America The Unrecognizable
By: Bob Parks
Okay, before I go off half-cocked thinking I would never see this kind of conduct coming from the left, who would I really be kidding? After all, we already know by their own past words and deeds they really don’t care for the American way of life.
We already know they don’t like the way we do business. We already know they side with the underdog, no matter how rabid that dog is. No matter how many people that dog bites, America, in the eyes of the left, will always be the animal for trying to put that dog down.
We know there’s not a cause in the world they’d fight for, but they’ll enjoy the freedom they get at the expense of someone else’s blood, sweat, and tears. If it means burning down their own house to make their point, they will. Nine times out of ten, they didn’t build that house, so why would they care.
Our house is burning..
Sign Of The Times
I must have missed something.
Usually the left always accuses someone of some kind of voter disenfranchisement or cheating when we hold elections nowadays. Funny. liberals never hurl those accusations when they win. But I got off message..
I was obviously under the false impression that George W. Bush was President of the United States. With that, I’ll reiterate a previous criticism that’s come back to bite him, thus us, in the ass time after time after time. Most CEO’s who come into a new company brings in his own people: personnel he’s worked with and can trust. President Bush brought in this “new tone” thing and spared entrench staffers who are now blabbing secrets to the selected, not elected President, Bill Keller.
We’ve now had two major national security programs that have been unceremoniously released not only to the red-meat left, but also to al Qaeda. First, reporter James Risen of the Times was told of the US Intelligence community’s practice of listening in on the electronic communications of terrorists abroad and probably co-conspirators here in the United States. Risen wrote about it and now the terrorists are probably using other means to talk to each other.
Now, someone handed Times reporter Eric Lichtblau information about the US Intelligence community’s practice of monitoring the financial transactions of terrorists, both at home and abroad. The back-up President, Times executive editor Bill Keller, who blew off the elected president’s requests not to, published the details of our government’s program calling it “a matter of public interest.”
To be frank, both Lichtblau and Risen need be subpoenaed, as we need know who the rat (mole, slug, stool pigeon, etc.) within our government is. Should these reporters decide to not reveal those sources and quickly as was the demand from the left to know who “outted” Valerie Plame, then they should go to a real prison in general population. Maybe if their lives are in peril, it may make them put their writings in proper perspective, as putting lives in peril is precisely what they’ve done in pursuit of a Pulitzer.
I don’t know about you, but I’m growing quite sick of “Americans” walking around doing everything to undermine our efforts to defeat an enemy that’s already brought the battle to us, on our own soil, more than once, and killed thousands. FDR placed hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during our last major conflict, yet it’s homegrown Americans today who feel it their duty to defeat our president by any means necessary, thus screwing us all in the process.
As I know most of you out there get oh so sensitive, I’m trying to avoid using justified profanity. These fellow Americans are making it real tough..
According to troopshomefast.org, “Women for Peace, Global Exchange and Gold Star Families for Peace will announce a historic hunger strike against the war in Iraq. At 5pm, they will sit down in front of the White House to eat their last meal and hold a press conference before beginning the fast at midnight. They will be present in front of the White House every day at 10am, starting on the morning of July 4.”
“We’ve marched, held vigils, lobbied Congress, camped out at Bush’s ranch. We’ve even gone to jail. Now it’s time to do more. While others are celebrating July 4th with barbecues, we’ll be showing our patriotism by putting our bodies on the line to bring our troops home.”
While putting their bodies anywhere leaves a horrifying image, there’s no reason for concern over Mother Sheehan’s health. As Hollywood always seeks to suck off of someone else’s attention, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, novelist Alice Walker and Danny Glover and others will join in on Cindy’s “rolling” fast, where 2,700 activists will not eat for at least 24 hours, and then hand over to a compadre. Twenty-four hours: like that’s gonna leave a mark.
Maybe next they can try holding their breath. in shifts.
Supreme Court Injustice
Despite the widely publicized knowledge that our current terrorist enemies kidnap civilians and behead them; despite the widely publicized knowledge that our current terrorist enemies plant roadside bombs that kill women and children indiscriminately; despite the widely publicized knowledge that our current terrorist enemies captured, mutilated, and murdered two of our servicemen, a majority on our United States Supreme Court decided to grant Geneva Convention protection to those very current terrorist enemies.
I admit, I’m no lawyer, let alone a judge. But I can read, and I’d like to know where the Supreme Court in deciding the case of Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden’s chauffeur vs. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, can argue that the military commission set up to try this detainee is illegal? Such tribunals were okay during Abraham Lincoln’s war. Such courts were okay during Roosevelt’s war. And what about Articles Three and Four of the Geneva Convention would and should apply to terrorists during “Bush’s war?”
In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each Party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:
(1) Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria. To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons…
Before we proceed, and I know we’re always the ones who have to act all nice during the activity called “war”; can anyone show me one example where members of al Qaeda abided by the first section of Article Three?
Okay, let’s go on..
(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture; (b) taking of hostages; (c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment; (d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
(2) The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.
Al Qaeda murders civilians as well as their enemy. They commit mutilation, cruel treatment, and torture. Just watch one of their famous videos. The routinely behead their hostages. British charity worker Margaret Hassan was made to beg for her life (humiliating and degrading) in front of a video camera before she was murdered. The method of her murder must be horrific, thus the lack of details from an anti-American liberal media that obviously doesn’t want to embarrass al Qaeda.
Obviously the terrorists pass judgements, sentences and executions without the participation of anything we’d recognize as a court. And their sentences are carried out, without a doubt, in a manner our liberals would conclude cruel and unusual punishment if done to one of our incarcerated.
What murderers to do victims is almost always overlooked in liberal eyes. It’s the bad guy whose rights need be protected. It’s not like this is new.
An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.
Nothing personal against the Red Cross, but I wouldn’t blame them if they chose to avoid that hornet’s nest.
Let’s move on to the more pertinent part of Article Four.
A. Prisoners of war, in the sense of the present Convention, are persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy:
(1) Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict, as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces.
So far, so good..
(2) Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfil the following conditions: (a) that of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates; (b) that of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance; (c) that of carrying arms openly; (d) that of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.
Section (2)(b) seems to be the one aspect of this Article that throws cold water on the Supreme Court argument. It’s apparent that “a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance” refers to a uniform. In the case of al Qaeda, there doesn’t seem to be a logo or uniform that distinguishes them from anyone else in the population. They have no flag or anything identifiable marking that can be made out from a distance. As they have no officially recognizable uniform, they have no standing within the Geneva Convention, and this is of their own choosing.
In fact, al Qaeda purposefully wears the same garb as civilians for the expressed purpose of performing ambush operations. As far as war goes, there are no rules of engagement for al Qaeda, since civilians are also fair game where they’re concerned. They don’t carry arms “openly” as they bobby trap the dead with explosives, and even blow themselves up in crowded venues.
So much for being in “accordance with the laws and customs of war.” The bottom-line.?
It’s back to Capitol Hill so the Congress and Senate can restore the war powers many before George W. Bush had. The Supreme Court, like the New York Times, has used ill-conceived conclusions to perform actions that have benefited an enemy of the United States.
It’s becoming abundantly clear that while we may not lose the War on Terror, we also may not be allowed to win it.
I have yet to see an al Qaeda broadcast detailing the accounts of young terrorists suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome. I have yet to see a birka-clad mother of a dead suicide bomber leading an anti-jihad campaign in an Islamic nation. I have yet to see a Middle Eastern television station exclusively devoted to criticizing and calling for the impeachment of Osama bin Laden. I’ve yet to see an Islamic newspaper publish the secret tactics used to fight America and her allies, more than once. I’ve yet to see a group of clerics dictate that terrorists treat their enemies with humanity after capture, and I probably never will.
While in the midst of a deadly conflict, you don’t do everything possible to help your side lose. People who do that are called traitors. I’d suggest liberals officially change sides, but the enemy probably won’t take them.
They’re murderers, not stupid.
Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, and is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc.