The Iraq war is actually a war against the past, present, and future.
It is a war against the past because the occupiers are implementing a program of cultural destruction.
Iraq is one of the cradles of world civilization.
And much of the worlds cultural heritage has been lost as a result of the war.
The most egregious example of this was the looting of the National Museum of Iraq after the fall of Baghdad in 2003.
Venezuelan writer Fernando Baez called it the worst act of cultural destruction to befall Iraq since 1258, which was the year Hulegu Khan and the Mongolians conquered Baghdad, destroyed the Abbasid caliphate and burned its capital, killed 200,000 to 500,000 residents of the city, destroyed the libraries of Baghdad, including the Grand Library of Baghdad, which was known as the House of Wisdom, and killed most of the scholars of the city, which had been one of the cultural centers of the Islamic world for many years until that catastrophe.
In an article entitled Invaders published in the April 25, 2005 edition of The New Yorker, Ian Frazier wrote: So many books from Baghdads libraries were flung into the Tigris that a horse could walk across on them. The river ran black with scholars ink and red with the blood of martyrs.
Baghdad fell on April 9, 2003, but no U.S. troops were stationed at the National Museum of Iraq to protect it until April 16. At the time, U.S. commanders said they needed all their soldiers for the war effort, but two dozen soldiers could have prevented the looting of the National Museum of Iraq, which is also called the Baghdad Museum.
Over 14,000 items were stolen from the Baghdad Museum, including 33 major artifacts and 5,000 extremely valuable cylinder seals, and fifteen major items of the museums galleries were seriously damaged.
In March 2008, UNESCO said that between 3,000 and 7,000 items from the museums collection were still missing.
Baghdad museum officials say it is impossible to determine exactly how many items are still missing because some of the museums records were stolen.
The 5000-year-old Warka Vase was stolen from the museum but returned in June 2003, although it had been broken into fourteen pieces, which was its original state when it was first excavated.
The Mask of Warka, also known as the Lady of Uruk, which dates back to 3100 BC, was also looted from the Baghdad Museum but was recovered in September 2003 and returned to the museum.
And the approximately 4500-year-old Harp of Ur, which is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments in the world, was broken, and its gold inlay was ripped out and stolen.
In an interview with Inter Press Service in February 2005, Fernando Baez, the author of The Cultural Destruction of Iraq and A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, said, One million books, 10 million documents, and 14,000 archaeological artifacts have been lost in the U.S.-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq -- the biggest cultural disaster since the descendants of Genghis Khan destroyed Baghdad in 1258.
Baez said U.S. troops and other U.S.-led coalition forces had violated the Hague Convention, which states that cultural property must be protected in the event of armed conflict.
A large number of Sumerian tablets and seals were also stolen from the Baghdad Museum and from archaeological sites.
Unscrupulous merchants in Jordan and Kuwait have bought stolen Iraqi antiquities and have paid up to $57,000 for a Sumerian tablet, Baez stated.
In addition, serious damage has been inflicted on Ur, Uruk, Babylon, Nineveh, Ctesiphon, Nibru, and other important archaeological sites.
In 2005, it was reported that U.S.-led coalition forces had caused irreparable damage to Babylon and that the 2600-year-old paving stones of the Processional Way of Babylon had been crushed by tanks.
A UNESCO report issued in 2009 said U.S.-led occupation forces caused extensive damage to Babylon and carried out a grave encroachment on this internationally known archaeological site.
The report added, During their presence in Babylon, the MNF-I (Multi-National Forces) and contractors employed by them, mainly KBR, directly caused major damage to the city by digging, cutting, scraping, and leveling. Key structures that were damaged include the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way.
Commenting on the damage to Babylon in the Inter Press Service interview, Baez said, Polish troops drove heavy vehicles near the Nebuchadnezzar Palace, which dates back to the sixth century BC, and then covered large areas of the site with asphalt, doing irreparable damage. There were also attempts to gouge out bricks at the Gate of Ishtar.
And when soldiers found out that the Sumerian city of Ur was the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, they took ancient bricks as souvenirs, Baez added.
All of these world heritage sites are still being damaged since they are still not being properly safeguarded.
Thus, it can be said that the Iraq war is a war on the worlds cultural heritage.
But what is the strategic goal of waging a war on the past?
Well, when people are cut off from their cultural, religious, and civilizational roots, they lose their identity and become confused. And confused people with an identity crisis are easy to control.
George Orwell described the situation eloquently in his book 1984, where he wrote:
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
The Iraq war is also a war on the present since the occupiers are fanning the flames of ethnic and sectarian strife.
Of course, there were ethnic and sectarian divisions in Iraq before the war began in 2003, but the occupiers are making efforts to exacerbate the discord.
Over one million Iraqis have been killed in the war, and a large number of those casualties occurred in incidents that appear to have been false flag operations meant to generate endless cycles of communal violence and revenge attacks.
Although the country is over 60 percent Shia and it was expected that they would win a proportionate number of votes in elections, giving the Shias a parliamentary majority and the opportunity to form a government, when this happened, many of the Sunni Arabs illogically got the impression that the occupiers were favoring the Shias. The democratization process was bound to empower the Shia majority, but the Sunni Arabs still feel slighted.
And this feeling of resentment has thrown fuel on the fire of sectarian strife and helped the occupiers implement their managed chaos plan.
In addition, the Arab-Kurd conflict is not resolved.
The major bone of contention is Kirkuk and the surrounding areas, which have vast oil reserves.
Most of the Kurds regard Kirkuk as part of Iraqi Kurdistan, but it is currently not officially part of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Its final status is to be determined by a referendum, but no date has been set for the referendum.
And the Turkmen of Iraq also regard Kirkuk as their cultural center.
Kirkuk and the surrounding areas were majority Kurd until the 1980s, when former dictator Saddam Hussein stepped up the Arabization program that the Baathist regime began implementing in the 1970s. Over 500,000 Kurds were expelled from the region and Arabs from other parts of Iraq were brought in and given the houses and properties of the relocated Kurds. The Arabization program continued into the 1990s and the first decade of the twenty-first century and only ended when Saddam was deposed in 2003.
Kirkuk has become the flashpoint of Southwest Asia. If a major conflict breaks out in the city, it could become a conflagration that engulfs all of Southwest Asia. Some political analysts say a conflict in Kirkuk could even escalate, spin out of control, and set off a world war.
The occupiers know all this and are playing the Kirkuk card in order to realize their objectives.
And the Iraq war is also a war on the future since the U.S. military has used the mutagenic weapon depleted uranium, which is definitely a war crime, a crime against humanity, and an act of genocide.
The use of depleted uranium artillery and tank shells has given Iraqis genetic damage, caused a significant rise in birth defects in the country, and irreversibly irradiated large swathes of Iraq.
On impact depleted uranium is partially pulverized, producing depleted uranium dust, which is then carried by the wind, contaminating the air, land, crops, irrigation systems, rivers, wells, and other water supplies. Since depleted uranium dust can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin, it is not safe for people to live in contaminated areas.
Some of these areas are so irradiated that they will be uninhabitable for millions of years. And this is one of the main issues of the Iraq war, but no one wants to talk about it.
Exposure to depleted uranium causes genetic damage, birth defects, cancer, immune system damage, and other serious health problems. In addition, many medical experts believe depleted uranium is the cause of Persian Gulf War Syndrome.
Physicians in Iraq have documented a threefold increase in childhood cancers and a fivefold increase in birth defects since 1990. The U.S. military first used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq in 1991.
In order to get a better understanding of the impact of depleted uranium weapons, go to the following websites to view images of the babies born with severe deformities as a result of genetic damage caused by depleted uranium weapons:
So what must be done?
In response to the war against the past, the masses of Iraq must be educated about the need to protect the countrys cultural heritage. Indeed, the masses of the world must be educated about the need to protect the worlds cultural heritage, wherever it might be.
In response to the war against the present, efforts must be made to ensure that the Arab Sunnis, the Arab Shias, the Kurds, and Iraqs other ethnic and sectarian groups all feel they have a fair share in power and the decision-making process in Iraq.
In response to the war against the future, a movement must be started to end the use of depleted uranium weapons and to draw up an international treaty to ban this genocidal weapon forever.
Also, areas that are so irradiated that they cannot be decontaminated and are thus uninhabitable must be cordoned off and the residents of those areas must be relocated. But all this requires education.
Education is the key. Educating the people of the world about what is happening through efficient dissemination of information is the correct path to take.
What you dont know can hurt you.
Bargain Prices for 'Zionist' Clothes in New Gaza Luxury Mall
by Maayana Miskin
While Hamas continues to complain that Gaza lacks building materials, a luxury mall in Gaza City held its grand opening over the weekend. Among the goods on sale are Israeli men's clothing, and items from Turkey, France, and the United States.
Photojournalist Tom Gross, who publicized
The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the Governor and attacks his dog.
1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is only doing what is natural.
2. He calls animal control. Animal Control captures coyote and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.
3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.
4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.
6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness" program for residents of the area.
7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
8. The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow and for letting the Governor attempt to intervene.
9. Additional cost to State of California: $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special training re: the nature of coyotes.
10. PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files suit against the State.
The Governor of Arizona is jogging with her dog along a nature trail. A Coyote jumps out and attacks her dog.
1. The Governor shoots the coyote with her State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
2. The Buzzards eat the dead coyote.
And that's why California is broke
North Korea Vows 'Nuclear' Response to US Drills
The military exercises are slated to begin Sunday in the Sea of Japan, involving 20 ships ¨C including the USS George Washington, one of the world's largest aircraft carriers ¨C plus 100 aircraft and about 8,000 American and South Korean troops. Lasting through Wednesday, the drills demonstrate tight military cooperation between Seoul and Washington, who blame North Korea for torpedoing the Cheonan warship in March, killing 46 sailors. The U.S. has also announced new sanctions against the North.
For Pyongyang, the drills are an "unpardonable provocation," its state media reported today. The communist North denies any role in the Cheonan's demise, and has threatened all-out war if it's punished.
"The army and people of the [North] will legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises," state media said today, reading a statement from North Korea's National Defense Commission, headed by leader Kim Jong-Il.
Pyongyang's latest threat is its most strongly-worded ¨C referring for the first time to the reclusive state's nuclear capabilities ¨C after days of similar comments from its delegate to Asia's biggest security forum, held in Vietnam this past week. At the Hanoi meeting, North Korea abandoned the use of its official media as a mouthpiece, and had its spokesman lambast the U.S. and South Korea while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in the very same room.
Clinton took the floor as well, calling North Korea an "isolated and belligerent" nation that's embarked on a "campaign of provocative, dangerous behavior." She said the stability of all of Asia depends on whether North Korea changes its behavior.
"It is distressing when North Korea continues its threats and causes so much anxiety among its neighbors and the larger region," Clinton said Friday. "But we will demonstrate once again with our military exercises ... that the United States stands in firm support of the defense of South Korea, and we will continue to do so."
Both Clinton's comments and those carried by North Korean state media today were reported by several news outlets.
Yoy might not know about these two spills.
An oil spill from an Egyptian rig has polluted several tourist sites along a large stretch of coastline along the Red Sea.
The leak, which Egyptian government spokesman Magdy Rady described as limited, was caused by a spill from an offshore platform in Jebel al-Zayt, north of the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.
The government managed to keep the news of the oil spill quiet internally for days, an extraordinary feat that might have been related to the fact that Hurghada is one of the country's top tourist destinations. The area, a vital source of income for Egypt, was once a major diving site with extensive coral reefs. However, extensive development has caused damage to the area.
Oil company officials in the port city of Suez spoke with the Associated Press about the spill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with media.
There was also no mention of the leak for days in any Israeli news media, which might otherwise have put off Israeli tourists who typically travel to Red Sea resorts for quick vacations.
Rady told the state-run Middle East News Agency that the spill was discovered last week and had quickly been mostly contained. However, Ahmed el-Droubi, a biologist with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), flatly accused the government of a cover-up this week.
Just today I received news that the oil had started leaking again this afternoon after it had stopped Thursday, he told an Associated Press reporter on Tuesday. The HEPCA, founded by divers in 1992, was one of the first groups to raise the alarm about the spill.
The northern islands protected area is very heavily impacted, el-Droubi added. This area is very important because it is the last pristine spot, there is a lot of sea life there that will be harmed... there are dead birds and dead sea turtles scattered across the island, covered in oil.
Approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) of coastline were polluted, including a number of tourist beach sites.
BEIJING (July 21) -- China's largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.
An official warned the spill posed a "severe threat" to sea life and water quality as China's latest environmental crisis spread off the shores of Dalian, once named China's most livable city.
One cleanup worker has drowned, his body coated in crude.
"I've been to a few bays today and discovered they were almost entirely covered with dark oil," said Zhong Yu with environmental group Greenpeace China, who spent the day on a boat inspecting the spill.
"The oil is half-solid and half liquid and is as sticky as asphalt," she told The Associated Press by telephone.
The oil had spread over 165 square miles (430 square kilometers) of water five days since a pipeline at the busy northeastern port exploded, hurting oil shipments from part of China's strategic oil reserves to the rest of the country. Shipments remained reduced Wednesday.
State media has said no more oil is leaking into the sea, but the total amount of oil spilled is not yet clear.
Greenpeace China released photos Wednesday of inky beaches and of straw mats about 2 square meters (21 square feet) in size scattered on the sea, meant to absorb the oil.
Fishing in the waters around Dalian has been banned through the end of August, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
"The oil spill will pose a severe threat to marine animals, and water quality, and the sea birds," Huang Yong, deputy bureau chief for the city's Maritime Safety Administration, told Dragon TV.
At least one person died during cleanup efforts. A 25-year-old firefighter, Zhang Liang, drowned Tuesday when a wave threw him from a vessel, Xinhua reported.
A last-chance public hearing to block the proposed 13-story $100 million mosque planned near Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attack on New York Tuesday puts Mayor Bloomberg on the defense. He has rejected opponents demands that the backers of the plan be investigated for possible links with terrorists or terrorist groups.
New York City officials already have approved the project, and the only hope by opponents to block its construction is to convince the Landmark Preservation Commission to prevent the demolition of the 152-year-old Cordova House warehouse in order to make way for a mammoth Muslim community center and house of worship.
Opposition groups from a wide spectrum of the populationranging from Jews to Sikhsstaged alarge demonstration in early June against the planned mosque.
"Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its website. Perdana is the single biggest donor ($366,000) so far to the Free Gaza Movement, a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel's blockade of Hamas-run Gaza" May 31.
Its just two blocks away. They will pass it on the way to the memorial, Roman Gertsberg, a Queens resident who lost his only daughter Marina in the terrorist attack told am/NY.
Building a mosque just several blocks away from Ground Zero is an insult and an affront to every single person that was killed on 9/11, to their families, to the first responders and every concerned American who cherishes liberty, democracy and freedom, Pamela Geller, executive director of 'Stop the Islamization of America', said at last months protest.
(June 23) -- Afghan leaders rallied behind Gen. Stanley McChrystal before his scheduled faceoff today with his boss -- President Barack Obama -- for disparaging comments in a Rolling Stone interview.
They say that replacing the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan could hurt progress in the 9-year-old war.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a statement today calling McChrystal the "best commander" of the war. And his spokesman told reporters that Karzai said as much in a one-hour video conference with Obama late Tuesday, telling the U.S. president that he still has confidence in McChrystal.
The top U.S. general has been summoned to the White House and faces his own meeting with Obama today, where he's expected to offer his resignation
I heard what he had to say, now it is my time. As I read my news today, I noticed in an Israel News article that while Obama is busy, with the oil spill problen in the U.S., the Israel Government passed another building program. They said it was the same one that made the Obama adminstration mad just a month ago. Mr. Obama, you need to keep every eye open we are at a larger risk from atttack than the oil problem; Iran, North Korea, Syria, Gaza, Turkey, just to mention a few.
I wonder what some of our past Presidents would have done? I realize that in the old days oil was drilled on land, and leaks could have been controlled, but most people did not have a car or the rich only had a family car.
If you were to limit the families ammount of cars and ration gasoline you would see and immeadiate responce to alternate fuel QUICKLY.
My old 1997 Ford Escort Station Wagon got 34 to 37 m.p.g.s. It would appear that in 13 years the auto manufactures of America could do a better job than they have done. I see now that hy-breed cars brag about 39 m.p.g. Come On! electric cars that can barely get 60 miles without re-charging. Come On! We have become slaves to Arab oil and Jap cars, and now we have to pay.
a. mobilize All available forces
b. put the srimpers to work, let them have and re-sale the oil
c. make it a joint country envolvement, we need help, do not be so proud to ask
d. realize that you do not have all the answers,
quit politicalizing and get a shovel and trash bag
set the example with your back bent and hands busy
e. last of all, do not what Hillary wants to do
Made in China is not what it used to be
Its a dying business, said the owner of a garment factory in Zhuhai, a city in Guangdong Province. Like many in his line of business, he is packing up. Lured by abundant cheap labor, investors flooded to Zhuhai two decades ago. Gone, it seems, is the heyday of T-shirts, toys, plastic flowers, tiles, hooks, springs, and the like. Today, the costs of manufacturing such items are lower in countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam than in Guangdong.
As labor costs continue to climb, is China set to lose its coveted spot as the worlds workshop?
Rising labor costs are inevitable. Chinas government introduced tough labor laws and a minimum wage in 2008. Recent policies to improve rural economic conditions have slowed the flow of migrants from the countryside. Workers are demanding higher compensation to match the fast-rising cost of living in Chinas cities, as manifested in an ongoing and high-profile labor strike at a Honda plant based in Guangdong. Salary was the major point of contention.
Workers on strike demanded a raise in pay from the current 1,500 renminbi ($234.00) to 2,000-2,500 renminbi ($373.13) per month. Clearly, Chinese factories can no longer offer dirt-cheap prices.
Apparel production is a prime example of Chinas declining competiveness in markets dependent on low-cost labor. According to a study by the US consulting firm Jassin ORourke, labor costs in China are higher than in seven other Asian countries. The average cost for a worker is $1.08 per hour in Chinas coastal provinces and $0.55-0.80 in the inland provinces. India was in seventh place, at $0.51 per hour. Bangladesh offers the lowest cost, only one-fifth the price of locations like Shanghai and Suzhou.
What happened to OUR US FLAG in the White House Press Conference Room? Does this curtain look Arabic to you?
Taliban torch 50 Nato supply trucks on outskirts of Islamabad
At least seven killed in ambush near Pakistan capital on military supply convoy heading to Afghanistan attacked by gunmen in Islamabad. In the latest assault 50 trucks were set alight and at least seven killed. Photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/AP
SuspectedTaliban gunmen torched 50 Nato supply trucks on the outskirts of Islamabad last night , killing at least seven people, in the most audacious assault yet on the military supply chain in Afghanistan.
Militants have regularly ambushed western supply convoys near the Afghan border, but this was the first attack near the Pakistani capital.
Police said at least 10 gunmen struck just before midnight at a depot in Tarnol, on the Grand Trunk Road that links Rawalpindi with Peshawar. They opened fire on the trucks, killing drivers and security personnel, before setting them alight.
Police arrived, sparking an exchange of fire, and the attackers escaped to the west on motorbikes and in small pickup trucks. At first light, six hours later, flames were still licking through the hulks of charred military vehicles and fuel tankers. Plumes of thick black smoke rose into the sky near the capital.
The assault called into question security arrangements in the capital, whose streets have become clogged with police and military checkposts since the Taliban stepped up their assault last year.
Police officers combing the area said they had arrested 26 suspects. "We are still trying to find out what happened," said Shah Nawaz, the police chief at Tarnol station.
Pakistani police often indiscriminately arrest people after major incidents only to release them later. The interior minister, Rehman Malik, ordered an inquiry within three days.
The convoy originated in the port of Karachi, 700 miles to the south, and was due to climb over the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan. Over 75% of military supplies for western troops in Afghanistan and 40% of fuel needs pass throughPakistan.
The supplies include food and vehicle but not usually weapons or ammunition, which are ferried by air.
Ambushes on Nato convoys in Peshawar, the capital ofKhyber Pakhtunkhwa province, have declined in recent months following concerted army operations in the nearby Khyber and Orakzai tribal areas.
The last attack was in April when militants torched a dozen trucks and killed four police in northern Punjab, between Islamabad and Peshawar.
Many of the Nato supply runs are managed by trucking families from the tribal belt, particularly Waziristan and Khyber. A police source in Karachi said they ensured safe passage by paying protection money to militant groups on the 1,200-mile route.
However, it is impossible to pay off every group along the road. "When you reach here, it's a free for all," saidRahimullah Yusufzai, a veteran journalist in Peshawar. "You can't pay everyone off; and some groups are ideologically committed and won't take money."
The attacks are a costly irritant to Nato and an embarrassment to Pakistani security forces, although they have a limited impact on western military supplies due to the high volume of traffic.
Still, the US has started to explore new trucking routes through Central Asia, although these may require compromise with Russia, the regional power.
Readers, please note: Some of the pictures in this article are upsetting.
Gaza Arabs life expectancy is well above average, and infant mortality rates are far higher in famine-plagued countries, but world aid continues to pour in to the Hamas-controlled region, according to official data.
Yet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is asking U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday for more aid, in addition to the billons of dollars of foreign funds the PA has received the past few years. He has cited Israels partial blockade of Gaza as the main cause for alleged shortages in Gaza and in villages administered by the United Nations in Judea and Samaria.
Recent photos and statements by Arab sources deny any shortage of food or merchandise in Gaza.
The aid has enabled the PA, which seeks to become an independent country though located within Israel's borders, to inflate its public payroll to more than 160,000 workers while its education system continues to incite violence against Israel. Donors currently contribute more than $1 billion a year.
Janine Zacharia of the Washington Post reported last week, "If you walk down Gaza City's main thoroughfare -Salah al-Din Street - grocery stores are stocked wall-too-wall with everything from fresh Israeli yogurts and hummus to Cocoa Puffs smuggled in from Egypt. Smuggled goods are cheaper than the regular price.
The Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency stated last February, "Gaza markets are saturated with goods." Beaches are filled with vacationers as well
The flow of weapons into Gaza occasionally is stopped by Egyptian authorities who last May seized a large cache of weapons and explosives that were slated to be smuggled into Gaza from the Sinai. The weapons stockpile included 61 anti-aircraft missiles, 40 anti-tank mines, 15 standard mines, and 5 machine guns with ammunition. Last April 1, an Egyptian newspaper reported that security forces had seized 100 anti-aircraft missiles, 45 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and 40 explosive devices.
Lebanese Threaten Mass March on Israeli Border
The anti-Israel flotilla has turned the tide of world opinion against Israel, Fatah leaders in Lebanon say, and the time is ripe for a mass civilian charge against Israels border.
Mounir Al-Makdah, a leading Fatah leader in Lebanon, says plans are being made for a mass charge against Israels northern border. What can Israel do, he asks, kill the entire Palestinian nation [sic]?
And even if they kill all those who take part in the march, the number of remaining Palestinians will still be more than all the Jews in the world.
Al-Makdah told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Sapir that the plans for the march are being made via letters to thousands of Palestinians living around the world inviting them to take part. It could be that they will just break through the border, with their children and their elderly. What will Israel be able to do?
A wind of change has begun to blow, he said, and Israel has begun to be a yoke not only for the Palestinian nation, but for the whole world.
The freedom flotilla brings a message of the beginning of the end of Israel, Al-Makdah said.
He made similar remarks to a French news agency earlier this week, saying that such marches should take place from all areas that border on Israel Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Judea/Samaria. He said he hopes the Lebanese government, of which Hizbullah is a part, will soon grant a permit for the mass march.
When I was a kid, I knew why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why.
General Eisenhower Warned Us.
It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect: "Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened."
This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet.. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This article is written as a memorial of the, six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while many in the world looked the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center "NEVER HAPPENED", because it offends some Muslim???
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE...SOMEONE HAD TO PAY FOR IT!
Pray for our soldiers.
The Afghan soldiers are having a problem in training to fight. It is hard for them to identify their own soldiers from the Taliban's soldiers. They, the Afghanise, also do not know anything about automobiles, which make it hard to check oil, water levels, and belts and hoses. Probably most American civilians do not either. There are some simple rules of engagements that they can not do. Like spacing soldiers and taking on/returning fire. This makes me wonder how the ever survived in the first place.
Some problems the soldiers have are:
1. Selling their rifles to the Taliban...Huh?
2. Using hash and heroine on duty...another huh?
3. Not understanding enough English to follow instructions
We spend $1 Billion a month just to train but $26 Billion later; the Afghan army still can't stand on its own.
Watch the video: http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,89621960001_1993922,00.html?xid=aol-direct#ixzz0qBDLkxB8
An email was sent to me this morning from an ex-marine that is considered to be basic instructions:
Here are a few of his observation on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.
"The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary."
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of wayc"
"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it, because it's going to be empty."
"If you're not shooting', you should be loading'. If you're not loading', you should be moving', if you're not moving', someone's going to cut your head off and put it on a stick."
"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocketc If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy... and you're going to be one of 'them pretty soon."
"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."
"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."
"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for."
"Don't shoot fast, unless you also shoot goodch
"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work, but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."
"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."
"You cannot save the planet but you may be able to save yourself and your family."
"Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you'll have us or until someone makes us go away, and either way, it will be exciting."
More Excellent Gun Wisdom.......
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.
1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.
2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, there is something wrong with your tactics.
3. I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.
4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'
6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.
7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'
8. Beware of the man who only has one gun, because he probably knows how to use it very well.
'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton
A people that value its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.
How do you feel about a Ground Zero Mosque? It has already been approved, without your say.
Sponsor has been Unmasked as Free Gaza Donor
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
The Muslim cleric behind the proposedgiant mosque near Ground Zero is none other than a major donor to the pro-Hamas Free Gaza movement, the New York Post reported. The cleric, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf also is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization.
The Free Gaza group has been behind several attempts to break the Israeli sea embargo on Hamas. The latest attempt, under the guise of sending humanitarian aid, was foiled Saturday when the Israeli Navy intercepted the gRachel Corrieh ship before it could approach the Gaza Coast.
The Perdena organization has donated $366,000 to Free Gaza, which has organized several attempts to break the Israeli sea embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza. Earlier in the week, the Mavi Marmara shipfs terrorist "activists" opened fire andbrutally beat Navy commandos, despite Free Gaza promises that there would be no violence. Free Gaza spokeswoman Greta Berlin has charged that the IDF edited and falsified videos clearly showing that the passengers on the ship initially assaulted commandos before they reached the decks.
gWe have two Imam Raufs," Deborah Burlingame, the sister of the American Airlines pilot whose hijacked plane struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, told the New York Post. "We have the anti-Israel, anti-democratic imam, and we have the smiling, soft-spoken moderate Muslim who says, 'Why can't we all get along?' "
The proposed 13-story mosque and community center, to cost $100 million, has been met with outrage in New York, despite Rauffs focusing on peace. "We must fight those who are against us with peace and our assurance that we have peace in our hearts,h he recently told Muslims at a Friday prayer service.
Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams called the project a monument to 9/11 attackers, and the g9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong Americah calls the proposed project ga gross insult to the memory of those who were killed
on that terrible day. However, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg supports it, and zoning officials have approved the plan. (IsraelNationalNews.com)