First, I would like to thank those who have stopped by and commented in my new journal. I really appreciate each of you taking the time to visit.
As the first thing I would like to talk about, I am going back to Sepetember 11th. I know we have heard so much about this unprovoked attack, but there are some things I think are worth pointing out. We can never afford to forget although most Americans obviously have.
One of the main things I would like to mention is that this was nothing new. Terrorist attacks against the United States have been taking place for years and years. The traditional U. S. response? Nothing. That's exactly why it continued unabated. There is a timeline of terrorism on the U. S. ARMY'S website that provides a number of examples of terroristic acts from 1960 - 2006. Be sure to click on this link and read the entire timeline to get the impact. It's well worth the time to get the full impact of terrorism since these incidents are not mentioned in the mainstream media. This includes attacks against other countries besides the United States. The U. S. response at the most was filing a "formal protest". That was a real deterrent!!! Our government tried negotiations. Negotiate with terrorists? They don't know the meaning of the word. As far as the terror organizations and the countries that provided funding and training for them were concerned, the U. S. would do absolutely nothing to stop it. So it went on. Many died. Then September 11th, it was brought home to us in a big way. Over 3,000 people died that day in a cowardly, unprovoked attack. Al-Qaeda and the countries that were behind them did not expect what happened next. President Bush's speech was probably seen as just more U. S. rhetoric. Instead, what I had been saying should have been done since I was in junior high school (which gives you an idea of how many years I'm talking about!) was finally done. In the words of a Marine, "we took the ballgame to THEIR five yard line." This is something that they did not anticipate and were no doubt shocked to say the least. The Taliban in Afghanistan was dismantled. Sadam Hussein's regime was toppled. Both were training grounds and sources of funding for terrorist attacks against the United States.
Which brings me to my next point - there are those that say that our going into Iraq was unjustified. It was every bit justified. Afghanistan was only half the equation if that much. Here is an exerpt from THE WEEKLY STANDARD (this links to the entire article) published January 16, 2006:
"THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis."
This is something you will NEVER hear in the mainstream media. The idea in the media is to discredit the Bush administration and the War on Terror. This is why you never hear about the good things that have happened there since the liberation of Iraq. All you hear is a body count. What the Weekly Standard reported is what the War on Terror was all about. Stopping further terrorist acts. The only way to do that is AT THE SOURCE. Terrorist organizations are not poor financially as has been reported by the major news outlets. They are very well financed in order to obtain the weapons and training. Another lie perpetrated on the American public has been the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction (WMD's). Just the name of this war will tell anyone that WMD's were not what this was about. Even so, here is another exerpt from the same article in the Weekly Standard: "Most of the 50,000 translated documents relate directly to weapons of mass destruction programs and scientists . . ." Really? If we were to believe the mainstream media, this was just something concocted by the Bush Administration to go into Iraq. Now it's coming out that there were WMD's. Major fringe benefit of eliminating this horrible regime. I agree with the author of the article that these documents should be made public. They're not all translated yet, but as they become available, I think they should be released. I urge you to read this article in its entirety for yourself.
One of the purposes of this journal is to inspire thought. If you disagree with me, at least you have to think about WHY you disagree. Please read these sources for yourself and draw your own conclusions instead of just taking my word for it. Thank you for reading.
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