I was watching the news this morning and was shocked to hear Bill Clintion say he never supported the Iraq War from the beginning. In the late 90's, when the bombs were falling in Baghdad, Bill was saying that the UN weapons inspections were a sham and Saddam was working on a clandestine weapons program. In the lead up to the war, his colleagues--including John Kerry, John Edwards, and Hillary--were all calling for the invasion of Iraq to neautralize Saddams "stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction" and bring freedom to the people of Iraq. Predictably, as problems in Iraq arose and the democrats distanced themselves from the invasion, saying it was Bush's war and the "mess" was all because of mismanagement by Donald Rumsfeld, the man the democrats see as the anti-christ himself. Now its all about "changing course" in Iraq, meaning we need to declare failure. At the end of the day, politicians only care about power and Bill and Hillary are the perfect example. To be honest, I'm surprised Bill is taking an even more extreme anti-war stance on the war instead of trying to spin Hillary's waffling into supporting it. In earlier posts, I've warned that the democratic campaign for the White House is in serious danger of imploding if the American people find out the truth about what's really going on in Iraq--the facts that violence has fallen almost 80% in Baghdad and Iraqi people are rising up to fight extremism. The media is sure to do its best to try and ignore the progress, but it will only work for so long. That's why It won't be a surprise if Hillary wins the nomination and starts changing her view on Iraq AGAIN. Before today, I had respect for Bill Clinton (aside from his catostrophic decisions regarding Rwanda and Somalia). I believe he accomplished some good things for the United States during his time in office. But this just shows he is like all the other politcians. Even some republicans who have stood beside the Bush Administration are jumping ship because their terrified of losing votes. President Bush on the other hand, doesn't seem to give a rat's ass about poll numbers or how the American people feel. He does what he has to do, which means succeeding in Iraq and allowing democracy and freedom to flourish in that region. As far as the 2008 presidential election is concerned, I don't know what's going to happen. Bill and Hill's supporters obviously believe the lies they are telling them about being anti-war from the begining. Even though Iraq is turning aroud (6,000 Sunnis stepped up to man checkpoints across Iraq today), the ship has already left the dock with the anti-war movement taking hold across the US, as I've said before. I want to say the American people will somehow get smarter and reject Hillary's phony positions, but I don't know if they'll realize it by then. I don't even know how the Clinton's really do feel about issues like Iraq since they change their views according to how the country feels. I have an uncle who once told me that politicans should only be allowed to serve one term. That way they never have to worry about getting re-elected and can focus all their energy on improving this country. That's the way it should be.
"What these neoconservatives seek is to conscript American blood to make the world safe for Israel. They want the peace of the sword imposed on Islam and American soldiers to die if necessary to impose it."
-Pat Buchanan Isolationist Kook
This clip from the movie Borat is a good example of how the fringe anti-war movement seems to see the Jewish people. I've been doing a lot of blog surfing these last few days and I have found some pretty disturbing stuff. Conspiracies theories are swirling all over the anti-war blogs, both far-right and far-left. One nutty blogger actually alleged that "the Jews" are really in control of American politics and are pushing for dominance in the Middle East. Now where have we heard crap like this before? If you guessed 1930's Germany, your correct. Think about it. First, they alleged that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were behind the Iraq War and Bush was their puppet...and it was all for oil. Now, apparently the Jews are responsible! And they're seeking world domination! This is no different than the anti-semitic rants put out on Iranian hate television that accuse the Jews of orachestrating 9/11. Just the same, these conspiracy theories are right up there with the 9/11 truth movement. The anti-war left and isolationist right have one thing in common, apparently: they hate Israel. Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan, the "God bless America and no place else" conservatives, want the U.S. to abandon Israel, while the air america liberals think that Israel is pulling the strings behind George W's motives. I don't know why Israel is hated so much. They are the victims of terrorism and just want peace, no matter what else you hear. They have given concession after concession but no one seems to care.
I know I just did a global warming post, but I saw this the other day and it just made me sick. Apparently, some woman in the UK aborted her baby so she could "reduce her carbon footprint". She even said that having children is selfish and harms the earth by increasing the populatuon. This is insane! This global warming hysteria is turning into a cult. We're actually at a point where people are willing to sacrifice their children in order to bow to the scripture of enviromentalism. I've said this before...it's a religion, complete with Al Gore (the prophet) his movie (bible) computer models (scripture) ministers (Kevin Rudd, other leaders), heaven (going green) and hell (globally warmed, hurricane and fire ravaged earth). Only now its gone from being a joke to outright crazy. It can even qualify as a cult, now that enviromentalists are apparently doing human scarifices. This is truly despicable.
Yesterday I got an article published in my town newspaper about global warming. It felt could to be the voice of reason in a sea of mass hysteria, especially here in California. Now, I'm expecting a backlash from some of the enviromental fanatics who see man-made global warming almost like a religion. The editor will probably get a handful of letters attacking me for being a "global warming denier" and other stuff like that. The fact is, the left is just angry that there's people out there who don't buy into the idea that human-beings are solely responsible for global warming and that the end is near. Now that I'm in the public domain, I'm going to do my best to counter the one-sided propaganda everyone's been getting about the climate change debate.
Other GW news: Sadly, Prime Minister John Howard, "the greatest leader the world has ever seen" as Steve Irwin called him, has lost his bid for another term to one of Al-Gore's ordained ministers, a man named Kevin Rudd, in Australia. This nut is sure to ratify the sham of a treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol. All I can say is that Prime Minister Howard was a good man and he deserves much praise.
November 23rd-24th is an example of just how dangerous the world has become:
India: 16 people were killed in a series of bicycle bombs exploded outside of several courthouses in three northeastern towns. Indian intelligence fears terrorists are trying to spark a war between majority Hindus and Muslims.
Pakistan: Suicide car bombers killed as many as 35 people in the city of Rwalpindi, south of the capital Islamabad. Most of the casuaties were elite ISI specailists onboard a bus, while the other attacker hit a military checkpoint. Dozens more were wounded.
Afghanistan: A Taliban bomber killed 7 children and an Italian soldier working on a bridge in Kabul. Also, 7 Afghan police and an Australian soldier died in a fierce gunfight with Taliban militants.
Iraq: Twin blasts hit Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul. 28 people died in the attacks, the first of which hit a pet shop in Baghdad and is being blamed on Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen.
Lebanon: The Pro-Syrian president left office without a sucessor, forcing the army to send tens of thousands of soldiers onto the streets of Beirut. Many fear a power vacuum could re-ignite warring factions and throw the country back into civil war.
Congo: Renegade General Laurent Nkunda and his Tutsis rebels launched an attack on army positions in the lawless east. Local Congolese are reporting explosions, shelling, and machine gun firing raining down on the countryside. So far, the largely impotent UN force has been unable to reach the area.
The mosque in San Francisco has invited me to come by for a visit during Friday prayers next week, which is pretty cool because Friday is the most holy day of the week for Muslims. I plan on talking to them about how the Muslim community feels about some of the events happening in the world today and they'll tell me more about what their religion is all about. I think it's going to be a very interesting experience entering an Islamic place of worship. I have studied Islam extensively, but this is going to be one of my biggest steps forward in my desire to learn more about the world around me and help make it a more peaceful place.
Africa has been on my mind a lot lately. It's such a tragedy that so much of what's happening over there goes unreported in the mainstream media. For example, not very many people know about Ituri, Katanga, or North Kivu, three provinces in Eastern Congo that have been plagued by continuing bloodshed for years. The Congo War started shortly after the Rwandan Genocide ended, when RPF rebels drove the Interahamwe militia into Congo's vast jungles. Unfortunately, the militiamen did not stop their killing spree, it simply continued in a new location. After Rwanda finished counting its dead and the world remained in shock over the horror of the most efficient mass killing in human history, the Hutu miltia who took so many lives continued to wreck havoc on the innocent in Congo. Eventually, Rwanda and a half-dozen other African nations would be drawn into the battle, and hundreds of thousands would die. Millions more, many of them children, would sucumb to disease and staration. Other militias would form, including Tutsis rebels led by a General named Laurent Nkunda. Hoping to get even with the Hutus, the Tutsis militias would committ atrocities almost as bad as their rivals. Natural resources also came into play, and greed and corruption dragged Africa into even more mayhem. By 2002, some 4 million people had died in the Congo War and its sub-conflicts, some of which are happening today. A small contingent of 17,000 peacekeepers has had some luck in tamping down the remaining Interahamwe militia, but Nkunda's Tutsis rebels continue their siege of Eastern Congo, killing and raping countless innocent people. This year, tens of thousands have been driven from their homes as the rebels battle it out with government and UN forces, vying for control of lawless region. It's hard to know exactly what type of conflict this is. Obviosuly, its a genocide, but its almost like a mix of Somalia, Iraq, Darfur, and Rwanda. As of today, the death toll in the Congo War surpasses all of the previous conclicts mentioned above combined. If this isn't the definition of tragedy, then what would be? If you care about Africa like I do, then take action. Even something as small as donating a soccer ball to children can go a long way. Then there's always volunteer opportunities, something I'm considering doing in the near future. A good group is Volunteer Africa, where volunteers are sent to build school houses in Tanzania. I plan on writing a letter to Nancy Pelosi (I live right near her district) so I can ask her why she cares so much about condemning the Armenian Genocide that happened 90 years ago, but has never once urged action to intervene in war-torn and genocide ravaged parts of Africa.
I have requested permission to enter a mosque in San Francisco, where I would like to get a chance to hear the Muslim community's feelings about some of the things happening in the world today. If all goes well, I could head over there on Monday. This outreach is part of an investigative journalism piece I have decided to put together. My goal is to get an understanding of where the country stands morally and politically over the next few weeks, with a plan of putting it all together in an op-ed I would like to submit to one of the local newspapers by the end of the year. In addition to the Muslim Community, I also plan on visiting the Israeli consulate in San Francisco and the offices of some anti-war and pro-troop movements like "World can't wait and "Move America forward". Each visit is sure to bring about some very different views and opinions, but that's what America is all about.
The UN has conceded that Iran has failed to stop uranium enrichment and the IAEA's knowledge of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is shrinking. The UN has been trying desperately to pretend that this isn't a serious issue, and they want to believe that the mad mullahs in Tehran are looking out for the best interests of the world, whioh they are not. Oil prices are sure to rise, and I just wish that the people of Iran would rise up and put an end to this madness by bringing about democratic change. We need to remember that they are the best weapon we can use in this fight, much better than any cruise missile or special operations contingent. A war with Iran would be terrible and result in chaos across the region. Not to mention, the world's economy would shut down from the skyrocketing oil price that would follow. We need to take a stand a support the people of Iran without launching another war. The world would be such a better place without the insane statements of Ahmadinejad and his buddy, Khamenei, and would be even better if it could be done without the use of force. If George Bush should ever stumble upon this post...Mr. President, support the Iranian people in their fight for democracy.
The genocide advocates are making yet another attempt to abandon Iraq so they can promote their own political agendas, even though every single resolution the congress has tried to pass, whether their seeking a "New Direction" in Iraq or just trying to "Change Course", has imploded long before the President would ever have to comply with it. Now, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are trying yet again to bring the war to an end. Why? Because they're devastated by the turn of events that has been happening in Iraq over the last several months. Violence has fallen dramatically and the U.S. military has really kicked Al-Qaeda's ass. Not to mention, Iraqis are rising up against extremism and Muqtada Al-Sadr has decided to join the peace process. This is Reid and Pelosi's worst nightmare, so they need to bring about failure in order to maintain the anti-Bush sentiment gripping this country. I've said this before and I'll say it again...I don't care about George W. Bush. I could care less about his approval ratings or promoting republicans or conservatism. I just want the world to be a better place, meaning I don't care whether its a democrat or a republican putting out ideas to do so. Right now, Bush's strategy of helping the people of Iraq and Afghanistan rebuild their countries seems to be working. Reid and Pelosi's plan of "changing course" in Iraq would surely result in the deaths of untold thousands of people. Unfortunately, the ship has already left the dock with anti-war sentiment. Even though Iraq is stabilizing, the American people (according to polls) seem to have had enough of seeing the carnage in Baghdad every night. If Iraq continues to improve, people might realize that a republican presidential candidate is the best choice to help make our world a safer place. It will have to happen soon though, so hopefully the people of Iraq will keep the pressure on Al-Qaeda and the Iranians will mind their own business as the countdown to the election begins.
Does anyone else think its wrong that terribe people like Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn get paid millions and millions of dollars while real heros like soldiers and rescue workers make nothing? All these pompous actors do is act like there better than everyone and let out political rants every once in a while. Sean Penn hangs out with Hugo Chavez, Alec Baldwin goes off on his daughter, and others, like Charlie Sheen, talk about 9/11 conspiracies. All these people do is make the world a worse place.
"Lions for Lambs", the new flag-burning anti-war movie released over the weekend,(veteran's day weekend) failed to capture a large audience, following suit with other hateful anti-American movies such as Rendition. It appears that the people of the United States still have the utmost respect for their country and don't want to pay ten dollars to go hear it bashed, especially when they can just turn on Keith Olbermann and hear it everynight in their living room. Tom Cruise has completely lost it anyway.
Former UN ambassador John Bolton seems to be the only person standing up for President Musharraf in Pakistan. He understands the seriousness of what's going on over there and is basically telling President Bush and congress to back off of Musharraf as he struggles to get his country under control.
There's been no shortage of global warming news these last couple of days. NBC news has announced there going green! That means every affiliation from sports broadcasts to the Today Show will be preaching sermons amount global warming and the "actions" we can take to "stop it". The Today Shown even featured Al Gore on Monday. In his inerview, he is demanding that journalists end the traditional practice of reporting both sides of the story when it comes to climate change. Basically, he wants to silence those who disagree with him. This is just another attempt by the media to try and influence (brainwash) the American public. The Today show tried it last year, being the first media outlet to officially declare Iraq as a "civil war". Well, that last ditch effort to bring about failure in Iraq failed itself. Now its all about global warming and how people need to start panicking about melting ice caps and drowning polar bears. Earlier this week, congress brought in a hysterical teenage girl from Alaska to testify about the "devastating" effects she's seeing in her home state as a result of global warming. This girl should ask herself if she really believes that by reducing emissions and riding public transportation we can cool Alaska off. It's completely ridiculous! I think we should take the Today Show's advice to conserve energy by turning them off.
Well, there's been a lot of good news coming out of Iraq. Reports continue to show that violence overall has fallen dramatically. Yesterday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki took a tour through Baghdad late at night, something that was once extrmely dangerous. Michael Yon, a war zone journalist, took the picture above of Iraqis from all relgions-- Sunni, Shia, and Christian, raising a cross at a newly reopened church. The Iraqis also praised the United States, offering thanks to the American people for peace and freedom. At the same time, memos retrieved from former AL-Qaeda strongholds reveal that the terror group has been decimated by the growing movement by the Iraqi people to drive it from their country.
Steve Irwin has been awarded a post-humous professorship degree which will be accepted by his wife, Terry. Meanwhile, the Crocodile Hunter will be featured on a stamp just in time for Steve Irwin day, which is only a week away. Terri Irwin also revealed that Steve predicted there was a good chance he would die young. The great thing is, though, the Australia Zoo and Steve's message of conservation continue to live on.
Yesterday, eight people were killed in southern Finland when a student went on a shooting rampage and killed 7 students and a principal. The gunman, who turned the gun on himself, died later at a hosital in the capital, Helsinki. Just like Virginia Tech, an incident like this is sure to bring up the international debate over gun control. However, with this shooting, as well as all of the other tragedies like it, gun control is not the main issue here. Often, the students who do such terribe things suffer for years from bullying and harassment. If we want to work together as a society to prevent such things from happening, the best thing we can do is work to stop harassment in schools. If everyone is happy and can have a right to a peaceful education, school violence can be reined in.
Afghanistan lost six members of its parliament today after the Taliban sent another suicide attacker into a crowd of children waiting to greet the officials at a sugar factory in the country's north. The blast caused a significant loss of life, and police are saying that some fifty people were killed, many of whom were innocent children. Because the attack was so devastating, NATO and Afghan officials say the toll could be much higher. This is just another example of how terrible these people are. How can someone actually bring themself to blow up children? The Taliban is denying responsibility for this, and its probably because they know the Afghan people will turn against them for slaughtering innocent children. It seems the homicidal maniac who strapped a bomb to himself was so determined to reach the delegation of parliamentarians that he was willing to set off his explosives in a crowd of kids to do it. This is some sick stuff and these people are pure evil. The US and our allies need to send more soldiers to Afghanistan and the government needs to recruit more soldiers to wipe these fantical terrorists out once and for all. We owe it to the people of Afghanistan so they can rebuild their country without having to worry about their kids being killed.
San Francisco is a great city falling into the grip of some crazy people. Just recently in the city, an anti-relgion nutjob was arrested at the steps of a prominent Catholic Church with a belt of explosives strapped to his waste. Earlier this week, thousands of people organized a mass protest against the war in Iraq, even though most of them have probably been brainwashed by an ideology and could care less about the consequences of leaving that country pre-maturely. Also, the Marines have been banned from filming a commercial but a bunch of sex-driven freaks are allowed to parade up and down the street. I just got back from San Francisco after spending the day there, and I have to be up front in saying that it is absolutely beautiful and amazing city. There is so much to do there and so many sights to see. However, the city is in the grip of left-wing anti-American liberals. Earlier today, I took a walk up and down Sutter street and had to see at least a dozen "Impeach Bush" and "End the War Now" stickers plastered up all over the street signs, parking meters, and even on the sidewalk. Then there's the usual "Bush lied people died" decals displayed on windows of cars. I don't think all San Franciscans buy into all the hatred, but I think they're afraid of the moveon.org linked fanatics who have taken over the political system. Unfortunately, this anti-American hatred is spreading as more Americans seem to be "dissatisfied" with President Bush. Short of declaring a state of emergency like Pakistan has done with its crisis, the best thing we can do to combat this kind of hate is to reject it.
Pakistan's President, General Pervez Musharraf, imposed a state of emergency in the country amidst the unprecendented violence taking a toll on the local population. Now everyone seems to be critical of Musharraf's decision, but I absolutely feel it was the right thing to do. Earlier today, Islamic terrorists kidnapped over 100 security forces in the northwest and overran two police checkpoints. These past couple of weeks, bombings, shootings, and clashes between soldiers and insurgents have left hundreds of people dead. Major Pakistani cities are under siege from suicide bombers, one of whom attempted to get into Musharraf's office earlier this week and killed seven people when police prevented him from getting through. With all this terror gripping his nation, Musharraf has every right to declare a state of emergency or even marshal law if he feels the need to. I'm dissapointed in President Bush's response to this situation. The White House is saying its concerned that Pakistan's "democratic future" is in danger, and far left fanatics who embrace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemn Musharraf as a dictator when nothing could be further from the truth. Under his leadership, Pakistan's economy, military strength, technology, and democracy have flourished. In recent months, Islamic terrorists have dragged the country back into turmoil, just as they are attempting to do in Iraq. If Musharraf falls, we're all screwed. Last year, when Israel invaded Lebanon to defend itself from HEzbollah guerillas, the USA defended Israel from the very beginning because they are our ally. Well, Pakistan is one of our allies too, and they are facing an even more dangerous threat. We should be defending Musharraf every step of the way as he tries to rid his country of people our military only has to worry about fighting overseas.