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I've Moved My Blog

It's currently located at http://www.urlinone.com/blog

I should say "I'm moving my blog." It's a pretty painful process.

Pebble has blown up on me, and it's been many months since I've been able to blog reliably. I've lost posts. And now I've got to figure out how to migrate my past blog posts from Pebble to my new destination without all the URLs changing, lest external links become 404 Not Founds.

Why does everything in the 21st century have to be a three-day project???

A potentially effective strategy for dealing with terrorist threats is to let them know in advance how we will respond if they attack us again.

If we put the Muslim world on notice that an attack on American soil will result in five cruise missiles destroying the most holy sites in Mecca and Medina, it may be the one and only thing that could give terrorists pause.

These people don't care about their own lives or the lives of their own children, and they certainly don't care about the lives of non-Muslim civilians. They are barbarous murderers that cannot be reasoned with, negotiated with, or persuaded. The one thing they do understand, though, is destruction. That, and religious fervor.

Perhaps by combining the two things that their feeble brains are able to understand, it will make them less eager. If they know that their legacy will be the destruction of major Islamic holy sites, they might actually reconsider their attacks. I don't know of anything else that will sway them from their single-minded purpose.

If this is distasteful to you, as it is to me, consider the alternative. These people are not going to stop. They are not going away. They have been brainwashed into believing that everything that sucks about their miserable existence is due to America and Israel. It's a lot easier to believe that than to pull your miserable ass out of the muck and actually make something of yourself.

Good people don't want to do ugly things, but we face an enemy that is bent on our destruction and is not going to just go away. They are single-mindedly focused on destroying the western world. (Where the $%&@ is that going to leave them, when there is no one left to buy their oil, which is the only thing they've contributed to the world in over a thousand years? Oh, that's right, they are nostalgic for the days of the Stone Age.)

We're going to have to face the fact that this is a war in which the enemy has no qualms about either killing or dying. If we don't want to be burying lots of our own innocent citizens, we're going to have to accept burying lots and lots of terrorists. They are going to force us into this choice. As unpleasant as it is for us to deal with, it's not a difficult choice between the two.

How long are we going to try to be the good guys and take their abuse? How many more 9/11's will we have to endure before we say enough is enough and finally give them the ass-whooping they are so desperately in need of?

There is a point where civility ends and irrational behavior begins. Is it moral for us to let our children's future and our peace-loving way of life be threatened in the name of our so-called "goodness"? I say that is an immoral act of great arrogance. We are betraying all that we know to be good and right in the world to allow ourselves, our children, and the survival of our way of life be threatened by this evil! Shame on us for our equivocating on this matter. Is it an act of goodness to let evil overcome?!

Let's grant them their 72 virgins, thus making their dreams come true and making our children safe to grow up in a world of peace and creativity, rather than terror and destruction. Enough pussy-footing around these bastards. They don't respect it, and they certainly don't deserve it. It is nothing but weakness to them. They don't appreciate it or like us any better for it. It is our Achilles heel. Civilized behavior and fair play are lost on them. We do it at our own peril. Is it worth dying in an office building so that we don't do the "wrong" thing? Are our values not worth defending up-front, rather than as a response to an act of terror? It's not like their intentions are a mystery.

As horrific as the atom bombs on Japan were, they served to end a war that could have gone on for much longer. Previously Declared Retaliation. Let them know about the destruction they will bring on their own religious sites if they insist on attacking innocent Americans.

PDR. Not the Physician's Desk Reference, but just what the doctor ordered.

But then we'd actually have to carry through when some crazy goes off. Then we assure the hatred of the 90% who don't hate us quite-so-much.
The time lag between an attack and our retaliation should be under thirty seconds, lest there be any question of our sincerity. And a thwarted attack should be dealt with in the same way as a successful one. We should not confuse ineptitude with innocence.<p>Ugly, isn't it? Do you think our enemies have any more compassion or mercy for us? But we are not being the aggressors. Nothing will happen, if we are not attacked. We're merely making clear our intention to retaliate with decisive force.<p>Does the world like us for surgically removing the Taliban from Afghanistan? Do they hate us any less for freeing women from such oppression? Did they come to appreciate the United States for driving Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait or removing such a tyrannical madman from power? Did they even love us when we were the heroes who saved the world from Hitler? If so, how long did that last? Did they love us in peacetime, when we minded our own business? Did they love us in 2001, when we were the victims?<p>No, you can't win them over. The world is never going to like us. They will always question our motives and assume the worst, mainly because that's what they find within themselves. They can't imagine altruism or doing the right thing as anyone's genuine motivation, because it is incomprehensible in their own nature.<p>They can't compete with us, so rather than try, they choose to give up and resent us. They are jealous, self-loathing losers, and what makes them feel good is to pick a scapegoat like the United States and focus all their self-loathing externally.<p>Which is fine. I don't mind being an emotional punching bag. Just don't start flying our planes into our buildings. Then, I take offense.<p>Do we have anything to be ashamed off? Sure, we are far from perfect. At least we have the decency and honor to recognize our own flaws and feel embarrassed by them. We feel shame when there are isolated incidents of mere <i>white-collar</i> crime in our country. I don't see any other countries worried about how much we like them.<p>Meanwhile, Muslims can institutionalize sending their own children to suicide-bomb innocent civilians and rationalize it away. And we accept it! Why are our standards for <i>their</i> behavior so low? We expect so little from the rest of the world. How condescending we are! If there is anything we should be ashamed of, that is it.<p>Still, who gives more aid to the rest of the world? Who is the champion of the oppressed? Who comes to peoples' rescue in a crisis? We do. Are we really so bad?<p>Does being hated by the world bother me? Yes, but only to the extent that I find it unjust. Do I really care about how the rest of the world feels about us, when I consider the values of most of that world? Nope, not really. Whether they like us or not has more to do with their own screwed up values than it does with us. Does the fact that we stand for freedom and rights for all people make us evil?<p>Are we not entitled to defend ourselves? Let's not do a half-assed job at it. Let's make sure we don't suffer another reeling attack. Despite our own issues of shame and self-loathing, we do not deserve to have our innocent civilians murdered. Let's deal with the evil head-on.<p>Then we can work on our own self-improvement and our image.

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