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Wednesday, 25 April 2007

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Eleanor

One does not announce defeat to the world and expect to win a war.

Did you notice that even when losing battles and territory in Lebanon during the recent conflict with Israel, Muslims fighters kept announcing that they were winning, and historically a lost battle was always evaluated as a "learning experience" or a withdrawal to regroup, never a defeat. In fact, the end of the battle for Europe was then, and is now considered to be ONLY a lull in the campaign.

There differece is between confidence and defeatism. Withdrawal is not defeat, but coming home with the words of Reid et al ringing in our ears will make us real losers.

GM

Eleanor,

You have put your finger right on the "why" of why we are losing. To illustrate further, I saw some History International program recently about some Islamist in England who runs a website for the most virulent jihadis from all over the globe. These jihadis are as bad as you can imagine, and worse. However, this Islamist runs this website with pride,and a sense of morality about what he does. He projects the same attitude you fingered. (Incidentally, this emigre Islamist has the full protection and support of the British government, even though all things he does and says are seditious and treasonous. How about that!?!)

The pathetic governments and leaders of the West have no sense of cause and feel morally wrong about defending us. That Islamist in England identified this as why the jihadis are winning: They have a cause, and without a cause, wars cannot be won.

Always On Watch

I am so very consummately disappointed in Bush. Words cannot convey the level of disappointment I feel.

I'd like to add something to what you've written here, George....Bush has empowered Saudi. I hate that New Age word "empowered," but it fits the situation. Saudi now enjoys the status of "Middle East peace broker." Is that an oxymoron, or what?

GWB has not brought democracy to the Middle East. Just the opposite! He has, instead, emboldened the ummah as they now also tap into their ever present mindset of victimhood (Reference Patai).

We are not fighting Iraq to win, and withdrawing has both political and national-security ramifications. Our Commander-in-Chief has not demonized the enemy nor rallied the people here at home.

I hate to think of the disaster about to befall all the world within the next 10 years (if not sooner).

GM

AOW,

If I could bronze your comments and put them on my mantle, I would. I could not agree more with your analysis. What Bush et al have bequeathed to America may bring us close to destruction across the 21st century. At 68, I hate the thought of what our children, their children, and generations beyond will have to deal with. Bush has taken the worst of the future from the "possible," beyond the "probable," all the way to the "certain." It could have been different had we taken a proper course from 11 September 2001. We could have all but eliminated this jihad mess as a serious threat to us, and I write this without any sense of "pie-in-the-sky" Pollyanna-ishness. We could have had Iran and crowd in our rear-view mirrors instead of our windshields.

I used to think that maybe Clinton was the worst president of my lifetime. Given the evil that Bush has allowed to perpetrate, I know now that it is GWBush who is the worst. That says a lot, given LBJ and Carter.

I think that the jihadis will feel so emboldened that they will bring their destructiveness to our homeland. I also think that will be their undoing because I think Mr. and Mrs. Average American will clean them out of America.

What really concerns me, however, is that this may well precipitate another civil war within America. That war will pit those of the Left (the anti-Americans) against those of the Right (the pro-Americans). Wars may be necessary occasionally, but they are never good. Even the best have a real Pyrrhic victory quality to them. Recovering from a civil war would be as horrible as having one.

We know that Clinton's legacy is that of a sexually depraved pragmatist, who could "do" treason on the side (China) without batting an eye. We can now see that Bush's legacy will be far worse. Too bad the Conservatives are still passive about Bush, even though some are waking up.

I think your statement about 10 years vs sooner is so very true, but I will bet on "sooner."

Many thanks for your very thoughtful comments.

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AMERICANS: STOP LIVING DEFENSIVELY!

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    So far, Muslims have their greatest victory over us by making us shift into defensive living with regard to them. We tread with fear of "offending" them, of inciting world-wide riots by Muslims against us, and of always trying to curry favor with irrationalists. We used to go about life, guided by our own thoughts and desires, and no defensiveness. It is our fault that we let them dominate our behavior. STOP IT! Americans do not live defensively! Let savages fear us!