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U.S. Marines Take on the Somali Pirates

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 9, 2010

The more things change the more they are the same.  The problems of piracy off of North Africa for the United States was first addressed by President Thomas Jefferson when he ordered the young U.S. military to defeat the BarbaryCoast pirates two centuries ago.  While Jefferson’s aggressive response cooled the pirates taste for their illegal trade, the modern world run by Progressives have become fertile and the Somali pirates are back at it again.

Modern pirating has become lucrative with bribes liberally paid and captured pirates turned over to the civilian courts for trial.  Last month a U.S. judge in Virginia dismissed charges against six Somalis pirates that attacked a U.S. Navy ship last April.

Today the U.S. military was on the offensive, taking back control of the German-owned M/V Magellan Star that had seized the day earlier, capturing the pirates.  Undoubtedly these pirates were then turned over to U.S. civilian justice officials and read their Miranda rights.  Soon they will get free lawyers paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Nether pirates captured on the high seas or terrorist captured outside the Unites States should have access to America’s legal system or civil rights.  The free world is at war with these groups and they should be treated as we would and solider captured on the battlefield.

The free world must ask why the North African pirates who were quiet for so long have once again become an active problem for free shipping on the oceans.  If pirating is made a capital offense punishable by summary execution, these thugs will once again revert to less dangerous occupations.

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War Against Radical Islam

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 21, 2010

Barack Obama promised a new approach to foreign policy and how it would relate to Islamic countries.  This included a kumbaya outreach approach to Muslim countries including the expunging from our government phrases such as “the war on terror” and “radical Islamic terrorists” in an effort to disconnect blame for worldwide terrorism from those who deserve it.

Obama’s approach has been a dismal failure.  While he has attempted to change the narrative, terrorism backed by radical Islam continues unabated with more attempts on U.S. soil in his two years than during the entire Bush Administration.  Iran also continues down a belligerent path that includes obtaining nuclear weapons.  Turkey has moved farther from the West and closer to radical Islam.  The war in Afghanistan has bogged down in a Viet Nam-style morass.  We would be hard-pressed to find one area that involves relations between the West and Islam that has improved since Obama came to office.

Inherit in Obama’s naïve Progressive approach is his seemingly total disregard for the incompatibility between orthodox Islam and Western values.  In recent months that divide has exhibited itself in the following examples:

Somalia – Islamists Kill World Cup Fans

Reuters reported last week that Somali Islamists killed two people and arrested others for the crime of watching the World Cup soccer match on television, forbidden by the hard-line Islamist groups who control Somalia.  During their three-year war to control Somali 21,000 people have died and another 1.5 million have become refugees.

Conclusion – Somalian Islamists believe they have the right kill in the name of their religion, even if the crime is merely watching a soccer game.  Western values cannot coexist with Somali Islamists.

Afghanistan – Suicide Bomber Kills 40 at Wedding

The Los Angeles Times reported in June that more than 40 people were killed and nearly 80 injured by a suicide bomber during a wedding party in southern Afghanistan.  As terrible as this story is on its face, it gets worse.  The suicide bomber was a boy no older than 13.

Conclusion – Afghan Islamists believe that they have the right kill in the name of their religion.  They indoctrinate the young to kill those that do not agree with their doctrine.  Western values cannot coexist with Afghan Islamists.

Afghanistan – Taliban Execute Seven Year Old Boy

Taliban militants publicly hanged a 7-year-old boy.  His supposed crime; spying for the Afghan government.

Conclusion – Afghan Islamists will spare no one in their effort to enforce strict Islamic law in their country.  Children are bread to be warriors for their cause.  Western values cannot coexist with Afghan Islamists.

Iraq – Son Kills Father for Working For the U.S.

An Iraqi connected with al-Qaida killed his own father as he slept last week for refusing to quit his job as an Iraqi interpreter for the U.S Military.

Conclusion – Iraqi Islamists teach their children to place religious doctrine over family ties.  Western values cannot coexist with Iraqi Islamists.

Pakistan – A Discriminatory Constitution

On May 28 Islamist militants attacked a mosque in Pakistan killing 100 innocent Muslims as they gathered for Friday prayer.  Why the butchery?  The dead had the misfortune to be a part of minority Ahmadi community Pakistan, a minority Muslim sect in this Sunni Muslim country.  However, this is more than merely sectarian violence pitting Muslim against Muslim; it is State induced murder.  In 1974 Pakistan amended its constitution to declare Ahmadis non-Muslims.  Ten years later an anti-blasphemy law known as “Ordinance XX” made it a crime for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslims.

While the Ahmadi’s agree with all tenets of Islam, but with the additional belief that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad came to the Muslim community as a promised messiah, this does protect them from a religion and government that will not tolerate decent.  While many Muslim countries show intolerance for other religions, Pakistan is the only one to explicitly define who is or is not a “Muslim” in its constitution.  It is little wonder that Muslim extremists in Pakistani use the law to justify declaring Ahmadis as “wajib ul qatl” or “worthy of death”.

Conclusion – Pakistani Islamists believe that any minority religion is “worthy of death”. Western values cannot coexist with Pakistani Islamists.

Saudi Arabia – 12 year Old Girl Divorces 80-Year Old Man

The Times of London reported in April that a 12-year-old Saudi Arabian girl obtained a divorce from her 80-year-old husband.  The child was married to her father’s elderly cousin at the age of 11 for a dowry payment of $23,000.  This is nothing more than state and religious sanctioned child rape and slavery.  Some Muslims justify these forced marriages of young girls by the fact that their prophet, Muhammad, married a 9-year-old girl.  Handy excuse isn’t it.

Conclusion – Saudi Arabian Islamists believe that women and children are property to be bought and sold.  Western values cannot coexist with Saudi Islamists.

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Examples of intolerant and bigoted behavior could fill volumes, but if the above are not enough to make the point, added to them will not affect ones view of reality.

Many in the West hear little of the bigotry that comes from and within Islamic countries, not surprising in a world unwilling to call these countries on their unacceptable behavior.  It is time for the West and the United States in particular to call on Islamic countries to stop behaviors that our value system cannot coexist with.  Our silence must be interpreted as tacit approval of their bigoted behavior.  Progressives like President Obama who thought they could buy peace with Islam through an appeasement strategy have not only been wrong, but are also in part responsible for the increased violence and belligerence coming from Islamic countries.  Their willingness to buy into the narrative that Israel and the United States are the cause for most problems within the Islamic community is an outrage now coming home to roost in the form of every increasing violence.

To quote Thomas Jefferson, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”  Tyranny has gained a strong foothold in many Islamic countries and we in the West who remain silent have helped fuel that tyranny.  Shame un us!

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The Genius of Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 14, 2010

Today Jim Mahoney forwarded some of his favorite Thomas Jefferson quotations.  These quotations are prophetic viewing the challenges that this Country faces and their causes.  While we previously posted Jeffersonian quotes, they are so profound as to deserve repeating as we consider the Congressional candidates to vote for this November.

Remarkably, had the below quotes come from Palin, Beck or Paul, Progressives would attack them as radical Right-wing beliefs.  This sad commentary shows just how out of touch the Left is with the Founding Fathers and their vision of America.  It also shows how little they respect the Constitution of the United States.  Progressives are truly scary people.

Thomas Jefferson said:

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. “

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. “

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

“We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.”

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

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John F. Kennedy Would be Thrown Out of Today’s Democrat Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 30, 2010

John Kennedy is considered an icon of the modern Democrat Party by many.  This is a romantic view of Kennedy, rather than an understanding of his political philosophies.

While much publicity by the media has focused on fringe groups in the Republican Party, it is the Democrat Party that has actually been hijacked by radicals.  A proof statement for this conclusion is the way President Kennedy viewed one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson.  During a White House dinner in for his cabinet and others on his team, Kennedy said: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Kennedy was educated on the writings of Jefferson, unlike today’s Ivy League intellects who only discus the fact that Jefferson owned slaves.  Let us review a few of Jefferson’s conclusions that made him so insightful:

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes: a principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.’

Should any one of these quotes be made today by S. Palin, D. Chaney, R. Paul or other Republican, the press would brand them as radical.  Should a politician quote them in mass, their compassion would be questioned, as well as their intellect.  It would be interesting to hear how the spin makers on the Left would interpret Kennedy’s view of Jefferson.  It’s ironic that such views today would certainly get Kennedy bounced from the party for which he became an icon.

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Thomas Jefferson: a Tea Partier or Liberal Elitist?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 13, 2010

Man is an eternal optimist.  For as many times as history has been our wonderful teacher, each generation continues to believe that they can buck reality with either logic or force of will.  Given the millenniums that have passed with history’s continued perseverance, you would think that we would head great source.

Posted below are the words of one of this country’s great mentors, Thomas Jefferson.  If you believe what you hear from the lame-stream media and their intelligencia friends on the Left, you would be forced to call Jefferson either a tea Partier or some Right-wing nut.  He was neither; just a patriot that was trying to create something without the corruption of old Europe.

We would do well to learn from our mentors, history and Thomas Jefferson.  We would do well to demand adherence to these teachings from any that want to serve us, the people, in our government.

Thoms Jefferson:

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..

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