March 29, 2006
One curious thing about all those Mexicans
demonstrating in Los Angeles was that American flags were outnumbered by Mexican
flags. It is curious, because the media claim that all these illegal
immigrants---what they call in their Orwellian fashion 'undocumented
workers'---only want to become law-abiding citizens of the US, to pay taxes and
raise their families. As Demarche
seem to me that if you are trying to make the point that you want to stay in
America and celebrate all that America is and means that you would pick up
the Stars and Stripes, and maybe chant the pledge of allegiance as you march
in your thousands.
There were indeed pledges made, but not to America.
There was plenty of "Viva Mexico!" to be heard, an odd thing to say as Mexico
was certainly the one place where those marchers did not want to be. And some
future loyal, law abiding and tax paying American citizens displayed their
patriotism by raising both flags in a rather odd way.
tip: Michelle Malkin)
Try to imagine such a
thing being tried at, say, a high school football game in West Texas on
a Friday night. Do such a thing in front of me and I swear to God you
had better have dental insurance. You get the idea. Such obvious treason
could only be done among hundreds of thousands of traitors and
illegals---criminals, to call such by their proper name.
Here is another photo
from the same demonstration:
Let us translate the scribbling of these patriotic
and loyal future Americans.
If you think I'm
"illegal" because I'm Mexican learn the true history because I'm in
No one thinks the writer is 'illegal'
because he is Mexican but because he broke US law in crossing our border
illegally. If a criminal does not enjoy the appellation of criminal,
well too damn bad.
But the second part of the sign deserves
attention. The writer claims that he is in his 'homeland.' He is
referring to the fact that California was once part of Mexico. And
indeed it was. (But before that it was Spanish. Before that it was
populated with Indians.) The US under President James K. Polk (1845-49)
cooked up a
war with Mexico and at its end the US Marines were at the Halls of
Montezuma. Besotted with
we forced Mexico to give up what now are the US states of California,
New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and parts of Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. We
had already taken Texas in 1845. A few years later we bought from Mexico
what was known as the Gadsden Purchase for $10 million, filling out New
Mexico and Arizona. One-half of what had been Mexican territory became
by force of arms and money American soil.
Now comes the important part: The marchers
do not want the southwestern US to stay American soil. They want a new
nation called Aztlan. It is to be taken from the US by mass illegal
immigration. After a few more years these loyal and patriotic future
Americans will outnumber native-born Americans and will secede from the
Union. That is their plan at any rate. Here is a map of this future
nation that they call 'Aztlan.'
For a more refined map of this
fantasy click here.
Is this possible? Of course. History does not cease
functioning because we are ignorant of it. Or because we believe we are simply
too powerful and rich to be defeated by a bunch of ignorant rabble. And how
ironic would it be if America smashed radical Islam to pieces overseas only to
be defeated by illegal immigration here at home. If Americans want to keep the
Southwest they had better be ready to fight for it.
But do not believe me. Read what
ex-president of Mexico Lopez Portillo
I have proudly affirmed
that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its
And here is what Mario Obledo baldly
states. He was once the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under
California Governor Jerry Brown. What he writes is manifestly
California is going to be
a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave. Every
constitutional office in California is going to be held by Hispanics
in the next 20 years. People who don't like such demographic changes
should go back to Europe.
Want more? Here is professor Charles
Truxillo from the University of New Mexico.
I may not live to see the
Hispanic homeland, but by the end of the century my students' kids
will live in it, sovereign and free.
It is a waste of time to remind those above
and all who agree with them that what they want cannot be fulfilled
without an ocean of Latin American blood. It is only through war that
Aztlan can come into being. Of course, war is exactly what the sovereign
state of Mexico has been waging against us for a generation. War is
exactly how America got its own Southwest. War has been and will be the
way nations are born. War defines the history of Mexico itself: From
Olmec to Zapotec to Maya to Teotihuacan to Chichimec to Toltec to Aztec
to Spaniard to Mexican to American. Each making war upon the other, each
being subsumed by the victor. Until now. Now the vanquished are
themselves claiming victory. This:
is becoming this:
A further irony: Mexicans flee their own
nation but work to implant to worst aspects of it in the US. Take a look
at Los Angeles where all those marchers demonstrated. It is more
violent, dirty and poorly educated than it was 30 years ago. To state
the matter plainly: The barbarians are bringing barbarism to America.
Los Angeles is coming to resemble nothing else but Mexico itself:
violent, dirty and poorly educated. And if Aztlan ever comes into being
it will be just the same.
(To be continued...)
March 28, 2006
Angels or Visigoths?
the first part of a series of writings concerning all those illegal
Mexicans here, there and everywhere in the US. First, my credentials
(such as they are) as a writer on things Latin American. My father was a
Mexican who himself probably crossed the border into El Norte illegally.
(Yeah, he was both a bastard and a bastard maker, but that is beside the
point.) Second, I have spent 14 years traveling, working and backpacking
in Latin America and visiting every single nation there. Third, I have a
number of ex-wives and ex-girlfriends, all of them Latinas---and all very pretty, thank you very
much. Fourth, like all of those teeming hordes of Mexicans I am Catholic. Fifth,
like all those teeming hordes of Mexicans I love the land of Mexico.
There is something about sitting around a plaza in Oaxaca, nursing a
Tecate while recovering from a walking tour of Monte Alban. Do this and
you just might see God.
On Sunday 500,000 Mexicans and
sundry Latin Americans demonstrated in
Los Angeles. Other teeming thousands did the same in various cities from sea to
shining sea. Much fear and loathing has emerged in the reporting on all of this.
Some truth has emerged too. So what gives? Should Americans worry about this
mass of humanity? Or should we relax and welcome each and every one into our
OK, so let us begin looking at
this political, economic, cultural and demographic mess one thing at a time and
in no particular order of importance.
Mexico is almost what political scientists call a 'failed
state.' It can by no means provide the minimum requirements---clean water,
education, employment, security---to its population of
over 110,000,000. The corruption in Mexico is near Nigerian proportions and second only to
absurd little Paraguay in all of Latin America. Mexico is a financial dead beat
and a wastrel bankrupt. It is violent, lawless and
impoverished, and its political class is widely despised---obviously for good
reason. The grossly corrupt leaders of Mexico have long used the US as a safety
valve to relieve all sorts of political, economic and social pressures. Because
El Norte exists no Mexican politician has had to deal with those forces inside
Mexico that would otherwise tear the place apart. Thus real reform has been
rendered unnecessary as any problems can be pushed onto the plate of Americans.
Mexicans would simply have to tolerate such
oppressive political incompetence just as every other Latin American has to tolerate his
own nation's political incompetence. But Mexico has a bit of luck in being 'so far
from God but so close to the United States.' With a little spunk and initiative
just about any Mexican can get up to the border of the United States and cross
into the land of the gringos---illegally of course. In fact an entire industry
has emerged to enable Mexicans to do just that. Transportation to the border,
falsified documents, connections inside the US---all can be arranged in Mexico
for a fee. The Mexican government itself is party to such economic activity and
no doubt takes a healthy cut of every peso that crosses from one hand to
That such an industry exists
proves Say's Law. This
supply of such ready and willing Mexicans creates a demand to get them to the
US. You should know that 10 percent of all citizens of Mexico are living
in the US illegally. They have no plans to return to Mexico. They are here to
stay. That is the issue. We have to deal with it. How we deal with it
will define our nation forever. So let us do the right and honorable thing---as
soon as we find out just what the right and honorable thing is.
So be prepared for a bit of work
to inform yourselves. Let us not go off half-cocked as so many did about the
ports deal with the United Arab Emirates. Do yourself and our country a favor and pick up a book on Mexican
history. You might start with
Mexico: A Biography of Power. It is by Enrique Krauze, himself a
Mexican, and so it can escape the charge of being gringo propaganda. If you are
curious about the inner workings of the Mexican mind you must read
The Labyrinth of Solitude by the Mexican writer Octavio Paz. He took a
great deal of heat for exposing the Mexican psyche to gringo readers. Much of
what Paz writes is not at all flattering to his Mexican brothers. Read Paz so
that you can understand exactly what we as Americans are up against. To be
forewarned is to be well-armed.
(To be continued...)
March 27, 2006
Showing the Flag
From a Christian point of
view easily the most wicked city in the US is San Francisco. This is no
secret to any sentient American of about any age. One can see all sorts
of perversions practiced there openly. So-called 'Gay Pride' parades are
particular in their public display of naked homosexual sex. A preacher
man some years back took a tour of the city. Upon his return he was
asked what he thought of the place. "Well, if God does not destroy San
Francisco then He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology." For those of a
monotheistic bent, San Francisco has been for some time occupied territory.
But the soldiers of God
taken the fight to the enemy.
More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth landed Friday in San
Francisco for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against "the virtue
terrorism" of popular culture...
The leaders of the city
responded to this invasion of its hallowed ground
by an official city condemnation and a clutch of protesters who said
their event amounted to a "fascist mega-pep rally."
An elected public
servant, one Mark Leno---a Democrat, of course---said of these young
Christian soldiers that
they're loud, they're obnoxious, they're disgusting, and they should
get out of San Francisco.
Nice to hear the voice of
tolerance in oh-so-tolerant San Francisco. A counter protest was made up
of the usual suspects and could almost be said to represent the
different voting blocks of the Democrat Party. They condemned the
various Christian groups who had joined up for the rally in the city by
alliances weren't lost on the 50 protesters
representing a rainbow of San Francisco's left --
from abortion-rights advocates to anti-war activists
to atheists -- who staged Friday's counterprotest.
a real intolerancy to homosexuality in a lot of
these organizations," said Peter Cobb, an organizer
with Not In Our Name.
this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a
resolution condemning the "act of provocation" by
what it termed an "anti-gay," "anti-choice"
organization that aimed to "negatively influence the
politics of America's most tolerant and progressive
One of the groups yelling
away at the Christians was called the
of Perpetual Indulgence, yearly sponsors of the
'Hunky Jesus Contest.' Go ahead and click on the link to
their site, but have nothing in your stomach when you
do. Here is one such member, named 'sister' Mary
this creature is male, but do not hold me to this. What
he/she/it really fears is this:
Those degenerates in San
Francisco are damned but they are not stupid. They recognize the Enemy
when He shows up in their midst. As well they should, for if
Christianity is true then the souls of San Francisco's public sodomites
are destined for Hell. No doubt they hope beyond hope in what is left of
their heart of hearts, that the whole Bible is a mess of lies and the
God presented therein is dead. If not, then at the moment of their death
they will have a whole lot of explaining to do. Not that it would matter
March 23, 2006
The next time some
anti-American type berates this nation, ask him this: "Sir, if you had to
serve time in a prison, would you rather that prison be in the US or,
say, in the Palestinian Territories?" This question in a slightly
different form might well be this: "Sir, were Iraqi prisons better under
Saddam than they are today?" Of course, you might ask an Iraqi.
The mainstream media have
a bizarre fetish. They see American defeat wherever they look in Iraq in
particular and in the War on Terror in general. They positively relish
such unlikely events. Do they ever wonder what would happen to them if
al-Qaeda emerged triumphant in the US? The first to be executed would be
New York Times editors. Of course, they could convert to Islam and save
their hides. They would have to write articles in favor of jihad
and Islam. But then, they already do.
This is the thing about
treason that is seldom mentioned: Traitors---the Murthas and Kerrys and
Clintons and Gores and Kennedys and Durbins---really have no allegiance.
If the US were ever conquered by Islam those fine creatures above would
begin to spout the glories of the Koran. Listen closely, and you can
hear some of them doing it now.
Here is one foreigner who is becoming a Moslem but does not quite
The recent ghastly strife and anger over the
Danish cartoons shows the danger that comes
of our failure to listen and to respect what
is precious and sacred to others.
Prince Charles said
this, he of England way. He has already begun to
serve his new master.
I love a guy who speaks
his mind and is eloquent about it. I wish I had written this
Kobayashi Maru quip:
I found Ayn Rand after college, and Jesus Christ after 9-11. The
latter trumps the former.
What we do not do is provide one faith and kill anyone who does not
believe it. That is medieval. That is in our past. To win this war,
we must somehow bring a brutal culture up through five hundred years
of development in a fraction of the time it took us. For all the
nicey-nice rhetoric that the diplomats like to coat it with, this
is and always has
been a clash of civilizations.
Or this from
For those who find my 'overt" Christianity upsetting, I do not
apologize. Contrary to the opinions of some, Christianity is a
exclusive faith founded on the person of Jesus Christ who was NOT a
prophet, nor simply a good teacher or good man, but as he claimed to
be "God in the Flesh", therefore greater than all others as God is
subservient to no one. "There is NO OTHER name under heaven by which
we may be saved - PERIOD."
And this from
The more these idiots from the media who make no bones about their
pure hate for the President, the more it helps his cause and the
more it reveals his who is on the correct side of history and who is
attempting to cover up the truth.
These are the type of
guys you want on your side in a bar fight.
A bunch of Muslim
scholars (what do they teach, anyway?) still have their
turbans in a tizzy over those Mohammed cartoons.
"It's a war that has been waged against us
for no other reason but to insult Islam,"
said the hardline cleric who has opposed
dialogue with Denmark before it issues an
official apology for the cartoons.
"The Islamic nation has the right to rise in
defence of its prophet."
How strong must this
prophet fellow be if he is thrown into peril by cartoons? And what
exactly is this 'Islamic nation' that scholar speaks of? I can't find
the damn thing anywhere.
Muslims must work to improve the image of
the prophet who is regarded in the West as
"a man who goes after young girls to put in
his harem," said Qaradawi, referring to
Yep, that's the
ticket: Work to improve Mohammed's image. But he
did have 10 wives at his death (632 AD), yes?
And he did marry one of them when she was 9
years young, yes?
You 'scholars' are
going to need a good publicist. After all, when
one thinks of Islam what first comes to mind?
And second? And third? Good luck, boys.
Just another quip:
Put those 300 Muslim 'scholars' in a room in any
American university with all the time they need
and ask them to create something or design
something other than a fancy suicide bomb---a
tennis shoe, let's say.
I endured many a
rant from anti-Americans during my 14 years
spent wandering about in Latin America. Almost
all were civil and some were in good fun. One
sticks out concerning the obliviousness of the
speaker. She was an educated Costa Rican, middle
class and possessed of---how does one say
this?---a 'fine physique.' She railed against the
usual suspects: US imperialism, America not
signing the Kyoto Treaty, George Bush, the
Republicans, American culture, capitalism and so
on. You know the spiel. Anyway, while spouting
off she was wearing Levis and Nikes, speaking in
perfect American English, her dentists and
doctors were US trained, she owned a US-built
car, she had a US bank account, she worked at an
American school overseas, she was paid partly in
US dollars, she had a US visa, she spent her
vacations in the US and she sent her two
children there for college.
Bus she had a 'fine
physique,' which at that time and at that age in
my life trumped the other stuff. For a while at
least. But no more, thank you God.
March 21, 2006
Busy, Busy, Busy and Alas
No, that is not the name
of a law firm. It is a description of my workload until Saturday. A
teacher's work sometimes is light and so goes down with ease. At other
times it comes in floods that threaten to overwhelm. Now it is coming in
floods---as in papers, quizzes, projects, test preparation and grades.
No respite until Saturday.
Of course, these days
being Lent there is no respite at all from the noisome minions of the
Prince of Darkness. The monster is always about, a roaring lion with
jaws agape. He seeks me, evidently considering this teacher quite the
morsel. He will lose but there will be blood on the ground. Just once---just
once---I would like to kick his a** and be done with it: Be done
with all the temptations, all the weaknesses, all the backsliding.
But His Mercy is what
really comes in floods during these 40 days and 40 nights. With out this
absolutely undeserved Blessing I would be damned. So would you. So would
March 18, 2006
Rush is Wrong
Now that is a
sentence one cannot write very often. I have listened to
since his first year in radio. The thoughts I had when I first heard the
guy were shared with many. At long last here was someone who said things
straight. At long last here was someone who was not enslaved to the
drivel offered by the mainstream media. At long last here was someone
who spoke for us.
And do not get me wrong. I
still think exactly the same. It was Rush Limbaugh who broke the
monopoly of the media and forced it to compete for the minds of
Americans. After Rush came all the rest---Sean
Hannity, Tony Snow,
Lars Larson. It was Rush who
showed the way and by doing so became the most popular talk show host in
I have heard many critics
of Rush, most of them convulsed by hatred of him. I have yet to hear a
critic who had actually listened to him. I have read his books, read his
newsletter, seen his TV show and I listen to him every day. I even
listened to the show while traveling in Central and South America when I
could get to an Internet cafe. So let us say that I am an unapologetic
Limbaugh fan. And I agree with him most of the time.
But not on the UAE port
deal. No, I still have no idea if the deal itself was a great and cool
thing for the US. Rush certainly thought so. His reasoning went thus: He
had been to the UAE. He saw it in the middle of a massive program of
modernization. He saw Arabs in the UAE using Internet, wearing Western
clothes---no, not Stetsons and cowboy boots (now that would be a
sight!)---driving Western cars and so on. He concluded that the Arabs
there wanted to be "like us." Therefore, they would actually become
"like us" one day. The port deal would hasten that moment.
Rush is wrong. He
confuses 'modernization' with 'westernization.' These are not the same
things at all. This was the main point of Bernard Lewis'
What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response.
Simply stated, modernization is the acquisition of modern gadgetry:
electronics, cars, fashions, weaponry, TV and so on. Westernization is
the acquisition of western ideas: democracy, capitalism, a free press
and speech, bills of rights, the equality of the sexes and so on. One
can have the first and still be your enemy unto death. As a matter of
fact, one can have both and still be your enemy, but such
conflicts between westernized nations are waged in the realm of
diplomacy rather than upon the field of battle.
It is not clothing and
parliaments but mutual interests that push nations to act in common. As
I have written before, it is entirely irrelevant what the UAE thinks
about Americans. And it is entirely irrelevant that they might dress in
Brooks Brothers, have satellite dishes and welcome Rush Limbaugh to
their shores. What matters is that they fear Iran. And so they need us.
Right now America and the UAE have common interests.
Now take a look at these
These guys are Palestinian
suicide bombers. Like me they wear Levis and Timberlands. Like me they
AK-47s. Like me they are handsome and photogenic. If Rush saw these
male, Middle Eastern, Islamic Arab speakers walking the streets of Dubai
(of course without the guns, which are themselves modern in conception
and manufacture and far more modern than the killers that hold them) he
might conclude that they were 'becoming like us.'
Actually, these guys are
thoroughly modern killers. They are most certainly not westernized in
any meaningful sense. No democracy or women's liberation for them! Their
desire is simply to kill westerners wherever they can be found. They
have no desire to become western themselves. No debate or negotiation
with them can possibly occur. If they caught up to Rush Limbaugh they
would kill him. And kill me too.
What prevents both Rush
and me from being killed by radical Moslems like those above is
America's military---a most modern and western thing to be sure. It is
also the thing that protects the UAE from Iran. It is also the thing
that will force Middle Eastern nations to become western in all the
essentials. This is exactly the reason Bush is bringing democracy to
Iraq. That state under Hussein already had modern things---guns,
electricity, radio---but had no western ideas. The fighting is ferocious
because the holdouts over there do not want western ideas. Tough break
for them. They will never live to enjoy the benefits of really being
Tojo's Japan and Hitler's Germany
were certainly modern, but neither wanted western ideas.
We had to invade both of these states and force them to become
western---to adopt all that democracy and human rights stuff. We
succeeded, and we will succeed in Iraq. When the Middle East
really becomes western in outlook will it become stable and peaceful. It
is not quite the same as Ann Coulter's plan to "invade their countries,
kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity," but simply
substitute 'westernization' for 'Christianity' and you will get the
Rush would too.
March 15, 2006
We are not yet serious
about this war. Sure, our military performs beautifully but where else
in the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our nation can
one see that a war is on? It does not matter---yet---if one believes
this 'war on terror' is a world-wide conflagration, a 'clash of
civilizations' or simply a police action on a huge scale. One could
drive from San Francisco to New York, from Miami to Chicago and see no
evidence that the US is fighting a determined enemy on four continents.
This war has become
little more than background noise, a minor annoyance in the daily lives
of Americans. So far the consequences of our insouciance have been
minimal. It must really be as Bismarck said, that
A special Providence protects fools, drunkards, small children and
the United States of America.
Our 'special Providence'
surely expects us to do some of the heavy lifting ourselves. Such would
include (in no particular order of importance):
War. Although the US has been involved in over 200 military
conflicts since 1787 only five have been declared: The War of 1812
(1812-15), The War with Mexico (1846-48), the Spanish-American War
(1898), World War I (1917-18) and World War II (1941-45). A declaration
of war would send a message to Americans and their enemies that this war
will be waged in the grand old
Jacksonian Military Tradition: totally and decisively until our
enemies surrender unconditionally---the Japanese---or are
exterminated---Nazi Germany. War should have been declared against the
Taliban and against Hussein's Iraq. It should be declared against Iran
for Oil Everywhere and Anywhere. Why should the economy of the
world's greatest nation be tied to the attitudes of 60s era
environmentalist wackos who worship 'mother earth,' hug trees and
subsist on vegetables? The laws against drilling for oil and
against nuclear power sprung right from their marijuana-addled brains.
All of their environmental fantasies of over population, disappearing
rain forests, resource depletion and global warming are twaddle, nothing
but scary stories for children. Such nonsense is unworthy of a great
nation. If we were sensible about our energy needs in 18 months we would
have no need for Middle East oil. That miserable place of course would
remain violent, murderous, unstable and broke---like Africa---but no one
in the US would need to care much.
3. Building a
Fence Across Every Inch of Our Southern Border. What is the
mystery about this? Along with impoverished Mexicans and other sundry
Latin Americans come gang members, drug dealers and Islamic terrorists
across our border. It is a wild place, full of violence and incursions
by the Mexican police and army on a regular basis. In reality our
southern border is a war zone and should be treated as such. No
else on earth is there such a place where a modern nation shares a
border with a 3rd World nation. One reason Mexico is so unstable is
because her politicians have relied upon the safety valve of unimpeded
immigration to El Norte. Removing this will force the Mexicans to at
last become a nation that deals with its own problems rather than
exporting them to the US. The Romans under the emperor Hadrian (117-138)
built a wall across all of England to keep out the barbarians. The
Chinese began their Great Wall to keep out the barbarians 2600 years
ago. The Indians and Israelis are building walls today to keep out the
barbarians. So should we.
Terrorists. Get what information we need from these turbaned
ghouls and then hang them. There is no conflict with the Geneva
Convention. Terrorists wear no uniform, represent no nation and have
signed no treaties. They behead, maim, murder and bomb all whom they
can. If they do not deserve death then no one does. Treat these
creatures as Joshua treated the Canaanites. While awaiting their fates
such prisoners should be treated as criminals: no special food, no
beards, no Korans---but Bibles of course---and only allowed to wear
prison garb. How we treat these international killers is scandalous.
Imagine Nazi killers in an American prison during World War II being
allowed bratwurst, swastikas, pictures of Hitler on the walls of their
cells and copies of Mein Kampf.
At Airports. Searching senior citizens and inspecting the shoes
of children are silly and laughable things. They make us look
ridiculous. All know the policy is ridiculous. Who has been going around
the world blowing up planes, slicing the throats of stewardesses,
killing Americans and Jews when they can and bombing embassies? Why,
Middle Eastern Islamic males who mostly speak Arabic or Persian. Profile
such men---and search anyone named Mohammed no matter what nation's
passport he holds.
Potential Fifth Columnists. One of our enemies in this war is
Islamism. Its birthplace is Saudi Arabia. This nation has been
ferocious in exporting this fanatically intolerant creed all around the
world---including to the US. Mohammed Atta and Osama bin-Laden are some
of its illustrious followers. Why then do we allow Saudi 'students' in
our nation? There are thousands of these. What are they really up to
Treason as Treason and Traitors as Traitors. Treason is
specifically mentioned (Article III, Section III) in our Constitution.
Treason against the
United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in
adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort...
Now, what part of that do we not
understand? Giving aid and comfort to our enemies is exactly what Ted
Kennedy, Dick Durbin, John Murtha, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Jimmy
Carter---Democrats all---have done. As has the New York Times. Americans
have died because of such treachery. Are we a nation of laws or of men?
If we do not punish traitors then we are not worth fighting for. Every
war has had its traitors---Benedict Arnold,
Vallandingham, Jane Fonda, John Kerry---but this one is surely
unique in its public acceptance of such villainy.
And so I repeat: Are we serious about this
war? If we continue as we have been and simply muddle along we increase
the odds of being hit again. Another military strike upon our shores
cannot destroy us---no, not even a nuclear strike could do this. But
what will happen is that at long last every American will cry havoc. The
real dogs of war---not the half-hearted hounds we have so far allowed to
wander about in Iraq and Afghanistan---will be unleashed. Every fiber of
our being will demand the absolute destruction of any possible foe
wherever he may be and the annihilation of whatever nation gives him aid
and comfort. To get an idea of what such a war would be like
recall 1944-45. We unleashed Hell upon Japan and Nazi Germany. Millions
were incinerated---the young and the old, the good and the bad, the
innocent and the guilty. Do we wish to return to such indiscriminate
vengeance? Do we wish to become as
Tiglath-Pileser III, a 'breaker of nations?'
To get serious now is really to allow mercy
later. To go on as we have been will remove mercy from any calculation
of war if we are struck again. Then it will be simply a matter of
vengeful justice, a war red in tooth and claw. Cities will vanish,
nations will be no more and Islam will exist mainly in history books. We
will certainly be victorious, but at what cost to our souls?
March 14, 2006
Several lifetimes ago I
lived in Portland. It calls itself a city but is really just a village
that huddles around its downtown along the Willamette River. Its culture
looks south to San Francisco and north to Seattle. It presents the usual
tribal underclass of the pierced, the tattooed, the sexually
degraded, and a steady supply of vacant-eyed homeless. The cool and hip
there as well, all REI clad and Birkenstock booted.
On one fine and early
Spring day I took my usual seat at a breakfast joint that boasted huge
windows on two sides. One could sit and smoke and wade into a ham and
cheese omelet while looking out onto Broadway, the main street that
sliced through downtown. From such a perch one could see the lifeblood
of the city walk on by as it rushed here and there for work or for play
or while en route to some act of moral turpitude.
I saw him again. I never
got his name but I knew him. He lived so it seemed in his wheelchair.
Every morning he sat in his chair at that corner. He was stricken with
multiple sclerosis or cystic fibrosis or other such curse. He was always
clean and reasonably dressed in the uniform of Portland, jeans and
tennis shoes. He wore a long sleeved shirt with a sort of bib attached
to it. Wheelchair man drooled a bit, and that bib caught most of it. His
too-thin legs and hands were turned at impossible angles, while his body
arched away from the back of the chair. He looked for all the world like
some crazy form of the letter 'L' with a bizarre set of limbs attached.
Wheelchair man could not
really speak outside of a few rote sentences. But he could laugh. I know
this because I joked with him. Or rather, he laughed at my jokes. I
would stand with him at times on that corner and just look upon the
passing scene of Portland. When an unusually disturbed piece of humanity
shambled by I would look at wheelchair man and both of us would grin. He
was always in on the joke, though his sense of humor was imprisoned in a
shattered wreck of a body.
He liked to smoke. One
day I was standing next to him and I pulled out a Marlboro. As I lit up
his eyes looked at me with an odd longing. I got the hint and put the
cigarette in his mouth and held it there. He took a long draw, keeping
the smoke in his lungs awhile and savoring the nicotine as it rushed
through his blood. As best he could he arched his neck so that he could
blow rings of tobacco smoke. He almost succeeded.
Wheelchair man was in the
retail business. He sold pencils at one dollar each. Stuck to an arm of
his chair was a coffee can full of shiny new #2 pencils. Pinned
to his shirt across from the bib was a carefully written note: 'PENCILS.
ONE DOLLAR.' I never saw anyone buy a pencil from him but I knew that
some did. The coffee can usually was empty by early afternoon.
On that day as I had my
coffee and Marlboro while gazing at the street life of Portland I saw
banners and tables being unloaded from a bunch of new vans. On the sides
of these vehicles were magnetic signs that said: Run For Humanity!
Broadway and been closed off to cars and tables were being set up in the
street. Run For Humanity! banners were stretched across
Broadway and a bunch of athletic types were scurrying about. It seemed
that there was to be a 5-mile run 'for humanity' and it was being
organized as I smoked and watched.
Then they began to
appear, slowly at first but then in hordes: the runners of Portland.
They always appeared at such events, all North Face clad and Nike shoed.
Some lined up by the tables and forked over the $40 entry fee while
others strew themselves on the ground and went into a painful series of
stretches. The hard-core runners were whip-thin Calvinist-types who
looked as if they survived on tofu and tea.
There must have been 1000
runners gathered about. Each got a number stuck to his chest. They lined
up in several groups---first were the tofu eaters, then came the
triathlon dreamers, then the mere joggers, then the occasional outdoor
types, and last came the wide bottomed and spandex clad. All were there
to give their all for humanity. Then they were off. The tofu eaters were
soon out of sight. The other groups disappeared in their own time and at
their own pace. The last of them---the wide bottomed---made a great show
of it, all huffing and puffing for a good cause. Soon even they were
lost out of sight down Broadway.
Curious onlookers stood
at each side of the street. The media were there with cameras and
microphones. Wheelchair man was there too. A true capitalist, his chair
now sported two huge coffee cans full of pencils. For there was action
on Broadway on that crisp and clear day. He might make a few extra
I sat in in the
restaurant with my coffee and Marlboros. A newspaper had been left at
the next table. I picked it up and read idly. Some 25 minutes later
there was a great clamor in the street. The tofu eaters had finished the
race first and the crowd was clapping. The runners were still all leg
and arm movements as they pranced like Lipizzaner
Stallions. The media swarmed about them. They all marveled at this
display of fleetness of foot.
I could just make out
wheelchair man through all the people. He may as well have been
invisible. All the attention was on the runners as they finished. Each
got an ovation as he hobbled in due course across the finish line. They
were pleased at themselves for sure: They had got their exercise, they
had got to hang out with their tribe and they had done their part for
humanity. It was a day well spent.
Groups of runners came
into the restaurant and filled it. Orders were made, coffee and tea were served, and
soon hot plates of eggs and pancakes were being carried from kitchen to
tables. The talk was of the run of course. I felt a bit odd smoking
while these weekend athletes sat a few feet away. I tried to shrug it
off but couldn't. I waited until these runners for humanity had all left
before I reached for my pack of smokes. I paid up and wandered outside.
Wheelchair man saw me and
so I crossed Broadway over to his corner. Most of the detritus of the
run was gone now. The vans had been packed up and the banners were all
gone---except for one stray that slowly blew down the street. It had
been a good day for humanity, as the organizers of the run had cleared
maybe $40,000 all told. I saw that wheelchair man's coffee cans were
still stuffed with pencils. None had been sold on that fine Spring day.
We shared a cigarette
without really looking at each other. When it was almost all ash I said
goodbye and headed off down the street. A few blocks on I saw the stray
banner. It had been flimsily made and so had torn in two. Each piece had
a mind of its own. It had ripped between Run For and Humanity!
One---the part that had Run For---had become snagged on a
fence. The other blew with the wind in the direction I walked, following
me almost to my doorstep. I stopped at my apartment building and turned
to the door. The broken banner
lingered for a bit before being carried off by the breeze on its journey to
March 13, 2006
As predicted, one of the the
Islamic, Middle Eastern, Arabic speaking males who run the United Arab
called Americans 'racist.'
Mohammed, who heads up Bahrain's economic investment authority, and
is a key member of the island's government, said Arab countries
could do little if the negative attitude towards the area persisted
in the US.
whether it was fair that many were describing the US reaction as
racist, he said: "Absolutely, but it's something we can't speak
So according to Sheikh
Mohammed (why are these guys always called Mohammed?) Arabs can do
little about public attitudes in the US. Really? Well, here are some
ideas for that fellow: Stop killing. Stop rampaging. Stop blowing up
things. Stop your threats. Stop your God-awful Jew bashing. Stop the
hatred. Take baths. Get shaves and haircuts. Start producing things.
Love your enemies. Practice random acts of kindness.
Sheikh, until you and your
ilk do these things, why should Americans give a rat's rear-end what you
say or think or do about anything? You and yours are a net drain on
civilization. If you and yours disappeared tomorrow the world would be a
better place. And no one would mourn.
And let us not wait for
President Bush to lecture the UAE about this insult t
o Americans. Bush
only gets aggravated when Americans seem to insult Arabs.
Of course, this sheikh is a
rather practical fellow. He understands well enough that the UAE needs
the US far more than the US needs the UAE.
"We have by far the best relationship with the US of all the Gulf
states," he said.
Correct. Now be a good
little sheikh and make sure it stays that way.
Bad Prince John
Surprise, surprise: John
McCain lost a straw poll among Republicans concerning the most likely
and electable candidate for 2008. John-boy came in a distant 5th.
Well, it is payback time.
McCain has never hid his disgust toward Evangelical and conservative
Christians. He was against all of the Bush tax cuts. He sponsored the
campaign finance bill. He sponsored the 'Gang of 14' against
conservative Republican attempts to end the Democrat filibuster. McCain
has played the media darling and enjoyed being what they called a
Well, have a good time
John. You are not trustworthy and you despise the things most
Republicans love. You were elected to the Senate in the first place
because of your name recognition as a POW during Vietnam. If you ever
run for POW you can have my vote for sure. But for president? Not
Alas, knowing McCain he
will run as a 3rd party candidate in 2008 and draw votes from the
Republicans, almost insuring a Democrat victory. I am no Henry II and
McCain is no Becket, but I ask: What to do with this meddlesome pest?
March 11, 2006
A Bunch of Racist, Ignorant, Imbecilic,
So the port deal with the
United Arab Emirates is finished. I really have no idea whether it would
have been to the benefit of the US or not. My areas of expertise---such
as they are---reside in Ancient History, Catholic Theology and
bartending. My gut instincts told me to trust Bush and also not to trust
Arabs bearing gifts. This has nothing to do with Islamophobia or racism
but is simply a logical reaction to the most common profile of those who
have murdered my countrymen for 40-odd years now. The profile is this:
male, Middle Eastern, Islamic, usually an Arabic speaker.
This is not a mystery.
There are no tricks here. This is not a statement of emotion but of
criminology. There is no getting around this fact. One can ignore it or
pretend it does not exist but the fact itself remains. Americans
certainly know this. They know the sort of fellow who is going around
the world beheading them, murdering them, blowing them up and rampaging
So when some Arab nation
that fits the profile perfectly seemed about to enter into a business
arrangement with some US ports it was only natural that Americans wanted
to know the details of this deal. Our Republic functioned just as it was
meant to function. Free citizens reacted through their elected
representatives to get some information about this port deal.
But little information
was forthcoming. The deal was presented as a 'business a usual,'
'nothing to worry about,' 'now move along' sort of thing. Some members
of the Bush administration even insinuated that there was the aroma of
racism and ignorance in the actions of Americans.
So those Americans who
had supported Bush and the Republicans were suddenly called 'racists'
and 'idiots' by those they had put in office. And I am sure these sorts
will want the votes of these racist idiots later this year and in 2008.
treated Americans as subjects not as citizens. Now, exactly what sort of
reaction did it expect?
President George W. Bush
Friday he was concerned about the message being sent to Middle
Eastern allies by the collapse of efforts by a Dubai company to
manage major U.S. ports.
Question: Is President
Bush likewise concerned about the message being sent by these 'allies'
to the American people? How many Arab Islamic nations have gone before
the American people and professed their friendship and aid in the War on
Question: If this deal
was such a necessary part of the War on Terror then why did no one from
the administration go before the public and explain it? The reaction of
Bush was petulant anger, as when he threatened to use his veto.
Question: If this deal
was such a necessary part of the War on Terror then why did no one from
the United Arab Emirates do a speaking tour or radio interviews or meet
before a session of Congress to answer the questions of Americans?
Instead those male, Middle Eastern, Islamic Arabic speakers who run the
UAE acted as petty tyrants. They threatened this and that, blustered
about Islamophobia among Americans and sent dark hints about economic
retaliation and not cooperating in the War on Terror.
Question: If the UAE is
our friend and ally as Bush has stated, then how would it have reacted
if it had been our enemy and antagonist?
There is an indisputable
fact about nations that all should keep very much in mind through all of
this: Nations do not have friends, they have interests.
These interests do not change though allies come and go. American
interests are clear in this war, and we will enlist the aid even of
grubby Arab regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia to further our goals.
Once those goals are achieved the aid of those regimes will no longer be
necessary. We had to win World War II and so found an ally in the Soviet
Union. Once victory was gained we entered into a cold war with the
Soviets, which thankfully ended with their extinction.
This truism of political
science about friends and interests applies to all nations of course. It
applies to the UAE. Its interests can best be understood by simply
looking at a map. (Click on it.)
The UAE sits across the
Persian Gulf a few miles from Iran. Iran is a revolutionary and radical
Islamic terror regime which seeks to militarily dominate the entire
region. Most of Iran is Shiite while most of the UAE are Sunni. The UAE
look just like a dagger pointing to the heart of Iran. It is in the
interest of Iran to control all access to the UAE. The UAE cannot
prevent this without an alliance with a dependable and powerful
government---that is, with the US.
The point here is this:
the UAE will not cease to allow the US military access to their ports no
matter what they say about the now-dead port deal. They cannot because
to do so will mean their extinction by the Iranians.
What the UAE tried to do
with the port deal was to earn a couple of bucks on the side while
engaged in a temporary alliance with the US. There was nothing
particularly moral or immoral about this. While the business deal fell
through the interests of all parties involved remain exactly as before.
President Bush might
worry about the message being sent his pals in the UAE by his fellow
Americans, but the reality of the thing is that such messages matter not
at all. What matters is that the interests of the US and of the UAE are
exactly the same concerning Iran. And these will not change until that
regime's destruction at the hands of the American military.
And after that happy
event the UAE can do whatever they damn well please.
March 9, 2006
Bring It On
Iranian ayatollahs are beginning to
sense that their time is
Iranís former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said
on Wednesday that the United States was faced with defeat in the
This enlightened fellow
went on with his fantasy.
Today, Iran is far stronger in the region and the world than it was
All this comes from fear.
Such words are not meant for the West but for internal Iranian
consumption. The ruling class in Tehran knows war is coming. The Iranian
people---almost to the man pro-American---know it as well. Their wish is
for the US to take out the mullahs, destroy their nuclear facilities and
War is a superb
clarifier. It restores reality. If Iran believes it can defeat the US
the war will clear things up for her. Her illusions will be shattered.
For Iran has been at war with America for 27 years. It has been
non-stop, murderous and global. She has shot our airliners out of the
sky, bombed our embassies, murdered our soldiers, sailors and marines,
threatened and bombed and murdered our allies, sponsored terror cells
around the world and financed the destruction of Jews everywhere. Her
depredations have reached from Argentina to Kenya, from marine barracks
in Lebanon to destroyers in the Persian Gulf.
The one purpose of the
Iranian regime since its beginning has been to create terror. Its oil
wealth procures nothing but murder. It serves no purpose other than to
kill. It functions exactly as a cancer and has the same worth. As
Michael Ledeen puts it,
Hardly a day goes by without
chest-pounding speeches from the mullahs warning us about the wave
of suicide bombers headed our way...the Islamic Republic has waged
war against us for many years and is killing Americans every week.
They would do that even if they had no chance of developing atomic
bombs...The mullahs will do that because it is their essence. It is
what they are.
All of this is coming to an end---at last. It should have been done in
the 1980s, just as Hitler should have been taken out in 1934. Churchill
tried to get his feckless countrymen to see things clearly then. He
failed. Just as then, Europe today wallows in appeasement and
cowardice---and these simpering poses are closely related. The Europeans
are indeed Aristotle's 'natural slaves.'
Americans are not. Iran will be dealt with. She
demands this war:
The United States may have the power to cause harm and pain but it
is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if the United States wishes
to choose that path, let the ball roll.
May God grant that it be quick. And complete.
March 8, 2006
Get Ready...Get Set...
For those paying
attention, here is the part of Dick Cheney's
speech yesterday that should put the matter of Iranian nuclear
weapons forever to rest:
We will not allow Iran to have a
Now, what part of that
sentence do you not understand?
The End Game has arrived.
The US has its ducks all in a row. Be prepared for some breathless
headlines in our worthless media.
Oh, of course most of the
world will jump up and down and scream and shout and bleat and blather.
And the result of all of this manic activity will be exactly nothing.
I have a new rule: I will
pay attention to what some foreign nation says about America when that
nation can perform the mighty task of supplying clean water to its own
March 6, 2006
The nerve! Life has
impinged upon my writing and has forced me to concentrate on the mundane
things---work, for example. Oh well. Stacks of papers to read and
hundreds of grades to record. All fun of course. And I keep in mind that
I have the best job and the best students possible in a fallen world.
Whether these marvelous creatures have the best teacher is an arguable
point. But I keep plugging away.
Besides, in a week comes
Spring Break. Nine glorious days free: for running and biking and
writing and reading. And for reminding myself that Lent is here with all
its temptations and blessings. Old Beelzebub runs furiously about during
this time of course. So I am pulled this way and that between the Son of
Man and the Father of Lies. The Son will win of course, but there will
be blood on the ground. The same Blood that spilled 2000 years ago for
me. For you. I deserve nothing, though I receive everything.
I stopped complaining
years ago that there was little justice in the world. I did this as soon
as I understood that Mercy abounds, and it is infinitely greater than
mere justice. In a truly just world I would have been sent to the
gallows a long time ago. And I thank the Lord for giving me what I need
and not want I want or deserve.
And I ask the Risen Christ
to look upon my faith as weak as it is rather than my sins as great as
they are. Like I said, Mercy abounds.