Born in Czechoslovakia, I experienced the realities of life very early. My family and I cheated death many times, from being bombed during World War II to dodging snipers in South East Asia.
To escape from communist treachery my family and I crossed borders through muddy fields, barbed wire, and armed guards.
At the age of nine I arrived in New York City. Two weeks in a new country I was immersed in the NYC school system, the best thing that could have happened to me.
I learned English quickly without forgetting Czech or German.
I immediately picked the political party that I would support, the Republican Party. That’s right; I knew where I belonged even at the age of nine.
I was a musician with my own band, worked with various promotional groups, started an out sourcing business for assembly of small manufacturing items, a computer company marketing hardware and software.
I served in South East Asia in Military Intelligence, held several positions in various fraternal organizations, worked on the U. S. Bicentennial Celebration, and now doing my best to strengthen the Republican Party.
A HEAD FOR A HEAD? Local Afghan militia group beheads four Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists
village militia members loyal to a powerful Afghan lawmaker beheaded
four Islamic State fighters and placed their severed heads on the side
of a main road in eastern Afghanistan.
The killings in Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar
highlighted the increasingly brutal violence of the fight between
Islamic State and rival groups, ranging from local militias to the
Taliban. Islamic State has made inroads in several districts of the
province as they try to build strength and replace the hardline Taliban
Dozens of members of a local militia force loyal to Haji Zahir, deputy speaker of parliament, have been battling both Taliban and Islamic State militants in the district for weeks.
Islamic State militants first
captured four fighters from the militia, known as Pasoon or “Uprising”
and beheaded them. The militias then retaliated, Zahir told reporters.
“Do you think if they behead you, you cook them sweets?” Zahir asked.
spokesman for the provincial governor said US-trained Afghan government
forces were not involved in the incident, adding that the incident is
being investigated. (My take is "what is there to investigate? The ISIS scumbags need to be eliminated and must fear the opposition")
In a sign of the
growing reach of Islamic State, militants have taken to the airwaves in a
radio show called “Voice of the Caliphate” in Nangarhar to win recruits
among young Afghans. Last week, local authorities said they had blocked
the broadcast but Zahir said the 90-minute daily Pashto language
broadcast was still operational.
Islamic State is
relatively a new force in Afghanistan and there is some dispute about
how strong it is, how many members it commands and how closely they are
linked operationally to the movement’s main arm in Iraq and Syria.
Last week, the commander of international forces in the country, US General John Campbell,
said there were between 1,000 to 3,000 members of the movement in
Afghanistan and he said its influence would spread if left unchecked.