Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Worse than War

This was written by stacey campfield (

My uncle

My uncle who volunteered to go and be in the Viet nam war has this plaque on his wall. He got it from the first detatchment of the 56th air commando wing upon his rotation out.

"War is a ugly thing but not the ugliest of things.The decay and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for witch he is willing to to fight , nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men then himself."

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Iraq story: how troops see it

By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

BROOK PARK, OHIO – Cpl. Stan Mayer has seen the worst of war. In the leaves of his photo album, there are casual memorials to the cost of the Iraq conflict - candid portraits of friends who never came home and graphic pictures of how insurgent bombs have shredded steel and bone.
Yet the Iraq of Corporal Mayer's memory is not solely a place of death and loss. It is also a place of hope. It is the hope of the town of Hit, which he saw transform from an insurgent stronghold to a place where kids played on Marine trucks. It is the hope of villagers who whispered where roadside bombs were hidden. But most of all, it is the hope he saw in a young Iraqi girl who loved pens and Oreo cookies.

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Like many soldiers and marines returning from Iraq, Mayer looks at the bleak portrayal of the war at home with perplexity - if not annoyance. It is a perception gap that has put the military and media at odds, as troops complain that the media care only about death tolls, while the media counter that their job is to look at the broader picture, not through the soda straw of troops' individual experiences.

Yet as perceptions about Iraq have neared a tipping point in Congress, some soldiers and marines worry that their own stories are being lost in the cacophony of terror and fear. They acknowledge that their experience is just that - one person's experience in one corner of a war-torn country. Yet amid the terrible scenes of reckless hate and lives lost, many members of one of the hardest-hit units insist that they saw at least the spark of progress.

"We know we made a positive difference," says Cpl. Jeff Schuller of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, who spent all but one week of his eight-month tour with Mayer. "I can't say at what level, but I know that where we were, we made it better than it was when we got there."

It is the simplest measure of success, but for the marine, soldier, or sailor, it may be the only measure of success. In a business where life and death rest on instinctive adherence to thoroughly ingrained lessons, accomplishment is ticked off in a list of orders followed and tasks completed. And by virtually any measure, America's servicemen and women are accomplishing the day-to-day tasks set before them.

Yet for the most part, America is less interested in the success of Operation Iron Fist, for instance, than the course of the entire Iraq enterprise. "What the national news media try to do is figure out: What's the overall verdict?" says Brig. Gen. Volney Warner, deputy commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College. "Soldiers don't do overall verdicts."

Yet soldiers clearly feel that important elements are being left out of the media's overall verdict. On this day, a group of Navy medics gather around a table in the Cleveland-area headquarters of the 3/25 - a Marine reserve unit that has converted a low-slung school of pale brick and linoleum tile into its spectacularly red-and-gold offices.

Their conversation could be a road map of the kind of stories that military folks say the mainstream media are missing. One colleague made prosthetics for an Iraqi whose hand and foot had been cut off by insurgents. When other members of the unit were sweeping areas for bombs, the medics made a practice of holding impromptu infant clinics on the side of the road.

They remember one Iraqi man who could not hide his joy at the marvel of an electric razor. And at the end of the 3/25's tour, a member of the Iraqi Army said: "Marines are not friends; marines are brothers," says Lt. Richard Malmstrom, the battalion's chaplain.

"It comes down to the familiar debate about whether reporters are ignoring the good news," says Peter Hart, an analyst at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, a usually left-leaning media watchdog in New York.

In Hit, where marines stayed in force to keep the peace, the progress was obvious, say members of the 3/25. The residents started burning trash and fixing roads - a sign that the city was returning to a sense of normalcy. Several times, "people came up to us [and said]: 'There's a bomb on the side of the road. Don't go there,' " says Pfc. Andrew Howland.

Part of the reason that such stories usually aren't told is simply the nature of the war. Kidnappings and unclear battle lines have made war correspondents' jobs almost impossible. Travel around the country is dangerous, and some reporters never venture far from their hotels. "It has to have some effect on what we see: You end up with reporting that waits for the biggest explosion of the day," says Mr. Hart.

To the marines of the 3/25, the explosions clearly do not tell the whole story. Across America, many readers know the 3/25 only as the unit that lost 15 marines in less than a week - nine of them in the deadliest roadside bombing against US forces during the war. When the count of Americans killed in Iraq reached 2,000, this unit again found itself in the stage lights of national notice as one of the hardest hit.

But that is not the story they tell. It is more than just the dire tone of coverage - though that is part of it. It is that Iraq has touched some of these men in ways that even they have trouble explaining. This, after all, has not been a normal war. Corporals Mayer and Schuller went over not to conquer a country, but to help win its hearts and minds. In some cases, though, it won theirs.

Schuller, a heavyweight college wrestler with a thatch of blond hair and engine blocks for arms, cannot help smiling when he speaks of giving an old man a lighter: "He thought it was the coolest thing." Yet both he and the blue-eyed, square-jawed Mayer pause for a moment before they talk about the two 9-year-old Iraqis whom members of their battalion dubbed their "girlfriends."

The first time he saw them, Mayer admits that he was making the calculations of a man in the midst of a war. He was tired, he was battered, and he was back at a Hit street corner that he had patrolled many times before. In Iraq, repetition of any sort could be an invitation of the wrong sort - an event for which insurgents could plan. So Mayer and Schuller took out some of the candy they carried, thinking that if children were around, perhaps the terrorists wouldn't attack.

It was a while before the children realized that these two marines, laden with arms to the limit of physical endurance, were not going to hurt them. But among the children who eventually came, climbing on the pair's truck and somersaulting in the street, there were always the same two girls. When they went back to base, they began to hoard Oreos and other candy in a box.

"They became our one little recess from the war," says Mayer. "You're seeing some pretty ridiculous tragedies way too frequently, and you start to get jaded. The kids on that street - I got to realize I was still a human being to them."

It happened one day when he was on patrol. Out of nowhere, a car turned the corner and headed down the alley at full speed. "A car coming at you real fast and not stopping in Iraq is not what you want to see," says Mayer. Yet instead of jumping in his truck, he stood in the middle of the street and pushed the kids behind him.

The car turned. Now, Mayer and Schuller can finish each other's sentences when they think about the experience. "You really start to believe that you protect the innocent," says Schuller. "It sounds like a stupid cliché...."

"But it's not," adds Mayer. "You are in the service of others."

For Mayer, who joined the reserves because he wanted to do something bigger than himself, and for Schuller, a third-generation marine, Iraq has given them a sense of achievement. Now when they look at the black-and-white pictures of marines past in the battalion headquarters, "We're adding to that legacy," says Schuller.

This is what they wish to share with the American people - and is also the source of their frustration. Their eight months in Iraq changed their lives, and they believe it has changed the lives of the Iraqis they met as well. On the day he left, Mayer gave his "girlfriend" a bunch of pens - her favorite gift - wrapped in a paper that had a picture of the American flag, the Iraqi flag, and a smiley face. The man with the lighter asked Schuller if he was coming back. He will if called upon, he says.

Whether or not these notes of grace and kindness are as influential as the dirge of war is open to question. But many in the military feel that they should at least be a part of the conversation.

Says Warner of reaching an overall verdict: "I'm not sure that reporting on terrorist bombings with disproportionate ink is adequately answering that question."

Monday, November 28, 2005

I was Thinking. . .

I was reading about GRAND FLEET (a naval wargame of world war two) and thinking about the british navy whenthis thought popped into my head(in these exact words): "Maybe one of the reasons the british navy was able to kick the Kreigsmarine around so much was because the english have a maritine tradition reaching back nearly two thousand years"

I told a friend about it, and he replied: "Yeah, and the germans had Kaiser Wilhelm playing around in a bathtub."

I just wanted to share that.

Sharon has plans to evacuate the western bank(where I live) so this article kinda struck a chord

I Have the Right to Be Unforgiving
by Roberta Feinstein Bienenfeld

As a refugee and an exile from N'vei Dekalim, I object very strongly to the article by Barbara A. Olevitch, "No Promises Not to Forgive, Please", which recently appeared on Israel National

Ms. Olevitch wrote against the idea of "We Won't Forgive and We Won't Forget". As a Gaza refugee, I have the right to be as angry and as unforgiving as I please to the Arabs who never wanted to live in peace with the Israelis but just wanted destruction -- of my town.

Where grass grew and paths flowed and houses stood are now just ruins and sand. The trees, bushes grass and flowers that we planted and watered for over 25 years with that scarce product of Israel are probably now dead. My windows, my doors, the air conditioner that we couldn't get out of the wall and the attic, my children's crib - all gone.

The tree that my husband planted on Moshav Katif to give me something green because I was blue is probably dead, too.

No, I will not forget, nor will I forgive.

I will not forget the rightist government of Ariel Sharon, who turned left to save his sons, and the ministers that he bribed and those that he didn't, but who lacked convictions, like Binyamin Netanyahu and Limor Livnat, who are no better and should never be voted for again.

Ms. Olevitch bases her legitimacy on her degree and experience as a clinical psychologist. She feels that she has seen too many lives wrecked by anger. I cannot argue with that, but when someone kicks you out of your home, I feel that it is perfectly legitimate to be a lot more than angry or mad. I have been told by the social workers who are aiding the Gush Katif families that being angry is even healthy. "All reactions are OK," they said. "The only thing you shouldn't be doing is sleeping all day."

Ms. Olevitch feels that we have "no obligation to mourn". While I wouldn't call it an obligation to mourn, the reality is that we are in mourning. We have lost everything -- our homes, our jobs, our schools, our possessions, our lifestyles, our friends, our communities. We even did kriyah the day we became refugees. How can you be expected to carry on when you have lost everything? How can you be expected to just "move on" when you still have no permanent place to live or work? When your whole future is just one hazy "with God's help, it will be all right."

Ms. Olevitch, as many others, objects to the "We Won't Forget; We Won't Forgive" T-shirts. She feels that they lead to (pick one) stagnation and political conflict. She feels that now, since the exile is complete, we should go out and find some other project to keep us busy.

Barbara, what is wrong with political conflict? It is what makes democracy grow. Keeps it strong. It is the opposite of stagnation. Stagnation is when you have a dictator. What we want to do is not just place the blame where it should be, but publicly place the responsibility for the exile on those who were responsible and thereby, maybe, prevent future exiles.

We have suffered enough, but we are still suffering. We are living in tiny caravans or tents and have rain coming in. We feel the cold. We do not have our possessions because they were either destroyed or do not fit into our new, tiny abodes. We are suffering and we want the country to know. Why should the rest of the country just sit back and forget what we have gone through? We want the rest of the country and the world to be aware that we are still without homes, without money, without jobs. This is our project for now; we do not need to be the ones to save the rest of the world.

I say, let us heal, but in our own time, which I do not think will be very soon. We do not need any artificial reminders of our pain such as a T-shirt. We live with reminders of what once was every second of our lives. How could we forget? Our present lives are constant reminders of our past lives. It is not the shirts that are divisive. Unfortunately, we live in a country that is divided. Those that wanted us out are glad we have been exiled and are quite happy to keep punishing us, while they go on with their lives as if nothing has happened at all to over 8,000 people, men women and children who once lived in Paradise.

No, Barbara. We are not pitiful, nor are we to be pitied. We want to live our lives, but it is hard to do that without any money, a place to live, clothes, a home. Why do we have to take any loss at all? Who brought this about? We were doing just fine. We survived 5,000 mortar shells. We built beautiful communities. We brought millions to the coffers of the state through our agricultural products. We filled our lives with Torah V'Avodah (study and labor - ed.) and G'millut Chassadim (charitable deeds - ed.). Then, the army and the police came and marched us or carried us out of our houses. Made us pack or had other people do it. Many soldiers and other "good" Samaritans who came to help stole from us. My whole watering system was stolen, as I discovered when were allowed back in to pack. Other people have even worse stories.

The ability to heal is something that HaShem gives us. But if we are not allowed to get on with our lives, then we cannot heal. As long as we are stuck in temporary quarters, we are stuck in time and cannot get our lives back. The Jews of modern-day Gaza were the most nonpolitical people ever. All we wanted was a good life. We saw neither danger nor desolation, but a beautiful area that could be built up in Eretz Yisrael, a place where we could raise our children and they could run free. I believe, Barbara, that you don't really know any of the original residents of Gush Katif.

For Gaza residents to heal we need the government to at least give us some band-aids and medicine. It is the government who made us refugees and it is their responsibility to help us out of this status. Helping the Gaza refugees to resettle should be an urgent political priority. But what does the government do instead? It tries to separate us and break us, and make it as difficult as possible to get what is coming to us (albeit too little) so that we can move on.

No, Barbara. As long as we live, we won't forgive or forget -- even when we will be finally able to start the next stage of our lives.

From Bill: I just thought I'd mention: this is my three hundredth post.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Army Rescues Israeli Who Hang-Glided into Lebanon

19:59 Nov 23, '05 / 21 Cheshvan 5766
By Ezra HaLevi

Just two days after the Hizbullah terror group’s failed attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers, an Israeli citizen hang-glided into Lebanon accidentally and needed to be rescued by the army.

The Israeli hang-glider intended to land in the Hullah Valley, but due to unusually strong winds, was swept over the Lebanese border, a few hundred feet from the border-fence.

Hizbullah terrorists spotted him and approached him, attempting to capture him and hold him hostage. When he began to run away, they opened fire, though he was not injured.

Witnesses in Manara, which overlooks the Hullah Valley, called security forces, who approached the fence and shot at Hizbullah terrorists from the Israeli side of the border. They then opened the crossing to enable the Israeli to flee for safety.

IDF forces continued to exchange fire with the terrorists following the incident.

Hizbullah issued a statement claiming that the IDF crossed into Lebanon, but the IDF says the claim is false.

Hang-gliders often fly over the lush Hullah Valley from Manara, but a gust of wind had blown the parachutist over the border, in the opposite direction and despite his best efforts did not allow him to return in the direction of Israel.

The hang-glider told Israel Radio he was extremely grateful to the quick response of the IDF for saving his life. “Thanks to the army I am now in Israel and not Lebanon. If not for them, my situation would be very different – I would not be alive,” he said. “I went through a frightening ordeal, but thanks to the IDF I am back home.”

Earlier in the day, IDF jets dropped thousands of leaflets onto Arab villages in southern Lebanon in an attempt to turn public opinion against Hizbullah.

The leaflets said, in Arabic:
"Dear Lebanese citizens: Who protects Lebanon? Who is lying to you? Who is sending your children to a battle they are not ready for? Who desires a return to the destruction? Who is the tool in the hand of its Syrian and Iranian masters?

"Hizbullah is causing enormous harm to Lebanon and Israel will protect its citizens,” concluded the leaflet, which was signed, “The State of Israel.”

Hizbullah spokesman Mohammed Afif said in a statement that the leaflets are "an expression of Israeli failures in facing Hizbullah." Israeli Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz, who has recently announced his intention to run for head of the Likud Party, said the Israeli response to Hizbullah’s attacks was a “measured one.”

Hevron Arabs Ask Jews For Help in Banishing Leftist Activists

16:19 Nov 23, '05 / 21 Cheshvan 5766
By Ezra HaLevi

Arab leaders in Hevron have contacted the city’s Jewish leaders for help in getting rid of self-proclaimed anarchist volunteers who, they complain, are destroying their traditional way of life.

The anarchists, many of whom are members of the International Solidarity Movement, flock to flashpoints throughout Judea and Samaria, ostensibly to help PA Arabs contend with IDF closures and protect them from harassment. In actuality, many of the volunteers seek confrontations with IDF soldiers and local Jewish residents, taking advantage of their Western passports to cause havoc – knowing that, at worst, they will be deported, not jailed.

The local Arabs in the Hevron region whom the activists claim to be helping are now complaining that the American and European students behave in a provocative and offensive manner in Hevron’s public areas. The Arabs say the activists disrespect the moral norms and standards of the local population.

Several local Arab residents told the Kol Ha’Ir newspaper that the activists have been exposing the local youths to drug use and sexual promiscuity.

One interviewee told Kol Ha’Ir that the volunteers show a disregard for the religious norms of the local villages and teach the local youth to reject and disrespect the traditions of their forefathers. "These anarchists come here and undermine the education we give our children. At first we took them in with hospitality - after all, they claimed they wanted to help us, so why kick them out? But very quickly they infuriated me with their lewd behavior."

In a bid to rid the region of the anarchists, local Arab leaders approached representatives of the Jewish community in Hevron – a rare, but not unheard of occurrence – in order to find a solution. The two sides agreed to have Arabic-speaking Jewish observers along Hevron’s main thoroughfares to replace the anarchists in ensuring calm between the city’s Jewish and Arab populations. The left-wings activists would then be informed by the local Arab population that they appreciate their offer to help, but that they are no longer needed.

Hevron spokesman Noam Arnon confirmed the arrangement to Arutz-7, saying that the new replacement observers will be acceptable to local Arabs. He added that the international anarchists came to Hevron come from Western cultures steeped in sexual lewdness and depravity, permissiveness, and drug use. "Their presence in Hebron serves to inflame violence because they are seeking to create provocations and encourage violence," Arnon said.

He added that the observers end up causing more trouble for the local Arab population, by antagonizing soldiers and brazenly leading local Arabs in between Jewish homes.

Arnon recalled a specific incident in which an Arab woman tried to stab an IDF soldier with a knife. The soldiers grabbed her, but were attacked by a group of anarchist volunteers who tried to free the woman and take the knife out of her hand and hide it.

In recent months, Jewish organizations have also come to Hevron to stand up to the anarchist activists. The Jewish activists investigate the anarchists regarding their entry to Israel and strengthen the morale of the soldiers in withstanding attacks by leftist extremists.

rom the strategy page

Why al Qaeda Wants Zarqawi Dead

November 22, 2005: Killing Iraqi terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi could be a defeat in the war on terror. On November 20th, a raid on a house in Mosul, Iraq, resulted in a number of terrorists blowing themselves up rather than be captured. It was thought that al Zarqawi was in the house. His death would be a mixed blessing. While he’s certainly been an effective terrorist leader, able to inspire the suicide-happy wackos to some spectacular atrocities, he’s also been, in some ways a liability for al Qaeda, and the Sunni Arab groups fighting their government. Attacks on women, children, mosques, clerics, have been PR disasters. Operations like these appear to have put al Zarqawi on the outs with at least part of al Qaedas more senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden.

So, do we gain more from his death because his organizational and leadership skills are no longer directing the religious elements in the terrorist organization, or do we lose because the al Qaeda leadership asserts more control, and curbs the bloodier attacks on women, children, mosques, etc?

As the old saying goes, “choose your friends carefully, and your enemies even more carefully.” Al Zarqawi's bloody minded attitude towards Shia Arabs (because Islamic conservatives consider Shia to be heretics), and Iraqi civilians in general, has made him the most hated man in Iraq. Because of al Zarqawi’s tactics, al Qaeda has seen its “approval rating” plunge throughout the Arab world. The recent bombing of a wedding in Jordan, which al Zarqawi took credit for, turned many pro-al Qaeda Jordanians against the terrorists. Al Zarqawi sensed his gaffe a few days later, and released a video of him trying to explain what really happened, and that his suicide bomber actually hit a secret meeting of Israeli and American secret agents. That did not go over well with grieving, and very ticked off, Jordanians.

It’s only a matter of time before Arabs start insisting that al Zarqawi is really an Israeli agent, working from the inside to destroy al Qaeda. Meanwhile, let’s try and keep our guy ali, er, on the run.

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Jordanians are shocked
By Dennis Prager, Nov 15, 2005

Jordanians are shocked that Islamic terrorists would blow up
families, including families celebrating a wedding. They are so
shocked that for the first time in history, Muslims have taken to
publicly demonstrating against Islamic terror.

And why are they shocked? Because the terrorists blew up Jordanians.
As long as Islamic terrorists blew up men, women and children who are
Jewish, Christian, Hindu, American, Australian and black Sudanese, the
Arab and larger Muslim worlds were not particularly disturbed. In
fact, Palestinians, who comprise the majority of Jordan's population,
celebrated when Jews were blown up at Passover seders and at weddings.
And they took to the streets and cheered in the Palestinian fashion,
handing out candy, when Americans were incinerated in office

For some reason, Palestinians, most other Arabs and many Muslims
around the world thought that the credulity-straining evil of
targeting the most innocent for death, paralysis, blindness and brain
damage would be confined to non-Arabs and non-Muslims. In fact, the
idea that this Palestinian-made cancer would target Arab Muslims is so
inconceivable to most Arabs that many now believe the terror attack in
Amman was orchestrated by Jews (the Israeli Mossad).

Of course, Arab Muslim men, women and children are blown up almost
weekly in Iraq, but, hey, that's OK because the monsters doing it hate
America and seek Israel's annihilation. And in the Arab world -- and
in much of the Muslim and leftist worlds -- hatred of America and
Israel gets you a moral pass. In the Arab/Muslim worlds (with
individual exceptions, of course), as among the world's leftists, an
act is almost incapable of being judged evil if it is committed by
those who hate America (especially the America of George W. Bush) or

In a previous column, I proposed that supporters of the war in Iraq
ask opponents of the war just one question: Without in any way
compromising your opposition to the war, would you at least
acknowledge that the people we are fighting in Iraq are evil?
Virtually every one of the many letters I received from readers
opposed to the war was incapable of answering in the positive. By
fighting America and George W. Bush, the "insurgents" are essentially
inoculated against moral judgment.

Likewise it has been nearly impossible for the Arab, Muslim and
leftist worlds to morally condemn the blowing up of Israelis.

"Palestinians have no Apache helicopters -- what do you expect them to do?"

"They are simply resisting occupation."

"The Israelis are also terrorists."

These arguments of the Left, the Arab world and countless other
Muslims have given the Islamic terrorists the moral green light to
continue their atrocities.

Until, that is, they inflicted one of these atrocities on Arabs in
the land of the Palestinians. So, at least for the time being, the
sight of charred and dismembered Arab families at a wedding has
trumped the anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism of Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi's killers.

Now there is widespread condemnation of Zarqawi's terror in Jordan.
There is even a fear that the name of Islam will suffer.
Unfortunately, however, it is only because Zarqawi was foolish enough
to massacre Jordanian civilians, and not confine his massacres to
Iraqis and non-Arabs. What has aroused Arab voices against Zarqawi has
nothing to do with the immorality of blowing up people celebrating at
a wedding -- it has to do with the immorality of blowing up Muslims
celebrating at a wedding.

Nevertheless, it is possible that a moral awakening of sorts may be
taking place in parts of the Arab world. The London Telegraph reports
that "Munder Moomeni, a 38-year-old former soldier who lives next to
Zarqawi's house, 13 Ramzi Street, described his former neighbour as 'a
bastard.' 'By killing Jordanians here in Jordan, civilian Jordanians
going to a wedding, they did something that not even a Jew would do,'
he said."

That a neighbor and former supporter of Zarqawi publicly
acknowledged that Jews would not engage in such terror may be a first
step toward the moral awakening that the Arab world needs even more
than oil revenues.

It may even come to realize the greatest truth regarding terror and
evil: People who blow up Israeli weddings and cut Americans' throats
are very bad people. And if you don't fight them, they will eventually
blow you up, too.

Dennis Prager is a radio talk show host, author, and contributing
columnist for

I took a liberal poll and found this out:

I am:
"You listen to a lot of AM talk radio, don't you?"

Are You A Republican?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Complete Betrayal

by Yehuda Poch
Nov 21, '05 / 19 Cheshvan 5766

Ariel Sharon seems to have no qualms about betraying those around him. Following the 2003 election, he betrayed his voters by adopting the policy platform they so soundly defeated in electing him. In May 2004, he betrayed Likud members by ignoring their stated will in the party referendum on the Expulsion Plan. In August 2005, he betrayed every resident of Gush Katif and the residents of four communities in northern Samaria by expelling them from their homes and communities, and destroying all they had built over the past 35 years.

He then betrayed them again when the government authority set up to handle their relocation dragged its feet in finding them places to live, in paying them the promised compensation funds, in setting up alternative employment, alternative educational facilities, and in generally allowing them to continue living. To this day, close to 40% of the expelled families do not even have a temporary home, and many more of them have yet to receive a single agura in compensation for having their lives ripped up at the roots.

Yesterday, Sharon betrayed the party he helped found, becoming the first prime minister in Israel's history to abandon the party he leads and form a new one. The argument is being heard in many media outlets that the party betrayed him by not allowing him to continue implementing his policy, and that the "Likud rebels" are to blame. But this is whitewashing the true cause. If Sharon had stuck to the policy that got him elected - a policy that was renewed in the Likud referendum of May 2004 - the party would not have given him problems implementing anything. It was Sharon's repeated betrayals that led to his inability to lead a government. And that is as it should be.

This government was elected to implement a policy of stricter measures against Palestinian terrorism, greater freedom and competitiveness in the economy, and a new cooperative atmosphere between religious and secular. The initial make-up of the government seemed to enable all of these possibilities. But in adopting Labor's "Disengagement Plan" - which Sharon himself campaigned very loudly against in 2003 - Sharon destroyed all the potential of his own government, and in the process alienated himself from the party he helped found.

Today, Sharon attempts to betray the entire rest of the nation. He went to President Moshe Katzav with a request to disperse the Knesset and call for elections in early March. Elections at that date would make it nearly impossible for the new Knesset to pass the 2006 state budget before the March 31 deadline, which would mean a new round of Knesset elections in May or June – a cost to the economy that is unjustified, and a national battle the voting community neither needs nor wants.

Sharon claims that the current Knesset makes it impossible for him to operate. But with Sharon now out of the Likud, those in the Likud and to its right who would have opposed the budget have no reason to do so. They have won their battle.

Katzav should reject Sharon's request and demand that the current Knesset pass the budget before he disperses it for new elections. If Sharon is unwilling to do so, Katzav should appoint someone as a caretaker prime minister who will get it done before elections are held.

Such a response would put Sharon in his place once and for all. Instead of allowing him to continue with his complete betrayal of the people of Israel, it would force Sharon to once and for all listen to the will of the people. It would also likely destroy Sharon's electoral chances, which would be another benefit for the people of Israel.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Important to read if you're a Republican or a Democrat

I found this on a blog called Ace of Spades HQ:

Ted Kennedy: Punk'd!

I would have loved to have seen this; where's Political Teen with the video?

Conservatives' favorite trick -- quoting someone saying something about WMD's in Iraq, getting them to slam the statement as a lie, and then revealing it had been made by Bill Clinton or Al Gore -- was played on Ted Kennedy on this Sunday's Russert show.

Russert put up a "statement that was talked about during the war":

[RUSSERT, reading quote:] We know [Iraq is] developing unmanned vehicles, capable of delivering chemical and biological warfare agents ... all U.S. intelligence experts agree that they are seeking nuclear weapons. There is little question that Saddam Hussein wants to develop them. ...In the wake of September 11th, who among us can say with any certainty, to anybody, that those weapons might not be used against our troops or against allies in the region? Who can say that this master of miscalculation will not develop a weapon of mass destruction even greater -- a nuclear weapon. ...

RUSSERT: Are those the statements you're concerned about?

Kennedy: Well, I am concerned about it, and that's why I believe that the actions that were taken by Harry Ried in the Senate last week, when effectively he said that we are going to get to the bottom of this investigation....

We've got to get to the bottom of it. And that is what the Democrats stood for on the floor of the United States Senate last week. That was a bold stroke, one that has the overwhelming support of the American people. It is about time that they got the facts on it, they haven't got them to date, they deserve them and they'll get them.

RUSSERT: But Senator, what the Democrats stood for on the floor of the Senate in 2002, let me show you who said what I just read: John Kerry, your candidate for president. He was talking about a nuclear threat from Saddam Hussein. Hillary Clinton voted for the war. John Edwards, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry. Democrats said the same things about Saddam Hussein. You yourself said quote "Saddam is dangerous, he's got dangerous weapons." It wasn't just the Bush White House.

TigerHawk reported Senator Kennedy had a "stricken look." Yeah, I'll bet.

Let's cut through all this bullshit and talk about the truth.

Democrats didn't really want to go to war with Iraq. We all know that. We knew that then, we know that now. But not because they doubted Saddam had WMD-- because they just don't like war, under almost any circumstances, and were happy enough to follow the Clinton Kick-the-Can-Down-the-Road-Into-Someone-Else's-Presidency policy for a while.

But they were cowards. They didn't have the courage of their lack of convictions, and most voted in favor of authorizing war, despite feeling it would result in doom.

Now, the war has turned out worse than most expected (except, ironically enough, the very same Democrats who didn't want to vote for it but did; they suspected the war would be far bloodier and costly than we conservatives did).

They can't just say, "We were cowards; we knew this was the wrong thing to do, but Bush bullied us, and the American people had war-fever, so we did what we usually do, that is, vote whichever way is most likely to keep us in our present office or elevate us to a higher one."

They need a different explanation. That crafty Bush -- you know, the grinning retarded Chimpresident who's always tripping because he's tied his mismatched sneaker's shoelaces together again -- duped them all.

What they want to actually say is: "We were actually right, though we didn't say so at the time, because we knew it would be politically unpopular. But we were right, in our hearts."

Sorry, lads. "Right in your hearts" only counts in liberal-land. Out here in the real world, we judge by actions and deeds and results, not intentions and withheld reservations.

Let's examine the two sides.

Conservatives actually believed the war, as well as the postwar, would be fairly short and fairly light as regards casualties. I expected 1000 or more casualties myself, but I expected most of them during the actual war. I didn't expect that we'd have 2000+ KIA and counting and that most of those would come during a seemingly endless guerilla war.

That's partly why we supported it. Naive or not (okay-- let's admit: naive), we thought Iraq would be much like the first Gulf War, and much like the War in Afghanistan. Not easy -- no war ever really is -- but certainly not Vietnam on the Euphrates.

Liberals believed the war would be bloody and costly and well-nigh unwinnable. In their hearts, they fully expected it to be another Vietnam.

And yet-- many liberal Democrats voted for it anyway. For pure politics. They expected this amount of carnage (if not more!) and yet they voted for the war anyhow, just because an election was coming and they didn't want to appear "weak."

They voted for war not because they thought it was in America's interests -- but a because they knew that vote was in their own personal interests.

And now these people have the gall to start questioning our motives and our good faith?

Are you kidding me?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

French military History

This has been bouncing around the internet for a while: I just found it again and thought it would be good here.

- Gallic Wars
- Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.

- Hundred Years War
- Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman." Sainted.

- Italian Wars
- Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.

- Wars of Religion
- France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

- Thirty Years War
- France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

- War of Revolution
- Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

- The Dutch War
- Tied

- War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War
- Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

- War of the Spanish Succession
- Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved ever since.

- American Revolution
- In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."

- French Revolution
- Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

- The Napoleonic Wars
- Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

- France vs. Mexico
- Win, then give up. France conquers Mexico. When the U.S. decides to enforce the Monroe Doctrine and in so many words tells France to get the HELL out of our side of the world, they tuck tail and run. Maximilian, however, takes it like a man.

- The Franco-Prussian War
- Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

- World War I
- Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.

- World War II
- Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.

- War in Indochina
- Lost. French forces plead sickness; take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu

- Algerian Rebellion
- Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

- War on Terrorism
- France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?", but rather "How long until France collapses?"

Or, better still: "They're there when they need you."

The problem isn't the french soldiers: They've been known to fight hard well after other troops had surrendered or retreated; the problem is that they are all too often saddled with incompetent politicians and generals.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

1.77 metric tons of enriched uranium

1,500 gallons of chemical weapons agents

Chemical warheads containing cyclosarin (a nerve agent five times more deadly than sarin gas)

Over 1,000 tons of radioactive materials in powdered form meant for dispersal over populated areas

This is only a PARTIAL LIST of the horrific weapons verified to have been recovered in Iraq to date. Yet, Americans overwhelmingly believe U.S. and coalition forces found NO weapons of mass destruction.

The question is... WHY do they believe this lie?

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Arab Steals a Vehicle From French Hill with Child Inside

10:10 Nov 13, '05 / 11 Cheshvan 5766

( An Arab car thief on Saturday stole a vehicle from Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood only to learn a nine-year-old boy was inside, seated in the rear.

The child was dropped off a short time later at a northern Jerusalem checkpoint, unharmed. The thief also left the car, realizing the child was an Arab, not a Jew.

Frm Bill: I saw the headline and nearly had a heart attack.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Subject: News from North Dakota

This text is from county emergency manager out in the western part of North Dakota state after the storm.

Amusing, if it were not so true...


Up here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from a Historic event --- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of up to 24" inches of snow and winds to 50 MPH that broke trees in half, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.


George Bush did not come....

FEMA staged nothing....

No one howled for the government...

No one even uttered an expletive on TV...

Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.....

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House....

No one looted....

Phil Cantori of the Weather Channel did not come....

And Geraldo Rivera did not move in.

Nope, we just melted snow for water, sent out caravans to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars, fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Aladdin lamps, and put on an extra layer of clothes because up here it is 'work or die'. We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sitting at home' checks.

Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early...we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the worlds social problems evaporate."

French Riots Fan Anti-Semitism

14:52 Nov 11, '05 / 9 Cheshvan 5766
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Moslem riots in France have fanned anti-Semitism, and four synagogues and Jewish schools have been firebombed, despite Jewish media reports that Jews are not being targeted more than others.

"Walter H," who lives in France, stated that the violence against Jews has been country-wide. "In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire. In
Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed [as] were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles [and] a Jewish school in Creteil," he wrote in an e-mail..

He also related that a Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails and that vandals painted the words "Dirty Jew" on a statute of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris. He added, "15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks" in Bondy.

Most Jewish media have reported that Jewish leaders in France consider the recent riots a general expression of anger by North African immigrant communities against the government and society in general and not against Jews in particular.

Manek Weintraub, a leader in the Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) told the British website, "So far nothing has happened. There was a Molotov cocktail that seems to have been hurled at a small synagogue but nobody really knows about it. It [the riots] will concern the public authorities but Jews are largely absent from the story, which is welcome."

French police are on high alert toward the weekend following the beginning of the third week of the violence. Although the number of torched vehicles has declined, rioters till set 463 vehicles on fire Thursday while the number in the Paris area rose from 84 to 111.

Paris police chief Pierre Mutz, in an attempt to discourage fire bombers, has banned buying or transporting gasoline in jerry cans.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Today is veteran's day:

Today is the day set aside to honor those who laid down their lives in defense of freedom. Today is the day to honor those who gave all for home and country.

So raise a glass of bitter!(or whatever your preferred drink is) and toast the health of veterans; god bless 'em, there aren't many left: fewer than a hundred in the US from world war 1;veterans of world war two are dying at a rate of nearly two thousand a DAY.

So if you have a veteran in your family, take this day to honor them, for this is their day, and they may not be here for the next one.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Not very many people know this:

WMDs Found in Iraq
Posted Nov 9, 2005

Contrary to ongoing reports by mainstream media outlets, WMDs have been found in Iraq, so reports New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter in his new book, Disinformation.

Consider these shocking facts:

• Found: 1.77 metric tons of enriched uranium

• Found: 1,500 gallons of chemical weapons

• Found: Roadside bomb loaded with sarin gas

• Found: 1,000 radioactive materials--ideal for radioactive dirty bombs

• Found: 17 chemical warheads--some containing cyclosarin, a nerve agent five times more powerful than sarin

This is only a partial list of the deadly weapons Miniter reveals in his new book, Disinformation. Miniter systematically dissects the "No-WMD Myth" (how it started, and why it continues), as well as 21 other War-on-Terror myths perpetuated by the media.

Shomron Expellee Jailed for Refusing to Take Part in Expulsion

17:01 Nov 09, '05 / 7 Cheshvan 5766
By Ezra HaLevi

Shlomi Bar-On, a father of five expelled from the northern Samarian town of Homesh last summer, was sent to jail Tuesday for refusing to report for reserve duty during the eviction of his family.

Bar-On received a reserve call-up notice, like thousands of other Israelis, several weeks ahead of the implementation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Disengagement Plan. He could not bring himself to participate in the expulsion, which would also involve abandoning his family as they faced the most difficult period in their lives. He thus informed his commander that he would not be showing up for reserve duty.

Tuesday, Bar-On stood trial in an IDF court for having been AWOL. The court rejected his explanation of the emotional and physical difficulty of serving as the IDF carried out the eviction of hundreds of families, including his own, from their homes. He was sent to IDF Prison #4 for a period of 14 days.

His brother, Yehuda Bar-On, sent a letter to Brig.-Gen. Danny Biran, Chief Reserves Officer, sharply protesting the chain of events leading to his brother’s incarceration.

The following is the text of Yehuda Bar-On’s letter:

Shalom and blessings,
My name is Yehuda Bar-On – the oldest of a family of eight. Our family has, up to now, five combat officers – three in reserves and the other two in the standing and career army. I have served in the reserves since my discharge in 1994.

My brother Shlomi is the reserve soldier who was tried and sent to prison yesterday, like a criminal, to Prison #4 for 14 days. His crime was his refusal to serve during the period of the expulsion of Jews three months ago, last summer. His main reason for refusing was that it was inhumane for him to be drafted to reserve duty during the period that he himself, as a resident of Homesh (originally from Elon Moreh), would be expelled, together with his family, from their home.

According to his commanders, there is no connection between the fact that he was expelled from his home and the reserve duty he was obligated to serve during that exact period.

I am puzzled at the military authority that found time to deal with the justified absence from the army of a father with five children and a pregnant wife, sending him to jail for such a lengthy period.

Does the reserves branch not have more important things to deal with on a daily basis?

Does the absence of a man for the first time ever due to his expulsion from his home not deserve to perhaps be overlooked?

For your information, honored sir, my brother, the father of triplets, volunteered for active reserve duty after the birth of his children - despite the fact that he was exempt from service for a year.

Therefore, I ask that you advise me where to return my reserves card since I have decided that I no longer have any motivation to continue to serve, despite the fact that I was awarded as an outstanding soldier in my battalion and have volunteered many times over the years.

Thank you in advance for your consideration,
Yehuda Bar-On

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Man Kills Buck With Bare Hands in Bedroom

This is odd, just wanted to share it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

For 40 exhausting minutes, Wayne Goldsberry battled a buck with his bare hands in his daughter's bedroom.

Goldsberry finally subdued the five-point whitetail deer that crashed through a bedroom window at his daughter's home Friday. When it was over, blood splattered the walls and the deer lay dead on the bedroom floor, its neck broken.

Goldsberry was at his daughter's home when he heard glass breaking. He went back to check on the noise and found the deer.

"I was standing about like this peeking around the corner when the deer came out of the bedroom," said Goldsberry. The deer ran down the hall and into the master bedroom — "jumping back and forth across the bed."

Goldsberry, about 6-feet-1 and 200 pounds, entered the bedroom to confront the deer and, after a brief struggle, emerged to tell his wife to call police. After returning to the bedroom, the fight continued. Goldsberry finally was able to grip the animal and twist its neck, killing it.

Goldsberry, sore from the struggle, dragged the dead animal out of the house.

"He got kicked several times. He was walking bowlegged for a while," Deputy Doug Gay said.

At this time of year, a buck that sees its reflection in a window often charges, believing it is fighting off a rival, Gay said.

Goldsberry had the deer butchered.

"He's in the freezer," the man said before walking to the kitchen and showing off pounds of freshly wrapped venison.

IDF Soldier Killed While Apprehending Terrorist

By Hillel Fendel

Sgt. Yonatan Evron, 20, of Rishon LeTzion, was killed early Wednesday morning while taking a wanted terrorist into custody in the Jenin district.
Evron's elite unit was engaged in what has become a routine arrest of a wanted terrorist, in the village of Mircha near Jenin, at approximately 3 AM. The soldiers had already completed the arrest and taken the suspect into their jeep when gunshots were fired from an open area nearby. Sgt. Evron was wounded in his head, and an exchange of gunfire ensued. Evron was treated on the spot and transported by helicopter to Tel HaShomer Hospital in Tel Aviv - but died en route.

A search of the area afterwards produced a blood-stained Kalachnikov rifle and magazines. The IDF therefore assumes that the gunman was wounded in the incident. IDF forces continued to search for him throughout the morning, and, in accordance with general policy, intend to pursue him until he is found or killed.

Sgt. Yonatan Evron will be buried at 3:30 PM in the Rishon LeTzion Military Cemetery.

An armed Arab attempted to cross from northern Gaza into Israel near the former community of Elei Sinai today, and was shot and wounded in the process.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

IAF Strike Kills Two Senior Terrorists in Gaza

Two senior terrorists were killed in an airstrike yesterday, the official story below:

20:21 Nov 01, '05 / 29 Tishrei 5766
By Scott Shiloh

Two senior terrorists were killed on Tuesday when Israeli Air Force planes fired a missile at on a car in Gaza. One of the terrorists was active in the military wing of PA chief Abbas's party.

Two major Arab terrorists were killed Tuesday afternoon when Israeli Air Force planes fired a missile at on a car in the town of Jebalia in Gaza.

One of the terrorists, Hassan Al Madhun, was active in the Al Aksa Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

Another terrorist killed in the vehicle, Fuazi Abu Kara, was a member of the military wing of the Hamas, the Al Kassam Brigades.

The two men were killed in a vehicle bearing a license plate belonging to the PA’s official security apparatus.

An army spokesman said that Al Madhun was responsible for twin attacks in Ashdod’s harbor in 2004, killing ten people, and for bombing the Karni crossing between the Gaza district and the Negev, an attack that left six dead.

Al Madhun is also suspected of attempting to send a female suicide bomber to blow up Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva.

While doing all this for Fatah’s military wing, Al Madhun held an official position in the Palestinian Authority, working for the PA’s Preventative Security Agency in Gaza. Ironically, the PA set up this agency to thwart terrorist attacks against Israel.

Israel repeatedly demanded that the Palestinian Authority arrest Al Madhun, though the requests were ignored.

Al Madhun, who headed an Islamic faction in the Al Aksa Brigades, closely coordinated his activity with the Hamas.

Al Madhun’s Fatah faction was also responsible for firing Kassam rockets on the eastern Negev town of Sderot, including the rockets fired over the past few days.

A number of bystanders were reportedly wounded in the air strike.

Both Fatah’s Al Aksa Brigades and the Hamas have vowed to take revenge over the air strike.

My name is Edward York

My name is Edward York and Bill was kind enough to extend an invitation to me to join his blog.

I was randomly searching through the internet and came across this jewel:

The funny part is when the psyops geeks tried to taunt the Taliban, as it's always funny to hear the world's biggest cowards try to accuse someone else of cowardice, a typical example of what a psychologist would call 'projecting'.

I ask you, has anyone ever seen a more pusiillanimous, cowardly bunch of wretches than the sissyfags of the U.S. "military" who call in air support every time a car backfires or when someone slams a door loudly? They encounter three or four Rebels and instead of fighting like REAL infantry and using fire & maneuver tactics, they instead scream for air support while they're hiding in a shellhole, then after the Air Force flies in and does the killing they "bravely" raise their head up out of said shellhole and proceed to beat their chests about how "brave" they think they are. Disgusting.

Try fighting like a REAL army instead of a bunch of glorified forward air controllers before you start calling an opponent "cowardly", because the whole world is laughing at the U.S. "military" and its aversion to real fighting. Just be glad you're not up against a REAL army, like North Korea's or China's or Iran's because the U.S. "Army" would be a grease spot.

This was posted anonymously to a number of conservative blogs, so I've posted it here and now I shall type my reply as if I was talking to the fellow who wrote this(You don't mind, do you?).

First off, 'psyops' is not a word.

Secondly, I cannot concieve of any more cowardly act than committing an act of terrorism and then hide from retribution among civilians, which is what the Taliban and their terrorist allies do.

Thirdly, last checked, calling in forward air support was an accepted military maneuver that has been in practice since World War 1.

Fourthly, 'Fire and maneuver tactics' benerally involve going for cover'Hiding in a shellhole' to the uninitiated, which soldiers have been doing since the napoleonic wars.

Fifthly, EVERY 'Real' army since the invention of the airplane has used forward air support. In fact, ALL armies use air units to blast anemy strong points and thus save infantry casualties.

Sixthly, NO ONE is laughing at the US Military, no one has laughed at the US Military since World War 2; remember how the Japanese and germans came out?

Seventhly, the last time the US army went head-to-head with china and North Korea, over Three Million of chinese soldiers were held off by only a few hundred thousand american and allied soldiers.

In conclusion, the fellow who wrote this should not display his ignorance in public.