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The title comes from a sarcastic response Bill Clinton made about a previous statement made by his attorney, Robert Bennett, that stated that there “is” no sexual relationship between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinksky.

Clinton defended his attorney’s statement as being correct because at the time of the statement there was no relationship.

Years later, 2005, Bill Clinton was not being sarcastic in Davos, Switzerland during an interview with PBS Charlie Rose about Iran.

It is the only country in the world that has now had six elections since the first election of its president in 1997. It is the only one with elections, including the United States, including Israel, including you name it, where the liberals, or the progressives, have won two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote in the six elections…In every single election, the guys I identify with got two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote. There is no other country in the world that I can say that about, certainly not my own.

What this column is really about is news that the barbarians who have taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria have announced a name change from ISIS to IS.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has reportedly declared the areas it occupies in Iraq and Syria as a new Islamic state, removing Iraq and the Levant from its name and ushering in “a new era of international jihad”.

The announcement will see Isis now simply refer to itself as The Islamic State, and the group has called on al-Qa’ida and other related militant Sunni factions operating in the region to immediately pledge their allegiance.

According to Isis’s chief spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the declaration of the “restoration of the caliphate” was made after a meeting of the group’s Shura Council. In recent weeks, Isis has captured large areas of western and northern Iraq and for two years has held parts of Syria, imposing a harsh interpretation of Islamic law and in many cases, killing large numbers of opposition Shia Muslims.

Adnani said all jihadist organisations must now offer up their support to Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been declared Caliph of the new state.

This is a big deal for too many of the political leaders in the West to actually comprehend. Don’t get hung up on too much different Sunni and Shi’a sects of Islam. They want to have an empire again. The Ottoman empire was the last one that was dissolved after WWI. France and Great Britain carved out some new countries out of the old Ottoman empire. This part of the world has been having conflicts ever since then. Some in the West have believed that if they simply prop up the new governments that there would be stability. The corrupt despots believed that they could convince their people that the West is to blame for everything and the people would not turn on them. It’s not working.

One has to study history to realize that the only way to really get a permanent attitude adjustment of people is for those people to get their butts thoroughly kicked. The Jewish kingdom of King David was wiped out by the Babylonians who carried the remaining Jews off into exile in Babylon. Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich was soundly defeated resulting in his suicide and his henchmen found guilty of atrocities and sentenced to death by hanging at Nurenburg. The Japanese empire was also soundly defeated by dropping nuclear bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese emperor Hirohito was spared a death sentence, but Japanese military commanders were found guilty of atrocities and sentenced to death. Some don’t like to think in terms of total war, but history shows us how well it works compared to limited military strikes. Muslims resent losing their empire more than Jews, Germans, and Japanese because they never really got struck down as fiercely. They don’t yet see any reason for the kind of attitude adjustment that people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali believe must happen some day.

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