A Gimps View From The North

My very own space for political rantings and ravings to be kept separate from Gimp House

Saturday, July 22


Jeffro and Vicky's best friend Robbie sent this to me the other day and it struck me that applies to us as much as to Americans and that it is absolutely true.

Written by an Australian Dentist....and too good to delete....

To Kill an AmericanYou probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)

"An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.

An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim.
In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.

An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan. Americans welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.

The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America.

Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.
So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

Please keep this going!
Pass this around the World ?
then pass it around again.
It says it all, for all of us

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Friday, July 21


I've been through more than few barrages of katyushas and shrugged it off. Even the one that knocked me off the motorcycle in '92 didn't effect me like the ones coming down now. Of course having a proper missile land 50 yards away was scary as hell. Actually the thing that really has me scared is the thought that we are going to be stopped before the Hizzbullies are finished off and gotten rid of. What is wrong with the rest of the world? Has everyone forgotten that it isn't just our war? Don't they realize what will happen if we lose? Bush and Blair seem to get it, as do Egypt, Jordan, the Saudis and even the legal Lebanese government. They all want us to finish them off. It's pretty obvious to any one who isn't brain dead that the whole thing was started as a diversion for the Iranian head case who wants a nuke to use to turn the rest of the world into one big Islamoglobe. If we are not allowed to the job now, it will be too late and everyone had best start learning the Koran by heart. It really is that simple and they've been saying it for years now.
We have a battery of artillery just inside town and it makes more noise than you can imagine. It fires almost all day long and most of the night. There's a corridor from there straight up our street and it sounds like they are right in the house.
At the risk of repeating what has been said over and over here (and I do wish the TV talking heads would shut up) this isn't going to end unless we go in and clean out the North Vietnamese style tunnel systems they had 6 years to build and stock. Everyone is wailing that the price in casualties will be too high, but the price of not doing it will be much higher-an Islamoworld. I'm not as frightened by the missiles as I am by the thought that we might stop before the job is done. That's just not an option for us, or the world.
Never mind the fact that I'm not sure we even deserve to win, the rest of the world doesn't deserve for us to lose.
I'm not going to go into what's so wrong with us right now. And I don't want to dwell on the local corruption and how the local authorities are handling things here. It starts at the top and if the government doesn't get it's act together PDQ they just might have a civilian revolt on their hands when the shooting is over.
I'm sorry, but it infuriates me that people in the line of fire are encouraged to leave. That does nothing except reinforce defeatist behavior. It smacks of what the Arab leadership did back in '47 and '48 when they told the Arab population to leave their homes so that they could come back after the Jews were wiped out. They turned into refugees and lost their property. I expected better from us, but, I guess I was wrong. I still think that giving in is wrong and I'm staying right here in my own house and bed even if they don't know it. I do, and I refuse to give them that small victory. As the authorities are only helping the people in shelters and I'm well supplied and have a fully fueled jeep outside and two credit cards, I'm not a burden on the system. Of course if things get too wild, I do have my own shelter right in the house, complete with TV, phone lines, books, VCR, and comfy recliner I can sleep on, if need be. I hope I don't wuss out and use it, but it could happen.
I can't believe my ears. One of the wealthiest women in the country, who bought herself a radio show just referred to the poor Lebanese. I don't think so. If they didn't have the smarts to get rid of the Hizzbullies themselves and are letting us do it, I refuse to feel bad for what they are going through. Of course, I detest her on the best of days. She's always looking for someone else to donate/help, rather than putting her hand into her own pocket and doing it herself. She is well able to. But, she's another story for another day, and a perfect example of what's wrong with us."It's not *my* problem, get someone else to fix it."
I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to say here, except that we have to finish what they started.