by Anthony LoBaido
Concerning the Middle East, despite all the talk about a "successful surge" in which the United States paid off various Iraqi irregular militias not to shoot at our troops, there is still much which needs to be said about Iraq, and to a lesser extent, Afghanistan. This exercise will require the painting of some very broad and even painful strokes. So many important and vital questions have not even been asked, let alone pondered.
There are of course on the surface the all-too-familiar debacles. How could these impending defeats have happened to "the greatest military power on Earth?" Consider that the very same nation which in 1945 had six percent of the world's population and over 80 percent of the world's wealth has now decayed into an infantilized economic and moral state.
A nation caught up in such a great decline should be ripe for self analysis, rather than engaging in craven delusions. If the reasons for the invasion were wrong, or outright lies to conceal the real agenda, how can the occupation ever be made right? As such, one might wonder about the real reasons behind the invasions?
Was it to break up Iraq into three little states which would be unable to challenge the U.S. or Israel? (I doubt our leaders are that smart.) Was all of this the workings of the Project for a New American Century, AIPAC, the Council on Foreign Relations or some other allegedly nefarious group? Some hidden New World Order elite operating from secret chambers? The Antichrist? The Boogeyman? Or did George W. Bush and Tony Blair fly by the seat of their collective pants?
There are those who claim over 1,000,000 Iraqis, mostly civilians, are dead. Some may rightfully dispute this number, as if an exact account is possible in a country where overwhelmed morgues have turned away bodies in droves. This Neocon invasion happened all because the U.S. felt the need to get rid of a murderer and dictator we had trained, financed and armed. It's fair enough to say "We created him, so it was our responsibility to get rid of him."
But make no mistake, Islamic militants did not start the war in Iraq -- Dubya did. Why?
First, Saddam tried to kill his father, George Bush Sr. (We can understand the son's anger about that and perhaps even applaud it).
Second, President Bush Jr. read a book about democracy written by Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet refusenik, (a smart, decent man) who gained notoriety in the Israeli Knesset. After reading this book, Bush Jr. decided to democratize the entire Middle East. He quoted from this book at his second inauguration. The question remains, if Natan Sharansky had written a book about the cartoon character Gumby, would we all be riding around now on an orange horse?
British Intelligence, Blair, the CIA, Dubya and his cabal (as correctly chided by everyone from Paul Craig Roberts to Paul Sperry) have acted shamefully at various levels. This should be chilling to all decent Americans who value truth. Only liars tolerate other liars. And no lie occurs in a vacuum, rather only to cover up other lies. And they still don't get it, do they? Let us consider that American soldiers (about 80 percent are at least nominal Christians, Catholics and Protestants/Evangelicals) have now effectively run most Iraqi Christians out of their own country by installing the radical Shiites to power in Iraq. Is that true irony? Of course we all know from an infamous Sixty Minutes interview with a true insider how evangelicals have been used to the highest degree by this administration.
And to think how many of us voted for them back in 2000 not knowing their level of contempt for us! Never again ...
And where are the vaunted American Christians when our fellow believers are killed in Iraq and Gaza? Many actually cheered on this sickening spectacle. Others simply nod in silence. No wonder so many people hate Christians in America. What happened to love thy neighbor?
What happened to silencing one's own conceit, false pride and self esteem? What happened to the notion of turning the other cheek and doing good to those who hate you?
What happened to defeating evil with love and not with more evil? To know Christ's power mean to first know His betrayal and abandonment and humility and service to others. How can we say we are Christians when we are so quick to kill? This is not the path to "the narrow gate." This is more like "I never knew you."
With thousands of dead American soldiers (the very best boys and -- shamefully -- the girls of America cut down like flowers in their youth) and tens of thousands of serious casualties, again, we must ask, "Why?"
There was a greater freedom of worship for Iraqi Christians under Saddam than after "liberation." And as non-state and sub/micro-state actors (Fatah, Hezbollah) and supra-national actors (al-Qaeda, Islamic jihad) continue to fill the coming power vacuum, things might get even worse in the Middle East for everyone who doesn't support their particular brand of religion. What's the point?
What about all the missing U.S. development aid which Paul Bremmer couldn't account for? He couldn't fly in some accountants? Where is the outrage of the U.S. taxpayer? Who knew the money was being flown in? Have you considered that maybe we stole the money from ourselves?
As an aside, the December 5th, 2006 edition of the USA Today reported that a billion dollars has been wasted on training the Afghan police force. No one knows how many police were trained, what equipment they have or where it is. Where is the outrage as Mr. Obama makes further preparations to bankrupt America in the Graveyard of Empires? The nation of Afghanistan where Alexander the Great, the British Empire and the Soviet Empire all were all eventually sent packing. Is our hubris that strong? Are we that far off the beaten track?
How could our military have trained so few Iraqi soldiers in all this time and with all that money? Why dismantle the entire Iraqi Army and purge every single Baathist from power? Was that smart? Is this the best our military, the CIA, DIA, State Department, Rand Corporation and so-called Ivy League "elite" can come up with? What do they teach at West Point? "How to Ruin a Country 101?"
Can you explain how a radical Shiite government in Iraq, allied with Iran and chanting "Death to America" helps American interests? It's just insane and it is getting increasingly harder to focus on the reality in Iraq, or what went on in the minds of Cheney, Bush Jr. and Halliburton. (As a plus, the Kurds, the largest ethnic group in the world without a country, may finally get their own state.)
Of course, things didn't have to turn out this way. From the very beginnings of the now infamous Shock and Awe we had no real plan for occupation. U.S. Special Forces bribed Iraqi commanders with briefcases filled with cash as a means to make them abandon their positions. This was not a very good introduction to capitalism.
Then we failed to secure an important Iraqi museum which was soon was looted. Great and priceless treasures of human antiquity were lost. This was a horrible mistake as it set a tone for anarchy. In fact, it was so stupid from a tactical point of view it stupefies the imagination. When questioned about this, former Secretary Donald Rumsfeld simply said "Democracy is messy." Well, so is a diaper! That's why a baby needs constant attention.
And what good is a brand of democracy in the Middle East which brings to power the rockets of Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iranian-aligned the Shiites in Iraq and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? These groups only taunt Israel and give the Israeli/American military machine more reasons (real or imagined) to go to war. And wars mean money for certain elites.
(That said, if it was a reverse situation and the facts on the ground showed all Jews from Morocco to the Philippines and from Southern Russia to the Sudan, and this tiny little Muslim nation was in the middle of that vast "Jewish sea" of nations and peoples, would all those Jews come after this one tiny Muslim country? Or would they leave them alone and give them a tiny piece of land the size of New Jersey? I think we all know the answer to that question at least.)
Want an exit strategy? Sure, with multi-billion dollar bases, the most luxurious embassy ever built, air power and oil involved, was there ever a plan to leave Iraq?
Ever truly ponder Rummy's "light footprints" of a rapid moving, fluid military? Does this include women in combat, women with babies in combat, women with little children in combat and as Sixty Minutes reported, calling up a 60 year old grandmother?
Further, does this include our troops hunting for scrap metal to protect themselves, and the families of servicemen and women mailing off body armor and other equipment the military should be providing? But we've got oodles of money to send the ANC, the United Nations and God knows who else. (The "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska comes to mind).
"Look, Grandma mailed the soldiers cookies!"
"Look, Grandma mailed the soldiers body armor!"
"Look, Grandma mailed the soldiers ... Grandma!"
This is America?
Why wasn't a 60 year old grannie on the beach at D-Day?
Then, to control people with vice, alcohol and prostitution were legalized almost right away in Iraq by the U.S. forces. If you look at MTV you will see why Muslims fear America. Our culture is disgusting. Things we would have shunned even in 1990 are now not only openly tolerated but celebrated. Legalizing such vices in Iraq probably alienated many Muslims. Islam is a genuine religious faith and we should respect its higher morals, especially its stance against abortion, resistance to pornography and other ills. Instead we as Americans demonize them, because their prayer life, family values and resistance to abortion show us how sinful we really are. (Granted, some of them are violent and very nutty. Usually you become a martyr by being killed, not by killing other people.)
Not many Americans realize that scores of Iraqi doctors and professors have been murdered on an almost daily basis. How does this bode for the future?
Why aren't professional mercenaries from South Africa and ex-SAS protecting them, or even trying to? Again, no one saw this coming? Does anyone care about the Iraqi brain drain?
Trick or Treat at Abu Ghraib was beyond disgusting and has forever damaged the image of America. Our soldiers and the Vlakplas archetype mercenaries were beyond cruel. Where is their honor? Where is their love? Where is their humanity?
The rape of Abeer Qasim Hamza, the teenaged Iraqi girl, her subsequent murder and the murder of her family (and a very small child) to conceal this sick ritual was beyond disgusting. The U.S. soldiers involved with this are beyond inhuman and shame all of us. Again, this is the great, Christian America? No wonder people around the world hate us, our sick culture, deluded and insane leaders, our violent video games and our pornography. No normal person wants to fight the war in Iraq anymore so they have to let in people with criminal records. How sad.
Think of Jessica Lynch, our great heroine, running around topless at her Army base in Iraq. (That's our girl!) Ponder Lynddie England recording the madness at Abu Ghraib through her cell phone pictorial essay. Sadly this is what America has decayed into. This is attested to by the recent story of a young man in the U.S. who was vociferously cheered on over the Internet via his webcam as he committed suicide.
Not all Americans are that way, not nearly a majority, but there are far, far too many who live and think and act that way for us to remain a "normal" country.
Other questions we might consider about Iraq, our foreign policy and culture run across a wide spectrum;
What about the fresh water from the Tigris and Euphrates? Israel is running out of water. Has a pipeline been proposed? (A few years back, Tony Blair was caught trying to broker a fresh water pipeline from Kurdistan to North Cyprus and then across to Israel).
What about Iraq's oil?
What of Iraq falling into Iran's orbit?
What about the proposed oil pipeline going through Afghanistan? What about the opium? What about the opium money?
What about exiled Iraqi girls as young at eight being sold into sexual slavery in Saudi Arabia via Syria -- as reported by Brian Williams on NBC News? How could Bush Jr. sleep at night knowing this is going on?
What about America's MTV culture trying to turn Allah McBeal into Ally McBeal in the Middle East and Central Asia? That is the real issue in the battle between civilizations. It is the singular untold story -- the sexual liberation of Islamic women. Granted, some Muslim women are treated like chattel slaves and even have acid thrown in their faces, (the "Religion of Peace") but we all know the American endgame for them is Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton. That's another brand of acid and a story for another day.
What about Central Asian population control? Will the New Age Mother Gaia types allow Iran's population to continue to grow at such a high rate?
What about the U.S. declaring victory in Afghanistan not when bin Laden was captured (he probably never will be) nor the Taliban defeated (they are now busy retaking the country) but rather when "women were liberated from the Taliban." This is the 21st Century America. The soft America. The America that makes the World War II generation cringe. The America where all the soldiers in our Army get to wear the archetype special forces beret so their "feelings" and "self esteem" aren't hurt.
The America which made Alan Greenspan a demigod. The America which abandoned all its traditions and morals to participate in the global economy. (Pornography, weapons sales, MTV values, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, sexualizing pre-teens, slave labor imports from Mainland China, helping to fund the U.N. abortion jihad on and on ad infinitum). Again, have we no pride, no honor and no shame? Think of the latest American fashon -- high heel shoes for babies. Think of our once vaunted universities and the godless, Christ-hating professors who insert Marxism into your precious chlidren. Think of the filth on Saturday Night Live. Think of the war on the Boy Scouts.
Think of the murder of poor Channon Christian and her boyfriend in Memphis, this by the lowest form of oxygen stealing parasites ever to grace America's shores. This gang Sodomized them, cut off her breasts, cut off her boyfriend's penis and then poured lighter fluid down her throat. While they did this they were living out rap lyrics calling the faithful to "kill whitey all night long." Where were Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Mr. Obama on this hate crime? Silent. Regardless, this is the United States of America. This is who we are and there is no escape from that fact. We are a nation that is already eating the dishes we served to Rhodesia, South Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. The dishes we served to the Hmong, Montagnards, the Karen, UNITA, Rwanda, South Sudan, the Contras and the Afrikaners. It's cosmic blowback. "As you do unto others ..."
I count America having lost four wars in the past six years: there is of course Iraq, Afghanistan, the Somalia-warlord contest and by proxy, Lebanon. The U.S. has been kicked out of Uzbekistan. Bahrain might be the next nation to send our fleet away, never to return. Are these disasters somehow linked to the sickness in our culture? Perhaps not. But is God blessing our nation these days? If not, then why not? Maybe it's time to ask if America is long past the point of no return? (Maybe Woodstock was the point of no return -- though few could see it -- then or now).
We woke up one day and the Soviet Union was gone. We woke up the next day and apartheid was gone. Think it's impossible we'll wake up one day and find the gang in Washington, D.C. vaporized by a terrorist or Russian or Chinese or North Korean mini-nuke? Let's hope not, but we should be ever wary. We have real enemies "out there" and inside our own nation. These enemies, both foreign and domestic, terrorize us daily through their Gramscian culture war 24/7/365.
Because of Iraq, our military is a wreck. Ex-NFL great and late soldier Pat Tillman, (an Arizona State graduate) though a brave and great American, died for nothing. Our leaders have been exposed as insane cowards and liars. They ran from Vietnam, only to send young American men and women to do what they themselves would never attempt. Now they've handed our nation over to Marxists.
Furthermore, depleted uranium is making many of our soldiers sick, never mind what it is doing to ordinary Iraqis and Afghans. It's all just so very, very Christian, isn't it? Let's wave the flag and chant a mantra that the center is still holding.
South America, Central America, much of Africa, China and Russia, along with Cuba and North Korea and various drug cartels are aligned against the U.S. Our border with Mexico is a joke and the EU is leaning away from the U.S. On our side we can count on Australia, the UK, Thailand, Singapore, Israel, Latvia, Albania and maybe (and this is a big maybe) Bangladesh.
Nuclear war and nuclear terrorism remain very real possibilities though our shopping mall culture does not want to hear this annoying truth. Remember when a man carrying a sign on the street saying "The End is Near Repent" actually seemed funny instead of prophetic?
We're in tremendous and unpayable debt, with both fiscal and trade problems as Lou Dobbs tries in vain to tell us just about every night on CNN.
Worse of all, our children wear pajamas to school, can't flush the toilet and in the winter, during the most frigid of days, many children refuse to wear a coat, but rather only a T-shirt. It appears the insanity and the infantilization has spread from top to bottom.
I want America to become a great nation again, but the sad reality is that from impending Sharia Law in the UK to France on fire to the new Hong Kong to the killing of the ethno-European farmers in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and The New South Africa, our civilization is either dying or already dead.
Democracy has become meaningless in many ways. It's not merely the idea of democracy being "the broad participation of the electorate." Rather it's about the progressive left wing Gramscian/Jacobin and Cultural Long March on social and economic issues favored by the American and Transnational elites.
(Consider in Europe how the Irish and Danes must vote again and again about immigration or divorce or abortion or the Euro till the elites get the answers they want.) In the U.S. we have similar battles about abortion, pornography, the NEA, the dumbed-down public schools, taking our guns away, Rhodesia (destroyed, totally) MFN for China, turning over South Africa to the communists in the SACP/ANC, legalizing the 30 million illegal immigrants, partial birth abortion, (as needed for fetal tissue in regard for disease research, cloning and future patents on the human genome) Dubai ports (shut down), as well as the erstwhile boondoggle of the financial bailout (opposed by Americans but went through anyway).
The question of the day is how we should feel about our new crop of leaders? Think back to where Hillary Clinton was in 1974. At that time, then-President Nixon was fighting Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and their soon-to-come Killing Fields. As a young lawyer Hillary Clinton was actively working on Capital Hill to impeach Nixon and hamstring the war effort. Yet rightly or wrongly, be it the plain truth or the imaginations of the vast "right wing conspiracy,"
Hillary's husband got to stick around through LORAL's satellite technology and missiles to Red China, "Coke Daddy Supremo" in Mena, Arkansas, the alleged rape of Juanita Broderick ("You've got two problems honey, one you're credible and two you're very credible"), helping "Father" Aristide in Haiti, propping up the ANC, Wen Ho Lee, Monica's dress, Ron Brown, Vince Foster, organizing demonstrations vs. the U.S. during the Vietnam War in the UK, editing Communist and Soviet propaganda documents in Eastern Europe and the rest of it.
William Jefferson even went back to Eastern Europe at the end of his second term to visit his old Commie friends. These are our leaders? Couldn't one man or woman in the United States Senate have asked Hillary about any of this at her confirmation "hearing?" Are they that cowardly or that pathetic? Why should these wicked, sick and evil Marxist animals (think of Winnie Mandela on crack) get a free pass?
Instead of fighting the enemies of God and humanity, Hillary was on the front line to undercut Nixon. And of course the Khmer Rouge were given a huge boost by Nixon's impeachment. They took over Cambodia and murdered 25 percent of the population -- around 2 million people. Now this woman will be in charge of the State Department. And to think, what kind of a man would select this woman, drenched in blood -- legalizing late term abortion and the bombing of Serbia -- to represent our nation? And they invoke the name of Abraham Lincoln in doing so. They are delusional beyond human imagination. Pity them as you pray for them. Yes they're only human and no one can be perfect.
It's just that they lie to themselves as they "play the great role" (as do many Republicans) while the remnant of real Americans know better vis-a-vis Marxism, late term abortion, cloning, DNA, stem cells, GE/GM foods, United Nations, EU, African Union, Big Pharma, public schools, open borders, replacement migration, Tower of Babel, ANC, MFN for China, the financial "bailout" and the rest of the never ending nightmare.
Behind the media spin they most often seem anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-family, anti-patriarchy and anti-white. They wage war on everything that is pure and good and noble left in the world. All normal people, black, white, gay, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Korean, Arab, Jewish and so forth should see through their lies and agenda. They won't be happy until we're all starving, homeless serfs dressed in rags and pleading for them to "save us." It's already starting.
As for McCain and Bush Jr., their cluster bombs for Iraq and Afghanistan, use of depleted uranium and arms for Lebanon and Gaza; they are beyond the pale on those anti-life issues. It's sad how the Christian right waved the banner for them. What real choice did Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Catholics and Protestants have for a true, 100 percent pro-life agenda in this past Presidential election? All of our institutions are corrupt. It's no longer good vs. evil. It's corrupted good vs. evil. What ever happened to "Thou Shall Not Kill?" Arab blood is real -- they're not computer characters in a violent video game.
Hopefully the Republicans will enjoy their next twenty years in the political wilderness. Just as he destroyed his oil company, Bush Jr. has destroyed our nation, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Republican Party, the rightist Evangelical block, the border with Mexico, Iraq ("God told me to strike them!" Sure bro ...) Afghanistan, New Orleans and our economy. Add to that the happy times at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo. And remember, just a few weeks before 9/11 Bush Jr. went to New York City to tell us "immigration is not a problem to be solved." How crazy was that? Didn't one of the 9/11 pilots get a visa renewal form in the mail the following April? I think we're talking about Narnia. We talking serious institutionalization.
As for President Obama, consider the message of the International Herald Tribune of December 20th, 2008. In an article by John L. Allen, the senior correspondent for The National Catholic Reporter entitled "The Pope's Real Message for Obama" we read; "Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, for example, warned voters that their eternal salvation might be at stake if they supported Obama ... Cardinal Francis Stafford, a former archbishop of Denver who today heads a Vatican court, described Obama's rhetoric on abortion as "aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic," and compared the election results to the Garden of Gethsemane -- the spot where according to the Bible, Jesus agonized before his crucifixion."
In the end, the nightmare in Iraq is merely a symptom of a far greater American disease. Where there is no love, no honor and no shame, there can be only false pride and ultimately, a decay into evil and unreality. More bombs for Afghanistan and Pakistan are not the answers. If "God is love" then in those three words alone will we find the answers to the questions we seek. For now, we can only join Cardinal Stafford in weeping for our once great nation.