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Well, our House of Representatives have voted to arm the “lite” jihadists (that we are calling “moderates”) in Syria to the tune of billions of dollars (that we do not have by the way). The Senate likewise passing this madness is pretty much fait accompli. Oh, to be a weapons contractors this month! (Or even a private military contractor)

So after Asaad is gone and the Islamic State group withdraws (note, NOT defeated), the war hawks (read: McCain and Graham) will come back and demand that we “secure the victory” by paying for a massive rebuilding project and oversee the installation of a democracy. That will cost another trillion dollars for so! Oh, and meanwhile the Islamic extremists (armed with our weapons) will continue guerrilla tactics, suicide bombings and such against us during the new occupation. No one is even debating ANY of that. And the biggest irony will be that Obama will have led us into this disaster.

The Islamic extremists have baiting us into spending ourselves into oblivion (to what end?) and are doing it again. Will we have a nation to leave to our children following all of this madness. But at least our ruling elite will be taken care of right? They have been leading a war on the rest of us for the past 20 years or so.

I can only hope that by 2016, perhaps neo-cons will be back out of favor again. But then again, are we – as the NY Times mentioned – in the “great unraveling”? The elites are leading us into decline and everyone is clapping for the freak parade.

For years, there has been a poster here, sending out the alarm about Muslim extremists living among us and how the intent was to turn America towards Islam. It has been happening in Europe for many years now and the troubles have compounded to the breaking point. This poster was scoffed at and dismissed as a “nutjob”. I know the detractors would never apologize for not giving her legitimacy, but I would hope that you may start to re-think the warning and heed the current signs.

So what is going on? Seems that ISIS has created some type of allure to weak minded/non-directed individuals. So they decide to upturn their “normal” lives and go to help the cause. This probably could have been achieved with stricter parenting but that would just be a guess.

But what causes the individuals to make drastic changes in their lives this way? Well, reading this may give you an idea.

Governments are becoming aware and thinking of drastic measures before it gets out of hand. Drastic measures ALWAYS seem to relate to loss of freedoms in America. Would you allow it? Do we need it? Could it be different if we didn’t have a spineless jellyfish (jellyfish don’t have spines anyway) in the WH? Questions you may want to answer and have your Congress critters also answer. For me, if we get bombers over here I hope they start small…..say, with using exploding golf balls. I don’t play golf.

…and by “it” I mean Iraq.

I am not saying that we need to “fix” it, but seeing as how our decision to remove Saddam Hussein and attempt to “install” a democracy has unintentionally turned that that nation into (in the words of Senator Rand Paul) a “jihadist wonderland” we have some obligation to help the Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic minorities that are being threatened with genocide by the forces of the group calling itself the “Islamic State” (i.e., ISIS/ISIL). I am saying this as a very firm non-interventionist that is often appalled by the hawkish rhetoric that comes from John McCain, Lindsey Graham and the rest of the “invade the world” caucus.

Let me clarify by saying that I fully recognize that Saddam Hussein was indeed a very bad guy (as was Qadhafi in Libya) but he at least kept the Jihadist hordes from murdering Christians. However, thanks to Neo-con arrogance, we removed the iron boot of Saddam from the necks of the jihadists and now Christians, Yazidis and any even other Muslims who disagree with their version of Islam are being murdered. Centuries old churches have been burned to the ground. Historic Christian lands have been abandoned. Thousands have been displaced. AND the jihadists are doing all of this with weapons that WE provided! I shudder when I think about it.

That said, we are where we are and we have to help those people. This video below of a Yazidi member of the Iraq Parliament begging for help against the Islamist hordes that are massacring her people broke my heart:

Watch Mark Arabo (an Arab Christian) speak about the crimes of ISIS against Christians in Mosul:

YES! He said that they are beheading CHILDREN!

The question is what to do?

In my humble estimation:

- Support a free and independent Kurdistan! Netanyahu already seems the wisdom of this. Cut the Maliki gov’t out and establish direct ties with the Kurds instead of going through the central govt in Baghdad. Allow U.S. companies to buy oil from the Kurds directly on the open market. Train and arm the Kurdish forces to protect themselves from the Islamic State. We can support their boots on the ground with air support in the effort to destroy ISIS.

- Covertly work toward dismemberment of Syria and Iraq into 6 or 7 smaller states. An Arab Christian state (similar to Israel) should be amongst those nations carved out to which the assorted persecuted Christians of other Arab countries can relocate. (I know this was tried in Lebanon once, but this time it has to be a stronger effort)

The Sunnis and Shia would have the benefit of ethnically purer states where they wouldn’t be victims of each others’ animosity. The smaller those nations the better. While we are at it, we should encourage the partitioning of Libya as well. Our long term goal should be the formation of as many smaller and gelded mini-states as possible.

Sadly that isn’t going to happen (at least not by our design) and we will likely continue with these asinine half measures that promote nation building and “installation” of democracy. Instead Christians will continue to flee the Middle East while getting raped, robbed and killed while Western governments simply watch. We will continue to inexplicably (and against our interests) continue to promote a “united Iraq” and a “united Syria” when fate has handed us an opportunity to simultaneously improve our position security-wise AND advance a more workable and peaceful Middle East for the foreseeable future.

Yes, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine did shoot down a civilian airliner, possibly at the command of the Russian military, and possibly of President Putin himself. While this incident is a tragedy, before we condemn the pro-Russian separatists, it should be noted that several aircraft have been shot down there recently, which begs the question, “Why was a civilian airliner there?”

Also, we must remember our own mistake in shooting down Iran Air Flight 665 on the 3rd of July, 1988.

Once you get past the point where it was all Bush’s fault, with the concurrence of the Dems in Congress about going to war, then you will realize that it was all Obama’s fault for letting the gains and sacrifices fail miserably. Why did it end up like this? Partly because “plugs” Biden is Barry’s international affairs expert. Mostly just because of incompetence, a lack of understanding and just being “over one’s head”. Iraq is vastly becoming an Al Qaeda state. And it doesn’t appear that Obama saw this coming or even cares. When you read the UK story, you will see that a captive (the new wanna-be head of Al Qaeda) was released 4 years ago by unknowns. Maybe this is a reason you don’t release the bad guys.

War also makes strange bedfellows. Iran is getting into the fray because ISIS is Sunni based and Iran has poured tons of aide into Iraq to have a Shite ally. When you look at what is unfolding, you see bitter rivals between Iraq and Iran again(as it was before we ousted Saddam) when they slugged it out with each other. And who do you think is going to be a major target in the area? Yes, not ONLY Israel but Jordan also. And what of Syria? Usually dictators ruin their own countries and don’t branch out. Fanatics use countries as launching points to conquer and overcome others.

How do you explain to American service personnel that you did the right thing when the sacrifice made is destined for the “all for not” category, with the current CIC taking NO BLAME for any of it. And what help will America give to Iraq, other than the money and military hardware that seems to be abandoned and falling into ISIS hands? It looks like the people of Iraq don’t like these Sunni radicals and are taking up arms to save their way of life. Good for them. I wonder if any other Islamic nations will join the fight to stamp out this Al Qaeda cancer? Oh what a mess this is turning out to be. Do you see anything less happening in Afghanistan?

I must admit that I have been waiting for one of Gaius’s thoughtful posts to liven things up but I understand the rigors of the daily grind and children, so I’ll give you a rounding of what is happening in the news.
LoCo wants to close 4 schools they own outright, which will save 2 million a year in operating costs. Meanwhile, 68+million will go to LCPS for fiscal year 2015. The tax rate went down .05 cents and my assessment went up 100k. That means it will only cost me another $1,000 in taxes. What a deal. And they have cut back many services in savings already. Hmm. Where is that Silver Line?
–Fast&Furious……crickets.
–Benghazi……crickets.
–IRS……crickets.
–NSA……crickets.
–Immigration reform…Dem….active.
–Equal pay for women….Dem….active.
–Koch brothers…..Dem….active.
–Bloomberg 50 million towards curtailing gun rights….Dem….new.
–Holder and Obama targeted with racism…..Dem….active.
–ObamaCare……GOP….semi-active (becoming obscure with diversions)
We have a guy feeding cows on federal land who won’t pay the Feds grazing rights. It got heated and civilians are toe-to-toe with armed Feds. Was getting ugly and not over yet. Meantime Putin is land grabbing more of the old USSR while everyone else in the world wags fingers. Ever notice that when big wars bring down aggressors, that nations go into downsizing mode with their military. The focus changes and the eye goes off the ball. During that period of non-focus, aggressors re-emerge upon the scene. Isn’t what keeps them in check are strong military nations at the ready?
Gas is up right when I am getting ready to go fishing. Why are we spending $2 for crop and processing to make $1 of ethanol, just so we can continue to ruin the internal combustion engines that use it? And food is going up. We feed ourselves and others with wheat and corn staple, yet there isn’t enough because of what is wasted as “alternate fuel”. If we took the same amount of corn and distilled it, we could save money, have less vehicles on the road and feel good about being anally raped. I guess being drunk has advantages and savings too. But, heh, ALL food is up. Steak is up (because they feed them corn I guess). I see new taxes on all my utility bills. What’s up with that? What is more important:desert turtles (who don’t like solar farms) or smelts that are nothing more than Egret food? Ever notice where many of the supermarket meats come from lately? Do you really like brushing your teeth with toothpaste that comes from the same country of massive pollution and lead paint toys that cause suicide in supervisors?
And we don’t need another 4 years of a woman president. It has been too long since we had balls in the White House. And we need more testicles in Congress too. A poster here thinks we need to build locally politically and move up. I agree, but I also agree that with a good role model at the top working down that you meet in the middle and get there twice as fast.
Out of all this news (or lack there of), that situation in Nevada with the cows has got my focus. The guy is wrong in his understanding of things. Should it have gotten out of hand? Yes, because the government is involved and that has rallied the people. The underlying theme here is freedom from government and in this case it doesn’t matter if the issue is right or wrong. It is a cause for the people and it will escalate. Could be the beginning of the people’s revolution. Someone is going to die and then all bets are off. Citizens have reached their breaking point and need a circumstance. I’ll be fishing and watching. If need be I might need to extend my vacation and visit the southwest although I’m pretty sure the uprising will come to a neighborhood near me in time. Until then I’ll be starving, going broke with taxes and healthcare. If you feel for my plight and to keep me off the government dole, you may send contributions to me here at NVTH. I promise that any excess funds will be used to buy more worthwhile things…….like bullets.

The news is mundane: low interest rates, economy not growing, no “grand bargain” in sight, IRS scandal going nowhere, other scandals on back burner, lack of public caring on what is happening with the government (since nothing EVER gets traction or resolve), blah, blah blah. I really can’t blame you because I am also dismayed. All anyone wants to think about is the 2014 elections and how to hide (re: not worry about taking care of business issues now but hope that a change in Congress will miraculously make everything right) our current woes and issues. One citizen acted with grave results.

A woman from Michigan has died in the Syrian civil war. She converted to Islam, married (and divorced) an Arab immigrant, shunned the needs of her children and went to fight in opposition of the Assad regime. Why? Her opposition could have been voiced in many ways without ever leaving home and abandoning her children. I guess she felt so strongly about this that she wanted to be “physically” involved. Good for her. I can appreciate a steadfast dedication and devotion to a cause. Funny thing is, she is not of middle eastern heritage–just an Islamic convert. One would think that those immigrants from the middle east would be more apt to go physically fight. Better there than here. I just wish a trend would start where middle easterners in this country would go to their home or neighboring countries and fight for freedom on THAT soil. It took a vagina to show others they have no balls. It took an American of converted faith to show a devotion that others born of faith and region are too cowardly to commit. I would have respect of those of the Islamic faith if they were willing to fight for their faith overseas. Islamic Freedom Fighters unite and go do battle overseas where the action is. Allah will reward you handsomely.