Friday, February 29, 2008

From Other Sites on the Line: 1 mar 08

The List of 45

by Snooper - Crossposted from a

A special note from Radarsite: For those who have not yet read this incredibly prescient List of 45, please take the opportunity now. This one small list encapsulates all of the long-term goals -- and many of the present achievements of our dangerous and determined enemy, that still-vital and industrious Communist Party. To understand this list is to begin to understand where we are today, how we got there, and the true nature of the threat we are facing. Our enemies aren't just the Islamists. rg

-- Years ago, a brave soul or two tried to bring to the attention of the American People that the Communist take over of America was well under way. They were chattered down and pretty much ignored through space and time. Much like today. Yet, we see every day or, at least which are tuned into reality, our political machinations stripping away at our freedoms time and time again.
It is called Identity Politics. It is called Multiculturalism. It is called Why Can't We All Get Along? It is called all manner of colored and disguised names and titles. Now, in these modern times, one can also include Cultural Jihad.
In today's rough and tumble and troubled times, we see that the ignorance of the masses has indeed brought about MANY policies of which, left unabated and unchallenged, will see the dreams and goals of the First Czarina of The United Socialist States of the Former United Free States of America. That Czarina would be the Madame Rodham, her supporters and her like-minded politicos.
Below is what I have called, The List of 45.

The communist goals were entered into the Congressional record by Albert Herlong, Jr. (a Floridian who served in Congress from 1949-69).

1) US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2) US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3) Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the US would be a demonstration of "moral strength."

4) Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5) Extension of long term loans to Russia and Soviet Satellites.

6) Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7) Grant recognition of Red China, and admission of Red China to the UN.

8) Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the UN.

9) Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10) Allow all Soviet Satellites individual representation in the UN.

11) Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the UN as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo).

12) Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

To read the whole list click here:

From Radarsite: A Happy Retraction

Prince Harry has been fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan

Radarsite published in the Chicago Sun Times: March 7, 2008

By Kevin Sullivan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, February 29, 2008

LONDON, Feb. 28 -- Prince Harry has been fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan for 10 weeks, his presence there kept secret until Thursday in a remarkable deal between the British military and news media.

British military officials confirmed that Harry, 23, third in line to the British throne, deployed to Afghanistan on Dec. 14 and has been fighting Taliban forces from a forward operating base in southern Helmand province.

News of Harry's deployment immediately became sensational news here and rekindled an emotional debate about whether the red-haired second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana should be risking his life in war.

To read the rest of this great story go here:

Note from Radarsite:

Sometimes it is such a pleasure to be wrong; this is one of those times.

Recently Radarsite posted an article titled The Queen is Missing, which was highly critical of the Royal Family for virtually ignoring the WOT and the cultural battle against islam on its own soil. Although much of the criticism aimed at those most prominent members of the Royal Family unfortunately still holds; there is, thankfully, one notable and honorable exception: the Good Prince Harry.

Bravo to our brave Prince Harry!
And three cheers to the British Press for actually keeping quite about it!

Blips on the Screen: 29 Feb 08

War Of Jihad Part 2

by Garry aka boaz - Cross posted from Do The Right Thing

"The Islamic Jihad or Holy War shows no signs of being in regression any time soon. The United States in Feb. 2008 offered official recognition to the newly formed (unilaterally) state of Kosovo, which is roughly 90% Muslim. With that support and the support of the European Union, one has to wonder just precisely what type of death wish the current administration of the United States has.

It’s not enough that we’re already fighting against rogue groups of Islamists unaffiliated specifically with a nation State? We need another challenge at this point to bolster some ideal of national pride? Somehow the understanding of Islam as a quasi religion of hatred and violence has not filtered through the halls of the White House or the halls of CONgress. (to be distinguished from PROgress)

The Democratic Party of the United States appears poised to nominate for President either a member of the House of Representatives from the state of Illinois Barack Hussein Obama, who has no particular experience on the world stage with the exception of a few Congressional junket trips to Arab Africa..."

Read the rest of this great article here:

An Announcement to My Readers: 29 Feb 08

As I'm certain you have noticed, in this last week or so I have abandoned my position of neither supporting nor attacking any of our presidential candidates and have come out strongly AGAINST OBAMA.
In this I am merely following the lead of some of our notable blogger friends.

It is my firm belief, based on everthing that I have studied about this subject that, although Hillary Clinton's anti-military, "one-world" socialist agenda would do irreparable harm to this country and set us on a course following the unhealthy example of the EU; I honestly believe that Barack Hussein Obama presents us with a real threat to our existence and must be defeated at all costs.

Therefore, between now and the elections I am going to do my very best to bring out every negative and frightening aspect of this dangerous candidate for Leader of the Free World.

He simply must not win.


From Other Sites on the Line: 29 Feb 08

by Ben - Cross posted from A

Hussein: what's the big deal? That name is an honorific, after Ḥusayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Ṭalib, grandson of Moe, who was martyred at Karbala in 680. When ranks of Shi'ia cut & flagellate themselves in the streets, they are commemorating his death.

Barack means blessed, similar to the Jewish name: Baruch. The infant son of an American atheist and an African Muslim, allegedly an apostate, was given those names, which indicate Islamic origin. The big deal is this: Senator Obama claims to be Christian, not Muslim. What difference would it make if is Muslim?

Muslims are obligated to raise their children as Muslims and instruct them in the tenets & rituals of Islam. [See Reliance of the Traveler, Book a4.6.] Instructing them is necessary to save them from Hellfire.

Muslims are obligated to obey Allah and his Messenger. [Reliance, Book B7.3] What did Allah order them to do? Most important to us are his orders to:

1. Make war on Pagans until only Allah is worshiped altogether and everywhere.
2. Make war on Jews, Christians & Zoroastrians until they are subdued and pay extortion.
3. Terrorize their victims.
4. Prepare every instrument of war to terrify the disbelievers.
5. Make a great slaughter.

Using the Senator's full name is considered to be an implication that he is, in fact a Muslim, and as such, inimical to the interests of this nation.

Is there any indication of his leanings in his public statements? From Wikipedia:

At a meeting with Palestinian students two days later, Obama stated opposition to Hamas in favor of rival party Fatah, noting his desire to "consolidate behind a single government with a single authority that can then negotiate as a reliable partner with Israel." In a comment aimed at Hamas, he said that "the US will always side with Israel if Israel is threatened with destruction.

What is the strategic difference between Hamas & Fatah? Which one does not use violence? Which one does not give high praise to shaheed? Which one does not demand the erasure of Israel? Which one does not incite terrorism? Which one is not Muslim? The leader of Fatah was the bag man at the Munich Massacre; some moderate!

...on March 11, 2007, Obama said that "if we could get some movement among Palestinian leadership, what I'd like to see is a loosening up of some of the restrictions on providing aid directly to the Palestinian people.

On March 11, 2007 Obama said: "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."[48] On June 4, 2007 Obama stated that "resolution [to the conflict] and a better life for all people" "is something that can be achieved, but it's going to require some soul-searching on the Palestinian side. They have to recognize Israel's right to exist; they have to renounce violence and terrorism as a tool to achieve their political ends; they have to abide by agreements. In that context, I think the Israelis will gladly say, 'Let's move forward negotiations that would allow them to live side by side with the Palestinians in peace and security.'"[49]

Were Senator Barack Hussein Obama not a Muslim, his statements about Iran, Darfur and the Armenian Massacre would bring down upon him universal condemnation from Muslims, as would his superficial appearance of support for Israel.

Because he is in favor of the "road map", we know that his 'support' for Israel is not genuine. Demanding concessions to Islam in exchange for empty promises is not support!!

Because of his urge to pull out of Iraq and abandon it to al-Qaeda, it is obvious that he sides with our enemy in the global war on terror. Iraq would replace Afghanistan as the staging area for new attacks prompted by the Qur'anic commands listed above. Terrorism would only increase as a result of our demonstrated weakness and lack of resolve, as it did when we fled Tehran, Beirut & Mogadishu.

Were Senator Barack Hussein Obama a genuine convert to Christianity, Muslims the world over would be howling for his head. Apostasy carries a death sentence. Again, I quote from Reliance


When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.


In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (A: or his representive) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.

Why then does Senator Barack Hussein Obama have Muslim supporters?

From Belief Net:

This year, the bulk of Muslim support is likely to go to Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, said Mukit Hossain, a political consultant to the Muslim American Society, which has taken a leading role in mobilizing Muslim Americans to vote and be active in political life.

Obama, whose Kenyan relatives include Muslims and who lived in majority-Muslim Indonesia as a child, has courted Muslim voters, saying he would be more understanding of their concerns because of his background.

If he is not now and never was Muslim, why would Senator Barack Hussein Obama "be more understanding of their concerns because of his background"? And what difference would that understanding make? Would he reverse Shrub's paltry & superficial security measures? Would he prosecute the war effectively or would he surrender to Islam?

If he is a Christian, not a Muslim, let him stand and recite the Nicene Creed. Let him declare Jesus Christ crucified, dead & resurrected as his savior. Let him expressly abjure Islam's evil imperatives to conquest, genocide & terror as laid down in :

1. 2:216
2. 8:12
3. 8:39
4. 8:67
5. 9:29
6. 47:4

Let him expressly abjure the explicit declarations of those commands found in Ibn Kathir's Tafsir, as outlined in my blog post: ROPMA.

At the same time, I want to hear Senator John McCain, Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor Mike Huckabee acknowledge the existence of those same immutable Islamic doctrines and denounce them as inimical to human life & liberty.

Islam is neither a religion nor peaceful; it is a war machine. I disrespectfully demand that anyone seeking my vote for high office acknowledge that fact! I can not place trust in anyone who refuses.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Radarsite Makes the Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Sun-Times January 31, 2008

Wake up America
Political Blog dealing with many subjects including media bias

The Outrage of Patriotism
by Roger W. Gardner. Cross posted from Radarsite.

As some of you may know, I have written many articles critical of many things. Most often, of course, I've been critical of that dangerous Religion of Peace, called Islam. However, I have also found time to criticize feminists, liberals, Mexican-Americans, and even the Queen of England. But, no other article I have ever written has generated more angry hate mail, nor more malicious personal attacks than a short piece I wrote earlier this week.

No, it wasn't that one about those deadly Mohammad cartoons; and it wasn't that piece about the Jews and anti-semitism -- which I was certain would receive all kinds of objectionable comments, but actually received none.

The article that generated the most vicious and hateful responses -- even more than any of my anti-Islam pieces -- was that short essay I wrote in praise of America, A Brief Message to America. Even some of those people who had previously been generally acceptive of my point of view got upset enough to let me know about it. In sum, the common theme of these protests was that the article in question was "disgusting" and made them "sick". A lot of jokes about running to get the bucket. One angry commenter accused me of "never having written anything of value since I first started posting". I had, till then, never experienced real unmittigated visceral hatred for something I had written.

Evidently, the subject of patriotism is even more inflammatory and controversial than the subject of anti-semitism. What, I wonder, does this say about us here, today, in America? What does this tell us about ourselves that we don't already know? Do you find this as revealing as I do?

In general, I am being accused of two major personal faults: either being a "phony" or a "fool". To me, a phony is someone who says things that they don't really mean; therefore I am not a phony. As to being a fool, I suppose that's for others to decide. Some ninety per cent of the hate mail came from right here in the U.S. -- although, surprisingly, some of the most disturbing came from -- of all places -- New Zealand.

However, I am also happy to report that this little article unapologetically extolling the virtually-ignored virtues of America and Americans also garnered some of the warmest and most genuinely supportive comments I have ever gotten for any other piece (including, to my surprise, Fox News). The most fulsome praise for that article's praise of America came -- not surprisingly -- from our loyal allies in Australia.

The article is just an article -- but the reactions are significant. Significant and disturbing. This is the nature of our current and growing 'civil war'. These are the enemies we face.

For me, being patriotic is as natural and uncomplicated as loving your parents.
Are our parents without fault? Do they sometimes make mistakes? (although, I must admit, the older I get the less mistakes they seem to have made) The answer to both is of course, Yes. But they are our parents and we love them, don't we? We love them and we honor them, because they are good and they are decent and they have raised us up and nurtured us and protected us from harm to the best of their ability. And, again, the older I get, the more I appreciate how much they sacrificed for me so that I could have a chance at leading a free and productive life.

When I was an adolescent, I thought as an adolescent, and I was more than eager to find fault with them and with all of their 'phony values' and with the way they looked at this world. And I rebelled against them, as I rebelled against all authority figures and all of those loathsome symbols of The Establishment. In this way I was, of course, being a perfect conformist; conforming to the expectations of rebellious adolescence.

Thankfully, and finally, I've grown up now. After September 11, 2001, I've grown up even more -- as I'm sure a lot of us here have.

Over these past years, something has become increasingly apparent to me, a little theory of mine, which I can of course in no way corroborate with facts. It is simply this: the people I have known in my life who seem to be the most productive, the happiest, the most at ease with themselves and this world, are those people who speak of their parents with simple, unreserved affection, loyalty and love. Whether these were attributes which had always been present, or whether they were learned later on through life's experience -- as mine were -- they were almost invariable present and obvious.

I pity our enemies, for I think that they are unhappy and empty, I pity them as I pity all of those current rebellious adolescents who, for the sake of conforming to some perceived convention, have turned on their parents and their country and learned how to despise them and everything they stand for.

Maybe, if they live long enough...

A Brief Message to America

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Obama on Iraq: Two Disturbing Alternatives Reconsidered

A note from Radarsite: The plans have been laid, the die has been cast: we have begun the fateful process of pulling out of Iraq and shifting our military presence to the mountainous wastelands of Afghanistan. But, considering the escalating threat from Iran, one can only ask, is this a wise move? Shouldn't we be building our forces up in this volatile region, rather than drawing them down? Isn't Iran acknowledged by all of our leading military experts to be our most immediate and existential threat? As Iran moves inexorably toward its nuclear capability, do we really want our troops removed from the epicenter of this imminently explosive region, bogged down in the labyrinthine badlands of Afghanistan? And finally, who benefits the most from our projected withdrawal? Can anyone seriously consider the threat to the entire region -- indeed, to the entire world -- from the cave-dwelling Taliban warlords to be greater than the monumental threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran?

Presidential candidate Obama ran on the unequivocal promise to withdraw all of our troops from Iraq. President Obama is implementing this policy as expeditiously as possible. But, we must ask ourselves, what is the true logistical reason for this withdrawal?

Some months ago, Radarsite posed this question to our readers and posited some troubling answers. What has changed since then? Are these arguments less valid today than they were then? the results less dangerous? Beyond the lofty rhetoric, what, if anything, do we actually know about Obama's Middle East agenda? What little we do know about Obama's self-proclaimed empathy for Islam and his apparent antipathy for Israel is deeply suspect. Who will be the real beneficiaries of Obama's will? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers?

Perhaps it's time to take a second look at some of these worrisome issues. Please take the time to read them again, and let me know what you think. - rg


Obama on Iraq: Some Troubling Questions

1. The Terrorists On The Importance Of Iraq:

Osama Bin Laden: Baghdad Is "The Capital Of The Caliphate." (Text Of Bin Laden's Audio Message To Muslims In Iraq, Posted On Jihadist Websites, 12/28/04)

Bin Laden: "The Most Important And Serious Issue Today For The Whole World Is This Third World War … Raging In [Iraq]." BIN LADEN: "I now address my speech to the whole of the Islamic nation: Listen and understand. The issue is big and the misfortune is momentous. The most important and serious issue today for the whole world is this Third World War, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation. It is raging in the land of the two rivers. The world's millstone and pillar is in Baghdad, the capital of the caliphate." (Text Of Bin Laden's Audio Message To Muslims In Iraq, Posted On Jihadist Websites, 12/28/04)
Bin Laden: "This Is A War Of Destiny Between Infidelity And Islam." (Text Of Bin Laden's Audio Message To Muslims In Iraq, Posted On Jihadist Websites, 12/28/04)
Bin Laden: "The Whole World Is Watching This War And The Two Adversaries; The Islamic Nation, On The One Hand, And The United States And Its Allies On The Other. It Is Either Victory And Glory Or Misery And Humiliation." (Text Of Bin Laden's Audio Message To Muslims In Iraq, Posted On Jihadist Websites, 12/28/04)
Ayman al-Zawahiri: We Must "Establish An Islamic Authority … Over As Much Territory As You Can To Spread Its Power In Iraq … [And] Extend The Jihad Wave To The Secular Countries Neighboring Iraq." ZAWAHIRI: "So we must think for a long time about our next steps and how we want to attain it, and it is my humble opinion that the Jihad in Iraq requires several incremental goals: The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq. The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or emirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of a caliphate – over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq … The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq. The fourth stage: It may coincide with what came before: the clash with Israel, because Israel was established only to challenge any new Islamic entity." (Complete Text Of Al-Zawahiri Letter To Al-Zarqawi, 7/9/05, Available At:, Accessed 9/5/06)

Bin Laden: "The War Is For You Or For Us To Win. If We Win It, It Means Your Defeat And Disgrace Forever." BIN LADEN: "Finally, I would like to tell you that the war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever as the wind blows in this direction with God's help." (Bin Laden Threatens New Operations, Offers 'Long-Term Truce,' Posted On Al-Jazirah Net, 1/19/06)

2. Barack Hussein Obama on Iraq War:

"Surge strategy has made a difference in Iraq but failed."

Q: Is Petraeus correct when he says that the troop increase is bringing security to Iraq?
A: There is no doubt that because we put American troops in Iraq, more American troops in Iraq, that they are doing a magnificent job. They are making a difference in certain neighborhoods. But the overall strategy is failed because we have not seen any change in behavior among Iraq's political leaders. That is the essence of what we should be trying to do in Iraq. That's why I'm going to bring this war to a close. That's why we can get our combat troops out within 16 months and have to initiate the kind of regional diplomacy, not just talking to our friends, but talking to our enemies, like Iran and Syria, to try to stabilize the situation there. This year, we saw the highest casualty rates for American troops in Iraq since this war started. The same is true in Afghanistan. If we have seen a lowering violence rate, that's only compared to earlier this year. We're back to where we started back in 2006.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Q: If you get us out of Iraq and somehow al Qaeda takes over anyway, what will you do then?
A: Well, look, if we had followed my judgment originally, we wouldn't have been in Iraq. We're here now. And we've got no good options. We got bad options and worse options. The only way we're going to stabilize Iraq and make sure that al Qaeda does not take over in the long term is to begin a phased redeployment so that we don't have anti-American sentiment as a focal point for al Qaeda in Iraq. We can still have troops in the region, outside of Iraq, that can help on counterterrorism activities, and we've got to make sure that they don't establish long-term bases there. But right now, the bases are in Afghanistan and in the hills between Afghanistan and Pakistan; that's where we've got to focus.

Source: 2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum Aug 8,

A short message from Radarsite: Anyone who has read the captured correspondence of the Al-Qaeda leaders concerning the importance that they attach to Iraq, and the central role that Iraq plays in their scheme for a world-wide Caliphate knows how delighted they would be if we followed the advice of Barrack Hussein Obama, and shifted our focus and resources from the oil-rich center of gravity in Iraq, the universally acknowledged keystone to the Middle East, to the mountainous wastelands of Afghanistan

It is the opinion of this writer, that if we abandoned the Land of the Two Rivers to the enemy now, the long-term strategic consequences of this monumental blunder for our GWOT would be nothing less than disastrous. The idea that we could somehow return to the area if it at some point in the future it became infested with Al-Qaeda is at best naive and ludicrous, and at worst naggingly suspect.

Nothing would suit our enemies in Iraq better than a publicly proclaimed schedule of withdrawal of our troops and their eventual complete pullout.

To this particular observer the absurdity of this plan, which so obviously plays into our enemy's game presents us with one of two troubling alternatives: Either it was purposely designed to enhance the chances for our defeat in this crucial region of the Middle East and enhance the capabilities of our sworn Al-Qaeda enemies, or it is the dangerously delusional bumblings of a hopeless amateur. rg

Voted by Fox News at GOP Hub

Blips on the Screen: 27 Feb 08



[Update: The note to my readers below and that second picture were added after this Blip had been published on some other sites. So, although it may seem somewhat redundant I'm posting it again with these additions.]

Note to my readers: So far, Radarsite has managed to stay away from political endorsements or attacks. But this I believe is a very different issue from the usual Democrat/Republican arguments. Before posting that picture of Omama in muslim garb, I did consider all of those foolish photo ops that almost all of our previous Presidents have made over the years in an effort to be cordial to an ally, or to show solidarity, or even to show that they have a sense of humor.

But it is this writer's opinion, that this goes into a whole other place. It's much more than merely foolish -- he is making a statement. And it's a downright dangerous statement. Because it makes friendly with our enemies, it validates them and their cause and gives them a certain respectablilty that few of us around here feel they deserve. Remember, it is the muslims who have declared war on the West, against the Zionists and against America, not the other way around.

Barack Obama's populist Socialistic/Leftist agenda is definitely scary. But the Muslim thing, his true feelings on this most dangerous subject -- in this particularly threatening climate -- is much more troubling and ominous. Despite the "positive message" of his highly-effective rhetoric, and under that pleasing exterior it's difficult to discern or to trust his real motives (or his wife's real feelings). He seems to admire muslims and appears to have a barely-concealed anti-semitic, racist Black Supremicist agenda. She seems to have a grudge against White America. To this particular voter, the prospects of having this particular couple settling into the White House are even scarier than Hillary's anti- military, one-world Socialism.

And, finally, even if we might be wrong about all of this, who wants someone in the White House about whom we can have all of these serious (and legitimate) doubts during these perilous times?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blips on the Screen: 24 Feb 08



Note to my readers: So far, Radarsite has managed to stay away from political endorsements or attacks. But this I believe is a very different issue from the usual Democrat/Republican arguments. Before posting that picture of Omama in muslim garb, I did consider all of those foolish photo ops that almost all of our previous Presidents have made over the years in an effort to be cordial to an ally, or to show solidarity, or even to show that they have a sense of humor.

But it is this writer's opinion, that this goes into a whole other place. It's much more than merely foolish -- he is making a statement. And it's a downright dangerous statement. Because it makes friendly with our enemies, it validates them and their cause and gives them a certain respectablilty that few of us around here feel they deserve. Remember, it is the muslims who have declared war on the West, against the Zionists and against America, not the other way around.

Barack Obama's populist Socialistic/Leftist agenda is definitely scary. But the Muslim thing, his true feelings on this most dangerous subject -- in this particularly threatening climate -- is much more troubling and ominous. Despite the "positive message" of his highly-effective rhetoric, and under that pleasing exterior it's difficult to discern or to trust his real motives (or his wife's real feelings). He seems to admire muslims and appears to have a barely-concealed anti-semitic, racist Black Supremicist agenda. She seems to have a grudge against White America. To this particular voter, the prospects of having this particular couple settling into the White House are even scarier than Hillary's anti- military, one-world Socialism.

And, finally, even if we might be wrong about all of this, who wants someone in the White House about whom we can have all of these serious (and legitimate) doubts during these perilous times?

Blips on the Screen 24 Feb 08

Subject: is this what Islam wants?

British train ANA for long-term security

.... will the dog bite the hand that trains? I do not agree with some war and rebuilding strategies .... I believe these measures are, in particular -- dangerous. - HH

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- To achieve long-term security, British troops are leading a training initiative where as many as 10,000 recruits are working to join the Afghan National Army.
British soldiers, part of the U.K. Liaison Training Team, are leading Afghan National Army recruits through basic training, officer training and senior non-commissioned officer training at a training facility in the mountains above Kabul. The 60 British officers among other personnel serving as part of the larger International Security Assistance Force are working to build up the Afghan security forces to address long-term stability in the country, the British Ministry of Defense reported.
"The training team run an intensive ten-week training package: eight weeks basic training, including lectures and practice in section and troop battle drills, night and day ambushes; live firing exercises and of course, drill and physical training," Royal Ghurka Rifles Maj. Umesh Punn, commanding officer of the basic training wing, said in a statement.
"With the company of ANA soldiers we are in their final phase, the confirmatory phase. They are being tested on their ability to perform all of the military skills they have been taught over the previous eight weeks and put it all into practice."
British officials say they are aiming toward phasing out their active training role and replacing it with a trained Afghan teaching staff.
"The training package is continually being adjusted and improved," Punn said. "We act as advisors and liaise with the ANA instructors and are striving to move into a mentoring role with an eventual move to handing all training to the ANA."

-- Thanks again to Helena Handbasket

From Other Sites on the Line: 24 Feb 08

The Case of the United Kingdom (and friends?)

Cross posted from Churchill's Parrot

"Our loyal, brave people... should know the truth. They should know that there
has been a gross neglect and deficiency in our defences… This is only the first
sip, the first foretaste of the bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by
year, unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise
again and take our stand for freedom as in olden time."

- Sir Winston Churchill, 1938

A remarkable document has been produced by our good friends at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the leading forum in the United Kingdom for national and international Defence and Security, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington.So pointed and soaring are its words and concepts we are surprised we did not author it ourselves. In fact we did, in so many words. But as many seem apt to regard the word of high ranking British officials weightier than that of a 108 year old blogging parrot, we shall defer, for their clout and experience more than warrant it. We advise, in particular, our American cousins to consider this essay’s observations carefully, as you are less than a year away from deciding whether to follow Britain further down the path of surrender under President Obama/Clinton, or continuing the fight under President McCain.

“Security is the primary function of the state,”
declares the RUSI essay Risk, Threat, and Security: The Case of the United
Kingdom, “for without it, there can be no state, and no rule of law.”

To read this excellent article in its entirety go here:

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Blips on the Screen: 24 Feb 08

A Message From Barack Hussein Obama

Author unknown.
Hat tip to our good friend Mike Thayer - LCDR USN (ret)

My fellow Identity-Americans:

As your future President I want to thank my supporters, for their ... well, support.

Your mindless support of me, despite my complete lack of any legislative achievement, my pastor's relations with Louis Farrakhan and Libyan dictator Moamar Quadafi, or my blatantly leftist voting record while I present myself as some sort of bi-partisan agent of change.

I also like how my supporters claim my youthful drug use and criminal behavior somehow qualifies me for the Presidency after 8 years of claiming Bush's youthful drinking disqualifies him. Your hypocrisy is a beacon of hope shining over a sea of political posing.

I would also like to thank the Kennedy's for coming out in support of me. There's a lot of glamour behind the Kennedy name, even though JFK started the Vietnam War, his brother Robert illegally wiretapped Martin Luther King, Jr. and Teddy killed a female employee he was having an extra marital affair with who was pregnant with his child. And I'm not going anywhere near the cousins, both literally and figuratively.

And I'd like to thank Oprah Winfrey for her support. Her love of meaningless empty platitudes will be the force that propels me to the White House.

Americans should vote for me, not because of my lack of experience or achievement, but because I make people feel good. Voting for me causes some white folk to feel relieved of their imagined, racist guilt.

I say things that sound meaningful, but don't really mean anything because Americans are tired of things having meaning. If things have meaning, then that means you have to think about them.

Americans are tired of thinking.

It's time to shut down the brain, and open up the heart.

So when you go to vote in the primaries, remember don't think, just do.

And do it for me.

Thank You.


Thursday, February 21, 2008

From Other Sites on the Line: 22 Feb 08

Cross posted from Wake Up America:

Another Appalling Case of Airport Bigotry

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Man Arrested at Airport For Having a Box Cutter In a Hollowed Out Book

A 21 year old man from Clearwater Florida was arrested Sunday when Airport Security found a box cutter inside of a hollowed out book. If convicted he faces up to ten years in prison.
His name is Benjamin Baines Jr and he was arrested at the Tampa International Airport when he tried to get through airport security, which ran his backpack through an X-ray machine and saw the image of a box cutter.

Security then searched the backpack and found a book called "Fear Itself", which was hollowed out and a box cutter placed into the space.

After Baines was read his rights, he said his cousin had cut away the pages to make the hollow section in the book. Later, reports state, he said he had hollowed it out himself to hide money and marijuana from his roommates.

Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.

Officers found books in the backpack titled "Muhammad in the Bible," "The Prophet's Prayer" and "The Noble Qur'an." He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.

Go here to read the rest:

This story is of course both shocking and frightening. But to me at least, the reader's comments below responding to this article about this most fortunate arrest are the really shocking and ultimately discouraging part of this story.
This is what we are facing. This is why America will most assuredly lose this war against the encroaching evil of islam unless we can reach these totally unimpressed people and somehow change their minds.

Here are just a few of their thoughts on the subject:

"Ok so the young man can read, which not many people today do, he had a box cutter not a bomb, why is it that when you mix muhamed with anything it derives terrorism, the guy forget he had a box cutter, I doubt very much this young man intended to do harm to anyone, a simple mistake."

"He could be studying to be a muslim like many African Americans."

"Why does everyone blame "muslims"? Reading a Quran AND/OR a Bible does not make him a terrorist."

"This is a simple case of profiling. If he were a white college man with a box cutter hidden in a bible, he would have been let go. If you're 'brown' you go 'down'."

"...people need to stop blaming Muslims for the terror."

"Here goes another black man chrged with a crime. This is really something the world - box cutters - give me a break, how mnay people have box cutters. I got at least 5 of them. Never harmed a soul. So what he reads."

"...ya get all up in arms over a little friggin box cutter? get your priorities straight for the sake of our Nation. PLEEEEASE WAKE THE EFF UP AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON IN "REAL" WORLD."

"how do u know he "tried to hide them" ???
isn't it possible, if not PROBABLE, that he FORGOT about it?"

"Everyone is always in a hurry to put them away for life. There are innocent people out there who make mistakes."

"You use a boxcutter to cut open and roll blunts. Big deal it was in his weed case. i don't get high but some people do and they usually arent very violent when they are high."

It is no great secret that the muslims in America have been actively and successfully recruiting disenchanted -- and often incarcerated -- young black men for years. And our young Mr. Baines is, evidently, one of their successful graduates. Taught since childhood to hate Whitey's supposed racial caste system of oppression, many of these angry young black men have become all-too-easy targets for these busy muslim recruiters, who have been able to turn their anti-social criminality into a blessed virtue. The mullahs have managed to validate that all-important victim's status and convince their proselytes that they are not really criminals, but rather victims, victims who have now chosen to fight back, Allah's chosen warriors.

They offer these disillusioned young black men peer acceptance, a kind of counterfeit self-respect, power and pride in themselves and in their downtrodden race. They are very good at what they do, these recruiters for the Armies of Allah, they are quite successful. Their hapless victims are totally oblivious of just how cynical and manipulative (and how unalterably racist) their muslim mentors really are. They are being blatantly used and deceived. And we have yet to begin to find a way to counter their seduction.

This young man did everything but successfully bring the damn plane down, and yet, INCREDIBLY -- 3/4 of the commenters to this article support him and call it a case of racial profiling, further proof of white oppression -- it wouldn't, they say, have happened to a white man. He was nothing more than an innocent young black man caught up in that great net of white bigotry, they say, a guiltless young fellow who just simply "forgot" that he had those box cutters hidden in a carved out book.

THIS is what we're up against. THIS is why we're going to lose this war against this relentless islamic encroachment, unless there's a huge sea change in our own public's view of this deadly and imminent threat. They still think that this is all about racism and intolerance.

What will it take to convince these commenters that this has nothing whatsoever to do with bigotry and everything to do with war? Our earnest arguments fall on deaf ears. Attempting to convince them with that weak and fading specter of 9/11 has become as useless as trying to frighten them with the bogey man. They just don't fall for it; they know better. They know that we are nothing but alarmists and self-serving, politically motivated propagandists, who try to instill fear in the people so that we can steal more and more of their precious personal freedoms, so that we can bring them to war and sacrifice their sons and brothers to the slaughter.

In short, they just don't trust us anymore and they just won't listen.

They trust the man with the box cutters in his book more than they trust us and more than they trust their own lying Imperialistic government.

God help us win this argument, or God help us all.

Voted by Fox News at GOP Hub

Sunday, February 17, 2008

From Other Sites on the Line: 17 Feb 08

Cross posted from The Pakistani Spectator:

Hello to Pakistan

Shortly after that interesting interview, TPS asked me to write something about their upcoming elections.
What in the world could I possibly have to say about elections in a country about which I knew almost nothing? What words of wisdom could this particular American blogger, who has no understanding of the different parties or candidates involved, offer to readers in Pakistan on the eve of one of their most important elections?
At first the idea seemed ridiculous.
But then, the more I thought about it, it occurred to me that we must, after all, have something to say about this crazy democratic system that we both share...

Hello again to my new friends at The Pakistani Spectator –

I have been asked to write a few words about your very crucial election there on the 18th of February. This is of course a very difficult assignment for me, in that I know next to nothing about Pakistan’s internal affairs or of your complicated political scene. I also feel that about the last thing you need right now is anyone from America chiming in with their opinions about your complex country or your present elections. So I just won’t talk about any of that.

But perhaps I can talk about what we say to each other about our own election process, and about this volatile and contentious system we share called Democracy. Here’s what we tell each other:

First of all, get out there and vote. If you don’t vote then you don’t have any right to complain about how things are being run. You’ve chosen to opt out of the system, so your complaints no longer have validity. Also, if your candidate or your party loses an election — and someone always does — then learn to live with it. That’s democracy in action. Learn from your defeat. Learn what it is about your message that just isn’t resonating with enough people, or is perhaps being totally rejected. But as much as you might disagree with the elections results, they do after all hopefully represent the voice of the people and you must honor that voice. And we must then put aside our partisan differences and all work together as a UNITED States of America.

Well, it sounds good, doesn’t it?

But, as any of you who have been following American politics lately well know, these ideals are seldom attained. Bitter political feuds still go on, political rivalries still continue and losers seldom just give up their battles and accept defeat graciously and quietly exit the stage.

But, nonetheless, these are our cherished ideals. And despite the fact that we seldom adhere to them, seldom get it completely right, and that nasty partisan wrangling goes on and on and becomes more and more vocal –

OUR DEMOCRACY THRIVES. It works. Cumbersome as it is, as contentious as it can be, it works. There are no coups, no bloody uprisings, no revolutions — not yet, anyway. But there are a lot af angry debates and passionate arguments. And that, it seems, is what it’s all about.

To a lot of us here, our democratic process is similar in a lot of ways to our jury system. It’s not perfect. There are loopholes and flaws. Sometime guilty people get away with murder, and sometimes the innocent suffer. Sometimes corruption and greed are busy at work behind the scenes, and sometimes we can get quite cynical and discouraged about these flagrant abuses of this system of ours.

But, despite it obvious shortcomings, it is still simply the best system out there. It is the best system yet devised to attempt to build a just society. And, somehow, it seems to work.

And this, my new friends, is how I feel about democracy.

Don’t lose hope. Don’t allow those inevitable abuses of the system to destroy the system. In short, participate and vote.

And this particular American wishes you great success in your democratic elections; may the results bring you closer to national — and international peace and harmony.

You have my very best wishes,

Your friend,

Roger Gardner

Comments transposted from TPS:

Wasim Jamal on February 17th, 2008 :

Now that is, Sir, a great post. Worth of weighing in Gold.

Rubab on February 17th, 2008 :

No Roger, you are not chiming in and you are not imposing. We need voices, millions of voices, billions of voices to remind us passionately as what exactly we should be doing in cluster of nations. We need to be told about the working examples of democracy in the world.

Khalid Tareen on February 17th, 2008 :

But Gardner the ground realities are different in US and Pakistan. Same differences one expects to be deduce in a developed and a developing country. Do you have “Biradari system” in US? I guess not. Though you would find some article on Biradari system on TPS, let me tell you what it is.

Pakistan’s major vote bank is in rural areas (80% almost), these rural areas are divided on fraternity lines, and no matter what, a villager would always vote for the candidate from his fraternity. These voters dont see the parties, they dont care about national and international issues because they dont know about it, they rabidly follow their fraternity.

When that is the case, how would anyone expects a real democracy here.

Farzana Mir on February 17th, 2008 :

But Khalid, things are changing pretty fast. Those times are passing by pretty fast when fraternity or Biradari was everything. Now people are more aware and more informed, though still a long way has to be traversed, and yes education is the key.

Roger Gardner on February 17th, 2008 :

I cannot thank you all enough for your warm and welcoming comments. It would be so easy to make a fool out of myself here in your world. That thought almost kept me from responding to that gracious offer to write something about your elections. Who in the world am I to write something about your elections? I know next to nothing about your country. But now I am glad I overcame my hesitancy and finally worked up the courage to write something to you about these critical times of yours.

You see, my friend Khalid, I have already learned something from you. I had never even heard of the Biradari system. But now, thanks to you taking the time to respond to my little essay, I have heard of the Biradari system. I have learned something new. You see, Khalid, this is why I’m willing to make a fool out of myself. I truly want to talk with you and to listen. And I am willing to learn.

I hope this day marks the beginning of a new and lasting friendship.

Roger G.

Saleem on February 17th, 2008 :

Dear Roger,

Your post is nice. Problem with us is this that majority of Pakistanis are illiterate and they can’t select the right party to vote. Educated people hardly go to cast their votes. They only sits in front of TV and see election results. How we can bring good and sincere people in our assemblies? A middle man can’t even think to contest in elections because average expenditure for contesting in election is more than $165,000 i.e approximately 10Million Rupees. Can you believe that people even not attends election speeches if that person is not offering lunch or dinner after speech. We are basically real culprits but every body blames others. We are greedy, short cutters, unreliable, unfaithful etc etc. No values have been left in our Pakistani people. I’m not calling ourself a Nation because we are like heard of sheep and shepherd is Army. Army has stick and we obeys them fully. We stands up even in offices when person introduce himself as ‘I’m Major this and this” or “I’m Brigadier this and this”. We are the culprits who have taught Army Officers that how to rule on us.

Why we always blames Government. Are we so much brave that can change system. Answer is NO and NOT AT ALL. I’m pretty sure that one day this whole structure will collapse like day of judgment. May that day come early.

Dear, I heart cries a lot when I see a hungry boy begging for single ROTI (Bread Piece) but we kicks on his Ass by saying get lost. on other hand we spends thousands of Rupees on single meal. Are we not responsible for all this? We are. We earns thousands ans thousands each month but we cant give few Rupees to poor people. Is this what our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told us. Is this our religion tell us.

Sorry, You will not laughing on me because its also very common in Pakistan literate society that when anybody talks like this that we say “Dont get serious dear” “Why you gets so sensitive” etc etc. means we not even considers these issues in our life.

We all comes on line to express but how many dares to support poor or tried to change people minds livings around them.

Any way may Allah put us on right track and give us courage to help others and change system for better future.

Snooper on February 17th, 2008 :

Well said, as usual, Roger.

To our new found friends in Pakistan, Democracy, or a Republic is difficult to achieve and then even harder to maintain when politicians “forget” what they were elected to do.

Always keep the prize of Freedom in the fore and keep a stiff upper lip, as it were.

Roger Gardner on February 17th, 2008 :

Dear Saleem, thank you for your moving and sincerely passionate response. You obviously care deeply about your people or you wouldn’t be so upset. Please don’t believe that your people are all that unique. If you read just a little about the history of American politics, it’s a wonder our democracy ever survived at all. From the earliest days we have had our political tyrants, our Boss Tweeds and our rabble-rousing, charismatic political charlatans. We’ve been plagued by scandals and dozens of Teapot Dome excesses. We have even survived our own occasional bouts of voter apathy.

You don’t honestly believe that your people hold the record for selfishness in this world, do you? Isn’t this actually an all-too-human trait that pervades every society in this world, whether, “developed’ or “developing”. Isn’t this a human trait that you and I have to fight within ourselves for all of our lives.
To me, my friend Saleem, it is as big a mistake to think of yourself — or your people — as uniquely selfish or ignorant as it is to believe that they are somehow uniquely superior.

I think our American democracy survived all of these grueling tests because, no matter how tarnished it may have become by human weaknesses, we never abandoned the dream. We stuck with it. We stuck with it because we believed in it.

And we still do.

Please don’t abandon your dream. We haven’t yet.

Thank you for your passion, Saleem.
It’s been a pleasure talking with you.

Roger G.

Churchill's Parrot on February 17th, 2008 :

This is a most inspiring exchange. Roger, you are a ray of sunlight for liberty lovers across the globe!

People of Pakistan - our hopes and prayers are with you. May you find your path to Liberty and know well her many fruits!



Talal Hussain Malik on February 17th, 2008 :

Great write up there Roger and for your wishes for the down trodden nation yearning to get a truly democratic government. Definitely, we as a nation cannot change overnight. Our common lot is uneducated, the Biradri system will still take some time before it is finally abolished. Elections in Pakistan have, perhaps, never been free of rigging and this time the rigging might be even greater. But hope prevails, there’s a day after every night, lets hope we make it through this night after these Elections.

Susan Duclos on February 17th, 2008 :

Well said Rogerguy and happy to see people recognizing your wonderful writing.

Susan Duclos on February 17th, 2008 :

Saleem said: Your post is nice. Problem with us is this that majority of Pakistanis are illiterate and they can’t select the right party to vote.

Saleem, take it from an American here, we have had that same problem…just look at Jimmy Carter!!!

It takes time Saleem and even then there is constant criticism from one faction because in politics, a good idea will not be recognized unless it comes from “your party”.

Pakistan is no different and I hope you understand that each country progresses at a rate appropriate for them, even if many wish it would come sooner.

As Rogerguy said, don’t give up hope…fight from within to make your country what you want it to be.

Friday, February 15, 2008

From Other Sites on the Line: 15 Feb 08

Stolen from Churchill's Parrot when he briefly left his perch

The West's Inadvertant Hero?

Regrettably we are forced to announce the cancellation of our star-studded induction celebration of Dr. Rowan Williams – England’s Archbishop of Canterbury – into our Churchill’s Parrot Useful Idiot Hall of Fame. This is not due to the good Archbishop’s proving himself any less of an idiot useful to the advance of the British Caliphate. It is, however, an instance wherein one’s demonstration of idiocy is so profound that it serves to more vigorously enflame opposition to that idiocy than support for it.In short, the Archbishop sought to bring awareness to the dilemma of Muslims in Britain wishing to live according to Sharia law and their difficulties reconciling this with British civil law. Evidently this is not the tidiest of relationships. The Archbishop inaugurated his mission with an impeccably incomprehensible bit of academic yib-yab at Lambeth Palace last 7 February. As no one present at the lecture was capable of remaining awake through its duration, however, the Archbishop’s comments stirred no controversy. But shortly after the lecture the Archbishop took to the airwaves and reiterated his concerns for Muslims living beneath the boot of British oppression. This then was the spark which ignited the present firestorm. The Archbishop’s subsequent cheeky and half-hearted attempt to douse the flames before the General Synod last Monday has only made matters worse.The last thing the Archbishop (or for that matter Gordon Brown, Labour, the Socialists, the secularists et al) wanted was to rouse the patriotic passions of the British street by drawing attention to how speedily modern Britain is falling away from her cultural foundations. This is, however, precisely what he has done; a fiasco made all the more hilarious by the good Archbishop’s utter bewilderment at the British people’s reaction to his eloquent jackassery.In no small way the Archbishop has achieved what this blog and several others seek to do with virtually every post: bring into public-consciousness the acute lethality of multi-culturalist dogma to the existing culture and traditions that have served Britain and the West well for the past several centuries. Furthermore, he may well have re-opened the debate over socialism and how government shoving its greasy fingers into every pie in the land to see it passes the taste test is antithetical to human freedom, human dignity, and Common Sense. A sticky wicket for Lefties is this! Our personal reaction to all this is mixed. As a Champion of Western Civilization, Chair of the Anglosphere Consortium, and passionate advocate of Britain’s legacy of liberty we are of course delighted at the British people’s visceral and vociferous rejection of this egg-headed suicidal nonsense. As curator of the Useful Idiot Hall of Fame, however, we must admit we are deeply disappointed. Archbishop Williams would have proven a venerable, prolific, and accomplished addition to our roster of dupes, fools, traitors, and cowards whose purpose – whether they know it or not – is to distort Western Civilization’s understanding of itself and loosen its grasp upon its Judeo-Christian moorings.As the good Archbishop appears to have only strengthened that grasp, however inadvertently, we cannot in good conscience bestow upon him the prestigious title of “Useful Idiot” nor the honor of inducting him into our hall of fame at this time. But never fear; we suspect this story has only just begun! Cheers, Charlie

From Other Sites on the Line: 15 Feb 08

The Pakistani Spectator Interviews Radarsite

Note from Radarsite: Shortly after Radarsite posted The Pakistani Spectator's interview of our friend and fellow blogger Courtney M. aka Great Satan's Girlfriend, during which she kindly mentioned this author, I received the request for this interview. I am cross posting it here in full with comments because I believe that the questions they asked and the ideas brought forth in this dialogue are important. About halfway through the interview -- which, as you will see, consisted of some pretty tough questions, it occurred to me that -- whether I had intended it to be that way or not, in some small way I was speaking to Pakistan as an American, on behalf of America. Suddenly my answers to their very pertinent questions took on a much greater significance. I hope my answers reflect the sincere love I have for this great country of ours and that I did her justice.

Would you please tell us something about you and your site?

I just turned 71 a couple of weeks ago, and I am currently enjoying one of the most interesting and rewarding periods of my life. I started Radarsite this past summer and had my first article published by Political Grind.Com in August. So I am actually pretty new to this whole world of blogging. Radarsite is my attempt to counter as much of the anti-Americanism that seems so pervasive in this world today as possible. I am an unapologetic patriot, and hopefully Radarsite conveys this sentiment through my own writings and those of my worthy contributors.

Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?

A great question. Yes, I do feel I continue to grow, but not just in my writing, but in my views of this complicated world we are all living in. To me, it is extremely important that we continue to grow and if necessary change our opinions about things as we grow. One of the biggest mistakes which I think all of us can make, is to find yourself defending yesterday’s opinions even though they no longer hold water today. Or worse, defending your opinons against all challengers just because they are your opinions. I have a lot of opinions, but if my opinion on a certain subject proves to be wrong I’ll drop it like a hot potato.

I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?

Well, this certainly has to be one of them. Actually being able to converse with someone in Pakistan, as we are doing right now, is nothing less than amazing to me. And I am immensely grateful that I have lived long enough to be able to be a part of this miracle in communication. Also, I’d have to say, it’s been thrilling for me to find out how many friends we actually have around this world. As Americans, we are often led to believe by our very own media that almost the whole world is unanimous in their hatred for us lately, whereas I have begun to see a different side to that coin. A very encouraging side. And you, if I may say so, are a part of that encouraging sign

What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?

That is a full time job. But a pleasant one. First you must of course read their blogs. Then, if possible you must participate in the discussion. This of course means commenting on other’s work, or cross-posting articles, perhaps coming to their defense if need be — as they would come to yours. We also keep in touch with one another through our emails. I belong to a small group of conservative fellow bloggers who can communicate with each other in relative privacy, without worrying about the necessity of defending everything you’re saying. We are friends, we belong to a community. We care about each other and try to do our best to promote each other’s work — not for any personal gain, but because we sincerely believe in what we do and in the causes we advocate.

What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?

You can probably guess what my answer will be. It is this incredible democratic tool called the Internet, which, as you know, has proven to be such a thorn in the side of autocratic rulers and dictatorial regimes. We are the new frontier, me in my living room here in New England, USA, and you in your office (I presume) in Pakistan. And all the rest of us. The teenagers and the old folks like me. We are all the New Generation.

Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?

Obviously, I hope so. I believe they are becoming more and more effective, and more and more governments are beginning to recognize their inherent power, and the fact that they must deal with them, one way or another, like it or not. I believe that there are a great many of us around the world who, regardless of our differences, essentially want the same things for ourselves and our children. And, to me, democracy is the surest way to a better life. Not everyone feels this way of course, there are unfortunately those who at this very moment are being raised in an environment of hatred and racism and intolerance.You are dealing with some of these people there in Pakistan, and we are dealing with some of them here in America. Freedom, to some people, is a frightening and a threatening concept. These are the people I hope that we can reach.

What do you think sets Your site apart from others?

Another good question, and one that I’ve certainly considered. At the risk of sounding self-serving, I would have to say honesty and passion. That is something you can’t really fake, and I feel it is something that we, myself and my wonderful contributors, all bring to Radarsite. We believe that what we believe in is right, but even more importantly, we believe that we are being truthful, always being as truthful as humanly possible. And if we are proven wrong about something, then so be it. We will have no problems admitting it and moving on. We recently ran a rather scathing analysis of our own State Department, followed up by a second article by the contributing author, Shane Borgess, responding to arguments against his original piece from an ex-State Department employee. After talking it over with Shane, I wrote to the State Department and offered to post any response they might have. I explained to them that the most important thing of all to us was not being right, but getting it right. Especially when it’s about our own government in this time of troubles. In fact, in this particular case, we’d much rather be wrong. Who knows if they’ll respond. But the offer is there.

If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?

That’s easy. Learning — still learning — and learning to be scrupulously honest with myself, and accept responsibilities for my own actions and my own mistakes — and also for my own small triumphs.

What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

A tough question. I’ve had many of both. Thankfully, many more happy moments than gloomy ones. But, I would have to say that one of the gloomiest moments of my life was September 11, 2001. That day changed everything.

Do you think [the use of Twitter and other social networking tools by politicians] is bandwagon jumping or what?

I have no idea what that question means. Sorry.

If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for - what would your top 3 choices be?

Well, to be polite I should of course say Pakistan. But, I’ve never been to Rome. I’ve studied the Roman Empire for thirty years now, but I’ve never been to Rome. Yes, it would have to be Rome.

What is your favorite book and why?

Again, for anyone who reads a lot this is an almost impossible question. But I’ll try. For non-fiction, I would say Michael Grant for ancient history. For World War Two and Nazi Germany, Sir John Keegan and Professor Gerhard Weinberg — both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with. And for more current topics, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, and Bernard Lewis. Some of my favorite novelists would be Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, and just for fun, John LeCarre, and perhaps, for the thrill of being transported back in time to a rowdy First Century Rome, that fragment of a novel, Petronius’ “Satyricon”.

What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?

Whether or not they are willing to be honest with themselves.

Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?

Ha! Now there’s a question. Just recently, a commenter wrote that I had “never written anything of value since I started posting.” Now that one’s pretty hard to beat.

How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?

I have no idea.

Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?

Another great question. And the answer, amazingly, seems to be No. I am fortunate in that I am retired and I live alone, I can spend as much time as is necessary on my blog. But, to my continual amazement, some of those bloggers — a lot of them women, mothers with jobs and families — are more prolific than I could ever hope to be. I’m thinking now of my friends like Susan Duclos aka Spree of Wake Up America, Deb Hamilton of Right Truth, Miss Beth of Miss Beth’s Victory Dance, Amy Proctor, Barb of Faultline — all of these women have families and kids and jobs, yet still manage to put out some of the most successful conservative blogs on the net. And I can’t forget to mention my good friend Courtney M. (Great Satan’s Girlfriend) who is probably indirectly responsible for this interview taking place, and who, among all of the other things she is doing, is attending college full time. And so many others, like my buddy and contributor Shane, who has a family and a demanding full time career. These people put me to shame. I am in constant awe of their capacity for work and their creativity. And, of course, with any list like this, you live in fear of forgetting someone whom you truly respect and admire, as I’m sure I’ve done here. There are just too many to mention.

What are your thoughts on corporate blogs and what do you think the biggest advantages and disadvantages are?

I have no thoughts on corporate blogs. Sorry.

What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?

We’re doing it right now, aren’t we? And I thank you for this opportunity.

Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

I think I just mentioned some of them. However, there’s also Snooper and Ben and Dean and Charlie and Hawk and Len and Robert N. and Norman and Helena — should I go on?

Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?

Yes. This one is easy to answer. Although I’ve written many pieces critical of many different things, feminists, liberals, jihadists, Mexican-Americans — even the Queen of England, I have never received as much hate mail and personal attacks (like that one I mentioned above about my writing abilities) as I received for an article I wrote in unabashed praise of America, called “A Brief Message to America”. Earlier that week I had written what I thought was a somewhat controversial article about the Jews and anti-semitism, which I was sure would generate a lot of nasty responses — although it actually received none. But that small patriotic piece about America caused a major uproar of reaction. It made some people “sick”, some even found it “disgusting”. I was accused of being either a phony or a fool. In fact, I received such a surprising amount of passionate responses that I ended up writing another article about these reactions.
Surprisingly, the subject of patriotism in America it seems is more contentious and inflammatory than the subject of anti-semitism or Islam. To me, that was an eye-opener. Interestingly, almost all of the really hateful responses came from within the United States itself, and some of the most heartening support for America came from overseas.
This is how conflicted we are as a country. We are conflicted in much the same way as many other countries of the world are conflicted right now. And as Pakistan itself is certainly an example. I believe that we — the entire world — are in the midst of an “axial age” — a time of great decisions and of great consequences. And in some ways, I believe that our internal struggles have much more in common than one might think.

What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?

In a word — scary. Probably the same answer that a lot of Pakistanis would give about their perception of America.
We are both being torn apart by our internal struggles to come to terms with diametrically opposed ideologies, for which there seems to be less and less common ground for compromise. And — what makes this so particularly scary to so many people, is of course that we are both nuclear powers. We, both Pakistan and the United States, have the ability to wreak awesome devastation on mankind. And we are both in political and ideological turmoil right now. Now, that is scary.

Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?

Another easy one. Yes, and you just recently interviewed her. Courtney M. (GSG) is absolutely unique and stunning. And good for you for noticing.

What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?

That’s a hard question. And it is a question that is at the very heart of so much of our present global unrest. A ‘developed’ country could arguably be described as a successful country. Therefore it becomes easy for that country to see the proper road to success for all other countries as being that same road which they themselves took, with such fortunate consequences — ‘This worked for me, so therefore it must work for you’. I think we’ve been humbled a bit recently by that good-hearted but somewhat myopic vision. But, I think we are still learning.
People of the world must in the end find their own way, we in America can lead by example, but we cannot dictate. Perhaps I am truly a hopeless patriot, but I honestly believe, in the depths of my soul that we are indeed a good country who tries very hard to do the right thing. Most of the time, I believe we have done the right thing. Even those times in our history for which we have taken the most criticism, from both within and without our own country. I do not believe that we are a selfish, self-centered Imperialist power just out to increase our own magnificence. I believe that we are trying to help the world change for the better. As you well know, these particular beliefs are not very popular in a lot of places both here and abroad these days. But that doesn’t change their inherent truth.

What is the future of blogging?

Again, I have no idea. We all hope that the future is bright and that our efforts will eventually make a difference. But our governments are having a tough time coming to grips with this latest threat to their autonomy. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.

You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?

Radarsite and the people whom I have met through this blogosphere have become both my new personal and my new professional life. And I love it. Where else would I be talking with you right now?

What are your future plans?

To live long enough to see the world turn away from intolerance and hatred, and for people to begin taking pride in themselves again. To see people really start becoming honest with themselves, and giving up that all-too-easy and shallow comfort of the Victim’s Role. This world has been torn asunder too many times by the self-righteous destructive rage of “belligerent victims”. We must all start to grow up and accept responsibilty for our circumstances in this life and quit looking for scapegoats. Every one of us has the power to achieve some measure of inner peace and contentment. We just have start using this awesome power. Countries have to start using this power

Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?

Yes. I want to say hello. I want to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us better. I don’t want us to be ’scary’ to each other anymore. And I want you to somehow find your own way to peace and happiness. Our two countries need each other’s help, now more than ever. I hope that through dialogue such as this — which you so kindly initiated — we can become closer and more trusting of one another. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak with you.
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Faultline USA on February 15th, 2008 :

This is an excellent interview with my good friend, Roger Gardner, of Radarsite. Roger is truly an amazing blogger who has made an important mark in the conservative blogosphere in a very short time. His eloquence, passion, and intellectual grasp of the issues are evident in all of his posts. There’s no doubt that at the ripe age of 71, Roger is a rising star and proof positive that age is no barrier in this brave new frontier of blogging!

Susan Duclos on February 15th, 2008 :

Wonderful interview with Roger. His passion comes out when he writes as does his love for America. It is real, it is true and it is what every citizen of every country should be able to feel. Pride in their country.

Snooper on February 15th, 2008 :

Roger, Roger, Roger! Roger has the ability to assess the many issues and situations with a keen perspective that very few can ever hope to achieve. He and I are from The Old School where personal and professional responsibility and accountability are The Norm, not The Exception. We are not victims and Roger’s outlook on the Victim Mentality is so true and it is missed by so many. The Victim Mentality is a terrible circumstance…something is always the fault of a something or a someone else…such shallowness is appallingly shocking.

As Roger mentioned, we are members of a tight group of Patriots and we love our country…we don’t always agree on the issues but this is what makes our interrelations so “unique”…something the world’s politicians have seemed to dismiss all together.

Kudos to our friend Roger of Radarsite and thanks goes out to this venue of reaching out.

Excellent interview Roger!

Thanks to The Pakastani Spectator