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Monday, September 12, 2011

When Is a 'Process' Not a Process?

Process
Noun: process prohs-es
1. A particular course of action intended to achieve a result
2. A sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

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Question: When Is a 'Process' Not a Process?

Answer: When it involves "peace" in the Middle East.

Did you know that the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has a director overseeing the Project on the Middle East Peace Process? I wonder if it's a full-time permanent position. And, if so, what does that say about the prospects for there ever being Middle East peace?

Can a process be unending?

For Middle East peace, like the directorship, is hardly something "intended to achieve a result." Not really. It's simply an ongoing attempt to keep the fruitless and detached attempt going.

Consider:

On this morning, when we find out that Israel was forced to evacuate its ambassador and most of its diplomatic staff from Cairo this weekend after hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down a security wall protecting the Nile-side embassy, ransacked its files and burned an Israeli flag, putting Israelis in fear for their lives, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's director overseeing the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, writing in the same day's New York Times that Israel must be prepared to discuss a land swap with the Palestinians if the Middle East peace process is to move forward.

A land swap?  As the faces of those Egyptian madmen clearly reveal, the only swap that any Arab will seriously entertain, when it comes to the despised Jews they surround, is a pile of dirt under which every Israeli carcass rests in exchange for land for which, in truth, they have no legitimate claim of ownership and have no real use for.

The Arab world wants all Jews dead.  And this director of a Project on the Middle East Peace Process wants those same Jews to sit down and negotiate.

Some things never change.  The Middle East "peace process," one never ending, isn't one at all.

The Legacy of 9/11

Virginia state Senator Mark Obenshain:
"I remember where I was when the Twin Towers fell..."

After an event so devastating, the memory is seared into our consciousness. Like pivotal events before it, most of us can recall where we were when we realized that America was under attack.

Yet for many millions of Americans, the horror of September 11th is just a vague memory. For forty million, the attacks of September 11th are purely historical - something that happened before they were even born.

A great nation is not felled by a blow like the September 11th attacks. A great nation is not cowed. That's why, on the tenth anniversary, we go about our daily lives. The terrorists failed; we go on.

But still, we pause to reflect.

Ten years ago, we watched in shock as the Twin Towers crumbled and a dark veil of dust descended upon Manhattan. The hole in the New York City skyline mirrored the raw hole in our nation's soul.

We watched, shaken, as our enemies brought war to us. Closer to home, we watched, stunned, as a plane breached a wing of the Pentagon, and we mourned again, as a fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field. We could only imagine the terrible loss of life. As a nation, we dropped to our knees that day. For a few fleeting moments, all of our differences vanished as we came together in prayer and in mourning.

And then, as a nation, we got off our knees and set to work, steeled in our resolve. Over three thousand lives were lost that fateful day, and we mourn them still.

But as a nation, we also stand tall, proud that those forty million Americans born after September 11th were born into a country not that different than the one of September 10th. Changed, certainly - how could we not be? But not broken, not cowed. We owe those who lost their lives so much more than that.

We owe a debt, moreover, to those who serve. In the decade since the September 11th attacks, much has been required of our brave men and women in uniform, and they do our nation great honor. Many have sacrificed - far too many have given their lives - in service to country, so it is fitting that today, we pause to honor those fighting for our freedom, along with the first responders who saved countless lives a decade ago.

To those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, and to those who risk their lives to defend us, we owe an America that remains true to her founding principles, for whom liberty is the byword ever and always. We don't always live up to this obligation, as individuals or a nation, but today, let us renew that pledge in solemn tribute. Let it be our enduring memorial.
Well put. Thank you, sir.

* Received via email.

The True Legacy of 9/11

I have to confess.  I was in a foul mood much of the day yesterday.  Not, as best I could tell, because of the dark day it represented from ten years ago when buildings - and dreams - came crashing down in New York and Washington and a plane was driven into the ground in a field in Pennsylvania.  It was because of idiocy like this, abut the "legacy" derived from the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, from the Roanoke Times.  It's a rare day that I get annoyed enough with America's leftists that I exit the internet, turn off my computer, and work to get as far away from people like that as I can possibly get.

That rare day was yesterday.

I was that angry.

Note to the new editorial page editor of the Times:  Leave your animosities at the boardroom door.  You don't like George W. Bush.  Fine.  But don't let your hatreds cloud your ability to reason.  When you or one of those working for you decided to write "Assessing the legacy of 9/11," did you even stop to consider the fact that, when the product was finished, you had a piece that could only be entitled "Assessing the Bush Legacy" or "We Still Hate Bush," and couldn't reasonably be considered associated with the events of that terrible day?

Yesterday of all days was not the day to make such a huge blunder.

Which is why I was really pissed.

One more thing. Let me provide, for your education, an example of what should really have been taken away from 9/11. And should have appeared in your paper on a day of memorial.  It's offered up by one Congressman Allen West, Republican, Florida:
As I reflect back on September 11, 2001, I remember being an Army Lieutenant Colonel training alongside the United States Marines at Camp Lejune, North Carolina. I had just finished my morning physical training when I heard the horrifying news. I knew right then, that myself, as well as my fellow comrades-in-arms were going to be called up to fight for our country. I knew whoever was responsible for this despicable attack would have to be held accountable. Since then, I have been to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now in the United States House of Representatives, I will continue to work to bring every single one of these enemies to justice.

As Americans, we sit here today knowing that the war is not over. This radical Islamic enemy, this militant Islam we are facing is evidenced in Islamic Totalitarianism. It is not something with which we can appease or negotiate.

September 11th reaffirms for me the commitment to protect the country I have served for my entire adult life. As I sit on the House Armed Services Committee, I am determined to make sure our military is the most well-trained and well-equipped in the world, and their families are well taken care of. This enemy will continue to be pursued.

Let us never forget the Americans who lost their lives-- in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania-- let us not forget their sacrifice.

We will stand together as Americans, banding together to never allow any enemy to change, alter or threaten our way of life. Let 9/11 always have a place in our hearts and in our minds, and give us the strength to endure the battles that lie ahead.

God bless all of those Americans who have lost loved ones, and let them have peace today in knowing their country honors them and will not let them down.
That, sweetheart, is the legacy of 9/11.

I can accept your hatreds being expressed in that rag of yours. Most days. But not yesterday. Not a day you should have - like all normal Americans did - stop and reflect on how our lives were forever changed by Islamist madmen.

* Allen's tribute received via email.

And the Roanoke Times Wasn't Alone

9/11 was intended to be a memorial day.  Instead, for those still suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome, it was a day to completely ignore that which occurred ten years ago to the day and to vent - once again - their hatred for our former president.

The Roanoke Times had to put its hatreds for the man front and center on this memorial day?  So did leftist New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

What kind of twisted mentality brings such skewed thinking out of these people?

ObamaCare In All Its Glory

This about sums it up:
Let me get this straight ...

We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it, but exempted itself from it, and signed by a President who would have signed anything, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke!!!!!

What the hell could possibly go wrong?
The age in which we live.

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A Question Worth Pondering

Frank Donatelli:

"The president says the American Jobs Act will create jobs 'right away.' Really? If so, why has he waited until the third year of his presidency to introduce it?"

From "5 myths in Obama's jobs speech," Politico, September 12, 2011