Winston Spencer Churchill


27 Apr 2011 10:29 pm

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Back during the fairy tale days of 1981, I rose early to watch Lady Diana Spencer marry Prince Charles of England. Alas, the marriage ended badly and Diana died tragically a few years later.

Still, I’m not sorry I watched the wedding. It was a spectacle of everything that was magnificent about the English. I will watch the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton with much less hope of seeing such confidence in the fading Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Britannia.

The media reports that there is much less enthusiasm for the nuptials of Will and Kate here in the states but most of my friends are getting up early Friday morning. I suspect there will be crowds out in London too although most people surveyed say they’re indifferent to the wedding.

Perhaps the wearied world has grown tired of broken fairy tales.

And yet, a little rain is expected to fall on the wedding day, which, I have heard, is good luck.

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Still, she was a beautiful bride.



05 Jun 2008 03:49 am

Criminy.

I had been able to put the interminable Democrat presidential primary out of my mind but now that I am entering the lazy and glorious days of summer, I have had time to ruminate on the news of yesterday, the news that Obama, at long last, has managed to stumble over the finish line.

My husband and I attempted to watch Obama’s victory speech last night but after a few minutes of it, we just couldn’t stomach any more.

I found the text of Obama’s remarks and read it through. He can really give a good speech, I’ll give him that. But the content of Obama’s remarks was really boilerplate and two thirds of it was an attack on John McCain. There was nothing much hopeful in the speech either, except perhaps for Barack’s hopes that the American public will buy his attack on McCain.

Included in this text is an analysis of Obama’s remarks and my response to them.

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama — Final Primary Night

Tues., June 3, 2008 19:02:11 ET

St. Paul, Minnesota; As Prepared for Delivery

Tonight, after fifty-four hard-fought contests, our primary season has finally come to an end.

(Fifty-four contests in fifty-seven states?)

Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said — because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another — a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

Umm, possibly. If Hillary is really ready to quit.

I want to thank every American who stood with us over the course of this campaign — through the good days and the bad; from the snows of Cedar Rapids to the sunshine of Sioux Falls. And tonight I also want to thank the men and woman who took this journey with me as fellow candidates for President.

Was that Sioux Falls or Sunrise Falls?

At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office. I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better. They are leaders of this party, and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.

Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd?

That is particularly true for the candidate who has traveled further on this journey than anyone else. Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she’s a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she’s a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.

Millions of bitter Americans

We’ve certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months. But as someone who’s shared a stage with her many times, I can tell you that what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning — even in the face of tough odds — is exactly what sent her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago; what sent her to work at the Children’s Defense Fund and made her fight for health care as First Lady; what led her to the United States Senate and fueled her barrier-breaking campaign for the presidency — an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be. And you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory. When we transform our energy policy and lift our children out of poverty, it will be because she worked to help make it happen. Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But I am a better candidate.

There are those who say that this primary has somehow left us weaker and more divided. Well I say that because of this primary, there are millions of Americans who have cast their ballot for the very first time. There are Independents and Republicans who understand that this election isn’t just about the party in charge of Washington, it’s about the need to change Washington. There are young people, and African-Americans, and Latinos, and women of all ages who have voted in numbers that have broken records and inspired a nation.

I do not include the female supporters of Hillary.

All of you chose to support a candidate you believe in deeply. But at the end of the day, we aren’t the reason you came out and waited in lines that stretched block after block to make your voice heard. You didn’t do that because of me or Senator Clinton or anyone else. You did it because you know in your hearts that at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — we cannot afford to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say — let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.

“But at the end of the day.” Over-used cliche.

In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine. My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign.

Snippy.

Because while John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign.

Outright attack line.

It’s not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year.

McCain stood by President Bush ninety-five percent of the time? Somehow I didn’t notice that. It would have been nice if he had really done that.

It’s not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs, or insure our workers, or help Americans afford the skyrocketing cost of college — policies that have lowered the real incomes of the average American family, widened the gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and left our children with a mountain of debt.

Change will be on the list of over-used words before this year is out.

And it’s not change when he promises to continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians — a policy where all we look for are reasons to stay in Iraq, while we spend billions of dollars a month on a war that isn’t making the American people any safer.

Obama really must not read the news. The surge is working and Maliki and company are actually accomplishing more than our Congress.

So I’ll say this — there are many words to describe John McCain’s attempt to pass off his embrace of George Bush’s policies as bipartisan and new. But change is not one of them.

John McCain’s support of the war in Iraq is the only reason I will be voting for him. There are many words to describe Obama’s embrace of our enemies and his desire to cut and run but the word, courageous is not one of them.

Change is a foreign policy that doesn’t begin and end with a war that should’ve never been authorized and never been waged. I won’t stand here and pretend that there are many good options left in Iraq, but what’s not an option is leaving our troops in that country for the next hundred years — especially at a time when our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated, and nearly every other threat to America is being ignored.

Repeating that hundred year canard.

We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in - but start leaving we must. It’s time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future. It’s time to rebuild our military and give our veterans the care they need and the benefits they deserve when they come home. It’s time to refocus our efforts on al Qaeda’s leadership and Afghanistan, and rally the world against the common threats of the 21st century — terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. That’s what change is.

Climate change. A common threat? That’s debatable. Terrorism and nuclear weapons? al Qaeda’s leadership? Barack Obama may be one of the most ill-informed presidential candidates since Jimmy Carter.

Change is realizing that meeting today’s threats requires not just our firepower, but the power of our diplomacy — tough, direct diplomacy where the President of the United States isn’t afraid to let any petty dictator know where America stands and what we stand for. We must once again have the courage and conviction to lead the free world. That is the legacy of Roosevelt, and Truman, and Kennedy. That’s what the American people want. That’s what change is.

Obama’s identifying himself with Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy. Gosh, Roosevelt and Truman used a lot of firepower during World War ll and the Korean War and the other one, (Kennedy) the Cold War. Obama wants tough, direct diplomacy. Change? No. Appeasement? Yes.

Change is building an economy that rewards not just wealth, but the work and workers who created it. It’s understanding that the struggles facing working families can’t be solved by spending billions of dollars on more tax breaks for big corporations and wealthy CEOs, but by giving a the middle-class a tax break, and investing in our crumbling infrastructure, and transforming how we use energy, and improving our schools, and renewing our commitment to science and innovation. It’s understanding that fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand-in-hand, as they did when Bill Clinton was President.

Yeah, yeah. Same old Democrat, liberal talking points. What is new about that?

John McCain has spent a lot of time talking about trips to Iraq in the last few weeks, but maybe if he spent some time taking trips to the cities and towns that have been hardest hit by this economy — cities in Michigan, and Ohio, and right here in Minnesota — he’d understand the kind of change that people are looking for.

Alert! Another attack on McCain. Obama’s gotta get Michigan and Ohio back.

Maybe if he went to Iowa and met the student who works the night shift after a full day of class and still can’t pay the medical bills for a sister who’s ill, he’d understand that she can’t afford four more years of a health care plan that only takes care of the healthy and wealthy. She needs us to pass health care plan that guarantees insurance to every American who wants it and brings down premiums for every family who needs it. That’s the change we need.

I wonder how the polls look for Obama in Iowa?

Maybe if he went to Pennsylvania and met the man who lost his job but can’t even afford the gas to drive around and look for a new one, he’d understand that we can’t afford four more years of our addiction to oil from dictators. That man needs us to pass an energy policy that works with automakers to raise fuel standards, and makes corporations pay for their pollution, and oil companies invest their record profits in a clean energy future — an energy policy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced. That’s the change we need.

A pitch for bitter Pennsylvanians.

And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he’d understand that we can’t afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That’s the change we need in America. That’s why I’m running for President.

Trying to buy off the college students whose support Barack needs and throwing a bone to South Carolina and St. Paul.

The other side will come here in September and offer a very different set of policies and positions, and that is a debate I look forward to. It is a debate the American people deserve. But what you don’t deserve is another election that’s governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon — that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.

Take no notice of my good friends, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger or Tony Rezko because that would be a racist attack and will make my friends at MSNBC very upset.

Despite what the good Senator from Arizona said tonight, I have seen people of differing views and opinions find common cause many times during my two decades in public life, and I have brought many together myself. I’ve walked arm-in-arm with community leaders on the South Side of Chicago and watched tensions fade as black, white, and Latino fought together for good jobs and good schools. I’ve sat across the table from law enforcement and civil rights advocates to reform a criminal justice system that sent thirteen innocent people to death row. And I’ve worked with friends in the other party to provide more children with health insurance and more working families with a tax break; to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and ensure that the American people know where their tax dollars are being spent; and to reduce the influence of lobbyists who have all too often set the agenda in Washington.

Don’t really have that much of a resume so I had to puff it up a little.

In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.

Our country has been great for two hundred plus years, even before you started running for office, Barack, no matter how mean Michelle thinks it is.

So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.

No one in my family was ever a slave but I want the support of all the blacks.

So it was for the Greatest Generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny, and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.

I had an uncle who lived in an attic for a while after he served in World War ll. Of course, I never learned from him about the love and sacrifice that the American soldier demonstrated in that great war. I never learned a lot from him.

So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom’s cause.

Unions, women, African Americans. There. Punched every ticket.

So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that’s better, and kinder, and more just.

Kinder, gentler?

And so it must be for us.

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Just this morning I noticed that the level of the water in our bathtub was lower.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill

15 Jul 2007 03:28 am

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Old family photos in black and white representing the generations past. We look at them with curious eyes, trying to find recognition, a likeness or a kindred spirit. We take for granted our heritage of blood, family, and way of life.

Many of us are “blue-gray Americans”, confederate yankees, somewhat at war within our own heritage. Some ancestors fought for the North, others for the South. For those who search for ancestors who were living in the South before the Civil War there is less chance of a sure answer in records because many courthouses were burned in what my great grandmother called the War of Northern Aggression.

When I was a little girl I had the privilege of knowing three of my great grandmothers. My paternal great grandmother, Kathryn Ford Mackey had the whitest of hair and a kind and gentle nature. Everyone in the family held her in reverence and were always happy to be in her presence. When “Grandma Kate” developed breast cancer my mother volunteered to take her to her “cobalt treatments” which is what the treatment was called back then. I went along with my mother and great grandmother almost on every occasion she was treated. Along the way, being a curious child, I peppered Grandma Kate with many questions. I wanted to know what it was like to grow up in the late 1890s and early 1900s. I wondered about the kinds of games she played as a child. I was curious about her family, her mother and father.

Grandma Kate answered every question I had but the most striking memory I have of my conversations with her was her stories of her father’s service in the Civil War. She told me that her father and his brother, being from Tennessee broke with their own father, uncle and other brothers, choosing to fight for the South. Her father, Thomas Weir Ford joined the Confederate Army in Livingston, Overton County (just north of Putnam County) Tennessee in 1861.

She told me that her father moved to Arkansas after the war was over. He fought in many battles, including Shiloh and Chickamauga and two of his brothers in the Union Army fought on opposing sides in some of the battles. Grandma Kate didn’t believe her father ever communicated again with his Yankee brothers after the war.

One time, Grandma Kate told me, when Thomas Weir Ford was on furlough from the war because of a wound to his leg, his sisters had to hide him in a cave from the Union Army. Grandma told a fearsome story, captivating me as we sat in the old fifty five Pontiac, of his sister’s attempt to keep his leg bandaged after they escaped to the cave. His wound was opened and he began to bleed and they had to tear off part of their own clothing to wrap his leg tight to stop the bleeding. After the danger was over they discovered the old homeplace had been burned. It was hard for me to imagine having to hide in fear from an enemy.

Grandma Kate told me that her father went to all the Confederate reunions after the war dressed in whatever was left of his confederate uniform. When he died in 1919 the James H. Berry Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, honored him with a floral offering and marked his grave with a confederate marker and flag.

She told me that when his grandkids asked him about the Battle of Shiloh he would always answer, ” We Fit the Yankees and fit em and fit em.”

My great grandmother was a strong willed woman who refused to take her children out of Arkansas when her husband wanted to go to the Northwest territories with his brother. She was a friend of Louise McPhetridge Thaden, an aviation pioneer and watched Louise’s children for her on some of her flights.

I lost my great grandmother when I was 21. She lived to be eighty six years old. What a lot of history she experienced in her life.

A life lived in freedom.

Recently I linked to a report by Michael Yon that told of an entire village that Al-Qaeda had ravaged. The graphic photos of the dead bodies were horrifying but the most haunting image was the photo at the top of the report of a family that was found in one of the homes.

This evil organization destroys members of their own religion and is actively seeking to destroy Western Civilization. Will one day our own family photos be found on the street after an attack? Michael Chertoff, a sober man has a gut feeling that an attack may be coming but his comment is met with derision and laughter.

The Congress is quickly becoming a lost cause in the war on terror. Great Britain has banned Winston Churchill from the history books. History is facts about events and people of the past. To remove the one man from the history books who did so much to preserve Western Civilization is evidence that Islamic terrorists as well as their politically correct allies are winning in the U.K.

Will our children’s children be left with a nation worth living in? Will they still have a remnant of understanding of a country where women could pursue their dreams of aviation, men from humble positions could rise to positions of eminence and children could grow up to love their neighbors instead of plotting to kill them?

15 Apr 2007 04:57 pm

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Sixty five years later the images of the faces smile innocently out at us, telling us a story that reminds us of our own treasured and yellowed family photos. In some of the photos, friends pose arm and arm with friends, in others, children pose with their pets.

The photos celebrate life in all of its kicking up the heels moments.

These photos were in a picture album, hidden from all sight for sixty five years, undiscovered within the walls of a house, in the town of Chelm, in Poland. They were found recently by a history teacher when her house was being demolished for renovations. She presented the photos to Zvi Lander in a ceremony.

The pictures show a large Jewish family, along with many friends.

After months of searching for clues as to the identity of the family, someone noticed, in one of the photographs, a sign above a laundromat bearing the name Boden.

Using the lists of testimonies archived at Yad Vashem, the album was delivered to Pini Beeri and Riki Ariel, the sons of Pearale Boden Berezowsky, who was one of two siblings to survive the Holocaust. The men delivered the book to their mother, six hours before her death.

From the photographs, remaining sister Marisha Weikselfish identified her brother, parents, and other relatives – all of whom perished.

Family members said that the brother, Shlomo Boden, had informed the family about hiding the album in the wall, along with silverware and silver dishware. However, the survivors did not return to the house to retrieve the photographs after the war and the photographs remained hidden for 65 years.

Many of the pictures depict classmates of the photographer, who were unrecognized by the surviving family members.

Hat tip: Instapundit

So why were the photos lost in the first place? Why were they hidden? Why the Holocaust?

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In 1977, when my husband and I first landed in Augsburg, Germany for his three year Army tour I didn’t know much about the history of World War ll. I knew about the Holocaust but I didn’t understand why it had happened. Thus, I was nervous about living in the land where it had occurred just thirty some years before. (at the time)

We were assigned on-post housing in an apartment which was next to an old Jewish cemetery. I walked over to see it one day and found it in a terrible condition. Among the first German words I learned were judenschweinen, ausrotten and jüdische Ratten; for these were written on the stones and walls in the cemetery. It was a chilling experience. The ghost of Himmler seemed to hover about the place.

The following beyond chilling, words were uttered by Himmler in 1943.

At a speech in Poznan on October 4, 1943, Himmler uttered the words that Joachim Fest has described as “one of the most horrifying testaments in the German language”: 1

I am talking about the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the Jewish people. It is one of those things that is easily said. “The Jewish people is being exterminated,” every Party member will tell you, “perfectly clear, it’s part of our plans, we’re eliminating the Jews, exterminating them, a small matter.”

So how was it that few men in the government of Great Britain were prepared for the onslaught of the likes of Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels and Goering?

The times were similar to that of the present day. The Brits, excepting the great Churchill and a small minority, were living in a time of wholly irrational pacifist sentiment; the M.P.s spending most of their time in parliament, debating disarmament of Great Britain as well as all the countries of Europe except Germany.

The politicians who met in Germany with Hitler came away from the meetings with words of praise for the Third Reich.

After his first visit to Nazi Germany Lord Halifax, who had been appointed foreign secretary after Anthony Eden had quit Chamberlain’s government, told his friend, Henry (Chips) Channon: “He (Halifax) told me he liked all the Nazi leaders, even Goebbels, and he was much impressed, interested and amused by the visit. He thinks the regime absolutely fantastic.”

Neville Chamberlain believed that Germany had genuine reasons for grievances after the First World War and enacted a policy of appeasement, wanting to avoid war at all costs. If anyone in the government criticized Hitler it was considered an afront to Chamberlain as Herbert Morrison wrote in his 1960 autobiography…

I believe that in 1938 and 1939 he genuinely felt that God had sent him into this world to obtain peace. That he failed may or may not be due to the inevitable ambition of Hitler to dominate the world, but there can be little doubt that in his mental attitude Chamberlain went the wrong way about it. He decided in the early stages of his discussions to treat Hitler as a normal human being and an important human being at that. At the time of the Munich crisis I said extremely critical things in public speeches about the German Chancellor with the result that I was approached by one of Chamberlain’s more important ministers who asked whether I would be good enough to desist, as the prime minister had been informed that Hitler resented it.

That Hitler was a mad man, bent on world domination, was ignored by many in the west even though the writing was on the wall years before when Jewish citizens lost all rights under the Third Reich.

Answer: The first measures against the Jews included:

April 1, 1933: A boycott of Jewish shops and businesses by the Nazis.

April 7, 1933: The law for the Re-establishment of the Civil Service expelled all non-Aryans (defined on April 11, 1933 as anyone with a Jewish parent or grandparent) from the civil service. Initially, exceptions were made for those working since August 1914; German veterans of World War I; and, those who had lost a father or son fighting for Germany or her allies in World War I.

April 7, 1933: The law regarding admission to the legal profession prohibited the admission of lawyers of non-Aryan descent to the Bar. It also denied non-Aryan members of the Bar the right to practice law. (Exceptions were made in the cases noted above in the law regarding the civil service.) Similar laws were passed regarding Jewish law assessors, jurors, and commercial judges.

April 22, 1933: The decree regarding physicians’ services with the national health plan denied reimbursement of expenses to those patients who consulted non-Aryan doctors. Jewish doctors who were war veterans or had suffered from the war were excluded.

April 25, 1933: The law against the overcrowding of German schools restricted Jewish enrollment in German high schools to 1.5% of the student body. In communities where they constituted more than 5% of the population, Jews were allowed to constitute up to 5% of the student body. Initially, exceptions were made in the case of children of Jewish war veterans, who were not considered part of the quota. In the framework of this law, a Jewish student was a child with two non-Aryan parents.

With all these warnings the world stood by, doing nothing to stop Hitler until it was too late for six million European Jews and millions of others. Appeasement was a dangerous policy which as Daniel Pipes writes, “invariably resulted in increased demands, heightened tensions, and threats of war.”

We are faced with this spirit of pacifistic appeasement today in many quarters but it’s not the making of concessions to German fascists, it’s attempts to understand the whys and wherefores of Islamic terrorism. It’s the acceptance of demands by Islamic cab drivers in Minneapolis to turn down riders who offend them. It’s publishers throughout the world refusing to publish anti-Jihadist cartoons out of fear of Muslim reaction, it’s the banning of piggy banks from government offices in Great Britain, it’s the whole world turning away from the inevitable confrontation with Islamists who want to force their will and ways on all of us.

Paul Jackson writes in The Calgary Sun,

A remarkable document came into my hands the other day from a Republican friend in Washington and it is something that should be read by all patriotic Americans and Canadians.

It should also be read by lib-lefters, appeasers, sell-out artists and cowards in all western democracies who want the U.S. and Britain to pull out of Iraq, and the U.S., Britain and Canada to pull out of Afghanistan, and the West to just give in to the demands of fanatics such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il.

It’s entitled Europe — Your Name is Cowardice and was written, strangely, by a German, Mathias Dapfner, CEO of the huge publishing house Axel Springer (AG) and published in Germany’s largest newspaper Die Welt.

As most know, Germany, like France, has been one of the great nations of appeasement against Islamic terrorism

But our own country, though led by a president bound and determined not to be beaten by the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, is gradually settling into a comfortable state of denial of the threats of Ahmadinejad and other terrorist organizations.

The American people were encouraged by President Bush to get back to celebrating the American way in the days after 911. We were encouraged to go about our business by working, shopping and raising our children.

The president’s first duty was to defend our national security as well as revive the economy. President Bush just couldn’t fathom the political deceit of those, who like Chamberlain, refused to accept the reality that evil still abounds in this world.

It’s much easier to ignore problems that seem not to be at ones’ door step than to have the courage to confront them before they become overwhelming. That’s human nature but history has taught us that there is a tremendous price to pay for such naive behavior. Supporting this conflict is not just supporting our troops, nor is it simply supporting the war.

It is, in reality, confronting evil. An evil whose philosophy denies freedom and often, life from those who dare to believe in a different manner. Any one who celebrates the death of one human being in the name of religion is evil.

In the United States, where we have a heritage of free religion there should be widespread condemnation of any religion or philosophy that celebrates the murder of thousands of people. Whether you call it Nazism or Islam, there is no justification for murder. However, the defense of one’s family and nation is the only reason to enter in any conflict. The American people may have forgotten this, but our ancestors never did.

Now that winning is still very much an option in Iraq many Americans are demonstrating their support for the troops in effortless, anemic ways such as putting bumper stickers on cars but support requires much more than that as Euphoric Reality writes.

Supporting the troops means living your life in a manner that is worthy of their death. It means ensuring, every minute of every day, that the words you speak, the actions you take, the beliefs you hold, are ones that honor them and honor the freedom they have provided to you. It means carrying yourself proudly, ethically, and with purpose.

It means never backing down, never giving up, never quitting. It means taking the time to make a difference in someone’s life—after all, did a soldier not make a difference in yours?

It means teaching your children that places like Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Bastogne are sacred, almost holy phrases that encompass all that we are and all that we must remain. It means getting off your chair and doing your part—whether that be reading to a double amputee fresh from the dusty hell of Iraq, packing granola bars into a box to be sent to the front, or just not ignoring those who are ignorant any longer. How many times have we all just sighed and rolled our eyes when we hear “I support the troops but not the war?”

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing…or say nothing.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

Supporting our troops also means standing up to the politicians who are doing everything they can to retreat in the face of Islamic aggression, appease our enemies and slow-bleed our troops.

In the nineteen forties peace in our time led to World War ll. Can the same philosophy prosper in todays environment of weapons of mass destruction? Weapons that a few individuals can use to destroy cities? Therefore, losing cannot be an option because if we don’t confront the evil at every turn, the price exacted will be tremendously more than World War ll. Giving up and handing Iraq over to Iran would be the same as giving Hitler an atomic bomb. In essence, a deliberate suicide of western civilization. The left would like us to forget this fact.

Will we one day be hiding our own photo albums inside the walls of our own homes?

14 Apr 2007 01:53 pm

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The troops’ sense of humor outdoes anything I’ve ever seen in the safe environs of the comfy land of round doorknobs. New cartoonists are sprouting up all over Iraq. Now they have FOB humor. Scroll down a bit to see it.

Oh yeah, they are winning.

The bombs aren’t stopping them either.

More good news, bad news here.

The lies about the intel are exposed here.

Vice President Cheney doesn’t hold back re Pelosi and company and American Girls recognize a leader when they see one.

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I’ve been reading The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940 by William Manchester, am only on page #121 but I’m blown away by the strength of character of the man, Churchill.

In reading the narrative of the period of time during the 1930s that Winston was a back-bencher, scorned by all of the politicians in parliament save five, I’ve learned that Churchill was Great Britain’s only steadfast voice of conscience, calling his country to reason and arms, when flocks of appeasers such as the Baldwins, Lord Lothians, MacDonald’s and Chamberlains made Pelosi-like pilgrimages to Berlin to symbolically kiss the feet of Hitler. Churchill’s powerful words must have rubbed raw the ears of those who refused to confront the evil in Europe.

Churchill’s immortal line should be called to mind in these dangerous days of appeasement, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

The other included the equally famous “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ “

It was their finest hour.