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No More ISIS Horror Images:My personal stand

dhBritish aid worker David Haines is the latest westerner to be executed by ISIS. Earlier today images were released hauntingly similar to those taken of murdered journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. After hearing the arguments made against even showing the pictures taken just before the executions of the 2 journalists, I’ve decided that starting today I am taking my own personal stand.  I will do my small part to no longer give these murderers the soapbox they so sickeningly crave.  I will not feed into their hate, I will not contribute to the fear they are trying to generate, and I will encourage everyone to follow suit. I will not show them even the slightest amount of respect and I will only give honor to the men and women they murder without conscience.

My friends, these are evil and scary people, but rest assured their days are numbered.  In their efforts to destroy civilization as we know it I believe they will galvanize the good of the world to exhibit force not seen since 1945, and maybe even surpassing that element of force.  The time will come when they push the wrong button on the wrong leaders nerve and then they will be hit with force they never even imagined.  It might be Israel who does it, it might be the U.S., it might even be Britain, Russia or China.  But it will happen. It’s always darkest before the dawn.  It is yet to get darker, but there is a dawn on the horizon.  Of this I am sure.

David Haines left behind a wife and 2 children.  He was 44.  May he rest in peace.

 

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Respecting a Mother’s Love

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This is the picture that Diane Foley, the mother of murdered journalist James Foley wants the world to see.  Apparently she has requested this picture to be put out there for everyone to see and that it be the picture people use to remember her son. Sadly most of us are remembering the pictures connected to the moments surrounding his death.  However, as a son who loves and respects his mother,  I am glad to make this post honoring the wishes of James Foley’s grieving mother.  I do this, not just for Diane Foley, but in honor and respect to all the mothers out there who should never have to experience what she and the mother of Steven Sotloff had to experience.  May God give them strength to get through this horrible time.

 

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Open Letter to Eric Roberts

RobertsMicDear Eric,

A friend of mine recently brought it to my attention that actors and musicians on the downside of their careers tend to be the ones with the biggest and most critical mouths.  I want to start by thanking you for adding credibility to his statement.

A little background about me first.  If anything, I’m a Democrat.  I say it like that because I’ve always leaned somewhat on the left on some issues, very on the left on others, and with the exception of foreign affairs never on the right-wing side of issues.  Subsequently I am not the guy you would expect to hear from on this matter.  However, I am so disturbed by this tactic used by you and others to push a political agenda at all costs, that I felt a burning need to speak up.

For you or anyone else to say that George W. Bush killed James Foley is nothing short of despicable.  Just like those who chose to blame him for 9/11 or those who blamed Bill Clinton for 9/11, to assign blame to an American president on that level is divisive, disgraceful, and a misguided use of a platform you really shouldn’t even have.  Since you clearly don’t get it, allow me to explain it to you.

I am not getting into, nor am I willing to break down the efforts or decisions of American presidents to you in regard to their foreign affairs policies, because the point you clearly do no get is that it is irrelevant in this discussion.  What is relevant is the use of language and the accusation you so emphatically disseminated.  For those who used partisan politics to pick a president to blame for 9/11 let me start there.  Al-Qaeda and Osama bin-Laden are responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 people on 9/11, not Clinton or W. And you, the great political mind that you are, need to understand that it was not George W. Bush who killed James Foley and many others including Steven Sotloff, it was the terrorist group known as ISIS.

There’s a trend today among people like yourself, people who all of a sudden have a lot to say about the events taking place in the world.  They tend to reveal their fears of the real evil by going after someone else.  I understand you don’t want to piss off the real bad guys because then you might get hurt, but as an American I prefer you didn’t attack a former president in a manner that actually helps the bad guys.

As far as your last comment stating that Barack Obama stands for compassion, whether or not I agree with you or not isn’t the issue either.  What is the issue is that ending the statement as you did proves that your damaging indictment of George W. Bush is nothing other than an irresponsible and very partisan statement at a time when we need non-partisan actions and behaviors.

And here’s a twist that might really shut you up, although I doubt it.  My last 3 votes for president went to Obama twice and George W. Bush once.  So I clearly am not taking sides based on party politics.  I just don’t like what you did.

Sincerely,

David Groen

 

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The 9/11 Scenarios and WWIII

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WARNING: Some may find the content of this article very disturbing.

As 9/11 approaches, tensions always rise.  This year however, the tensions are even higher than in previous years.  With the emergence of ISIS and growing Jihadist movements in nations like Somalia, Nigeria and Libya, the fear that there will be attempts on western interests and cities has increased significantly.

The big question always is, how do you distinguish between credible threats and sensationalist theories? At what point does it become too much.  Yes we all need to be vigilant, but we also need to be careful that we don’t make everyone crazy.  This is an issue I am considering even as I write this piece. At what point am I going from providing a service to doing damage to the morale of good people?

There are two types of people making statements.  Those with sources and knowledge, and those with theories and ideas.  I fall into the second category. When I discuss this coming September 11th I do so based on what I see, what I think, and what theories I believe to be realistic and often even likely. Personally, and I know I am not alone on this one, I see this September 11th as being the most dangerous one since the attacks in 2001.  We have already been attacked by ISIS through the very murders of 2 American journalists. But with some of the theories out there, as the day approaches it becomes more and more difficult to feel safe.

The first of the 2 most prominent concerns is the report that states that information was recovered from a laptop indicating that Muslim terrorists were looking to create a way of weaponizing the Bubonic plague, something that could result in horrifying deaths in mass numbers.  The second of the concerns revolves around the report that as many as 11, yes I said 11 commercial airlines have gone missing from the airport in Tripoli, Libya, a city recently capture by Jihadists.  If this is the case, and there are 11 enormous weapons out there with their sights on population centers, the potential outcome is indeed terrifying.  It is at this point in writing I decided to place a warning in the beginning of the piece, because as I write this I too feel intense fear at what might happen.  To be honest, even if it is attempted and thwarted it is still terrifying.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  World War III has already begun. However, since it is unlike the first 2 World Wars it is very difficult to clearly identify it for what it is.  But I will try to simplify it.  Muslim extremism is attempting to take over the world and to do so as violently as possible.  There is an enemy that is taking it to everyone, and only the amount of deaths is what stands in the way of people calling this a World War.  A detail I believe they have every intention of trying to change very soon.  This is not Islamophobia, this is fact based on their own admissions and actions.  I believe it is accelerating a little faster than they wanted it to, but if the world doesn’t take appropriate action, it won’t matter if they were ready to move forward or not.  I hope I am wrong.  I hope, no I pray to God that nothing happens on September 11, that Israel will be safe, and that the good countries of the world work together to stem the tide of hatred and violence.  But if I am right, God help us all.

 

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Should we show the gruesome images?

1408572490517_Image_galleryImage_sotloff_jpgThere has been some discussion after the most recent beheading of an American journalist that displaying the images is counterproductive.  I considered the argument credible enough to address it and wanted to speak on the subject and welcome the debate.

Yesterday after the news broke that journalist Steven Sotloff had been murdered in the same gruesome fashion that James Foley had been murdered, I posted the news together with an image of Sotloff next to an ISIS terrorist seemingly moments before his murder.  There are those who feel that displaying such images gives ISIS exactly what they are looking for, notoriety, attention, and a lot of frightened people.  I will be honest.  I’m on the fence regarding this issue.  With that said it is easy for me to make both sides of the argument.

ISIS, or ISIL, appears to be in some ways as literal as any terrorist group we’ve ever seen. What I mean by that is that their number one weapon of choice is fear.  They are literally focused on pushing their agenda by generating as much fear and terror as they possibly can.  More than likely it explains how they blitzed across Northern Iraq to a crumbling Iraqi army.  They want to terrorize every American watching and want to instill fear into every civilized person on the planet.  The videos and photos they release are designed to create that effect, and it can be argued that displaying them plays right into their hands.

The other side of the argument is that the display of the images and videos changes nothing other than awareness.  Awareness may manifest itself in horror, but we must ask ourselves this question.  Is it better to be horrified and aware of an impending danger or peacefully ignorant to its existence? Granted there is a middle ground.  We can be aware without being terrified. But fear is an emotion we can control.  If we actually see those images and or videos and rather than being afraid we become angry and determined, an argument can be made that the displays actually backfired on the terrorists.

I’m not really sure what is correct.  I clearly lean towards the second option as evidenced in the photograph I displayed yesterday, but I am so uncertain and respectful of the other opinion that I have chosen a different picture today.   It’s a fluid situation as I expect my feelings on the subject will be as well.

 

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Like the Judenrat, these Journalists wound up dead

judenratLet me start by being very clear.  These journalists did not deserve this fate. They were brutally murdered by savages who have no respect for human life and will do anything no matter how vile it may be  to further an agenda.  They will murder and torture people to achieve their goal of global domination. They are in many ways similar to the Nazis, with one terrifying distinction.   They put as little value on their own life as they do on others.  That makes them harder to stop.  So my hearts go out to the families of these two journalists and I hope they both rest in peace.

However, there is another point that needs to be made here and one that draws another comparison to the horrors committed by Nazi Germany.  When the Nazis occupied Europe they were able to find Jewish people willing to be members of the “Judenrat”, the Jewish committees set up to administrate the activities and fates of the bulk of the Jewish populations.  Many of the Judenrat’s members believed that by working with the Nazis they would suffer a better fate than those whose deportation and subsequent murder they were facilitating.  It was not till most of their work had been completed that most of them would come to realize that they indeed would suffer the same fate and would be murdered at the hands of the Nazis.

It has been reported that both James Foley and Steven Sotloff were sympathetic to the Islamist cause.  Perhaps they too felt that by showing a degree of solidarity and support they would be in a better position to survive the new horrors appearing on the horizon.  If that was their vision, and I don’t know that it was, they too were shown to be tragically wrong.  I am not indicting the two journalists by any means.  Their deaths are tragedies and they were committed by barbaric murderers who are capable of unspeakable horrors.  The message I am relaying to everyone is that if indeed people ever believe that by supporting Islamic extremists you are safe, understand that you will end up as safe as the members of the Judenrat and these 2 journalists.

As Winston Churchill once said: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” I hope James Foley and Steven Sotloff rest in peace, I also hope the world learns a lesson from their murders.

 

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ISIS releases video of beheading of Steven Sotloff

ISIS397_20140902_132540Just a few weeks removed from the beheading of journalist James Foley, ISIS has released a new video, this time showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff.  It appears as though ISIS does indeed have a strategy which is to publicly display their horrific behavior whenever possible.  Less than 10 days away from September 11th this sends another message of how dangerous these people truly are and how the administration better come up with a strategy soon.

 

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