Osama bin Laden

Sheik Mohammed comments on ISIS

 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current ruler of Dubai and he has penned an opinion piece on ISIS.

That alone makes me want to read it. A Middle East leader of a vibrant modern nation commenting on ISIS…its worth a read in full.

The global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today’s crisis of extremism, we must recognize that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS.

If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard way, we must acknowledge that we cannot extinguish the fires of fanaticism by force alone. The world must unite behind a holistic drive to discredit the ideology that gives extremists their power, and to restore hope and dignity to those whom they would recruit.

ISIS certainly can – and will – be defeated militarily by the international coalition that is now assembling and which the UAE is actively supporting. But military containment is only a partial solution. Lasting peace requires three other ingredients: winning the battle of ideas; upgrading weak governance; and supporting grassroots human development.

Such a solution must begin with concerted international political will. Not a single politician in North America, Europe, Africa, or Asia can afford to ignore events in the Middle East. A globalized threat requires a globalized response. Everyone will feel the heat, because such flames know no borders; indeed, ISIS has recruited members of at least 80 nationalities.

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Should NZ get involved against ISIS?

There are many commenting now on whether or not NZ should get involved in the fight against ISIS.

Andrea Vance has an opinion piece in the Sunday Star-Times about the issue where she takes the side of the cowards and insists parliament must debate the issue.

This of course plays into the hands of the jihadists and Islamists, who don’t ever have to worry about the niceties of a parliamentary democracy.

In 2001, Helen Clark took a resolution to Parliament to supply SAS troops to the War on Terror which passed 112-7. In fact the offer was made in Washington a month earlier, and Clark insisted the approval of Parliament was not necessary, but she wanted troops to know they “had the full support of MPs.” It was the beginning of the end of New Zealand’s ”independent foreign policy.”

New Zealand faces a tough choice. Stand by impotently as many more hostages are murdered by a network of death? Or join another US-led crusade in a Muslim country?

With one foot in the West and one in the East, and vying for a seat on the UN Security Council, it must be remembered that not all nations choose the US as their global policeman.

In the last two decades, Iraq has not been far off the military radar. Military intervention to eliminate weapons of mass destruction was built on a fallacy, years of slaughter failed to remove the threat of terrorism or install democracy.

The conflict in Afghanistan also saw mission creep. Initial action was targeted at taking out Osama Bin Laden and dismantling Al Qaeda, but became a protracted quest to implement democracy and destroy the Taleban. Key admitted New Zealand paid a ”heavy price” – the death of 10 soldiers.

The latest strikes on Iraq have been condemned worldwide for lacking strategy and tactics. All the warning signs are that taking on ISIS will be a long, bloody war, with complex and unpredictable consequences.

At the very least all this is worthy of a parliamentary debate.

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Maybe they should have used a few more rounds…just to make sure

Apparently it is bad that SEAL team members shot Osama bin Laden more than 100 times.

I should have thought he should have been shot at least 2,977 times as a minimum.

Special operations sources have claimed that the terror leader was shot more than one hundred times in the fatal 2011 raid.

A new report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community claims that the sheer number of times that Osama bin Laden was shot is the reason why the government has never released photos of his dead body.

Citing two confidential sources, The Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how ‘operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body’.

The site goes on to argue that while the Navy SEALs may have felt it was ‘morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat,’ that does not justify the extent of this damage.

‘What happened on the Bin Laden raid is beyond excessive.  The level of excess shown was not about making sure that Bin Laden was no longer a threat.  The excess was pure self-indulgence,’ author Jack Murphy writes.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Picture: Camera Press

Picture: Camera Press

Bin Laden family vacationing in Falun, Sweden in 1971 Read more »

A new Godwin’s Law?

We all know what Godwin’s law is…leftists usually are the first to break it, but now it is thought there is a new Godwin’s law.

Samuel Johnson once said that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Patriotism, and bad analogies.

For the uninitiated, Godwin’s Law is one of the cardinal rules of the Internet. Coined in 1990 by Internet law expert Mike Godwin, the principle — confirmed by countless contentious comment threads across the web — is that the longer an online discussion persists, the greater the odds become that someone will make a comparison to Nazis or Adolf Hitler, to the point of near-inevitability. Nothing ends a debate faster than the hyperbolic unsupported counterfactual: “You know who else did [INSERT SUBJECT OF ARGUMENT HERE]? Hitler!”

We get this all the time…usually from teachers unions…they used it against Anne Tolley and are yet to deploy it against Hekia Parata…only a matter of time though.

But Hitler and the Nazis aren’t the only recurring straw men used to end debates. Over the past 12 years, it’s become clear that the longer a national security debate persists, the more likely it becomes that someone will try to end it by suggesting something — some policy, some person, some technology — “could have prevented 9/11.”  Read more »

BOP, BOP

A book about the SEAL Team raid that killed Osama bin Laden is about to be released. Predictably the panty-waists are getting upset because Osama bin Laden was capped while unarmed…boo-freakin’…hoo:

The account contradicts the official version of the raid on the former al-Qaeda leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2 last year, which suggested that the terrorist was shot because he may have been reaching for a gun.

The disclosure in “No Easy Day,” a book written by a 36-year-old Seal under the pseudonym Mark Owen, raised questions over whether bin Laden represented a clear threat when he was first fired on.

In the book, which will be published on Sept 4, Owen described being directly behind the “point man” as the Seals advanced up a narrow stairwell.

“We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots,” he said. “BOP. BOP. I couldn’t tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room.”

The Seals followed bin Laden into the bedroom where they found him crumpled on the floor convulsing in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head, according to Owen. Two women were wailing over his body.

He said the point man pulled the two women away into a corner, and the still twitching terrorist was then shot several times.

“We trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless,”

Dry your eyes ladies, that’s what happens when you live with a terrorist.

Dogs more deadly than Al Qaeda

CNN

Is it time to declare victory over Al Qaeda?

Al Qaeda hasn’t conducted a successful attack in the West since the bombings on London’s transportation system seven years ago that killed 52 commuters. And the terrorist group, of course, hasn’t carried out an attack in the States since 9/11.

Even terrorists influenced by al Qaeda-like ideas have only killed 17 people in the United States since 9/11.  About the same number of Americans are killed every year by dogs. In other words, in the United States during the past decade, dogs have been around ten times more deadly than jihadist terrorists.

Good on ya Rand

Washington Wire

Rand Paul is making a stand for a loyal ally:

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said he has secured the right for an up-or-down vote on his proposal to strip all U.S. aid to Pakistan in protest of the harsh prison sentence leveled against the doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden.

Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who aided the CIA’s efforts by using the cover of his vaccination program to knock on the door of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, was sentenced to 33 years in jail in May. Dr. Afridi was formally accused of aiding militant groups, but his arrest and prosecution was widely seen as a result of the assistance he provided to the U.S.

Congress is already considering legislation to strip $33 million in aid to Pakistan, in protest of the sentence. But Sen. Paul said those efforts are not dramatic enough to pressure Islamabad. Sen. Paul’s bill would cut off aid to Pakistan for the remainder of the year as well as next year. Congress appropriated $2 billion for the current fiscal year, but much of it remains unspent. For next year Congress is considering proposals of around $1 billion in aid.

Sen. Paul, a tea party favorite, libertarian and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said such up or down votes are rare, and predicted it will cause some discomfort in the Senate.

“You will see some folks squirming in their seats on this one,” he said.

Don’t piss off Obama

The Telegraph

I’m not sure that you’d want to piss off Obama:

The US has confirmed that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

US officials described the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “major blow” to the terrorist organisation.

The official told AFP that Washington had a “very high degree of confidence” that Libi was dead, and argued that his demise would severely hamper the capacity of core al-Qaeda leaders to liaise with affiliated groups.

Libi was killed when missiles destroyed his vehicle and a militant compound in North Waziristan, leaving 15 dead.

The death of Libi, a close aid to Osama bin Laden’s successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a major blow to what is left of al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He is among more than 12 senior al-Qaeda leaders assassinated since bin Laden was tracked down and killed by US Navy Seals in May last year.

Three separate drone strikes were launched from Saturday to Monday, killing at least 30 people, according to local sources.

The third barrage comprised two missiles, which slammed into a compound and a vehicle in the village of Hesokhel, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, before dawn. Pakistani intelligence officials said they had evidence that Libi was at the scene at the time of the strike.

Best political campaign description ever?

New York Magazine

I thik this qualifies as perhaps the best description of a political campaign ever:

But certainly the winter and spring provided ample cause for Obama to be cheerful. The rising poll numbers. The signs of life in the economy. The anniversary of Bin Laden’s death. And best of all was the sight of a spectacle that would quicken the pulse and gladden the heart of any Democrat in possession of both: the spastic goat rodeo that was the Republican nomination contest.