Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The "Dog"...

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Something came to a boil last week in the local blogworld that has been developing all over the world for years since the attacks of 9-11 and the beginning of the proactive war on worldwide terrorism by the United States. A local blogger responded to attacks on Congressman Virgil Goode for his comments on Islamic immigration and the planned swearing in of a recently elected Congressman who intends to use the Koran instead of the Bible. Congressman Goode made some strong statements on cautioning both the legal and illegal immigration of people observing the Islamic faith, which many of this faith believe in the elimination of the “Infidels”.

The blogger posted some very graphic photos of recent decapitations committed by Islamic terrorists to show that this subject has been downplayed by many on the left and the MainScream media at times, and that these attacks cannot be forgotten. http://generalgrievousdog.blogspot.com/2006/12/wake-up-call-goode-is-right.html The blogger, the “Dog”, was promptly dropped by another blogger who controlled a blog service that posts and catalogs numerous blogs into one format making it much easier to review the days posts…

“For the first time ever, I've removed a blog from the Virginia Political Blogs aggregator -- this one. That image is disgusting. Those who killed this man did so to use his image for their political gain. Now you, too, use his image for political gain. I'll use my site to distribute any political viewpoint you care to express -- as I have -- but this sort of political pornography is inexcusable, and I will not subsidize it.”


It is interesting to see that this statement may be true, “Those who killed this man did so to use his image for their political gain.” it is also interesting that hiding photos like these also results in “Political Gain” for others.

I started off this post with a photo of the World Trade Center towers before they were destroyed by Islamic terrorists flying high jacked airliners into them killing 3,000+ people. For some time it was feared that displaying and publishing photos of the attacks often would not be wise for the general population was not ready to be reminded of this traumatic event. There was fear it would result in unreasonable anger and possible attacks on people associated with the terrorists. The “Dog” showed that we need to be reminded of what happened on 9-11, as well as before and since that date that will (also) “Live in infamy”…


The terrorist attacks on September 11th were not isolated but were just another incident in a long history of World terrorist attacks: First U.S. Aircraft Hijacked, May 1, 1961, Ambassador to Guatemala Assassinated, August 28, 1968 / U.S. Agency for International Development Adviser Kidnapped, July 31, 1970 / Munich Olympic Massacre, September 5, 1972 / Ambassador to Sudan Assassinated, March 2, 1973 / Entebbe Hostage Crisis, June 27, 1976 / Iran Hostage Crisis, November 4, 1979 / Grand Mosque Seizure, November 20, 1979 / U.S. Installation Bombing, August 31, 1981 / Assassination of Egyptian President, October 6, 1981 / Murder of Missionaries, December 4, 1981 / Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut / April 18, 1983, Naval Officer Assassinated in El Salvador, May 25, 1983 / Bombing of Marine Barracks, Beirut, October 23, 1983 / Naval Officer Assassinated in Greece, November 15, 1983 / Kidnapping of Embassy Official, March 16, 1984 / Hizballah Restaurant Bombing, April 12, 1984 / Golden Temple Seizure, June 5, 1984 / Kidnapping of U.S. Officials in Mexico, February 7, 1985 / TWA 847 Hijacking, June 14, 1985 / Air India Bombing, June 23, 1985 / Soviet Diplomats Kidnapped, September 30, 1985 / Achille Lauro Hijacking, October 7, 1985 / Egyptian Airliner Hijacking, November 23, 1985 / Aircraft Bombing in Greece, March 30, 1986 / Berlin Discoteque Bombing, April 5, 1986 / Kimpo Airport Bombing, September 14, 1986 / Bus Attack, April 24, 1987 / Downing of Airliner, November 29, 1987 / Servicemen's Bar Attack, December 26, 1987 / Kidnapping of William Higgins, February 17, 1988 / Naples USO Attack, April 14, 1988 / Attack on U.S. Diplomat in Greece, June 28, 1988 / Pan Am 103 Bombing, December 21, 1988 / Assassination of U.S. Army Officer, April 21, 1989 / U.S. Embassy Bombed in Peru, January 15, 1990 / U.S. Soldiers Assassinated in the Philippines, May 13, 1990 / Attempted Iraqi Attacks on U.S. Posts, January 18-19, 1991 / Kidnapping of U.S. Businessmen in the Philippines, January 17-21, 1992 / Bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, March 17, 1992 / World Trade Center Bombing, February 26, 1993 / Attempted Assassination of President Bush by Iraqi Agents, April 14, 1993 / FARC Hostage-taking, September 23, 1994 / Air France Hijacking, December 24, 1994 / Attack on U.S. Diplomats in Pakistan, March 8, 1995 / Tokyo Subway Station Attack, March 20, 1995 / Bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995 / Kashmiri Hostage-taking, July 4, 1995 / Jerusalem Bus Attack, August 21, 1995 / Attack on U.S. Embassy in Moscow, September 13, 1995 / Saudi Military Installation Attack, November 13, 1995 / Egyptian Embassy Attack, November 19, 1995 / Kidnapping in Colombia, January 19, 1996 / Tamil Tigers Attack, January 31, 1996 / IRA Bombing, February 9, 1996 / Athens Embassy Attack, February 15, 1996 / ELN Kidnapping, February 16, 1996 / Hamas Bus Attack, February 26, 1996 / Dizengoff Center Bombing, March 4, 1996 / West Bank Attack, May 13, 1996 / USAID Worker Abduction, May 31, 1996 / Zekharya Attack, June 9, 1996 / Khobar Towers Bombing, June 25, 1996 / Red Cross Worker Kidnappings, November 1, 1996 / Paris Subway Explosion, December 3, 1996 / Abduction of US. Citizen by FARC, December 11, 1996 / Egyptian Letter Bombs, January 2-13, 1997 / Empire State Building Sniper Attack, February 23, 1997 / ELN Kidnapping, February 24, 1997 / FARC Kidnapping, March 7, 1997 / Israeli Shopping Mall Bombing, September 4, 1997 / Murder of U.S. Businessmen in Pakistan, November 12, 1997 / Tourist Killings in Egypt, November 17, 1997 / FARC Abduction, March 21-23, 1998 / Somali Hostage-takings, April 15, 1998 / U.S. Embassy Bombings in East Africa, August 7, 1998 / Colombian Pipeline Bombing, October 18, 1998 / Armed Kidnapping in Colombia, November 15, 1998 / Ugandan Rebel Attack, February 14, 1999 / FARC Kidnappings, February 25, 1999 / Hutu Abductions, March 1, 1999 / ELN Hostage-taking, March 23, 1999 / ELN Hostage-taking, May 30, 1999 / Shell Platform Bombing, June 27, 1999 / Diplomatic Assassination in Greece, June 8, 2000 / ELN Kidnpapping, June 27, 2000 / Kidnappings in Kyrgyzstan, August 12, 2000 / Attack on U.S.S. Cole, October 12, 2000 / Manila Bombing, December 30, 2000 / Tel-Aviv Nightclub Bombing, June 1, 2001 / Hamas Restaurant Bombing, August 9, 2001 / Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Homeland, September 11, 2001

http://www.terrorism-victims.org/terrorists/terrorists-1961-2001.html

I must admit I was surprised by the number of terrorist attacks during this 40 year period and that does not include the many that have happened since 9-11 all over the world. Fortunately due to many aggressive programs initiated after the Sept 11 attacks we have not had any major attacks on U.S. soild and have disrupted numerous planned terrorist attacks.

More then five years have passed since the major terrorist attacks on Sept 11th and some have become fatigued with this war on terrorism and want to pull back to a less aggressive stance on this fight. I now hear high school graduates who have an astounding and limited knowledge of the facts of the attacks on Sept 11th. Amazingly some of these “Graduates” obtain the majority of their “Current Affairs” information from the likes of the “Daily Show” by Jon Stewart. These students state that the United States got what it deserved for the way it has abused the people of the Middle East and only wanting their oil. Further conversation will discover the slanted teachings of many public school systems and Liberal teachers. On the other hand I know of Men & Women just a year or two older who witnessed the Sept 11th attacks and understand the threat to America and it’s citizens. Many of these Men & Women also volunteered, when they did not have to for “Economic” reasons as Charlie Rangel claims, to serve in the military and understand the importance of the war on terrorism.

Public opinion has also changed to where there is outrage when numerous Islamic men are removed from an airplane after chanting loudly in Arabic, requesting seat belt extensions when not needed, moving to sit in strategic seats similar to the seats the 9-11 terrorist occupied, and the likes. Many people on the plan demanded the removal of these men due to their actions and suspicious actions. Some people and civil rights associations have become upset by the removal of these men from the airplane and claim discrimination and the likes. But yet these groups were silent when a young girl in a middle school in Virginia was told that she could not read the Bible during her free time between classes. “Amber Mangum was a frequent reader during lunch breaks at her Prince George's County middle school, silently soaking up the adventures of Harry Potter and other tales in the spare minutes before afternoon classes. The habit was never viewed as a problem -- not, a lawsuit alleges, until the book she was reading was the Bible.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/02/AR2006100201238.html


People need to be reminded of those out there dedicated to the elimination of the infidels and intend to do that. We must be sure not to condemn individuals that practice the same religious beliefs as these terrorist but at the same time we must remain vigilant in protecting ourselves. This will be a long ongoing war on terrorism and one that we cannot ignore or look away from the tragic photos that remind us of this evil…
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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent Post!

SWAC Girl said...

RightsideVA understands the danger at hand from extreme Muslim terrorists and the urgency to remind America on a regular basis of 9/11 ... to forget history is to repeat it. Thanks for the well thought-out and rational post, Steve.

David Mastio said...

I worked at USA Today in the Arlington towers with a view of the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. To this day, I have a framed picture of USAT's Sept. 12th font page on the wall in my office.

SWAC Girl said...

It's difficult to understand how so many could forget such a life-changing incident that occurred just five years ago. The crumbling Twin Towers, the burned-out Pentagon, the crash site in Pennsylvania should be daily reminders to us all ... but unfortunately the media chose to remove those images to "protect" us. What they actually did was harm us even more so that we end up with discussions like the one currently being played out over banning a legitimate, though gory, image of terrorism at its most gruesome.

cruzersfriend said...

"Fortunately due to many aggressive programs initiated after the Sept 11 attacks we have not had any major attacks on U.S. soild and have disrupted numerous planned terrorist attacks."

I'm neither Dem or Rep, liberal or conservative. My politics are based firmly in the rational and pragmatic. Idealogical dogma has served our country poorly in my lifetime, which, for too many years, was consumed by growing up in the Vietnam era.

I highlight your quote above because it illustrates a particular pet peeve. That is, it is a statement neither subject to test nor is it logical (Indeed, a natural extension of your quote is that we were equally safe if not safer from foreign terrorism under Clinton, eight years, than the five to date...without the creation of a breauracracy of dubious competence to boot!)

The point is that little is to be gained through talking points of ubiquitous talking heads who exist to entertain rather than enlighten (be they politicians or television personalities). The better approach, I believe, is to drop the idealogical and use the facility uniquely designed for the analysis of information. One's brain.

SVPanther

Anonymous said...

cruz what you talkin about? i no understand nothin you say.

Peace4All said...

We must change our ways while we still have the chance to correct all that we have done wrong to the world. Cruzersfriend is right that we must use our brains and not overreact to the attacks by those only trying to defend themselves against our invasion into their country. We are so lucky now that we have a Senator like Jim Webb who is able to see that and will get us out of the land we have no business in being at. He has seen war first hand and understands that we must talk to these people to understand their ways and to help heal their wounds.Let's give Peace a chance!!!!!

RightsideVA said...

Cruzer,

"Indeed, a natural extension of your quote is that we were equally safe if not safer from foreign terrorism under Clinton, eight years, than the five to date..."

Yes but if Clinton had been more aggressive after the 1st WTC attack we may not have had the 9-11 attacks. Maybe if Clinton was stronger and did not back down after "Black Hawk Down" incident Bin-Laden would not have viewed us weak and proceeded with his plans of 9-11...

Peace4All,
Senator-elect Webb has called for our troops to be pulled out of Iraq and moved to neighbor countries. Would this not also be seen as being weak as we did after the "Black Hawk Down" incident just mentioned? If the attacks were to continue in Baghdad or other parts of Iraq how long before we move troops back in only to have the terrorist to hide again? We need to deal with the problem now before it gets even more out of control...

cruzersfriend said...

"Yes but if Clinton had been more aggressive after the 1st WTC attack we may not have had the 9-11 attacks. Maybe if Clinton was stronger and did not back down after "Black Hawk Down" incident Bin-Laden would not have viewed us weak and proceeded with his plans of 9-11..."

This is an excellent example of what I'm talking about! How do you test your theory? Here's another one: If Regan hadn't pulled out of Lebanon, maybe we wouldn't have been attacked in the first WTC bombing. Again, impossible to test.

Therefore, another (logical, anyway) fallacy.

Indeed, the fact that most of the 19 hijackers were better formally educated and worldly travelled (see, "Perfect Soldiers" McDermott) than most Americans suggests that deterrence of any form by any person, would be ineffective.

Just how does one deter someone who will knowingly give up his or her life to attain an objective? The answer (you can't) is self evident.

Idealogy is based in belief, not analysis. In forming public policy, we are always better served by thought than dogma, even though the product may not be what we intuitively "believed" and the result something more complex than a soundbite.

Cruzersfriend

RightsideVA said...

Friend,

"How do you test your theory? Here's another one: If Regan hadn't pulled out of Lebanon, maybe we wouldn't have been attacked in the first WTC bombing. Again, impossible to test."

First: "R-e-a-g-a-n"
"Regan" was his Chief of Staff I believe...

Maybe if we were stronger back in Lebanon that may have prevented the first WTC attack?... Like you said it is impossible to test and I will agree with that for sure.

Probably because Bush 43rd is the guy in office is why he gets so much focus but the "Vast-Left-Wing" continues to attack his\our efforts to confront the Worldwide terrorism that we now have. Unfortunately it has very much become a political issue and tool to win elections instead of being the main focus of the Federal government "Protecting America"...

peace4all said...

By moving the troops to other countries this will make it possible for the Iraq people to develop their own government and not just the government that the United States wants! Jim Webb sees that and knows that we can not force our ways on those people.

RightsideVA said...

Peace4All,

Which surrounding countries do we move our troops into? Seems that many of the insurgents & terrorists which are the problem in Baghdad are from the surrounding countries.

It has been proven that Iraq had weapons of Mass destruction but none, or very little have been found. Iraq also did not prove that these WMD's were destroyed so they went somewhere. I believe there were many reports of them being moved into surrounding countries like Syria and the likes. What does Webb want to do about that?

Bubba said...

Cruzer........

Using your thought process, at what point do we get to defend ourselves? And where is the logic process to we calculate that they don't use logic, but rather use Fundamentalism as a decision making and behavioral determinator. Which excercises no basis in logic but in belief, which is a completely untestable process.

Your argument/comment triggers a pet peeve of mine. People who attempt to apply retroactive logic and modern thinking to actions spawned by cultural differences and different types of logic.

When it comes to dealing with the type of enemy we are currently dealing with there can only be two approaches: Reactive or Proactive.

Reactive is nice for people who don't want to take actions or do anything other than just research and analyze facts, but unfortunately it also requires just reacting to what ever happens to us and picking up the pieces after someone else knocks them down. It is really good for completely logical thinkers because everything on OUR side then is rooted solidly in facts because all we look at is the past and what happened.

Proactive is nice for people who don't like to see our cities, ships, plane, ect. getting knocked over, blown up, sunk, bombed, crashed, ect. ect. ect. But unfortunately when you take proactive action it is not as neat and clean for research and complete logical thought processes. The basic argument would be something to the effect of Action A stopped Event B resulting in a safer enviroment, BUT if Event B never occured can we test to the fact of Action A being effective? Of course the answer is no we cannot test to confirm that proactive measures were effective because if/when proactive measures are effective then there is no way to determine if the event was stopped by the proactive measure, some unknown factor, or that the event was cancelled. The plus side of proactive thinking/action in the current war is that the destruction, majority of casualties, and hardship is happening somewhere other than in our country.

I for one will take proactive measures in war time. Every war won has been won by proactive measures. And yes, before anyone points it out, many wars themselves were started by proacive measures. I prefer to be on the winning side, and there is no way that we will win this war by being reactive only.

Bubba said...

Peace.......

What do you propose our troops will do in other countries? If we leave Iraq to twist in the wind the only thing that will happen is it will become a complete and total warzone, moreso than it is now, and the "other" countries will take control of the country. Look at the recent occurance of us finding IRANIAN soldiers in Iraq.

Webb couldn't buy a clue about what to do in Iraq. He gets his daily soundbite from is Democratic puppet masters and as soon as they want him to he will change his tune. We now have a puppet for a Jr. Senator, I just hope he doesn't mess up too much stuff while he is playing senator.

spankthatdonkey said...

Good Post Rightside!!

Whoever you are :-)