Saturday, July 09, 2005

A Ruthless Embrace

The Mayor of London, Mr Ken Livingstone told a press conference on Tuesday (January 11, 2005): "When you get a progressive figure who is moving that religion [Islam] in the correct direction you engage and you develop it."
Bob Neill, Leader of the London Assembly Conservatives, condemned Mr Livingstone's support for the cleric, "He is the type of man Mr Livingstone should, like us, be condemning not cosying up to. It's utterly unacceptable."
Mayor and cleric hug in July at City Hall

Despite the well-meaning, pre-emptive hugs, the bombs exploded anyway.
Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian born cleric, has received criticism for his support of suicide bombings and his homophobic and anti-Semitic views, jihad and jihadi terrorism. Speaking on Al-Jazeera Television [Qatar], June 19, 2001, Mr. Qaradawi said,

"Allah has also made the prophet Muhammad into an epitome
for religious warriors [Mujahideen] since he ordered Muhammed to fight for
religion ... the first assignment is to prepare the hero who is willing to put his
life in his own hands for Allah's sake, and he who does not care whether he
encounters death or death encounters him ... He [i.e., a self-immolating bomber]
kills the enemy while taking self-risk, similarly to what Muslims did in the
past ... He wants to scare his enemies, and the religious authorities have
permitted this. They said that if he causes the enemy both sorrow and fear of
Muslims ... he is permitted to risk himself and even get killed."
Mr. Al-Qaradawi, writing in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), July 19, 2003, had this to say:
"It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and
property of people of Dar Al-Harb [the Domain of Disbelief where the war for the
domination of Islam should be waged, i.e. including within Western Europe and
America] is not protected. Because they fight against and are hostile towards
the Muslims, they annulled the protection of his blood and his property ... in
modern war, all of society, with all its classes and ethnic groups, is mobilized
to participate in the war, to aid its continuation, and to provide it with the
material and human fuel required for it to assure the victory of the state
fighting its enemies. Every citizen in society must take upon himself a role in
the effort to provide for the battle. The entire domestic front, including
professionals, laborers, and industrialists, stands behind the fighting army,
even if it does not bear arms."
Unambiguously defining his final goal, totally in-line with orthodox Islamic jihadist ideology, al-Qaradawi addressed a 1995 Muslim youth convention in Toledo, Ohio:

“We will conquer Europe, we will conquer

We need a Churchillian war policy - fight them on the beaches, fight them in the cities, we shall never give up, we shall never surrender. Winston Churchill said, "When great causes are on the move in the world we learn we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty." We need that kind of thinking today.

We need the kind of war policy expressed by John Derbyshire in National Review On-Line:
"Is the United States willing to fight this war the way it needs fighting, with grim ferocity and cold unconcern for legalistic niceties? To lay waste great territories and their peoples, innocent and guilty alike, to level cities, to burn forests and divert rivers, to smite our enemies hip and thigh, to carry out summary execution of captured leaders?"
This is the American style of warfare; Sherman's March Through Georgia on a grand scale and stop killing only when the enemy gives-up unconditionally and immediately. Are we willing to do this, yet? No, we have been to college and such warfare is so inhumane that we cannot bring ourselves to believe Americans ever fought this way, let alone do it ourselves in the 21st century.
But, we have done it and we must again, if we want to survive into the 22nd century. The British, the French, Germans, Spaniards, Brazilians, Japanese, and every other freedom loving nation must swallow their morality and get on with what we must do - lay waste to the hostile forces, their land, their homes, and their families until they cannot imagine fighting any longer. Then, and only then, should we offer hugs and pick them up, helping them get back into decent, peaceful society.
When July began, Mayor Ken Livingstone was hugging the enemy. Barely a week later, he was offering not hugs, but this stern admonition,

"In the days that follow look at our airports, look at
our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly
attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around
the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and fulfill their dreams
and achieve their potential."

"Nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop
that flight to our city. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Do-It-Yourself Terror

Much has been written about the recent bombings in London. It's only been a day, but everyone and their brother knows who did it, how, and why. In any case, they all have an opinion that we are entitled too. As you've already guessed, I have an opinion to which you are entitled. And I will name names.

Without a doubt, the most cogent, fascinating, informed, well written, and long analysis on the subject was written by Kat of Missouri at The Middle Ground. Kat provides everything but names, addresses, phone numbers, and shoe sizes.

First and foremost, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the people of London, especially to those families and friends who have lost those they love. Also, to those who have suffered injury as a result of these cowardly attacks. Direct, premeditated attacks on civilians is not part of any culture or religion with which I would wish to be associated.

There were probably no more than a dozen people involved; possibly even fewer, between 2 and 6 is most likely. There were four bombs; two suspicious packages were exploded, but proved harmless. Each was made of less than ten pounds of explosive, a timer, and other bomb stuff; total weight maybe 12 pounds tops. One to three bombs would be easily carried by one person in a knapsack, shopping bag, or briefcase. The clustering of explosions indicates few people without much time. More couriers could have spread havoc over a larger area of London stretching emergency services very thin.

Many have postulated this attack was in the planning stage for months. Though, it was probably planned months or years ago, there was not necessarily a particular purpose or time for the attack. London had just been awarded a future Olympics Game and the G8 Summit was being held in Scotland. If this was a long time plan, it would have been directed at the G8 in Gleneagles where many of the worlds leaders were gathered. A much more attractive target, even if it failed.

Attacking the London tube system and a double-decker bus smacks of an off-the-shelf operation. A phone call to a London terror cell for something small, but showy; something that says, 'Hello, we're still here and we can strike anywhere, anytime.' Not much planning, very little preparation. Likely, the bombs were already assembled awaiting just such an opportunity as presented itself in London 7/7. It would seem ludicrous that any terror network or cell wouldn't have small operations that can be effected in a matter of hours or even minutes. The Pentagon, the CIA, MI5 & 6, every military in the world have such pre-planned scenarios, why wouldn't the bad guys?

Now for naming names. Somebody or organization named Al -- al-Qaida, al-Zarqawi, al-________ (fill in the blank.) It doesn't really matter. George Bush and America will get the blame. The blame-America-first crowd is already out in fine fettle.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

We've Already Lost

The 'Kelo' decision was an erroneous reading of the Constitution. The takings clause specifically says 'public use' not 'public benefit'. Taking private property for private use is not what the Founders intended.
Members of Congress have already introduced legislation to limit the use of eminent domain and spell out exactly what the takings clause means.

'Kelo' directly reflects a UN program called Agenda 21 which specifies the confiscation of private property by the various government agencies in order to engineer a better environment and society. In Britain, 10 thousand homes will be razed under the same international law principles that decided 'Kelo'.

'Kelo' and Agenda 21 negate our rights to privately own property in favor of community owned property. Slowly, insidiously the UN is entering our nation, our homes to institute the global village.

Next summer, the UN will meet to vote on the question of private ownership of all types of guns. Even if the US does not sign and the majority of nations do, the international law will hang over our heads until a sympathetic president and congress comes along willing to sign away our 2nd Amendment right to "bear arms".

Right now in Rome , July 4-9, the USA has agreed, in a formal written declaration, to sign the Codex Alimentarius Commission which will completely destroy the Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act of 1994. This venture between the United Nation's World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization will remove our rights to purchase over-the-counter vitamins and other dietary supplements and make them obtainable only through prescription.

Slowly, but surely, America is disappearing. The program has been in operation since 1976 and is well into the unstoppable phases. We have already lost and we didn't even know we were under attack.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Two More Heroes Return Home

Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz
25, of Littleton, CO.
Dietz was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two, Virginia Beach, VA.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy
29, of Patchogue, NY
Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, HA.

The Department of Defense (Defenselink) announced today the death of two SEALs who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Operation Red Wing in Afghanistan. The remains were recovered in a treacherous mountain area of Afghanistan

The two were part of the four-man SEAL team that was missing since June 28, 2005. One team member was rescued. He was wounded, but alive. Search and rescue operations continue for the last SEAL team member.

Murphy and Dietz died while conducting counter-terrorism operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces located the service members while conducting a combat search and rescue operation July 4 in Kunar Province.

Daniel Cooney, AP writer, reports that "[t]he last radio contact was an urgent appeal for help. Night was falling, a rainstorm threatening, and four Navy SEAL commandos were surrounded by about a dozen militants in rugged, wooded mountains. They needed reinforcements.

"The four commandos...were on a reconnaissance mission...searching for Taliban-led rebels and al-Qaida fighters...

"The eastern province has long been a hotbed of militant activity and a haven for fighters loyal to renegade former premier Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is wanted by the United States. U.S. officials said al-Qaida fighters also were in the region.

"The region's rugged, wooded mountains are popular with militants because they are easy to infiltrate from neighboring Pakistan and have plenty of places to hide.

"The SEAL team... [was] attacked by a "pretty large force of enemy terrorists" and radioed for reinforcements.

"After the radio call for help, eight Navy SEALs and an eight-member crew from the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the Night Stalkers, flew toward the mountains in a special forces MH-47 Chinook helicopter."

One of the responding Chinooks was shot down killing all 16 aboard (see previous posts.)

Though excitement and anxiety have given way to mourning and resignation, Danny Dietz and Michael Murphy, are no less heroes than their brother warriors. Do not dismiss their service and sacrifice because they were not found earlier. There is one man still unaccounted for; he must also be honored.

This isn't over.

Monday, July 04, 2005

This I Believe, Too

NPR Morning Edition, July 4, 2005

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

by Andrew Sullivan

I believe in life. I believe in treasuring it as a mystery that will never be fully understood, as a sanctity that should never be destroyed, as an invitation to experience now what can only be remembered tomorrow. I believe in its indivisibility, in the intimate connection between the newest bud of spring and the flicker in the eye of a patient near death, between the athlete in his prime and the quadriplegic vet, between the fetus in the womb and the mother who bears another life in her own body.

I believe in liberty. I believe that within every soul lies the capacity to reach for its own good, that within every physical body there endures an unalienable right to be free from coercion. I believe in a system of government that places that liberty at the center of its concerns, that enforces the law solely to protect that freedom, that sides with the individual against the claims of family and tribe and church and nation, that sees innocence before guilt and dignity before stigma. I believe in the right to own property, to maintain it against the benign suffocation of a government that would tax more and more of it away. I believe in freedom of speech and of contract, the right to offend and blaspheme, as well as the right to convert and bear witness. I believe that these freedoms are connected -- the freedom of the fundamentalist and the atheist, the female and the male, the black and the Asian, the gay and the straight.

I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Not its attainment, nor its final definition, but its pursuit. I believe in the journey, not the arrival; in conversation, not monologues; in multiple questions rather than any single answer. I believe in the struggle to remake ourselves and challenge each other in the spirit of eternal forgiveness, in the awareness that none of us knows for sure what happiness truly is, but each of us knows the imperative to keep searching. I believe in the possibility of surprising joy, of serenity through pain, of homecoming through exile.

And I believe in a country that enshrines each of these three things, a country that promises nothing but the promise of being more fully human, and never guarantees its success. In that constant failure to arrive -- implied at the very beginning -- lies the possibility of a permanently fresh start, an old newness, a way of revitalizing ourselves and our civilization in ways few foresaw and one day many will forget. But the point is now. And the place is America.

Andrew Sullivan was born in England and educated at Oxford and Harvard. At 27, he became editor of The New Republic, a position he held for five years. As a writer, commentator and blogger, Sullivan addresses political and social issues, and advocates for gay rights.

This article has been reprinted witout the express permission or knowledge of (NPR) National Public Radio. So sue me.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Pink Floyd Together Again

Wow! Like, how great was that to see PINK FLOYD performing together after 24 years at LIVE8 yesterday. It would be, like, so cool, if they would come to my rest home to perform.