Tag Archives: ISIS

Islam’s latest contributions to peace

2015.01.19 (Karachi, Pakistan) – A guard loses his life when Islamists attack a polio team.
2015.01.18 (Potiskum, Nigeria) – A female suicide bomber detonates at a bus station, claiming four kills.
2015.01.17 (Rawalpindi, Pakistan) – A Shiite lawyer and his two nephews are sprayed with automatic weapons fire by dedicated Sunnis.
2015.01.17 (Sabaa al-Bour, Iraq) – Five Shiites at a market are reduced to pulp by Sunni bombers.
2015.01.17 (Kulgam, India) – Muslim radicals shoot a local cop to death.
2015.01.16 (Baqubah, Iraq) – A child is taken out by a suicide bomber.

And don’t forget the ISIS slayings of two accused homosexuals in Mosul, Iraq. Thrown from a tall building to the pavement below. And a stoning and a crucifixtion. As you can see, Paris was not an aberration.

Via The Religion of Peace.

UPDATE:  The Islamic Holocaust continues.

Nostalgic for napalm

I’m with JimCarr28, a commenter at Instapundit, who says Islamic State makes him nostalgic for napalm. Not to mention the Paris magazine attack and subsequent Jewish hostage-takings.

Because “people on fire tend to be too occupied to cause their neighbors much trouble.”

So much cheaper than multi-pound bombs, too, and oh, so much more effective on the target and its audience.

Indeed, why do we shelve our best weaponry, just when we really need it?

New combat veterans deserve the attention

J.D. over at Mouth of the Brazos and I traded comments not long ago about how the whole Vietnam War, combat veterans like us, refugees and all, finally are on the shelf. It’s all mothballed news at best now.

I see it in the pitiful sales of my two books on the subject, which seem to have peaked at 164 for the Vietnam War short stories and 26 for the novel. Both have been outpaced by my Civil War novel (194) alone. And this year’s new Civil War history, now at 51 sales, has outrun the Vietnam novel and is on pace to eclipse the short stories as well. Not that my work is the best indicator of a trend, but it is one.

Neither J.D. or I created the political one-year combat tour of the Vietnam War. But neither of us would have liked to be in the position of the all-volunteer combat veterans now. Many of them already have served three or four years in combat assignments and the rise of ISIS suggests they have many more ahead of them. They already match the World War II generation which served for the duration.

All that occurred to me reading this WaPo piece about the 101st Airborne Division emplaning near their barracks at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a recent flight to Afghanistan. The pundits are still trying to figure out what Wormtongue’s secretive administration intends to do with them. Whether they will guard facilities or patrol. If he even knows himself. He isn’t much of a planner.

It also occurred to me that nowadays when some sergeant addresses a group of soldiers as “ladies and gentlemen,” he’s not trying to be cute, as he was in our day when few women served and none were in combat. He means it quite literally. And both the ladies and the gentlemen deserve all of our attention now.

Israel: Defender of the West

“Obama, Kerry and the rest of the flaccid moral narcissists who govern our country or the creepy disingenuous bureaucrats who represent ‘the international community’ obviously don’t have the gumption to do it – or even the inclination…[to fight] a rapidly metastasizing global phenomenon, replete with beheadings and crucifixions, that is unlikely to end and may only be at its beginning unless someone puts a genuine stop to it.”

So far only the Israelis are working on it, starting with the bloodthirsty religious fanatics of Hamas, but probably soon also to be engaged with the even more vicious and fanatical ISIS, when the latter finishes converting or killing the few remaining Iraqi Christians.

UPDATE:  The defenders are taking casualties, as defenders tend to do. As the IDF, in the words of the Times of Israel, “pours infantry into Gaza.”