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The following article was written by RogueTurtle because it's about time someone did. I have studiously avoided any article that could be considered "political" or controversial. I was concerned that if it didn't relate directly to survival, people would think of my web site as just another "radical" right-wing site.

The straw that broke the turtle's back was the latest arrests in England of the 24 terrorists intent to blow up airliners en-route to the USA.

Is it an accident these terrorists are doing this around the time of the anniversary of 9-1-1? I don't believe in coincidences, nor do I believe this is an "accident" of timing.

But how, Mr. RT, does this relate to survival? After all, this incident happened in England.

The answer quite simply is that we don't know when the terrorists would have decided to use these explosive devices. They could have used the threat of them to once again hijack the airliners and detonated these explosives over any number of target cities. It could have been that they would have detonated them once over water, but that seems less than spectacular. I think this group had bigger plans . . . but we may never know what they were now that they are in jail. If even one of those bombs had gone off in-flight, over your home, you are instantly in a survival situation. That's why I'm concerned.

The mind-set of our enemy is very clear. One of the bombers was going to take his wife and infant child on the airliner with the explosives hidden in a bottle of mothers' milk. If that's not sick, I don't know what is?

RogueTurtle is fed up his ears with being the expressed target for all the bile and hatred built up in the Middle East as a result of a few religious radicals. These "Islamo-nazis" appear to have an agenda that boggles the mind. They are preaching that if you are not converted to Islam then you are not to be allowed to live. These fake religious leaders (like Osama, himself) want to control the world. They don't care for the lives of anyone, even their own followers. They are willing to slaughter anyone to advance their own power within the Islamic community. And they have the nerve to call America "the great Satan."

RogueTurtle is tired of being the "designated target" - its time to speak out!

PARANOIA HELPS

One of my favorite jokes is "Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean someone's not after me."

Paranoia: an excessive anxiety or fear concerning one's own well-being which is considered irrational and excessive, perhaps to the point of being a psychosis. Another definition that requires yet another definition.

Psychosis: a generic psychiatric term for a mental state in which thought and perception are severely impaired. Finally!

A little paranoia goes a long way toward keeping you safe, if not exactly sane. My intent in this article is to develop a little more national paranoia that is just short of a mental disorder. America has to face the facts that the world as we knew it even five years ago, has changed. We need to face up to the FACTS.

America is at war!

The latest display of hostility is now between the Israelis and the Hezbollah in Lebanon. I won't dwell on the causes for this newly erupted battleground, you all have your own ideas regardless of what I say. I believe it is just another in a long running series of battles between a hostile Islamic-based religious minority and Israel. These radicals have undertaken to convert the world to Islam - under their leadership alone. There are many people in this country who believe that right now Israel is fighting our war for us.

We had a similar situation in the 1930's and 1940's, when a paperhanger in Germany became Chancellor and tried to take over the world. By guile at first, and then by force, Adolph Hitler tried to make the "thousand-year Reich" rule the world under the "master race" of Germany. The Nazi party did all the thinking for the majority of the German people who allowed the slow erosion of their government into the virtual dictatorship it later became. Millions of Germans, Nazi party members or not, died defending an ideal that only a select few in power actually believed. By controlling the newspapers and radio broadcasts, many German citizens knew nothing of the horror of the extermination camps. Is there a similarity now?

In the Arab world, there is a renewed religious fervor called "jihad." This often misspelled word connotes a wide range of meanings: anything from an inward spiritual struggle to attain perfect faith, to a political or military struggle to further the Islamic cause. Many in the American press corps refer to this as a "holy war" but that word isn't used in Arab countries.

The term "holy war" was coined by the Crusaders who fought the Muslims for control of the Holy land. The reference is of a struggle, challenge, difficulty or (frequently) opposed effort, made either in accomplishment or as resistance. A person who engages in any form of a jihad can rightfully be called a "Mujahid" (in plural: "Mujahidin.") Jihad now has a negative connotation and reputation in much of the West, on par with the reaction to the Christian term "crusade" in most of the Islamic world.

Regardless of the terminology used, and disregarding ALL the reasons behind the troubles, America now faces a determined enemy who does not fight in any way Americans think of as "fair" or "conventional."

The Mujahidin comes from many Arab nations. Their current radical leadership has their total devotion because they preach that what they are doing is the best way to support Islam. Dying for their cause is a good thing known as martyrdom. According to the radical Islamic leadership, the promises expected after dying for Islam far outweigh this current life on earth. It's hard to fight an enemy who is willing to die for their cause. In WWII, the Japanese used the Kamikaze pilots to dive directly into their targets with their aircraft filled with explosives. Of all the Japanese weapons, the Kamikaze was the most feared by the US Navy. Now, the Mujahidin is using equally dedicated "warriors" to fight using their version of the Kamikaze . . . the suicide bomber.

Except for a relatively small, select group of military special operators, Americans have never had to use or train in the defense against suicidal attackers. The American general public literally cannot understand such fanatical devotion (that almost seems to require the death of their troops) to further their cause. The American military has tried, somewhat successfully, to challenge all these clandestine soldiers using "the rules of war" that the enemy DOES NOT USE and DOES NOT UNDERSTAND. We have hamstrung our military because our Congressmen and Senators refuse to acknowledge that warfare as we knew it has now completely changed.

There are now no front lines to attack. The Islamic communities noted with great fear what happens to small nations that confront the US military might with organized armies. The defense of Kuwait and the total destruction of the Iraqi army were fearful sights shown on TV all over the world . . . including the Arab world. Of course, the Arab press put their own spin on what was happening, just as CNN spun the war to their own agenda. It couldn't be any other way. If we expected it to be any different, we were foolishly self-deluded.

So, if you can't fight a mighty power like the United States (a de-facto Israel, according to radical Islam), how do you do it? If you can't go in the front door (conventional warfare), then go in the back door using terrorist activities.

In 1972, at the Munich Olympics, a group of Palestinian terrorists called Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes held hostage for several days - and all of it was "live" on television. This little known subgroup of terrorists had more than their day of fame. In the rescue attempt, five of the eight terrorists were killed by German police in an abortive rescue attempt. Later, the three surviving terrorists were released in a trade during the hijacking of a Lufthansa airliner. In the Arab community, it was considered a long awaited and complete victory for a radical Islamic cause. The radical Islamic leaders have never forgotten this lesson in terror. It gave their cause what it so badly needed - PUBLICITY.

WE ARE NOW JUST STARTING TO PAY THE PRICE

On September 11, 2001, America got a frightening wake up call. A well-coordinated and financed group of terrorists hijacked several in-flight airliners, with two crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City; one crashing into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; and one forced to crash in a field when the passengers tried to take back their plane. The loss of life devastated this country for months, years, and many of us will never get over it. It was seen by Americans as a cowardly act done by monsters who have no regard for human life. To radical Islamic groups, it was a heroic Mujahidin act of martyrdom. For a short time, a small group of terrorists almost brought this nation to its knees . . . or so it seemed.

What America has NOT seen . . . or at least hasn't paid any attention to . . . are all the OTHER attacks on the western governments, all over the world. Islamic radicals see the world in black and white. They have NO tolerance for anyone who is not of their faith. If you don't believe as they do, then you are the enemy and are fair game to terrorist attacks.

Lets examine some of the "Low Lights" of Islamic terrorist attacks since the 1972 Munich Olympics:



  • March 2, 1973: US Ambassador to Sudan, Cleo A. Noel and other diplomats were assassinated at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum by members of the Black September organization.


  • December 17, 1973: Five terrorists took over the Rome airport, killing two persons. They then attacked a Pan American 707 bound for Beirut and Tehran, destroying it and killing twenty persons, including four senior Moroccan officials and fourteen American employees of ARAMCO (Arab American Oil Company). They then took five Italian hostages into a Lufthansa airliner, killed an Italian customs agent, and forced the pilot to fly to Beirut. Lebanese authorities refused them permission to land so the plane diverted to Athens. In Athens, the hijackers demanded the release of two Arab terrorists. The hijackers killed one hostage and threw his body onto the tarmac, a scene viewed all over the world on television. The plane then was forced to fly to Damascus, to refuel and get food. The hijacked plane then flew to Kuwait, where the terrorists released their hostages in return for passage to an "unknown" destination. The Palestine Liberation Organization disavowed the attack and (strangely) nobody else stepped up to claim responsibility.


  • August 19, 1974: US Ambassador to Cyprus, Rodger P. Davies and his Greek Cypriot secretary were shot and killed by snipers.


  • June 27, 1976: Members of the German-based Baader-Meinhof Group and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) seized an Air France airliner and 258 passengers. They forced the plane to land in Uganda. On July 3, 1976, Israeli commandos successfully rescued the passengers.


  • February 14, 1979: Four Afghans kidnapped US Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul and demanded the release of various "religious figures." Dubs was killed, along with four alleged terrorists, when Afghan police stormed the hotel room where he was being held.


  • November 4, 1979: Iranian radicals seized the US Embassy in Tehran after President Carter agreed to admit the Shah of Iran into the US. The radicals took 66 American diplomats hostage. The final group of 53 hostages was released on January 20, 1981.


  • October 6, 1981: Soldiers who were members of Takfir Wal-Hijira sect attacked and killed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for his close ties to the USA and democracy.


  • April 18, 1983: Bombing of US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Sixty-three people killed and 120 injured. in an attack by the Islamic Jihad (Palestinian group).


  • October 23, 1983: Bombing of Marine Barracks, Beirut, Lebanon. Simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks on the American and French compounds. Two hundred and forty two Americans and fifty eight French troops were killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. To this day, there is not one retired marine who wouldn't go back for some "pay back" for this attack.


  • November 15, 1983: A US Navy officer was shot by the November 17th terrorist group in Athens.


  • March 16, 1984: The Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon. This was the first notorious beheading seen of television.


  • April 12, 1984: Eighteen US Servicemen killed and eighty three people injured in a bomb attack on a restaurant near a US Air Force Base in Torrejon, Spain. (Rogue Turtle spent a lot of time prior to that in that same restaurant).


  • June 14, 1985: TWA Airlines flight hijacked en route to Rome from Athens by two Lebanese Hezballah terrorists and forced to fly to Beirut. Eight crew members and 145 passengers were held for seventeen days, with a US Navy sailor murdered. After being flown twice to Algiers, the aircraft was returned to Beirut after Israel released 435 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners. So much for the policy of "We will not negotiate with terrorists."


  • June 23, 1985: Air India Boeing 747 destroyed by a bomb over the Atlantic, killing all 329 people aboard. Both Sikh and Kashmiri terrorists were blamed for the attack.


  • October 7, 1985, Four Palestinian Liberation Front terrorists seized the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean Sea, taking 700 hostages. One US passenger (in a wheel chair) was murdered before the Egyptian government offered the terrorists safe haven in return for the hostages' freedom.


  • November 23, 1985: An EgyptAir airplane bound from Athens to Malta carrying several US citizens was hijacked by the Abu Nidal Group.


  • December 27, 1985: The Abu Nidal Group attacks the El Al and TWA ticket counters in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport with grenades and automatic rifles. Thirteen people were killed and 75 wounded before three of the terrorists were killed and one captured by Italian police and Israeli security guards. Also, Abu Nidal gunmen attacked the El Al ticket counter in Vienna, killing three persons and wounding 30. Austrian police killed one gunman and captured the others.


  • March 30, 1986: A Palestinian splinter group detonated a bomb as TWA Flight 840 approached the Athens airport, killing four US citizens.


  • April 5, 1986: Berlin Discotheque bombing. Two US soldiers killed and 79 American servicemen were injured in a Libyan bomb attack on a nightclub in West Berlin. In retaliation, US Military jets bombed targets in and around Tripoli and Benghazi . . . including the palace of Momar Quadafi. Momar got the message. This was probably the first direct and rapid response to a terrorist attack by the US Military.


  • April 24, 1987: Sixteen US servicemen riding in a Greek Air Force bus near Athens injured in a bombing attack carried out by the revolutionary organization known as November 17.


  • February 17, 1988: US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins kidnapped and murdered by Iranian-backed Hezballah group while serving with the UN Truce Supervisory Organization.


  • April 14, 1988: The Organization of Jihad Brigades exploded a car-bomb outside a USO Club in Naples, Italy, killing one US sailor.


  • December 21, 1988: Pan Am Flight 103 blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb placed on the aircraft in Frankfurt, West Germany by Libyan terrorists. All 259 people aboard were killed.


  • January 18-19, 1991: Iraqi agents planted bombs at the US Ambassador to Indonesia's residence and also at the US Information Service library in Manila.


  • March 17, 1992: Hezballah bombed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 29 and wounding 242.


  • February 26, 1993: The first World Trade Center Bombing in New York City. A car bomb was planted by Islamic terrorists in an underground garage. Six people died and 1,000 were injured. The terrorists were followers of Umar Abd al-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric who preached in the New York City area.


  • April 14, 1993: Attempted assassination of President Bush by Iraqi agents during a visit to Kuwait. In retaliation, the US launched a cruise missile attack (two months later) on the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.


  • March 8, 1995: Two unidentified gunmen killed two US diplomats and wounded a third in Karachi, Pakistan.


  • April 19, 1995: Right-wing extremists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols destroyed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City with a massive truck bomb, killing 166 and injuring hundreds more. Many believe at least some backing came from Islamic groups as yet identified.


  • August 21, 1995: HAMAS claimed responsibility for the detonation of a bomb that killed six and injured more than 100 persons (including several US citizens), in a Jerusalem bus attack.


  • November 13, 1995: The Islamic Movement of Change bombed a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, military compound, killing one US citizen and several foreign national employees of the US government. Forty others were injured.


  • February 26, 1996: A suicide bomber blew up a bus in Jerusalem, killing 26 persons, including three US citizens, and injuring 80 others, including three other US citizens.


  • March 4, 1996: HAMAS and the Palestine Islamic Jihad both claimed responsibility for a bombing of Tel Aviv's largest shopping mall that killed 20 persons and injured 75 others, including two US citizens.


  • June 25, 1996: Khobar Towers Bombing. The US military Khobar Towers housing facility in Dharan was bombed killing 19 US military personnel and wounding 515 persons, including 240 US personnel. Several terrorist groups claimed responsibility.


  • January 2-13, 1997: A series of letter bombs with Alexandria, Egypt postmarks were discovered at Al-Hayat newspaper bureaus in Washington, New York City, London and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Three similar devices were found at a prison facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. Bomb disposal experts defused all the devices, but one detonated at the Al-Hayat office in London, injuring two security guards.


  • February 23, 1997: A Palestinian gunman opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the US and several other countries. After the shootings the gunman turned the gun on himself, leaving a note claiming that the attack was punishment against the "enemies of Palestine."


  • September 4, 1997: Three suicide bombers of HAMAS detonated bombs in a shopping mall in Jerusalem, killing eight persons, including the bombers, and wounding 200 others. A dual US/Israeli citizen was among the dead and seven US citizens were wounded.


  • August 7, 1998: The US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed killing 12 US citizens, 32 Foreign Service Nationals, and 247 Kenyan citizens. Thousands of people were injured, and the embassy building was severely damaged. Almost simultaneously, a bomb detonated outside the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 10, and wounding 76 Tanzanians and 1 US citizen. Osama bin Laden is being held responsible for this attack.


  • October 12, 2000: In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole was attacked by a small dingy carrying explosives, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Osama bin Laden were linked to this bombing.


  • May 27, 2001: Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerillas seized 13 tourists and three staff members at a Philippine resort on Palawan Island and took the captives to Basilan Island. The captives included three US citizens. Philippine troops fought a series of battles with the guerrillas between June 1 and June 3, during which nine hostages escaped and two were found dead. One additional hostage was taken from a local hospital. On June 12, the terrorists beheaded US Citizen Guellermo Sobero; his body was found in October. Two US missionaries were held until June 2002.


  • September 11, 2001: World Trade Center Bombing, Pentagon bombing, and one crashed hijacked airliner. The total dead was 3,025 US citizens and other foreign nationals. Osama bin Laden was blamed and President Bush considered that the US was in a state of war with international terrorism.


  • October-November, 2001: Almost eclipsed by the 9-11 disaster, the Centers for Disease Control reported that deadly anthrax bacterium was released by mail in the Senate office building. More anthrax-laced mail was reported by television stations in New York and in other members of Congress. One death occurred during this attack.


  • January 22, 2002: Armed militants on motorcycles fired on the US Consulate in Calcutta, India, killing 5 Indian security personnel and wounding 13 others. Indian police later killed two suspects, one of whom confessed he belonged to a radical Islamic group.


  • January 23, 2002: Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by armed Islamic militants in Karachi, Pakistan. Mr. Pearl's beheading was broadcast on Arab television on February 20th and his grave was found on May 16th. Ringleader Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh claimed to have organized this kidnaping, and four suspects were arrested, including Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to death.


  • June 14, 2002: A car bomb near the US Consulate and the Marriott Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan. Eleven persons were killed and 51 wounded, including one US citizen. Al Qaeda is suspected.


  • October 28, 2002: Laurence Foley, Executive Officer of the USAID for Jordan, was assassinated by gunmen in Amman, Jordan. The "Honest People of Jordan" claimed responsibility. Right.


  • May 12, 2003: Truck bomb attacks in three residential compounds for foreign workers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 34 (including nine attackers). 9 US citizens died. 11 al-Qaeda suspects were arrested on May 28, 2003.


  • October 15, 2003: A remote-controlled bomb exploded under a car in a US diplomatic convoy passing through the northern Gaza Strip. Three security guards, all employees of DynCorp, were killed. The convoy was in the area to award Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States. Even Palestinian President Arafat was upset, and had his security forces arrest several suspects belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees.


  • October 26, 2003: The al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad was attacked by rockets, killing one US Army officer and wounding 17 others. The US Deputy Secretary of Defense was staying at the hotel, and was not injured.


  • May 29, 2004: Four Islamic terrorists attacked two oil industry installations and a foreign worker complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. They took more than 50 hostages, killing 22 of them. The terrorists only kept Christian or Israeli hostages, letting the other Muslims go. A previously unheard-of group called the "Jerusalem Squadron," a local Saudi-based faction of al-Qaeda claimed responsibility and said they were attacking "Zionists and Crusaders" who are there to "steal our oil and resources." That same day at 7:00 a.m., the Apicorp Compound was attacked. The first target was Michael Hamilton, who was going to pick his wife up at the embassy. His car was shot up and his body taken out and dragged so much that his facial features were unrecognizable when his body and car were later found. Unfortunately, a school bus was coming out at the same time and the school bus was fired upon, killing a 9-year-old Egyptian boy, the son of an Apicorp employee.


  • March 11, 2004: Four commuter trains in Madrid explode in the station by terrorists with bombs concealed in backpacks or duffel bags. Spanish investigators have arrested 29 suspects with loose ties to al Qaeda. Two Islamic suspects blew themselves up rather than surrender. The initial death toll was reported to be 202 people dead, with countless other injured.


  • May 1, 2004: Four militants stormed the offices of Texas-based ABB Lummus company killing seven people, two of whom were Americans. The attackers are linked to Al Qaeda, and the attack is very similar to the attack in Al-Khobar that killed 22 people.


  • December 6, 2004: Suspected Al Qaeda-linked group attacks the US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing five local employees.


  • July 7, 2005: A series of coordinated bomb blasts struck London's public transportation system during the morning rush hour. Fifty-two people died as a result of these blasts. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility and coincidentally, occurred two days after the start of the terrorism trial began for radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.


  • July 21, 2005: Four attempted bomb attacks disrupted part of London's public transport system two weeks after the July 7th bombings. It is reported that a fifth bomber dumped his device without setting it off. The four terrorists arrested all have Arabic names but no affiliation has been determined. All four have been charged in London's courts.


  • March 3, 2006: An Iranian-borne American citizen confessed to intentionally hitting people with a car on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to "avenge the deaths of Muslims worldwide" and to "punish" the United States government. He currently awaits trial.


  • August 9, 2006: A terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives brought aboard aircraft in carry-on luggage was foiled in the United Kingdom by the arrest of 24 people: 22 were of Pakistani origin and one each from Iran and Bangladesh. This plot involved the simultaneous destruction of an estimated 10 commercial aircraft that were to fly from London to the United States. Well done, blokes. Very well done.


Yesterday, driving home from work, I heard a radio talk show host laughing that "the capture of the terrorists in London was Britain's problem." I guess he just didn't get it. The destination of all these airliners was the United States of America.

The above listings don't include ANY of the bombings in Kuwait or Iraq as a result of our military intervention and removal of Saddam Hussein. I don't have enough time to list them all. Hundreds, is a good guess.

So here we are, only a few days after the arrest of the 24 "Mujahidin" in London, and Americans are not even reacting to the event. Any flight between the US and UK is bound to be (at least) half full of Americans. The radical Islamic leadership might not be the most creative geniuses in the world, but they stick to things that have worked in the past. How do you top the World Trade Center? By having ANOTHER World Trade Center- type disaster. That's how.

Americans need to wake up. These events listed above don't even come close to covering all the death and destruction caused by radical Islamic terrorists on a worldwide basis. I only included those incidents that directly - or indirectly - involved US citizens. This rotten seed of hatred and murder has found roots around the world, and as we can certainly see, right here in the USA, at the University of North Carolina.

We have to face the fact that the next world war will NOT involve marching armies pounding the heck out of each other, but will be a subtle series of small battles carried out in the dark and dangerous alleys of the world. We need to be prepared for whatever comes our way.

We need to start developing a little National Paranoia.

THERE IS SOMEBODY OUT THERE TO GET US!

These unseen enemies are probably already here . . . and there's a lot more where this group came from. They have no schedule, no rules of engagement, no moral qualms about killing Christians or Jews, and limits on what they do to get their jobs done in the name of Islam.

No, I don't want to start an anti-Islamic witch hunt. I have several Muslim friends and they despise what these fake clerics are doing in the name of their religion. Like most troublemakers, it's only a small violent criminal minority that is getting all the attention. You don't read about all the peace-loving Muslims who go about their business daily without getting into trouble. It's not news-worth. But it is newsworthy when some bum from Bagdad blows himself up in a shopping mall.

Pay attention out there America. Pretty soon, we may be facing bombings on our trains, busses, and interstate highways. When was the last time you saw armed military police guarding our shopping malls? Huge tourist attractions, sports events, concerts and some of the most famous educational facilities in the world are in America. To the Islamic extremist, they are just targets to support the growth of Islam.

How do we stop it? Good question. With at least a hundred years of pent-up hatred, combined with a poverty level lower than dirt, the idea of going to meet Allah as a Mujahidin has a lot of appeal to a minority of violent extremists.


Conditions that MUST CHANGE for there to EVER to be an end to this war:

1. Every Arab nation-state must start a program of internal modernization, including the universal education of all citizens, including women. The increase in the educational level of the citizens will eventually improve the social and economic standing of people now hopelessly mired in poverty.

2. Job programs within the Arab nations. Idle hands make mischief.

3. Arab governments must seek out and eliminate or isolate clerics who preach Jihad against the western world. Death would be a last resort since dying for their cause crates more martyrs to emulate. Without leadership and subsequent followers, any program will fail to survive.

4. Failing the changes in the Arab nations, the US and its allies must take steps to eliminate the enemy leadership. If that means "lowering us to their level," so be it. I would strongly urge the US military be allowed to use their vast manpower of snipers to eliminate these people as a last resort. However, I also recognize that "this is not the American way of doing things." My answer to that is "Why Not?"

5. Governments who do not support US-led opposition to radical Islamic groups must learn that they face the consequences of the actions of those they harbor within their borders. The US government would never stand still for training bases used by Christian Skin Heads to kill Muslims. Why then, do Arab governments give aid and support to extremist Muslims intent on killing Christians? Governments who continue to support terrorism must be forced to pay a terrible price for their dereliction of duty to their citizens. The military use of force would be authorized under established and well-publicized guide lines. Would this be considered to be the "big guy picking on the little guy?" Yep! Too bad!.

Ultimately, the United States, as well as the rest of the world, must develop technology that rids us of a dependency on oil. Without a market for their oil, the revenues for "jihad" dry up and go away. What little oil that would be needed to maintain "older" equipment would only keep the ruling elite class in business, with no revenues left over for religious fanatics. Unfortunately, this is going to be a very difficult to sell in the USA because the oil companies will fight it. An oil company selling useless oil will quickly go bankrupt. Too bad. Other companies - those that sell alternate energy will take their place. In the middle east the fallout will be severe. None of the Arab nations has any other natural resource or manufacturing base to fall back on when the demand for oil falls off.


Be realistic. Other than for religious or "sight-seeing" purposes, what possible reason would any rational person have for visiting any part of the Arab world? It is a hot, dirty place where most of the local citizens hate us.

The sooner the citizens of the United States come to fully realize the fact that we are at war, the sooner we can get off our duffs and do something "meaningful" about it. Just because Congress hasn't voted on it, doesn't mean it isn't happening. So what if we haven't "officially" declared war Radical Islam has!

For the Record: The November 17th Group, based in Greece, was one of the most active terrorist groups in Western Europe in the 1980's. The group's name derived from the November 17, 1973 student uprising in Athens that was violently quelled by the military junta ruling Greece at the time.

November 17th is a violent Marxist-Leninist organization. Its ideology is anti-imperialist, anticapitalist, and anti-United States/NATO. The group has been critical of the Greek government about issues in Cyprus, the presence of US bases in Greece and Greek membership in NATO and the European Community. They have actively supported Islamic radical groups that fight what they perceive to be a common enemy. They were strong supporter of Saddam Hussein. For such a violent group, their current strength now is estimated at only 20 hard-core extremists.