Welcome to Licentia Loquendi, founded January 2009. L2 is a team blog that focuses primarily on political, military and Constitutional issues with a Conservative Christian slant. We are two college students, a Navy corpsman, an Army sniper and a Vietnam era Army veteran.

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28 January 2009

Ahmadinejad and a Breach of Security in Israel

According to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, "'Those who say they want to make change, this is the change they should make: they should apologize to the Iranian nation and try to make up for their dark background and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation'" (FNC). The aforementioned crimes are, "specifically, criticizing and trying to block [Iran's] nuclear program" (FNC). Reading the sentence as it is, it appears to me that America's crimes are criticism (and what state doesn't criticize every other state?) and attempting to keep nuclear power away from a state that has repeated called for the destruction of Israel and which "supports the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas" (FNC). If Ahmadinejad would like an apology from the U.S., he can apologize for denouncing the Holocaust as a "myth."
On the other hand, last semester I wrote a report on Iran and nuclear power, and Ahmadinejad seems to be the one calling for Israel's head, not the clerics who actually hold the power. Or so we hope.

An Israeli woman named Paula purchased filing cabinets from the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, and then discovered that they were full of "hundreds of files -- with social security numbers, bank acount numbers and other sensitive U.S. government information" (FNC). According to the woman, she considered "'calling the American consulate right away, and then . . . thought, you know they'll just hide it and say, 'Oh, we made a mistake'" (FNC). "The files contained social security numbers of U.S. Marines and State Department employees stationed in Israel, and documentation of how U.S. government money is allocated to fund sensitive programs in the region. Among the papers was also a report labeled 'secret' that documented an encounter a U.S. Marine had wtih an Israeli woman at a bar in Jerusalem" (FNC). Apparently, the cabinets were purchased in December 2005, but the discovery was not reported until after "a Sept. 22, 2008 incident in which a Palestinian teenager crashed a BMW (purchased via an auction held by the consulate) into a group of Israeli soldiers" (FNC), including the woman's son. "Paula, an Israeli who also holds U.S. citizenship, says she wanted to expose the incident because her loyalty is to the state of Israel" (FNC).
First of all, if this woman has been harboring this sort of information for almost three years, who knows who has seen it. Second of all, it seems to me more that she wanted to expose the incident in retaliation for her what happened to her son. Third of all, if this woman's loyalty is to Israel, then she should forfeit her U.S. citizenship immediately. She refused to relinquish the files to the head of security until she was threatened with criminal charges. If the lives and security of U.S. Marines and State Department officials mean that little to her, then she should not even be permitted to enter the country.

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