Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Iraqi Constitution


The constitution empowers legislators, not clerics

Thursday, August 25, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT

Iraq's first freely elected government continues to vindicate the belief that the Mideast can be transformed, starting with Saddam Hussein's former tyranny. Its draft constitution, which appears headed for parliamentary approval tonight, reflects a remarkable spirit of compromise--and even enlightenment--among the country's political, ethnic and religious factions.
The woman asked Ben Franklin at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787: "What will it be, Dr. Franklin, a republic or a monarchy?"

Franklin said, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Unholy Alliance By David Horowitz

Reprinted from NewsMax.com Vindication: There Is an Unholy Alliance David Horowitz
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 Last fall I published a book called "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left," which argued that the progressive left in the West was in a de facto alliance with the Islamic jihadists, an alliance that developed out of the left's support for the genocidal camapaign of Palestinian jihadists against the Jews, and its global assault on the world capitalist system called "anti-globalization." With the support of FrontPageMag.com and NewsMax.com, the Washington Times and National Review – and of course talk radio – the book has done pretty well. There are 50,000 copies in print and most of them have been sold.
However, it went unnoticed in most of the conservative press and in all the mainstream (left-wing) press except the New York Times. There it was given a paragraph or two among four other books about Islam and dismissed by a shallow NYU professor as the work of a "relic." The fact is that many people like this fellow refuse to recognize that there even is a left in the West, let alone that it is working day and night to undermine the institutions of American society, sabotage our nation's war on terror and help our enemies to prevail. To enlighten these deniers I put up a Web site at www.discoverthenetworks.org demonstrating the links between radical Islam and American progressives organizationally and also their shared agendas (e.g., opposition to the Patriot Act, bleeding heart concern for the terrorists mercifully locked up in Guatanamo, etc.) Just as sophisticated liberals (The New Republic comes to mind) ignored my book, so others ridiculed the Web site.
How absurd to think that American radicals and their less radical allies had any connection whatsoever to the Arab and Islamic forces ranged against us, even though a million of them marched to prevent the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and then went on to obstruct the administration's war for freedom in the Middle East. Or consider the assault on our terrorist incarceration center at Guantanamo Bay. This is a pen for keeping these terrorists off the field of battle, which means from plotting to plant a dirty nuclear bomb in large American cities. According to The New York Times, white-shoe law firms have been mobilized by anti-American radical and lifelong advocate of Communist causes Michael Ratner to obstruct America's war effort and attempt to free the soldiers of the enemy. According to the Times, Ratner is "coordinating the assigning of lawyers to [terrorist] prisoners."
Of course the Times doesn't mention that Ratner is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild, created as a Soviet front and still wedded to its Communist heritage, or that he is the current head of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which was launched by William Kunstler and Arthur Kinoy in lieu of the Commmunist Party they had originally designed and which has dedicated itself to defending terrorist states like Castro's Cuba and terrorist movements like the Communist guerrilla armies in Central America during the '80s. Or that its members revere convicted terrorist and colleague Lynne Stewart for her Communist and pro-terrorist views. For that you would have to go to www.discoverthenetworks.org. Naturally, Ratner and his fifth-column friends are also spearheading the Anti-Patriot Act and Open Borders movements.
All this information is readily available and consciously ignored by the Times and other fellow-traveling media of the "progressive" left; this leaves the impression that the unholy alliance we have described in detail is somehow a figment of our imagination. No one actually reading these profiles could reasonably come to such a conclusion, but we are aware that laziness is an unappreciated factor in human affairs.
So it was a welcome e-mail I received from a friend the other day containing an Iraq News Network interview with British Laborite, progressive, Saddam ally and hero of such left-wing Web sites as Counterpunch.org and CommonDreams.org, which should settle once and for all whether there are large numbers of pro-terrorist leftists out there who consciously think of alliance with the jihadists: Mohammad Basirul Haq Sinha: "You often call for uniting Muslim and progressive forces globally. How far is it possible under current situation?" Galloway: "Not only do I think it's possible but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already.
It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies. Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries mainly Muslim countries. They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world turning us basically into factory chickens which can be forced fed the American diet of everything from food to Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture. And whose only role in life is to consume the things produced endlessly by the multinational corporations. And the progressive organizations & movements agree on that with the Muslims." "Otherwise we believe that we should all have to speak as Texan and eat McDonalds and be ruled by Bush and Blair. So on the very grave big issues of the day - issues of war, occupation, justice, opposition to globalization - the Muslims and the progressives are on the same side."
Of course Galloway is on the left end of the progressive spectrum. Yet while his political recommendations are anathema to moderate members of that spectrum, their own critiques of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq are generally so immoderate and often so parallel with the views of Galloway and his friends that it is hard to see how they are an opposing force. The loudest and most convincing hysterics leading the charge on the situations in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo belong to the New York Times and the moderate left. Coupled with the lack of interest at the Times and the New Republic in the political dossiers of the Michael Ratners and the anti-American, totalitarian sympathizers leading the charge in these cases, this silence suggests that the popular front decried by worthy liberals like Peter Beinart and Martin Peretz is still very much intact. An anti-war academic like Todd Gitlin would be appalled by Galloway's call. He has criticized Bolshevik groups like International ANSWER and his work is welcomed in sensible liberal venues like The New Republic (where mine is banned) and The New York Times.
In "Unholy Alliance," I analyze Gitlin's writings about patriotism and the war on terror and America and show there is little to distinguish from those on the left he claims to despise in his own condemnation of American society and his ill-concealed disgust with his country. The shared antipathy for the United States between open self-declared enemies like Galloway and Zarqawi and "liberals" who detest both is what allows liberals - like the Wall Street lawyers mobilized by Ratner - to be recruited to the destructive agendas of the anti-American jihad. As noted, their entrance into the jihad is through such defense-of-democracy agendas as the abuses at Abu Ghraib (so minor in terms of the liberation of Iraq that the Imam Ali Sistani never uttered a word of protest over the incidents), the detaining of al-Qaida terrorists at Guantanamo and the effort to strengthen internal security controls.
When these issues, all of which contain legitimate concerns when raised in proportionate measure, are coupled with the hysterical hatred of Bush and distrust of American purpose that is by now second nature to these same progressives, it is hard to see where Galloway's alliance ends and their progressivism begins. If liberals want the respect of conservatives, they need to reset their priorities. The first target on their agenda should not be the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, but the fifth-column left and the war against us at home.

Friday, August 19, 2005

MOONBAT ALERT: Global Warming is Theology!

Orlando, Florida
by Ronald Barbour
Global warming: Will you listen now, America?
Two of the leading contenders to contest the next US presidential election have delivered an urgent warning to the United States on global warming, saying the evidence of climate change has become too stark to ignore and human activity is a major cause.....
Now repeat after me about a dozen times: "Global Warming is Leftist Theology!" and "McCain & Clinton et al are Raving Moonbats using alleged "Global Warming" for political reasons!"
Feel better?
I do.
The fact of the matter is that since the collapse of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe, the Left can no longer use Marxist Theology as a basis for its mysticism: Socialism is the God That Failed. Thus the Left has found a New God that was waiting in the wings: The God of Global Warming, which gives the stalwart Leftist an axiom (An axiom is defined as a self evident fact that requires no proof) to use in order to justify government regulation of industry.This means maximum power for the politicians and bureaucrats to control all aspects of our lives.
Read the truth and the truth shall make you mad enough to throw the bums out of office!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Media Guns Of August

Orlando, Florida

by Ronald Barbour

If you want an update on what's really happening Media Wise in the USA in a few words, the Leftist MSM (Mainstream Media) is on an overdrive of anti-war coverage of Cindy Sheehan whom they hope to make the "Jane Fonda" of the War on Terror and force the withdrawal of American troops from the Middle East.

http://www.steveyuhas.com/columns/yuhas_20050817.htm

This is what happened during the Vietnam War after the Tet offensive of 1968.

The massive Sheehan coverage allows the MSM to ignore pretty much the real story this week: The ABLE DANGER story that exposes the Clinton Administration to responsibility for 9/11.

http://moonbatcentral.com/wordpress/?p=880

The smart money says that this sortie will not work because of the existence today of the Rightist New Media of the Internet, Blogsphere, conservative AM Talk Radio like Rush Limbaugh and the print media of newspapers and magazines.

Nice try Leftists -- But no cigar!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The American Crisis

August 17, 2005
Orlando, Florida
A message from Ronbo the Freedom Fighter:
My fellow citizens of the American Republic!
In the long hot endless summer of 2005 Americans have reached the low point in their support of the current war against Islamofascism. If he were alive today, Thomas Paine, the Great Patriot of the American Revolution would be writing today as he did on December 23, 1776:
"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated..."
What is the reason for this widespread defeatism sweeping the nation? I must have missed the news about the defeat of American army after American army since this conflict began. I was surely on vacation and missed the news about the thousands of American P.O.W.s captured by a superior military force and held captive in horrible conditions and dying like flies of disease. I don't recall hearing that the largest city in the United States was under occupation by foreign soldiers whose first order of business it was to seize the property and persons of those supporting our government.
Of course, none of the above happened during this contemporary war as it did happen in the course of early part of the Revolutionary War, thus our ancestors' defeatism could be understood; a betting man of the era would have placed his wager on the victory of King George and Royal Army, which had won battle after battle against a Revolutionary Army that was reduced that winter to a small fraction of its summer numbers with few supplies, and rank upon rank half frozen nearly naked soldiers whose bleeding feet could easily be tracked thru the snow of New Jersey by the scouts of a well equipped Royal Army that needed only one more defeat of George Washington's tiny army to win that war.
Yet even though the vast majority of Americans had very likely concluded that the Revolutionary War and Independence a lost cause in the hearts and minds of those few Americans where it the issue of defeat or victory really mattered -- The Revolutionary Army of George Washington -- Final defeat was not accepted and the Army rallied itself for one last do or die effort that defeated some of the 18th century's finest professional soldiers at Trenton in daring night attack in the dead of winter, and by doing so put the fire of revolutionary zeal back in the belly of the civilian Patriots and politicians who decided to stay the course.
So it was then in 1776. So it is today in 2005.
The issue of defeat or victory in this conflict is in the hands of our soldiers (By "Army" and "soldiers" I mean entire USA Armed Forces establishment: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.) The thin red line of heroes who cannot understand why the American Public is in such a defeatist mode because from their point of view they have won battle after battle against a wily, intelligent and ruthless enemy; indeed it is the enemy who has had two of his countries invaded and occupied by a superior military machine; it is the enemy who sits in humilation and chains in American maximum security prisons; it is the enemy who lives in constant fear in dozens of countries in dread of the midnight raid by the Special Forces or the FBI, and it is the enemy whose leaders hide in caves in Pakistan afraid of the daylight and the whispering death that could fall from the heavens at any moment by robot missile.
The truth is that America is on the offensive in the War on Terrorism, and it is the enemy who has to worry about where and when the next large American attack will take place in the heartland of his homeland, he can only fight a hit and run terrorist campaign while our miltary establishment can take and hold his countries as long as necessary to ensure victory.
Thus the soldiers see no logical reason for defeatism on the part of the American Public, as victory after victory drives an increasingly irrational enemy ever deeper into the bottomless pit of defeat, and yet, after all these victories, the soldiers hear only the endless drumbeat of the pathetic anti-war propaganda of the Mainstream Media, the far Left Academia, and the Leftist radical politicians of the Democratic Party who seem to be seeking an American defeat out of the jaws of victory.Hence the Army on the field of battle and on the eve of another attack ponders these important questions:
"Why do they not acknowledge our many victories?
"Why are the politicians, media and public silent about our many heroes?"
"Do they even care about us back home?"
The Army of the United States of America -- whose motto is, "Duty, Honor, Country" will continue to fight, bleed and die in the defense of the Republic until the last Old Glory flag is ripped by an enemy from the dead cold hands of the last dead American soldier, but the Army wonders if the American People supports its own military establishment in its Days of Trial?
These are once again "the times that try men's souls" and the dark cold days of the "winter soldiers" in which another small resolute band of brothers and sisters fight yet another form of tyranny over the mind of man on the field of battle and only ask for the support and prayers of their fellow Countrymen.