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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jihadi John and Khalid al-Fawwaz are the faces of evil terrorism by Islamic extremists

The masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", who has been pictured in the videos of the barbaric beheadings of Western hostages, has been named.

Wars are horrific slaughters with iconic leaders who become symbolic of the historic mayhem.  

Now, the war on terror has two faces to justifiably vilify.

They are Khalid al-Fawwaz, who was found guilty of the 1998 US embassy bombings, in Africa. 

Now, we add to this evil list the name of the masked militant who first appeared in numerous gruesome videos put out by the evil ISIS, Islamic State. He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from west London, who was previously known to British security services. British police declined to comment, citing ongoing investigations, reported BBCNews.

There's a name to associate with practically every known military campaign and declared war.  Obviously, in modern history, we can easily associate Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulyssus S. Grant with the American Civil War. In World War I, we can summon the name of General Perhsing. Obviously, the holocaust in World War II is identified with Adolf Hitler.

In the world war on terrorism, the leader Osama Bin Laden (1957-2011) was, until he was killed by US Navy Seals, identified as the face of the evil attacks on the United States. Bin Laden perpetrated the September 11, 2001 assaults on the World Trade Center in New York City, a potential terrorism attack by  an airplane that crashed in Pennsylvania and a suicide flight into the U.S. Pentagon in Washington DC.

Since the murder of Osama Bin Lden, there has been no single face for the War on Terrorism.

Although Fawwaz has been convicted of his heinous crimes, the executioner Mohammed Emwazi a.k.a evil Jahadi John, now replaces Osama Bin Laden, because he made his masked face the icon of Islamic extremism.  

It's difficult to determine or surmise how the world will eradicate evil ISIS and eliminate radical Islamic extremism. It's going to take even more carnage and unknown suicidal massacres before the roots of this evil carnage can be destroyed.

Regardless of how long it takes, the executioner Mohammed Emwazi, is now known. His body will eventually join Osama Bin Laden as fish food. Unfortunately, finding and executing the executioner will not deter the terrorists who are somehow inspired by this unwarranted jihad against the West. Our world cannot allow the work of Osama Bin Laden to continue, while his bullet riddled body is at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

God help our civilization to defeat radical Islamic extremism before the hatred, and the jihad consumes our allies and consumes Christianity.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Homeland Security at risk while evil ISIS continues to recruit in USA

Let me get this right. Republicans created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but now they will sacrifice the nation's response to terrorism because they prefer to block immigration? The Republicans have truly lost their ability function. Obviously, they're more interested in power than in American security.

While the Congress debates how to fund the Department of Homeland Security, they're expecting workers who protect Americans from attacks by the evil Islamic State and domestic terrorism, to work temporarily without pay. Meanwhile, Congress doesn't sacrifice even one hour of their own pay, for any reason, whatsoever.

It's evident how evil ISIS, the Islamic State, is recruiting misguided sympathizers. Three teenage girls were lured out of England through the seductive use of social media.  

Today, the FBI on Wednesday arrested three men from Brooklyn who they allege planned to launch terrorist attacks in the United States if they were not able to join ISIS in Syria. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, an Uzbekistan citizen; Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, a Kazakhstan citizen; and Abror Habibov, 30, an Uzbekistan citizen, were all arrested and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. According to law-enforcement officials, the men also planned to return to New York to commit an act of domestic terrorism if they failed in their effort to join ISIS.

All Republicans should be voted out of office. It's unbelievable to realize how Americans can vote for Republicans, who are unwilling to protect our nation.  

It's totally irresponsible and unethical for elected officials to expect the Department of Homeland Security workers to work without pay. This horrible treatment of people who are working hard to protect Americans from terrorism have every reason to form a union. They have a right to protect themselves from Congressional actions that will ask them to work for free.  Instead, let Congress work for free. If Congress worked for free, they'd eventually get the pay they deserve for taking more days off every year than the number worked.

Congress must pass funding for the Department of Homeland Security.  To do otherwise is unpatriotic and, frankly, dangerous.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Retrospective Democratic 2014 analysis misses something

You needn't be a political scientist to cruise the social networking e-world. In my opinion, the Democrats lost in 2014, because they refused to participate in the social networking world with a push back on the vitriolic messaging by right wing extremists.  

Although my opinion sounds simplistic, I challenge those who dispute my logic to spend time responding to social media right wingers. They fuel each other like relay torches and squelch those of us who try to participate in their rhetoric, using reasonable reality.

The Christian Science Monitor reports:

(Among the reasons) for Democrat losses (2014), of course – include lack of a “cohesive narrative,” according to the tack force, which in turn “impedes the party’s ability to develop and maintain a lifelong dialogue and partnership with voters.”

"So many people can rattle off easily and succinctly what it means to be a Republican,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who chairs the Democratic National Committee (DNC). “The perception of what it means to be a Democrat has really evolved to be a laundry list of policy statements and disparate ideas.”

Exactly! Right wing "tweeters" can put the GOP message into 140 characters. It's like writing the Declaration of Independence on a pea. Nevertheless, reasonable thinkers can also respond to the vengeance in 140 characters, too. Unfortunately, very few reasonable people are obsessed enough with pushing back against the spewing venom of right wing social media monsters.

Democrats need to forcefully speak up for the administration and the party’s values, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said.

"Whenever we let the other guys talk the way they talk about our president, about our leadership, about our values, we're going to lose,” he said, adding that too many Democrats try to be "Republicans lite." (Democrats cannot allow this!!)

But Republicans understand the Democratic psyche and they're laughing in 140 twitter characters or less. Frankly, I don't believe Democrats know anything about responding to right wing social media talk.  Democrats speak in prose while right wing thinkers use bumper sticker responses. "There you go again!", said President Ronald Reagan. A simple conceptual response, in about 20 characters and President Reagan left his opponents speechless. 

"...we have some catching up to do..." said Wasserman-Schultz.

Honestly, I've offered to help the Democrats with their social media messaging. Unfortunately, they're spending millions on high paid consultants who don't have a clue about how to push back on right wing social media nuts. In fact, I've spoken to Ms. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz personally when she was in Portland, Maine.

I'm available to help. 

My opinion about how the Democrats lost in 2014, is simplistic. Nevertheless, I'm in the heat of social media every day   and those intellectual campaign consultants aren't with me, because, if they were, I'd know them.  Indeed, the Democrats are missing the social media messaging and if this continues the 2016 campaign will mirror the mid term elections.  Call me.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly - two high paid news enhancers

Oh paaaleeeze....O'Reilly says..."Buenos Aires riot rated as a “war zone” because junta soldiers shot into the crowd, killing civilians. He remains adamant that at one point a soldier pointed a rifle at him from a few feet away.  (Julie's note, given O'Reilly's interpretation of being in a "war zone" he might as well report from a weekend in South Side Chicago...)

In my opinion (IMO), Brian Williams' journalism problem isn't so much about whether or not a helicopter he was flying in was hit by enemy fire while he was reporting the Iraq War.  Instead, the problem is that he continued to enhance the story over 12 years, as though the war incident was about him and the incident.  In fact, Williams should've known to report on the war, rather than make himself a victim of the action.

Williams is paid very well to report the news rather than "create the news". Now, Bill O'Reilly's commentary on Fox News is also  questioned.

A Christian Science Monitor article quotes "Mother Jones" asking if Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has enhanced his war correspondent's experiences? 

Mother Jones accused Bill O'Reilly of exaggerating his experience reporting from combat zones in an article published Thursday. The Fox News host dismissed the claim, calling the author a 'liar' and a 'guttersnipe.'

By Peter Grier, Staff writer FEBRUARY 20, 2015

Does Bill O’Reilly have a Brian Williams problem? 

That’s what Mother Jones is alleging. In a piece posted on Thursday, D.C. bureau chief David Corn claims that the Fox News host has long exaggerated the extent and dangers of his past combat reporting.

Mr. O’Reilly has said he worked in “active war zones” in the Falkland Islands and El Salvador during his stint at CBS News in the early 1980s, according to citations in Mr. Corn’s piece.

Yet during the Argentine-United Kingdom Falklands War, O’Reilly never made it to the combat zone itself. No American reporters did, at least until after the fighting was over.

O’Reilly’s experience with violence in the Falklands was limited to coverage of an anti-regime riot in Buenos Aires, after the war was over, points out Mother Jones. In El Salvador, O'Reilly reported briefly from a village where several buildings had been burned by guerrilla fighters, who had fled.

That’s the extent of O’Reilly’s war zone experience, according to the Corn piece.

“Yet for years, O’Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don’t withstand scrutiny – even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in,” writes Corn.

O’Reilly remains unabashed. 

He’s reacted to these charges with fury, calling them “garbage” and Corn a “liar” and a “guttersnipe.”

As to substance, O’Reilly says he’s never claimed he made it to the Falkland Islands themselves, and that the Buenos Aires riot rated as a “war zone” because junta soldiers shot into the crowd, killing civilians. He remains adamant that at one point a soldier pointed a rifle at him from a few feet away.

“Everything I said about what I reported in South and Central America is true,” said O’Reilly in an interview with Politico. “Everything.”

Responding to this denial, David Corn says that contemporary news accounts of the Argentine riot paint a very different picture. CBS News’ own story that night said nothing about people being killed, and mentioned only that some North American news crews were “jostled.”

What’s the truth here? We await further details. Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple has an interesting recap of the state of play here, including his own interview with O’Reilly. It includes the detail that the Fox host repeatedly cited a book of his titled “Those Who Trespass” as rebutting the Mother Jones allegations.

Those Who Trespass” is a novel which O’Reilly published in 1998. One of its characters is a United States reporter who goes through a horrific riot inArgentina. He later murders the network news figures he blames for sabotaging his career.

That said, there are a number of differences between the cases of Brian Williams of NBC News, who is on a six-month leave pending investigation of his combat exaggerations, and O’Reilly.

First, there aren’t any aggrieved US soldiers. Much of the negative emotion from the Williams case was driven by angry American troops who took to social media to rebut the NBC anchor’s tales of derring-do. O’Reilly’s opposition is a left-leaning magazine, not Army pilots.

Second, he’s a political commentator, not a news anchor. He’s not supposed to be measured. Bloviation might be judged to be part of his job. He yells and declaims on every episode of the “O’Reilly Factor.” That’s part of its appeal.

Finally, Fox News is not NBC News. Perhaps they will milk this for ratings.

Fox produces some fine journalism. But its business model is built around the creation of narratives and the evoking of emotions. This story offers all that. Fox executives appear to be standing behind O’Reilly, for now. 

NBC executives never offered Williams that much support.

In my opinion, Bill O'Reilly lost credibility when he wrote a book about the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as though he were there when it happened.  He should have been held accountable for over stating this story.  

I don't understand highly paid journalists who think they can get away with inflating the news. They're bound to find a reader or expert, with a "pin" dipped in real experience to burst their fanciful reporting.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Americans must retake Mosul from ISIS and erect a memorial for all who died there

In 2004, Americans fought ferociously to win the Battle of Mosul Iraq. Now, in an infuriating defeat for the Iraq army, the evil Islamic State (ISIS) has taken back Mosul and occupied this territory.

Although the American main stream media continues to report on the consequences of national winter ice and snow accumulations, the fact is, another ferocious battle is being planned to win back Mosul, in Iraq.  

Thankfully, BBCNews is reporting on this battle, while the American news media are obsessed about reporting on winter ice.

Of course, weather, ice and snow, especially in winter, will make dramatic visual news.  

But, this seasonal imagery can't trump the significance of the battle to win Mosul back from the evil ISIS. (The Battle for Mosul was fought by U.S. forces under the leadership of General David Petraeus, in 2004, during the Iraq War.)

BBCNews is reporting how Iraq and Kurdish troops will fight to regain Mosul from the ISIS radical terrorist fighters.  

Mosul, which was home to more than a million people, fell to ISIS last June.

A joint Iraqi-Kurdish military force of up to 25,000 fighters  are being prepared to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State (evil ISIS), a US official says.

A senior military official said that the operation to recapture the northern Iraq city would probably take place in April or May.

Iraq's second largest city was currently being held by 1,000 to 2,000 ISIS militants, the official added.

Mosul, which was home to more than a million people, fell to ISIS last June.

The unnamed official told reporters that no decision had been made on whether a small group of US military advisers would be needed on the ground to direct air support.

The official said all of the fighters in the force would have gone through training by the US.

The official added that the operation would be needed by May, otherwise it would be compromised by the summer heat, although he added that it could be delayed if the Iraqi forces were not ready.

Julie's postscript - when Mosul is eventually recaptured from evil ISIS, a success that, no doubt, will cost many more lives.....the ultimate victory must include the plans to erect a mammoth tribute monument, including the names of every person who has been killed in this blood bath - including the known civilians.  

There was no reason, whatsoever, for the cowardly Iraq army to loose Mosul to evil ISIS.  Nevertheless, when it's finally reclaimed, the territory must erect a monument that should remind the world about the terrible carnage caused by the entire failed operation Iraqi Freedom. 

When Jeb Bush officially launches his campaign to become president of the United States, he must be asked how it was the Americans lost Operation Iraqi Freedom under his brother's leadership.  Moreover, Jeb Bush  must be asked how he intends to prevent Mosul from ever again being captured by Islamic extremists.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Russian President Putin is a Napoleonic despot

It's difficult to understand how Europeans and the world can put up with Russia's outrageous take over of the Ukraine.  Surely, Europeans are sensitive to how appeasement fueled the ambitions of the Nazi Third Reich.  Now, the Napoleonic ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin is creating deja vu history. Unfortunately, Putin's abuse of the Ukraine's cease fire negotiations are not illusions. 

In fact, Putin delights in international scheming an cheating.  

Putin obviously has has no intention of honoring any cease fire and, in fact, the Ukraine is just a stepping stone to greater ambitions.  

Nevertheless, his ambition and despot goals notwithstanding, my question is how Putin can possible pay for his Napoleonic goals to take over Eastern Europe?  His Russian ruble is essentially junk currency.  Who funds Putin's army?  Surely, his Russian military isn't fighting for free. Okay, suppose they are fighting for free. It won't last. They won't fight long without food or military reinforcements.  But, victories are euphoric. Perhaps Putin keeps taking over Ukraine land just to keep his military motivated. Yet, there simply can't be a stable salary associated with these military campaigns. Frankly, Putin has rubles, but no money.

Evil people have a habit of  surviving, when all indications are they should implode. Putin is a survivor. He was a manager during the Cold War. Now he's President of Russia.

Nevertheless, even Napoleon was a mortal human being.  Napoleon died in 1821, and he's buried in Paris.

Likewise, Vladimir Putin is equally mortal. Eventually, when Russia runs out of money, Putin's supporters will find a way to overthrow his dictatorship. 

Meanwhile, Europe must keep pressuring Putin, so he cannot continue to fulfill his Napoleonic ambitions. There is no alternative.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Game changing article in The Atlantic by Graeme Wood - ISIS goal to bring an end of the world

There are a few articles in annals of history where the world as we know it is moved by the impact. "What ISIS Really Wants" is among the most persuasive aritlces I've read about the completely deranged and dangerous ISIS (Islamic State) terror movement. 

An article by Graeme Wood in the March 2015 edition of The Atlantic is a "game changer" because it's the first time I've read the secular media explaining how the evil ISIS mission is really a religious terrorist ideology, focused on a relentless quest to bring about the end of the world.  

This isn't a movie plot.  It's really happening and the world must urgently respond to eradicate the ISIS followers and believers, regardless of who are in harms way, as a result.

ISIS followers are evil and they must be eradicated because:

1.  The ISIS Islamic men terrorize women and rape them.
2.  ISIS combatants recruit children to fight with them.
3.  ISIS believers are infected with doom and they're determined to inflict their nihilistic beliefs on the world.
4.  ISIS will return civilization to living like they're back in the 7th century....that's before Medieval and Middle Ages.
5.  ISIS demands total obedience to Ammans who they deem are worthy of adulation;
6.  No "free will" allowed, or risk public execution.
7.  ISIS will inflict ethnic cleansing on Christians the likes of which the Roman Emperor Nero couldn't duplicate.
8.  ISIS believes in stoning people to death as a punishment.
9.  Islamic State is very Islamic. It attracts psychopaths and adventure seekers.
10.  ISIS believes the mission of their zeal is to bring an end to the world.

In September, Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the Islamic State’s chief spokesman, called on Muslims in Western countries, such as France and Canada, to find an infidel and “smash his head with a rock,” poison him, run him over with a car, or “destroy his crops.” 

To Western ears, the biblical-sounding punishments—the stoning and crop destruction—juxtaposed strangely with his more modern-sounding call to vehicular homicide. (As if to show that he could terrorize by imagery alone, Adnani also referred to Secretary of State John Kerry as an “uncircumcised geezer.”)

Finally, the secular media writer Wood explains to the world the evil ISIS vision. 

Moreover, he explains why ISIS's heinous ambitions can destroy civilization as we know it.

There's no alternative for human beings to do except to destroy ISIS, regardless of the collateral damage.   

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