A hawk runs for president

A ninth candidate has entered the Republican race for the presidential nomination, South Carolina Senator. Lindsey Graham.  His cause is national defense and a tough American foreign policy.  He defends the Iraq war and wants “boots on the ground” to battle ISIS and other threats.

Do you think an unreconstructed war hawk has a chance today?  Should he? [Read more…]

ISIS “serves the best lattes and cappucinos around”

A propaganda booklet being circulated by ISIS promises great food, stylish technology, and cosmopolitan diversity.  The author, a British citizen named Abu Rumaysah al-Britani, then looks forward to the day when ISIS will takes over London, Paris, and Washington, D. C., “because not only will we spill your blood, but we will also demolish your statues, erase your history and, most painfully, convert your children who will then go on to champion our name and curse their forefathers.”  Bridget Johnson reports. . . . [Read more…]

War on terrorism updates

There have been several developments in the on going and possibly never ending war on terrorism:

After the jump, details of the raid into Syria.

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Converting from secularism to ISIS

Europeans and Americans are pouring into Syria, Iraq, and other countries to join ISIS, where they are becoming some of the bloodiest and most fanatical fighters.  A big percentage of these volunteers are converts to Islam, including Elton Simpson who was killed in the attack in Garland, Texas.

After the jump, an excerpt and link to an article about why Western young people are converting to Islam and joining ISIS.  Common threads:  a non-religious upbringing, divorced parents, and a chaotic moral life.

Could it be that children raised without a belief in God and in a climate of lawlessness have a special attraction to the other extreme?  To a religion of the harshest law, as opposed to the Christian religion of grace?  What other factors do you think are at work? [Read more…]

Islamic terrorists attack Muhammad cartoons in Texas

A free speech group sponsored an exhibit of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.  Predictably, this drew the ire of Muslims, for whom any depiction of their prophet is blasphemous.  So two terrorists attacked the exhibit with gunfire, but were killed by police officers.  The question is, were these homegrown terrorists, or is there an al-Qaeda or ISIS connection?

UPDATE:  ISIS is claiming responsibility.

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Admit to be a Christian and be killed

At last count, 147 Kenyan university students were killed by al-Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists.  Most of them were killed because they were Christians.  I wondered how the terrorists could tell.  I heard that they asked if potential victims could recite a Muslim prayer and that they could tell by their dress.  Christian women would not be wearing veils or scarfs, so were fair game.  But I found a report that suggested that the terrorists basically just asked people.  “Are you a Christian or a Muslim?”  Those who said they were Muslims were spared.  But those who said they were Christians were shot.  Notice that they confessed their faith even though it meant their death! [Read more…]


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