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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

'Unto You Is Born This Day ...'

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

History Teaches Us ...

Why do you suppose the terrorists have singled out these guys?
The U.N. Insignia Emerges as a Global Target for Al-Qaeda Attacks
By Colum Lynch, Washington Post Staff Writer

United Nations -- The suicide bombings that ripped apart the U.N. headquarters building in Algiers on Dec. 11 and killed at least 37 people, including 17 U.N. employees, provided a bloody demonstration of the United Nations' emergence as a key target in al-Qaeda's global war against the West.

This year, al-Qaeda and its affiliates have threatened or targeted U.N. officials and peacekeepers in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and southern Lebanon, where six U.N. peacekeepers were killed in a bombing in June. (link)
If anything, the U.N. leadership has shown a degree of complaisance toward al Qaeda in recent years. Why would Osama bin Ladin's terror organization go after them?

I'll tell you why. Because the U.N. revealed its profound weakness when it showed itself playing into the hands of terrorists in 2003. And al Qaeda is capable only of attacking the weak.

Thus we see al Qaeda chasing down defenseless U.N. employees across the globe.

When will the world community learn?

Pinch Me

You mean I get to vote against him again?
The Other Halves
By Emily Yoffe, writing in The Washington Post

Could this be the first presidential election in which the public's feeling about a candidate's spouse is a deciding factor? This isn't the gender breakthrough we anticipated when Hillary Clinton entered the race -- it feels more like a gender throwback. The customary job of the spouse is to humanize the candidate without becoming an issue. In that sense, Bill presents huge dangers for Hillary.

[S]eeing so much of them together could remind people of that troubled couple in their social circle -- whether you love him, hate her, or vice versa, you're just not sure anymore how much of them together you can take. (link)
Couple these two facts: (1) Bill Clinton ran for president twice and received a majority of the vote neither time. (2) Fully 50% of voting-age Americans have told pollsters that they'd never vote for Hillary. Combine the two and ... what reality-challenged political strategist in the Democratic Party is pushing this candidacy?

If Only He Had Been Paying Attention In History Class ...

... actor Will Smith wouldn't come across as a blooming idiot when it comes to the most hated mass murderer in history.

I'm going to give him a bit of slack here and suggest that Smith, always the comedian, let his mouth get out in front of his thought processes:

Smith: 'Hitler was a good person'
By World Entertainment News

Will Smith has stunned the world by declaring that even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was essentially a "good" person.

The Men In Black star, 39, is determined to see the best in people, and is convinced the former German leader did not fully understand the extent of the pain and suffering his actions would cause during his time in power in the 1930s and '40s.

He says, "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today'.

"I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming." (link)

Whatever that means.

For what it's worth, I'm not sure the reporter is any more knowledgeable about history than is Smith. The last sentence in the article reads:
Hitler's totalitarian leadership as Fuhrer during 1934 until his eventual suicide in 1945 resulted in the persecution of an estimated six million Jews in the Holocaust, and his invasion of Poland in 1939 led to the start of the Second World War.
To persecute is to abuse. To maltreat. Those six million Jews weren't persecuted. They were rounded up and slaughtered.

I fear for my planet.

And While We're On The History Subject ...

Many people don't know that the U.S. had prisoner-of-war camps set up throughout the country during World War II, in which were warehoused - for the duration of the war and beyond - tens of thousands of German and Italian enemy combatants.

Out of that bit of history comes this story:

WWII POWs' creche lives on
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

Algona, Iowa — The surrenders and paper peace treaties had ended World War II for the politicians and the newspapers months earlier, but that meant little for the thousands of German war prisoners still awaiting their fate in Camp Algona at Christmastime 1945.

Into that came the Algona Nativity, a half-life-sized, 60-figure creche scene built by a handful of prisoners of war at Camp Algona — a gentle reminder of God and humanity that touched both the prisoners and the town and seemed to say, "Yes, peace can begin here now, too."

Sixty-two years later, it is open to the public every December — and bucking the trend, its Iowa caretakers have avoided commercialization and overmarketing. It's in a small building on the Kossuth County fairgrounds, and almost like those who spend Christmas or Easter in the Holy Land, pilgrimages are still made to Algona to see the creche. (link)

From the most horrific era in world history comes a story of faith, hope, and charity.

A Christmas story.

Photo courtesy of The Washington Times