There's a first time for everything...POTUS got something right

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

For once POTUS was correct.   When he said "We are not at war with Islam," he was spot on because this is a one sided war in which we are not effectively engaging the enemy; an enemy that is and has been waging war against us and the west for centuries.  It only seems like mere decades due to the advent of instantaneous mass media and the increasing ferocity of the enemy.

To put the failings of our current and recent leadership in perspective, I think it’s time for a little history lesson.  On December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation and, after laying out a litany of other offenses and attacks in the immediate hours after that attack, asked Congress for a Declaration of War: 

Imagine if you would the reaction of the American public had FDR stated, “…we are not at war with Japan?!”  Clearly, he and all Americans knew and understood that Japan was at war with us and was intent upon our destruction!  God only knows what would have happened had we not taken immediate and decisive action against them and accordingly, the Axis Powers.  

Imagine further what the sentiment of the nation would have been had FDR surrounded himself with Japanese and/or Nazis and placed others of them in the Pentagon?!  It is not much of a stretch to assume that our military high command back then would have forcibly removed him from office and imprisoned him in Leavenworth for treason.  There’s a thought regarding some of our “leaders” today! 

America, we along with the rest of the West have been tested and found lacking.  Our common enemy has gotten away with much; they blew up our Marine Barracks in Lebanon, they almost sank the USS Cole, they attacked the WTC, not once but twice, finally bringing it down, and they have been allowed to infiltrate our society and culture at every level.  It is impossible to count the attacks and other heinous acts around the planet before and since 9/11.  

Even if we don’t have the collective resolve that would force our leadership to state emphatically that we are indeed at war and engage, we should at very least be defending ourselves at all costs against acts of war perpetrated against us at home and elsewhere.  And we are not!  

Instead, without a shred of common sense, we continue to maintain a “Chamberlainesque” policy of aiding and abetting this enemy on every front to the point of refusing to even name it.  We fund them, arm them, talk to them endlessly, now discuss offering them jobs, and release those we have captured only to find them back on the battlefield.  All the while, this enemy has patiently studied us and infiltrated us, they have been successful in learning our laws and using them against us, they have entrenched themselves into our schools and textbooks, they are in our Congress, on our courts, and they are close advisors to our president.      

Sure we know a lot of the names and faces of their leaders, however, we see most of the “soldiers” wearing hoods and masks, so we don’t know if the next day they are the guy sitting next to us on the bus, standing in front of a classroom, or a guest in the Oval Office.

There are also some very big differences in today’s war.  In the past, the enemy was very easy to spot; he wore a uniform, his planes and ships flew his flag, and we knew specifically where his base of operations was.  We could and did mount offensives in places like Iwo Jima, Midway, the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, Normandy, Bastogne, and countless others.

Of course we can’t simply answer evil with evil and mount an offensive on places like Mecca, Medina or Dearborn either.  That would not only be ineffective from a logistics standpoint, it would also merely add fuel to an already raging fire and cause many more to join in violent jihad.  Although we could and should immediately mount an offensive, taking no prisoners, against any and all hidden terror cells and so called “no go zones” here and abroad.  

Since the enemy doesn’t necessarily have a specific country; he/she could be from anywhere, unified not by any sort of national pride, but by loyalty to an ideology and the destruction of the US, Israel, and the West.  With every event of unanswered terror, more and more become emboldened and join their ranks.  Every nation should be meeting this growing threat head on in their own backyards while uniting in a cohesive force on larger battlefields.

We have to be smarter than them; we have to use our superior Intel to thwart them, we need to start rounding up their leadership and, unpleasant as it may be for some, execute them swiftly and publicly. We must remove them from places of authority and security within the US and Western governments, (i.e., remove the foxes from the hen house).  During WWII, we had to inter many innocent Japanese Americans, and it sucked for them.  However, it was as distastefully necessary then as it is becoming now, because there never was nor will there ever be an effective method of separating the friend from the foe when the foe lives freely in your midst. 

I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, however we are at a crossroads, and while it may very well be too late, it is time to “man up” with brute force and stop this enemy NOW!  

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Hate speech...a liberal term for Truth speech

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

Because I’m very open about plainly expressing my thoughts on these pages, I have my share of detractors, and I normally simply take it on the chin without getting fazed by comments while thanking the reader for their participation.  

However, one particular reader was very upset and reached out to me as a result of my recent article titled “Enough is enough”, and among other things accused me of “hate speech.”  I believe the use of that term deserves a public response.  

First of all, in the name of tolerance, the term “hate speech” and its usual partner “islamophobia” were coined by a very leftist media to be launched against anyone, usually of a conservative mindset, who dares offer the truth against any of their myriad of destructive agendas.  The terms have also been bandied about by other groups to support their own special agendas and distortions.  I’m really amazed at how many people actually try to get away with the whole “hate speech/islamophobia” nonsense and even more surprised at how many back down when the terms are hurled at them.  As you’ll see below, I’ve offered what I consider real “hate speech.”

Just for a moment though, let me return to the commentary I received and what caused it.  Was my “Enough is enough” article harsh?  To some, I’m sure it was, but I dare say not as harsh as burning that Jordanian Pilot alive or countless other atrocities.  Did it point a finger and ruffle some feathers? You bet it did.  Was it true and to the point?  Again, yes it was.

And here is the only place where I’ll soften things just a bit for any that may be offended by my remarks in that article.  For the most part, I separate islam from muslims in my thinking.  That is to say, I don’t have a problem with individual muslims.  I know many of them and I love them, including those in my extended family.  But I do have a problem with the predominant teachings of islam which cause the sort of savagery we are fed a daily dose of in the news, and have witnessed since its inception 1400 years ago, whereby a large number of the practitioners behave as directed by and like the “perfect man.”  

I know that a lot of people, both muslim and infidel, don’t like to hear it or recognize it, and this may get an even bigger target painted on my back, however it is a matter of historical fact that “the prophet” mohammed was not a very nice guy.  In fact, were he alive today behaving as he did, he would be hunted down as was osama bin laden.  Look him up!  

For openers, only God knows the exact number of those he personally murdered or had murdered, or what the exact tally of his looted plunder was.  No one likes to point to his pedophilia either…whoops, I’m sorry, maybe some of you hadn’t heard that a fifty something year old mohammed married Aisha when she was only 6 years of age and he consummated that union three years later when she was still a pre-pubescent 9 year old.  Does anyone question or challenge the truth of those statements, or is this just more “hate speech” from David?  

As a side note, I totally understand how an individual born into islam would accept it without questioning it much, although countless thousands do question and abandon it daily at their own peril; however, I’m dumbfounded as to how many otherwise very intelligent western adults find themselves sucked into it after even a minimum of fact checking.  That is to say, the reality of islam is not a hidden secret and simple enough for a child in grade school to figure out. 

Having said all that, no one that knows me believes for a second that I think all muslims are murderous terrorists.  However, therein exists a major problem for me as I’ll explain.  

We hear it over and over again that the vast majority of muslims are peace loving citizens who just want to mind their own business and lead their private lives, and I so want to believe that. However, it is estimated that somewhere between 7% and 25% of muslims worldwide are of the mindset to commit the heinous acts we see unfold daily.  Let me take a moment and put some hard numbers to those percentages.  Given that the worldwide population of muslims is said to be somewhere around 1.6 billion, that means there are between 112M and 400M worldwide who are hell bent on spilling the blood of not only “infidels” but also other muslims who are apparently not muslim enough by virtue that they aren’t willing to slice open any throat they see fit to.  Frankly, I don’t like the odds, which leads me to my, nagging, lingering thought.

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Enough is enough...

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

In the wake of a video release by ISIS, our gutless potus had this to say, ""t's just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization," said President Obama, who planned to meet Tuesday evening with Jordan's King Abdullah, who was in Washington. "And I think it will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of the global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated.”

"This organization?!”  This horrendous act was committed by ISIS, an "organization” of men and women who are all practitioners of islam. The same islam that muslims and our gutless media and politicians right up to potus keep trying to tell us is a peaceful religion.

I say enough with the lies already.  In no way, shape, or form is islam a peaceful anything.  Since the very inception of this demonic blood cult, muslims have waged war on everyone that wouldn’t and won’t succumb to their evil.

So what happened today?  The "organization” released a video, completely in Arabic, which looks to me like it was a while in the making.  The first sixteen minutes is obvious by the photos, to be pure propaganda, and Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh is saying something scripted to promote whatever that propaganda is.  It is interjected with photos of people being bombed and babies dying, as if a warning to the west that such execution is in store for all who would rise up against this evil.

At the 16:54 point of the video, we see a beaten Lt. al-Kaseasbeh standing in a cage, doused with fuel, and then after chanting and menacingly showing the torch, members of the "organization” sets fire to the stream of fuel leading up to Lt. and the fire hits him at the 18:19 mark.  He is completely consumed by the flames within seconds and screams can be heard as he is seen frantically burning up with no chance of escape.  At the 19:12 mark, he falls backwards in a charred, dead heap.  

All of it done and scripted like a movie with what looks like credits following the execution.

For all the promises of retaliatory executions and such being made, I don’t know what the Jordanian response will ultimately be.  But I do know this; these animals to include ISIS, the MB, Al queada, and all the rest must be eliminated.  And not just them either.  

We must eliminate all of the terrorists, all of their supply chains, and all of their families to include women and children, and we must do so with a level of medieval ferocity that would make even them blush.  Enough is enough.  To quote Brigitte Gabriel, "They must be stopped."

Furthermore, we in the US/West must begin to monitor what is taught and preached in the breeding grounds of terror known as mosques.  Until we take such steps and answer them back in the only language they understand, we will remain in great peril.   

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Hands up...don't move!

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

The headlines read, “Man with hands up shot by police,” “unarmed black youth shot by police,” “NYC man choked to death by police,” etc.  During the past several months we have been bombarded by stories like this, and the media conveniently forget to discuss the obvious real issue, and they don’t interview police regarding what happens during confrontations.

The mayor of NYC, with the all too willing help of Al Sharpton, POTUS, and AG Holder fueled the fire of racism and hatred of police resulting in two NYPD officers being gunned down last month for no other reason except that they were cops.  At the funerals of these brave men, the vast majority of the officers assembled to pay their respect rightfully turned their backs on Mayor DiBlasio, and calls for his resignation continue.

As I write this, tensions in Ferguson, MO are probably getting ready to reignite because former officer Darren Wilson will most likely not be facing civil charges in the death of Michael Brown….because there is no evidence to suggest he did anything wrong.

And now there is this case from December 30, 2014 out of Bridgeton, NJ.  In a nutshell, a car was pulled over and there was a heated exchange between the officers and the occupants of the car. At that point it doesn’t matter the ethnicity of the officers or the alleged perpetrators, such incidents as this and those above escalate rapidly.  

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The very common sense lesson here is when confronted by any officer at any time is simple, obey the commands of the officers.  When an officer says “hands up” and/or “don’t move,” that means for whatever his/her reasons, you have crossed the line and the situation is dangerous for both of you, and is escalating rapidly.  All necessary force will be used to quell the situation as quickly as humanly possible.

In the story out of NJ, after observing a gun in the glove box, in no uncertain terms, the officers repeatedly ordered the suspects to put their hands up and to not move.  They did so because they saw a gun and had no way to know what else the suspects may have had in their possession, and when in the heat of a very tense moment the suspect in the passenger seat decided to ignore the command of “don’t move” and exited the car…push went to shove, and he is now dead.  Bad day for everyone.  

Just like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many others…if they did not resist and simply complied with the officers, they would likely still be alive today.  Sure, they might have been arrested, paid a fine, possibly done some time, however they would probably be ALIVE.

I’m probably going to catch a lot of heat for this closing statement, but the bottom line is this.  Cops have a tough job, and yes there are some bad ones out there, however in the majority of cases, the day could end well for LEO and perp if the perps don’t resist.  I for one am fed up with the constant race baiting that goes on in these cases that have nothing to do with race and everything to do with obeying the law.

 

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Time for a real leader in the White House again

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and listening lately.  Like most Americans who are observant of the political landscape, I am very concerned about the direction our nation and the world are heading in, because while I really don’t care about myself, I am gravely concerned about my grandchildren and their generation.  

No matter which way one looks, we have created a colossal, chaotic mess, and it is becoming harder and harder to find any good in the world, and for all of the best intentions of a few people here and there, things are getting worse all the time.  In short, as I have said many times before and will continue to say until the day I die. I believe and know in my heart of hearts that there is ultimately only one answer to our problems.  That answer is Jesus, the Christ.

Now, having laid that brief ground work, I have reached an earthbound conclusion.  

My circle of influence is made up of many different people from different walks of life, with different faiths and philosophies.  While most of them are Christian, there are many Jews, agnostics, and others in the mix.  Many of them are uncertain of what is going on, but almost all agree that there is something very other worldly afoot in our nation and the world in general.  Regardless of their given faiths, most astute observers of world conditions agree or at least acknowledge that we are likely witnessing what is generally termed “End Times” prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes on a daily basis.

Okay, while I have a lot of thoughts on that subject, I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole, because that’s a story for another day, however, I mention it for a reason.  None of us knows how much time is left.  Could be tomorrow or the next moment, could be hundreds of years from now.  My point today is simply this.  Just as it has been for every generation, it is incumbent upon us to live in the now and do our individual best to make our lives and those of our children as decent as possible in every area while we are waiting for His plans to unfold.  

My friends, I think everyone can agree that we as a nation are in a very bad place, on every level.  While time and space do not permit me going into all the details, the focus here is on our lack of leadership and what I think we can do about it….at least at the highest levels of government.

For my money, we have not had a real ‘top of the heap’ conservative leader since Ronald Reagan.  Love Reagan or not, there is no denying that he had and applied a lot of good, old fashioned, common sense and was a real leader that did what he knew was right for America, and followed the law, regardless of the shifting winds of public opinion.  

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