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Old 10-27-04, 10:48 AM
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Terror Takes A Stand

http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/op...ists/31117.htm
By RALPH PETERS
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October 27, 2004 -- SOLDIERS don't beg. But an old friend of mine who's still in uniform came close the other day. He badly wanted me to write another column before Election Day stressing that our troops are winning in Iraq.
He's an Army veteran of three wars. Now he's working to help Iraq become a democratic model for the Middle East. And he's worried.

Not about terrorists or insurgents. He's afraid John Kerry will be elected president.

"Kerry's rhetoric is giving the bad guys a thread to hang on," he wrote. "They're hoping we lose our nerve. They're more concerned with the U.S. elections than with the Iraqi ones."

My pal has been involved in every phase of our Iraq operations dating back to Desert Storm. And he's convinced that the terrorists have risked everything to create as much carnage as they can before Nov. 2. Our troops are killing them left and right. The terrorists are desperate. They can't sustain this tempo of attacks much longer.

But Sen. Kerry insists that we're losing giving our enemies hope that we'll pull out. No matter what else John Kerry may say, the terrorists only hear his criticisms of our president and our war.

Let's review what's actually happening in Iraq.

The terrorist stronghold of Fallujah is increasingly isolated. Night after night, precision weapons and raids by special-operations forces kill international terrorist leaders. Terrified, the local troublemakers are trying to play the negotiations card. They know the U.S. Marines are coming back. And this time the Leathernecks won't be stopped short. Allah's butchers are praying that they can bring down our president before terror's citadel falls.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi people have been revolted by the terrorists' barbarities. They may not want U.S. troops in their streets forever, but they do not want to be ruled by fanatical murderers. Kidnapping aid workers and lopping off heads on videotape horrifies decent Muslims. The slaughter of 50 unarmed Iraqi recruits did not win hearts and minds.

Every day, Iraqis are more engaged in defending their own country. Elections are still on track. The suicide bombings continue, but they haven't deterred Iraq's new government. Nor have they been able to stop the Coalition and Iraq's expanding forces from cleaning out one terrorist rat's nest after another.



Muqtada al-Sadr is quiet as a mouse. Najaf is being rebuilt. Two-thirds of Iraq's provinces are quiet. We never see any headlines about our Kurdish allies in northern Iraq because they're building a successful modern society in the Middle East. Good-news stories aren't welcome in our undeniably pro-Democratic media.

Even the French are uncharacteristically subdued. The serpents of the Seine thought they'd seduced the terrorists with a few anti-American apples. Instead, they've found that they can't even free two kidnapped French journalists.

After their own recent terrorist debacle, the Russians repented their criticism of the Bush administration. The Spanish, too, discovered that appeasement doesn't work any better for them than for the French an Islamist plot to blow up justice-ministry buildings was recently uncovered. And there's more to come.

Terror's appetite is only whetted by weakness.

Of course, the United Nations is still doing everything it can to undercut President Bush. Embarrassed by Oil-for-Food corruption revelations, the U.N. would like to get back to the good old days of the Clinton administration, which winked at outright U.N. criminality.

The terrorists are pulling out all the stops to shed blood in Iraq this week. While the media makes every mortar round sound like the end of the world, the encouraging news is that the terrorists haven't been able to do more. They can harass convoys and murder civilians but they haven't budged our troops or the new Iraqi government.

Of course, the terrorists aren't suddenly going to quit if President Bush wins at the polls but his re-election would be a terrible psychological blow to them. They know how high the stakes are in Iraq.

The struggle isn't just about the fate of one country, but about the future of the entire Middle East. If freedom and the rule of law get even a 51 percent victory in Iraq, it's the beginning of the end for the terrorists and the vicious regimes that bred them.

Al Qaeda and its affiliates are rapidly using up the human capital they've accumulated over decades. The casualties in Iraq are overwhelmingly on the terrorist side. Extremist leaders have paid a particularly heavy price. But they won't stop fighting because they can't. The terrorists have to win in Iraq. They have to defeat America.

The astonishing thing is that so many of our fellow Americans don't get it. The terrorists aren't committing their shrinking reserves because the outcome's a trivial matter. They recognize the magnitude of what we're helping the Iraqi people achieve.

This is the big one. The fate of a civilization hangs in the balance. And all we hear from one presidential contender is that it's the "wrong war, at the wrong time."

It is. For the terrorists.

Ralph Peters is the author of "Beyond Baghdad: Postmodern War and Peace."
Some good news from Iraq. I figure you won't see an expose on 60 Minutes about this so I posted it here.
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Right on......... That was great article and well worth my time...... I clap for that...
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Will the Left ever wake up? Good article.
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Here's some more positive news, from http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4042 the. I don't expect the liberal media to say anything about this, either.


<i>Mod edit: removed website obfuscation

-nemein</i>

dork edit: not very well...

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Old 10-27-04, 02:23 PM
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The link leads to The Onion. I almost believed it until they cited CBS.
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Re: Terror Takes A Stand

Originally posted by bhk
http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/op...ists/31117.htm


Some good news from Iraq. I figure you won't see an expose on 60 Minutes about this so I posted it here.
Sorry... what was the good "news" that should be reported?

It's not like there is any breaking story here, just generalizations (not that I disagree with them).

Do you really see a CNN headline reading "TOP STORY: Things are okay in Iraq" with no specific events to report on?

Look at your local news. It's not much more "positive" in direction than news on Iraq, with the exception of the cute surfing puppy dog story that they throw in there. Fortunately it probably just contains someone who died in a drunk driving incident instead of from a mortar shell.

I do wish we had more "human interest" stories coming from Iraq though... personal stories from the Kurds etc. But if you look at international news, we almost never see such stories any way. It's just that news from Iraq hits home a lot harder, and that there's more of it with US troops on the ground.
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Re: Re: Terror Takes A Stand

Originally posted by Thor Simpson
Look at your local news. It's not much more "positive" in direction than news on Iraq, with the exception of the cute surfing puppy dog story that they throw in there.
Our lead story last night was that the local puppy's surfboard got knocked over by a motorboats wake and he drowned. Apparently after surfing with humans for so long he forgot how to dog paddle.
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Originally posted by Mordred
Our lead story last night was that the local puppy's surfboard got knocked over by a motorboats wake and he drowned. Apparently after surfing with humans for so long he forgot how to dog paddle.
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Of course, the terrorists aren't suddenly going to quit if President Bush wins at the polls but his re-election would be a terrible psychological blow to them. They know how high the stakes are in Iraq.
Yes I'm sure that terrorists wake up sweating every morning in anticipation of the US election results.

The struggle isn't just about the fate of one country, but about the future of the entire Middle East. If freedom and the rule of law get even a 51 percent victory in Iraq, it's the beginning of the end for the terrorists and the vicious regimes that bred them.
Yeah sure, all the world's terrorists have congregated into Iraq and are now waging the final battle...

The author of that article is delusional and in dire need of a reality check because he draws absurd conclusion from gross generalizations and wishfull thinking.
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John Kerry is delusional and in dire need of a reality check because he draws absurd conclusion from gross generalizations and wishfull thinking.
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John Kerry could not have written that article, there's no flip-flopping in it. It's just one consistent wrong opinion throughout.
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Old 10-27-04, 03:42 PM
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He's talking about John French Kerry attacking the performance of our troops saying that those explosives were looted under their noses.
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The only "Good News" coming from Iraq would be news of our withdrawal leaving the cesspool behind.
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The only "Good News" coming from Iraq would be news of our withdrawal leaving the cesspool behind.
Yes, because that's exactly what happened in Afghanistan recently.
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Originally posted by bhk
He's talking about John French Kerry attacking the performance of our troops saying that those explosives were looted under their noses.
that really is unnecessary tossing French in there as slander. it says a lot about your character.
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Originally posted by dick_grayson
that really is unnecessary tossing French in there as slander. it says a lot about your character.
I still don't get the right's French/Kerry connection. Kerr's not French, is he?
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that really is unnecessary tossing French in there as slander. it says a lot about your character.


You forgot to add "...but I will still vote for a self admitted war criminal."
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Originally posted by CRM114
The only "Good News" coming from Iraq would be news of our withdrawal leaving the cesspool behind.
Ghazi al-Yawer sends you his thanks and admires your thoughtful assessment of the situation.
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The French thing is an otter inside joke.
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Originally posted by bhk
The French thing is an otter inside joke.
I thought it had something to do with an article I read today about using the term French as an insult to "capitaliz[e] on anti-French sentiment..."


http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...gn_french_dc_3
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No. During the primaries, he was initially identified as "the French-looking guy"(at least that is the way I remember it).
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No. During the primaries, he was initially identified as "the French-looking guy"(at least that is the way I remember it).
interesting coincidence....


fair enough, though
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Originally posted by eXcentris
Yeah sure, all the world's terrorists have congregated into Iraq and are now waging the final battle...

The author of that article is delusional and in dire need of a reality check because he draws absurd conclusion from gross generalizations and wishfull thinking.
I don't think you quite understand what he's saying. A democratic Afghanistan and Iraq is a HUGE blow to terrorism, as they lose two nations that were formerly very supportive of terrorism. Both candidates (yes, including Kerry) have even stated this. People seem to forget that the insurgents our brave soldiers are fighting & defeating each day over in Iraq are the same kind of people that flew planes into the Twin Towers on 9/11 and killed 3,000 Americans.
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