Archive for April 2005

Harry Truman

April 19, 2005

This is Harry S. Truman’s farewell address to the American people with the election of Eisenhower. It has some very enlightening parts at the end. Below is that section.

Now, once in a while, I get a letter from some impatient person asking, why don’t we get it over with? Why don’t we issue an ultimatum, make all-out war, drop the atomic bomb?

For most Americans, the answer is quite simple: We are not made that way. We are a moral people. Peace is our goal, with justice and freedom. We cannot, of our own free will, violate the very principles that we are striving to defend. The whole purpose of what we are doing is to prevent world war III. Starting a war is no way to make peace.

But if anyone still thinks that just this once, bad means can bring good ends, then let me remind you of this: We are living in the 8th year of the atomic age. We are not the only nation that is learning to unleash the power of the atom. A third world war might dig the grave not only of our Communist opponents but also of our own society, our world as well as theirs.

Starting an atomic war is totally unthinkable for rational men.

Then, some of you may ask, when and how will the cold war end? I think I can answer that simply. The Communist world has great resources, and it looks strong. But there is a fatal flaw in their society. Theirs is a godless system, a system of slavery; there is no freedom in it, no consent. The Iron Curtain, the secret police, the constant purges, all these are symptoms of a great basic weakness–the rulers’ fear of their own people.

In the long run the strength of our free society, and our ideals, will prevail over a system that has respect for neither God nor man.

Last week, in my State of the Union Message to the Congress–and I hope you will all take the time to read it–I explained how I think we will finally win through.

As the free world grows stronger, more united, more attractive to men on both sides of the Iron Curtain–and as the Soviet hopes for easy expansion are blocked–then there will have to come a time of change in the Soviet world. Nobody can say for sure when that is going to be, or exactly how it will come about, whether by revolution, or trouble in the satellite states, or by a change inside the Kremlin.

Whether the Communist rulers shift their policies of their own free will–or whether the change comes about in some other way-I have not a doubt in the world that a change will occur.
I have a deep and abiding faith in the destiny of free men. With patience and courage, we shall some day move on into a new era–a wonderful golden age–an age when we can use the peaceful tools that science has forged for us to do away with poverty and human misery everywhere on earth.

Think what can be done, once our capital, our skills, our science–most of all atomic energy–can be released from the tasks of defense and turned wholly to peaceful purposes all around the world.

There is no end to what can be done.

I can’t help but dream out loud just a little here.

The Tigris and Euphrates Valley can be made to bloom as it did in the times of Babylon and Nineveh. Israel can be made the country of milk and honey as it was in the time of Joshua.

Note the section in bold. Truman was either prescient or looking for a rhetorical flourish. If the latter, he still predicted events far ahead of what was available to them at the time.

It attests to the reality of our day that Truman would have been excommunicated by the Democratic party and invited into the Republican party by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

United Nations makes a Food game

April 17, 2005

Now this is interesting, the UN wants to brainwash children with video games. Didn’t they believe that violent video games were bad for children? If so, how are they justifying the releash of a UN sponsored game that’ll depict Oil for Food, Congo peacekeeping, and Tsunami Relief Efforts accurately, without damaging the nascent psyche of small children?

Wait, don’t tell me, there’s a parental lock?

Special Forces Blog

April 9, 2005

A great blog and a great story about what can go on in the life of an Army Special Forces operator.

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April 8, 2005

This is an interesting comment I came across to Davids Medienkritik blog, a German blogger about the extreme media bias of Germany. Far more anti-American than the American mass media, since German media companies don’t have to cover up their obvious anti-Americanism for political power.

Peter,

I agree with many of your points of the events surrounding the second world war. Also, I would like to stress that I am grateful for your service to our country as a military man. Unlike my father, I cannot claim having ever made the same sacrifice. I am 35 years old, American, and have been living in Münich for the last 10 years.

However, I am not sure that your posting offers insight (for me at least) as to the worsening German animus towards the USA. I am fully confused by much of what I hear here in Germany, it is the exact reason why I read this blog on a regular basis: Germans do not get fair reporting and base their opinion on this (worse so, they seldom attempt to inform themselves with other sources). Furthermore, they are often motivated for reasons unbeknownst to share this opinion with me on a regular basis.

I take your point that the last two generations of Germans unduly have suffered prejudices for crimes committed by the previous NAZI government. I was deliberately very sensitive to the holocaust issue and second world war issue with Germans when I first moved here. I never brought it up with Germans and attempted to always avoid the point. It is for this reason that I find it rather hypocritical (or rather impolite) when Germans, whom I’ve never accosted, find it necessary for them to lecture me on the evils of my government. I’ve had a colleague in my office who told me that the USA had started the the Korean War in 1950. I am tolerant of differing opinions, but when his understanding of historic events matches the propaganda of Kim Il Sung, it is time to worry.

As far as our country is concerned, following the atrocities committed by the Germans and Russians, Poles whoever, we were the beacon of hope and justice (forget the Japanese). We took in 1/2 the Jews following the war, even the English didn’t want them. Furthermore, the English/French and Russians were feared far more by the Germans for reprisals. We helped to rebuild a country who we were in a bitter war with, and we held fast to stop the Soviet aggression (and it was aggression). Duly, this ability to forgive and support was also extended to the Japanese. I don’t think that there is any historical parallel with such generosity and solidarity. I have also lived in the UK where elder taxi drivers thanked the US for our involvement in both WW conflicts. I know of no significant memorial in Germany that gratefully commemorates American efforts in: the Berlin Airlift (only a concrete luftbrücke in Frankfurt airport – wow), the Marshall Plan (still un-repaid), NATO, Bosnia, Kosovo, etc, etc. It seems doomed to fade from German memory, particularily with attempts to describe Germans as victims of WWII. And that von Stauffenberg was a German hero, not an early adopter of Nazism.

I often meet poorly informed Germans, to those following the media-line, or characterise all Americans as gleichgeschaltet, to contempt and sometimes downright hostility. So, I sit here confused, perplexed and wondering why there is such open and wilful hostility towards my country. And particularly my country, the one who only ever helped to put things right and stood shoulder to shoulder with a now forgetful nation. Often, I wonder why we ever helped them in the first place.

Most importantly, I find it rather obnoxious for Germans to criticise the US in her Iraq actions, when these same complainers never offered alternatives. What was one to have otherwise done with Iraq/Saddam? What good is the UN if it is only a straw man? Isn’t it rather ironic that since the Germans know firsthand what dictators are like that they should choose to complacently sit back and do nothing? Worse so, to obfuscate the situation even more: they ignore Saddam’s crimes and stress America’s? Or even worse so, start to sell weapons to Chinese oppressors?

It seems to me that there is a great deal of double standards going on in Germany, one economically enjoys the international system effected under Pax Americana. And the other childishly attempts to hobble or thwart the same big brother. Perhaps this is motivated in an interest to exorcise the ghosts from WWII and raise their own self image. Whatever the case may be, I will never allow my son’s life to come to risk in the defense/support of this now contemptous country.

James

The italicized section is the emphasized portion I added. I agree with the ideas presented in that section because America’s moral and intellectual character is such that if you surrender, we will treat you with compassion and justice. We will not extort money from you, Japan can attest to that. We will not dictate your domestic or foreign policies, as Germany and Japan can attest to. Japan is allowed by the Constitution we helped to write, to rewrite their own Constitution to remove the part about military forces only to be used for Defense rather than preemptive attack or “power projection” like a Carrier would have.

And we are repaid by Germany with ignorance, prejudice, and sheer arrogance. The German Culture once had much to admire about it. Prussian virtues of discipline and order, of efficiency and loyalty. No, more. The Concentration reeducation camps of the German government has brainwashed the newer generations of Germans into pacifistic weaklings, they have become only a shadow of their former selves.

No longer are there any martial virtues in their population or military, no longer is there much if any civic virtues in their population either. And the civic virtues that are left, is being increasingly coopted by socialistic apathy. France was a hopeless case from World War I. Germany was not. But it looks like our actions in the occupation of Western Germany failed produce results beyond the average, which was to keep Germany from the Soviets. We did not destroy their character or their will to fight, or the virtues that made them better humans. No, they did that to themselves.

And that is sad, because I would have liked nothing better than to have had Germany at the side of the United States in the new Global War. We could have made much use of the German efficiency in bureacracy and Police methods to stabilize Iraq. We weren’t given such aid, of course.

“‘He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desert is small,
Who fears to put it to the touch,
And win or lose it all.’

Germany fears war like a national phobia, and in their fear have become cowards that have lost all sense of what it means to be human.

Germany is responsible for their actions “now”, forget about the past.

This news about potential Nazi disruption of US bases in Germany takes the Schwarz cake.

Perhaps these groups will finally realize that they have spread the seeds of anti-Americanism to the point that even Nazis can successfully exploit the sad phenomena. Soon the growing Fascist movement in Germany will be able to intimidate and threaten American families in Grafenwoehr.
And how can the US government and the US military put the wives and children of US soldiers in a community like this? They are planning to move in thousands more Americans and invest hundreds of millions in this area? Are you kidding me?

There had better not be any violence against family members of the American armed forces. If they want to see how fast Poland becomes our new European base, all they have to do is to push us.

Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines will obey the law, they will not do a Hama on the town or the nation that have started promoting anti-American sentiments that lead irrevocably to anti-American violence. No, they are too disciplined, loyal, and honorable for that. The American people once they hear of such actual conduct by the Germans, however, is another story entirely.

You really really don’t want to see what the American people can make our government do once they are motivated in defense of their values. I do, but then I have always been inclined to favor the martial virtues over the civic virtues any day of the year.

It would be pleasing to see the Polish benefiting from American bases and the increased security and economy that would bring to Poland, a nation struggling as Iraq is struggling.

One thing that the American people with their civic virtues and the military with their martial virtues can agree on, and that is that loyalty should be repaid. Preferably a thousand fold. The Polish were there when we were at our most confused, the darkest times of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They did not doubt us, even when we started to doubt ourselves as the casualties and fatalities of American military personnel scrolled across the screen. They were called the bribed and the coerced, they were to shut up or face the “consequences”, but they held fast.

The Polish wanted VISA waivers like the French and the Germans had, to come to America. Although it took quite a while for our politicians to get to accomplishing that, I am pleased to say that it was accomplished. And I suspect the Polish expect no more of us, although they would be glad of the presence of American bases and economic stimulus. The Polish I believe, will be very surprised at the extent to which American gratitude can reach if properly motivated and channeled. It would be a Dishonor to treat our former enemies, the Germans and the Japanese, better than we treat our newest allies.

I neither can nor will forget the contributions of nations that are truely honest in their pro-American sentiments, when we needed it the most. And I believe many other Americans think the same.

Nations like Italy, that pay ransom to terroists so that they can put out hit contracts on Americans and Iraqis, are persona non grata.

The AP’s benefit through use of other people’s pain

April 7, 2005

This is the best photos they wanted to award, of the Iraq theater of the War on Terror.

Michelle Malkin provides commentary concerning the 20th photo and how much the AP was paid for it

Via LGF’s readers, we are reminded that the Belmont Club first raised troubling questions in December 2004 (here and here and here) about how exactly the AP photographer arrived at the scene.

Also wondering at the time about the AP’s relationship with the pictured terrorists and the related media ethics issues/disclosure obligations involved were Power Line and Roger L. Simon (also here). See also Mudville Gazette and Joe Katzman for background.

A key post from John Hinderaker at Power Line on Dec. 25 sums up the outrage and highlights the AP’s admission that its photographer was “tipped off” and had a relationship with the terrorists:

The Internet HeroMachine

April 7, 2005

Step right up and create your own hero.

Canadian Corruption Part 2

April 6, 2005

The Canadian blogger Winds of Change has a great overview of the beginning, middle, and possible future of this evidence of Canadian cultural and political rot.

Italian hostage died fighting

April 6, 2005

This is a story about something that I hadn’t heard about. An Italian hostage just before he was being executed, he made a last cry of defiance before they killed him. His last words apparently was, “I’ll show you how an Italian dies”.

Unlike another previous American hostage, this man didn’t make it out alive. But I salute his honor, his courage, and the preservation of his dignity in the face of fear and death.

20 minutes of real combat footage in Falluja

April 6, 2005

[New PBS documentary has better production values and a coherent story line]

Real combat footage, none of those “paid for by terroist” shit you see in Al-Jazeera or the AP reports.

This is the BBC, government paid, not Al-Qaeda paid!! Best to remember that when you hear the god awful captions. Just tune the reporter out and see and feel the fury and power of the US Marines.

[That video came up before the google/youtubes, so it is hard to trace now a days]

[Update2: Did find this video and the search results at youtube]

There’s a lot of searches for Falluja Combat footage, but the BBC one is no longer available. Such is the internet.

BlackFive offers new perspective to Canadians

April 6, 2005

This is a letter sent to Black Five from our white neighbor, Canada.

Hi Black Five,
I am writing you from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We are just north of Montana. I have been reading your blog for months and I check it every morning when I get to work to see what you have posted. I want you to know that not all Canadians are anti-American. In fact, it seems like some of us are more pro-American than some Americans. I don’t understand how people can be so vicious to their own country people. But then there are so many things that I don’t understand.
I must confess that I don’t always agree with you. If I was American, you would probably label me as a liberal. I am a girlie/girl, candy ass civilian AND a pacifist. However, since I started reading military blogs, I am not so sure about a lot of things anymore. One thing I still know for sure though is that I have ALWAYS admired soldiers for their courage and commitment and toughness. I am grateful to them doing a job I could never do and know that I live in peace and security in Canada because of the sacrifices of many soldiers. (O.K. I need to be specific here. I apply that only to Canadian, American, British and other Allied soldiers of WWII. I don’t feel that way towards Nazis nor Japanese or even Chinese soldiers. Heaven help me because I am Chinese but I fear the communists. Soldiers can do a lot of good but they can also be totally evil because they have such destructive power.) Even though I want to believe that one day our world will be free from wars and peace and love will take over, I know now that it may never be possible. I think there will always be “bad” people and we need good people like yourself who are willing and strong enough to fight them.

What prompted me to write to you was the posting by that John Riley person. I couldn’t get his evil words out of my mind all day and as I was driving home from work, I contemplated writing to ask you to delete his vile post. I see that you have done so already and I wanted to thank you for it. The family is in enough pain and they don’t need JR’s words to hurt them even more. My heart just breaks for the loss of a young man with so much ahead of his life. As I said, I am normally a peaceful person but JR’s post made me crazy. I wanted to track him down and personally hurt him to the best of my female civilian ability. So much for the girlie/girl pacifist. I believe people with no compassion nor heart are truly evil. As far as I am concerned, he is no better than the terrorists who murder and behead innocent people.
Take care Black 5. I wish the very best for you and your family. Thanks again for your blog. I remain a fan and shall check on it every day.

Your friend in Canada,
Nina
P.S. I miss that picture of you flying through the air


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