Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Security is a basic need too


I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I voted for President Clinton twice, President Bush twice, and I've always voted a split ticket when it comes to Congress. Party means little to me anymore as they are becoming indistinguishable. I don't like the war in Iraq, but I accept it, and I support the troops and their efforts.

For me, it doesn't matter if a person goes to a foreign land with the intent of being a missionary bringing hope and a religious option to cannibals or those imprisoned by Islamic Sharia laws. It doesn't matter if someone wants to travel to a 3rd world country and build bridges with the Peace Corps, treat the sick via Doctors Without Borders, or if they want to start a company in destitute land so as to give people jobs. I don't care if someone wants to go overseas to try and broker a peace agreement, or if someone goes to teach at school where there's never been one before. There are lots of things that developing nations need: hope, infrastructure, healthcare, jobs, education, peace. For each of these needs, we readily, eagerly, and enthusiastically support those who travel to far away lands to help people.

Similarly, I think that if a nation has bridges, etc., and what they need most is security from terrorists, then why don't Americans support the efforts of those who individually believe they have traveled to far away lands to bring security? Have we convinced ourselves so fiercely that the Iraq War is "Bush's War" that now we cannot see the good? Have we come to hate the man so much that we now deliberately ignore the good that's being done in Iraq? It is both na‹ve and arrogant to believe that providing security is an evil, immoral, or frivolous effort.

My home is in Northeast Ohio, and we've lost several soldiers, Marines, and airmen in Iraq (particularly in the past few weeks). Those people did not enlist to wait for an enemy on the beaches of Lake Erie, and they didn't enlist to get a check from Halliburton. They were good men who served knowing that they'd go overseas, knowing that they'd go to far away places where security was in dire need, and they intended to do good. I have no doubt of that. To that end, I believe we must not only support the troops, but support their efforts. If that means supporting the war, then I do. I support the war not because it's "Bush's War", or because I want cheaper gasoline. I support the war because as much as Iraq and Afghanistan need doctors, schools, bridges, etc., they need security. So I support the doctors, the teachers, the bridge-builders from Halliburton, and I support all the Americans who deliberately, knowingly go into harm's way to help people whose lives depend on their efforts.

No war is good. No war is necessary. No war unavoidable. That being said, mankind has not outgrown war. Plato knew it thousands of years ago when he said, "Only the dead have seen the end of war."




British police want to get tougher: "British police chiefs are demanding the power to lock up terrorism suspects indefinitely. Reopening the debate over detention without trial, the Association of Chief Police Officers called for some suspects to be held for "as long as it takes". The call for longer detention periods came as two suspects in last month's failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow were released without charge, British police said overnight. The suspects, both thought to be trainee doctors aged 24 and 27, were arrested on July 2. Police have also charged a third person over the bombings. Sabeel Ahmed, of Liverpool, was charged on Saturday with withholding information that could prevent an act of terrorism. The former prime minister Tony Blair was defeated in Parliament two years ago when he tried to introduce a 90-day detention period. Instead, MPs backed an increase to just 28 days. But the association's president, Ken Jones, said police were struggling to operate within the 28-day limit, stressing the global scale of terrorism investigations and the need to arrest suspects early. "We are now arguing for judicially supervised detention for as long as it takes," he told The Observer. "We are up against the buffers on the 28-day limit."

Boy who trained as suicide bomber freed: "Calling child suicide bombers a "fearful and terrifying truth," President Hamid Karzai freed a 14-year-old Pakistani boy arrested in eastern Afghanistan the night before he planned to kill a provincial governor. Rafiqullah, who goes by one name, told The Associated Press in an interview over the weekend while attending a madrassa, or religious school, in Pakistan he and two other boys were separated from the rest of the students and trained to drive a car and made to watch videos of suicide bombers carrying out attacks. The teenager said he walked across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border into Khost province, where a man named Abdul Aziz gave him a vest full of explosives. Rafiqullah said he told Aziz he was afraid of carrying out a suicide bombing, and Aziz pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him if he didn't. Rafiqullah's intended target was the governor of Khost province. "Today we are faced with a fearful and terrifying truth, and that truth is the sending of a Muslim child to carry out a suicide attack," Karzai told reporters at the presidential palace. "(His parents) sent him to study at a madrassa," he said. "The enemy of Islam deceived him and prepared him to carry out a suicide attack to kill himself and other people around him."

Dubious Israeli optimism: "Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said Sunday. The deal would grant amnesty to 178 Fatah gunmen who will join the official Palestinian security forces, and Israel will remove them from its lists of wanted militants, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the agreement. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office confirmed the deal would extend to wanted militants who openly renounce terrorism, and was part of a series of measures to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."

Dutch cowardice and surrender to Islam: "Unbelievable as it may seem, the Dutch 'Minister voor Wonen, Wijken en Integratie' (Residence, Neighbourhoods and Integration (I'm not making this up)), Ella Vogelaar, today has declared in an interview that The Netherlands will be Islamic at some point in the future. She feels that The Netherlands should adapt to Islam, and subsidise Islamic institutions. What will emerge, according to her, is a "Christian-Jewish-Islamic culture". As if Christianity and Judaism aren't 100% opposite to Islam's teachings. The stupidity of the statement is mind boggling."

Feminist gets catty about Hillary -- but she's got a point: "OK, sisters, how will it feel when the supposed "first feminist," if she does get the nomination, gets it not on her own but on the coattails of her serial-adulterer husband? Bill and Hill is now morphing into Hill and Bill, for obvious reasons. The road show came to New Hampshire yesterday. Bill stared at Hill adoringly, rapt, like Nancy Reagan in drag, for God's sake, except Nancy actually felt it. Does it get more humiliating? Did Elizabeth Dole drag Bob all across America? Did Kerry Healey? Have you ever even seen Attorney General Martha Coakley's husband? "It's a bad commentary on women candidates that she can't stand on her own," says GOP strategist Holly Robichaud. Said a local big-time Democrat (who did not get where she is by dragging her husband everywhere), "But it's the Clinton motto, `anything to win,' even though it's unseemly. I really like him, despite his incredible flaws, a lot more than I like her. And that's what they're trying to play on." [The feminist who wrote the above also thinks Bill has got a huge brain. She's got the wrong part of his anatomy!]


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