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Peace Posh

Ten medical workers have been killed in Afghanistan, possibly at the hands of the Taliban (though the Taliban are known for taking credit after an attack, even one they did not orchestrate).

The Bloomberg report notes this:

“They were not doctors. They were trying to spread the Christian religion in Karan wa Manjan,” Mujahed [a Taliban spokesman] said. “And at the other hand they were spies. Our Mujahedeen people arrived there and tried to stop them, but they escaped and our Mujahedeen had to open fire on them.”

The International Assistance Mission, which describes itself as an international Christian organization providing education and health aid in Afghanistan, said on its website it has been informed that 10 foreign and Afghan people, likely members of a team providing eye care in communities in Nuristan, were killed while returning to Kabul.

British Sky News reports that the Brit who was killed — Dr. Karen Woo — was not Christian. Her fiance says that instead she was a Humanist, and he highly doubts that she was preaching. That may be the case, but she was working from a Christian organization. And one which is quite careful to avoid offending its host country:

“Amongst others, we ascribe to the code that aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint. IAM fully commits to the standard that aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind.”
- International Assistance Mission Standards

Frankly, the ability to be a secular Humanist and work with an organization dedicated to serving others out of a love for Christ is not something that jihadists or Islamists can comprehend, and is not something they themselves would accept in their own organizations.

Islam, remember as Bush told us for 8 years, is a religion of peace. That might be the case if you are Muslim. If you aren’t, it is anything but.

The Good, the Bad, and the Holder

It was a good week for conservatives, more or less: Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, thereby putting Obamacare on indefinite hold; the Supreme Court’s decision for the First Amendment in Citizens United vs. FEC, which was correct in upholding the Constitution  (though we’re thinking this could benefit statists, since big business (along with unions, ironically),  is actually not conservative. But again, the law is the law); and the bankruptcy of Air America — no more Ron Reagan, Jr.? Perish the thought. (though one could argue that this will just be another excuse for the Left to pass the Fairness Doctrine) .

So about what can we be gloomy?

How about Eric Holder’s Justice Department? They have just announced the release from Gitmo of Hassan Zumiri, a guy who wanted to bomb Los Angeles Airport in 2000. To Algeria. Gee, that sounds like a great idea. And let’s not  forget that this is the same Justice Department that has decided that those who plotted 9/11 — like the mastermind of it all Kalid Sheik Mohammad — should be tried in civilian court. Even though he already confessed and said he wanted to be executed. Military commissions are apparently okay for lesser-known terrorists, but the big guys deserve respect.

Here are former Bush official John Yoo’s comments about what the U.S. Constitution will now offer our enemies::

The Constitution requires that we have an open public trial for any criminal defendant tried by our government, and one of the rights that every defendant has is to force a government to open up its files and provide all the information it has on the defendant.This is going to be terrible for our efforts against al-Qaeda because we will have to explain, for example, how we knew where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was, how we were able to intercept his cell phone calls, how we were able to read his e-mails, and how we captured him. All of this is going to have to be made public.

Feel better? Let’s not rest on a couple victories, friends.

Never Forgetting

There was never an attack so quick, brutal, unexpected and astonishing on US shores against so many regular civilians. May we never forget that it happened, and why it happened.

from www.sepetember11news.com

WTC attack (www.sepetember11news.com)

Pentagon attack (courtesy of www.spetember11news.com)

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Iran, Obama and a certain liberal blindness

Krauthammer on Friday let loose on the Obama administration for kidding itself on so many levels and once again letting down the Iranian people…

Unfortunately for the United States, the country Obama represents, the prospective treaty is useless at best, detrimental at worst…

Obama says that his START will be a great boon, setting an example to enable us to better pressure North Korea and Iran to give up their nuclear programs. That a man of Obama’s intelligence can believe such nonsense is beyond comprehension.

And that’s really the question.  Can Obama and the Left in general really believe that arms control works or that America cutting down from 2500 nukes to 1500 is going to change the strategic calculus for thugs in Iran butchering their people in the streets or thugs in N. Korea starving a people into non-existence?

Can they really believe it?  Another example, in an article ostensibly on the side of the Iranian people…

Who’s going to win? In the short run, the victors may be the thugs who claim to rule in the name of God: the Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Basij militia and the other tools of an Islamic revolution that has decayed and hardened into mere authoritarianism. They have shown they are willing to kill enough of their compatriots to contain this first wave of change.

“Decayed and hardened”?  Really?  Can Ignatius really believe that the Islamic Republic has been anything but “mere authoritarianism” since the day it took 53 Americans hostage?  The Iranian government has supported the worst forms of terrorism all around the world, actively butchers its own people in public executions, stifles freedom of the press, has never had a free election.  If there’s a fascism and totalitarianism index, Iran is right near the top.  There is nothing but mere totalitarianism in the very ideals of the “Islamic Republic.”  It is, as most Islamism is, nothing more than a warmed over version of the fascism of Europe with Islam taking the place of the Master Race.

How could Ignatius and Obama be so deceived about the nature of this terrible regime?  What causes intelligent people to take absurd positions vis à vis Iran and other obvious enemies of Civilization?

The answer is ideology, an ideology that focuses all the sins of the world in one place, America.  The Soviets weren’t bad, we were.  The Maoists weren’t (or aren’t) bad, we were.  We were the aggressors, we were the bad guys.  I mean, sure they had the gulag, but we don’t even have Universal Health Care!  Still!

Who here sees a replay of the Carter years coming?  Carter was the nicest, most understanding, most apologetic President we’ve ever had and what did it get us?  A more beligerent USSR, a hostage crisis in Iran, aggresive terrorism throughout the Mideast and Europe.

When you apologize to thugs, they don’t take it as a kindness, they take it as weakness, and they quickly move to exploit any weakness they see.

And another thing, well two things actually; one on Putin and one on missile defense.  When Bush looked into “Putin’s soul” and saw a man he could do business with, he was universally derided on the Left as a fool who had been duped by Putin.  Of course, Bush never gave Putin anything, excepting maybe being a little less concerned with human rights in Russia than some wanted.  Obama flits over to Moscow and in a couple of days gives the Russians exactly what they have wanted for six years, a veto on our missile defense plans, selling out our allies and NATO members Poland and the Czech Republic in the process and he’s a genius for our time, .  Are you kidding me?

And what about missile defense?  The Left always screamed it wouldn’t work and even if it could shoot down one or two missiles, the Russians and the Chinese were going to send thousands at us, so what’s the point?  Of course, now it does work.  We’ve shot down missiles and satellites and just about anything else we’ve had a mind to over the past few years, so we don’t hear too much about the impossibility of hitting a bullet with a bullet anymore.  And yet the Left still vehemently opposes missile defence.  Confusing, no?

And the threat has changed as well.  We’re not worried about Russia throwing a thousand nukes over the North Pole at us, we’re worried about five from Iran or ten from PyongYang, exactly the kind of threat that missile defence, properly deployed could eliminate.

And yet the one place Obama chooses to save money next year is in cutting missile defence.  His one big “win” on the foreign policy circuit is giving away our right to defend ourselves and our allies to Russia.

The blind belief in disarmament has been part and parcel to the Left since Vietnam.  It has never been more dangerous.  It is of a piece with the belief that it is possible to make a deal with Iran’s thuggee rulers.  The Left as a matter of faith that if only we will repent of past wrongs, pay absolution and resolve to sin no more, then the world’s worst will accept our love, beat their swords into plowshares and we will all live happily ever after.

It’s daft.  It turns the rest of the world into mere reflections of America, absolving and infantalizing them at the same time.  Iran’s leaders have no interest of their own save resistance to American hegemony and American crimes.  Once those crimes are cleared up, all will be right with the world.  Iran’s belligerance is seen merely as a resistance (a legitimate resistance, I might add), to the monsters here in America.

We are the only bad guys, and we the only actors in this drama.  Everything revolves around us.  Obama doesn’t need to engage in tough diplomacy, he needs only change us and the messy world, with all its intractable problems, will simply melt away.

This is the fantasy that Obama and others like him hold dear.  Let us pray they wake up before it’s too late.

Gibbs takes swipe at … us?

Gibbs takes swipe at Cheney, ‘Republican cabal’ « – Blogs from CNN.com

Hey, anytime Rush or Cheney wish to guest (ghost?) write on the Cabal here would be fine with us. We would be honored. Honored.

Mr. Gibbs’ response to Cheney’s critique is classic, time-honored, pure pabulum :

“I would say that the president has made quite clear that keeping the American people safe and secure is the job — is the most serious job that he has each and every day.”

Well, okay. If Mr. Gibbs says that that is what Mr. Obama has made clear to the American people — we can all rest easy.   Has he — will he — make it clear in word AND deed to those who actually wish us harm? Well at least terrorists are no longer being terrorized in Gitmo. Or rather, they won’t be as soon as he figures out what to do with the really bad ones. NOT that there are really bad ones (except for the ones, that are you know, uhhh, really bad).

Hypocrisy Court

Bailiff:  All Rise, for here comes the Judge.

Judge: Be seated.  We’re going to hear a couple of cases here today and I don’t want them to take too long, so let’s get busy.  You there, in the funny hat, what’s your business with this court.

Dar-Al-Islam:  We demand that Jerusalem be returned!

Judge: Based on what?

DAI:…

Judge: What’s the basis of your claim, why should I order it back to you?

DAI: Well, because it is ours!

Judge:  No, if it was yours I wouldn’t need to give it back.  Why do you think I should give it back?

DAI:  It was taken from us!

Judge:  And?

DAI:  …

Judge: Look son, I don’t mean to be rude but we’ve got a lot of work to do so if that’s all you’ve got.

DAI:  It was wrongly taken from us!  The Joos and the Crusaders and the Colonialists took it!

Judge:  uh-huh.  So taking is wrong?

DAI:  Yes, it must be returned!

Judge:  Constantinople.

DAI: …, you mean Istanbul?

Judge:  No, I mean Constantinople, the seat of Orthodox Christianity, the home of the great and beautiful Byzantine Empire.  Sacked, burned and enslaved by muslims and forcibly converted to ‘Istanbul’.  The beautiful cathedral of the Hagia Sophia, defaced, and turned into a mosque.

DAI:  Yes, of course, what’s your point.

Judge:  My point is that Islam has spread by the sword from the beginning of its existence.  Muhammad returned to Mecca with an army.  The whole of the Islamic world is steeped in the blood of these conquests, so it’s a little late in the game to be claiming that conquest is an illegitimate means of occupation.

DAI:  But that is different.

Judge:  Uh-huh, and why is that?

DAI:  Because Allah has willed it through his prophet Mohammad.

Judge:  Uh-huh.  You have to understand son, we don’t believe your little book, so you can’t use it as a claim of justification.  If your conquests are legitimate, than you have to tell my why other’s conquests aren’t.

DAI:  Allah has willed it.

Judge:  Well than Allah can will Jerusalem back to you.  Absent that, I’ll order than when Constantinople has been restored to its rightful place as the home of Eastern Christendom and Mecca has been freed from Islamic oppression, than I will order Jerusalem back to you.  Next Case.

Drooling Obama Worshippers:  Hi Judge, we’d like to imprison George Bush and throw a party for President Obama because he just outlawed torture and closed Guantanamo.

Judge:  Uh-huh.  We like to do one thing at a time here, so how about we start with the New President’s party.

DOW:  Yeah, we’d like to throw him a party because he stopped torture and he’s closing that travesty to human rights in Cuba.

Judge:  You mean Castro, he’s toppled Castro?

DOW:  No Judge.  You’re silly.  We mean Guantanamo, the evil US prison for poor oppressed muslims.

Judge:  Uh-huh.  So it’s closed then?

DOW:  Well, not yet, it’s very complicated.  But he’s said he’s going to and he’s studying it now.

Judge:  How about we revisit that when it’s done?  We’ve been studying alternative energy for about forty years now and still get most of our power from fossil fuels..

DOW:  Obama’s working on that too!

Judge:  Yes, isn’t that special.  What I was trying to say before you interrupted me was that we’ve been working on that problem for a long time and still don’t have any good answers.  Do you know why?

DOW:  Evil oil companies have kept the technologies from being brought to market.

Judge:  Uh, no.  How old are you anyway?

DOW:  35.

Judge:  A little old to be believing in fairy-tales aren’t you?

DOW:  ?

Judge:  Anyway, the reason the alternative energy thing hasn’t been solved is because it’s a hard problem.  And I’m thinking Guantanamo might be a hard problem too.  Taking up arms against people in Afghanistan is not a violation of any US law that I’m aware of (although doing so without a uniform and outside of any recognized chain of command is a violation of the Geneva Conventions and other laws of war).  And released, many of these men have returned to the battlefield, either in Afghanistan/Pakistan or in Iraq.

How about we revisit this issue when the President has actually done it instead of just talked about it?

DOW:  But that’s not fair!  We want to throw a party now!

Judge:  Didn’t you just have a party?

DOW:  Yes, but..  Hey, we could still throw a party because He ended torture.

Judge:  Around the world?

DOW:  No silly, he stopped our American baby-kille… oops, I mean our proud American men and women in the armed forces and CIA from torturing, which I’m sure they didn’t want to do anyway, they were just being controlled by the evil Dr. Cheney.

Judge:  You mean former Vice-President Cheney?

DOW:  Yes, he was evil and should be proscuted for torturing people too.

Judge:  Evil?  Really?

DOW:  uh-huh.  He shot his friend and he once curdled milk just by looking at it.

Judge:  And Obama’s new policy is better how?

DOW:  He’s outlawed torture and stopped any harsh treatment of prisoners.

Judge:  Any?  All the time?

DOW:  Well he has allowed for some harsh treatment in some cases where really bad guys have been caught.

Judge:  And this differs from the Bush administration how?

DOW:  He was torturing everybody, all the time!  He was teh 3V1l!

Judge:  Please, no leet-speak in my courtroom.

DOW:  S0rr4.

Judge:  Obama’s new policy is no different from Bush’s old policy.  Well, it’s slightly different.  He will allow the use of harsh treatment on high-value detainees with important information in the war on terror.  Bush allowed the same, and the CIA, under Bush’s administration, waterboarded..

DOW:  GASP!

Judge:  Oh, pipe down.  ..waterboarded all of 5 people.  All very high-value detainees with important information in the war on terror.  Obama’s policy is no different than Bush’s excepting maybe that Bush allowed ink to be spread on some lower level guys.  Ink is not a human rights violation.

DOW:  But they tricked them!  They thought it was blood!  Menstrual Blood!

Judge:  These men sawed the heads off of people, they are not afraid of a little blood.  And trickery is also not a human rights violation.

DOW:  But Bush WARTERBOARDED!

Judge:  Yes, and Obama has said he will too if it’s needed.

DOW:  But, Obama will use this power wisely, unlike Bush.

Judge:  Now you’re being silly.  Look, President Obama just restated Bush’s policies that were already in place.  So, my ruling is as follows:  No, you cannot arrest Bush.  And you cannot throw Obama a party for stopping torture, since by any definition, he hasn’t done that.  If Bush was “torturing”, than Obama will be too, and if Bush wasn’t, than there was nothing to stop.  You also cannot throw a party for Obama for closing Gitmo because he hasn’t done that either, although we can revisit that next year (and the year after that most likely).

However, you can throw a party for President Obama when he goes through his first term without a terrorist attack on US soil.  That is, if you have already thrown such a party for Bush.

The court it closed.

Bailiff:  All rise.  You heard the Judge people, everybody out!

The Closing of Gitmo

In one of his first acts as president, Obama has signed an executive order closing the prison at Guatanamo Bay within a year. And now the question everyone on the Right has been asking (for a while): Where will the prisoners go? Well — to their own countries probably. Or here, to await federal trial (sigh). Maybe they will all go to  live with John Murtha — to stimulate western Pennsylvania(??).  And how.

Liberals (such as, say, Andrew Sullivan) argue that closing Gitmo and the secret CIA prisons, and banning “harsh interrogation technigues”, is necessary because they symbolize torture. From the AP:

Obama said he was signaling that the U.S. would confront global violence without sacrificing “our values and our ideals.”

How long will we have values and ideals if we are not willing to make tough decisions to get information from terrorists to prevent the slaughter of innocents?

It’s hard to say this, because we are all human, and we do not want to have to interrogate ANYONE harshly, and the thought is more than distressing. But we did NOT choose this war. We did NOT. The thought of another 9/11 is more distressing than the idea that someone caught as an ILLEGAL combatant in Afghanistan or Iraq might think he’s drowning, or might not have habeas corpus, or might have to stand for 4 hours.

Israel and Gaza

The Gaza invasion is over and under any objective evaluation, Israel has been victorious. Luckily for Hamas, the international news media hasn’t been objective for a long time…

The BBC takes Hamas’ word for it:

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, declared a ceasefire after Israel called off its three-week offensive.

The group has claimed victory in the confrontation, saying it stopped Israel achieving its aims.

The very next sentence in this article should be, “such claims are ludicrous on their face with Gaza in ruins and Israeli farmers harvesting melons just across the border.” Alas, it is not. The BBC allows Hamas’ absentee leader to pontificate for the rest of the article in direct and indirect quotes before finally noting that Israel also “claims” victory.

Look at the simply ridiculous formulation they use in the first sentence quoted above; Hamas declared a cease-fire after Israel called off its invasion. The Carthaginians just announced a ceasefire in their conflict with Rome as well. Hamas got crushed, end of story.

The only place that the terrorists can really win is in the editorial board-rooms of the western media. And so their “leader” holds a press conference in Damascus and the BBC loyally reports their “claims” and simply founders when attempting to find an objective measure whereby to judge the respective claims of the Israelis and Hamas.

Here’s a hint. The guy cowering in Damascus while his country is in tatters is not the winner.

Meanwhile, Hamas has returned to its beneficent rule in Gaza:

Nineteen Palestinians were murdered in cold blood by Hamas, Habbash said, while more than 60 others were shot in the legs.

Ihab Ghissin, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza, confirmed that his men had arrested scores of “collaborators” with Israel during and after the war.

They are cutting the eyes out of Palestinians they accuse of being collaborators. No trials, no Geneva Conventions, and no condemnations by the UN or the ACLU.

So that’s the short side. The Western Media continues to work for the West’s enemies and that’s that. But what will be the long term effect of Operation Cast Lead on Israel’s security going forward?

Israel’s government says they have struck a huge blow against Hamas and re-established the deterrent value of Israeli arms. How large the blow against Hamas truly is will depend greatly upon what can be done to stop them from re-arming themselves. Right now Israel is negotiating with Egypt and the EU on what to do about the border, but the smuggling tunnels have reportedly re-opened.

As for deterrence, who or what is Israel trying to deter? The thugs in Damascus and Tehran don’t care about the people in Gaza. So no matter how many of them are killed and no matter how many buildings are destroyed, the terror-masters in far-away lands aren’t going to be deterred.

The commanders on the ground, in Gaza may be concerned. There were reports last week that although Damascus was talking tough, the Hamas leaders in Gaza were willing to discuss a ceasefire. If that wedge can be widened, if the people of Gaza can be convinced to drop this futile war with Israel, than something might be accomplished, some deterrence might be generated.

But those same men cutting out eyes and crippling fellow Palestinians right now are going to be shooting rockets back into Israel at their first opportunity. It doesn’t take a majority to start a war in that part of the world.

What Israel did get was time. Hamas will need a couple of years to rearm before they can threaten the south of Israel again. And in those two years, perhaps moderate voices will rise within the Palestinian community who really want to live in peace with Israel, who can see the futility of sending their kids to die in front of Israeli tanks. So maybe they didn’t get deterrence, but they did get time and maybe hope…

What Hamas Says

More stealing from those little green footballs…

Ugh. Jamie Gorelick

She of the Chinese Wall between Intelligence and Law Enforcement that kept CIA from talking to FBI leading to 9/11.  She’s also a Fannie Mae Maven…

It’s not often that one person plays such a key role in two unmitigated disasters.

Go read the whole thing.

And go read The American Thinker, I’m just stealing from them today…