Bing West

The Strongest Tribe

bing-west.jpg  Random House, 2009 

Politicians should help in getting the business done, and not put any more hurdles on the path of those who fight in Iraq: it could be the message from this book, where action proves valor:


100 miles south of Baghdad … Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr exhorted his followers to protest the American presence. Faced with an unruly mob, Lt. Col. John Mayer took off his helmet and armored vest and strode into their midst with an interpreter, shouting, Is this the thanks you give to the soldiers who removed Saddam's boot from your neck? Abashed the crowd dispersed. The next day, the city council asked Mayer to sit with them.”


On the ground, fighting, vividly described:

On signal, the door would be smashed in and four marines would rush into the front room, each pointing his rifle toward a different corner, each betting his life that none of the others would freeze or not shoot quickly enough.”


Treason by politicians:

Harry Reid, the majority leader in the Senate, said, 'This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything' … The press gave Reid a free pass, barely mentioning his remarks.”


An Iraqi interpreter who should be in the Senate instead of Reid: “My country didn't do a fuck for me. The U.S. ruined Japan with nukes and then rebuilt it. Sunni and Shiite killers, there's no difference. Let's kick the shit out of them, then rebuild, like you did to Japan.” Iraqis, obviously, don't play PC games. Harry Reid hasn't met this guy neither.


A good message to Obama: “Obama didn't understand the nature of warriors. Warriors want to be praised for winning, not consoled for being battered”, this on account of the America's current disgraceful press, who -talking to Marines in North Carolina- portrayed marine warriors as victims rather than as the strongest tribe.


This book is all about Irak, top to bottom, inside out, full of action, and not at all for the acedemia. It's to be read by those who sweat and toil, over there with the risking of their lives, and in the homeland, staying safe while paying taxes. The most comprehensive story of the war in Iraq and in the States. Great, sober, clear, denouncing, proud and tall.





On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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