The Rule of Law

9/11 and ISIS, A Few Thoughts

On this day, the 13th anniversary of the horrendous terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11, we take a quick look back at the circumstances that led to this horrific event and how it affects our future.

 

While the roots of religious terrorism dates back centuries, we will confine ourselves to recent events.  In 1991, the United States had watched in shock as the infamous “evil empire” (the old Soviet Union) had collapsed upon itself in cluster of socialist bureaucratic incompetence after a long and vicious rule that killed millions, the US had also destroyed the world’s 4th largest army in one hundred hours of ground fighting.

Some people were talking about a world-wide Pax Americana, unfortunately, an event occurred which would have long-lasting implications that few at the time could foresee.

Operation Gothic Serpent, in an attempt to stop the humanitarian crisis going on in Somalia, a ‘country’ with a long history of violence and chaos, the United Nations started operations to bring in food and medical care to ease the suffering of the Somali population especially in the capital of Mogadishu.  The US took the lead in providing military units to defend these ‘angels of mercy’ from the ravages of the warlords who ruled their own fiefdoms within the former country.  As bureaucratic ineptitude within the UN and a complete lack of desire on the part of member nations to say nothing of the UN to either enlist or confront and destroy or disperse the armed militias of these warlords who were stealing the majority of aid supplies coming in, led to resentment of the people against UN forces.

As the situation in Somalia spiraled down, the UN decided to beef up the member nations military contributions, which led to the US deploying Task Force Ranger to apprehend the worst of the warlords, Mohamed Farrah Aidid.  During an operation to apprehend two of Aidid’s top advisers, Mohamed Hassan Awale and Omar Salad Elmi, the already volatile situation erupted into a full-scale battle between US led UN forces and the forces of Aidid throughout the streets of Mogadishu, made famous by the movie “Blackhawk Down”.

That was not the event, though, the event, was an non-event, had this happened in the height of Pax Romana, or Pax Britannica, one knew the next event would be a large powerful army marching in to Mogadishu and ending the violence and suffering, and in no small part a reminder to the world what happened when you upset the world power.

Instead the US promptly packed up and went home.  Now while I am of the mind, that no vital interests were served in sending troops into Somalia in the first place, if one assumes that feeding starving people is NOT a vital concern, the full-scale abandonment of the people of Somali to the excesses of tribal militia (which led to the rise of Al Shabaab (an Al Qaeda affiliate) led not only to the misery of Somali, but led many nasty people (including Osama bin Laden) to view the US as a paper tiger, able to easily crush its enemies but unwilling to risk casualties to do it.

The attack on 9/11 can be traced directly back to this event or non-event. Make no mistake this was not the only thing that led to the tragedy, but rather the watershed event that pushed us dramatically in that direction.  Had we done a multitude of things, some very simple, some very complex, things could have been different, and dozens of books and articles are written about them.

What should concern you is…

what have we done to prevent it from happening again?  Did our domestic spying program catch Major Hassan?  Did gun control stop the Tsarnaev brothers from their attack on Boston.

We sit here, with a border that is all but wide open, a deep reluctance by the current administration to interrogate and prosecute illegal combatants.  One can only accept that this will lead to another 9/11 attack sooner rather than later.  The most aggressive Islamic extremist group is now ISIS, but make no mistake Al Qaeda has not gone away, in fact, they have recently announced a new affiliate in India.

 

Again we find ourselves with one foot in a war, and an overwhelming desire to damage an enemy without getting dirty.  This is not how war works, we must maintain the theory that should we go to war,

that we Go To War,

and we make the enemies’ children’s children not want to take revenge but

rather shudder in fear at the ferocity of American power,

and then to have a warm feeling wash over them when they realize that the peace and prosperity they enjoy are the direct result of an American intervention.

We should be America, Best of Friends, Worst of Enemies, rather than America, Worst of Friends, Best of Enemies.

In regards to securing the home front, we should secure the border, and either legalize the estimated 10 million illegals or deport them.  We should put significantly more emphasis on winning the message war, tie economic benefits (foreign aid) to freedom and human rights, and most of important not be afraid of insisting that certain cultures come into the modern world and give up some of the savage aspects that has held them back and caused so much misery.

The Rotherham Rapes (7 Sep 14)

1400

 

1400 is a huge number.  1400 is the number of people in some sports stadiums. 1400.  Fourteen hundred.  One thousand Four hundred.  1400.

 

1400 is a conservative estimate of the number of under-aged girls raped in the town of Rotherham.  Rotherham is a suburb (metropolitan borough) in South Yorkshire, UK.  1400 is NOT all of the rapes that occurred in the United Kingdom, or even England, nor is it the number of all rapes in South Yorkshire, just a conservative estimate from 1 tiny area, a suburb of Sheffield.

 

What happened there?  Where are the police?  Where is the Borough Council, where is the mp (member of parliament)?  Where is protective services?

 

It all seems to have started in 1997, further investigation will be needed to verify that time frame, as some reports indicate a start date of the early 1990s.  In 2010, eight men were tried in Shieffield Crown Court, of which 5 (Zafaran Ramzan, Razwan Razaq, Umar Razaq, Adil Hussain, and Mohsin Khan) were convicted and sentenced to minor prison sentences (9, 11, 4.5, 4 and 4 years respectively).  In 2012, The Times of London conducted an investigative report which found the abuse was much more wide-spread then previously reported.  Just last week, Professor Alexis Jay, who had led the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham for the borough council released a report.  

 

A quick overview shows a sampling of 15 girls [starting at section 5.21], the vast majority were not helped in any substantial way by police or protective services.  Many continue to be abused.  Few families had any recent follow-up interviews as some had to leave the area in order to protect the child.  Protection from not only the grooming, but brutal rapes, psychological abuse, assaults on them and their families (including at least one case where a brother of a victim had both legs severely broken in order to keep her silent), a campaign of intimidation including gang members conducting open surveillance on the victims in their homes, threatening messages on social media, and even physical assaults.  Over 100 young girls became pregnant, with many being forced by their rapists to get abortions.  These are only a few of the incidents that occurred, where this abuse went on for almost two decades.

 

While the report only lightly touched on the exploitation of young boys by these so-called “grooming gangs”, the grooming of young boys is thought to be widespread, and vastly under-reported, with many cases being refereed to LGBT organizations (being treated as cases of sexual confusion as opposed to rape).

 

For those of you who think that heads should roll, for the 1400 victims of the Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation scandal, well, that won’t happen.

A strong fear of being labeled a racist (all of the victims are white and all of the abusers are Asian aka Middle Eastern, no doubt victims of other ethnicities were also abused but have not yet come forward due to cultural taboos),

bureaucratic indifference (numerous previous reports were either suppressed or ignored),

political pandering (Rotherham is a Labour stronghold, the term rotten borough most often used to describe Rotherham, who has faithfully elected Labour since 1933),

a police service that at the most basic level is severely understaffed and overburdened with burgeoning population with many residents who have no understanding of British laws or even language,

lack of training and incompetence at all levels of the labyrinthine bureaucracy surrounding the agencies charged with the protection of children from rapists,

a media with the attention span of a goldfish,

and a generally indifferent population more interested in meaningless over-hyped events like the hacked naked pictures of Kate Upton then the lives of 1400 innocent children,

all these things combine to form a toxic blanket of hopelessness and helplessness for the victims and their families.

As far as the abusers, they will not be prosecuted, and they will continue to abuse, rape, and even murder our young girls and boys.

 

The most we can hope for is that PCC Shaun Wright, Joyce Thacker (Director of Children and Young People’s Services), and many others follow the example of Beauchamp Duff

 

More to follow, as there is much more information on these horrific events.

Sunday Contemplation (23 Feb 14)

Sunday Contemplation

Sunday Contemplation

Greetings Fellow Seekers of Knowledge,

 

My original concept of operations for my Sunday Contemplation was an article/post on some aspect of life, unfortunately it never really was that, it was more of a weekend roundup.  As this is the last Sunday of February, I will wrap up the weekend, on today’s Sunday Contemplation I will end with a few words of thought, but starting 1 March 1914, Saturday I will do a week in review article.  I hope you enjoy the new format.

 

— It looks like the violence in Ukraine is about to die down, new elections are supposed to be held in May, an interim President has been appointed, and political prisoners have been released.  At least, we hope this harkens to a return to the “Rule of Law”.

 

—  FCC tries to do their best Soviet Union impression, but fails, at least for now.  Bravo to the FCC for so blatantly trying to supply “monitors” in news rooms around the country.  These “monitors” are/were akin to the political commissars in the Soviets military units, factories, and any other “authorized” gathering.

 

—  Poor dumb Scotland, a new law passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament will do what no one thought possible, usurp parental rights.  Make no mistake this is not “for the children” this is for the state.  Not like you were not warned, you were told, give up your guns (you remember those things right?  The things that your ancestors paid in blood to keep) for “safety” you will be giving up your children and your money next.  You shouldn’t worry though, not every child in the highlands will be taken back to Edinburgh only the prettiest, smartest, fastest, you know, the ones that will benefit the state.  As long as you keep your mouth shut, make sure your daughter is ugly, and your son doesn’t play any sports, and of course they aren’t too smart, you should be fine.  You don’t think that is their intention?  Your naivety is sweet, but do you really think spending 25 pounds sterling per child will prevent abuse?  Seriously?  That is enough money to find the most desirable children to indoctrinate, not the children most at risk for abuse.  The rest of the United Kingdom, should be in the streets, like Kiev, make no mistake your children will be next, you too willingly gave up your guns.  You march happily into the tyranny that your grandfathers fought so hard against, you let parliament take away rights that were acknowledged by the sovereign as god-given, unalienable rights.  Soon the piper will want his pay.  but maybe you never liked Junior much anyway, besides Doctor Who is about to start.

 

For today’s contemplation,

I want to talk about the beauty of nature, the other day, I was taking a stroll in the copse of woods behind my home, it is not very big, but full of life.  Walking through the forest, makes me feel like a bit like a stranger, perhaps I should spend more time in this tiny grove.  It is one of the few quiet places.  There are squirrels, cardinals, and a fox that lives out there, no doubt many more aspects of nature reside there.  While I am out walking, I often wonder why a forest is so comforting, the trees seem to give off a warmth that is unavailable in our hi-tech world, there is a quiet that cannot be found with noise canceling headphones, a peace that can not be found in a park.  Perhaps today when twilight comes I will walk again amongst the trees, and find some solace in the peace that is there.