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    What's in our future or better yet, the future of our grandchildren



    Lesson in History

    SOME OF YOU ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THAT NEARLY EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA WAS GROSSLY AFFECTED BY WW II MOST OF YOU DON'T REMEMBER THE RATIONING OF MEAT, SHOES, GASOLINE, AND SUGAR. NO TIRES FOR OUR AUTOMOBILES, AND A SPEED LIMIT OF 35 MILES AN HOUR ON THE ROAD, NOT TO MENTION, NO NEW AUTOMOBILES. READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT HOW WE WOULD REACT TO BEING TAKEN OVER BY FOREIGNERS IN 2007.

    This is an EXCELLENT essay Well thought out and presented. Historical Significance

    Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat. The Nazis had sunk more than 400 British ships in their convoys between England and America taking food and war materials.

    At that time the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most Americans wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian war.

    Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 , and in outrage Congress unanimously declared war on Japan , and the following day on Germany , who had not yet attacked us It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.

    France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly aligned itself with its German occupiers. Germany was certainly not an ally, as Hitler was intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe . Japan was not an ally, as it was well on its way to owning and controlling all of Asia .

    Together, Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and Mexico , as launching pads to get into the United States over our northern and southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and Europe .

    America 's only allies then were England , Ireland , Scotland , Canada , Australia , and Russia That was about it All of Europe, from Norway to Italy (except Russia in the East) was already under the Nazi heel.

    The US was certainly not prepared for war. The US had drastically downgraded most of its military forces after WW I because of the depression, so that at the outbreak of WW II, Army units were training with broomsticks because they didn't have guns, and cars with "tank" painted on the doors because they didn't have real tanks A huge chunk of our Navy had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor.

    Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600 million in gold bullion in the Bank of England (that was actually the property of Belgium ) given by Belgium to England to carry on the war when Belgium was overrun by Hitler (a little known fact).

    Actually, Belgium surrendered on one day, because it was unable to oppose the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day just to prove they could.

    Britain had already been holding out for two years in the face of staggering losses and the near decimation of its Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, and was saved from being overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later. Hitler, first turned his attention to Russia , in the late summer of 1940 at a time when England was on the verge of collapse.

    Ironically, Russia saved America 's butt by putting up a desperate fight for two years, until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at Germany .

    Russia lost something like 24,000,000 people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow alone . . . 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more than a 1,000,000 soldiers

    Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire war effort against the Brits, then America. If that had happened, the Nazis could possibly have won the war.

    All of this has been brought out to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey things. Now, we find ourselves at another one of those key moments in history.


    There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants, and may soon have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, almost anywhere in the world.

    The Jihadis, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs -- they believe that Islam, a radically conservative form of Wahhabi Islam, should own and control the Middle East first, then Europe, then the world. To them, all who do not bow to their will of thinking should be killed, enslaved, or subjugated. They want to finish the Holocaust, destroy Israel , and purge the world of Jews. This is their mantra . (goal)

    There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East -- for the most part not a hot war, but a war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and its Reformation, but it is not yet known which side will win -- the Inquisitors, or the Reformationists.

    If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the Middle East, the OPEC oil, and the US , European, and Asian economies.

    The techno-industrial economies will be at the mercy of OPEC -- not an OPEC dominated by the educated, rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC dominated by the Jihadis. Do you want gas in your car? Do you want heating oil next winter? Do you want the dollar to be worth anything? You had better hope the Jihad, the Muslim Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.

    If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who believe that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, live in peace with the rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into the 21st, then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away. A moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.

    We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the Inquisition, i. e. the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda and the Islamic terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere. We can't do it everywhere at once. We have created a focal point for the battle at a time and place of our choosing . . . . . . . in Iraq Not in New York , not in London , or Paris or Berlin , but in Iraq , where we are doing two important things.

    (1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack or not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively supporting the terrorist movement for decades Saddam is a terrorist! Saddam is, or was, a weapon of mass destruction, responsible for the deaths of probably more than a 1,000,000 Iraqis and 2,000,000 Iranians.

    (2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic terrorism in Iraq . We have focused the battle. We are killing bad people, and the ones we get there we won't have to get here. We also have a good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq , which will be a catalyst for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East, and an outpost for a stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long as it is needed.

    WW II, the war with the Japanese and German Nazis, really began with a "whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor . It began with the Japanese invasion of China . It was a war for fourteen years before the US joined it. It officially ended in 1945 -- a 17 year war -- and was followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to get those countries reconstructed and running on their own again . . . a 27 year war.

    WW II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full year's GDP -- adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion dollars. WW II cost America more than 400,000 soldiers killed in action, and nearly 100,000 still missing in action.

    The Iraq war has, so far, cost the United States about $160,000,000,000, which is roughly what the 9/11 terrorist attack cost New York. It has also cost about 3,000 American lives, which is roughly equivalent to lives that the Jihad killed (within the United States ) in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

    The cost of not fighting and winning WW II would have been unimaginably greater -- a world dominated by Japanese Imperialism and German Nazism.


    This is not a 60-Minutes TV show, or a 2-hour movie in which everything comes out okay. The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody and ugly. It always has been, and probably always will be.

    The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it.

    If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq , then we have an ally, like England , in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to help modernize and moderate the Middle East . The history of the world is the clash between the forces of relative civility and civilization, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates to conquer the world.

    The Iraq War is merely another battle in this ancient and never ending war. Now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless somebody prevents them from getting them.

    We have four options:

    1 . We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.

    2 . We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as next year, if Iran 's progress on nuclear weapons is what Iran claims it is).

    3 . We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East now; in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in America .

    OR

    4 . We can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the Jihad is more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and Germany and possibly most of the rest of Europe . It will, of course, be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.

    If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children, or grandchildren, may live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the Sharia, an America that resembles Iran today.

    The history of the world is the history of civilization clashes, cultural clashes. All wars are about ideas, ideas about what society and civilization should be like, and the most determined always win.

    Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win. The pacifists always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them.

    Remember, perspective is every thing, and America 's schools teach too little history for perspective to be clear, especially in the young American mind.

    The Cold War lasted from about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989; forty-two years!

    Europe spent the first half of the 19th century fighting Napoleon, and from 1870 to 1945 fighting Germany !

    World War II began in 1928, lasted 17 years, plus a ten year occupation, and the US still has troops in Germany and Japan World War II resulted in the death of more than 50,000,000 people, maybe more than 100,000,000 people, depending on which estimates you accept.

    The US has taken more than 3,000 killed in action in Iraq . The US took more than 4,000 killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944 , the first day of the Normandy Invasion to rid Europe of Nazi Imperialism.

    In WW II the US averaged 2,000 KIA a week -- for four years. Most of the individual battles of WW II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war has done so far.

    The stakes are at least as high . . A world dominated by representative governments with civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms . . or a world dominated by a radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad, under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law) .

    It's difficult to understand why the average American does not grasp this. They favor human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently not for Iraqis.

    "Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate here in America , where it's safe.

    Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran , Syria , Iraq , Sudan , North Korea , in the places that really need peace activism the most? I'll tell you why! They would be killed!

    The liberal mentality is supposed to favor human rights, civil rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but if the Jihad wins, wherever the Jihad wins, it is the end of civil rights, human rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc.


    Americans who oppose the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side of their own worst enemy!

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    Raymond S. Kraft is a writer living in Northern California that has studied the Middle Eastern culture and religion.

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    Ze goggles, zhey do nothing! My eyes are on fire now, I had to copy/paste that into notepad to read it... don't really agree with most of what's said, basically that if we don't fight this losing battle now, we'll have to fight it harder, longer, eventually.
    -Unrequited

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    I think if we are going to fight a war, lets fight it to win. Take all the suits in Washington out of the picture, and let the military fight this to win. War kills people; stop trying to fight a bloodless war. Whether you think it is right or wrong to be in Iraq, it's hard to argue with this logic.

    Edit: by the way, please shrink the text and go back to black. My eyes are doing this::what:

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    Having all of our troops tied up in Iraq, being slaughtered piecemeal, is insanity.

    Our presence thereaccomplishes nothing other than:

    providing a training ground for terrorists' and

    encouraging more natives to join the jihadists because we are - bottom line - invaders of their soil, not saviours.

    The ten to 13 billion dollars a month spent maintaining the "war" over there could have been put to better use if it had been instead applied to securing the land, sea and air borders of the Continental United States (which would have been accomplished by now, at that spending rate - without the totally meaningless loss-of-life of our troops on the ground there.

    We are totally destroying the lives of our troops through multiple deployments - burning them out, causing chaos in their personal/family/employment life; reducing the future enlistments or re-enlistment rate because all future candidates see what's happening to the ones already in (enlistment rates are already being propped up by the services' allowing more-and-more people with past criminal history in, in case you didn't know - as well as having those figures propped up by allowing foreign nationals to earn citizenship by joining).

    This "war" is also destroying the futures of our children and grandchildren by "spending" them into amounts of national debt that will never be wiped out if continued - how "secure" do you think a bankrupt nation will be?

    We never have and never will owe the Iraqi people jack **** - nor was it ever our "responsibility" to either "free" them or shove our so-called "democracy" down their throats.

    If we absolutely had to have taken military action in Iraq (which we didn't) - or any country - we should have waged a complete, focused air-and sea war with the goal of totally laying waste to their country's infrastructure. After bombing every single oil field, refinery, pipeline,airport, train system, electrical distribution system, destroying all their military bases and manufacturing systems of every type - we should have then waved bye-bye and sailed/flown off into the sunset and let them dig themselves out of the ashes.

    I can guarantee you that other mid-Eastern countries would have listened to that kind of lesson ("Screw with the United States and you will be destroyed." ).

    It would have cost less - in money and in American blood - and would have been much more effective.

    The "war" in Iraq is a total waste of American lives - period. Pete





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    I wish they would have done that -- beat them down, and get out...

    I don't see the point in fighting someone if you are going to cure the wounds afterwards...

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    A few observations: Vichy France didn't "align" itslef with Hitler as such (although there were collborators, certainly) - it was a puppet government installed by the Nazis... The numbers are off for the "Russian" (Soviet) WWII casualties... Ireland was neutral... Where did the $160 billion figure come from for the cost of 9/11 for New York?

    At the risk of being priggish, all of this strikes me as ironic considering his (Mr. Kraft's) admonition that history isn't being taught right.

    -ljp

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    Spy, are you asupporter of Ron Paul?

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    I will support any candidate that has a proven track record of coming down on the side of the Constitution every single time.

    Other than Ron Paul, I don't know of any. Pete



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    spy1 wrote:
    I will support any candidate that has a proven track record of coming down on the side of the Constitution every single time.

    Other than Ron Paul, I don't know of any. Pete

    I was not criticising you, I was just curious. I am not quite sold on him yet, but I'd take him over Hillary, Obama, or McCain any day.

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