Was Iraq Worth It? A Marine’s Answer

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The Marine’s (a combat veteran from Iraq) answer was  … “It was worth it.”

I wish I could reproduce his full Opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal, but it’s behind a pay wall if you want to read it in full, or alternatively purchase a copy of  the paper or read it at a local library. In any case, here is the on line link: 
Brian M. Welke: Was Iraq Worth It? It Was for Me – WSJ

Mr. Welke’s story resonates with me and is why I still have the picture of the young lady seen above as the background picture on my computer.  I don’t remember if she is Iraqi or Afghani, but she is the reason I tell veterans and active duty Marines, soldiers, sailors and airman, whenever I get the chance, that they have the best job in the world.    Why?

Because they have had the unique opportunity to bring liberty and opportunity, or at least the hope of same,  to the lives of many  because of their sacrifice and service on behalf of others.

I will try to bring some of Mr. Welke’s thoughts here, and then try to tie his experience to some of what I have written previously, but I would encourage you to read Welke’s account in full as from one who was there … in the arena.

“A sacrifice’s worth is not determined by outcomes.”

Speaking to the question of was it worth it …
”A far more painful question, asked of one’s self, is: What if I hadn’t tried?”

“It was in the sands of Ramadi that I learned most people want to be masters of their own fate.”

“How many nations in the course of human events have sacrificed so much to give an unfree people a shot at self-determination?  … Did Caesar conquer Gaul and then say, “Now its your turn to govern yourself.” No other country in history has defeated its enemies only to hand over the reins of government to its native population.”

I see Welke’s missive as yet another example of American Exceptionalism as I have written about here, and here, and here.

As I was reading Mr. Welke’s piece my mind immediately traveled to 1975 and the Navy Destroyer USS Kirk. I have highlighted this episode in my book I Didn’t Want to Worry You Mom … but a much fuller rendering of that great episode of American Exceptionalism is captured  at:

 The Lucky Few, The Story of the USS Kirk

and

The USS Kirk: Valor At The Vietnam War’s End : NPR

I conclude by adding to Mr. Welke’s oh-so-true statement “No other country in history has defeated its enemies only to hand over the reins of government to its native population”   … the  nations of Western Europe, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, South Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan   … and the southern states of the Confederacy following the Civil war.

 

Don Johnson – August 2014

Mosul’s Christians recount flight from historic home under ISIS threat

A sad but predictable fate is swallowing up small minorities in  Iraq.

Mosul’s Christians recount flight from historic home under ISIS threat

“We heard the gunshots outside our door, and knew the terrorists were killing Christians,” Aziz said in a raspy whisper. “But we hoped someone might rescue us. We cowered inside for two days, then knew we had to leave. We gathered some clothes and left at night.”

“There were Christians everywhere we went. In every garden, and in every door way, there are just so many with nothing and with nowhere to go.”  – Munira Aziz, 74

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I wrote about this in February 2011 and revisited the topic  last year in August 2013.

History Shows That a Power Vacuum Will Always be Filled

And before that:  the vacuum left in South Vietnam in 1975  after the withdrawal of American forces and the cut off of self defense funds for South Vietnam … and the human carnage left behind by the Communist North,  filling that vacuum and spilling over into the Pol Pot carnage imposed on Cambodia:

  The Real Heroes of Vietnam

Can we expect repeats in  Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and Israel?

Iraq and Vietnam … and Afghanistan … and Pakistan … and … and …

So what to do about it?

That’s both an individual and national question … perhaps the answer at the individual level is to stay engaged and try to help these people as individuals in ways that you can … that may be through various organizations such as The Voice of the Martyrs or Samaritan’s Purse or others.

At the national level it’s a difficult matter of somehow making our national leaders accountable and responsible to living up to our commitments and not abandoning those who have put their trust in America.

Don Johnson – August 2014

Are Google and NSA Becoming Just a Bit too Personal?

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This is what shows up when we enter our home address into Google Maps and then look at Street View.

Yes, that’s Diana & I sitting on our front porch minding our own business.

I know I’m paranoid, but this just adds to it. I think I’ll switch over to schizophrenia and let the other guy depress and fret over this.

Don Johnson – August 2014

Touring US Navy Warships

Over the past year I’ve had the good fortune of touring a number of US Navy museum warships as well as one currently active warship. In addition, my wife and I had the privilege of attending a reunion of the ship I served on in 1965-66, and will attend our second reunion in Buffalo in September.

Here are the ships I toured in the past year:

USS Midway  … USS Midway (CV-41)

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Having lived in San Diego most of my adult life I’ve visited the Midway on numerous occasions, usually with out of town visitors. It is a great museum ship with many of the interior compartments open for view. On the flight deck as well as in the hanger deck are many of the aircraft that once flew from these carriers.

An added bonus for me is the display of the the Tactical Air Crew Training System (TACTS), the on-line training system responsible for training the best fighter pilots in the world – Navy, Air Force and Marines. I was a software developer for that system from 1976 through 2008 and actively participated in the systems growth from 8 aircraft/ 4 missile Air to Air only … to the current generation supporting  72 aircraft/50 missile simulations plus ground to air weapons systems simulations.

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USS Massachusetts  (BB59)USS Massachusetts

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USS Joseph P. Kennedy (DD-850)USS Joseph P. Kennedy

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USS Lionfish (SS298)USS Lionfish

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PT BOATS

HIDDENSEE  … Hiddensee

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All of these ships … Massachusetts, Kennedy, Lionfish, PT Boats and Hiddensee are located at Battleship Cove at Fall River MA, a magnificent collection of ships in southern Massachusetts just north of Newport RI. The  USS Massachusetts, in particular, is well done with many spaces open to the public including a 16” gun turret and the ammo handling rooms below deck.

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USS Arizona (BB-39)World War II Valor in the Pacific

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USS Missouri (BB-63)USS Missouri

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USS Bowfin (SS-287) … USS Bowfin

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Torpedo room

40 mm anti-aircraft gun with 5” anti-surface gun  in  the background

Although much smaller than the other ships, I was surprised by how efficiently the spaces were set up, and how un-cramped it felt. On the table in the mess room, was a memo from the skipper telling of an upcoming mission where the sub would be transiting a mine infested area entering the Sea of Japan in which the skipper demanded absolute silence for  the 19 hours of the transit.

USS Turner Joy (DD- 951)USS Turner Joy

Visiting the Turner Joy was a bonus on a vacation trip to Seattle in August 2014. My Niece lives just off Bainbridge Island on the Olympic Peninsula side, and it was just a short drive to Bremerton where the ship is moored.

This ship was commissioned in 1959  as one of 18 Forrest Sherman-class destroyers which were the next generation following the smaller classes which served in WW-II and Korea. I was surprised by how much bigger this ship was than my Fletcher class USS Porterfield. The ship is well preserved, and many spaces were open to the public including the gun mounts.

She participated extensively in the Vietnam War, and was one of the principal ships involved in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

USS Intrepid (CV-11)USS Intrepid

Living in New Haven CT puts me just a short train ride and taxi to Manhattan where this museum ship is moored along the Hudson river in mid-town Manhattan, and I have visited several times.

Visiting an active duty US Navy warship.   

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)

Visiting this ship was also an added bonus of our August 2014 trip to Seattle. The weekend we arrived coincided with Seattle’s Seafair Fleet Week which featured the Blue Angles and three Navy ships; the USS Howard (DDG-83), USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and the USS Essex (LHD-2).  I waited in a long 2 hour line to board the Chancellorsville, but it was worth the wait.

This was the first time I stepped aboard a modern US Navy Destroyer/Cruiser class ship since I last stepped off the reserve ship USS Shields (DD-596) in 1969. It’s quite an impressive ship, and it’s size dwarfs the WW-II Fletcher class ships I served on in the 1960’s. Almost wish I could reenlist.

The future

The week of September 7, 2014 will find Diana and I in Buffalo NY for our second reunion of the USS Balch/Porterfield association. You can read my report of  our first reunion at Stepping Into a History Book: A US Navy Destroyer Reunion.

Buffalo is home port of the USS The Sullivans (DD-537) and the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. We are looking forward to meeting once more with our newfound shipmates from the Balch and Porterfield as well as seeing the ships there. The Sullivans is a Fletcher class destroyer almost identical to the two tin cans I served on in the 1960s.

My Book

How can I close out this post without an unabashed plug for my new book!

I Didn’t Want to Worry You Mom … (But sometimes it got a little scary and dangerous out there!)

You can preview and purchase a copy by clicking  on the book image below.

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Don Johnson – August 2014

Visualizing DNA: Two Fantastic Animations in One

First, what it takes for chromosomes to condense, and we mean really condense. Second, the process of copying DNA. If you thought it was simple, look again. It’s like sewing and fly fishing put together, but on nanometer scale. These are from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia.

Cross-posted at Biologic Perspectives.

It’s this sort of thing that puts me into the Creationist and Intelligent Design camps.

And please note that Creationism and Intelligent Design are not the same thing. ID is a scientific theory not relying on sacred scriptures of any sort to substantiate it’s claims. But ID sure lends credibility to the creation account of the Bible,

A Jewish Boycott? Excellent!

A Jewish Boycott ?

A short time ago, Iran ‘s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.

In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:

“Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

“A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.

Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.

If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.

Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.

Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.

Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the “Schick” reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

“Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.

They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

“Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.

Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.

“In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott.”

Oh, and by the way, don’t call for a doctor on your cell phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer.

Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made?”

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:
Literature:

1988 – Najib Mahfooz
Peace:

1978 – Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1990 – Elias James Corey
1994 – Yaser Arafat:
1999 – Ahmed Zewai
Economics: (zero)

Physics: (zero)

Medicine:

1960 – Peter Brian Medawar
1998 – Ferid Mourad

TOTAL: SEVEN
The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world’s population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:

1910 – Paul Heyse
1927 – Henri Bergson
1958 – Boris Pasternak
1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 – Nelly Sachs
1976 – Saul Bellow
1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 – Elias Canetti
1987 – Joseph Brodsky
1991 – Nadine Gordimer World

Peace:


1911 – Alfred Fried
1911 – Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 – Rene Cassin
1973 – Henry Kissinger
1978 – Menachem Begin
1986 – Elie Wiesel
1994 – Shimon Peres
1994 – Yitzhak Rabin

Physics:

1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 – Henri Moissan
1907 – Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 – Gabriel Lippmann
1910 – Otto Wallach
1915 – Richard Willstaetter
1918 – Fritz Haber
1921 – Albert Einstein
1922 – Niels Bohr
1925 – James Franck
1925 – Gustav Hertz
1943 – Gustav Stern
1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
1944 – Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 – Felix Bloch
1954 – Max Born
1958 – Igor Tamm
1959 – Emilio Segre
1960 – Donald A. Glaser
1961 – Robert Hofstadter
1961 – Melvin Calvin
1962 – Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 – Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 – Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 – Julian Schwinger
1969 – Murray Gell-Mann
1971 – Dennis Gabor
1972 – William Howard Stein
1973 – Brian David Josephson
1975 – Benjamin Mottleson
1976 – Burton Richter
1977 – Ilya Prigogine
1978 – Arno Allan Penzias
1978 – Peter L Kapitza
1979 – Stephen Weinberg
1979 – Sheldon Glashow
1979 – Herbert Charles Brown
1980 – Paul Berg
1980 – Walter Gilbert
1981 – Roald Hoffmann
1982 – Aaron Klug
1985 – Albert A. Hauptman
1985 – Jerome Karle
1986 – Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 – Robert Huber
1988 – Leon Lederman
1988 – Melvin Schwartz
1988 – Jack Steinberger
1989 – Sidney Altman
1990 – Jerome Friedman
1992 – Rudolph Marcus
1995 – Martin Perl
2000 – Alan J. Heeger

Economics:

1970 – Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 – Simon Kuznets
1972 – Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 – Leonid Kantorovich
1976 – Milton Friedman
1978 – Herbert A. Simon
1980 – Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 – Franco Modigliani
1987 – Robert M. Solow
1990 – Harry Markowitz
1990 – Merton Miller
1992 – Gary Becker
1993 – Robert Fogel

Medicine:


1908 – Elie Metchnikoff
1908 – Paul Erlich
1914 – Robert Barany
1922 – Otto Meyerhof
1930 – Karl Landsteiner
1931 – Otto Warburg
1936 – Otto Loewi
1944 – Joseph Erlanger
1944 – Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 – Ernst Boris Chain
1946 – Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 – Tadeus Reichstein
1952 – Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 – Hans Krebs
1953 – Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 – Joshua Lederberg
1959 – Arthur Kornberg
1964 – Konrad Bloch
1965 – Francois Jacob
1965 – Andre Lwoff
1967 – George Wald
1968 – Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 – Salvador Luria
1970 – Julius Axelrod
1970 – Sir Bernard Katz
1972 – Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 – Howard Martin Temin
1976 – Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 – Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 – Daniel Nathans
1980 – Baruj Benacerraf
1984 – Cesar Milstein
1985 – Michael Stuart Brown
1985 – Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 – Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 – Gertrude Elion
1989 – Harold Varmus
1991 – Erwin Neher
1991 – Bert Sakmann
1993 – Richard J. Roberts
1993 – Phillip Sharp
1994 – Alfred Gilman
1995 – Edward B. Lewis
1996-  Lu RoseIacovino

TOTAL: 129!

The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims.

The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.

There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.

There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they demand that humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel ‘s part, the following two sentences really say it all:

‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.

If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel .”

Benjamin Netanyahu: General Eisenhower warned us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened’

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.

It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 65 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States ?

A Stronger Israel?

“In postmodern wars, we are told, there is no victory, no defeat, no aggressors, no defenders, just a tragedy of conflicting agendas. But in such a mindless and amoral landscape, Israel in fact is on its way to emerging in a far better position after the Gaza war than before.”

Further to my previous post ‘Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens,’ I would like to direct your attention to this essay by Victor Davis Hanson.

Also, in light of the continuing wars and struggles in the Middle East, in particular as related to Israel, I would encourage you to investigate for yourself the Biblical prophesies concerning Israel and the “End Times.” In these prophesies, as well as in the daily media reporting we see an increasingly isolated Israel forced more and more to go it alone in its own defense. We also see a resurgence of anti-Semitism and hatred of the Jew, in particular in Europe where, as you may recall, a man named Adolf Hitler set off on a program for the total and complete annihilation of the Jews.

Iran and other nations surrounding Israel, and especially the so-called Palestinians have been actively seeking the completion of Hitler’s genocide since the re-establishment of Israel in 1948, and the United States appears also to be abandoning Israel as we see our president Barack Obama in May of 2011 pressuring a return to the 1967 boundaries of Israel … boundaries referred to in Israel as the Auschwitz borders, and our Secretary of State John Kerry actively courting the enemies of Israel in achieving a so-called “Peace Process.”

Are we living in the “End Times” as prophesied in the Bible? I can’t tell you that we are or are not … all I can do is to call your attention to such a possibility, and call your attention to the personal implications if indeed we are living in such times.

Do your own study and research. In today’s Internet age, it is easier than ever to investigate and inform yourself, an I strongly encourage you to do so.

Do an Internet search on, for example “Psalm 83 wars” and Ezekiel 28, and on Matthew 24. Do a search on “End Times” and see what you can find with this searches.

Don Johnson — August 2014

Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens

Has anyone in the the administration any concept of this technology applied to our southern border or what would happen had they been allowed happen in Israel?
 This is very interesting

By Mordechai Ben-Menachem
Multiple media outlets report that Hamas’s offensive tunnel network – now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels dug underneath Israel’s border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip – was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays (September 24th) as a mass terror attack.
The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives.  Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these “institutions” would be the first struck, even before any thing else.
The IDF recently published the below map showing that tunnels were created in pairs, to empty out on both sides of nearby communities.  The known cost of the infrastructure – each tunnel costs upward of some $1 million – clearly shows that Hamas was planning a coordinated mega-attack.  It must be understood that use of even one tunnel would inevitably trigger Israeli retaliation against the entire network.
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A map of a small portion of the tunnels meant to be used 9 weeks from now.
Revelations regarding the planned tunnel attack magnitude played a decisive role in the Israeli government’s rejection of a ceasefire proposed late Friday by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Unbelievably, Kerry actually proposed in his latest “cease-fire proposal” – none of which have been honored by Hamas so far – that Israel refrains from degrading remaining attack tunnels.  This mind-boggling concept would necessarily be rejected by any sane government, of any country.
Israeli security sources, citing information acquired in interrogations of captured brigands, described a scenario under which hundreds of heavily armed Hamas fighters would have spilled out into Israel in the dead of night and within 10 minutes been positioned to infiltrate essentially all Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.  Waiting then in hiding until schools and kindergartens were occupied, the terrorists would then attempt to kill the children first, and then kill and kidnap as many Israelis as possible.  The plot was set to take place during Jewish New Year, on September 24.by Taboola
“It’s like the Underground, the Metro or the Subway,” Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “These tunnels are all connected. I would describe it as Lower Gaza.”
Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said, “A whole city of terror tunnels has been found.  Without the ground operation, we would have woken up one day to an Israeli 9/11.”
Except, the actual objective was to be five times 9/11.
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This picture shows clearly the width of one of the tunnels, sufficient for wheeled vehicles to transverse it.  Hamas did not build a “subway” system for Gaza residents.  They built an infrastructure for one purpose, and one only, an industry of death. 
Israeli military officials reported that the tunnels are stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes and other materials used for subduing abductees, civilians and soldiers.  The tunnels also had fantastic quantities of explosives and additional military materiel meant to be used in the up-coming mega attack.  Much of these explosives had already been placed underneath Israeli kindergartens.  Some of these tunnels were as deep as 30 meters underground.
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Fantastic quantities of explosives were stored in every tunnel, meant to be used in a mega-attack on civilian communities and infrastructure.
Sources say the Gaza Strip war, Operation Protective Edge, could serve as a prelude for a more extensive underground war with the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah.  Perhaps, not ‘just’ in the Middle East.
The tunnels inside Gaza and under the Israeli border are not a secret project Hamas ran under the noses of Israel and the Palestinian public. Everyone in Gaza, knew that beneath Gaza, the City and all of its environs, a network of tunnels was being dug over the past five years, with an investment of tens of millions of dollars.  Yet no one in Israel, public or military, was prepared for the scope of the tunnels – the danger that became clear in the past week or two.
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Senior Hamas operatives show off their offensive tunnels to their spouses.  Unbelievably, this is actually a picture of a Marriage taking place in the ‘place of death’.
In order to create this monstrosity, Hamas needed significant professional help; and this help had to have come from a large organization or state entity.  This is not just the monetary aid it received from Qatar, America’s ally.  This is professional guidance for the performance of such an underground feat.  Perhaps Hamas could have used experts from the tunnels dug at Rafah under the Gaza-Egypt border, but those were significantly simpler, and did not demand any extraordinary investment or effort.
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A Hamas operative climbing upward in a pier of one of the major tunnels.  Notice the work on the sides of the tunnel.
Who supplied these quantities of material?  Who planned what would be needed?  How did Hamas acquire thousands of ampoules of tranquilizer, syringes and other, additional drugs to be used?  These are far beyond the quantities and variety of what is needed by any civilian medical service.
How was all this brought in to the Gaza Strip?  The logistics of this planned attack are the work of a well-organised military, not that of a militia or club.  This was no amateur plan.
Observers note that attack scenarios lined up with recently revealed data about the sophistication, scope and nature of the offensive tunnel network.  As previously reported here, this sophistication and know-how is being copied right now by Mexico-based Hezbollah agents along the Southern US border.  Tunnels in Southern Lebanon, as in South US, are significantly more difficult to detect than those in the sandy terrain of the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas planned these tunnels for years, and planned to use them to kidnap soldiers,” Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mordechai Almoz said. “[Now] they see the tunnels collapsing one after the other.”  For the last two years, the Israeli army has sought to develop skills and equipment to fight in enemy tunnels and bunkers.  Hamas and Islamic Jihad have used tunnels to operate command and control, to infiltrate Israel and abduct soldiers, to fire rockets and to conceal fighters amid invasion of the Gaza Strip.
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Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and an author of 30 book ranging from engineering to poetry. He is also an ordained clergyman and a former soldier.


Read more: Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens

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RIKEN’s 10-minute antidote to atheism: see for yourself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ygpqVr7_xs

A very fascinating animation of the sorts of things that are happening in each and every one of our many, many cells.

You ask … why is this just a graphic animation, and not actual video through a microscope or something? Good question, and one I ask as well.

I think the reason is; this is happening on such a small scale that it is outside the limits of any optical technology we currently have. So somehow all of this must be gathered by indirect means, and I haven’t come up with the explanations yet. If and when I do, I will pass that information on as well.

Further to this, here is where I first discovered this video:

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/rikens-10-minute-antidote-to-atheism-see-for-yourself/

Regards,

don

Some Basic Evolutionary Questions

“… tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged” ... Stephen Hawking

  1. “In the Beginning God created
    the heavens and the Earth” .
    .. Genesis 1:1

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Our world view, ultimately comes down to a choice between the two quotes listed above, or a variant of either.

So I would ask you to ponder over these statements on ‘origins’ and then conclude which of the two is the more rational.

If your choice is the former, I would ask you to consider the following, and provide definitive answers (i.e. provide the mountain of evidence):

  • We don’t know how the laws of nature evolved,
  • we don’t know how the 240+ physical and natural constants evolved,
  • We don’t know how the first cell evolved
  • we don’t know how the DNA code evolved,
  • we don’t know how replication evolved,
  • we don’t know how RNA polymerase evolved,
  • we don’t know how transcription evolved,
  • we don’t know how genes evolved,
  • we don’t know how translation evolved,
  • we don’t know how hemoglobin evolved,
  • we don’t know how the electron transport chain evolved,
  • we don’t know how ATPase evolved,
  • we don’t know how eukaryotes evolved,
  • we don’t know how multicellular organisms evolved,
  • we don’t know how the vision cascade evolved,
  • we don’t know how visual pattern recognition evolved,
  • we don’t know how hearing evolved,
  • we don’t know how audio pattern recognition evolved,
  • we don’t know how the kidney evolved,
  • we don’t know how the liver evolved,
  • we don’t know how the circularity system evolved,
  • we don’t know how mammals evolved,
  • we don’t know how male/female anatomical sexuality evolved,
  • we don’t know how bio sonar evolved,
  • we don’t know how the hummingbird tongue evolved,
  • we don’t know how the whale evolved,
  • we don’t know how photosynthesis evolved,
  • we don’t know how the butterfly evolved,
  • we don’t know how turtles evolved,
  • we don’t know how consciousness evolved,
  • we don’t know how biological information (i.e. DNA) evolved,
  • We don’t know how the various machines within the cell evolved,
  • we don’t know how altruism evolved,
  • we don’t know how bees evolved,
  • we don’t know how all of the body organs, including skin co-evolved to their present form,
  • we don’t know how human intellect evolved (i.e. music, art, literature etc.)
  •  … and more I’m sure.

So we have a mountain of questions … do we have a mountain of evidence?

 

Regards,
don johnson