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  • Danish PM vows to protect Jews, says Islam not West's enemy [Obama's "selfie girl" is loco]

    02/17/2015 5:30:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    ynet news ^ | 2/15/15
    "Denmark has been hit by terror," Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sunday after two civilians were killed and five police were wounded in the two separate attacks in the Danish capital on Saturday.... ...the leader was also quick to play down the religious aspect, saying "We are not facing a fight between Islam and the West, it is not a fight between Muslims and non-Muslims."
  • Jordan is executing terrorists, Obama is releasing them back to the battlefield

    02/04/2015 4:56:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    2/4/15 | sff
    Seeing today that Jordan executed a couple terrorists today....while news trickles in how Obama RELEASES them. The media won't say this.
  • Iran-Backed Rebels Just Sacked Yemen's Presidential Palace [Obama Wants Iran to Have Nukes]

    01/22/2015 4:48:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/20/15 | Reuters/Armin Rosen
    Houthi fighters entered Yemen's presidential palace after a brief clash with the compound's security guards, witnesses and security sources told Reuters, a day after some of the worst battles in the capital in years.... "This is a coup. There is no other word to describe what is happening but a coup," Saleh al-Jamalani, a Yemeni army colonel, told The Associated Press. He said that the rebels likely had the assistance of elements inside the current government, headed by president Abdu Mansour Haddi. ....Houthis have also received forms of assistance from Iran as well, turning Yemen into the latest battleground between...
  • Islamist Terrorism by the Numbers

    01/20/2015 8:34:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/15 | Carl Eric Scott
    Hereís one of the more important questions for any contemporary history exam, but one you nonetheless wonít find on any test: 13.) How many deadly terror attacks committed in the name of Islam have occurred since September 11, 2001? a) 234 b) 701 c) 4,049 d) 24,795 Hereís the basic methodology used by the compilers: ďThe list of terrorist attacks committed by Muslims since 9/11/01 is incomplete because not all such attacks are picked up by international news sources, even those resulting in multiple loss of life. These are not incidents of ordinary crime involving nominal Muslims killing for money...
  • The Death March of Europe

    01/13/2015 5:08:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies ^ | 1/13/15 | David Mark Rose
    Well they were all there; European heads of state slowly making their way along one of the great capitals of Europe, oblivious to the growing danger all around them. No this isnít Paris of 2015; itís London of 1910 and the funeral of King Edward VII. All the great crowned heads of Europe were there, most cousins through the long line of Queen Victoria, all marching together behind the casket of the British king. All theyíre together in their finest uniforms as they display the power of state and yet all oblivious to the gathering storm all around them, which...
  • Explaining the Vaticanís surprising pro-US line on Iraq John Allen-Boston Globe link only)

    08/12/2014 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | John Allen
    Link only from the Globe
  • Japan PM to overturn pacifist defence policy

    06/30/2014 11:47:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06/30/2014 | Justin McCurry
    Postwar constitution bans use of force in international disputes, which Shinzo Abe says inhibits country's ability to protect itself. Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to defy public opinion and announce a dramatic shift in the country's defence policy that would make it easier for its troops to fight in overseas conflicts. Abe's cabinet is expected to adopt a resolution on Tuesday that would end Japan's long-standing ban on exercising collective self-defence, or coming to the aid of an ally under attack even if Japan itself is not threatened. Japan's postwar constitution prohibits the use of force to settle international...
  • Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan [USA's "longest war" to end? NOPE!]

    05/26/2014 6:53:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Michael Bowman
    ....[Obama] told troops he is thankful for their service. He called them "real heroes." He also pledged to bring a ďresponsible endĒ to Americaís longest war. He promised to announce ďfairly shortlyĒ how many U.S. troops will remain in the country after the current combat mission is concluded at end of this year.
  • Japan split over revision to pacifist constitution

    05/04/2014 12:44:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2014 10:25 PM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution Saturday with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abeís push for an expanded role for the military. The ruling conservative party has long advocated revision but been unable to sway public opinion. Now Abe is proposing that the government reinterpret the constitution to give the military more prominence without having to win public approval for the revisions. Ö
  • So what if Putin says he wants Alaska back?

    03/22/2014 11:02:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 77 replies
    Just wondering what would happen....never say never, right? How tepid would the USA react? What if Putin said he just wanted "this island" of Alaska's, or "that small region"? He might say Peter the Great did not represent the will of the Russian people when he sold the land to William Seward on behalf of the United States.... What would the nation do? What would the regime do? What would you do?
  • Greenfield: A Date That Will Live Forever in Infamy

    12/07/2013 7:27:28 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Saturday, December 07, 2013 A Date That Will Live Forever in Infamy Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Naval Base Bombed, Shinto Worshipers Fear Backlash - New York Times - December 8 1941 A day after planes passed over their peaceful village on the way to attack the Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, local fishermen are still picking up the pieces. "I don't know what any of this is about," a man who would only give his name as Paji said, holding the remains of a net which he had used to earn a living. "All I...
  • Why Japan Wants to Break Free of Its Pacifist Past

    10/25/2013 10:14:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Oct 22, 2013 | Kirk Spitzer / Aibano
    U.S. Marine tilt-rotor aircraft swooped in during a joint training exercise at this military training range in southwestern Japan last week, dropping off Japanese ground troops and peeling away. The soldiers raced to nearby positions, cutting off an opposing force threatening Marines nearby. As military maneuvers go, it was fairly basic. But had it been a real-world mission, it might also have been illegal. Under the current interpretation of Japanís pacifist constitution, Japanís armed forces are not permitted to fight on behalf of friends or allies unless the Japanese themselves come under direct attack. It is a policy that conservative...
  • The false argument about defending our freedom.

    07/16/2013 8:44:11 AM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 16 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | ssue #142 ē July/August, 2013 | John Silveira
    The false argument about defending our freedom By John Silveira Issue #142 ē July/August, 2013 I'm tired of hearing how we should honor our veterans because they're defending our freedoms. They're not. No one in any of the Islamic countries is trying to take away our freedoms. No one in Russia, China, or North Korea gives a damn about them, either. In reality, the only people taking away our freedoms are in Washington, DC, our statehouses, and our city halls. It is our own politicians, our own bureaucrats, and special interest groups from the Sierra Club to Monsanto, all of...
  • Shadow of the Gun

    03/14/2013 5:34:26 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 13 March 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The NRAís initial proposal of armed school guards was met with an irrational chorus of protests. More guns arenít the answer, was the cry. And the leading crier was the White Houseís expert skeet shooter. In a country where law enforcement is heavily armed and gunmen are stopped by gunmen in uniforms, a strange Swedenization had set in. The problem was not the man, it was the gun. Get rid of the guns and you stop the killing. Schools across the country are banning not the gun, but the idea of the gun. It is a conceptual prohibition that is...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William ďBillĒ Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, ďEarly Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland SecurityĒ column (1/30/07), that ďÖ this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty workĒ re Iraq. The ďreport,Ē according to Arkin, featured ďa number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Hopelessly Naive Hayes: End War On Terror, Declare Ourselves 'At Peace'

    02/10/2013 7:19:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Suppose our enemies declared war on usóand we didn't show up? In a variation on the pacifist line from the 60s, that's essentially what Chris Hayes has proposed as American policy. On his MSNBC show this morning, the hopelessly naive Hayes suggested that rather than debating "big war"óboots on groundóversus "small war"ótargeted strikesówe go for a third option "no war." In Hayes's fantasy-land, America declares the war on terror over and "declares itself at peace." View the video here.
  • Miss America journeys from small town to big city1

    01/14/2013 12:41:51 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 7 replies
    Charter ^ | January 14, 2013 | HANNAH DREIER and GREG MOORE
    LAS VEGAS (AP) ó From a hometown of 26,000 people to an adopted home borough of 2.6 million, Miss America's story includes a journey from a small town to the big city ó but it doesn't start there. Mallory Hagan, 23, moved from Alabama to New York City as soon as she became a legal adult, and though she says she left because "I needed to find myself," it turns out she knew who she wanted to be all along. snip [money quote]"I'm not sure that it came out as eloquently as I would have liked it to, but my...
  • Transmission from Vladimir: Putin Ďwelcomes the news of Obamaís victoryí [FLEXIBILITY]

    11/07/2012 5:00:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/7/12
    Interfax quoting Putin's spokesman: Putin has sent a message of congratulations to Obama. Of course he did. After all, Mitt Romney said, ďThere will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin,Ē while President Obama promised heíd have way ďmore flexibilityĒ after the election.
  • Christian Just War V. Islamic Jihad

    10/24/2012 10:11:32 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Right Side news ^ | October 24th, 2012 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    One of mankindís first recorded discussions concerning morality in warfare is found in Thucydidesí passage in his master work, the Peloponnesian Wars (431-404 B.C.), wherein Athenian commanders, who possessed overwhelming force, approached their adversary before commencing the battle with a surrender ultimatum stating that they would hear no protestations about justice, rather the weaker adversary must consider the incontestable facts of the situation and surrender. In other words, Ďthe strong do as they will, and the weak do as they must.í Obviously these ancients dismissed the concept of restraint in war as irrelevant. To their way of thinking, after the...
  • U.S. Hostage Pleads to Obama to Save His Life in al Qaeda Video [Terrorists Stronger]

    05/07/2012 6:20:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    American hostage Warren Weinstein says in a video released late Sunday by al Qaeda that he will be killed unless U.S. President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Mr. Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."
  • December 7, Seventy Years Later

    12/07/2011 7:10:01 PM PST · by stolinsky · 6 replies ^ | 12-07-11 | stolinsky
    ¬† December 7, Seventy Years Later David C. Stolinsky Dec. 7, 2011 December 7, 1941 ‚ąí like September 11, 2001 ‚ąí began with fine weather and bright sunshine. Both days began with complacent Americans who planned to spend the day in their usual, peaceful activities. Both days began with other people who had other plans. Both days ended with many Americans dead, and the rest awakened from their slumbers. December 7 was a Sunday. Some people slept late. Others went to church. Personnel at the U.S. Navy Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and at Hickam Army Airfield were...
  • "Are you a pacifist?" flier calls for violence

    11/03/2011 5:43:07 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Liberation Front ^ | Oakland Liberation Front
  • No Victory But Defeat

    10/22/2011 9:55:03 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    The most common justification for the Shalit deal is to wear it as a perverse badge of moral nobility. "What other country would exchange a thousand terrorists for one man." This is a close cousin of the argument that says the United States treating terrorists with kid gloves proves that it is nobler than them. Both of these insufferable arguments are symptoms of the moral decline of civilization. If the life of a single soldier is more important than the battle, then why have battles or soldiers at all? We don't send soldiers out to fight because we think that...
  • Outrage of the Week 9/9/11

    09/15/2011 12:25:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | September 09, 2011 | NA
    ∑11250 Waples Mill Road ∑†††Fairfax, Virginia 22030 †††∑800-392-8683 † Outrage of the Week 9/9/11 † Friday, September 09, 2011 † This week's outrage comes to us from Buffalo, N.Y., where a group called "Fathers Armed Together to Help, Educate, Restore and Save" held a "gun" buyback program for kids.† "FATHERS" offered pizza, dress shirts, notebooks and folders for kids who turned in Nerf guns and water pistols.† Yes, toys.† The group's theory is simple: indoctrinate the kids into thinking that guns are bad and should be feared and avoided, and crime will surely drop.† Leonard Lane, president of FATHERS said,...
  • Mexican 'peace caravan' demands end to drugs war

    06/11/2011 8:42:43 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | June 11, 2011
    Hundreds of Mexicans taking part in a "peace caravan" to protest against the violent drugs war have arrived at their destination of Ciudad Juarez. The week-long journey was led by poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by suspected drug-gang hit-men in March. Mr Sicilia wants Mexico's army pulled off the streets and more done to prosecute drug cartel members and seize their assets. President Felipe Calderon has said withdrawing the army is not an option. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Mr Calderon deployed the army in the fight against the cartels in 2006. About...
  • George Orwell: You Anti-Green Writer, You

    05/17/2011 3:53:56 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 3 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 18, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    From Orwellís A Clergymanís Daughter (h/t Hitchens): Nowadays, a clergyman who wants to keep his congregation has only two courses open to him. Either it must be Anglo-Catholicism pure and simple Ė or rather, pure and not simple; or he must be daringly modern and broad-minded and preach comforting sermons providing there is no Hell and all good religions are the same. Incidentally, Jesus would agree. While poking fun at effeminate religious types in robes, he would also have little time for dumb men absolutely opposed to absolutes (a contradiction in terms). But I digress. In his book review for...
  • Attorney: Imams Will Sue Airlines

    05/10/2011 11:47:17 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 31 replies
    Fox Charlotte ^ | 5/10/11
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - "Shallow, uneducated and ignorant." That's how some people describe what happened over the weekend when four Muslims were denied their flights: two in New York and two in Memphis. North American Imams Federation Chairman Dr. El Tayeb Abuelyaman, speaking on behalf of the four passengers, says "Just because of my name, just because I'm Muslim, it doesn't mean that I'm a terrorist."
  • A Prophet Against the Empire

    04/08/2011 12:24:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 5, 2011 | Mark Tooley
    A Prophet Against the Empire By Mark Tooley on 4.5.11 @ 6:07AM Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir By Stanley Hauerwas (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 308 pages, $24.99) Almost every article about Duke University ethicist Stanley Hauerwas references Time magazine's having named him America's "best theologian" in 2001. So it's natural that Hauerwas starts his own memoir with it, slightly tongue in cheek. He may not be America's "best" theologian, but he certainly is among its most influential. A Methodist who now attends a "peace" oriented Episcopal church, Hauerwas is the chief popularizer of the growing neo-Anabaptist movement among today's Protestants and...
  • Will Obamaís DADT Repeal Heal?

    04/06/2011 3:52:14 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 4 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 7 April, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    In the mediaís version of events, Donít Ask, Donít Tell (DADT) was ďhomophobic.Ē Critics, however, insist itís harsh to frame DADT supporter and former President Clinton as a bigot and laughable to portray the Swedish military model as strategic. Like the abortion controversy too, DADT isnít going away. Moreover, itís possible that the issue will benefit conservative Republicans in the long-term, because conservative American voters have always had more faith in representative U.S. combat soldiers, than Washington legislators. There is indeed another side to the narrative, or many sides, outside of MSNBCís newsroom, without question.
  • The Right's Left

    03/28/2011 4:05:28 AM PDT · by jenk · 16 replies ^ | 03/28/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    A discussion has brewed on the right concerning the War Powers of the Executive Branch. I have read both Woods' "smack down" (his words) and listened to Levin's reasoned debate on his radio show, as well as the relevant Federalist Papers, checking back to see who wrote them, and the constitution itself. I have also read Yoo's discussion and the argument for Bush's war powers in the area of the War on Terror. That said, I have no tolerance for the Ron Paul view, nor many of his followers, not because I'm a huge fan (student) of Mark Levin, but...
  • Why Are Pacifist Europeans Declaring War on Libya?

    03/24/2011 10:41:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 23, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    An unintended but highly illuminating irony of the military intervention in Libya is that it has exposed the duplicity behind European pacifism. Ever since taking office in 2004, Spanish Prime Minister Josť Luis RodrŪguez Zapatero has worked overtime to craft his own public persona as a ďconvinced pacifist.Ē His first official act as pacifist-in-chief was, famously, to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq. That decision was not only wildly popular with Spanish voters, but it also cemented Zapateroís pacifist credentials on the world stage. Zapatero has also been careful to appoint only pacifists as Spanish ministers of defense. Zapateroís first defense...
  • How Pacifism Led to the Great War -- and Could Lead Us into the Next One

    02/04/2011 7:23:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2011 | Robert Morrison
    When then-Sen. Barack Obama made a short video for the "peace caucus" delegates to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, he captured the enthusiastic support of his party's pacifist wing. It was enough to propel him to the Democratic nomination. Hillary Clinton's ad -- showing a red telephone ringing at 3 a.m. -- only emphasized to party pacifists that Obama was their man. And, of course, leading antiwar figures like George Soros heavily bankrolled and other liberal media outlets -- all echoing the same pacifist line. Pacifism -- as the name implies -- ought to lead to peace. But it too...
  • Hitting the Snooze Button: Dec. 7, Sept. 11

    12/05/2010 9:22:17 PM PST · by stolinsky · 6 replies ^ | 12-06-10 | stolinsky
    Both of these days began with fine weather and bright sunshine. Both days began with complacent Americans who planned to spend that day, and many subsequent days, in their usual, peaceful activities. Both days began with other people who had other plans. Both days ended with many Americans dead, and the rest awakened from their peaceful slumbers. December 7 was a Sunday. Some people slept late. Others went to church. Personnel at the U.S. Navy Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and at Hickam Army Airfield were on their usual Sunday schedule. Sailors in dress whites stood at attention on the...
  • Nothing Worth Fighting For?

    10/13/2010 9:16:42 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 3 replies ^ | 10-14-10 | stolinsky
    President Obama imagines a world without nuclear weapons, but he does nothing while fanatics in Iran build nukes. On the contrary, Obama reversed longstanding U.S. policy, promising not to retaliate with nuclear weapons against an attack using chemical or biological weapons. We do not have chemical or biological weapons, so the threat of nuclear retaliation was the most effective deterrent we had. What is the result of Obamaís peaceful imaginings? He made chemical or biological attacks more likely, while doing nothing about the ongoing nuclear threat. Liberals confuse imagining something good with actually doing something good. In this, liberals resemble...
  • Religiously Dissing America's Independence Day

    07/09/2010 11:27:25 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 11 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 7/6/2010 | Mark Tooley
    Predictably, Jim Wallisís Religious Left Sojourners blog dishonored Independence Day by featuring an op-ed headlined ďWhy Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible.Ē In it, a young pacifist pastor explained why Christians canít ďcelebrateĒ having ďkilled thousands upon thousands of people because they [the British] were taxing us without giving us representation in parliament.Ē Of course, the reasons for the American Revolution were far more complex than a tax dispute. As the Declaration of Independence summarized the former colonistsí grievances against their once monarch: "He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our...
  • New Arms-Cut Treaty Requires U.S. Senate Approval (Will Republicans roll over for BO?)

    04/08/2010 6:10:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies · 785+ views ^ | 03/29/10 | Merle David Kellerhals Jr.
    After President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign a new arms-reduction treaty in a Prague ceremony April 8, the treaty will face scrutiny in the U.S. Senate and Russian Duma for final approval...The U.S. Constitution requires that for any treaty to be ratified, it must be approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the Senate ó 67 of 100 senators. The process of approval is known as ďadvise and consent.Ē
  • Bam plan's nuke peril

    04/07/2010 2:58:58 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 280+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 7, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    favorite complaint from politicians is that their words or actions are taken out of context. Lest we be accused here, let's put President Obama's new policy of reducing America's nuclear arsenal and restricting its use into the context of his feeble efforts to stop Iran from getting the bomb. The result: Only outlaw states and their terrorist clients will have nukes and be willing to use them. That's the full context of Obama's strange desire to abdicate America's role as the world's lone superpower. Obama described the policy aims to The New York Times, which concluded his changes represented the...
  • Principles of the Just War

    12/06/2009 7:18:50 AM PST · by narses · 492 replies · 3,790+ views
    A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the...
  • Shouldering the Burden of War

    09/21/2009 11:14:36 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 213+ views
    Syndicated ^ | September 23, 2009 | Paul Gottfried
    Shouldering the Burden of War by: Paul Gottfried, September 21, 2009 ELIZABETHTOWN, PAóAbout three years ago, when antiwar panels and antiwar sloganeering were the order of the day at my college, I predicted such impassioned protests would endónot when American military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan was terminatedóbut when a Democrat, and preferably one on the social left, became president. I was right. These days, as I walk among my formerly pacifist colleagues and read their preferred news sources, I donít hear a murmur of complaint about ďthe presidentís strategyĒ for extricating our troops from military danger. It is as...
  • Serving in the IDF, 'for the sake of God and Jesus'

    07/24/2009 8:28:12 AM PDT · by JesusBmyGod · 24 replies · 923+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 24, 2009 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    Jesus supports the IDF and he wants his believers to be the best soldiers they can be. That was the message conveyed by members of the local Messianic Jewish community via sacred texts, prayer and talks, to a group of 18-year-olds who took part this week in a premilitary program called Netsor. "I am a soldier of God," said Boris, an intense redhead accepted to an elite combat unit, who is one of the 28 young men and women who participated in Netsor. "I will do my best during my service in the IDF to serve God spiritually and physically....
  • Obama, Pacifist-In-Chief - By Thomas G. Del Beccaro -

    04/23/2009 8:35:38 AM PDT · by usflagwaver · 5 replies · 360+ views ^ | 4/23/09 | Tom Del Beccaro
    ďPacifists are like sheep who believe that wolves are vegetarians.Ē Yves Montand In every age, there are those that believe barbarism can be defeated with civility. Occasionally, those with such views rise to power and not only express those views but act on their views. Too often, if not most often, their civility is less than requited. In recent days, Obama has resumed the role of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton with regard to those that would do us harm. No greater example of that is Obamaís decision to release only the more difficult portions of the previously classified interrogation...
  • Pacifist Spain Abandons NATO Allies in Kosovo

    03/24/2009 3:19:19 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 23 replies · 635+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 24 | Soeren Kern
    Spainís pacifist defense minister, Carme Chacůn, has ignited a firestorm of criticism for her surprise announcement that Madrid will pull its 630 troops out of the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo by the end of summer. During a visit to the Spanish base at Istok in Kosovo on March 19, Chacůn unilaterally declared: ďMission accomplished. Itís time to go home.Ē Her decision, which came almost completely out of the blue, not only breaks solemn commitments that Spain has with NATO, it also leaves Spanish allies in the lurch and further reinforces Spainís image as an unreliable partner. Chacůnís announcement...
  • Judaism And Warfare (Steven Plaut Sets Straight The Jewish Understanding Of Just War Alert)

    01/21/2009 2:31:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/21/2009 | Steven Plaut
    Judaism And Warfare , Steven Plaut Dear Dr. H: You write about how Judaism is devoted to the pursuit of peace. You bring assorted citations from the Bible and Psalms about how nice peace can be. You emphasize that Judaism grants peace priority over competing goals. You find biblical quote after biblical quote about how good peace is. You then conclude that Israel is behaving in a manner that contradicts Jewish tradition when it wars against Hamas barbarism and Gaza terror. Israel must pursue "negotiations" with Hamas, you insist, citing the biblical desire for peace as the over-riding consideration. That...
  • When elites eschew defense: The case of India

    12/07/2008 2:33:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,100+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 07, 2008 | Ed Kaitz
    "Everybody's got a plan until they get hit."† So said Mike Tyson some years ago in the most brilliant statement of political realism since Thucydides.† Bharat Mata, or "Mother India," the birthplace of the glorious Upanishads as well as Prince Siddhartha, has been sucker punched by 21st century monsters.† The blood from the innocent victims was barely dry when journalists published articles, not about the vicious killers, but about the dangers of a "rightward tilt" in India.† The rise of Hindu nationalism however began as a response to a perceived lack of "manliness" in the Hindu warrior the result of...
  • Who Will Guarantee the Peace? (Gen. Patton once said: ďWe should thank God that such men lived.")

    11/23/2008 1:58:27 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 455+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Wednesday, November 19 2008 | Written by The American TFP
    Who Will Guarantee the Peace? Written by The American TFP ¬†¬† Wednesday, November 19 2008 Since 1990, a crowd has gathered every year at Fort Benning in mid-November to protest against the activities of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly called the School of the Americas) and demand its closure. The annual event is not so much a protest, but rather a gathering of the remnants of the religious and cultural left who create a sixties-like carnival atmosphere around Fort Benning. The Army‚Äôs efforts to ‚Äúdialogue‚ÄĚ with the protesters by opening their doors to any who wish to...
  • Multicultural Censorship

    06/13/2008 11:24:36 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 13, 2008 | Emily Miller
    Multicultural Censorship by: Emily Miller, June 13, 2008 Historian and author Victor Davis Hanson argued in a lecture addressed to the Heritage Foundation that there is a new narrative defining the debate between security and liberty that is more characteristic of a post-9/11-plus-hindsight world. Hanson suggested that the government is not infringing upon American individual rights, as was generally feared in the past, but rather Americans themselves pose the greatest threat to their freedom of speech by practicing self-censorship. This consequently stifles thought and discourages freedom of expression. ďRight now at this time, there is a collective mood in the...
  • Obama's YouTube Defense Talk 'Bizarre,' Analyst Says

    06/04/2008 9:56:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 447+ views
    Cybercast News Service ( ^ | March 4, 2008 | Evan Moore
    ( - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is facing renewed criticism regarding his national security policies as he continues his campaign for his party's presidential nomination. In a YouTube video Obama made for a liberal pacifist organization last year, the senator called for major cuts in defense spending, slowing the development of future combat systems, and cutting investments in America's ballistic missile defense program. Some conservatives have expressed surprise at the degree of Obama's proposals on the video, and this past weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign released an ad criticizing Obama's alleged national security inexperience and trumpeting her as the...
  • The war-hero president and the pacifist

    06/02/2008 9:59:06 PM PDT · by Enchante · 13 replies · 98+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 2, 2008 | James Carroll
    After staring into the abyss of nuclear war over Berlin and Cuba, Kennedy chose that June as the "time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and truth is too rarely perceived - yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace." That speech went beyond the reviled Neville Chamberlain ("peace for our time") by calling for "not merely peace in our time, but peace for all time." Instead of aiming, with Woodrow Wilson, to "make the world safe for democracy," the speech proposed to "make the world safe for diversity," a step...
  • The War about War

    05/31/2008 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 25 replies · 106+ views
    Apecial to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 June 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Iím not going to name any presidential candidates in this column. But it is true that the question of whether or how we should conduct a war against terrorism is a part of the national debate now going on. Nor am I talking just about politicians. There is a discussion group in my church (Episcopalian) who read with favor the works of an Irish theologian who believes that Christianityís purpose is the creation of a pacifist, secular government on Earth. This, however, is not a new concept. The same idea, that all war is ďunChristian,Ē was present at the time...
  • Pacifism's Utopian Heart

    04/04/2008 8:31:22 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 21 replies · 121+ views
    Campus Report ^ | April 4, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Pacifismís Utopian Heart by: Bethany Stotts, April 04, 2008 ... "At its heart, utopianism is the denial of radical evil. It is a naive vision of social and political life that ignores the realities of history and human nature,Ē writes Professor Joseph Loconte for JJI. The Pepperdine University Visiting Professor expressed his concern that ďdespite some good intentions, the utopians have absorbed a number of sub-Christian views about human nature and [the] mission of the Church in a fallen world.Ē Such attitudes lead to moral relativism, he argues, prompting strong anti-Americanism from figures such as Jim Wallis, Arthur Schlessinger, Jr.,...