ISIS, Borg, Star Trek, Treason & Civil LIberties

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Screen shot 2014-09-01 at 12.58.15 PMWe are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

Somewhere, on a shelf, somewhere in my condo is a book All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek.  The book was published in 1995, but I find there are basic truths in it, or rather in the world of Star Trek, in general.  Unfortunately, this is one of those moments.  The other day, while wearing that incredible tan suit that caused those brainwashed by the perverted mind of Bill Gothard to freak, President Obama stated that right now, we didn’t have much of a plan to deal with ISIS.  I don’t know which was worse, the fact that he wasn’t wearing a dark suit as demanded by the godly pervert, Gothard, or the fact that Obama stated we didn’t have a plan to deal with the horrific terror group.

The only way to even conceptualize the destructive evil of ISIS is by comparing them to the Borg.  Once the Klingons had achieved peace with the Federation and the Romulans were almost a non issue until Spock screwed up the entire universe and changed the quantum flow of time and space, Gene Roddenberry needed new villains.  The Borg, whose existence had been hinted to, for ages, appeared.

“…The Borg inhabit a vast region of space in the Delta Quadrant of the galaxy, possessing thousands of vessels. They operate toward the fulfilment of one purpose: to “add the biological and technological distinctiveness of other species to [their] own… [in pursuit of] perfection”. The concept of perfection is the unifying idea at the core of the Borg. The pursuit of an unemotional, mechanical perfection is the Borg’s only motivation. This is achieved through forced assimilation, a process which takes individuals and technology, enhancing and controlling them….”

The Borg were constantly changing and adapting to the point where it was almost impossible to defeat them.  If you are starting to see the similarity to ISIS, well, there is one.  They are like the Borg.  They assimilate and destroy everyone and everything in their path.  Lead by a psychopathic narcissist, there is no conscience, no humanity, no human decency.  All they do is destroy, for their religious cult.  Like the Borg, their conquests make them more powerful and more wealthy.

“...Isis’s persecution of Iraqi Christians, which has already forced tens of thousands of men, women and children to flee for their lives, is fast becoming a genocide, religious leaders have warned.

Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod of the Syriac Orthodox church said that Isis’s capture of Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian city, had marked a turning point for Christians in the country.

“Now we consider it genocide – ethnic cleansing,” he said. “They are killing our people in the name of Allah and telling people that anyone who kills a Christian will go straight to heaven: that is their message. They have burned churches; they have burned very old books. They have damaged our crosses and statues of the Virgin Mary. They are occupying our churches and converting them into mosques.”

The archbishop, who leads the Syriac Orthodox church in the UK, urged the UK government to open the country’s doors to those fleeing the violence. “We are dying, 100%,” he said. “The British government needs to help people and to give them asylum. If they stay here, they will be killed.”

His pleas were echoed by Patriarch Louis Sako, the Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, who said that about 100,000 Christians had abandoned their villages in the Nineveh plains earlier this week after Isis launched mortar attacks. He asked the EU and the UN to help them before it was too late.

“They fled their villages and houses [with] nothing but … the clothes on their backs,” he said in a statement to the charity Aid to the Church in Need. “[It is] an exodus, a real via crucis; Christians are walking on foot in Iraq’s searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Irbil, Duhok and Soulaymiyia, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them. They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, described Isis’s treatment of Christian, Yazidi and other communities as “a persecution of immense proportions” and urged the UK government to act….”

Like the Borg, the only way to defeat these monsters will be by unconventional tactics and thinking beyond the box.  The smartest thing Barack Obama could do, to make the best of a situation basically created by the incompetence of his Secretary of State, was to say there was no plan.  There is a plan.  We all know there is a plan.  We’re dealing with the Pentagon.  They have a plan for everything from dealing with invading aliens (the Roswell kind) to allegedly sending in special ops teams to take out an occasional Bigfoot who has gone rogue.  (Yes, there are stories about this.  True or not, who knows?)  They have a plan for ISIS.

UK Guardian
UK Guardian

Right now who knows what it is beyond reactivating the old war machine, spending more money, bringing back the coalition to take ’em out, and let John Kerry once again run around making a fool of himself, Obama, and the US in general.  Let’s face facts.  We’re in this mess because of Kerry’s stupidity in dealing with Syria.  We’re also in it because of the testosterone pissing contest between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.   Putin was backing al-Assad in Syria, so no way John Kerry could even admit that there were people in Syria who were even nastier than al-Assad.

In the real world, the pragmatic world, you deal with the least nasty bad guy.  Bashar al-Assad is a horrible excuse for a human being, doing vile things to his own people.  If you have been following the stories out of Syria, for the past year, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi  has been even worse, destroying Christian communities which date back to the  beginnings of our faith.  The last communities which spoke the same Armenian dialect that Christ spoke have been decimated, obliterated, Christians slaughtered.  The Obama Administration said nothing, basically letting Kerry once again make fools of us. The bottom line is that ISIS could have been stopped, a year ago, if Obama & Kerry had been willing to work with Putin.

“…It seems that whenever Kerry does cite supposed “evidence” that can be checked – like the forged anti-Semitic fliers distributed in eastern Ukraine or the photos of alleged Russian special forces soldiers who allegedly slipped into Ukraine – the “proof” goes “poof” as Kerry once said in a different context. Still, these misrepresentations seem small peccadillos compared with bigger whoppers like the claim Kerry made on Aug. 30, 2013, no fewer than 35 times, that “we know” the government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical incidents near Damascus nine days before.

On September 3, 2013 – following your decision to call off the attack on Syria in order to await Congressional authorization – Kerry was still pushing for an attack in testimony before a thoroughly sympathetic Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. On the following day Kerry drew highly unusual personal criticism from President Putin, who said: “He is lying, and he knows he is lying. It is sad.”

Equally serious, during the first week of September 2013, as you and President Vladimir Putin were putting the final touches to the deal whereby Syrian chemical weapons would be given up for destruction, John Kerry said something that puzzles us to this day. On September 9, 2013, Kerry was in London, still promoting a U.S. attack on Syria for having crossed the “Red Line” you had set against Syria’s using chemical weapons.

At a formal press conference, Kerry abruptly dismissed the possibility that Bashar al-Assad would ever give up his chemical weapons, saying, “He isn’t about to do that; it can’t be done.” Just a few hours later, the Russians and Syrians announced Syria’s agreement to do precisely what Kerry had ruled out as impossible. You sent him back to Geneva to sign the agreement, and it was formally concluded on September 14….”

Now, though, ISIS has spread.  We’re right back where we started, with the Obama Administration realizing that they need to go crawling back to Syria to deal with al-Assad in order to take out ISIS in Syria.  Having drastically overplayed their hand against Putin and the Ukraine, this is not going to help our status in the world.  (That’s another story).  Like Canadian Bacon, the US media is being used to turn Putin into a monster, while we are openly supporting the fascists and Nazis who are controlling the Ukraine and committing atrocities against Russian speaking citizens.

I mention all of this, simply to state that John Kerry is an absolute disaster of Secretary of State, to the point where I am beginning to wonder what it will take to get the president to fire him.  We are now facing an extremely well armed, highly motivated, and purely evil enemy, monsters who make al-Quaeda look like a walk in the park.  And – Kerry is as responsible for their rise to power as they are.

This said, on Monday morning, I was listening to part of David Cameron’s speech about dealing with ISIS.  The CNN commentary which followed was based on absolute ignorance.  In his speech, Cameron outlined ways the UK would be dealing with ISIS.  One of his proposals was to strip anyone of a British passport who is part of the terror group.  Oh the pain!  Oh the horror!  Oh the violation of civil liberties.

Oh the ignorance!

The UK does things a little differently than we do.  They have more latitude to deal with the word no one dares use… T-R-E-A-S-O-N.  No one dares mention that ISIS fighters who have left their home countries and have vowed to return, and wage war, are committing treason.

“…Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aiding or involved by such an endeavor….”

What is going on today is classic treason.  No one dares mention treason because of what happens to traitors.  As far as I’m concerned, the only reason for capital punishment is to execute traitors.  Cameron is being circumspect with his requirements for dealing with those who are betraying the US.  All he wants to do – in violation of international law – is strip these monsters of their passports and their citizenship.  Frankly, I wish we had the courage to do the same thing.

We’re dealing with an enemy very much like the Borg.  I suspect it would behoove our leaders and the media to sit down, chill, grab some popcorn and very sugary soda and watch a marathon of Star Trek episodes about the Borg.  Let’s face it, they’d get better ideas from Jean Luc Picard than John Kerry.

The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition

Something else is bothering me.  It wasn’t until ISIS moved into Iraq and began targeting anyone who did not agree with them that the Administration began to discuss their genocidal behavior.  Christians are the largest persecuted minority in the world.  For some strange reason it’s okay for the monsters of the world to persecute Christians.  No one bothers, in this country to even mention it, let alone stand up against what is going on.  Don’t blame the left, blame the far right, who has made a mockery out of so-called ‘persecution’ in this country.  Like the little boy who cried wolf, no one cares, these days.

“…Up to 100,000 Christians are reported to have fled their homes in Iraq because of the threat posed by Isis.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue said Isis had committed “and was continuing to commit unspeakable criminal acts”. To reinforce the point, it listed some of the atrocities for which Isis is reported to have been responsible. They included “the massacre of people solely for reasons of their religious adherence”; “the execrable practice[s] of decapitation, crucifixion and hanging of corpses in public places”; “the choice imposed on Christians and Yazidis between conversion to Islam, payment of a tax (jizya) and exodus”; “the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of people, including children, old people, pregnant women and the sick”; “the abduction of women and girls belonging to the Yazidi and Christian communities as war booty (sabaya)”, and “the imposition of the barbaric practice of infibulation”.

The statement, issued in French, appeared to be the work of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the pontifical council and an experienced diplomat who represented the Vatican in Beirut and Damascus. In 2008, he stirred controversy when he accused the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, of being “mistaken and naive” for saying that some aspects of sharia law in Britain were unavoidable.

Pope Francis gave an early indication of the Vatican’s hardening attitude on Sunday when he said the news from Iraq had left him “in dismay and disbelief”….”

Unfortunately, this day and age, for some strange reason the Obama Administration doesn’t want to rock the boat and defend Christians who are being persecuted, raped, and murdered by Islamic extremists.  I voted for Barack Obama. This is one of the things that truly alarms me today.  We are losing the human right’s game in this country.  It should concern us all.

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