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08 July 2006

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Babak Makkinejad

It is interesting that the news letter uses a non-Islamic emblem from Ancient Assyria rather than an Islamic emblem.

Green Zone Cafe

This site has all the public affairs rags:

http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=pubs/pubs_main.php

For an unofficial publication, check this out:

http://www.driveonrag.com/

W. Patrick Lang

Greenie

Nevertheless, I will put it on from time to time to refelct what the self-image is on the part of the command. pl

Green Zone Cafe

Colonel,

It's absolutely a good idea to bring these publications to people's attention. I've been reading "Scimitar" (the MNFI paper) and other papers like "The Advisor" for 2 1/2 years now.

I've been reading the same story for years too, which is some varient of this: "999th Battalion of the Iraqi Army Completes Training, Vows to Vanquish Terrorism"

Dan O'Donnell

Just a note that Sunday 9 July is the anniversary (907 yrs) of the first Crusade taking Jerusalem and the ensuing massacre of the infidel inhabitants (both Muslim and Jew).

W. Patrick Lang

Dano

You are right about the Muslims but the Jews had been expelled by the Fatimid garrison along with the Christian population upon learning of the progress of the army of the 1st Crusade.

Since we are on the subject of "score settling" about the Crusader period, let us not forget that on the occasion of his vistory at Hittin. Saladin caused all the knight and sergeant brothers of the military orders, (Hospitallers and Templars) to be murdered by giving them to various Ulema, Sufis and other nuts come down from Damascus for the occasion. Each was given a man whom they could kill in any way they wanted and they did> He also cause dthe turcopole troops of the two orders to be executed on the field. There were somewhere between 2000 and 8000 of those.

Furthermore, when Saladin took Jerusalem shortly thereafter, he freed the Christian population by ransom. Those who could pay left. Those who could not (qbout 20,000) were enslaved. Before this started he and his brother (al-Adil or al-Ashraf)freed several thousand on their own hook as an act of charity. Al-Adil means "the just,and and al-Ashraf means the most honorable. This seems right but the names are probably Abd al-Ashraf and Abd al-Adil, referring to two of the attributes of God.

What about it Babak? pl

Babak Makkinejad

Col. Lang:

What is the referent of "it" in your question?

W. Patrick Lang

Babak

My data. pl

Babak Makkinejad

Col. Lang:

I do not have any problem with your data.

However, I would not use the word "murder" which implies a moral judgement.

I would have said something like:

"illegal enemy combatants were rendered unto a coalition of the willing who summarily tried and executed them by the application of their local laws and customs"

W. Patrick Lang

Babak

Mabrouk 'ala istikhdam al lugha al mumtaz.

In other words, well done. pl

lina

And what modern euphemism would you apply to Raynald of Ch√Ętillon's slaughter of that caravan of Muslim pilgrams in 1186?

W. Patrick Lang

Lina

Maybe you are talking to Babak. He was being ironic and rather elegently. I used no euphemisms.

R de C? A bad man whom Baldwin IV would never have tolerated. pl

Babak Makkinejad

lina:

"Militants of the Holy Sepulcher Liberation Army today carried out a daring raid on the propaganda agents of the usurper regime. All holy militants safely returned to base."

lina

Babak:

Not bad. You could work for the Pentagon.

PL:

Yes.
Post-Baldwin, it all went to hell in a hand basket fairly quickly.

W. Patrick Lang

lina

I am not much for kings, but he was an amazing fellow. pl

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