by Iraq and Syria, the now revealed democratic plan will yield the worst defeat for the USA since 1942?

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GAZA CAM

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Have Pen, will Travel

... But ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them.

Joshua, 1:14

Recently our Ethiopian cousins have taken it upon themselves to invade their neighbours, the Somalis, in a large-scale and dynamic war. They didn't wait for months to get U.N. approval that would have meant limiting terms of engagement to meaninglessness, didn't wait for Russian and Chinese vetos, and didn't bring along CNN to monitor each and every outrage committed by national soldiers. The Ethiopian government had and interest in local affairs and took military action to correct what they saw as a threat to their nation and its people. In their case I applaud their decision. I wish I were there to cover the action as a first-hand reporter, in spite of my limited abilities as an objective reporter and my opaque writing style. As bloggers and private citizens we have unique opportunites to present to the larger world our views as untainted by conformities as they might be.

We might not compete as ably with major news producers who give us such brilliance as the copy on a South African mercenary in the early 1970s who was eating a piece of beef jerky when a reporter asked him what it was, to which the mercenary replied: "It's a baby's arm." Yes, the reporter panicked and wretched. We might not be able as bloggers to compete with that kind of reportorial genius. But we might do something else, almost as worthy: we might be able to report the facts as they are without ideological white-washes and flights of morally outraged dramatic fancy. But only if we are there, wherever 'there" is next time.

Therefore, allow me to humbly suggest that we start a travel fund for intrepid bloggers who are willing and able to write clear and unironic prose that anyone can understand at a glance. As a pool of contributors we could perhaps support one blogger's efforts in a place of our mutual choosing. Next year we could send someone immediately to a hot-spot to get what we would like: more or less what we might consider the truth as known to our own trusted colleagues. That might be worth $10.00 from each of us.

We likely pay as much for our local papers, only to be outraged rightly by them. personally I would love to see Pastorius's copy appearing hourly from the heated front. With some co-ordinated effort on the part of many of us if not all, we should easily be able to send someone somewhere to cover our own interests, even if it is without the approval of the U.N. and the French elite.

Let us know at Covenant Zone.
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Fight for Al-Andaluz rekindled

Via Dhimmi Watch this charming story of muslims trying to establish a muslim pilgrimage in Cordoba:
Spain's bishops are alarmed by ambitious plans to recreate the city of Cordoba - once the heart of the ancient Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus - as a pilgrimage site for Muslims throughout Europe.

Plans include the construction of a half-size replica of Cordoba's eighth century great mosque, according to the head of Cordoba's Muslim Association. Funds for the project are being sought from the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, and Muslim organisations in Morocco and Egypt.Other big mosques are reportedly planned for Medina Azahara near Cordoba, Seville and Granada.

The bishops of those cities are alarmed at the construction of ostentatious mosques, fearing that the church's waning influence may be further eclipsed by resurgent Islam financed from abroad. Up to one million Muslims are estimated to live in Spain. Many are drawn by a romantic nostalgia for the lost paradise of Al-Andalus, the caliphate that ruled Spain for more than five centuries.
The whole story is a text book example of muslim expropriation and cultural imperialism. First comes the hurt accusation:
Mansur Escudero, president of Spain's Islamic Council, has challenged the current head of Spain's Episcopal Conference, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Bilbao, to explain why Muslims could not pray in Cordoba's mosque. Mr Escudero said he had been encouraged by the Pope's act of prayer in Istanbul's Blue Mosque on his recent visit to Turkey. "It showed that mosques are open to Christian worshippers," he said. "Could not Muslims pray in Cordoba's mosque?"
This by itself deserves an educational thrashing, for all falsehood implied. Go into any mosque anywhere, let alone in truly islamic countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Respectfully take off your shoes, approach the front (what christians would call the altar) and start reciting the Lords prayer. And watch how the opennes of the mosque dissolves even before you make it past 'Thy kingdom come'.

But Bishop Blazquez is not of a bad sort. He thinks it through and not wanting to offend anyone he comes up with this:
Bishop Blazquez replied that public collective praying was prohibited, but he supposed private or individual prayer was acceptable.
The reaction was as swift as it was predictable:
Mr Escudero then announced that Muslims would henceforth return to Cordoba's mosque to pray "in a respectful, private and individual capacity". The bishops hit back, insisting that "Muslims cannot in any way pray in Cordoba cathedral".
Give a dedicated muslim a finger...

It's a good thing the dear bishop made a stand at last. But he should never have tried to accomodate. In islamic law, once a right is granted it is granted forever, much like land once possessed by muslims is muslim land forever. Which explains the preoccupation of radical muslims with Al-Andaluz. And this episode just proves that Bin Ladens call to 'liberate Al-Andaluz' was not just mere posturing.

It'll be interesting to see how this story develops.
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UK: Physician Suspended From Practicing Medicine For Criticizing Islam

And, get this, he didn't even specifically name Islam as the religion he was criticizing (from the Scotsman):


Dr Mick Russon, who has been an associate GP at the Hillswick health centre since 2004, was suspended by the Shetland Health Board after he sent out a 46-page booklet, entitled Proclamation, to more than 200 people in the parish of Northmavine. The health authority took the disciplinary action after receiving a complaint from a member of the public. His case has now been referred to the General Medical Council.

The pamphlet makes no direct reference to the Islamic faith, but critics claim that Dr Russon's repeated references to a "Babylonian Moon God" and Satan are a thinly veiled attack on Allah and that he is asserting that Islam is Satanic.

Dr Russon states in the pamphlet: "Satan is the Babylonian Moon God; a cult that has become probably the most oppressive of women throughout time.

"There are probably more people worshipping the Moon God at this moment in time than at any previous time in the history of mankind; it is probable that most who follow him do so out of fear and not reverence.

"As each successive world empire has reached its height, it is largely the conflict between politics and finance that brings it down. We have seen this only too well in recent days, when the buildings that represented the centre of global trade were destroyed by those who carry the symbols of the Babylonian Moon God. I of course refer to the events now universally referred to as 9/11."


If you think about it, those who decided that he had criticized Islam by publishing this pamphlet were condemning themselves. For how could they have decided that he was criticizing Islam, if they did not themselves recognize Allah in the Physician's description of Satan?
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To Win in Iraq, Strike Teheran..

I have been calling for this for more than a year now. Until we degrade the effectiveness of the Iranian war machine we will never be able to win either in Iraq or the wider Middle East. Air strikes on Iran's WMD, dual use, and conventional weapons facilities would inflict massive damage and cost billions of dollars to repair. Those billions would not be available to support Hamas, Hezbullah, Al-Sadr, SCIRI/BADR and every other nefarious plan being hatched by the Mullahs. Here is the article:

By Robert Tracinski, Real Clear Politics Blog
January 4, 2007

"As early as next week, President Bush is expected to give a major speech announcing a new strategy in Iraq. This is an excellent opportunity for the administration to announce a big strategic change that could dramatically improve America's prospects in Iraq. Unfortunately, however, no one has been discussing the one option that would actually have this effect. The president's current opportunity should not be underestimated. As weak as he seems, politically, President Bush has no real competition in setting policy for Iraq. Between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Iraq Study Group had its 15 minutes of fame and faded away without having any significant effect on the debate over the war. The Democrats who take control of Congress this month have no unified message on Iraq other than a vague, general defeatism, and they offer no definite plan for what America should do--except, of course, their usual plan to carp about whatever the administration does. So the president has the ability to retake the initiative, both politically and militarily.

What will he do?

An internal Pentagon review of the war, requested by Bush as part of his attempt to sidestep the Iraq Study Group, has considered three options: "go big," "go long," or "go home." Going big means dramatically increasing the number of US combat troops in Iraq, giving us the ability to further subdue Sunni areas like the Anbar Province and enabling us to crack down on the Shiite militias who are stoking Iraq's sectarian conflict. Going long means committing more resources to the long-term process of training Iraqi forces and building the stability of the Iraqi government. Going home means withdrawing US troops.We all know Bush isn't going to accept the third option. America is not going to go home. Going long might be a nice aspiration, but Bush has only two years left in office. He has no idea who his successor will be and what he (or she) will do. If he wants to succeed in Iraq, he has to do something now. So we can expect President Bush to go big, ordering a "surge" in US combat troops in Iraq.

But there is another, far more effective option: go wide.

Going wide means recognizing that Iraq is just one front in a regional war against an Islamist Axis centered in Iran--and we cannot win that war without confronting the enemy directly, outside of Iraq. Going wide means recognizing that the conflict in Iraq is fueled and magnified by the intervention of Iran and Syria. One of the reasons the Iraq Study Group report flopped was that its key recommendation--its one unique idea--was for America to negotiate with Iran and Syria in order to convince these countries to aid in the "stabilization" of Iraq. This proposal wasn't so much argued to death as it was laughed to death, because it is clear that Iran and Syria have done everything they can to de-stabilize Iraq, supporting both sides of the sectarian conflict there. It is obvious that both regimes have a profound interest in an American failure and retreat in Iraq. After all, if America can successfully use force to replace a hostile dictatorship with a free society, then the Iranian and Syrian regimes are doomed. So as a matter of elementary self-preservation, they have done everything they can to plunge Iraq into chaos, supporting guerrillas and militias on all sides of the sectarian conflict. Just today, a US official confirmed new evidence "that Iran is working closely with both the Shiite militias and Sunni Jihadist groups." Most ominously, Iran has brazenly provided training and weapons to the Shiite militias--who carry rifles straight off the assembly lines of Iranian weapons factories--and these militias have emerged in the last year as the greatest threat to US troops and to the Iraqi government.

How can we quell the conflict in Iraq, further suppress the Sunni insurgents, and begin to dismantle the Shiite militias--if we don't to anything to stop those who are funding, training, and supporting these enemies? Just as we can't eliminate terrorism without confronting the states who sponsor terrorism, so we can't suppress the Sunni and Shiite insurgencies in Iraq without confronting the outside powers who support these insurgents. Every day, we see the disastrous results of fighting this war narrowly inside Iraq while ignoring the external forces that are helping to drive it. To fight one Shiite militia tied to Iran--Sadr's Mahdi Army--we have recently signaled our support for an Iraqi political coalition that includes another Shiite militia tied to Iran, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim's Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and its Badr Brigades. And so it should be no surprise that a US military raid on Hakim's headquarters last week netted two Iranian diplomats and members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards--the outfit responsible for supporting global terrorism. That's what happens when we fight the symptoms in Iraq rather than fighting the disease.

Going wide also means recognizing that more is at stake in this war than just the fate of Iraq. This is a war to determine who and what will dominate the Middle East. Will this vital region be dominated by a nuclear-armed Iran, working to spread Islamic fascism? Or will America be able to exert its military influence and political ideals in the region? This is a momentous question. But observe that the only major foreign-policy debate today is about what to do in Iraq. The anti-war left has not succeeded in inducing America to withdraw in defeat from the Middle East--not yet. But they have succeeded in narrowing our mental focus, inducing us to talk endlessly about what is happening inside Iraq, about whether or not we need more troops there, or whether we need to throw our support to a new political coalition within the Iraqi parliament, or whether we should put more emphasis on Anbar or Baghdad, and on and on--while we ignore the big picture of the Middle East.

The big picture is Iran's attempt to establish itself as a regional superpower, spreading its system of religious totalitarianism and rule by terror across the Middle East. Iraq is one piece in this malignant mosaic--but it is only one piece. The Iranians seek to extend their control over the region by supporting Shiite Islamist militias in Iraq. But they are also trying to achieve their goal by propping up the Assad regime in Syria, by arming Hezbollah in Lebanon, by arming and funding Hamas in the Palestinian territories, by hosting Holocaust denial conferences in an attempt to justify a war to destroy Israel, by harboring fugitive al-Qaeda leaders, and by supporting terrorists and anti-American strongmen (such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez) around the world. In this context, to try to win the war just by sending more troops to Baghdad is like trying to save a patient by removing a tumor in his lung--when the cancer has already metastasized through his entire body. A few of our leaders have put together the big picture. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, for example, Senator Lieberman warned that "while we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States." Similarly, President Bush warned us last year that "the Iranian regime has clear aims: they want to drive America out of the region, to destroy Israel, and to dominate the broader Middle East."

But these leaders have so far avoided advocating the use of military force against Iran. No one is willing to follow the implications of the big picture to the only rational conclusion: we are already in a regional war with Iran, and we need to start fighting it as a regional war. And the most effective place to fight that war is at its center, by targeting the Islamist regime in Tehran. Instead, our current policy is a bizarre, irrational holdover from the Cold War. In a New York Daily News op-ed, for example, Michael Rubin assures us that confronting Iran "need not mean military action." Instead, he advocates a policy of stronger words, from beefed up Radio Free Europe-style broadcasts to rhetoric such as the "Axis of Evil." His most telling recommendation is this one: "Just as Ronald Reagan championed striking shipyard workers in Poland in 1981, so too should Bush support independent Iranian trade unions."

Rubin is advocating a strategy I have called Cold War II: fighting Iran the way we fought the Soviet Union, through indirect battles against insurgent proxies (the real parallel between Iraq and Vietnam) and through moral support for Iranian dissidents. But this is brinksmanship without a brink. The reason we had to fight the Soviets indirectly was because they had thousands of nuclear weapons aimed at us. There is no reason to fear such an escalation in a battle against Iran. In fact, the gruesome irony of today is that Iran may soon be able to threaten us with nuclear weapons--but only if we continue to act as if they already possessed a nuclear deterrent. The fact is that we are fighting the wrong war in the wrong place--though not in the way critics of that war complain. We are trying to fight a regional war by limiting ourselves to a local conflict--and we are fighting that war in Baghdad, when it has its source in Damascus and Tehran. There is only one way to correct this massive strategic blunder--and that is to go wide."
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Winds of War: Thinking the Unthinkable- Nuclear Terrorism

With the recent talk on IBA about the potential of a nuclear attack by terrorists in this country, I thought a repost of an article I did a while back is appropriate.

Just what are we facing if a Hiroshima - aka: a ‘crude’ nuclear device about 10-12 kilotons - size nuke was detonated by Al Qaeda in a major city in the US.

“A 12.5 kiloton nuclear explosion in New York Harbor will produce casualties more than one order of magnitude greater than those inflicted at the World Trade Center. Blast and thermal effects would kill 52,000 people immediately. Another 238,000 would be exposed to direct radiation from the blast, and of these 44,000 would suffer radiation sickness and more than 10,000 of these would receive lethal doses. In addition to this direct radiation from the explosion, fallout would expose another million and a half people. For this group, the 24 hour cumulative dose would be high enough to kill another 200,000 and cause several hundred thousand cases of radiation sickness. In addition there would be many thousands of people with mechanical and thermal injuries. Casualties on this scale would immediately overwhelm medical facilities leading to a high mortality rate among those injured but not killed by the initial blast and thermal effects. Over 1000 hospital beds would be destroyed by blast, and 8700 beds would be in areas with radiation exposures high enough to cause radiation sickness.”

The most obvious delivery system that al Qaeda would use is what has come to be known as a ’suitcase bomb’. A nuclear ‘backpack’ or ‘suitcase’ bomb would appear to be in the one to ten kiloton range. According to Roland Watson, let’s see what kind of damage a 1 kiloton bomb would do.

“As the fireball expands rapidly to its maximum diameter of 460 feet, its centre rages at a temperature of 10,000,000° C for its brief lifetime. Note that temperatures in the WTC attacks were unlikely to have exceeded 5,000° C. Metallic objects up to 450 feet from ground zero of the initial flash will vaporise. Metallic objects up to 670 feet away will melt. It is needless to guess what happens to people caught out in the open at these ranges – they cease to exist in any meaningful sense of the word and join the raw material for the later fallout. At 1400 feet from ground zero, rubbers and plastics will ignite and melt whilst wood will char and burn. For victims out in the open, 3rd degree burns are inflicted up to 0.4 miles away, 2nd degree burns up to half a mile away and 1st degree burns at up to nearly a mile away. It is at the extremity of this range that we have the "open oven door effect" which needs no further explanation.

Meanwhile, those buildings which survived the melting effects of the heat radiation will be finished off by the high winds further into the city centre as winds approaching 670 mph will level or badly damage even steel concrete structures within 740 feet of the blast. No one inside this perimeter can hope to survive unless they are in good underground shelters. Where the wind speed drops to 380 mph at about 1050 feet, tall multi-storey buildings will be lucky to be left standing and survivors of the heat pulse will suffer potentially fatal lung injuries. As the speed drops to 225 mph at about 1650 feet, most dwelling houses will be wrecked and the streets blocked by debris. Flying fragments become the killer rather than sheer air pressure at these distances. What the initial radiation pulse did not ignite, the blast does by igniting new fires due to damaged power lines, gas mains and oil tanks. Asphyxiation can also occur at these ranges as much of the air is devoted to fuelling uncontrollable firestorms, which have no mercy on wooden housing.”

And what unlucky American city could be the target?

“Which is the unlucky American city? Certainly, it will be a city and it will be American as far as an Islamic fanatic with an extremely rare and potent weapon is concerned. New York? Los Angeles? San Francisco? New York has had a hard time of it with the two WTC attacks and the downing of flight 587 (yes, I believe it was a terrorist attack), so we may be forgiven for thinking the next attack will happen elsewhere. However, the Eastern seaboard is the favored route for bringing in smuggled items and terrorists will not want to spend critical time in long, hazardous journeys westwards. We know that some of the WTC terrorists were based and trained in Florida and that the alleged terrorist on trial just now was caught in the mid-southern state of Oklahoma (ominously he had undertaken Cessna flight training).

I suggest that coastal cities further south or even into the Gulf of Mexico may be at greater risk. Furthermore, a city with a flat topology may be favored above more contoured cities since hills will deflect and absorb the blast waves as was the case in Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks. Hiroshima was a flatter city than Nagasaki and paid for this with a greater death toll and destruction per square mile. Seeking to get the last iota of destructive power out of their devilish device, the terrorists would also favor southern cities because of the hotter conditions and better atmospheric conditions. In other words, clear, sunny skies are better "tinderbox" conditions as would that time of day since Bin Laden would want clear conditions for the infamous mushroom cloud to be recorded by the world’s media.”

There are two sites on the Net where you can simulate the effects of nuke attack on a US city. One is the Nuclear Weapon Effects Calculator which provides an interactive tool intended to give an idea of the devastating blast effects of ground-level, shallow subsurface, and low-altitude nuclear weapon detonations. You can choose a yield from 1 kiloton to 4 megatons on one of several major US cities. The other site is even more interesting. Plug in your zip code and see the effects of a nuke dropped on your neighborhood.

To see these dry stats in action, view the recently discovered video footage of the results of the Hiroshima blast. Then envision that in your town or city. Don’t you think it’s time we stop these wacko rogue states before this happens? Or will it take 100,000 American dead to finally wake up the appeasers and apologists – or would they just say we brought it upon ourselves.

Probably so. As the old saying goes, “You can’t argue with drunkards and fools.”

But what about the American response? The blog, Stop Asking Why, speculates.

“If the attack is nuclear, there will be massive pressure exerted by the public to respond with a nuclear attack. But, on whom? This enemy lives in several countries and does not wear a uniform or have clearly marked military installations for easy targeting. More problematic is the fact that they live among civilians. Americans must come to grips with the real possibility that we will be left with only two viable response options: staying our hands and responding basically by continuing what we're doing already; or knowingly killing tens or even hundreds of thousands of civilians in order to respond to a nuclear attack with our own nuclear attack.”

Basically, the question is who do we attack? The terrorists detonated the bomb but who supplied them. Can we find out and retaliate against the supplier?

Maintaining total anonymity is difficult with a nuclear device. All radioisotopes possess a “signature” that exposes their point of origin. This signature makes it easier to trace the material and potentially point out who supplied it to the responsible terrorist group, making reprisals more likely.”

Is the government capable of such detective work? From an article in the New York Times in February of ’06.

“The Pentagon has formed a team of nuclear experts to analyze the fallout from a terrorist nuclear attack on American soil in an effort to identify the attackers, officials have said. The team, which can draw on hundreds of federal experts, uses such tools as robots that gather radioactive debris and sensitive gear to detect the origins of a device, whether a true atomic weapon or a so-called dirty bomb, that uses ordinary explosives to spew radioactivity. The objective is to determine quickly who exploded the device and where it came from, in part to clarify the options to strike back, the officials said. The government also hopes that terrorists will be less likely to use a nuclear device if they know that it can be traced.”

If we can trace the nuke back to its origins, we could retaliate against that country. But it will have consequences.

“The problem remains that we face an enemy who is motivated by death, not the desire to continue living. Instead of being deterred by a response that kills on such a massive scale, they will be encouraged. Instead of convincing their leaders of the futility of their actions in continuing the war with us (the goal in our use of atomic bombs against Japan in WWII), our nuclear response will entrench this enemy. It will help him recruit. It will solidify his support among fellow Muslims.”

And what about the social reaction? I’ve blogged on this before. Here’s what I think. After such an attack, citizens will sweep away any and all appeasing arguments for thoughtful sanity and calm and demand the government isolate any and all individuals that could pose a threat from more terrorist attacks on our soil. It won’t matter if they are while, black, red, brown or purple – only if are Muslim or support Muslims in this country.

A nuke detonation of American soil will result in an untold crisis for Muslims in America and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the nation that supplied the terrorists with the nuclear device. Of course if the device was either stolen or purchased from one of our ‘allies’ then this would further complicate our retaliation.

There really isn’t any pleasant solution. For us, it will be war on a terrifying level. For Muslims, their lives will be “short, nasty and brutish”.

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Polonium Found In Another London Restaurant

From BBC News:


The radioactive element believed to have killed ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko has been detected in another central London restaurant.

Polonium-210 was found at the Pescatori Restaurant in Mayfair and staff are being tested, health officials said.

The police had asked the Health Protection Agency to monitor the establishment as it was "linked to the Litvinenko police investigation".

A total of 12 people in London have now tested positive for radioactivity.
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Now just imagine if it was Hizballah instead

GUARDSMEN OVERRUN AT THE BORDER

A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona's border with Mexico.

According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state's West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat.The Border Patrol will not say whether shots were fired. However, no Guardsmen were injured in the incident.

The Border Patrol says the incident occurred somewhere along the 120 mile section of the border between Nogales and Lukeville. The area is known as a drug corridor. Last year, 124-thousand pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated in this area.

The Border patrol says the attackers quickly retreated back into Mexico.

WTF?

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Somalia the Model

On December 24 last year I posted on the Ethiopian offensive against shariah-ruled Somalia, and have kept a keen eye on developments there since. Now that the events seem to have reached their conclusion, with Ethiopian prime minister Zenawi having declared the mission completed and the troops ready to withdraw (Jihad Watch, January 2, 2007), I write my summary on the affair.

I can think of no better summing up of my thoughts on it than the commentary on Genesis 6:9. On the words, “Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole-hearted”, Rashi says, “There are among our rabbis who commend him[, saying]: then obviously if he had been in a generous of righteous men he would have been more righteous; and there are those who fault him[, saying]: according to his generation he was righteous, but if he had been in Abraham’s generation he would not have counted for anything”. Both views that Rashi brings up represent the two minds that I, and I suspect many other observers, are at regarding this affair. The first view is the relative view of Noah’s status, with expressed optimism, while the second view is the absolute view, with the thought that that generation could have done better.

I had posted that post with the relative view in my mind, the view of it against the sad backdrop of near-total dhimmitude everywhere: the USA’s entanglement in Iraq, and consequently the report of Baker’s Iraq Surrender Group; the ongoing appeasement of Islam in Europe; India’s reluctance to take matters into hand within its own borders and in its Muslim-occupied territories (Kashmir, Pakistan and Bangladesh); Thailand’s coup installing a Muslim prime minister in order to negotiate “peace” with the Muslim invaders in the south; and last but not least, the constant bungling of Ehud Olmert, the dhimmi prime minister of Israel, both in Lebanon last summer and now with his silence in the face of having one of Israel’s towns bombarded by rockets daily. Against such a backdrop, how can Ethiopia’s initiative fail to arouse cheers of optimism on our side?

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In full on Our Children Are The Guarantors »
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The view of the ** TRIUMPHANT??** Wallace progressive wing?

Everyone should read this article.

Okay it's the Nation, but still.
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First, we have to consider the source.
Okay, Bill Moyers is a former high official in the LBJ admin. He represents the rank and file leadership of the pre and post Vietnam democratic party. This is a main line position right? This is not some group of freaks of the left, correct?

Listening on XM during a long ride, to Hubert Humphrey dictate his memoirs, Mrs. Epa and I were treated to his description of meeting what was then his hero, Henry Wallace, former VP under FDR. HHH viewed this man as a leader of values for the people and the common man. A leader for better economic and political conditions for working people. HHH records that instead he was crushed by the realization that Wallace in fact someone who disliked the system (you know, the one invented by Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, et al?) and was in fact left of being a socialist..and ended up opposing the Berlin Airlift, since Joe Stalin and his theories represented something closer to the the needs and rights of the working people than Mr. Harry Truman, the man who served in his army, the man who went broke selling men's clothes and rose to president.

So when you read this article, remember you are reading from what is the dead center of the leadership of the 60's democratic party and undoubtedly highly representative of it now.

The word Iraq doesn't even occur in this article.
The word terror doesn't even occur in this article.

Instead, the trumpet call is this: "government, ... "is not simply the way we express ourselves collectively but also often the only way we preserve our freedom from private power and its incursions."

Bill, government usually IS the prime agent of incursion of power into our lives..UNINVITED

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The Hinge of Fate

"I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and this trial."
-- Winston Churchill (On becoming Prime Minister)

"I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my blogging life had been but a preparation for this hour and this hearing."
-- Isaac Schrödinger (On becoming a Canadian Convention refugee)

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The Lt. Dan Band

Received last month, via email, with links and a graphic added:

We just got back from the 3rd Annual Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Road to Recovery Conference. The girls and I missed the first three days of the conference due to classes and finals, but Dave said the speakers and the sessions were unbelievable.

We all were able to attend the closing banquet, where Gary Sinise provided the
entertainment. What an awesome guy! You could just see how much he enjoyed playing for these wounded and disabled heroes. He and his band played for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours without a break, then said that they would play a few more songs. Twenty minutes later, he said they would play one more song. The song was Lee Greenwood's, "Proud to be an American." Wow! You've never experienced that song until you've been in a room of American heroes singing along! You could see how tired Gary Sinise was, but he offered to sign autographs and pose with each person that wanted a picture. What a guy! Gary Sinise has also played at many USO shows abroad.

Just a note about the Coalition. The organization hosted 100 veteran families from Wed. to Sun. at Walt Disney World, provided the flights as well as the hotel rooms and passes to the Disney park and some of the group meals. The conference covered a wide array of subjects from how to make yourself marketable for job interviews, a job fair, sessions for the kids to learn how to cope with their parent's disabilities or injuries to the difficult-to-approach subject of sexuality.

I was just so impressed! I'm ready to start volunteering again...

Take care,
Cathie


Cathie also sent me a link for The Lt. Dan Band. The name for the band derives, of course, from the acclaimed film Forrest Gump, in which Gary Sinise portrayed a double amputee who received his injuries during the Vietnam War. For many people who watched that movie, Gary Sinise will forever be Lieutenant Dan, Forrest's commanding officer who finally learned to manage his injuries and get back to enjoying life.

At the bottom of the Lt. Dan Band Webspace is mention of the conference alluded to in the above email:

We ended our 2006 schedule with a pair of performances. The first was a concert for wounded soldiers and their families at a conference in Orlando, FL (saluteheroes.org) We then traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to play for the troops stationed there....



The Lt. Dan Band web page provides links to further information about the band's mission and activities.

Additional information about the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is HERE.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

The American Imperialism Of The Future

People love to call America an "Imperialist" nation. But, they seem to have no idea what imperialism truly looks like. I predict America will in the relatively near future, become a truly Imperial Power. The American Thinker tells us how this happened with Rome:


Much in the way of criticism of the United States comes in the form of accusations of imperialism. According to this view, echoed by everyone from Harold Pinter to Noam Chomsky to the Arab press, the U.S. has for decades run roughshod over the globe, in defiance of agreements and civilized norms. Enforcing its policies unilaterally and always for its own benefit, the U.S. has effectively colonized huge swathes of the planet, if not through direct military action, then by economic exploitation or diplomatic chicanery. No one dares raise a hand against this; any show of independence is met by cruise missiles at the very least, if not armored divisions or carrier battle groups. Today it's Iraq, tomorrow... who knows? America is the third-millennial Rome, brutal, implacable, infinitely corrupt.

Domestically, this takes the form of
hegemonism, with the U.S. viewed as the primal source of global iniquity. Internationally, it's a major component of anti-Americanism, in which the U.S. is taken as the embodiment of an overpowering modernity, in whatever form - economic, political, cultural -- the onlooker finds most threatening.

In such a context, anything and everything can be labeled "imperialist", from military bases to McDonald's fast-food joints to tourism. Intent and results are meaningless; all U.S. actions are evil, since all are viewed through the lens of imperialist activity. It's difficult to match any of this with the actual record. The America that takes on the dirty jobs, the jobs no one else will touch - Serbia, Kuwait, Somalia - the country that comes to the rescue when disaster strikes, as with the Indian Ocean tsunami or the Pakistan earthquake, either goes unmentioned or has its actions attributed to somebody else (as in Kofi Annan's taking credit for tsunami relief operations in his farewell speech).


Regarding defiance, within certain limits crossed only by the Taliban and Saddam Hussein (and not yet by Ahmadinejad or Kim Jong-Il), it comprises one of the safer bets for any ambitious third-world demagogue, as Chavez and Morales plainly reveal. It's a solid career move -- there is no danger of any comeback (as long as you don't actually act on your rhetoric), and you gain plenty of sympathy and support from the international left, including its American branch. The myth of the U.S. as Rome has proven useful on all sorts of levels.

But the world's anti-Americans should take care that their fantasies don't catch up with them. Myths have a way of coming true. If believed in long enough, and hard enough, and by enough people, they can come to pass, if only by limiting the possible responses of the subject in question.

Tell someone they're an oppressor often enough, and they may become an oppressor, out of spite, or anger, or simple weariness. Useful the Roman stereotype may be, but it can prove very dangerous.


How did Rome get that way in the first place? The Rome we know is seen through the lens of the later, corrupt empire -- brutal, heartless, and tyrannical. We see the Romans as dour, arrogant, living off the intellectual capital of older civilizations, slowly falling victim to their own worst impulses. But was Rome always like that? Did Rome start out that way? Was Rome ever young?

It must have been at one time. Rome was once a republic, and must have possessed a republic's virtues. How could it ever have accomplished so much otherwise?


So what happened to change things? Wars, in a word - Rome's early history is that of a state with its back to the wall, sacked by the Goths, at constant sword's point from neighboring states. Livy's histories are a chronicle of endless strife -- wars with the Etruscans, the Social Wars, at last the Punic Wars.

And with each conflict, another layer of republican virtue was scraped off.

At some point, perhaps during the Second Punic War, with Italy all but under occupation by Hannibal's forces for a decade, it effectively vanished, destroyed not only by the fear and strain of constant struggle, but what the Romans felt compelled to do in response. Consider that terrible
image of Scipio gazing on the blazing ruins of Carthage and seeing Rome itself in the flames.

That's what they lived with, that's what made them what they were. It was part of the price they paid for survival as a state and society, a price that eventually bankrupted them, that utterly sapped their will to go on. There must have been something in the Roman soul that welcomed the barbarians when they came.

The U.S. has never paid that high a price. The wars fought on our soil were limited by distance and the country's immense interior spaces. The Indians, skilled warriors though they were, offered no overwhelming threat after the 17th century. Neither the French nor the British were able to field massive armies in their North American wars. The sole major bloodletting since the colonial epoch was the Civil War, which ended, thanks to the sheer quality of the men involved, in such a way that it strengthened the country rather than weakened it. Few regions are more patriotic than the South (or, for that matter, few ethnic groups than most Indians). Our other wars were fought overseas, often (as in the Spanish-American War and WW I) at our discretion. The U.S. has never feared for its existence the way the Romans did - not even during the Cold War.

But that may have changed. 9/11 represented an event unseen since 1814 - willful destruction of American lives on American soil.

That threat still exists, constantly hanging over us.

If anything, it's magnified - when the Jihadis return, they will return with weapons of mass destruction, of one kind or another.

Soon Americans may well see what we were spared for centuries by geography and distance - casualties to match or exceed those suffered by European and Asian nations in their many wars.


What effect might this have on the American character? It's hard to say. America is still a young nation, retaining much of its resilience and vigor. But there have been signs that the national spirit is being stretched.


There's a sense of weariness at international ingratitude, irresponsibility, and hostility. It has not gone unnoticed that sympathy for the U.S. effectively evaporated within days of 9/11, that support for necessary responses has been grudging and hedged with conditions, that, time and again, Western states have been caught under the table with corrupt UN officials and even the terrorists themselves, that, with a few notable exceptions such as India and Japan, our sole dependable allies against a universal threat have been our cousins, Great Britain and Australia.

The classic U.S. response to such provocations has been isolationism. When betrayed in the international sphere, we go home and mind our own business. But that's no longer a viable option. In this millennium, we can't isolate our troubles overseas. If we turn our back, they'll come right after us.

There have been rumblings, comments on the Net, voices on talk radio, arguing another alternative. That we owe the rest of the world nothing. That an effective response to terror is simply to start vaporizing cities, beginning with Tehran and working our way down until attacks cease. That, quite simply, the United States should transform itself into Rome.

There's something to be said for taking on the role of a third-millennial Rome. Antiochus IV Ephiphanes, Seleucid ruler of Syria, long had his eye on Egypt. Finally, in 169 B.C., he crossed the Sinai with a conquering army.

He took everything but Alexandria, and then decided to move against the city. The Romans had no legions in the area. But they did have an official, G. Poppilius Laenas, an older gentleman of the equestrian class, Rome's ancient nobility. He met the Syrian army as it reached the city and was shortly speaking to the king himself, telling him that the Senate of Rome forbade him to remain, and to take his army back home. "I'll think about it," Antiochus told the envoy, "And I'll have an answer tomorrow."

Leanas then took his walking stick (some accounts call it a "staff", in an attempt to make it more convincing, but it was a walking stick), and drew a circle around Antiochus. "Sonny," he said. "You'll answer me before you step out of that circle."

Antiochus gave his answer, and the next day the army was on its way back to Syria.

It would be pleasant to wield that kind of power, to draw a circle around Assad, or Ahmadinejad, or Kim, and demand the correct answer. But how many Carthages would have to burn before we gained it? How much would it cost? Hiroshima and Nagasaki failed to impress for long. Would it take a dozen Hiroshimas? A hundred?

And what price would we pay? Part of it would be abandoning forever our vision of what the U.S. is and could be. No longer the City on the Hill, no longer the last best hope, the nation that has for so long pioneered a new method of wielding power. Did the Romans themselves have such a vision? Did aged senators lie awake nights recalling an ancient dream washed away in the blood of innumerable imperial victims? We don't know. That's lost to us.

But we had better know this: if the U.S. ever does take on the trappings of imperium, if we, out of despair or terror, turn to Roman methods, then, like Scipio, we will be witnessing our own fate in the cities we set ablaze.

Fate is by definition unavoidable. Nations are often forced into roles they might not have chosen, the way Britain found itself an empire "in a fit of absentmindedness". For now, we - the Americans, despised and envied across the world -- still stumble along, doing the best we can, taking our licks and looking for solutions while living up to our image of ourselves. But the critics should be wary of screaming too loud, of conspiring too well, of undermining us too thoroughly. Because if they succeed, if they do get what they insist they want, then the result may well be something they never conceived, and it will be their desolation, and our peace.


In my opinion, we don't have to beat that many enemies in order to wield the power of Rome. Instead, we simply have to prove we have the will to do so.

And, I don't agree wtih the American Thinker's definition of "imperialism" here. Imperialism is when a nation beats the army of another nation, deposes its government, and then takes over the country, seizing its assets, proceeding to run the country as a profit-center for the Imperial leader.

That is the kind of Imperialist mantel I believe America will force to take on.

I believe we will find that it is the only way we can avoid simply vaporizing all the major cities in the Islamic world. We have been shown that Muslim culture is not Democratizable. Therefore, it will be on to Plan B, as soon as we find the will within ourselves, and unfortunately, that will be in the days after we have a city vaporized ourselves.

The future's so bright I gotta wear shades.
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US Naval Buildup In The Persian Gulf

From Joshua Pundit:


... the USS John C. Stennis strike group will join the USS Dwight Eisenhower aircraft carrier group and USS Boxer strike force and move into the Persian Gulf as a deterent and counterweight to Iran and Syria.

This is the second buildup of US naval, air and marine strength in the Gulf in four months. Deployment of the Stennis group puts a total of 16,000 US sailors including navy SEALS at the ready, added the marines in the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer as well as another nuclear carrier and 7 escort warships, 10 air squadrons, 2 submarines and helicopters to support amphibious landings.

It's seems to me in light of this that President George W. Bush has rejected the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group’s recommendation to negotiate/bribe Iran and Syria in exchange for their help with a US exit from Iraq.

Maybe its just that he feels he has nothing left to lose,but it looks as if President Bush may actually have decided that the Iraq war is winnable that confronting Iran is the key to victory.
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Ayatollah Khameini Dead?

Pajamas Media says so:


A source close to Pajamas Media has learned that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has apparently succumbed to the cancer that hospitalized him last month, as exclusively reported by Pajamas Media, at age 67. He has been Iran’s most powerful figure since replacing Ayatollah Khomeini in the role of Supreme Leader in 1989.
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More Hypocrisy from Germanistan

The Duisburger Institut für Sprach- und Sozialforschung (DISS) (Duisburg Institute for Language- and Social Studies), which is affiliated to Duisburg university and thus a recipient of public funds, is considered a vanguard for and paragon of politically correct discourse and stands for everything that is considered good and valiant in Germany: Fighting right wing extremism, fighting racism, fighting antisemitism, fighting right wing extremism oh yes, and did I mention fighting right wing extremism?

Such an unholy trinity suggests smokescreening per se and, to be blunt, to me it seems as if DISS is broaching the issue of right-wing antisemitism to deflect from the antisemitism of the Left.

Why do I think that? First, because anti-Zionist Moshe Zuckermann seems to blend in seamlessly with the otherwise laudable criticism of antisemitic clichés about Israel in the German media, but hey, maybe it's just intellectual sluttery.

What I find more conclusive (and, frankly, well nigh incredible) is the fact that Irmgard Pinn is a member of DISS' advisory board.

Irmgard Pinn (born 1946) is a German sociologist who teaches in Germany and in Iran. She converted to Islam in 1981 and made herselfknown as a fighter for the politically correct, anti-racist cause by defending the right of Muslim parents to keep their children away from school out of religious consideration. Pinn, too, denies any discrimination against women in Muslim countries. As sociologist and anti-racism researcher (whatever that is) she is fighting "resentment and prejudices" against Islam in Germany and the fact that it is still seen mainly as a Gastarbeiter ("guest worker") religion.

Her main point is that Germans who are wary of Islam "do not know nearly enough" about it, as if it weren't exactly that knowledge that makes them wary in the first place.

Here is the video of a German chat show that shows Pinn ("There is no Islam-problem, just a "money" problem." Hello Osama bin Laden!) debating Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

(Tho read the entire article click HERE!)

The next entry About the Aesthetics of Converts is probably interesting as well, although even more "Germanocentric".

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This Week on the The Gathering Storm Radio Show

This week’s special guest of the The Gathering Storm radio show is our very own Pastorius from the Infidel Bloggers Alliance. A great guest who will discuss with me the insidious tactics of the Islamists and – of course – everything infidel.

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Saddam is Still Dead

In today’s New York Times the editors continue to anguish over the execution of Saddam. The Times is joined by Chris Hitchens. Let’s skip all the usual refutations of this superfluous and dissolute hand-wringing; Saddam’s treatment after his capture does deserve criticism but of a totally different kind.

Saddam never surrendered, never issued orders to surrender to his fighters, never signed surrender documents, and continued to claim he was commander-in-chief of Iraq. He claimed he was illegally detained, illegally held, and illegally tried. He continually postured as a victim while rallying his fighters to the cause.

Saddam should never have been tried – he should have been summarily shot for refusing to surrender and refusing to issue orders to his fighters to surrender. For the Sunni factions backing Saddam the war was never over. One does not hold trials during a war; one kills one’s opponents unless they surrender. Saddam remained the leader of insurgent Sunni fighters until the moment he died.

The trial was ill advised. It turned into an “O.J.” circus giving Saddam a platform to posture and re-establish his popularity among the faithful. His pathetic capture and dejected sulking gave way to a defiant and, in the minds of his supporter, heroic fighter. He never earned the dignity of a trial. Only his surrender and his call to his fighters to do the same would have earned him that dignity.
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The Disgusting End Result of Diversity

Here’s what you get when you worship the god of multiculturalism and diversity.

Members of a fringe political party in the Netherlands, who recently won a court case allowing them to field candidates for seats in the Dutch Parliament, believe it should be permissible for adults to have sex with children. Norbert DeJonge, secretary of the political party PNVD, a Dutch acronym that translates into "brotherly love, freedom and diversity," told Cybercast News Service that there is nothing wrong with pedophilia or bestiality, the latter of which is legal in the Netherlands, as long as the child or the animal involved, demonstrate consent.

There’s that word diversity. Can an animal demonstrate consent? Follow this warped ‘progressive’ thinking.

"Let's take a child that isn't able to speak. Just like an animal -- even a baby is able to smile or to cry when it respectively doesn't like something or does like something," DeJonge said. "So the question is not whether an animal or a child can show its resent[ment] or give its consent. The question is whether the adult will notice the expression of the animal or the child and what its feelings are."

And the PNVD party is serious.

They are currently lobbying to change Dutch law that would lower the age for children to grant sexual consent from 16 to 12. The party would eventually like to see all age of consent laws eliminated. And the Hague District Court recently refused to ban the party from the country's Nov. 22 elections, stating that it is "the right of the voter to judge the appeal of political parties," according to the Associated Press.

Right – morals and ethics be dammed.

The PNVD party platform states that children should be able to "make their own decisions," regarding sex and that the laws preventing sexual activity are useless. "There are other laws in our country that already state that it is not allowed for people to force themselves upon children or adults." said DeJonge. "So we don't need the current laws that specify an age of consent. There are other laws that can already be used to take on the problematic contacts that [exist] ... It's not like the people who really abuse children ... care about the law."

The madness of diversity goes even further.

The party also argues for the private possession of child pornography; the right of children to smoke drink and vote at the age of 12, to use "soft" drugs like marijuana at 12 and "hard drugs" like cocaine and heroin at 16. Party members feel this is consistent with their platform that states "people should have as much freedom as possible as long as they don't harm others." DeJonge, who serves as PNVD secretary, also asserted that since sex can only be learned through experience it is best for an adult to teach a child how to have sex. "Sex is not something you learn by reading a book or by looking at pornography. Sex is something you learn by doing it ... If they choose to engage in this contact with an older person then this may be the best for them."

Quo Vadis USA?
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Storm Track Appeasement: Islam and the Silence of the Libs

The appeasing mind – read the ‘liberal mind’ – is hard to fathom. Since liberals feel and don’t think, it’s difficult to come up with a rational explanation for their ‘progressive’ positions. I used to talk about values vs value systems to my students and the difference between the two. One may hold many values but a person’s system of those values – a value system – can be wrought with inconstancies.

Case in point. Some Christians value the example of Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace. Yet, there are those Christians many years ago who chanted ‘Kill a commie for Christ’. A very odd inconsistency. Here’s another. Liberals value affordable merchandise for their mostly lower and lower middleclass constituency. They don’t want their constituents ripped off by big corporations. That is one of the reasons they are against corporations.

Enter Wal-Mart. It provides affordable food and merchandise yet Liberals are waging a never ending war on Wal-Mart. Which value does the Progressive Liberal choose to pursue? The one against big corporations, of course and constituents be dammed.

No more is this clash of values in a liberal’s value system more evident then in women’s rights. In the West, women’s rights are defended in every area of social intercourse - only as long as it doesn’t interfere with the Liberal’s multicultural values. Women rights are defended as long as it doesn’t violate their defense of multiculturalism.

The perfect example of this is Islam. Why? Because they are the perfect victim and Liberals love victims. In fact, their constituents are classed as victims and need to be protected from (fill in the blank). Seton Motley writes:

The global left and the global Caliphatic movement fulfill a reciprocative symbiotic need; the former is in perpetual search for the next mascot to champion, another shibboleth to shake at a Western culture they revel in but revile. The latter, in search of our ultimate end, is more than happy to be but the latest to fill that bill. ……The left has also long been domestically practicing its victimology craft. To cite but one exemplar, we have our inner cities. In reality, these rollicking train wrecks are the legacy of the liberal welfare state; as the recently late, tremendously great Milton Friedman noted, when you pay people to be poor, you will get a whole lot more poor people. But according to the causes with a cause, these tacit war zones have been strip mined as a result of the inherent racism and prejudices of America’s “Haves,” exploiting their economic and cultural advantages to keep down the ghettoed “Have Nots.”

No matter where one turns, no matter how many self-incurred wounds one finds, there will always be one more liberal racing to the fore to dismiss the culpability that should attend the damage done (and thereby again postpone any hope that these tragic talismans will extricate themselves from their concentric hell; why rectify when one can instead justify?). Fidel Castro murders and tortures his populace, and renders a Caribbean paradise 90 miles to our south a floating jail, but it is all totally dandy with liberals because the islanders have health care and rice steamers.

Note the choice of Liberal values and the inconsistency of the value system.

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Judeo-phobia

The New York Sun points out (in an article by Steven Stalinsky) that virulent Jew-hating conspiracy theories permeate Islamic societies. Of course, there’s the usual nonsense about the Islamic attacks of 9/11/01:
“And the Malaysian cleric Hussain Ye appeared on Peace TV on November 1 and said there was no proof Muslims were involved in the attacks and that Jews are guilty … Syrian government-controlled newspaper Tishreen said a former secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, was connected to the September 11 attacks.

But did you know about Darfur ...
"In an address before the U.N. General Assembly on September 19, President al-Bashir of Sudan said that what was really happening in Darfur was a Zionist plot to dismember Sudan and plunder its resources. The "American-Zionist interest in Sudan" is not to prevent genocide in Darfur but to get control of oil and uranium, Muhammad Salahuddin wrote in the Saudi daily Arab News on August 10.

Did you know that Danish cartoons were …
"In the Iraqi magazine Al-Shabaka Al-Iraqiyya of March 13, the article "Look for the Jews" blamed Jews for the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad published in Europe and for the destruction of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Samarra mosque in February.

What’s that number?
"The Egyptian cleric Hazem Sallah Abu Ismail, a former Islamic lecturer in America, appeared on Saudi Al-Risala TV on April 14 and discussed U.N. documents that purportedly showed that "82% of all attempts to corrupt humanity originate from the Jews."

Least we forget, you don’t have to be Islamic to be a Jew-hater:
"Six weeks later, Uwe Frisecke of Lyndon LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review said on Lebanon's New TV that Jews spread AIDS, SARS, mad cow, and other diseases. The children's Web site of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood devoted a section of its April issue to "murdering children — part of the Jewish religion."

So much for trying to address their grievances!

As I said elsewhere: “A paranoid when confronted with the evidence sees reality as a plot. Soon they’ll be saying: ‘the whole world is a Jewish plot by a Jewish God … just read their Bible, they admit it!’” Actually, that Sun article starts with:
“if the U.S. did not exist some of us would have invented it. … we are used to hanging all our problems and catastrophes on America … add Israel to America. – a former Kuwaiti oil minister”

Indeed!
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