The Propagandist Strikes Back…and Strikes Out


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“If we decide we’re tired, they’ll be back,” Crocker said. “We’ve killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means that the ones that are left are totally dedicated. We think we’ve won a campaign before our adversaries have even started to fight. They have patience, and they know that we are short on that.”

If Shea really supports the troops, then why does he fail to address Iran’s role in providing 1) funds, training and weapons for anti-American insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq 2) a base for al-Qaeda’s financial and logistical operations and 3) asylum for Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s second in command and some of Osama bin Laden’s family?

For that matter, why did Shea link to this drivel Feb. 23? The link concerns a story from Associated Press about the USS Abraham Lincoln navigating the Strait of Hormuz in the midst of Iranian naval and air surveillance:

“And Iran ‘has threatened’ to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, embargoes and other acts of war? Iran thinks it has the right to defend itself? Is the world going totally nuts?” (emphases in original)

Shea began:

“My own suspicion is that Obama may sucker the End to Evil crowd on their own bloodlust and figure out a way to launch a war against Iran just before the election, solidifying the war-propagandized American people around himself and beating the Hawks at their own game….”

As Shea continued, he mentioned nothing about sailors being away from their families, suffering from severe stress or even being manipulated by their own government

Naturally, Shea’s concern about “pounding the drums for war with Iran” allows him to ignore that Iran has been the real warmonger for nearly 35 years.

Since the 1979 revolution, Iran’s leaders have plunged their country into a state of undeclared war against the United States and Israel. Chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” have been staples of the theocrats and their cadres.

Governments do not engage in such rhetoric without purpose.

For nearly 10 years, Cato the Elder ended all his speeches in the Roman Senate by demanding that Carthage be destroyed. In 146 B.C. — three years after Cato’s death — Rome obliterated Carthage to end the Third Punic War.

In the late 19th Century, German intellectuals proclaimed Jews to be the parasites of European culture. Fifty years later, the Nazis intensified the rhetoric to the point of equating Jews to rats running through a gutter into a sewer in a propaganda film.

The rest is history.

None of Shea’s defenses answer the question in the first paragraph. The following series of contrasts, however, does.

On March 19, Muhammad Merah, a French terrorist trained by al-Qaeda, murdered a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse before police killed him. Before his rampage, Merah tried to train local boys for jihad..

On March 22, Shea posted under the title, “Saying Things I Regret in the Morning”:

“So yesterday, I put up a post about the Muslim butcher of children in Toulouse and called him a person we can do without. My apologies. I have taken down that post and regret it. Whatever that sentiment is, it is not Christian. Jesus died for that man as well as for everybody else. My attitude was not rooted in the mercy of God or the love of Christ but in human contempt and vengefulness….May God grant this man mercy in Christ (and me too).”

Nowhere did Shea ask God to grant mercy to the victims. Nor did Shea ask God to grant mercy to Bales or his victims.

Moreover, it is inconceivable for somebody who commits murder and dies without repenting to receive posthumous forgiveness from a God who decreed (according to the Ten Commandments) that murder is forbidden.

Besides, calling a murderer of children “a person we can do without” is rather tame for someone who claimed that most Republican presidential candidates “aspire to be war criminals,” described one as a member of “Murderers for Jesus” and declared “as a general rule, evangelical Christians love war above all.”

Nowhere has Shea apologized for such bombast.

The warped moral universe where Shea resides bears no resemblance to basic ethics or common sense, let alone to any form of Christianity.

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  • southwood

    Shea was probably praying that Merah would be granted a shorter stay in purgatory. There is no such place in scripture. Merah died while trying to kill as many security forces as he could. No repentance; he thought he was going to Muslim paradise. He must be actiually in hell according to the Bible.

    • Mike Smith

      Catholics voted strongly for Obama, and are on a track to do so again this fall, in part due to Catholics like this anti-war moron. Catholic liberalism probably did more to elect Obama than the highly-discussed Latino and Black votes. Now liberals (Catholic and otherwise) are angry because Obama has followed fairly closely (albeit hap-hassardly) the track laid out by Bush as regards the middle east. I just wonder whether these anti-war liberals will revolt against Obama in the end, and push a far-left 3rd-Party candidate?

  • jacob

    I wouldn't give this moron the importance his ranting and raving are given….after all, I'm not sure he, as
    many newspeople and politicians are not bought with Arab money, as candidly stated by an ex-Saudi ambassador

    I stick to facts and not to wishful thinking….

    Hadn't ISRAELpreemptied the Arab threat from NASSER, ASSAD, SADDAM HUSSEIN, etc, at the SIX
    DAYS WAR, there would have been no more Israel, much to the chagrin of the media and SHEAS
    of the world and proof of it was the near disaster of the YOM KIPPUR war for the reasons known to
    everybody…..

    Besides, needless to say, THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE BETWEEN JEWS AND MUSLIMS, unless
    one is as stupid as to call "PEACE" what still exists between EGYPT and ISRAEL, just because Egypt
    is not firing on Israel
    PERIOD.
    To Muslims, rhe Middle East is the same as the Mediterranean was to ancient ROME :
    Their "MARE NOSTRUM" (Our sea) in which there was room for any ships but ROMANS.
    Conversely, there is no room in the ME for anything but Muslims and this is what is written in the
    "constitutions" of both PA and HAMAS

  • Stephen E Dalton

    What I don't understand about Shea is why he's so anti-military. He was raised in a military family and spent the early years of his life on an army base. Did something happen to him in his growing up years that embittered him against our government and military? He seems to want to believe and tell the most outragous lies about our armed services.

    • intrcptr2

      Looking at the clearly 4-F individual in that photo up there, it would seem plently happened that turned him off.

  • Ghostwriter

    After reading more of Shea's stuff,he goes from pinhead to full-blown idiot.

  • intrcptr2

    What I do not get is why he is respected…

  • RonCarnine

    One wise man said, "it's better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt". This young man doesn't seem to know what he wants and therefore speaks and then later has to apologize, to himself, for being such an idiot. Our fighting forces are the very best in the world. Brave and intelligent they follow the orders of their country. It is a volunteer military, no one is forced to serve, they serve because they want to and are to be commended. This young man is condemning that which he does not know, putting your butt on the line for someone who has never been there. I hope someday he does find true wisdom.

  • H&R_ Barack

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    Today the Catholic Church unveiled its new policy.- Don't ask, don't confess.

    • wctaqiyya

      Good one H&R. Yep, it's not like calling yourself a Catholic spokesman imparts any credibility, eh? Unless maybe the subject is their hopelessly desperate, ongoing efforts to justify, rationalize and minimize the homosexual infestation of the Catholic Church. Get off your duff Pope and clean house already!

      I would only add this observation to Joe's effective article. Leaving aside the religious component to the discussion, full justification for support of Israel is based on the fact that we are supporting the only civilized nation in a sea of barbarity. Is not civilization a worthy cause? I thought so.

  • Amused

    And therein lies the problem of the internet . Every idiots get their own soap box , and is bestowed with apparent credulity and authority . Opinion becomes FACT , history is replaced with revisionism , objectivity and logic discarded ,and denial is the victor in arguments .

  • Amused

    lol….and this bird is not all that different than some /most " editorialists " right here . Differing agendas same half truths and lies .

  • Schlomotion

    Hippolito wantonly accuses Shea of both treason and violence because he does not war with Iran. It takes two whole pages of inverted language for him to structure surreality in such a way to make common sense look like contrived lunacy. He is a libeler and worse, he purports to dictate morality to people when they object to war.

  • Ghostwriter

    Or Schlockmotion,Mr. Hippolito wants to prevent Iran's mad Mullahs from getting a nuclear weapon. You,on the other hand,want Israel wiped off the face of the earth along with the A-jad and his pals. It's not Mr. Hippolito's morality I'm condemning,it's yours.

  • Mark Shea
  • Anonymous

    Mark Shea only posts to make money – here he is admitting it. He is a peddler of the Gospel and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He gets paid money every time someone clicks on his blog page, so be makes a career out of sowing discord amongst Christians in order to profit thereby.