The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Thursday, June 22, 2006
"The Air India bombing was the result of a misguided utopian dream of a homeland far from Canada. It was the effect of a distortion of religious ideals that destroyed the values Canada had promised so many who made their home here. As history has demonstrated with cruel regularity, terrorism intersects the lives of unknowing, innocent citizens and draws them into a web of meaningless violence and retribution. The downing of Air India Kanishka Flight 182 was one such act of senseless and cowardly revenge.
There are important lessons to be learned, the sooner, the better. Otherwise, we will be doomed to the repugnant reputation that “Canada is soft on terrorism” and, ultimately, the unacceptable global perception that it is a “haven for terrorism.” As a victim of terrorism, I must add my voice to those who speak out against its devastating horror; if I don’t, I will have failed my family, the victims of the Air India 182 bombing, and the countless innocent individuals who are caught in the crossfire of terrorism."
"The Government will promise a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq; a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds; an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces."
"As former Secretary of State George Shultz said: "If we put this in terms of World War II, we are now sometime around 1937." We paid dearly for being unconcerned about that totalitarian menace. Let's not make the same mistake twice."
" -7 terrorists were killed, three wounded and two detained near Baqouba.
-An assassination cell leader was captured in Kirkuk.
-June 15: Operation Forward Together began.
-Sheikh Aqeel, head of terror network, financier and supplier of IEDs, was captured in Karbala.
-Iraqi army & coalition forces detained suspected criminals working with terrorist IED cell in southern Babil. Weapons cache discovered.
-During simultaneous raids north of Baqouba, coalition forces killed 15 terrorists and detained 3 others. One of the terrorists killed by a coalition sniper.
-Coalition forces detained a senior Al Qaeda in Iraq network member (name withheld) and 30 other suspected terrorists in coordinated raids southwest of Baqouba.
-Since launching operations to find the missing 101st Airborne Soldiers, Coalition and Iraqi forces have killed 18 terrorists, detained 163 and discovered 12 weapons caches.
-Of the 66 tips received from citizens, 18 were found to be actionable and further raids followed. There have been 14 raids and some sniper operations.
-MG Caldwell added to the list of “key kills” from 4-18 June: Abu Yazid (foreign fighter facilitator), Abu Thawban (foreign fighter facilitator), Abu Abdullah (foreign fighter facilitator for Sheikh Mansur).
-Captured during this same period: An Al Qaeda in Iraq cell leader in Baghdad, a senior foreign fighter facilitator in Fallujah, a Ramadi-based Al Qaeda in Iraq leader in Yusufiyah, a Taji-based AQ in Iraq cell leader."
"Here, then, is the enemy we face in Iraq: not nationalists or extremists or even fanatics, but something like a band of real-life Hannibal Lecters for whom human slaughter is both business and religious fulfillment. Following the killing, an Internet statement said to be from the Mujahadeen Shura Council praised Abu Hamza al-Muhajir--who is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's successor as head of Al Qaeda in Iraq--with "the implementation of the sentence." Note the legalistic pretensions: This is the kind of "justice" Iraqis could expect should the insurgents come to power. And it is the enemy that might well come to power if the U.S. left Iraq prematurely, as many Senate Democrats urged yesterday."
"If the Homeland Security Department had listened to Clark Kent Ervin three years ago, it might not be in its current financial predicament of having to sacrifice funding for prime terror targets like New York to meet its budget.
As the department's first inspector general, Ervin warned brass that the mammoth agency would be targeted by greedy Beltway contractors "like buzzards homing in on carrion." And he said that if they weren't careful, they could wind up wasting billions devoted to protecting the homeland, leaving Americans vulnerable to attack.
Ervin's warnings have proved all-too prescient. And now the frustrated former official blows the whistle on monumental waste and fraud at DHS in a tell-all memoir, "Open Target."
"Yet, despite what appear to be substantial amounts of WMD in Iraq, opponents of the war and their media allies won't be deterred.
Along with more documentation of Saddam's WMD program comes a new spin, perfectly summed up in a blase Washington Post report Thursday: "Last night, intelligence officials reaffirmed that the shells were old and were not the suspected weapons of mass destruction sought in Iraq after the 2003 invasion."
Let's be very clear: WMD are WMD. That these weapons can kill thousands, even millions, is what matters — not what vintage they are. True, these were not of post-Gulf War vintage. But so what? Under the sanctions regime imposed by the United Nations, Saddam was required to report all WMD and decommission them. He didn't — which was a big reason why we invaded.
Let's also be clear that this does not mean Saddam's only WMD were from the Gulf War era. Remember that the U.N., in a March 6, 2003, report on "unresolved" WMD issues with Saddam, said a massive amount of WMD material existed but was "unaccounted for.........
With what we know now about WMD, it's high time for White House critics to retire their foolish "Bush lied" slogan. And while they're at it, they should stop calling for us to withdraw from a war we're actually winning."
"There is no substitute for frank acknowledgement of the extent of the problems we face in dealing with terrorism on our soil. The Americans know in detail what we are doing well and what we are not doing well. It is all out there in the public domain -- more often than not in the form of statements from our own officials. A case in point was the revelation on Monday by the head of the Canadian Border Security Agency that in the first six months of this year, 300 cars drove into Canada from the United States without being screened and that the police were only about to catch up with 70 of them to determine if they were a security threat.
One of the most persistent and knowledgeable critics of Canada's inadequate response to the threat of terrorism has been Colin Kenny, chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security. Although a Liberal appointee, Kenny has never hesitated to tell whatever government is in office just how much remains to be done to protect Canadians."