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Yes, I am offended. But that brings another cultural difference that needs attention. Soon, we will be hearing Islamic leaders going on and on about how "Islam condemns attacks against the innocent. " But what we need here is an Islamic definition of 'innocent.' In their view, none of us is innocent because we all had the chance to convert to Islam but refused. Trying to engage them in 'dialogue' is pointless because we don't even speak the same language
I agree with many of the posters here in that this article borders on "yes it's horrible but we shouldn't have offended them in the first place. . . " One aspect of all this which needs some attention is a fundamental feature of Islamic cultures ---- whether or not this feature is inherently Islamic. These people have a desperate need to look strong in front of others. Look at the "honor" killings, where some father just "had to" kill his daughter because her behavior made him appear unmanly (in his perception). What he really feared was how others would treat him had he not "honor" killed her --- "what kind of man lets his daughter humiliate him like that. . . she made him kill her, just what else was he supposed to do?" We see a similar dynamic here. These terrorists gain status for defending the "honor" of a "prophet" now dead for 1400 years. Any muslim who would speak against such an act risks accusations of cowardice himself. . . "you call yourself a muslim, doing nothing while the prophet is insulted.. . " Muhammad did in fact behave like this when insulted. Contrast this with Christ's humility in accepting his death and forgiving his persecutors.
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Colonel, United States Army, Retired

Carl31 Wrote: Jan 05, 2015 10:54 PM
Nice observations. While it may seem minor, I also hate seeing our troops in field uniforms while traveling. In airports I have complimented Marines on how good it is to see them in a proper uniform. 25 years ago the Navy didn't even let us leave the base when in shipboard working uniforms --- analogous to the army field uniform.
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Colonel, United States Army, Retired

Carl31 Wrote: Jan 05, 2015 8:02 PM
Charlie Foxtrot? Chickenstuff? What language is that (!!!). Good luck learning to speak Civilian, COL Schlichter.
Thank you for the intelligent remarks. While I detest the politically-correct left, many on the right often don't make much more sense. I was in Korea in 2013 during the tensions which arose from the annual ROK-US military maneuvers. At the time it struck me that we could probably force a collapse of the North just by keeping them on a prolonged military alert. Fuel expenditure, lack of maintenance for their obsolete equipment, strain on their supply systems, troops mobilized for war when they're needed for farm work, etc. They simply wouldn't be able to keep it up.
I am a bit divided on this issue. While I don't like the idea of giving in to North Korean threats, there is genuine danger. Too many people forget that the North does have nuclear weapons, and they are working on missiles capable of carrying them. They are unpredictable and will shoot with little hesitation. I lived in South Korea for six years (two of my students were on Yeonpyeong during the 2010 shooting), and there are many incidents which do not make the news in the US. Seoul is only 30 miles from the DMZ. If the North resumed the war, yes, they would lose, but much of Seoul would be destroyed (9,000,000 live in and around it). The North is particularly dangerous now due to its instability. Again, largely unreported in the US media is the factionalism within its power structures. Many high-ranking army officers have been purged, and shooting has actually broken out on North Korean army bases. Even Kim Jeongeun's aunt, a daughter of DPRK founder Kim Ilsung, has been purged. Kim Jeongeun's power is not so secure, and one great danger is that he probably doesn't know it. Our best approach is to maintain readiness in our forces, continue to support the ROK military (which has strengthened dramatically since 1953), and wait for the North to implode. Once it begins, it will happen faster than most believe.
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Muslim go BOOM!

Carl31 Wrote: Dec 15, 2014 8:30 AM
One query to which I have never found an answer is why there are no Muslim pacifists. Amish, Mennonite and Quakers as the best known amongst Christians. Where is the Muslim Francis of Assisi? Mahatma Gandhi? Dalai Lama? The Hindu-derived Jains? Whether or not we agree with these faiths (or their political ramifications), it is evident that none of them could have produced the equivalent of the Muslim terrorist.
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Termites At Work on American History

Carl31 Wrote: Dec 12, 2014 2:46 PM
I have taught plenty of college history and I am appalled at the stories I hear from students' high school courses... essential things that they have never heard, like constitutional concepts etc. One time when I was describing the Bataan Death March a student remarked "but didn't we imprison Americans of Japanese descent. . . " Not quite the same. The textbook made no mention of Japanese atrocities, though I remedy this during lecture. And, I have long noticed the lower caliber of students that major in Education. Many times the students who don't qualify for anything else do Education as the last resort.
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How To Not Get Shot By The Police

Carl31 Wrote: Dec 02, 2014 9:18 AM
Imagine this. . . two kids walking in the street rather than the sidewalk. Cop tells them to get off the street. Many of us have experienced something similar (I have). Most of us get off the street, though a bit embarrassed. But if your subculture demands that you look tough at all times, you can't let some cop "dis" you, you can't risk losing status amongst the other "ganstas," so you respond with verbal abuse (all while refusing to get off the street). Cop issues his order a bit more forcefully, tensions escalate, the confrontation gets physical, someone reaches for a weapon. . . So easy to avoid this simply by not confronting the cop in the first place. But no, can't let anyone "dis" you.
Thank you! I was one such "paper pusher" (Navy Supply Corps). Supply is pretty mundane, but nothing happens without it.
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