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The Problems of Victory: A Warning

Posted by Mark on October 10, 2007

This is a MUST READ editorial, and has been moved to the Required Reading section of LJiC.

We’re closing in on victory in Iraq. (And, if Ray Robison is correct, perhaps at points east as well.) The Jihadis are nearing collapse across the country. With the exception of a few Ba’athist holdouts, the Sunni population is coming over in ever-greater numbers.

Scarcely a day goes by without another Al-Queda kingpin being bagged by the Coalition. (Last week it was a financier with no less than a hundred million to play with. That would pay for a lot of car bombs.)

The Jihadis have shown no ability to put together any kind of workable counterstrategy. According to Iraq the Model, the Jihadis have begun targeting remote villages (as predicted here last month), a practice that can only increase their isolation and accelerate their death spiral.

Even Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s version of the rebel without a cause, appears to have smelled the coffee. This past weekend he at last shook hands with his mortal enemy, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), the largest Shi’ite political party. This ends both Moqtada’s boycott of the government and the gunfights between the SIIC and Moqtada’s Mahdi Army.

With the Shi’ites pacified and Al-Queda on the run, all that remains are the freelancers and bandits.

Victory holds its own set of challenges. We often think of military victory as something that unfolds of itself, a series of events on the order of a natural phenomenon. But victory in war is as much a product of human reason and passion as it is of luck and circumstance. Victory requires management, the same as any other aspect of war.

Many a victorious battle has been thrown away because the left flank dawdled after the right had broken through. Or the reserves decided to loot the enemy’s baggage train rather than remain where they’d been ordered. Or subordinates hesitated, or people got strange ideas and acted on them. There’s a long record of such folly that deserves more study than it has gotten.

He goes on to illustrate this record of folly from past wars. Then, at the end, is the chilling part:

That is bad news for us. In many ways, the biggest, softest target remains the United States, with our problems securing our borders, our large and in many ways uncooperative immigrant population, and our obsession with shooting ourselves in the foot where our defenses are concerned. The most recent attempted strikes have been broken up due to signals intercepts, sloppiness on the part of the Jihadis, and pure luck. At some point one or more of those factors will break down. (Or be broken down. According to congressional Democrats, one of the big items on their agenda this Fall is yet another assault on U.S. communications intelligence initiatives. Exactly what this is supposed to accomplish is anybody’s guess.)

Eventually, we may well have tanker bombs going off, and suicide bombers on American streets. All that is required is that reason, opportunity and capability coincide. The unfolding victory in Iraq gives them their reason. They cannot be seen acquiescing, not if they are to maintain their standing in the Muslim world. They have to strike. Strike hard, and brutally, and in a fashion that cannot be ignored. We are not yet living in a 9/12 world, as a noted columnist the New York Times recently asserted. 9/12 has not yet dawned, and may well not dawn in our lifetimes. Our achievements in Iraq will not go unmarked by blood.

The Jihadis have their reason. Do they have the opportunity and capability? One way or another, we are going to find out.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on the most likely soft target here in the U.S. Images from Beslan continue to haunt Russia. Was this only a rehearsal for the United States?

World War IV is being fought on many fronts. As the battle of Iraq goes increasingly against the Islamists, the possibility of turning to our children as the next target grows increasingly likely.

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The Liberal Hoax of Our Lifetime: 9 InConvenient Errors

Posted by Mark on October 10, 2007

This story is worth reading more than once. I’m hoping teachers in the United States take note:

A High Court judge today ruled that An Inconvenient Truth can be distributed to every school in the country but only if it comes with a note explaining nine scientific errors in Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film.

The Government had pledged to send thousands of copies of the film to schools across the country, but a Kent father challenged that policy saying it would “brainwash” children.

A judge was asked to adjudicate between Stewart Dimmock and the Department of Children, Schools and Families. Mr Justice Burton ruled that the film could be sent to schools, but only if it was accompanied by new guidlines to balance the former US vice-president’s “one-sided” views

The judge said some of the errors were made in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration” in order to support Mr Gore’s thesis on global warming.

“Alarmism and exaggeration.” The by-words of the global warming community.

Also, take note of the ads accompanying the article. Low Carbon Diet Plan? The Eco-Worrier? I’m wondering if the newspaper reads its own stories….

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Time Magazine and the Liberal Hoax of Our Lifetime

Posted by Mark on October 10, 2007

In 1974, a Time Magazine story declared that the Earth was headed for another ICE AGE. And from the article, comes this OMINOUS observation:

During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries.

They boldly state in their June 24th issue, that our planet could be getting colder by the day. A blatantly IRRESPONSIBLE pronouncement, to be sure- now over 30 years old. But fortunately for them, people’s memory of that bombastic headline have begun to fade. Unexplainably, the liberal agenda has now shifted to the extreme opposite- and the Time staff is doing everything they can to ensure we shift with them. (How quickly they want everyone to forget those brilliant prose.)

Consider this:

Global Warming: Bad News for Gnus

The annual wildebeest migration is one of nature’s most spectacular photo-ops. More than a million wildebeest — also known as gnus — crossing from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve and then back again in the search of fresh grass makes for some dramatic action shots, as massive herds travel across the plains before plunging into the Mara River to swim to greener pastures.

The photos from this year’s migration are just as dramatic, but for a different reason. This time, piles of wildebeest carcasses line the riverbanks, after 10,000 of the animals drowned trying to cross the Mara at the start of their journey back east to the Serengeti. The deaths are natural: each year, crocodiles and the strong current claim some victims. The numbers, though, are bizarre. The migration rarely leaves more than a few thousand dead; but this year, an estimated 100,000, or about 1% of the wildebeest population, were wiped out.

Okay…let’s stop for a moment. First, you have the UBIQUITOUS headline declaring Global Warming. Then predictably, the beginning paragraphs drive that point home. However ….. buried in the middle of their delivery, comes this sentence:

Conservationists say the wildebeest simply chose the wrong point to cross the river, one where the bank on the other side was too steep to climb. As those in the front drowned, they trapped those behind them.

SAY WHAT? What does Global Warming have to do with wildebeests choosing the wrong point to cross the river? But Time Magazine continues:

Nature can be cruel, but sometimes it gets some help. The Mara River was especially high this year, after the heavy rains that flooded parts of Africa, killing hundreds of people and uprooting thousands more. Climatologists are pointing to the downpours as proof that predictions that Africa will suffer the most from global warming and climate change are already coming true.

AHA!

According to climatologists, more rain is proof positive of Global Warming. But hold on just an Al Gore second, how can that be? Here’s a basic question for retarded liberals (yes I know ‘retarded’ and ‘liberal’ are redundant….my apology). In 1972, the world experienced record rain….and the earth was supposedly COOLING. Now thirty years later, all the rain is tied to Global WARMING. So which is it?

See any disconnect you ignorant blowfish? (This is rhetorical of course, and I recognize that because of your insipid myopia, the disconnect will continue.)

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