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Saturday, February 24, 2007

23-24 February 2007

In the last 24 hours I have read that the number of terrorist attacks in Iraq have declined by 80% in the last two weeks. And I have heard that it was the "surge" led by the U.S. that has done it. The U.S. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit) has ruled that the September 2006 Act allowing the now-set up "military commissions" to do the exclusive review of all cases of "enemy combatants" captured on the battlefield while engaged in terrorist jihad against the U.S. I am pleased. Now if we can do the same to the likes of the Council for Islamic-American Relations---a fifth column load of traitors if there ever was one.

Coming back tomorrow.

Friday, February 23, 2007

22-23 February 2007


Hi. I am here in my home, with the rain falling softly outside. I enjoy this time of night, right after midnight, when the rain is like this. It's a very romantic time for Gail and myself, and I try to treasure moments like that.

I read today in the Financial Times of London that Iran has completed obtaining the 3,200 centrifuges necessary to start building enriched uranium, and that they will start doing so in May. Once starting to do so, the process of completing the building of a nuclear weapon will be complete within a year, that is, by the spring of 2008. And that assessment was made public in a report filed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear monitoring organ of the United Nations. This is the crowd that has been consistently underestimating the development of WMD activities by several Muslim countries, especially the old Saddam regime of Iraq, Syria, and of course Iran. As recently as last week, the IAEA estimated that the development of a weapon by Iran was 4-5 years away. Even Israel had estimated that the weapon development was not to be complete until 2009, and the USA had estimated a time span of between 2-4 years. Now we find that the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear capability is now within less than 15 months away! And that's according to the UN! One can only imagine what the real window of time actually is now. Personally, I think that it will be by the end of this year.

Strange, that such development is going on while the USA is working on establishing the beginning of an anti-missile shield on land in both the central Pacific, in Japan, and in Eastern Europe (Poland and the Czech Republic). One principle that should always be observed is that, in war, an aggressor nation does not usually strike its victims when they are doing nothing to prepare for the battle. That strike usually comes when the victim state has been preparing for war, but is just short of being prepared. The reason is in order to strike one's enemy when his military and industrial resources are nearly complete and vulnerable, so as to gain the maximum amount of destruction of the enemy's assets, and eliminate its ability to wage resistance in the future, making conquest simpler.

So, here we are, a society that has one political party doing everything it can to ensure the defeat of this country's armed forces in Iraq, the central front at present for the war between Islamism and the West, especially the USA. We are more obsessed with the cause of death of Anna Nicole Smith and the emotional breakdown of Britney Spears than we are of a moving development of the ultimate conflagration. We have people in the West and America who, with a straight face, will say that George Bush deliberately set up the 9/11 attacks upon his own country so that he will have a war with Saddam Hussein. And all this while our enemies are preparing for an assault that would eliminate Israel and U.S. forces in the Middle East theater.

So, get ready, boys and girls. The party is almost over. Get ready, because you're not.

Stay tuned.

---Belisarius II---

Thursday, February 22, 2007

22 February 2007

I am here, at 4 a.m., wondering what to write that hasn't been said in a far more eloquent way than I can. I'll stay with the facts. The CH-46 Apache helicopter shot down last week in Iraq, was apparently shot down by a Soviet/Russian style surface-to-air missile, and a shoulder-carried one at that. The jaws keep going into the mouth of the bear. We'll talk , and soon.

---Consigiliare Belisarius II---

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

21-22 February 2007

As of tonight, I am going to change my call name. I have been referring to myself by several names, most particularly the name Belisarius II. A slight change will be made. I will still have the name of ShilohHouseCA for the blog. However, I will take on the name in Latin for counselor in connection to Belisarius II, the name Consigiliari. In the alternative, I will use the name in Spanish for a local judge-mayor-magistrate, the name Alcalde del Cid, in honor of the great and legendary Spanish leader, who stood with both Christian, Jew, and civilized Muslim against the Jihadists of his time. I like the name Alcalde myself, because that was an honored title in my native Texas for jurists and statesmen, even after its independence from Mexico, and later in the annexation by the Americans. I also like the title of Consigiliari, because it is the title of the counselors to the great leaders of the Holy Roman Empire, particularly the Christian kings and popes who stood defiantly against the repeated onslaught of the Islamists that made the Crusades seem like a ladies' garden club.

So, new changes. I think it may fit my personality. Hope that I will carry those names with dignity. Salaam alayakum. Hasta a la manana. Jesu Cristo es Dominus et Deus.

---Alcalde del Cid---

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

20 February 2007

Well, I have been reading my usual list of articles that have to do with the war against Islamofascism. One of them, from Powerline, dealt with the case that would be made in favor of war against Iran through assassinations of the extremist mullahs, Ahmadinejad, and nuclear scientists working on the development of nuclear and other WMD weapons, all done by covert operatives sent by the Bush White House. I also read another article in the same blog, one of the very best out there, that reprints a story in the BBC that states that the Bush administration is putting together plans for an all-out air attack against Iran. Not only will Iranian nuclear facilities be targeted, but command and control, airfields, naval bases, military barracks, the entire Iranian military system, in effect. The conclusion made by the blogger, and by those who originally proposed it, bloggers Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit and Hugh Hewitt, are, I believe, really spot-on. It would be infinitely much more thorough and effective to kill those at the nerve center of the terrorist regime, the center of the whole world-wide Shiite radical effort, and assist the opposition groups who have the support of the overwhelming majority of the Iranian people to overthrow their masters. Possibly tens, if not hundreds of millions of people may be saved by such an act. But the ironic fact is that the left wing has so totally cowed the American political establishment, left and right and center, that such a measure will probably never happen. So we will be forced into a war of gargantuan proportions, and out of fear. The truth is, it is legal. And that is what the first Powerline story will explain.

Getting ever closer. Muuuuaaaahhhhh!

---The only answer for a jihad.....is a crusade!---
---Belisarius II---

Monday, February 19, 2007

18-19 February 2007

Sleeplessness and migraines. It's just too much. The week has been pretty shabby, too. I'll talk more in the morning. Adios.

Monday, February 12, 2007

12 February 2007

I could write my own piece about today, but sometimes it's just silly to do it when someone else has captured the essence of what you wanted to say, better than you ever could. Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the second of three great American Presidents whose birthdays fall this month: Ronald Reagan, which came last Tuesday the 6th (God rest his royal soul); George Washington (the 22nd); and today Mr. Lincoln. Powerline's Scott Johnson has written this introduction and reprinted the accounts of the Great Emancipator's remarks made in 1858, which made the annals of history as one of the greatest expressions of the love of liberty and the principles at the heart of our American Republic. So, herein it is repeated, with due credit:

"Today is of course the birthday of America's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. As a politician and as president, Lincoln was a profound student of the Constitution and constitutional history. Perhaps most important, Lincoln was America's indispensable teacher of the moral ground of political freedom at the exact moment when the country was on the threshold of abandoning what he called its "ancient faith" that all men are created equal.

"In 1858 Lincoln attained national prominence in the Republican Party as the result of the contest for the Senate seat held by Stephen Douglas. It was Lincoln's losing campaign against Douglas that made him a figure of sufficient prominence that he could be the party's 1860 presidential nominee.

"At the convention of the Illinois Republican Party in June, Lincoln was the unanimous choice to run against Douglas. After making him its nominee late on the afternoon of June 16, the entire convention returned that evening to hear Lincoln speak. Accepting the convention's nomination, Lincoln gave one of the most incendiary speeches in American history.

"Lincoln electrified the convention, asserting that the institution of slavery had made the United States "a house divided against itself." Slavery would either be extirpated or become lawful nationwide, Lincoln predicted, provocatively quoting scriptural authority to the effect that "a house divided against itself cannot stand."

"On July 9 Douglas responded in a campaign speech to a raucous throng from the balcony of the Tremont Hotel in Chicago. Lincoln was in the audience when Douglas prepared to speak and invited Lincoln to sit on the balcony. In his speech Douglas rang the themes of the momentous campaign that Lincoln and Douglas waged that summer and fall for Douglas's senate seat.

"Douglas paid tribute to Lincoln as a "kind, amiable, and intelligent gentleman, a good citizen and an honorable opponent," but expressed his disagreement with Lincoln's June 16 speech to the Illinois Republican convention that had named him its candidate for Douglas's seat. According to Douglas, Lincoln's assertion that the nation could not exist "half slave and half free" was inconsistent with the "diversity" in domestic institutions that was "the great safeguard of our liberties." Then as now, "diversity" was a shibboleth hiding an evil institution that could not be defended on its own terms.

"Douglas responded to Lincoln's condemnation of the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision -- a condemnation that was the centerpiece of Lincoln's convention speech. "I am free to say to you," Douglas said, "that in my opinion this government of ours is founded on the white basis. It was made by the white man, for the benefit of the white man, to be administered by white men, in such manner as they should determine."

"Lincoln invited Douglas's audience to return the next evening for his reply to Douglas's speech. Lincoln's speech of July 10 concludes with an explanation of the meaning of the American creed with matchless eloquence and insight, in words that remain as relevant now as then.

We are now a mighty nation, we are thirty---or about thirty millions of people, and we own and inhabit about one-fifteenth part of the dry land of the whole earth. We run our memory back over the pages of history for about eighty-two years and we discover that we were then a very small people in point of numbers, vastly inferior to what we are now, with a vastly less extent of country,---with vastly less of everything we deem desirable among men,---we look upon the change as exceedingly advantageous to us and to our posterity, and we fix upon something that happened away back, as in some way or other being connected with this rise of prosperity. We find a race of men living in that day whom we claim as our fathers and grandfathers; they were iron men, they fought for the principle that they were contending for; and we understood that by what they then did it has followed that the degree of prosperity that we now enjoy has come to us. We hold this annual celebration to remind ourselves of all the good done in this process of time of how it was done and who did it, and how we are historically connected with it; and we go from these [Independence Day] meetings in better humor with ourselves---we feel more attached the one to the other, and more firmly bound to the country we inhabit. In every way we are better men in the age, and race, and country in which we live for these celebrations. But after we have done all this we have not yet reached the whole. There is something else connected with it. We have besides these men---descended by blood from our ancestors---among us perhaps half our people who are not descendants at all of these men, they are men who have come from Europe---German, Irish, French and Scandinavian---men that have come from Europe themselves, or whose ancestors have come hither and settled here, finding themselves our equals in all things. If they look back through this history to trace their connection with those days by blood, they find they have none, they cannot carry themselves back into that glorious epoch and make themselves feel that they are part of us, but when they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration [loud and long continued applause], and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world. [Applause.]

Now, sirs, for the purpose of squaring things with this idea of "don't care if slavery is voted up or voted down" [Douglas's "popular sovereignty" position on the extension of slavery to the territories], for sustaining the Dred Scott decision [A voice---"Hit him again"], for holding that the Declaration of Independence did not mean anything at all, we have Judge Douglas giving his exposition of what the Declaration of Independence means, and we have him saying that the people of America are equal to the people of England. According to his construction, you Germans are not connected with it. Now I ask you in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, if ratified, if confirmed and endorsed, if taught to our children, and repeated to them, do not tend to rub out the sentiment of liberty in the country, and to transform this Government into a government of some other form. Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will---whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of his country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent, and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this, should be granted, it does not stop with the negro. I should like to know if taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle and making exceptions to it where will it stop. If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book, in which we find it and tear it out! Who is so bold as to do it! [Voices---"me" "no one," &c.] If it is not true let us tear it out! [cries of "no, no,"] let us stick to it then [cheers], let us stand firmly by it then. [Applause.]

Thank you, Mr. Lincoln: "Let us stick to it then, let us stand firmly by it then." "

Amen. In the light of people who have no idea what their country is supposed to stand for, let them look no further than the words of the Great Emancipator. In the Name of God, Amen.