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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Long but Thoughtful - on the state of the World

Please read this. This is pretty heavy stuff!

This "explanation" of what our "state of the world" is today, and where
we could be "headed" is to the point.  The Truth  hurts a little.

This was written by a retired attorney, to his sons, May 19, 2004.

Dear Tom, Kevin, Kirby and Ted,

As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the
present world situation.  We have over the years discussed a lot of
important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth.  But this
really takes precedence over any of those discussions.  I hope this
might give you a longer term perspective that fewer and fewer of my
generation are left to speak to.  To be sure you understand that this
is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since Franklin D.
Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and
including our present President, I have without exception, supported our
presidents on all matters of international conflict.  This would
include just naming a few in addition to President Roosevelt - WWII: 
President Truman - Korean War 1950;  President Kennedy - Bay of Pigs
(1961);  President Kennedy - Vietnam (1961); [1]  eight presidents
(5 Republican & 4 Democrat) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); 
President Clinton's strikes  on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (1998).
[2]  So be sure you read this as completely non-political or otherwise
you will miss the point.

Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as
we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes
WWII).  The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that
there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and
even fewer who realize what losing really means.

First, let's examine a few basics:
1. When did the threat to us start?
Many will say September 11th, 2001.  The answer as far as the United
States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the
following attacks on us:  Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;  Beirut,
Lebanon Embassy 1983;  Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; 
Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;  First New York
World Trade Center attack 1993;  Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers
Military complex 1996;  Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998; Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania US Embassy 1998; Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000; New York World
Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001.  (Note that during the period from
1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide). [3]
2. Why were we attacked?
Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms.  The attacks
happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush
1, Clinton and Bush 2.  We cannot fault either the Republicans or
Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or
their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter.
4. Who were the attackers?
In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.
5. What is the Muslim population of the World?
6. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful?
Hopefully, but that is really not material.  There is no doubt that
the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but
under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian),
that made no difference.  You either went along with the
administration or you were eliminated.  There were 5 to 6 million
Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000
Polish priests). ( ).  Thus,
almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the 6
million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of
anything other than the Jewish atrocities.  Although Hitler kept the
world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who
got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world -
German, Christian or any others.  Same with the Muslim terrorists. 
They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way - their own
people or the Spanish, French or anyone else.. [5]  The point here is
that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from
the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no
protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are
fanatically bent on doing - by their own pronouncements - killing all of
us infidels.  I don't blame the peaceful Muslims.  What would you do
if the choice was shut up or die?
6. So who are we at war with?
There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the
Muslim terrorists.  Trying to be politically correct and avoid
verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal.  There is no way to win
if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting.
So with that background, now to the two major questions:
 1. Can we lose this war?
 2. What does losing really mean?
If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions.
We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the
major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the
answer to the second question - What does losing mean? It would appear
that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our
heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like
post Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get. What losing
really means is:
We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will
not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us
dead, not just quiet.  If they had just wanted us quiet, they would
not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us over the
past 18 years. The plan was clearly to terrorist attack us until we were
neutered and submissive to them.
We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of
reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and
cannot help them.
They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It will
be increasingly easier for them.  They already hold Spain hostage. It
doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its
troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed
their train and told them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they
want Spain to do, will be done. Spain is finished.
The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they
might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished
too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us.
However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20%
Muslim and fading fast. See the attached article on the French condition
by Tom Segel. [6]
If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will
all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us
if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslims,
how could anyone else? The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war
and therefore are completely committed to winning at any cost. We better
know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost.
Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple.
Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put
100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning.  And it is going to
take that 100% effort to win.
So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose
the war by imploding. That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to
recognize the enemy and their purpose and really digging in and lending
full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that
we can lose.  If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we
can win.
Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the
life and death seriousness of this situation.
 - President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of
Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by
Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to
allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing
seriously? This is war. For the duration we are going to have to give up
some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be
prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most
certainly lose all of them permanently. And don't worry that it is a
slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII and
immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more
since then. Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him?
No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our
Political Correctness and all of our civil rights during this conflict
and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply to
war. Get them out of your head.
 - Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the
Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us
lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is
because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that
conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and
weakening, it concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our
 - Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and
media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war perhaps
exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue
involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war by a small
group of our military police. These are the type prisoners who just a
few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off
their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own
people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. And just a few years
ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own
people for the same reason. They are also the same type enemy fighters
who recently were burning Americans and dragging their charred corpses
through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently the same type enemy
that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of
the beheading of an American prisoner they held. Compare this with some
of our press and politicians who for several days have thought and
talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners
- not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the
streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. Can this be for
real? The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the
Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of
comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are
fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous
results of losing this war, nothing can. To bring our country to a
virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like
Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned - totally oblivious to what is
going on in the real world.  Neither we, nor any other country, can
survive this internal strife.  Again I say, this does not mean that
some of our politicians or media people are disloyal.  It simply means
that they absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are
in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us for many
years.  Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all
infidels. That translates into all non-Muslims - not just in the United
States, but throughout the world.  We are the last bastion of defense.
 - We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant'.  That
charge is valid in at least one respect.  We are arrogant in that we
believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the
hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands
tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world.  We
can't. If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not
survive, and no other free country in the World will survive if we are
defeated.  And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world
that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion,
freedom of the Press, equal rights for anyone - let alone everyone,
equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in
one single way that contributes to the good of the World.
This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or
we will be equated in the history books to the self-inflicted fall of
the Roman Empire.  If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history
books to be written or read.
If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims
take over France in the next 5 years or less.  They will continue to
increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little
by little on the established French traditions. The French will be
fighting among themselves over what should or should not be done, which
will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve.
Doesn't that sound eerily familiar?
Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some
external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away,
politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are
giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide, that they
abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once
they are in power. They have universally shown that when they have taken
over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the
few who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the
politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"?
I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are
united, there is no way that we can lose. I believe that after the
election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the
critical situation we are in and will unite to save our country. It is
your future we are talking about. Do whatever you can to preserve it.
(This was written by a retired attorney, to his sons, May 19, 2004.)

[1] By the way on Vietnam, the emotions are still so high that it is
really not possible to discuss it. However, I think President Kennedy
was correct. He felt there was a communist threat from China, Russia and
North Vietnam to take over that whole area. Also remember that we were
in a 'cold war' with Russia. I frankly think Kennedy's plan worked and
kept that total communist control out, but try telling that to anyone
now. It just isn't politically correct to say so. Historians will answer
this after cool headed research, when the people closest to it are all
[2] As you know, I am a strong President Bush supporter and will vote
for him. However, if Senator Kerry is elected, I will fully support him
on all matters of international conflict, just as I have supported all
presidents in the past.
[3] Source for statistics in Par. 1 is
[4] The Institute of Islamic Information and Education.
[5] Note the attached article by Tom Segel referred to in footnote 6
infra, the terrorist Muslim have already begun the havoc in France. (The
note was not attached to the E-mail I received. Gene)
As I have said before, I think this is the war of the century.  It is
not a war against terrorism.  Terrorism is merely a tactic.  It is a
religous war.  Muslims vs Christians and Jews.  As in all of our
successsful wars we should hold no quarter.  Political correctness
could destroy  western civilization.  The  time to stand up  for
our institutions is NOW.   
[6] I checked this article with two sources - Hoax Busters and Urban
Myths. It does not come up as a Hoax on either. I also then E-mailed Mr.
Segel and he confirmed the article was his.
[7] "I don't think the Army or any branch of service runs any type of
war any more. It's done by senators and congressmen. There are too many
civilians involved." Returning Iraq veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Greg Klees
as quoted in the Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette on May 13th, 2004.
[8] There are 64 Muslim countries. This does not count countries like
Spain that are controlled by the Muslim terrorists.

Dave Swinford.

What do you think?
A lot to think about, wouldn't you say?

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the
courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

If you worry, you didn't pray. If you pray, don't worry.

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