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THE TAMERLANE CONNECTION
By Chuck MacNab---
The older of the two Boston Marathon terrorists was obviously named after Tamerlane (Timur The Lame), leader of a 14th century Muslim horde. Reportedly, his (the older Boston terrorist) parents were educated people and we assume they were familiar with Tamerlane's past history, legacy and his place in history. According to historians, he is alleged to have killed more than 17 million people in military campaigns against those he conquered. At that time 17 million people represented slightly more than 5% of the entire population of the world!
(See enclosed link...below.) Does this "naming" constitute a link to a long time continuity of purpose among the Jihadists of the Muslim world? Perhaps it is a partial explanation for why such activities exist, even among some well-educated people? Certainly not all Muslims are persuaded to the radical cause, probably not even a majority. One thing is certain, however. They fear reprisal from radical elements and that is likely an explanation for their silence. We believe that respect shown by naming a son for such a figure as Tamerlane is an indicator and a "sign" for those who manage the West's war against terrorism. Will they heed it? Only the passage of time and events will tell.
In ancient times, and even in the last century, people lived in stark fear of the sort of terrorism we can hardly imagine today. In Boston, the worst of ancient tactics manifested themselves once again. Conquerors and invaders of the times regularly used such tactics. Maiming, dismembering, slavery, and mass killings were fairly commonplace throughout the world but perhaps more common in Asia. These tactics were thought of as "preferred" ways to influence behavior and control populations. Some advisors of the times, and some historians since, have justified mass murder and terrorism based on the view that people could be subjugated more quickly, leading to less bloodshed! (Exactly how "warped" can one be in trying to justify mass murder?)
Certain leaders of the last century, who have risen out of their society's inability to cope with chaos, have imposed, on populations, various brutalities not unlike those of Genghis Kahn and Tamerlane. For instance, Adolph Hitler put forth the "Master Race" idea in order to justify mass murder and to inflict all manner of distortions on civilization! Our view is that western leaders need to understand that Jihadist terrorism is not a "short term" game. It has gone on for centuries and losing it means the destruction of Western Civilization. The Israeli's understand the bigger picture but few others do. Western leaders need to stop impeding the defense of civilization by focusing on silly ideas such as political correctness! All people of a civilized view, of any nationality, color, creed, religion or economic circumstance need to realize we are in a serious war to defend western values.
We urge you to click on this link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timur) and scan the material for a review of the historical record of Tamerlane's life, his ambitions and his exploits. With such background in mind, we believe much of the motivation behind modern Muslim radicalism can be better understood and the methods of defending against it can be raised to a level of competency.
...Timur's military talents were unique. He planned all his campaigns years in advance, even planting barley for horse feed two years ahead of his campaigns. He used propaganda, in what is now called information warfare, as part of his tactics. His campaigns were preceded by the deployment of spies whose tasks included collecting information and spreading horrifying reports about the cruelty, size, and might of Timur's (Tamerlane's) armies. Such psychological warfare eventually weakened the morale of threatened populations and caused panic in the regions that he intended to invade....
...He justified his campaign towards Delhi as a religious war against the Hindu religion practiced in the city and also as a chance for to gain more riches in a city that was lacking control. By all accounts, Timur's campaigns in India were marked by systematic slaughter and other atrocities on a truly massive scale inflicted mainly on the subcontinent's Hindu population.
It is significant to note that Timur (Tamerlane) has now been officially recognized as a national hero of newly independent Uzbekistan. His monument in Tashkent now occupies the place where Marx's statue once stood.
A commentator on FOX News this morning stated that authorities were interested in the survival of the younger Boston Marathon terrorist in order to find out why he and his brother did what they did. "Why" they did what they did is obvious if events are analyzed with an understanding of the methods and motives of long term Jihadist operations. It seems likely that the older brother, Tamerlan, was the "indoctrinated" one. Perhaps the younger one had little or no knowledge of the reasons behind radical Muslim terrorist attacks. Perhaps his older brother was a "believer" and maybe both were. The salient point here is that no defense can succeed against a widely believed ideology while authorities view each terrorist event sponsored by it as a separate "crime" and insist on applying "political correctness" to those who are clearly behind it. This is not meant to be an indictment of ALL Muslims...just those who believe in the terrorists and their methods and those who, perhaps understandably, continue to keep silent.
Our inability to hear from a leadership that does not seem to understand the motive, long term influence and strategy of such potentially devastating terrorist activity is troubling. These "events" should be analyzed from the perspective of a longer time frame. Radical Muslim leaders such as Osama Bin Laden (and his many successors) plan with a consistency that is not in character with the modern 30-second sound byte. Troubling in the sense that we seem to be missing the quality of leadership that understands what is behind these attacks on the West. Media and political leadership want to see these events as separate, one time criminal actions because it fits their view of a "politically correct" profile more comfortably. This is leading us into more and more trouble and, in our view, nothing could create a more dangerous environment for those who cherish freedom!
We will continue this theme in future commentaries by attempting to put forth our view that the media and our political leadership do not understand and, therefore, do not know how to deal with those who, for centuries, have been trying to destroy Western Civilization.
THINKING AHEAD & ABOUT
By Chuck MacNab
THE LEAD-IN TO THIS COMMENTARY:
The bombings in Boston were truly tragic, horrifying and our most sympathetic feelings go out to the victims, their loved ones and anyone who was traumatized by these incidents. Please forgive us for intruding early with comments concerning the issue of terrorism but putting the issue of timeliness aside we feel we need to address the topic as soon as possible in order to find out who was responsible for this tragedy and, develop strategies that may make it possible to get ahead of other dangerous incidents that could conceivably develop. Delay makes it more difficult to track down perpetrators.
At this point we are hesitant to place all of the blame on the Administration for past incidents of terrorism. Nevertheless, terrorist threats aimed at us from around the world seem to have increased since Obama has been President. Policies that The Commander-In-Chief has followed since taking office are rightly fair game, are open to scrutiny and, in our opinion, are flawed. Given that he has been in charge now for over 4 years we believe it is our obligation as citizens, to examine his polices, especially in the area of national security.
Item #1: Congressional requests, on behalf of the people, for essential information from the Obama Administration concerning the Benghazi attack... are still being substantially ignored.
Item #2: Those responsible for the aforementioned attack are still at large despite Obama's "hairy-chested" promises that under his leadership those responsible for the attack would be brought to justice. We assumed that this would be accomplished within a reasonable amount of time! (Justice delayed is justice denied!)
The Administration's (thus far) ineffective response (both before and after the Benghazi attack) and its failure to defend an Ambassador and other Americans may be acting as a catalyst that could cause various terrorist groups to believe that we are weak, vulnerable and careless when it comes to dealing with those who mean to do us harm. The Obama Administration and its lackeys in Congress and elsewhere are advocating policies that would disarm citizens in violation of the 2nd Amendment. However, when it comes to defining terrorists, liberal associates an those working for B.O. seem eager to stick honest, law-abiding citizens and their representative groups with this definition!
The Justice Department's inability or unwillingness, for political or "other" reasons, to adopt an effective plan that closes our borders to invaders leaves an opportunity for all sorts of illegal border crossings by all sorts of people, not just those trying to find a job or a better life. How do we know whether or how many radical Jihadists, individuals or groups bent on creating chaos have entered the United States illegally and how would we know what they had brought with them? The border has been so porous, especially recently, that we really have no idea how to answer that question with accuracy. For all we know there are hundreds of Al Qaeda sympathizers living among us, leading seemingly normal lives, even in places like Boston! There is no need for large-scale paranoia but, given the circumstances along the border and the ridiculousness of the always politically oriented statements by "Big Sis" such as the border is "safer" than it has ever been, we should be on our guard and cautious. It is but a few hours drive from the border to most major cities, high population centers and critical installations. Ask any of those who live along the U.S. Mexican-border and you will find that the "traffic" through their property and into the U.S. is noteworthy!
We should consider installing a high tech mine field over every inch of border from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. We have suggested this before. It would greatly slow down the drug problem and help the budget cost problem (a mine field is a LOT cheaper to install than anything else being proposed and constructed). The numbers of Border Patrol people needed could be substantially reduced and perhaps fewer agents would be in danger of being ambushed by weapons allowed to be sent to Mexico by our own government! Benefits, salaries, equipment costs and overtime pay might be managed with taxpayer's interests in mind. Constant "fence" repairs along a thousand mile border would be unnecessary to say nothing of the practical considerations of building something effective and the cost of materials needed to build a fence, patrolling it, etc., in the first place. The people now engaged in border protection could get jobs in the private sector and help stop the drain on taxpayer funds! More importantly a minefield that uses modern technology would establish an economically feasible barrier that could be relied upon to be a nearly complete defense against terror attacks and illegal entries wherever it is installed.
The down side is that all of the backlash and political finger pointing created by the media and many who currently benefit from the current policies designed to bankrupt the country would work late into the night to produce gory, descriptive articles, with pictures, of those who didn't pay attention to the signs and got themselves killed or injured. They would work the liberal cocktail party circuit long and hard (and donate "coffee money" in abundance) to convince the public that it is more "moral" to stop defending the only country where freedom is still respected and has a chance to survive than it is to take effective measures to protect freedom's survival.
The drug cartels may even FORCE victims out in the minefields to be maimed just to generate the publicity that will keep us from curtailing their business. They view all other methods of trying to effectively close the border as a joke! The advocates of big government and their soft headed allies in the media and elsewhere will shriek loudly about laying people off. The trust-funders and super-wealthy liberals (who can easily buy their way to security and comfort) would prefer that the nation spend itself into bankruptcy building and maintaining another Maginot Line along the Mexican-U.S. border. (Built between 1930 and 1940, France's Maginot Line was a massive, and expensive, system of defenses that became famous for failing to stop the German invasion.) How long does the nation need to see that what has been and is being proposed is not only outrageously expensive but will never work! Apply the same philosophy to the way the Federal Government addresses most of its agencies and issues and you will begin to have an idea why we have a 17 trillion dollar debt!
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:Build 500 legal entry points if you want, put up thousands of warning signs in every language and space them every 10 feet. Give those coming in at the crossing points an ID card so they can be tracked, managed and a database established. After a few had disregarded the warnings, the "word" would get around! Those Americans who live and own property on the border could sleep with some security at night. Right now, they have none and Obama's minions are spending our tax money to sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio so they would have even less! The cost and societal disruption brought on by having no border would be effectively addressed. Remove the restrictions concerning work and the number of times guest workers could enter or leave. When a more secure condition exists and when the citizens of the USA can have some confidence in who comes in and who leaves the country, then we can address how to solve the problems of those who are undocumented and are already here.
The following is an excerpt of an email received from RITEON Guest Editor CP who lives in Phoenix, AZ. Please click on the link below to read the letter to Sen. Cornyn (R-TX).
It occurs to us that DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) could be fulfilling Obama's 2008 campaign statement to create a civilian armed force that is as well armed and well equipped as the U.S. Army. Perhaps he is intending to use this civilian force to bypass the provisions of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1874 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act). It prohibits the use of the military against the civilian population except under "unusual" circumstances. Those "circumstances"are clearly spelled out in the law though some are of the opinion that the Act has already been violated and may have been rendered useless by the Patriot Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act).
On Saturday March 23, Terry M. Hestilow, a retired Army officer with nearly 30 years of service under his belt, sent this letter <https://www.facebook.com/notes/terry-michael-hestilow/re-department-of-homeland-security-dhs-and-that-agencies-preparation-for-war-aga/10151339181433869> to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) this week. Hestilow wants DHS to hand over their war weapons to the Department of Defense.
ENTITLEMENTS vs WELFARE
--- In their negotiations with the Democrats on entitlement "reform," Republican lawmakers should make it clear
that they will protect the benefits of those who have EARNED their
entitlements through a lifetime of tax contributions. Those who have
EARNED their Social Security and Medicare benefits through the payment
of taxes throughout their working lives should NEVER be confused with
those who have NOT EARNED benefits. UN-EARNED "benefits" are really
welfare payments and should NOT be called entitlements. It's like the
difference between apples and oranges and any politician who is confused
about this issue is either a socialist, looking to buy votes, lying to
the public or is too stupid to hold office.
In their negotiations with the Democrats on entitlement "reform," Republican lawmakers should make it clear that they will protect the benefits of those who have EARNED their entitlements through a lifetime of tax contributions. Those who have EARNED their Social Security and Medicare benefits through the payment of taxes throughout their working lives should NEVER be confused with those who have NOT EARNED benefits. UN-EARNED "benefits" are really welfare payments and should NOT be called entitlements. It's like the difference between apples and oranges and any politician who is confused about this issue is either a socialist, looking to buy votes, lying to the public or is too stupid to hold office.
Yet we find that seniors, because of snake oil salesmen masquerading as elected representatives, are now facing a nightmare of disappearing benefits, early death and reduced standards of living. Their supporting families and loved ones are victims of the thievery of over-ambitious, dishonest, politicians that could not be trusted to uphold the security of sound fiscal policy. It isn't just, it isn't right and let us hope to God that there are some political leaders somewhere that will fight for and demand justice when it comes to representing those who have EARNED their entitlements!
What is happening to Social Security and Medicare benefits requires no expensive studying by elite groups of well-connected political cronies. Most seniors who follow important issues know the money that government promised would be held in trust and taken from their wages by law, WAS STOLEN by those in power in government in order to create welfare programs to get politicians re-elected! Nothing helps a politician get reelected like handing out "free stuff" to buy votes! Yes, laws were passed to "legitimize" the thievery and people should have thrown the politicians out on their ears that advocated and voted for such legislation.
Adding to this were the activities of "community organizers" such as Barack Obama who worked at showing the unproductive segments of our society how to cash in on the "free stuff"... and be sure they got their "fair share." Now that he is in the driver's seat, programs like food stamps, etc. have ballooned out of control, the U.S. has been mortgaged to China and Social Security and the health care of seniors is being methodically decimated.
Panels of old and well-connected politicos were formed to make recommendations to solve the problem. Solutions were developed by "study committees" such as the Simpson-Bowles Commission and earlier the Senator Bob Dole group. The "commissions" were carefully hand picked to represent a good media image and some were affiliated with generations of political families who had learned long ago how to manipulate politicians and issues. As usual, these committees and commissions are given a blank check and supplied with luxurious limousine service, lots of appropriately adoring clerical help, fine dining at the most expensive restaurants, private jet air travel and a nice big budget that allowed them to "study" their assigned problem in exotic locations. No wonder they take so long to develop their recommendations!
Since it became obvious that the "welfare" drain on Social Security funds was heading toward bankruptcy, intellectuals and educators began developing statistical arguments to justify the thievery. Thus the phony suggestion, touted as a fact that "greedy" seniors are collecting much more than they contributed. We assume that this "fact" is the basis for former Sen. Alan Simpson's "greedy geezers" comment (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/fmr-sen-alan-simpson-lashes-out-at-ca-seniors-over-social-security-greedy-geezers-shoveling-bullsh/).
Widespread questioning of entitlement justification and publication of contentions that seniors are "greedy" was necessary in order to justify the continued free handout policies of liberal leaders and continue to move their political ambitions in the direction of total control of society (Their REAL goal...see Alinksy!). Politicians, columnists, writers, TV commentators and anyone with an interest injected themselves into the pros and cons of the issue. Why not? After all, those who had earned their entitlements were being robbed and so they needed to be endowed with a "guilt" complex in order to confuse them and shut them up! Hordes of politicians were elected and re-elected by distorting the facts and manipulating those who view welfare as an entitlement. The poverty pimps along with liberal politicians saw a great advantage to themselves to keep poor people and minorities "down on the plantation." These poor folks haven't figured it out yet and are not likely to as long as the Republican Party (or some party) keeps failing to show them that freedom and individual initiative is the way to earn self-respect and a better life.
Right now, politicians realize that the free riders nearly outnumber those who have earned their entitlements. In certain jurisdictions like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles (and many others) the free riders actually do out vote those who have earned their benefits. They paid for them over a lifetime of being taxed. So, in those places, we see the political consequences of stealing from one group and giving to another and we have liberal politicians who insist on continued robbery of the productive population. For proof of this we need only look at Obama and Biden who live and vacation like royalty on the backs of taxpayers. It is disappointing that the Republican Party does not seem to differentiate between those who have earned their entitlements and the non-contributors who are really collecting welfare. Then again, Republicans must win office too, so, considering the number of un-entitled free riders expecting benefits, is it any wonder that some Republicans have come to the realization that being re-elected means joining in the giveaways?
PLEASE VOTE THIS TUESDAY, APRIL 2, IN YOUR LOCAL ELECTION!!!
One of the great tragedies of American Democracy is the very low turnout of voters in local elections (School Boards, Mayors, City Council, Fire Districts, Ambulance Districts, etc.) Despite popular opinion, these elections are VERY IMPORTANT and require the participation of every eligible voter. If ordinary citizens, those without a special interest, do NOT turn out to vote in local elections then the odds are stacked in favor of those who have a disproportionate amount to gain from the passage of certain ballot issues. Those individuals turn out, campaign and do everything they can do to see that voters subsidize their particular interests, whether justified or not.
Many believe that the
wages and benefits of public workers have gotten WAY AHEAD of the
private sector. Low turnout elections are one reason why this has
happened. Outrageous pay raises for public employees can be brought more
in line with the wages of those who pay their salaries if people will
just go to the polls and vote!
For example, in the school district where I live (Wentzville, Missouri), a tax increase was passed that raised about 6 million dollars. It was really not necessary to pass this increase but because so few people voted, the "special interest" folks, who want the increase for their own particular purposes, outweighed ordinary citizens when those citizens didn't vote. You can bet dollars to doughnuts that those who want an issue such as a tax increase to be approved so more tax money is available for pay raises, bargaining purposes or "other," more personally oriented reasons will turn out in big numbers. In the case of the Wentzville School District, the 6 million dollar increase was almost immediately "blown" by the School Board on a piece of real estate that some knowledgeable people say was bought for three times its actual value. It would be interesting to see if anyone on the School Board had a connection with those who owned the real estate that was purchased!
Our main point with this commentary is not to highlight a particular instance where we felt errors in judgment were made but instead to point out the necessity for more voter participation that reflects a majority of community involvement and opinion. In the case of the Wentzville School tax increase mentioned above, many agree that if a larger number of people had voted, the "mistake" of raising taxes that served only "special interests" would not have been made.
In the local elections being held this Tuesday, April 2, an issue known as AGENDA 21 will be playing in the background. If you are not familiar with AGENDA 21, please go to the internet and look it up or ask someone who is knowledgeable about it. Here is an excerpt from a MOPP (Missouri Precinct Project) email concerning AGENDA 21:
"Right now, in your town and neighborhood, policies are being implemented that will ultimately eliminate your freedoms and destroy your way of life. You need to know what's going on to stop this process. Many town officials are selling us out to global regional development with help from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI): Local Governments for Sustainability..."
Any candidate running for office who believes AGENDA 21 is a good idea or who fails to inform themselves about it should not be supported. Some, mostly liberal politicians, both local, school board, etc., support this government initiative because they are offered funding for some of its objectives. Don't allow your local officials to be bribed!
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