Friday, April 09, 2004

Hi guys and gals, I'm off to Wroclaw, Poland this weekend and the next week to visit my mother-in-law and brother-in-law with Agata and Eva. Will pay a short visit to PM Miller and Prez Kwasniewski to persuade them to stay the course. By the way Polish troops did some good fighting this week, they also killed a top lieutenant of the Fat Babyface.

There's a lot of international outrage against the perfidious behaviour of your heavy-handed Marines in Fuckjuah. Mr. Human Rights Champion Vlad Putin being the most verbose, I'm told. Good ole Pootie-Poot, I'm sure these Chechnyans are sooooo happy they live in Grozny and not in Fuckjuah...

I'm awfully sorry for the losses your troops are taking. Just imagine, one week ago all was looking relatively good, despite the ocasional bomb attack or IED's, Interim Constitution signed, lots of good economic parameters (read about a drastic cut in unemployment figures in Iraq, till 28% or so.... find it hard to believe that though) and then Mr. Fat Babyface-with-Black-Towel-wrapped-around-his-Poor-Excuse-For-a-Brain decided otherwise...

Don't give up though. Your military can handle the situation with one hand tied behind their back. Now if only the world would pay some more attention to the drama in Darfur, Sudan, where the Islamic Government is apparently intent on some kind of genocide against black Sudanese. I suggest the US drops some napalm bombs on the refugees in order to get the cameras over there....

Bye, take care,


P.S.: there's a chance I am able to follow and even post in Downeast from Poland...IF I can chase my brother-in-law Kamil from behind his puter.
This should be required reading for all idiots "against" the "war in Iraq". (In other words, against the war on terror, and the liberation of Iraq...)
What the hell guys? I knew this was coming yesterday, just wondered why the Japanese were first...
I hear "Americans taken hostage" after 9/11, it means something even different to me, I want to jump on a plane and fly over there and start shooting. I guess my Sig wouldn't cut it with all of those AK-47's around probably. The photo on Drudge of the Marines is priceless if you haven't seen it.

Charles Krauthammer gets it.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Talk about feeling pissed! Have you guys read Zeyad today? Here are just some excerpts of what you are missing if you haven't. Warning, this will raise your blood pressure!

"I was standing outside with neighbours yesterday afternoon gossiping when a car drove by, threw a couple of fliers at us, shouting "read them, may Allah increase your reward". The fliers were signed by a group which called itself Saif Allah Albattar (Allah's striking sword) at Ramadi, Fallujah, Adhamiya, and Diyala, which advised Iraqis to remain home on April 9th (the anniversary of the occupation), stating that they would not be responsible if anyone failed to do so. Someone else talked about another group called the Iraqi Islamic Army (groups like these seem to pop up every other day) which claimed its responsibility for the killings of the 4 Americans in Fallujah last week, decribing them as 'Jews'.

Anyway, it seems that fighting is ongoing in Sadr city, northeast of Baghdad. A total of 110 Iraqis and 19 coalition soldiers killed in the last 12 hours according to Al-Jazeera, which I have never witnessed being any more hateful and provocative until this day. They keep displaying headlines like 'Occupation forces target more women and children in Sadr city' or 'Resistance in Fallujah forces occupation forces to withdraw from locations'.

A couple of GC members have shyly spoken against the violence. Ayad Allawi (INA) first described the uprisings as being directed by 'evil and dark forces who wish no prosperity for Iraqis', then he started beseeching his 'brother' Muqtada Al-Sadr to stay calm (Even he is scared from Sadr's thugs?). SCIRI leader, Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim condemned the behaviour of occupation forces in killing civilians in Najaf and called for their punishment. The Iraqi Ministry of Justice stated that they had absolutely nothing to do with the arrest warrant for Muqtada Al-Sadr. And you want us to keep hope?

No one knows where it is all heading. If this uprising is not crushed immediately and those
militia not captured then there is no hope at all. If you even consider negotiations or appeasement, then we are all doomed."
I felt the need to chime in on several aspects of the widespread fighting in Iraq. First of all, my thoughts are with our amazing military personel, who are once again putting everything on the line for us. There's simply no way to express the debt of gratitude we owe these outstanding individuals.

While it is easy and understandable to be depressed by the events of the last few days, I believe there may be a hidden positive in the current uprising. While it seems we have a new enemy, we have a visible enemy who has made a decision to show himself. A visible enemy is one who can be killed. One must also ask the question, why has this well trained and well organized group decided to break cover only months before the handoff of power in Iraq? Wouldn't it have been easier to accomplish their goals after power had been officially turned over to the Iraqis? I believe the answer to these questions is that these people are desperate. They clearly fear that the US is going to succeed in their mission in Iraq, and they are staging a last ditch effort to dislodge us. A more strategic move would have been to wait until after the Iraqis took power, or even wait until the US was closer to the presidential election. I believe they have chosen to act now because they feel their window of opportunity is closing. This is a positive development, and it underscores the fact that we cannot deviate from this mission. There is just too much hanging in the balance. If it costs George Bush the presidency, then it will be worth it. This is bigger than any domestic issue being batted around in the media.

It seems we hit a mosque today, with possibly 40 casualties. While the circumstances of the attack are unclear, I wonder if this represents a change in tactics on the part of our forces. So much the better if it does. While I understand the political ramifications of "desecrating" a mosque, they can no longer be a sanctuary for terrorists. The terrorists who hide themselves and their weapons in mosques are the ones desecrating them. If that's where we happen to find them, we owe it to ourselves and the Iraqis to forget about politics and kill the bastards inside, period. I sincerely hope that this was not an accidental attack on innocent civilians. But if terrorists chose to hide among innocent worshippers, they are the ones responsible for the carnage. It needs to be made clear that there is no place for the scum of the earth to hide.

It has been widely reported that there has been a major influx of terrorists from places like Syria and Iran. It's time for us to take the gloves off. Again, possibly political suicide, but I'm over that. Give them one final warning, and the next day BLOW THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF THESE SCUMBAGS! In fact, forget abut the warning. I don't care how much it costs. Iran would probably implode from revolution the day we crossed the border, and Syria has all the military might of Vermont. It's time we deal with ALL of our enemies, not just the ones that pass the politically correct muster.

Do I sound pissed? You bet I am. I'm not watching TV at all today, because if I see one John Kerry ad I'm going to smash my head through the TV set.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Not confirmed, but doesn't sound good.... 130 US troops estimated killed in fighting today.
Things seem to have calmed down a bit in Iraq. All very unclear yet still.

Stumbled upon this. Guys, I'm proud of you in your place!!!!!
Here's a solid piece from Bruce Bartlett appropriate for tax season. Anyone who thinks "the rich" don't pay "their fair share" needs to read this. That's right, I used the scare quotes because neither term has any meaning after years of abuse from the left. "The rich" is anyone who has made good choices in their life and can support themselves financially and "their fair share" is equivalent to the amount that it would take to keep a majority of citizens under the 24/7 care of the government.

As many of you know, I'm self employed, so despite having a really good accountant find every possible loophole, my family still pays over 40% of our income back to the gubment. (The president of IBM pays a smaller percentage of his income back to the government than I do.) In addition to the ridiculous system of progressive taxation we have, we really have address how difficult we make it for small businesses to survive. (I can't imagine what poor Michael goes through every year paying taxes in Belgium.)

It's time for the Fair Tax ( Either that or just come up with a flat tax rate. Let "the poor" decide what it will be. Enough of this crap already.
Bloody Blix again.

In the interview, Blix said the war had contributed to a destabilization of the Middle East and a move away from democracy in the region, adding that even though Iraqis had been spared life under a dictator, it was at too high a cost.

Since when did Blix become an Iraqi? Only Iraqis and those like the US that are paying that cost have a right to "value" it.

But this is my favorite part:
Blix... now serves as chairman of Sweden's Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission...
Sweden's WMD Commission, talk about an oxymoron, BWAH HAH HAH!!!
Here is the latest from Omar at Iraq the Model. I am posting it mostly for Michael and Mark, who may be as worried as I was today...since I got this I am feeling better, I had to truncate part of it but here's the important part:

i want to tell you that we're all fine. i've seen Zeyad today and we spent hours watching the news, trying to analyze the situation and to think for some answers.
there have been some violence in baghdad in the last few days but don't worry, these accidents are far from our places and we see them only in the news just like you do.
AYS is now in the village north to basra and we know nothing about him but we're not worried because that area is far from the city and it's quite safe.
best wishes,
your friend,

Monday, April 05, 2004

OK, it was last week, but Ali had a great post from an Iraqi on the Fallujah event, and how he keeps his views defined is amazing to me with all that is going on there. Would that so many Americans could see it so well.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Alright, so I made it one week! This will be my once weekly post, because it is the thing that continually upsets me the most.

10 more of our boys lost today. Don't get me wrong, I still fully support what they are doing, but I'm wanting to see that can of "whupass" come out pretty quick here.

And what I REALLY want to see is that can coming from the Iraqi forces, because then it's going to mean a hell of a lot more. 22 Iraqis killed in this as well, and I feel for them too, especially since I have seen so many good ones struggling to get the country on its feet. Once you get personally involved, it's different. It sure gives me a new respect for the abilities of soldiers making contacts over there still being able to govern their emotions enough to be able to continue compartmentalizing to do the job.

Interesting as well that it was a Spanish base that was attacked, no? Let's see, a bombing there, terrorist appeasement shown, another try at them last week, and now this. Think that maybe they are thinking they'll get them pulled out early? All I know is that if I were one of those Spanish soldiers I'd be doubly pissed off about being pulled out now.

All of this is a nightmare for the Johnnys in our military, or the Allies in Iraq. Please to give them both the strength to endure this difficult time...