Friday, April 27, 2007

Remember Somalia

This week congress passed a bill that makes conditional funding for our military troops in the Iraqi theater of the war on terror dependent on a fixed timetable for withdrawal. President Bush promises to veto that bill, and most certainly will do so today.

On December 8, 1992 President George H. W. Bush (the senior) began Operation Restore Hope, to provide food and humanitarian aid to the impoverished and war-torn African country of Somalia. What security forces encountered was a country hardened by civil war being conducted by war-lords who use starvation as a weapon against each other's people. The situation escalated to a point where it was necessary to use force to remove the top militant, Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

On August 22, 1993 under newly inaugurated President Clinton, Delta Forces undertook Operation Gothic Serpent to capture Aidid. In what has become known as the Battle of Mogadishu, or the infamous Black Hawk Down incident, Somali militants shot down two US Black Hawk helicopters with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). The dead body of at least one soldier were desecrated and dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, while television images broadcast the event across the world. Pilot Michael Durant was captured and held for eleven days. A total of 19 American soldiers were killed in the Battle of Mogadishu.

President Clinton, under pressure from Congress, ended the US deployment in Somalia and ended diplomatic ralations. Now, civil war, war-lordism, starvation, poverty and violence are once again rampant in Somalia. Participants of Operation Gothic Serpent expressed regrets of their mission being cut short by political pressure.
"You're talking about a lot of highly trained type-A personalities who had a job to do, and were prevented from doing it.... If you're going to do that, why send us in in the first place? Why lose those lives if you're not serious about it?" -- Lee Van Arsdale, Special Forces "Operator"

"We stopped, ceased all operations, and turned what was a hard-fought, brutal victory into an absolute defeat by handing over the advantage to the Somalis, and giving them, now, the very victory that we had fought all day for." -- Dan Schilling, U.S. Air Force Combat Controller

Thank you, Mark Bowden, for writing the story of Black Hawk Down. And thank you, Ridley Scott, for producing the movie Black Hawk Down. And thank you History Channel for bringing us The True Story Of Black Hawk Down. And thank you, George W. Bush, for not repeating the mistakes of the Clinton administration.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sell Picks And Shovels

When there's a gold rush, sell picks and shovels. In the 1849 California gold rush, people flocked to California hoping to strike it rich, expecting to just pick up gold off of the ground. The people that made the real money were the ones that sold the equipment to the '49ers.

The Great eBay Gold Rush is much the same. There's a ton of people selling those eBay startup kits, complete with supplier contacts, auction management software, research tools, website setup kits and hosting services, all for a convenient monthly service fee of only $39.95... no, $49.95... no, $59.95 per month. I should know, I bought one of those. The professional business coaching was $6,500. But that's okay, I'll be making that much every month before you know it. The incorporation fees were $1,200. But that's okay, I'll save that much on taxes every year, and I'll be making that much every week. Never mind that the coaching didn't teach me anything that I didn't already know. Never mind that the suppliers are just re-marketing stuff that I already get for less from the original wholesale supplier anyway. Never mind that the name-brand suppliers won't deal with eBayers. And never mind that the ones that do will gladly sell me merchandise at the going rate on eBay, leaving me with no margin to make it worthwhile to sell the stuff. It's too late to get a refund. Like in college, you can't refund your tuition. Especially in the school of hard knocks.

Allright, I'm done blowing my stack about the Great eBay Gold Rush scam. The next big industrial gold rush is to this fake environmentalism, and Al Gore's carbon credit shell game.

The Financial Times is usually going off on some marxist ideas, but this time, they busted the scam on carbon credits. They report that the growing concern that Al Gore has generated over environmentalism and global warming has resulted in a "green gold rush" -- a burgeoning economy in the trade of carbon credits. DuPont has convinced concerned enviroweenies to pay them (DuPont) $4 per ton of CO2 that they will then eliminate from their plant.

Pardon me, while I eliminate some intestinal gas. You now owe me $4 for eliminating green gas in the house.

Carbon credit trader Blue Source is taking payments for pumping CO2 into oil wells in order to pump the thick, energy-rich, albeit carbon-laden crude oil out of the ground. What's the price of a barrel of crude now, $50? $60? $70?

Oh, and look out for that oil slick that came out with my green gas. That'll be another $4 you owe me please.

Really, I think Al Gore is on to something. Crude oil is getting too expensive to buy and sell at any decent profit margin. So instead, sell these carbon credits and pretend that it does something. And never mind that CO2 does not drive the climate. Never mind that sunspot activity does drive climate. And never mind that CO2 changes lags climate changes by 800 years. Never mind all that. Move over Al Gore. As of now, I'm going to be competing with you by selling fake carbon credits to concerned enviroweenies. I fully intend to become fabulously wealthy doing so, and I'll have a mansion even bigger than Al Gores. To donate $4 to my carbon credit conservation cause, please send your payment via the paypal button below, and I will immediately eliminate some green gas.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Nominalizing Violence

I watched the news from when it was breaking. There was a report of playgrounds that had been covered with sulphuric acid, and how a little boy was hospitalized with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. I wondered if this was some sort of lame terrorist attack, or something related to 4/20.

Four Twenty, April 20th, is the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. And Hitler's birthday. And the prophet Muhammed's birthday. After some further investigation, I learned that four twenty is an emblem of marijuana for the pop counter-culture. Boulder, Colorado -- where I work -- is the marijuana capital of the United States. But the 420 phenomenon has "nothing" to do with Columbine. Right. It's just pure escapism. In fact, it's an anti-Columbine, anti-Hitler, anti Islamic extremism. Denial.

Later in the morning, while I was hoping for more information about the playground acid attacks, news came out about a shooting at Virginia Tech University. One dead. It was reported on the university web site. How Fox News channel keeps abreast of breaking news that is reported on a web site, I do not know. While I looked for more information about the playground acid attack, Fox News went into story loop mode.

Sometimes when they start story looping, they get stuck on something insignificant. I remember a time when they spent all day story looping on an avalanche up on highway 40. Only two cars were covered, but they made it sound like the whole mountainside came down, and dozens, maybe hundreds of cars were buried under miles of snow. Once they got pictures, it was just a little tiny snow slide that covered a couple of 30 or 50 yard sections of the road. I couldn't stop laughing at the ridiculousness of the coverage.

Then there was a press conference at Virginia Tech. 20 reported dead. The scroller reported 22 dead according to the AP. That was the first indication that this was something serious. Throughout the day the death toll climbed to 32, then to 33.

One of the questions that continues to haunt the authorities is why didn't they take action sooner to secure the campus. The explanation was that the initial shooting with two fatalities appeared to be an isolated incident. Sounds like denial to me. Denial that a killer on the loose is a threat. One of the students was told to go to class but proceed with caution. "Caution of what? A gunman running loose killing people?"

Another person reported how people play violent video games as a means of training. The Columbine killers played Doom. Grand Theft Auto has been condemned. The violent, ground-breaking movie Matrix came out shortly before Columbine, and has been implicated as an inspiration. There's the Super Columbine Massacre RPG that made the news last year. The current interviewee continued that people like this will specifically train for hours, with the intent of desensitizing themselves to the violence that they are about to inflict, so that they focus on their horrid task, without being overcome by either emotion or adrenaline.

As I write this, there is another school in lockdown in Texas at St. Edwards after receiving a bomb threat. There were bomb threats at Virginia Tech last Friday, and earlier in the month -- 4/2 and 4/13. And there was a shooting at that university in August, where a policeman was killed. I think that these events have desensitized the Virginia Tech community to the threats. As if every time somebody calls in a bomb threat or shoots someone, it's just somebody else crying wolf. Maybe that's why the original response by the university and the police was so limited.

I wondered if this might be the beginning of a rash of Columbine-style copycat shootings over the whole week, leading to Friday 4/20/07. If this happens, this would be the beginning of the end. If the nation ends up in a police state because of rampant violence, then there will be an uprising, a revolution.

As I pulled into my driveway this morning, the radio guys, Lewis and Floorwax, were talking over the incident. Their observations were that these school shootings happen about once or twice a year now. Charles Whitman in 1966. Columbine. 9/11, which changed everything. Platte Canyon High School last year. The Amish school last year. There's a long list of school shootings. When I grew up, violence didn't touch my life. There were the schoolyard fist fights, but never guns. Now, these shootings and massacres are becoming so prevalent that one must just turn off the news, tune out, get high, get lost. Sorry, but I don't smoke dope.

Returning to prognostication of possible future events, how do we deal with this trend? I believe in solving the root cause of problems. We all would like to live in a peaceful world. But when a person or a culture becomes violent, the threat must be met with deadly force. I support second amendment rights. But the right to bear arms also brings responsibility. And that responsibility can be instilled by education, community, family, faith, and communication. These values must be cultivated, and not alienated as a right-wing conspiracy or a political football.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Now, Cluck Like A Chicken

Killer Snow Storm Hits!
The national weather service forecasted a major snow storm with accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. The scene outside this morning was anything but that shown here. Apparently, the storm moved some 100 miles south, leaving us dry.

When I was in college, there once was a stage hypnotist performing. He had a group of students, all performing various feats. They all did that "cluck like a chicken" stunt. That girl that I had the unfortunate and embarrassing crush on put her pet Martian in her blouse. There was this one guy that was given special instructions, and sent back into the audience. When the name "Fort Lewis College" was mentioned, he jumped out of his seat, ran up onto the stage urgently shouting that there was a killer snow storm on the way, and that we all had to evacuate the college immediately because our lives were in danger. It was immensely hilarious. Whenever the weather service forecasts a killer snow storm that doesn't happen, I think of that stage hypnotist and the dramatic post-hypnotic suggestion. They may have got me to put my boots on, but they didn't get me to drive the 4WD.

Let's see who else is clucking like a chicken.

Imus' Wife Clucks Like A Chicken
Hate mail being directed toward the nappy headed hos should now be re-directed to Imus. If Al Sharpton has his way, Imus will be clucking like a chicken for the remainder of his natural life.

Snoop Dog Refuses To Cluck Like A Chicken
Rapper Snoop Dog explained that his use of the H-word, the N-word, the B-word, the other B-word, and of course the F-word was all due to a racial double standard. Black rappers have the obscenity license, but dirty old white men must cluck like a chicken.

Sean Hannity Clucks Like A Chicken
Describing the Snoop Dog lyrics on Wednesday's Hannity & Colmes show, Sean Hannity repeatedly used the "bleep" word. In explaining his difficulty with using the "bleep" word, he reverted to using terms such as H-word, N-word, B-word, and F-word. I feel the urge to cluck like a chicken and refuse to use the W-word, I mean W-W. Shit. I mean S-word. I mean S-W-word. S-W-W.

Sanjay Clucks Like A Chicken... again
And so does American Idol judges. And the fans. And the anti-fans. Rumor has it that "Sanjay" means "sits down to pee."

In the papers...

Paul Wolfowits Clucks Like A Chicken
After being driven from the Bush administration on conspiracy theories, Wolfowitz is now being driven from the World Bank presidency.

N. Korea Refuses to Cluck Like A Chicken
In spite of repeated requests, condemnations, sanctions, pleas and other lame hypnotic attempts, N. Korea will not disarm it's nuclear weapons.

Local High School Students Cluck Like Chickens
The school has decided to use strategic paint colors to program the students to cluck in calm blues and greens, rather than excitable, violent oranges and reds.

Dolphins Cluck Like Chickens
The Navy has programmed a group of dolphins to cluck like chickens whenever they see mines or seaborne terrorists. No word on what they taste like.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Imus Attacked by Nappy Headed Hos

You've probably heard of Radio shock jock Imus' inflammatory comments referring to a group of black female athletes as "nappy headed hos." In retaliation to these obscure comments, Don "The Pit Bull" Imus has been the target of attacks on a multitude of angles.

Not only are the nappy headed hos calling for his censure, his suspension, his firing, the destruction of his career without any possibility of ever making a living ever again, even for his very life, but sponsors Staples and Proctor and Gamble are withdrawing support of his program.

Imus decided he would attack a nappy headed ho; but being brave and stupid, he learned the hard way that you can't always win, no matter how tough you are. The veterinarian sedated the radio host and removed 1,347 barbs. The shock jock survived and hopefully learned a lesson.

  1. There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity (shock jocks are known for being bold and brave).
  2. Choose your fights wisely.
  3. Don't mess with nappy headed hos!
Thanks: Dad

Saturday, April 07, 2007

God Damn The Paper Man

You know I've thrown a lot of Posts
O' Lord, I've tossed a lot of News
But I never made 'nuff money
the gas bill makes me blue
You know, I've seen a lot of people walkin' 'round
With Cameras in their eyes
But the Paperman don't care
Ah, if you want it or if you lie

God damn, The Paper
God damn, I say The Paper
I said God damn, God damn The Paper man

You know the d'livery boy, the d'livery boy is a man
With the Journal in his hand
Oh but the Paperman is a monster
Good God, he's not a natural man
The delivery boy for a nickel
Lord, will show you where to be a buyer
Ah, but the Paperman ruin your life
Lord, he'll break your winda's, he'll slash your Caddy's tires

God damn, The Paper
God damn, God damn the Paper
I said God damn, God, God damn The Paper man

Well, now if this rag was placed in my hand
You know, I would not ever cross The Paper man
I'd tip him if he prompt, and I'd thank him if he late
Yes that complaint hotline makes him oh so irate

God damn The Paper
Gad damn The Paper
I said God damn, God damn The Paper man

apologies to: Steppenwolf, The Fox

Friday, April 06, 2007

DST Causes Gasoline Surge?

The Moonbat Today has determined that the change of daylight savings time coming three weeks earlier has backfired, causing drivers to use a massive 2.8% more gasoline. Moonbat Today believes that the extra hour of daylight encourages people to go driving more, resulting in increased gasoline usage. "Daylight-saving simply pushes us out of our houses," author Michael Downing reports to the liberal rag. "The extra hour of light at day's end leads people to drive to places, such as golf courses, parks and shopping malls, that they otherwise wouldn't."

No scientific evidence is cited linking a gasoline usage to daylight savings time. Meanwhile, my calculator reports that one hour is 4.2% of a day, not 2.8%.

Wikipedia attributes the relationship to cum hoc ergo propter hoc, "correlation does not imply causation." Other examples of cum hoc ergo propter hoc include,
Since the 1950s, both the atmospheric CO2 level and crime levels have increased sharply.
Hence, atmospheric CO2 causes crime.
Scientific research finds that people who use cannabis have a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders compared to those who do not.
Personally, I think the increased gasoline usage is related to personal stockpiling resulting from the increased gas prices and tensions around the 2007 Iran hostage crisis.

Meanwhile, the Investor's Daily BS notes the nonsense of global warming politics.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tale Of Two Houses

Remember that report about Al Gore's house being an enormous energy hog of a mansion? Well, there's more intrigue to the story. I have to admit, although this has been circulating on the Internet, I didn't get this in the email. It was reported on the radio this morning.

Look over the descriptions of the following two houses and see if you can tell which belongs to an environmentalist.

HOUSE # 1:

A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and
natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern "snow belt," either. It's in the South.

HOUSE # 2:

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.)

heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE # 1 (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and filmmaker) Al Gore.

HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Also known as "the Texas White House," it is the private residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

So whose house is gentler on the environment? Yet another story you WON'T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read about in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Indeed, for Mr. Gore, it's truly "an inconvenient truth."


Now, I know you're saying "this is just an urban legend." But it's true. Snopes reports it as true.

Thanks: The Fox

Chuck Norris Fact

When Chuck Norris gets mad, he turns into the Hulk. When the Hulk gets mad, he turns into Chuck Norris.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Plethora of Diseases

Alzheimer's disease. Attention Deficit Disorder. Asperger’s syndrome. Peripheral Artery Disease. Restless Leg Syndrome. Epstein Barr Syndrome. Chronic Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue.

I don't remember any of these diseases existing twenty or thirty years ago. What used be called senility is now Alzheimer's disease. Kids that used to be disobedient brats are now coddled as having Attention Deficit Disorder or Asperger's syndrome. Kids used to call me wuss, adults said that I was shy. A shrink once said that I had clinical depression. Now I find out I've got Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. It reminds me of the SUV commercial where the adrenaline deficient guy is tying his shoes a few inches away from a vicious dog. That's different than Epstein Barr Syndrome, which is a bit more specific than Chronic Fatigue. I have no idea where Restless Leg Syndrome came from. I think that's just "medicalese" for tossing-and-turning-at-night. And that peripheral artery disease is a new one on me too. It's supposed to be numb legs, and cold hands and feet. I'm not sure what blood circulation has to do with reluctance to socialize. Do you suppose Jennifer Willbanks could blame her Runaway Bride condition on PAD?

Honestly, I think doctors are inventing all these new diseases, just to have something to treat us for. Why don't they do something useful, and come up with a cure for being stupid, deluded, moonbat, liberal or Democrat?

Sunday, April 01, 2007

War: What It Is Good For

Some of you are not old enough to remember that nearly every family in America was grossly affected by WW II . Most of you don't remember the rationing of meat, shoes, gasoline, and sugar. no tires for our automobiles, and a speed limit of 35 miles an hour on the road, not to mention, no new automobiles. Read this and think about how we would react to being taken over by foreigners in 2007.

This is an EXCELLENT essay . Well thought out and presented.

Historical Significance

Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat. The Nazis had sunk more than 400 British ships in their convoys between England and America taking food and war materials .

At that time the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most Americans wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian war .

Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 , and in outrage Congress unanimously declared war on Japan , and the following day on Germany , who had not yet attacked us . It was a dicey thing . We had few allies .

France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly aligned itself with its German occupiers . Germany was certainly not an ally, as Hitler was intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan was not an ally, as it was well on its way to owning and controlling all of Asia.

Together, Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and Mexico , as launching pads to get into the United States over our northern and southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and Europe.

America 's only allies then were England , Ireland , Scotland , Canada , Australia, and Russia . That was about it All of Europe, from Norway to Italy (except Russia in the East) was already under the Nazi heel .

The US was certainly not prepared for war. The US had drastically downgraded most of its military forces after WW I because of the depression, so that at the outbreak of WW II, Army units were training with broomsticks because they didn't have guns, and cars with "tank" painted on the doors because they didn't have real tanks A huge chunk of our Navy had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600 million in gold bullion in the Bank of England (that was actually the property of Belgium) given by Belgium to England to carry on the war when Belgium was overrun by Hitler (a little known fact).

Actually, Belgium surrendered on one day, because it was unable to oppose the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day just to prove they could .

Britain had already been holding out for two years in the face of staggering losses and the near decimation of its Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, and was saved from being overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later. Hitler, first turned his attention to Russia, in the late summer of 1940 at a time when England was on the verge of collapse.

Ironically, Russia saved America 's butt by putting up a desperate fight for two years, until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at Germany .

Russia lost something like 24,000,000 people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow alone . . . 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more than a 1,000,000 soldiers

Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire war effort against the Brits, then America. If that had happened, the Nazis could possibly have won the war .

All of this has been brought out to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey things. Now, we find ourselves at another one of those key moments in history.

There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants, and may soon have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, almost anywhere in the world .

The Jihadis, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs -- they believe that Islam, a radically conservative form of Wahhabi Islam, should own and control the Middle East first, then Europe, then the world. To them, all who do not bow to their will of thinking should be killed, enslaved, or subjugated . They want to finish the Holocaust, destroy Israel , and purge the world of Jews . This is their goal.

There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East -- for the most part not a hot war, but a war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and its Reformation, but it is not yet known which side will win -- the Inquisitors, or the Reformationists.

If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the Middle East, the OPEC oil, and the US , European, and Asian economies.

The techno-industrial economies will be at the mercy of OPEC -- not an OPEC dominated by the educated, rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC dominated by the Jihadis. Do you want gas in your car? Do you want heating oil next winter? Do you want the dollar to be worth anything? You had better hope the Jihad, the Muslim Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.

If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who believe that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, live in peace with the rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into the 21st, then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away. A moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.

We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the Inquisition, i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda and the Islamic terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere. We can't do it everywhere at once. We have created a focal point for the battle at a time and place of our choosing . . . . in Iraq . Not in New York, not in London, or Paris or Berlin, but in Iraq, where we are doing two important things.

(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack or not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively supporting the terrorist movement for decades Saddam is a terrorist! Saddam is, or was, a weapon of mass destruction, responsible for the deaths of probably more than a 1,000,000 Iraqis and 2,000,000 Iranians .

(2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic terrorism in Iraq. We have focused the battle. We are killing bad people, and the ones we get there we won't have to get here. We also have a good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq, which will be a catalyst for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East, and an outpost for a stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long as it is needed .

WW II, the war with the Japanese and German Nazis, really began with a "whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor. It began with the Japanese invasion of China. It was a war for fourteen years before the US joined it. It officially ended in 1945 -- a 17 year war -- and was followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to get those countries reconstructed and running on their own a gain . . . a 27 year war.

WW II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full year's GDP -- adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion dollars. WW II cost America more than 400,000 soldiers killed in action, and nearly 100,000 still missing in action.

The Iraq war has, so far, cost the United States about $160,000,000,000, which is roughly what the 9/11 terrorist attack cost New York. It has also cost about 3,000 American lives, which is roughly equivalent to lives that the Jihad killed (within the United States) in the 9/11 terrorist attack .

The cost of not fighting and winning WW II would have been unimaginably greater -- a world dominated by Japanese Imperialism and German Nazism .

This is not a 60-Minutes TV show, or a 2-hour movie in which everything comes out okay . The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody and ugly. It always has been, and probably always will be .

The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it .

If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we have an ally, like England, in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The history of the world is the clash between the forces of relative civility and civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates to conquer the world.

The Iraq War is merely another battle in this ancient and never ending war. Now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless some body prevents them from getting them.

We have four options:

1 . We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.

2 . We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as next year, if Iran 's progress on nuclear weapons is what Iran claims it is).

3 . We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East now; in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in America.


4 . We can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the Jihad is more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and Germany and possibly most of the rest of Europe. It will, of course, be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.

If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children, or grandchildren, may live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the Sharia, an America that resembles Iran today.

The history of the world is the history of civilization clashes, cultural clashes. All wars are about ideas, ideas about what society and civilization should be like, and the most determined always win.

Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win . The pacifists always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them .

Remember, perspective is every thing, and America 's schools teach too little history for perspective to be clear, especially in the young American mind.

The Cold War lasted from about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989; forty-two years!

Europe spent the first half of the 19th century fighting Napoleon, and from 1870 to 1945 fighting Germany !

World War II began in 1928, lasted 17 years, plus a ten year occupation, and the US still has troops in Germany and Japan . World War II resulted in the death of more than 50,000,000 people, maybe more than 100,000,000 people, depending on which estimates you accept.

The US has taken more than 3,000 killed in action in Iraq.. The US took more than 4,000 killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944 , the first day of the Normandy Invasion to rid Europe of Nazi Imperialism.

In WW II the US averaged 2,000 KIA a week -- for four years. Most of the individual battles of WW II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war has done so far .

The stakes are at least as high . . . A world dominated by representative governments with civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms , or a world dominated by a radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad, under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law) .

It's difficult to understand why the average American does not grasp this. They favor human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently not for Iraqis.

"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate here in America , where it's safe.

Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places that really need peace activism the most? I'll tell you why! They would be killed!

The liberal mentality is supposed to favor human rights, civil rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc . , but if the Jihad wins, wherever the Jihad wins, it is the end of civil rights, human rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc.

Americans who oppose the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side of their own worst enemy!

Raymond S . Kraft is a writer living in Northern California that has studied the Middle Eastern culture and religion