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What is the truth about Islam? Well, my writing today will focus on the main effects of Islam as it has grown through the ages. There is some deception being presented by many, and my hope is that we see the truth and not get caught up in any deception.
I will open with a speech from Winston Churchill after he fought in the Boer War in South Africa and whose travels took him throughout the Middle East and the world as a soldier and journalist. For those younger people who may not know - or have not been taught - Sir Winston Churchill was, without doubt, one of the greatest men of the late 19th and 20th centuries. He was a brave young soldier, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a Great War leader and Prime Minister, to whom the Western world should and must forever be in debt. He was truly a prophet in his own time; He died on 24 January, 1965.
What Sir Winston said in this speech in 1899 regarding Islam in many countries:
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."
I think a brief history of the Arabs is important in understanding our enemies today. The Arabs were a nomadic people and throughout most of history nomadic people have been the toughestand they have occupied some areas of the world reaching out into Asia, Africa and Europe with their influence many times having a tremendously negative impact.
As written in history and the history in the bible, the Arabs themselves came from Arphaxed the son of Shem who was the son of Noah. Arphaxed was the father of three groups of people who are totally related -- the Arabs, Jews and Chaldeansall three a very tough people in their own right. The Arabs and the Jews are the remaining Semitic peoples who are left with us today. Arab history is associated with many powerful groups of people for example: Assyrians, Chaldeans, Babylonians, Amorites, Arameans and many others. The Arabs are hard to identify throughout history because they had a number of different names and tribes. Abraham was the father of 3 or 4 of the Arab nations that departed from the ways of Abraham.
There are two Semitic groups called Aripia which is the Aripian Jew or Arabian Jew and the Arabian Arab. There is no greater antagonism in the world, then that which has always existed between the Arab and the Jew. A second category of Arabs but not a race per se historically is called Mustariba, which is the Arabs who are not really Arabs. But have become Arab by choice. This is very interesting because this is a serious part of our problem in winning this war. They move into areas of unrest and began converting the people into Muslims filling their ranks and as they grow they cause fear so they can go unchallenged. Those who are called Mustariba were not born into one of the Arab tribes or groups and were not descended from the Arab aristocracy, they came as a result of being Muslims. Being a Muslim is adopting the religion of Islam or Arabs. So our enemies fall into two groups: Arabs and Muslims, which have become very confusing. The Arabs who are stalking us today belong to a group who will not give up for anything and continue to recruit converts (Muslims) into their ranks. It is estimated the number of Muslims today to be about a quarter of the world's populationthis is 1 in 4 persons and growing.
A study of the ancient Assyrians in the land of Israel reveals what is now being duplicated in a similar way in the United States today. After conquering the Egyptians Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, who are Arabs, showed up at the border of Israel's fortified walls with his army of approximately 185,000 men. You can imagine the fear going through the Jews as they contemplated their fate. Today we witness our enemy sawing off the heads of their hostages with a steak knife, but their ancestors, the Assyrians, took pleasure in filleting their captives by skinning them alive in competition to see who could keep there victim alive the longest.
At first King Hezekiah, King of the Jews, was arrogant boasting "let them come!" But when the Egyptians were defeated, it was their last line of defense, and King Hezekiah had a reality check. He panicked, looking for a coward's way out he collected all the silver and gold he could and tried to buy Sennacherib off; of course Sennacherib took the money but all this did was embolden him through this act of weakness. King Hezekiah and his ministers of state woke up at that point to the hopelessness of the situation. He had stripped down his military to utilize the money for social activities and pleasure as the Assyrians were conquering their way to Israel.
King Hezekiah's actions have a familiar ring as to what has been happening in our recent past. We have our enemies lining up growing stronger everyday as we debate retreat and make deals to pay our enemies off trying to stop them from building nuclear weapons amongst other things. In this story the Jews woke up and God spared them. Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out, and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead. (Quoted from the NASB (New American Standard Bible) II Kings Chapter 19 verse 35)
What will it take to wake us up? Our great generation still honors and remembers Pearl Harbor like it was yesterday. But a few years after we watched the attack of 9/11 with US citizens leaping to their death we have forgotten that those who attacked us are still at war with us.
In another history lesson the Babylonians did not fare as well as the Jews because they succumbed to fear. We should take a lesson from the Ariba, who descended from Joktan who were very powerful for nearly a century and also were related to the famous Navatians, and Palmarians. All Arabs had a strong relationship with the Babylonians who were not Arabs, but tolerated them, a fatal mistake. As a result of this, suddenly one day the Babylonians discovered they had an army at their gates. They were annihilated. From then on the Babylonians were out and the Arabs were in. I bring this up because it is not generally known, but it is a fact of history that they have caused civilization to retreat on several dynamic occasions. This is the way it was with the Arabic peoples.
The word Arab is simply a Semitic word that means: a Semitic that lives in the desert. The word Muslim is not a race but a convert to the religion of the Arabs.
These words Arab and Muslim are the problem today because Muslims are growing in numbers and while I do not have enough time to enter into their evil doctrines related to the Muslim religion I can point out to you several things. Muslims live in a system of law. In this system they have some very strange concepts. One of them is they adhere to a religion, that one way you can go to heaven is by killing Christians. This seems to mean that the Arabs are very courageous people. They often try to form ranks in order to attack those who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. This has been their history for many centuries. Islam preys off of fear and weakness and we should never ignore this tenet!
About 632 AD Mohammed who was of Mecca (now capital of Saudi Arabia, hence a holy city of Islam) became a prominent person among the Arabs by murdering almost everyone in his own tribe, in order to force his view on the Arab world. Islam, which is translated as - "submission" or "surrender" to Allah's will, as revealed to Mohammed. Mohammed borrowed much of his religion from the Jewish religion (a huge Jewish population existed on the Arabian peninsula in that time)-he also added a sprinkling of Zoroastrianism from Persia where he had traveled (hence the martyrdom and the 72 virginsprevalent in Zoroastrian beliefs and attractive to the Arab) and after several tries finally adjusted his religion enough to get a cadre of converts. When those, like the Jews, didn't convert, when they didn't convert to Mohammed's preaching, they were systematically exterminated.
This is important, if any one disagreed with Mohammed he would have them executed along with anyone that sided with them. He became a great Muslim leader by demonstrating the fact that he was not only willing to kill the enemy, but even his own men if they didn't follow him. If you look at the current situation today you will see they still are killing each other in disagreement. This is why an unbiased study of history is so important. We can learn a lot about our enemies today by looking at their history. In our case, not much has changed with them. The Arabs have always been a huge factor in history and there is hardly ever a time when they were not.
Groups of People Within Islam
At this time I think I should introduce the major Islamic groups we hear about most today.
- The Sunnis: Constituting around 90% of the Islamic population; Followers of the Sunna, the tradition of Muslims based on the life and actions of Mohammed. Sunnis are the largest sect of Islam.
- The Shi'ites: Around 10% of the Islamic population; A Shia is a follower or partisan of Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Mohammed. A sect which split from the mainstream Sunni sect within 30 years of Mohammed's death in the greatest schism (split) ever within Islam.
- The Wahhabists: Followers of a fundamentalist doctrine in Saudi Arabia, named after Mohammed ibn Abdul Wahhab, a prominent 18th century cleric. The doctrine used by Abdul Aziz ibn Saud to consolidate the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula in the early 20th century. To give some perspective to size, the Arabian Peninsula is almost 1/3 as big as the United States.
- The Arabs of today originated from thirteen tribes, but now consist of countless tribes, villages, and different groups of Muslims scattered across the world.
Arabs are famous for trade and banditry. These Nomadics held the record for banditry for thousands of years. They are also famous for handling animals, and in particular horses and camels. Because of their nomadic lifestyle they are a very trashy people throughout their history, leaving a trail of garbage as they traveled, knowing the desert would cover it over. This explains why in the modern history of the Arab (with few exceptions) there is little progress in the modernization of the Arab World. (NOTE: Cairo and Abu Dubai and Bahrain are those few exceptions and that is due to an emphasis on industrialization and progress of religious doctrine) The "Palestinian Arabs" have done nothing with the area of Palestine in contrast as to when the Jews came over and turned the desert into a garden. The Jews worked very hard to do this - it did not just happen. Judea (or Palestine) was a vacated desert when the Jews established stronger roots there after the Holocaust. It was at that time the Jordanians and Palestinians got jealous and wanted to usurp on Israeli land.
The nomadic Arabs on the whole are also a very tough and cruel people. Not just from their nomadic history but because of their treatment of women and children. Women are considered slaves, and the property of the man. Their camels have more value to many Muslim men and come before the women and children. Many times through history, if there was not enough water for both, the camel was given the water. The women and children, if they were lucky, would get to drink camel's milk. Family life for women and children was cruel and to survive it meant you were tough. The reason I bring this up is one: to point out we are dealing with both a tough and cruel people and also to point out the difference in family values and culture between our civilization and their savage culture.
As I mentioned before, the Arabs were a nomadic people and nomadic people have almost conquered the world many times and have overthrown great armies and nations. This is primarily because they are tough. They are used to living outdoors wandering from place to place. They are also fierce fighters; in fact, the .45 caliber pistol was developed because of the Moros on Mindanao and the Philippines. Moros are Muslims descended from the time when they conquered most of Asia all the way to Malaysia. Because of their fierce suicidal attacks, similar to what our soldiers are encountering today; the are a people hopped up on drugs and fighting to the death. The .38 caliber pistol would not stop them. Thus, the .45 was created.
The toughest nomadic peoples in history have been the Mongolians and the Arabs. About the time of the industrial revolution and the beginning of a more scientific approach to warfare the nomadic people were stopped in their wanderings. By the time another century or more had passed, warfare had become so scientific that nomadic peoples, instead of being a danger, were written-off as gypsies because they could be stopped and dealt with much easier. So up until recent modern history, nomadic people had always been a scourge to various nations throughout the history of the world.
But what has brought them back in the game?
Yes, energy is what fuels our economy and most of the world economies. The Arabs have become rich and powerful through oil. Not to mention several of our other enemies. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Fueling the resurgence of communism in Central and South America that President Reagan had stamped out.
This leads us to talk about the Arabs most dangerous modus operandi: Exploiting weakness. They are masters of this principle.
Arabs always take advantage of declining powers and of world unrest (like they did to Europe during the 1400's). The Arabs being a nomadic people lived in tents so they could make their home anywhere, making them a flexible people. To them world unrest means there is easier world conquest and there are vulnerable people waiting to be plundered and the Arabs have had a lot of practice. This has been passed down from generation to generation so the Islamic Arabs always take advantage of the decline of great world powers. As the world goes into unrest the Arabs are smart. They come out of nowhere and take advantage of the situation. But vigorous empires have stopped them cold, where as tolerance and non resistance encourages them. They only respect fear and strength and prey on weakness principleswe must never forget that.
Today, the U.S., on the whole, has become a nation of cowards - the dictionary may have a different definition for a coward but I'd like to get to the point. A coward is some one that lets others do his fighting for him and would sell out his friends, country, even his own mother to the enemy to save his own skin. Many of our politicians and bureaucrats are traitors. They make Benedict Arnold look like a patriot. Most of our nation and government has become frightened, weak, wimpy people or as the "Govenator" of California put it "Girly Men" and others are apathetic carrying on in denial of our situation. Our policy towards the military is to operate with one hand tied behind our back and with a no-win policya policy carried on from the Korea War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm War, and Somalia to now. The only debate we should be having about the war today is how best to win it destroying our enemies so as to achieve peace and restore freedom that has been lost. We are in danger from enemies within as well as abroad. Our current generation knows nothing about the responsibilities of freedom and military victory except the many who have served or are serving in the military. I can only hope they bring a new generation of leaders to our country for the Great World War II Generation is disappearing, so is nationalism and establishment principles. This is why my last newsletter was written.
I see a lot of fear in our country of the Muslims as I watch events unfold like the imams at the airport incident. The swearing in of the United States congressman on the book of the Koran. The unchecked converting of our criminals in prison and others to Islam, becoming Muslims.
I think this is a good time to bring up the principles of fear and how fear can destroy our nation.
1. The fear principle: the more things you surrender to fear the more things you fear.
2. The extent to which you surrender to fear the greater your capacity becomes for fear.
3. The greater your capacity for fear, the more you will increase the power of fear in your life.
4. The more you increase the power of fear in your life the greater your failure to execute your life honorably.
5. Fear as an emotion is both irrational and irresponsible.
6. Fear sees the problem. Courage sees the solution.
In talking about fear these things come to mind.
I was told of a sign on a British pub during the bombing of London during World War II. It said this; "Fear knocked at the door faith answered, no one was there".
Another saying which was popular when I served with the Rangers comes to mind. "A Brave man dies once, but a coward dies many times."
It will take courage to see the solutions and reverse our situation. Having said that, I think it is time to talk about Problem Solving. We will begin with this principle.
The first step in problem solving is to identify the problems and categorize them. A nation that cannot categorize its problems cannot solve its problems.
Some of the problems with the United States and Islam are:
- The Muslims look at the United States as a Christian nation and for you non-Christians they make no individual distinctions. This is because as a non-Christian you fall into the class of infidelsand infidels are lower than their slaves. This was demonstrated at the attack of 9/11 along with countless other attacks on us and throughout our recent history in the world. So there is no escape. It has and is considered to be a great honor to kill Christians throughout their history. It is guaranteed salvation to kill a Christian, a Jew or infidel (non-Muslim). We all know about the seventy-two virgins waiting for them in paradise as mentioned earlier. This is why we were successfully attacked Sept. 11. It was a great honor to kill defenseless children, women and men. As you can see this is a big problem, because we haven't even come to grips with this. The proof is in the very name of the war. "War on Terror". How do you have a war on terror? The very name is misleading and connotes defeat for us. Because it miss characterizes what really happened Sept 11, (it was a great honor).
- We are in a religious war and the closest President Bush has come to saying that was recently he said "We are in a conflict with competing ideologies".2. We are in a religious war and the most vicious wars throughout history are religious wars. For you Christians this brings God into the battle. As demonstrated when Jesus Christ the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, spared the Jews from the Assyrians. In striking 185,000 Assyrian soldiers dead. A world record still and something for you people who think Jesus was a pacifist to think about. The reason I say this is a big part of the war will be spiritual as it always has been with Islam. People will be forced to choose for or against God. Or for some it will be to choose for Allah or against. The reason I bring this up is in a religious war such as this, one only needs to look back through history to see how the people of many nations were either destroyed or saved by their spiritual choices. I will leave it at that for I enjoy biblical history, but I am not a bible scholar. I would like to mention this principle. History repeats itself. We live in a time of historical trends. So all one needs to know about the future lies in the past. This makes me think of this quote:
"The only thing we learn from history is we learn nothing from history"
Fredrick Hegel German Philosopher 1771-1830
- The United States is based on Judeo-Christian principles. One of these is the separation of Church and State. In Islam there is no separation of church and state, which reigns tyranny upon its peopleKoranic law supersedes state. In Afghanistan recently we saw a man sentenced to death for becoming a Christian. In other Muslim countries people are subjected to Islamic religious rituals, customs and religious laws enforced by the government and religious leader. Non Muslims are less than citizens and come under constant attack. For example the Christian community in Iraq has come under constant attack and their situation is grave. They are worse off now than before. It makes me wonder about whom are we fighting for and whose side are we really on? The answer of course should be unequivocally our side. But I think we are not.
- We fight for freedom and liberty. Islam fights for oppression and world domination in the name of Allah.
- Under principles of freedom we take responsibility for our own actions and determine our own destinies. We believe in the freedom of volition. Muslims believe Allah's will supercedes all volition so there is no freedom of volition in Islam so every thing is predetermined and done in the name of Allah. This strips people of their individualism and personal responsibility. Not taking responsibility for their actions is ingrained in their culture. An example of this, it is a sin for a women to tempt a man. This is why the women must cover up and wear a burka. One of the things that makes their culture so dangerous is that the will of Allah is determined by their religious leaders allowing them to justify anything they want in the name of Allah and they do. It is hard to say how many people are murdered each day in the name of Allah, but it is a lot.
"We will make America face a severe defeat ... Allah willing this century will be the period of victory for the oppressed over the oppressors."
- Taken from the sign on the main gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran 1984
- Muslims are masters of deception they use deception not only on their enemies but on their own people. They use a combination of fear and deception to control their people to keep them from falling from Islam. They indoctrinate their people brain washing them on the evils of Western culture through their control of the media, schools and their religious leaders who are teaching hate and revenge (think Taliban, amongst others). We are referred to as the "Great Satan" ironic, because we are accused of everything they are guilty of which is a great debaters technique. In the above quote from the embassy gatesthey claim we are the oppressors, but all one needs to do is look at the life of their people to see that is not true, but to counter that they blame all their ills on the United States saying it is our fault they are oppressed. 28 years ago the Islamic revolution was unleashed anew in Iran and what does Iran have to show for it? A plan to nuke Israel off the planet while simultaneously stating the Nazi induced holocaust never happened. A technique of deception used by tyrants through out history taking the focus off themselves and channeling the blame onto the innocent who make an easy target the same way Hitler did against the Jewsas does Iran today against the Jews, friends of Jews, and all of us infidels.
When they use deception on their enemies, they combine deception with patience and timing. They make long range plans setting goals of conquest. Then they execute them by laying a foundation over a period of many years for conquest. They have been doing this successfully for thousands of years conquering countless nations and peoples throughout their history. At first they quietly move in or infiltrate into an area they intend to conquer setting up their network all the time claiming they have peaceful intentions and then at the right moment they spring up out of nowhere causing fear which is their friend, confusing and dividing the people they intend to conquer all the time claiming they have peaceful intentions. By dividing the people it makes it easy for them to conquer. A certain portion will convert out of fear, becoming Muslims, and the remaining people they will exterminate all the while claiming they are "peaceful" which is their deception. Think Sudan, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, the list goes on...
- The United States grew to the greatest industrial nation on earth at its time under freedom. Creating opportunities to all who were willing to work hard and take risks. In contrast, if you look at the history and current situations in Muslim nations today, you will find a very insecure, impoverished, oppressed people with poor living conditions like being locked into the dark ages, while those at the leadership positions lead the good life. Ah, they say, it's Allah's will. What great books have the Saharan countries produced in the last 600 years? What advances in science? Statesmanship? I guess the Nobel committee did award Yassar Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize...
- 8. Slavery is still practiced to day as is commanded by Islam. This would be a good time to set a record straight, it was the Arabs that captured the Africans and were responsible for them being brought to the Americas and Caribbean. It was the British in 1885 who wiped out the Arab slave traders. I can't help but wonder why any Black would choose to become a Muslim, if they knew the true history of how they were exploited mercilessly by the Arabs throughout the centuries.
Women are slaves to this day throughout Muslim nations. In Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property either as a child, a wife, or a concubine and practice this they do. While I was in the Middle East in 76-78. I witnessed how the women are treated. I am not sure what bothered me most, the insensitivity or the actions. For me it was most disturbing coming from America in my early 20's, I was shocked at the reality of what I saw. Women could be sold to what was called a Public House and it was government regulated. There she becomes the property of the Public House and works the debt off in prostitution (i.e., a whore house). As you walk through, I will never forget the look on their faces. No emotion just a blank stare and then the children standing in the back against the wall of the compounds with that same blank look. While I was on a base there a local doctor educated in America who was treating me for giardia infection appeared to be upset, so I asked what was bothering him. He told me he had just come from treating a woman who had been lied to by her husband. Her husband had told her they were going to visit relatives in the East and he sold her to the Public House. It turned out she was pregnant and went into shock and there was nothing he could do to help her. This is just one of many stories I could tell. As I traveled through the Middle East I encountered many different people, some friendly, some not. But I found their customs at best offensive. Being invited into their homes and watching the women eat the scraps from the men's plates and some would think nothing of leaving nothing for them. I noticed that the people went from one extreme to another.
They could be nicer than you could imagine. But they could be equally more dangerous than you could imagine, a lot of it depended on circumstances.
Kind of like you encounter a gang member away from his pack. You may get along and even think he is nice guy. But when he is back with the gang he is not the same nice person. That same psychology is what makes Muslims so dangerous. All that need happen is for them to be reminded of Allah's will, they may be nice and ask you to become a Muslim but if you don't you are on shaky ground. We need to hope they never grow enough in number here in the United States that you get to see their other side. There is no love in Islam, it was born out of hate, revenge and murder as the prophet Mohammed demonstrated to us.
- Their concept of time is very different than ours, which is another danger. In Islam everything is as I mentioned before. As a result of this they are very patient like a spider waiting for a fly to get caught in his web. They will strike when the time is right. Even if it means waiting years. Our culture is not like that. Making it easy to get caught off guard and for them to exploit weakness. They know and have the patience to wait us out. They know our history of the last fifty years that we have become a nation of cowards and quitters. As I pointed out before, we quit in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Somalia which is dear to my heart being a Ranger. Along with the fact that a large number of our traitorous politicians want to quit now, which by any objective rational is aiding, abetting and encouraging our enemies this is why it is so important to win in Iraq regardless of how you feel about us being there.
- They, not being a free people, practice mob violence on every level. From the village including their own family, stoning an innocent girl to death for some moral transgression she is being accused ofout of jealousyto violent demonstrations in the streets. I could go on but I think you have heard many of the stories over the years associated with Islam. Some would say we have demonstrations here in the U.S. but with us being a free nation it is a sign of degeneracy, but for them it is their way of life because they know no freedom.
- The press is another problem. Most of News Media is afraid to report the truth about our enemies, some hide in hotels writing stories based on the reports our enemy brings them, because they are afraid to leave the hotel, while others want to make a name for themselves by betraying our soldiers and if that is not enough they are afraid to report the truth for fear of retaliation from the Muslims.
Discussed in a recent three day national security forum, one important topic discussed titled "Media as Terrain"- which is how our adversaries use our media as a battleground. And I will quote "That we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the media." This declassified quote was from an intercepted and authenticated communiqué from Osama Bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Sheikh Ayman Mohuhammad al-Zawahiri to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before his termination last June. I think this excerpt and quote from the Patriot Post says it all. "Indeed, Islamist leaders must be thrilled by the support they receive from the American media Leftists-those sympathizers whom V.I. Lenin once famously dubbed quote "Useful Idiots.""
- Recruiting - Using the principle of divide and conquer, Islam conquers through recruiting converts to Islam creating an army of Muslims. Our enemies are actively recruiting in the United States today. They are recruiting in our prisons. They are recruiting in our schools and Universities sending money to promote Islamic studies but the real purpose is to recruit. Mosques are quietly springing up all over the United States as recruiting centers and a place to raise funds for terrorist activities and provide a cover to operate here and pass intelligence to their leaders. Once a person is converted they make it very difficult to denounce Islam through fear and in many Islamic countries it could mean the death sentence as we recently witnessed in Afghanistan.
I think these quotations say it all and we should take them to heart.
"We are going to change the face of the world by Islam, and rule by the Koran."
- These words were displayed on a banner by hundreds of Muslims at a gathering in Cairo 1984
"The judgment to kill and fight Americans and their allies, whether civilians or military, is an obligation for every Muslim."
- Osama bin Laden
People will make the case that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims which creates a problem in knowing how to deal with them. Muslims are very much aware of the confusion they create. Let me explain, we have all had friends that have gone down the wrong path: drugs, crime, etc. we still like them, maybe love them, but as a matter of principle it is dangerous to associate with them because they will pull you into their trouble in one way or another. Muslims use this confusion which is a deception to exploit peoples they intend to conquer. What one needs to focus on is Islam, its laws, its practices, and the negative effects it has on civilization throughout history and one can conclude that it is dangerous to make excuses for them, or to tolerate them and try to coexist with them. The Babylonians tolerated them and they were wiped out of existence. If you take a look at what is happening in Europe today you will see violence taking place in many countries. For example: France, Spain, Great Britain and Russiathey are all up to their necks in trouble with Muslims. We should follow the example of the Prime Minister of Australiahe sees a storm is coming and is trying to stop it.
"I stand by those comments that there is a small section of the Islamic population in Australia that, because of its remarks about jihad, remarks which indicate an extremist view, that is a problem.
"It is not a problem that we have ever faced with other immigrant communities who become easily absorbed by Australia's mainstream. We want people when they come to Australia to adopt Australian ways."
Howard also stood by his remarks about the attitudes held by some Muslims towards women, saying they were "out of line with mainstream Australian society."
He said it was important people realized he had made the comments about Muslims before race riots erupted at Sydney's Cronulla beach on December 11 between whites and ethnic-Arab Australians.
"I was not trying to make some kind of tawdry political point, it is a view that I have held for some time."
- John Howard
, Prime Minister of Australia
How Do We Defeat the Enemy?
One Woman Speaks Out - Quoted from an article by Finny:
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
I have decided that from now on, when I see a woman in a full burka in the United States, I am going to SPEAK OUT LOUDLY and say something along the lines of:
"If you think that you have to wear a burka to be righteous or if your men think you have to wear a burka to be righteous, then you don't belong in this country. When you wear that here, it's the same as me wearing a bikini where you come from - it's an insult to this country's heritage, traditions, and culture. A lot of American soldiers have fought and died over the past 200 years to keep men AND women free. That thing you wear represents slavery and is an insult to my father and every American veteran that ever lived."
No doubt bystanders will be shocked at my behavior, and there will be politically-correct folks among them who will defend the burka-wearing women by arguing that because America is free, she has the right to wear the burka.
My response would be along these lines: "Does the Ku Klux Klan have the right to be masked in public while wearing t-shirts advocating slavery? Do neo-Nazis have the right to be masked in public while displaying swastikas? Perhaps they do - - and when they do, I have the right to say loud and clear what I think of them."
I would like to see Americans throughout this nation begin doing this. There's a lot to be said for public ostracism and public pressure. Pop history rarely mentions it, but English slavers of the early 1800's (businessmen in England who made their livings in the perfectly legal trade of importing slaves from Africa) were SHAMED by their fellow countrymen into giving it up. As Americans, we have the right to SHAME the slave-mentality of fundamentalist Islam OUT of our country. They pose a threat to every girl child in our nation, including your daughters and granddaughters. Burkas do not belong in the United States and we have a duty to eradicate them absolutely.
Posted on 09/22/2006 8:50:39 AM PDT by Finny
The two biggest sources of power the Muslims have is oil and fear. Each calls for a different solution.
The solution to oil is obviouswe need to decrease our dependence on foreign oil especially from the Middle East and our other enemies. How do we do that? The best and probably the only short term solution is to drill for as much oil as we can in the U.S. and ease requirements to allow for greater refinement capacity creating competition which lowers prices. This is a win win solution it puts money back into our countries economy, which creates jobs and opportunities instead of bolstering our enemies economy. At the same time it will remove a great source of power from our enemy maybe even bankrupting them.
The second part of the solution is mental and I will open with this quote.
General Douglas MacArthur, a leader I deeply respected is said to have written that no man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he is vigilant in its preservation and vigorous in its defense. Well, it's all up to us now. We are the heirs of MacArthur, Pershing, Jefferson, and Washington- and those Americans who put their lives on the line from Bunker Hill to Belleau Wood, from Normandy to Khe Sanh. We will be vigilant in the preservation of freedom and vigorous in its defense because we will not let down those who came before us or those who will follow."
- Ronald Reagan
The call is for courage, for our citizens to put their selfish petty differences aside and face the enemy... And for those of you citizens who are Muslim, you know exactly where you are in your heart and if it is not with the U.S. and assimilating into the American Culture of Freedom and Equality for Everyone including non-Muslims, you do not belong here and should be encouraged to leave. Remember, courage sees the solution. Each American must humble himself to take on the responsibilities that go with our freedom and resist fear and self indulgence.
History tells us only strong resistance and courage will turn back the tides of Islam impacting our country and its allies. We must lead the fight and ask "Are we a super power or a mouse?" If you are an American then I encourage you to act like it and influence others to act like it.
If the country decides for courage it has its work cut out for it because the enemy has the momentum. We must turn fear against them the way Gideon did because that's the only language they understand. The Arabs had invaded Gideon's homeland in typical Arab fashion, they raped the land sending the starving Jews into hiding. Gideon an ordinary man up to that point, arose to the occasion and selected an army of 300 men to repel 135,000 Arab soldiers that had moved into the valley of Jezreel. In probably the most famous night attack in human history, Gideon and his 300 men turned fear back onto the Arabs in a decisive attack which resulted in the death of 120,000 Arabs soldiers, what was left of the Arab Army retreated with Gideon and his 300 men in pursuit. As you can see fear is a powerful weapon. Taken from the Bible, Judges Chapter 7 & 8.
In closing, my hopes are you will become more aware of our enemies and arm yourself with the knowledge of how they operate and do your part to resist.
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Voice of the Soldier
"The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country."
- Semper Fi! 1stSgt Dave Jobe
The above photo was forwarded from one of the last U.S. Marine companies in Iraq. They would like to have it passed to as many people as possible, to let the folks back home know that they remember why they're there and that they remember those who've been lost.
True stories from the Green Zone
This was today.
For your situational awareness,
At around 0840 this morning two Iraqi Police officers were carrying a TV near the Ocean Cliffs Convention Center. A third Officer in the group was clearing his weapon at the CC ECP. The officer clearing his weapon had a negligent discharge. The errant round went into the TV causing the glass TV screen to shatter and impel into the two policemen carrying it. All three were transported to a hospital in the National Zone
BDA: 2 IP's injured by flying glass
It seems that moving televisions in the IZ is more dangerous than using hand sanitizer
This my give you insight into our appreciation for history and the sacrifice others have made for us.
Danny, my 15 year old son is a sophomore at Troy High School in Fullerton. His English teacher gave the class a long term assignment in that they have to read a book about a person of their choosing and then do a report on that person. The book and person has to be approved by the teacher prior to the start of the assignment.
Danny choose to do his report on Audie Murphy. He went to his English teacher and told her he had chose to do his report on Audie Murphy. She told him that she never heard of Audie Murphy before and thought that he really didn't mean "Audie Murphy" but "Eddie Murphy!"
It is not bad enough that Audie Murphy is the most decorated soldier in United States history and a teacher knows nothing of him but that Eddie Murphy, a comedian/actor, that had done absolutely nothing in the service of our country is known shows the level of unappreciation we are at. I read somewhere that when a country forgets about their heroes and the sacrifices that others have made, then that country is in a downward spiral. Well I guess we are there.
The Peaceful Majority by William Haynes
I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.
"Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."
WISDOM - FROM THE MILITARY MANUAL
"A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit." - Army's magazine of preventive maintenance.
"Aim towards the Enemy." - Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher
"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend. - U.S. Marine Corps
"Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground." - USAF Ammo Troop
"If the enemy is in range, so are you." - Infantry Journal
"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed." - U.S. Air Force Manual
"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons." - General Macarthur
"Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo." - Infantry Journal
"You, you, and you .. Panic. The rest of you, come with me." - U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.
"Tracers work both ways." - U.S. Army Ordnance
"Five second fuses only last three seconds." - Infantry Journal
"Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't ever volunteer to do anything." - U.S. Navy Swabbie
"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid." - David Hackworth
"If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush." - Infantry Journal
"No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection." - Joe Gay
"Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once."
"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do." - Unknown Marine Recruit
"Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you." - Your Buddies
"If you see a bomb technician running, follow him." - USAF Ammo Troop
"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing." - At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan
"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3." - Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
"Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky." - From an old carrier sailor
"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe."
"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
"Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club."
"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, .... The pilot dies."
"Never trade luck for skill."
The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" And "Oh S...!"
"Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant."
"Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight."
"A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication."
"I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous."
"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"
"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you." - Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime." - Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal."
We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.
Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.
It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.
The hard quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful majority" is the "silent majority" and it is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, I wish to add: I sincerely think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or doubts the seriousness of this issue or just deletes it without paying heed to it, or sending it on, is part of the problem. Lets quit laughing at and forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule our leaders in this war against terror.
They are trying to protect the interests and well being of the world and its citizens. Best we support them.
- William Haynes
Here is a fictional story that I think you should read. Without the fact that Jesus Christ controls history, this fictional account has the substance to become a reality. If nothing else it should improve your prayer life for our leaders and our country... Note the Date... 2 years from now.
Future Fairy Tale
December 7th, 2008, by Raymond S. Kraft
December 7, 2008, began inauspiciously. At 0753 at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the attack that had triggered America's entry into World War II, sixty-seven years before was ceremoniously commemorated, an honor guard, taps, a 21-gun salute, the bugle's notes and the rifles' crack drifting across the bay to the USS Arizona memorial, where Admiral Arthur Peterson, USN (Ret.), laid a wreath in memory of the sailors sleeping below, one of whom was his own grandfather._ _On the West coast it was 1053, and in Washington D.C. it was one fifty-three in the afternoon, 1353 military time._ _In 2006 America, tired of War in Iraq, had elected Democrats to modest majorities in both houses of Congress. Representative Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency. In the spring of 2007, on a narrow, party-line vote, Congress, led by Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer refused to authorize spending to continue the war in Iraq and set September 30, 2007, as the deadline for complete withdrawal of American troops.
President Bush spoke to the country, to the American forces in Iraq, to those who had been there, and to the Iraqi people, to apologize for the short-sightedness and irresponsibility of the American congress and the tragedy he believed would follow after leaving task of nurturing a representative and stable government in Iraq half done, his voice choked, tears running down his stoic face, a betrayal of emotion for which he was resoundingly criticized and denounced in much of America's liberal media.
The level of violence across Iraq immediately subsided, as the Americans began preparations to redeploy back to the States.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised the new Congress for its clear vision and sound judgment. America's Democrats rejoiced and congratulated themselves for bringing peace with honor and ending the illegal war based on lies that George Bush had begun only to enrich his friends in the military-industrial complex and the oil business, and promised to retake the Presidency in 2008._ _"The failure of many Americans, including many of the leading Democrats in Congress, and some Republicans, to fully appreciate the persistent, long-term threat posed to America's liberties and survival, and to the future of Liberal Democracies everywhere, by an Islamic Resistance Movement that envisions a world dominated and defined by an Islamic Caliphate of religious totalitarianism, and which will fight any war, make any sacrifice, suffer any hardship, and pay any price to achieve it, may prove to be the kind of blunder upon which the fate of America turns, and falls."
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Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako, LTC (Ret) USAR
Can Christianity coexist with Islam? Biblical Christianity has always, and will always coexist with any religion, non-religion or anti-religion. Unfortunately the converse is not true. Islam will not peacefully coexist with any of the aforementioned categories. All peoples (infidels) of the earth must convert to the slavery of Islam. This conversion to their only true god is, has, and will be brought about by the sword. This is the attitude of the Islamo-fascist. We see the results of their thinking everyday on the news; homicide bombers, snipers, flying airplanes into tall buildings Islam is the religion of peace. There will be peace on earth when all of its inhabitants have bowed a knee to Islam. Only then will there be peace and this peace may be brought about by tyranny, brutality, murder, and intimidation. Convert to Islam or die!
Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, holds the freedom of the individual to do and believe as he wishes to be a mandate from God, as long as that expression of freedom does not interfere with the freedom, privacy, or property of others. God does not force us to accept His great plan of salvation. However, He uses us to spread the good news of our so great salvation to the world. At the moment we become believers in Jesus Christ, God gives us forty things. One of these forty things is our unique position as ambassadors for Christ. As ambassadors for Christ we represent Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. We are commanded by the living God to tell others about this free gift of eternal salvation that God has provided to all mankind. Whether they accept the gift or not is their business. It is a matter between them and God.
One must ask who is Jesus Christ. Is He a liar, a lunatic, or was He who He said He was? To answer this question you have to know what the Scripture says about Him and what He said about Himself. He is the great "I am"! When Moses came face to face with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God commanded him to tell Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses said "they will ask me your name, what shall I say to them"? God answered, "tell them that I am, that I am" (Ex 3:13-14).
The Jews, for thousands of year's referred to God as "I am". Jesus Himself also said He was the great "I am" (John 8:24, 58). Indeed Jesus Christ is eternal God, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and with God the Holy Spirit. He became a man, perfect humanity, born without sin as Adam was created without sin, so He could fulfill the Fathers plan of salvation (Heb 10:5-7). He is the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). He accomplished this when He became our substitute and died spiritually on the cross for every sin that was, or ever would be committed (Rom 5:8, I Pet 2:24). That is why the scripture says, "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, whereby we must be saved, (Acts 4:12). Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts16:31). There are so many verses that describe to us who and what Jesus Christ is, and how through Him we can have a relationship with the living God. Know the Scripture and you will know Him.
Ambassadors for Christ present this glorious information to those who are without hope, and without eternal life. This is a privilege given to us by God. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). No where in Scripture are we told to force our faith on others. God has provided volition (free will), to all members of the human race. This means that each of us is free to choose for or against Christ, never under compulsion or fear of reprisal. The decision must come from a position of freedom, and privacy (please click on my friend's web-site and take the test yourself, http://www.eph289.com/).
We have enjoyed personal freedom in this nation since its inception. The converts of Islam know nothing of freedom. To them the freedom itself is evil and sinful and must be destroyed. This is why they hate us and the west. The only hope for the Muslim is faith alone in Christ alone. But we can never force this faith by the sword. It is simply not God's way of grace.
The question is not can Christianity coexist with Islam but, can Islam coexist with Christianity? I think not.
Reverend Gregory J. Rako is a regular contributor to our newsletter.
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Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered, and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, wich usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide."
- Erwin Rommel, German commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- US (Spanish-born) philosopher and poet George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
"Gone to Florida to fight the Indians. Will be back when the war is over."
- Colonel Commandant Archibald Henderson, USMC in a note pinned to his office door, 1836
Eight special operations personnel killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash
According to a Department of Defense release, killed in the crash were:
- Pfc. Ryan C. Garbs, 20, of Edwardsville, Ill.
- Spec. Brandon D. Gordon, 21, of Naples, Fla.
- CW3 Hershel D. McCants, Jr., 33, of Arizona
- CW3 John A. Quinlan, 36, of New Jersey
- Pfc. Kristofer D. Thomas, 18, of Roseville, Calif.
- Spec. Travis R. Vaughn, 26, of Reinbeck, Iowa
- Sgt. Adam A. Wilkinson, 23, of Miskayuna, N.Y.
A member of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command was also killed in the crash. TSgt. Scott Duffman, of La Cueva, N.M., was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.
In a statement, 160th Commander Col. Kevin W. Mangum said, "The aircraft was crewed by an exceptionally qualified team of professionals and was flying in a formation of other aircraft in performance of this mission. It is unclear at this time as to exactly what caused the aircraft to crash onto a high plain in southeastern Afghanistan.
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Richard Lehman, 83; CIA official
began daily presidential briefings; he twice received the Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA's highest award.
Richard Lehman, a CIA official credited with creating the president's daily intelligence briefing and who became chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which oversees government intelligence analysis, died Saturday at a hospice in Concord, N.H., after a stroke. He was 83.
Lehman worked at the CIA from 1949 to 1982. He received a CIA Trailblazer Award for creating the President's Intelligence Checklist for President Kennedy in 1961. The checklist, initially known by the acronym PICL and pronounced "pickle," was later renamed the President's Daily Brief.
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PRESS RELEASE: Army Ranger killed in Iraq
An Army Ranger assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, died when his vehicle was struck by an IED while conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, Feb. 9.
Sgt. James J. Regan, a fire team leader, was moving with his unit to an objective when he was killed by known enemies of the United States.
Regan, 26, of Manhasset, N.Y., volunteered for military service and entered the Army in February 2004. After graduating at the top of his class in Infantry Basic Combat Training, he completed the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program here. He was assigned to 3rd Bn., in September 2004. He also served as a machine gunner and a gun team leader while assigned to his Ranger company.
Regan previously deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was his second deployment to Iraq. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant Feb. 1.
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World News - Knowing is Half the Battle!
In effort to unify, city divides
"Have you seen your ballot?" Gloria Seiff asked friend and fellow Beverly Hills resident Betty Harris over the phone.
Harris had not. She opened the mail-in ballot and took one look. "I was shocked by it," she said.
For the first time, Beverly Hills had translated its entire absentee and sample ballots into Persian. The ballots for the March 6 municipal election, in which two City Council seats are up for grabs, went out this month, and the response was swift.
More than 300 residents phoned the city to complain. City Clerk Byron Pope fielded about 100 of them personally.
"I believe the cover is what shocked the community," said Pope, who had instructed the city's election-materials supplier to print the entire ballot, cover to cover, in English and Persian, also known as Farsi. "I believe it was the Farsi script, with the war going on and all," he said.
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To hell and back, now gone
POW risked his life to keep his journal from the Japanese during three years' captivity only to lose the diary to a thief.
Over the years, Ben Waldron's weathered World War II journal has been in its share of tough spots: hidden inside a dank latrine, stowed in the false bottom of a soldier's wooden trunk, tucked among the fronds of a banana-leaf roof.
But now the dog-eared, secretly written chronicle of the former Army corporal's brutal 3 1/2 years as a Japanese prisoner of war is in its toughest fix yet.
The small canvas-bound book filled with Waldron's heart-wrenching cursive scribblings was stolen from his home in this Sacramento suburb last month by a thief who, police say, did not know either its contents or its emotional hold on the 84-year-old decorated veteran.
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Spread by the Sword?
Is holy war against Christians and Jews"infidels"-a perversion of Islam? Here's the evidence, from Islamic texts and history.
For Westerners, the Arabic word jihad has long had an ominous ringconjuring up a host of images, from turbaned warriors swinging scimitars to wild-eyed fanatics waving Kalashnikov rifles. We instinctively associate the word with "holy war."
It is not surprising, then, that the word jihad would be understood by most Westerners to mean "holy war." But is that what it really means? And how does that square with the claim that Islam is a peaceful religion?
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All is not quiet in the Arab world.
FACING IRAN - Arabs see no choice but to prepare for war
FRENCH Foreign Minister Philippe Douste Blazy calls it "unthinkable"; his Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov prefers "unimaginable." The terms are also used in Western diplomatic circles to describe an event few wish to contemplate: a military showdown with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yet a recent tour of Arab capitals presents a different picture: Arab leaders appear resigned to such a showdown as inevitable, and are preparing for it.
The first sign came at last month's annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC, a group of six oil-exporting Arab states) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "There were four items on the agenda," says a participant. "As we examined each, we found out that in every case we faced Iran."
* One item was Iraq: The leaders concluded that Iran had already developed plans to dominate that country once the U.S.-led multinational force withdraws.
* Another item was Lebanon: The Arab leaders agreed that Tehran, using Hezbollah, was working to attach that country to an emerging "Shiite Crescent."
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Islam converts change face of Europe
Coming to a Neighborhood Near You
As many as 100,000 French and British citizens have converted to Islam over the last decade, according to a new book by an Israeli historian.
The figures cited by Hebrew University Prof. Raphael Israeli in his upcoming book The Third Islamic Invasion of Europe are representative of the fast-changing face of Europe, which the Islamic history professor says is in danger of becoming "Eurabia" within half a century.
He noted that about 30 million Muslims currently live in Europe, out of a total population of 380 million., adding that with a high Muslim birthrate in Europe, the number of Muslims living in the continent is likely to double within 25 years.
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Can Islamic practice coexist with other world religions?
In September 2005, the small country of Denmark published a series of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed, one showing him with a bomb-shaped turban. Now, half a year later, the incident has turned into an international crisis. Riots are sweeping across the Middle East, and there is no end in sight.
The cartoonists have gone into hiding, fearing for their lives. Radical clerics, inciting the incident, have offered bounties for their deaths. The argument is that in Islam, it is blasphemous to portray the prophet Muhammad in any form.
In the hall of the U.S. Supreme Court hangs a statue depicting the prophet Mohammed. In one hand he holds a sword, and in the other, the Quran.
For more than a thousand years, the image of Mohammed has been portrayed in paintings and sculptures. This was predominant even in the Islamic Ottoman empire of 1500 A.D. So why now is there such fury over the current portrayal of Mohammed? It would almost seem convenient given the "Western incursion" into many Middle Eastern countries. Islamic fundamentalism is a phrase often used, and is one that is synonymous with hate and fear.
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Profile Away: Tale Of Fibbing Imams
Islam And Politics: As we first suspected, the six imams bounced from a US Airways flight misled the public about the incident and likely staged the whole thing as a scheme to weaken security.
Their actions undermine any good will and trust Muslim leaders have built since 9/11. And they call into question what we really know about these supposedly virtuous men we invite to the White House and other halls of power in gestures of tolerance.Are they really moderate? Do they really mean it when they renounce terrorism? Do they really have America's best interests at heart?
The police report detailing the US Airways flap gives us serious pause. The imams acted more like provocateurs than victims. At the gate before boarding, they angrily cursed the U.S. Then they bowed to Mecca and prayed "very loud," chanting "Allah, Allah, Allah," according to the gate agent and another witness.
On the plane, they didn't take their assigned seats and instead fanned out to the front, middle and rear of the plane. One even "pretended to be blind" to gain access to another passenger's seat, according to a flight attendant.
Some ran back and forth speaking to each other in Arabic. Adding to suspicions, most of them asked for seat belt extensions even though they didn't need them or even use them.
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Honorable Americans, Every One
True warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice
Michael Monsoor, of Garden Grove, Calif., felt the same call to serve his country that had led his father and brother into the Marine Corps. However, he was pulled in a different direction than his family members: He was drawn to the Navy, not out of a desire to serve in the fleet, but out of a burning ambition to serve as a Navy SEAL, one of America's Special Operations elites.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Monsoor succeeded at SEAL training and was assigned to Coronado, Calif. It was in Iraq, though, as he fought alongside his teammates, that he repeatedly demonstrated the bravery and heroism that are characteristic of America's fighting men and women. It was in that same country, on Sept. 29, that the 25-year-old gave his life to protect them.
"An insurgency fighter... threw a fragment grenade into the overwatch position which hit Petty Officer Monsoor in the chest before falling in front of him. Petty Officer Monsoor yelled "Grenade!" and dropped on top of the grenade prior to it exploding. Petty Officer Monsoor's body shielded the others from the brunt of the fragmentation blast and two other SEALs were only wounded by the remaining blast."
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Thales PRC-148 JEM: The First Tactically Deployed JTRS Radio
"During the 80s and 90s several attempts were made to standardize hand-held radio requirements that resulted in the procurement of good equipment [that had notable drawbacks and so never became popular].... By the late 1990s into this tactical communications jumble stepped the U.S. Special Operations Command whose communicators woke up and saw the value of handheld tactical radio communications that could operate across all frequency bands, modulation modes, and waveforms being used in the DoD. SOCOM had long rejected the "big" Army's requirements and material development process so they went forward to develop a handheld radio using their own requirements and procurement methods. The result of this effort was the development of a new and unique handheld radio named the AN/PRC-148 or Multiband Inter/ Intra Team Radio. MBITR went into full production in FY-2000.
With the advent of the Transformation Army, the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams and the deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq the "big" Army was forced to confront its lack of critically needed secure, broad frequency band, handheld radio communications head on just like SOCOM had done a few years before. Very fortunately for the Army, the SOF community had already completed the engineering development and competitive procurement of the AN/PRC-148 just when the post 9/11 Army most required this capability. Even more fortunately, SOF contracting officials were smart enough to include large numbers of radios as options on the basic AN/ PRC-148 procurement contract thus throwing the door open for mass procurement by the "big" Army...."
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$13M for Combat Diver Training Facility in Panama City, FL
Small business qualifier Harry Pepper and Associates, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL received a $13 million contract for firm-fixed price Task Order 0005 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract. Work to be done involves design and construction of a Joint Aquatic Combat Diver Training Facility at Naval Support Activity Panama City, FL.Work is expected to be completed by September 2008. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in North Charleston, SC issued the contract (N62467-03-D-0188).
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It's a Boat, It's a Sub, It's...
DID has covered the USA's immense difficulties with its dry chamber Advanced Seal Delivery System, and near-abandonment of the project. As the Navy et. al. ponder ponder what to do, a New Year's resolution to to pay close attention to developments in Sweden and its 10m "Diver Group Boat" may be in order.
On the surface, the DGB performs like a fast rigid inflatable boat; powered by a diesel engine and water jet propulsion, it can reach speeds of up to 30 knots. The same propulsion system is used when the hull is flooded and the vehicle runs semi-submerged with a low detection signature. Or, it can turn into a "wet" submarine delivery vehicle for special forces troops, powered by four electric thrusters.
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$12.5M for SOF Urban Warfare Training Facility ON SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND
Small business qualifier I E Pacific, Inc. in San Diego, CA won a $12.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a Special Operations Force (SOF) Military Operations on Urban Terrain Training (MOUT) Complex (Part A) at San Clemente Island. Work will be performed in San Diego, CA and is expected to be complete by November 2008.
This contract was competitively procured via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website, with 2 proposals received by The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest in San Diego, CA (N62473-06-C-6006).
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$5.1M for 60 Diver Propulsion Devices to the US Marines
STIDD Systems in Greenport, NY received a $5.1 million modification to previously awarded contract M67854-05-F-1039 for 60 Diver Propulsion Devices (DPD), DPD battery chargers, shipping containers, and the extended range option. Work will be performed in Greenport, NY, and is expected to be complete by November 2006. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico Va., is the contracting activity.
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$9.9M from US Navy for Mk11 Sniper Rifles
In a war where enemies are often hidden and happily commit war crimes like using human shields, snipers can be a commander's most effective battlefield asset. Knights Armament Company in Titusville FL recently received a potential $9.9 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the Mk11 Sniper Rifle System (SRS) and supporting spare parts (i.e. magazines, trigger assemblies, gas rings, etc.). The Mk11 SRS is a 7.62mm weapon system used in support of the US Marine Corps and US Special Operations Command. The KAC MK11 MOD0 Navy package is the now-famous SR25 specially manufactured by Knight's Armament for the US Navy SEALs following their May 2000 contract win, and reportedly has about 60% commonality with the M-16. Work will be performed in Titusville, FL and is expected to be complete by December 2011. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN (N00164-07-D-4880).
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Naval Institute West Annual Show 2007
The Naval Institute West 2007 show's. Starting January 31st Febuarty 2007 first panel, which focused on operational lessons learned and solutions for the Iraq War. One of the panelists was Cmdr. Steve Wisotzki, USN, former commander of SEAL Team ONE , and now Chief of Staff of Naval Special Warfare Group One. He outlined how Navy SEALs conducted operations in Al Anbar province, which he described as the most dangerous in Iraq. He noted that having women in special operations forces gave those forces access to women in towns, which proved very helpful. Al Qaida largely has been run out of Al Anbar, and "the prognosis is good" that they won't regain their previous position. Non-kinetic means now make the most effective operations, he added.
Cdr. Wisotzki added that the U.S. media is only part of the war coverage. Mideast media, particularly outlets such as Al Jazzeera, are carrying the coverage for Arabs in that region. Their viewers do not trust U.S. media sources, so the United States must put more energy into working with Arab media.
Other Panel at the show included "Port Security: How Do We Defeat the Threat?" and "A Maritime Strategy for Asia-Pacific: What Are the Competing Priorities?"
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Recovered Navy Seal Finally Got Bush Visit
A Navy Seal who was visited by President Bush while he was in the hospital with a life-threatening injury finally got to see the President again. Geoff Whitaker, who is now at the seminary at Tennessee Temple, got a private audience with the President during his visit to the Convention Center on Wednesday.
Chaplain Whitaker said President Bush paid him a visit at the hospital in Bethesda, Md., at a time when he was given only a 10 percent chance of surviving and much less chance of recovering.
He had fallen 20 feet from a helicopter during a ship takeover in the Middle East - landing on his head.
Chaplain Whitaker said he was impressed by the sincerity of the President at the hospital, saying he had left agents and others outside the room and came in by himself.
He said, "I was impressed by the humble and sincere way he carried himself that day."
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U.S.-led forces show evidence of Iranian arms in Iraq
Iraq presented on Sunday what officials said was "a growing body" of evidence of Iranian weapons being used to kill their soldiers, as U.S. anger at Tehran's alleged involvement in the war rises.
A senior defense official from the U.S.-led Multinational Force in Baghdad told a briefing that 170 coalition forces had been killed by Iranian-made roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) that he said were smuggled into Iraq.
Officials showed journalists fragments of what they said were Iranian-manufactured weapons, including one part of an EFP -- which is strong enough to penetrate the armor of an Abrams tank -- and tail fins from 81 mm and 60 mm mortar bombs.
"The weapons had characteristics unique to being manufactured in Iran ... Iran is the only country in the region that produces these weapons," the senior defense official said in Baghdad, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity.
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Scary SEAL Stories Hurt Recruiting
The U.S. Navy has found a way to lower the attrition rate (75 percent) of candidates for SEAL training. Having decided to expand the SEAL force, and not getting enough new candidates, the navy established a "prep school" for recruits wanting to become SEALs. Noting that the major cause of failure is the inability of the candidates to handle the heavy physical demands of the training, the navy decided to help wannabe SEALs cope. The navy hired former SEALs, who are stationed around the country to show potential recruits how to prepare for the physical screening tests they have to pass to get into SEAL school, and what level of conditioning is required to complete the course. So far (about a year on), sixty percent more of the SEAL candidates complete their training (the failure rate goes from 75 to 60 percent). The navy is recruiting civilians who are athletic and want to be SEALs, and the addition of the physical conditioning coaches has made SEAL school less intimidating.
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The Democrats' Special Forces Fetish
A fatuous promise to "double the size" of our elite military units.
It was one bullet point in the plan for the Pelosi Congress's "first 100 hours," two sentences in the Democrats' 31-page "New Direction for America" document released last June: In order to "Defeat terrorists and stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, we will ... Double the size of our Special Forces" (emphasis added).
Sounds nifty, doesn't it, like a bumper sticker reading "Outlaw War Now!"? And, indeed, top-notch warriors play an invaluable role in any war but are most useful in the sorts of guerrilla actions and antiterrorist activity that will probably dominate the military's missions for the next generation. There are just two problems. First, doubling can only be accomplished by going a disastrous route--making special ops no longer special. Second, false solutions crowd out real ones. Much can be done to improve the quality of our armed forces, but this Democratic proposal doesn't make the grade.
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Special Forces soldiers earn Silver Stars
Two Fort Bragg Special Forces soldiers were honored today with the Army's third-highest award for combat valor - the Silver Star.
Chief Warrant Officer Angel DeJesus and Staff Sgt. Erasmo Espino, both in the 7th Special Forces group, were honored for their heroism in action in Afghanistan. They were part of a detachment of two dozen soldiers conducting a patrol when they were ambushed by an estimated 150 to 200 Taliban fighters in May 2006.
The award ceremony was at Fort Bragg's Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center. Lt. Gen. Robert Wagner, who is commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and Maj. Gen. Thomas Csrnko presented the awards. Csrnko leads the U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg.
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New US covert operations helping Sunni Muslim radicals in IRAN
The United States is stepping up covert operations in Iran in a new strategy that risks sparking an "open confrontation" and benefits Sunni radicals, a US magazine reported Sunday.
In The New Yorker magazine, Seymour Hersh reports that US military and special-operations teams have increased their activities inside Iran, entering from Iraq to gather intelligence and to pursue Iranians who operate inside Iraq.
Hersh also reports, citing unnamed sources, that the US Defense Department recently formed a special planning group to plan possible attacks on Iran "that can be implemented, upon orders from the president, within 24 hours."
The planning group, though, has in the past month turned its focus from targeting Iran's nuclear sites and attempting to oust the current Tehran leadership to hitting targets "involved in supplying or aiding militants in Iraq."
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US troops in Iraq may attack nuclear and military targets in Iran when a high-casualty attack is traced to Tehran
This new presidential directive extends the license President George W. Bush issued last month to US troops to capture or kill Iranian agents supporting Iraqi insurgency and al Qaeda attacks on American forces.
It is causing great concern in Tehran's ruling circles - especially as the new license may well be applied when the downing of a large US helicopter ends in a heavy US death toll.
DEBKAfile's military sources report that American commanders in Iraq are studying the innovative methods for shooting down US aircraft which Iranian Revolutionary Guards instructors are imparting to Iraqi insurgents.
Maj. Gen James E. Simmons, deputy commander of US forces in Iraq, describes multiple weapons systems fired at the same time as having brought down 7 American helicopters in the last month. This, says Simmons, is the sign of "a thinking enemy" - although sometimes the insurgents appear to have got lucky and hit helicopters with automatic weapons fire as they chanced by.
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Cheney warns on Chinese build-up
US Vice-President Dick Cheney has expressed concern over China's military policies, saying they were at odds with the country's stated peaceful aims.
On a visit to Australia, he praised China's role in a nuclear deal with North Korea but criticised its military build-up and anti-satellite tests.
Mr Cheney also thanked Australia for its support for US operations in Iraq.
Australian PM John Howard is facing opposition on the issue, and there have been protests over Mr Cheney's visit.
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Iran's Move in Latin America
Seems like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is not the only one who is entering into new strategic alliances with Iran while much of the world is backing away.
It is not much of a surprise that Nicaragua's new/old president Daniel Ortega has, according to my sources who have seen the documents, already signed agreements to send a small group of "diplomats" to Tehran for intelligence training.
In addition, Nicaragua will support Iran's nuclear ambitions and other Iranian positions. In exchange, Nicaragua will get a hydroelectric plant, a motorcycle factory and other economic toys. This is all in concert with Venezuela, who, as today's Washington Post reports, Chavez is consolidating his control in Venezuela while buying support of other nations. Along with his "brother" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chavez is pledging a $2 billion investment fund for the region.
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US 'Iran attack plans' revealed
BBC: US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.
It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.
The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.
The UN has urged Iran to stop the programme or face economic sanctions.
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Uprising May Widen, Warns Yemen Rebel Leader
SANAA, 26 February 2007 - A Yemeni lawmaker accused of being a leader of a deadly three-year uprising in the mountainous north of country warned yesterday that rebels might widen their campaign.
Yahia Badruddin Al-Houthi, the brother of Hussein Al-Houthi who led the uprising until he was killed by security forces in 2004, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the rebels "have opened new fronts" in their stronghold in the northern province of Saada.
"It is not unlikely that confrontations could spread outside the province," he said from Germany, where the newspaper said he was currently based.
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Spies in our midst, says [New Zealand] SIS
The Dominion Post: A FOCUS on counter-terrorism has allowed foreign spies to continue to operate in New Zealand unabated, the Security Intelligence Service says.
In its 2006 annual report issued yesterday, now-retired SIS director of security Richard Woods said international terrorism had dominated his past five years and would continue to do so for the foreseeable future. However, espionage and intelligence gathering by other countries continued to be a problem. "Rather than diminishing, activity by foreign intelligence services continues to feature prominently in security investigations," the report says.
Spies were collecting economic and political information and scientific and technological research and development to further their own national interests. "Their activities can be harmful to New Zealand's international and economic wellbeing," Mr Woods said.
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ALPINE TACTICAL TIPS IN AFGHANISTAN
(as viewed from Russian spetsnaz Mountain warfare officers)
Combat experience in Afghanistan can be useful for improving mountainous warfare tactics in contemporary conditions. Subunits should be ready to conduct combat action independently, in isolation from the main or adjacent forces for a long time. It is also very important to observe the following tactical rules:
- All movements and changes of position are to be made only once close-in defense has been organized and reliable radio communication set up (movement is only to begin after reliable communication has been set up with the combat command and control center, command posts, checkpoints, outposts and guard forces)
- Earlier organized shelters and positions are not to be occupied because they can be mined by the enemy
- The sub unit commander is the last to withdraw from combat
- The subunit movement forward proceeds by stages with subunits covering each other; command posts and artillery emplacements are located not closer than 1,500 meters from high ground so that artillery fire can cover approaches to all subunits in defense;
- The subunits performing combat missions advance in column one by one, following sappers (commando raiding parties and support groups move 100 meters to 150 meters ahead of the main forces)
- Each serviceman is assigned an observation and fire delivery sector; a stock of storage cells[batteries] (up to five sets) is created for each radio station, receiver and observation and illumination device
- ANY movement outside the deployment area (point) is seen as the conduct of combat action
- All combat action begins only after thorough coordination organization.