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Curt Weldon and more
Yesterday Congressman Curt Weldon(R-PA) spoke at breakfast here at David Horowitz's fantastic Restoration Weekend in Phoenix Arizona. So far, he has given the most impressive and moving speech and seems to really understand the nature of this war. He spoke of jihad in its world-wide totality - the only speaker so far to do so.
Then I attended a panel on the coming elections that was disheartening. I'm sorry to say the Republican party seems to be unraveling just like the democratic party. A couple of the congressmen attacked Tom Tancredo vehemently about his immigration stand. Tancredo had said bluntly "I'm for a wall" [on our southern border] and expressed the opinion that we cannot allow two separate and distinct societies to exist within our nation. To which I would add, we must think not simply about economics in this equation - the other congressmen attacking Tancredo kept talking about how we NEED Mexican workers and how unless we are prepared to expel 11 million illegals (size of the state of Ohio)...blah blah blah, as though that would just be unthinkable. But I can tell you, that thought was not unthinkable to everybody else in the room who are concerned not simply about short-term economics, but the long term character of our nation as well. One can find little Tihuanas all over the country now. Every city has them. It's the price of cheap yard work for one generation. Sorry, I'd rather mow my own yard than have to put up with Mexican graffiti all over the place.
Next, I attended a panel on "The Media and the War" with Andrew Breitbart (formerly with Drudge), Tammy Bruce, Bill Sammon, and Frank Gaffney. It was just sort of a celebration of the decline of the main stream media and the rise of alternative media. Breitbart was the most knowledgeable on Islam.
After that, I attended a briefing on Guantanamo Bay given by Lt. General Paul Vallely and Lt. Colonel Gordon Cucullu. Nothing new, but the army is beginning to get it. I asked, "Since we know that jihad ideology comes directy out of Islam, why are we providing these people with Korans?" Colonel Cucullu jumped on it and said, "That's not all! They have imams and prayer rugs and signs all over pointing toward Mecca!" He understood the inherent contradiction. Maybe he'll be more likely to discuss it with others in the military now that the issue has been raised.
Then I had a wonderful afternoon talking to our new friends from England. One man says whenever he talks to Muslims he tells them straight out - "I will never live as a dhimmi under Islam. I would rather die first." He says most of the time the Muslims look sheepish and ashamed in response.