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One Late Bloomer Point of View - Un Bricolage

Monday, May 31, 2004

Profiles in Character - GWB & Hero - Promise Kept - The Commander in Chief & Americans vs Enemies Domestic and Foreign - Memorial Day 2004 Reflection 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Much of the following is rendered here with permission and all with some liberty in presentation while in keeping with the spirit of the participants. Have a great read.

A respected friend recently recently posted to an Internet Group a great bit of Real Americana; noting, "I received this from a military friend who is a brother in Christ."
"Attached is a picture (it is a picture of President Bush running along side of Mike) of one of my best friends in the Army, Mike McNaughton. We were privates together in 1990-1994. He stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan Christmas 2002. President Bush came to visit the wounded in the hospital. He told Mike that when he could run a mile that they would go on a run together. True to his word, he called Mike every month or so to see how he was doing. Well, last week they went on the run, one mile with the president. Not something you'll see in the news, but seeing the president taking the time to say thank you to the wounded and to give hope to one of my best friends was one of the greatest/best things I have seen in my life. It almost sounds like a corny email chain letter, but God bless him.

"CPT Justin P. Dodge, MD
Flight Surgeon, 1-2 AVN RGT
Medical Corps, U.S. Army"

Born To Run, Urban Legends Reference Pages, Politics - GWB & Hero: jpg of a Promise Kept

'Character is manifested in the great moments
Character is made in the small moments'

Another friend posted, "I don't know if anyone caught the Frontline program last night on PBS, but it painted GWB as some sort of religious right-wing radical who is trying to
make America into a Christian theocracy. He is limiting a woman's right to
have an abortion, plans on putting religious zealots as judges in the
federal courts, wants to force our children to say "under God" when stating
the pledge of allegence, believes it is morally wrong for people of the same
gender to get married and calls the poor oppressed terrorists "evil doers."
The man prays and reads the Bible every day and says that Jesus Christ is
the greatest influence in his life because "he changed my heart."

It is rather ironic that on this list he has been called "evil" and has been
compared to a demon. . ."

And another friend posted, 'It's messy being an American.  We have to win the majority to an opinion before we can get action.  A dictatorship takes less effort, but then you have to have a dedicated army, and that can get even messier.  Not many Americans are willing to kill their fellow citizens to advance a political agenda. Considering the history of the world, I think I am glad for that.
Let's see now... Vote the way you buy a car.  It isn't going to get you to heaven, because it isn't designed for that.  But get one you can afford, that will give you some of the things you like.  Be careful you don't get one that comes with payments you can't afford.  And make sure you pay your taxes to enforce the traffic laws for the idiots who are out there.'

And yet another was good enough to post, 'I offer the following Article from World Magazine, May 15, for reflection:
' "Right and Wrong
"Angry conservatives should keep in mind what a Bush loss would mean
"By Gene Edward Veith
"AS MANY AS HALF A MILLION PRO-ABORTION fanatics marched on Washington on April 25 ("All the rage," May 8), screaming about their right to kill the
not-yet-born. In the crowd were "tarts" for choice, gays for choice, and
anarchists for choice. They marched alongside representatives of more
mainstream advocates of abortion: feminists, the National Education
Association, Democratic politicians.

"The monumental question in the next election is whether America wants to be
governed by these people.

"Some Christians and conservatives are waffling about whether to support the
reelection of President Bush. He is not conservative enough, they say. He is
running a deficit. He advocates too much big government. Even some
conservatives are thinking the war in Iraq might have been a mistake, that
we are getting bogged down in a quagmire, with some thinking we should be
even more forceful in dealing with terrorists, while others think our
current measures are endangering civil liberties.

"But such concerns, though often legitimate, pale before the cultural stakes
in this next election.

"Who do you want to select federal and Supreme Court judges? The Republicans,
in the courtly spirit of compromise that is so frustrating to many
conservatives, favor strict constructionists who tend to be pro-life, but
they say they will not impose any pro-life litmus test. John Kerry, on the
other hand, says that he will impose a litmus test, that he will appoint no
judges who are pro-life.

"And with that mentality, other things will follow. Democratic lawmakers are
supporting the destruction of human embryos for their stem cells. Put the
"progressives" in power and there will be no brake on other kinds of genetic
engineering and reproductive technology.

"If the progressives gain power, we will definitely have gay marriage. Sen.
Kerry says he personally opposes marriage for homosexuals, but his election
would mean a new cultural and political climate, and, given his allies and
his advisors and his court appointees, the sanction of homosexuality in
marriage laws will just be a matter of time.

"It is important too to look at the next step, where other countries are,
once homosexuals win the marriage debate. The next step in their quest to
make their sexual practices socially acceptable is to silence those who make
moral judgments against their lifestyle. Criticism of homosexuality is
already outlawed as "hate speech" in Scandinavia, and prosecutors
specifically target pastors who teach what the Bible says on the subject.
And now Canada - our neighbor to the north who, in many ways, seems so much
like us - has passed essentially the same law.

"No, Sen. Kerry and the Democratic lawmakers up for reelection are not
advocating this particular bill, but can anyone doubt that their election
would put us on this same trajectory?

"Other overt attacks on Christian belief are on the horizon from
"progressive" ideologues. Not only the gay radicals but the pro-abortion
radicals want to exalt their vices into virtues, and secure privileges that
put them beyond criticism. Jim Doyle, the governor of Wisconsin and a Kerry
kingpin, has just vetoed a "conscience clause" that would have allowed
doctors and other healthcare professionals to refuse to perform abortions.
The pro-abortionists want to require Christian doctors to perform abortions.

"The left is enjoying a renaissance, of sorts, a resurgence of those
nostalgic days in the 1960s and 1970s of self-righteousness and revolution.
The Vietnam War days are back in vogue, and protest marches, teach-ins, and
"direct-action" tactics have become cool again with our cultural elite. The
veterans and leaders of the old anti-war movement have come out of hiding,
and we are on the verge of electing one of them to the presidency.

"The war and the economy are important, of course, but they are merely
problems in the here and now. In the long term, they represent only moments
in the history of this country. In the larger history of Western
civilization, they shrink in significance. The direction of our culture - even
the survival of any kind of recognizable American civilization - is of far
greater importance." '

And while all this is going on, we are fighting, or preparing to fight this Global War on Terror, and what have we to put up with from the Democratic Party? Nothing, but all kinds of noise with only one aim, and that being to advance the potential political advantage of the Democratic Party - at anyone's and everyone's expense ... Witness recent and continuing "Bush Bashing" Senator, Senior Senator, mind you, Ted Kennedy and his cohort members in the House, led by Democratic Party House Minority Whip, Nancy Pelosi attacking the President of the United States and Commander in Chief - and this during a state of declared war - with accusations that the Commander in Chief is “incompetent” and that he lacked the “judgment, experience or knowledge to make good decisions." - And this, on national broadcast media, that is, in the very ears of our enemies. These people and their ilk no longer listen to their own colleagues in Congress nor to we, the electorate. They have become, as they are now called, "Domestic Enemies" of the United States. Enemies whose self-interest comes first - before the good of the Nation and before honestly representing the will of the people. Their oath of office they have cast to the ground, which oath they once before us all stood and, hand over heart swore of their own free will, "... I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

Isn't it funny, that peculiarly in America, taking public office requires the taking of an oath of loyalty not to a man, nor to an office, but before God and man, to a document, a writing, a shadow of an even greater Writing, which sets forth our unique distinction as a people of God, under God and for His glory free and blessed with the fruits of liberty - it is to this the oath is taken and it is this very thing which all our enemies hate, both foreign and domestic - our freedom and, yes, our freedom's source, under God - our very selves.

So, here we are, in the first rounds of this renewed clash of civilizations, this struggle for survival yet played far from our doorstep, mostly, and which draws nearer each passing day and do we check our weapons and spot our lookouts and eye each other, steady each other against the coming storm of blood and violence? No, we do not. We continue to feather our nests and jockey for position and rip and tear at each other on the public stage for the whole world to see - and our enemies are cast down and weakened - with laughter. Then they get up and dust themselves off, nodding to one another, confident, now, how right they are in their assessment of their enemy - that's us, y'know - we of the fat ass - and move in closer, "To The Slaughter" singing in their hearts, dancing on their lips, glittering in their eyes and glistening from their blades.

What is really bothersome to a growing number of Americans is how more and more outspoken and how more and more vicious - hysterical, almost, are the attacks from the Left - for the Democratic Party is now frankly, The "Left and Loving It", anymore, anyway... As if they are revving themselves up for a rush at the White House in a modern reenactment of the October Revolution of 1917 - you know, when the nice, Liberal good guys tried to change things and, once they had done all the heavy lifting, found themselves shot dead by the smaller cadre of "Progressives", the real bad guys in their midst - when the menshiviks got deaded by the bolsheviks - Lenin and Company. Yeah, yeah, it didn't seem to work - after seventy plus years and how many tens of millions of their own killed by them dead, the Wall did come down - But, wasn't that because it was no longer needed - that we had moved so far their way, it had become superfluous and a hindrance to our further advance Left? And who says they have given up? Remember "Dialectical Materialism"? the Leninist doctrine that teaches to 'do anything, say anything, be anything, so long as you take over the world'?... Remember, then Soviet Premier Gorbachov may have thrown rocks at Stalin, already long dead, but yearly he very respectfully and publicly, under the unblinking eye of the world media, did place a very large wreath of roses at the tomb of Lenin...And today he has offices in the Presidio in San Francisco, "working on World Peace". Meanwhile, Islam is rising, again. Dennis Prager said, "Liberalism is felt, not thought." We'll be just as dead.

Just a reminder, folks, it wasn't always quite that way with the Democratic Party - with all that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, good or bad, he did also say, "Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what that life would be if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves." Ah, yes, that backbone thing, again. I have a hunch we are gonna need it, and soon.

In order to keep the Big Picture in view, let us look back to just a month or so ago and slice out just a sliver of what was happening as reported by some brave souls in the media. First is an editorial from the Sunday, 4 April 2004 edition of a newspaper located in Florida's panhandle. And then, a report then just off the wire from Indonesia.

Up Against Fanaticism By Phil Lucas, Executive Editor, Panama City New Herald

If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and
gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an
acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages,
and take the children, too. This piece is not for you.

We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an
Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims. Some readers didn't like it.

Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim
physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.

Well, we sure don't want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we?
That's just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get hurt.

We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims.
They can't get along with their neighbors on much of the planet:
France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia,
Somalia, etc. etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in
which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are
fanatical Muslims.

We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer
number of them.

One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they
slaughtered more that 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York

Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and reckless appeaser
who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resent the
Crusades. Well, Madam Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving
people, we might resent them too.

Let's recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe, and when they reached
sufficient numbers, they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners
by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their
homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up
for 1,000 years.

Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France.
Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims
laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it
would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland.
Sound Familiar?

Let's consider the concept of a "long war." Last time it was 200 years,
give or take. Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part,
the part that wasn't fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies
because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil,
between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state,
between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death.

That's the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and

There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims - some live here - but
that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the million gassed
and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain in Eastern
Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or
the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates as
a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death.

Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on "diversity," we are so
nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that our
brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we're so addled on
Ritalin we wouldn't know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a new
drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow a

It doesn't take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest, the
fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win. No exceptions.

Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then
look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at them.
Those are the people out to kill you.

Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball
and go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start
with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back for half a
century. Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight.

Like it or not, that's the way it was and that's the way it is. But many
Americans don't get it. That's why we published those pictures.

If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared your
children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors,
then I say, it's a start.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

FAITH UNDER FIRE - Muslim mobs burn Christian homes Attack began at 3 a.m.,
continued until all were destroyed Posted: April 28, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern

2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Muslim militants in eastern Indonesia burned down several hundred homes in
an overnight attack on a mainly Christian area where 26 people were killed
in three days of fighting.

The attacks on Christians in Maluku province, once known as the Spice
Islands, continues with no end in sight, according to the Washington,
D.C.-based human rights group International Christian Concern.

Laskar Jihad warriors

On Monday, several hundred homes of Christians were burned down in the Tanah
Lapang Kecil and Batugantung neighborhoods of Ambon, the provincial capital.

The attack began at about 3 a.m. and continued into the afternoon hours
until all of the homes were destroyed, ICC said.

According to news reports, government buildings have been abandoned and
taken over by unidentified snipers using the rooftops to scout victims,
including several policemen who have been killed in the past few days.

Maluku, which has been about half Christian and half Muslim, came under
attack between 1999 and 2002 from a radical Islamic group called Laskar
Jihad, or Army of Holy Warriors, which aimed to make Indonesia an Islamic

As WorldNetDaily reported last year, the group has continued to operate
despite formally announcing it had disbanded.

Many of its members have joined the al-Qaida-linked terror network Jemaah
Islamiah, blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and last year's suicide attack
on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the latest violence began when
members of the region's small Christian separatist Republic of South Maluku
marched through Ambon to mark the 54th anniversary of a failed independence

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, with more than 180
million. A minority supports the radical Islamic parties that share the aim
of converting the nation into an Islamic state, analysts say.

In response to the march, the AAP said, Muslim gangs torched houses and
churches, and set fire to a local Christian University and United Nations

Several people also were hacked to death with machetes by the mobs, AAP
reported, before hundreds of troops from Jakarta arrived to try to quell the

Under Indonesia's former leader in the 1970s and 1980s, Suharto, Muslims
were sent to Maluku to dilute the secessionist movement.

The separatist leaders called for international intervention to stop the
fighting while Christian leaders in Jakarta appealed to the central

The leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, Habib Husein al-Hubsyi,
threatened earlier this week to send 7,000 holy warriors to the province.

As we commemorate the old Decoration Day, and this Memorial Day 2004 - and do remember our heroic dead laid to rest, while we yet live - let us pray they died for something yet worth fighting for - and, in turn, resolve with our own lives to make it so, always and for ever.

Decoration Day, 1908.
Let us meet where the soldier boys lay,
    Let us bring forth Old Glory once more,
Let us tell of the valor today
    That was shown in the battles of yore;
Let us meet where the trenches were deep,
    In the woodland on mountain or hill,
Where the sons of Old Glory now sleep,
    Though the cannon and musket are still.
Let us meet, yes, with reverent hearts
    While a remnant remains with us yet,
Let us tell, though the tear often starts,
    Of the days we should never forget;
Of the soldier who kissed the hot tears
    From the cheeks 0f a maiden, that burned,
Of the maiden that waited long years
    For a soldier that never returned.
Let us tell of the prison walls dumb,
    Where the wounded and sick called in vain
For a mother with water to come
    And cool off a feverish brain;
Let us tell of the vigil at night,
    Of marches through mud and the rain,
Of the charge at the dawn's early light
    When thousands and thousands were slain.
Ah, yes; we will tell it today,
    That the youth 'neath Old Glory may hear;
On each grave a fond token we'll lay
    For the heroes we love and revere.
For so long as Old Glory shall wave,
    Yes, so long as our hearts shall beat true,
We will honor the true and the brave
    Who fought for the Red, White and Blue.

- Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
Page 15

This poem, published in the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger , was written by Ellen E. Hebron of Vicksburg in honor of her brother Jeremiah Ellington (Company K, 18th Mississippi Infantry), who died during the war. Because it is dated on April 26, 1894, it is assumed that it was written for Decoration Day 1894.

"Thanks, as always, to Jeff Giambrone from the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg for finding this poem and passing it along."

Decoration Day, 1894
by Ellen E. Hebron
They are firing the cannon now -
Will it bring me back my dead?
Will it raise my soldier-brother's form,
And restore his spirit fled?

In far Virginia's soil
He sleeps the "last long sleep,"
While I, his sister so bereft,
His memory e'er shall keep.

Fair was his youthful brow,
Tender his loving eye,
Loyal his heart to his native South,
When he bade his home good-bye!

High were his hopes of life,
Nobel his soul sincere -
O! mocking dream of the "long ago,"
So sudden his early bier!

They are strewing the flowers now -
O! my darling brave and true!
Can they crown with joy your pallid brow
As we fondly used to do?

When your voice like a bugle-call
To patriot duty came;
And your laugh like a rippling summer stream
Intensified the flame.

Of love three sisters bore
For an only brother's form -
Alas! Alas! that he should die
So early 'mid the storm.

I shall meet you yet again!
Bright in my soul your worth
Shall blossom and blossom on through years,
'Till I bid adieu to earth.

Sweet be thy soldier-rest;
Happy thy christian bed;
Loyal and true thy manly breast -
My brother is not dead!

In Flanders Fields

written in 1915 by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Flanders, in the north of France, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the World War I.  One of the few things said to have survived the bloodshed was the poppy.  John McCrea, a Canadian doctor serving on the battlefield, wrote this poem after treating the battle wounded and burying the dead.

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Friday, May 28, 2004

What To Do Till We Die, Right? 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

So, some claim to wonder whether Iraq has anything to do with the Global War on Terror, eh? As President Bush put it, when speaking to the assembly at the War College Monday, 0052304, Iraq is presently the main front in this war - good to hear that reference to "front", for now we see a little more what is what; and the President stated and later, repeated that the war was not against a religion - in any case, they started it, anyhow - but against the terrorists, who represent a global threat of, "Totalitarian Political Ideology" - right - and this is not a religion? How about the Shariah - an example of which we saw in the Taliban? Is that not an example of 'totalitarian political ideology' at work, dressed up in the colorful flowing robes of the ardent Muslim? Are not the al-Qaida sworn to destroy the United States in war and kill by ritual slaughter every Jew and take over the world for Islam? Are not 'ardent Muslims' only a shade away from becoming 'militant Islamists' or, radical - read 'ardent' - Islamists? Where is the line separating them? What can we do to keep them away from crossing that line into active questing for death in hate? Why, by claiming one thing while saying another and meaning a third while all the while meaning what one says, after all...Totalitarian Political Ideology seeking world dominion defines Islam .

Oh, this is too much, says one...We musn't make such judgments of others - for we are no better than they and besides, we can still make a buck off them, as in The Oil For Food Scandal. Let us have a closer look at who, including the Iragis and at what was taking place in the run up to the September 11, 2001 attacks at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, as the Wall Street Journal reports. Is this the proper business of a so-called religion of love? What does further examination disclose about Islam, from their own press and media?

No, this is not enough! And if this really is not, then this will not suffice for you, either, for it is the site of a living, breathing witness to the bloodthirsty, hateful, racist, loving of death with complete disregard for one's own people so long as the Christian, the present declared enemy, the Americans and, as ever, the Jews are deaded Islamist agenda - read religious doctrine. This young man, raised in Bethlehem, and a Palestinian through and through saw and heard for himself, in his own home how Islam works, what Islam actually teaches - what Islam intends for the likes of you and me.

Oh, yeah, you did know, didn't you, that "Palestine" is a Roman name for that region, and that there never, ever was an established Muslim people in any way indigenous to that area and that, too, the "Palestinian" has no anthropological or racial connection to the Canaanites who did inhabit the area once? Yes, of course you did - our great Mainstream American Mediae made sure you did, in detail, didn't it? Or that Palestinians fled for their lives to the protection of Israel when it became certain their 'brothers' in Islam sought to destroy them and that these 'brothers' in Islam did finally encamp so many of the Palestinians in concentration camp like 'refugee' camps, rather than allow them to settle in Jordan, Egypt, Syria or Lebanon or Iraq?

Latest information 26 May, indicates al-Qaida is growing - is 'revival' coming to Islam? Think about that...about eight hundred fifty million Muslims catch fire and discover ardent Islamism and march on the two hundred ninety some odd Americans. Again, What if the WMD, Sarin Saddam Hussein hid away got into the wrong hands, like the 'insurgent' fighters from all over the Islamic world now engaged in Iraq - and in a secret cell near you?

It is not for us to judge the play while the ball is in motion - Let our leaders take it to the enemy without having to look over their shoulders at quite every step - for the enemy before us will surely kill us all, while the enemy at home will only enslave us and only kill some of us that are born and only as many of the unborn they can get to. So, when 'they' come for us, who ever 'they' happen to be at the moment, let us take heart from this record of resolve in Iraq - and of the wisdom of the commentator, let us with our recommendation forward to our Leaders' best wisdom.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch... 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Providentially came by this, just when looking for some brief change of mood to interject into all the doom and gloom looming...That good olde spirit, don't y'know? Part of the secret of that good olde, Stiff Upper Lip, business, what?

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Break Right! 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Things just keep happening on so many fronts...Exciting. Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for pointing us to this, which tells us much about what is in store for us...and by whom.

You may have been hearing about the artillery shell containing Sarin...Did you know it really has been confirmed and is official? Do you know what Sarin can do to you? Do you know how powerful Sarin is?

When you want to know what is going on, you can begin to find out a good deal visiting here.

By whatever name you care to call it, Now that the militant Nation of Islam has begun to rise up to attack the rest of the world, it is up to us here in this world to knock them down, again. If we do not and do not do so promptly and forcefully - we will die.

Last week, in a visit to Chapman College in Orange, California, the recent Premier of Spain, Jose Maria Anzar in gentlemanly fashion deflected the attack of a heckler with, "Your country is better than you believe it to be." Well Done, Señor.

If you haven't noticed, there have begun a string of events 'terror' related which have occurred on the eleventh of the given month...Watch out, lest we become mesmerized victims of superstition at the hands of a wily enemy. Let us set the agenda and put them back in their place, before they take us all back to the Dark Ages. What happens on the Iraqi front that matters is that we fight them there and hurt them, there; show them we are too strong, and too ready for them to dare more, perhaps, but hurt them, and hurt them there, we must.

If you think that, deep down, we are all just the same, and so suffer from a case of 'moral equivalence', we urge you to avoid the bitter disallusionment which so often accompanies such consequent moral relativism and which leads to cynical skepticism of any and all - to our own demise. Our enemies are real and they really do hate us. It is not our fault. They love to hate. We are a juicy target - are we too soft?

Life can be hard and meanwhile our country has been softened - are we too soft to defend ourselves - and excuse this on the basis of moral relativism and moral equivalence and cynicism? We shall be dead all the same.

Break Right!

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Friday, May 14, 2004

Parting Shot...In Focus...Spot On! 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Was just reading through some of the emails from our Marine friend on the Iraqi Front...He uses a most appropriate and illustrative phrase, "Global War on Terrorism". Couldn't wrap for today without sharing this with you:

Dave Returning to Iraq - Mar 2, 04

Dad –

You asked me to explain why I am going back to Iraq and I think the best way to explain it is to illustrate how Iraq is now the front lines of the Global War on Terror.  There has been so much bantering over the past two years about whether or not we should be involved in Iraq as “it has nothing to do with Terror.”  Nonsense. 

Terrorism is what is going on right now, today in Iraq.  Al Qaeda and other extremist/terrorist organizations are active in Iraq making it their primary battleground. 

Unfortunately common Iraqis are bearing the brunt of this brutality.  The enemy has made its priority Iraqi citizens who are working to make Iraq a better place to raise their families and live their lives.  Everyday the Iraqi people show extraordinary heroism simply by going to work.  Already, the terrorists for “cooperating with Americans” have murdered hundreds of Iraqi policemen.  In the past several weeks, the enemy has expanded its campaign to include low-level Iraqi contractors who are employed by the coalition.  Imagine, a simple generator mechanic who works for dollars a day murdered for going to work on an Americans base.  Now imagine that several attempts on his life have been made leading up to his eventual murder but he still came to work because he had no other way to provide for his family.  This is not hyperbole.  It happened and it is one example of what is now common in Iraq.  Handbills and graffiti are written everywhere warning Iraqi citizens of murder and torture if they participate in stabilizing Iraq by turning the power back on or voting on local leaders.  Iraqis are being terrorized into accepting anarchy from which a fundamentalist state can rise – just like what happened in Afghanistan and Iran.

Using words like “enemy” and “terrorists” make people uncomfortable because they are not politically correct.  Regardless of our societies sensitivities and possibly wishful thinking of many, the people that are killing Iraqis and doing everything within their power to kill Soldiers and Marines are our enemy.  They want nothing more than to sow their fundamental hatred of the West and to cultivate legions of like minded zealots who are willing to export and expand the campaign of murder and terror to the four corners of the earth.  They will not stop until we meet them head on and destroy them.  Iraq is one of the battlegrounds where our will is being tested.  If we surrender Iraq because Americans have lost their stomach for the tough job ahead, Iraq will be lost to the very people who executed 9/11 and who want nothing more than a hundred more 9/11’s. 

This is a dirty, gritty job that will be completed incrementally.  There are no quick fixes or ways to significantly “lower the cost.”  Unfortunately the one thought that is more distasteful than wading into the current situation and sorting it out is to lose our nerve and surrender by withdrawing.  I honestly cannot imagine the kind of world that Jack and Abby would grow up in but it would be closer to today’s Tel Aviv or Beirut than to St. Louis in the 1970’s.

Finally, I am going back because it is the right thing to do.  We made promises to the Iraqi people that we must keep.  I was asked to go back with the 1st Marine Regiment I said yes for all the reasons above and because I think both the Regiment and the 1st Marine Division are exceptionally well lead.  I think that we are going to succeed - albeit, we will pay a price – and I am honored to be part of that.



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Live From The Front...We Attack!...The War News...Leaders Speak Out 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Some have questioned the authenticity of the e-mail 051204 News From The Iraqi Front...posted from a Marine in Fallujah - courtesy of Mr Hugh Hewitt. "Well, thanks to some help from another Marine Corps officer, I have confirmed that the e-mail was legit. In fact, I was directed to the Marine's father's web-site, which is The Green Side. Bookmark it. You can read it and get the truth, or read the Los Angeles Times etc. and get the agenda journalism of the defeatists."

While we are about it, let us stop a moment and give due regard for the inspiration and leadership of Mr Hugh Hewitt, whose example and modest manners motivated in the immediate sense the commencement of ~ elderflower ~ in conjunction with his vision and management experience and his alert, conscious and above all intelligent loyalty and citizenship. Please join with this writer and visit him often. You may enjoy Hugh streamed live via www.ktkz.com Monday through Friday, 1500 -1800 Pacific Time. That is 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Pacific Time. See ktkz.com's Program Guide for Replays at the week end. One may learn a good deal about the phenomenom of the "blog", there, too - and referrals to some truly good writing about in the "Blogosphere".

In this vein, follow this to a bare knuckled examination of the current situation from the strategic, military point of view and then have a look at this gloves-peeled-off clear headed analysis from Victor Davis Hanson in his piece, American Cannibalism - We are doing to ourselves what the enemy could not - in today's National Review Online. If there has been any question arising in anyone's mind about the course of the "war on terrorism" on the Iraqi front, or anywhere else, that one simply must read the foregoing, with a smile - and a prayer of thanks breaking forth.

And now, a word from our leader, the Chief Executive, the Commander in Chief, the President of these united States of America...whose first responsibility in executing his duty to the Constitution and the People is National Defence. Video-recorded 13 May 2004, President Bush discusses world affairs and his campaign for re-election at the American Conservative Union's Fortieth Anniversary Gala.

Bring It On, In Deed...

... Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. - Psalm 20.7, 8

... Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. - Proverbs 1.23

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Hi. I keep a blog, as well, and found you via a technorati search for The Green Side. Maj. Bellon is a personal friend of ours and I post his letters to my site. Thanks for linking The Green Side and for keeping The Truth From the Front in the front of the 'sphere.

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Moral Equivalence and Self Destruction, Or, Enemies Is Me 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Total Depravity:
Situational Ethics + Values Clarification =
Secular Humanism =
Moral Equivalence
= You Do Your Thing And I'll Do Mine = You Scratch My Back And I Will Scratch Yours = Mutual accommodation = Moral Relativity = Tolerance = Cooperate And Graduate = Moral compromise = Enemies Is Me = No Body Is Perfect So, Who Are You To Tell Me Anything? = I Am Just As Rotten And Corrupt As You: Let's Take More Than Ten billion Dollars From The Iraqi People Together Through The Food For Oil Program! = You Are Nasty - Let's Be Friends And Make a Porno Film With Insurgent Detainees in Iraq! = I Am Probably Just As Bad As You - Let's Play! Yeah! Let's Only See The Good In Each Other!

In the furthering of their liberal, Progressive agenda, we find promulgated a mis-guided spirit of so-called Democracy, where we find large swathes of the so-called educated elites, isolated from the real world by their education in liberal institutions, reading liberal media and viewing liberal television actually believing every one is "okay" - that is, entitled to everything he can get away with, so long as he doesn't get caught - and no one is really any better than any other and so, therefore, then, the world community is like a school playground, where when occasional push and shove takes place we need only to police. Thus, the U.N. is proffered as the means of policing one another - on a consultative, by committee concurrency basis - not on the objective standard of the rule of law and, as such is the herald of anarchy until each target nation cries out for law and order at any price. Voîla, another free nation bites the dust.

In reviewing the nearly monolithic and nearly overwhelmingly liberal print and electronic media of most of the world we find a certain, strange and ominous consensus that, 'The single greatest threat to world peace is Israel and the United States.' How so? These two nations, of all the world, are peoples whose identity is based on the same Book. That book tells a man more about himself than he knows of himself, himself. That book makes certain declarations and assertions annoying to the rebellious. That book describes this matter of 'moral equivalency' to a "T" - and this gravels the wicked.

Talk radio and the phenomenon of the weblog are two important exceptions; as is the Editorial Section of the Wall Street Journal, on the print media side.

All to the point, now: Jihad has been declared against the Jew and the Crusader, and the mischievous, a handy euphemism for all others not Muslim. We are at war because war has been declared upon us and, similarly to the erroneous resistance of some to the fact of catastrophism in the Natural History of Earth, we simply must overcome the resistance of some to the fact that what has begun will unfold as catastrophic war upon civilization - or, we will lose all our lives.

The question is, Can America be already too rotten with Secular Humanism and Hedonism; pleasure seeking self-centered self-deluded 'autonomous' slaves of sense experience that we will fall like rotten fruit into Mohammed's hand?

Late breaking news, folks, They're Back! And they are coming to Kill You. Believe it or not.

A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. - Proverbs 6.12-14

Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. - Proverbs 1.23

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

A Glimpse Into The Heart of - dare we say it?- Our Enemy 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

We are headed back to the Middle Ages and the fight to keep some of Europe out of Muslim hands...Only now, the whole world is at stake unless...

Let us now have a look at the heart of such a sworn enemy ... Viewer Discretion Strongly Advised:
Children under thirteen years old should not view this:

The Murder of Nick Berg movie

Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. - Proverbs 1.23

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About that, "Iraqi Front," thing...May This Be a Blessing 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

"What America set out to be is much of what Christ is one day coming to find"

Such an assertion emerges from the hope given, that confident expectation, that joyful anticipation of biblical hope...It tells us that this recent resumption of open conflict between civilizations, coming after five or six hundred years of relative quiescence will fail, no matter the immediate outcome - even if this civilization falls, and America with it into ages of Muslim Shariah darkness worse than that of the Taliban late of Afghanistan. For example:

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Last Updated:  051204   

An important note to our readers:

To date, no single article, image or video that was ever published on this site has generated as much response as the video of Nick Berg being brutally murdered. Before presenting it to you, we spent a great deal of time in thoughtful consideration of the victim, his family, other victims before him and the additional victims yet to come. As indicated in the above analysis by Laura Mansfield, Mr. Berg will not be the last to suffer the same fate at the hands of radical Islamic fundamentalists.

Even as seasoned veteran investigators and analysts, we were very disturbed and brought to tears by what we saw. More importantly, we were angered not only by what we saw, but by the way the "mainstream" media has engaged in selective reporting of certain events in the war on terror. Using the convoluted logic of political correctness and not wanting to assault our sensitivities, they have by default or design instead chosen to insult our sensibilities. It is our collective belief that despite its horrific nature, every American adult needs to view this footage so they might fully understand the brutality of our enemy and the danger that we truly face as a nation. Until that is accomplished, we will continue to bring you the uncensored truth, as painful as it is, and as unpopular as some wish it to be.

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If you'd like to be emailed when the next link goes up, you can email Laura and we will let you know.

12 May 2004 - Al Qaeda, we get the message
by Laura Mansfield

The image was chilling: a young American’s head, blood dripping from the neck, was shown on one of the Arabic language jihadi websites. It shocked me, although it shouldn’t have.

No, I’m not talking about the image yesterday of the American young man who was brutally murdered in what has been aptly described a “snuff flick” by some.

I’m talking about an image that was displayed Monday on the Arabic forums of American servicewoman Lynndie England, who has been featured in some of the photographs of alleged maltreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghrayeb prison in Baghdad.

A second look at the image showed that it was one of those fake photos. Someone had taken the photo of Ms. England holding the dog leash, and had done some serious image editing, resulting in a particularly gruesome image.

That wasn’t the only image of the same nature. The Al Hesbah website was showing photos of an Israeli soldier, killed in an attack by the Palestinians. The bloody head was so similar in nature to that of Nick Berg that when the Berg photos appeared, I had to go back and make sure they weren’t one and the same.

Someone was trying to send a message. Was it the same group who murdered Nick Berg?

When those images were posted Monday, Nick Berg was already dead. His body had been discovered at a highway overpass near Baghdad. The media reported that his remains showed obvious signs of trauma.

Obvious signs of trauma.

You could call it that, I suppose.

Over the past 24 hours, I have heard various pundits all over the spectrum, from the revenge seekers calling for the US to “nuke the ” to apologists claiming that the group that carried out the beheading was a rogue group, and the incident is an aberration, since “Islam is a religion of peace”.

I checked the Arabic forums to try and try and gauge the reaction to Zarqawi’s actions. There was one posting from a jihadi who had mixed feelings about the killing, and asking for validation that it was in fact in accordance with Islamic law. It was quickly answered with a flurry of postings citing fatwas and sunnah validating the act as being something not just allowed under Islam, but demanded by Allah.

The other postings were even worse. Here is a short list of some of the comments:
Abu Mus'ab Alzrqawy carries out his work in a wonderful way
Allah is the greatest, Nik Berg, the American citizen, who cut his head in Iraq, is a Jew
These will please your eyes with these pictures of the neck of the apostate being cut
A glory that shook the tyrant’s thrones by what our hands did!!

Clearly the jihadis had no problem with killing an American civilian.

I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s only been a few days since Osama Bin Laden announced a bounty for the death or capture of an American of British soldier or civilian. I wonder where Zarqawi goes to collect his 1,000 grams of gold.

But as I said, Al Qaeda was sending us a message. I for one got that message loud and clear yesterday. It was pretty hard to miss. Abu Banan, who apparently coordinates Al Qaeda’s internet news distribution outlet Global Islamic Media Centre, posted a translation in English to make sure all those who are Arabic-challenged got the message.

Abu Banan translated the closing remarks, taken from the Repentence Sura of the Qu’ran, as follows: "So kill the mushrikeen wherever you see them”

The “mushikreen” are those who do not follow Islam, people who are considered apostates or polytheists.

Others translate it more literally. “Kill them (the unbelievers) where you find them.”

Either way you translate it the message is clear.

They want to kill us. They will kill is if we give them the opportunity. We can either fight them in Iraq, or we can fight them in American streets if we don't stop them overseas. But we will have to fight this war, one place or another.

Remember that the next time you see a prisoner who claims to have been humiliated by his American or British captors. At least they walked away. At least they are alive. Their heads are still attached to their bodies.

Nick Berg can’t say the same. Neither can Danny Pearl, nor the young Israeli soldier who was so gruesomely displayed on the internet message boards.

11 May 2004 - Al Qaeda Beheads American and Releases Video
by Laura Mansfield

In a horrific display of barbarism, a masked person claiming to be Abu Mus'ad Al Zarqawi slaughtered American contractor Nick Berg. The video was released on a website that is frequented by followers of Ansar Al Sunnah in Iraq, and almost immediately appeared on a host of other Arabic language jihad websites.

The video showed five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks, standing over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit — similar to a prisoner’s uniform — who identified himself as Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor whose body was found on a highway overpass in Baghdad on Saturday.

Sitting in a chair, Berg made the following statement: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan,” the man said on the video. “I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in ... Philadelphia.”

The video then changes to a scene of masked men, with Berg sitting in front of them. After reading a statement, the masked men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” — “God is great.” They then held the head out before the camera.

Berg's body was found yesterday in Iraq.

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We are providing a full translation of the Arabic posting:

Translated from Arabic

Sheikh Abu Mus'ab Alzrqawy slaughters an American with his hands and threatens Bush with more

A statement to the nation

The praise of Allah for all Muslims with his support and the humiliating of those who attempt to defeat Islam and who attack it and who entice the unbelievers with their cunning.

The one that appreciated the days countries with its justice and the prayer and the greeting on from above the Islam lighthouse by its sword as for after :

The Islamic nation

You rejoice at the first signs of the dawn that have started that have granted the wind of triumph. Allah was benevolent to us in Al Fallujah, granting us victory

On one of the days of Allah and that was known to Allah alone

The Islamic nation

Does any excuse for waiting remain? How the free Muslim sleeps, with his eyelids closed.

And he sees that Islam is slaughtered and can be seen bleeding its dignity

And the shameful pictures and the news of the evil humiliation of the Islam people men and women in Ghareb 's father prison then where the jealousy and where the zeal and where the anger about the Allah's religion and where the jealousy for the Muslims sanctities and where the revenge for the honors of Muslims and Muslims is in the crosses prisons .

As for you are the Islam clerics then to Allah we complain about you, you see that Allah have founded the argument on you by the Islam young man who humiliated the strongest force in the date then broke its nose and destroyed its pride

We came to you that you learn from them the reliance meanings and derive from their doing the lessons of sacrifice and redemption to when you remain as the women you master only the slapping language and know only the way of wail and weeping

Then this appeals the world freemen and this it begs Kofi Annan and a third begs Amr Moussa and fourth he demands peaceful demonstrations and as if they did not hear to his saying ( ( O you the prophet incited the believers to the fight ) )

You were fed up with the fight of the conferences and the oratorical battles ohm came to you that you take the jihad way and carry the sword that sent by it the prophets master

And we beg from you that you do not be involved as usual in the denial of what will do it satisfaction of the Americans

He has ordered the prophet - peace be upon him - and he is master the merciful are with the slitting of the necks of some prisoners and their slow killing

And for us it is an example and a good example

As for you, the Roman dog Bush, I hope you are displeased and we wait for you with God's Help tough days and you and your soldiers today who tred Iraq's land will regret it.

And she dared in it to the Muslims fever

And another message to traitor Pervez Musharraf then we say to him that we in wait for your meeting with your soldiers

We demand of the American and will take revenge for the blood of our brothers in and Iraq and elsewhere

And as for you and the Americans soldiers wife then we say that we offered to the American administration this prisoner in exchange for some of the prisoners in Abu Ghareb prison but they refused

Then we say but if the dignity of Muslims and Muslims in Abu Ghareb prison and others is worth theur blood and souls

we tell you to know that the coffins will arrive to you one coffin after another, as your people are slaughtered in this way.........

Then you kill the polytheists where you find them and you take them and count them and place them where they can be seen.

Allah is the greatest and the honour to Allah and to its messenger and to the militants

And our last claim is that the praise of Allah is the Lord of the Worlds

Abu Mus'ab Alzrqawy
Prince of Al Tawhid group and jihad
22 Rabi I 1425

And you see the slaughter, your fighting brothers suspend the head of this unbeliever on one of Baghdad bridges so that they teach a lesson to others from the infidels and serves as a witness to the honour of the Muslims

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10 May 2004 - Al Qaeda Follows Through With Promised Assassinations
by Laura Mansfield

Over the past few months, it has become apparant that Al Qaeda has a very specific modus operendi. They tell us what they are going to do, then they do it.

This was true with the bombings in Spain, the attacks in Riyadh and Basra, and the continued insurgency in Fallujah and Baghdad.

But no where has it been more obvious that in the assassination of the Chechyan president this weekend by Al Qaeda operatives. President Akhmad Kadyrov was sitting in the VIP area of a stadium, watching Victory Day celebrations, when the bomb went off.

This attack, perhaps more than many others, shows the incredible patience that Al Qaeda is willing to exercise in order to successfully complete a mission. The attack in Grozny's Dinamo stadium was obviously a long-term plan. A land mine had been planted in the stadium during construction. It exploded, destroying a stand and the VIP area. An attack almost exactly one year ago in Grozny's Dinamo stadium on May 9, 2003, killed two policemen and injured one other. The incident forced cancellation of the local Victory Day parade commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany and the Soviet conquest of Central Europe.

The attack was hailed as a success in a posting today on Al Qaeda's Yahoogroup, Global Islamic Media Centre. (A translation of the posting from Global Islamic Media is located here.)

Al Qaeda has been highly focused on assassinations in recent weeks, with articles by Saudi Al Qaeda leader Abu Hajir Abdul Aziz Al Moqrim outlining the techniques to be used in a successful assasination. Based on the extensive coverage given to this topic, it is likely that there will be additional assassinations in the near future. The death of Chechyan rebel leader Abu Al Walid several weeks ago was memorialized in Voice of Jihad, and in that article the author vowed that Al Qaeda would seek revenge against the Chechyan leaders for Abu Walid's death.

Analysts at the Northeast Intelligence Network will continue to translate and analyze Al Qaeda's postings and publications in an attempt to gain further insight as to future targets. The clues are there. They publicize their plans and methods. Discerning who, what, and when from their publications is the hard part.

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So, the War on Terrorism is really our opening response to the Return of the Islamists - a World War III, like it not, here it comes. And so, our reference to 'The Iraqi Front,' for so it is, only one front...another may be right outside your door, or down the street, waiting to explode in your face, or that of one of your loved ones and erupt wide all over your life, or your wife.

So, What are you gonna do? What is your choice, given that this set before you is true? For now you know, This is not something to be 'returned to the handling of the civil, a police matter', but an all out war, the full fury of which is yet ahead of us - and much blood letting. Are you preparing yourself to defend your kith and kin, or to offer them up to the swarming hordes rising now more and more to come and get you and yours?

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News from the Iraqi Front... 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Read this e-mail from a Marine to his dad:

"Dad -

We are approaching a very significant phase in Fallujah. Very soon, we will execute the first "joint patrol" into the city. The concept is that Marines and elements of the new Iraqi force will enter the town together. To suggest that the cessation of hostilities is fragile is an understatement. The environment is very fluid and one day things look better but the next we gather intelligence that suggests we are making a mistake. The leadership has gone way out on a limb here making a tremendous gamble that the course of action decided on will bring some degree of stability to this area.

Of course, in order to allow the Fallujans a chance to stabilize themselves, we must eat a little crow. We know that people are running around the city proclaiming that the Marines were defeated and the insurgents stopped us. To our dismay, this has even been picked up by our own media. Again, I can barely stand to read it. However, we fully realize that the only way the Iraqis will take control of their own destiny is to regain some of their long lost self image/national pride. They were crushed by Saddam brutally for 35 years, the last 12 of which, the US also had its way with them. They saw us cut right through the worlds 4th largest military in 1991 and then enforce no fly zones along with limited offensive actions against them with impunity for the next 12 years. Finally, we destroyed a regime and occupied their country in less than 3 weeks last year.

Regardless of whether or not the Iraqis hated Saddam, all of these elements above resulted in a tremendous amount of shame in this culture. Later, when we captured Saddam and put pictures and stories in the media of him surrendering like a lamb and sticking his tongue out for doctors, that was further humiliation. Until they start to feel some pride in themselves as a nation, we cannot expect them to want to vest themselves in its future. If that means we have to stand by and let them strut, that is what we will do. It is very hard to swallow as there is not a Marine here who does not know in his heart that we could have taken the entire city down if we were allowed. The whole environment requires discipline and confidence.

The more I am exposed to Iraq, the more I am convinced of the damage done buy the brutal regime that ruled it for so long. A special forces officer and I were talking this morning and he made the analogy that Iraq is like an abused child. If you abuse a child and raise it in a closet, you cannot expect it to be well adjusted and socialized when you let it out 20 years later. It may take decades to excise all of the damage. It is a rough analogy but it certainly applies here. The depth of ignorance is astounding. Because the people were so isolated and lived in such fear of the special police and sundry other henchmen, they are very susceptible to rumor and disinformation. Many people here hate us as they do throughout the world because they see us as grossly wealthy and our opportunities and "blessings" make the absence of their own all the more angersome. Envy breeds resentment which breeds distance which breeds ignorance... You get the picture.

I cannot tell you how many crazy ideas that the people here actually come to believe are true about us. In the mosques, they preach that we are only here for the oil and that we want to colonize Iraq. Worse, they preach that the Marines are going to rape the women in order to crush their race and expand our own. It goes on and on. As a western educated person, your first inclination is to reach out and reason with people. However, the ignorance fear and hatred are so profound in some pockets that reason is almost impossible. Soon someone shoots at us and then we respond. You can only imagine what happens after that. Finally, there are leaders here trying their best but who cannot gravitate away from western values and logic. These values and approach are often perceived as weakness. Weakness is seen as opportunity for the terrorists.

The lingering problem are the many different factions who are completely mercenary in their interests. Hard to believe but the insurgents care very little for the innocent people and easily justify their deaths so long as their individual agendas are furthered. This is pervasive here, particularly with Islamic extremists. They are merciless on the citizens. I have no ideas how many summary executions these people have committed on the citizens of Iraq who they perceive as cooperating with the coalition but it is in the thousands. We have seen it happen. We found one body in Fallujah as the Marines advanced that was clearly tortured (feet cut off, head bludgeoned in...) before being killed. There are more stories than I can recount. The criteria for a death sentence here? - Refusing to fight for the terrorists or maybe taking a job emptying portajohns on a US base. If you are thought of being a spy, your entire family is at risk.

I realize that little of this probably makes the news. Perhaps history will explain our journalistic failings because I simply cannot.

As for the Abu Garayb atrocities, that is exactly what they are. I have been inside this prison several times. I never saw anything like what is now on the news but we did see a general lack of discipline among the service members in there when we arrived. We are horribly ashamed that fellow service members would do such a thing. It does not matter that it was Army or National Guard. Most Marines and Sailors in the Regiment have had their hands on detainees. It is a very emotional and taxing situation especially if the guy was just shooting at you. However, these prison guards didn't go out on patrol and capture the Iraqis, nor did they conduct a raid and grab them in a very dangerous operation. They simply failed at every level to maintain even the most basic standards not only of US servicemembers but as human beings. They traded the Nations moral high ground and fueled the extremists message of hate as a result of their weakness.
Unfortunately they did it not just to themselves but every where a Marine or Soldier patrols tonight across the globe and even for every American citizen who travels abroad and naturally represents the United States.

What do we do? I can only imagine this is what people must be asking. I can only share what the Marines here believe. We stand and fight. We honestly and absolutely accept responsibility and do our best through out actions to convince the world that those acts were conducted by criminals and are not indicative of our values or intentions. We continue to go on patrol and do our best to kill the terrorists and protect the people. We stay tolerant one second longer. We adjust to a very fluid environment and stay faithful to our values. We live up to what the American people expect of United States Marines and we maintain high expectations of the American people. We share our courage with both the Iraqi people and even our neighbors, fight like hell when the situation dictates and maintain our humanity through it all.

It may sound very glossy to many people but there is the luxury of focus here. No angst sitting in a Starbucks listening to some idiot opine about something which he knows very little or having to suffer through campaign ads that try to make hay out of America's stumbles.

People need to have faith that the young man throwing grenades two weeks ago and who was ordered to stop has not lost faith and still believes what he is doing is right. Whenever I am blessed enough to take a second and recognize "that guy" it shores up my personal weakness and makes my situation seem trivial.

For what it is worth, even though the Marines constantly ask the media guys here if "the American people still support us...?" Like anyone else, he wants to be reassured but he clearly expects the answer to be "yes." My take is that it is easy to support service members but it takes conviction to support the continued liberation of the Iraqi people and the pursuit of terrorists around the world - especially on the dark days.

Sorry it has taken me so long to write."

- Used with permission and encouragement of Mr Hugh Hewitt.

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Monday, May 10, 2004

Lest We Forget - And So, Invite Tragedy 

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great
nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on
religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason
peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and
freedom of worship." - Patrick Henry

"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the
capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and
all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain
ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." - James Madison,
"The Father of Our Constitution", and the fourth President of the united States
of America

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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

"... And The Pursuit of All Who Threaten It" 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13

Drove by one of our local neighborhood laundromats the other day, and noticed for the first time a goodly sized poster stuck high up on the front window. It was colorful, depicting a Carrier Task Force at sea, from the perspective of, say, one of those rescue helicopters in orbit about the CV...The view was as of off the starboard bow, or right front, looking a bit down and back along the entire flight deck and off to one or two escorts cruising nearby off the port quarter...You could really get a sense of the sheer size and power of the nuclear-powered, Enterprise class "flattop" - the sense of the concept of, Projection of Power or of, Force Forward.
There was not a lot of print to the poster, interestingly enough...No verbiage, just this simple, adapted, borrowed statement, or principle well worth careful consideration:

"Life Liberty and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It...NAVY"

It is worthy of note that, as we seemingly ever so slowly awaken to the massive, world-wide threat gathering before us, currently referred to in subdued terms as, "terrorism", while well advanced in much of the world and more deeply than comfortable at home, Marxist and always Leninist forces swirl and mix in dialectical materialistic slurry, rotting away at our Constitution and Rule of Law, like sugar water swilling amongst our teeth - some more of our national grit shows through...As, today, for example, when solid strong men stood up together to speak out, most for the very first time, to denounce the efforts of one, once ostensibly one of them and since known to give aid and comfort to the enemy not to dare attempt to rise to National Office, one whose character is riddled with weakness and self seeking ambition - and this, while our young people in uniform world-wide grimly grip their weapons as the realization slowly dawns at home what has already been clearly brought home, in blood, to these young ones: we must kill them here, before they kill us and our loved ones at home. Well Done... on both counts.

There was a similar moment, not long ago, when the world was informed that only those nations actively supporting the fight against terror on the Iraqi front - some sixty-odd countries - would be permitted contracts in the subsequent reconstruction at the same time as our messenger was enroute to certain nations now known to have sucked the blood of the Iraqi people by the syphon of their then ruler, Saddam Hussein, and the agency of the United Nations, to the tune of some ten billions of US Dollars - yes, France, Germany and Russia, folks, through the Food For Oil Program...What for did our messenger wish speech with these? Why, to ask them once more, nicely, to forgive some or all of the debt the Nation of Iraq owed them - and, oh, by the way, if they now did, well, then perhaps they might yet get a bit of the business contracting in Iraq. That is playing with a strong hand with such as they, and shows more of American true strength. Well done. Again.

Permit us to modify further that Navy Poster:

"Life Liberty and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It - America"

May So It Be, for ever.

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