Monthly Archives: October 2007

Immunity For Blackwater?

Democrats criticized the Bush administration Tuesday for giving immunity to Blackwater USA bodyguards, calling the move a failure to hold the security contractors responsible for the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians.

The State Department, whose investigators initially promised to shield the bodyguards’ statements in the criminal inquiry of the Sept. 16 shootings, maintained that any lawbreakers “must be held to account” as a result of the inquiry that has since been taken over by the Justice Department and FBI.

Kansas City Star

However, the Bush administration further promised that anybody who is involved will be prosecuted at a press conference.

Naturally, there is an obligation for the US government to protect its employees while they perform jobs. Would it be appropriate for the government to sacrifice these guys on the altar of convenience? That would be criminal in and of itself.

Rather, there is a degree of prudence  in giving a sort of limited immunity with promises to look into it and prosecute those guilty; it makes me sleep well at night though certainly I hope the great watchdog groups insure it is not merely swept under the rug.

But at the same time the only people who seem to have zero support from liberal watchdog groups are soldiers and those involved in the war. While the Left Wing assumes cop killing Mumia Abu Jamal to be a victim of circumstance, the opposite view is generally embraced by left for soldiers: beyond a doubt there are human rights violations occurring, and even when they do not have evidence of them they merely assume that in spite of intense media coverage it is still being concealed.

The left has disdain for soldiers often times and views them as moronic pawns in Bush’s war (though when confronted directly they pay lip service barring a few). Michael Moore did a great job of trying to slander our soldiers in Fahrenheit 9/11.

I expect Blackwater contractors (who I am sure are now the products of many imagined conspiracies about Halliburton and Bush’s inhumane torture policies, viewed on par with a secret society of murderers and bandits) to be viewed far worse than soldiers as they represent an elite mercenaries (in liberal talk, this is a baby killer, but not the good, partial birth abortion doctor kind).

We’ll listen to the bleating lambs of liberalism (or jackasses if we should revert to calling them by their symbol) rail against the Bush administration for erring on the side of caution but at the end of the day we all know the right thing is being done.

God knows if the liberals suspect a miscarriage of justice then justice is certainly being served.

October 07: Best Month In Iraq In 2 Years?

The monthly toll of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq is on track to being the lowest in nearly two years, with at least 36 troop deaths recorded as of Tuesday, but the military cautioned it’s too early to declare a long-term trend.

Topix

I think we are on a roll, here, and are close to having improved our lot. Of course, as the aricle says, it is too early to come to any concrete conclusions but it is very warming news to know that things have gotten safer and that perhaps the insurgency is puttering itself out. Continue reading

Overhearting Chinese Economy ‘Slows’

China’s economy grew at an annual pace of 11.5% in the three months to the end of September, official figures show. The figure was ahead of economists’ predictions but slightly slower than the 11.9% seen in the previous quarter.

China will soon overtake Germany to become the world’s third-largest economy behind the US and Japan.

Beijing said the slowing growth was evidence that efforts to cool the supercharged economy were having the desired effect. Continue reading

Burma’s Military Recruits Children

The Burmese army is forcibly recruiting children to cover gaps left by a lack of adult recruits, says a report by a US-based human rights organisation. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says children as young as 10 are beaten or threatened with arrest to make them enlist.

Burma has previously said it is working towards preventing the recruitment of children by the military.

BBC

It is hard to believe that these things actually still happen in modern society — that people suffer to such an extent that they are taken against their will into service they do not even agree with.

The article also says:

The child recruits are deployed to battalions after an average of 18 weeks training, the report says.

They are often reportedly sent into combat immediately, or forced to take part in activities, such as burning villages, which can be classified as human rights abuses.

I cannot really imagine being 10-14 and being sent to a training camp and then dispatched to a village to burn, participating in such brutal campaigns after incurring as much brutality myself.

The regime has overstepped even the most basic senses of right and wrong. Utterly wicked.

Now That Burma Is Back To Normal…

The media rallied around the cause of the Burmese people standing up against fear and tyranny, against a government hellbent on controlling every aspect of their life.

Now it has been a month since all of the protests have been crushed.

How are things now?

Life has changed a lot for many people. The place once full of hope is now shrouded with fear. Fear is everywhere and it’s stronger than before.

With fear comes anger. This anger will never go away until this regime is destroyed forever. The anger will go away only when there is true democracy.” [Samson]

”  Armed soldiers are still patrolling the areas near pagodas and the city centre. They keep questioning people who come to pagodas and I’ve heard that some have been arrested without doing anything wrong.

We, Burmese people, are Buddhist. Do we need reasons to visit pagodas?

Some private computers have been checked by the military to see if photos or videos of the protests have been sent from there.

My aunt’s PC was checked. They came to her house and checked her computer for proxy software. They have even installed some software that can track down what we are doing on the internet. She has warned me not to do anything silly. ” [Da Vine]

BBC

Back to normal with more security measures insuring that people have even less freedom to resist.  The crisis we highlighted has now faded from the screens and all the cheering on of the Western press has done nothing.

Buddhist Burmese even have trouble visiting their pagodas.

What can you say other than the media has abandoned their Burmese darling. The cause will be forgotten until the next major upheaval and until then they are left to their own devices.

It is disappointing to see the impotence of mankind to help one another to incite drastic change for the positive.

The only thing more disappointing is that when we do move to incite change by overthrowing a Saddam Hussein or a Taliban, we are criticized.

I think people live in fear of trying to institute change because those who cause it now suddenly inherit a mess of accusations and questioning of motives. Nothing is worth anything.

In a different world China with a conglomeration of other powers could have came in and destroyed the Burmese regime and held elections, guided the nation into stability; in our world, the liberals would have accused them of acting out of their own interests and regardless of how many democratic reforms were made they would be forever questioned.

We live in a world where liberation is risky business as quickly everything we know is turned on its head by Marxist media outlets that view everything as a vain attempt to exploit the laborer and poorer nations and the only people who have values are liberals, while conservatives are mere pirates.

I don’t think they understand that part of us conservatives also feels a little tingle inside when people free themselves from overbearing governments.

Christians Should Reform, Not Be Hypocritical

Christians need reform — as we always are in need of it, as our lives are a never ending project to try to perfect ourselves before God.

However, the task is neither easy nor obvious and it requires intense self-criticism and appraisal. Merely looking at the current state of Christendom, we have not been thinking things over as we need to be. We haven’t thought long and hard about the nature of our Christianity and where we ought to be standing. Continue reading