I don’t know how I missed this powerful essay, but better late than never.
I received the following from the Vets4Bush.com Mailing List. The author asks everyone to forward it to others. I don’t like doing that. But I think it needs to get the widest possible dissemination. It is not on a website that I can find, so I will post it in it’s entirety here. You know, pissing off Marines is not the most healthy thing to do.
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 08:37:43 EDT
Subject: Letter to the Terrorists in Iraq
This letter is for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ”Islamic Response,” and the rest of the so-called “insurgents” in Iraq. I obviously do not have an e-mail address for these vermin, so I am forwarding this letter to my entire address book in the hope you good people will forward it to as many people as possible, and that eventually through the miracle of the internet it somehow ends up in the hands of the intended recipients. Thank you all for your assistance.
To the terrorists currently operating in Iraq,
I see that you have captured a U. S. Marine, and that you plan to cut off his head if your demands are not met. Big mistake. Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine Corps history. The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came to regret it. Go ahead and read about what then happened to the mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. They paid full price for what they did, and you will too.
You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large extent you are right. Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled people who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous reality TV shows. They are for the most part decent, hard working citizens, but they are soft. When you cut off Nick Berg’s head those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought, and then those people went back to their lives. This time it is different. We also have a warrior culture in this country, and they are called Marines. It is a brotherhood forged in the fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than blood. While it is true that this country has produced nitwits like Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph Perez. If you don’t recognize those names you should. They are all Marines who distinguished themselves fightin! g to liberate Iraq, and there will be many more just like them coming for you.
Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was “The Marine Corps Builds Men.” You will soon find out just how true that is. You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of women. If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on in a fair fight. Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks and decapitate helpless victims. If you truly represented the interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy. Your agenda is hate, plain and simple.
When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember one thing. Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels before you. Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us. If you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven’t seen anything yet. If you want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called down upon you then go ahead and do it. We are not Turkish truck drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping to find work in your country. We are the United States Marines, and we will be coming for you.
MSgt USMC (Ret)
When you hear the word “dissent” you’re supposed to think of individuals bravely standing up to the powerful. You think about people risking death or imprisonment to tell the world of great truths, not bureaucrats disagreeing with the President. Mines is in absolutely no danger of losing his job or being transfered to West Bumfuck for speaking out. His attitude is the attitude of the entrenched bureaucracy at the State Dept, he is among friends.
In a cable routed through the State Department’s “dissent channel,” Keith W. Mines argued a case — long rejected by the White House — that the United Nations should be given control over Iraq’s political transition.
“There is no value in imposing an American lead if the American lead would be less effective than a U.N. Special Representative,” Mines wrote. “At some point, it would seem that the reasons for going it alone in Iraq would be overshadowed by the need to create a viable Iraqi state.”
For his willingness to challenge the Bush administration’s conventional wisdom, Mines collected an award for “constructive dissent” from the State Department’s professional association last week. The citation called his ideas “prescient” and noted that “some have, belatedly, been adopted
It sounds to me like he is saying that he and his State Department cubicle mates are incompetent drones that he thinks would be less effective than the unaccountable bureaucratic drones over at the UN. What a loser.
So he is being honored for hewing to the party line. Conformity becomes dissent, freedom becomes fascism and slavery becomes freedom.
Well, the other week the showboating hacks of the Ben Veniste Anti-Social Club stopped preening themselves on Wolf and Larry and the other cable yakfests long enough to issue a 9/11 interim report. And for me it raises serious questions about whether America’s commissions are ready for the challenges of this new war on terror. I’m tempted to call on the president to appoint a blue-ribbon commission to lead a thorough investigation into blue-ribbon commissions. Perhaps he needs to consider appointing a cabinet-level Secretary of the Department of Commissions to coordinate commission strategy.
NEW YORK — Declaring his intention to make chronic homelessness “effectively extinct” in New York over the next five years, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced plans to shift the city’s focus from crisis management to finding long-term solutions.
His proposal calls for building thousands of new housing units, identifying and helping thousands of chronically homeless who suffer from substance abuse and mental illness, and preventing homelessness before it occurs.
It seems to me that the idea of housing projects was given up as a bad idea some time ago. But every bad idea seems to come into fashion again every few years.
Mayor Bloomberg wants to build housing projects to house the city’s homeless population. Does he propose that these projects be supervised by city workers? Or are they just going to throw druggies, alcoholics and the mentally ill into pretty new apartments and declare the problem solved.
If so, they will turn into the festering hellholes that the tenements were before the projects replaced them and became festering hellholes in their turn.
JERUSALEM, June 26 — Israeli troops discovered an underground room being used by Palestinian militants as a hideout in the West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday and pounded it with grenades and gunfire, killing six senior leaders from three Palestinian groups, Israeli army officials and Palestinian security sources said.
The only time the Palestinians kill that many is when they attack children. These guys won’t get another chance.
Baldilocks has the story of someone who went to see Fahrenheit 911 and was insufficiently awed by it. The MoveOn commandos outside the theater took action to show him the error of his ways.
So, if you go to see this movie, more than your senses run the risk of being assaulted.
Link from Instapundit.
MORNAY, Sudan — There are tents here that no parent wants to visit. They are called feeding centers, shady rectangular units where children fight death. Sitting on a mat and holding his son’s frail hand, Mohammed Ishaq and his wife, Aisha, have been here five days, nursing 9-month-old Zohar on drops of water from a large pink cup, praying that somehow he will survive.
This is the area that has been targeted by the Muslim rulers of Sudan to eliminate the black African Christians and Animists that live in the area. This is also the area where the Arabs have been taking black slaves for years. All with the knowledge of the West and the UN. The taking of slaves and the systematic starvation of the southern Sudanese was well known as far back as 1997.
Six hundred miles to the east in the capital, Khartoum, Mustafa Osman Ismail, the foreign minister of Sudan, stretched back in his plump leather chair in an air-conditioned office overlooking the Nile.
“In Darfur, there is no hunger. There is no malnutrition. There is no epidemic disease,” he said in an interview. Yes, he conceded, there is “a humanitarian situation.” But the hunger, he said, was “imagined” by the media.
The hunger is real. It has been real for years. So why is everyone suddenly sitting up and taking notice? Because it can be spun into a crisis for George W. Bush. The media is going to take this horrible situation that has been going on for years, and try to make it George W. Bush’s problem.
A U.N. report issued in May on conditions in the village of Kailek in western Darfur accused local government officials of ordering “a policy of forced starvation” by insisting that the villagers faced no problems, even as militias prevented food deliveries. Nine children in the area reportedly died of malnutrition every day.
The UN has known about the situation for years also, but done nothing. This would seem to be exactly the situation that the UN was formed to deal with. But nothing happened. It may be that there is nothing here to steal, no funds to loot, no infrastructure. Life for UN workers would be hard, not the sort of thing they are used too.
Pacing inside a Doctors Without Borders compound in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, Jean-Hervé Bradol, president of the group, said he was angry at the Sudanese government and the United Nations for their slow responses after officials toured feeding centers in Mornay. He puffed frantically on a cigarette, his face ghostly, his brown hair strewn wildly.
A Frenchman and a smoker to boot. Being French is not his fault, he is, after all, in Africa trying to live that down. But a smoker? End of conversation. Everyone knows that smokers should be shunned as unclean.
But doesn’t this situation bear some of the same characteristics which we were told makes Iraq so problematic?
Sure, you have a brutal government that is killing their own people. But the government doesn’t have any WMD. They haven’t made any threats against the U.S. (not that that would be justification) or against their neighbors.
They are a sovereign nation and we don’t understand their culture. Maybe our ideas are an anathema to them. Shouldn’t we consider before rushing in to impose our standards, even those as low as the UNs on the government and the people?
Have negotiations even been tried? If they have been tried and failed, have they been tried again? Have they been tried lately? If they have been contacted and still refuse to negotiate, what has the UN done to bring them to the table. Would a few million in aid hurt?
I know, people are dying. But we shouldn’t rush into these things until we give diplomacy a chance.
As the United States is busy in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, I’m sure the rest of the world will be more than happy to pick up the slack and take action in Sudan. After all, as we’ve been told by the Europeans and others, the U.S. is not indispensable and we should not go around forcing our ways on other countries. Our “allies” are more than welcome to demonstrate their prowess.
The Green Side has a letter from US Marine Major Dave Bellon. He goes into some detail about his sergeants and their jobs. Think about all the talk in the press about how untrained and unprepared our troops are; how we are brutalizing the poor Iraqi’s and how it is the poor and uneducated that make up our forces.
Then read the letter and wonder, where do we find men like these?
BAGHDAD, June 25 — Key Iraqi opponents of the U.S. occupation expressed unease Friday over the wave of insurgent attacks that killed more than 100 Iraqis a day earlier, and rejected efforts by foreign guerrillas to take the lead in the insurgency and mate it with the international jihad advocated by Osama bin Laden.
The objections — from anti-U.S. Shiite and Sunni Muslim leaders, including rebellious cleric Moqtada Sadr, and even from militia fighters in the embattled city of Fallujah — arose in part from revulsion at the fact that victims of the car bombings and guerrilla assaults in six cities and towns Thursday were overwhelmingly Iraqis. But they also betrayed Iraqi nationalist concerns that the fight against U.S. occupation forces risked being hijacked by Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian whom U.S. officials describe as a paladin in bin Laden’s al Qaeda network.
“We do not need anyone from outside the borders to stand with us and spill the blood of our sons in Iraq,” Ahmed Abdul Ghafour Samarrae, a Sunni cleric with a wide following, declared in his Friday sermon at Umm al Qurra mosque in Baghdad.
So after launching all these attacks, the “insurgents” now want to disavow them. No one here but us honest Iraqi nationalists, no terrorists here, no sir.
And the Post just gobbles it down. Do you find it strange that they would be more inclined to believe a bunch of Ba’athist thugs than our own government?
Nah, me neither. It fits the liberal belief in the cult of George-the-Usurper-that-stole-the-election-from-Al-Gore-who-would-have-protected-us-by-approving-the-Kyoto-treaty-and-cooperating-with-the-French-and-Germans. They’ll print it with more respect than they would the Gospel.
In what may be a telling development, Abu Ghraib was not mentioned in this article. An oversight, I’m sure.