Thursday, October 23, 2014

31 Years Ago

241 Americans on a U.N. peacekeeping mission, mostly Marines, died on October 23rd, 1983. It was the most Marines killed in one day since Iwo Jima.

Four month later, the U.S. started withdrawing from Lebanon.

It was one of the worst policy decisions in our nation's history. A strong response then would have precluded much of what followed over the ensuing decades. We knew little then and we have learned little since.

Isis is currently calling on all believers to attack with whatever means they have. Here's their action plan:
"Hinder those who want to harm your brothers," the ISIS spokesman said. "The best thing you can do is to strive to your best and kill any disbeliever, whether he be French, American or from any of their allies."
Civilians should not be exempt from brutality, he said. "Do not ask for anyone's advice and do not seek anyone's verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war."
"Oh Americans, and oh Europeans, the Islamic State did not initiate a war against you, as your governments and media try to make you believe," the ISIS spokesman added. "It is you who started the transgression against us, and thus you deserve blame and you will pay a great price.
He gave specifics on how to attack Westerners: "Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure. Hunt them wherever they may be. Turn their worldly life into fear and fire. Remove their families from their homes and thereafter blow up their homes."
War comes. It is always so. It came to Canada yesterday. And to Queens today. 

1 comment:

Dirk said...

Yet another reason to carry.