The Just War Doctrine

This is an op-ed I wrote for my friends at Ace News Room……hope it is enjoyable and informative……chuq

I am in the process of writing a white paper on terrorism…..it will not be an emotional rambling on the act but rather a study of what it is and how it operates…..with the hope that it …

Source: The Just War Doctrine

And that Irene is what a just war is all about…..enough said.

I have had enough of the silliness today…..I will see you guys on the flip side tomorrow…..

BTW, I do not feel that there is a just war at this time…..but that is me and I am not the best person to ask if there is one or not…..

Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty – The Unz Review

This month 49 years ago the US Navy ship, USS Liberty, was attacked by the Israelis…..the incident has been swept under the rug then and is still a little known piece of American Naval history….I am trying to see that it is not forgotten….we as a country MUST remember these brave souls killed by an ally…..we must never forget this attack or the sailors that died!

Last Wednesday at noon at Arlington National Cemetery I attended the annual commemorative gathering of the survivors and friends of the U.S.S. Liberty. The moving service included the ringing of a ship’s bell…….

Source: Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty – The Unz Review

Trump Voters Rejoice!

Time to look at the latest terrorist attack from the perspective of the upcoming election…..tacky?  Yes it is….but after listening to the candidates speeches after the attack….apparently tacky is the way to go……

What are the chances that the latest attack will rise up as more support for Trump?

For some time, political observers have wondered — or feared — whether a major terror attack on American soil could sweep Donald Trump into the White House.

And now, in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando — and Trump’s speech in response to it, which was filled with anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric — the question of what effect terror could have on the presidential campaign seems more urgent than ever.

“Clinton wants to allow radical Islamic terrorists to pour into our country,” Trump said in his Monday speech. “If we don’t get tough and if we don’t get smart, and fast, we’re not going to have our country anymore.”

Source: Do terrorist attacks make a Trump win more likely? Here’s what the research suggests. – Vox

Americans always look for a leader that will protect them…..the problem is the leaders they vote into office have terrible policies that make protection necessary….But with some sort of good news….will the attack and the rhetoric following real influence the election?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have already responded to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Indeed, the massacre, carried out by a man who swore allegiance to the Islamic State, will reshape the dialog around the presidential election, in the short term at least. But the truth is that we don’t know how the tragedy will affect the race, and we should be careful about making too many conclusions based on the polls too soon.

Trump’s support rose in Republican primary polls in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino in late 2015.

Source: Be Wary Of Claims About How The Orlando Attack Will Affect The Election | FiveThirtyEight

Once again….we have had a horrendous attack and as usual the focus is on bullshit…..what to label or the damn silly notion that they will come for your guns…..

Hey mental midgets….there is NO ONE COMING FOR THE GUNS YOU WORSHIP!

The FBI blew it and now the hunt is on for someone to blame…..here’s a novel idea…lay the blame at the feet of those that blew the investigation…FBI!

Language Wars Flare Again

From time to time this country goes batcrap crazy over the language used to describe a situation…..some falsely attribute it to being “politically correct” an overused term for the last 8 years…..and then some of the mentally challenged will always lose their minds over what to call this situation or that…..a waste of time.

We are ass deep in another one of these silly debates……especially after the horrendous attack in Orlando…..the debate is what do we call the reason for the act……

(this article is in the Wall St. Journal….not one of my normal sources for accurate opinion pieces)……

Donald Trump says the Orlando attack is an example of “radical Islamic terrorism.”

Hillary Clinton said she’s willing to blame “radical Islamism” or “radical jihadism,” but doesn’t think that’s the point.

And President Barack Obama? He typically won’t use “Islam,” “Islamic” or “Islamism” as part of his description of terrorists.

The Orlando shooting has revived the long-running debate over how to refer to Islamist terrorists. The administration and allies have shied away from using the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” saying it serves no purpose but to alienate Muslims and fuel terrorists’ propaganda. But critics say the refusal to use the phrase is political correctness run amok, and gives the impression that the White House isn’t sure about who the enemy is.

Source: Radical Islamic Terrorism? Language Wars Flare Again – Washington Wire – WSJ

Sorry but this is a waste to time….the argument is lame and does it really matter what it is termed as…..I mean the people that died could not care less…..should not the discussion be on the act not the terminology?

But I understand if one has no idea of what they talk about then I guess a debate on terminology would make sense after all….

Women in the North Caucasus Conflicts: An Under-reported Plight

I have been watching the events unfolding in the Caucuses….if war is to come then this will be a good place for the world to try the 2 failures of the past once again….

Women have it tough around this globe and few seem to care little about their plight…..

Women in the Russian republic of Chechnya have never been under such pressure as they are today. Yet not much has been written about their role, their place in society, and their rights in Chechnya and in other North Caucasus conflicts.

For more than two decades since 1994, the armed conflict between Russian federal forces and the insurgencies of the North Caucasus has been among Europe’s deadliest, churned by a vicious circle of unresolved religious and ethnic tensions, brutal counter-insurgency, lack of democratic procedures, social inequality, and bad governance. Instability and war resulted in a dramatic erosion of state capacity, weakened state institutions and the increased prominence of traditional and religious practices and intolerant ideologies.

Source: Women in the North Caucasus Conflicts: An Under-reported Plight | Crisis Group

If you fight for women’s rights then fight for all women…..

Democracy After the Arab Spring

This is another post that will meet with strong opposition….you see whenever someone has something positive to say about the region or the religion then they are just being “politically correct” or a “bleeding heart” or….well you get the idiotic idea.

Back in 2011 there was a chance for there to be a ground swell of democratic movements…unfortunately the whole thing was hijacked by radical fundamentalists and authoritarian dickheads…..

This is a really good article about the region and the aftermath of the Arab Spring…….

The Arab Winter convinced many that the Middle East is destined to be a hopelessly repressive region. But peel away the layers and it’s clear there’s both hope and opportunity.

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring in 2011, an Arab Winter of authoritarian backlash has swept across the Middle East. The setbacks in the Middle East have actually been part of a global phenomenon of authoritarian resurgence that has been marked by increased repression in Russia and China, as well as by setbacks to democracy in smaller countries like Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Thailand. But the authoritarian resurgence has been more pronounced in the Middle East than in other regions. Indeed, according to Freedom House, 12 of 18 countries in the Middle East are more repressive today than they were before the Arab Spring uprisings.

Source: Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring | World Affairs Journal