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Liberty Woodville 119 E. Main Street 152 Royal Oak MTWF 9-4:30 M-F 9-4:30 Thursday9-1:00 601-888-4364 601-657-8090 Western Union, Checkfree Bill Pay, Excel Home Phone Servic, 110. E. Main Street MTWF 9-4:30 Thursday 9-1:00 601-657-8090 No credit check WHAT REAL WAR LOOKS LIKE By Elan Journo On the anniversary of 9/11, we are reminded that the forces of Islamic totalitarianism continue to threaten our lives. What should we do to protect ourselves? Depress- ingly, today's prevailing answer is to urge some form of "diplomacy"-- and rule out as inconceivable the one option our self-defense demands: a war to defeat the enemy. If, like many people, you believe we've already tried this option and failed, think again. Washington's campaign in Iraq looks nothing like the war neces- sary for our self-defense. What does such a war look like? America's security depends on identifying precisely the enemy that threatens our lives--and then crush- ing it, rendering it a non-threat. It depends on proudly defending our right to live free of foreign aggres- sion--by unapologetically killing the killers who want us dead. Those who say this is a "new kind of conflict" against a "faceless enemy" are wrong. The enemy Washington evasively calls "terror- ism" is actually an ideologically inspired political movement: Islamic totalitarianism. It seeks to subjugate the West under a totalitarian Islamic regime, by means of terrorism, negotiation, war--anything that will win its jihad. The movement's inspi- ration, first triumph and standard bearer (s the theocracy of Iran. Iran's regime has, for decades, used terrorist proxies to attack America. It ,openly seeks nuclear weapons, and zealously sponsors and harbors jihadists. Without Iran's support, legions of holy warriors would be untrained, unarmed, unmotivated, impotent. ~ cst, rgYj,~,g Is!am!,c tqt~ljt.arj~, ism ,requires ,a: punishing, military~ Payday advance onslaught to end its primary Slate" representative and demoralize its supporters. We need to deploy all necessary force to destroy Iran's ability to fight, while minimizing our own casualties. We need a cam- paign that ruthlessly inflicts the pain of war so intensely that the jihadists renounce their cause as hopeless and fear to take up arms against us. This is how America and its allies defeated both Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. Victory in World War II required flattening cities, firebombing facto- ries, shops and homes, devastating vast tracts of Germany and Japan. The enemy and its supporters were exhausted materially and crushed in spirit. What our actions demon- strated to them is that any attempt to implement their vicious ideolo- gies would bring them only destruc- tion and death. Since their defeat, Nazism and Japanese imperialism have essentially withered as ideo- logical forces. Victory today requires the same: smashing Iran's totalitarian regime and thus demor- alizing the Islamist movement and its many supporters, so that they, too, abandon their cause as futile. We triumphed over both Japan and Germany in less than four years after Pearl Harbor. Yet more than five years after 9/11, against a far weaker enemy, our soldiers still die dailY in Iraq. Why? Because this war is neither assertive nor ruth- less--it is a tragically meek pretense at war. never materialized. Our brave and capable forces were hamstrung: ordered not to bomb key targets, such as power plants, and to avoid firing into mosques(where insur- gents hide) lest we offend Muslim sensibilities. Instead, we sent our troops to lift Iraq out of poverty, open new schools, fix up hospitals, feed the hungry, unclog sewers--a Peace Corps, not an army corps, mission. U.S. troops were sent, not to crush an enemy threatening Ameri- ca, but (as Bush explained) to "sac- rifice for the liberty of strangers," putting the lives of Iraqis above their own. They were prevented from using all necessary force to win, or even to protect themselves. No wonder the insurqencv has flourished, emboldened by Wash- ington's self-crippling policies. (Per- versely, we are now tossing even more Americans into this quag- mire.) Bush did all this to bring Iraqis the vote. Any objective assessment of the Middle East would have told one who Would win elections, given the widespread popular support for Islamic totalitarianism. Iraqis swept to power a pro-lslamist leadership intimately tied to Iran. The most influential figure in Iraqi politics is now Moktadr aI-Sadr, an Islamist warlord lusting after theocratic rule and American blood. When asked whether he would accept just such an outcome from the elections, Bush said that of course he would, because "democracy is democra- cy." No war that ushers Islamists into political office has U.S. self-defense as its goal. The war in Iraq has been worse than doing nothing, because it has galvanized our enemy to believe its success more likely than ever-- even as ~t has drained Americans will to fight. Washington's feeble campaign demonstrates the ruinous effects of refusing to assert our self- interest and defend our freedom. It is past time to consider our only moral and practical option: end the senseless sacrifice of our soldiers-- and let them go to war to bdng the Islamic totalitarians to their knees. Elan Journo is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute We went to battle not with thee- (http://www.aynrand.org/) in Irvine, cratic Iran, but with.the secular dic- Calif. The Institute promotes Objec- tatorship of Iraq. indeed, the tivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand- Islamist regime in-Iran remains -author of "Atlas Shrugged" and untouched, fomenting terrorism. "The Fountainhead." Contact the JSU social work students revitalizing Mt. Olive Cemetery (JACKSON, Miss.) -- Some social work students at Jackson State Univer- sity are doing more than [earaing how to improve the lives of individuals and families -- they also are prese~ing the memories of the dead. Students in Julie Schroeder s Introduction to Social Work class are researching and revital- izing the Mt. Olive Cemetery near the main campus. The cemetery is on John R. Lynch Street across the street from the College of Business building. The way in which we care for our dead is reflective of how we care for our living, said Schroeder, a visiting associate professor in her first year at Jackson State. As part of their class ser- vice learning project, Schroeder s stu- dents are cle'aning up the cemetery, conducting historical research, taking photographs and developing a Web site. The students also are recording oral histories with nearby retirement home residents to find out what they know about the cemetery and sur- rounding area. Once the Web site is developed, users will be able to click on names and pull up biographical information and pictures of head- stones. The long-term goal of the pro- ject is to seek funding-for restoration, Schroeder said. StUdent Toni R: Lewis, who is chairing the historical research committee, said she hopes the class project will motivate the community to clean up their neighborhoods. If we give them the his- tory betfind the cemetery, it might encourage others to take more pride in where they live and their surround- ings, said the 27-year-old junior from Jackson. ~; Sophomore Kairina Bumphis, who is chairing the photo documentation committee, said she wanted to get more involved in pre- serving the cemetery after leaming that people tried to cover it up and build over it. We found outthat everyone buried over there were Masons or Eastern Stars, said the 20- year-old social work major from Jack- SOIl. Among those buried at Mt. Olive is James Hill, the namesake of Jim Hill High School near Jackson State. Hill, who died iri 1901, was one of the first three blacks elected to state office in Mississippi. A statue of him is in the cemetery. Jammie Adams, a fresh- man chairing the media/public aware- ness committee, said students will be posting fliers and distributing informa- tion to newspapers and television sta- tions to let the public know about the THE SOUTHERN HERALD Liberty, Mississippi November 1, 2007 Page 7 cemetery. if we are making things beautiful on our campus, we should do the same thing around our campus, said Adam:;, 18, a social work and mar- keting major from Jackson. For more information, contact Julie Schroeder at 601-432- 6833 or j ulie:a.schroeder@jsums.edu. -4;L.L- About Jackson State University Jack'on State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson:State s nurturing academic environment challenges indi- viduals to change lives through teach- ing, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi s Urban Uni- versity; Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, heahh-care, technologi- cal and educational initiatives. The only university in the Jackson metro- politan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit wwwjsums.edu. . :' . ,5<. ' CHAMPION SPIRIT COMES THROUGH . -- The William Carey Crusaders (10-10) persevered through injury and poor early season form to bring around a remarkable transformation. Having lost to both Belhaven College (10-8) and the University of Mobile (14-3-1) in the regular season these young Crusaders turned the seedings and regional rankings on their head by defeating :both to claim the 2007 G.C.A.C. Championship on Saturday night (27th) in tournament play. The Crusaders first downed the Belhaven Blazers on Friday (26th) by a score of 4-0 before shocking the Rams the #4 ranked team inthe nation with a come from behind 2-1 victory. Headcoach Nigel Boulton was proud of his players after the game saying, "It is everything the players, deserve, they came through a lot of adversity from earlier in the season and their character showed through and now they are the champions that they should be. We talked about persevering, patience, coming together, how (Our leaders now hope to "engage~' writer at media@aynrand.org, important it was to be prepared even if you were on the bench. Fourteen players did it on the field today but so did it diplomatically.) the support players off the field with their help and commitment. Some filmed games, some acted as ball boys and And the campaign in Iraq was i. he task ahead of you ! others took stats. They also trained hard and made themselves and everyone else better for that. For every one of. not even aimed at crushing whatev- er;threat Hossein's't ~gi~ pOSed'to ~iS never as great as the] thoseplayers this championship is equally theirs:" . ",a~v~I~zna~-~ i, ' ~o e~u~',"~ .~,i'~:,~i!~:. ".:"? : us. '~Shock-'and :a-wer" bombing IP0 WER within you! : ' iThe team travels to A.U.M. to play theV first r0und match-up on Wednesday (10)3T).',&V:~I.3opm in the NAIA !' Region XIII Championship. ~ ~ "It's the federal government's #b to protect the borders -- but it's obvious that they are riot doing their job, so we're going to do some of the things they're not doing." " Giving law enforcement the tools they need investigating suspected illegal immigrants in prison so they can be deported after they complete their sentences training to identify fraudulent d'ocuments to help prevent identity theft by illegals implementing Spanish training courses for law enforcement officers to help prepare them for dealing with illegal immigrants Protecting the border Governor Barb0ur authorized the deployment of Mississippi National Guard volunteers to the border. These bravemen and women have participated in the apprehension of more than 250 illegal aliens) These volunteer deployments have also provided valuable training for our troops.