Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Losing the Bill of Rights

With the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York and Guantanamo moving to Illinois, the Bill of Rights are being locked away again. It’s a shame how many people don’t see the Pandora’s box being opened when we allow our government to disregard the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. With many (mainly Conservatives) blasting the decision to try Mohammed on American soil and close down the unConstitutional Guantanamo Bay detention facility, one has to wonder what we are thinking. “Terrorism” is still a federal crime in the U.S. code.

Given that federal officials now wield the power to treat one federal criminal offense—terrorism—as either a crime or an act of war, there is no inherent reason why such power cannot be expanded to encompass other federal crimes, such as drug offenses. In fact, given the interrelationship between drug dealing and terrorism, one can easily imagine that federal officials will eventually expand their war on terrorism powers to the war on drugs. All that’s needed is the right crisis. It’s a matter of time before the president and Defense Department find ever more uses for this alternate system of justice that conveniently sidesteps the Bill of Rights.

Read an excellent article here, Losing the Bill of Rights.

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The Christmas Truce: The day the fighting stopped-and a soccer game broke out

Christmas Day 1914 saw millions of young men facing each other in a double line of trenches several hundred yards apart that snaked hundreds of miles across Europe. These soldiers had seen some desperate fighting in the opening months of World War I, and plenty more lay ahead.

But on this particular day, peace seemed to break out all over.

In violation of orders, British and German soldiers climbed out of their trenches waving flags of truce and made their way into no-man’s-land to celebrate Christmas with their enemies. Leaving the horror of war behind for one day, they shared Christmas pudding and belted out songs together. They exchanged toasts and traded cigarettes and food. “Most peculiar Christmas I’ve ever spent, and ever likely to” scribbled one British soldier in his diary.

In one place along the line, German soldiers from Saxony were fraternizing with Scottish Highlanders when one of the Scots brought out a soccer ball. A few minutes later a full-fledged game was under way on the frozen turf of no-man’s-land. Men who had been trying to kill each other just the day before played enthusiastically for more than an hour.

A German lieutenant, Johannes Niemann, wrote home about the game: “We Germans really roared when a gust of wind revealed that the Scots wore no drawers under their kilts. The game finished with a score of three goals to two in favor of Friz against Tommy.”

The next day, the impromptu truce ended as quickly as it began . . . and the men who had celebrated together returned to the ugly job of killing each other.

an excerpt from The Greatest War Stories Never Told

See here to read a more detail account of the above excerpt or here to see an entire book written on the event.

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Message from Moscow *again

Why is it that Moscow has to warn us about so many things-our socialist/communist bent, etc. Here we go again! When will we ever head?

A Message from Moscow for Obama

Questions Regarding The Fort Hood Massacre

Chuck Baldwin writes an excellent article asking three vary important about the Fort Hood Massacre.

By now, virtually everyone has read and reread the copious news accounts of the terrible shooting a few weeks ago at Fort Hood, Texas. This column will not attempt to add new details to what is already a highly scrutinized tragedy. However, I do want to pose three basic questions that, to me, are extremely glaring and, for the most part, absent from the discussion.

Question 1: Why were the soldiers not armed?
Question 2: If the federal government–including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, etc., with billions of dollars worth of technology; tens of thousands of snoops, spooks, and intelligence gatherers; and myriad Patriot Act-type laws–could not protect US soldiers on one of the most tightly secured and heavily guarded military installations in America, how can anyone in the country possibly not break out in cacophonous laughter when politicians tell us we need to surrender more liberties so that they might pass more laws to protect us crummy little peons? Or is it that, because Hasan was a Muslim, the politically correct nincompoops in charge gave him a pass?
Question 3: How could one man (with no combat experience) armed with only two handguns fire over 100 rounds (demanding he reload at least 3 times) into a crowd of scores and hundreds of fearless combat-trained warriors? I must confess: this is the question that bothers me the most.

Don’t stop there! Read the whole article.

Another reason Why the Troops Should Come Home

Dogs Going Crazy as Their Soldiers Return Home

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

Usually, there is nothing more powerful than a personal story to pound home the cost of eight years of war overseas, but I think today there is something even more disturbing to bear.

It’s the number 89,457 [.doc].

90,000 Casualties, but Who’s Counting?

America’s Worst Month in Afghanistan

This was posted at C4L.

October has been the bloodiest month of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Fifty-five have been killed in the course of the U.S. occupation this month. This is a staggering drain on American blood and treasure. There was a time when this many American soldiers, dying in a foreign country in just one month, would have been considered most significant. It is quite a testament to the country’s imperial mentality that such a death count is ignored, while an empty balloon, thought to have a child in it, falling safely to the ground, is watched by 20 million Americans.