Unhappy Anniversary

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Hasan’s trial is set for March. Meanwhile, no public memorials were planned at Fort Hood to mark the second anniversary of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation, an act that the Obama administration and military officials have done their best to avoid even labeling as terrorism. Instead, some of the victims’ families met informally in a small private ceremony outside the fence now surrounding the boarded-up building where the shootings occurred. A large public ceremony isn’t necessary, they say, as they find their own ways of honoring their relatives. “The thing I’ve heard a lot of families who’ve lost people in Iraq and in Afghanistan (say) is that they just don’t want people to forget,” said Kerry Cahill, whose father was murdered trying to stop Hasan:

People don’t bring it up because they don’t want to remind you — well, I remind myself every day. I don’t want people to forget that it happened, and I don’t want people to forget my father.

On November 4, 1979 – exactly thirty years before the Fort Hood shooting – Iranian students inspired by the America-hating Ayatollah Khomeini stormed the United States embassy in Tehran, taking 66 Americans hostage and holding 52 of them for 444 days in a diplomatic crisis that only ended at the moment Ronald Reagan completed his inaugural address after being sworn in as President.

It was America’s first real showdown with Islamic fundamentalism, and then-President Jimmy Carter blinked. First came a series of increasingly humiliating concessions and failed negotiations. Then came an ill-fated rescue mission that almost literally never got off the ground, in the wake of which Khomeini’s prestige skyrocketed as he credited divine intervention from Allah for it. Meanwhile the hostages were treated abysmally, despite being reassured by their captors that they were “guests of the Ayatollah” (the title of Mark Bowden’s riveting book on the subject).

Since the Iranian revolution and the taking of the embassy hostages, Iran has gone on to become the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and is currently racing toward the acquisition of nuclear weapons, with which it threatens to wipe Israel from the map, utterly upend the balance of power in the Middle East, and hold America hostage anew to its apocalyptic madness. (Despite this, when presidential candidate Ron Paul was asked recently what he thought was the best way to deter Iran’s nuclear program, he said “maybe offering friendship to them.”)

Unlike the Baghdad massacre of Christian infidels, which was commemorated with “an intimate memorial mass,” and the Fort Hood massacre, which was remembered in a private ceremony, the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis passed virtually forgotten. If only all three grim anniversaries had attracted more public attention, perhaps they would serve as sobering reminders that we are locked in an existential conflict with Islamic supremacism – something that too many in our government and media would rather ignore.

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  • PatriotX

    If this were to be “white supremacy” I bet that no one would have a problem calling it out for what it is. Our PC blinders is going to lead us off a cliff.

  • ConservativeCanadian

    Nice metaphor describing black conservatives as runaway slaves from the liberal plantation.

    • mrbean

      Accurate though. Liberals love to create and sustain minority dependency classes based on race.

  • PhillipGaley

    Yeah, Ron Paul's suggestion of proffering friendship to Iran, is classic Ron Paul.

    Than the White House lineup which we now labor under, about the only thing goofier, would be a Ron Paul presidency

    • BS77

      Don't worry…Ron Paul is a fringe candidate….very unlikely he will ever get nominated….

  • StephenD

    It doesn't matter if it is a Ron Paul or a Rick Perry or any other person who will not call Islam out for what it is; Anathema to our way of life as Americans. Giving any ground is providing succor to the enemy. Allowing for the terminology to be hi-jacked, letting Islamic whitewashing into the public school systems, merely giving deference to its unholy ~ holy days provides legitimacy where there never can be any.
    What is needed; what I would like to see and will support, is for a leader to forget the P.C. crap and call out Islam. I would stand against the gates of hell with a leader like that. I'm still waiting to hear them speak on this. Gingrich is the only one coming close it seems.

    • Beth

      "a leader to forget the P.C. crap and call out Islam"

      Could not agree with you more!

  • SpiritOf1683

    Ansd we have almost reached the 14th anniversary of the Luxor massacre, when Egyptian terrorists murdered 62 tourists in cold blood, and mutilated the bodies of their female victims That opened my eyes on Islam, and proved to me that Islam is a wicked cult of terrorism, barbarity, violence, racism, bigotry and infidel-hatred. My sympathies lay with Israel from then on, it made me see through our whitewashing press and media, and learning about the history of Islam, and what it took to keep us free citizens from Covadonga through to Tours, Lepanto, Vienna twice simply confirmed everything. Islam is out to take away the hard-won freedoms gained by our ancestors at massive cost to themselves. And what we have seen in the last 40 years with October bringing up the 9th anniversary of Bali ought to have convinced even the most stupid Westerner of the evil of Islam, but, alas, political correctness and self-loathing rules the roost in the West.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Nothing new here. Just crazy brainwashed idiots following the example of a delusional self-proclaimed 'Prophet' and his crazy god.

    When are Western politicians going to sum up the courage to challenge the false beliefs, practices and aims of Islam ???????

  • Sam Arisan

    I am getting more and more convinced that our PC administration does not have any guts to do anything until we are hit (maybe today) by a nuke attack.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The violence aimed at America is from the Islamist world which wants our's to end
    and leftists in America and around the globe are willing to help this to destroy our
    Nation. Most of us know the war is on but at least one third of Americans can not
    put down their can of beer and turn from the game long enough to understand
    party time must end and real busineess has to be addressed before they all get
    a knock at the door and are fitted with a prayer rug. Can the third of Americans
    that understand the murderous intent of our internal enemies, both Islamists
    and traitorist leftists can they turn the tide and force a house cleaning and
    profound change as to who gets to live in America and who goes, one way or

  • Beth

    (These statements are not mine. I copied them from the koran. But I did add a name to them for an interesting twist)

    "Oh ye who believe"….

    004.101 When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the MUSLIMS May attack you: For the MUSLIMS are unto you open enemies.

    005.041 MUSLIMS – are men who will listen to any lie

    005.051 O ye who believe! take not the MUSLIMS for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them for friendship is of them.

    009.005 ….fight and slay the MUSLIMS wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.

    047.004 Therefore, when ye meet the MUSLIMS in fight, smite at their necks. [Behead them!]

    I would like to know how those words make every muslim feel. For anyone who supports them – in any way – is guilty of all bloodshed that comes from them (no matter what the name is of the intended targets – the results will be the same).

    What says the 'moderate' muslim? Hate Speech? or "Good education" ?

    If you support murder – you're a murderer; you don't have to 'swing the knife' to get blood on your hands. That's the plain truth, and the Article above along with your teachings (provided here) is proof that "we reap what we sow".

    STOP feeding those teachings to your children.