Category: Iraq

Feb 22 2015

We ought not to underrate its emotional appeal


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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Jan 05 2015

Attack the essence

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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Dec 07 2014

Overhaul of governments and institutions

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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Nov 10 2014

The “L” word

General Dan Bolger says what the US does not want to hear: Why We Lost

By , Monday 10 November 2014


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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Oct 19 2014

Crossing Central Avenue




This letter appeared in today’s Sentinel Record…


Remember the unborn

Dear editor:

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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Oct 08 2014

Prepared, preconceived and planned

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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Sep 23 2014

Sheer infantilisme

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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