Posted tagged ‘terrorism’

The Global War on Terror is Over

March 24, 2009

Make way for the “Overseas Contingency Operations Against Man-Caused Disasters.”  I wish I was joking.

In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ “

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As for the second part:

SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

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For a presidential campaign that railed against the war in Iraq as a distraction from the war on terror, Obama’s administration sure does seem strangely intent to make us forget that there even is a war on terror going on at all.  War on terror?  What’s that?  I don’t even know what terror is.  You’re confusing me.  Stop it.

To add to it, the Obama administration will no longer use the term “enemy combatants” to describe the…well…the enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay (Source).  I guess since they plan to close it down, they want us to forget that there was ever a valid reason to hold them to begin with.  In the same Justice Department filing that announced the dropping of this term, it was also stated that those formerly known as enemy combatants could only be held if they “substantially supported Taliban or al-Qaida forces or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”  Apparently they believed that the Bush administration guideline allowing detainment of those who “directly supported” these terrorist groups was too broad…  If “direct support” is too broad of a term, I cringe to think what “substantial support” could mean.  Maybe we can only detain those who detonated the bombs?  I guess we’ll have to collect the pieces of them first.

CNN Checking the Facts…and Failing

January 12, 2009

I just saw this disturbing piece of journalism via YouTube, which apparently aired recently on CNN:

It would seem that the “experts” at CNN have determined that the current conflict is Israel’s fault because they broke the ceasefire with Hamas that began on June 19th, 2008. In this clip, “journalist” Rick Sanchez reviews news stories from three periodicals about an Israeli operation beginning on November 4th, 2008, that killed Palestinian militants. This story was also confirmed by CNN’s international desk. Viewers are supposed to take this exercise in “fact checking” as proof positive that Israel did indeed break the ceasefire first.

Evidently all the journalistic skill of CNN is no match for yours truly, a college-age blogger. With my first search on Google and on the first page of matches, I found all the information I needed to disprove their conclusion. First, from a Time article published on December 15th, 2008:

From the beginning of the year until June 19, Israel was struck by 2,660 projectiles fired from Gaza. From June 19, when the tahdiya went into effect, to Nov. 4, the total was 65.

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As that plainly says, militants had launched 65 projectiles into Israel after the ceasefire began and before the Israeli operation that began on November 4th. Perhaps the saddest part about this is that Time is partners with CNN, yet CNN seems to have completely ignored or be oblivious to their article which proves that Palestinians broke the ceasefire.

And from a Guardian article on Israel’s early November operation just to further support this:

The official said Israel did not intend to break the truce, noting that some 60 mortar have been fired since the cease-fire and Israel has chosen not to respond.

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In case you didn’t notice, Rick Sanchez references a different article from The Guardian in his newscast.  I guess he missed this one.

But there you have it…Israel did not break the ceasefire, and it was far too easy to prove so.  This is just the left-wing media’s newest attempt to undermine Israel as always.  Aren’t you glad you have such “competent” news sources as CNN around to keep you abreast of the “facts?”

Interesting fact…

August 4, 2008

Since the beginning of this month, radical Muslims have killed at least 104 people and injured 163 people across 10 countries. When will countries stop worrying about offending their querulous populations and finally address the danger that this radical ideology poses to the entire world? The world’s political correctness towards Islam will be its undoing.