A very well-thought out and articulate column. I agree that the UN is a corrupt organization, regardless of their stated desire for world peace. The UN knows that Hamas has been storing munitions in its facilities for years, yet wants to condemn Israel for protecting itself. Really hypocritical, and the ones who pay the price for the hypocrisy are the Gazan citizens.
A week ago, a young man was shot and killed by a police officer. What makes this an outrage for the liberal press, is that the young man was black, and the officer was white. CNN and MSNBC started the railing against the “oppression” of black men by the government. There wasn’t an attempt to be honest in reporting, neither was their an attempt to consider the officer innocent until proven guilty. Yes, there were quite a few eye witnesses to what happened, but the police, and the FBI, both know that eye witness testimony is pretty flimsy. Forensics is what gets innocent and guilty verdicts, just ask George Zimmerman, as guilty a person as I’ve ever seen. The prosecution, however, blew that case so badly, I wouldn’t think the District Attorney would have a chance to ever get elected again. In this case, I was all for having the officer prosecuted. I was, until the activists, rioters, and looters started showing the world just how far we’ve come since the ‘60s. Not very far at all. And then Obama had to chime in. This guy wants to chime in on everything except what he is supposed to do, his job. In his “home” city, Chicago, the 4th of July weekend was rife with shootings and killings, and he never said a word. But when Ferguson happened, even though Obama was “on vacation”, he couldn’t resist sticking his oar in.
The shooting is a crime. The first shot is justifiable, IF and only IF, it is proven that Brown attempted to take Wilson’s gun. I thought all police cars had surveillance cameras installed, which should help. But the subsequent shootings cannot be considered justifiable. The officer, even if he thought he was in fear of his life, should have had restraint. So, yes, the officer should be held accountable, and if found guilty by a jury of his peers, not by a jury of “journalists”, a term I use lightly, he will be subject to the penalties of the law. Where I have a problem, and a serious issue, is the rioters, the activists, who are taking advantage of the situation strictly for their own use. Al Sharpton, someone who has never met a disturbance he couldn’t make worse, is again at the forefront of turning a bad situation worse. The ignoble ramblings from the NAACP make a mockery of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as they attempt to corral this effort into some sort of “blacklash” against the “totalitarian regime” that encompasses Ferguson.
Back in the day, especially in a city that was 2/3’s black, the NAACP would work hard to build up a government that supported the people, working to make the city better. Nowadays, the NAACP seems to be a group that believes in making black Americans victims, as opposed to continuing the work of the good doctor, by making people accountable. The rioting and looting in Ferguson is a disgrace, a disaster, and Al Sharpton and his cronies are responsible for this. Al doesn’t believe in suppressing irresponsible behavior, because, if he did, then he would have to admit he doesn’t want black Americans to advance. Those rioting and looting in Ferguson have besmirched any effort to have anyone truly take anything going on in Ferguson seriously. The true leaders of the protests need to step forward, denounce loudly and fiercely, those who are trying to take advantage of the situation. That means denouncing Sharpton, the NAACP, and anyone else who is only in for themselves.
I believe that the officer should be sent to trial. I believe our system of jurisprudence, as long as the baying of those like Sharpton is held in abeyance, will hold forth. The officer is remorseful, as well he should be. The family is devastated, as well they should be. A young man was killed just before leaving for college, a young black man. I have to point out, in the interests of fairness, that Mike Brown, the young man, was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery. This, in no way, excuses his killing. This provides just a background on why the officer was in the area. The lapse of judgment by the officer does not excuse the killing. Justice should be served. But having all the media hype and the unnecessary investigations will only exacerbate the situation, causing unnecessary hardship for the family of the young man, as well as causing all kinds of consternation and cross-pollution by various agencies in what should be a simple homicide investigation.
If the good people want to make changes in their community, these protests, the rioting, the looting, the criminal disobedience being displayed is not the way to do it. This requires a community action group, a political grouping, and a group of people interested in helping alleviate the situation, and in helping the people to reach their political and economic potential. The good people do not need Al Sharpton, the Black Panthers, or any other outside organizations to do for them what they can do for themselves. I would suggest that the good people of Ferguson step up to the plate, and take responsibility for their lives, and their families.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
This week, Obama authorized airlift support to help out the Yazidis that were and are huddled on the mountain Sinjar awaiting help. This small effort, for thousands of refugees, was at least a start. Then, on Wednesday, the day after a team of 130 troops visited the mountain to ascertain what support is needed, Admiral Kirby, spokesman for the Pentagon, immediately went on the air to announce that the Yazidis were not as numerous on the mountain as first thought, the ISIS terrorists were being beaten back, and so, the US didn’t need to do any more. Thus, based on a quick look, Obama has decided the siege has been broken and the airlift can cease. This is like having Operation Overlord start from Dover in England, the first troops land, move forward a foot, and then Eisenhower say “We’ve won the war and we can go home!”, while removing all Allied troops and troopships from the Channel, despite what Churchill thinks. Glad Obama wasn’t president during World War II. England, as well as most of Europe, would be speaking German as a first language.
We cannot determine what the state of anything is with one 12 hour trip to something as large as a mountain. Despite the so-called technological edge, there are thousands of people, in dire straits, who need our assistance. The siege isn’t broken on the mountain. In the last two days, hundreds have been captured or killed by ISIS. The Peshmarga, some of the hardest fighting military around, are hard put to shelter those who can make it to their lines. The Kurdish military have asked and asked for military aid, and Obama continually turns them down. His excuse is that the US is not authorized to provide military equipment to another member of a sovereign country. This didn’t stop him from sending weapons and other military equipment to Syria, Libya, and other countries as he saw fit.
We are the last true superpower. We have an obligation to help others. This is not just an altruistic notion. Our, the US, strategic policy used to be, support our allies, defend those who cannot defend themselves, fight injustice, help build democracy wherever we could, help support those governments that look out for their people, and defy those who would attempt to tear down civilization in the quest to dominate the planet. The US has had its issues. No country can claim a moral superiority to us, as all have their dark sides, their skeletons in their closets. The difference with the US is: We don’t hide our faults, we use them as learning lessons to improve ourselves, and to help improve others.
We have an obligation to those in Iraq we summarily left behind. The decision to leave was one reached jointly by Obama, and Hillary as the Secretary of State. We need to return to Iraq, in full force, with support from our Coalition partners, to bulwark Iraq, help build and train their military, provide security and stability for the country, until the country can truly stand on its own. And we need to remain there afterwards. We did not leave Europe after World War II. We did not desert South Korea in the ‘50s. We didn’t leave Saudi Arabia or Kuwait or the rest of the Middle East after Desert Storm. So why did we leave Iraq? The reason, the only reason, was for political expediency only. We must return and fulfill our obligations to restore and sustain Iraq, with its fledgling democracy. Iraq is only one of the very few secular countries in the Middle East. Iraq is home to the cradle of civilization. We owe it to Iraq, and to the Iraqi people, to help re-stabilize the country, help rebuild its military, and support an important ally for us in the Middle East.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
The world became a little dimmer, this week. Laughter became harder to come by, this week. Someone who has bought so much joy to those who were or are in pain, has gone to pass the smiles on to those in heaven. One of the greats of the comedy and drama world has passed on. Earlier this week, Robin Williams, someone who I first saw on Happy Days! lo, those many years ago, and who has been able to make me laugh, and reflect, over the decades since, has died.
Robin Williams was a talent, an actor, a person, that touched the lives of millions. As a comedian, entertaining not just audiences in the United States and abroad, but entertaining the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and other sites around the world, Robin was able to touch on subjects that were hilarious, and relevant, to the people he entertained. As an actor in movies as diverse as the drama The Dead Poets Society to hilarious comedies like The Birdcage or Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin’s range of talent awed, inspired, and gave people a good feeling, both about themselves, and about him. But there was more to Robin than his comedic or acting talent.
Robin opened himself to people. He listened to people, he shared their feelings. Robin was one of the ultimate in empathic support. Though he hid from the public his continual battle with depression, Robin never hid from the public. He was always there, to share your pain and your joy. When Robin did his USO tours, it wasn’t just the stage shows that people remembered. It was his time spent with the troops, listening to them, sharing their life stories. When Robin toured around the US, wherever he stopped, he didn’t just glad-hand people and move on. The Today Show crew gave stories of how Robin met with not just the hosts, but all the people working, learning their names, little things about them, whether the cameras were rolling or not. The hosts told about how he would meet with all the audience members who wanted to meet with him, on the plaza, regardless of the state of filming, whether the show was going on or finished. Robin felt if the audience made the effort to come see him, the very least he could do is acknowledge their effort.
Robin Williams was a tortured soul, who hid his depression and his devils well. Only those close to him, or those who followed him for years, realized the depth of his anguish. But Robin didn’t believe in burdening many with his woes. Even in therapy, in rehab, Robin was still the entertainer. Robin was still the listener. Robin was still the empath, sharing the pain, giving of himself. Robin wasn’t an angel. I come not to just praise him. Robin had his evils.
Robin, according to his own recollections, should have owned a good piece of Colombia, based on the amount he sniffed up his nose. Yes, Robin included his bouts with drugs and excess in his comedy routine. But Robin really did go overboard, indulging himself with his new-found celebrity as the manic alien in Mork and Mindy, as well as his comedy act and his appearances in talk shows and interviews. Robin was a wild child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, partaking of those illicit and licit pleasures open to the A-Listers, and some B and C-Listers as well. But Robin cleaned himself up, sobered up, and started a new phase. I believe Robin cleaned himself up for his children, who he loved deeply, and didn’t want them to be ashamed of him and his activities that didn’t involve acting or comedy.
Robin Williams was a special talent. His humor, and his gravitas in drama movies, touched, not just those who are human, but extended itself across species. Koko, the sign-language speaking gorilla, loved Robin. According to her foster mother, Koko, who’d just lost her loved one Michael, came to life when Robin visited. She also said that Koko happily spent two hours with Robin, longer than she’d spent with any other human, and became more responsive, more open, since the death of Michael. Robin loved the interaction, and spoke about it for years. Robin was, indeed, special.
The world became a little less brighter. We lost some of our laughter this week. Heaven, however, is rocking with laughs, smiles, and giggles. Mrs. Doubtfire is giving St Pete a hard time about the state of the Pearly Gates. The Genie is popping in and out, and causing all kinds of chaos. Robin is arranging a celestial Comedy Relief for those poor souls that didn’t quite make it. Robin Williams has left the building, and we are all the poorer for having lost him, but heaven is so much richer…
And if Robin went the other way, the Devil is laughing so hard, he’s forgotten to torture anyone, and Robin will keep him like that for millennia
This past week, Obama finally decided to recognize there was an issue in Iraq. He has decided to do the “humanitarian” thing, and deliver aid to the poor Yazidis trapped in the mountains in Iraq. Obama has authorized bombing of ISIS targets if they threaten US citizens and consular staff. This sounds great. But it’s not; it is too little, way too late. Children are being beheaded, Christian as well as Muslim children, as well as their parents and grandparents, for any reason the ISIS terrorists can think of. Women have been stoned to death for “adultery”. And who determines adultery in ISIS? Well, if you’re the woman, forget about it.
Obama has had the intelligence briefings. He has had briefings from his national security team. Obama has talked with Middle East leaders. He has gotten briefings from leaders of the rebels in Syria. Kurdish leaders have spent the last year pleading with him. And now, when people, thousands of people, have died, when everyone is demanding action, when the American public is demanding something be done, Obama gives a small token. People in Iraq are dying because of the president’s short-ranged myopic view, and an inadequate effort, for a Status Of Forces Agreement. Christians are forced to pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die, because of a political decision that had nothing to do with supporting a democracy, and more with appeasing a small group of political friends in the US. Obama has strived to ignore the genocide going on in Syria, and now in Iraq, until someone has forced him to do his duty. And now, with such a catastrophe hanging over the Middle East, he believes he has done enough, and so, off on vacation he doth flies.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the “caliphate” as Baghdadi wants to call it, has one agenda: The complete subjugation of the entire planet. Baghdadi believes that his dream is the only dream worth speaking of, and Islamic extremists and terrorists are working hard to fill it. Obama refuses to believe that the terrorists in Syria and Iraq present a threat to the US. To be perfectly honest, those terrorists hiding under the flag of ISIS are a threat to the US, Russia, all of Africa, Afghanistan, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Ukraine, you name it, ISIS plans on destroying the government and taking over the nation. This is the greatest strategic threat to the US, literally, since World War II, and Obama has allowed it to fester and boil, for no real reason. These terrorists are attacking Lebanon, supposedly on their side, taking down their military and security forces. Next will be the Gaza Strip, hammering Hamas, then, taking up the terror where Hamas feared to tread. Meanwhile, in Africa, Boko Haram will be taken over by the terrorist organization, making that terrorist organization into a facsimile of ISIS. The next step will be coordinating with the Taliban, then overcoming and usurping them, in Afghanistan. And Obama will not do anything.
Our US military is not a showcase for military weaponry and training. Our military is supposed to be used to protect our country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. And ISIS is currently the biggest threat, bar none, that the US, and the world, is currently facing: An enemy that is determined to destroy our way of life. Democrats and Republicans should be demanding, not urging, demanding, that the president send in ground troops, military forces, to stop this group. It is not too late, and the president can leave, yes, let’s call it what it should be, an occupying force to help properly train the Iraqi military and police force, maintain a vigil, and support democracy in the region, support stability in the region. We need to do so now, with or without the support of the UN or NATO. This is what happened in World War II: A leader of an organization that has decided the world should be set up in a particular manner, who doesn’t care about anyone that does not accept his vision, and who is willing to use any means necessary, political, militarily, psychologically, to achieve his dream. His dream is supposed to be a caliphate based on worship to a higher being, but his reality is enslaving the world and having everyone bow to his commands.
If we don’t do anything, if Putin doesn’t do anything, if Jinping doesn’t do anything, if Ban Ki Moon doesn’t do anything, we will have, as I have said before, a catastrophe we haven’t seen since 1938. Baghdadi, as can be seen from the videos strewn throughout the internet, and news shots by various news organizations, has no qualms, even less qualms than Hitler, in eliminating those he feels are infidels, and thus, inferior to Muslims. By allowing the spread of this “caliphate”, Obama has increased pressure on the Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Emirati royal families, at a time when those families have issues and are feeling the heat from their own radical Muslims. Where once those countries exported their troublemakers to elsewhere, assuaging their and their troublemakers’ consciences by making funds available “to live well” in another country, now the birds are returning to roost, and spread dissension at home. If those troublemakers coalesce under the ISIS umbrella, those countries will fall, and those royal families will be executed, down to babes in arms.
We, as Americans, have an obligation. We have shirked that obligation too long on the altar of political expediency. The result is total mess, a disaster of near-biblical proportions, in an area that is the birthplace of three of the world’s great religions. We must step up, regardless of what the world says, and stop this mad man, his genocidal behavior, and his perversion of Islam. If we delay any longer, if we believe the pinpricks we are delivering are sufficient to halt this, we are sadly disillusioning ourselves. We cannot allow this terrorist organization to proliferate, for, if we ignore it now, we will pay even more in the future, in blood, in personnel, in territory, in everything. As I said, our military is supposed to be used to defend our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And this enemy is even more deadly, even more implacable, than Germany and Japan was in 1939.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
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“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. “- Benjamin Franklin
Liberty, like freedom, is a concept that is alien to many of those outside of our country. Liberty means more than just the freedom to spout on about the issues of the day. Liberty means also defending, not just your right to say what you want to say, but to also defend your opponent and their right of what they want to say. Liberty, like freedom, isn’t free.
America has a long history of those who have stood up for the rights of the people. America has a long history of those who have also stood up for the rights of the individual. It is a core value of our country, and we defend that value, and we treasure our rights as free men and women as jealously as a miser treasures his gold.
But with our liberty comes our obligations. The right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” comes with its own price. And America has always been willing to pay that price. Always. Two times against the British, once against the French, once against the Spanish through their surrogates, once against our own brothers on our own soil, twice against German imperialism and ambition, twice against communist aggression, twice against a sadistic madman hiding behind Muslim values, once against a terrorist regime that dared to strike against unarmed men and women. Each time, the Tree of Liberty’s roots have been watered with the blood of those who refuse to bow down to those who would cause terror and deny Liberty and Freedom.
Our government representatives are supposed to be as selfless as the nameless faces that go forth to protect, not just our way of life, but the lives and freedoms of countless others throughout the world. Our government representatives are supposed to be as fair and impartial as they can be, in governing our country, and in insuring our way of life is protected. Our government’s only role is to enact laws that allow our freedoms and liberties to be unencumbered with those ideals and activities that are diametrically opposed to the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the several Constitutional Amendments. Our judicial representatives are supposed to interpret the law such that there is nothing that superimposes itself upon our liberties and our freedoms, resulting in a loss of those freedoms. And our executive representatives are supposed to insure that the freedoms and liberties we have fought and died for are represented whenever our villages, our towns, our cities, our states, and our country need to be represented to the world.
Our government was formed of the people, for the people, by the people. It is, and always has been, incumbent upon our elected leaders, to insure that laws are passed that are not in direct violation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the several Amendments to the Constitution. And yet, in the last 20 years, many laws, Executive Acts, bills of attainder, et. al., have been produced, steadily eroding the rights and liberties we Americans hold dear. The right to bear arms, a formidable right, to insure that a well-trained militia would be available for support of our various state and federal forces, has had attempts to erode it, time and time again, without request for a Constitutional Amendment. An amendment is required as the right to bear arms is a sovereign right guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. An income tax is not part of the Constitution, and for good reason. It is, as laid out in the Constitution, incumbent upon the legislative arm of our government, to create a budget and pay for the government through taxes and levies against businesses and to extract customs and excise from the flow of trade through the US border. And yet, our legislative body would prefer to strain the tree of liberty for the lifeblood of the average American, to support causes that do not enhance the life and liberty of the common American.
It seems in the inescapable rush for the current administration and the current congress to force America to become a nation catering to every concept except that which made America the driving force it is today, the current dominant party has decided to ignore the mandates of their own main-stream constituents, as well as those of the other major as well as minor parties that constitute our political landscape.
Although America has been able to recover from the excesses of the various parties at different periods throughout its existence, in this current period, we are faced with a monumental issue of the congress abdicating its responsibilities as the representatives of its people, in favor of currying favor with special interests, unions, the great group of people who live off the handouts from the government and refuse to partake in finding worthwhile jobs ( as opposed to those who have no other option to take welfare, but are working hard to improve their lot in life), those who feel that everything except conservatives have a right to have their feelings and sensibilities considered, in short, all the groups that have been instrumental in holding back the progress of America, increasing Americans dependence on government support, and reducing the ability of the average American to pursue their hopes and dreams.
Liberals have waited 40 years to put into practice at a federal level, every plan that failed at a local or state level. If the 50 states couldn’t or didn’t make the ideas work, how is the federal government going to achieve this, except through mandatory actions, and use of the military to enforce the actions. Of course, the current government won’t call it that; it’ll be “for the good of the people.” How many dictatorial regimes have used the same phrasing to strangle and remove the rights of the people? How many of our civil liberties will we give up to allow the government to try the failed experiment of socialism that plagues Europe and Eastern Europe. When do we say “Enough, this far and no farther”?
America, land of the free, home of the brave. But we have those who feel that our way of life is wrong, our decision to defend what we hold dear to be wrong, our basic freedoms in this republican democracy is wrong. To those I say: Leave. I will pay your way to whatever country or nation you feel is much better than the US. I’ll send you first class, one way. If you cannot look at your country without shame, you don’t belong in this country. I won’t call you a traitor, unless you do something that hurts Americans, in the US or abroad. If you wish to succor the enemies of the US, please, feel free to join them wherever they are. But do not cry, when you find that the freedom to speak your mind, that you take for granted, is brutally repressed by those who don’t want to hear you. Don’t be surprised when you and your family are abused and all your wealth is confiscated, for the government’s pleasure, in the nation you decide to live in. However, don’t be surprised, and do be grateful, if you call to the US to help you go home, and the brave and selfless men and women of our great military risk life and limb to bring you and your family back to the US.
For then you will know what freedom means…
“For our so called politicians If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen. ” Samuel Adams
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
Israel is under attack. On the one hand, Hamas is raining rockets onto the country, intent on fulfilling its mission of wiping Israel off the map. On the other hand, the United Nations is intent on obliterating Israel’s voice against terrorism and attacks. Meanwhile, proper, upstanding, righteous countries (yeah, right) around the planet are attempting to castigate Israel for defending itself. Meanwhile, Hamas continues to use hospitals, schools, and mosques to hide and launch rockets, mortars, and build and attack through tunnels into Israel. But Israel is the bad guy.
Israel is a country that has a right to survive. Israel has a right to defend its borders and its people. Benjamin Netanyahu deserves the world’s support against these terrorists. Hamas is killing its own people, the Palestinians, who protest against Hamas use of civilian buildings to hide weapons and rockets. The world is turning a blind eye to the atrocities being committed by Hamas, focusing on the nearly 2000 civilian deaths from the Israeli bombing, deaths that would not have happened if Hamas had not put these people in harm’s way. Not since the days of Yasser Arafat has such an organization been so blatant in its desire to inflict harm on its own people in attacking Israel. And yet, the UN, a consortium of nations that is supposed to help quell issues like this, will not raise one hand, not even a finger, to stop Hamas. Qatar, one of the richest nations in the region, actually funds Hamas’ continuing terror tactics, under the guise of tithing to Hamas’ “humanitarian” efforts. If Qatar was truly interested in supporting such efforts, it should give the funds to the Red Crescent, or to the Gaza government directly, with stipulations that the funds are managed under a joint UN/Israeli/Gaza government oversight committee. Not going to happen. Qatar and Turkey, along with Iran, get to kill people without having to get blood on their hands, or so they think.
Islam, as a religion, would be a good religion, if it truly were one of peace. However, radicals are using the religion as a means to kill, torture, rape, murder, and subjugate people. That this is happening on a scale that would make Hitler proud is truly disturbing. That a group is dedicated, not to the overthrow of a government, but to the total annihilation of a people, is appalling. That the United Nations, founded on the ideal that the Holocaust can’t happen again, yet is turning its back on Israel, speaks volumes. And that liberals and progressives, who profess their love for their fellow man or woman, would condemn Israel for protecting itself, while attempting to elevate Hamas to the level of martyr, is truly disgusting, appalling, and disturbing. Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, all are synonymous with terrorist dehumanizing behavior. At one time, the world was dedicated to stamping out these blights on human life. Now, these same organizations are held as shining examples to young Arabic children, while hiding the killing and torturing these diseased terrorists perform. And the feminists that attack men anywhere else in the world, are strangely silent on the behavior of Islamic men to Islamic women. The silence is deafening from N.O.W., and any other feminist movement. The Arabic sheiks have lions, leopards, cheetahs, hawks, falcons, horses, dogs, which they all treat with whatever abandon they wish, yet I have yet to hear of one, yes, ONE, demonstration by PETA or GreenPeace against the sheiks of the middle east. However, let SeaWorld help one sealion, and the screams are heard around the world about abuse of animals.
The above is why I have no patience for those who would defend Hamas. Hamas is no different from ISIS. When there was a demonstration against Hamas’ use of civilian structures for protecting weapons and Hamas’ command centers, fifty, yes, 50 of the demonstrators were executed, for “Crimes Against Palestine”. Not much different from ISIS beheading Christians in Mosul for being Christian.
I stand beside Israel. Israel has a right to defend itself against anyone who would encroach upon its sovereignty. Israel has a right to defend its people against those who would attack them, either through rocket fire or through sneak attacks from tunnels. And Israel has a right to enter areas where those attacks are coming from, to root out those who would do Israel and its people harm, and to kill or capture them. If the people of the Gaza Strip are willing to allow Hamas free use of their structures to hide in, the ONLY people they can blame, for any atrocities or attacks on women and children, are themselves. If they don’t wish to stand up to Hamas, they will receive the treatment they deserve, whether by anti-rocket fire and shelling to remove the origin of the attacks, or by being held in thrall to Hamas, and their way of life. For, if the people of the Gaza Strip do not do something about Hamas, they will soon be living like the people under the Taliban: No singing, no dancing, the women held as a third-rate citizen, subject to their husbands’ or families’ wishes, and soccer stadiums used for mass executions. It’s already happening in Iraq.
“We Must All Hang Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
Amazing! The Air Algerie plane that crashed in Mali resulted in the United Nations sending troops immediately to secure the area. French fighter jets swept across the crash site to inspect the disaster. UN Peacekeepers will be on the ground making sure that the (mainly French) bodies are given respectful care, and that no one does anything to the crash site. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, no one from the UN has shown the slightest bit of interest in securing the area, even though it’s been nearly two weeks since this disaster. Rebel soldiers still impede the few international observers and searchers from the Red Cross, Malaysia, and the OSC-E. Reporters typically outnumber the searchers and recovery experts, trampling on areas that have to be inspected. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, Hamas continues to use UN built schools and hospitals to hide their rockets and mortars and other war-making paraphernalia in. And then, the UN is stunned when the Israelis earmark these sites for destruction. In Iraq, ISIS is slowly working its way down south, to wreak havoc on the people and military which Obama decided to leave without the necessary training. In Mosul, Christians are told to either convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be executed. Explosives are detonated in markets in all of Iraq’s cities, targeting the civilian populace. What does it take to get a UN Peacekeeping mission moving?
The United Nations was founded in 1947 to establish a world-wide network of nations dedicated to promoting peace and harmony throughout the planet. After the horrors of World War II, most people were tired of war, and fearful of nuclear disasters. The charter for the UN was drafted and signed to put an end to such disturbing situations. The major problem with the UN, however, was not its lofty ideals. The problem was the mechanism for implementing security measures. The UN abdicated responsibility for securing peace around the world by setting up the UN Security Council in such a way as to prevent the use of its military (let’s call a spade a shovel here) force from enforcing its decrees. The UN, unlike NATO, prevents itself from entering into places with military assets by a simple veto of any permanent member of the Security Council. So, if China sends expeditionary forces to seize islands in the South China Sea, the UN has to put forth a resolution to send forces to support the islands against such an invasion, and China simply vetoes it. Nothing can happen. This is why there are no troops securing the area in the Ukraine. The UN would have to put forth a resolution to move troops into the Ukraine, and Russia would just veto it. The UN could put forth a measure to send troops into the Gaza Strip to demilitarize it (remove heavy weapons from Hamas), but Russia, China, or France would veto it. It would be the same for Iraq and Syria. So, how did the UN get forces to move in Mali? Interestingly enough, there were already troops in the area as part of an ongoing peacekeeping mission. The French then requested support, and, voila’, there they were. Amazing, isn’t it, how that works?
The UN’s role is supposed to be to provide humanitarian relief, support for nations, training, and security. However, due to the Machiavellian maneuverings of the bureaucrats and “diplomats” assigned to the UN, the UN’s primary role is to suck up cash from the donating countries, impede progress through the use of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) primarily made up of fuzzy-headed do-gooders who do more damage than good, as well as family members of the bureaucrats and “diplomats” assigned to the UN, and stop progress in places where people who originally did at least subsistence level farming, now rely on handouts from various UN or UN-sponsored NGOs. The UN has not lived up to any of its charter’s goals. The UN had nothing to do with the collapse of the Berlin Wall or the end of the Cold War. The UN had nothing to do with the cessation of violence that plagued the Balkans in the 90s after the end of the Cold War. The UN has done nothing to stem the tide of terror flowing through the Middle East or Africa, except where its primary benefactors have an interest.
The United States, as well as Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, Germany, Israel, all like-minded nations, who are interested in real security in this world, should all pull out of the United Nations. The US should evict the UN from its building sitting in New York, reclaiming that space for better use. All UN delegates, their families, and their “servants” should be evicted from the US, and sent to Geneva, the other UN site, to allow the UN bureaucrats to leave in peace, and give the Swiss something to worry about. Then, all the like-minded nations should form a new coalition, dedicated to true humanitarian aid, with true force backed up. Since most of the security forces generally come from the nations that are listed, it shouldn’t be a problem to get a ready-action force built to quell the hot spots on the planet. The overriding mandate would be to provide security for those who cannot get it from terrorists, humanitarian aid for disasters, natural and man-made, support for training the indigent population instead of making the indigent population welfare basket-cases, and aid for fledgling nations, and even fully-developed nations, to continue to build and support themselves.
There isn’t a need for a league of nations that cannot, or will not, provide support for the peoples of the world. This is a crime against humanity, and humanity are the ones paying the price.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
For the past week, the eyes of the world have been on the Middle East. The brief respite offered by the catastrophe of the civilian jet shot down over the Ukraine did not divert the world’s interest. Israel is in a fight for its right to be a free and sovereign country. The Palestinians say they want a free and sovereign country. But the efforts of Hamas to destroy the peace and security of Israel points to the larger problem: Unless the Palestinians denounce the atrocities committed by Hamas, the Middle East will continue to be a hot spot for terrorism, and Israel will not have peace.
Many people moan about the deaths of the Palestinian people, bemoaning Israel’s attacks on civilian population areas. Yet, I hear no bemoaning, no beseeching, no cries of horror by the Palestinian people or the main stream media about Hamas using civilian populace areas, civilian schools, and civilian medical facilities to launch their rockets against Israel. This makes the Palestinian people the biggest hypocrites on the planet, next to Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. If you allow a military asset to be used from your area of responsibility (AOR), your AOR is no longer a protected site. You have forfeited any protection for you and any other civilians in the area. The Geneva Convention specifically prohibits such use, and removes protection from those places under the International Laws of Armed Conflict. What was once a medical facility for all, becomes a legitimate target if you allow rockets and mortars to be launched from your facility. What was once a civilian residential district, where children played and families live, becomes a legitimate strike object when you allow murderous terrorists to stockpile weapons and war-making material in the basements and inside apartments. At such a time, you must expect counterstrikes against the war-making capabilities of those you harbor in your facilities.
The world blames Israel for the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians. The world, as usual, is wrong. Once a people submit to having their holy institutions, their medical facilities, and their homes, to be places of maintaining war-making material, those people, and, yes, unfortunately, their children, are no longer innocent bystanders. The adults have, themselves, place their families, their livelihoods, and their homes in harm’s way by their actions. The responsibility falls on the Palestinians, not the Israelis, for the deaths. In war, those who would wage war, and permit the war-makers asylum, are directly responsible for any actions that may befall them. To lay blame on others is disingenuous, and disgusting.
If the Palestinians wish to have peace, to stop the deaths of their young people, their children, and their families, and wish to stop the destruction of their property, they need do only one thing. They need to stand up to Hamas and say, Enough! No More! We sacrifice no more of our lives, our families, for your misbegotten war. By denouncing and running the terrorists, the Palestinians can take the first step to peace. It would not be easy. The right thing never is. But, that is the right thing, and the Palestinians know this.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredly, We Shall All Swing Separate…”
I watched two different videos of “police brutality against black men” this week. In both instances, the culprit ignored police requests to turn around and put their hands behind their backs. The result was, the police had to take actions that resulted in pain for the culprits. It’s disgusting that the police in having to do their jobs, have to go to such levels to arrest people. And it’s even more disgusting to have many denounce the police’s actions as being unfair.
It used to be, if you resisted arrest in any way, what happened was on your own head, or body. Nowadays, in our entitlement state, black people are told, you can resist the police, and they can’t do anything against you. The truth is, the police have a dangerous job. Every time they approach a suspect, or a situation, this could be their last time on this side of the earth. Even if there are many officers are around, none can know what a suspect will be doing. So, most officers err on the side of caution.
I hold responsible those who believe it’s their right to resist officers. Especially in the black community, resisting arrest becomes an opportunity to get on television, YouTube!, any video forum, and declare they are the innocent. Then, you’ll have the ACLU, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, all come running out to defend the suspects, and disregarding the fact that these suspects were resisting arrest. This becomes a bad, very bad, example for the black community. I do not respect anyone who resists a cop’s request to submit. If you’re innocent, there isn’t a reason to resist. If you’re guilty, you’re only going to get yourself in an even worse position when you go to trial. And yet, in the two videos I saw, the officers said turn around, and the suspects continued to fight back, wouldn’t turn around, and ultimately, paid the price.
I am telling you right now: If the Right Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were alive today, he would be ashamed at the way his legacy is being tarnished. Jesse Jackson has deliberately failed to maintain Dr. King’s legacy, his hopes, and yes, his dream. Defending the undefendable appears to be the lessons of today’s “civil rights” activists. When the marches were being done, it was to insure that we, the black community, would receive the same treatment as the white community. When police have to manhandle a suspect, they do it the same as they do any other suspect. That’s what civil rights mean: You take the responsibility, along with the liberties.
For the black community, we need to have the black leaders stand up and denounce those who would cry out about abuse when police officers are doing their jobs. We must have the black leaders stand up and make people understand, they have a civic duty to obey the laws, and to follow the orders of those we commission to keep law and order. If the black leaders can’t or won’t, and the community refuses to, we cannot expect the police to want to come in and protect us, when we won’t stand up for what is right. The Civil Rights Act gave us the right to vote, and protects our rights, but it also, as I said gives us responsibility. We cannot expect a free ride.
Dr. King had a dream, where all God’s children, regardless of color, creed, religion, are free. But the good doctor also knew that with the rights we demanded to be acknowledged for the black community, comes the responsibility to act as a citizen of the US. This means accepting responsibility to obey the law and to follow the laws of the country we are part of. The way the current “black leaders” and “civil rights activists” in many black communities would shame the good doctor, and would embarrass him, and all those who marched, demonstrated, and even died to get our rights and freedoms recognized.
We must, in the black community, stand up and be counted. We must denounce those who would tear us down. And we must respect the law, or the law will never respect us. That is part of Dr. King’s legacy, for, as he said in his speech of August 1963: “And that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” What this means, to me at least, is that we must not blind ourselves to doing what is right by letting someone else tell us that we can ignore laws and our responsibility.
The theme for today is Responsibility. We must be responsible for our actions, for our behavior, for our families and for our communities. We must responsibly follow the laws. We must responsibly stand up and be counted.
We Must Be Responsible, For We Set The Examples For Generations To Come.
“We Must All Stand Together, Or Assuredely, We Shall All Swing Separate…”