Christian or Muslim?
July 31, 2010
by Col. Bob Pappas, USMC, Retired
This is to those who blindly accept Islam/Muslims as a healthy contributing
part of American society, including Barack Hussein Obama, who some argue
convincingly, is a Muslim. The media, mainly CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and to a
lesser extent FOX, are willing dupes in the hoax that Islam/Muslims are
peaceful; perhaps within a very narrow context may be minutely, partially
However, in the aggregate, there is nothing peaceful about Islam, that is,
except in the context of PAX Islam. Yet, even where Islam is the dominant
religion there are divisions within Islam i.e. Sunni vs. Shiite that are
sufficient to sustain eight years of conflict between Iraq and Iran not to
mention the ongoing Sunni/Shiite conflict in Iraq which is far from over
notwithstanding claims to the contrary by the Obama Administration.
What liberal westerners, in particular those whose life experience is as
deep as a plate do not desire to understand is that historical as well as
contemporary Islam, unlike contemporary Christianity has not distanced
itself from violence and conquest as a religious body. Further, those same
liberals do not want to comprehend or accept that Islam is a system of
governance and lifestyle that emphasizes total mind, soul and body control
(and yet, the claim is that 4 out of 5 new converts to Islam are women.
Islam in the macro context is a: religious/moral, political, educational,
economic, and legal system. Everything is focused on submission to Allah
with the ultimate reward of 72 virgins who await martyrs (although evidently
there is not counterpart for those females who blow themselves up). There
are no doubt humanitarian aspects of Islam, most if not all of which pertain
and apply to fellow Muslims somewhat like Mormons who take care of their
own; or, who are afflicted with gang loyalties that are irresistibly
attractive to some in this country.
In the U.S., Islam is protected by the U.S. Constitution, and for those with
a chip on their shoulders for whatever the reason, Islam legitimizes the
hatred they harbor toward their fellow Americans who may not be of the same
cultural mindset, ethnicity or faith. Consider the racist, hate filled
remarks of Louis Farrakhan and other hate purveyors/ Islam-o-files towards
Jews and Christians. Travel to any nation that is dominated by Islam such
as Saudi Arabia and try to openly practice a different faith or recruit
anyone to join in one's different faith system and see what happens. Allow
a bit of edification: one would as a minimum be arrested and expelled if not
arrested, imprisoned and/or beheaded.
Obama's words while he visited Turkey where he stated that we Americans
"do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Muslim nation, but
rather, a nation of citizens who are, uh, bound by a set of values."
Yet in an interview with a French news agency on the same trip he stated
notwithstanding his error in fact:
"And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the
number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in
So, while diminishing America's Christian heritage Obama dismisses and
replaces it with Muslim heritage/achievement.
Obama's personal direction to NASA Chief, Charles Bolden, in Bolden's words:
"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA
administrator -- he (ed., Obama) charged me with three things. One was he
wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math,
he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and
perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim
world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel
good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and
Americans are constantly bombarded with the notion that Christians are
hypocrites, and if one observes many who claim that title, the charge is on
point. That is because most who claim it do so out of ignorance of its
substance which is the love, forgiveness, mercy and grace of God as manifest
through the life, teachings, death and resurrection of His only begotten
Son, Jesus Christ.
Note: To become a Christian is both simple and free, in fact it cannot be
purchased at any price: for those who do not know, repent of one's evil
ways, ask God for forgiveness, and live according to the teachings of Jesus
Christ as contained in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Christianity
frees from evil and guilt and promises (and unlike Obama, God keeps His
promises) personal contentment and peace, and eternal life; it is a freely
exercised lifestyle without forcible imposition by or upon others and stands
in stark contrast to the intimidation, weight and legalism of Islam.
"Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will
serve the Lord."
Copyright C July 28th, 2010, by Robert L. Pappas. With proper attribution,
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July 08, 2010
stan.html> a "Reset" in Afghanistan
by Colonel Bob Pappas, USMC, Retired.
Now that the General McChrystal media frenzy has subsided and there has been
time for talking heads, politicians and others to evaluate, pontificate,
eviscerate or praise him, from everything I can tell, McChrystal was a dupe.
A dupe, witting or otherwise driven by his dedication, ambition, love for
the Army, the troops and the country to the height of Army combat power as
Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
Other than the profile in Rolling Stone, pieces on the internet, news and
opinions on television, one knows little else about McChyrstal but perhaps
that will change.
Noted in an earlier essay misgivings were aired about Army Chief of Staff,
General George Casey's flawed judgment at it pertained to the Muslim
jihadist terrorist's attack at Fort Hood.
"Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And
as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I
think that's worse."
The air virtually reeks with the p.c. of that statement. One marvels that
Casey is still Chief of Staff after such an idiotic remark which in plain
English meant "we'd rather have the diversity of America hating Muslim
jihadists than the lives of thirteen dead soldiers and grief imposed on
their families." One wonders if heroin from the fields of Afghanistan are
reaching the highest levels of the Pentagon and White House.
On the heels of Casey's imbecilic judgment, one is forced to question
McChrystal's for a number of reasons:
1. He voted for Obama; then
2. He admitted voting for Obama;
3. If McChrystal didn't know what he was getting into; or, worse
4. If he knew what he was getting into;
5. He allowed his attitude to permeate subordinates and evidently did not
counsel or restrain them (a leadership failure in addition to a judgment
failure) unless of course it was "exit strategy" for McChrystal;" and,
6. He struck out when his judgment allowed the "enemy" to follow him around
essentially unfettered for over a month; but, again it may have been part of
his personal exit strategy;
Some have suggested as above, that he knew what he was doing and was
actually using it as a way out of the morass and impossible situation
created by the "Uncertain Trumpeter-in-Chief" and his band of leftwing loony
tunes. One writer even suggested that McChrystal's was a ploy to draw
Americans' attention to the situation. Both are possibilities, we'll find
out if and when McChrystal writes his memoirs. It could be that he is more
cunning that Obama.
No professional military commander would willingly allow his men to be put
into a losing situation except to win a vital engagement that was worth it.
In the present situation, unless the U.S. is willing to spend the next
twenty, some assert thirty years developing the Afghani infrastructure and
that Nation's resources, there is zero or near zero chance of success unless
we define our way out. Yet it is precisely that position in which
McChrystal allowed himself to be placed by Obama with orders to implement
the counter insurgency strategy, complete combat operations and train the
Afghan Army to be ready to take over Afghanistan's security in under 18
months while significantly increasing the risk to his men by a set of White
House dictated Rules of Engagement that were heavily weighted in favor of
the enemy. Whose side is Obama on anyway? Never mind, we know, and it isn't
the U.S. side.
The extant insurgency strategy for Afghanistan is from all indications
noble, but the ability to carry it out successfully on a 2011 timetable is
impossible absent a miracle; miracles happen, but Afghanistan is not a good
candidate for one.
In agreeing to replace McChrystal one suspects that General Petraeus likely
told Obama that he would agree only if it included complete command of the
war effort or otherwise, he would decline the assignment. Hopefully Petraeus
will succeed in turning it around with brilliant skill and most likely, much
prayer and divine intervention. But given what we know, it is more likely
that he will come up with a politically correct solution that will allow the
U.S. to extricate itself with "honor" while defining that as a "win;" and
which upon departure would probably not last.
As "eye wash" as such a departure would be, it would allow Obama to "wax
eloquent" about his victory and about giving the Afghan people a "chance;"
and, the political left would swoon at his every word.
And that would be a pile of international relations "reset" hocus pocus,
bovine scatology that would stink to high heaven!
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