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Attached is Dr. Bruce Bechtol’s latest published research on North Korean Proliferation.

He currently teaches at San Angelo State University and is a Koren Peninsula subject matter expert.

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., “Military Proliferation in the Kim Jong-un Era: The Impact on Human Rights in North Korea,” International Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. XVIII, No 1, (Spring 2014): 91-115.

Available at this link:




> Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago,
> the
> United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the
> charge!  At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the
> terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic .  They
> attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms.
> Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart
> breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay
> whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

> These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of
> Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the
> Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new
> American Republic .

> Before the Revolution ary War , U.S. merchant ships had been under the
> protection of Great Britain .  When the U.S. declared its independence and
> entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by
> France.  However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own
> fleets.  Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.

> Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas
> Jefferson became America ’s Minister to France.  That same year the U.S.
> Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the
> footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather
> than engaging them in war.

> In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships and the Dey of
> Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000.  It was a plain and
> simple case of extortion and Thomas Jefferson was vehement ly opposed to
> any
> further payments.  Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a
> coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states
> into peace.  A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

> In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli ’s ambassador to
> Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and
> enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards
> America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

> The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman
> Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet,
> that
> it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have
> acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and
> duty
> to make war upon the m wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of
> all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who
> should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
 Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim
> nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders,
> including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and
> would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years,
> the
> American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe
> passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments
> in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States
> government annual revenues in 1800.

Jefferson was disgusted.  Shortly after his being sworn in as the third
> President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a
> note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for
> every year forthcoming.  That changed everything.

>Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms what he could do with
> his demand.  The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the
> American consulate and declared war on the United States.  Tunis, Morocco
> , and Algiers immediately followed suit.  Jefferson, until now, had been
> against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense,
> but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long
> enough,
> decided that it was
> finally time to meet force with force.

> He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the
> Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never
> for get.  Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all
> vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all
> other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

> When Algiers and Tunis , who were both accustomed to American cowardice
> and
> acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will
> and
> the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to
> Tripoli.  The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up
> again in 1815.  The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to
> the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, They would forever
> be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms,
> designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars
> when boarding enemy
> ships.

> Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their
> prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.  America had a
> tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had
> co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist
> Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen.  A religion
> based
> on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence
> against unbelievers was unacceptable to him.  His greatest fear was that
> someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat
> to the United States .

> This should bother every American.  That the Islams have brought about
> women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and
> public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from
> serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged.  Piggy banks
> and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because
> they offend Islamist sensibilities.  Ice cream has been discontinued at
> certain Burger
> King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the
> Arabic script for Allah.  Public schools are  pulling pork from their
> menus, and on and on in the newspapers….

> It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and
> most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day
> across America .  By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate
> what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to
> our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a
> politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda.  Sadly, *it
> appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct* than
> victorious.

> Happy Remembering!

> *Footnote from:  National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 139, No. 6, June 1971,
> article title “Morocco Land of the Farthest West,” P. 842:*
> “It was the Arab conquest, early in the eighth century, that
> crystallized Moroccan character.  The original Berber inhabitants had held
> the Phoenicians and Romans to coastal areas.  Yet the Berbers *submitted
> to
> the armies of Islam, **subdued not by the sword but by the word*.”

> Can you see that same type of Islamic conquest slowly taking place right
> now in Europe and the United States?


The Real Afghanistan

 very interesting read, a Marine’s View of what is really going on. This young man is articulate  and has a flare forcolorful language, and descriptive prose…..Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas/great letter, a must read of a very interesting
article. *

 a Recon Marine in Afghanistan
 the Sand Pit:

It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar’yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave.

Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.  I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.

I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the  handheld, and shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware.

We bash some heads for a while, and then I track and record the new movement. It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for.

   We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication  to begin. But you know me; I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This  country blows, man. It’s not even a country.

There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no   jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support  his family, join  the opium trade or join the army. That’s it.

Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those ‘tent
cities of the walking
 dead’ is enough to  hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pashtu’s, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, are Huns… actual,  living Huns. They LIVE to fight. It’s what they do.
ALL they do. They
 have no respect  for  anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves.

They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old   sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor.
Huns, roaming
 packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other’s barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47′s.  Then again, maybe I’m just cranky young bastard.

I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice,  and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours.

Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter  to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop  calling the Taliban  ‘smart.’ They are not smart.
 suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is ‘cunning.’ The Taliban  are cunning, likejackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and  ruthless,  and when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful,malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart! Bullshit!

Yeah, they’re real smart, they’ve spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of   the devil. They’re still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter.

Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen, eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.

OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.

Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed  not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen so you will watch the   commercials. We’ve got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit  around analyzing what we’re  doing over here, because you have no idea what we’re doing, and really, youdon’t want to know. We are your military, and we are only doing what you sent us here to do.

*From a Jack Recon Marine in Afghanistan.*

“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of
your share”.