Unfortunately, Ramesh's phone connection was poor, and thus Jon got the majority of air-time. I don't know anything about this man, by the way -- I have no axe to grind, here -- but his comments were some of the most asanine I have heard on the subject of American foreign policy. He tried to draw equivalencies between Christian and Islamic fundamentalists, tried to blame the crisis in Lebanon on Israel's West Bank settlements, and tried to say we have to "reach out" to the Islamic world rather than alienate them. I'm not one to call into talk shows, generally speaking, but were a cell phone handy at that moment, I would have done so.
I firmly believe that "conservatives" such as Jon and others in the vein of Buchanan, represent an even greater threat to this nation than liberals. I can respect liberals, at least, for standing for their principles and for their (albeit misplaced) faith in government. These Buchananites are simply dangerous fools, many willing to believe what amounts to crackpot conspiracy theories -- not just a few of which are thoroughly anti-semitic. Jon's website, for example, champions the move to get the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" on Broadway (if you aren't familiar with the story, check out Mark Steyn's take on this moral vaccuum of a play).
For me, and I think for the people in the administration who are prosecuting this war, the War on Terror, as poorly-named as it is, transcends politics. Or rather, it ought to. This is not a "conservative's" or a "neo-conservative's" war: this is a war between the forces of western civilization and people who want to destroy it.
There is an axiom that has held true in the Middle East since 1948, and it is echoed in our own national psyche and demonstrated in our strategies for this war. The axiom is that the difference between the goals of the Israeli people and their enemies is that Israel simply wants to survive, while its enemies want to see it destroyed. Israel has no desire to grab land belonging to other nations -- they have given back more land than they currently occupy -- nor do they wish to see every Arab and Persian on the planet pushed into the sea. That is the fundamental difference, but it makes all the difference, morally, to anyone with eyes to see. The same is true for the United States and its enemies, who are (surprise, surprise!) the same people.
Note: I'm going to try and include as many of these as I can on my blog, because they are not getting the kind of dissemination they deserve. Also, some people seem to be able to access the Soldier Stories website where I get these, and others have written to tell me they can't get them to appear in their browser. In any case, here is the first one ...
July 28, 2006
TIKRIT, Iraq – Army Capt. Demechel Robinson likes helping people. From her job as the assistant logistics officer of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to her involvement in many charitable organizations, she spends most of her time giving something back -- to her community, her country, and her fellow Soldiers.
Robinson helps re-supply and sustain 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers by providing them an accurate and continuous picture of the brigade's combat power.
One of the biggest challenges she has encountered during her tour in Iraq is communication. The 3rd BCT covers a wide area of operation spanning an area roughly the shape and size of Vermont. Sometimes unit logistics specialists are not able to get supplies to the troops as fast as they would like, but they always get them there.
Robinson’s father, now retired, and her sister and two cousins have served or are serving in the Air Force, but she joined the Army, entering active service in 1991 as a private and eventually rising to staff sergeant in the Army Reserve before earning a degree in community health and accepting a commission.
"I hope to one day provide medical assistance to low-income people," she said. "That's one of the biggest things I see. Medicine has come so far, but so few can afford it."
Outside the Army, Robinson is active in the charitable sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
When asked what she would like to tell the people back home, Robinson quickly replied "I would like to let the American people know that we are over here doing what we need to do. I really feel good about what I'm doing over here."
(Editor’s note: Written by Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos of the 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)
Photo Caption: Army Capt. Demechel Robinson (shown here as a first lieutenant), of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provides security for other Soldiers from a Humvee turret in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos, USA
According to this STRATFOR map (link here), it looks like there are at least four brigade-sized IDF infantry units already within Lebanese borders, with at least another three battalions of tanks, along with various artillery support.
This is the real deal, finally. It appears Israel is done screwing around and they are getting serious. Good thing, too - Condi Rice can run interference for only so long ...
Okay, so this might be starting to annoy some of you, but bear with me. When you get into the world of blogging this late in the game, you're going to discover that very few of the ideas you have are original. Thus was the case both with "sheepdog" and "red pill." That said, I think the new name, "Restitution," is generic enough not to upset anyone. I wanted to call the site "The Restitution of Man," but that's both too long as well as the title of a very good book and thus would be a copyright infringement. Therefore, Restitution it is, and Restitution it will stay.