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Syria Has Secret Underground ‘Missile City’

Syria Has Secret Underground ‘Missile City’

Beirut & Damascus – Syria has built a fortified complex buried deep underground and cloaked in secrecy to manufacture and store ballistic missiles capable of striking Israel, an Israeli newspaper said on Monday.
The complex includes 30 reinforced concrete bunkers, production facilities, development laboratories and command posts, the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot quoted “foreign experts” as saying, without specifying its location.
The “missile city” houses mainly Scud missiles capable of reaching anywhere in Israel. Given its weak air power, Damascus is boosting its arsenal of surface-to-surface missiles and protecting them in the complex, Yediot said.
According to the paper, Syria has 200 Scud-B missiles, 60 Scud-C and a certain number of North Korean Scud-D missiles with a range of 700 kilometres (434 miles), and has developed chemical warheads for all its Scuds.
The chemical warfare agents are stored in a separate facility, Yediot quoted the foreign experts as saying.
It also said that Iran recently supplied Syria with around 100 Chinese shore-to-sea C-802 missiles — the same missile that Hezbollah used to hit an Israeli warship during last year’s Lebanon war.
In March, military and government sources told AFP that Syria had positioned thousands of rockets on its border with Israel, …   more »

Top Hamas official: Kill all Americans

Top Hamas official: Kill all Americans

Sheik Ahmad Bahr, acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, declared during a Friday sermon at a Sudan mosque that America and Israel will be annihilated and called upon Allah to kill Jews and Americans “to the very Last One”. Following are excerpts from the sermon that took place last month, courtesy of MEMRI.
Ahmad Bahr began: “You will be victorious” on the face of this planet. You are the masters of the world on the face of this planet. Yes, [the Koran says that] “you will be victorious,” but only “if you are believers.” Allah willing, “you will be victorious,” while America and Israel will be annihilated. I guarantee you that the power of belief and faith is greater than the power of America and Israel. They are cowards, who are eager for life, while we are eager for death for the sake of Allah. That is why America’s nose was rubbed in the mud in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, and everywhere.
Bahr continued and said that America will be annihilated, while Islam will remain. The Muslims “will be victorious, if you are believers.” Oh Muslims, I guarantee you that the power of Allah is greater than America, …   more »

Bam! Hil takes hit

Bam! Hil takes hit

Harlem pol is 1st N.Y. Dem to back Barack for prez

State Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) pals with Sen. Barack Obama at a meeting of the National Action Network last month. Perkins announced yesterday he is backing Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton.


A Harlem state senator became the first of New York’s Democratic officials to break ranks with Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday and endorse her presidential rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

State Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) told the Daily News that he will formally announce his support for Obama tonight, and some believe it could encourage other New York Dems to defect.

“I think that his message of hope and opportunity is the right message. … There’s no question that folks in New York – and throughout the country – are looking for a change from the way things are being done,” said Perkins, who was among a handful of city officials who attended an Obama fund-raiser here in March.

Obama has been poaching campaign cash on Clinton’s turf and now appears poised to pick off some of her fellow Democrats.

Ironically, the first to endorse Obama represents the area where Bill Clinton’s office is located.

Perkins said Obama’s stance on the Iraq war was a major element in his decision. Clinton voted to authorize the invasion while Obama, who was not in the Senate at the time, opposed the war.

Perkins, who is black, said race was not a factor in his choice – just as he did not feel obliged to back Clinton because she represents New York.

“There is a notion of the ‘favorite daughter’ … That’s an understandable expectation, but I don’t think when we’re talking about the future of our country … that we can limit ourselves to choices that are simply geographic [or based on] race, color, creed,” Perkins said.

City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens), who also attended Obama’s Manhattan fund-raiser, said Perkins’ endorsement might embolden other New Yorkers to do the same.

“Obviously when the first one steps out, others who are inclined to come out and support a candidate do it after that,” he said. “I would not be surprised if others support Obama’s campaign.”

Monserrate said he’s still undecided, and finds Clinton’s vote for the war problematic.

Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf agreed that Perkins could be seen as “breaking the ice” for others who may want to support Obama over Clinton.

“He wasn’t hit by lightning when he endorsed Obama, and therefore others will think doing so is safe,” Sheinkopf said.

What Do They Know and Why Don’t They Know It?
Government Frank Salvato, Managing Editor
April 27, 2007
http://www.newmediajournal.us/staff/fsalvato/government/04272007.htm

Recent actions and statements by those who exist on the left side of the aisle have served as proof for any reasonable American that congressional Democrats, especially their leadership, are invested in – and in fact insist upon – placing politics before government. Their blatant disregard for the well-being of our nation leads me to ask, how well do the Progressive-Left and the Democrats who appease them understand the duties associated with being an elected member of the United States government?

One of the last true statesmen to have graced the halls of Congress, Henry Hyde (R-IL), was often heard to say that those elected to office are the stewards to the US Constitution. By this he meant that they were beholden to the principles, ideals, tenets and procedural boundaries held within the document itself. My belief goes a bit further to include the idea that all Americans are vested with this commitment and that in addition to the principles, ideals and tenets of our founding documents each and every one of us is obligated to at least understanding the philosophy that influenced our Founders and Framers to compose such a revolutionary form of self-governance.

That said, and current events taken into consideration, I am led to believe that many in Congress from both sides of the aisle – and perhaps most people elected to office – are sadly devoid of a proper understanding of the Constitution and just exactly what it is they are required to do for their constituencies.

Two instances, appalling in nature to those of us who embrace the idea of good government, took place this week at the hands of Democrat leadership.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), leaving a meeting at the White House where the issue of the Iraq War Supplemental Appropriations Bill was being discussed, said:

“I believe myself that the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and – you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows – (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday.”

Reid made this statement in stark contrast to declarations by US military personnel on the ground, some in positions of high command and others from the ranks of the soldiers doing the job. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino was quick to point out that no one else in attendance at that meeting heard Senator Reid make such a statement. Secretaries Rice and Gates have never issued such statements of defeat.

That Reid would have an opinion on the matter is one thing. Every American is afforded their opinion via the authority of the First Amendment. But for Reid, who sits in a position of leadership within our government, to assume to speak for others, for him to disregard first-hand knowledge of the facts as they are presented to him by those intimate with the conditions on the ground in Iraq, is not only arrogant, it is politically motivated and reckless.

I am forced to defend his right to make such an inaccurate, uninformed, uneducated and unscrupulous statement because I am faithful to the Constitution. But Reid’s statement only serves to benefit his political standing and the well-being of his political party while it damages our country, damages the morale of the troops in theater and sends a clear message of defeatism and weakness to our enemies.

Where this statement might – might – have been appropriate for private closed-door discussion, as a political leader Reid is obligated to conduct himself in a manner that best serves his constituents. Promoting an uneducated and thoroughly partisan opinion on an issue involving our country’s very survival – and in such a public way as to aid the enemy’s propaganda campaign – is not in the best interest of his constituency.

Just across the hall, figuratively speaking, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi found herself “unavailable” for a closed-door briefing on the military situation currently existing in Iraq given by General David Petraeus. In fact, the only Democrat to show up for this briefing was Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee.

While the entirety of congressional Democrats should be exposed for their blatant refusal to gather first-source, fact-based information on a situation currently being debating in Congress (when did gathering facts become optional?), it is singularly Nancy Pelosi’s responsibility as Speaker of the House and leader of her party in that chamber to lead them, to require, to insist that to do their jobs.

That Pelosi opted for a phone conversation with Gen. Petraeus is of little consolation. Leaders lead by example and Pelosi’s absence served to diminish the importance of gathering the facts regarding our troops in Iraq and the progress of their mission. What could possibly have been more important than gathering the facts on the premier issue of our day. But for her political victories as a partisan Progressive-Leftist, Pelosi has proven throughout her short tenure to be a miserable leader.

In both instances Democrat leadership has proven it has a lack of knowledge of – if not fidelity to – the constitutional requirements of their offices. For a country at war with the most lethal foe it has ever faced this sort of self-centered, opportunistic behavior could very well prove to be our death knell.

Returning to Henry Hyde’s idea that elected officials are the stewards of our Constitution – and to that extent the sentinels who should be standing guard over good government – I propose that every time a new congress is seated, every time a new president is elected and every time a new Supreme Court justice is sworn in, that they undergo a three week intensive study of the Constitution not unlike the program offered at the National Academy for Civics & Government through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Further, I propose that those in Congress take one week to engage in an extensive crash course in the subject related to any committee they may find themselves sitting on: finance committee members should know how to balance a budget; defense committee members should have an understanding of the Pentagon and the military; intelligence committee members should understand the ideology of gathering intelligence; foreign affairs committee members should have a grasp of the inner-workings of the State Department, etc.

Only when those elected to office are properly educated on the requirements of their positions, informed and knowledgeable about the subject matter of the committees on which they sit and dedicated to the principles, ideals, tenets and procedural boundaries of the Constitution will we be able to move from a government run by special interest groups and partisans to a government that holds good government above politics. Only when we require our elected officials to understand the greatness and the intricacies of our country’s foundation will we rid ourselves of political opportunists like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Now, the question is what politician has the guts to do the right thing by proposing legislation to this affect?

Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal. He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor. He hosts The New Media Journal on BlogTalk Radio and is a regular guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network and The Captain’s America on WWPR AM1490 in the Tampa Bay area, as well as an occasional guest on The Bruce Elliott Show on WBAL AM1090 in Baltimore and numerous radio shows coast to coast. His organization, Basics Project, is partnered in producing the first-ever national symposium series on the threat of radical Islamist terrorism. His pieces have been recognized by the House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements [read more]

CNN: It Will Be A Disaster If U.S. Follows Dem Plan And Leaves Iraq Too Early

CNN: It Will Be A Disaster If U.S. Follows Dem Plan And Leaves Iraq

Too Early

Oops. The MSM screws up and for the first time actually analyzes the consequences of an arbitrary withdrawal from Iraq. The result: We should stay.

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• Experts paint bleak picture of Iraq if U.S. troops withdraw
• Among potential scenarios: al Qaeda terror hub and larger regional conflict
• CNN analyst: “Saudi Arabia will not allow increasing Iranian dominance”
• U.S. general says early pullout would cause “huge vacuum”

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(CNN) — Pulling U.S. forces from Iraq could trigger catastrophe, CNN analysts and other observers warn, affecting not just Iraq but its neighbors in the Middle East, with far-reaching global implications.

Sectarian violence could erupt on a scale never seen before in Iraq if coalition troops leave before Iraq’s security forces are ready. Supporters of al Qaeda could develop an international hub of terror from which to threaten the West. And the likely civil war could draw countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran into a broader conflict.

President Bush vetoed a war spending bill Tuesday precisely because the Democrat-led Congress required the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn by October 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later.

Bush said such a deadline would be irresponsible and both sides are now working on new proposals — which may have no pullout dates.

A rapid withdrawal of all U.S. troops would hurt America’s image and hand al Qaeda and other terror groups a propaganda victory that the United States is only a “paper tiger,” CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen said. “It would also play into their strategy, which is to create a mini-state somewhere in the Middle East where they can reorganize along the lines of what they did in Afghanistan in the late ’90s,” Bergen told CNN.com. (Read More)

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The Pentagon Looks at the Koran

From www.danielpipes.org | Original blog posting available at: www.danielpipes.org/blog/676

Daniel Pipes’ Weblog
The Pentagon Looks at the Koran
September 27, 2006

A recent Pentagon briefing paper titled, “Motivations of Muslim Suicide Bombers,” points to the Koran as the source of the motivation of Islamist bombers, according to an article today in WorldNetDaily.com. This runs quite contrary to the usual U.S. government approach, which insists on seeing suicide terrorists as heretics who follow a perverted form of Islam. A White House report released just this month, for example, the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,” asserts that “The terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for violence and murder against those they regard as apostates or unbelievers.”

The Pentagon study suggests that intelligence analysts think otherwise, concluding not just that Muslim suicide bombers are usually students of the Koran motivated by its commands, but that they acting, by their lights, rationally. Here is a key passage from the WorldNetDaily.com account:

In Islam, it is not how one lives one’s life that guarantees spiritual salvation, but how one dies, according to the briefings. There are great advantages to becoming a martyr. Dying while fighting the infidels in the cause of Allah reserves a special place and honor in Paradise. And it earns special favor with Allah. “Suicide in defense of Islam is permitted, and the Islamic suicide bomber is, in the main, a rational actor,” concludes a recent Pentagon briefing paper titled, “Motivations of Muslim Suicide Bombers.”

“His actions provide a win-win scenario for himself, his family, his faith and his God,” the document explains. “The bomber secures salvation and the pleasures of Paradise. He earns a degree of financial security and a place for his family in Paradise. He defends his faith and takes his place in a long line of martyrs to be memorialized as a valorous fighter. And finally, because of the manner of his death, he is assured that he will find favor with Allah,” the briefing adds. “Against these considerations, the selfless sacrifice by the individual Muslim to destroy Islam’s enemies becomes a suitable, feasible and acceptable course of action.”

The briefing â?” produced by a little-known Pentagon intelligence unit called the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA â?” cites a number of passages from the Quran dealing with jihad, or “holy” warfare, martyrdom and Paradise, where “beautiful mansions” and “maidens” await martyr heroes. In preparation for attacks, suicide terrorists typically recite passages from six surahs, or chapters, of the Quran: Baqura (Surah 2), Al Imran (3), Anfal (8), Tawba (9), Rahman (55) and Asr (103).

CIFA staffs hundreds of investigators and analysts to help coordinate Pentagon security efforts at U.S. military installations at home and abroad.

Comment: There is nothing new here (see David Bukay, The Religious Foundations of Suicide Bombings, Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2006 for a good, in-depth analysis) but that a government agency articulates this understanding amounts to a breakthrough. (September 27, 2006)

From www.danielpipes.org | Original blog posting available at: www.danielpipes.org/blog/676

Al Qaeda‘s Maritime Threat

Al Qaeda‘s Maritime Threat

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Wakey, wakey, little American!

Wakey, wakey, little American!

by Erik Rush

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At the present moment I view the political landscape in America as a proverbial compass at the true North Pole, its needle spinning wildly. Trying to read it are our political leaders (I use the term very loosely) encircled by the rest of us, mutely looking on.

It occurs to me at times like this how great a leader Ronald Reagan truly was. He led even those who didn’t want to follow – his political opponents – but went along willingly because of the quality of his leadership. When criticized, he laughed it off, which is far more disarming and defusing than saying nothing, which (very dangerously) infers no contest.

I think that’s one major area where George W. Bush got into trouble. I believe many of his ideas were every bit as good as RR’s, but he just doesn’t have the natural ability.

Most Americans are currently wandering nearly sightless through a surreal cultural miasma, people in high places saying the most outrageous things and taking the most outrageous action in the face of truly deadly and unprecedented threats, and our citizenry simply reacting somnambulistically – if at all.

“…this war [in Iraq] is lost…”
 – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, April 18, 2007

I remember seeing a segment on Senator Harry Reid on Pat Robertson’s television show when he was the Minority Leader. Robertson lauded Reid as being such a conscientious Christian that he was likely to be the voice of reason in the new minority. I certainly don’t live and die by what Robertson says (although we do happen to agree that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez’s grey matter ought to become part of ambient atmosphere), but the extent to which he missed the call on Reid is truly stunning. Say what you like about Robertson; he’s no dullard.

Perhaps it is the axiomatic allure of power that led Reid to utter his treasonous remarks of April 18, put his alleged faith on the back burner, and which keeps him in lock step with the Democrats’ lich Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her degenerate acolytes.

From Fox News and The Associated Press, April 27, 2007:

“Al Qaeda is in the United States, former CIA Director George Tenet says, and he’s surprised there have not been more attacks on American soil.

“‘I do know one thing in my gut,’ Tenet writes in his upcoming book. ‘Al Qaeda is here and waiting.’

Tenet, who served as CIA chief from 1997 to 2004, questioned how Al Qaeda hasn’t sent ‘suicide bombers to cause chaos in a half-dozen American shopping malls on any given day.’

“Tenet resigned as head of the U.S. intelligence agency in June 2004 amid criticism over the handling of the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq.”

So what does some garden variety disgraced ex-intelligence chief with seven years as top dog and many more in the business know anyway, right? We’ll believe it when the malls start blowing up or when an entire elementary school full of kids are murdered, as occurred in Russia.

From The Associated Press, April 28, 2007:

“Saudi Official: Arrested Militants Trained to Use Planes in Suicide Bombings

“CAIRO, Egypt – Some of the militants arrested in a terror sweep in Saudi Arabia trained to use civilian aircraft in homicide missions, a Saudi interior ministry spokesman said Saturday.

“‘They were trained on civilian aircraft, to use the aircraft as a tool to carry out suicide operations,’ Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press by phone from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ‘The last group (we) rounded up are carriers of Al Qaeda ideology, working on achieving Al Qaeda goals, which is to take over the society.’

“The comments mark a rare mention of Al Qaeda by Saudi officials, who customarily refer to the organization as a ‘deviant group.’ It was also the first confirmation that the arrested planned homicide missions similar to those of the Sept. 11 attack on the United States.”

But we have nothing to worry about, really; the machinations of America’s “enemies” are all a figment of the President’s imagination, the bloody liar. Gay rights and Britney Spears flashing her privates and American Idol are far more relevant than tedious political twaddle, rhetoric and maneuvering. Too bad about Sanjaya, huh? That broke my expletive deleted heart, it did…

From The Associated Press, April 28, 2007:

“Al-Sadr: President Bush Is ‘Greatest Evil’ for Not Withdrawing Troops

“BAGHDAD – Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr launched a strong attack Saturday on President George W. Bush, calling him the ‘greatest evil’ for refusing to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

“‘Here are the Democrats calling you to withdraw or even set a timetable and you are not responding,’ al-Sadr’s statement said. ‘It is not only them who are calling for this but also Republicans, to whom you belong.’”

That this pudgy, retrograde cartoon character’s grey matter ought to have become part of the ambient atmosphere altogether too long ago notwithstanding – attend to how he plays off of the political discord and media spin to which Americans are exposed every day. So not only isn’t this murdering, walking offal sack pushing up cactus, he’s using our own weak foreign policy and propaganda against us, presuming to dictate our foreign policy so that he and his Iranian pals will have no opposition in Iraq.

The sick part is that so many of us are listening, but definitely not comprehending. Can we not see that for all practical purposes – if not by design – the most powerful players in our government (with the exception of the current Executive branch) and our insane, suicidal entertainment and news media might as well don the headdress, robes and address us in Farsi?

From Pelosi’s mouth to Al-Sadr’s; from Reid’s mouth to Al-Sadr’s; from NBC News to Al-Sadr’s lips – or is it the other way around?

A red flag ought to go up when our enemies and factions within our nation chant the same mantra, but it hasn’t. Why? Because, like the perceptions of who we are and the values we hold, definitions of the very words we use have been so perverted that the concept of “enemy” isn’t even clear.

When the malls are blowing up and the schoolchildren are getting their throats slit, many of us will wonder if we didn’t deserve it somehow, because that’s what Tim Robbins, Rosie O’Donnell, Wolf Blitzer, Cindy Sheehan, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid suggested. Will we determine that President Bush orchestrated it all for some obscure reason?

Wakey, wakey, little American… There are jihadists with a scimitar and video camera in your kid’s bedroom…

 

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Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist, author and speaker who lives in Colorado and writes columns of sociopolitical fare for WorldNetDaily as well as dozens of nationally-distributed print and online news sources. He has appeared on FoxNews, CNN’s Paula Zahn Now and is a veteran of numerous radio appearances. Erik is also a Staff Writer and Acting Associate Editor and Publisher for the New Media Alliance, Inc., a national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. An archive containing links to his work can be found at http://www.erikrush.com. He is the author of several books; his latest, “Annexing Mexico: Solving the Border Problem Through Annexation and Assimilation”, has just been released by Level 4 Press.

Liberalism Foments Contempt for America

Liberalism Foments Contempt for America

by Christopher G. Adamo

 

A couple of news items appeared over the wires during the past week that should have generated outrage from coast to coast. Yet they were barely noticed. And insofar as the “mainstream media” took notice of them, it was only to invoke them as fuel for their anti-terror war, anti-Bush, and ultimately anti-American crusade.

 

In Spain, Judge Santiago Pedraz “indicted” three American soldiers for “a crime against the international community” in relation to the death of Jose Couso, a Spanish reporter in Baghdad, during the initial invasion of that city. It seems the reporter was occupying a building in which Iraqi officials were under attack from American forces, and was caught in the crossfire.

 

According to then Secretary of State Colin Powell, an investigation of the event showed that the soldiers did not use excessive force, and were justified in their actions. Nonetheless, Pedraz demands they “stand trial” in Spain and has issued “warrants” for their arrest.
 

Similarly, American Army Spc. Mario Lozano is on the “wanted posters” in Italy, and faces similar charges for killing an Italian Nicola Calipari, who was in a vehicle that behaved erratically at a checkpoint in Iraq.

 

Although none of the Americans in question are to be extradited to the countries where they are charged, they are limited in their worldwide travels, since they might inadvertently end up in a nation that has a mutual extradition treaty with Italy or Spain, and could be arrested there.

 

Nonetheless, the very nature of these situations is reflective of an undeniable international contempt for America, which is increasingly erupting into open hostility.

 

Reasons for this contempt are many, ranging from the long-standing disdain Europeans have for the comparatively raw and unrefined American history and culture, to the accompanying jealousy over America’s ability, despite its apparent social insufficiencies, to vastly eclipse the rest of the world in technology, economics, and prosperity.

 

Yet among the factors that undeniably contribute to the current worldwide hatred of this nation, its own liberal culture, and the poisonous propaganda disseminated by the American left, add considerable fuel to the fires of hatred burning against this country throughout the world.

 

Since the beginning of civilization, nations continually competed for standing on the world scene. And in the midst of such intense rivalry, any nation that willingly expresses scorn for itself will be gladly joined by other nations who believe they can exalt their own standing in comparison.

 

For decades, the American “left” has been working tirelessly to put the worst possible face on everything worthy in this nation’s founding and heritage. Not surprisingly, the rest of the world exuberantly joins in the derision.

 

In the immediate aftermath of 9-11, worldwide “sympathy” for America was strident and extensive. Yet in retrospect it was far more reflective of the liberal/socialist mindset that predominates throughout most of Europe, in which “victimhood” is perversely celebrated as some sort of virtue. Clearly, America had been blindsided, and was reeling in horror and grief. In such a mode, it was apparently compatible with the rest of the “civilized” world.

 

However, being Americans, the people of this country would not long remain in shock, but would quickly regroup and move decisively against any and all who were complicit in the attacks. At the very moment in which American resolve again became evident, the nation’s standing concurrently began to ebb among the rest of the world.

 

More significantly however, the unceasing diatribe from the left during that period, and ever since, has had a definite negative effect, both here at home and abroad. Once the initial outrage over the attacks began to wane, liberals reasserted their “worldview” in which this country, more than Islamist hatred or any other malignancy among humanity, was to blame for the horrendous death and destruction of the terrorist attacks.

 

Such a response from liberals was to be expected, since it remains absolutely consistent with their past mischaracterization of the country. And this is itself purely a reflection of the ongoing liberal perspective of everything worthy in Western Civilization.

 

During the entirety of the conflicts in Southeast Asia, untold millions of innocent people were brutally slaughtered in a series of genocides that breached national borders and inflicted unimaginable misery and suffering on that region. Yet to most liberals, the injustice of the episode was entirely defined and encapsulated in the “My Lai” massacre, in which Vietnamese civilians, possibly numbering in the hundreds, were killed by a wayward American Lieutenant.
 

Similarly, the brutishness and wanton slaughter throughout Iraq and the Middle East are apparently not denoted by Hussein’s mass graves and the indescribable torture and barbarism of militant Islam, but by Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

 

This is because the media and the American left only focus on such situations, and deliberately magnify any injustices supposedly committed there, such as the supposed desecration of Korans by American soldiers. Yet when it turned out that no desecrations took place, the story faded from the headlines with little or no retraction.

 

Similarly, economic stratification in this country is not viewed as having resulted from the incredible prosperity that inevitably springs from a culture of openness, freedom, and respect for private property, but as proof of the pillages of the “haves” from the “have nots.”

 

As a result, a societal environment in which more wealth than the world has ever seen is within reach to all who wish to access it, rather than being showcased as a model of plenty, is instead fraudulently employed as proof of greed and theft.

 

Nor has America’s heritage been immune from leftist attacks. Their sordid attempt to discredit the four-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony stands as only the latest example. Rather than celebrating this year’s commemoration of the 1607 landing in Virginia as a momentous event in the founding of our nation, liberals seek to dishonor it as an “invasion,” of the native land.

 

Of course, being liberals, they make no efforts at restitution to those whom they claim were wronged. Nor do they offer to set an example by vacating North America. Instead, they merely wag sanctimonious fingers of accusation at their fellow countrymen and commend themselves for their moral superiority in doing so.

 

But, in spite of their obvious hypocrisy, over time their venomous efforts have taken a toll. Real Americans, who love and appreciate their country and everything that has made it great, must rise up in defiant opposition to the left. The window of opportunity to do so closes a little more with each passing day.
 

If “heartland” Americans do not hold the country in high esteem, trumpeting its greatness and successes while maintaining its flaws and failures in their proper perspective, they certainly cannot expect the morally weak and spiritually depraved throughout the rest of the world to do so.

 

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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer and staff writer for the New Media Alliance. He lives in southeastern Wyoming. He has been active in local and state politics for many years. His contact information and archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com