Of Thanksgiving and ‘Syrian’ Refugees

‘Tis the age old question: To be, or not to be?

Should we not, as a nation of immigrants, live by, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”

Should we not kill the fatted calf and embrace our fellow man?

No.

We should not.

Not too long ago there was an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Even U.S. citizens who contracted the disease were highly suspect, and made us cringe when we learned they were being allowed into the U.S. for treatment. Those were innate feelings of survival.

Instead of allowing infected West Africans into the United States, President Barack Obama was willing to expose Americans by sending U.S. Army troops into the belly of the Ebola beast in order to help gain control of the virus. But would he keep troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect us against unlawful combatant Islamists who want to kill us? Not so much.

Any pangs you might feel towards “Syrian” refugees as you sit around the turkey and cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving stop it. Just stop it.

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For those of us who believe in the Judeo/Christian ethic: do unto others as you would have them do unto you, the Ten Commandments and “am I my brother’s keeper?” do not be fooled, they are not our neighbors nor are they our brothers, these “immigrants” are our enemies and are as infectious as Ebola.

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Even in ancient biblical times we did things that protected ourselves against disease: no pork, monogamy, cleanliness is next to Godliness. We must protect ourselves against the disease of Islam in the radical form. We must reject the politically correct idea that our “morals” are more important than our own existence.

Whose morals are the PC crowd talking about anyway? Pagan, utilitarian, humanist morals.

If it feels good, do it. If it’s useful to me it’s good. Whatever a human does as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone (who isn’t conservative or a capitalist) is good.

One’s morals depend on one’s values. Values are beliefs, feelings and actions which are important to us, the most important of which are ACTIONS. Because without ACTING on what you say you believe and feel is right, you don’t truly value it.

In today’s debate about whether or not to admit “Syrian” refugees into the United States, liberal talking heads are beside themselves cackling about our morals and the American way – but how many are pledging to HOUSE “Syrian” refugees, or even put them anywhere near their own homes!

Actions really DO speak louder than words.

And sometimes right and wrong take a back seat to survival.

Our survival instinct is as American as it is human.

From the Revolutionary War, when the bodies of dead patriots piled high around and supported the standard holding the American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the “Star Spangled Banner.” To our Civil War, where President Abraham Lincoln chose finally two generals, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, who embraced total war, and then burned their way to victory through southern cities. To fire bombs and atomic bombs to end World War II.

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We, as a people, have done what is necessary to survive, and should never feel guilty or apologize for it. Nor should we brag about or exult in it.

We should simply keep moving forward in our effort to make this land, OUR land, a more perfect place.

Free, with Liberty and Justice for all who belong here and want to embrace the same values, our Judeo/Christian values, which have made us who we are. Islamists seek to be governed in a theocracy. This is antithetical to democracy, ours especially, because we believe in separation of church and state.

This separation however is frequently misunderstood. The Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution were intended to forbid state sponsored religion, but was never intended to forbid free expression of religion, both in and out of the government.

Separation of church and state is meant to keep government out of religion, but never to prevent religion in government. Look at the references to God and religion in our capital’s architecture. “In God We Trust” on our currency and behind the bench of every Federal Court. An invocation before each session of Congress performed by a government employed chaplain. Chaplains in all the services of our military.

True Americans are not hyphenated-Americans. We assimilate. We respect each other’s differences, but not to the point of losing our own identity, our own American soul. Islamists seek social entropy, leading to an end state of complete control and domination, over infidels, women and children within a Muslim theocracy or Caliphate.

The biggest differences between the pagan, utilitarian, humanist (liberal) ethic and the Judeo/Christian ethic is the former’s idea that a human being is born with rights and no responsibilities, that we deserve forgiveness without repentance, and that anyone who comes along deserves food, water and shelter no matter their potential intentions.

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So, this Thanksgiving, while you’re giving thanks for all the blessings you enjoy as an American, continue to be kind, generous and forgiving, but as our bibles tell us, forgive only those who repent, and never lend a helping hand to someone who might just cut it off. Happy Thanksgiving!

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First Marine Killed in GWOT Remembered

IMG_1633[1]37 years ago, on November 21, 1979, United States Marine Corporal Steven J. Crowley, who was guarding the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was shot and killed by radical Muslim extremists, becoming one of the first casualties of the Global War on Terror.

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Muslim extremist “students,” having heard a false story about the U.S. occupation of the mosque at Mecca, Saudi Arabia, gathered weapons and then boarded buses that would take them to the embassy.

Once at the compound, the Islamists stormed the complex and then set fire to debris collected on the first floor of the main building.

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CPL Crowley was shot once through the head, just above his left ear, at approximately 1:10 p.m. local time, while on duty protecting the embassy from the roof of the main building. He was taken into the building and then brought to the safe room, or vault on the second floor.

At approximately 3:25 p.m. CPL Crowley was pronounced dead in the embassy vault, after an oxygen tank that was providing his threadbare connection to life ran out.

This group of Islamist “students” was later to be funded by none other than Osama bin Laden himself.

Steven was a tall, fit, blond-haired blue-eyed, chivalrous and cordial 19 year old graduate of Comsewogue High School, in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, New York, who loved to run on the Cross Country and Spring Track Teams and who was a member of the Chess Club.

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Steven Crowley Park, in Port Jefferson Station, was named for this brave neighbor of ours, and by cleaning up the park each fall we honor him and his brave and selfless service to our country. Cub Scout Pack 120 (Boy Scouts of America) has been cleaning up the park each fall at least since my 21 year old Eagle Scout son was a 6 year old Tiger Scout, 15 years ago and counting.

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We tell the boys about Steven and his sacrifice to his country and to all of us.

Steven is a hero to all the nation, and his death marks one of the very first casualties in the Global War on Terror. The incident that precipitated Steven’s murder at the hands of Islamists shook the Muslim world just the day before, on November 20, 1979.

Overzealous Wahhabi’s seized the Grand Mosque at Mecca for about two weeks. Saudi Arabian commandos, with the help of French and American intelligence, eventually retook the mosque, ending the incident. But the erroneous story that the U.S. had seized the mosque incensed hordes of Islamists throughout the Muslim world.

The incident at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad was merely the first in a series of events that eventually led up to the attacks by Islamists on the United States on September 11, 2001, killing more Americans than died at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, or died at Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Since then our enemies have mutated into the current Islamic State, but many other Islamic terrorist groups have emerged as well, each one determined to eliminate Israel, kill all infidels, and establish a worldwide caliphate.

In Steven’s memory, and for us, and for generations to come, we must fight the forces of evil that continue to harm us and our allies. Until all Islamists are dead, or no longer have the means or will to kill us, we must defend ourselves by any means necessary.

Obama Frees Bin Laden’s Body Guard as Paris Weeps

As sure as the sun rises hot and bright in the Syrian Desert, President Barack Obama has used another tragedy as cover for what is possibly his latest act of treason.

As Parisian’s weep and spread flowers and memory flames around a half dozen sites in their City of Light, Obama has released five more detainees from the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This time the list includes Ali al-Razihi, body guard to Osama bin Laden.

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There is no shame at the White house. There is no etiquette. There is no stopping them releasing unlawful combatant Islamists who want to kill us, not even as the fresh blood stains remain on pavement and floors where just days ago victims of terror lie wont and motionless in the time-frozen shock of sudden death.

When will Obama and his cronies awake to the reality of the Global War on Terror?

Releasing detainees will not win the Global War on Terror, nor will it degrade or defeat the Islamic State, who have the world on its heels. Despite many tons of munitions dropped on suspected Islamic State targets, they remain a deadly and viable force.

Bombing, missiles, rockets and drones only treat the symptoms of a murderous disease known as Islam.

Until all Islamists are dead or no longer have the means or will to kill us, we must defend ourselves.

In order to begin to defeat this enemy we must return to Iraq and Afghanistan in force, and then stay. We must implement a Middle East Marshall Plan and be as committed to it as we were at the end of WWII with helping to rebuild Europe and Japan. We are still in countries we defeated in WWII, not as occupiers, but as liberators and friends. Without our leadership and commitment, incidents like the one in Paris will continue and grow in their devastation.

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No one wants to say it, but how many internal attacks from the Imperial Japanese did the U.S. experience during WWII? None that I know of. Was it because of the internment camps set up by a reluctant but determined President Franklin Roosevelt?

We contained Japanese Americans during WWII in order to prevent insurrection, sabotage and terrorism. It worked. A human rights indignity now was an act of survival then.

Remember, it was Japanese posing as tourists who photographed and marked out targets in Hawaii prior to the launch of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one rationale for the internment.

Is bringing unknown “Syrian” refugees to the United States (or anyplace) a prudent thing to do given the mounting evidence that other “Syrian” refugees participated in the Paris attacks?

Should countries now place suspected Islamists in custody as an act of survival?

In the end, isn’t that what war is all about, survival?

Isn’t that why Gitmo exists in the first place?

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NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes at 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001 in New York City. The crash of two airliners hijacked by terrorists loyal to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and subsequent collapse of the twin towers killed some 2,800 people. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

As unlawful combatants, all Gitmo detainees could have been lawfully killed on the battlefield. Instead, we captured them and then began systematically questioning and then vetting their stories. According to former President George W. Bush, in his autobiography, “Decision Points,” a handful of detainees were waterboarded, which saved many lives. Information obtained from detainees at Gitmo is also suspected to have contributed to locating and then killing Osama bin Laden.

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This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned “Camp X-Ray” detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

At the time, waterboarding was an approved Enhanced Interrogation Technique, and did not meet the internationally accepted definition of torture.

When Obama took office he unilaterally declared waterboarding torture, and it went on the list of banned torture techniques. Waterboarding still does not meet the definition of torture, and it is still used as a training technique for those American service people who may be deployed overseas and may be at risk of kidnapping.

Waterboarding works. Maybe it saved YOUR life.

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There are other things that work, too, that this administration is averse to using, such as boots on the ground. But for some reason, instead of doing things that work to protect the people of the United States, as every president is sworn to do, this president releases deadly detainees so that they can fight and kill again.

The office of the Director of National Intelligence reports that at least 30 percent of all released detainees are either known or suspected to have returned to the battlefield. My question is, what about the 70 percent of released detainees we don’t know about, where are they, YOUR neighborhood?

And what about those recently sent to the United Arab Emirates? How long will they be held there, and under what conditions? Where will they end up? Paris? New York? Your hometown?

What has happened to the five Taliban leaders released by Obama in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, the American deserter? Are they still in Qatar?

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I know one thing, if you’re fighting a war to win, you don’t release the enemy.

And therein lies the rub. Can releasing the enemy be considered treason – giving aid and comfort to the enemy?

The Obama administration must believe that the President is not responsible for what horrible things detainees may do after they are released from Gitmo. I beg to differ.

If you release a tiger from the zoo, shouldn’t you be held accountable for whatever the tiger does?

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With regard to the release of detainees and the Global War on Terror, we seem to be caught on the caboose of a runaway train, only able to see where we’ve been, and there are demons at the switches.

What will it take for us to gain control and then get ourselves back on the right track?

I am a three times mobilized Army Reserve major (Ret.), and former ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer with the Joint Detainee Operations Group, Joint Task Force 160, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, February to June 2002, and author of “Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior.”