Monday, July 18, 2005

Some random thoughts....

I wanted to follow up with a couple of my last posts, but that will have to wait. For now, I'll make a quick post. Found this on a message board I frequent:

Originally Posted by Army Times article
During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents.Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st “Saber” Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy’s position.After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who’d tried to kill him just minutes before.

Check out this video footage of the attack


Read the account of the incident from the 256th Brigade Combat Team

Who is Fighting Who, Exactly?

Richard Miniter on Dennis Prager about a week ago, citing Paul Bremer, said that over 80% of the insurgency in Iraq is committed by well-paid foreign fighters [I no longer believe this to be true]. Fighting the Americans and Coalition is expensive business: according to Miniter, weeks after the liberation of Bagdhad and the end to major combat operations, attacks were worth $50; now attacks against American and Coalition forces, be it roadside IEDs, homicide bombings, worth $1600! The fact that so much of the violence is directed at Iraqi civilians themselves, I think, weakens the native support and "moral authority" of the "insurgency". You see examples of how fed up the Iraqis are of the insurgency in articles like this. A free and democratic Iraq offers the Iraqi people a hopeful future; the Insurgents have nothing to offer the Iraqi people as an alternative. Whether you were for or against the war, whether we should have gone in or should not have gone in, the fact of the matter is that we are there now. And all supporters of freedom and democracy should want us to succeed in Iraq; failure means more than just a black eye and humiliation for America; that's the least of the worries; to fail in Iraq would be disastrous for the world.

In light of recent violence in Iraq, here are some
good news to digest. Also, great compilation from Chrenkoff at Opinion Journal.

Gotta love the Sunday shows...

I watched 60 Minutes sunday, and why should I not be surprised that 2 of their repeat segments were basically, in essence, anti-Bush/anti-war and anti-gun stories? I think the first segment is now a bit obsolete.

60 Minutes the previous Sunday was a repeat airing of
Slaughter and 'Submission', a piece dealing with the Theo van Gogh murder. Mohammed Bouyeri is absolutely unapologetic for his brutally violent slaying of the Dutch liberal filmmaker. And he says he'd do it again, in the name of Allah. What is it about Islam that creates so many murderous nutjobs? I mean, contrast that to how Christians in their outrage respond to such things as the Virgin Mary stained in elephant dung and Jesus' Crucifixion soaking in the artist's urine. Gee, no fatawa declared here by the Christian leadership calling for murdering the offending parties. No, this we call art. Theo van Gogh dared to offend everyone and anyone; yet it's when he offends Muslims by criticizing in a 12 minute film one aspect of Islamic culture that he loses his life. And yet we still want to be PC...we still want to tell ourselves that Islam means "peace" (I understand it to mean "submission"). No doubt that the majority of Muslims are peaceful; yet you have to be blind if you can't see that there is something fundamentally wrong at the heart of Islam's teachings. It's like some of it's practioners are living in the 14th century. I know every religion has its share of fanatics, but the religion of Islam needs some serious makeovers by those who practice it and claim it as a religion of peace.

Going back to the PC theme and relating it directly to the Theo van Gogh murder, Bouyeri was given a life sentence without possiblity of parole (no capital punishment in the ultra-liberal Dutch society). But do you know what they were debating in Dutch court? Whether or not Theo van Gogh's murderer.....a religious fanatic who shot him 15 times while Theo pleaded "can't we just talk this over?", stabbed him and tried to saw his head off as he slit the throat (seems he was trying to behead the body, as is customary), and who stuck a five page rant thrilling (ie, "quivering") into the body with the knife.....whether or not he should retain his voting rights in the Nederlands. This is why I detest the "compassion for the criminal" mentality of the liberal PC crowd. I mean, c'mon....if I hear next, they'll be debating whether Bouyeri should be given a choice of rice pilaf or sticky rice, I'm seriously going to throw up.


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