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Chechen terrorism: An update
The US and other Western countries have not been viewing the Chechen terrorists with the same seriousness as the Russians and have been dismissing Russian evidence of Chechens' links with Al Qaeda.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/31/2010 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

The Ugly Face of Terrorism
[Asharq al-Aswat] The victims of the two suicide bombings that took place yesterday on the Moscow Metro were for the most part ordinary people; they all had families, and perhaps even children who may be awaiting their return. They probably have no connection whatsoever with politics and only thought about their own concerns and interests. It was their bad luck that they found themselves in the same place as these two female suicide bombers when they decided to carry out a suicide attack with the objective of killing random victims.

This is the ugly face of terrorism; it is the indiscriminate killing of innocent people who have nothing to do with anything and this is something that there can be no justification for. Such acts of terrorism are usually carried out by those who have been ideologically brainwashed, whereas those who actually plan these attacks and are truly responsible for them sit in safety monitoring the media frenzy that takes place after every major terrorist attack. There may be far-ranging goals or secondary objectives to such attacks.

Unfortunately the latter part of the twentieth century saw an increase in the phenomenon of terrorism by people claiming to be Muslims, and it seems that this is something that we will also have to live with for a large part of the twenty-first century. Security measures and the anti-terrorist campaigns have made it more difficult for terrorist groups to operate and obtain financing however the recent developments since the end of last year reveal that terrorist groups have made several major attempts to return to the scene, such as the attempt by the Nigerian youth to blow up a US airliner. Since there is no perfect and faultless security system, logic states that a suicide bomber may be able to bypass the security systems.

What happened in Moscow on Monday is a general reminder of this, and also serves to remind us that terrorism remains a problem that the countries of the world need to unite in order to root out, and this is via implementing successful policies that are not limited to security policies, but also include ideological and political policies as well.

There can be no doubt that the world is full of injustice, whether these are political injustices or others, and these may include fair and justifiable grievances. The problem with terrorist groups and deviant terrorist ideology is that it exploits these political injustices in order to commit attacks and cause deaths, portraying terrorism as courageous. In reality, terrorism only deserves international condemnation and denunciation, as was the case following the Moscow terrorist attack on Monday.

The truth of the matter is that there is no bravery in killing or carrying out suicide bombings, for arming oneself with a bomb in order to detonate this in the midst of innocent people is the most contemptible thing that anybody can do. While it is true that acts of terrorism result in media attention, this attention is always negative, and international public opinion firmly opposes terrorism and killing. History shows that every group that followed this path ended up as a criminal gang or bandits, and that in the end they did not achieve anything. To look at a living example of this, there is the case of Carlos the Jackal who enjoyed the limelight for a short time but ended up serving multiple life sentences in prison. In the 1970s he was the most famous terrorist in the world, while today the media does not pay any attention to him.

Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

#1  The big difference between terrorists such as the Jackal and those of today lies in funding and strategy. While the end result is often the same, modern terrorist organizations have evolved significantly. They are funded by nations and headed by very well-educated and experienced people. They have become masters of fast, deep seeded indoctrination, to the point that they can turn an otherwise harmless young man or woman into a suicide bomber in months. The enemy we face today is committed, well trained, well organized, well funded, and effective. Furthermore, it is my belief, fostered by experience, that their support and following is far more extensive than most of us want to admit.
Posted by: Keeney || 03/31/2010 10:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Furthermore, it is my belief, fostered by experience, that their support and following is far more extensive than most of us want to admit.

Quite accurate. Sadly, for political reasons our leaders tend to ignore the State Sponsorship component of which Keeney speaks. Treating symptoms as opposed to causes seldom produces a valid cure.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2010 10:55 Comments || Top||

United States of Argentina
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 03/31/2010 12:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Argentina's pretty much 95% Roman Catholic, and some 90% devout roman catholic. We don't have that sort of social cohesiveness, it's going to get worse here.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/31/2010 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The unraveling will begin the day the gov't cheese (checks) stop. I'd rather not dwell on it quite frankly.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2010 15:11 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Obama throws out the political rules
The passage of US healthcare reform is enormously consequential, and not just for the things the new law aims to affect. The manner of its passage, as much as its substance, makes November's mid-term elections pivotal. They may decide the political trajectory of the United States for the next several decades.
Posted by: tipper || 03/31/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It would be hard to exaggerate how much is riding on the outcome.

Only the fate of the Republic.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2010 1:25 Comments || Top||

#2  “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
-- Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2010 9:24 Comments || Top||

#3  A retired Constitutional lawyer has read the entire proposed healthcare bill. Read his conclusions and pass this on as you wish. This is stunning!

The Truth About the Health Care Bills - Michael Connelly, Ret. Constitutional Attorney

Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.

To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.

The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business, and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats, and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the government.

However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.

The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people, and the businesses they own.

The irony is that the Congress doesn't have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with! I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.

This legislation also provides for access, by the appointees of the Obama administration, of all of your personal healthcare direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide...

If you decide not to have healthcare insurance, or if you have private insurance that is not deemed acceptable to the Health Choices Administrator appointed by Obama, there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a tax instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn't work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the due process of law.

So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much, out the original ten in the Bill of Rights, that are effectively nullified by this law It doesn't stop there though.

The 9th Amendment that provides: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;

The 10th Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.

I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights... Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to "be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution." If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it, without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway, I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.

For those who might doubt the nature of this threat, I suggest they consult the source, the US Constitution, and Bill of Rights. There you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.

Michael Connelly
Retired attorney,
Constitutional Law Instructor
Carrollton , Texas

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2010 10:51 Comments || Top||

#4  A nation of laws men feelings.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/31/2010 11:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Besoeker - that posting was dated August 12, 2009. He does have some more recent postings.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/31/2010 11:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Time for Macdonough's Song.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2010 16:02 Comments || Top||

#7  They may decide the political trajectory of the United States for the next several decades

Current trajectory (Note Democrat Congressman in upper right) ...
Posted by: DMFD || 03/31/2010 18:42 Comments || Top||

#8  That's feewings, swksvolFF. :-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/31/2010 21:12 Comments || Top||

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  Dronezap greases 6 in N.Wazoo
Tue 2010-03-30
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  Two boomers, 38 dead in Moscow metro
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