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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


In Remembrance of The Six Million
Who Died At the Whim of a Mad Regime

Every year Israelis take a day to remember the Holocaust. At 10:00 AM sharp, they stop whatever they are doing ... driving, reading, living ... they stop and stand at attention. The sirens blast a remembrance of the six million who died at the whim of a mad regime.

I ask you to watch this breathtaking three-minute video and then reflect on two things:

(1) Our President has declared September 11th (the anniversary of another holocaust of its own kind) a ‘national day of service’, this year and every year to come.

(2) The interspersed visage, in the above video, of another madman who has declared as his, and his country’s, destiny the annihilation of the state of Israel.

I offer the following for your consideration, from a post on National Review Online:

I am 34 years old, born in the U.S., raised as a (nominal) Muslim in Iran, and returned back to the U.S. in 1990 (thank Goodness). I converted to Catholicism in 2002, and became a reservist in the Navy (through the Direct Commission Officer program) in 2004. Growing up in Iran, religious instructions in schools started in 1st grade. Sixth grade is when our religious instructions began in earnest by the Basij goons (the true believers) and their fellow-travelers. My family and I left Iran after I finished 9th grade, but by that time I had had a steady ideological diet on Supremacy of Islam, the place for dhimmis, the primacy of Jihad and martyrdom for years. With this background, may I offer a few observations:

1) Islam is indeed the problem. Although I can, I will spare you recitation of chapter and verse in the Qur'an were Muslims are called to Jihad and establishing the global caliphate.

2) I agree with you that we should not "out loud" call Islam the problem. There are many muslims which are peaceful, because they actually are NOT either very devout or do not pay particularly close attention to pertinent violent passages. To the extent practical, we should refrain from poking them in the eye over the barbarity of the true form of their religion.

3) Having displayed my "sensitivity and inclusivity" bona fides in point #2, I don't think we should shrink from calling attention to the fact that our enemy is Violent Islam. This is for our own population's benefit. People in the West (and Americans particularly) in large majorities have fully internalize the fact that Violent Islam poses an existential threat to the long term survivability of Western Civilization, and therefore the future of their progeny. It is entirely irrelevant if Violent Islam is the true Islam, a fake one, or a fringe element. What is important is that it's followers be killed or disabled, one way or the other. There is no converting these people, trust me.

4) The long term solution to Violent Islam, I sincerely believe, is some form of mellow nationalism. In Iran, the teachings of the Basij people had relatively little impact on any of us. One of the chief reasons is because Iranians have a very strong sense of nationhood. They consider themselves Iranian first, Muslim second. Doctrine of Jihad has relatively shallow influence on someone with mooring in something other than Islam. Notice that you see very few Iranian suicide bombers. You don't see many Turks pulling the chord on their suicide belts either. The Iranian regime financing and support of terrorism is another matter entirely.

5) Having said that, inculcating and nurturing a sense of nationhood in Arab lands, Pakistan and Afghanistan is an exceedingly difficult task. There is a very nebulous sense of nationhood in these places as I am sure you know. What binds people is tribalism and Islam, which is as noxious of a combination as you can get. Whatever the mechanism, the West has to encourage the formation of as secular a notion of nationalism as it possibly can in these places. I instinctively cringe at the concept of secular nationalism (which is poisonous to the West), because you often end up with effete bunch of pantywaists like the French, or brutal aggressors like the Germans or Russians. But if somehow we could inculcate the French-pantywaistism in Muslim lands, maybe they would be too busy complaining about the cloudiness of the wine or runiness of the hummus to consider murderous Jihad. I am of course being flippant, but honestly, short of turning the whole place into glowing radioactive glass, I don't see any other cure which preserve the life of our own citizenry in the short- to medium-term.

It’s time to stop the insanity by filling America’s positions of leadership with those who will call evil by its rightful name ... and those who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with America’s allies rather than incessantly pandering to those who seek their, and our, destruction.

    Get it all on record now ... get the films ... get the witnesses ... because somewhere down the road of history some b@$&^*d will get up and say that this never happened.

    ...General Dwight David Eisenhower,
    Supreme Commander, Allied Forces, Europe 1945
~ joanie


Arlene Albrecht said...

Very moving Joanie.

All those terrible pictures.

Thank you.

Cal Brindisi said...

This administration is so anti-Israel it isn't funny. The Muslim influence on American policy is growing stronger every day, and with it the probability of Israel standing alone against being swallowed up by the Muslim sea that surrounds it- and we won't lift a finger in her defense.

I'm starting to believe that some of my Christian friends who say the "end times" are near might be onto something.

EllwoodLee said...

I'm starting to believe that some of my Christian friends who say the "end times" are near might be onto something.

Even a lot of non Christians are starting to see the writing on the wall. Reading Revelation these days is pretty scary.

John Cooper said...

"...inculcating and nurturing a sense of nationhood in Arab lands, Pakistan and Afghanistan is an exceedingly difficult task. There is a very nebulous sense of nationhood in these places as I am sure you know. What binds people is tribalism and Islam..."
America was the first and so far the only nation on earth to be founded on an idea - the idea that human beings have rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Throughout history, every other nation has been founded on geography, religion, or tribalism.
"If men accept the notion that the individual is helpless, intellectually and morally, that he has no mind and no rights, that he is nothing, but the group is all, and his only moral significance lies in selfless service to the group—they will be pulled obediently to join a group. But which group? Well, if you believe that you have no mind and no moral value, you cannot have the confidence to make choices—so the only thing for you to do is to join an unchosen group, the group into which you were born, the group to which you were predestined to belong by the sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient power of your body chemistry.

--Ayn Rand, Global Balkanization.
We must not let the ideas upon which America was founded perish without a fight.

Anonymous said...


Taken from my home
Stripped of all that I own
I am no longer a person
But a number,
I am dead inside
No more moral or pride,
I have succumb to hunger and pain
The crowding of the train
I march toward the slaughter-
Never thought I would die a martyr
Thrown into the flame
An innocent criminal that took the blame
I harmed no one
Broke no moral nor written law
My only flaw
Was a belief…

Kevin Kranson

Lou Barakos said...

What an amazing video. Whoever created it did a very effective job. Thanks for posting Joanie.

2ndAmendmentDefender said...

Joanie, did you see Glenn when he had the 50 black conservatives on? I think it was last Friday. What a breath of fresh air! People from all walks of life, from waiters to the mayor of a town, and all of them were sick of the government's "plantation mentality."

joanie said...

John, Rand's commentary and 'predictions' are becoming more brilliant by the day. She certainly did comprehend the mindset of men who seek to control other men.

Unfortunately, not enough of us are familiar with her to make much of a difference. It somehow makes me wonder whether, if every adult American were somehow required to read Atlas Shrugged, would the (relatively small) outrage be intensified?

joanie said...

'Anonymous', thank you for sharing that moving piece of writing. It certainly is appropriate here.

~ joanie

joanie said...

2AD, yes we did see that Glenn Beck program (we record all of his shows). And you are so right -- what a breath of fresh air!

The media are completely ignoring blacks who see the writing on the wall, or intimating that they are nothing more than Uncle Toms.

Those who spoke on that show were so well informed and so tired of blacks being used as pawns by a political ideology that claims to want to help them and yet is premeditatedly keeping them shackled to a dependent state of mind.

I especially loved the talk show host (can't recall her name). What a brilliant woman and independent thinker!

If only these people could receive more attention from the media (a pipe dream if there ever was one), I am certain they could awaken many others to the evil of the purposeful 'entitlement mentality' indoctrination that has gripped our country for more than forty years.

Glenn Beck is a national treasure!

~ joanie

DaveBurkett said...

Iran's Leading Holocaust Denier Named Deputy Culture Minister

Anonymous said...

Thanks you for this.

Gary Burgess said...

Obama's Pacific Trip Encounters Rough Waters

He has to go halfway around the world to get the treatment he deserves?

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Alexi B. said...

Hatred without repentance is poison. Amahdinejad is going to enjoy a mighty hot eternity. It's just too bad he will have tormented so many other innocent human beings before he gets there.