June 16, 2007
History Repeats Itself
Have We Learned Nothing from History?
During WWII, the Japanese were searching for a way to demoralize the American forces that they faced. The Japanese psychological warfare experts came up with a message that they thought would work well. They gave the script to their famous broadcaster "Tokyo Rose" and everyday she would broadcast this same message packaged in various ways hoping to have an impact on American GI morale. What was the message? It had three main points:
1. Your President is lying to you.
2. This war is wrong and illegal.
3. You cannot win the war.
Sound familiar? Maybe it's because the U.S. mainstream media and the Democrat Party has picked up the same message and is broadcasting it to our troops. The only difference is that they claim to support our troops before they demoralize them.
Come to think of it, Tokyo Rose used to tell the troops she was on their side.
Tokyo Rose was wrong then just like the mainstream media and Democratic Party are wrong now.
Japan lost their war and Tokyo Rose was convicted of Treason.
If only we could get the same results for the media and some of those Democrats.>
- Joatmoaf -
February 13, 2005
The News On The War In Iraq
Who is Eason Jordan? Many people that I know have no clue, and until a few months ago, neither did I.
The only reason I have any knowlege of him is because I read weblogs.
I didn`t learn anything about him from CNN or any other MSM outlet because they didn`t say anything about him.
Friday Mr. Jordan had to resign as head of CNN because of a statement he made 2 weeks ago that the U.S. military was "targeting" journalists. That statement wasn`t based on any facts, or even a suspicious hunch. It was made purely and soley for the purpose creating a conspiratorial rumor in the hopes of causing some of the less informed to have doubts.
Doubts about the war in Iraq. Doubts about Americas reputation and standing in world affairs. Most importantly, doubts about George W. Bush.
CNN has become a propaganda machine with an agenda. It always has been but with Bush in office it has become so blatant as to be obvious to anyone who hadn`t noticed before.
Why is that you ask?
I think it`s because Bush is for everything they`re against, and against everything they`re for.
The fact that Bush has withstood everything they could bring against him, galls the MSM to the point of blind rage.
Eason Jordans hatered for Bush got the better of him and he thought he could get away with a time honored propaganda ploy.
Create a pointed rumor. Be vague enough to cause some doubts. Step back and let the rumor do the rest.
This is something that works all the time and he had no reason to believe that it wouldn`t again.
He didn`t count on bloggers. He didn`t count on some of those bloggers calling him on his lies by asking pointed questions. He also didn`t count on a representative from his own political persuasion being more patriotic and level headed than he had hoped, and for that I have gained a level of respect for Barny Frank.
CNN has been in a steady decline since it was discovered that Jordan made a deal with Saddam in order to keep reporters in Iraq.
"Yes Saddam, we will only report what you approve and we won`t mention your torture brigades."
Is it any wonder that conservatives have been hostile to the media?
Is it any wonder that the more level headed moderates are also seeing a blatant bias?
Is it any wonder that the military, the men and women who are fighting this war, are hostile to the media?
This comment from Rebecca McKinnon`s site accurately sums up how I have felt for years, and how others are beginning to feel:
"I like my politicians and my MSM to like America. I prefer my media to give me all the world news and then give me some that at least gives the American a fair shot. That includes the soldier.
Tom's post above reflects what most of us see and it's not a pretty picture. The media is riding that soldier's back, looking for something HE did wrong, when that poor man is just trying to fight a war without getting killed.
Unless you are the one riding that soldier's back or consider your political views more important than that soldier, there is something wrong with a lot of MSM. That is the problem really being addressed with Jordon."
....give me some that at least gives the American a fair shot.... That`s the problem. We don`t stand a chance with the media. They`ve stacked the deck against us since Vietnam.
Nothinig and I mean nothing is good enough for them as far as America is concerned.
Here`s another comment from the same post:
"Absent absolute proof that every word uttered by Eason Jordan was accurate, the witch hunt would have continued, and the substance behind the allegations would be ignored.
Absent absolute proof that every word he uttered was accurate, Eason Jodan shouldn't be saying them in an international forum. As with the Killian memos, it's not up to anybody else to prove beyond doubt that they're false (though with the memos that did happen).
Fake but accurate isn't a standard we can accept, despite Dan Rather's go at it. This seems to be the standard some are accepting here. Jordan can't prove the allegations, and he immediately backed off of them. Yet some are sure that they're accurate, so what's the big deal?
This is why Rather, and now Eason, are seen by some as victims of the right-wing attack machine or blog swarms, rather than as fools who got caught making bold statements that they couldn't back up. When speaking "truth to power", fake but accurate will get you burned."
The tsunami headlines were screaming about how stingy America was for not pledging more than $35 million on the first day.
Never mind that it had just happened and that no one had even had a chance to assess the damage, that was beside the point as far as the MSN was concerned. No, America should have immediatly pledged all of our financial and material resources without question.
Yet how many big news items did you hear about when we got involved?
How big did they play the fact that the men, equiptment, helicopters and supplies from the Carrier Abraham Lincoln and support ships was the only reassuring presence the tsunami victims saw for weeks.
Why is there now no praise of Americas generosity after we have pledged more than almost all other countries combined?
Because good news for America is bad news for the MSN.
When you have a propaganda machine with an agenda to promote you can`t do a very good job of it when the target of your propaganda keeps doing decent things. Damn the bad luck !
So the more powerful in their field, the ones who seem to think they are invulnerable, have resorted to rumors, innuendo and, in the case of Dan Rather, out right lies.
Why is there hardly any news about Afghanistan? Because it`s nearly a complete sucsess and rather than report the good news of sucsess they won`t report anything.
So what about the war in Iraq?
From almost all news accounts it`s going badly. So badly in fact that one is left with the impression that all is lost and we should just surrender.
Never mind that it is the most lopsided victory since David beat the Phillistines with a handful of men.
Never mind that the recent preliminary elections were a resounding sucsess, despite all attempts by insurgents, the UN, the media and the (spit) Phrench to de-rail it.
Maybe it wasn`t as sucsessful an election as voting for say...Saddam, with 100% voter turnout. But then again, nobody threatened to kill them if they didn`t vote this time.
So FYI here`s some information that you didn`t find through the Main Stream Media and maybe you didn`t even know.
Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq?
Did you know that the Iraqi government employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?
Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?
Did you know that Iraq¹s higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers?
Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2004 for the re-established Fulbright program?
Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5- 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a navel infantry regiment.
Did you know that Iraq¹s Air Force consists of three operation squadrons, 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 bell jet rangers?
Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?
Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?
Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?
Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.
Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?
Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?
Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?
Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consist of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?
Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?
Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a recent televised debate recently?
Did you know that?
I did. But then I don`t watch news or read the papers for anything other than local news.
You see, it is what you know, but it`s also where you go to get it.
UPDATE: Apparently the U.S. military really is targeting journalists in Iraq.
An American military general has officially confirmed Jordans statement.
"Good afternoon. I am General Jack D. Ripper, and I'm here to address the concerns raised by CNN's Eason Jordan. To be perfectly clear, I am here to confirm those allegations. United States military forces have specifically targeted journalists and killed them."
It doesn`t get more plain spoken than that. To read the entire confession go here.
- Joatmoaf -
February 03, 2005
From an article here.
A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe--your family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get out of your head because it's so terribly true.
Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.
Truth be told they knew Jews and "undesireables" were being slaughtered by the millions. How could they not know? Yet in the name of "peace" it was tolerated, justified, ignored or denied.
Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union, then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for decades, inhuman, suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities.
Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and even though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans debated and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally the Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet again, and do our work for us.
The communist Soviet Union was even worse than Nazi Germany and the appeasement that allowed it to gain such a powerful position in the world can take full credit for what almost happened over the Cuban missile crisis, i.e., Global Thermonuclear War.
In Kosovo the appeasers took sides. It was O.K. to slaughter Christians but not Muslims.
Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians. Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly 500,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue bad grades to George Bush... Even as it is uncovered that the loudest critics of the American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS of billions, in the corrupt U.N. Oil-for-Food program.
Total-Elf Fina, Chirac, The Phrench government and Saddam Hussein.
What do these have in common?
During the build up to Gulf War II, while the UN (allegedly) had an embargo on Iraqi oil, Total-Elf Fina, with the assistance of the Phrench government and approval of Jacques Chirac (who got a kickback) brokered a deal with Saddam to buy oil. In this case I`m not talking about the oil for food program, no, this deal was under the table.
Normally oil companies make a small profit but in this case the profit was huge, around 60%, which is unheard of.
Iraq took a loss, Saddam knew it but didn`t care because he needed hard liquid currency.
Do I have to tell you who had to eat that loss? Do I have to tell you who has to make up some of that huge loss even today?
So you can see why Chiraq and Phrance was so interested in keeping the "peace" in Iraq.
And now we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement... How is Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really should have a "Muslim Holiday" in Germany.
I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our [German] Government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim Holiday" will somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical
It`s even closer to becoming a reality in Phrance.
One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain waving the laughable treaty signed by Adolf Hitler, and declaring European "Peace in our time".
What else has to happen before the European public and its political leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims, focused on civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies, and intent upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.
It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is actually spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will
always be taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.
That last sentence is very important. Compassion and mercy are considered weaknesses to be exploited by Fundamental Islamist. The only thing that matters to them is promoting their religion and way of life, nothing else matters.
They believe they are commanded to convert or kill all non-believers.
Believe or die with no room for debate, and the most glorified rewards are reserved for their "martyrs" who become so by killing or destroying anything that doesn`t conform to their beliefs.
In case you weren`t aware, nothing has conformed to Islamic beliefs since the time of the last Crusades.
Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush.
His American critics may quibble over the details, but we Europeans know the truth. We saw it first hand: Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing half of the German people from nearly 50 years of terror and virtual slavery. And Bush, supported only by the Social Democrat Blair,
acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic War against democracy. His place in history will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.
In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in the multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the true great powers, America and China.
On the contrary--we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those "arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even [Germany's Interior Minister] Otto Schily justifiably criticizes. Why? Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so materialistic, so devoid of a moral compass.
For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of additional national debt, and a massive and persistent burden on the American economy--because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes what is at stake--literally everything.
Moral convictions....Moral compass..
Therein lies the difference.
While we criticize the "capitalistic robber barons" of America because they seem too sure of their priorities, we timidly defend our Social Welfare systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive! We'd rather discuss reducing our 35-hour workweek or our dental coverage, or our 4 weeks of paid vacation... Or listen to TV pastors preach about the need to "reach out to terrorists. To understand and forgive.
These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands, frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbor's house.
Appeasement? Europe, thy name is Cowardice.
A German who gets it.
It`s actually not that uncommon. It`s just that good news is bad news for the press so it`s not reported often.
"Appeasers always win. They seem reasonable and peaceful. Everything is great until the whip comes down. Then most appeasers turn into blamers. Still the prudent must go on. Still evil must be stopped."
- Joatmoaf -
February 02, 2005
Useless Information ?
Useless information? There`s no such thing. All information is useful to a certain degree and nothing is trivial.
So it was a pleasant suprise when I clicked a link to a new blog that the owner sent me and I found little tidbits like this:
"Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language."
I did not know that.
"Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better."
"Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice."
But my favorite thing that I did not know is this:
"111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321"
(Go ahead, check it, you know you want to)
So for more , so called, useless information, and some very good useful information go here.
View the site here.
- Joatmoaf -
January 30, 2005
This is just a Public Service Announcement to inform you of a feature of Googles that you may not be aware of. I found it at a site I frequent that doesn`t accept trackbacks so I`ll just paste it verbatim.
"Google has implemented a feature wherein you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be given a map to their house. Everyone should be aware of this!
Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. Before forwarding this, I tested it by typing my telephone number in google.com. My phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live. Quite scary. Look up your own number. Read below for details.
Think about it--if a child, or ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming. In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: http://www.google.com/. Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e. 555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, you must fill out this form.
I removed my name, but it takes 48-hours before the changes take effect.
If you are unlisted in the phone book, you might not be at risk, but it is a good idea just to check. If your number does come up, and if you click on the map links, it will show you a direct map to your house..."
- Joatmoaf -
August 05, 2004
Here`s a couple of video links sent to me by Dave.
This first one is of the ambush on a civilian security contractor and military convoy. CLICK
This one is a video of Kerrys Vietnam shipmates, the ones he served with, giving their opinion of him. They don`t paint a very pretty picture of his character and they don`t have a very high opinion of his military career. CLICK
- Joatmoaf -
July 13, 2004
As America gears up for another Presidential election peoples perspectives are becoming more apparent.
Perspective means, how something is viewed.
For instance, I never eat Big Macs. To me a cheesburger = meat, cheese and a bun. If I want lettuce, tomatos and sauce I`ll get a salad but to put all that on a burger ruins the taste.
The same with coffee. Black and strong, no sugar and no cream.
A Big Mac fan who eats them all the time may enjoy all the flavors of the special sauce, lettuce, cheese,etc., without even being aware of why they like it, while a homeless man who never knows when he`ll get another meal, might enjoy the taste, but his main concern is filling his belly, whether it`s with a Big Mac or something else.
The fan eats it because he likes the taste, the homeless man, because he`s hungry.
They`re both doing the same thing, eating a Big Mac, but their perspectives on eating it are worlds apart.
If you want to know someones perspective on life all you have to do is talk to them about religion or politics. A five minute conversation on either subject will give you a pretty good idea on how they view the world. Most people go through life trying to hide who they really are while outwardly projecting a false personna, yet a five minute chat about their perspective on politics or religion will reveal their true character.
In this and any election, my perspective is that character is paramount. It`s more important than a candidates stance on taxes, jobs, war or homelessness, because I know that if a man has good character he will deal with all of these issues to the best of his ability, and that`s all any of us can really ask of our leaders. Reagan had character, Jimmy Carter did not. I say that because even though Carter is a decent, honest caring man, he is an idealist. Carters spiritual and personal character might be fine but his idealism interferes with his perception of reality and the results showed in the way he ran this country.
Reagan had good personal character and good spiritual character and he was a realist. He was not afraid to call an Evil Empire an Evil Empire. He didn`t bow to political pressure simply to get votes. He saw the world as it was, warts and all, and instituted practical plans to change it for the better.
I see the same type of character and perspective in Bush. Bush has done a few things that I`m not happy with, but in the overall picture I can see his plan for our future and I like it. The reason I can see his overall plan is because he reveals his character to us on a daily basis. He takes positions on issues, positions that some on the left and some on the right don`t like sometimes but he always has a valid reason for his positions. The reason is the thing. I might or might not like the result, but I can respect the reason for it.
To the opposition, the vote is the thing. Positions on issues are secondary and they can and have been changed according to whatever the latest poll might say. That kind of perspective is unacceptable to me. My and my countrys welfare is too important to be relegated to an opinion poll or Utopian ideology, I don`t want a president who gets distracted everytime he sees a shiny coin.
That`s how Kerry and his camp view the world. His positions are based on the polls, and they change to the whims of the polls. Opinion polls are John Kerrys shiny coins, forever distracting him from reality.
- Joatmoaf -
April 30, 2004
The Daily Collegian
I saw a short blurb on the news with a view of the headlines which basically said that he got what he deserved. Needless to say I was furious. I CAN NOT COMPREHEND the mind set that comes up with such drivel, and that this alleged "News" paper would print it is un-consionable.
I tried a Google search and keep comming up with the "high traffic" message, but I think they may have had to shut down their site,even Lexis-Nexis can`t do any better.
NOTE: Here is the cached article from Google.
Apparentley Noam Chomsky Rulz at the U Mass publication. I intend to find out all I can about this and if it`s what I think it is, I`m going to work on getting the guilty parties fired.
I would also like to know why the major news orginizations aren`t all over this.
There is no media bias? Wait till the story becomes more readily available, then read it, then you tell me there`s no media bias.
April 04, 2004
Things to read
Here`s what he says:
Let the people see what war is like. This isn't an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush's folly.
That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries. They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.
He tries to re-route the link but the first link is archived. Misha says it better than me and with better links. Bastardsword has another great angle on it and then there`s Miceal-friedman who began successful campaign to have advertisers pull their ads. Go read them.
If you could ask John F`n Cheese eating surrender monkey Kerry 20 questions, what would hey be?
The Smarter Cop ask them here and even gets a typical Kerryesque reply in the first comment.
And while we`re on the subject of the common man, the one who feels your pain, the average Joe, and Cassandras favorite politician, John F`n, Keepin` it real, Kerry, take at look at his lifestyle and compare it to your own. After seeing those pics I was struck by the similarities between him and the common man. Doesn`t everyone live like that? Do you want to know what really happened in the snowboarding incident? Click
- joatmoaf ©®™ -
March 07, 2004
Truth From Hollywood?
With all the hot air coming out of Hollywood these days, John Rhys-Davies is as unexpected as cool breeze on a hot August afternoon. The actor, best-known as Gimli in Lord of the Rings, also appeared in the Indiana Jones movies and the Shogun TV miniseries. He is also one of the few conservative actors willing to speak unpopular truths, and he is paying a heavy price for doing so.
Rather than taking up the banner of global warming, AIDS, world peace, or some other trendy cause, as most of his colleagues are prone to do, the Welsh-born actor has chosen as his particular hobbyhorse the growing demographic crisis in Europe.
He also regularly heaps praise on President George W. Bush and his war on terror, including the invasion of Iraq. "There are at least four or five [officials in the Bush administration] who could hold their own against the Founding Fathers," he says. This is blasphemous speech in Europe and Hollywood alike.
In a recent interview at a European-style café near Hollywood's Universal Studios, Rhys-Davies jokes about his candor, saying with a laugh that betrays a little nervousness, "Every time I open my mouth, I may be committing career suicide."
But he does not hold back, flatly stating, "I think that radical Islam has declared war on the West."
"It's not a question of the decency of Muslims," he says, many of whom he admires and respects. But "radical Islamist groups are controlling, manipulating, and forming the attitudes of Muslims throughout Europe," he adds. And Rhys-Davies fears that, due to their demographic advantages, their culture may eventually swamp or supplant the indigenous cultures of Europe.Of all Rhys-Davies' remarks, what creates the most furor are ones like these:
"Last year, 56 percent of the babies born in Brussels were Muslim," Rhys-Davies notes. "In a matter of 20-50 years, we are going to see two to three countries become predominately Muslim — Holland, France, and possibly Germany...There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren't bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural [aspect] as well."
In a JihadWatch article, Rhys-Davies elaborates:
"Many do not understand how precarious Western civilisation is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you.
I don't think that Western society is opposed to Islamic society at all. I think a very important part of Islamic society is opposed to Western society. It is time that ordinary Muslims stood up to be counted.
Most societies can benefit from a good stirring of genes, but most cultures are tolerant of each other. I do not see Buddhists throwing bombs into Christian churches, I do not see Christians blowing up Hindu temples, I do not see those sorts of challenges.
When we are prepared to overlook certain things because we don't want to rock the boat, this is wrong.
The greatest act of racism is to expect that other people will not behave according to your values and standards.
Yes, I am for dead, (traditional) white male culture. It's pretty damn good, pretty damn marvellous, pretty wonderful. That's not to exclude other cultures, but it's not to diminish mine. I'm sorry that might be perceived as infringing some sort of racial taboo, it's certainly not intended to be a racial remark. We are losing the ability to sit down and be able to have a tolerable argument.
I do not want to see a society where, should I ever have any, my granddaughters have their fingernails pulled out because they are wearing nail varnish. I hope that my friends and relatives in Wales are not going to be shocked by what they are going to read about. Do not brand me a racist because I am most certainly not. But I will stand by this: Western Christianised Europe has values and experience that is worth defending."
Rhys-Davies describes a clash of cultures or ideologies, not a clash of races. For this, he has been branded a racist and accused of hate speech. It is interesting that the Left preaches the value of tolerance, yet will not tolerate dissent from its strict orthodoxy or allow free speech contrary to its agenda. He is not saying that Muslims should not be allowed to reproduce, or to live or move freely among us; he merely says that if we mean to preserve our culture and traditions, we must be prepared to defend them. We must speak up when they are challenged. We must remain watchful against attempts to replace them with an extremist sub-culture within the broader Muslim community that would restrict individual liberties and tolerates nothing outside its own narrow world view.
What Rhys-Davies fears is the death of the civilized values that allow diverse peoples to live in harmony in the Western hemisphere. It is easy to forget what a relatively recent and fragile development this is. We should be grateful that Mr. Rhys-Davies has the courage to voice a difficult and unpopular viewpoint. He reminds us of our heritage - a heritage we would be unwise to squander through complacency and false tolerance.