National Talk Like a Pirate Day is just around the corner on September 19.
Phil Gray over at Shades of Gray (Umbrae Canarum) has taken a lengthy look at the Kerry campaign’s stategy of shut-up-and-go-away.
Perhaps we should go over the things that Kerry cannot be critiqued about, as it would be a “smear” or “questioning his patriotism.”
1.) His Vietnam service (fine with me – a messy business all the way around, that)
2.) His unique forum for protesting the war – i.e. a Senate committee
3.) His statements in #2
4.) Pronouncing “Ghengis” as “Jengis” (okay, okay, I doubt that the issue has come up, and it’s just a personal hang-up, so leave it to the side)
There’s more. Go give it a gander.
Ralph Peters has published a column condemning the yesterday’s Russian school massacre and calling out Muslims to stand up and salvage the so-called “religion of peace.” (Hat-tip to lgf)
THE mass murder of children revolts the human psyche. Herod sending his henchmen to massacre the infants of Bethlehem haunts the Gospels. Nothing in our time was crueler than what the Germans did to children during the Holocaust. Slaughtering the innocents violates a universal human taboo.
Or a nearly universal one. Those Muslims who preach Jihad against the West decided years ago that killing Jewish or Christian children is not only acceptable, but pleasing to their god when done by “martyrs.”
It isn’t politically correct to say this, of course. We’re supposed to pretend that Islam is a “religion of peace.” All right, then: It’s time for Muslims to stand up for the once-noble, nearly lost traditions of their faith and condemn what Arab and Chechen terrorists and blasphemers did in the Russian town of Beslan.
If Muslim religious leaders around the world will not publicly condemn the taking of children as hostages and their subsequent slaughter â€” if those “men of faith” will not issue a condemnation without reservations or caveats â€” then no one need pretend any longer that all religions are equally sound and moral.
Islam has been a great and humane faith in the past. Now far too many of its adherents condone, actively or passively, the mass murder of school kids. Instead of condemnations of the Muslim “Jihadis” responsible for butchering more than 200 women and children in cold blood, we will hear spiteful counter-accusations about imaginary atrocities supposedly committed by Western militaries.
Well, the cold fact is that Western soldiers, whether Americans, Brits, Russians or Israelis, do not take hundreds of children hostage, then shoot them in cold blood while detonating bombs in their midst. The Muslim world can lie to itself, but we need lie no longer.
Peters then goes on to tie this tragedy of innocence lost to the West’s efforts against Islamic terror.
As they inevitably do, the terrorists reminded the world of their heartless barbarism. Even if France manages to beg the release of its kidnapped journalists in Iraq, it has begun to sense its vulnerability. And all Europeans with a vestige of sense will recognize that the school seizure in Russia could easily repeat itself in Languedoc or Umbria, Bavaria or Kent.
An attack on children is an attack on all of humanity.
No matter what differences Western states discover to divide them, the terrorists will bring us together in the end. Their atrocities expose all wishful thinking for what it is.
A final thought: Did any of those protesters who came to Manhattan to denounce our liberation of 50 million Muslims stay an extra day to protest the massacre in Russia? Of course not.
The protesters no more care for dead Russian children than they care for dead Kurds or for the hundreds of thousands of Arabs that Saddam Hussein executed. Or for the ongoing Arab-Muslim slaughter of blacks in Sudan. Nothing’s a crime to those protesters unless the deed was committed by America.
The butchery in Russia was a crime against humanity. In every respect. Was any war ever more necessary or just than the War on Terror?
I first came across Ralph Peters in ’93 when I read his novel The War in 2020. The book, written in 1991, has become somewhat dated by actual events since, but it is an excellent and thrilling read based on the U.S., struggling to escape a stagnation of its military, sending an expedition to assist the struggling Russians against militant Islamic invaders.