Victim Value = 1 Muslim > 7+ Christians

There is an uncrossable gulf that separates how much value the Western media and leftists hold for Muslim victims of terror, that were not caused by the Church, and Christian victims of terror caused by Islam.  That has been made painfully clear in the last month, and especially after the horrific terrorist attacks on worshipping Christians on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. 

It’s time to speak up about it.


The US State Dept has warned of the possibility of more terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka following Sunday’s deadly Church bombings. | Source: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

One only has to look at the coverage this week of the Islamic terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka versus the insufferable barrage of inane nonsense that came out of New Zealand after the so-called mosque shooting there, to see just how much the media and leftist jackasses overvalue the death of a Muslim at the hands of non-Christian extremists, over the death of many more Christians at the hands of Muslims.

The mosque shooting in New Zealand was met with national mourning and a pandering prime Minister that wore Islamic clothing more than she wore her own pants suits that week. Giant ceremonies were held where the whole country could come together, as long as they were weeping and gnashing their teeth because of the Muslim “victims” there.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seems to be looking to see if the media are watching her weeping performance? What an insufferable witch – only days after this shooting, her government would claw back many categories of previously legal firearms, which wouldn’t have changed anything in this situation..

Fast forward to the disaster in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, when Christians were brutally murdered by the hundreds while they sat in church on our holiest day of the year – their only crime being their celebration of the resurrection of the living Saviour.

And what was the public’s response around the world? All I heard was crickets chirping. I DON’T RECALL SEEING ONE WORLD LEADER SPEAKING OUT ON THIS AT ALL.

And in the most outrageous slight possible, ABC News ran one constant video clip in Sri Lanka of a Muslim woman kneeling on the street weeping about it afterwards. That’s it – that was the sum total of their reporting of public response.

Frankly I don’t give a damn what their responses to this event are – those Islamic pigs COMMITTED THE CRIME.

A mass funeral on Wednesday near St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. About 100 people were killed at the church on Sunday. (Credit: Adam Dean/New York Times

While 359 people were killed and over 500 were injured by Muslim terrorists in 8 separate attacks in Sri Lanka, including hundreds of Christians killed in Church only, the liberal elite continues to pander to the poor little Muslims in this so-called NZ mosque shooting. Tonight, as we speak, Prince William of the royal family is in New Zealand to support the victims there.

Meanwhile, to add insult to injury band slaughter, the media continues to report that these ISIS butchers perpetrated these attacks as retaliation for the mosque shooting – though NO Christian, NO church and NO Sri Lankan had anything to do with that fake news gun grab committed by the libtard government in New Zealand.

An image released by Isis’s propaganda agency Amaq of a group of men it says carried out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka (Credit: AFP)

LET ME SAY IT AGAIN – The media and leftists have the unmitigated GALL to actually try to STILL get public sympathy for the Muslims shot in the New Zealand mosque … by painting the Sri Lankan attacks as REVENGE KILLINGS.

THAT WOULD BE THE SAME THING AS THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHING AN ATTACK ON VENEZUELA IN RETALIATION FOR THE JAPANESE BOMBING IN PEARL HARBOR. The two events do not have a damn thing in common, other than Muslims were responsible in one and supposed victims in another.

NO Christian pulled the trigger in New Zealand, NO church was responsible for the attacks in New Zealand, and NO Sri Lankan had anything to do with the attack in New Zealand. To have the gall to paint the attacks in Sri Lanka as some kind of revenge for New Zealand shootings cheapens the deaths of hundreds of people who were even more completely innocent than their Muslim counterparts.

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Hell, liberals and media are even trying to justify the attacks on Sri Lankans as if they deserved it for the attacks in New Zealand.

If the truth be told, and I’m not even going to bother being sensitive about this, Muslims died in the mass shooting in New Zealand because they have committed 35,899 terrorist attacks around the world since 9/11 and people are fed up with them. The Muslims who were killed in that shooting in New Zealand were perhaps innocent victims, though we don’t know what kind of impact they have had on the terrorist attacks around the world by financing some of these organizations or what their support for Islamic terrorist groups is.

However, the Sri Lankan victims were all absolutely innocent parties that had no ties to any other attacks like this anywhere in the world.

Crocodile tears coming from demons shouldn’t be such a surprise.

Frankly I no longer feel one bit sorry for any so-called victims of the mosque shooting in New Zealand. With no due respect, the score is now 35,889 Islamic terrorist attacks to 1 attack back at them. In fact the very week of the New Zealand shooting, which was perpetrated by a white supremacist NOT claiming to be a Christian of any kind, Nigerian Muslims attacked several churches there and killed at least as many Christians…

… and no one gave a damn.

Now, ABC news reports that the Sri Lankan attacks represent the largest attack by ISIS ever in the world. In fact it is rivalled only by September 11th as one of the largest terrorist attacks in recent memory. Certainly the media are reporting the Sri Lankan story now for several days, just as they did with the New Zealand shooting.

But they have to, don’t they, because it’s the largest terrorist attack by ISIS in history.

The difference? Where’s the public outcry?

I don’t see that insufferable shrew of a New Zealand prime minister weeping about this situation, even though SEVEN times more innocent people died on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka then died in the mosque shooting in New Zealand. 7 TIMES MORE. Apparently, 1 dead Muslim is worth at least 7 dead Christians, according to these idiots.

That could very well be due to the fact that there been so many Christians killed in churches and Jews killed in synagogues by Muslim butchers around the world… In France, Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Nigeria, India, and many more – and now Sri Lanka… everyone just shrugs now.

Well I sure as hell am not shrugging. I boldly declare that I HATE ISLAM WITH A PASSION. I didn’t say I hate Muslims, but DO NOT push me on it, while Christian blood runs through the streets of yet another innocent country because of Muslims.

I wish we could outlaw Islam – the blood cult, demonic false religion, and scourge on society – as the international terrorism group they are. I would love to see the Pope declare a return to the Crusades and a reinstatement of the knights Templar – but he’s such a weak-as-water little delicate socialist princess in full collusion with Islam, that would never happen.

However, if Muslims think they can continue to slaughter Christians around the world by the thousands, they shouldn’t be surprised when some of us in the Church begin to FIGHT BACK. Jesus may command us to “turn the other cheek” – but Muslim mongrels should not take that as a sign of weakness. We may just be avoiding looking at them as we LOCK AND LOAD to defend ourselves against them.

Muslims should have no doubt about our resolve to defend our families, defend our Brothers and sisters in Christ, defend our churches – no matter WHAT that means. And it won’t be a “measured response” either, if we are forced to retaliate. ISLAM HAS DECLARED WAR, and if they want to be martyrs for their cause, and the Church is attacked again – we’ll WIPE THEM OUT and let God sort them out after.

“Over the top, you might say”? How about you just SHUT UP, who pandering TRAITOR, grab a mop, make yourself useful and start cleaning up all the blood on the street in Sri Lanka. When you finish there, you can start in the streets of Egypt, France and a host of other countries that these Muslim butchers have been shooting and killing people in.

And then you can walk over to the neighborhood mosque and tell the illiterate imams there to stop preaching violence against our people – or suffer the consequences when their equally mentally retarded congregations do as they are encouraged to.

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
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Posted April 25
, 2019
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America: Persecutor of Christians?

For the first time ever, the United States has been added to an annual list of the world’s persecutors of Christians and countries that are regressing in religious freedom.

We respect their opinions and can see why they would be concerned. ¬†But¬†we’re also very concerned about what harm this messaging brings.¬†


obamanochristiansThe United States, Mexico and Russia¬†have been¬†listed as ‚Äúnew and noteworthy‚ÄĚ nations in the 2016 ‚ÄúHall of Shame Report‚ÄĚ published by the Washington, D.C., based human rights group International Christian Concern (ICC), the operators of the website¬†Persecution.org.

The ‚Äúworst of the worst‚ÄĚ countries for Christian persecution ‚Äď the ‚Äúmost egregious state persecutors‚ÄĚ ‚Äď included Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and North Korea.

Others listed as ‚Äúcore countries‚ÄĚ ‚Äď or nations that are less egregious in their persecution but are ‚Äúperennial abusers of religious freedom‚ÄĚ ‚Äď were Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China and India.

While ICC notes ‚Äúthere is no comparison between the life of a Christian in the U.S. with persecuted believers overseas,‚ÄĚ the group noted a number of ‚Äúworrying trends as an alarming indication of a decline in religious liberty in the United States.

ICC President Jeff King explained:

“We felt it was very important this year that we highlight three countries where religious discrimination and persecution are deemed unusual but have reached a certain threshold of concern. These are Mexico, Russia, and sadly, the United States.

While conditions in the U.S. are in no way comparable to other countries on the list, a certain segment of the culture and the courts seem to be intent on driving faith out of the public square. There have been too many court cases with bad decisions to miss the clear trend line.

I personally think this is absolute nonsense, and the Church is now being named the fool as a result.¬†¬†One group has latched onto this concept, and are “making hay while the sun shines” – left-wing nutjobs¬†, like the ones at RightWingWatch.org.

This narrative has become an important rallying cry for a movement that has found itself on the losing side of many of the so-called ‚Äúculture wars.‚ÄĚ By reframing political losses as religious oppression, the Right has attempted to build a justification for turning back advances in gay rights, reproductive rights and religious liberty for minority faiths.

blog_culture_warSee, this is why I hate special interest groups. I don’t care whether they’re on the right wing or on the left wing side of life, both sides usually prepackage or repackage or even manufacture news to begin with, to justify their position or belief. ¬†And ironically, the left is using this as a rallying cry for THEIR twisted, sick purposes as well.

It was completely unhelpful of Persecution.org to say that the United States is now a persecutor of Christians in the same league as Russia!  That was just stupid.  Have Christians lost some of their rights, some of their freedom of speech, some of their right to assemble, and freedom of worship?  Perhaps, but as a comparative with RUSSIA?  How idiotic.

And any backpedalling of freedoms in society is partly the American Church’s own doing. ¬†If the American church is losing rights, it’s because it doesn’t speak up and fight back.

Televangelist financial scandals, and massive money-making corporations run under the guise of charitable works,¬†for example, has brought shame and reproach to the body of Christ – and it’s wrong.

Some pastors¬†and evangelists¬†run nonprofit societies, yet they live in million-dollar mansions due to¬†the sale of their books and CDs – which they hawk through said non-profit ministries. That’s wrong, and may even be considered tax evasion.

The accuser woth her grandparents, the accused Crouches, onher wedding day. (Credit: Daily Mail)
The accuser with her grandparents, TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch, on her wedding day. (Credit: Daily Mail)

For example, in March 2012, ¬†London’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that two¬†former employees of the world’s largest Christian television channel, Trinity Broadcasting Network, founded by Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, accused the non-profit of spending millions of dollars of its funding on extravagant personal expenses. Among purchases were a $50 million jet, 13 mansions and a $100,000-mobile home for Mrs Crouch’s dogs. ¬†Their accuser? ¬†Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, 26, recently filed her allegations in court after a brief appointment as the network’s chief finance director in July. ¬† Pretty hard to ‘blame the Devil’ or excuse this in any possible way.

I recently even read in America some pastors stating that if they lose their tax-exempt status as a church or as a charitable entity, they will withdraw their services from society and let the city or province or state or whatever see just how much that service has given to that state or province free of charge.  What a travesty Рwe were called to reach out to society whether they acknowledge it or not, financially or otherwise.

This is what we have become? A money-making whore that demands society look the other way while we¬†generate revenues in exactly the same way as secular society does, but tax-free? ¬†Is a tax-free status a Christian right? ¬†Hardly. ¬†Jesus said, concerning taxes: “Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and give unto God that which is God’s” (Mark 12:17) ¬†Is it a good witness to disobey or even break laws around charitable institutions? ¬†NO.

If the American Church lost its charitable non-tax status across the board, it would be a gift in disguise.  How many churches suffer financially while televangelists bring in $50+ million per year?  Are any of those evangelists truly necessary to the body of Christ?  Sure, a few РBilly Graham, James Robson, Reinhard Bonnke, Greg Laurie and a few others are changing the world.

THIS is what Christian persecution looks like.
THIS is what Christian persecution looks like.

Governments’ response to some Christian ministries’ tax-robbing ways is not persecution. ¬†We are also taxpayers, which means that everytime a ministry steals from society like this, we all pay for it anyway. ¬†Misusing¬†the label ‘persecution’ is the most ridiculous thing of all, and mocks the real suffering of believers worldwide.

According to a September 20, 2015 report2 in the Daily Express newspaper,  a Christian is martyred every 5 minutes by Islamic State terrorists alone.  Believers are often singled out, tortured and faced with the brutal choice of converting to Islam or being slaughtered, according to Christian Freedom International.  Those who refuse to comply have reportedly had their limbs cut off or have been crucified.

Research by CFI found that more than 200 million Christians are facing persecution in 105 countries, making Christianity the most at-risk faith group in the world.  More Christians have been martyred in the 20th and 21st centuries than during the previous 19 combined, the organisation has claimed.

Don't like the guy or what he stands for but in this context, he's dead-on.
Don’t like the guy or what he stands for but in this context, he’s dead-on.

Not everyone agrees with this American Church persecution assessment either.  For over 60 years, Open Doors has been a respected international organisation with a mission of advocacy for persecuted Christians in 60 countries around the world.  I note that in their 2016 list of the top 50 countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, America was not found.

North Korea has ranked #1 for 13 years because it is illegal to be a Christian in North Korea, and Christians are often sent to labour camps or are killed if they are discovered.  I was, therefore, both shocked and inspired to see that regardless of this verdict, North Korea has over 300,000 Christian believers.  God, keep your hand on all of them, wherever they may be.

Are these the only countries where Christians are persecuted?  Sadly no.  Open Doors says that there are more than 65 countries where Christians are persecuted.    If the American Church focused on their plight instead of its myopic own, they could change that dynamic for many of them.

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Posted January 8, 2017

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The Mighty Military Arsenal of ISIS


ISIS should have been bombed into extinction months ago, yet they continue to fight on, thanks to an international online video recruiting program that has been both incredibly shocking… and highly successful. But the true secret of ISIS’ military success lies in its vast and terrifying arsenal of military equipment, some purchased illegally, but most of which…

…is American.


June 23, 2014 photo of Islamic State fighters parade in a captured Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (Credit: Associated Press)

The spectre of ISIS looms across the world – they seem to be everywhere, lurking in every shadow, behind every tree. And in the Middle East, there is a sense that they are not only unbreakable, but their ranks continue to swell with new recruits each passing day. In our Western countries, they are the threat of death and destruction in any / all of our major cities.

Of course, that’s all nonsense, and quite frankly their greatest mouthpieces are our own Western media outlets, who portray them as the 900-pound gorilla boogeyman under the bed. In fact, Reuters reported in January 2016 that in the previous year, ISIS lost 40% of its territory. The same article reports that in fact they have been steadily losing ground since mid-2014. However, that’s certainly not the message that our media is portraying, and regardless, helping ISIS win a propaganda war, whether intentionally or not, makes them culpable for every crime committed by the terrorist thugs.

However, there is absolutely no doubt that they are well-equipped in their Middle East military missions – this is neither mere propaganda nor myth. ¬†And ¬†we can indirectly thank the military of the United States of America for that. ¬†I’ll explain more as to why in a moment.

Here is a taste of what the Allied powers are facing every day, as they fight this ISIS nightmare in Syria and Iraq:


T-55 Tanks

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

It’s reported that ISIS has¬†30 Soviet T-55 tanks, produced from the end of World War II through the 1980s. Analysts aren’t sure if ISIS even knows how to maintain them (or frankly,¬†even how to OPERATE them) but despite their age, the tanks¬†¬†remain operational in up to 50 armies around the world. They¬†hAve heavy armor, along with a 100-mm rifled gun and a secondary 7.62-mm machine gun.


T-62 Tanks

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The T-62 is heavily armored, has a¬†115-mm main tank gun along with two secondary machine guns. It’s¬†estimated¬†that ISIS has 15 T-62 model tanks. THey were the¬†main Soviet battle tank that was developed to replace the T-55, and were used extensively by the Iraqis to considerable success during the Iran-Iraq war.


T-72 Ural Tanks

(Credit: Jacob H. Smith/US Army)

ISIS militants have an estimated five to 10 T-72 tanks, although it is unknown whether they can keep the vehicles in working order. The T-72 tank is the second-generation Soviet battle tank, first entering production in 1971, and still rolling off the assembly line today.  The tanks are heavily armored and feature a 125-mm main gun, a secondary machine gun and an antiaircraft gun.


BRDM-2 Armored Vehicles

(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS has captured an estimated six of these armored vehicles. The BRDM-2 is an amphibious armored patrol car that was first created by the Soviet Union in the 1960s.  Operated by a crew of four, the vehicle has a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun as its main armament, along with a 7.62-mm secondary general-purpose machine gun.


MT-LB Armored Vehicles

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS is believed to have two BRDM-2s, both of which were captured in Iraq. Like the BRDM-2, the MT-LB is a Soviet amphibious auxiliary armored vehicle, first introduced in the late 1960s and still operating today. In 2012, the Iraqi Army struck a deal with Bulgaria for the procurement of 500 MT-LBs, which can fit 13 people each. Its main armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun.


BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS is believed to have 20 such infantry fighting vehicles in its arsenal. The BMP-1 is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. Introduced into service in the late 1960s, the vehicle was first used in combat during the Yom Kippur War by Egypt and Syria against Israel.  The BMP-1 can fit 8 trooms and 3 crew members. It has a 73-mm semiautomatic gun along with a 7.62-mm secondary machine gun.


122 mm 2S1 Gvozdika Self-Propelled Artillery

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS has an estimated three 2S1 Gvozdikas. First introduced into service in the early 1970s, this Soviet piece of self-propelled artillery is highly maneuverable and amphibious, whigh ISIS can bring to the front easily.  The Gvozdika fires 122 mm shells at a semiautomatic pace. It has a conventional range of 9.5 miles.


Humvees

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ISIS acquired an entire fleet of US-built Humvees when it stormed Mosul. The US had provided these same Humvees to the Iraqi Army, who idiotically¬†fled the city like cowards and left it open to plunder by ISIS. ¬†The vehicles allow for quick and effective movement across rough terrain.¬†Humvee’s heavy armor protects forces against small-arms fire as well as against collateral damage from indirect explosions. The vehicles offer little protection against land mines or buried IEDs, however.


AK-47s

(Credit: Flickr/Carsten Lorentzen)
(Credit: Flickr/Carsten Lorentzen)

Although ISIS does not have a weapon of choice, the AK-47 has become the group’s standard assault rifle because of its low cost, durability, availability, and ease of use. ¬†Originally developed by the Soviets but quickly spread to other armies and irregular forces around the world. AK-47s are lightweight, fairly effective, and remarkably easy to obtain.


82 mm B-10 Recoilless Rifle

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

The B-10 recoilless rifle is an old Soviet weapon system first introduced into service in the 1950s. Although the weapon is now considered obsolete, it was used by a wide range of countries during the Cold War, including Syria and Iraq.  ISIS likely stole the B-10 from various military bases in regions now under its control in both Iraq and Syria. The recoilless rifle fires modified artillery shells that function well against tanks and other heavy armor.


105 mm M40 Recoilless Rifle

(Credit: Alambar News)
(Credit: Alambar News)

It is believed that ISIS only has one M40 recoilless rifle. The M40 recoilless rifle is a lightweight antitank weapon that was made by the US. The weapon entered into service in the mid-1950s, and it quickly became used throughout the world.  Syria and Iraq never purchased the weapons, bur somehow the weapons fell into the hands of various rebel forces in Syria before ultimately being captured by ISIS forces.


M79 Osa Rocket Launcher

(Credit: Alanbar News)
(Credit: Alanbar News)

The M79 Osa rocket launcher fires a 90-mm shell that is highly effective against tanks and fortified positions.¬†Investigative journalist Elliot Higgins (perhaps better known as Brown Moses) believes that these weapons originated in Croatia before being smuggled to Syrian rebels by Saudi Arabia. ISIS has used these rockets to devastating effect against the Iraqi Security Forces’ armored vehicles.


RBG-6 Grenade Launchers

(Credit: Brown Moses)

This semiautomatic grenade launcher is lightweight and intended for infantry use. ¬†Saudi Arabia smuggled Croatian RBG-6 launchers into Syria, according to Brown Moses. The grenade launchers eventually found their way into ISIS’ hands and are now being used in Iraq as well.


RPG-7s

(Credit: Associated Press)
(Credit: Associated Press)

Iraq is awash with RPG-7s, with the Iraqi Security Forces, the Kurdish peshmerga, and ISIS all using rocket-propelled grenades. ¬†RPG-7s are highly portable unguided shoulder-launched antitank weapons. These systems are durable and relatively low cost. They’re also fairly simple to use, and¬†can reach distances of up to 920 meters, although at greater range the projectile may self-destruct without hitting a target.


Multiple Rocket Launchers

(Credit: Dmitry A. Mottl/Wikipedia)
(Credit: Dmitry A. Mottl/Wikipedia)

Photographs distributed by ISIS supporters and media show the group having access to three varieties of multiple-rocket launchers: the 57 mm UB-16, the 107 mm Type 63, and the 122 mm BM-21. These systems can fire multiple rockets a second at a range of approximately 13 miles. ISIS has had multiple opportunities to seize the weapon systems from a number of conquered military bases in Iraq and Syria.


M198 Howitzer

(Credit: Wikipedia)
(Credit: Wikipedia

The M198 howitzer is a medium-size artillery piece that must be towed between locations. It was developed for service within the US Army after World War II.  The M198 can fire rounds upward of 14 miles. This howitzer can launch a variety of munitions, including high explosives, rocket-assisted projectiles, and white phosphorus. ISIS most likely captured these American howitzers from Iraqi Army troops after they fled their bases.


Type 59-1 Field Gun

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The Type 59-1 is a Chinese copy of the Soviet M-46 M1954 towed field gun. The M-46 was first produced by the Soviets in 1954. At one point, the M-46 had the longest range of any artillery system in the world with a 17-mile maximum firing range.  The Type 59-1 is a licensed Chinese copy of the significantly lighter M-46. Both the Syrian and Iraqi militaries made use of the Type 59-1 field gun, providing numerous source points from which ISIS might have acquired this weapon.


D-30 Howitzer

(Credit: Wikipedia)
(Credit: Wikipedia)

The D-30 Howitzer is Soviet artillery piece that was first created in the 1960s. The D-30 must be towed between locations, and the barrel of the D-30 is used in the 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery (which ISIS also has).

The weapon can fire a sustained five to six rounds per minute at an effective firing range of approximately 10 miles.


Antiaircraft Guns

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The ZU-23-2 is a Soviet antiaircraft autocannon firate produced in 1960 ano continuing to the present day. This autocannon fires 23-mm rounds at a rate of 400 rounds per minute.  The ZU-23-2 can fire effectively at up to two miles, and it is designed to strike at low-flying targets as well as armored vehicles. This weapon has been used heavily so far in the Syrian Civil War, and it is also in the arsenal of the Iraqi Army.  ISIS captured small numbers of 14.5 mm KPV, 14.5 mm ZPU2, 23 mm ZU-23, 37 mm Type 65, and 57 mm AZP S-60 antiaircraft guns from the Syrian and Iraqi arimes.


23 mm ZSU-23-4 Self-Propelled Antiaircraft Guns

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS has at least two ZSU-23-4s in its arsenal. The ZSU-23-4 is a lightly armored antiaircraft system, is radar-guided and self-propelled, allowing for it to be easily transported between locations. Although the ZSU was only produced into the 1980s, it continues to be used in various countries that had arms agreements with the Soviet Union.  ISIS likely captured the ZSUs in their inventory from the Syrian military.


9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

The Strela-2 is the first generation of Soviet shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile systems, introduced in the late 1960s.  The Strela-2 continues to be used in places where the Soviets once sold weapons, including both Iraq and Syria Рallowing ISIS many opportunities to seize them.


Antitank Missiles

(Credit: Wikemedia Commons)
(Credit: Wikemedia Commons)

The HJ-8 is an antitank missile that has been manufactured by China since the late 1980s. HJ-8s have an operational range of up to 6,000 meters, and the system is partially based on the US BGM-71 TOW missile.  HJ-8s are highly effective against armor, bunkers, and fortifications. The Free Syrian Army has been using these missiles to great success against the Syrian Arab Army since June 2013, although now ISIS has managed to incorporate these weapons into its arsenal.  ISIS has also acquired 9M14m Malyutka-M, 9M111M Faktoriya, 9M113 Konkurs, 9K115-3 Metis-M, 9M133 Kornet, and I-RAAD antitank missiles for its inventory.


DShK 1938 Machine Gun

(Credit: Wikipedia)
(Credit: Wikipedia)

The DShK 1938 is a Soviet heavy machine gun dating from 1938. It became the standard heavy machine gun of the Soviet Union during World War II, and it is still in production around the world.  The DShK has several uses, including as an antiaircraft weapon and heavy infantry support weapon. It can fire 600 rounds per minute. The weapon can be mounted on cars for easy use and maneuverability. ISIS most likely stole these machine guns from either the Syrian or Iraqi armies.


MiG fighter jets

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

It is highly doubtful that ISIS has the capability to fly the MiGs it captured during the fight over Taqaba ‚ÄĒ the planes may not even be airworthy.

ISIS has captured plenty of weaponry that it most likely doesn’t have the expertise or military infrastructure to operate, including a Russian version of the American Sidewinder missile that was looted from Taqaba and a¬†ballistic missile that it paraded through Raqqa, Syria. ¬†Nevertheless, ISIS fighters posed in front of Russian-made MiG-21B fighters after the battle:

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
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Posted July 31, 2016

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Germany, France and ¬†Russia Unite Against ISIS

In a surprise move Germany left the anti-Putin-alliance formed by the USA: Germany is now officially welcoming Moscow’s readiness to act in Syria and is starting an initiative together with the Russians and the French to bring an end to the war. This is to stop the constant stream of refugees. Germany has ordered thousands of soldiers into readiness.


(This article originally appeared at DAWN, translated by Frank Jakob exclusively for SouthFront.)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin in deep discussion. (Credit: Business Insider)

Germany surprisingly left the alliance formed together with the United States which intended to block Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict.

Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen told Der Spiegel that she welcomed president Putin‚Äôs intentions of joining the fight against the extremist organization ‚ÄúIslamic State‚ÄĚ. It would be a matter of mutual interests, she said.

A speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added, Germany would welcome additional efforts of Russia in the fight against ISIS. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even announced the starting of a joint venture between him, Russian foreign minister Lavrov and their French colleague Laurent Fabius with the aim of bringing the Syrian civil war to an end. Lavrov and Fabius are expected to arrive in Berlin this Saturday.

The new Anti-ISIS Triumvirate, born out of the horrors of terror: Presidents Hollande (France) & Putin (Russia), Chancellor Merkel (Germany)
The new Anti-ISIS Triumvirate, born out of the horrors of terror: Presidents Hollande (France) & Putin (Russia), Chancellor Merkel (Germany)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called upon the US-Ministry of Defence to coordinate their efforts with the Russian military. Because both sides are actively invested in Syria it would be paramount for the US to reinstate the previously ceased operational cooperation with Russia, said Lavrov on Friday in Moscow. This was intended to avoid ‚Äúunintentional incidents‚ÄĚ.

Russia’s military drills in the Mediterranean would be in accordance to international law. Larvrov explained furthermore, that Russia would keep delivering weapons to the troops of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to support their struggle against the extremist organization of Islamic State (IS).

Russia already began a diplomatic offensive weeks ago. The Americans did not precisely indicate whether they would support the Russian initiative. Under no circumstances would the US give Russia credit for solving the deadlocked situation, should Russia in fact be successful. Therefore the US-government warned precautionary of a worsening in the refugee crisis should Russia intervene.

Everything in Syria changed when the US sent in Special Operations ground troops. (Credit: Ubertopic.com)
Everything in Syria changed when the US sent in Special Operations ground troops. (Credit: Ubertopic.com)

Neoconservatives are issuing warnings about any cooperation with Russia in whatever matter. US-President Obama did not clearly state whether the Russian initiative was done in coordination with the White House. Foreign Minister John Kerry went on a surprise visit to Russia in spring which, however, remained without results regarding the Syrian matter. It is likely that the US-government changed their mind in the face of the worsening of the refugee crisis so that they are now willing to cooperate with Russia in the Middle East.

German Frank-Walther Steinmeier has long been trying to conciliate behind the curtains and is therefore constantly in touch with his Russian colleague Lavrov. It looks like he is the only one in the German government who realizes that the refugee crisis will get completely out of control if the war in the Middle East continues. Austria and Spain signaled days ago that a Russian participation in the battle against IS was crucial. Russia began expanding its military activities in Syria.

German Eurofighters (Credit: The Telegraph)

German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen wants to expand the deployment of the Bundeswehr, the (German unified Armed Forces) in Iraq. They Bundeswehr would be ready to continue its successful work in Kurdish regions in cooperation with the Iraqi government, she told Der Spiegel on Saturday.

First steps would already be undertaken. Germany delivered medical supplies, helmets and hazard-protections masks. Up to 100 Bundeswehr soldiers are training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. Weapons were also delivered.

Von-der Leyen also ordered thousands of German soldiers into readiness in the wake of the refugee crisis. If this was done because of the refugees or hints of terror threats is still unknown. The order was given to the troops a day before, said a speaker of the ministry on Friday in response to a report by Der Spiegel. Up to 4,000 soldiers are under constant readiness to be deployed.

FILE - In this March 20, 2011 file photo, France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaves its home port of Toulon, southern France. France has decided to deploy an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to help fighting Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The French president Francois Hollande announced Thursday Nov.5, 2015 his decision at the inauguration of the country’s new ultra-secured defense ministry in Paris. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
France’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaves its home port of Toulon, southern France for the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

 

French forces also maintain a strong presence in Syria, since launching air strikes against the Assad and ISIS regimes late last year.¬† According to a Kurdish source, French troops stationed in northern Syria have also commenced constructing a military base near the city of Kobani in Aleppo province.¬† Currently, the government of France said military personnel deployed to Syria are working only in an advisory capacity to ‘democratic’ Kurdish-led group.

France has 2,500 men in its special forces, of whom around 400 are deployed in 17 countries, mainly in the Sahel, the military said.  French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had indicated in early June, in remarks to a small state television channel covering French politics, that French troops were helping operations at Manbij.  The French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is also in the region.

It looks like it’s the United States’ move now.¬† Clearly there are many groups today who feel the Obama has led a weak, emaciated and often confusing campaign in Syria, supporting some rebel groups in the region, and then announcing they have withdrawn funding or support for same – which would inevitably end with these allies’ deaths.¬† Some believe that Obama’s actions several years ago may actually have assisted in the creation of ISIS in the first place.

[Translators comment:
It has been reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called into question the effectiveness of the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS). According to PNP magazine, he stated that concerned colleagues from within the US-led coalition turned to him. They informed him that the US military did not give clearances to their fighter pilots even though they clearly located and identified Islamic State positions.]

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President Hollande: DECLARE WAR Already!

103335143_restricted-nice-suspect-news_(1)-large_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumAOn the evening of July 14, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France, deliberately drove a 19-tonne cargo truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, killing 84 people and injuring more than 300. He was shot and killed by police.

The incident has been described as the third major terrorist attack in France since January 2015, following the Île-de-France attacks on January 7-9, 2015 and the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015.


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The near-10,000 American soldiers who died on D-Day, American Cemetary, Normandy, France

I was privileged to have walked the ancient streets of Paris, and the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy on the first week of September, 2009 – as the world marked the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II.

That period was a time for heroes and villains in France, great betrayal and a massive final victory. I recognize it was a different time in a lot of ways, but the people of France – the very soul of the country – hasn’t changed in hundreds of years.

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Lady Liberty, 1876 

The French believed in liberty enough to send thousands of troops, their navy and spent over $1 billion livres on the American Revolutionary War – which was nearly twice as much as the government made in a year! It was this debt that caused them to start their own Revolution. In 1876, they even gifted the Statue of Liberty to America on her 100tht birthday!

They have been ruled by Kings, an Emperor… even dictator Adolf Hitler, after the Nazi conquest of France. France has been conquered by and repelled several invading armies over the centuries, and nearly conquered the world themselves under Napoleon. But they are not known as a warrior people today – in fact, just the opposite.

French President Francois Hollande hugs German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives at the Elysee Palace before the giant Unity rally in Paris after the 2nd major attack (Credit: CNN)
French President Francois Hollande hugs German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives at the Elysee Palace before the giant Unity rally in Paris after the 2nd major attack (Credit: CNN) 

ISIS is something no one was prepared for. ISIS is full of cowards, mowing down kids in semi trucks and shooting grandmas with machine guns. And by the time French police and troops could be mustered each time, the carnage was already set. Yet they have a wimped out socialist President Francois Hollande that somehow still thinks, even after three attacks by ISIS on France in less than a year, that it’s best not to declare war on them or risk riling them up.

That ship has sailed ages ago, and it seems the world is up to its eyeballs in liberal idiots when we need strong leadership the most. As a member of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), any nation under attack by a foreign power can call upon the other member nations of NATO to come to their aid. Highlights of Article 5 of the Charter include:

– Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.
– The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
– NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
-NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
-NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis.

Yet all that, and he still has not yet done so, and that’s unfortunate – our combined power could have destroyed ISIS by now and spared the horror of Nice.

French Reserve Army forces 

Then, the BBC reported early on Sunday morning, July 17 that France had called up 12,000 reservists to help them with security at home. Oh Lord, he just either doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to – if ISIS is already in the country, you can post a million troops around the borders of the country and that will just give ISIS a million fewer people to worry about as they carry out attacks inside the country.

As French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called up the reservists, he stated that the operational reserve is currently made up of 12,000 volunteers, 9,000 of whom are within the paramilitary police and 3,000 in the regular police force. “We are going to reinforce the presence of security forces across the country,” he added. Cazeneuve added that the number of security forces deployed to protect the population was nearly 100,000, including 53,000 police, 36,000 para-military police and 10,000 soldiers.

But that’s never going to be enough. France needs to hit them WHERE THEY LIVE. They need to destroy the ISIS oilfields, which U.S. President Obama wouldn’t do, I guess thinking that hurting the ozone for a few weeks was more important than destroying a terrorist army that can do all THIS in just one city alone. These socialists will be the death of us all.

The body of a little girl lies covered in the street in Nice, just one of 84 victims of this senseless barbarianism
The body of a little girl lies covered in the street in Nice, just one of 84 victims of this senseless barbarianism. (Credit: Daily Mail) 

So I decided to do something different, and tweeted the people of France, in French and English, a plea for them to wake their govenrment up for their own sakes. It was well received but I’m just a little nobody. Maybe it’s already too late for France – they already have the largest Muslim population in the Western world. You’d think that would actually keep them safe but as a rule, Islam has no soul and Muslims have no loyalty to other Muslims. This is just the beginning of true horrors to come.

I close with my notes to the people of France. I can at least go to sleep knowing I tried all I could. But this will take the combined will of all of France – I just hope it’s not too late for her to realize she still has it inside.

An Open Letter To The People of France

14 juillet 2016

Citoyens bien-aim√©s de la France: il y a 227 ans aujour’dhui, vous lev√®rent contre la tyrannie et ¬ępouvoir du peuple¬Ľ a chang√© pour toujours la France. Aujourd’hui, les forces du mal sont √† l’Ňďuvre pour amener la R√©publique √† genoux. L√®ve-toi, √™tre courageux et d√©clarer la guerre √† ISIS. Les Canadiens se tiendront avec vous pour essuyer ce mal de la terre.

January 2016 Unity Rally in Paris, attended by more than 1.5 million people.
Unity Rally in Paris, attended by more than 1.5 million people.

July 14, 2016

Beloved citizens of France: 227 years ago today you rose up against tyranny and “people power” forever changed France. Today evil forces are at work to bring the Republic to its knees. Rise up, be brave and declare war on ISIS. Canadians will stand with you to wipe this evil from the earth.

Vive la France. Vive la République!

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Russian Approval Rating for US Leadership: 1%

According to 2015 Gallup World Poll results, median U.S. leadership approval in 132 countries was 45%.


usa-russia-war_0President Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to improve the image of the United States around the world doesn’t seem to have reaped any of the harvest of good will that he jawed on about for the last 7+ years.

Nowhere is that seen more clearly than after the now-infamous (and totally embarrassing) symbolic attempt to push the “reset” button on U.S.-Russian relations in the early days of the Obama administration.

You may recall that on March 6, 2009, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Geneva, Switzerland to present her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov with a red button with the Russian text ‚Äú–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į‚ÄĚ.

Secretary of State Clinton gives Russia a “reset” of diplomatic relations – or does she? (Credit: CNN)

It was intended that this would be the Russian word for “reset“. Clinton explained that she wanted to reset relations between Russia and the United States, which had according to her and the Obama administration had stagnated and even deteriorated over the previous decade.

However, Lavrov explained to Clinton that ‚Äú–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į‚ÄĚ actually means ‚Äúovercharge”. The two pressed the button anyway, with Clinton explaining that the American side meant it; they wanted a new era of better ties. You can see the video here, one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent diplomatic history.

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“Reset” button (Credit: Free Republican)

Today, 7 years after this “reset” relationship, the misspelled button may have been more accurately symbolic then earlier believed, as we learn that a decade-low one percent (1%) of Russians approveof American leadership, according to new poll results released May 26, 2016 by U.S. pollster Gallup.

In fact, Gallup said that Russia’s view of the U.S. is the lowest in the world and comes at a time when Moscow is flexing its military muscle in hotspots like Syria, while Obama is struggling to use force.

(Editor: So THIS is what progressive politics looks like and achieves. Not sure I get what all the fuss and hoopla is about. Perhaps this definition of “progressive” is what they are referring to:

pro·gres·sive

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adjective
(of a disease or ailment) increasing in severity or extent. (“progressive liver failure”)

And no matter how the loony left paints this, it does matter what the world thinks of America. I’m not referring to a mentally-weak, neurotic need to be noticed, even (God forbid) loved.

I’m talking about an America that in a very real sense is at risk of attack and/or even sudden destruction… if her enemies think that for even 5 minutes, they catch Her asleep at the switch.

Overly dramatic? Fear-mongering? Consider the things Russia has done when America has been wide awake:

March 2012 – at the beginning of the now 5-year Syrian Civil War, America supported a measure to bring sanctions to the Assad government, which was vetoed by Russia, to the frustration of all.

Tupolev_Tu-95_Bear,_Russia_-_Air_Force_JP7607398July 2012 two Tu-95 Bears were intercepted by NORAD fighters in the air defense zone off the U.S. coast of Alaska, where they may have been practice-targeting Fort Greely and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

August 2012 – An Akula-class submarine had conducted a patrol within the Gulf of Mexico without being detected, raising alarms of the U.S. Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

February 12, 2013 – just hours before the 2013 State of the Union Address, two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles circled the United States territory of Guam. Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base were scrambled to intercept the aircraft. The Russian aircraft reportedly “were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction.

russia-crimea-invasion-1April 2014 Р10,000 unmarked Russian soldiers seized the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, an invasion that followed Ukraine’s ousting of a pro-Moscow leader. Despite denials from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the time that the troops belonged to Russia, he later admitted that he deployed them. Over 8,000 people, mostly civilians, are killed.

th6KSNSO1BJuly 17, 2014 Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777 flying from the Netherland to Malaysia’s capital, Kaula Lampur, disappears from radar and the jumbo jet is soon discovered blown to pieces in a field in the Ukraine. The Russians are accused by the Ukrainians, in the midst of a war, of shooting it down with a surface to air missile, but the BBC thinks a military jet may have shot it down. 298 people are killed, the worst aviation disaster in 20 years.

September 30, 2015 Russia lands troops in Syria and immediately begins over 1,000 airstrikes against stated “ISIS” targets (though ISIS resources were never anywhere nearby). As a result of Russia’s efforts, it’s estimated that 400 settlements and 10,000 km2 of land was reclaimed for Syrian government

As we reported earlier in the year, Russian fighter jets staged a mock attack on a US ship in the Black Sea region.

The Russians in fact have made it a bit of an art form to mock and ridicule the United States, especially her lightning-rod President. For example, the New York Post reported last month that:

A Russian company is trying to cash in on the chilly relations between Moscow and Washington by releasing an ice cream called ‚ÄúLittle Obama‚ÄĚ, irritating U.S. officials.

thC3Y8Y272The product, called ‚ÄúObamka‚ÄĚ in Russian, is glazed with chocolate and its wrapping features an image of a smiling young African boy, wearing an ear ring and holding an ice cream.

You might think that this is just harmless business fun – a little big-boy teasing?

No America, it’s time to wake up. You can’t afford 4 years of Hillary Clinton as President. I fear you couldnt afford the years you already had with her as Secretary of State either. An indictment or several on the former First Lady might assist in balancing that out.

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Russian Fighter Jets ‘Mock Attack’ U.S. Destroyer

Soviet_Union_USSR_Grunge_Flag_by_think0 (2)ūüϧ By Retro Russia ¬¶ A Founding Blogger of the Calling Out Community
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Secretary of State Clinton gives Russia a “reset” of diplomatic relations – or does she? (Credit: CNNJ)

On March 6, 2009 (seven years ago last month) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Geneva, Switzerland to present her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov with¬†a red button with the Russian text “–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į”.

It was intended that this would be the Russian word for “reset“. Clinton explained that she wanted to reset relations between Russia and the United States, which had stagnated and even deteriorated over the previous decade.

The “Reset” button (Credit: Free Republican)

However, Lavrov explained to Clinton that “–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į” actually means “overcharge“. The two pressed the button anyway, with Clinton explaining that the American side meant it; they wanted a new era of better ties.¬† You can see the video here, one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent diplomatic history.

Now fast forward 7 years.¬† Where has this “reset” of US – Russian relations gotten us?¬† Or has it been in fact an “overcharge”?

Early on, things were great РAmerica helped Russia enter the World Trade Organization (WTO), as his predecessor Bill Clinton had done with China years before.  While the former has not yet had time to play out on the world stage, the latter with China has been an international financial disaster for the U.S.

A file picture dated 17 June 2013 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) during bilateral talks on the first day of the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, Britain. (Credit: EPA/Alexeo Nikolsky/Ria Novostti/KREM)
(Credit: EPA/Alexeo Nikolsky/Ria Novostti/KREM)

By 2013, however, things became more strained, thanks to Edward Snowden and Russia’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One widely shared photograph (left) from¬†a June 17, 2013 G-8 meeting in Northern Ireland, is said to capture the mood of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obam.¬†¬†Reports say that¬†US President Obama later cancelled another meeting with Russian President Putin, after Russia granted asylum to US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In 2014, the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russia government in Ukraine created a crisis.¬† Soon thereafter, the Russian military invaded the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.¬† On March 1, 2014, President Obama phoned President Putin and spent over 90 minutes on the phone with him, as the United States condemned the invasion,¬†and called on Russia to withdraw its forces back to bases in Crimea. The U.S. later issued a “strongly worded statement”.

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That situation escalated on March 15, 2014, when Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that declared a planned referendum on the status of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, was so furious (photo right), she was seen¬†marching over to her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, in the Security Council meeting room, and blasting him in public with a “strongly worded” piece of her mind.¬† At least someone in the American government has balls.

The Syrian Civil War has been a political and PR disaster for America, namely because Russia simply flew and sailed into the Syrian area, set up shop and ran their own show, completely outside of the U.S. or international community’s thoughts.¬† Sentiment after that has grown increasingly ugly between the superpowers.

The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook conducts a close quarters exercise while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. (Credit: Mate Airman Eben Booth / US Navy)
(Credit: Mate Airman Eben Booth / US Navy)

Now, this week, the situation has grown dire.¬† The USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer on exercises this week¬†in the Baltic Sea, came under what was later chacterized as a “mock attack” by several Russian SU-24 attack aircraft on April 11, making 20 passes over the American ship, some coming as close as 1,000 yards away, but at one point screaming less than 100 feet above the destroyer¬†as they flew over it.¬† The following¬†day, two Russian helicopters circled over the ship taking photos.¬† Then, two jet fights again made numerous close¬†passes to¬†the ship.

As CBS New reported:

Russian jets made provocatively close passes to an American warship, as tensions continue between Moscow and Washington over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

A senior defense official told CBS News that two recent incidents were ‚Äúmore aggressive than anything we‚Äôve seen in some time.‚ÄĚ

The first, on April 11, involved two Russian SU24s, when the USS Donald Cook left the Polish port of Gdynia and was about 70 nautical miles from Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea. The official said the Russian jets made 20 passes of the American ship and flew within 1,000 yards at an altitude of just 100 feet.

In the second incident on April 12, two Russian KA27 Helix helicopters flew several circles around the Donald Cook, apparently taking photos, after which two jets again made numerous close passes of the ship in what the official described as ‚ÄúSimulated Attack Profile.‚ÄĚ (Emphasis mine)

landscape-1448465103-moscowThese simulated attacks come days after the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the ‚Äúinability to predict the leadership plans and intentions of the Putin regime in Russia‚ÄĚ constituted the ‚Äúbiggest intelligence failure‚ÄĚ since 9/11.¬† I agree – Putin was given far too much room to grown and maneuver in his early rule and now this ‚Äúreset‚ÄĚ has inarguably been a miserable failure,¬†with Russia is re-introducing the possibility of great power conflict to Europe.

The Russian military is once again rising up in power. After miserable outcomes in Afghanistan and the First Chechen War, the Russian military has rallied, winning a messy victory in the Second Chechen War, winning its short conflict with Georgia in 2008, invading the Ukraine and rapidly annexing the Crimea, and most recently stabilizing the Assad regime and winning back hundreds of square miles of lost Syrian territory.

China's military buildup is a global concern
China’s military buildup is a global concern (Credit: ABC News)

In fact, universally President Obama has been a foreign relations flop.  China is growingly aggressive in the Pacific, North Korea is testing long-range missiles, Russia invaded the Ukraine and is flexing its military muscles in Europe and the Middle East, Iran is gaining new economic strength and access to international arms markets, and of course ISIS is extending its reach well beyond the Middle East.

GOOD JOB, DICKHEAD. And to think, the Democrats may just nominate for their Presidential¬†candidate one of the architects of this mess – a lady who couldn’t even hire a proper Russian translator to come up with the word “reset”.

America, your nation is in such good hands with Democrats.


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ISIS and Israel Showdown Looms

The United States and Russia may be hitting ISIS harder than anyone, with constant attacks from the air, but Israel is the only country the Islamic State group truly fears, according to a German reporter who spent 10 days with the organization in Iraq and Syria.


J√ľrgen Todenh√∂fer (Credit: http://www.warumtoetestduzaid.de/)

‚ÄúThe only country ISIS fears is Israel,” J√ľrgen Todenh√∂fer, 75, who visited the territory under the control of ISIS accompanied by his son, told British online news site Jewish News. “They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them.‚ÄĚ

In 2014,¬†Todenh√∂fer, a former member of the German Parliament from Chancellor Angela Merkel‚Äôs Christian Democratic Union, visited Syria and Iraq, becoming the first Western journalist to be allowed extensive access to¬†¬†ISIS territory – and to return safely from the trip.¬†He has since written¬†the book “My 10 Days in the Islamic State“, published in 2015.

US airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Syria. (Credit: WN.com)

In a subsequent interview he explains that ISIL is a reaction to violent actions taken by¬†western countries in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. ‚ÄúThey think they can defeat U.S. and U.K. ground troops, who they say have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies. But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists,‚ÄĚ Todenh√∂fer told Jewish News

At the same time, Israel does not seem to fear the same thing with ISIS.¬† Former head of IDF Intelligence Amos Yadlin on Wednesday expressed a contrarian opinion on the dangers of the terrorist group ISIS, responsible for the beheadings of ¬†journalists, as well as thousands of ‚Äúinfidels‚ÄĚ in Iraq and Syria who do not subscribe to their particular brand of Islam. According to Yadlin, there’s nothing to fear from ISIS.

Israeli F-15 Fighter Jets over Auschwitz Concentration Camp, September 2013
Israeli F-15 Fighter Jets over Auschwitz Concentration Camp, September 2013. (Credit: Israeli Air Force)

Nor should they worry.  The Israeli Defense Forces is one of the most powerful militaries on earth Рwith 176,500 active soldiers, and a reserve force of 450,000 that can be called up at any moment, they dwarf the estimated military strength of ISIS (approx 20,000 fighters) by nearly 30 to 1.

But Israel’s secret strength is in its mandatory military service for all 18 year olds in¬†the country, both male and female. ¬†In fact, the 1.6 million females trained and fit for service gives¬†Israel the greatest¬†shoeing¬†of female military might¬†possibly in world history. ¬†

Mandatory conscription means that today, over 1/2 of Israel Рmore than 3 million people Рhave been actively trained and have served in the Israeli forces over the last 60+ years.

Israeli Merkava tanks near Israel-Gaza Strip border. (Credit: The Guardian)
Israeli Merkava tanks near Israel-Gaza Strip border. (Credit: The Guardian)

Then there’s the equipment – while ISIS apparently is in possession of a few tanks, Israel’s military equipment is vast: with¬†over 3,700 tanks, 6,000 armoured personnel carriers, 1,200+ artillery pieces, 680 F15 and F16 fighter jets, over 50 naval ships and even 5 submarines, the legendary armies of Israel could even take on a military the size of America’s

Speaking at an Ashkelon College in September 2014, Yadlin said that despite the shocking videos the group released showing the beheadings of journalists Steve Sotloff and James Foley, ‚Äúthere is no real reason to fear. ISIS is very good at media relations, and using the media to frighten people. They murder their captives in a shocking manner in order to get media attention.‚ÄĚ

Defense Attaché at the Israeli Embassy Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin. (Credit: Public Doman)

The terrorist group may have been bolstered this week when Russia announced it was suspending their air strikes in Syria, declaring their mission a success. ¬†Yet ISIS remains as strong as ever in the embattled country torn apart by a four-year Civil War, so clearly they were not Russia’s intended¬†target. However, Russia “obliterated” a key ISIS base in Syria in October 2015 with a series of airstrikes, so they did have some supporting role to play in the conflict that can’t be denied.

President Vladimir Putin stated yesterday (Thursday, March 17) however¬†that Russia could scale up its military presence in Syria again “within hours” and would still bomb terrorist groups there despite a partial draw-down of forces ordered after military successes.

However, it’s their definition of what constitutes a “terrorist” group that has some scratching their heads.¬† And though they continually state they are “bombing ISIS targets”, they aren’t in the right part of the country to be able to make that claim.

As ISIS and Israel move toward a showdown, stay tuned, this story is definitely not yet fully told, and we will bring it to you as it unfolds.

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President Obama Intentionally Saved ISIS Oilwells

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Posted January 1, 2016.

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On November 25, 2015, former Obama CIA Director Mike Morell appeared on¬†PBS’ Charlie Rose show, and¬†dropped a bombshell that the Media Party didn’t at first pay much attention to.¬† During that hour, Morell surprised many by claiming that President Obama¬†has intentionally not ordered the¬†bombing of the oil fields now controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

“we didn‚Äôt go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn‚Äôt want to do environmental damage and we didn‚Äôt want to destroy that infrastructure.”

maxresdefaultISIS depends on those oil fields for the majority of its operating revenues, and U.S. Air Force jets have specifically avoided bombing them because the White House was concerned about adding to the carbon emissions that promote global warming.¬† In the DESERT?¬† Is that seriously not the dumbest thing you’ve heard so far this year?

According to the IBT Pulse Newsletter, ISIS continues to sell about 100,000 barrels of oil at an average of about $20/barrel (discounted), for a take of $2 million every day.  ISIS generals may be radical whacko jihadists Рbut the privates are reportedly soldiers for hire who are first and foremost trying to earn a paycheque, and are not merely fighting for some twisted ideology.

Many experts believe that if we can cut off this ISIS cash stream, the Islamic State army would quickly disappear –¬†making President Obama’s¬†decision especially bewildering and exasperating.¬† By putting the priority on a potentially minor impact on the local environment¬†rather than on the global security concerns that such inaction may allow and even encourage, ISIS was able to “miss the bullet” and continue its murderous¬†rampage through the Western world, killing people at random.

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USAF jets over Kuwaiti fires (1991)

This brings back¬†stark memories of the destruction of the Kuwait oil fields back in April 1991.¬† Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army set between 605 and 732 oil wells on fire during the first Gulf War, as they retreated from Kuwait.¬†¬†Almost immediately, the #looneyleftwing was out in full force, predicting an environmental disaster to come:

  • Paul Crutzen, a noted atmospheric scientist, predicted that a ‚Äúnuclear winter‚ÄĚ might ensue with a cloud of smoke covering half the Northern Hemisphere for at least 100 days.
  • U.S. astronomer and best-selling author Carl Sagan argued that the effects of the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields could be comparable to the explosion of the volcano Tambora in 1815, which produced ‚Äúa year without summer.‚ÄĚ
Struggling camels silhouetted against the oil-fire, Al-Ahmadi oil field, Kuwait in 1991. (Credit: Steve McCurry)
Struggling camels silhouetted against a 1991 oil fire at Al-Ahmadi oil field, Kuwait  (Credit: Steve McCurry)

Ummmm nope, neither of those things happened, though some of the fires burned into November that year, releasing 1.5 billion barrels of oil into the environment, the largest oil spill in human history.

Even so, atmospheric scientist Patrick K. Dowling wrote¬†in his paper, ‚ÄúThe Meteorological Effects of the Kuwaiti Oil Fires,‚ÄĚ that the smoke only affected the weather pattern throughout the Persian Gulf and surrounding region during the periods that the fires were burning in 1991. A 1992 National Institutes of Health study found that emissions of carbon dioxide from those fires accounted for only 2% of global emissions.

The Kuwait oil fields produced about 2 million barrels per day before the Gulf War ‚ÄĒ at least 20 times as much as the ISIS oil wells generate. The Kuwaiti fires dwarf anything that potentially destroyed ISIS oil wells could produce in terms of harmful environmental effects.¬† So it would be completely rational and logical to destroy this critically important cash-generator for ISIS.¬† NOW.

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Russian SU-27 fighter jet

Thank God, my friend, one air force completely agreed with that assessment – and on November 20, 2015, Russian fighter jets¬†attacked a convoy of over 500 oil trucks illegally carrying petroleum and crude oil from ISIS fields to their territories in Iraq (see this article’s Featured Image).¬† A few days prior (November 16), Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he had recently told his G20 colleagues that 40 countries including G20 nations are financially helping ISIS by purchasing this illegal oil.

The day before the November 20 convoy attack, Russian General Valery Gerasimov announced that Russia would be allocating 25 strategic bombers for the Syrian mission. Separately, Russian Air Forces will be strengthened with advanced 37 aircraft, including eight Su-34 bomber jets and four Su-27 fighter jets.

So while Canada pulls out of the air strike campaign altogether, and the U.S. worries more about global warming than getting the bad guys, Moscow is more than doubling the strike potential of the Russian Air Force in the region.

Once again, Obama says he wants to fight terrorism, but everything else comes first.  And once again, if you need to get something done properly in the world, you have to call Vladimir Putin.

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Jews Didn’t Attack Paris

At least twice in the last 24 hours, as I discussed the ISIS attacks in Paris (and my latest article on same) with some of my nearly 1,300 Twitter followers and a few on Facebook, I was amazed to hear people actually blame the State of Israel for the Friday the 13th attacks in Paris that left 129 dead and 352 injured.

First up was Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, who irresponsibly blamed Israel for the Paris attacks.

The French have been already releasing the names of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists who masterminded and carried out the plots at various locations in Paris.  CNN reports:

imagesV1YHHC3AAbdelhamid Abaaoud, probably in his late 20s, isEdit believed to be close to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and is likely the link between the senior ISIS leadership and ISIS operatives in Europe, European counterterrorism officials have said.

Clearly the Swedish government is playing a classic game of deflection. According to the Swedish edition of The Local, the largest English-language news network in Europe with more than 4.5 million readers, Sweden may indirectly be to blame for the attacks itself!

Young men from Gothenburg head to Iraq and Syria to join up with Islamic extremist groups such as Isis. (Credit: AP/TT)
Young men from Gothenburg head to Iraq and Syria to join up with Islamic extremist groups such as Isis. (Credit: AP/TT)


Gothenburg, in western Sweden is, per capita, the European city from which most people have joined Islamic extremist groups, according to Swedish integration police chief, Ulf Boström.

The largest of these groups is Islamic State (Isis), which claims to have carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people.

Sweden has very little to say constructively in this regard.  It is no secret that Islamic fundamentalism is now drowning their country in a violent crime wave against their citizens, and the government seems to be doing little about it.

Perhaps to appease this group, the Swedish Foreign Minister stated:

‚ÄúTo counteract the radicalization we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East of which not the least the Palestinians see that there is no future: we must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence,‚ÄĚ Margot Wallstr√∂m told Swedish television network SVT2T (link in Swedish) a short while after the November 13 attacks, which were claimed by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, Palestinian incitement went a step further than Wallstrom; an op-ed in an official PA daily paper claimed Israel actually carried out the attacks. 

Palestinian Media Watch flagged al-Hayat al-Jadida:

It is not a coincidence that human blood was exploded in Paris at the same time that certain European sanctions are beginning to be implemented against settlement products, and while France leads Europe in advising the security council that will implement the two-state solution, Palestine and Israel ‚Äď which the Israelis see as a warning of sudden danger coming from the direction of Europe, where the Zionist, occupying, settling endeavor was born . . .

The wise and correct thing is to look for who benefits. In short: They need to search the last place reached by the octopus arms of the Mossad‚Ķ It is clear that its ‚ÄėMossad‚Äô will burn Beirut and Paris in order to achieve [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu‚Äôs goals. He, who challenged the master of the White House, hides in his soul enough evil to burn the world.

uuu800And here’s an ugly cartoon posted on Fatah’s Facebook page (via Elder of Ziyon).  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sighting a target for an ISIS fighter to take aim, in view of the Eiffel Tower:

 

Not only is this incredibly anti-Semitic as well as an outright lie, it is not helpful in assisting the French legal community, seeking out for punishment those responsible.  It also ironically dilutes the messages that ISIS is trying to deliver Рwhich is a positive outcome.

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Friday the 13th “Acts of War”

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted November 15, 2015.

A body, draped with a white cloth, lies outside the Bataclan restaurant, one of several sites that ISIS fighters attacked on Friday the 13th. (Credit: CNN)
A body, draped with a white cloth, lies outside the Bataclan restaurant, attacked by ISIS November 13. (Credit: CNN)

Once again, radical Islamic terrorists have struck at the heart of France – the city of Paris – and with devastating results.

The scenes were heartbreaking, as France faced its most deadly assault since the Second World War on Friday the 13th (November 2015).  With 129 dead and over 350 injured, it follows only ten months after three terrorist attacks in the French capital took the lives of 17 people.

images2ZPARCV8French President Francois Hollande ¬†condemned the attack as an “act of war” and vowed that France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.”

An emergency security meeting was called to plan the French government’s response, and upon completion, Hollande declared three days of national mourning and raised France’s security to its highest level. In a very blunt statement, the French¬†President declared:

“ISIS is a terrorist army … a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.”

He vowed to show “no mercy” to ISIS militants – and earlier today (Sunday, November 15), CNN broke the news at 1:23 PM that in fact he had already kept his word:

The French Ministry of Defense has announced what it called a major bombardment of Raqqa, Syria, an ISIS stronghold.

In one hour Sunday there were at least 20 airstrikes on the city, according to both a pro-ISIS news agency and the activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

1086023_630x354The French have not backed down from the war rhetoric Рthey have in fact launched a large-scale military operation in response.  Which brings me to a very important point regarding the North American response to this tragedy.

Article 5 of the Charter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, ratified on April 4, 1949 states:

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NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium
NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.

Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator - Tuesday October 7, 2014 ISIS mission reveals Liberal divide When Justin Trudeau leads the Liberal Party of Canada Monday in opposing a Canadian military mission against ISIS in Iraq, he will do so against the better judgment of many of his party√ēs grandees, who between them have influenced Canada√ēs military response to global conflicts, from Rwanda and Kosovo to Afghanistan and previous wars in Iraq. The genocidal jihadists, including Canadians and other Westerners, who fight under the banner of ISIS √íhave to be whacked, and whacked good,√ď Lloyd Axworthy, a former Liberal foreign affairs minister who aimed to put √íhuman security√ď at the heart of foreign affairs, said on CTV last week. √íIf you really want to stop them, you√ēre going to have to give a full-court press.√ď He was not alone in supporting the action Mr. Trudeau has vowed to reject, or in undermining the leader√ēs rhetoric before he used it. Former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, for example, rejected the comparison, later made by Mr. Trudeau, to the √ífiasco√ď of the 2003 Iraq War. Former Liberal Senator Rom¬éo Dallaire dismissed a campaign of air strikes without ground troops as pointless, and former Liberal cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh calling for √írobust√ď Canadian military action. All these comments were made before Mr. Trudeau vowed to oppose the government motion for the ISIS mission. But by accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of using √íoverheated and moralistic rhetoric √Č to justify a war,√ď Mr. Trudeau has chosen a strategy that is likely to colour his political fortunes for months to come. And by favouring purely humanitarian action over military force, Mr. Trudeau seems to have broken with many of the party√ēs eminences √Ď if such a rift is already apparent, it could well go deeper. (Source: National Post) http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/05/isis-mission-reveals-liberal-divide-partys-grandees-express-support-for-robust-canadian-mission/ Earlier
Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday October 7, 2014

In one of his first official acts as Prime Minister, Prime Minister Trudeau called his American counterpart and philosophical ally, President Barack Obama.¬†¬†Trudeau advised the media that, during the October 23¬†phone call, he iterated Canada’s intent to pull our CF-18s out of the airstrike program against ISIS.¬† At the time, the leftwing patted its own back in self-congratulation.

That decision was meant to be ideological, and to show that Canada doesn’t get pushed around by the U.S.¬† Well, at least we’ll assume those were the goals, because frankly it just came across as stupid as hell.¬† ISIS is a known threat to Canada, has even stated previously that they will kill Canadians in their own bedrooms.¬† This incredibly immature Prime Minister, and equally pacifist Cabinet and party, honestly believes that if they just back off of ISIS, they will stop threatening us.¬† Again, stupid as hell.

Even more astounding than the government’s outrageous backtrack on international commitments and the security of Canadians is the Canadian news media’s response to it, in light of France’s current nightmare scenario. They seem incredulous – even openly stating their opposition – to Trudeau’s announced decision to continue with his plans to resettle refugees and pull our jet fighters from the fight with ISIS.¬† Some comments include:

  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, a Liberal, reiterated his opposition to Trudeau‚Äôs position to shut down the combat mission even as he told reporters that Canada should not step back from its commitment to accept Syrian refugees.¬† ‚ÄúThe democratic world is at war,‚ÄĚ Couillard told reporters. ‚ÄúIt is naive to think that we are not facing a state of war, different from the wars we have known but equally threatening.‚ÄĚ
  • Rona Ambrose visits a memorial in Paris to the terrorist victims from the Friday the 13th attacks.
    Rona Ambrose visits a memorial in Paris to the terrorist victims from the Friday the 13th attacks.

    “The fight against ISIS requires a strong humanitarian response, but also a¬†military response,”¬†Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition, told reporters¬†Saturday. “It’s important that we remain resolute and support our allies.” Ambrose said Prime¬†Minister¬†Justin¬†Trudeau¬†will have the full support of the Official Opposition if he chooses to¬†reverse his position on Canada’s role in the¬†airstrikes.(CBC

  • Trudeau and ISIS: Is the bombing still a bad idea?¬† (CBC, Nov. 14)
  • After Paris attacks, Trudeau‚Äôs soft power already under fire (Globe¬†& Mail, Nov. 14)
  • ‘Canada ran away‚Äô: Online jihadists celebrate Trudeau‚Äôs win as they anticipate end to¬†airstrikes (National Post, Oct. 29)
Foreign Minister Lester B. Pearson signs the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. (Credit: NATO)
Foreign Minister Lester B. Pearson signs the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. (Credit: NATO)

Canada’s current government, under Prime Minister Trudeau, has absolutely no right to unilaterally ¬†pull out of NATO obligations – the organization has protected the nations of the North Atlantic for 67 years.

The Friday the 13th attacks by ISIS/ISIL, unlike any other terrorist attacks seen on a large scale in recent history, were a coordinated effort by a Sunni Muslim jihadist terrorist group that is in fact an army Рwith tanks, armed personnel carriers, rocket launchers and many other sophisticated weapons, as well as an estimated 20,000 troops, according to the Telegraph.

How do they afford to arm themselves?  The Foreign Policy site reported:

ISIS captured many tanks from the Iraqi army, including the relatively modern Soviet T-72, of which it may have as many as 10.
ISIS captured many tanks from the Iraqi army, including the relatively modern Soviet T-72, of which it may have as many as 10.

Much of the Islamic State’s arms and ammunition were captured on the battlefield, but intelligence reports have suggested that the group’s income from oil sales and other sources is high enough to finance purchases of additional weapons directly from the companies and dealers that routinely profit from strife in the Middle East. 

While the complete list of countries is unknown, Newsweek stated on September 16 that the United States, Russia, France, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Iran are all fighting ISIS.¬† Canada wasn’t mentioned I guess in error.

ISIS territory mapped (The Economist, June 2015)
ISIS territory mapped (The Economist, June 2015)

Unlike Al Qaeda, Boko Haram or any other previously seen terrorist group, ISIS has a set geographic area of the world in which they are headquartered and operate – or more appropriately to state, which they have majority “control” over.

Territory is both being conquered and lost by ISIS on an almost daily basis. In fact, the venerable New York Times reported, on the morning of Friday the 13th, that several factions of Kurdish and Yazidi fighters had just retaken the city of Sinjar from ISIS fighters.

Satellite map showing the first day of fighting over the city of Sinjar, which Kurdish forces retook from ISIS on November 13. (Credit: Planet Labs)

They have a “capital city” of sorts – in Raqqa, Syria – which is exactly where French fighter pilots have attacked just today.

I’ve had it with President Obama and his pacifist BS. I’ve had it with “Prime Minister” Trudeau and his weak, emasculated, pathetic (I’m trying not to swear so this’ll have to do) world philosophy.

As my beloved home-away-from-home Paris was burned, bombed and blown up, over 350 hundred were rushed to hospitals, and 129 were driven to the morgue, in a series of coordinated attacks on Friday the 13th (not likely a coincidental date) I grew angry enough watching the news clips to fly over there, grab a gun and start defending her.

What did the two pathetic leftwing pantywaists have to say? Obama called it an “attack on humanity” – which basically dismissed it from being an attack on a sovereign nation like France, so he could cover his bases possibly if the NATO Charter was invoked; or an attack on a Western power, because frankly this socialist doesn’t give a damn about the West, including his own country.¬† But at least the US is still fighting ISIS regardless.

Justin-TrudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau offered ‚Äúall of Canada‚Äôs support‚ÄĚ to France on Friday night in the wake of ‚Äúdeeply worrying‚ÄĚ terrorist attacks.

ALL of our support? That doesn’t include our military obviously, as he just ordered them out of the fight against ISIS, and confirmed 24 hours ago that, regardless of the horror played out Paris, that the stupidity would continue.

Trudeau is giving lip service to mass murder. We should be ashamed of this asshole. I know I am.¬† It wasn’t an attack on humanity – it was an attack on a Western power, the second in France alone in 10 months. Both were horrific events that brought the world to a standstill.

I’m sorry to remind both of you pantywaists this, but France is a member of NATO. French President Hollande has declared the Friday the 13th terrorist attacks an ACT OF WAR. Under the NATO Charter,¬† both Canada and the United States may¬†have a legal responsibility to come to the aid of a member nation when attacked in an act of war.

The Jerusalem Post has asked the question – will France invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, as NATO did after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.¬† The Post doesn’t think France will actually do it, however.

Regardless, how dare¬†you violate a 67-year old international accord for your own ideological purposes? This must be discussed by the people and/or the Parliament of Canada.¬† Canada deserves better leadership than this.¬† We are pulling out of Syria only because air strikes were started under the Conservatives.¬† Would you have pulled out of D-Day for the same reasons?¬† The Korean War?¬† We think you would –¬†which is why we will never trust you, nor acknowledge you as our Prime Minister.¬† You are a coward, a sham leader, and the global village idiot.

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Michigan City Bans Mosque 

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted September 12, 2015.  Updated January 28, 2016

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A Michigan city’s planning commission turned down a request to build a large new mosque project on September 10, 2015, according to Arabic news agency Al-Jazeera.

And as an evangelical conservative Christian, it may surprise you to know – I actually initially didn’t agree with that decision at all.

The final verdict came down on September 10, the eve of the 14th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history, which, though perpetrated by Islamic extremists, has absolutely nothing to do with law-abiding American citizens that wanted to have a new house of worship.

 An overflow crowd of hundreds chanted ‚ÄúNo more mosques!‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúGod bless America‚ÄĚ outside the Sterling Heights City Hall that day, as the inner chamber was filled to its 240-seat capacity, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ Channel 7 News.

At issue was the proposed mosque‚Äôs size ‚ÄĒ 20,500 square feet ‚ÄĒ to be built within a residential area. That is an unrealistically large religious building of any faith for a residential neighbourhood.

That being said, the Muslim delegation that were seeking to build the Islamic House of Worship in that area would have happily redesigned the facility to meet with local approval, but citizens and the Planning Committee would have none of it.

WXYZ reported:

Those against the mosque say it would cause too much traffic and congestion. A small group hinted at linking the house of worship to extremism.

Mosque leaders say they offered to revise and downsize the plan, changing the dome and towers, but that didn’t work.

untitledWhen the decision was announced, the crowd both inside and out loudly cheered.  The imam requesting the project wasn‚Äôt cheering, though.  ‚ÄúI think it is more about ignorance,‚ÄĚ Mohammad Ali Elah, of the Islamic House of Wisdom, told FOX 2.

And there’s where the Muslims lost me.  I have to say that it’s hard to believe there could be that much “ignorance” about a mosque in a town like Sterling Heights.  Perhaps it’s the fact the general population has seen TOO MUCH information about Islam in the papers in the last few years, very little of which has been to Muslims’ benefit.

The “ignorance” argument is also hard to swallow, considering the city is in the southeast corner of Michigan‚Äôs lower peninsula, close to Dearborn, which has the second-largest Muslim population in the Western world.

Only Paris, the site of two Islamic extremist terrorist attacks, including the January 7, 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre and the November 13, 2015 “Friday the 13th” Massacre, has a larger Muslim population in the Western world.

According to the BBC, of approximately 15 million Muslims who currently live in the European Union, France is home to the largest number, equal to around one third of the total (5 million) – and the city of Paris alone has nearly 1.5 million of those.

Also, the proposed mosque in Sterling Heights would be the third in that small city alone, and the second built since 2011, emblematic of the area‚Äôs surge in Muslim residents.

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Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America
Nearby Dearborn is also the home of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America and the oldest Shia mosque in the United States.  The local Muslim community raised the $14 million needed to develop the Islamic Centre from their own pockets.  The centre includes a gym, a cafe, a car park for 700, a banquet hall, and, at its heart, the mosque with room for 700 men at prayer, and, upstairs, 300 women. Attached to the mosque is a Muslim American Youth Academy, which teaches children from nursery school up to the age of 14.

northridge+auditoriumIn all fairness, in terms of religious houses of worship, it’s hardly the largest in Michigan.  In fact, Northridge Church, pastored by Brad Powell, is listed as the 15th largest church in America, with attendance of over 15,000 per week.  The two-story building holds over 3,000 worshippers.

But what this Muslim group failed to realize – and what likely was the cause of this decision –  is growing irritation with worldwide newscasts of Islamic terrorism around the world.

While Islamic groups in America have done nothing to speak out against such radicals, this particular group in Sterling Heights, and this particular imam, are NOT those type of Muslims.

One quick look at their Facebook page alone would quickly reveal that Imam Elahi is a good man – preaching a form of Islamic moderation that this writer has frankly never seen before:  hosting interfaith prayer services with Christians, participating in media-sponsored dialogues on the subject of Islam and/or religion as a whole in America, etc.

10157353_1049825821735194_89339785643658310_nHowever, all of that good will was lost when he had the gall to chalk this up to “ignorance” – and this tired nonsense from so-called “moderate” Muslim populations has done no them no favors in America.  Rather than understand the fear and mistrust that Americans have because of the unrelenting negative news that Islam has created, this imam sought instead to make American feel bad, even insulted Americans for it.

Start speaking out against the ignorance of Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS and other crazies and then we’ll talk about your mosques.  Until you can prove you are “for us, not against us”…

… your loyalties are questionable, and your mosques are not welcome in our neighbourhoods.

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ISIS / ISIL Terror Group’s #2 Leader… Is Dead

by Calling Out Community, Posted August 21, 2015

The ISIL #2 Leader, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, killed this week by a U.S. drone
BREAKING NEWS: As I was about to put a story to bed about the growing power and influence of the ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group (or ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as it’s known now), CBC News broke the news today (Friday, August 21)  that National Security Council spokesman Ned Price had just issued the following press release:

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military airstrike on [Tuesday, August 18, 2015] while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah.

This undated photo of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released by the terrorist group
This undated photo of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released by the terrorist group
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, He was seen as ‘senior deputy’ to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had reportedly been involved in the offensive that led ISIS to capture Mosul, Iraq last summer.  He also was allegedly involved in moving large numbers of weapons and supplies and people between the organization’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Price said that the militant was involved in the terrorist group’s ‘finance, media, operations, and logistics,’ according to the Wall Street Journal.

The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported today (August 21, 2015) that back in December 2014:

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A U.S. unmanned drone, much like the one pictured, has killed the deputy leader of the ISIS / ISIL group. (Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

…intelligence officials said that multiple ISIS leaders had been killed in airstrikes including a man called Haji Mutazz. At the time the militant, believed to be from the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, also reportedly went by Abu Muslim al-Turkmani.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [General Martin Dempsey] also erroneously cited the death at the time, according to NBC News

A US official told NBC News on Friday [August 21, 2015] that Dempsey either misspoke or was misquoted in December. A source also told CBS News that the ISIS member [killed in December] was not the group’s ‘number two’, but was still a very significant figure to the group in Iraq.

The Defense Department said in December that Mutazz had previously served time at the former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, located on the Kuwait/Iraq border.  The infamous camp (named for Ronald Bucca, a Fire_Marshal who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack) was reported by the U.K.’s The Independent newspaper to have detained some of the Iraq War‚Äôs most radical jihadists.  

Former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, now shut down in 2009 by the Obama administration. 90% of its inmates are again fighting for ISIS
Former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, now shut down in 2009 by the Obama administration. 90% of its inmates are again fighting for ISIS

On 17 September 2009, only 8 months after Obama was sworn in for his first term as President, the US military announced that the prison camp would be closed.  Hundreds of the remaining inmates at that time were freed, 90% of whom created the group ISIS.  In fact, current leaders of ISIS / ISIL were held at one time in that camp.  No wonder then that The Independent’s entitled their feature article on this prison camp “The US prison that became the birthplace of ISIS“.  Thank you, Obama team, for that brilliant move.

Mutazz had previously served as a lieutenant colonel in Saddam Hussein’s Special Forces and was believed to have been involved with Al Qaeda at one point as well.  What a resume.

Rest… In Pieces.  One more martyr for ISIS – one more resident in Hell. 

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ISIS Rockets Launched at Israel

by Calling Out Community, posted July 5, 2015

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A new front in the global War on Terror has been opened recently by ISIS-connected terrorists in Egypt – which is both grounds for considerable concern, and may be very short-lived, as they seem hell-bent on taking on far too many powerful enemies at once. According to the BBC, this relative newcomer in the global War on Terror has been flexing its muscles of late, rather stupidly I might add.

Just to get you caught up, a January 30, 2015 BBC article on this new relatively new group states:

Sinai Province was previously called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem), but announced a name change in November 2014 when it pledged allegiance to IS, the militant organisation that had made rapid advances in Iraq and Syria. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis was an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that started its operations immediately after the January 2011 uprising that led to the fall of Egypt’s long-running ruler Hosni Mubarak. The group was initially known for launching attacks on Israeli targets and interests.

Completely confused? They seem to be as well, for since February 1 they have carried out targeted attacks in Egypt, igniting the Egyptian (and predominantly-Muslim) people and armed forces to rout and destroy them entirely. Egyptian air strikes just this past week have seriously harmed this ISIS-related group, killing 25 fighters and destroying weapons supplies, according to reports by the Al Jazeera news network.

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Now, it seems they are trying to provoke Israel as well, claiming to have launched 3 rockets at “occupied Palestine” on July 3, all of which fell far short in the Negev desert. And don’t be deceived – the rocket isn’t going to distinguish between an Israeli or a Palestinian when it lands.

Meaning? ISIS isn’t riled up over Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinians – they couldn’t carry less if they wipe out both groups, just so long as they are the dominant player left standing. This should be of particular concern to the Palestinians, who will depend on their greatest enemy (Israel, in their eyes) to have the grace to become their greatest defender.

Now let’s do a little War on Terror math for a moment, shall we:

Egyptian F-16 refuels

Egypt’s armed forces – the largest in the Middle East and Africa – 468,000 active personnel and 1 million reservists, plus 4,600 tanks, and 1107 fighter jets. 18th most powerful army in the world

Israeli F15i Ra'am
Israeli F15i Ra’am

Israel’s armed forces168,000 active personnel, 450,000 reservists, and another 2.5 million trained personnel that could be called up (as every 18 year old must serve some time and be trained) . Plus 4,100 tanks and 680 fighter jets. 11th most powerful army in the world


Sinai Province Fighters
only 1,000 to 2,000 fighters, according to Egyptian experts

Sinai Province fighter on his transport of choice
Sinai Province fighter on his transport of choice

Ummm, just based on the math, this should be over in weeks. But we know these groups don’t just wither away – they gain strength if not properly dealt with (ie. they must be annihilated)

How ironic that they would intentionally awaken the two great armies of the Middle East in a common cause. Yet, despite all this recent activity, you won’t find much word of it in our Western press. Why? What if Israel and Egypt joined forces against ISIS? How would the dumbocrats and other left-wing loonies explain THAT to their kids? Aren’t Arabs and Jews supposed to hate each other?

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How quickly these dimwits would like to forget the 1979 Egyptian‚ÄďIsraeli Peace Treaty, mediated by US president Jimmy Carter. Full diplomatic relations were established on February 26, 1980. Egypt has an embassy in Tel Aviv and a consulate in Eilat. Israel has an embassy in Cairo and a consulate in Alexandria. It’s been one of the only consistent peaceful regions in the Middle East – for over 35 years. Even the Muslim Brotherhood stated in 2012 that it supported the treaty.

I do not remotely wish that the citizens of Israel or Egypt be attacked or even threatened any further in any way by ISIS forces in Egypt. However, I do admit some strong desire to see these two mighty neighbours work together to defeat a common enemy. That may be

Egyptian and Israeli flags flying together
Egyptian and Israeli flags flying together

pie-in-the-sky officially, but to be sure if ISIS continues its stupid assaults on these two nations, whether in a united front or individually, these terrorist goons will be sent to their desired martyrdom in a hurry, and I’m glad for it.

Thanks be to God for the miraculous victories of Israel’s past and the peace between these two great nations. Pray that this sanity and peace will continue over the region, even if it must be maintained with an iron fist by one or (preferably both) countries. Egypt and Israel look very good side by side.

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The Queen’s Historic Visit… to Hell

by Calling Out Community, Posted June 28, 2015

IMG_2143Queen Elizabeth II has become accustomed to countless milestones during her decades on the throne:

  • In December 2007, she became the longest living British monarch, overtaking Victoria who died when she was 81 (the Queen recently turned 89 on April 21!)
  • On May 12, 2011, she became the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, when she overtook George III
  • Her Majesty is the first monarch to have sent an email, to have a message put on the moon, have conducted a royal ‘walkabout’ and to have held a public concert in her back garden.
  • imagesAccording to the Guinness Book of World Records, Her¬†Majesty’s face is shown today on more currencies (35) than anyone else in human history. ¬†Queen Victoria appeared on 19, King George V on 21.
  • On June 6, 2012,¬†the Queen’s¬†Diamond Jubilee Pageant also broke a World Record for the largest parade of boats (670) in human history.
  • On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II¬†will overtake Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Yet, of all the various accomplishments and achievements in the 63-year reign of our Queen, perhaps none were as noble, symbolic and as highly¬†impressive as her official visit this past Friday, June 26…

…to the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in Germany.

IMG_2144In a highly unusual and very symbolic move, Her Majesty and Prince Philip laid a wreath together at the memorial  of the camp, on the final day of her state visit to Germany.  She later met with several survivors of the camp, to hear their stories.  And we salute her today for doing that.

70 years ago this Spring, on April 15, 1945, British troops entered the first of several Nazi concentration camps at a place called Bergen-Belsen near Hanover, Germany Рtheir first true glimpse of the Holocaust since the start of the War. Rumors about these camps had swirled since 1942 across Europe, but nothing could prepare the horrified soldiers who walked through the camp gates that day.

SS prison guards forced to load victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp into a trucks for burial, 1945
SS prison guards forced to load victims of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp into a trucks for burial, 1945

They soon discovered that the facility, built to hold 10,000 people, was filled to overflowing with nearly 60,000 critical ill and starving prisoners, amidst rotting piles containing over 13,000 unburied corpses.   The average weight of those still alive was 25-30 kg (50-60 pounds).   Sanitation facilities were designed for about 1/8 the number of people who lived there, and soon disease spread like wildfire.

The death toll at Bergen-Belsen was catastrophic. ¬†Almost 20,000 Soviet prisoners of war and a further 50,000 ‘undesirable” prisoners¬†died here – gypsies, homosexuals, those too sick to work at other prisoner of war camps, and thousands of evacuees from other death camps that were being overrun by Allied troops near the end of the war.

Anne Frank, 1942

The death toll also included nearly 2,750 children.  One of them was a bright eyed 15-year old girl, who died of typhus along with her sister Margot in February or March 1945 at Bergen-Belsen Рjust two out of thousands in the camp that month.  Years later, her father (the only surviving member of her family) found her diaries of life in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, and felt it was a compelling enough story to approach a publisher with.  Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl or The Diary of Anne Frank) has since been translated into 65 languages and has sold over 30 million copies around the world Рand it remains a voice from the graves at Bergen-Belsen to our world to present day.

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Article of memories from British troops at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. London Evening Star, September 1945.

Nearly¬†20,000¬†of the camp’s prisoners died¬†of typhus in the first few months of 1945, shortly before liberation. ¬†A further 13,000 died after liberation – at a rate of nearly 500 a day – from disease and the effects of the Nazi-ordered severe¬†malnutrition. ¬†In fact, of the nearly 20,000 Jews alone that were transported to the camp, only¬†around 2,560 were ever actually transported from Bergen-Belsen and released.

British military leadership, including Prime Minister Winston Churchill, were so¬†enraged by what they saw, they ensured that photos of the atrocities were published in papers across the United Kingdom and around the world. ¬†The photos¬†shocked a society that couldn’t believe such inhumanity could exist.

950142-queen-elizabeth-world-war-iiThough in some ways shielded from the horrors of the War, the Queen’s¬†own family was a target of the¬†Nazis, who felt there would be¬†few greater ¬†propaganda coups¬†than to kill King George VI. ¬†On the night of¬†September 19, 1940, they nearly succeeded when a German Luftwaffe pilot dropped a bomb on Buckingham Palace, an event elevating the reluctant, stammering monarch to hero king in the eyes of the people. ¬† And when she became of age,¬†the¬†19-year old Princess Elizabeth enlisted to serve her country with the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training¬†as a driver and mechanic and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander five months later.

For 63 years since, unaccustomed to public displays of emotion or embroiling herself in any type of controversial affair if possible, she has seen the rise of anti-Semitism again in Europe, and the Jewish race and the State of Israel being maligned in the press every day for contrived crimes against humanity.  Of course, there are always going to be those who somehow think that the Holocaust was a myth.  And just like those who faced the Nazi death camps of the 1940s, Jews worldwide once again face the prospects of another Holocaust at the hands of Hamas, the PLO, ISIS, the Arab League and other hostile nations, all who have one stated goal Рthe eradication of the Jews.

And into the midst of all that constant left wing hate-filled propaganda, a¬†perfectly-coiffed, diminutive little 89-year old woman in her perfectly-tailored, beautiful black designer frock with matching shoes, hat, gloves and purses¬†– with all the dignity and poise that she commands, slowly and deliberately¬†walked with her 94-year old spouse up the long, lonely paved pathway to¬†Bergen-Belsen…

… to walk with her head held high through the main gates of Hell itself.

Queen-Elizabeth-II-at-her-Coronation-kings-and-queens-6886027-279-458It matters that she was there.  It matters that this specific woman would recognize the horrors of the Holocaust, especially at this time in history, and the plight of its victims, including the millions of Jews who were butchered by the Nazis.  For she is not just some over-rated celebrity, some polarizing local political figure, or some has-been entertainer.

12 British Prime Ministers, 12 Presidents of the United States, 11 Canadian Prime Ministers, and 7 Papal Heads of the Catholic Church have come and gone during her 63-year reign.  She is Queen Elizabeth the Second of Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Defender of the Faith, Head of the Commonwealth, Queen of Antigua, Australia, Barbuda, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea. Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and of Her other Realms and Territories, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and patron of 600 organizations and charities.

imagesIt matters that she was there. ¬†And as our Queen¬†left this ghastly place, after hearing from several of its survivors, she¬†was overheard stating in hushed tones, “it’s difficult to imagine”.

We agree your Majesty – but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there regardless. ¬†You didn’t do it to be politically correct, because you’re swimming upstream if you did¬†– the Holocaust is all but a distant memory. ¬†There was no current anniversary to celebrate at the camp, no plaque to unveil, no tree to plant, no babies to kiss. thankfully no new buildings to dedicate there. ¬†You went for one reason – because we should¬†remember. ¬† You didn’t have to go there – you’re 89, you could have taken a break from all the frenetic scheduling and put your royal feet up on your majestic ottoman in your palatial den. ¬†But you didn’t.

That’s why one million people came to cheer for you as you stepped onto your Palace balcony on your¬†Diamond Anniversary in 2012. ¬†You have survived the outlandish treatment of the leftwing press for decades, political scandals, your own children’s marital problems, and the changing of the British Empire into the British Commonwealth. ¬†All around you shifting sand, but you have remained steadfast. ¬†You are the Elizabeth of World War II – you are the mechanic and driver doing her part for the effort. ¬†We love you so much¬†for keeping your promise as that¬†young girl who stated to the world in a radio address on your 21st birthday:

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.’

IMG_1261You have kept a steady hand on this global ship for 6 decades, and your presence at Bergen-Belsen¬†gave a stronger voice to the millions who died in the Holocaust. ¬†You are also well aware that the rumblings of history are once again being felt against the Jewish race, and that it¬†is the influence¬†of powerful world leaders like yourself that can¬†keep this from ever happening again. ¬†Today, I applaud you, your Majesty, for standing up for what is right in a time when the world doesn’t know what that means anymore.

God save our gracious Queen!  Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!  
Send her victorious, Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us, God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws, And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice, God save the Queen.

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