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Nov 16, 201504:27 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

All we are saying is give war a chance

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Trigger warning: Blaska’s Bring It! blog is a safe zone for independent thinkers.

Why Paris? Because Paris is the City of Light.

Beekeepers (apiculture) at the Luxembourg Gardens.

Your correspondent has spent many days on separate visits plying the cafes of St. Germain des-Prés; glorying in the impressionism at the Musée de Orsay; watching the old men playing boule in the Jardin du Luxembourg; pawing the book stalls of the Latin Quarter; glimpsing heaven through the stained glass of Sainte-Chapelle; reveling in the night views of the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre; and, yes, ogling naughty cancan dancers at the Moulin Rouge.

Because Paris is the living rebuke of darkness.

President Obama should go to Congress and ask for a formal Declaration of War against ISIS, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and — hell — let’s just say it: RADICAL ISLAM.

Echo FDR. Say that “a state of war has existed …”  between Western democracy and medieval totalitarianism, between human rights and Sharia, between light and darkness.

Hezbollah and Hamas, choose sides — you’re either with us or against us. If we are only the U.S., France, Israel, and the U.K. for starters, so be it. Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, we’re using you as ground and air bases. We expect your cooperation — militarily and morally.

Mind-binder: the increasing likelihood that Russia, once again, will be an ally.

This is a world war, a shooting war, encompassing every continent with the possible exception — so far — of South America.

It means closing borders, it means communication intercepts, it means gathering meta data, and it means detention. Stop and frisk. Renew the lease on Gitmo. The Patriot Act is a start. The rules of war. Yes, there will be collateral damage. Some freedoms do suffer in wartime.

Lacking a Pope, Sunni Islam needs a moral leader to set an ancient religion back on track; the Saudis, caretakers of the two holiest sites, are the best candidates to lead the war of ideas.

Do the lights go out in Paris? A little, yes. There remain among the living those with memories of when the lights of Paris were almost extinguished because evil was not confronted soon enough.

Mr. Speaker Ryan (hope you saw this very human husband and father on CBS’s 60 Minutes last night), call the roll.


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Nov 16, 2015 04:55 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Add Wisconsin to the list of states prohibiting Syrian refugees.

Nov 16, 2015 05:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Some freedoms to suffer in wartime? The Patriot Act, with its mounting collateral damage, is a start? Why uphold the values of justice when casting them aside in our haste to pick up arms makes some of us feel so much better?

What are we fighting for?

Here's my plan: Go to Paris. Just bought my ticket for spring break. Can't wait. I plan to spend freely, eat liberally and speak as much Francais as I can learn between now and then.

All the tough talking Republicans who pushed Freedom Fries and scoffed long and hard at the French on talk radio aren't fooling anyone. We all remember how much fun you've attempted to have at their expense. Don't change tunes now.

Nov 16, 2015 05:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Syrian refugees are fleeing religious persecution. Can you think of anything more American? I can't.

Blaska's reply: Go back where you came from.

Nov 16, 2015 05:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You forgot a name on your expired candidate list: Carli Fiorina. Untested in every way. You think she'll take out Hillary in a debate, but that debate will never happen. Do the math. Do you really think any supporters of Santorum, Huckabee or Paul will float to her? We all know that most of Trump's supporters will simply sit it out. She might get some of Carson's people.

Nov 16, 2015 07:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not yet, davey. It may not be possible( or legal) for any governor, walker included, to prohibit Syrian refugees. Don't put the cart before the horse, or you will yet again be eating your hat. How is that Gogebic Taconite stock paying off for you????

Nov 17, 2015 05:46 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

My favorite place in Paris is (was?) Shakespeare and Company bookstore on the Rive Gauche.

Nov 17, 2015 08:34 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Just wondering, Dave. Were you in the service? Every had anybody shoot at you? I ask because it is easy for a chickenhawk of either side, R or D, to send somebody else off to war. They did it when I was young and I got 14 months in a really great hooch in SE Asia where folks were shooting at me and I at them, while Dick Cheney had other priorities, and GWB smoked dope while he was supposed to be at the weekend warriors. So tell us all about your experience and what you learned about it. Thanks

Nov 17, 2015 09:04 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

The only Syrian refugees fleeing religious persecution are Christian and Yazidi, a distinct and small minority of the total. As Jeb! and Cruz said, they should be given priority. President Obama disagrees.

Nov 17, 2015 09:49 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

ISIS-ISIL is all Islam and all Obama's.
GWB took out over 59,000 jihadis of Al Qaida in Iraq. Much of it with help from Sunnis in and around Anbar province. Those Sunnis see the Bamster siding with Shia Iran and say no thanks.

On another note, who would follow such a useless leader into any conflict?

Nov 17, 2015 10:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You're going to sort out the refugees by their religion? Interesting approach. Not sure it's what Jesus would do, but whatever floats your boat.

One might also argue (and many have/are, including those with brains on the right) that GWB's war led directly to the terrorist acts in Paris. No link between Iraq and 9/11, but definitely a link between Iraq War and 11/13.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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