Will Appeasement Save the Day?
At a time when nearly all America's allies (save Britain and
Australia) and enemies alike are calling on the Bush administration to pull out
of Iraq and turn governance of the country over to the UN, the
UN is PULLING OUT!!
Maybe just out of Baghdad, and maybe just temporarily, they say. What if our
troops did that? Maybe just 'till things cool down a little.
The terrorists in Iraq are targeting not just U.S. soldiers, but the
RED CROSS, the UN office complex, and
station full of Iraqi policemen. What kind of mindless hatred drives these
people? ABC News reports that U.S. troops "are
suffering an average of 33 attacks per day," and that 117 have been killed
since the initial invasion, during which 114 were lost. Will the U.S. lose its
It is obvious that Iraq would descend into total anarchy if American forces were
to pull out now. Maybe Saddam would resurface and murder his way back into
power. While the reports of constant attacks against U.S. military and
international civilian targets give the impression that Iraq is already a
quagmire of anarchy, a U.S. congressman just returning from several days in
Baghdad reports that everyday activity there is
The war in Iraq is THE major
here in the U.S., and is being used by many to set the tone of debate leading up
to next year's Presidential elections. Those wishing to assure that George W.
Bush will be a one-term President want us to believe there were no "weapons of
mass destruction." The whole thing was a deception. A political ruse designed to
boost support for an unpopular administration. It had nothing to do with "the
war on terror" or September 11.
U.S. intelligence, so maligned by current political contenders, now reports that
careful study of satellite images during the months leading up to the U.S.-led
invasion reveal "...convoys
of Iraqi trucks that poured into Syria in February and March 2004,"
according to WorldTribune.com.
There is also some suspicion that weapons may have gone to Iran.
How could Iraq have transferred or concealed these weapons? We only telegraphed
the invasion for one full year! Openly begged, with hat in hand on bended knee,
the United Nations and "former" European allies to support the War in Iraq, but
to no avail. There were many months for Saddam Hussein to transfer and or
conceal his deadly agents or toxins.
The next bombshell coming down the pike is
legislation for U.S. taxpayers to ante up $87 billion, never to be repaid,
to be spent on rebuilding Iraq, and another $65 billion to maintain troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Are We Winning the War on Terror?
News reports tell us we remain under the constant threat of attack. The headline
on World Net Daily today reads, "al-Qaida
Training Manual Shows Seaports Top Target."
Another article details fears associated with an al-Qaida suspect and missing
reactor materials, which could be used for a "dirty
bomb." Another deals with evidence that
grids are being sabotaged.
Meanwhile, in keeping with the administration's stance that "Islam is a religion
of peace," and "We are not at war with Islam," Muslim clerics have been offering
up prayers from inside
the White House! The current administration, for all its strengths, seems
bent on placating enemies. We've watched it unfold in the political arena with
ever-increasing Big Government programs. We've seen it on the international
scene, not only at the United Nations, but also with our so-called allies who
have funded and armed enemies of the United States in the Middle East.
It is a policy designed to blunt criticism, but it never works. George W. Bush
is still maligned and hated by political opponents. Europe remains condescending
toward the U.S. and treats Americans overseas with contempt.
Recent history has some sobering lessons to teach us regarding the appeasement
of enemies. The example of Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler seems too
extreme to apply. Then again, isn't it possible that the formula we see at work
– with our involvement in the Middle East, supporting Israel while trying to
convince the Arab world that they are "moderate" and not our enemies – is
leading inevitably toward a scenario that even the best political and military
advisors cannot foresee.
As my Dad, Garner Ted Armstrong, wrote in his
"ISLAM IS AT WAR WITH AMERICA, Europe and Israel. But we are NOT at war with
The alignments shaping up, with Europe opposing the U.S. and Israel, and
remaining passive toward radical elements in the Middle East over financial and
may well comprise the beginnings of a Third World War. Does that sound
sensationalist? I'm not the first to say it. And it won't be the last time
you'll hear it.