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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

URGENT-URGENT/The Sum of All Fears: London Absorbs Devastating Strikes and Coordinated Terrorist Attacks at Height of Morning Rush HourPosted by Picasa
Not a good morning folks, not a good morning at all. Got up around 0500 hrs., turned on NPR (www.npr.org) and heard the shocking news. Couldn't believe it then and can't believe it now. In fact, I hit the rack listening to the BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) on NPR around 0200 hrs., and the discussion/conversations were still focused on London's excitement at being chosen the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8476616/). Then I got up four hours later, turned on NPR and hear that over the course of four hours the situation had gone from one of absolute celebration to one of absolute horror. Here it is in a nutshell (http://www.itv.com/news/index_100560.html): London was struck by multiple terrorists attacks (at least seven coordinated attacks on the London public transportation system) which have inflicted, at last report, some 200-300 casualties including at least forty fatalities (unfortunately, the fatality figure is most assuredly going to rise). My first thought when I heard the news was this was al-Qaeda (probably like most everyone else thought); then I started to think this might be Provisional IRA activity (Provisional Irish Republican Army, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Republican_Army) which (although not ruled out) I de-emphasized almost immediately because the IRA hasn't gone operational in London for nearly a decade (no IRA activity in London proper since at least 10 February 1996 when IRA attacked the South Quay DLR station, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Quay_DLR_station). Then I started considering radical environmentalist organizations and anti-G8 summit anarchists...these groups haven't been completely ruled out (as of yet) in terms of their potential culpability (i.e., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-terrorism and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anarchist_organizations). CNN is now reporting a group calling itself 'The Secret Organization of al-Qaeda Jihadists in Europe' has claimed responsibility for the attacks (www.cnn.com). It is also being reported Prime Minister Blair, who is attending and hosting the G8 summit in Scotland, is heading back to London to assess the situation. This is outrageous and tragic to say the very least. Again, it is amazing how just yesterday, London (and England as a whole) was celebrating the fact it was chosen to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games; and within a span of 24 hours the situation has gone from one of celebration to one of tragedy and horror. Alright, let me break down my concerns (in the form of two questions) in terms of the overall geopolitical/security situation:

I.) How does this impact the security of the United States and is this a coordinated assault on all or some of the G8 nations (U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Russia and Italy)?: The explosions began around 8:50 a.m. (3:50 a.m. ET) which is the beginning of rush hour and the morning commute for most Londoners...a "target-rich environemt" in military parlance if there ever was one. My main concern is whether or not this is an internationally coordinated assault designed to be "cleared hot" during rush hour times around the globe (especially here in the United States). Let me put it this way, Great Britain is a relatively small, island nation and if MI-5, Great Britain's superb and world-renowned domestic intelligence and security agency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MI5), was unable to foil such a well-coordinated and (obviously) well-planned assault in the country's capital of London/London proper what does that say about our ability in the United States to protect our country (which spans an entire continent) from a series of well-coordinated and well-planned terrorist strikes? Again, MI-5 is definitely "no slouch" when it comes to domestic security, counter-terrorism and intelligence operational procedures, so I am scratching my head on this one. What went wrong in terms of British governmental entities not being able to neutralize the bastards BEFORE they executed their horrific plan? Hopefully, we'll soon find out what went wrong and learn how to counter these insidious threats more effectively.

II.) Is this proof al-Qaeda is "born-again hard"? Has al-Qaeda thwarted international law enforcement (et al.) and established within its organizational matrix a new and improved 'Table of Organization/Equipment (T/O & E)' which gives it the flexibility, capability and capacity to project itself in ways not seen since Madrid, 11 March 2004 and NYC/Penn./D.C., 11 September 2001?: This is an essential question (and perhaps, THE essential question as far as I'm concerned). If this is al-Qaeda's work (and it more than likely IS al-Qaeda based on the modus operandi of the attacks, although this in no way rules out the anti-G8 summit anarchist elements/radical environmentalist organizations I'd mentioned earlier), are we witnessing a resurgence of the operational capability/lethality of al-Qaeda? In other words, al-Qaeda has been relatively dormant for the last few years (not counting the big Madrid bombings of 2004) and instead of "having its back broken" as so many neocons/"political-Pollyannas" would have us to believe, is it possible al-Qaeda has (instead) been refitting and preparing itself to execute a new, offensive campaign, i.e., a campaign which equals a new and more formidable wave of attacks around the globe?

Those are my two, big questions concerning the implications and ramifications of what happened in London this sad day. Although, I'm sure there are numerous other questions, these are the ones of paramount importance (at least, as far as my thinking is concerned). But the bottom line is this: there is no question the war in Iraq has been more of a hindrance than a help in terms of overall global security in that it has proven to be a source of angst and motivation for those who wish to do great harm to the United States and her allies. The war in Iraq has done little more than prove itself to be the ultimate training ground and inspiration point for future generations of terrorists and terrorist sympathizers who can't wait to put what they've learned on the battlefields of Iraq into practice on the streets of Western capitals/cities...the Iraq War has done nothing but foment a new form of terrorist monstrosity that may have (for the first time since the Iraq War began) reared its ugly head on the streets, buses and subways of London this very morning. Semper Fidelis


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