The American Gazette

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

They killed the Children

It's been a couple days since I posted. Blame it on too much work.

Before I go forward with this post a bit about myself. I am a Registered Nurse, I have been nursing for over thirteen years now. At one time in my career I worked in a neuro trauma intensive care unit. I have taken care of people with their brains splattered from car accidents, motorcycles, snow mobiles, etc... I have also taken care of people with gun shot wounds to the head, someone who was scalped, women who were raped. Take it as a given that I have through my career seen some pretty gruesome things, not as much as an ER nurse has, but enough for it to impact on my life and how I view my children and their activities.

I have three children. One who is 20 and in college, living on his own. Somewhat precariously on his own, but for the moment he is surviving. He has a brilliant mind. My daughter just turned 17 and is a senior in high school. She is a beautiful child, both inside and out, who has a keen sense of herself with little of the angst so many teenagers experience. My youngest is 8, nearly 9. For Halloween this year he wanted to be a Civil War soldier from the Irish Brigade after watching the movie "Gods and Generals" Amazingly he sat and watched the entire 3 and a half hour movie, weeping in many places, but particularly when over 800 men of the Union Irish Brigade perished at the battle of Fredericksburg. Yes, he did go out on Halloween dressed as a proper union soldier. The costume was the most challenging I have ever put together, but I had one very proud little boy out marching around for his candy.

My last post asked anyone who reads these pages to pray for the hostages in Russia, there to celebrate their first day of school. The day that I posted that I had come home after working a 12 hour midnight shift, and then stopping at my home care case. I had been up some 21 hours and really needed to just sleep. But I had heard on NPR what was happening in Russia, and it simply shot to my soul. The thoughts of my own children and what lengths I would go to in order to keep my own children safe flew through my mind. I went to bed praying that all would come out safe.

They didn't.

Some 335 dead, at least half of them children. Over 200 remain missing. More than 400 in the hospital.

When I heard the news, again after working a 12 hour mid shift and stopping at my home care case, I cried. Folks I have told you I am a nurse, I deal with and see human tragedy on a regular basis. Over the years I have learned to distance myself from other people's tragedies, or as a nurse one will not survive. There are still times I have wept for a patient, but for the most part I have learned how to keep my emotions in check. But on my way home I wept that day for people I have never meant in my life. For people I will never met. I wept when 9/11 happened, a day I was at work. Worked days then. That said, it is not a common occurrence for me to weep at all.

Yet what parent can not imagine the horror of having their children taken hostage, witnessing their parents, teachers and other students gunned down. What parent does not have their heart bleed when they hear of children so thirsty they are drinking their own urine out of their shoes? Did you hear or read about the ten year old boy who was bayoneted through the chest for going to one of the terrorists and politely asking for a drink? Or the mother who had to choose which one of her children she could take out? Told to choose or her and both of her children would be killed? Anyone remember the movie Sophie's Choice?

As the hostage takeover began, one teacher stepped up to the terrorists and demanded that at least the youngest children should be released. The terrorist asked her if she was done, she replied yes, and he then shot her. By eyewitness account the teacher remained alive for a time, but no one was allowed to approach her.

The terrorists took the cell phones, threatening to kill 20 people for any one phone they found that was not turned over. Realizing the role cell phones have played in other terrorist events, the terrorists would not allow any communication here.

20 men were taken away and executed, their bodies later thrown out of the smashed windows.

The children were stuffed into a sweltering gym, standing so closely packed that they had to take turns to lay down and rest.

It was so hot that the children stripped down to their underwear, some drank out of toilets.

After the explosion that set off the carnage, the terrorists shot at running underwear clad children who were fleeing, many died shot in the back.

One little girl was carried out with a soldier attempting to hold her guts in that protruded from a wound in her back.

As chaos reigned and some of the terrorists attempted to slip away, Taimuraz Mamsurov, speaker of the local parliament, encouraged the men of the area to take their guns and stop every male who was not a local.

Once upon a time I went to the Million Mom March and wanted more gun control. That silly notion went out the window with 9/11 and this incident has only fueled that hard right turn even further.

Last I knew the Russians were saying there were 10 Arabs that were involved with this horrid event. An Islamic group tied to Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman Zawahir, has claimed responsibility.

A radical Muslim Cleric justified the attacks.
Omar Bakri of Al-Muhajiroun justified taking women and children hostage if it was for the cause that Muslims had suffered under British rule. "If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq. As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be okay."

This man of Allah has praised the attacks of 9/11, and is promoting a "celebratory" conference in London next week to commemorate the events of 9/11.

Did you know that Sept 6th is the 32nd anniversary of the murder of Israeli athletes in Munich 1972? 32 years we have been allowing terrorist event after terrorist event by those who claim Islamic faith to occur.

We have canjoled, we have given money, we have negogiated and still they kill. Those that insist on continuing appeasement need to get the hell out of the way. These inhuman monsters who target people because they are Jewish, who beat to death a wheelchair bound man because he was doubly damned as Jewish and American, who have hijacked planes with multiple deaths over the years, who flew jumbo jets into three buildings and the ground in Pennsylvania, who shot children in the back as they flee from horror are NOT insurgents, not militants, not freedom fighters, they are TERRORISTS. Bent on remaking the world to their own view, using the same tactics of the Fascists, the Nazi's and the Communists. They may wrap themselves in religion, but they are not religious people.

Now make no mistake, John Kerry is an appeaser. Do not forget that this is the man who went to Paris in 1970 to negogiate with the enemy who was killing Americans in Vietnam, something clearly in violation of American law. He was not a govn't official, he was a private citizen who was still in the inactive reserve. Do not forget that this is the man who claimed that atrocities were not only common but were done as a matter of policy in Vietnam, clearly a statement "over the top" but not one that he has ever apologized for. No he is proud of his anti-war activism in the past, even if it was with the very discredited Vietnam Veterans against the War. This is the man who testified in front of the Senate that if we were to pull out of Vietnam there were bound to be some political assassinations, but it wouldn't be so bad. Personally I think millions of people dead to the false God of Communism is a horrid thing. Do not forget that John Kerry is the man who was present at a meeting in Kansas City for a VVAW meeting in which it was discussed assassinating hawk Senators.

Do not forget this is the man who voted against nearly all of the weapons systems that came to the Senate floor. Do not forget this is the man who claims to have an "exit strategy" for Iraq, he had one for Vietnam too, and millions died. I have an exit strategy too, complete and abject defeat of the enemy, then go home.

Allow me to post some of the speech from Sen. Zell Miller.

Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.
The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.
The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.
The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11.
I could go on and on and on: Against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel, Against the Aegis air-defense cruiser, Against the Strategic Defense Initiative, Against the Trident missile, against, against, against.
This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?
U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?

You think? While Pop Media is busy screeching that Sen. Miller was just too mean here, in light of a 32 year history of Islamofascist terrorist events should make them wake up and smell the coffee, you think? But that has not happened, nor will it happen. Pop Media has to be understood in the context of post Vietnam, when people like John Kerry were lauded and feasted. An entire generation of people were politized to believe that America is wrong, that all that we have accomplished as a nation only took place of the backs of anyone who was not white and protestant. In their worldview America is the evil and all bad things flow back because of the wrongs committed. By this they excuse the very people who are truly evil. After all they are a victim of horrible, capitalist America.

It is clear that right now John Kerry wants us to believe he is the current victim. To hear him whine, it is only lying attacks on his patriotism and his honorable Vietnam service that have bounced the numbers up for Bush. It cannot have anything to do with the fact that legitimate questions have been asked regarding not only his service, but his behavior after coming home from Vietnam, not to mention his attempts to cut the military, his attempts to cut intelligence, his lack of appearance at intelligence committee meetings.

Why should we care that Kerry served in Vietnam? Did James Madison, President during the War of 1812, serve in the Military? Did Abraham Lincoln serve in the military? Did Woodrow Wilson serve in the military? Did Franklin Roosevelt serve in the military? Harry Truman who was President during the Korean War, did fight in WWI. Is it important than, if the sitting President seen combat? Methinks no. What is important is the vision any sitting President has when war is necessary.

I may add that it was John Kennedy, who was in WWII and considered rightly a hero, that led us into Vietnam. I do not wish to tarnish JFK by saying this, I wish only to highlight that a person's military service is simply that. What distinguish a President is his ability to lead, not whether he fought in war. Ulysses Grant was a savior in the Civil War, and he also was a very poor President. It is the character of the man and his belief system that has to matter here. Kerry's public life after his service in Vietnam matter to me, it formed his current belief system which is reflected in his senate voting record.

When you imagine the complete horror of watching your child be bayoneted through the chest for wanting a drink of water, imagine too who would you want as President if something that horrendous happened in this country. Me? It sure as hell is not John Kerry.



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