Ya, that enemy
With this equipment
And this is just long and something else.
Go ahead, run from Iraq.
Ya, that enemy
With this equipment
And this is just long and something else.
Go ahead, run from Iraq.
Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are the key necessary ingredients to making Crystal Meth.
A decade or so ago, they used to just buy the ingredient from a factory in India, one of only 9 factories that make ephedrine. Ephedrine is not grown, it is synthezied chemically, in factories. Not going to go into how it works, because I don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is where it is produced, how much, and who is buying it. Because a cartel of meth boys were making something like 2 billion per “super-cooking” farms from the ephedrine bought from India. Bought legally because there were no DEA regulations nor were there any DEA negotiations with the Indian company. Strangely, although not surprising, the Indian company spokesman said that they were eager and willing to go along with DEA guidelines, if only they knew that such were necessary. I say weird because most foreigners are positively antagonist towards the American “Imperial” power. Just look at Hugo Chavez and Amanie. Or Chirac for that matter.
The point is, the more ephedrine you can grab, the purer your meth once cooked (more ephedrine), and the purer the meth, the higher the addictions, the worse the withdrawals, and the more money you make.
Meth purity has been going up and down according to regulations and adaptations by the cartels and independent operators. It is extremely hard to kick meth, perhaps even harder than cocaine, because meth hits the pleasure centers of the brain that rewards positive actions (like winning), the dopamine neutransmitters, and kicks it SKY HIGH on tolerance levels. This means that nothing else, not sex, not killing, not winning, not sports, not anything else will ever make you feel as good as meth, and you know it. Once having eaten the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, there is no going back. It will forever mark your soul, mind, and spirit.
Meth, thus, if less pure and less concentrated, is easier to kick. If it is easier to kick, the demand lowers, and Cartels start trying to think up ways to make more money by buying more ephedrine and kicking up the purity.
The point of all this is terrorism. As people see in Iraq, it is very hard for the US to establish local controls or grassroots movements, precisely because we are strangers and didn’t have 20 years to build up a network of spies, informants, and enforcers, like Saddam did. We are forced into using local security forces because the local Iraqis know things we just don’t see. Accents, origins, body language, etc.
Turn this around on its head. What troubles do you think would terrorists find if they came to the US and tried to go on offense as we went on offense in Iraq? They will be hunted down, trailed, and eventually eliminated? Why? Because they didn’t have 50 or 200 years to build up a local support network for their activities. They have to come on VISAs, and the VISA is monitored by the FBI now a days. When 50 Arabs come into the US, and the FBI sees them getting together and buying all sorts of interesting things like fertilizer and books on small unit tactics, what do you think is going to happen?
The terrorists, in order to remain undercover and also obtain the resources to cause havoc, must have local support. Both insurgencies and counter-insurgencies need local support to achieve victory. What kind of local support may the terrorists rely upon? The Left? No. The Mexican drug cartels.
How long has the Meth cartels been creating smuggling lines and independent contacts inside the US? If you told a Meth addict he has to grab some firearms like Cho had, to get a hit of Meth, is the meth addict going to worry about who he is going to give the weapons to? No. Is the Meth addict an Arab? No. He’s an American.
All the ingredients are there for terrorists to exploit. Maybe they already came up with this idea of an alliance between Mexican drug cartels and Iranian state sponsored ephedrine production. Or maybe they are too busy with Iraq to think about it or to get it going. But regardless, the ingredients are there, the folks just need to cook it.
People already know what occurs when Meth addicts become high. You have property damage. sexual abuse of children by Meth Addicted fathers. You have the constant surge of crime, all intended to feed the addict’s addiction. Sound like cancer? Sound like the Islamic Jihad? it should.
The whole point of fighting “them” over “there” is because the police cannot fight them over here, and the US military is prevented from enforcing civilian law inside the US.
You don’t want to know what kind of police state America and the border towns will have to become, when the Jihad links up with the Mexican Drug cartels, this time with an Iranian nuke shield protecting unlimited manufacturing of ephedrine. Tactics, strategy, and logistics, combined with political alliance, all is there for a successful annihilation of the strength of America. The children. It is always about the children, you know.
The degeneracy of the Islamic jihad and the culture of the Arabs and Persians is very interesting and quite an accomplishment. Because it takes meth addiction and longterm abuse to make human beings like that in America. But the Islamic Jihad does it naturally. Mass production even. A very nice accomplishment.
[UPDATE: Some stories about the effects of such an addiction as meth. Notably identity theft, which while its potential use for petty and grand theft are troublesome in itself, it is also a gateway to creating false identities which foreign agents require to dodge the internal security of the US. One of the ways the government tracks potential threats is through identity information and background checks. Switch out identities on the fly, and the government's job just became harder, which inevitably leads to more crackdowns and calls for police statism. The first people that will call for such will be the Left]
[This was the DVD I saw that inspired this post.]
[UPDATE: Melannie writes about the challenge facing French Jews, in a soon to be all out war zone]
We have steadfastly refused to behave as a country at war, thinking that if we only provide a convincing illusion of peace it will hasten the arrival of the real thing. While we have forced our soldiers to act under the rules of engagement appropriate for suburban policemen and our civilians to behave like sheep, our enemies have broken every rule of civilized warfare and blurred erased any meaningful distinction between civilian and military targets.
He’s not talking about the US, as you might have guessed.
There are many things to which Israelis and veteran tourists become jaded over time. Many of the archaeological and holy sites lose some of their ‘specialness’… and landmarks associated with many of Israel’s wars seem to blend into the scenery.
But for me, these wrecked vehicles never fail to evoke the same strong emotional response I felt when I first saw them in 1983.
You see, from 1948 until today there has been a chilling continuity in our country’s willingness to place its young men and women behind armor plating in order to safeguard them from our enemies (both external and internal) while ignoring what such a weak and defensive posture says to our bloodthirsty foes.
Even Israeli Arabs who were once nominally neutral, if not somewhat loyal citizens have become a dangerous fifth column in our midst. It isn’t that they have any particular gripe with Israel. They are simply throwing their lot in with the side they perceive to be winning.
Anywhere you go in this small country you will see armored IDF jeeps (Sufas), Hummers, trucks and personnel carriers ferrying solders from place to place. But less obvious are the IDF ambulances that are also armored because their humanitarian nature has never been respected by our enemies… the same enemies who spew chapter and verse of Geneva conventions and International law at every real or imagined Israeli transgression.
Even more insidious is the fact that nearly all civilian commuter and school buses that travel within firing distance of our enemies have armor plating and bullet-proof windows. This isn’t some hysterical precaution… these buses are regularly targeted by Palestinians with rocks, Molotov Cocktails and gunfire.
During the height of the last Intifada, most commuter cars that traveled in the ‘territories’ replaced their fragile glass windows with rock-proof polycarbonate windows, and many people (myself included) commuted to and from work wearing bullet proof vests.
In Sderot, where daily rocket attacks continue despite a one-sided cease-fire, our feckless Defense Minister (who nominally calls Sderot home) sees a perfectly workable solution in reinforcing the roofs of the city with iron bars and concrete armoring rather than targeting the source of the ongoing bombardment in Gaza!
Like the burned out wrecks that sit silently along the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, none of these armor solutions has proved particularly effective against the efforts of a determined enemy… and in fact seem to have simply increased the enemy’s desire to strike. Nearly every week we read about explosive devices being set off and/or thrown at IDF and civilian vehicles. Some cause damage… others death.
But one thing that hasn’t changed since the War of Independence (a war which many insist is still being fought) is that we and our enemies operate under completely different rules of engagement… a disparity that renders armor nearly useless.
I have made this point before. When I have criticized Israel for refusing to consider Total War or even to use any principle of the Total War philosophy, which has its best and most successful examples in America.
Israelis, and Jews in general, don’t wish to destroy, maim, and kill their enemies. They don’t have enough hate for their enemies, they don’t have enough hate of what their enemies make them do or what their enemies do to their children. True hate is when your whole being is dedicated to the destruction of that which you hate, that which you desire to be annihilated and disappeared from existence itself. The Israelis are okay with their enemies, they tolerate their enemies. They, yes, even love their enemies.
While America has been able to turn on and off the hate and desire to destroy our enemies at will, seemingly, Israel has always seemed like they were suffering a short circuit everytime they attempted to go to war. Which is why they’ve been at war for 50 something years now. Half a decade. Not even our war with the Soviets lasted that long. Neither WWI or WWII combined, either.
Why is that? Is it because of the UN, post WWII miasma of weakness and doubt? No, how can it be when the US fought in Vietnam and achieved a decisive result (a decisive one, if not a victorious one), in far less time than Israel’s 50 years of death and chaos?
Do they actually love war and love having it? Because they seem to do everything they can to goad the Arabs into continuing to fight. It is not as if they don’t know how to stop the Arabs, how they have to do is to look at America vs Japan in WWII, to know the solution. Or even Iraq right now. But they don’t do it. And they don’t elect leaders who do know how to do it. Pacifism and warmongering are two sides of the same coin. Without balance, nothing good is possible.
I would be willing to bet anything that many of the men and women who died horrible deaths inside those iron wrecks that line the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway though the time of peace and love was waiting for them just around the corner (if not at the top of the hill). Yet here we are more than half a century later and we ignore the reality all around us, a reality that tells anyone with the wit to pay attention that the time for hatred and war is still very much with us (though we refuse to act accordingly).
Read it all of course
I can’t remember who posted this vid anymore, on a comment thread. Blackfive? Salamander’s? *shrugs* Some thread about tomatoes and cucumbers, and how Jihadists were going to slaughter folks over it. Regardless, this vid is really funny.
[Note, btw, don't click on the category links under this post. To get to my categories, you have to go to the Mind Fragments section to the right. Don't know why, it is just the way it is. I'll try to fix it, if it can be that is]
Kathy’s blog on narcissism is witty and very very razor sharp.
That’s what Joe at No Pasaran says about the young South Korean who put 170 bullets into people last week. That was my first thought too.
A kid uprooted from a country where hatred of America is wild – and I mean raging wild. How wild is it? So wild there is widespread apartheid there against us filth – ‘er Americans, I mean. Us filthy Americans are met with signs that deny us admittance to restaurants and other public places. That’s how bad it is.
And he commits random mass murder here in a suicide attack.
AFTER sending his manifesto ranting about the religion, sexual permissiveness, and wealth of the people around him here to NBC.
I mean, if that doesn’t spark an idea as to a possible motive, nothing will.
And what was that “Ishmael’s AX” stuff that the media has buried? The play “McBeef” Cho wrote is about as flagrantly as anti-American as you can get right in the title.
Which just goes to show that obtuseness is invincible. This is supposed to be the fault of American culture – not anti-American culture. So, society’s foghorns must obfuscate the inconvenient facts.
I mean, lets get as stupid as necessary to miss the obvious implications of all that. He was a terrorist, a lone wolf terrorist. He murdered people just for being American. What is so hard to understand about that?
Sure he was crazy and suicidal. All terrorists are.
Anti-Americanism is getting Americans murdered just for being Americans. If that ain’t a kind of racist bigotry, nothing is. And those who spread it to advance their political objective have blood on their mouths.
Read the rest. I get a kick out of it, cause it’s like spice, the spice of life. Hot and slightly painful, but good if you have soothing milk to go with it.
Milk does reduce acid effects and stomach pains from eating spices. I should know, I’ve eaten a lot of spices, both Chinese and what the Mexicans would call “hot”. It ain’t hot to me. Not just because of a tolerance, but because I don’t like “bland”. And kathy definitely isn’t bland.
I went and found something another commenter wrote about Halliburton. From my memory, and because someone at blackfive.net was speaking about Halliburton… Again.
Having been on the ground in Baghdad, I do have some disagreements with your well-written posting. The infrastructure is being rebuilt and is likely to remain after we are gone; even the insurgents have realised the dangers of attacking basic support systems in terms of popular support. The clinics and sewers are coming on line. As to the oil revenues council – this is a replacement for the previous system to determine profit-sharing and contracts, similar to other national oil companies (i.e. Citgo of Venezuela). The 24 hour news cycle has distorted and deceived many people – my wife doesn’t watch network news anymore. She found that the reports on the news were at odds with my emails and calls from Baghdad, sometimes severely. Please note that over 90% of Halliburton’s contracts were competitive bid (I don’t have the reference right here, sorry). Halliburton and KBR won contracts because they had the materials and personnel to fulfill the needs. Halliburton hired hundreds of professional soldiers (officers and NCO’s) that left during the great RIF of the Clinton years. It was an investment that paid off for them – they knew that the actions of that government would cause critical logistics shortages for the next two to three decades. Look at the number of contracts awarded for Bosnia and Kosovo by the Clinton admin – it is a similar percentage for Halliburton.
Just giving my point of view; I went there and it is not as bad as they say. And we are winning – look at their target choices. When someone says “why can’t we catch all the bad guys in Iraq” I want to ask back “why are there hundreds of outstanding warrants in Los Angeles?” And that is with no language barrier, though the weapons are similar for the bad guys.
“It is wrong and foolish to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God almighty that such men lived.” – George S. Patton
Comment by SGT Dave | April 18, 2007 | Edit
In a statement distributed Sunday, 8 April, Muqtada al-Sadr appealed for an end to Iraqi infighting, directing supporters to instead “unify” against “the enemy.” He also warned state security forces not to “follow the occupier.” The remarks were released a day before rallies called by Al-Sadr in the holy city of Al-Najar to mark the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion. The full text of the statement follows.
In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate:
God’s peace, mercy, and blessings be on the people of peace.
God says: “And obey Allah and His Messenger and fall into no disputes, lest ye lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For Allah is with those who patiently persevere.” [Koranic verse]
Should I offer my condolences to my country for a plight inflicted on it or for a treacherous occupation that has violated its sanctity? Or, should I offer my condolences to you, my country, over the sedition that it is sweeping you, weep for the blood spilled, or should I seek your help or seek help for you due to the booby-trapped cars that are disrupting your tranquility and security? What should I do?
Just keeping tabs on this walking dead meat, but we’ll skip his religious crap for now.
Al-Sadr to Supporters: ‘Unify Your Efforts Against’ US Forces
That’s basically all you need to know. I can’t believe how dense these people are. They take forever to get to the point.
[UPDATE: Liink included, which I must have forgotten...]
This isn’t by all means comprehensive, but it does relate to the American experience. And only domestic American experiences, no Phillippines.
The FBI watches over the domestic insurgency.
Media and the war
New York City had a number of widely read and influential newspapers and periodicals, whose influence was felt across the country, not just in the city itself. Horace Greeley, one of the founders of the Republican Party, grew his New York Tribune into America’s most influential newspaper from 1840 through 1870. Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties, as well as antislavery and a host of reforms. Greeley, who during the secession crisis of 1861 had espoused a hard line against the Confederacy, became a voice for the Radical Republicans during the war, in opposition to Lincoln’s moderation. By 1864, he had lost much of his control over the newspaper, but wrote an editorial expressing defeatism regarding Lincoln’s chances of reelection, an attitude that was echoed across the country when his editorials were reprinted.
The New York Herald, under owner James Gordon Bennett, Sr., was a constant source of criticism of Lincoln’s administration and policies, although Bennett and his paper strongly supported the Union. He had endorsed John C. Breckinridge early in the 1860 presidential campaign, then shifted to John Bell. In 1864, Bennett promoted George B. McClellan against, but officially endorsed neither candidate.
In addition to the powerful newspapers, New York City housed the printing presses of several other important periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly , Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News, and New York Illustrated News. Political cartoonist Thomas Nast became a well-known commentator on the war, and his efforts helped stir patriotism and fervor for the Union. Field war correspondents and artists such as Alfred Waud provided the public with first-hand accounts from the Northern armies.
Two journalists for the Brooklyn Eagle conspired to exploit the financial situation during early part of 1864, a plot known as the Civil War gold hoax. On May 18, two New York City newspapers, the New York World and the New York Journal of Commerce, published a false story that President Lincoln had issued a proclamation of conscription of 400,000 more men into the Union army. Share prices soon fell on the New York Stock Exchange when investors began to buy gold, and its value increased 10%. Officials finally traced the source of the story to the two men from the rival Brooklyn newspaper and arrested them.
In another celebrated case, Thomas W. Knox, a veteran journalist for the New York Herald, published a series of scathing attacks on General William Tecumseh Sherman and his men, which helped fuel speculation over Sherman’s sanity. Knox also printed important information pertaining to the Vicksburg Campaign that led to him being charged, tried, and found guilty of disobedience of orders, although he was acquitted on espionage charges.
 1864 Election Day sabotage
Secret agents from the Confederacy had been in New York City throughout the war, providing information on troop strengths, political views, shipments, etc. back to Richmond. Some of these agents planned an act of terrorism for Election Day in November 1864, when they would simultaneously burn down several leading city hotels. The plot was initially foiled due to a double agent who turned over communications to Federal officials, and to a massive military presence that deterred the plotters. Election Day passed without incident. However, on November 25, the saboteurs finally struck, setting fires at several hotels and other leading landmarks, including P. T. Barnum’s museum. Fervent efforts by the city’s firefighters extinguished most of the blazes, and most of the conspirators fled to Canada.
A little bit of Civil War insurgency.
The CIA‘s take on Civil War insurgencies.
Sweet struck first on the night of November 7. With the aid of Union Army agents, Sweet arrested the raid’s leaders and Sons of Liberty officers, along with “106 bushwhackers, guerrillas, and rebel soldiers.” Cached in a collaborator’s home near the camp were 142 shotguns and 349 revolvers, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Sweet reinforced the military guard in the city by mobilizing a force of 250 militiamen—and arming them with the raiders’ confiscated guns.
Undeterred by the failure in Chicago, Commissioners Thompson and Clay authorized the boldest operation yet: the torching of New York City by eight agents. The agents were to set the fires with containers of “Greek fire,” the general name, dating to antiquity, for incendiary substances. The 1864 version of Greek fire was developed for the Confederacy by a Cincinnati chemist who mixed phosphorous with carbon bisulphide. Exposed to air, the mixture bursts into flames.
In New York, the leader of the saboteurs went to a certain basement where an old man with a beard handed him a valise containing twelve dozen sealed, four-ounce bottles. Each man checked into a series of hotels, then went back to each one, opened a bottle in the room, left, and locked the door. They set fires in 19 hotels, a theater, and P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. The fires did not amount to much. There was no panic. There was no uprising.
The last known Canadian sabotage operation came in December 1864. John Beall, who had failed to seize the Michigan, vainly tried three times to derail Union trains as they passed near Buffalo. Some of these trains carried Confederate prisoners. As he was heading back to Canada after the third attempt, he was arrested. Tried and convicted as a spy and a guerrilla, Beall was hanged on February 24, 1865.
A month later, Robert Cobb Kennedy met the same fate. He had been caught trying to get from Canada to Richmond. He blurted out a confession that doomed him as one of the New York terrorists. “I know that I am to be hung for setting fire to Barnum’s Museum,” he said, “but that was only a joke.”
The next arrest of a Canadian conspirator came in May 1865. Luke Pryor Blackburn, a Kentucky doctor attached to the Confederate sabotage group, was arrested in Canada on charges of conspiracy to murder in a foreign country. The charge had originated with an alert U.S. consul in Bermuda. Blackburn had been in Bermuda caring for victims of a yellow-fever epidemic. The consul learned that Blackburn had secretly collected victims’ sweat-soaked clothing and blankets and shipped them to Canada.
At Blackburn’s Canadian trial, an accomplice-turnedinformant testified that Blackburn believed that yellow fever could be transmitted by the victims’clothing. (It was not yet known that the disease was spread by the bites of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.) On Blackburn’s instructions, the accomplice picked up trunks in Halifax and shipped them to Northern cities in a plot to start a yellow-fever epidemic. A special valise was to be presented to President Lincoln. Secreted among the gift of dress shirts were rags of fever victims’ clothing.
Blackburn was soon acquitted for lack of evidence, but few noticed. The war was over, and Lincoln was already dead—assassinated by a man who had met with the Canadian conspirators, John Wilkes Booth.
Booth had been in Canada in October 1864, but little is known about his visit with conspirators there. Richard Montgomery, the double agent in Canada, claimed that Booth and others had met to plot the kidnapping of President Lincoln. (The ransom was to be the freeing of Confederate prisoners of war, who could then fight again and perhaps win the war.) The kidnappers were to strike in March 1865, but an unexpected change in Lincoln’s schedule thwarted them. When General Lee surrendered to General Grant on April 9, 1865, the plot dissolved. But five days later, Booth transformed himself from kidnapper to assassin and killed Lincoln.
Lafayette Baker, head of the National Detective Police, responded to a summons from Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “Come here immediately and see if you can find the murderer of the President.” On April 26, Baker found Booth, but failed to take him alive. The assassin was fatally shot when he refused to come out of a barn that his pursuers had set afire
What’s this about Canada folks might be wondering?
In secret sessions during February 1864, the Confederate Congress passed a bill that authorized a campaign of sabotage against “the enemy’s property, by land or sea.” The bill established a Secret Service fund—$5 million in U.S. dollars—to finance the sabotage. As an incentive, saboteurs would get rewards proportional to the destruction they wreaked. One million dollars of that fund was specifically earmarked for use by agents in Canada. For some time, agents there had been plotting far more than across-the-border sabotage. They believed that their plans for large-scale covert actions could win the war.
Canada, then officially known as British North America, was against slavery, but not fully supportive of the North. As a British possession, Canada reflected Britain’s brand of neutrality, which tipped toward the South and King Cotton. Many Canadians worried about the possibilitythat the breakup of the Union might tempt the United States to add territory by attempting to annex Canada. As the war wore on and Canadians’ sympathy for the South grew, so did toleration for harboring Confederate agents.
The Canadian operations station was in Toronto under the military command of Captain Thomas Henry Hines, who had ridden with Morgan’s Raiders in guerrilla sorties into Kentucky and Tennessee. On the raids, Hines had made contact with leaders of pro-South underground networks in what was then called the “Northwest”—part of today’s Midwest.