We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A letter from Canon Andrew White, an anti-war "liberal's liberal", as quoted in a piece on the subject of the medical bombers by Rick Moran:
Just over two months ago I wrote in my Update that I had the worst meeting in my life. I said I have seen the Devil today. I met this awful man in Amman prior to our last major meeting in Baghdad.
I referred to him as the Devil and I even refused to continue the meeting and told the Sheikh who had brought him to me never to let me meet him again.
He told me that they were going to start killing in the UK then the USA. One sentence I remembered but did not understand was “those who cure you will kill you”.
I did not understand this then but in the last two days since the terrorist activities in the UK were brought to a head I was not surprised when there were reports that those arrested were all involved in the health services.
Those terrible words “those who cure you will kill you” suddenly made sense.
The litany of planned killing was horrendous. I do not know why I was told this by an Iraqi Sunni living then in Syria. I passed on this information to our FCO. I then learned that this person was a senior Al Qaeda figure and so was indeed bent on the destruction of innocent lives.
I will never forget this meeting. It remains the worst I have ever had. I hope I never have one like it again.
I just watched a recent film by Renzo Martinelli, "The Stone Merchant" starring Harvey Keitel, Jane March, Jordi Molla and F. Murray Abraham. The film itself is extremely haunting in many parts, and makes no bones about the world-wide crusade (nice term here) of the Islamicists to bring down the West literally. It's ending, the real climax, is quite on target. Naturally, it got panned by the reviewers, though it is now out on DVD. Variety blurbs out that it "forments a bit more paranoia and panic." Obviously not a George Clooney kind of film.