Most Grand Banana Republicans “know very little about the war between Japan and China that preceded World War II, but that brutal conflict colors the relationship between those Asian powers till today.” Here (includes movie trailer). Speaking of the war between Japan and China when the hell is Shanghai going to be released? I’m waaaaaaaaiting…
Archive for the ‘War’ Category
Oneth by land, twoeth by space…”The ability of the Rulls to control light with the cells of their bodies was not even suspected until one day a ‘man’ was blasted while attempting to escape after being caught rifling the secret files of the Research Council. As the human image dissolved into a wormlike shape with numerous reticulated legs and arms, human beings had their first inkling of the fantastic danger that threatened…”–War Against the Rull (A. E. Van Vogt).
Tags: Afghanistan, Military
The bizarre world of the Grand Banana Republic’s military command: ”To the U.S. Army soldiers and Marines serving here, some things seem so obviously true that they are beyond debate. Among those perceived truths: The restrictive rules of engagement that they have to fight under have made serving in combat far more dangerous for them, while allowing the Taliban to return to a position of strength. ’If they use rockets to hit the [forward operating base] we can’t shoot back because they were within 500 meters of the village. If they shoot at us and drop their weapon in the process we can’t shoot back,’said Spc. Charles Brooks, 26, a U.S. Army medic with 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, in Zabul province…” Here (The Washington Examiner).
“ “Yeah? I wanna go to talk to this fuckin’ guy.’” I grabbed a pen and … notebook and jumped out of the Jeep. As I closed the 30 meters between us, I caught the rancher’s attention. He stiffened back on his horse, pulled his hat off his head, closed it to his heart…That arm suddenly appeared to be ordering me out as I closed the last few steps and he first spoke to me, ‘I’m sorry, but I have to ask you to leave, because they’re watching us right now, and they will kill me…’ ” Read full account here (Big Peace)
I can’t say I’m a Newt Gingrich fan–in fact I’ve never even liked him– as such but this excerpt from his America At Risk looks pretty good–and accurate.
Tags: Ground zero mosque
Tenets of Islamic (sharia) law, which the imam behind the ground zero mosque says is compliant with the U.S. Constitution: a short selection, compiled by former muslim Nonie Darwish, from the “clear cut laws in Islam decided by great Imams after years of examination and interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Mohammed’s life.”
1- Jihad defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.
3- A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape.
8- A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.
19- Homosexuality is punishable by death.
22- Divorce is only in the hands of the husband and is as easy as saying: “I divorce you” and becomes effective even if the husband did not intend it.
30- To prove rape, a woman must have 4 male witnesses.
……it goes on but I think you get the idea; so just how compliant is sharia with the constitution?
Related: “Moderate Muslims” threaten the rad thing if mosque at ground zero is nixed. Here.
Political correctness is easy in Hollywood: adopt a politically acceptable cause (i.e., something PC), ignore the terrible facts, then worship it as pure: “…In Kingdom, for example, Jerusalem collapses under assault from the Saracen forces led by the legendary general Saladin. Saladin is shown to be a paragon of interfaith tolerance who offers medical assistance to his Christian opponent and spares Jerusalem’s Christian defenders – although the inconvenient historical fact is that the Crusaders were required to buy their freedom, and those who couldn’t afford it were sold into slavery…” Christians did the same thing. Here. The truth is all the players in the crusades–Christians and Muslims–were not people you’d want to share a beer with. The special problem with Islam today, of course, is that while the once barbaric Christians have been tamed, most Muslims still live in the Medieval world of literal religious interpretation.
Tags: American military, Chinese military
The recent flotilla of American sea power off the Korean coast might indeed have fogged up ther binoculars of the North Koreans but the Chinese were probably laughing. For them it must’ve been like watching a bulimic old lady floating in a fat suit. Yes, fortune cookie says, Get out of Yellow Sea Yankee dog or we the Chinese military will “respond with three salvos of DF 21D, the first of which would pierce the hull [of your carrier], start fires and shut down flight operations… The second would knock out its engines and be accompanied by air attacks. The third wave…would send the George Washington to the bottom of the ocean.” Here. Yes, while the U.S. military has spent so much time and money and effort in its social/multicultural doctrine and invading and wasting hundreds of billions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chinese have spent their money wisely, in technological innovation and math and science proficiency. When will the U.S. realize the jig is up? Stop living in some past era of glory. Get those big silly sitting duck ships back in port and keep them there (don’t worry, they can be unmothballed and paraded off the coast during memorial day). In the Big Picture Among the Big Players, the age of the sprawling surface warship is over; the seas belong to supersonic cruise missiles and submarines.
Here’s an in depth article you might find interesting: China’s anti-ship ballistic missile program: Checkmate for Taiwan?
Tags: Afghan women, Afghanistan
Aisha, 18, depicted on the cover above, “was dragged from her home by the Taliban after running away from her husband. Despite her pleas that her in-laws had been abusive, that they treated her like a slave, that she had no choice but to escape, a Taliban commander said that she must be punished, lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. Aisha’s family members carried out the punishment: her brother-in-law held her down while her husband sliced off her ears and nose, then left her to die. She is now hidden in a secret women’s shelter, where she was taken after receiving care from U.S. forces.” Incredibly, after all these years we’ve been in Afghanistan this sort of thing is still widespread (here.).
Here is another story on this same subject.
UPDATE (Oct 12/2010): Afghan girl gets last laugh on Islamic taliban thugs. Here (Daily Mail).
Related: Here’s a HuffPo take on this Time article.
Related: “Part Oprah, part Hannah Montana, The Mozhdah Show is the latest sensation to hit Afghanistan’s television screens……The audience freezes. Divorce is a taboo subject in Afghanistan, one spoken of in whispers, if spoken of at all. Jamalzadah senses the mood and quickly ad-libs in her trademark no-nonsense style. ‘This is the truth. We should not run away from the truth.’ ” Here.
Related: Taliban hunting informants. Here.
Related: Past post–Taliban up the ante in the battle of the sexes.
Related: Should the weather leave Afghanistan? Monsoon floods kill 64 civilians. Here.
Related: What’s happening in Turkey? “Down a glum, dark back alley in Istanbul, I found a sinister sight. In a workshop two stern and bearded men were bent over sheets and patches of very black cloth, their sewing-machines whirring urgently. I was plainly unwelcome and they objected to the very idea of being photographed. I quickly saw why. They were making dark robes and masks for women to wear. They looked to me as if they longed for the day when every woman in sight was clad in their workmanship…” Here.
Related: Past post–The taliban, Spiderman, and Hannah Montana
Related: Past post–Quoting the taliban
Related: Past post–New rules
Note: Don’t panic but embedding has been disabled by evil remnants of the KGB so you’ll have to watch it on Youtube right here.
I must say that if war ever comes between the U.S. and Russia I would feel it an honor to be shot dead by one of these beautiful women (and you can quote me on that).
Then of course there’s the IDF women.
“…One evening, as the sun was setting, she was walking down a mostly desolate street not far from Dusit Thani hotel, and she was alone with that little camera. Soldiers were here and there, and I thought, ‘That’s a brave woman.’ She walked by and I never said hello. On another day, she walked by and I was talking with some journalist whose name I never got, and said that if she took off that helmet and body armor you might think she is just another pretty face, but she’s not just another pretty face, is she? The journalist said that he had once seen her at another time, and she was curled up on the ground, sleeping by a trash can, and he said she is a brave one indeed…” Read rest of this photographic dispatch here.
”Lester Tenney entered World War II as a strapping 21-year-old, weight 180 pounds. By the time he emerged from Japanese captivity in 1945, he was a shattered, emaciated cripple. His left arm and shoulder were partly paralyzed due to an accident in a coal mine where he’d been sent as a slave laborer. His overseers there — civilian employees of the Mitsui Corp., not members of the Imperial Army — had knocked out his teeth in repeated beatings with hammers and pickaxes. At war’s end, he weighed in at 98 pounds. It took him a year in U.S. Army hospitals to regain something like a semblance of his old well-being…” Here.
“…At around midday I had finally plucked up the courage to undertake my most hateful task - emptying the latrine cans on to the Japanese officers’ tomato plants. It always made my stomach turn but I did have to marvel at the spectacular effect it produced in the plants, which boasted tomatoes the size of apples… I was taking care to avoid being splashed when there came a tremendous clap of thunder from the direction of Nagasaki [Fat Man]. Then moments later, a sudden gust of hot air like a giant hairdryer blasted into me, knocking my shrunken frame sideways. Later, the other prisoners came back from their day at a nearby factory and began to talk of a massive bomb raid. No one had any concrete information. We just knew that something big had happened down in Nagasaki…” Here.
“…Michael Hastings [of Rolling Stone piece on General McChrystal] tells Huffington Post in a phone interview from Afghanistan, where he is embedded with U.S. troops: “Over here, soldiers were happy that he got fired. I’ve had a number of people come up to me, I got an email from a Marine this morning [Thursday]: ‘Hey man, you did great work. All the guys in my company think it’s good McChrystal is not there because he was putting or lives at risk.’ ” Here.
Direct quote: It’s …telling you that what you think you know is a lie. “Just because they write it down and call it history doesn’t make it the truth. / We live in a world where seeing is not believing.” In other words, what you think happened – what the official story is – isn’t the truth, because these Black Ops are off the books.
American war crimes are nothing new, from the so-called revolutionary war to the Indian wars to the civil war up through WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq American forces have shown their “unpleasant” side (though this certainly does not indict every American soldier by any means)…in other words, Americans are really no different than any other nation at war. The grotesque sadism and emotionalism intrinsic to human nature has no bounds of nationality, religion, or race. Below is just a short rundown on some of this controversy.
Here is an example: The Allied practice of collecting Japanese body parts occurred on “a scale large enough to concern the Allied military authorities throughout the conflict and was widely reported and commented on in the American and Japanese wartime press.” The collection of Japanese body parts began quite early in the war, prompting a September 1942 order for disciplinary action against such souvenir taking. Harrison concludes that, since this was the first real opportunity to take such items (the Battle of Guadalcanal), “[c]learly, the collection of body parts on a scale large enough to concern the military authorities had started as soon as the first living or dead Japanese bodies were encountered.” When Japanese remains were repatriated from the Mariana Islands after the war, roughly 60 percent were missing their skulls. In a memorandum dated June 13, 1944, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) asserted that “such atrocious and brutal policies,” in addition to being repugnant, were violations of the laws of war, and recommended the distribution to all commanders of a directive pointing out that “the maltreatment of enemy war dead was a blatant violation of the 1929 Geneva Convention on the sick and wounded, which provided that: After every engagement, the belligerent who remains in possession of the field shall take measures to search for wounded and the dead and to protect them from robbery and ill treatment.” These practises were in addition also in violation of the unwritten customary rules of land warfare and could lead to the death penalty. The U.S. Navy JAG mirrored that opinion one week later, and also added that “the atrocious conduct of which some US personnel were guilty could lead to retaliation by the Japanese which would be justified under international law”. Here.
Here’s another example (from the European theater): General Eisenhower’s death camps: “When they caught me throwing C- Rations over the fence, they threatened me with imprisonment. One Captain told me that he would shoot me if he saw me again tossing food to the Germans … Some of the men were really only boys 13 years of age…Some of the prisoners were old men drafted by Hitler in his last ditch stand … I understand that average weight of the prisoners at Andernach was 90 pounds…I have received threats … Nevertheless, this…has liberated me, for I may now be heard when I relate the horrible atrocity I witnessed as a prison guard for one of ‘Ike’s death camps’ along the Rhine.” (Betty Lou Smith Hanson)
Also see Other Losses.
Related: How much of Band of Brothers was bullshit? Here.
Tags: Cinco de Mayo
I’m not a big fan of patriotic T-shirts or patriotism in general (you know, …last refuge of a scoundrel) , but this does go to show how immigrants, illegal or otherwise, at least probably many, do not think of themselves as American citizens but as extensions of their own original community, even if they had been born here. Let’s go deep back in time to, well a couple of weeks ago, Cinco de Mayo day, to be exact: ”Tensions mounted at a Bay Area high school Thursday, a day after five students whipped up emotions by wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo . A group of 50-60 Latino students walked out of classes at Morgan Hill’s Live Oak High early Thursday, marching to city hall and rallying to show their support for a school official. That unidentified assistant principal had ordered the students who wore t-shirts with American flags on Cinco de Mayo to either go home or turn the shirts inside out..” (here). This is just one of a thousand similar stories in the naked country.
Note: here’s a longer piece on the subject, giving more detail and opinion than I have time for.
Tags: Human rights, Illegal aliens, Illegal immigrants, Mexico
“…in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system. And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona’s that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally. “There (in the United States), they’ll deport you,” Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. “In Mexico they’ll probably let you go, but they’ll beat you up and steal everything you’ve got first.” Read the rest of this article here…
MEANWHILE, back at the ranch, pardner… “Last winter,” says Terrie, “as we walked the hills looking for quail with our dogs, I kept thinking, ‘What if we come upon a drug encampment? What’s going to happen to us?’ I carry a camera, my husband carries a 12-gauge for quail, and we have four hunting dogs. It’d be the end of us. It’d be no contest against drug runners carrying rifles and big weapons.” Here.
Update: Racism in Mexico.
“…Commanders have ordered a U.S. military unit in Afghanistan to patrol with unloaded weapons [this is ther er... part], according to a source in Afghanistan. American soldiers in at least one unit have been ordered to conduct patrols without a round chambered in their weapons, an anonymous source stationed at a forward operating base in Afghanistan said in an interview. The source was unsure where the order originated or how many other units were affected…” Here.
If you think illegal immigration and drug crime is bad now just wait till Mexico becomes a failed state (that is, more of a failed state than it is now): “…Frightening as the cartels may be, Mexico faces far more formidable challenges. On the current trajectory, these troubles could very likely make our neighbor dysfunctional within less than a decade. The following challenges would exist even if there were no drug problems…” Here.
Arizona to pull plug on LA power? (Let’s all hope)
“Hey, this guy is going to die if we don’t medevac him,” the corporal said. “His guts are hanging out.” Here.
“…The other two were not so fortunate. From the wreckage the troops pulled an unconscious, mangled figure. His name was Zamin, but as American medics began desperate efforts to save him some of his Afghan comrades wept at what they saw. The devastating blast had deformed his body and made his face all but unrecognisable. His form had lost the rigidity of bone and muscle and moved, instead, like a bag of flour. The medics could only speculate on the number of bones that were broken. Somehow he clung to life, sucking in air and choking on blood…[Later] As the hands of the bemused men were swabbed, the chemical test indicated that all might not be the innocent civilians they insisted they were. Two young men, including the man in black, tested positive for TATP, a substance exclusive to explosives, as well as for nitrates used in explosives.” Here.
In “War,” Sabastian Junger writes about the war in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. ”…Kalenits started to fade out from lack of blood and he handed his weapon to another man and sat down. He watched a friend named Albert get shot in the knee, and start sliding down the cliff. Kalenits’s team leader grabbed him and tried to pull him back, but they were taking so much fire that it was going to get them both killed. Albert yelled to his team leader to let go and he did, and Albert slid partway down the cliff, losing his weapon and helmet on the way. He finally came to a stop and then got shot three more times where he lay…” Read more of this long excerpt here.
Tags: Illegal immigration
1) From FAIR: “… Arizona’s law provides a carefully crafted set of rules that proscribe how Arizona law enforcement officers are to inquire about immigration status. First, an Arizona law enforcement officer must engage in lawful contact with the individual in question. (SB 1070, §2). That means that the stop or contact must survive any challenge with respect to the 4th Amendment’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Then, if an officer has conducted a lawful stop, the officer must also have “reasonable suspicion” that an individual is unlawfully present before inquiring about immigration status. (Id.). Importantly, the Arizona law expressly states that a law enforcement official “may not solely consider race, color, or national origin” in implementing this provision, including forming a reasonable suspicion. (Id.)…” Here.
2) From The NY Times: “Residents are unnerved by the violence in Mexico and the heavy drug trade and illegal immigrant trafficking in Arizona. Most studies have shown illegal immigrants do not commit crimes in a greater proportion than their share of the population, and Arizona’s violent crime rate has declined in recent years. But in this state any crime tied to illegal immigrants gets notice. Half of the drugs seized along the United States-Mexico border are confiscated in Arizona, and it is a major hub for human smuggling. Last month, Robert Krentz, 58, a member of a prominent ranching family, was killed on his property 20 miles from the border, and the police said the gunman was probably connected to smuggling. “People outside of Arizona are not living in this state and don’t understand the issue,” said Mona Stacey, a computer technician from Mesa. “Most of them coming across are mostly good, Catholic families getting over here. But you also have the drug lords and the smugglers. It makes the good guys look bad, and you don’t know who is who.” Here.
We learn that what becomes more dangerous than anything at this point is the lack of water. Nobody has water in their canteens, damnit. They get so desperate that one Marine lifts the pancho covering the body of a dead Marine and goes for his canteen. It’s empty. In a bit of a lull, you hear a Marine yell, “I found a water hole!” It was a water hole all right, but they soon find that the Japanese had poisoned the water. “We need water!” they cry. Read more here about Tom Hank’s “Pacific.”
“…In recent days, many veterans have made the point that fighters cannot do their jobs without creating psychological distance from the enemy. One reason that the soldiers seemed as if they were playing a video game [the recent and now infamous Wikileaks video] is that, in a morbid but necessary sense, they were…” Here.
Afghanistan offensive: rules of engagement: “…If a man emerges from a Taliban hideout after shooting erupts, U.S. troops say they cannot fire at him if he is not seen carrying a weapon — or if they did not personally watch him drop one. What this means, some contend, is that a militant can fire at them, then set aside his weapon and walk freely out of a compound, possibly toward a weapons cache in another location. It was unclear how often this has happened. In another example, Marines pinned down by a barrage of insurgent bullets say they can’t count on quick air support because it takes time to positively identify shooters…” Here.
Cynicism rears its ugly beautiful head… “…[How far] I had sunk in my cynicism!… Tragically, over time, I became infected with the belief that our foreign, undeclared wars and endless militarism were destroying America, and this made rolling the dice again extremely difficult…”
Now for the beautifully cynical part:
“May I have your attention, please,” she announced, “these soldiers and sailors are returning from Iraq. Please be so kind and welcome them home.” Every man, woman and child in the terminal faced us and offered thunderous applause. I felt punched in the gut. The utter reverence was more than my indifference could bear. It had served me so well throughout my deployment. I’d been playing a part — pretending to be a herald of democracy and pretending the scores of millions of reconstruction dollars I personally helped manage were anything other than a bribe from an Army that pretended Afghanistan was a threat to the United States and for a government pretending it could afford its vast military empire. I didn’t know know the terminal was full of actors as well. It broke my heart. My face grew hot.
The above article is from the “N.Y. Times” here.
Tags: Battle of Britain, Veterans, WW2
“Sarah Robinson was just a teenager when World War II broke out. She endured the Blitz, watching for fires during Luftwaffe air raids armed with a bucket of sand… As soon as she turned 18, she joined the Royal Navy to do her bit for the war effort. Hers was a small part in a huge, history-making enterprise, and her contribution epitomises her generation’s sense of service and sacrifice. Nearly 400,000 Britons died. Millions more were scarred by the experience, physically and mentally. But was it worth it? Her answer – and the answer of many of her contemporaries, now in their 80s and 90s – is a resounding No…” Here.
Tags: C.A.I.R, Fear, Political correctness
There’s nothing like the foreign press for a bit of new perspective:
“There’s a climate of fear in the US among the military, law-enforcers, policy-makers, the media, opinion-formers and many ordinary citizens. A major cause is the intimidating Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is dedicated to Muslim empowerment, receives substantial funding from Arab governments and has been accused by federal prosecutors of funnelling money to Hamas. So effective and ruthless is CAIR that anyone in authority worries before doing anything that can be misrepresented as anti-Muslim and lead to lawsuits citing religious or racial discrimination. There were plenty of people who might have prevented the psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan from murdering 12 soldiers and a policeman, but were too scared to do so. FBI operatives, for instance, knew he was exchanging chummy emails with the al Qaeda supporter Anwar al Awlaki, who had been an imam at a Virginia mosque which Hasan attended and who fled to the Yemen after 9/11 because the FBI were investigating his close links with two of the hijackers…” From here.
Why we should leave Afghanistan even before the next goat bleats. These are some of the official New rules for troop operations in Afghanistan.
• No night or surprise searches.
• Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.
• ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches.
• U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.
• U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.
• Only women can search women.
• Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.
Being in Afghanistan, I think it’s obvious, has nothing to do with stopping terrorism in the U.S. Stopping the threat of terror here is very easy. All we have to do is stop importing these fanatics (and yes, mulims in general), something we should’ve done long before 9/11. Curtail our bizarre immigration and Visa policies and, presto, we’ve curtailed probably ninety-five percent of the threats. For the reamining homegrown variety of terrorists let’s modernize our FBI’s computer systems; let’s replace those Altairs and Commodore 64s with some big boy equipemnt. That way when agents call up a list of bad guys they won’t have to sweat their machines crashing after uploading a 48k file.
Let’s stop illegal border crossings; the southern border fence is in stall mode; when it does move it moves at the pace of Model T negotiating the Autobahn. Meanwhile of course jumpers are running across the gaps and vast evnviornmentalist openings in the existing fence. They come in at about twenty mph on their top of the line Made-in-China Nike’s.
Let’s stop treating the grotesque gender-apartheid, death-to-infidels Sharia law advocates as imperial cultural ambassadors.
Tags: American military, General Casey, Political correctness
Army chief of staff and resident sick puppy General George Casey
“As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.” –General George Custer Casey
Please, do yourself a favor…if you’re considering joining the Army don’t; you might find yourself in a Diversity regiment full of al Quida recruits.
I can see it now. This horrendous muslim jihad attack at Ft Hood (no, media , it wasn’t stress) will be a catalyst for calls for us to–what? Yes, to better understand the religion of peace and why we need tons more multiculturalism. The lovefest is on. Leftists all over the airwaves are already puckering their lips…
Regarding this Islamic horror show here are a few good posts:
Muslim terror attack This fast-paced emotional post at Atlas Shrugs is in itself full of links.
Obama’s reaction The initial Obama reaction is quite telling–at NewsReal
Muslim triggerman–an army psychiatrist (this is from Worldnet Daily, a Christian site but which has some great takes on the news.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters tells O’reilly how it is.
Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban
A NY Times journalist in the hands of the Taliban: “…He spoke a smattering of English, and my own beliefs seemed to interest and amaze him. During our six weeks together, he asked me a series of questions. Was it true, he asked, that a necktie was a secret symbol of Christianity? Was it true that Christians wanted to live 1,000 years? As the weeks passed, our captivity became increasingly surreal. My Taliban guards slept beneath bedspreads manufactured by a Pakistani textile company and emblazoned with characters from the American television show “Hannah Montana” and the movie “Spider-Man.” My blanket was a pink Barbie comforter…First hand NY Tines article here.
While the rest of Africa is mired in grotesque corruption and tribal-ethnic warfare, starvation, AIDS and absurd ritual beliefs SA is completely imploding; the once bright hopes for a flourishing multicultural/multiracial state are quickly evaporating, which is the main reason you don’t hear much about it in the once beaming media. (I should point out, whites are not the only ones being murdered; blacks comprise the majority of rapes and deaths.)
Warning: These videos contain some grisly scenes.
The history of the human race is the history of conquest and defeat; no group of whatever race is exempt.
Related: Here’s a post at News Real on this very subject concerning the myth of the noble savage.
You know that recent religious riot that took place in merry ol’ England and was blamed on Brit fascists? Well it turns out radical Muslims were responsible for inciting the crowds. Article here.
Related: 21st century religious war on pants continues. Can you imagine the day beautiful Islamic women start wearing bshort-shorts, bikinis and edible underwear?
“…The third reason to stop being a superpower is that Nixon’s specter of the U.S. as a pitiful helpless giant hasn’t decreased since Vietnam but only become worse. Crude terrorism lurking in the shadows of side streets is a match for advanced weapons systems if you are measuring in terms of psychological threat, anxiety, and a creeping sense that the enemy can strike at will. Atomic arsenals, a massive standing army and space-age technology aren’t justified when a single dirty bomb can sneak in under the fence. It’s time to accept what every insurgency expert tells us, that asymmetrical warfare is here to stay and must be fought on a smaller, smarter scale that is closer to neighborhood policing than conventional, World War II-style combat…” Here
Tags: Atomic bomb, Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Nancy Pelosi , as a representative of the United States, has just visited Hirosama to put flowers on the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
I understand about 140,000 people were killed instantly from the atomic bomb blast on Hiroshima. Another 80,000 were killed a few days later in Nagasaki. What is curious is why the atomic bomb deaths have taken on almost spititual overtones in the memorial zeitgeist. Is it because so many died in so short a time (a split second really)? If the time element is the reason what about the Dresden fire bombing? There thousands of tons of incendinary explosives were used that, as the name implies, caused a firestorn (some likened it to a typhoon of fire, killing–and here there is controversy about the actual number–anywhere from perhaps 40,000 or 50,000 to a quarter million. This also happened in a relatively short period of time (but certrainly longer than a split second). History.com describes it this way:
More than 3,400 tons of explosives were dropped on the city by 800 American and British aircraft. The firestorm created by the two days of bombing set the city burning for many more days, littering the streets with charred corpses, including many children. Eight square miles of the city was ruined, and the total body count was between 35,000 and 135,000 (an approximation is all that was possible given that the city was filled with many refugees from farther east). The hospitals that were left standing could not handle the numbers of injured and burned, and mass burials became necessary.
The way they died–by immense heat and flame-blasting winds– must have been very similar to the way they died in Japan (many also were killed and later died from Dresden type firestorms in other Japanese cities). The point is Pelosi, as far as I know, has never laid wreaths in Dresden (or those other firestorm cities) so what is the moral difference between deaths caused by atomic blast and those by non-atomic-firestorm other than the span of time? Is Pelosi laying a memoral wreath to an extemely short span of time? That is, is she memoralizing only those deaths that took seconds, and ignoring those that took somewhat longer? Therein lies the mystique of the Atomic Bomb, able to do in a mere second what otherwise would take hours or days. It represents the hallowed respect we have for the science of efficient mass extermination.
I’ve never been a big fan of Sylvester Stallone’s movies. I liked First Blood, the first of the Rambo movies, but after that is was strictly down hill, especially with the third Rambo, the one which had him in Afghanistan lending a killing hand to the so-called mujahideen against the Soviets (big mistake). So against my better judgment I went to see Rambo IV last night. Actually I had been planning to see Meet the Spartans, which I thought would be on the zaniness level of Airplane or Walk Hard (I understand it isn’t very funny at all) but instead I opted for the new Rambo.
Rambo IV: Love it or leave it.
Rambo must save a group of well-meaning Christian missionaries (very politically incorrect in this day and age) who were bringing in medicine and medical help and who are now in the hands of brutal Burmese troops. Seems the missionaries are in the wrong village at the wrong time. They’re placed in bamboo cages; one of them is strung up in a pig’s pen where the beasts quite graphically gnaw the flesh off his body. The troops make great sport of torturing and killing, especially villagers they feel are not loyal to the government. It’s not pretty. Flies hover and buzz around bloated and decaying corpses. Headless bodies are placed in graves. Body parts are strewn about. Some of the death footage is real, taken from the recent crackdown on thousands of Buddhist monks and their sympathizers.
As usual Rambo, now in league with a handful of mercenaries hired by the church group trying to get its missionaries back, doesn’t talk much (he mostly says what he has to say with his eyes and muscle flexing). Maybe that’s because he’s been living in relative seclusion in Thailand for “a long time”, eking out a living catching deadly snakes for snake charmers in tourist shows, at least that’s what he’s doing as the movie starts. Rambo is initially hired to bring the missionaries to a clandestine drop off destination up river in evil Burma. His obligation to the group is supposed to end there. It doesn’t. He’s especially touched by one of the missionaries, a very gentle and beautiful woman who braves brutality and risks her life to help stricken villagers. Evidently, down deep, her kindnesses renew Rambo’s own faith.
There’s been some controversy about Stallone’s appearance, that perhaps he had been using steroids for his role in this movie. The man’s bigger than the Incredible Hulk’s bigger hulkier brother (if he ever leaves movies he’d make a great baseball player). I mean this guy rips through the bad guys like an eighteen wheeler on PCP.
I you’re looking for a non-pretentious, politically incorrect movie with climaxing layers of action, all with pulsating surround sound (e.g., Rambo unleashing a massive explosion that takes out half the jungle or pumping an anti-aircraft gun with the ease of use of a cap pistol) than get a ticket.
Blogging from the trenches (“I have received a letter from you and a box of biscuits all right. I got them on Christmas morning and you can bet how pleased I was. I have also had a letter from Kate she said she was having a holiday this Christmas the first for seven years. I hope she enjoys herself. I’m sorry to hear that Mr. Thomas’s son as got killed what date did it happen. I have had a letter from Mrs. Higgins I shall write back as soon as possible…”)
Related link: 9th Btn Y & L War Diaries ( “20th ATTACK DAY: at zero hour, 5.40 am A Coy lost 22 killed & wounded. 3 Coys & Batt H Q went into tunnels. 1 Coy in trenches on top: about 1 P.M. C Coy (Harry’s Company) went forward to reinforce 68th Bde and dug in in rear of BLUE LINE nr JASPER TRENCH: 4.30 Batt ordered to relieve10th N.Fs in BLUE LINE: 5.45 pm to 7 pm terrific shelling: releif complete 10 pm…”)
WW1 nurse talks of her experiences (in internet audio clips) on the fringe of No Man’s Land.
Some of the cast of Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie about the attempted assassination of Hitler. Cruise of course plays von Stauffenberg (you can easily tell by the patch over his eye).
In a sense of course Stauffenberg was a hero–trying to kill a diabolical dictator–but keep in mind that Stauffenberg had supported Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933. It seems his falling out had nothing to do with the grotesque “racial purity” program of the Nazis or of Hitler’s dictatorship, but the fact that the war was going badly. Not only did Hitler survive this assassination attempt of course but he actually turned it into his own personal pleasure (reminiscent of Saddam Hussein): ” Most [of the conspirators] were hanged from meat hooks, their death agonies filmed for the private pleasure of Hitler.” Read more about what would have happened if the conspirators had succeeded.
I would hate to see any enterprise like this fail, especially one that depicts the attempted assassination of such a monster as Hitler but somehow I get the impression that somewhere in the movie Col. Klink from Hogan’s Heroes is going to make an appearance.
Tags: 1941, Day of Deceit, FDR, Pacific War, Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt
Debate over whether or not Franklin D Roosevelt knew of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor is not new. In fact, it was soon after the carnage began that speculation started about what President Roosevelt knew–and when he knew it.
Several years ago the debate reached a feverish pitch with the publication of Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert Stinnett. The book took up seventeen years of research and Freedom of Information Act disclosures. Though there have been methodical attempts to “debunk” the book, it never has in fact been debunked. Ater having read it twice I cast my lot in with military reviewer/writer Gregory McNamee’s assessment, “…American governmental documents that offer apparently incontrovertible proof that Roosevelt knowingly sacrificed American lives in order to enter the war….”
Ironically, Robert Stinnett sympathizes with Roosevelt’s decision, but that doesn’t affect his hard reporting. Back in 1999 Publishers Weekly wrote:
Stinnett [the author] convincingly demonstrates that the U.S. top brass in Hawaii–Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Husband Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter Short–were kept out of the intelligence loop on orders from Washington and were then scapegoated for allegedly failing to anticipate the Japanese attack (in May 1999, the U.S. Senate cleared their names). Kimmel moved his fleet into the North Pacific, actively searching for the suspected Japanese staging area, but naval headquarters ordered him to turn back. Stinnett’s meticulously researched book raises deeply troubling ethical issues. While he believes the deceit built into FDR’s strategy was heinous, he nevertheless writes: “I sympathize with the agonizing dilemma faced by President Roosevelt. He was forced to find circuitous means to persuade an isolationist America to join in a fight for freedom.” This, however, is an expression of understanding, not of absolution. If Stinnett is right, FDR has a lot to answer for–namely, the lives of those Americans who perished at Pearl Harbor. Stinnett establishes almost beyond question that the U.S. Navy could have at least anticipated the attack. The evidence that FDR himself deliberately provoked the attack is circumstantial, but convincing enough to make Stinnett’s bombshell of a book the subject of impassioned debate in the months to come. You can read the rest of this review on Amazon (at the book link).
The book has also gotten excellent reviews when it appeared from The Wall street Journal and the NY Times.
Here’s a telling and creepy excerpt from the first chapter:
“Edward R Murrow couldn’t sleep…He…had just returned from a midnight meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House…During their twenty-five minute discussion…the President provided Murrow with something…that any reporter would kill for. That night he [Murrow] told his wife, ‘It’s the biggest story of my life, but I don’t know whether it’s my duty to tell it or forget it.’ Long after the war ended, Murrow was asked about this meeting by author-journalist John Gunther. After a long pause, Murrow replied: ‘That story would send Casey Murrow [his son] through college, and if you think I’m going to give it to you, you’re out of your mind.” As this chapter continues the meeting is given much more context. It’s the kind of thing that raises goose-bumps on the back of your neck. We’ll probably never find out what was said to Murrow. He took the secret to his grave.
You might want to read this article too (it was published last year in the Gazette): 65 years later, his questions linger. Several days before Pearl Harbor was attacked…”Fenton scrambled to the deck and saw two dozen ships of unknown origin [they were Japanese] about 3 miles away on the horizon, heading east. They were silhouetted by moonlight that would have blinded the fleet to the Boise’s presence. Greatly outnumbered and under orders to maintain radio silence, the Boise did not fire and did not alert anyone for days to what it had seen. When the Boise reached Manila, officers alerted members of Gen. Douglas Mac-Arthur’s staff of their find, Fenton said. Their reaction, as he recalled, was: “They’ve got as much right to be in the water as we do.” It was only when word came down Dec. 7 about the Pearl Harbor attack that Fenton and his shipmates realized they had seen the fleet that brought America into World War II. While the Boise hid by a remote Pacific island after the attack and awaited orders, talk buzzed about what its crew could have done…”
Note: Also check this previous post.