Archive for June, 2009

Defeating Two Empires Simultaneously – But Not al-Qaeda

Posted in Iraq on June 13, 2009 by lylede

Here’s a pathetic analogy of our war on terror versus our war against European fascism in the 1940s: during WW II America and our allies simultaneously defeated two empires, the Third Reich and Imperial Japan, in less time than its taken us to defeat al-Qaeda.

Hitler controlled most of Europe, from Madrid to practically Moscow, the first (and only) ruler to do that since Napoleon in the early 1800s. Japan went on a tear in the 1930s, taking over several Asian countries and large parts of China. But by the fall of 1945 the guns “were silent” to paraphrase General Douglas MacArthur.

America has been bogged down in the unnecessary war in Iraq for six years now. It’s also been eight years since the tragic events of 9-11 and we still haven’t captured or killed Osama bin-Laden (or Mullah Omar, another real enemy and unknown to most Americans because of their own ignorance, a pathetic corporate media and Bush/Cheney/Rove manipulations).

The Taliban and al-Qaeda are thriving. The Taliban, based in Afghanistan and not Iraq, harbored bin-Laden and his crew. Iraq never attacked America in its history. But Iraq is awash in oil, something that obviously concerned George W. Bush and Dick Cheney more than seeking justice or eliminating the real threat to America.

Today in Afghanistan – eight years after we invaded without nearly enough troops or equipment because it doesn’t have any oil – this CNN headline reads: Taliban storm strategic Afghan city – CNN.com 5-12-09. And while more troops are being sent to Afghanistan if the proper amount were sent there after that country launched the 9-11 attacks there’s a good chance we would have already defeated the Taliban and al-Qaeda and captured or killed the real bastards who attacked us.

The Taliban also set up shop in Pakistan and control large parts of that country. The Pakistani Army, or actually the non-Taliban elements of the Pakistani Army, is finally engaging the Taliban and serious fighting is occurring there. If the Taliban are not defeated in Pakistan we are looking at several more years of terrorist attacks and warfare.

It’s a shame the Democrats in our government are just as corrupt, ignorant and inept as the Republicans and in the same pockets of their campaign contributors. Because if they weren’t they might not have voted for Bush’s war. And if ever a president (and V.P.) should have been impeached and then sent to jail for blatantly selling a war on a pack of lies it’s George W. Bush.

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How the NRA helps terrorists – in America

Posted in The Gun Problem on June 13, 2009 by lylede

The NRA, pro-gun people and legislators everywhere need to do some research about Oussama Kassir. This past May Kassir was convicted of aiding al-Qaida with recruiting by trying to establish a weapons-training facility in Bly, Oregon. That’s right, Oregon. Right here in the good old U.S. of A.

And why Oregon, on American soil? According to Oussama Kassir convicted of trying to start terror camp; 5 convicted in Miami for Sears Tower plot, NY Daily News, 5-12-09, “Prosecutors in the Kassir case portrayed him as a follower of militant clerics who wanted to take advantage of more relaxed gun laws to arrange training in the United States (emphasis added) for European recruits to Islamic militancy.”

Kassir and his heinous friends did their homework in choosing Oregon. According to a Department of Justice press release:

“The Bly jihad training camp was established as a site where Muslims could receive various types of training, including military-style jihad training, in preparation to fight jihad in Afghanistan or to continue with additional jihad training in Afghanistan. In a letter faxed from one of the co-conspirators to ABU HAMZA (a Kassir cohort), the property in Bly was described as located in a “pro-militia and fire-arms state” (emphasis added) that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the author stated that the group was “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.”

Note to the NRA, pro-gun nuts and all those who actually believe “god, guts and guns made America great” – Please wake the f____ up! When terrorists want to take advantage of lax gun laws in this country to set up training camps here THERE’S OBVIOUSLY A MAJOR PROBLEM HERE!

Notice how Kassir didn’t try to set up his terrorist training camp in England, Spain, Singapore or about 125 or so other countries simply because it’s harder to purchase guns elsewhere!

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to figure out assault weapons should be outlawed. It doesn’t take a genius to realize there are too many guns, easily available, in every American city and town. And now terrorists want to use the pathetic gun laws here to actually set up training camps in America! Did “god, guns and guts” also make terrorists great? Unfortunately, actually, in many radical Islamists’ minds it did.

And please don’t give me the Second Amendment / “right to bear arms” nonsensical argument. And don’t tell me if there were serious limitations on civilians owning firearms here that we’d be living in a police state. For more on my arguments regarding these topics see The Gun Problem and “The right to bear arms” While Arming Mexican Drug Cartels and Kids and Guns – Again.