Three Americans were killed yesterday in Kabul by our new friends, the Taliban. Yep, Obama just announced that the Taliban, the group that supported 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, are no longer considered a terrorist organization. According to the new definition being explained by the White House (read Liberal fanatical Democrats) the Taliban is now only considered an "armed insurgency." I'm sorry. WTF? What does that mean? Does this mean that all the Taliban terrorists are no longer considered terrorists? How stupid is that? Well, my dear reader, if you by any length of the imagination think your government "cares" about you, think again. The federal bureaucracy has morphed into to some unrecognizable monster that even the average U.S. citizen can not tell if the government is "for us, or against us." As the U.S. government spends millions of dollars on trying to decide who is or is not a terrorist, by definition, Americans are still dying! Let me make this simple. The three Americans killed yesterday were killed by Islamic Terrorists! Hello! If you can't figure this stuff out by yourself ... keep reading my column. I will continue to enlighten the masses. Maybe if we just told all of the moms in the U.S. what we are doing. Please raise your children and give them to the state. The state will then send them overseas to die in some forgotten hellhole and you may or may not get their bodies back. Oh, I forgot, we can't tell people the truth ... why not? That's the way I see it, today, January 31st, 2014.
Work makes you free. This was the motto for Auschwitz, a World War II German Nazi concentration camp. Problem was, it was a lie. It was a death camp where over one million people perished. By the end of the war, the German killing machine had killed over six million Jews and the war itself left over fifty million dead. The total number of dead Russians was over twenty million, fifteen percent of their total prewar population. Staggering. Seventy years later, today, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Union. Some people remember, some do not. Most people just do not care. I say this because as I ask people about history most of them do not have a clue. It seems no one is studying anymore. Maybe our society just does not care or it is irrelevant. Sure, in some circles, you will find knowledgeable people, but as a whole, most of the population is ignorant of the past. They feel it is not important to their daily lives, and, it a certain respect I guess they are right. Today, our society is faced with daily be-headings on the internet and most normal people are sickened by it. But it in no way compares to the past atrocities committed by the human race. World War II came about because good people did nothing until it was too late. Today, with hindsight, we have a choice. But the same conundrum still exists, will the courage to do what is right prevail? On this sad day of remembrance, let us hope that the "powers that be" have the courage to lead our society to a peaceful future. That's the way I see it, today, January 27th, 2014.
Don't let the beauty of Yemen fool you. Today, it is probably one of the worse places to be. Last week the entire government of this country fell to Iranian backed militias. The Houthis, a Shiite terrorist organization backed by Tehran, now controls most of the capital, Sana'a. The other problem is a Sunni terrorist organization that is running wild in the countryside. You might remember them, they brought you 9/11... Al-Qaeda. So, we have another country, that by all definitions, will most likely become a failed state. In the spirit of Somalia and Syria, the country of Yemen is now helping define the Arab world of broken political systems. Instead of the rule of law, we now have the rule of the gun. And, it is spreading. Saudi Arabia and Oman are now on notice. It appears that the world only wants to watch from a distance as this story unfolds. It is only when groups like ISIS (read Dash) kill innocent Japanese citizens with a butcher knife does anyone take notice. Having said that, voicing opinions from afar will not solve the problem. Somebody, somewhere, somehow is going to have to put a stop to this insanity. I have been yelling from afar that the 21st Century may indeed be defined by the outbreak of World War III. Let's hope I am wrong. Let's pray that I am wrong. The world needs a leader. The world needs a plan. The world better wake up before it is too late. If nothing is done, things will get much worse. That's the way I see it, today, January 26th, 2014.
Barry Soetoro's, aka Barack Obama, Adventure began again this week. He is in India with his next stop scheduled for Saudi Arabia. All the world leaders are going to go to the funeral of King Abdullah who died at the age of 90. Lest we forget, the United States sent no one to France after the terrorist killings in Paris. Our politicians relented a week later and had John Kerry and James Taylor sing "You gotta a friend" only after the White House received severe criticism from its own constituency. In simple terms, it was a day late and a dollar short, and off key. But, to our amazement, Barack or Barry, whatever you choose to call him, can't seem to wait to get to the "sand box." Since most people still believe he is a "closet Muslim" I just figured he is doing his Hajj. Why, not? Millions of others go there. Here, again, are the simple and overwhelming facts that most of the media tends to ignore. First, are people really going there for a funeral? I think not, I would like to believe it is because the new leader, King Salman, wants to see who is in his checkbook. After all, the Saudi's have more than money. They got oil and a lot of it. So, it is a close call for the horse race, pandering versus a funeral. Take your pick. Second, in no uncertain terms, our President, Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro is sending a message loud and clear. "Who cares about the dead Jews and French in Paris, I got a Arab funeral to attend!" Third, and I say this with all sincerity, "Who is in charge of this chickenshit outfit, anyway?" (a quote from Alien 2.) That's how I see it, today, January 25th, 2014.
Next weekend is the Super Bowl! Another year comes to a close, and, not without controversy. The New England Patriots have been accused of cheating. The media madness which has once again prevailed to a level of stupidity, has not been disappointing. In fact, if you believe the news, nothing, absolutely nothing, has occurred on the planet since it was discovered that someone, somehow, deflated a football below its NFL recommended inflation status. In fact, they have even given this monster of a story a name, "Deflate Gate!" Give me a break! Are you kidding? Meanwhile, Russia and Ukraine are in the midst of a full blown civil war, ISIS (read Dash) is demanding a 200 million dollar ransom for two Japanese citizens, the King of Saudi dies, Obama wants to tax the rich (an idea he got from France,) Cuba wants to be friends and reopen its embassy in Washington, and Europe is a full blown terrorist lockdown coupled with its staggering unemployment statistics.
But, keep in mind my dear reader, what is really important in this world is the PSI (pounds per square inch) of a football. "Don't lose sight of the ball!" Otherwise, you will truly lose your perspective on reality and you might not enjoy your Super Bowl weekend while munching on your Doritos and hotdogs! Personally, I am praying that the Seahawks show the Patriots the proper PSI next weekend. That's the way I see it, today, January 24th, 2014.
And, I am not talking about the new T.V. series. Unfortunately, the first month of 2015 has proven to be an eye opener. Europe is on a terrorist lockdown and is trying to hunt down the bad guys. In Belgium, Federal soldiers with machine guns are walking the streets of Brussels. France is reeling. The lines in the sand are being drawn and governments are taking sides. Behind closed doors the leaders are still groping for a plan... they have none. The "clash of cultures" is now accelerating as technology is giving everybody access to information. ISIS attacked all the French media web sites last week and shut them down. As my USAF F-16 friend has said, "Fights On!" In layman's terms, that means the enemy has been engaged.
The State of Affairs here in the United States and Europe, the West in general, has to answer the challenge that terrorism is demanding. Will the future be defined by lunatics with AK-47s attacking shopping malls or will peace prevail? How will countries protect the public? Will willy-nilly drone warfare solve all our problems, or just make it worse? What if Russia has a total economic collapse? One thing is certain, challenging times are indeed out front and center. The policy of ignoring our problems is no longer feasible. Negotiating with "nutjobs" appears to have failed. "Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts, we will be experiencing severe turbulence for the rest of our journey!" That's the way I see it, today, January 19th, 2014.
Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, was attacked last week by Muslim Jihadists Terrorists. Seventeen people are dead, many others are wounded, and as I write this column this morning there are over one million protesters in the streets of Paris. What is unusual is that the protest is being led by every world leader in Europe and the Middle East. Let me repeat that. Every elected and non-elected leader from the region are on the streets of Paris in an unprecedented show of solidarity against terrorism. In short, a wake up call. France, Germany, Mali, Jordan, Israel, and more are represented. The quote, "There is no democracy without freedom" is ringing throughout the Champs Elysees, and, in my opinion, it is about time! The cowardly attack on the Jewish grocery store, for me, was the epiphany. Maybe, just maybe, Europe and the rest of the world will finally recognize the growing problem within the Islamic community. Maybe, just maybe, some progress will be made to solve the problem... not fight it. There are over one billion Muslims in the world, and, whether you agree or not, their religion has been hijacked. I can only pray that this show of force, and a force it is, will ring home and send a strong and committed message to the radicals. There is only one caveat. If it is only talk, then, it will fail. Strong measures need to be taken in order to protect the public so a democracy can survive. Democracy is always being challenged, today is no different. In Europe, on this cold January morning, democracy is being revived. Let us hope it continues. As this week comes to a close, remember the dead, remember that they did not die in vain. Remember that the embers of freedom never go out and occasionally, those embers will turn into a raging fire of liberty. Today, and tomorrow, "I am Charlie!." That's how I see it, today, January 11th, 2014. Viva le France!
Just two days into the New Year! I hope all of you made your New Year's Resolutions. I forgot mine, I fell asleep, again, only to be awakened by the sounds of fire crackers outside my door. I must admit, 2014 was full of unexpected challenges. I am sure, 2015, will present some more. The country, the world, be it economics, politics, wars, or other aspirations will find that new challenges await. Europe, Asia, Russia are falling into an economic malaise. Meanwhile, the U.S. tries to pull out of a recession (read depression,) the rest of the world seems to be starting one. As of last night, the price of oil has fallen over 46%. Great news? Maybe, with this low cost for consumers comes the instability of massive economic disruption. Jihadist terrorists are trying to brand Islam into something it is not. The United Nations continues to try and pressure the world into "the new world order," even after sending President Abbas a stunning defeat for statehood. Some good news, South Korea has made overtures toward North Korea for re-unification. Behind closed doors, China is in favor of this. Just like the reunification of Germany, it is a long term win-win scenario for all involved. Putting North Korea on an economic turnaround will be a blessing in disguise. One last thought. The news media continues its unabashed and relentless single minded focus on stupidity. This is unfortunate. Thankfully, the "internet" is now combating this force of disinformation. That's the way I see it, today, from chilly Colorado, January 2nd, 2014.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.