Archive for December, 2006

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!

December 31, 2006

It’s funny to see moral relativists (which most liberals are) talk about how all death–even the death of an insanely evil man–is bad. I thought only moral absolutists were able to say anything is good or bad, let alone make a statement such as “X is universally bad in all cases.”

I’m barely able to contain my joy at Saddam’s death! Never again can he shoot, maim, injure, torture, or order such things! Never again can he pay $20,000 to the family of Palestinians for murdering innocent Israelis! Never again will he develop and release chemical weapons on innocent men, women and children! Never again will he threaten the civilized world with nuclear death!

Do you remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? In the story, Hansel and Gretel meet a wicked witch who would like to eat the children. They are able to trick the witch and end up killing her, quite on purpose. Did they mourn the passing of another human? No! They sung a song: Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!

For those of you who don’t feel as if this is the best holiday season of your life today, I want to reason with you logically about this.

First, let’s examine death itself. Is death bad? No, death is neither bad nor good. It just is. Everyone will die, eventually, some from so-called natural causes, others because of violence.

For some, death is a welcome relief from the constant pain and suffering of this fallen world. For others, it is a step into the unknown, a journey they will not be anticipating.

But what about for everyone else? The death of a very, very evil man is a good thing because that evil man cannot do evil things anymore. If there was a chance, even a sliver of a chance, that that bad man would change, then perhaps we could’ve allowed him to exercise his agency and choose good, and perhaps he could’ve done a lot of good for this world in the end. But there is very little evidence that people who do very evil things such as waging genocide on their own people ever change. In fact, there is NO instance of any homicidal tyrant ever waking up and deciding that maybe representative democracy is better than a dictatorship, and maybe all those political prisoners should be allowed to roam free and say what they please against their leader.

We certainly gave Saddam plenty of chances to change. Even on the eve of the final war on Iraq, we gave him clear conditions he could meet that would cause us not to invade his country. Saddam refused to abide by those terms, but offered his own terms, as if we were still at the bargaining table. If anything, we should’ve overturned this man’s government after the first Gulf War, and allowed his people to try him for the crimes he had already committed against them at that time.
Regardless, we had given him countless UN resolutions, countless opportunity to come clean with the inspectors, countless opportunities to come clean at the negotiation tables. He never did cooperate, not even a little bit. Why? Because this man was incapable of ever doing anything good ever again. He was thoroughly and completely consumed with evil. He thought we were issuing vain threats, and that we were a “paper tiger” as the Chinese like to call us.

Now he never will have an opportunity to comply with the sanctions and inspections of the UN, nor the terms of the treaty he signed. He will also never have another opportunity to kill, injure, or torture even one more soul. We are free from Saddam forever!

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Shall We Show Saddam’s Hanging?

December 29, 2006

I am very, very, very pleased that Saddam will get hung by the neck until dead. This is wonderful, not just for us, the victors, but for his allies and people who would like to be like Saddam.

I think the execution should be public. Perhaps there should be a warning for those who don’t want to see it. But those who do, and I believe most people probably should, it should be available. Thanks to the internet, if there is a tape made, and if it is released in Iraq for Iraqis, then everyone everywhere will be able to access if they so desire. We don’t have to rely on the big 3 to decide for us whether or not to broadcast it.

People who wanted to see Saddam die for committing his horrible crimes will find peace knowing that a terrible man is dead for his crimes and that despite the injustice of the world, there is a little bit of justice because of the actions of the coalition.

People who were allied with Saddam or who think they can do what Saddam did and get away with it (Kim Jong-Il, for instance) will see that justice will come and their necks are not safe just because they have surrounded themselves with an army.

Ultimately, nobody but the Iraqi government has any say in the matter. It was a trial put on by Iraqi courts, he was an Iraqi man, and he and they should be held suject to Iraqi laws, not the court of public opinion in the Western world. This is the way it should be. Countries should do with their despots whatever they see fit to do with their despots.

Interesting Interview

December 29, 2006

I tuned in to the Sean Hannity show (Noon-3 PM, 570 AM). I caught part of an interview the host, whose name I forget but was not Sean Hannity, had arranged. He said that it was a senior official from Al Qaeda. He also said that at the end of the show he would reveal his identity and location to help our country.

Something in my head was saying this couldn’t be real. An America-loving American wouldn’t use this opportunity to allow an Al Qaeda official to speak to the American people. Instead, whatever information he had on how to contact or how to find such a person would immediately be turned over to the military. Also, the speaker was far too fluent in English and he didn’t make a single grammatical mistake.

Something in my head was saying this was all too real. Based on what I have read from Osama bin Laden and others, this person was sharing the exact message that Al Qaeda had been broadcasting to the West. If I had only relied on the newspapers and television, this would’ve sounded foreign to me. But I had gone to the source and read it for myself and so it sounded quite authentic.

In the end, the host announced that this was not a senior Al Qaeda official, but a professor from some university who had done significant research on Al Qaeda, what they believe, think, and feel, and how the act and speak. He understood better than I what Al Qaeda stood for, and eloquently defended it in precisely the way that Al Qaeda does.

If you don’t know what a caliphate is, what sharia law is, or what even motivates Al Qaeda and other Islamofascists, you had better get reading and studying for yourself to see what they are saying. If you believe they hate the West because we invaded them or we are mean to them or they are poor, you are absolutely wrong. If you believe pulling out of Iraq will put Al Qaeda out of business, you are precisely wrong. Don’t trust the media, the president, or anyone else to interpret this for you. They are quite clear and precise in their messages.

You can find their statements in full easily through Google or any other search engine. Take the time to find out for yourself what they are saying.

Update: I have found a website that goes through great lengths to provide what our enemies are saying to the people: LauraMansfield.com. Take some time to read things like Saddam’s letter after the death sentence, Zawahiri’s recent threats, etc… It’s enlightening to see what these people are really thinking.

What the Peloponnesian War Taught Me

December 29, 2006

We are told to learn from history. Here is what I learned from the Peloponnesian War. I am planning on studying it in more detail later, although I must admit that Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations has me fascinated.

I won’t bother to bore you with any of the details of the war. You are more than invited to do at least some research on it for yourself. Realize that this is probably the most analyzed and talked about wars in ancient history, probably only because we have such good records of it.

Keep in mind that I am an amateur. I welcome corrections and criticism from those who understand this better than I.

  1. Committees and democracies are incapable of winning a war; they would rather kill their victorious generals than win. If we left the war to the court of public opinion, we would likely have our best generals and our president executed likewise. This is what the Athenians did, and it was suicide. Public opinion is fickle, and incapable of handling such serious matters of how to operate a war.
  2. War is won by a few strong, capable leaders who are given carte blanche to fight the war the way they want to. Both Sparta and Athens did well when they put the war into the hands of strong, capable leaders and terribly otherwise. We must allow the president to pursue the war in the way he sees fit. If he is not doing well, we must replace him with a stronger and more capable war leader. Under no circumstances must we place ourselves above the war in its management. Our job is to find a good commander and put him in charge.
  3. Money wins wars. If you can consistently outspend your enemy, you will win. Sparta was able to get money from Persia, while Athens ran out of their reserves and were unable to raise more. We have more money, hands down, than the enemy. We must continue to outspend them and we must do everything to make sure our economy is #1, such as cutting taxes. I am worried because if the democrats do cut spending on the war, they can actually cause us to lose. Let’s not make that mistake. Our financial situation is second to our wars, and it always has been, just like it should be. Let’s worry about paying for the war after we have won.
  4. War is fought on the enemy’s terms. You must defeat what they consider their strength, otherwise the fighting will not end. The war wasn’t won until Sparta defeated the Athenian fleet. Similarly, no number of Athenian naval victories would’ve caused Sparta to surrender; however, one land victory over the Spartan hoplites may have ended the war instantly. Likewise, we cannot defeat terrorists with conventional warfare because they know that is not their strength. We must fight them the way they want to fight us, and we must get very good at it. Our troops in Iraq are not only very good at it now, but we are constantly getting better.
  5. The purpose of war is to defeat your enemies. If you merely want to survive the war, you will lose everytime. Athens merely wanted to survive–perhaps Sparta would grow tired and go away; Sparta wanted to defeat Athens. Our purpose must not be to survive terrorists attacks, but to completely annihilate anyone who wants to use terror attacks against us. This is another plank of the democrat party platform that bothers me. Containing terrorism to the Middle East is not victory–it is eventual defeat.
  6. If what you are doing isn’t seriously harming the enemy but causing them to lose confidence, then it is worth continuing and expanding. Sparta occupied Athenia even though it only discouraged the Athenians. By occupying Iraq, we are distressing them mentally even though we could get a better body count elsewhere. Let’s keep it up and perhaps invade Syria and Iran. Even though it will not directly win the war, it is causing the terrorists to get upset and that will eventually cause them to make very bad decisions or lose hope altogether.
  7. When you have an advantage, use it, but don’t jeopardize it. Athens didn’t use their naval assets well; when they tried to use it to invade Sicily, they miscalculated and lost it all. Sparta employed its army and navy well, with exceptions of course. For instance, when they had naval superiority, they jeopardized their position multiple times. Our advantages are our massive spy network; our technology; our air force; our military; our navy. We must use all assets to fight, but never jeopardize any of them.
  8. When you have a weakness, make it strong. Athens had a weak army but didn’t build a strong one; Sparta had a weak nave and built a strong one. Our weakness is the type of fighting we are in right now in Iraq. We are getting better by adapting and learning. Our other weaknesses are intelligence and propaganda. We must get better at gathering intelligence and we must carry our message better to the enemy. (Our spy network is second-to-none, although its intelligence-gathering ability is in doubt.)
  9. Never, never, never give up. Athens lost the will to fight even while they were victorious; Sparta never lost their focus. No matter what, we can never even think about retreating or losing. There is no option but victory.

As always, comments, corrections, and criticisms are welcome.

Why We Respect the President

December 29, 2006

I am saddened by President Ford’s passing. I was much too young to remember him, and he led such a quiet life after he left office that I would never be able to know him.

One thing I see when I look back at that period of history is that President Ford brought stability to our government. He wasn’t elected, but at least he didn’t act like he was.

We must remember that the peace and order in our country exist only because we choose to have it so. If and when we decide that we’d rather fight each other, then peace will be impossible.

That is why it is important to respect the office of the president. While we disagree on politics, we cannot disagree with the fact that that person who bears that office is in fact our commander in chief. As long as we look to him for leadership, we will not have to endure civil disorder. Once we decide that we’d rather not accept him as commander in chief, then we will have trouble.

I don’t like Bill Clinton. I think he was the most immoral president we ever had. However, when he gave orders, I accepted them. When he fought wars, I accepted that. I didn’t like the wars, I disagreed with their premises, and I thought some of them were fought in the wrong manner. But I didn’t insult the man, I didn’t question his leadership role, and I certainly didn’t encourage people to try and subvert his wars or do so myself.

That’s the difference between what a lot of liberals are doing to President Bush and what most of the republicans were doing to President Clinton. Yes, there were some republicans who didn’t accept President Clinton, but they were few and far between and I and I am certain, the vast majority of the party, didn’t accept that viewpoint and asked that they would just shut up.

But what liberals are doing today is divisive. We have only one commander in chief, and we are in the middle of a war. Disagree with the war? That’s great, but guess what? It’s not your call, and once the war is on, you salute the president and ask how you can help us win. If you go beyond merely disagreeing with the war and actually try to subvert the war, then you are a traitor.

If we forget that, I fear we will find our country just as divided as it was when President Lincoln was elected.

Let us remember the era the President Ford was president as an example for today. Yes, we all hated President Nixon, and none of us elected President Ford. But we accepted him as the president, we followed him as command in chief, and we didn’t try to subvert his constitutional role.

President Bush Should Listen to the Generals

December 28, 2006

President Bush should listen to the generals, especially the ones who can see through the media spin and enemy propaganda and know what is really happening. Generals like Lt. General Mattis. (Hugh Hewitt, Lt. General Mattis On Iraq, Dec. 26, 2006, Hugh Hewitt; Mattis on the Marines: Pendleton commander upbeat about morale, progress in Iraq, Dec. 23, 2006, North County Times)

It is interesting in how he details why we are getting such bad information in the states about the war. The military, those who know the situation best and are living in the thick of it, do not have a voice because reporters do not talk to them because it is too dangerous to meet them. The enemy, meanwhile, can feed stories to the news media via their stringers, and the news media publishes it almost verbatim because they believe the stringers are just as interested in a fair balance of views as they are.

The news media has a problem: they have become, almost completely, the mouthpiece of our enemy. Because they distrust the news coming from official military channels and trust in the stringers, they are acting on behalf of our enemy.

You cannot, therefore, trust the media to be balanced.

My opinion on the war is that Lt. General Mattis is correct. This is not a dangerous place with occasional fits of peace. It is a peaceful place with occasional fits of violence, violence that is not much different than the local mass murderer doing his thing or a street gang doing theirs. It is almost becoming a curious thing for Iraqis to actually see the effects of this violence, as rare over there as mass murderers and street gang shootings are here.

Somalia’s Future

December 28, 2006

The news from Somalia, as far as I can see it, is as follows.

  1. The islamists have no hope of military victory. Ethiopia and Somalia are advancing, and the Islamic Courts are in full retreat. With the verbal support of the US, there is nothing that can cause Ethiopia and Somalia to lose militaily now. There is no power on this earth strong enough to take on Ethiopia and Somalia, now that the US has said they support the action.
  2. The Islamic Courts are threatening terrorist warfare, aka suicide bombings, etc. No one is surprised by this. May they all be caught, killed, and spend eternity in hell for opening this type of warfare. I feel sorry for the muslim population in Somalia, who will take the majority of the casualties in terrorist warfare.
  3. There were rumors that Ethiopia would leave Somalia within a month. I believe Ethiopia had best leave after the IC is dismantled, in other words, when the mission is accomplished. Ethiopia doesn’t have the ability to build Somalia up, and besides, Somalia is perfectly capable of building themselves up. But they do have the ability to squash the IC, and they have every right to because they were threatened by the IC.
  4. Kenya has called Ethiopia’s “invasion” of Somalia a threat to peace in that area of the world. I don’t know what Kenya was expecting, and I don’t know how the situation today is less peaceful than it was a week ago. Maybe Kenya feels left out. Maybe they are worried that Ethiopia is the dominating force in Northeast Africa. Either way, Kenya did not act. They only talked about acting. Now their words are irrelevant and I won’t care what Kenya says until they start doing something to secure their own region. Does this remind you of certain European countries?

This is sending ripples through the terrorist world. The message is clear. Ethiopia is the new standard of behavior. If a country is threatened by a terrorist element, they are encouraged to act pre-emptively. They are encouraged to work with their neighbors. They are encouraged to hit the terrorists quick and hard with overwhelming force. They are encouraged to not get involved in nation-building.

I am very happy with the whole ordeal. I don’t like war, but I don’t think we should accept peace at any cost either. War is better than living under threats, and it is certainly better than being conquered.

Ethiopia-UIC War Over

December 26, 2006

It appears that Ethiopia cleaned house over the Union of Islamic Courts in Somalia. For several weeks before the strike, the legitimate UN-recognized Somalia government was being helped by the Ethiopians to identify and target the UIC. Then, Christmas morning, they struck with their air force several of the UIC centers. Intense ground combat probably killed about 1,000 international fighters, many of whom responded to the UIC’s call of Jihad against Ethiopia. The UIC claims some minor victories–two tanks, a couple of captured Ethiopian soldiers, etc…

One special item of note: The Ethiopians bombed the Somalia airport, just minutes before the leader of the UIC actually landed there. If they were trying to get him, they miscalculated by a few minutes. If their intent was just to shake him up, mission accomplished.

Congratulations to Ethiopia, to Somalia, and to the world powers for not mucking this one up. And I wouldn’t believe the papers that say this will lead to a larger conflict in the region. This action shows that Ethiopia has the ability and willpower to fight before it turns into a regional war. It also shows that Ethiopia doesn’t take threats of genocide by Islamists lightly.

Rumors are that Ethiopia may be withdrawing their 4,000 troops within a month. Apparently, they aren’t in the business of nation building, which may be a good thing since it wasn’t too long ago that Somalia and Ethiopia were in a bitter border war. Here’s hoping that Somalia’s legitimate government can restore order and peace.

Iraq is watching us

December 26, 2006

The Fourth Rail details how Iraq is watching and what we say. Our Iraqi allies are scared to death that we may abandon them, and our terrorist enemies couldn’t be more pleased with the possibility. (Bill Roggio, “Anbar Province and the Iraq Study Group”, Dec. 22, 2006, The Fourth Rail)

One of the points that those who felt insulting our president during war wasn’t treason was that the Iraqis, let alone the terrorists, aren’t wathing our media. This should put that idea to rest, as if knowing that every terrorist press release contained concepts the democrats were using wasn’t enough.

Got ‘Im

December 24, 2006

We got another terrorist leader. (U.S. Strike Kills Afghan Taliban Leader)

It’s hard to wake up every morning and hear news of the world’s finest military getting chewed up one-by-one by terrorists in Iraq. If you are going to allow yourself to feel depressed at that kind of news, then you must also allow yourself to feel happy when good news like this comes along.

I had a great party when Zarqawi was confirmed killed. We baked a cake and had a nice meal.

I explained to my 5-year-old son why we were celebrating.

“There was a very bad man who thought God told him to kill innocent women and children so that he could fight us. Rather than fight our soldiers, he hid from us and killed innocent people. We have been trying to get him for a long time. We finally found him and killed him. Now he cannot kill anymore women and children. Now people who want to fight like he does will be sad. Maybe they will not want to fight anymore because they think they will die too.”

If our military keeps having these kinds of successes, eventually I’ll get sick of cakes. Either that or I’ll get really fat.