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North Korea Threatens US With Attack: Pyongyang Ready “At Any Time”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has threatened the United States with nuclear armageddon after Pyongyang resumed production of atomic bomb fuel in its top secret laboratory.

The director of North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute said the country was ready to counter any US hostility with ‘nuclear weapons any time’.

He said scientists had ‘made innovations day by day’ to ‘guarantee the reliability of the nuclear deterrent… as required by the prevailing situation’.

Nothing to smile about: An undated pictured released on September 14 shows Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, smiling with a cigarette in one hand during his inspection of a construction site for a hydro plant

Nothing to smile about: An undated pictured released on September 14 shows Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, smiling with a cigarette in one hand during his inspection of a construction site for a hydro plant

Fearful? A man watches a news report at a railway station in Seoul on Tuesday on the confirmation from North Korea that its nuclear reactor has resumed operations

Fearful? A man watches a news report at a railway station in Seoul on Tuesday on the confirmation from North Korea that its nuclear reactor has resumed operations

He said: ‘In the meantime, the US anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK that forced it to have access to the nuclear weapons has remained utterly unchanged and instead it has become all the more undisguised and vicious with the adoption of means openly seeking the downfall of the latter’s social system.’

The chilling declaration comes comes a day after Pyongyang said it is ready to launch satellites aboard long-range rockets to mark a key national anniversary next month.

A National Aerospace Development Administration director said the North has been making ‘shining achievements; in the space development field ahead of the 70th birthday of the Workers’ Party, saying scientists and technicians are pushing forward on a final development phase for a new earth observation satellite for weather forecasts.

‘Space development for peaceful purposes is a sovereign state’s legitimate right … and the people of (North Korea) are fully determined to exercise this right no matter what others may say about it,’ the director told Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency. The world will ‘clearly see a series of satellites soaring into the sky at times and locations determined’ by the Workers’ Party.

The launches, if made, are certain to trigger an international standoff, with South Korea, Washington and other neighboring countries condemning past launches as disguised tests of the North’s long-range missile technology and Pyongyang making a furious response to the criticism.

The way forward? Kim gives field guidance during a visit to the construction site of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station. The North has been increasingly belligerent in recent months 

The way forward? Kim gives field guidance during a visit to the construction site of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station. The North has been increasingly belligerent in recent months

North Korea has spent decades trying to perfect a multistage, long-range rocket. After several failures, it put its first satellite into space with a long-range rocket launched in late 2012. The UN said it was a banned test of ballistic missile technology and imposed sanctions. Experts say that ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology.

An angry North Korea then conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013, inviting further international condemnation and sanctions.

Intelligence agencies believe that North Korea is working on measures to miniaturise it nuclear weapon so it could be mounted onto a rocket.

North Korea insists that its space programme is entirely peaceful as they only want to launch earth observation satellites.

However, these multi-stage rockets could be used as a nuclear weapon delivery system.

Washington sees North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as a threat to world security and to its Asian allies, Japan and South Korea.

The North’s announcement on Monday also raised doubt about recent signs of easing animosities between the rival Koreas, which have agreed to hold reunions next month of families separated by war. The two Koreas previously threatened each other with war in August in the wake of mine explosions blamed on Pyongyang that maimed two South Korean soldiers earlier in that month.

North Korea is trying to miniaturise its nuclear weapons so they could be mounted onto a missile 

North Korea is trying to miniaturise its nuclear weapons so they could be mounted onto a missile

South Korea  responded to the belligerent threats from Pyongyang by conducting a military training exercise

South Korea responded to the belligerent threats from Pyongyang by conducting a military training exercise

The South Korean airforce conducted its own operations flares to simulate anti-aircraft artillery rounds

The South Korean airforce conducted its own operations flares to simulate anti-aircraft artillery rounds

The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea.

A Chinese government-backed think-tank is planning to host a forum on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Talks between China, the United States, Russia, South Korea, Japan and North Korea collapsed in 2008 when the Pyongyang regime refused to allow international observers inspect its nuclear facilities.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will address the gathering, the Foreign Ministry said in a short notice on its website, without saying who else will attend.

Ties between North Korea and its most important ally, China, have cooled since Kim Jong Un assumed power in Pyongyang and, in 2013, carried out a third nuclear test, in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

The South Korean marines performed a simulated beach landing with lots of black smoke

The South Korean marines performed a simulated beach landing with lots of black smoke

In 2005, North Korea reached an agreement with the United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia to suspend its nuclear program in return for diplomatic rewards and energy assistance.

North Korea has called for the resumption of the talks, but the United States and South Korea have said Pyongyang must first show it is serious about ending its nuclear programme.

Source: The Daily Mail

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US Sending 10 #CV22 #Ospreys Over To be Stationed in Japan #AsiaPacific #NationalSecurity [MUSICVIDEO]

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May 11, 2015

CV-22 Osprey Squadron to be Stationed in Japan

The U.S. Department of Defense announced today plans to station a special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

The first three aircraft will arrive in the second half of 2017 with an additional seven aircraft scheduled to arrive by 2021.

The deployment of tilt-rotor aircraft will provide increased capability for U.S. Special Operations forces to respond quickly to crises and contingencies in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region, including humanitarian crises and natural disasters. It will also increase interoperability, enhance operational cooperation, and promote stronger defense relations with the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

The CV-22 Osprey is a highly advanced aircraft with unique capabilities and an excellent operational safety record. The deployment reflects the United States’ steadfast commitment to defend Japan and to station its most advanced capabilities forward as part of the Asia-Pacific Rebalance.

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Video H/T Credit V-22: USAF CV-22 Osprey highlight reel
V-22 Originally Published on Mar 7, 2015
Compilation of POV/action cam footage of V-22 training missions. The CV-22 is employed by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in support of USSOCOM. Credit goes to Wingnut Wick and his 2014 Hornet Ball video (https://vimeo.com/wickworks) for inspiring the use of Stephen Swartz’s “Bullet Train” audio track…shamelessly imitated but it just works.

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#Iran States Obama Aiding #ISIS

 

According to FARS news media, what appears to be Iran’s official media outlet, the US Military, under Obama’s command has been dropping weapons, food, ammo, incredible support purposefully to the enemy ISIS at pre-arranged drops. There is alleged open communication with the enemies of ISIS/IS while our supposed allies are fighting alongside our own US Military against ISIS.

Treason plain and simple is staring us and Israel in the face vis-a-vis Barack Obama and every appointee who obeys his traitorous plans.

Obama refuses to call the Islamic State Islamic or call it ISIS or IS. Obama will only call Islamic State ISIL. Why?

Because, the name of the enemy matters. ISIL refers to the Levant in ancient Mesopotamia and neglects the existence of Israel and its total Toranical/Biblical God given Promise of Israel’s boundaries in history and that Jerusalem is promised by G-d Himself to be the Eternal capital of the New Jerusalem forever.

Promised Land of Israel History Facts: Here’s a Quick Fact to share with all those who have been siding with the terrorist enemies of Israel aka Hamas and all of Islam:

This is a highly important factual piece of history regarding the geographical history of the origination of the Palestinians and the land which they are derived from. The Palestinians do not have historical origins from the land of what was and what is still Israel, even the disputed portions of the Gaza strip. The Palestinians are geographically NOT from Israel but from under the governance of the Ottoman Kingdom under the Province of Beirut, then Mesopotamia then Jordan then Trans-Jordan and the Arab Palestinians were not content with any of portions of the land given to them as they claimed the ENTIRE Middle East. Such is the mentality of ISIS/ISIL IS Islamic State and the OIC via the aid of the UN ‪to take over all the land on the entire earth. ~MKO

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Kingdoms of The Levant

 

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No wonder the hostility between Barack Obama and the newly re-elected leader of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has reached new deplorable one-sided heights.

Obama threatened to remove US support for Israel in future meetings at the UN (United Nations). PM Netanyahu, when broached with topic of Obama’s alleged threat at the UN simply stated. ” I hope that is not true.”

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#USA #USMilitary #USAF Even in Wartime, The Most Generous In The World #MakeDCListen [PHOTO]

Humanitarian airdrop mission over Iraq

US Military USAF Humanitarian airdrop mission over Iraq

 

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Leavindofske, left, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Babcock load bundles of halal meals onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq, Aug. 9, 2014. Leavindofske, a ramp team chief, and Babcock, an air transportation journeyman, are assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron.

Photo: Courtesy US Department of Defense (DOD)

USA. this picture is for the cynics of our world who still need proof of our generosity as a nation to others in need and evidence of how hard our US Military works to be the best and the bravest in the world, besides our great ally Israel, in the Middle East.

Well, as the saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words, so we don’t have to. ~ www.USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth”

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#IDF Israeli Soldiers Read & Pray #Torah Before Battles Witness #DivineMiracles From G-d

Givati Brigade commander Col. Ofer Winter, who made the claims in an interview with the ultra-Orthodox weekly Mishpacha, met with criticism recently for rallying his troops with religious messages.

Related Miracle Story:

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis have called off summer vacation in their yeshivas in solidarity with the soldiers fighting in Gaza.

Winter claimed to have witnessed a miraculous occurrence, the likes of which he had never seen before during his military career.

He said that a predawn raid that was intended to make use of the dark as concealment was delayed, forcing the soldiers to move toward their objective as the sun was about to rise. The soldiers were in danger of being revealed in the light but, Winter recalled, a heavy fog descended to cover their movements until the objective was achieved.

“Suddenly a cloud protected us,” he said, make a reference to the clouds that the Bible says protected the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. “Clouds of glory.”

Only when the soldiers were in a secure position did the fog dissipate, he said.

“It really was a fulfillment of the verse ‘For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to give you victory,’” he said, quoting a passage from Deuteronomy.

Winter also hinted at popular criticism among Israelis who accuse the government of restraining the IDF from conclusively completing its mission in Gaza. He said that morale was high among the soldiers and that they were achieving all of their objectives more easily than expected, despite suffering losses.

“I am ready, the troops are ready, they have tremendous motivation, but it doesn’t depend on us — it depends on my superiors, and mostly on the political echelon, which needs to remove the restrictions and let us work,” he said.

Winter made headlines over an official dispatch he sent to battalion and company commanders on July 9, telling his subordinates that “history has chosen us to spearhead the fighting (against) the terrorist ‘Gazan’ enemy which abuses, blasphemes and curses the God of Israel’s (defense) forces.”

In the missive he also called upon “the God of Israel” to “make our path successful as we go and stand to fight for the sake of your people of Israel against a foe which curses your name.”

The letter drew harsh criticism from some because it framed Operation Protective Edge as a religious war against non-Jews. The stated aim of the campaign is to halt rocket attacks at Israel and destroying a network of tunnels dug under the border from Gaza that have been used to launch terror attacks inside Israeli territory.

In his interview with Mishpacha, Winter defended the message he sent to the troops, saying that in combat situations everyone finds God.

“Anyone who attacked me for the letter apparently has only seen weapons in pictures, was never in combat, and doesn’t know what fighting spirit is,” he said and revealed that before going into action his custom was to recite the blessing with which the ancient Israelite priests would bless the army before it went to war.

“When a person is in a life-threatening situation he connects with his deepest internal truths, and when that happens, even the biggest atheist meets God,” he said, claiming that soldiers see so many miracles that “it is hard not to believe [in God].

Winter revealed that before heading to the combat zone he met with yeshiva leaders and Kabbalists and asked that they pray for the success of the mission.

He said the rabbis instructed him to take upon himself further religious obligations and that he chose to infuse his morning prayers with more concentration and thought. “It is difficult,” he said, “but I know that it is for the soldiers and I try to keep it up, to extend the prayers and have better concentration.”

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50 More US Spec Ops Troops Sent to Iraq #MakeDClisten #tcot #ccot #Iraq #ISIS #ISIL #USA

us-special-ops-have-become-much-much-scarier-since-911Pentagon/Washington D.C. -According to reports by Pentagon officials via Fox New’s national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, fifty more special ops troops known as “advisers” have been sent over to Iraq to guard the American Embassy there. There are now a total of five hundred ‘advisers’ on the ground at present.

~ M. Katherine Orts and husband Pastor David Orts reporting for and founders of USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” for the Glory of God and our good. 

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Deception At Sea: Births World War III? [VIDEO]

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Perhaps all of the POTUS’ scandals and his lame excuses of not knowing or finding out about them on the news aren’t so surprising after all. Would it be so far-fetched to believe that all the scandals with real live human tragedies attached are only acknowledged to draw the world’s attention away from the true choreography of the political and military intentions of both friend and foe to USA?

Are we on the brink of WWIII? Forty Chinese warships surrounded and sank a Vietnamese fishing ship just a few days ago. Philippines and Malaysian Marines live on concrete islands built upon sandbars and even in a US abandoned old rusty ship fishing for their daily meals waiting for rain water.  The only way to recoup supplies is to outrun and outsmart the Chinese Coastguard that races to cut off the supply boats that need to reach the safety of the coral reefs that the large ships cannot manage without getting stuck in the sand. Chinese ships patrol day and night and the coral reefs are being destroyed on an industrial scale to be ground as filling for building more boats.

This is a must watch video that is highly relevant as the past few months, weeks and now days are revealing the intensity of a major World War at Sea about to be unleashed. All boats are lining up including US, Russian and a multitude of international competitors. The goal? To be the dominant occupiers of the Asian Seas (even name of sea is being disputed) and to hold claim to the vast oil reserves which are now being called the “Saudi Arabia Oil Fields of the Sea.”

~ M. Katherine Orts and husband Pastor David A. Orts founders of USDefenseLeague “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth”

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IRS Exempts Terrorists Over Tea Party

Obama is Islamic. What Christian or Jew Would Go into A Catholic Church and Cover a Cross? ..None.  But Obama did do such a despicable thing because he is not a Christian. He is a devout Muslim and as such believes that all Christians/Catholics/Jews are "Infidels" = "Worse than an Unbeliever." According to the Koran with which he is so familiar unlike the Bible.

Obama is Islamic.

Our government was designed to be of  The People, by The People and for The People. But the Obama administration has made nothing but mortal  mistakes (intentional?) and a sickening mockery of Our Nation, Her Constitution and our Liberties. These impostors in congress and the White House have won favor with the sycophantic left wing media are using Islam and our own against us. This administration supports those who hate our people, loathe our liberty and are hell bent on destroying us physically and financially. -PBN read more

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3 Years Ago Obama Bans Words: Islamist & Terrorist Terms Tied To Muslim Nations

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USA.  What exactly has changed since 3 years ago til now? There has been more violence, more carnage, more terror attacks plaguing the United States on US soil than ever before.  Obama and his Czars and his personal Socialist/Fascist Islamic allies such as Egypt’s Morsi have only been emboldened and inspired by the lack of leadership to protect US Sovereignty, US Troops, US $$$ and US Lives.  Words DO matter.-PBN

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The Obama administration has just announced its intent to ban all words that allude to Islam from important national security documents. Put differently, the Obama administration has just announced its intent to ban all knowledge and context necessary to confront and defeat radical Islam (news much welcomed by Islamist organizations [1] like CAIR [2]). While this move may reflect a naively therapeutic administration — an Obama advisor once suggested that Winnie the Pooh [3] should inform U.S foreign policy — that Obama, the one U.S. president who best knows [4] that politically correct niceties will have no effect on the Muslim world, is enforcing this ban is further troubling.

An Associated Press report [5] has the disturbing details:

President Barack Obama’s advisers plan to remove terms such as “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say.

First off, how, exactly, does the use of terms such as “Islamic radicalism” indicate that the U.S. views “Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism”? It is the height of oversensitivity to think that the so-called “Muslim street” can be antagonized by (ultimately accurate) words in technical U.S. documents — documents they don’t know or care about — especially since the Arabic media itself often employs such terms. Surely we can use “Islamic radicalism” to define, well, Islamic radicals, without simultaneously viewing all Muslims “through the lens of terrorism”? Just as surely as we can use words like “Nazism” to define white supremacists, without viewing all whites through the lens of racism?

The AP report continues:

Obama’s speechwriters have taken inspiration from an unlikely source: former President Ronald Reagan. Visiting communist China in 1984, Reagan spoke at Fudan University in Shanghai about education, space exploration and scientific research. He discussed freedom and liberty. He never mentioned communism or democracy.

The analogy is flawed. For starters, in Reagan’s era, the Soviet Union, not China, was America’s prime antagonist — just as today, Islamic radicals, not Muslims, are America’s prime enemy. Moreover, unlike Obama, who would have the U.S. bend over backwards — or, in his case, just bend over [6] — to appease Muslims, Reagan regularly lambasted the Soviet Union, dubbing it the “evil empire.” Finally, the Chinese never attacked America, unlike Islamic radicals, who not only have attacked it, but daily promise it death and destruction — all in the name of Islam.

The ultimate problem in the White House’s new “words-policy,” however, is reflected in this excerpt from the report:

The change [i.e., linguistic obfuscation] would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war. It currently states, “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”

No doubt this important document will soon say something totally meaningless like “The struggle against extremism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.” Such changes bode ill for the future. For it is one thing to carefully choose your words when directly addressing Muslims; it is quite another to censor American analysts and policymakers from using the necessary terms that conceptualize who the enemy is and what he wants.

The situation is already dire. There is already a lamentable lack [7] of study concerning Muslim war doctrine in the curriculum of American military studies, including in the Pentagon [8] andU.S. Army War College [9]. Obama’s more aggressive censorship program will only exacerbate matters: another recently released strategic document, the QDR [10], nary mentions anything remotely related to Islam — even as it stresses climate change [11], which it sees as an “accelerant of instability and conflict” around the world.

At any rate, as I have argued [12] several [13] times [14] before [15], the U.S. government needs to worry less about which words appease Muslims — another governmental memo [16] warns against “offending,” “insulting,” or being “confrontational” to Muslims — and worry more about providing its own citizenry with accurate knowledge concerning its greatest enemy.

In short, knowledge is inextricably linked to language. The more generic speech becomes, the less precise the knowledge it imparts; conversely, the more precise the language, the more precise the knowledge. In the conflict against Islamic radicalism — there, I said it — to acquire accurate knowledge, which is essential to victory, we need to begin with accurate language.

This means U.S. intelligence analysts and policymakers need to be able to use, and fully appreciate the significance of, words related to Islam — starting with the word “Islam” itself, i.e., submission.

It means the U.S. military needs to begin expounding and studying Islamic war doctrine — without fear of reprisals [17].

In sum, it means America’s leadership needs to take that ancient dictum [18] — “Know thy enemy” — seriously.

Deplorably enough, nearly a decade after the Islamist-inspired attacks of 9/11, far from knowing its enemy, the U.S. government is banning itself from merely acknowledging its enemy, which is doubly problematic, as knowledge begins with acknowledgment.

Nor is there much room for optimism: if the Obama administration can easily expose America to attack by reducing our physical defenses [19], surely a subversion of our intellectual safeguards — that is, a subversion of something as abstract as knowledge — will go unchecked.


URLs in this post:

[1] Islamist organizations: http://www.meforum.org/916/cair-islamists-fooling-the-establishment
[2] CAIR: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-welcomes-white-house-shift-on-islamic-radicalism-90122577.html
[3] Winnie the Pooh: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/2139573/Barack-Obama-aide-Why-Winnie-the-Pooh-should-shape-US-foreign-policy.html
[4] best knows: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamas-puzzling-approach-to-the-muslim-world/
[5] Associated Press report: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hmaKsSfPsbleEB-Hs16JlU2JCnVwD9EU2T1O0
[6] bend over: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamas-abominable-obeisance-cultural-perspectives/
[7] a lamentable lack: http://article.nationalreview.com/370554/studying-the-islamic-way-of-war/raymond-ibrahim
[8] Pentagon: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52644
[9] U.S. Army War College: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/strategic-collapse-at-the-army-war-college/
[10] QDR: http://www.defense.gov/qdr/images/QDR_as_of_12Feb10_1000.pdf
[11] climate change: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/78855-pentagon-review-to-address-climate-change-for-the-first-time
[12] argued: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/words-matter-in-the-war-on-terror/?singlepage=true
[13] several: http://armedservices.house.gov/pdfs/TUTC021209/Ibrahim_Testimony021209.pdf
[14] times: http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/428142.aspx
[15] before: http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/06/would_a_jihadi_by_any_other_na.html
[16] governmental memo: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/126.pdf
[17] fear of reprisals: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jan/04/inside-the-ring-83234302/
[18] ancient dictum: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sun_Tzu
[19] reducing our physical defenses: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/07/obamas-new-nuke-strategy-alarms-gop-defense-officials/

©2010 Raymond Ibrahim Originally Published April 24, 2010
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The USA is The World’s Best Friend – By Lord Monckton

God Bless you Lord Monckton. You are truly lead by The Truth and can always be counted on in a time of need. Rare is a man like you indeed, and this dying world need’s more rare men like you to step up.  We Love You. Your friends at PBN

DUNEDIN, New Zealand – The Boston bombers, whoever they were, do not seem to have intended to murder anyone in particular. Like the Muslim extremists who blew up the World Trade Center 12 years ago, they intended to hurt America.

They sought to maim or kill the marathon runners because those young athletes were, to them, glowingly symbolic of the vigor and virility of that great nation that one of your celebrated poets magnificently described as “the athletic democracy.”

Success has always been envied, then resented, then despised, then hated: hated especially by those who have failed. And America’s success is all the more hated because it is – on any measure – exceptional.

No other nation on Earth has given such wholehearted consent to Disraeli’s maxim: “Any man may succeed in our society who defers to the principle of that society, which is to aspire and to excel.”

In Socialist Britain, a Labor supporter who does not own a Ferrari will sneer at one if it passes in the street and try to think of ways to stop people owning Ferraris.

In free-market America, anyone who does not own a Ferrari will cheer at one as it passes in the street and try to think of ways to own one.

The dismal dictators who still govern most of the planet strive to prevent their subjects from ever getting to hear about the freedom and democracy of America. While the U.S. Constitution stands, uneasy lies the head of every tyrant.

Of Britain’s great Empire it may not unfairly be said that those who won dominion over palm and pine by what Enoch Powell used to call “the peaceful accident of trade” did so with more than half an eye to their own commercial advantage. Clive of India and Rhodes of Rhodesia were men of business, and brilliant at it.

Yet the Pax Americana that has gently but definitely supplanted the now-vanished Pax Britannica is inconspicuously but again definitely altruistic. The profit motive may sometimes be present, but the will to share with the rest of the world the merry chaos of free-market democracy is always there, though seldom noticed and still more seldom appreciated.

Let us, then, rise for a few moments above the miseries that are the price of success: the Boston bombings, the Soebarkah White House, the antimatter-filled Treasury, the near-worthless currency, the rising sea-level of uncontrolled immigration.

Let us count instead the blessings that America has unselfishly, unstintingly brought not upon herself but upon the rest of the world.

Who was it, when Churchill said “Give us the tools and we shall finish the job,” that came generously to the aid of Britain and Europe during the war for the very survival of all that is British and all that is European against the monstrous might of Hitler’s hate-filled legions? Uncle Sam.

Who was it, when Keynes besought Congress for the funds to create the first welfare state, that lent such large sums at low interest to a Britain bankrupted by war that we only repaid the last tranche of that long-outstanding debt a couple of years ago? Our Uncle across the water.

Who was it that paid – and paid for two long generations – the lion’s share of the heavy cost of maintaining forceful vigilance on Europe’s long eastern frontier with the murderous tyranny of Soviet Russia? Good old Uncle again.

Who was it that that then paid – and paid generously – to assist the newly freed nations of Eastern Europe to rebuild themselves after Ron Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had brought down the Berlin Wall? Uncle Sam.

Who was it that led – and led gallantly – the task force that expelled Saddam Hussein from Kuwait and then, a decade later, expelled his hated despotism from Iraq as well? Play it again, Sam.

Who was it that led – and led courageously – the rebuilding of Kuwait, of Iraq, of Afghanistan?

Who is it that many nations across the globe have been able to thank for generous assistance – whether civil or military – that was unfailingly given whenever it was requested? Everyone’s Uncle.

Who is that still sets and exemplifies today the standards of life, liberty, prosperity and democracy to which men of goodwill everywhere aspire? It is you, Uncle.

As your nation grieves for those whose lives the bombers so wantonly and so pointlessly stole, and as it cares for those in whom serious injury has snatched away youth and strength, never apologize for being not only a successful nation but also a good nation, and a good friend to all the Earth.

Know, too, that we who admire America, and who have so many reasons for gratitude that my little list above is notable more for what it omits than for what it contains, shall always be thankful for your courage in daring to be to the world’s best friend.

We will remember your gallant men at arms who, shoulder to shoulder with our own, have given their all, time and again, on freedom’s farthest frontiers. We will remember also the innocent victims of Boston and of many more unspeakable acts of terror against your citizens.

Their deaths will not have been in vain: for they remind not only America’s many friends but also its enemies how much you have risked to keep the world safe; how much you have paid to make it prosperous; how much you have striven to give it the chance of freedom. In this and every hour of grief, God bless America!
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Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack 176 Injured 3 Dead Many Critical

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Investigators in hazmat suits examine the scene of the second bombing on Boylston Street in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after 2 blasts killed 3 and injured more than 170 people. Source: AP Photo/Elise Amendola.

The twin blasts of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing — now officially under investigation as a terrorist act — sent 176 wounded to area hospitals as of Tuesday morning, according to the Boston Police Department.

The number of reported fatalities remains at 3, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, whose father was running the race that day, and 29-year-old Krystle M. Campbell.

NBC News and other media outlets are describing the bombs as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) made from metal pressure cookers packed with explosives along with pellets and nails, which hospital surgeons reported finding in patients. The IEDs were placed near the finish line of the race.

In a press conference today, George Velmahos, MD, PhD, division chief of trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital, said that most of the wounded at his facility sustained lower-extremity injuries, which resulted in 4 patients undergoing amputations. The injuries were so grievous that amputation was a foregone conclusion, said Dr. Velmahos.

Investigators in hazmat suits examine the scene of the second bombing on Boylston Street in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after 2 blasts killed 3 and injured more than 170 people. Source: AP Photo/Elise Amendola.

“We just completed what the bomb had done,” said Dr. Velmahos.

Other victims immediately lost their legs at the scene of the explosions.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and authorities have not announced any arrests or suggested a likely perpetrator. In a press briefing this morning, President Barack Obama called the bombing an “act of terror,” a label he did not use in yesterday’s remarks to the nation about the incident.

“We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice,” Obama said.

The president noted the heroism displayed by a variety of individuals in what resembled a war zone yesterday. They ranged from “first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives” to “the men and women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world, and the medical students who hurried to help, saying ‘When we heard, we all came in.’ ”

Obama also singled out exhausted marathon runners who, arriving at the scene of carnage, tended to the wounded. Among those runners who responded to the emergency were physicians and nurses, according to news reports.

The Complexity of Blast Injuries

As of late this morning, Massachusetts General Hospital had treated 31 bomb victims, 10 of whom had been discharged. Dr. Velmahos told Medscape Medical News that his hospital’s core trauma team has handled the majority of the injuries. Surgical specialists — among them thoracic, orthopaedic, neuro, vascular, and plastic — are called in as needed, as are trauma psychiatrists and rehabilitation physicians.

“We are so fortunate at Massachusetts General Hospital,” Dr. Velmahos said. “You name it — we have an army of physicians who are ready to serve according to the type of injury.”

His hospital, like others, has trained and drilled to deal with the aftermath of terrorist bombings. The key to readiness, he said, is understanding the complex pathophysiology of blast injuries, which was on display yesterday. Once physicians know how a bomb wreaks havoc on the human body, they can look for the damage.

So-called high-order explosives, he said, produce blast waves that cause severe trauma to gas-containing structures such as the lungs, the intestines, and the ear. Blast waves also can cause concussions. Dr. Velmahos said clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital did not encounter such blast-wave injuries because the 2 IEDs “didn’t have overwhelming power.”

However, a “low-order explosive” can produce a superheated blast wind that hurls people against cars and walls. One hospitalized patient had been thrown to the ground from a 5-foot perch in this manner, said Dr. Velmahos.

The blast wind produced by the bombs also burned patients, some to the third degree, he said. The majority of the burns occurred on legs and feet.

Bomb fragments and flying debris that penetrate the body account for an especially devastating category of blast injury.

“Some patients had only a few pieces of shrapnel, and others had dozens,” said Dr. Velmahos. “Some of them were really peppered.”

“Not every piece of shrapnel has been removed so far,” he added. “Our first priority was saving lives.” The remaining foreign objects can come out later, although some of them could remain in patients for the rest of their lives.

The combination of shrapnel and a searing blast wind was enough to sever legs on the spot, he said. Other patients arrived at the emergency room with the distal portion of their leg macerated. “It was an amorphous mass of tissue…hanging on by shreds of muscle and skin.”

Despite the gruesome injuries, all the bomb-blast patients at Massachusetts General Hospital have survived.

“Some patients barely arrived alive,” Dr. Velmahos said. “Everybody stayed alive.”

By Robert Lowes – Medscape News

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What Does The Bible Say About Gun Control? Larry Pratt keenly observed the difference between self-defense and vengeance:
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