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June 24, 2008

Whales worth more than Sailors

Filed under: animals, court, global war, otb, Talon — Rosemary Welch @ 11:03 pm

That is the only reason I can understand the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Apparently, they believe they are more apt to run a war than the Admirals themselves, and this decision proves them so vastly wrong.

Even Justice Kennedy couldn’t swallow this one:

Under the guidance of Anthony Kennedy, the Supremes have lately taken to arrogating war powers to themselves. (See here.) But even Justice Kennedy may blanch at National Resources Defense Council v. Winter. In that case, the Ninth Circuit ruled that preparing the Navy to fight in a time of war was not an “emergency,” and that our sailors must stop training lest their sonar harm . . . whales.

Just tipping you off as to what to watch for in the next round of SCOTUS decisions. There is a possibility this will never be decided, but the Supremes have decided to at least hear it. That is a step in the right direction.

This should also give us pause to consider who we vote for when we vote. I am not endorsing anyone here, I am just suggesting that we try to find out as much as we can about their policies – especially in matters such as judges – so that we may make an informed decision.

I have just one question really. If we are in a war and need to practice and train, and this is not considered an emergency; what, pray tell, is?

Source: WSJ’s Opinion Journal.

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June 19, 2008

One more time, WE ARE AT WAR

Filed under: congress, Constitution, global war, jihad/ists, otb, President, sen — Rosemary Welch @ 1:51 am

There is no dispute over whether or not we are at war in Afghanistan, but are we in a box while the enemy is allowed to roam freely including right into our courtrooms? Let’s take one more look at the ‘Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002’.

–J.Res.114–H.J.Res.114

One Hundred Seventh Congress
of the
United States of America
.

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the twenty-third day of January, two thousand and two.

Joint Resolution

To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq’s war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;

Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;

Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;

Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;

Whereas in Public Law 105-235 (August 14, 1998 NOT BUSH), Congress concluded that Iraq’s continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in `material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations’ and urged the President `to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations’;

Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq’s demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 (1990) and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (1991), repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 (1991), and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949 (1994);

Whereas in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1), Congress has authorized the President `to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolution 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677′;

Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1),’ that Iraq’s repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and `constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region,’ and that Congress, `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688′;

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to `work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge’ posed by Iraq and to `work for the necessary resolutions,’ while also making clear that `the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable‘;

Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq’s ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;

Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and

Whereas it is in the national security interests of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This joint resolution may be cited as the `Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002′.

SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS.

The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the President to–

(1) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq and encourages him in those efforts; and

(2) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) AUTHORIZATION- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to–

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

(b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION- In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that–

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to this joint resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorist and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

(c) War Powers Resolution Requirements

(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS- Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.

(a) REPORTS- The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338).

(b) SINGLE CONSOLIDATED REPORT- To the extent that the submission of any report described in subsection (a) coincides with the submission of any other report on matters relevant to this joint resolution otherwise required to be submitted to Congress pursuant to the reporting requirements of the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), all such reports may be submitted as a single consolidated report to the Congress.

(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- To the extent that the information required by section 3 of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) is included in the report required by this section, such report shall be considered as meeting the requirements of section 3 of such resolution.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.

END

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Should you ever wish to look this up on your own, just use the ‘SHORT TITLE’ in the search and click “Search Multiple, Previous Congresses.” It is the 107th Congress, and it is the third link of the five that will appear.

This is as far as I’m going. I have told you, I written about it, and I have debated until I am blue in the face. Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the color blue. Just not on me! 😉

If you have any questions, please refer them to the text of the Authorization for War. Oh, and by the way, BUSH DID NOT LIE. Read it, will ya? Good grief.

As for the rest of the world, are you aware there is a global jihad? A very active one at that. If you do not agree, why are you reading my site? It is mostly about the war! I don’t understand you people, but you are entitled to hide your heads in the sand. You would think, however, that you could show just a little kindness to the MARINES, SAILORS, SOLDIERS, NATIONAL GUARDSMEN/WOMEN, and all the other people who have sacrificed so much while you did so little to protect your rights to do what is it you do.

Did I just go off on a rant? Sorry about that. Out here in California, there is too much going on and it’s HOT! Have a nice day.

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June 17, 2008

SCOTUS does not reign supreme

Filed under: Constitution, court, global war, Talon — Rosemary Welch @ 2:30 pm

Many people are upset with the Thursday, June 12, 2008, decision that would allow for first time in American history (and 500 years of Common Law history) the right to a writ of habeas corpus for our enemy while in the midst of a war. I do not care to hear your tawdry arguments about whether we are or are not in a war. It has been declared against us by these so called unlawful combatants, so the issue is mute.

In case you have forgotten, please refresh your memory. Does it appear to you that we started this war? If you still believe we started this, you are a nut and I don’t have the time, desire, or the patience to explain to you how wrong you are and why. Just go somewhere and dig yourself a hole to hide in. The rest of this post is dedicated to the vast majority of readers who actually have functioning brain.

There are many things this rogue court has done, such as making its own laws and forcing them upon a population who have no recourse, taken upon themselves to be final arbiters of Military Justice, reading into the US Constitution rights that are not there, and on and on. This has to be stopped. If it is not, we shall surely die trying to correct it.

The US Constitution states quite clearly:

Article III
Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.

From this strict reading, it is the Congress who makes the laws and allows such courts to exist that may also strip these courts of all of their powers at any time. The reason this is not done, is because we are a country of laws. It used to be we were a country UNDER GOD, but I guess they may rule that out soon, too.

So what did they do this time that has gotten my panties in a wad? This latest decision that gives jihadis the right to use the same courts as I do. I am an American citizen who cannot redress of all these illegal aliens, some are jihadis it has been reported. But this is not the only thing. The major problem I am having is with the fact that it seems like many people do not understand the threat of Political Islam and global jihad.

They cannot be separated. There are many good Muslims, but they are not true Muslims. Just ask someone who actually follows the Kor’an as they are taught to do these days. These are also considered to be kafirs. They are not the people I am talking about, and I’m getting tired of saying so. We need to have an honest discussion about what is really happening.

We have learned much since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Some of us woke up and stayed awake, others of us went back to sleep. That is problem. How can we have an honest discussion with people who do not even consider themselves to be in danger of losing their very lives?

I came across this very concise and brilliant post by Jeffrey Imm over at CounterTerrorismBlog. The title of his article is, “Don’t You Know There’s A War On?” He is more qualified and capable of writing what I want to say at this moment. It may now be Monday, 5 days after the decision, but I am still too upset at the silence, the ignorance, and the sheer wrongheadedness of it all. Here is tease:

I am sending U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a framed copy of a photograph of the remains of the World Trade Center West building after the 9/11 attacks with a note “Don’t You Know There’s A War On?“.

I hope you read this article. It may be lengthy, but it is worthwhile. Thank you, and have a nice day.

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June 9, 2008

Iran and the Problem of Evil

Filed under: Americans, enemies, europe, global war, Iran, Jewish, jihad/ists — Rosemary Welch @ 8:47 pm

Michael Ledeen is a renowned scholar on this topic. He has written a well reasoned and thoughtful article for the Wall Street Journal about the situation we find ourselves in today by looking to the past.

What happened? Why did it happened? Could we have stopped it? Why are we not seeing it again? You may read his article here.

This time we have no excuse for our own ignorance if we are destroyed by polical correctness or denial of the truth which is right in front of our faces (and ears), and it could even lead to our very demise. Yes, I recommend you read it!

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May 8, 2008

Wednesday Hero: Tech. Sgt. Shawn D. Foust

Filed under: defenselink, global war, Heroes, Military, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 5:31 am

This week’s Wednesday Hero is Tech. Sgt. Shawn D. Foust, a man who has been to Iraq for two tours so far. He has earned the Bronze Star on this tour for his bravery and composure during an ambush on his convoys. Please read about him below.

Technical Sergeant Shawn D. Foust.

Technical Sergeant Shawn Foust responded to the military’s need to lessen the strain on the country’s traditional ground forces, putting the Tech Sergeant in command of a medium truck detachment from April to October of 2007 in Iraq. TSgt. Foust’s leadership throughout two attacks on his convoy earned him the Bronze Star.

Confronting the challenges presented by the unconventional war in Iraq, Air Force Technical Sergeant Shawn Foust was assigned to Joint Logistic Task Force 1144, becoming a Convoy Commander for the 424th Medium Truck Detachment. In 212 missions during his second tour of duty, Foust encountered various obstacles and challenges while amassing over 507,000 cumulative miles on the dangerous roads of Iraq.

Convoy mission 57-459 would present the greatest challenge, earning Foust praise for his ability to overcome such a daunting task. As his convoy was approaching Forward Operating Base Al Asad, a roadside bomb detonated, wounding the driver and passenger of the third truck, and leaving the vehicle partially disabled. A possible full-scale ambush was upon them as scattered mortar and small arms fire landed on their position. The intermittent insurgent fire raised the threat level for the entire convey and Foust knew he had to remain calm and professional. He immediately moved the convoy past the kill zone and went back for the wounded men.

Foust organized his Airmen into a defensive posture, and prepared to repair the damaged truck. Working tirelessly and on constant guard for six hours, throughout the night, Foust and his fifteen man squad replaced each of the damaged 250 pound tires until the vehicle was operational. Foust successfully completed this mission all those before and all those that followed.

In the six months he spent in Iraq, he exhibited a sense of service, devotion to duty, and commitment to the overall success of his unit that went above and beyond what was expected, earning him the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious service. [Source: DefenseLink.mil (.pdf).]

To learn more about this brave man, here is some information:

Hometown: Gowonda, NY
Awarded: Bronze Star
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We Should Also Thank God
That Such People Lived
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April 28, 2008

Another anchor on the GWOT

Filed under: global war, Gov't, injustice, jihad/ists, Justice — Rosemary Welch @ 12:32 pm

As I have stated several times before, the DoD is at war and the DoS is asleep. This is a disaster. Not could be, it is. The State Department has now declared that the words ‘jihad’ and ‘mujaheddin’ are unacceptable language to be used by our government. Okay. Then what, pray tell, do we call these animals that are whacking off people’s heads? Will they now be allowed access to due process if McCain wins and shuts down Gitmo?

Who is going to define this war? I can do that. We are fighting Political Islam. Many people are afraid to say so, because they don’t want to offend anyone. Neither do I, but how else can we win if we don’t define the enemy? Hitler had the Nazi’s, Stalin had the Communists (which are now teaching in our schools). So we are supposed to say we at war with those nice boys who just happen to be Muslims? NOT ME, thank you very much.

What I am saying is not very nice to the Muslims who are not following the faith, but I am not supposed to be nice when I am telling the truth. A branch of their religion is threatening to destroy the integrity, perpituity, and the liberty of my country!

So you would like to know what put the in spark in me this morning? I was reading at the CounterTerrorism Blog when I came across this piece by Jeffrey Breinholt:

Bill West’s post (immediately below) hits on something I started worrying about today as I thought more about the practical implications of the State Department’s decision to forbid government employees from publicly using the terms jihad and mujaheddin. Plenty of post-9/11 indictments contain these words. They are also in the names of terrorist organizations. How is this going to work where the government employee is a prosecutor or FBI agent responsible for describing a defendant’s words?

I first became aware of the terms from the news reports of the 1993 WTC attack and the trial of Sheik Rahman in the New York Landmarks case a few years later. I joined the Justice Department’s Terrorism Section in 1997, and soon found myself reading FBI reports frequently containing these words. If the State Department’s edict applies to the Justice Department (which it purports to, though I have doubts it will apply this far), it is going to complicate efforts to redress terrorism in American courts.

Anyone who doubts this should read Andrew McCarthy’s excellent book, Wilfull Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, which will soon be released by Encounter Books, about his prosecution of the Sheik Rahman case. If Justice Department and FBI personnel find that they are in a trick bag because of the State Department’s decision, I hope they will contact Bill, Andrew, me, or any law enforcement friend now on the outside, so we can shed some sunlight on this problem.

The views in this article are not those of the Department of Justice. [Source: CounterTerrorism Blog.]

What, pray tell, shall we tell our Soldiers to call them (besides the usual scumbag)? This just does not make any sense to me which is why I believe it did come from the State Department. They have been trying to sink this war from the beginning, and I don’t believe they’ll be happy until they do. After all, this is the department where all those leaks came from to the NY Times and the Washington Post. But that’s another post.

Now that I’ve ranted about this, let us find a solution. I find there is no use in ranting without a more successful outcome. What we can do is to call the State Department at 202-647-4000 and bug the daylights out of them. Another thing we can do is contact any and all congressmen and senators toll free at 866-340-9281! Have at it. Let these servants of ours know that the State Department is at it again, and we demand they leave the Justice Department and the DoD alone to fight this we ARE fighting. If we don’t fight this war, the enemy will not stop fighting. What would that make us? THAT is UN-American.

PS. Whenever you call the Capitol, please remember to be polite. I know most of you already know this, but I just like to remind everyone. This way, I remind myself. 😉

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April 17, 2008

Shilling for sharia at Harvard

Filed under: culture, global war, jihad/ists — Rosemary Welch @ 11:54 pm

By Hillel Stavis
FrontPageMagazine.com

Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman touched off a fierce debate when he recently wrote in The New York Times Magazine that Islamic Sharia law represents the highest state of “the rule of law.” But what many of Feldman’s critics did not recognize is that his argument has been building over several years.

Just as an old photographic print slowly becomes visible when immersed in developing solution, Noah’s claims about the alleged virtues of Sharia first surfaced in his 2005 book, Divided by God written when he was still a professor at NYU. Three years later, Feldman, who helped draft the Iraqi constitution, has turned his argument into a new book, called The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State. The book marks Feldman’s emergence as a leading academic advocate for Sharia law.

If this seems like a bizarre role for someone who attended the Orthodox Maimonides School near Boston, it is in line with the career trajectory of a very bright young man who wants to be preeminent among the severely compromised academics inhabiting the Middle East Studies Association. Thus, one week after his article, “Why Sharia?” was featured in the Times’ magazine, Feldman presented his position at Harvard’s “Interfaculty Initiative on Contemporary State and Society in the Islamic World.” The initiative previously had featured UCLA’s Khaled Abou el Fadl, who set the tone for the series with his opening statement that “Whether Sharia complies – or does not comply – with fundamental human rights is vacuous and irrelevant.” So much for a thousand years of western humanist thought and liberal jurisprudence.

What made Feldman’s lecture different from his magazine piece was what he left out of the latter. Obviously, any discussion of Sharia must include what informs the law at its heart – The Koran, Sunna and, to a lesser extent, Sira. Writing for the Times, he at least traced the roots of Sharia to the Koran. But that was as far as he would go. At Harvard, his analysis of Sharia was limited to “the rule of law” as interpreted by “scholars” producing an Islamic “constitution,” all of which is refined and perfected by a “balance of power” between rulers and scholars.

In Feldman’s revisionist account, the evolution of Islamic law echoes the Western experience and is compatible with it. To Feldman, Sharia evolves from “higher law” to “the rule of law” in a neat conflation of the secular with the holy that places the Islamic code alongside the West’s rigorously evolved concept of secular justice. Feldman suggests that the dreaded huddud laws of amputation and other draconian penalties for apostasy and blasphemy are mere “worldly commands,” notwithstanding the fact that they are drawn directly from the Koran. For example, Sura 5:33 prescribes amputation of limbs “on opposite sides,” a dreadful penalty that has found new life in some of the Sharia ruled lands today. Indeed, the fundamental nature of Sharia law is inextricably connected to divine revelation, a concept with which the West did away centuries ago. The fact that a Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, was recently spared the Hadithic-inspired penalty of being stoned to death for adultery, had more to do with international outrage and pressure than any “nuanced” application of traditional Sharia law.

All this was utterly missing from Feldman’s lecture. There was much else, too, that the professor obscured. For example, Feldman cited the 11th century Baghdad jurist, al-Mawardi, as a shining example of the purity of Sharia in the face of the abuse of secular rulers. A pity Professor Feldman failed to note that the medieval Basra scholar was a staunch proponent of jihad war and violent imposition of Sharia law as it applied to dhimmis, that is, Christians and Jews. Al-Mawardi writes in his epic Laws of Islamic Governance of the jizhya or compulsory poll tax levied on dhimmis, “Payment is made immediately and is treated like booty. It does, however, not prevent a jihad being carried out against them in the future.”[1]

Similarly passed over by Feldman were some telling observations on Sharia by one of Professor Feldman’s favorite historians of Islam, Sir Hamilton Gibb: “The evidence of two women is reckoned as equal only to that of one man; that of non-Moslems against Moslems is occasionally, but grudgingly admitted, and on serious charges not admitted at all.” (italics added) “…the Muslim murderer of a dhimmi does not suffer the death penalty; a dhimmi man may not marry a Moslem woman, whereas a Moslem man may marry a dhimmi woman. In the second place, dhimmis are obliged to wear distinctive clothes so that they may not be confused with true believers [ i.e., Muslims], and are forbidden to ride horses, or carry arms. Finally, though their churches may be, and in practice frequently have been, converted into mosques, they are not to build new ones. The most they may due is repair those that have fallen into decay.” [2]

We find no reference whatsoever, in either Professor Feldman’s New York Times article or in his recent lecture, to Sharia and its impact on non-Muslims, whether they be dhimmis or idolaters (those that “associate” other gods with Allah – mushrikun). The body count and the divinely inspired discriminatory laws resulting from the Muslim conquests of the 7th century up to the present belie Feldman’s grandiose apologetic that “…Islamic law offered the most liberal and humane legal principles available anywhere in the world.” [3]

Indeed, even a critic sympathetic to Islam, Alan Wolfe of Boston College, recognizes Feldman’s intent. He writes, “The problem with Feldman’s compromise lies elsewhere. Offered as a non-biased solution to church-state conflicts, Feldman’s proposal, like separation of church and state itself, is biased against some religions and in favor of others.”[4] You guess which religion Feldman favors. And it can only be a matter of time before the professor, having asserted that Sharia law is desirable, will assure us that its introduction in the United States is inevitable.

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April 10, 2008

‘King of Battle’ still reigns

Filed under: CentCom, equip, global war, ME, support, Troops, weapons — Rosemary Welch @ 10:57 pm

by Spc. John Crosby
115th MPAD

MOSUL — The urban terrain of Operation Iraqi Freedom limits the use of large cannons and field artillery units. The days of all out destruction and artillery raining down from the skies seem to be over. But there are still uses for these Soldiers and instances in which destruction with precision accuracy is vital to the U.S. Army’s mission success.

The Redleg Soldiers of Howitzer Battery, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment are one of the few field artillery units executing their area of expertise in Iraq today. The term “Redleg” comes from a time when Cannons were much simpler and the field artilleryman’s uniform was much different. The Army blue uniform for artillerymen had a two-inch red stripe on the trousers and horse artillerymen wore red canvas leggings, distinguishing themselves from other Soldiers.

The Cannons used by Redleg Soldiers were towed by man, horse or mule, providing no protection to the crew operating it. Misfires, muzzle bursts and exploding weapons were not uncommon. Accuracy and reliability were questionable.

Today, the U.S. Army’s M109A6 Paladin self-propelled 155mm howitzer is a tracked vehicle that can reach out and touch a target accurately from 30 km away. Howitzer Battery uses several strategically placed Paladins located at Badoush Prison located just outside the northern Ninewa province city of Mosul, to support ground troop movement in the area. They conduct an average of three fire missions a night from the combat outpost there, mostly illumination rounds.

“Our role is to support troops in contact with indirect fire, whether it be with 155mm high explosive rounds, Excalibur (guided munitions) or illumination rounds,” said Howitzer Battery Fire Directions Chief, Staff Sgt. Gustavo Martinez. “We can use guided munitions to support any task or mission and pinpoint areas or buildings,” Martinez continued. “We use illumination rounds to light up an area at night to limit or reveal enemy movement.”

The Paladin is operated by a four man crew consisting of a driver, gunner, cannoneer and chief of section. Howitzer Battery crews work 24 hour shifts in the Paladins at Badoush, on call to support ground troops in contact. After a 24 hour shift, the crew will take 48 hours off to conduct maintenance, chores and guard duty around the combat outpost.

Paladin Gunner, Spc. James Simpson, of Howitzer Battery said working in such a tight quarters with his fellow teammates can lead to skirmishes at times but nothing to[o] serious. His crew works together fluidly. “You get to know your section and work together really well,” said Simpson. Still, such a work schedule can lead to boredom. The crews of Howitzer Battery conduct training between fire missions to keep busy.

“We get a lot of training done, more than we did back in Fort Hood,” said Chief of Section, Staff Sgt. Freddy Perdue of Howitzer Battery. “You gotta do something while we’re all in there together for 24 hours straight. But we enjoy our jobs helping the people out there, especially the maneuver forces.” Perdue said he enjoys doing what he was trained to do. While many Redlegs are taking on the role of a foot soldier in Iraq today, Perdue and Howitzer Battery are carrying on the Redleg legacy.

“Being in the war we are fighting now we can adapt to anything,” said Martinez. “A lot of the guys in our battery are doing infantry tactics and things of that nature. As far as the field artillery guys that are actually doing the field artillery mission, it’s important. You never know. There could be a patrol out there that comes into direct contact with a large group of insurgents and we are here to help by providing indirect fire in a matter of minutes.”

An M109A6 Paladin fires illumination rounds to expose enemy movement March 29 near Mosul, Iraq. (Photo by Spc. John Crosby).

Source: CentCom.
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March 12, 2008

Is Europe awakening to al Qaida threat?

Filed under: Bloggers, europe, global war, jihad/ists, Religion — Rosemary Welch @ 8:20 pm

Word has it that al Qaida has its grimy eyes set on Europe as a target for its terrorist activities. This may be just speculation, or it may be real. Would you like to be the one in charge that has to make decision? What would you do? What if it was wrong and people died? What if it was right and people died?

Over at CounterTerrorismBlog, I found this article written by Olivier Guitta: Europe under Al Qaeda’s triple threat. He wrote this for the Asia Times, and you may read it here.

He did, however, allow an excerpt of his piece to be written at CounterTerrorismBlog (by himself, of course, 😉 ):

Last November, Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s anti-terror chief, said that al-Qaeda was the biggest threat to Europe. To confirm this, Western intelligence services have recently established operational links between al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda in The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) whose goals include striking at the heart of Europe.

Al-Qaeda has not made any secret of its eagerness to target Europe. Indeed, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s number two, has repeatedly threatened Europe. In 2007, numerous al-Qaeda-linked plots were foiled in Europe and several cells were dismantled in France, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. In September, thanks to information provided by US intelligence, Germany arrested three members of an al-Qaeda cell that planned on blowing up the US military base of Ramstein and the Frankfurt airport.

For all of you who think we are not yet in WWIII or WWIV (as I call it), then please stay out of the way of the serious people. You may play your little games, of course you are allowed to do so, but not at the risk of others. Go away, hide under your beds so that no one can catch you talking on the phone to your Grandma (like the gov’t has the manpower to that!), don’t forget the tin helmets so the martians can’t read your mind, and leave the rest of us alone. When it is all over, you may come out to play again. Until then, B., leave me alone.

Oh, did I get distracted? I have a person who berates me as being stupid and spreading hatred and fear because I want to be serious about this. Very annoying is the fact that I haven’t written any fearmongering pieces! Have I written the truth? YES, and I pray that’s all I ever write.

There is no opinion as to whether or not this country is at war. Just ask al Qaida! (They declared war against us in the 1990’s.) There is only opinion as to who wants America to win and who wants America to be wiped out. People who choose the later, I have no time for you. Find another site, because I can become very intolerant when it comes to my beloved America. Oh crap, there I go again. This is the article he got upset about: News: Terrorism, Racism, Flight 93 Memorial. The terrorism in this case was the hot-spot in South America! (Columbia vs. Venezuela)

Anyway, now that that’s out of my system, back to the news.

Europe has been on fire in France for a long time. When we first started to about the fires and then the reporting stopped, the fires did not. They continued for over a year. There is also the murder of the film-maker, Theo Van Gogh. This was in the Netherlands. What was this man’s crime? He did his job. He created a film. The name of it is ‘Submission’ and it was made with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a refugee from Somali (from an arranged marriage). Yup. That’s all it takes to inflame a whole group of people to desire death to everyone, including their neighbors.

The man who attacked and murdered Van Gogh is a Morrocan. The people were afraid to name him as a Muslim! For crying out loud, Van Gogh was MURDERED by this scum. You aren’t afraid to point out that the ONE person who blows up an abortion clinic is a supposed Christian. What’s up with that? Huh? NO! I don’t agree with abortionalists, but I DENOUNCE HIS ACTIONS. TOTALLY.

This is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is a remarkably brave woman, and she has been under police protection ever since the release of the film she did with Van Gogh (did you know he was related to the artist?). They had/have both been receiving death threats, and the Prime Minister has declared this to be unacceptable. Well, bravo!

These people have making threats on people’s lives everytime someone says, does, or writes anything they deem to be unfavorable to Islam. I can understand being upset. I do NOT understand what gives them to ban such things. Not in a free society. If they would like to preserve their religion in its entirety, which they certainly have the right to do, then maybe they should stay in a country who believes as they do. Just a suggestion.

Do they have the right to go to other countries? Of course! The fact is, however, they do not obey other countries laws and belief systems. WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER TO SHARI’A. JESUS CHRIST IS CHRIST IS KING OF ALL, AND HE RULES!

Maybe Europe will wake up and join the jihad against the jihad before it becomes another situation whereas we have to go in and bail their butts out of it again…

Source(s): BBC: Gunman kills Dutch film director and CounterTerrorismBlog: Europe under Al Qaeda’s triple threat.

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March 6, 2008

We love life, they love death, let’s kill ’em! War’s over

Filed under: children, global war, jihad/ists, USA, Women — Rosemary Welch @ 1:34 am

I have been reading ACT! for America, and there are some pretty alarming articles. Especially if you have not been keeping up with the TRUTH of what is actually happening in the world these days. First, I will share an article by Alan Dershowitz in the WSJ, then I will share ten links directly from ACT! for America. (Alan’s article is not on their site, nor could I find the link. That is why it is re-posted here.)

Worshippers of Death.
By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ
The Wall Street Journal
March 3, 2008; Page A17

Zahra Maladan is an educated woman who edits a women’s magazine in Lebanon. She is also a mother, who undoubtedly loves her son. She has ambitions for him, but they are different from those of most mothers in the West. She wants her son to become a suicide bomber.

At the recent funeral for the assassinated Hezbollah terrorist Imad Moughnaya — the mass murderer responsible for killing 241 marines in 1983 and more than 100 women, children and men in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 — Ms. Maladan was quoted in the New York Times giving the following warning to her son: “if you’re not going to follow the steps of the Islamic resistance martyrs, then I don’t want you.”

Zahra Maladan represents a dramatic shift in the way we must fight to protect our citizens against enemies who are sworn to kill them by killing themselves. The traditional paradigm was that mothers who love their children want them to live in peace, marry and produce grandchildren. Women in general, and mothers in particular, were seen as a counterweight to male belligerence. The picture of the mother weeping as her son is led off to battle — even a just battle — has been a constant and powerful image.

Now there is a new image of mothers urging their children to die, and then celebrating the martyrdom of their suicidal sons and daughters by distributing sweets and singing wedding songs. More and more young women — some married with infant children — are strapping bombs to their (sometimes pregnant) bellies, because they have been taught to love death rather than life. Look at what is being preached by some influential Islamic leaders:

“We are going to win, because they love life and we love death,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. He has also said: “[E]ach of us lives his days and nights hoping more than anything to be killed for the sake of Allah.” Shortly after 9/11, Osama bin Laden told a reporter: “We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”

“The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death,” explained Afghani al Qaeda operative Maulana Inyadullah. Sheik Feiz Mohammed, leader of the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney, Australia, preached: “We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam. Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech: “It is the zenith of honor for a man, a young person, boy or girl, to be prepared to sacrifice his life in order to serve the interests of his nation and his religion.”

How should Western democracies fight against an enemy whose leaders preach a preference for death?

The two basic premises of conventional warfare have long been that soldiers and civilians prefer living to dying and can thus be deterred from killing by the fear of being killed; and that combatants (soldiers) can easily be distinguished from noncombatants (women, children, the elderly, the infirm and other ordinary citizens). These premises are being challenged by women like Zahra Maladan. Neither she nor her son — if he listens to his mother — can be deterred from killing by the fear of being killed. They must be prevented from succeeding in their ghoulish quest for martyrdom. Prevention, however, carries a high risk of error. The woman walking toward the group of soldiers or civilians might well be an innocent civilian. A moment’s hesitation may cost innocent lives. But a failure to hesitate may also have a price.

Late last month, a young female bomber was shot as she approached some shops in central Baghdad. The Iraqi soldier who drew his gun hesitated as the bomber, hands raised, insisted that she wasn’t armed. The soldier and a shop owner finally opened fire as she dashed for the stores; she was knocked to the ground but still managed to detonate the bomb, killing three and wounding eight. Had the soldier and other bystanders not called out a warning to others — and had they not shot her before she could enter the shops — the death toll certainly would have been higher. Had he not hesitated, it might have been lower.

As more women and children are recruited by their mothers and their religious leaders to become suicide bombers, more women and children will be shot at — some mistakenly. That too is part of the grand plan of our enemies. They want us to kill their civilians, who they also consider martyrs, because when we accidentally kill a civilian, they win in the court of public opinion. One Western diplomat called this the “harsh arithmetic of pain,” whereby civilian casualties on both sides “play in their favor.” Democracies lose, both politically and emotionally, when they kill civilians, even inadvertently. As Golda Meir once put it: “We can perhaps someday forgive you for killing our children, but we cannot forgive you for making us kill your children.”

Civilian casualties also increase when terrorists operate from within civilian enclaves and hide behind human shields. This relatively new phenomenon undercuts the second basic premise of conventional warfare: Combatants can easily be distinguished from noncombatants. Has Zahra Maladan become a combatant by urging her son to blow himself up? Have the religious leaders who preach a culture of death lost their status as noncombatants? What about “civilians” who willingly allow themselves to be used as human shields? Or their homes as launching pads for terrorist rockets?

The traditional sharp distinction between soldiers in uniform and civilians in nonmilitary garb has given way to a continuum. At the more civilian end are babies and true noncombatants; at the more military end are the religious leaders who incite mass murder; in the middle are ordinary citizens who facilitate, finance or encourage terrorism. There are no hard and fast lines of demarcation, and mistakes are inevitable — as the terrorists well understand.

We need new rules, strategies and tactics to deal effectively and fairly with these dangerous new realities. We cannot simply wait until the son of Zahra Maladan — and the sons and daughters of hundreds of others like her — decide to follow his mother’s demand. We must stop them before they export their sick and dangerous culture of death to our shores.

Mr. Dershowitz teaches law at Harvard University and is the author of “Finding Jefferson” (Wiley, 2007).

This is where they are mistaken. We love death as well. We love to kill anyone who wishes to do any harm to our people and our country. Come, show your lonely, pathetic faces. We shall make your wish come true. We shall kill you. Then you can go live with your true master, Satan. For you are nothing but evil. Have you not read in your holy book to revere the former books? Did you miss the part about the creation of the world? You are the snakes, and we are the exterminators. Bring it on…

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Terrible TV: The U.S. is Losing the Larger War Against Terrorist Television.
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“Voodoo Economics”: the dangers of Sharia finance.
Iran Defiant over New UN Nuke Sanctions”: while Ahmadinejad visits Shia”brothers”in Iraq.
The Fallacy of Shared Values.

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