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Self Defense

October 31, 2006

//Yes Yes, I’m sure there will be people reading this and going bananas over the American gun toting hardcore thuggery or whatever they came up with this time, goose-stepping myrmidons perhaps, but the truth is the truth. And reality is pretty hard regardless of how flubbery others wish to become.

I guess now it is the time to do self-defense 2nd Ammendment redux. In light of that, I just checked my email.

Here is something you might be interested in, Bookworm.

Danny mentioned something similar before, basically that martial arts take years to even approach perfection, and it is not a time sensitive solution to self-defense. Tae Kwan Do for example, only tests for self-defense techniques, for like which belt, 5th rank? They aren’t exactly training the people in advanced techniques suited for killing in defense of your life or the life of others.

What I’ve seen, is that martial arts teach predominantly discipline. A mental outlook. It uses friendly and safe competition in order to improve, and practice techniques that would otherwise hurt people who didn’t know what to do. Like Judo and learning how to fall down, you really can’t spar with someone who hasn’t learned how to fall correctly, cause you might injure him. That would be bad for practice, and without practice, you will find it hard to improve your skills.Those who get up to several “Dan” levels in the black belt circles, probably do have the years in order to react instantly with muscle memory. And that matters a lot in battles to the death. Your reaction speed, and first strikes. But even then, it still isn’t a practical self-defense program for the average woman or man with a job and kids.

So, here comes America, with the American philosophy and the 2nd Ammendment. Can’t learn martial arts? Then get a gun and learn how to shoot it! That is the popular solution, but it never exactly satisfied me. Basically because I was always a believer in that people should be weapons, not pieces of equipment. The Marine philosophy in a way.

If you know of Tony Martin in Britain, then you know just having a gun doesn’t mean you are going to be able to use it correctly. It takes a certain mental focus. A lot of Americans have this focus, but not the techniques or skills or the training. The Left has a great solution for this problem. Basically, their position is that because you can be disarmed and use a gun incorrectly and what not, then this means the government should ban guns and that way nobody would be individually responsible for their own protection. The future police state will be adequate to protecting people’s personal safeties, the Left thinks.

Not my cup of coffee.

This sounds more like my kind of drink, however. Read it.

You must NEVER look for violence… but you also must NEVER have a problem bringing it to the table… meaner, harder and more effective than that bigger, stronger psycho trying to scare the crap out of you with his “Mad Dawg” act, waving his 9mm in your face.

Tookie, maddog enough to shoot you with a shotgun at point blank range while you on the ground, boy.

I’m constantly amazed at how people deal with the ever escalating likelihood that they are going to face unavoidable criminal violenceS often when they’re unprepared and unarmed, and facing a very ready and very armed goon set to dust them if he doesn’t get what he’s after:


Suddenly the arm bar that was so easy to execute on a willing opponent in class… is way too complicated to even remember.

The mace that was effective on that dummy in practice… is now hopelessly buried in the bottom of your purse.

That kick to the groin you perfected on soft mats… is nearly impossible to execute with a car door in the way.

And the shiny new handgun… loaded with most all your courage… is safely locked in your home right by your bed with the trigger-lock securely fastened.

Now what?

I’ll tell you what.

When the unthinkable happens… when you’re face to face with destiny… you must be able to pull out…

Muscle memory and bypassing the freeze effect in battle is pretty critical. Nothing different from the way they train soldiers, to reload and shoot, without even thinking about it. Their muscles already know what to do, even if their brains are still trying to catch up.

Certainly this guy has adapted such principles to self-defense. As far as I know, in martial arts it takes years to develop the body memory in order to react automatically. But the thing is, after years of martial arts discipline, your brain is already pretty much trained to do what you need to do under fear. And it still doesn’t mean you will know what to do when it goes on.

This program is designed tailor made for people who are beginners, to highly advanced. Just like Combat Conditioning. Always bring a gun to a rock fight, Bookworm, but always keep a backup contingency plan in case you don’t got that gun and you can’t bring it because the criminal did a first strike against you.

I write this because, all these Lefties coming in here and other places, belittling and sneering at America’s love affairs with guns, little guns, and popguns. Or whatever they call our weapons that we use to defend ourselves against the rioting mofo bas turds.

They are not going to burn me in a bus, not without me crushing a few tracheas in the process if I can. I can’t promise that I’ll live, but I can at least guarantee that somebody is going down with me. A gun is not the only weapon available to me.

As a believer in Aristotelian virtue philosophy, I hate injustices. It angers me to see the strong oppress the weak. As it should anger any good human. Anger is a weak word to describe what I have felt at times.

What this Larkin guy said about the new business he got after 9/11, is pretty interesting. It is another side of the story, that the blogosphere just doesn’t see, most probably because CEOs don’t blog that often. Security problems and time constraints, you know.

In a way, I have the fake liberals to thank. Everytime I saw on a tv screen or a movie or some mumbo jumbo news article, that a woman or a man had become a “victim” of this that or the other, and that this means we should forgive the criminal and go easy on him cause it wasn’t his fault. I had a hankering to eviscerate the little criminal guys. And it really burned to always see those kind of people “get off” without their just deserts. And my just deserts are very, very, sweet.

Look, if the philosophical principle behind the First Ammendment is that with more information, the better decisions people are able to make, then the principle of the 2nd Ammendment is this.

To always be prepared to obliterate any and all enemies that threaten you or your own, so that you will always have the freedom from fear and the freedom of speech, guaranteed by yourself not the gov mint. When I say obliterate, I don’t mean cripple by shattering their knee caps, I don’t mean knocking them unconscious with one of those silly Hollywood punches. I don’t even mean using a wooden stake and ramming it up their arse, to leave them to die in the sun. (that punishment, I’ll reserve for when the state has some terrorist prisoners) I mean inflict so much pain and damage, that they would rather kill themselves, than live another moment in your presence. It is not a game to me, I think I’ve made that clear. If the situation does not require certain actions, then don’t use them. If it requires that the Marine getting attacked by 2 teenagers and one female, all armed with weapons, to kill the girl to stay alive, then so be it. If you have to do it in a brutal fashoin that causes lots of screaming and shock and blood that splatters unto your enemy’s faces, then so be it. Whatever is necessary. Moral high ground, need not apply.

America isn’t just Gun toting mofo retards, you know. The Europ weenies and their Leftist allies seem to think that the “gun” is the “weapon”. No.

The weapon is in your head people. France can have 1000 nukes, but if the rioters paralyze their police force and army, then it doesn’t matter what guns you have if you can’t use them. Strike the mind, and nothing else matters.

The program I linked to, is pretty good in its principles, and the background looks solid. I haven’t tried it out, but then again, I’m not doing this for my benefit. But just to give you, Bookworm, and anyone else more options in their self-defense. One size does not fit all, but one should keep trying, after all. I already know that speed and power comes from your leg work, stance, and stepping. Given ranged weapons and knives, I guess it is very very important to be able to quick step within an opponent’s guard, so fast that he cannot react. The more power to weight ratio in your legs, the faster you become and the more powerful your blows are when you step foward on an offensive basis.

I myself train on that predominantly. By working my triceps via pushups, and getting the calve strength up, it allows for quick bursts of speed and blows. It isn’t as good as that father pushing his disabled son through triathlons and marathons, but still.

Bruce Lee pretty much said the same thing. In a fight, you cannot depend upon any school of martial arts, or “technique” you might have learned. Because those techniques are too rigid, it cannot be adapted. Bruce Lee, if you see his basic art, focuses on interupting attacks. Not blocking them. He focuses on the maximal positioning, doing the right things NOW so that the end of the battle ALWAYS goes in your favor. Being as water, using the intercepting fist to intercept, not block or attack. Instant attack, instant defense. Always adaptable, as water when in a container, but focused and hard as ice when attacking. It is more of a philosophy, than a school of martial arts. Larkin seems to be saying that he teaches principles, which to me means philosophical concepts. Why do you need to Do X, Y, Z, in this situation?

This requires people to figure out ALL the right moves for you, which Larkin seems to have done. He’s trained SEALs, he has spent the decades necessary figuring out what you need or need not do. You don’t have to experiment, you don’t have to guess, all you have to do is to learn the age old wisdom that other people have already figured out for you.

One Reason Why Lawyers are Disliked

October 29, 2006

Exhibit 2: Universal Studios presumably decided to greenlight the movie Serenity largely because the series it’s based on, Firefly, had such a rabid fan base. To take advantage of this, they provided an unusually large amout of artistic and promotional material and encouraged fans to participate in the marketing of the movie by setting up web sites and printing bumper stickers.

Bad endings for both exhibits. Who are these lawyer’s bosses, and did the lawyers get the bosses to do this or what?

Insta has some more updated material here, concerning Firefly. This here is a podcast with John Scalzi, which Instapundit seems to like.

Justitia Photo Blogging

October 29, 2006

Go to her site and look through most of the archives, cause her pictures are very serene and impactful.

Army Video

October 29, 2006

Great Army Recruitment Video, but it is for something else.

From Instapundit.

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

October 29, 2006

Cross posting from a Bookworm comment section. Mostly because of this link, I wanted to save. It is a very nice book about Japanense culture, which I think is a way to acquire wisdom about the current war as well. Here is also a relevant link to Blackfive, concerning a subject I brought up below. People are fed up with the passive Bush administration and US High Command. They have enough loyalty and dignity not to openly attack Bush because of their disgust and distaste, but it is only barely. And it is of course, a recommendation for America, not for Bush, that Americans are still so restrained and polite. What is funny is that there’s another book, with a reversed title. Sword and the Chrysanthemum

I get confused about it as well, don’t worry.

I’m listening to Duncan Hunter on Fox right now, and he knows his stuff. Chairman of the Armed Services Committe.

Hunter not only has good points, but his delivery is spot on.

Such things as America recovered from the 9/11 economic hit, and such things as going into Japan and Germany, setting up a free government, and then leaving. Iraq isn’t some new fancy thing America has never done before.

The only thing I would disagree on, is that we didn’t leave Germany and Japan, which Hunter implied and claimed that we did for the last step. 3 steps. Invade then setup free gov. Get military up to protect gov and people. Leave. Japan didn’t have a military because we were their military by agreement, and the German military is on and off again. Our bases are still there, and a big part of our projected force.

So what we are doing in Iraq isn’t new, but it isn’t the same old same old any idiot could do, like the Democrats implied.

In Iraq we are creating a real military. Defined as a force that is combat tested, blooded, and hardcore for the fighting. Not what we did in Germany and Japan. America doesn’t want to leave Iraq, America wants to win, winning as defined as “the enemy becomes obliterated and is unable or unwilling to kill Americans”. Whether that means you kill 90% of the enemy or 10%, doesn’t really matter to Americans. Just that you do it. So this means America has to use all the knowledge we learned from Japan and Germany, and apply it to the new challenge in Iraq. Government programs should be setup to study how America dealt with Japan and so forth, get the Vietnam guys back as well, we want to know their stuff as well. Bush should get on the stump and talk about how important it is for every American and servicemember to read The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, a government funded research book. In fact, he should send free copies out, and get it out on the net. America hungers for new ideas, to combat the miasma of media propaganda and depression out of Iraq. The hunger is so great it is beginning to consume whatever is available.

The less Bush talks about killing the enemy, the lower his polls get. Just natural. Bush talks about how he knows his job is to protect America. No, Bush, stop talking about protection, instead start talking about how many people you are going to execute and blow up, that threaten America. That is what Americans want to hear, that is what we need when we see American casualties.

“Dead or Alive, Osama bin Laden”. Either you’re with us, in which you will be alive, or you are against us in which we will invade and kill you. That is what Americans want.


Sure, people have problems with the Republicans. But as Americans, their duty is to find better solutions if they do not like the current ones. They betray not only their duty to themselves, but their entire nation, by being wanton children interested more in instant gratification than survival.

This Hunter guy had the gall to tell Bush to send in all the Iraq battalions to fight in Baghdad, on the basis that more fights/battles equals a better military force. How dare he offer good advice when the Democrats are busy confusing Bush and making Bush waste his energy on their interests.

Comment by Ymarsakar | October 29, 2006


October 21, 2006

A reply to Ali’s post.

I find it impossible to believe that the human race may ever be free from prejudicial and biased thinking.

But why would JihadWatch (or a reader of it) be interested in Muslim activism against Muslim oppression — that would destroy the entire (weak) thesis on which Jihad Watch rests, namely, that all or most Muslims are dangerous.

That is only one of the examples of things humans continue to do.

I simply think that people should follow proper blogging protocol. It’s possible that Reader James doesn’t know such protocol (which is the most likely excuse forthcoming). That’s fine Reader James, I let you off the hook. I am not blaming JihadWatch, however, they couldn’t have known the link was jacked.

Look. If you care about blogging protocol, why are you letting people who you think violated it, off the hook? And why do you ask questions about why JihadWatch didn’t cite you when you already know the answer to that question? And if you aren’t blaming JihadWatch, why are you using a post titled with a question you already knew the answer to, as a vehicle to cast aspersions and accussations on JihadWatch?

This does remind me of the Iraqi bloggers attacking Iraq the Model for their post on the Lancet Study. Instead of combining and uniting against a common foe, they would rather have an internecine war. Instead of finding commonality against Iran, I find people more eager to pick apart the differences and enlarge them beyond reason.

Treason Doth Never Prosper

October 20, 2006

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

Andre was the courier between Arnold and Clinton regarding the closing of the deal. With his ship forced back by American troops, Andre was sent on foot back to British lines with a pass from Arnold as well as documents for Clinton in his sock. He was captured and placed into American custody when the documents were found. Arnold heard of his capture and was able to make his escape…to the same ship, the Vulture, which Andre had arrived on. Andre was put on trial, and met his death as a spy. Arnold defected to the British and received substantial remuneration for his defection. These included pay, land in Canada, pensions for himself, his wife and his children (five surviving from Peggy and three from his first marriage to Margaret) and a military commission as a British Provincial brigadier general.

The British provided handsomely for Arnold, but never completely trusted him. He was never given an important military command. They moved to London where he found no job, some admiration and even some contempt. He moved his family to Canada where he reentered the shipping business. The Tories there disliked him and had no use for him, and eventually he returned his family to London. When the fighting began between France and England, he tried again for military service, but to no avail. His shipping ventures eventually failed and he died in 1801, virtually unknown, his wife joining him in death three years later.



Public opinion in Iraq

October 20, 2006

You can read what is going on here at Deans.

Americans once had to decide whether to continue to live under British rule, or pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to rebelling against the unfair rule and taxes of the British in order to acquire self autonomy and yes freedom.

Americans are the real deal, Fatima. When they say that they will fight to the death, that is exactly what they will do simply because they Believe. As their forefathers believed when they signed the Declaration of Independence, and thus put their necks in the garrote for if the British ever caught them, they would be hanged as rebels. Their properties were seized, their homes destroyed, and their families shattered. The power and vitality of America is a direct consequence of the will and endurance that American ancestors showed in the past. American power does not accrue from Hollywood, money, or technological widgets in bombs. Most people seem to be under this misapprehension for some reason.

Americans believe as much in freedom as Muslims believe in Islam and Allah.

More than that, Americans believe that their fate is not pre-determined, that it is not the will of God or the US Constitution that we be this way or that. Americans, at least Jacksonian Americans, will kill as many people as it takes to secure liberty and sacrifice as many of their family members as it takes to secure liberty.

This is true belief, and it is an image totally opposite from the decadent and greedy American that most of the world sees. It is the core strength, unobscured by illusion.

When Americans talk about Iraqis not taking personal responsibility, they are not talking about what treasure wrote about. Meaning, work and school, insisting on better conditions.

While I may not agree with the accussation that Iraqis are lazy shiftabouts, I do understand the American perspective. Americans see a people, who are more ready to blame the all powerful and omnipotent Americans, than they are to use the resources and power at their disposal in order to better their living conditions. It is all about demanding what Americans can do, what Americans cannot do, and what someone else has not done for me. This kind of Arab mentality is totally alien to Americans, of most stripes. Americans take matters into their own hands, whether it is by playing the system or taking personal initiative to prevent being cheated by the system. Getting out and improving on what they see as problems, via political grassroots organization and voting.

Banding together as a community, forming a solution, and then demanding the politicians accept that solution and implement it. That is the American way.

And for most Americans, they do not truely understand how it can be any other way. It is not true for all of Americans, but it is true in general.

The American military, if given the order, could begin purging the militias and gangs in all of Iraq. But this would mean overriding the Iraqi government, and the will and desires of tribes and the Iraqi people.

After all, what do Iraqis really want. Do they want America the occupier to solve all of their problems, from basic services to hostage taking, crime, and too much wetness after a storm?

Or do they want to decide for themselves how to solve these problems with Iraqi resources?

It seems everybody is confused. They want America to provide protection, but they don’t want America the occupier. They want basic services restored, but they don’t want to do it themselves without help. They want the violence to be solved, but they talk mostly about their distaste and shame at how Iraq the Model echoes the lines about freedom.

If you don’t want freedom, then America can take back Iraq’s sovereignty, impose martial law, and you can have security the old fashioned way. Through the iron fist and bodies hanging along the streets of Baghdad.

But for some reason, a lot of people would protest such things as being too violent. They want security, but so long as not too many people get killed to get it. Iraq is a big place, I’m sure there are lots of people with different views. Who should America listen to?

Many American soldiers and bloggers have wrote about how Sunnis and Shia don’t click with Americans, but the Kurds do. The reason is simple. The Kurds have the psychology of Americans. They are willing to die and to kill for their beliefs. They are eager to do things for themselves, instead of complaining and blaming whoever is available or has power over them. They don’t talk about inshallah, and they don’t think of things in terms of security, but in terms of dignity and liberty.

Look, America could have had a lot of security in the Revolutionary War, so long as the people stayed at home and obeyed the British. We didn’t do that. If you want Iraq to become strong as a nation, then I’m sorry to say but you’ll have to survive the crucible of war and death.

America didn’t acquire our power and prosperity by accident, after all. We killed for it, millions of people has America killed in WWI and WWII, to acquire the status we have. It is not something paid for by money, or bribes, or favors. But earned by blood. Ours and our enemies.

Their other entries are so typical to what Bush and his henchmen say.

Bush is not your President. He is not the one who decides if Al Sadr gets an axe through his head or an invitation to the government of Iraq. Bremer wasn’t your President either.

There is a lot of hostility and repressed anger at people who aren’t your elected leaders. At some level, you know you can’t do anything about them. But while most Americans adapt to this angst by personal action, Iraqis seem to be caught in a zone where they aren’t or can’t do anything.

The only question is. Why do you show more hostility towards the leaders of other nations, than you show to the leaders of your own nation? You do realize that you always refer to your government as “the government”, but you refer to America’s leaders specifically as Bush and his henchemen. Why do you know our leaders more intimately than you mention the names of your own?

Have you seen them criticizing what happened in Abu Ghraib, Haditha, or Mahmoudiya? They did! but they put the blame on Iraqis!!!

At some level in your mind and heart, you know that America didn’t get to where we are and have won the wars we did, because we blamed other people. America has always blamed Americans, first, foremost, and only. Even anti-Americans in America blame America first.

Some sees this as our weakness, but the same self-criticism inherent in a functional democracy is also a great strength in war and peace-time.

People living under a dictatorship are used to feeling impotent rage at the dictator. A lot of Iraqi bloggers say that they didn’t like Saddam and wanted him to be gone. But do they actually realize that they talk with more rage and venome against Bush than they do against Saddam? There is a psychological reason for that. If you lived under Saddam, then you could think as much as you wanted about how to kill Saddam, but you could never express it. That was the road you had to walk, one small deviation, and you were gone.

Now, people know in their heart that they are free to criticize whom you wish. But instead of saying every hated thing they have in their heart to Saddam, they say it instead about Bush.

Or maybe Bush is the safe topic to hate in Iraq. Because if you criticize some of the Islamics, they just might kill you as with Saddam.

So do you really think that hating Bush is ever going change the quality of your life? Is hating America ever going to make yourself feel better? Is despising those who support America’s activities in Iraq, also of more benefit to you than attempting to kill all those thugs you see out there on the streets?

If you want the thugs gone, send Bush a letter telling him to stop listening to his advisers in the State Department. Tell Bush to listen to American Jacksonians. Because when he does, there will be no chaos and violence in Iraq, because the order will have been given to get rid of the Islamic fundamentalists, Al Sadr, Sunni Baathists, and AL Qaeda Sunnis through martial law and extra-Iraq extra-judicial executions.

Is it so hard to believe that some Iraqis might actually feel good will towards America. Who appreciate their allies and hates their enemies, as one should? It is not just Iraq the Model you know who are bootlickers to America. 90% of the Kurds in Iraq, are also strong supporters of America. Do you really want to compare how much Iraqi bloggers have lost compared to the Kurds? Who exactly are traitors to Iraq, those who attack Iraq’s allies or those who attack Iraq’s enemies?


This post by IKK is a bit more extreme in terms of hating the wrong people.

Iraqi Konfused Kid

Sure, you could just disagree with Treasure of Baghdad. But that’s not really the problem, all in all. It is not just simple disagreement.

Not when you have this.

IRAQ THE MODEL is probably one of the few ‘superstar’ blogs the Iraqi blogosphere has produced, and this is for a few reasons: 1. It was an early blog and most importantly 2. It supports the American propaganda virtually 100% – it fits the picture of what Americans wants Iraqis to be hand in glove, a supporter of all that ‘war on terrorism’ campaign and if I didn’t know better I would say that this guy is hands-on an American soldier who is just as naive as the clueless Iraqis who chanted to Saddam and believed their own made-up lies back in the days.

Understood, I appreciate democracy and freedom of speech, but I can safely say that the viewpoint of the people behind this blog represents about somewhere between 2 to 1% of all Iraqis, I would even go as far as call it an anomaly created by an extra chromosome or something, there are people, especially those who oppose religion and identity, who could get sold up to the American Dream, to be part and parcel of all the ideals America stands for, I am not saying that Arabs are helplessly monstorous that they oppose liberty and democracy and want to be spend all day playing Russian Roulette with swords, but there is such a thing as an identity with your nation, and these guys make me sick with their obvious sucking-up they are doing to be sold out to Americans. It could be that they are just trying to achieve a common goal of a modern, democratic Iraq by sounding like a brainwash, but they play it so industriously well that my intuition tells me that there is something else on the take.

The best I can say about this is that at least the Japanese gave an honorable execution to those who surrendered and therefore betrayed their nation through that surrender and lack of honor in not fighting to the death.

This is what happens, Mr. Bush, when you allow your enemies to propagandize, propagandize, and initiate psychological warfare without any US imposed restraints. What do you expect people to believe when they see the all mighty Americans, sitting around doing nothing while the war they started in Iraq implodes and explodes? You expect them to like us, love us? Nobody likes or loves a loser.

If President Bush didn’t have the Marine Corps doing his dirty work, which is killing our enemies, I don’t think Bush’s talk, talk, talk strategy would have protected America all that much. Bush gets credit for the beginning years. I ain’t giving him any credit for the disasters in his second term, that is his own to own. We have come to the limit of how effective basic killing in wartime by the Marine Corps, has on Bush’s policies. Now bush is required to give orders, selective orders as to “who” to kill, who to destroy, who to bomb, and who to protect. Without that leadership and guidance, the Marine Corps and the US Army Divisions is not going to make Bush’s diplomatic and anti-nation building strategies work.

Iraqi Thoughts “One has to just look at the comments section of ITM and see why they write the way they do…. its a blog written to be read for non-Iraqis, I am proud to say my blog was removed from their links section, a lot of us USED to read ITM, but its bull***t now, lets stop hating on them, Just stop reading it if you want”

Seriously, what the moofu pock is this? Gansta talk, eh? Stop the hating. I would have removed their ass too, from my blog link. Free up some room, you know.

Like most other Iraqi bloggers, this site makes me nauseous, they make me fall alseep anyway by the half of any given post – but, I call on all Iraqi bloggers to campaign against this horrible freak of a blog, maybe back in the day you worked for the glory of Iraq, but now you have turned against it and sold it out for the first pile of greens that were shoved up your way. I don’t want you to renounce America, we need them as much as you are afraid that they will leave, but I just want you to say the truth, for God’s sake, like what Zeyad did, it didn’t hurt, see? He’s gone to the US just the same.

He means he wants Iraq the Model to say things that he likes to hear. Presumably the thing he is accusing ITD of doing to kiss up to America. Logic, not something the common man aspires to, I suppose.

They want recognition. They want respect. But they will give none. That’s fine. American power and death dealing techniques does not require the support of gangsta rappers or their supporters. We don’t need the Konfused Kid who would rather attack those who won’t kill him, than to attack those who will.

A$$ – KI$$ER! A$$ – KI$$ER! A$$ – KI$$ER!

Most of Iraq is like this kid. Living under Saddam, Saddam being your mama, pappy, and uncles. Do what he did, or get killed. Now they see America as being the guy who says “do what we say or don’t get killed”. Ahh, now it is different. Now they can rage on, you know, at the dying of the light or something.

It doesn’t matter. Because you don’t convince these people through argument, you convince them through action. Get rid of the enemies of Iraq, through American power alone, and their criticisms will be silenced. Not because they are gone or dead, but because all the things they criticize about, kidnappings and lack of water with thug violence, will be gone. Because all the thugs will be swinging from buildings in the cities of Iraq.

I do not have anything against their expression, I too expressed my disapproval, it’s like what Voltaire sasy:

I disapprove of your opinion, but I defend to death your right to say it.

I don’t want to kill them, I just somebody to talk back for a change, we could have a nice discussion, you know…

Kid just wants somebody to talk back for a change, you know Jack, like back to back.

As Americans, we understand this kind of behavior every time we look at the Left. Pure immaturity. There are immature nations and people, as well as individuals, you know. It need not be a personal issue, but also a national one.

These people and the comments at their blogs, are just venting their rage. Understandable, if not tolerable. You want to know how I would deal with it? I would deal with it by killing so many terrorists and militia men in Iraq, with the use of FAE, snipers, and assassins, that these folk would have no choice but to vent their rage against the losing side. Which would NOT be the US and ITD by the way.

IRAQI SCREEN: “I am sure they are dying for an asylum in USA to be close to their dear Bush. Did they ever read about Haditha masscre, Ishaqi and Falluja?”
KHALID JARRAR: “Being a traitor is not an allowed option, and should not be legitimized by ranting about freedom of speech, I swear reading them is just like reading a white house statements.”
NAJMA: “ITM makes most of us angry, yet most of the people who read’ em almost worship their opinions”
SALAM ADIL: My main point was that they are in danger of growing up to be like the Baathist apologist that they so despise. Spinning wild stories just to make their supporters feel good.

Salam Adil also wrote a feature about all the Iraqi blog posts about the Lancet survery on his regular GlobalVoices feature, including some posts by fellow bloggers who did not contribute to this discussion

Another thing, and it will mostly be over.

FOOTNOTE BY KID: I am really proud of all that has happened, this is the first time something of this magnitude has happened, I hope this would be the start of a more active Iraqi blogger community, something which a lot of people has been voicing need for since a long time.

The first time, since if they did this before, they would have been gathered up and killed. I’m just saying. It is easier to vent against your fellow compatriots and calling them traitors. That is how Arabs act right. They get up into your personal space and start talking about how the rivers will run with blood, how they will stab you in the back when you aren’t looking in the future, and so on? Not American, just a different culture.

Can’t do anything about it, shouldn’t do anything about it. But it is really, well, even with people on the right who disagree or just don’t like each other. We don’t call each other traitors or about how we aren’t toting Bush’s line. Because that is the criticism against IraqTheModel, ITM. That they are toting the Bush line, instead of I suppose, the line that Iraqi patriots want them to tote. Free speech is about people being free to say what they agree with, I suppose. Free speech isn’t for “traitors”, interestingly enough. You can’t do anything about an entire generation that was traumatized and have their own hang ups and prejudices, just as you can’t do anything about the Vietnam generation. Either they will get it, or they won’t. Nothing to be done about it, except to wait for them to fade out.

Just as there are people in America busy with work and attempting to excel, there are people in Iraq busy in the security forces. You can’t expect the general population to “love” America. Not after what they saw of Herbert Bush’s broken promises. But the Iraqi security forces have seen the Real America. It would be interesting to hear from them, but we won’t, because they either are too busy, too at risk of getting killed if they write, or they don’t know enough English. People trying to make a buck and feed their family, why would they know English anyways? That is like poor white folks knowing how to write in Japanese.

One step at a time, people, one step at a time. War is about a contest of wills. A lot of Iraqis are confused, depressed, broken inside. That is why it is very important for Bush to show leadership, to show Iraqis who security should be achieved. If we don’t know, how do we expect the Iraqis to know? With our history, status, and power, why are we NOT doing better in Iraq? Why do we fail to meet the expectations of the Iraqis, of the omnipotent and all mighty United States of America? Too many fake liberals talking about the moral high ground perhaps? Or is it Bush’s compassionate conservatism and anti-nation building that prevents pro-active actions from being pursued? I know not, I just know that Bush isn’t doing anything except letting the military carry the burden in Iraq.

The military will stay the course, President Bush, but I’m not sure about the other allies you need, the American Jacksonians, Iraqis, and common folk. We need reinforcements, spiritual as well as physical.

Collation of some strategic posts I did

October 19, 2006

Japanese themed articles

Eating soup with a fork

Japanese style limits

The enemies of America do not seem to believe that America is weak not because we are so in reality, but because it is a byproduct of sealing our power down several several orders of magnitude. If they miscalculate, they will pay the price. (And so will we)

Piracy in International Waters and the US Navy

An analysis of Chomsky

The Propaganda of Terroists

An Encounter with War Fatigue and Despair in War

Neo’s Post on Civil War for Iraq

October 18, 2006

So one thing we can safely say is that the divisions in such wars are murky, and that family ties and long-term interactions don’t preclude the explosion of bitter and terrible violence.

But you can use such ties to restrain the war before it goes hot. A lot of Southerners thought the North was bluffing, so they thought that a few skirmishes and everything would be okay. This “illusion” perpetrated during war, due to the fog of war, pulls people down into this pit that they can only get out of with victory or death.

If you could have convinced either side that they were going to LOSe, and lose big or lose more than they would gain, then the civil war would not occur regardless of whatever tensions are going on.

The US has the power, but not the will, to present a convincing case to both Shia and Sunnis that NEITHER will win if they start fighting. A convincing case would be a simple declaration that both sides will be considered by the US as enemies of Iraq, and purged if such a war goes hot. Thereby giving both factions a couple of reasons not to fight each other.

The more Rumsfield talks about “oh, we’re just going to stand back and let them fight it out”, the more the Al Sadr, Iran Badr Brigades, and Sunni terrorists think that “hey, if we ramp up the sectarian murders, we might get the US out of our way so we can FINALLY take the fight to those no good X, and Ys”.

The best way to get more death, is to act like more violence will reward the separate power factions in Iraq.

In addition, some of these civil wars on the list are also proxy international wars, in which foreign powers ally with one segment or other to try to influence matters to the benefit of that foreign power.

Most of the revolutions and guerrila wars in history were engineered and funded by foreign powers intent on getting a slice of the pie.

A bunch of peasants didn’t just suddenly start totting military hardware they dug from a mine.

*[Another thing we can quibble about is whether the present violence in Iraq should have been foreseen, and what (if anything) could have been done to nip it in the bud.

We can nip it in the bud right not by getting rid of all those guys in Iraq seeking to carve a piece of territory using intimidation and cruelty. Trying to have a successful revolution without getting rid of the domestic insurgencies, is like the US trying to have a workable government after the Revolutionary War while keeping all those British loyalists in New England instead of shipping them back to England and over to Canada. Not going to work, if you have a bunch of enemies inside your country after a civil war.

in terms of clamping down more harshly on elements such as Sadr, back when he was first consolidating power; the perception of impending anarchy gripped the nation from the first postwar days.

Like I say, since you can’t change the past, NONE of that matters. What matters is what they are doing, or NOT doing, right now. And that, is really the problem.

It seems to me to fail on these two counts- for (2), who are the clearly defined (“organized”) two groups of combatants?

Sistani vs Al Sadr vs Badr Iran Brigades vs Sunni Al Qaeda vs Sunni Baathists, to name a few in the free for all. And it is a free for all.

You just got through explaining to us how it isn’t clear at all.

That is just Neo’s style.

People generally talk about a Sunni-Shia civil war, but the government is neither, so how does that pan out.

The Shia Revival, pans it out pretty well, douglas.


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