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    Old
    soldiers like myself have wondered for years why the terrorists
    (of various flavors) have done such a pathetic job against this
    country – terrorism is so ridiculously easy! Finally, they did what
    statistically was inevitable – they got it “right.” My contempt
    for them is not based solely on their murderous attitude – these
    guys have been trying for years and they really are just second
    rate buffoons – but the odds where, sooner or later – this would
    happen.

    Our
    government as well – look at them. They are pathetic in their incompetence.
    That they get it right ever is just again, a thing of statistical
    probabilities.

    Mr.
    Bush tells us to get on an airplane and get back "to the business
    of America." He will defend us. I submit that failed government
    policies were already in place and "defending" us when
    the WTC went down. Now, in typical government fashion, they will
    to defend us by doing more of the same — treating airline passengers
    as if we are all potential terrorists. I for one, will not submit
    to that. Yet despite my contempt for their "safety precautions"
    at airports, I'm given no possibility of defending myself. Worse,
    I'm being forced at gunpoint to bail out airlines who have routinely
    treated me with contempt. For reasons that escape me, I have never
    once boarded a plane without being shaken down by ludicrous people
    dressed up in security costumes. I don't like it, and I will no
    longer submit to it.

    We
    find ourselves in the middle of an extremely dangerous situation.
    Let's consider various options with which we are confronted. First
    let's consider the obvious with our newest war — not what should
    happen, but will happen. The media is considering the former, one
    hopes the government is for once, considering the latter.

    We
    will hit "comprehensively" in the words of the president.
    That means we will hit a combination of targets, pretty much simultaneously,
    with land, sea and air attacks. Though we aren't saying it, a concomitant
    of this response will be a stern warning to others to stay out of
    the terror business. That means horror is coming to someone, maybe
    a lot of someones.

    Due
    to the nature of the enemy, the results are apt to fall into one
    of several categories.

    One
    — we are relatively successful in hitting our targets. The attack
    is made in "surge" mode so that the targets are revisited
    over and over until satisfactory results are obtained. This means
    that whatever we attack will be destroyed utterly. Ground ops will
    be a reminder to potential enemies that Sam has a long arm. Such
    an operation, since it is unlikely that we would get everyone on
    the target list, must "play well" non the less. It will
    be powerful and bloody enough to both satisfy angry Americans and
    intimidate bloodthirsty foreigners. Best case on this one is not
    pretty. It is less pretty when one considers that we haven't even
    decided which of many possible "host countries" we are
    going to attack!

    Two
    — we perform a bungled version of the above, fail to be sufficiently
    intimidating to "host" states like Afghanistan and Syria,
    fail to hit many targets, and are ridiculed by our enemies. Think
    Clinton. That could happen. If it does we lose in a big way — more
    people hate us, less people respect us, Americans are angry with
    Washington and Bush specifically. The situation deteriorates, and
    the terrorist attacks escalate.

    The
    third option is all too possible: it gets out of control and something
    really terrible happens. A world war could break out, particularly
    when one considers how the First World War started, over much less
    than this. If it comes to that, nuclear weapons are a sure thing
    and best case is that it doesn't go on too long.

    Our
    enemies have the initiative; a very dangerous situation from the
    military perspective. We are sending Johnny off to war again to
    try and seize that initiative back from them, but it remains to
    be seen if we're not merely acting in a predictable fashion. Predictable
    means "ambush" in military minds — or it should. The best
    we can hope for is that we get the folks who did this, and don't
    touch off a world war. We must face the fact that we allowed ourselves
    to get into a position from which there are no obvious good options.
    Our neo-conservatives, who are a blend of hard left communist converted
    to an empire building "right" are proposing all the things
    necessary to make this a global war. If you doubt that, see Buchanan's
    piece
    on the "open letter" signed by forty one leading
    neo-cons suggesting to Bush that he shoot up all the Middle East
    and occupy Iraq. That is not a good option if we wish to avoid world
    war and international calamity.

    I
    mention these possible outcomes because I don't see any other possibilities
    as likely, and because I want to bring home the dreadful situation
    in which we find ourselves. One with no possible outcomes that hold
    any charm to the civilized man. Remember always that the geniuses
    that got us into this war now expect us to count upon them to "lead
    us to victory." Victory has been defined as "eliminating
    evil" which is a pretty broadly defined war aim! Remember that
    George Bush, who looked so resolute as he gave his "war speech"
    was, less than three weeks ago, about to be equally resolute in
    throwing open our border with Mexico. The mass migration from Mexico
    and elsewhere is every bit as much of a threat to this country as
    we are facing from the terrorists. Both threaten our way of life.

    To
    Southerners, and indeed to all Americans, I note that I have not
    seen the Confederate flag flying as our troops march off to war.
    For those of you who can only think in terms of the last few weeks
    or years, I remind you that American troops have, since 1865, flown
    Confederate flags and cherished the rich warrior heritage of the
    Confederate Army. Ethnic cleansing? You bet, but even though they
    are destroying all we stand for, and destroying our history and
    our heritage, they still expect Johnny Reb to do the fighting. There
    is something very wrong with that picture.

    Which
    brings me to discussing our options as Americans, our options for
    the future. We have for too long, had the "duty" button
    in the off position. With our many government departments caring
    for our security, however poorly, we have considered that handled.
    And thrust our freedom into the hands of others. We are now, many
    of us, facing the prospect of family members going into the hell
    that is war. We are patriots, saddened but resigned.

    I
    suggest that we do not understand patriotism. It is not, not
    ever, about loyalty to a government. It is about a people who
    have chosen a way of life, and a place to live, and loving what
    they have created. About defending what they have created. Why must
    we worship leaders? Haven't these same leaders opened our borders
    to the very people who are attacking us? Haven't they in many cases
    armed them and trained them? Aren't they doing it this very second
    in Yugoslavia? That's right — in case you hadn't noticed our government
    is still arming, training and supporting terrorists in the Balkans.
    Osama bin Laden has called upon the Albanians to join him in his
    fight against us. Is President Bush aware of this? You can bet he
    is, but has he done anything to correct that appalling situation?

    Why
    are we willing to send our sons and our daughters too, thanks our
    to lack of common sense, off to war? Why do we do it so lightly?
    I know many of you are agonizing over this very thing. The time
    to agonize is before it happens. Why weren't we paying attention
    when our government entangled us in affairs that are not our business,
    involving us in wars that are not wars of national defense, and
    in the case of Yugoslavia, are actually wars of aggression? That's
    a very real question — couldn't we take the time to think through
    issues like these? That we who will give up a child to the god of
    war, will not sacrifice a few moments away from the TV set to actually
    consider that the actions of our leaders will have consequences
    for us.

    Or
    we think about these things but do not think them all the way through.
    My brother Christians support Israel at a gut level, which is fine
    with me. But when they pressure our government into supporting Israel
    as well, they are making a big mistake. American Jews are at fault
    here as well. These well meaning religious folks are involving their
    country in wars that are not our business. To them I say — go there
    and fight if it means that much to you. If you take it that seriously
    — carry your self over there and pick up a gun! I did…

    Keep
    my family out of it.

    Big
    business is at fault here too. Despite their prattling about "free
    markets" they use their money to buy American troops from politicians
    who rent them out as security guards, pocketing the profits and
    sending the bill to every American. Have you asked yourself lately,
    "What do I gain by having troops in Yugoslavia supporting Muslim
    narco-terrorists?" If you haven't considered that question,
    you are at fault. Actions have consequences. This country is in
    your hands. If you don't drive, Sam will and he is not very smart
    and does not have your best interests in mind. Do you like the place
    we find ourselves?

    Give
    the time to considering national affairs now, use your brain and
    cold hard logic. Ask good sound questions and be prepared to buck
    the mainstream. Do this if you love freedom and hate killing needlessly.
    It is your job. Those are your kids boarding those transport planes.
    You owe it to them. Along with an apology — your candle light vigils
    and pathetic singing of "We Shall Overcome" has led the
    military to sensitivity training instead of knife fighting. Now
    we need some knife fighters to protect ourselves and they are thin
    on the ground. If you want peace, stop thinking with your emotions
    instead of your brain.

    To
    those of you on the other extreme, you neo-conservatives, consider
    this. In this barbarous world in which we find ourselves, the opportunities
    for war are endless. It will find you. Going out and looking
    for it is crazy at a level that would make Jeffrey Dalmer blush.

    So
    how about this once we do something right? This is not a war to
    end war, it is not even a war that will end terrorism. Let's just
    finish this nasty business at hand, as best we can. And then for
    God's sake, rethink how we are living our national life. Did anyone
    ask you if you wished to dispense with national sovereignty? Did
    you get to vote on whether our Southern border should be opened
    to millions of migrants or whether to bring in hundreds of thousands
    of Muslims? Who asked your point of view on whether we should murder
    Serbian civilians to aid Muslim terrorists?

    My
    point here is simple — we do not have any good options. Government
    has ruled in our place so long we have atrophied as a people. We
    must shake ourselves and rub the sleep out of our eyes, like the
    slothful nation of Rip Van Winkles that we are. I warn you, the
    long sleep must end or the long war will come. There will be wars,
    but cursed is the country who starts them. Even if that country
    is a collection of sissies, wailing "I didn't know…"

    Let's
    try a parable here — you have a gun, and across the street is a
    bad guy with a machete. You cross the street and try to disarm him,
    but he attacks you so you shoot him. Can you be tried for murder?
    Abso-damn-lutely! There was no need for deadly force until you created
    it — your right to self defense does not include the right to create
    lethal situations where there was none. This law is just, and was
    written back when men still understood certain moral verities. Back
    before America went to sleep and offered her children into the devilish
    care of the left wing wackos of the teacher's unions. Back when
    the past was to Americans, our link with our selves, our nature
    as a country, and our purpose. Whether by design, or by accident,
    our masters, and their public school system, have eradicated the
    past in a truly Orwellian fashion. I often remind people not to
    mistake incompetence for malice — yet in this case, it might as
    well have been malice for their activities have nearly destroyed
    our Republic.

    It
    means to me, as a citizen, that I must influence my leaders to keep
    us out of situations where we might find ourselves having to kill
    people. If you think you are obeying the Ten Commandments, and don't
    understand that, I must wonder why. It means that we must put men
    into government that will ride herd on it, and bind it to rule of
    law. That will resist the fistfuls of cash proffered to them by
    companies for help with projects like the Caspian Pipeline. Companies
    that put their interests ahead of the lives of our families and
    are clearly breaking the law by purchasing our politicians.

    It's
    time to consider religion. Religion is an issue that can no longer
    be ignored and it's time to consider that and make some decisions.
    Religious tolerance is a good thing. Pretending to think a non Christian
    religion is quite as valid as Christianity is not. Not if you're
    a Christian; indeed it is utterly moronic for a person of any religion
    to assume that other religions are equally valid. There can be only
    one. It's common sense — if Christ died for your sins, then Christ
    is Lord and all the rest are pretenders. But then, we have heard
    a lot of blathering about prayer and God lately, but I can't recall
    anyone mentioning the name of Christ. It's called "religion
    light" folks, and it is meaningless. The parallel with Stalin's
    rehabilitation of the Orthodox Church to support the "Great
    Patriotic War" is unmistakable — religion is fine with the
    government as long it can be used to support their policies. And
    as long is it is not taken too seriously. Yet our National Day of
    Prayer could not be observed in our own schools, because that same
    government which piously calls for God's blessing, has determined
    that prayer in our schools is harmful. Are we worshipping God or
    simply calling upon some nameless god of war to support our military
    adventures?

    We
    hold to our beliefs, some of us, and they to theirs. For this, we
    are called intolerant and insufferable. The Crusades are routinely
    referred to by people who have never heard the phrase, "The
    sword and the crescent." Who have no idea that Islam made it
    to the gates of Vienna and that it took Spain 700 years to finally
    eject them. Instead we hear how advanced they were and how peace
    loving. If you really wish to know how peace loving and gentle the
    Muslims have been over the years, study up on the wars against them.
    It takes a strong stomach.

    Two
    intelligent men informed me recently that the terrorist attacks
    were symptomatic of fundamentalist religion. On a par with Christians
    blowing up an abortion clinic. I reminded them that when Muslim
    bandits kill seven thousand people there is rejoicing among many
    of them world wide and it is considered no moral problem to Islam.
    When a Christian kills it is widely regarded by us as sinful conduct
    by other Christians who condemn it loudly. You certainly will not
    see Christian demonstrators applauding the act. Nor do Christians
    consider it moral to kill "infidels" as if they were some
    how beyond the pale of traditional moral restraints.

    That
    Christians have started wars and done all kinds of dumb, sometimes
    murderous things is sinful. Which is the whole point — when a Christian
    acts outside the tenants of the faith, he is considered a sinner.
    There is no provision for a glorious paradise for suicide bombers.

    We
    must stop allowing Muslims to immigrate here if wish to live in
    peace. I say this not because I hate Muslims, I don't. Nor do I
    say it because Christians can't live next to Muslims — as long as
    they don't control the government we can. In countries where they
    do control the government, we cannot because we are under
    interdict and there is no precept of religious freedom in Muslim
    countries. Islamics have no concept of separation of church and
    state — they achieve power, you lose. The real issue is apparently
    too subtle for the news analysts but it's actually quite obvious.
    Muslims can't live with secular humanists. The conduct of
    the secular populace, and sadly, many of the lapsed Christians in
    this country is abhorrent to Muslims, whose faith is entirely works
    based.

    To
    say that Muslims are a "works" based religion means that
    their religion teaches that salvation is awarded to those who follow
    a specific set of procedures. To Christians, this is heresy because
    we believe we are saved by the blood of Christ. It is possible though,
    that educated men from both faiths can live and work in harmony.
    Both religions have moral codes that suggest that is possible. Given
    our public school system, and theirs, where will we find these educated,
    thoughtful gentlemen?

    Muslims
    attempt to keep themselves from temptation by veiling the girls,
    banning the porn, the booze and the TV, and kicking people around
    if they don't buy into that. This is not just true of the jolly
    old Taliban but you see it all over the Middle East and where ever
    the government officially enforces Muslim religious law. Those are
    folks who are emigrating to the United States in large numbers,
    finding prosperity and a lot of temptation. Our secular culture
    arouses strong disgust, even hatred and fear. In a Christian culture,
    as we once had, men didn't seek out pornography so there was little
    of that. Prostitution and all the rest were nothing like now — they
    had far fewer customers. Homosexuality was in the closet. Muslims
    see us in our decline, fear we will drag them down with us, and
    get fighting mad.

    So
    why are we importing so many of them? Is there some kind of national
    death wish?

    I
    suggest that we expel all illegal immigrants right now —
    whatever the nationality or religion. Then we should adopt a sane
    immigration policy based on some model currently in use — preferably
    a successful one. Like that of say, Mexico?

    We
    are at a crossroads now, maybe the last change we get before we
    head too far down the road to nowhere. We are at war. Worse, we
    are in an essentially un-winnable war that may in fact, lead us
    right into World War III. The "War to End Wars" started
    over far less in 1914. Despite the sadly inept efforts of our diplomats
    to explain to Muslim countries that this is not a war against Islam
    — when the shootin' starts, they are going to see it that way. Since
    in the world of realpolitic we have to hit back after such
    a vicious attack, we find ourselves in a very tight spot.

    I
    watched the leadership of the United States singing "God bless
    America" and was at once nauseated and moved. For they are
    the ones who got us here, and it would have been quite easy to stay
    true to the Republic and avoid all this trouble. Among these leaders
    where dreadful people who espouse any ignoble cause, and vote for
    any new restriction on freedom. Who glory in the deaths of millions
    of unborn children. To see Ted Kennedy singing "God Bless America"
    was to witness an act of hypocrisy that simply defies imagination.

    There
    were also those among them whose intentions are good, who for reasons
    that seemed good at the time, betrayed the Constitutional Republic.
    This is their moment if they want to seize it. America can be great
    again; its greatness was never about becoming an empire, rather
    the reverse. It was about being a place where the job gets done
    right, and fair play is the norm. We were great when we respected
    the will of God and had the humility to question our own motives.
    I'm not just blaming this on non-Christians either — my Christian
    brothers at some extremes would ban beer, boxing and feeling good
    yet claim to be major patriots and have flags flying everywhere.
    That is not loyalty to our country — that is using a flawed system
    to impose upon others. To them I say, "You have supported the
    War on Drugs, the creation of empire, and sold the rope to your
    own hangman."

    To
    all of you in Congress, Christian and non-Christian alike, I offer
    this challenge: make this war worth fighting. Give us our country
    back. Defeat our enemies because they backed us into a corner no
    country could endure, and then come home. Forego your usual "total
    war" response and reacquaint yourselves with the concept of
    the Just War. Close our borders and return to pre u201860s immigration
    policies. You are destroying your country just as surely as those
    terrorists destroyed the WTC. Come home — be an American again!

    In
    the Augean Stables, Hercules faced a task of well, Herculean proportions.
    So do we. It requires more of us than most are willing to give.
    It is well to remember that no matter what we may want, doing nothing
    is simply a way of casting a vote for the status quo. The status
    quo in this case is about perpetual war and continued decline.

    How
    shall we proceed? Get your kid out of government school. You decide
    how and what they should be taught — it's your job. Do it.
    Stop voting for Republicans and Democrats. Unless you can take over
    their local apparatus in your state — then do that. Never vote for
    any politician who has plans he wants to finance with Federal money
    or is even willing to accept money from the federal government.
    Politics is supposed to be local. While that Federal money is of
    course, ours, it's better to let it go then let them buy us a set
    of chains with it.

    Throw
    out any and every politician who speaks against your inalienable
    right of personal self defense. They are scofflaws, and should be
    jailed because they mock our constitution after taking an oath to
    defend it. Remove any politician who votes in favor of overseas
    alliances. Remove any who fail to see the insanity of having our
    forces in one hundred six countries. Demand an end to the war on
    civil liberties they call the Drug War. Resist their crazed attempts
    to destroy our Southern heritage!

    Remove
    any politician, and jail them, if they were or are in favor of feminizing
    our fighting forces. A country that minds its own business is still
    a country that lives in a dangerous world, and needs to be able
    to defend itself. Most of that defense should come from an armed
    citizenry. You will not lose your freedom in such a country — you
    will have the power to dictate terms to Washington, not the reverse
    as we have now.

    Prime
    Minister Berlusconi of Italy has outraged politically correct government
    leaders world wide by daring to suggest that Western European culture
    is superior to all others. Well — it was at one time, and could
    be again. If you don't believe that, why on earth are you supporting
    a war against another culture? Just roll over and surrender — why
    should it matter to you which way of life we adopt, if all are of
    equal merit?

    Or
    is it perhaps a real good idea to have national boundaries behind
    which we can each live the way we please? If one culture is superior
    to another then the proof of the puddin' will be in the eatin'.

    In
    short, take a long hard look at who you could have been, and weep.
    Then get up, dust yourselves off and get to work rebuilding our
    Constitutional Republic!

    September
    29, 2001

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    ] fought with the Rhodesian freedom fighters (the Ian Smith
    side, of course).

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