Monday, January 23, 2006

Amboy Times hits the presses for the first time!
The long awaited first issue of the Amboy Times is finally available for human consumption. The AT is dedicated to commentary of the significant events concerning our great land, the United States of America and her allies. Daily updates are to be expected but not promised on the key issues of the day. The focus of commentary will be foriegn affairs and homeland security. It is the opinion of this paper that the so-called Western World is under a continual siege by violent Jihad. A "holy war" as perscribed by Islamic law, is considered by Islam's lone prophet, Mohammed, to be the pinnacle of Islam. This idea of violence against non-Muslims simply for being non-Muslim is supported by the very text of Islam's equivelent to the Bible, the Koran.
Koran:33:22 “Among the Believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah and have gone out for Jihad (holy fighting). Some have completed their vow to extreme and have been martyred fighting and dying in His Cause, and some are waiting, prepared for death in battle.”
Quotes like this are too numerous to list here, but here is a short list you can look up.
The United States has been fortunate for most of it's history, protected by vast oceans to the west and east, and peaceful nieghbors to the north and south. But now we are fighting a different kind of war, unlike any in our history. A war without large armies to confront, no capital cities to be conquered, no rules and no civilians. Most Americans regard the War on Terror begining sometime after 9/11, or perhaps with the invasion of Iraq, but probably dates back as far as the Iranian hostage crisis in1979.
During the Carter Administration, the Shah of Iran was overthrown by theocratic Muslims who captured 52 Americans and held them hostage for 444 days. Those same kidnappers are in charge of the Iranian government now, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is currently threating the world with nuclear weapons. Iran has been under US sanction since 1979 to no avail.
Reagan would also get his share of abuse; In 1982 18 hostages were kidnapped by Iranian-backed Hezbolla and held untill 1991. Again, sanctions. In 1983 a truck bomb killed 241 US soldiers at the Marine Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. Without a hard target to overcome, and no official government claiming resposibility, Ronald Reagan ordered a battleship to shell the hillsides of Beirut before aborting the mission in Lebanon. Hezbolla never claimed responsibility for this attack, but it did take credit for many attacks similar to this;
  • The hijacking of TWA flight 847, 1985
  • The bombing of the US Embasssy in Beirut, 1984
  • The bombing of US Embassy Annex in Kuwait, 1983
  • Truck bombing of US Embassy in Beirut, 1983
  • Two Bombings in Buenos Aieres, 1992,94

The above mentioned attacks resulted in 325 deaths in a period of 3 years, certainly enough damage to justify a war. Despite the fact that it is well known that Hezbolla is Iranian sponsored , no significant military action was taken against Iran.

If anything, things have gotten worse, Ahmadinejad is on the verge of nuclear weaponry, he has threated Israel with aniliation and has made no hint at making diplomatic. Given the past few decades of history of Iran, we should take him at his word.


Blogger Jason Pappas said...

Your inaugural essay couldn’t be more pressing given the obvious threat emanating from Iran and the defeatist attitude by most commentators that there is little we can do. You’re off to a good start!

January 25, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

Quite a compliment coming from you Jason, thanks.

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curious about the blogs name - anything to do with Jersey? I ask because I was once from such a place- - -Perth Amboy.

February 21, 2006  

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