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jmac197
09-19-2008, 10:37 AM
Food for thought this election season.

Mods, this is a statement of fact, not political opinion.





When WWIII Started

This is not very long, but very informative You have to read the
catalogue of events in this brief piece. Then, ask yourself how anyone can
take the position that all we have to do is bring our troops home from Iraq,
sit back, reset the snooze alarm, go back to sleep, and no one will ever
bother us again. In case you missed it, World War III began in November
1979... that alarm has been ringing for years

US Navy Captain Ouimette is the Executive Officer at Naval Air
Station, Pensacola, Florida. Here is a copy of the speech he gave last
month. It is an accurate account of why we are in so much trouble today and
why this action is so necessary.

AMERICA NEEDS TO WAKE UP!

That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 (When more
than 3,000 Americans were killed -AD) and maybe it was, but I think it
should have been "Get Out of Bed!" In fact, I think the alarm clock has been
buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll
over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a
religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked
and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright
attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most
powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this
sovereign U. S. embassy set the stage for events to follow for the next 25
years.

America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Vietnam experience
and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter,
had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert.
The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America's
inability to deal with terrorism.


America's military had been decimated and down sized/right sized since
the end of the Vietnam War. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly
organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was
doomed from the start.

Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped
and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect
her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil
continued.

In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was
driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut When it explodes, it kills 63
people.
The alarm went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more.

Then just six short months later in 1983 a large truck heavily laden
down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US
Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and 241 US servicemen are killed.
America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more.

Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with
explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues
her slumber.

The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the
gate of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.

Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in
a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid.

Then in August 1985 a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into
the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the
snooze alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US interests are continually
attacked.

Fifty-nine days later in 1985 a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is
hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the
passenger list and executed.

The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners
when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most
tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in1988, killing
259.

Clinton treated these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still
trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of war.

The wake up alarm is getting louder and louder.

The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993,
two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in
Langley, Virginia.

The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested
after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground
parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are
killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of
war? The Snooze alarm is depressed again.

Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women.

A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only
35
yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys
the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing

19 and injuring over 500. The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as
they see that America does not respond decisively.

They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two
US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.. These attacks were planned with
precision. They kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks and
goes back to sleep

The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12
October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded
killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we
sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.

And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans
think this was the first attack against US soil or in America. How wrong
they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose
to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.

In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every
high officials in government over what they knew and what they didn't know.
But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can
see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the
National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since
1979.

I think we have been in a war for the past 25 years and it will
continue until we as a people decide enough is enough. America needs to "Get
out of Bed" and act decisively now. America has been changed forever.. We
have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way
of life continues. We cannot afford to keep hitting the snooze button again
and again and roll over and go back to sleep.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said "... it seems
all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant." This is the message we need
to disseminate to terrorists around the world.

This is not a political thing to be hashed over in an election year
this is an AMERICAN thing. This is about our Freedom and the Freedom of our
children in years to come.

If you believe in this please forward it to as many people as you can
especially to the young people and all those who dozed off in history class
and who seem so quick to protest such a necessary military action. If you
don't believe it, just delete it and go back to sleep

bcampbe7
09-19-2008, 10:45 AM
Snopes confirms...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/wakeup.asp

jmac197
09-19-2008, 10:49 AM
A buddy of mine served with him on the JFK. He is described as " big burly kind of guy that seldom misses an opportunity to get his point across and is a true American"

Plus I would never post something I hadn't personally confirmed, but thanks for the snopes check!

mrprostar
09-19-2008, 10:54 AM
Thanks for sharing that. I am one of those young people but I totally agree because I did NOT fall asleep in history class. (Plus the history channel was great before it turned...whatever this is not a political thread) My question (and this is a serious one) is how? How does a country so used to fighting a convential war fight one against cowards who hit and then run and hide in the hills or act as civilians. How does an honorable military fight against the antithesis of honor? Attack the money and the governments who support it? Won't they just go to another country with hatred toward America but is to afraid to face it themselves? I'm sure there a reasonable explanation and I total support the war and those fighting in it. I trust our government has an answer to that question and is implementing it. I just don't know the explanation and would like too.

Skipper
09-19-2008, 12:59 PM
Thanks for sharing that.... How does an honorable military fight against the antithesis of honor? ......

Target discrimination. Rapidly distinguish between threat and unknown. Eliminate the threat quickly with minimal collateral damage. Then control the unknown. This is the easy part.

The hard, if not impossible part... let the military leaders make the military decisions. Keep the politicians out of it. Keep the media focused on reporting, not on spinning their political agenda. Keep the college professors teaching, not preaching their own political agenda. Send the college kids to class, not to the streets in protest.

We will take care of the rest. Just send ammo (and your old copies of Waterski Magazine). Thanks.

bbymgr
09-19-2008, 02:18 PM
Target discrimination. Rapidly distinguish between threat and unknown. Eliminate the threat quickly with minimal collateral damage. Then control the unknown. This is the easy part.

The hard, if not impossible part... let the military leaders make the military decisions. Keep the politicians out of it. Keep the media focused on reporting, not on spinning their political agenda. Keep the college professors teaching, not preaching their own political agenda. Send the college kids to class, not to the streets in protest.

We will take care of the rest. Just send ammo (and your old copies of Waterski Magazine). Thanks.


Nuff Said!!!!!!

mrprostar
09-19-2008, 02:33 PM
Thanks..................