September 29, 2005
The memorial has been taken back!
Now, as Llama-Butcher Steve says, let's get rid of that insulting crescent-thingy in PA!
September 27, 2005
Azzam was no small player in jihad in Iraq. He was an experienced and ruthless killer, who as a native Iraqi understood the culture and context of Iraq greater than the foreign jihadis in country. His contacts are likely to be top notch. He will need to be replaced, and his replacement will have less influence and experience than his predecessor. Destroying al Qaeda in Iraq is a laborious process, but one that can be accelerated by taking out vital leaders and middle managers.And the downsizing continues...
September 23, 2005
I was struck by the commander who said, 'I want to kill a very bad pagan among the prisoners to receive more blessing from Allah." I think his reasoning is emblematic of what we're up against with respect to Islamic fascism. We in the West desperately want to believe that we can find common, rational ground and negotiate with Islamic fascists. The Commander exemplifies why negotiation, in the end, is folly. For them, they merely buy time with negotiation. Their life on Earth is not important; it's what comes after that matters. We should be mindful of that while we lodge complaints to Iranian mullahs who race towards making isotopes.This is something the peaceniks - or the appeasers - just don't understand. To those who say "war is never justified" I would point out that, whether they want to admit it or not, war is being made on the United States and the Western world. For those who purposely target and murder the innocent in the name of Wahabism, this war won't be over until all the world follows the tenets of Islam or until all those who refuse are dead. We can either do whatever we can to fight this, or we can simply accept it as inevitable.
Bury your head in the sand at your own peril.
September 22, 2005
Go view the presentation here.
September 11, 2005
September 11th has additional significance for me personally. On this day in 1993, my wife and I said "I Do" in front of a church full of friends and family. It was as beautiful a late summer day then as it was that morning four years ago. It's pretty hard to forget your wedding anniversary when it coincides with such an significant event in American history.
My wife and I were unsure what to do late that evening. We had already arranged for babysitting and we had planned to go out somewhere to celebrate. We didn't feel much like celebrating but being as it was such a long and emotionally draining day, we felt like we needed to get out of the house. We decided to get a bite to eat and go see a movie.
The restaurant was fairly empty, although being a Tuesday night this was not out of the ordinary. I had heard that President Bush was to make a statement at 8:30 and I wanted to watch it, but there were no TVs available so we headed on to the theater. It was one of those smaller venues with two or three screens that usually showed movies only after they had been out for a while. As we sat in our seats, we noticed that we were the only ones there. Some theaters had actually closed that evening and we were surprised that this particular one was open. We saw "The Others" and if it wasn't scary enough to begin with, try watching it all alone in a dark theater.
It takes place during World War II, on an island off the coast of England. There is one scene where the mother, played by Nicole Kidman, is reading to her children. One of the kids asks mummy, "Why are we at war with the Germans?" Without missing a beat, Kidman's character says (quite matter-of-factly) "Because we're the Goodies and they're the Baddies". For a split second, this answer seemed to me to be too simplistic and black-and-white - which is certainly the same point of view most of the Left still have today. But it wasn't long before it clicked that this was as apt a description of what we faced that day as any I would ever hear.
It WAS that simple. The United States and her allies, though far from perfect themselves, represented the Good that is the love of freedom and liberty. And the Islamofascists who would target innocent men, women and children and wantonly murder them represented the Bad - as Bad as you can imagine. There really is no middle ground. Either you support the cause of Hope or you tolerate the force of fear.
God help America if most of its citizens one day decide that the principles and ideals we hold dear are - in Cindy Sheehan's words - no longer "worth fighting for". However, I believe that will not happen. I remember clearly the words of President Bush when he addressed the Congress and the nation nine days after the attacks: "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail".
We must always remember what is at stake. And we must always hold the families of those we lost in our prayers.
September 09, 2005
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the president has the authority to detain a U.S. citizen closely associated with al Qaida.If he isn't already there, I say send him down to Club Gitmo. Maybe his Al Qaida buddies can talk him into going on a hunger strike.
A federal judge in South Carolina had ruled in March that the government cannot hold Padilla indefinitely as an "enemy combatant," a designation President Bush gave him in 2002.
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