Week in Review
The Left hated few presidents as much as they hated George W. Bush. They called him a war criminal. Even calling for his arrest so he can stand trial for his war crimes. Applauding when nations issue arrest warrants should he step foot inside their countries. His actions only stirred up anti-American sentiment. And provided a recruiting tool for terrorists. President Obama was going to change all of that. He was going to make the world love us again. All while making the world a safer place (see Pakistani Ambassador: U.S. Drone Strikes Cross a ‘Red Line’ by Paul D. Shinkman posted 2/5/2013 on U.S. News & World Report).
The U.S. has conducted 362 strikes in Pakistan since 2004, 310 of which have occurred during the Obama administration, according to data from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. As many as 3,461 people have been killed by the attacks, including as many as 891 civilian deaths, 176 of which were children.
Every U.S. drone strike garners national attention in Pakistan through dozens of television outlets, says Rehman. Pakistanis view the attacks as a “negative and unfortunate” use of power that makes it difficult for the Pakistani government to build a public consensus in its relations with the U.S.
“Operationally, it is counterproductive because it creates more potential terrorists on the ground instead of taking them out,” she says, adding public perception in Pakistan turns the attacks into a recruiting tool for terrorist organizations. “We need to drain the swamp.”
If you do the math that means George W. Bush sent in only 52 drone strikes into Pakistan. In other words President Obama sent in 86% of all drone strikes into Pakistan. Our ally. And yet George W. Bush is the war criminal. Not President Obama.
If you crunch the other numbers these drone strikes killed 2,570 terrorists. Along with 715 civilian adults. And 176 children. Making the number of terrorists killed only 74% of the total killed. With civilian adults totaling 21% of the total killed. And children totaling 5% of the total killed. Don’t know how many civilians George W. Bush killed but with 86% of all drone strikes into Pakistan President Obama must have killed the lion’s share of civilians. Yet George W. Bush is the war criminal. Not President Obama. If George W. Bush was still in office the Left would be burning effigies of him for his wonton killing of innocent civilians. But with President Obama we get a shrug of the shoulders. And a simple c’est la guerre.
The lesson here? If you want to use awesome military weapons to kill people around the world make sure you have a ‘D’ next to your name. For if you’re a Democrat you get a pass. While if you’re a Republican they brand you a war criminal.
Tags: drone strike, George W. Bush, Pakistan, President Obama, recruiting tool, recruiting tool for terrorist, terrorists, war crimes, war criminal
Week in Review
A horrible murder of a 15-year old Kashmir girl by her own parents illustrates where there is a war on women. And it isn’t in the United States (see Parents kill teenage daughter in acid attack in Kashmir by AFP posted on The Telegraph).
A mother and father in Pakistan-administered Kashmir killed their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid after seeing her talking to a young man, police say.
Local police officer Tahir Ayub told AFP the father, Mohammad Zafar, was already suspicions about his daughter Anvu Sha and became enraged when he saw her with a boy outside their home on Monday.
“Zafar beat her up and then poured acid over her with the help of his wife. She was badly burnt but they did not take her to hospital until the next morning, and she died on Wednesday,” Mr Ayub said…
“The parents have confessed, saying that they suspected the girl had illicit relations with a boy,” Mr Ayub said. “We have registered a murder case against the girl’s father and mother.”
Pakistan is a deeply conservative country, where women, especially in poor rural areas, enjoy few rights and protection by the police.
This is a war on women. It has nothing to do with birth control or abortion.
The American Left will have you believe that this is what will happen if the Republicans win on Tuesday. That somehow making a woman pay for her birth control is comparable to being murdered for talking to a boy. These are not equivalent things. Women can go on and have a full and satisfying life even if she has to pay for her own birth control. Oppressed women everywhere would eagerly swap their oppression for the oppression of having to spend an additional $20 or so a month.
As much as the Left tries to scare women into voting Democrat does anyone actually believe that life under Republicans will be like it is for 15 year old girls in Pakistan-administered Kashmir? The Left hated Ronald Reagan. But abortion survived 8 years of Ronald Reagan. And the porn industry did well in the Eighties. If the Republicans were going to go ‘Islamic’ conservative you’d think they’d have shut down the porn industry and figured out a way to overturn Roe v. Wade. But no. Women were free to do whatever they wanted with their bodies under 8 years of Ronald Reagan. And under 8 years of George W. Bush. From casual sex to porn to abortion. Even if they had to buy their own birth control.
There is no Republican war on women. And having women pay for their birth control doesn’t mean that Republicans hate women. It just means Republicans think there is more to a woman than her reproductive parts. And unlike the Left who think only men can be interested in things that are not vagina-centered, Republicans think women care about things like jobs, the debt, taxes, etc. They don’t talk down to them as if they are only sexual creatures to be maintained by government. Republicans appreciate their intelligence and independence. And want to engage their intellect. Not just relegate them to a sexual role in the current election cycle.
Tags: abortion, Anvu Sha, birth control, Democrat, Kashmir, oppressed women, Pakistan, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, war on women
Week in Review
India is polio-free. Pity the same can’t be said about her neighbors (see Effort to stop polio aims to vaccinate 111 million children in four days posted 3/23/2012 on the Los Angeles Times).
Polio, a viral disease that invades the nervous system, cannot be cured, only prevented. It mainly affects children under the age of five, leading to paralysis and even death.
The disease has been cut by more than 99% since the global campaign to eradicate polio was launched in 1988; India, which once had half of the polio cases in the world, recently marked a year without a case…
Last year, 650 cases were reported worldwide, with persistent pockets in Nigeria and along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The virus resurged in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, and Niger.
If you follow the link you will see a map. In that map you can see the three countries India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India, the most populated of the three, is polio-free. Pakistan and Afghanistan, less populated, are not polio-free. One would think that the sheer numbers would have made India the country with the most cases of polio. But no. Why? What’s different between India and Pakistan/Afghanistan? India is a country growing more modern by the day. With a bustling economy. And a rising standard of living. Pakistan and Afghanistan, on the other hand, aren’t much different than they were a millennium ago. Especially in the border region between these two countries. They are not modern countries. And suffer from diseases more modern countries have already eradicated.
Are their campaigns to eradicate polio in the United States? Canada? The United Kingdom? Europe? South Africa? Australia? New Zealand? No. Because these are advanced First World nations. Where childhood includes the dreaded vaccinations. Kids hate getting their shots. But they get them. And are healthier for it. Unlike the kids in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Who suffer Third World poverty. And infectious disease.
The best medicine for children? Free market capitalism. That produces a wealthy middle class. A high standard of living for all. And a social safety net for those who fall on hard times. Where there is no Third World poverty. And the children suffer little from infectious disease.
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