Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
April 15, 2014
…Expose them for what they are!
It was 1993 when Leo Emil Wanta was named by the Somali government to be that nation’s Ambassador to Switzerland and Canada.
For those readers who have forgotten, Leo Wanta was a Secret Agent who reported directly to President Ronald W. Reagan. He was not employed by the government – that confuses a lot of people. He worked for all of the intelligence agencies, but not as a government employee. He accepted Missions as ordered by the President of the United States to whom he directly reported. Reagan called Wanta his “favorite junkyard dog” (non-government employee intelligence operative).
Wanta reminded me today that his Ambassadorship is still in existence and has never been revoked. The subject of Somalia came up as we discussed the lack of protection and support offered to a Somali woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali. There was no support from the nation of Somalia, the United Nations (which loves to write about human rights but does little or nothing to support them), women’s rights groups like NOW (National Organization for Women), university women’s groups, or civil rights leaders. It was a disgusting display from those who love to sing the praises of liberal diversity. They say they support civil rights.
Most of us figured out a long time ago that women’s rights (and other) groups don’t view civil rights as coming from God or belonging to individuals. Like all socialist causes, civil rights must be attached to a group, not an individual, and government determines who is worthy of them. Individuals deserve no support. If the civil rights being violated involve socialist objectives, verbal and financial support is freely given. Perhaps they haven’t read the Constitution – if they have, they certainly do not understand it.
“What would you do to support Ms. Hirsi Ali if you were still an Ambassador for the Somali government?” I asked Lee Wanta earlier today (Leo is his intelligence operative name; Lee is his birth certificate name). It was then that I got the lecture about his Ambassadorial appointment still being in effect. His appointment had never been decommissioned or rejected or recalled by the Somali government.
“I’ll tell you what I’ll do if you write an article about it,” he offered. I quietly waited for him to continue. “If you’ll document what happened to Ms. Hirsi Ali, I will personally get a copy of your comments to the United Nations and will file a complaint with them about the way she has been treated. I will make sure that the United Nations Somali representatives receive a copy, too.”
So now you know why I’m writing this article – aside from the fact that this was the leading news story on major news networks for several days.
When she was a child in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali did what all young Somali girls did: She word a hijab and abided by Shariah law. Lee Wanta reminded me that this young woman would have been a toddler when he was named Ambassador by Somali President Haile. At the time, he was shipping goods into Somalia to help feed and clothe the people. At the time, they were starving. He laughs about how he mistakenly shipped gym shoes for Somali children. “They wear sandals and flip-flop slippers. My mistake.”
When President Ronald Reagan was in office, he had plans to establish an American-friendly government in Somalia. He envisioned a similar relationship there that our country enjoys with Guam and the Philippines. It was an important project. Take a look on your world map and find where Somalia is located. If the Wanta-Reagan-Somalia plan had been implemented, it would have provided a Middle East military haven for American involvement there – and we’re talking 1992, not 2002 when our current war in the Middle East started. The first Iraqi war, of course, involved Kuwait and was begun under President George H.W. Bush on January 16, 1991 after Kuwait was attacked and annexed by Iraq on August 2, 1990.
Wanta’s plans for Somalia would have removed the need for the United States to be dependent on unfriendly nations like Pakistan and other Middle Eastern nations for our long-in-years involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq – and now, Syria – and soon to be Ukraine (all of which will be done while we’re downsizing our military, of course).
Had Wanta’s plans been fulfilled, we would have leased the Mogadishu airport and built a warm-water Naval Supply Depot. That was why Leo Wanta was named by Somalia as that nation’s Ambassador to Canada and Switzerland. Because of his untimely arrest in Switzerland just a month after his Investiture as the Somali Ambassador to Switzerland and Canada at the Pullman-Windsor Hotel in Paris, there were forced delays of humanitarian grants. Wanta’s program was called Operation: Restore Hope.
The point is, President Reagan and Leo Wanta were extremely far-sighted in establishing good, positive contacts in Somalia in the early 1990s. In addition to being the Somali Ambassador to Canada and to Switzerland, Wanta was named Chairman of the Somali Central Bank. Though the central bank appointment was never finalized by the Tribal Council (the Ambassadorships were) because of Wanta’s bogus arrest in Lausanne, Switzerland, the appointment as Central Bank Chairman was made by Somalia’s recognized President of that nation, Haji Mohamed Hashi Haile. Other nations (including the United States) may not have recognized the 1993 government of Somalia as legitimate, but Somalia did. Wanta still shakes his head that Somalia has done nothing to take back the hundreds of tons of gold stolen from Somalia by Swiss banks.
Operation: Restore Hope included water filtration facilities, funding for agriculture, a refurbishing and rebuilding of Somali General Hospital in Mogadishu… medicine, doctors and medical staff, foodstuffs and supplies, medical equipment and related supplies, clothing. WANTA TO BUSH RE SOMALIA
The 1993 plans for Somalia included a United States Rapid Deployment Force to protect and control the Middle East for regional peace and stability. How many American lives lost and injured military personnel would have been saved by Operation: Restore Hope? A great many!
Back to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Brandeis University purveyors of politically correct controlled speech.
Hirsi Ali went to school in Amsterdam. She became enamored with Western values and embraced them. She believed they had universal application. She became an atheist and joined with Theo Van Gogh (related to the famous artist) to make a video titled Submission (click for video link) which describes the total subjugation of women. The film tells the story of Middle East women of Islam and what happens to them when they do not submit to their pre-determined role as inferior beings ranking somewhat with dogs who get kicked when a male ego becomes offended or insecure.
Only 11 years after she moved to the Netherlands, Hirsi Ali became a member of the Dutch parliament. She is obviously a very bright and talented woman and has become an international crusader against the practice of honor killings practiced under Shariah law… the acid-in-the-face or blood-on-the-floor acts usually employed to “salvage the good name of a dishonored family” (or is it to intimidate other women?).
Now an American citizen, Ayaan Hirsi Ali could not have been a more perfect candidate for an honorary degree from a liberal progressive university like Brandeis… but oops. Brandeis president Frederick M. Lawrence forgot about activist organizations like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) which wrote a letter to Lawrence telling him that “Whatever Ali has done in the area of human rights has been irreparably tarnished by her anti-Muslim and anti-constitutional rhetoric… While Ali is free to spew anti-Muslim hate in any venue she chooses, she does not have a similar right to be honored for that hate by a prestigious university.”
Prestigious university? Brandeis made that an antonym relative to its identity when it responded as any coward would by withdrawing its commencement day invitation to Hirsi Ali.
Brandeis intended to honor Hirsi Ali at its commencement ceremonies with an honorary degree. The university invited her to speak. But when the national head of CAIR, Nihad Awad, complained that Hirsi Ali was guilty of wrong thoughts and evil words, Brandeis withdrew its offer. Good grief! They cannot allow wrong thoughts and evil words (as determined by CAIR) on an Ivy League campus!
Megyn Kelly of Fox News has been reporting the story and has made clear that CAIR is anti-Semitic and that it provides financial aid to terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, among others. Kelly has stuck to this particular news story like a bulldog with a meaty bone and when CAIR’s Communications Director, Ibrahim Hooper, appeared on her show Thursday evening she ripped him apart. See her interview here.
One of Kelly’s comments to Hooper tells all you need to know about CAIR:
“Your critics say that when you hear anything negative about you, you threaten a lawsuit. And the viewers should know that you have gone after and threatened Reader’s Digest, the American Medical Association, U.S. News and World Report, Atlantic Monthly, the Dallas Morning News, Fox News – we did a segment on Honor Diaries just the other week. You demanded a retraction, which you’re not getting. Every time you hear something you don’t like, you try to shut down the message. Whereas here in America, we like speech. Good and bad.”
One of the greatest strengths of a free people is the right to free speech. Isn’t that supposed to be the basis of our education system? Oh, I forgot. We moved from “educate” to “indoctrinate” years ago.
More disgusting than the behavior of CAIR – which supports groups that send young children with explosive devices tied to their small bodies into groups that disagree with their interpretation of the way the world should run – is the behavior of theoretically educated professors and others who were more than anxious to cut all ties with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the story she has to tell as a woman of color, an ardent supporter of feminism, a defender of gay rights and all of those other things liberal progressives usually promote.
Never has the hypocrisy of the liberal progressive movement – a movement with which I strongly disagree but which as a believer in free speech I support (let them tell their story; their own words will sink their cause) – never has the hypocrisy been more clearly enunciated than it was with the actions taken by Brandeis University.
Frankly, Ms. Hirsi Ali’s bio will be much stronger without an honorary degree from such a politically correct, cowardly organization. Those of you who read this and are hiring soon-to-be-graduated students might want to keep in mind what graduates of Brandeis have been taught relative to character and truth… let alone the Constitutional right to free speech. You could probably expand that to include any Ivy League university.
Understand that this is what the young adults you send to cream of the crop, very costly universities in America are being taught: Selective diversity, selective racism, selective sexism, selective discrimination. Those who run these universities and who teach at them… can you really call them intelligent? No. They are just educated fools in many instances… and they sure as hell are not worth what they are being paid to inflict their views on young minds that need to be taught how to reason and, in this day and age of disinformation, to question almost everything so they can find truth. They are sure not learning it at Brandeis!
So, here is my article, Mr. Ambassador.
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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, was U.S. Consulting Editor for Private Banker International (London/Dublin), and other major banking industry publications. She has written seven non-fiction books about banking and taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and two works of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community.
Barnewall is the former editor of The National Peace Officer Magazine and as a journalist has written guest editorials for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Newsweek, among others. On the Internet, she has written for News With Views, World Net Daily, Canada Free Press, Christian Business Daily, Business Reform, and others. She has been quoted in Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other national and international publications. She can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and Who's Who in the World.
Web site: http://marilynwrites.blogspot.com