Saddam Hussein… Iraq’s main WMD!

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Dec 292005
 

Saddam Hussein was Iraq’s main WMD.

— Under Saddam’s regime many hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of his actions – the vast majority of them Muslims.

— According to a 2001 Amnesty International report, “victims of torture in Iraq are subjected to a wide range of forms of torture, including the gouging out of eyes, severe beatings and electric shocks… some victims have died as a result and many have been left with permanent physical and psychological damage.”

— Saddam has had approximately 40 of his own relatives murdered.

— Allegations of prostitution used to intimidate opponents of the regime, have been used by the regime to justify the barbaric beheading of women.

— Documented chemical attacks by the regime, from 1983 to 1988, resulted in some 30,000 Iraqi and Iranian deaths.

— Human Rights Watch estimates that Saddam’s 1987-1988 campaign of terror against the Kurds killed at least 50,000 and possibly as many as 100,000 Kurds.

— The Iraqi regime used chemical agents to include mustard gas and nerve agents in attacks against at least 40 Kurdish villages between 1987-1988. The largest was the attack on Halabja which resulted in approximately 5,000 deaths.

— 2,000 Kurdish villages were destroyed during the campaign of terror.

— Iraq’s 13 million Shi’a Muslims, the majority of Iraq’s population of approximately 22 million, face severe restrictions on their religious practice, including a ban on communal Friday prayer, and restriction on funeral processions.

— According to Human Rights Watch, “senior Arab diplomats told the London-based Arabic daily newspaper al-Hayat in October [1991] that Iraqi leaders were privately acknowledging that 250,000 people were killed during the uprisings, with most of the casualties in the south.”

— Refugees International reports that the “Oppressive government policies have led to the internal displacement of 900,000 Iraqis, primarily Kurds who have fled to the north to escape Saddam Hussein’s Arabization campaigns (which involve forcing Kurds to renounce their Kurdish identity or lose their property) and Marsh Arabs, who fled the government’s campaign to dry up the southern marshes for agricultural use. More than 200,000 Iraqis continue to live as refugees in Iran.”

— The U.S. Committee for Refugees, in 2002, estimated that nearly 100,000 Kurds, Assyrians and Turkomans had previously been expelled, by the regime, from the “central-government-controlled Kirkuk and surrounding districts in the oil-rich region bordering the Kurdish controlled north.”

— “Over the past five years, 400,000 Iraqi children under the age of five died of malnutrition and disease, preventively, but died because of the nature of the regime under which they are living.” (Prime Minister Tony Blair, March 27, 2003)

— Under the oil-for-food program, the international community sought to make available to the Iraqi people adequate supplies of food and medicine, but the regime blocked sufficient access for international workers to ensure proper distribution of these supplies.

— Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, coalition forces have discovered military warehouses filled with food supplies meant for the Iraqi people that had been diverted by Iraqi military forces.

— The Iraqi regime has repeatedly refused visits by human rights monitors. From 1992 until 2002, Saddam prevented the UN Special Rapporteur from visiting Iraq.

— The UN Special Rapporteur’s September 2001, report criticized the regime for “the sheer number of executions,” the number of “extrajudicial executions on political grounds,” and “the absence of a due process of the law.”

Executions: Saddam Hussein’s regime has carried out frequent summary executions, including:

— 4,000 prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in 1984;
3,000 prisoners at the Mahjar prison from 1993-1998;
— 2,500 prisoners were executed between 1997-1999 in a “prison cleansing campaign”;
22 political prisoners were executed at Abu Ghraib prison in February/March 2000;
— 23 political prisoners were executed at Abu Ghraib prison in October 2001;
— At least 130 Iraqi women were beheaded between June 2000 and April 2001;

Liberals… let them go to hell

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Dec 142005
 

Fox News was the only place that you could see this.

In a segment on Iraqis in America voting in advance of Thursday’s parliamentary election , 77 year old Betty Dawisha expressed her sentiments towards the historic vote:


“Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done, and President Bush, let them go to hell!”


The Political Teen has the video.

Unforgettable Liberal quotes.

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Dec 082005
 

“I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time-never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people.”
Bill Clinton


“I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists.”
Jane Fonda

“We live in fictitious times. We live in a time with fictitious election results that elect fictitious presidents. We live in a time when we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you. Shame on you.”
Michael Moore

“Clinton’s pardons have no impact on the health and welfare of the American people.”
Barbara Streisand

“Bush stole the elections and since then we have all been suffering the consequences,”
Jessica Lange

“He betrayed this country! He played on our fears! He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure pre-ordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place!”
Al Gore

“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas,”
Natalie Maines- The Dixie Chicks

“I would like to apologize for referring to George W. Bush as a “deserter.” What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar and a functional illiterate.”
Michael Moore

“Regime change! George Bush has to go and we have the power to do it. The officials of the government shall be removed from office for crimes and misdemeanor; their crime against peace, and for use of torture in Iraq.”
Ramsey Clark- former Democratic Attorney General (March 31, 2003)

“One could say that Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown.”
Marcy Kaptur- Democratic Representative Ohio

“He’s (Osama bin Laden) been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day-care facilities, building health-care facilities, and these people are extremely grateful. We haven’t done that.”
Patty Murray- Democratic Senator Washington (speech to a high school honors class)

“The American people may have been lured into accepting the unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation, in violation of long-standing international law, under false premises,”
Robert Byrd- Democratic Senator West Virginia (USA Today- 5/21/03)

“Our paradigm now seems to be: something terrible happened to us on September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us. And if they don’t, they can go straight to hell.”
Bill Clinton

“If men like [Ken] Starr and his allies could ignore the Constitution and abuse power for ideological and malicious ends to topple a President, I feared for my country.”
Hillary Clinton

“Not only did the tax cut fail to prevent a recession, as its supporters said it would, it probably made the recession worse,”
Tom Daschle- Democratic Senator South Dakota (January 4, 2002)

“Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.”
Jimmy Carter

“Did I expect George Bush to f— it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.”
John Kerry- Democratic Senator Massachusetts

“Being a liberal is one of the best things you can be.”
Janeane Garofalo

“The problem is we elected a manager, and we need a leader. Let’s face it: Bush is just dim.”
George Clooney

“George W Bush is like a bad comic working the crowd, a moron, if you’ll pardon the expression.”
Martin Sheen

“Bush wasn’t elected, he was selected— selected by five judges up in Washington who voted along party lines.”
Alec Baldwin

“Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.”
Al Franken- (The title from his book)

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”
Bill Clinton

“This vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for President”
Hillary Clinton

“I mean, I think, Iraqis, I think, feel that if we drove smaller cars, maybe we wouldn’t have to kill them for their oil.”
Bill Mahr – Larry King Live (November 1, 2002)

“We all need to take a deep breath and think about being a Bush daughter and having that cross to bear. I’d go out and have a couple of drinks too,”
Julia Roberts

“If you asked would I live in London the rest of my life, yeah, I’d be very happy to stay here. There’s nothing in America that I would miss at all.”
Robert Altman – The Times (London) January 21, 2002

“I despise him [President George W. Bush]. I despise his administration and everything they stand for.”
Jessica Lange – at a film festival in Spain (September 25, 2002)

“It is an embarrassing time to be an American. It really is. It’s humiliating.”
Jessica Lange – at a film festival in Spain (September 25, 2002)

“Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world.”
Jimmy Carter

“We don’t know whether in the long run the Iraqi people are better off, and the most important thing is we don’t know whether we’re better off.” – On the question of whether qetting rid of Saddam Hussein was a good thing.
Howard Dean – Former Democratic Govenor of Vermont and Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2004 (Meet The Press 6/22/03).

I know on September 11, we were all evacuated from the building, and we found ourselves standing outside—most of us. I was whisked away with no place to go. We ended up on the top floor of the police headquarters. We pulled the shades down, thinking that might make us more secure.
Tom Daschle – Democratic Senator South Dakota

“Well I don’t know what the city of Hollywood knows about foreign policy, but do I know that a lot of people do learn and educate themselves about policy and I don’t have to be a policy expert to know that this will be a disaster.”
Janeane Garofalo

“There is ample evidence that the horrific events of Sept. 11 have been carefully manipulated to switch public focus from Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, who masterminded the Sept. 11th attacks, to Saddam Hussein, who did not,”
Robert Byrd- Democratic Senator West Virginia (USA Today- 5/21/03)

“Saddam Hussein is a threat, but the threat is not so great that we must be stampeded to provide such authority to this president just weeks before an election.”
Robert Byrd- Democratic Senator West Virginia (New York Times op-ed, 10/10/02)

“While endangering one of the most pristine areas in the world, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would do nothing to make our country more energy independent,”
Tom Daschle- Democratic Senator South Dakota(March 19, 2003)

“by just getting the SUVs to have the same fuel economy as autos.”
Barbara Boxer Democratic Rep. CA. ( On how the U.S. could save more oil than the Anwar would produce)

“Well, there’s no credible link between Iraq and al Qaeda. There’s no credible link between Iraq and 9/11.”
Janeane Garofalo

“death warrant for social programs for decades and decades to come.”
Julian Bond – NAACP Chairman (President Bush’s tax cuts)

“In two short years, George W. Bush has taught us what the ‘W’ stands for — wrong. Wrong for our children, wrong for our parents, wrong for our values. Wrong, wrong, wrong for America.”
John Edwards- Democratic Senator North Carolina (February 23, 2003 )

“It’s your money, says President Bush when he promotes tax cuts. I disagree with his tax policy but admire his spin.”
Bill Clinton – Out of Control (June 28, 2003)

“There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud,”
Edward Kennedy

“Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side.”
Julian Bond – NAACP Chairman (On the Republican Party)

“We must uphold the promise of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton and never allow the President and his Republican friends to threaten Social Security by putting it on the Wall Street trading block.”
John Kerry- Democratic Senator Massachusetts (Speech To Massachusetts Democrat State Convention,” May 31, 2002)

“Unfortunately, last spring, Republicans chose exactly the wrong solution. They made a huge tax cut their No. 1 priority — ahead of everything else — and discarded the framework of fiscal responsibility,”
Tom Daschle- Democratic Senator South Dakota (January 4, 2002)

“We give an infinitesimal amount of our money to people around the world. I think what people around the world would say is it would take so little for this rich country to help and alleviate so much misery and even that is too much for them. We’re oblivious to suffering.”
Bill Mahr – Larry King Live (November 1, 2002)

“Bush says you’re either with us or against us. I don’t know who ‘us’ is. I say to Mr. Bush—this is what democracy looks like. We will not give our daughters and sons for a war for oil.”
Susan Sarandon

“This is a racist and imperialist war. The warmongers who stole the White House have hijacked a nation’s grief and turned it into a perpetual war on any non-white country they choose to describe as terrorist.”
Woody Harrelson

“If we continue following George Bush’s military policy and defense policy, will become a secondary military power.”
Howard Dean – Former Democratic Govenor of Vermont and Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2004 (Meet The Press 6/22/03).

“I can’t tell you the answer to that either.” On the question of how many troops do we have on active duty.
Howard Dean – Former Democratic Govenor of Vermont and Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2004 (Meet The Press 6/22/03).

“The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.”
Ramsey Clark- former Democratic Attorney General

“I’m saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we’re now forced to war, saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn’t create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country.”
Tom Daschle- Democratic Senator South Dakota

“Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.”
Walter Mondale- July 19, 1988

“But the problem for Social Security is that it is actually in fine shape until, I don’t know, 2040 or something like that.”
Howard Dean – Former Democratic Govenor of Vermont and Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2004 (Meet The Press 6/22/03).

“We need to change our ethic and aspire to be more Canadian-like,”
Michael Moore

“They could call Jesus a terrorist too. I mean, he was pretty tough on money lenders a time or two.”
Ramsey Clark- former Democratic Attorney General (during a media event for an anti-war group)

“I think we are isolating ourselves, and in so isolating ourselves, I think we’re minimizing ourselves, I don’t think we are taken as seriously today as we were a few years ago.”
Tom Daschle- Democratic Senator South Dakota (July 19, 2001)

“I’m the number 1 target of the White House. They can’t get Osama bin Laden; they’re going to get me.”
Jean Carnahan- Democratic Senator Missouri (CNN’s Crossfire, 10/15/02)

“The difference between Martin Sheen and George W. Bush is Martin Sheen is actually convincing when he acts like he’s president.”
Paul Begala- Democratic strategist (CNN’s “Crossfire,” June 4, 2002)

“Any child born into the hugely consumptionist way of life so common in the industrial world will have an impact that is, on average, many times more destructive than that of a child born in the developing world.”
Al Gore

“Here’s what I say to people. You have a choice. Do you want to have the president’s tax cut or would you like a health-care program that nobody can ever take away?”
Howard Dean – Former Democratic Govenor of Vermont and Democratic Presidential Candidate in 2004 (Meet The Press 6/22/03).

“This country of ours has committed the most serious act of aggression in its history by engaging in a war of aggression without a declaration of war by Congress,”
Ramsey Clark- Former Democratic Attorney General

“I do not begrudge his salute to America’s warriors aboard the carrier Lincoln, for they have performed bravely … but I do question the motives of a desk-bound president who assumes the garb of a warrior for the purposes of a speech,”
Robert Byrd- Democratic Senator

“I think the president would mislead the American people.”
Jim McDermott- Democratic Congressman Washington (statement to the press while in Iraq)

“National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction.”
Jacques Chirac

“He [Treasury Secretary-designate John Snow] is said to be in favor of further tax cuts but against deficits. Doesn’t one lead to the other?”
Peter Jennings – World News Tonight – December 9, 2002

“The president succeeded during the election campaign in convincing a majority that Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida are practically the same thing … but he convinced the majority of something that is not true and is not backed up by any evidence that I am aware of.”
Al Gore

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”
James Carville (on Paula Jones sexual harassment allegation against Bill Clinton)

“A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on defense than social programs is nearing spiritual death,”
Danny Glover

“I did not support Operation Desert Fox.”
Janeane Garofalo

“Bin Laden didn’t come from the abstract. He came from somewhere, and if you look where … you’ll see America’s hand of villainy.”
Harry Belafonte

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Time for the Terrorism Quiz!

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Dec 042005
 

From SilverBerry:

“…One hundred percent of the successful terrorist attacks on commercial airlines for 20 years have been committed by Arabs. When there is a 100 percent chance of being hijacked by an Arab Muslim Extremist, it ceases to be a profile. It’s called a ‘description of the suspect….” — Ann Coulter

The Famous ROPMA.NET Terrorism Quiz!

#1 In 1968 who assassinated Robert Kennedy?
(a) Abbie Hoffman
(b) Tiny Tim
(c) Charles Manson
(d) Muslim male extremist between the age of 17 and 40

#2 In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:
(a) Olga Korbett
(b) Sitting Bull
(c) Arnold Schwarzenegger
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#3 In 1979,the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:
(a) Lost Norwegians
(b) Elvis
(c) A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#4 During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
(a) John Dillinger
(b) The King of Sweden
(c) The Boy Scouts
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#5 In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot 4 times in an assasination attempt by: (Updated by ROPMA Reader Michele.)
(a) Christopher Columbus
(b) Gene Simmons of “KISS”
(c) Vlad the Impaler,
(d) Muslim male extremists between the age of 17 and 40. (Name: Mehmet Ali Hagca)

#5 In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
(a) A Domino’s pizza delivery boy
(b) Pee Wee Herman
(c) Geraldo Rivera making up for a slow news day
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

#6 In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked, and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard by:
(a) The Smurfs
(b) Davy Jones
(c) The Little Mermaid
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

#7 In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a U.S. Navy diver was murdered by:
(a) Captain Kidd
(b) Charles Lindbergh
(c) Mother Teresa
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#8 In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
(a) Scooby Doo
(b) The Tooth Fairy
(c) Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid with dynamite left over from the train job.
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40 ** Update – Libya Accepted Responsibility. Libya is a Muslim country. **

#9 In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
(a) Richard Simmons
(b) Grandma Moses
(c) Michael Jordan
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#10 In 1996 19 Americans were killed and hundreds more woulded at the U.S. Military complex at Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia because of attacks by: (Update by ROPMA Reader Steven K.)
(a) The Verizon Guy (Can you hear me now?)
(b) Domino’s Pizza “noid”
(c)Clinton Administration Secretary of State Madeline Albright
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#11 In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
(a) Mr. Rogers
(b) Hillary, to distract attention from Wild Bill’s women problems
(c) The World Wrestling Federation to promote its next villain: “Mustapha the Merciless”
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#12 In 2000, The USS Cole was attacked and more than 15 American Sailors were killed by:
(a) David Letterman
(b) Shaquille O’Neil
(c) The Cookie Monster
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#13 On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked and destroyed and thousands of people were killed by:
(a) Bugs Bunny, Wile Coyote, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd
(b) The Supreme Court of Florida
(c) Mr. Bean
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#14 In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
(a) Enron
(b) The Lutheran Church
(c) The NFL
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#15 In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
(a) Bonny and Clyde
(b) Captain Kangaroo
(c) Billy Graham
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#16 In 2001 Phillipene Missionaries Gracia and Martin Burnham were kidnapped, held for over a year, and Martin subsequently killed by:
(a) Mr. Rogers
(b) Scooby Doo and Shaggy
(c) Ronald Reagan
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#17 On July 4th 2002, 2 Innocent Airline Passengers Were Killed, And 3 Others Injured at the ticket counter of El Al Airlines in the LAX International terminal by:
(a) Hulk Hogan after losing the WWF Title
(b) The cast of Monty Python
(c) Senator Lil’ Tommy Daschle
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 41

#18 On July 31st 2002 5 Americans were killed by a Palestinian HAMAS bomber in Jerusalem while attending school by:
(a) The US Congress
(b) The Tooth Fairy
(c) The Easter Bunny
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

#19 On October 12th 2002 more than 200 innocent civilians (including 200 Australians and 5 Americans) were brutally murdered by:
(a) Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
(b) Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street
(c) Charles Barkley
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 41

#20 On October 29th 2002 more than 700 Moscow theatre goers were taken hostage and threatened with execution by:
(a) Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(b) Laurie Dhue of Fox News Channel
(c) Phil Donahue, of MSNBC, pissed because Fox News is kicking his ass
(d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 41

“Nope… I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone because of profiling. “

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Good news from Iraq. A good old local hero news story!

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Dec 032005
 


This is the kind of story that the main stream media should be focusing on. It’s an artical about a local hero from The Pottstown Mercury, a Pennsylvania suburban news paper.


The contributions on the world stage of a Spring-Ford Area High School graduate were noted last week in a local tribute.

For those who may have missed the story, Jim Haldeman, Spring-Ford class of 1973, returned for the Friday night football game against Pottsgrove and was honored for his work as a Marine officer in Iraq.

Haldeman’s contributions were not on the battle front; they were in the rebuilding phase. He was called out of retirement from the military to build a new government for the people of Fallujah and to help restore their city. Haldeman recently completed his special assignment and returned to his home in Rhode Island.

“Basically, I ran Fallujah,” said Haldeman, the director of civil military operations center. “I was responsible for re-establishing the entire government through the democratic process. I was there to educate people about government. I worked to build a judicial system, to establish a police force, to rebuild the city and to bridge the gap between the citizens and the military.”

Fallujah was severely damaged last year during a U.S. military assault aimed at clearing the city of insurgents, Haldeman said. In addition to re-establishing a government, Haldeman worked to get Iraqi dollars for the people so their homes could be rebuilt.

Haldeman said he has seen tremendous progress in the city since arriving last February, but there is much still to be done. “The population has increased from approximately 100,000 to 200,000. Economic development is starting to occur. People are employed. Shops and services are starting to trickle in. The streets are cleaner,” he said.

“It may seem insignificant to you and I, but not too long ago I saw a shop open up over there that was selling wedding gowns,” Haldeman said. “That’s progress, seeing people who want to move back in and start a family. I was just so happy to see that people are comfortable to come back and start their lives.”

In a marked contrast to election turnouts in this country, Haldeman said 66 percent of the people recently went to the polls to vote on their constitution. On Dec. 15, they will vote on their parliament in the national election. “We expected 45 or 50,000 people to come out and vote,” Haldeman said. “But 88,000 people turned out.”

Among Haldeman’s work was talking to people about the voting process and the importance of voting. He recalled one particular day when he asked a crowd of about 200 Iraqis how many of them planned on voting,and the entire crowd responded with thunderous applause. “They were giddy with excitement,” Haldeman said. “They were clapping for themselves because they were happy they were going to vote. It was profound that they were going to partake in the democratic process.”

Though he admitted he has little background in politics — actually “none, whatsoever” — Haldeman changed the lives of tens of thousands of people in only eight months.

The rebuilding of an area of the world that has seen as much suffering and upheaval as Fallujah represents a remarkable contribution. Haldeman is a true local hero.


Murtha a traitor….. helping the enemy!

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Dec 032005
 

John P. Murtha is continuing his assault on the Bush administration’s Iraq war policy, asserting this week that the U.S. Army is “broken, worn out” and “living hand to mouth.” I think Rush Limbaugh pretty much sums it up.

So he wants us to pull out. “The Army is broken. The equipment is worn out…. They’re living hand-to-mouth.” He got his 15 minutes. He decided he really liked his 15 minutes, saying our troops are worn out, so he wants to get his name in lights again — and I’ll tell you, this borders on insubordination or Treason. What he has just done — and I’m not sure in his mind he’s trying to do the right thing. I mean, I know in the leftist circles he is unassailable, but not here. What Congressman Murtha just did with that comment was practically broadcast to the Islamic terrorist wacko suicide groups around the world that our troops are worn out. Worn out by what? Roadside bombs? The terrorists have only one play to use against us, roadside and car bombs hiding behind women and children in mosques. They will not confront our troops head on, they can’t. They don’t have any army. They may not be cowards, although I’m not ready to concede even that. Well, somebody willing to blow themselves up is not a coward. It’s a lunatic, but they don’t have the guts to face us head on.

Think about it. There haven’t been any major battles. Only these annoying little deadly car bombs, and everybody goes ape over this and now the Democrats want to quit and cut and run and have invested themselves in defeat. So now John Murtha with all these bright lights and the cameras facing him and chasing him all around has told the terrorists, has told al-Qaeda that our troops are “worn out,” and they’re “living hand-to-mouth.” Hand-to-mouth, he says, because the terrorists have been so successful. He may as well go out and deliver a victory statement for Al-Qaeda! That’s what he’s done here. He’s telling all of those people that want us dead that our troops can’t even handle the war with them. We can’t even handle the war without battles. We can’t even handle roadside explosives. Imagine what would happen to our troops if we actually got into a combat-style battle. I mean, to me it is unbelievable. It’s incredible, and it frosts me. It makes me mad, and these people think they’re patriotic, they think they’re doing a great service to the country.

Liberal lies about Iraq

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Dec 032005
 

I don’t know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so.

I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by President Bill Clinton) as preludes to disaster.

The very first question President Ronald Reagan was asked at his first presidential press conference concerned El Salvador. The question: Did he think it was going to turn into another Vietnam? Democrats invoked Vietnam with every other sentence during the long and nasty controversy about aiding the resistance in Nicaragua.

More recently, just days into the Afghanistan war, the New York Times ran a front-page lament calling that conflict a new “quagmire.”

Liberals seem always to believe that America will lose its wars, and when it doesn’t, that it should.

It is obviously deeply painful to contemplate the more than 2,000 American dead, and many others gravely injured in Iraq. And charities like Fisher House (www.fisherhouse.org) welcome concrete demonstrations of Americans’ concern for military families. But one does not sense that members of the military share the belief so widespread in the press and Congress that the Iraq war is going very badly and that the original decision to fight was a mistake.

One Marine, Sgt. Todd Bowers, who did two tours in Iraq, described the attitude of many press types. “They didn’t want to talk to us.” Why? I asked. “Because we were gung-ho for the mission.” Sgt. Bowers, who was saved from grievous injury when a bullet lodged in the sight of his rifle (a sight his father had purchased for him), is chary about the press.

In his first tour, he noticed that members of the press were reluctant to photograph Iraqis laughing, giving the thumbs up sign, or cheering. Yet Sgt. Bowers saw plenty that would have made fine snapshots. In Baghdad, Al Kut and Al-Nasiriyah, Sgt. Bowers reported no signs of anti-American feeling at all among Iraqis.

Fallujah, of course, was different, as the city was a hotbed of terrorism, and the battle of Fallujah was one of the fiercest engagements of the war. During the battle, Sgt. Bowers found himself sharing a ride with an embedded reporter for the Associated Press. He was asked what he thought of the destruction. Sgt. Bowers responded that it was “Incredible, overwhelming. But it definitely had to be done.”

He also stressed that because the enemy had fought so dirty, tough calls had to be made. Later, he saw himself quoted in newspapers around the country to the effect that the destruction was “overwhelming” as if he could not cope. He had also made some anodyne remarks about rebuilding the damaged areas of the city, and responded “Where to begin?” when asked about the plans. He was speaking of the water treatment plants, medical facilities, and schools American forces were about to help build, but his comments were offered as evidence of the futility of the situation—the very opposite of this eager Marine’s intent.

There was plenty of progress to report, if the press had been interested. When the battle of Fallujah was over, the Marines set up a humanitarian relief station in an abandoned amusement park. Together with Iraqis locally hired and trained for the purpose and with an assist from the Iraqi ministry of the interior, they distributed rice, flour, medical supplies, baby formula, and other necessities to thousands of Iraqis.

For six weeks, Sgt. Bowers reports, the distribution went beautifully, “like a well-oiled machine.” Not worth a story, apparently. Only when something went wrong did the press see something worth reporting. A small group of Iraqis were turned away from the food distribution point, though they had been waiting in line for hours. They were given vouchers and told they could come to the front of the line the next morning when supplies would be replenished. These few unhappy souls were then besieged by press types eager to tell their story.

At the same site, the Marines had repaired an old Ferris wheel. The motor was dead, but when two Marines pushed and pulled by hand they could get the thing turning to give rides to the children of the Iraqi employees. They did so for hours on end. A photographer from a large American media company watched impassively. “Why don’t you take a picture of this?” demanded one Marine. The photographer snorted, “That’s not my job.”

Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist