What ISIS Really Wants
By Graeme Wood, March 2015
What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic … [more]
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Critics of American Sniper Chris Kyle Threatened with Violence and Rape Fantasies
By Hrafnkell Haraldsson, Sunday, January, 4th, 2015, 4:39 pm
‘It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my … [more]
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How ISIS Should Shape Our View of the Church and Its Mission Globally
By Martin Accad, December 4, 2014
I’ve been blogging and speaking much about ISIS in recent months. Last July, as we were beginning to get to grips with the savagery of the group, I tried to call us all, as people who claim to love God, to face and fight our own demons instead of claiming they have nothing to do with us. By … [more]
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General Dan Bolger says what the US does not want to hear: Why We Lost
By Spencer Ackerman, Monday 10 November 2014 00.01 EST
Dan Bolger is not looking to add to the debate over the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The retired three-star army general, out of patience with unresolved conflicts, means to end it.
On Tuesday, Bolger will publish his 500-page attempt to make sense of both the wars in which he served. Its blunt title pre-emptively … [more]
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This letter appeared in today’s Sentinel Record…
Remember the unborn
I want to thank the First Church of Nazarene, located on Central Avenue next to the expressway. They have crosses located on their church grounds that reflect the children who have been aborted for several years now. It is a soul-searching experience to see this and it hurts my soul to think we, as Americans, allow abortion to exist and using taxpayers money to … [more]
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From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”
By John Pilger, 8 October 2014
In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”. As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty.
As a witness to the … [more]
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John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria
By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014
John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”.
Like McGonagall’s verse, Kerry’s attempts to explain America’s crusade against its latest evil enemy are … [more]
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