Rand Paul: The only adult in the room.

December 25, 2015

“Preventative war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.”

-Otto von Bismarck

This Christmas Rand Paul wrote a blog about “Peace on Earth.” The Senator pointed out that Jesus was called “the Prince of Peace,” that he taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”  Rand Paul is a lonely voice.  Maybe the only voice of sanity left in America.

Do we really want a war with Russia? A country with a 15% tax rate, who has more religious liberty than America and who faithfully ferries American astronauts to and from the International Space Station because America has no rockets capable of doing so for ourselves?

Do we want to punish them for having the audacity to join the war against ISIS? For wanting to avenge their own citizens, who were shot down in a commercial aircraft?

Hillary Clinton thinks so and wants us to declare a “no fly” zone over Syria, keeping the Russians out. Chris Christie thinks so too and has said he would order any Russian jet violating such a zone to be shot down.

They would go to war against the only other superpower on earth to defend our right to be the sole progenitors of mayhem in the Middle East.  We can bomb and kill our enemies.  No one else.

Ostensibly, Clinton and the Republican neo-Cons want to get rid of Syrian dictator Assad.  And that means supporting “moderate rebels” who are opposed to him in the Syrian civil war.  They warn that Russian air attacks pounding ISIS are spilling over on the so-called Islamic moderates.

The problem is after spending $500 billion the United States could only produce 50 of such “moderate” rebel soldiers to support a pro American government.  The rest, armed by the American taxpayers, went over to the dark side and are supporting Al Qaeda and ISIS, trying to overthrow Assad.  So who are these “moderates” we are afraid that Russian bombs might kill? The 54?

Several years ago, Rand Paul was warning that our tanks and trucks, given over to rebels in Syria were going to fall into the hands of terrorists.  A few months later, almost on queue, terrorists emerged from the chaos of Syria, driving American tanks across the Middle East, draped in the black flags of ISIS.

Is this really about 54 moderate Muslims?

What really drives the Clinton-Neo Con machine is money.  Isn’t it the answer to almost any puzzle?  Big companies make big bucks fighting wars.  It is why they lobbied to leave the billions of dollars of weapons and trucks behind after the War in Iraq.  Just scrap them. The more weapons we give away, the more they can get paid to produce new replacements.  And the best of all is to arm a new enemy which they must then defeat with even more manufactured weapons.

This is the money that drives the wars and this current election. A war with Russia? Imagine the fortunes that could be made?

Senator Rand Paul does not favor the dictator, Bashar Assad of Syria but he does point out that each time we topple a secular dictator we get something worse.  It happened in Libya. It happened in Iraq.  And it will be repeated in Syria again.

This isn’t about Russia, or Assad, or ISIS.  This is about big companies, making money, by waging war. And the national media, dependent on the advertising dollars of those big company conglomerates, will provide the rationale and the popular opinion to make it happen.

Peace on earth.  Good will to men?

Rand Paul is the only adult in the room.

 

 


French baffled by Obama’s ISIS – anti abortion comparisons

December 3, 2015

President Obama’s comparison of the violence committed by ISIS in Paris and the attack by a deranged man against a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado brought gasps of surprise from some French journalists.  “There is no comparison and it cheapens the loss of life here to try to make some dubious political point back home,” I was told.  Beyond that, the feeling was that the president’s comparison was illogical.

I spoke with French citizens and government authorities earlier today by Skype and on FaceTime.

Meanwhile, here are some of the points of comparison to consider.

  1. ISIS speaks for a wing of the Islamic faith that represents millions of followers.  Even the most conservative polling data and research confirms this.  According to one recent poll, as many as 7% of all Muslims, or roughly 80 million people worldwide believe that the Koran approves of the killing of “infidels” or persons who do not share the same Islamic faith. Meanwhile, the gunman in Colorado can name no group of people, no organization, no religious denomination, no rogue pastor, no NGO, that endorses the killing of persons in the name of “anti-abortion.”
  2. ISIS is a full fledged – self declared – Caliphate with an estimated $3 million a day in income from oil and international banks who willingly do business with them.  The deranged gunman in Colorado lives in a house trailer that by some accounts he doesn’t even own.
  3. ISIS has an active online presence, with thousands of sites and postings, preaching terror and death to infidels and recruiting followers.  There is no online anti-abortion presence advocating death to abortionists or recruiting volunteers to kill them.
  4. ISIS murders number into the tens of thousands.  They have targeted Shiias, Yazidis, Kurds, and Christians.  Entire ethnic or religious populations have been wiped out in some villages and cities in the Middle East.  By comparison, since 1990 there have been a total of eight murders associated with anti abortion extremists. None of the eight were coordinated. To offer a point of reference, 136 persons have been murdered in the city of St. Louis so far this year.
  5. Ironically, Islamic laws about abortion are strikingly similar to the views of most Christians and stricter than many.  For example, it prohibits all abortions after four months, even in the case of rape.  It only makes exceptions in the case of the life of the mother.

Meanwhile, after their initial shock, most French journalists ignored the President’s comments. There was no reference to them in the French media. Most French citizens I spoke with had no idea what the President had said.

“Yes, we see this as a war against extremism,” said one French official.  “But how this relates to abortion is beyond me. Donner sa langue au chat.”

Meanwhile, a debate erupted over the American acceptance of 10,000 Syrian refugees. It will push the United States ahead of France in the number of such refugees accepted in 2015.   And this after a Syrian passport was found near one of the dead terrorists in Paris. This past summer a shocking poll revealed that that 51% of all American Muslims favored Shariah Law over the U.S. Constitution.  And a surprising 25% were okay with violence against Americans.

Back at home, Republican presidential candidates wondered if the United States shouldn’t hold off on the influx of Syrian refugees and accept some of the Christian refugees now being slaughtered by ISIS in countries across the Middle East, or even military translators and their families, who helped U.S. ground forces during the Iraq War.

At this Obama was outraged. “When I heard political leaders suggest that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing a warn-torn country is admitted…that’s shameful, that’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

Which many Christians would contend is the whole point. There is indeed a test. Christians refugees are accepted last or not allowed.

For their part, the mainstream media continues to rigidly cater to the President’s version of the world even when embarrassing events such as the tragedy in Paris interrupt.

A documentary on ABC television points out that Islam and Christianity share common verses in the Old Testament that speak of barbaric executions for crimes against religious laws.

CNN reports on a raid against a Charity in Karachi in which Christian workers were separated from Muslims, the Christians murdered, the Muslims spared, while CNN intones that there appeared to be “no indication of a motive.”

Now both Obama and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, insist that we must take the 10,000 Syrian refugees or suffer the consequences. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL,” says Obama.

Has it come to this?  We must take them, feed them, educate them and trust they will assimilate or they will blow us up?


Rand Paul is right about ISIS and his opponents have become hysterical

June 11, 2015

“If you are afraid of being lonely don’t try to be right.” – Jules Renard

Lost in the recent GOP debate is the fact that Senator Rand Paul was the first public figure to call for a declaration of war against ISIS.  He did so because he said they represented a threat to the United States.  So why are so many of the other GOP candidates attacking the Senator?  What’s their beef?

The real irritant to the other GOP contenders is that Rand Paul would not only go to war with ISIS, he would have blocked the creation of ISIS in the first place.  Three years ago Rand Paul warned that American arms to Syrian rebels would would almost certainly end up in the hands of Islamic radicals.

And Rand Paul was not the only one.

Micheal Shank, a board member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution warned as early as 2013 that we were setting up another Middle East war with an even more vicious enemy.  Warning about the Syrian rebels Shank said, “Regardless of the vetting procedures in place, the sheer factionalized nature of the opposition guarantees that the arms will end up in some unsavory hands. The same militant fighters who have committed gross atrocities are among the best-positioned of the rebel groups to seize the weapons that the United States sends to Syria.”

Shank gave an historic litany of how the same policy had worked in the past. “Arming one side of Syria’s multi-sided and bloody civil war will come back to haunt us. Past decisions by the U.S. to arm insurgencies in Libya, Angola, Central America and Afghanistan helped sustain brutal conflicts in those regions for decades. In the case of Afghanistan, arming the mujahideen in the 1980s created the instability that emboldened extreme militant groups and gave rise to the Taliban, which ultimately created an environment for al Qaeda to thrive.”

In a chilling description of the horrors that were to come, Shank profiled the type of warrior on the ground in Syria and what we could expect.  “When you lift the curtain on the armed groups with the most formidable military presence on the ground in Syria, you find the Al Nusra Front and Al Farough Brigades. Both groups are closely aligned with Al Qaeda and have directly perpetrated barbaric atrocities. The Al Nusra Front has been charged with beheadings of civilians, while a commander from the Al Farough Brigades reportedly ate the heart of a pro-Assad soldier.”

The U.S. Senate and the administration, both lavished with money from the arms lobby, ignored the warnings.  Getting rid of the weapons – even if meant giving them away and even if mistakes were made – assured that more could be manufactured and sold.

A year later, in September, 2014, the United States was still arming the rebels.  Over strenuous objections from the Turkish government  President Obama airdropped ammunition, grenades and rocket propelled grenade launchers to Syrian rebels.  Senator Rand Paul was one of the few voices of reason but there were others warning that yet again, we may be giving the enemy the bullets they will use to kill our men.  Almost immediately the airdrop was picked up by Islamic radicals and their videos showed the event to the world.

Within two years of Rand Paul’s warning ISIS emerged from the petri dish of the Syrian civil war and raced across the Middle East in American made tanks and Humvees destroying cities and Christian communities that traced their unbroken heritage back to the apostle Thomas.  Today, Senators who scoffed at Rand Paul’s warnings two years ago now bristle with indignation calling any question of their failed policies as “unpatriotic.”  Meanwhile the embarrassed Obama White House complains to media outlets that they should stop using videos that show American tanks racing across the deserts with black ISIS flags flying.

Senator Rand Paul recognizes that there are unintended consequences to American actions and that America, itself, should clean up its own messes.  And so he immediately called for the war to destroy ISIS. There is no doubt that their use of social media makes them dangerous even on American soil.  Nevertheless, Rand Paul’s political enemies, shamed by their own actions, now seek to force a different narrative.  Paul suggests that a little humility is in order.

Senator Paul has made it clear that he will commit America troops to defeat her enemies.  He has called for an increase in the Defense Budget.  But he has also made it clear that he is deeply concerned about the lives of that same tiny percentage of men and women are being sent back to war, over and over again.  Their suicide rate is astronomical and closely mimics their divorce rate, the result of the longest wars – and therefore the longest separations among military families – in American history.  And the children of those soldiers are now being raised in broken homes.

Having a president who will consider the consequences of his actions and who will only commit to war with deliberation just might be what the nation needs.  Let us defeat ISIS.  But let us not create another one.


Some Chibok Girls Celebrate Freedom, Light Candles for Lost Sisters

April 14, 2015
     Today is the first anniversary of the Boko Haram terrorist abduction and enslavement of hundreds of teenage school girls from Chibok, Nigeria.  The terrorists took the girls from a State run boarding school, driving them off  into the forests.  Several of the girls escaped.  Their names are changed to protect their identity but their harrowing stories are told in this BBC report.  One of them hid in the compound when the raid took placed, two of them jumped from speeding trucks racing away from the scene of the attack and two of them escaped from the Boko Haram terrorist camp making their way back to civilization through dangerous, terrorist held, territory.
     Today, the girls are students at Canyonville Christian Academy in Canyonville, Oregon where they continue to pursue their educations.
     Last night students, representing thirty countries, lit 219 candles at the school in Canyonville, Oregon.  The candles represented Chibok girls still missing

     The following letter, composed by students and teachers, will be read aloud at today’s special ceremony.
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     “To the girls still held captive. You may think that you are forgotten. But you are mistaken.  We have never stopped thinking of you, never stopped praying for you and never stopped loving you.  You are not alone.  You are not forgotten.  And one day the whole world will celebrate your freedom.  Someday people everywhere will say of any lost and hopeless cause, don’t give up, be brave, remember the Chibok girls?  Remember how they finally came home?  We will be waiting for you with open arms.  You are not alone.  You are not alone.”
     Tonight, the Empire State Building will be lit up in special colors to honor the Chibok girls.  For those wishing to help the girls donations can be made to the Chibok Girls’ Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 


Benjamin Netanyahu’s Dark Prophesy

March 3, 2015

There have been more than 100 speeches by heads of state before joint sessions of congress.  But none like the one today by Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu.  Doug Wead talks about the speech and compares it to other moments in history.  Wead says Netanyahu’s  warnings about “an Iran with all the nuclear weapons it want in ten years” is a sobering prophesy that deserves discussion.


Has President Goodluck Johnathan freed the captives? Will the Chibok girls come home?

October 17, 2014
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According to news reports coming out of Nigeria the government of president Goodluck Johnathan may have successfully negotiated the release of the 276 captured Chibok school girls from the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.  As of this moment there has been no confirmation from the Boko Haram and none of the girls, declared as slaves by their Islamic captors, have been freed, although an estimated 50 have escaped.
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If the reports are true it would be a stunning diplomatic victory for the Nigerian president.  Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has announced it will declare Nigeria an Ebola Free Zone, a claim that the United States cannot make. International observers are praising Nigeria for its thoughtful and measured action in dealing with the Ebola crisis while faulting the United States for its arrogance and complacency in responding to the danger.
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Boko Harma, which means “Western Education is Forbidden” has received worldwide condemnation for its campaign of rape, murder and torture of children across Africa. An estimated 5,000 have been murdered this year.
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While many American news organizations have characterized the conflict in Nigeria as a war between Christians and Muslims, the toll of death and destruction has been markedly one sided with Christians refusing the fight back. Tracking by the Jubilee organization out of Fairfax, Virginia has shown that in the last two years more Christians have been killed in northern Nigeria alone than in all other countries of the world combined.
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Speaking before the Hudson Institute and other forums, Nigerian human rights activist, Emmanuel Ogebe offers a compelling litany of the atrocities of recent years.
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Bokko Haram suicide bombers attacked St.Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Rayfield killing 13, including the boy scouts who welcomed visitors and operated the church gate.
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More than 200 were killed in a single day of brutal massacres in Kano State.
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When Christians dared to vote in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, their city was burned to the ground by Islamic jihadists.
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Larger cities are no guarantee of safety. A prominent pastor was dragged from a taxi on a city street and stabbed to death for refusing to convert to Islam on the spot.
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A Church of Christ congregation was attacked in Jos Plateau State, killing two women, a one year old child and injuring 50.
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The countryside can be especially dangerous. 500 Christian villagers in Dogo Nahawa were massacred by Muslim herdsmen.
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In 2012, Muslims killed 88 villagers and burned 187 houses in Jos North.  When survivors and mourners, led by a Christian Senator Gyang Dantong held a burial service the next day, the Nigerian Senator was, himself, murdered and 13 other mourners along with him.
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For several years, the United States government of president Barack Obama turned a blind eye to the calamity, refusing all calls to name Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.  In December, 2012, then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton stunned African leaders by raising the alarm over the massacre of elephants while ignoring the human slaughter of Christians in nearby Nigeria. “Our goal is to inform more people about his crisis,” she said, of the threat to the elephants, “attacks are multiplying at an alarming rate.”
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In November, 2013, the United States, responding to widespread outrage from human rights organizations finally determined that the Islamic organization, Boko Haram, were indeed terrorists.  At the same time the U.S. government insisted that news reports claiming that the terrorists were funded by Al Qaeda was false.  Other news reports say that the group receives substantial financial support from British and Saudi Arabian Islamic communities.
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In April, 2014 the Boko Haram descended on the Northern Nigerian village of Chibok where they kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a State run boarding school.  According to reports of girls who escaped, they were ordered at gunpoint to convert to Islam.  Boko Haram announced that the the girls, some as young as 13, would be sold as wives or used as sex slaves by Islamic warriors.
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With the dramatic kidnapping of the Chibok girls politicians worldwide, including Democrat and Republican politicians in the United States who  had been silent about the plight of Nigerian Christian civilians, rallied to “Bring back our girls.”
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If the recent Nigerian negotiations with the Boko Haram are true, it will result in a miracle return from captivity for the girls whose fate was was being mourned by millions worldwide.

Why was James Foley left to die?

August 22, 2014

Gretchen Carlson is one of the best of the Fox News anchors and she just nailed it with her comment about the gruesome  murder of James Foley by ISIS thugs.  She quoted a State Department spokesman, who explained why we had not negotiated for the release of the journalist. “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.”

“But isn’t that exactly what we did for Bowe Burgdahl?”  Carlson asked.  Burgdahl was the Islamic sympathizer whose parents were feted at the White House by President Barack Obama when his release was announced.

An article in The Hill says the Pentagon clearly broke the law in the Burgdahl case.  The Associated Press just ran a story on the hypocrisy of the difference between the two hostages.

What many will miss is the deep faith of James Foley and how that factored into this story and American policy.

Keep in mind, ISIS is confronting Christians in Iraq with the following option: convert to Islam or die.  And Christians are being executed in other Islamic countries for no other reason than their faith.

Before Barack Obama, every recent president since Reagan has been active worldwide in helping persecuted and martyred Christians.  When I worked in the White House of George H.W. Bush we regularly helped get Christians out of prisons all over Africa and Asia.  These included missionaries and educators but also journalists and relief workers.  Bill Clinton helped establish the International Religious Freedom Act that worked with the United Nations to stop the slaughter.  Unfortunately what we saw happen to James Foley is only a small vignette of killings of Christians worldwide.  Senator Rand Paul has called for withholding foreign aid to nations who execute Christians just because of their faith.  But he has had only two co-sponsors.  And the Obama administration quickly quashed the idea.

The national media, who once winked at communism, hoping to avoid getting on their killing lists when they took over America, now seem to be courting the Islamic extremists.  Leave us alone.  Don’t hurt us or our families when we travel the world and we will not hurt you.  Here, take our Christians.  For years the media blurred the distinctions between Muslims and Christians in wars in Africa leaving most Americans ignorant of how religion was actually driving the crisis.

On all of these issues moderate Muslims are silent.

Meanwhile, being a Christian and being open about it can get you killed in the Islamic world, and left to die by a politically correct American government who will not ransom you.  James Foley, whose Christian faith was no secret, once described to an audience at Marquette how prayer kept him alive during his captivity by Muammar Gaddafi.

As it turned out surviving Barack Obama’s foreign policy takes more than prayer.

 


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