French Foreign Minister – Doesn’t Understand the Bomb Thing

Bending over for Hamas terrorists, Bernard Kouchner demonstrates why no one believes anything France says:

French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner was in Gaza yesterday and made a total jerk of himself. Kouchner told reporters that Israel shouldn’t inspect trucks from Gaza because ‘not all of them are carrying bombs.’

How does that work out at French airports? Do you want to just inspect “some” of the luggage and hope that you found the ones with the bombs? Idiot.

12 Myths of 21st Century War

From Ralph Peters at the American Legion website:

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We’re in trouble. We’re in danger of losing more wars. Our troops haven’t forgotten how to fight. We’ve never had better men and women in uniform. But our leaders and many of our fellow Americans no longer grasp what war means or what it takes to win.

Myth No. 1: War doesn’t change anything.

This campus slogan contradicts all of human history.  We need not agree in our politics or on the manner in which a given war is prosecuted, but we can’t pretend that if only we laid down our arms all others would do the same.

Wars, in fact, often change everything. Who would argue that the American Revolution, our Civil War or World War II changed nothing? Would the world be better today if we had been pacifists in the face of Nazi Germany and imperial Japan?
Myth No. 2: Victory is impossible today.

Victory is always possible, if our nation is willing to do what it takes to win. But victory is, indeed, impossible if U.S. troops are placed under impossible restrictions, if their leaders refuse to act boldly, if every target must be approved by lawyers, and if the American people are disheartened by a constant barrage of negativity from the media.

Myth No. 3: Insurgencies can never be defeated.

Historically, fewer than one in 20 major insurgencies succeeded. Virtually no minor ones survived. In the mid-20th century, insurgencies scored more wins than previously had been the case, but that was because the European colonial powers against which they rebelled had already decided to rid themselves of their imperial possessions.

In the entire 18th century, our war of independence was the only insurgency that defeated a major foreign power and drove it out for good.

Myth No. 4: There’s no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.

In most cases, the reverse is true. Negotiations solve nothing until a military decision has been reached and one side recognizes a peace agreement as its only hope of survival.  The only negotiations that produce lasting results are those conducted from positions of indisputable strength.

Myth No. 5: When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.

When dealing with bullies, either in the schoolyard or in a global war, the opposite is true: if you don’t fight back, you encourage your enemy to behave more viciously.

Passive resistance only works when directed against rule-of-law states, such as the core English-speaking nations. It doesn’t work where silent protest is answered with a bayonet in the belly or a one-way trip to a political prison.

Myth No. 6: Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.

The harsh truth is that when faced with true fanatics, killing them is the only way to end their influence. Imprisoned, they galvanize protests, kidnappings, bombings and attacks that seek to free them.  Dead terrorists don’t kill.

Myth No. 7: If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we’re no better than them.

Did the bombing campaign against Germany turn us into Nazis? Did dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end the war and save hundreds of thousands of American lives, as well as millions of Japanese lives, turn us into the beasts who conducted the Bataan Death March?

The greatest immorality is for the United States to lose a war.

Myth No. 8: The United States is more hated today than ever before. 

The fashionable anti-Americanism of the chattering classes hasn’t stopped the world from seeking one big green card. As I’ve traveled around the globe since 9/11, I’ve found that below the government-spokesman/professional-radical level, the United States remains the great dream for university graduates from Berlin to Bangalore to Bogota.

Myth No. 9: Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.

This claim rearranges the order of events, as if the attacks of 9/11 happened after Baghdad fell. Our terrorist problems have been created by the catastrophic failure of Middle Eastern civilization to compete on any front and were exacerbated by the determination of successive U.S. administrations, Democrat and Republican, to pretend that Islamist terrorism was a brief aberration.

Myth No. 10: If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.

We must be open-minded about practical measures, from changes in strategy to troop reductions, if that’s what the developing situation warrants. But it’s grossly irresponsible to claim that our presence is the primary cause of the violence in Iraq – an allegation that ignores history.

Myth No. 11: It’s all Israel’s fault. Or the popular Washington corollary: “The Saudis are our friends.”

Israel is the Muslim world’s excuse for failure, not a reason for it.  All men and women of conscience must recognize the core difference between Israel and its neighbors: Israel genuinely wants to live in peace, while its genocidal neighbors want Israel erased from the map.

As for the mad belief that the Saudis are our friends, it endures only because the Saudis have spent so much money on both sides of the aisle in Washington. Saudi money continues to subsidize anti-Western extremism, to divide fragile societies, and encourage hatred between Muslims and all others. Saudi extremism has done far more damage to the Middle East than Israel ever did. The Saudis are our enemies.

Myth No. 12: The Middle East’s problems are all America’s fault.

The collapse of once great Middle Eastern civilizations has been under way for more than five centuries, and the region became a backwater before the United States became a country.  Its social and economic structures, its values, its neglect of education, its lack of scientific curiosity, the indolence of its ruling classes and its inability to produce a single modern state that served its people all guaranteed that, as the West’s progress accelerated, the Middle East would fall ever farther behind. The Middle East has itself to blame for its problems.

Reason Number 1 To Start Enforcing Immigration Laws

From Andres Oppenheimer:

The rapid escalation of U.S. anti-immigration hysteria – fueled by ratings-hungry cable-television hotheads and leading Republican presidential hopefuls – is a dangerous trend: It may lead to a Latino intifada with the potential to rock this nation in the not-so-distant future.

If we are not careful, we may see something similar coming from the estimated 13 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, most of them Latino, who are increasingly vilified in the media, forced further into the underground by spineless politicians and not given any chance to legalize their status by a pusillanimous U.S. Congress.

We are creating an underclass of people who won’t leave this country and, realistically, can’t be deported. They and their children are living with no prospect of earning a legal status, no matter how hard they work for it. Many of them will become increasingly frustrated, angry, and some of them eventually may turn violent.

A couple of things I note right off the bat:

1.  There is an absolute and utter refusal to recognize the majority American view that people who came here illegally don’t deserve any “path to citizenship” or amnesty or whatever you want to call it.

2.  Villifying politicians who actually support this majority American view is perfectly fine.

3.  Its Republican’s fault.  Note that Republicans are called out as a party while only “politicans” are blamed for the current inability for illegals to flaunt our laws and just decide to stay here forever.  (just what party is in charge of Congress?  Was there a majority vote in either house for amnesty?)

4.  Threats  of racial violence are justified if a brown-skinned, Spanish-speaking minority is doing the threatening.  However, actually enforcing laws is racist.

And that’s just the first few paragraphs.  I leave it as an exercise for the intelligent to guess at the rest of this racist little polemic.  Children of illegals are citizens, statistics from La Raza (perhaps the most racist Latino group), comparing illegal immigrants to people who get traffic tickets, calling everyone who opposes illegals racists, blah blah blah.

Honestly I didn’t try to review the whole thing here.  I did send this idiot this email:

To: aoppenheimer@miamiherald.com
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 14:31:49 -0700
Subject: Latino Intifada
I must say that your column points out the desperate need for the United States to secure its borders and to start working to find and expel those who have come here illegally.  If, as you assert, there is a large group of people who have broken our laws to come here and WON’T leave, then we will need to start making them do so.

I believe that stopping the flow of new immigrants and actually enforcing the laws on employment verification will go a long way toward getting a handle on the problem.  Of course, these law breakers will be assisted in every way by people like you who apparently wish to see America overrun and balkanized.  Democrat politicians who think that pandering to illegals by giving them drivers licenses and welfare money will mean that they will get their votes (illegals who vote?  who cares in this view) or at least their vocal support for more tax money to be taken from citizens and given to those who have broken our laws every single day.

I know that your efforts to undermine America and the society that we have worked and shed blood for over the last 200 years is something that you will continue to support.  Also know that there are a lot of people who will oppose you with the same daily energy and effort.  The reason you have to be so shrill is that you don’t have sole ownership of the media microphone any more.  Which means that our views are actually being heard and represent a large part of America.

Yours in eternal opposition.

Hamas in Gaza

The link needs an online subscription:

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Palestinian militants from Hamas stood at the desk of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, inside Mr. Abbas’s office, after it was taken over by Hamas in fighting in Gaza City on Friday.

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A Hamas militant was inside an X-ray machine in the passport-processing area at the Rafah Border Crossing in the southern Gaza Strip. The area now is controlled by Hamas militants.

1.  Why inside the x-ray machine?  Lead lining give some cover from bullets?

2.  Note the willingness of these thugs to show their faces–NOT!  Kind of makes you wonder if they really believe that their revolution will actually work out.

French Intifada Rumbles On

Now they are torching busses with Molotov cocktails.  When will the French surrender?  And who will they surrender to?

Youths forced passengers off three buses and set them on fire overnight in suburban Paris, raising tensions Thursday ahead of the first anniversary of the riots that engulfed France’s rundown, heavily immigrant neighborhoods.

No injuries were reported, but worried bus drivers refused to enter some suburbs after dark, and the prime minister urged a swift, stern response. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)

About 10 attackers _ five of them with handguns _ stormed a bus in Montreuil east of Paris early Thursday and forced the passengers off, the RATP transport authority said. They then drove off and set the bus on fire.

Late Wednesday, three attackers forced passengers off another bus in Athis-Mons, south of Paris, and tossed a Molotov cocktail inside, police officials said. The driver managed to put out the fire. Elsewhere, between six and 10 youths herded passengers off a bus in the western suburb of Nanterre late Wednesday and set it alight.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said the events “should lead to an immediate response.”

We cannot accept the unacceptable,” he told reporters in the northern suburb of Cergy-Pontoise. “There will be arrests. … That is our responsibility.”

I hope de Villepin is up to his aristoric nose in this pile of dung – but since last year’s “I don’t Wanna Work” riots in France his Presidential ambitions went away.