Archive for the 'terrorism' Category

One word: Relieved

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Across the world one item was more likely than not the topic of conversation: the demise of Osama bin Laden. Most, here in the United States of America, were in a up-beat and near celebratory mood. After all, it is not every day that one of the world’s most evil and menacing figures ends up assuming room temperature.

For me it is a simple matter of being relieved. Not that threats no longer exists against America and freedom loving nations across the world,  they do.This is a special case, though.

For a man who tormented millions across the world and spread hate on an unprecedented scale for twenty years it, it is hard not to crack a smile while slumping back in one’s chair and reflecting.

Over the past few hours I cannot think back but to wonder what our world would be like without 9/11. One can dream, right?

Such is not the case however. The war on terror is certainly not over. There are goals which need to be secured and at least two individuals who need to be dealt with who were central to this global conflict.

  • Al-Zawahri and Mullah Omar are still lurking and must be dealt with.
  • Pakistan must explain how bin Laden was hiding in plain sight.
  • Afghanistan must stablize and not become another safe haven for the Taliban to not recruit and train again.

I pray for the quick achievement of those goals so our lives and focus, already changed forever, may return to reinvigorating our nation.

For the moment, though, I will take this brief pause and be thankful for the opportunity to rest. There may not be that opportunity again for some time.

United States warned India of attack.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

This story is a little relieving to me in that it appears on the surface we (the United States) got wind of something and warned India not once, but twice. In fact details of the tip appear to have mirrored at least some of what happened.

Why is this important?

It means that we are getting at least some sort of accurate intellegence return from the various investments spent post 9-11. That, of course, means lives saved.

Of course policy could always be better, but if there is any sort of good news which comes from the attack on Mumbai, this is it.

Keep an eye on India.

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Its Thanksgiving and its been a wonderful one at that.

With this short post I am going to point to the terrorist attacks currently going on in india (Ive read various estimates on how many terrorist and to what extent operations are ongoing), but lets just say its been very “spectacular” and leave it at that.

The attacks should be reminders to us all what is at stake if we continue to show weakness in the face of terrorism by seeking to run and hide instead of engage and win. No, that isnt left to just military matters either.

Rueters: Al Qeada video seeks Bush, Republicans to be “humiliated” in election.

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

In their usually timed election video Al Qeada spoke out on America’s election without endorsing a particular candidate.

Instead, the video contained a message which focused on the desire to see President Bush and Republicans “humiliated” in next week’s general election.

“O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.

Libi, one of the top al Qaeda commanders believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God’s wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.

This contrats with the 2004 message from Bin Laden which contained threats for more 9-11 style attacks. Of course there were attempts in 2006 and 2007 which were thwarted.

Larry Kudlow: Is Obama Freedom and Democracy Deficient?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Larry Kudlow notes in his blog at National Review today that during Senator Obama’s trip abroad he apparently never mentioned freedom or democracy.

Sure, there were mentions of mending fences and working with the world at large or withdrawing troops based on a sixteen month time table come hell or high water. Of course, as with many other issues Senator Obama changed his mind and later and oh so slightly noted that conditions on the ground need to met. 

But I digress, sorta.

Kudlow also mentions Obama never mentions the “war on terror” or “Global War on Terror” (maybe because Democrats banned the term from Congressional use after they came to power in 2006).

Of course its all linked together, as Kudlow summerizes, is to protect freedom and democracy abroad and get them before they get us.

But I continue to believe that the biggest reason to stop Iran, stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan, nail Osama and his evildoing friends in Pakistan, and generate some sort of protection for Israel against Hamas, Hezbollah, and the weak Palestinian government is a) to get the bad guys on their home turf before they get us and b) to spread freedom and democracy since democratic countries tend not to attack each other or us.

Kinda interesting when something becomes blatantly obvious to a guy who deals in money matters, not foriegn policy. I would think many other Americans might also be thinking the same way. Er I would at least hope so.

Obama wrong on Nuremberg, Boumediene

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Recently the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that terrorist now have access to American civilian courts and the right of habeas corpus.

While well intended, the decision will undoubtably open a can of worms in which terrorist can manipulate our civilian legal system into being released and escaping or out right avoid capture all together.

Senator Obama recently related the Boumediene decision to that of the post World War Two Nuremberg trials.

I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities that no one had ever seen before, we still gave them a day in court and that taught the entire world about who we are but also the basic principles of rule of law. Now the Supreme Court upheld that principle yesterday.

Of course the problem is that the Nuremberg trials were military commissions with limited rights. Nazis were not given access to American courts or basic appeals. You can view the charter on which Nuremberg was established here.

To that end one wonders if Senator Obama does not understand history or simply seeks to rewrite it to suit his own political needs at the moment. 

United Kingdom court releases Bin Laden’s “right hand man in Europe.”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

If someone wants an example of why Bin Laden and his group must be laughing all the way after the United States Supreme Court decision last week creating a defacto “terrorist bill of rights,” one must only look as far as what happened recently in the United Kingdom.

Due to legal techincalities, the court system ruled that the United Kingdom could not deport the terrorist or hold him in jail. Whats worse is that Abu Qatada will be recieving £1,000 per month in state benefits. Nothing like paying Al Qeada directly.

I have news for anyone who believes that giving terrorist access to our civilian court systems and fighting the war on terror as a law enforcement issue - you are dooming our society. These people do not play by the rules and will in fact use them to their advantage.

Do I believe in violating our own laws while persuing these types of individuals? Of course not.

I do not believe in giving terrorist special rights from which to take advantage and destroy our society with. Unfortunately with Democrats in Congress holding up FISA reform and giving people shooting at our troops habeas corpus rights, there apparently are many who do.

I would point to this case as a perfect example of how and why they are wrong.

Link of the day.. List of KNOWN terrorist attacks tharwted since 9/11.

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Just in case anyone believes Al Qeada is ignoring us that everything is a okay, there is an interesting list of known terror attacks thwarted since 9/11.

Is it a comprehensive list which notes all the other failed attempts that we dont know about? No, but it should serve as a reminder that we are in an on going struggle against evil, and I mean exactly that - evil.

Holding our presidential candidates accountable on “Super Tuesday” to national security.

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Tommorrow votes across the nation in a number of states will go to the polls and decide who their party’s choice for President of the United States will be. Needless to say each person will carry their own interests to the ballot box to voice their concerns over various policies and beliefs.

Not to be swept away in the rhetoric of change should be our picture of national security and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I believe any number of people would like to close the book on this issue and act like the nation isn’t at war or that nothing will come if we simply pull our forces. Quite the contrary. I believe it is our duty as voters to keep nation safe and in a path of victory.

It should be in the interest of all the candidates running for the leader of this great nation and the free world at large to seek and implement a strategy in which our forces obtain victory. It should not be on the shoulders of one party or one voice.

The same can be said of our Congressman and Senators who represent us on Capitol Hill.

Of course the over riding truth is that some candidates do not. Some would rather close their eyes and pretend that a full and immediate withdrawl would not precipitate any form of consequence. They would be wrong.

Talking smooth about dimplomacy has its place, but the world is filled with evil people. The only kind of people who understand what Ronald Reagan taught us years ago - peace through strength. It is why we were able to contain the Soviet Union and it can be how the region is stablized.

To abandon Iraq when the nation is starting to “get it right” would be disasterous at best. How many lives would be lost in such an event is unknown. If history teaches us anything, it is that it could be catastrophic.

Then there is the long term policy problem of dealing with Iranian backed terrorist and Al Qeada who would undoubtably fill the power vacuum. That would equally immeasurable, lest I remind people of the Carter debacle in the seventies with Iran.

Of course the best way to prevent many of these disasters is to let the surge follow its course and bring victory and freedom to Afghanistan and Iraq. To do so would mitigate much of Al Qeada’s strength and counter Iran’s influence in the region withhold holding an armed confrontation.

With these thoughts in mind I would urge voters to hold their candidates accountable when it comes to foriegn policy - whom ever it is.

Washington Post: Democrats knew about water-boarding in 2002.

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

According to the Washington Post today, four members of Congress were given a tour of CIA facilities in 2002 and were informed of interrogation techinques - including waterboarding.

Whats more, no one questioned the interrogation policies at the time. In fact two members asked the CIA to push harder. In fact, according to the Post, in over 30 briefings between 2002 and 2003 there was only a single exception.

Congressional officials, looking for some room to cover the rears, claim that opposition was happered because of secrecy and people were unable to take notes and consult lawyers.

The Washington Post notes that opposition to interrogation techniques did not come to fruitition until the policy was leaked in 2005. By then the CIA abandoned the pratice.

In all, the post details the waterboarding technique and denotes that it alledgely was used on three people.