At least 1, 340,000 Americans have died in our nation’s wars, from the Revolution through Afghanistan. Michael Avramovich breaks down that number in a touching Memorial Day tribute. [Read more…]
There have been several developments in the on going and possibly never ending war on terrorism:
- U.S. Special forces made an incursion into Syria and killed an important ISIS leader.
- The surviving Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to death.
- Famed investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has published a story claiming that what we have been told about the killing of Osama bin Laden is untrue, that he was a prisoner of the Pakistanis and that the SEALS basically conducted a planned execution. Hardly anyone is buying Hersh’s claims.
- The key Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen to ISIS. This despite U.S. air strikes and a full-on effort by Iraqi armed forces.
After the jump, details of the raid into Syria.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates are bombing Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. Different Islamic nations are also battling each other in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Experts say this may herald an all-out Middle Eastern war.
This would be an all-Islamic conflict, with Sunnis fighting Shi’ites and different factions of Sunnis fighting each other. There is no way Saudi Arabia, which claims authority over Sunni Islam, could countenance the ISIS Sunnis’ claim to have re-established the ancient caliphate. Also, traditional rulers are fighting rebel movements, who want both politcial freedom and radical jihad.
This is not, strictly speaking, an American fight, though the United States is supporting everyone fighting jihadist terrorists on both sides of the factions, which is resulting in all kinds of contradictions. Thus, the U.S. is supporting Iranian-connected militants when they are fighting ISIS in Iraq, but opposing them when they are fighting moderate Arabs in Yemen. [Read more…]
The Library of Congress has acquired thousands of Civil War photographs and has put them online. Here is a slide show sampling. My favorites are from the Liljenquist Family collection of individual and family portraits., which the Library of Congress is making available freely, with no copyright restrictions.
These put a human face, literally, on history and on the Civil War, and I find them very moving. (The custom was to have a picture taken in your uniform before you set off for war, knowing that you might never be coming back. Some of the pictures of boys still in adolescence show a fierce bravado that is belied by their baby faces. The pictures of the men with their wives and children show both courage and sadness.) I post one after the jump. (Notice the emotion in this formal pose in the way the husband and wife are holding onto each other’s hands.) [Read more…]
Christians worldwide have been facing intense persecution. But now some of them are fighting back. Pakistani churches have been subject to periodic attacks for decades. But last time that happened, when an attack on a worship service killed 14 and wounded 70, some 4,000 Christians staged a riot of their own, lynching two suspects. Authorities are worried that Pakistan, already torn by conflicts between Sunni and Shi’ite Islamic militants, will descend into full-fledged religious war if the Christians get involved.
Some Iraqi Christians have organized a militia to fight ISIS. In central Africa, Christian militias have been attacking Muslims whose militias have been attacking them. Lebanon has long had a formidable Christian militia organization. After the jump, an excerpt and a link about what is happening in Pakistan.
What do you think about this? Should Christians facing persecution accept martyrdom or fight their persecutors? Or does it depend on the situation, and, if so, what are the situations? [Read more…]
The United States lost another ally in the war against Islamic terrorism. The pro-American government in Yemen–which helped us fight the ruthless Yemeni al-Qaida and allowed our drone attacks–was overthrown by Houthi rebels. The Houthi are Shi’ites, meaning they oppose the Sunni al-Qaida and ISIS, but are allied with Iran. Still, they oppose the drone strikes and are strongly anti-American and anti-Israel. The coup is another setback for American anti-terrorism efforts. [Read more…]