Today’s lead article focuses on the longest-held American hostages in the world. Their story resonates with the difficulty encountered in the assymetrical nature of the War on Terrorism. Funding for much of Islamic terrorism is drug-related, and the sheer lunacy of our country’s intervention in Kosovo - a major drug-money route to various Islamofascist terrorists - only underscores the impotence and inaction of the Clinton administration in its so-called war on terrorists. The Moderator
Will the Colombian Hostages Ever Go Free?
“Over the past four years, while the world’s eyes have remained riveted to the political, religious, and social turmoil engulfing the Middle East, three American defense contractors have been held captive, waiting for the U.S. government to free them and return them to their home.
On February 17, 2003, one month before President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein his final ultimatum to relinquish control of his nation or face war, Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Thomas Howes were flying a drug surveillance mission in southern Colombia on behalf of their employer, Northrup Grumman. The aircraft crashed, and the men were taken captive.
Gonsalves, Stansell and Howes are now the longest-held American hostages in the world.
The article marking the fourth anniversary of their captivity, originally published in the Arizona Republic, has been reprinted below in full below:”
House Resolution Sails, Senate Resolution Sinks (from Patriot Post)
Liberals looking to embarrass the President on the world stage achieved a mixed victory Friday and Saturday of last week. The House voted 246-182 for a resolution denouncing President Bushâ€™s 21,000-troop increase in Iraq while offering backhanded support to the troops currently fighting our Jihadi enemies. All but two Democrats were able to lure 17 Republicans to pass the measure, which came after 44 hours of floor discussion. We wonâ€™t use the term â€œdebateâ€ here, because there was no debate to speak of. Speaker San Fran Nan Pelosi refused to allow Republicans the option of offering a competing measure and, recognizing she had a slam dunk with her own resolution, moved things along with a few moments dedicated to supreme political grandstanding.
For those of you keeping score, and we hope you all are, here are the names of those 17 Republicans: Mike Castle (DE), Howard Coble (NC), Tom Davis (VA), John Duncan (TN), Phil English (PA), Wayne Gilchrest (MD), Bob Inglis (SC), Tim Johnson (IL), Walter Jones (NC), Ric Keller (FL), Mark Kirk (IL), Steve LaTourette (OH), Ron Paul (TX), Tom Petri (WI), Jim Ramstad (MN), Fred Upton (MI), James Walsh (NY). (It should be noted that only two of these 17, Reps. Duncan and Paul, voted against the original war resolution in 2002.)
Pelosi proudly stated that the resolution â€œwill signal a change in direction in Iraq.â€ It most certainly will do that. As Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor noted, our enemies â€œwill have received all the political rhetoric they require to convince their followers that complete victory is at hand.â€
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Iran Defies Nuclear Ultimatum
(Note: Iran’s president, a religious fanatic bent on ushering in the 12th Iman based upon cataclysmic events he provides, is asking - make that “begging” - for a joint US/Israeli strike. For the world’s sake, let’s hope this occurs sooner rather than later. The Moderator)
VIENNA, Austria — Iran has ignored a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze uranium enrichment and has instead expanded its program by setting up hundreds of centrifuges, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said yesterday. The finding paves the way for new U.N. sanctions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report to the Security Council and its 35-nation board that Tehran also has continued to build a heavy water reactor and related facilities which, along with enrichment, could help it develop nuclear arms.
In addition, the report said, Iran ignored a Security Council call to cooperate with the IAEA in its efforts to shed light on suspicious nuclear activities.
The conclusions, while widely expected, could serve as the trigger for the council to start deliberating on new sanctions against Iran.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said U.S. officials have already begun consulting with allies about the next steps, including sanctions. He said officials expect the council to meet on the matter as early as next week.
“The report gives us a pretty clear picture that shows that Iran has not changed its behavior, has not changed its views and is continuing on the path of defiance…”
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