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Have both discussed a 'roadmap' approach, with a stated ultimate goal being a Palestinian State. For their efforts, the Palestinian Mufti issued a 'thank you' note. Isn't that just frikkin special.
The Palestinian Authority's mufti, Ikremah Sabri, issued a fatwa (religious decree) Saturday banning US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair from setting foot on "the sacred, holy land of Palestine."How does the phrase go? Never missing the chance to bungle a great opportunity, or something like that? (Hat tip, RC in the LGF comments section)
Bill Cimino has tapped into an interesting source of news on the fighting near Baghdad. Not too real time, as this describes action from last night, most likely...but still, um, unique.
Of media weanies. Really. Check his post at chinpokomon. I'm thinking its a good thing he didn't post pictures. Eeew. He does end it up with some helpful advice. As one of his commenters said, I'll never look at another 20/20 installment without thinking of this...
Watching the video of the 3d ID raid through southern Baghdad, it occurs to me this is a uniquely American tactic, adapted from US experiences in Southern California. Its was just a huge, well organized low-speed drive by shooting!
Yes, Abu Hamza, a bin Laden cheerleader from way back, has been stripped of his UK citizenship. Hamza has been one of the most obnoxious fixtures associated with, among other things, Yemeni based terrorists, 9/11 'victory' celebrations, and generally disgusting and nauseating spewage from the Finsbury Park Mosque in London. So outrageous that even the Finsbury Park crowd tried to distance themselves from him, he is also memorable for being an advocate of the overthrow of the current British system, replacing it instead with Sharia Law. And he's as ugly on the outside as he appears to be on the inside, and his outward appearance is probably enough to even make 72 heavenly virgins (or rasisins, whatever) run in terror. Ha.
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis ad capul tuum saxum immane mittam - I have a catapult. Give me all the money or I will fling an enormous rock at your head. Words to live by.
These are basically blocks of concrete shaped as bombs and painted blue to identify them as non-explosive if they are discovered still intact after the war. But they will be laser-guided 1,000lb blocks of concrete, capable of destroying a tank or artillery piece, but without causing a devastating explosion that would put civilians at risk and shatter surrounding buildings.
Absolutely phenomenal. Near real time, very clear satellite feed footage from within the columns advancing along the highways into the outskirts of Baghdad. Live sat-phone reporting by an imbedded reporter, with the troops advancing into the city, listening to the assault in the background. Astounding.
New competition - who will be the first to declare we are that much closer to quagmire, opine that we should stop before its too late, and/or are teetering on the brink of disaster? Will it be the Iraqi info minister? Anti-war Loonbat? or Democratic Presidential hopeful? Stop by your local bookie for the latest odds, as they are shifting too rapidly to track here. Side bets on whether or not one of the Iraqi information Ministry briefings will actually be interrupted in mid-denial of coalition troops in the city by US soldiers entering the room to participate in the Q & A session. Heh.
"Near the crest of the bridge across the Euphrates that Task Force 3-69 Armor of the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division seized yesterday afternoon was a body that lay twisted from its fall. He had been an old man – poor, not a regular soldier – judging from his clothes. He was lying on his back, not far from one of several burning skeletons of the small trucks that Saddam Hussein's willing and unwilling irregulars employed. The tanks and Bradleys and Humvees and bulldozers and rocket launchers, and all the rest of the massive stuff that makes up the U.S. Army on the march, rumbled past him, pushing on."Thus began Michael Kelly's article in yesterday's Washington Post - his last. Mr. Kelly became the first American embedded reporter to perish in the war, in a Humvee accident. Rest in Peace, Michael. Rest in peace.
As both Alan and Meryl noted, at the same time, over on the Command Post, Robert Fisk's piece wondering 'where are the Americans? I'm at the airport and I don't see any' was released just about the time the US Colonel commanding the assault of Saddam International was announcing live on videophone from same to a Sky News correspondent that the field was about 75% in American hands at that point, and the remaining 25% was being mopped up quickly. Heh heh. Maybe someone took Fiskie's car apart again, and he just ghost filed from the hotel....
blows road kill.... Bruce, Murray, Alisa, Dave, Mike...I've about had it. Who wants to chip in for a real domain, hosting, and have me set up MT? Any of our hard core regulars feeling generous? We can sort of promise Murray won't use the money to buy beer. He might buy wine coolers, but not beer. ::Update:: blogger STILL blows road kill, but the latest snafu seems to be ceased, as mysteriously as it began. And I'm STILL hoping we can move to our own domain and MT!
Yes, these protesters want peace & try to stop this war; so it seems that they want Iraqis although with so much oil, but always poor, hungry & under leadership of such a cruel man, & so weak & unable to stand against the regime & have their rights... actually this is the situation of Iraqis, so they need help; & who can be a supporter, better than US? Even, if as they say this war is for oil, what's wrong with fighting to take oil from a person who doesn't know its worth & just can not use it for the welfare of people...? I think & try to understand why are these people doing these kinds of things in streets to protest against the war , & still I can not find an answer ; but I'm sure that their freedom doesn't let them think about life without freedom!!!
When the allies get to Baghdad, you can ask them yourself Bobby, in between muttering "Stalingrad...ring of steel...partisan armies in the rear...heroic defence of the Motherland...mummy?"
Iraqi Army’s Defenses Seem Impenetrable - Robert Fisk, The Independent How, I kept asking myself, could the Americans batter their way through these defenses? For mile after mile they go on, slit trenches, ditches, earthen underground bunkers, palm groves of heavy artillery and truck loads of combat troops in battle fatigues and steel helmets.
The holiness of living in the Land of Israel is all very well, but the benefits of living in galut are also real. I mean, if Rabbi Ben Bag Bag had lived in Taos rather than Jerusalem, the Talmud might have contained some decent tips on getting Elk blood out of curtains.
Here are some things I have learned, this Rosh Hashanah weekend: 1. almond milk removes elk blood from curtains and pillowcases, 2. We can all exercise superhuman strength when it comes to getting elk carcasses out of our yard, 3. The sight of elk ribcages hurtling over the fence really frightens the nice deputy sheriff who lives across the street
A best-selling British author is unable to attend the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival next month because he tore up his passport and sent it to Tony Blair in protest at the war in Iraq.
On a slightly related note - what is wrong with Jean Chretien anyway? His head is shaped weirdly, and he looks like a giant Spitting Image puppet of himself, if such a thing is possible. Can there be people who are already such caricatures that satire simply becomes redundant when applied to them?
Meanwhile, I find myself in the unprecedented position of being temporarily the least immoderate adult in my household. My wife, who was born in England, says she's ashamed to be Canadian and wants to renounce her citizenship. She only became a citizen five months ago, so that'd rank as the fastest turnaround on record. The missus took her oath of allegiance to the Queen (of Canada) mainly out of spousal solidarity, and she feels suckered -- like when you sign one of those petitions in the mall without really looking at it and you're in the paper next day calling for the age of consent to be lowered to seven.
Here is the breakdown of who is buried in that place, and even more detail information can be viewed here. BRITISH Royal Field Artillery 584 Royal Engineers 302 Royal Garrison Artillery 271 Northumberland Fusiliers 258 Machine Gun Corps 244 Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regt) 243 Kings Liverpool Regt 203 Gordon Highlanders 199 West Yorkshire Regt 188 Royal Scots (Lothian Regt) 178 Seaforth Highlanders 163 Middlesex Regt 156 Durham Light Inf 153 Royal Army Medical Corps 142 Kings Royal Rifle Corps 135 Manchester Regt 135 Rifle Brigade 128 Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regt) 127 South Staffordshire Regt 125 Lincolnshire Regt 125 Army Service Corps 124 Lancashire Fusliers 117 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 116 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regt) 112 York and Lancaster Regt 107 Royal Welsh Fusiliers 103 Highland Light Infantry 101 Queens (Royal West Surrey Regt) 97 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 96 Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 94 Border Regt 93 East Yorkshire Regt 92 Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards) 91 Essex Regt 90 Royal Warwickshire Regt 87 Worcestershire Regt 85 Hampshire Regt 83 Cheshire Regt 81 Suffolk Regt 81 Loyal North Lancashire Regt 79 Royal Lancaster Regt 78 Royal Berkshire Regt 71 Kings Shropshire Light Inf 71 Grenadier Guards 70 Ox and Bucks Light Infantry 69 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 68 South Lancashire Regt 66 Bedfordshire Regt 64 Gloucestershire Regt 62 Royal Sussex Regt 62 Cameron Highlanders 61 Royal Army Service Corps 61 Kings Own Scottish Borderers 60 Royal West Kent Regt (Queens Own) 60 Devonshire Regt 59 East Lancashire Regt 59 Leicestershire Regt 55 Somerset Light Infantry 53 Royal Scots Fusiliers 52 19th Bn London Regt (St. Pancras) 51 1st Life Guards 51 East Surrey Regt 49 Buffs (East Kent Regt) 48 South Wales Borderers 48 Norfolk Regt 48 North Staffordshire Regt 46 Welsh Regiment 41 Royal Dublin Fusiliers 39 Duke of Cornwalls Light Inf 38 Coldstream Guards 38 Irish Guards 36 Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines Light Inf 36 Honourable Artillery Coy 35 Wiltshire Regt 35 Royal Air Force 34 Dorsetshire Regt 33 Scots Guards 33 Northamptonshire Regt 33 Royal Irish Rifles 30 14th Bn London Regt (London Scottish) 27 Tank Corps 27 9th Bn London Regt (Queen Victorias Rifles) 23 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 21 1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 20 Royal Flying Corps 19 12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers) 17 Leinster Regt 17 Royal Irish Fusiliers 17 5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade) 16 22nd Bn London Regt (The Queens) 16 Royal Horse Artillery 16 Welsh Guards 15 Monmouthshire Regt 15 Royal Irish Regt 15 16th Bn London Regt (Queens Westminster Refles) 14 8th Bn London Regt (Post Office Rifles) 14 Royal Naval Division, Anson Bn 14 Royal Naval Division, Hood Bn 13 Army Vetinary Corps 13 Labour Corps 13 21st Bn London Regt (1st Surrey Rifles) 13 4th Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 12 15th Bn London Regt (PWO, Civil Service Rifles ) 12 18th Bn London Regt (London Irish Rifles) 12 Royal Munster Fusilier 12 17th Bn London Regt (Poplar & Stepney Rifles) 11 Royal Naval Division, Howe 11 1st Household Bn 11 Royal Guernsey Light Infantry 10 28th Bn London Regt (Artists Rifles) 10 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's) 10 20th Bn London Regt (Blackheath & Woolwich) 10 13th Bn London Regt (Kensington) 9 Army Cyclist Corps 9 Royal Naval Division, Drake Bn 9 Royal Army Ordanance Corps 8 3rd Bn London Regt ( Royal Fusiliers) 7 23rd Bn London Reg 7 Royal Naval Division, Hawke Bn 7 24th Bn London Regt (The Queens) 7 Cambridgeshire Regt 7 Royal Naval Division, Nelson Bn 7 2nd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 6 Military Police Corps 6 6th Bn London Regt (London Rifles) 5 Hertfordshire Regt 5 11th Hussars (Prince Alberts Own) 5 QMAAC 5 2nd Dragoon (Royal Scots Greys) 5 7th Bn London Regt 4 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) 4 9th Lancers (Queens Royal) 4 1st Dragoons (Royal) 4 10th Hussars (Prince of Wales Own Royal) 4 Royal Army Vetinary Corps 4 Guards Machine Gun Regt 4 Mercantile Marine, SS "Huntsmore" 4 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) 3 Royal Horse Guards 3 YMCA 3 3rd Hussars (Kings Own) 3 4th Hussars (Queens Own) 3 2/3rd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 3 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays) 3 2/2nd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 3 Queens A Imperial Military Nursing Service 3 Civilian 3 Non Combattants Corps 3 Royal Naval Division, Medical Unit 3 Connaught Rangers 3 12th Lancers (Prince of Wales's Royal ) 3 2/5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade) 2 10th Bn London Regt (Hackney) 2 Royal Naval Division, Machine Gun Coy 2 Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Artillery 2 2/7th Bn London Regt 2 2/12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers) 2 Northamptonshire Yeomanry 2 2/4th Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 2 20th Hussars 2 19th Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal ) 2 2/6th Bn London Regt (London Rifles) 2 Voluntary Aid Detachements 2 Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars 2 6th Dragoons (Inniskilling) 2 2nd Life Guards 2 14th Hussars (Kings) 1 Royal Navy HMS Victory 1 Lincolnshire Yeomanry 1 Royal Navy HMS President VI 1 1st Dragoon Guards (Kings Royal) 1 18th Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) 1 Royal Navy HMS Eden 1 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) 1 7th Hussars (Queens Own) 1 Lena Ashwell Concert Party 1 City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) 1 Chinese Labour Corps 1 North Somerset Yeomany 1 Army Pay Corps 1 13th Hussars ` 1 Royal Hussars (Gloucestershire) 1 Warwickshire Yeomanry 1 Royal Naval Division, Divisional Train 1 11th Bn London Regt (Finsbury Rifles) 1 1/1st Staffordshire Yeomanry 1 Belgian Motorcyclist 1 North Irish Horse 1 1/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Bn 1 2nd Household Bn 1 Special List 1 30th Bn London Regt 1 King Edwards Horse 1 29th Bn London Regt 1 34th Bn London Regt 1 Scottish Churches 1 23rd Lancers 1 Infantry Base Depot 1 Leicestershire Yeomanry 1 Chaplain to the Forces 1 1st King Edwards Horse 1 1/1st East Riding Yeomanry 1 2/14th Bn London Regt (London Scottish) 1 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish) 1 General List 1 St John's Ambulance Brigade 1 5th Lancers (Royal Irish) 1 2/2nd Lovatts Scouts 1 Territorial Nursing Service 1 2/24th Bn London Regt (The Queens) 1 2/20th Bn London Regt (Blackheath & Woolwich) 1 2/1st Sussex Yeomanry 1 2/1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) 1 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) 1 COMMONWEALTH AND OTHERS Canadian Engineers 73 Canadian Army Medical Corps 71 Canadian Mounted Rifles 65 Canadian Field Artillery 65 Canadian Machine Gun Corps 48 Australian Field Artillery 35 Canadian Inf. 1st Bn. (Ontario) 31 Canadian Inf. 10th Bn. 29 Australian Engineers 27 Canadian Inf. 42nd Bn. (R. Highlanders) 26 Canadian Inf. 7th Bn. (1st British Columbia) 26 British West Indies Regt. 26 Canadian Inf. 8th Bn. (90th Rifles) 24 Canadian 5th Bn. (Western Cav.) 24 New Zealand 1st Bn. (Aukland) 24 Canadian Inf. 52nd Bn. (New Ontario) 22 New Zealand 2nd Bn. (Aukland) 22 New Zealand 3rd Rifle Brigade 21 New Zealand 2nd Bn. (Otago) 20 Canadian Inf. 24th Bn. (Victoria Rifles) 20 Canadian Inf. 13th Bn. (Royal Highlanders) 20 New Zealand 1st Bn. (Otago) 20 Canadian Inf. 58th Bn. 20 New Zealand Field Artillery 20 Canadian (PPCLI) 19 Canadian Inf. 47th Bn. (British Columbia) 19 Canadian Inf. 2nd Bn. (East Ontario) 19 Royal Newfoundland Regt. 18 Canadian Inf. 49th Bn. (Edmonton) 18 Canadian Inf. 54th Bn. (Kootenay) 18 Canadian Inf. 25th Bn. (Nova Scotia Rifles) 18 Canadian Inf. 19th Bn. (Central Ontario) 18 South African Inf. 4th Regiment 18 New Zealand 2nd Bn. (Canterbury) 18 New Zealand 1st Bn. (Canterbury) 17 Canadian Inf. 31st Bn. (Alberta) 17 Canadian Inf. 18th Bn. (W. Ontario) 17 Canadian Inf. 4th Bn. (Toronto) 17 Canadian Inf. 26th Bn. (New Brunswick) 17 Canadian Inf. 43rd Bn. (Cameron Highlanders) 16 Canadian Inf. 75th Bn. (Mississauga) 15 Canadian Inf. 14th Bn. (Royal Montreal Regt.) 15 Canadian Garrison Artillery 15 Canadian Inf. 3rd Bn. (Toronto) 15 New Zealand 2nd Wellington Bn. 15 Australian Machine Gun Corps 15 South African Inf. 3rd Regiment 14 New Zealand 2nd Rifle Brigade 14 18th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 14 Canadian Inf. 50th Bn. (Calgary) 14 South African Inf. 2nd Regiment 14 49th Bn. Australian Infantry (Queensland) 14 6th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 14 Canadian Inf. 27th Bn. (City of Winnipeg) 13 19th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 13 Canadian Inf. 20th Bn. (Central Ontario) 13 Canadian Inf. 72nd Bn. (Seaforth Highlanders) 13 13th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 12 2nd Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 12 Canadian Inf. 16th Bn. (Canadian Scottish) 12 Canadian Inf. 44th Bn. 12 Canadian Railway Troops 12 Canadian Army Service Corps 12 New Zealand 4th Rifle Brigade 12 Canadian Inf. 78th Bn. (Winnipeg Grenadiers) 12 8th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 12 Canadian Inf. 87th Bn. (Grenadier Guards) 12 9th Bn. Australian Infantry (Queensland) 12 Canadian Forestry Corps 12 Indian Royal Field Artillery 11 Canadian Inf. 15th Bn. (48th Highlanders) 11 Canadian Inf. 21st Bn. (E. Ontario) 11 11th Bn. Australian Infantry (West Australia) 11 Canadian Inf. 46th Bn. (S. Saskatchewan) 11 Canadian Labour Corps 11 12th Bn. Australian Infantry (South & West Australia) 10 Canadian Inf. 29th Bn. (Vancouver) 10 Canadian Inf. 85th Bn. 10 45th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 10 Canadian Pnrs. 10 Canadian Inf. 22nd Bn. (Canadien Francais) 10 1st Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 10 Canadian Inf. 38th Bn. (Ottawa) 10 New Zealand 1st Wellington Bn. 10 Australian Army Medical Corps 9 51st Bn. Australian Infantry (West Australia) 9 South African Labour Corps 9 27th Bn. Australian Infantry (South Australia) 9 Canadian Inf. 28th Bn. (North-West) 9 New Zealand 1st Rifle Brigade 9 24th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 9 7th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 8 26th Bn. Australian Infantry (Queensland & Tasmania) 8 Canadian Inf. 116th Bn. 8 23rd Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 8 22nd Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 8 20th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 7 New Zealand 3rd Bn. (Canterbury) 7 Australian Pnrs. 7 25th Bn. Australian Infantry (Queensland) 7 Canadian Inf. 60th Bn. (Victoria Rifles) 7 47th Bn. Australian Infantry (Queensland & Tasmania) 7 Canadian (Royal Canadian Regt.) 6 New Zealand Engineers 6 10th Bn. Australian Infantry (South Australia) 6 Indian Syce Coy. 6 28th Bn. Australian Infantry (West Australia) 6 21st Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 6 46th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 6 New Zealand Machine Gun Corps 6 New Zealand Maori Bn. 6 52nd Bn. Australian Infantry (S. & W.Australia & Tasmania) 6 4th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 6 4th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 5 32nd Bn. Australian Infantry (South & West Australia) 5 44th Bn. Australian Infantry 5 40th Bn. Australian Infantry 5 50th Bn. Australian Infantry (South Australia) 5 39th Bn. Australian Infantry 5 5th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 5 3rd Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 5 South African Inf. 1st Regiment 5 Indian Labour Corps 5 Canadian Inf. 102nd Bn. 5 Canadian Cavalry 5 41st Bn. Australian Infantry 4 South African Heavy Artillery 4 17th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 4 New Zealand 3rd Bn. (Otago) 4 New Zealand 3rd Bn. (Aukland) 4 33rd Bn. Australian Infantry 4 38th Bn. Australian Infantry 4 Canadian Inf. 73rd Bn. (Royal Highlanders) 4 48th Bn. Australian Infantry (South & West Australia) 4 55th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 4 60th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 4 New Zealand 3rd Wellington Bn. 3 42nd Bn. Australian Infantry 3 West India Regt. 3 31st Bn. Australian Infantry (Queensland) 3 Australian Trench Mortar Battery 3 29th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 3 Canadian Army Nursing Service 3 53rd Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 3 South Africa (Cape Horse Transport Coy.) 3 56th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 3 14th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 3 58th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 3 35th Bn. Australian Infantry 2 30th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 2 Canadian Ordnance Corps 2 34th Bn. Australian Infantry 2 Canadian (Royal Horse Artillery) 2 Canadian Army Dental Corps 2 Canadian (Lord Strathcona's Horse) 2 Canadian (Royal Canadian Dragoons) 2 Canadian Inf. 123rd Bn. 2 57th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 2 Australian Army Service Corps 2 Indian Syce Coy, 1 Canadian (Royal Canadian Horse) 1 22nd Australian Infantry (Victoria) 1 Canadian Corps (Gas Services) 1 Canadian Chaplain to the Forces 1 New Zealand Army Chaplain 1 New Zealand Mounted Rifles 1 Indian Royal Artillery 1 Australian Flying Corps 1 16th Bn. Australian Infantry (South & West Australia) 1 54th Bn. Australian Infantry (New South Wales) 1 59th Bn. Australian Infantry (Victoria) 1 Canadian (Fort Garry Horse) 1 South African Medical Corps 1 New Zealand Cyclist Bn. 1 Canadian Army Gym Staff 1 Canadian Inf. 107th Bn. 1 Canadian Light Horse 1 Canadian Inf. 45th Bn. 1 37th Bn. Australian Infantry 1 36th Bn. Australian Infantry 1 Canadian Army Vetinary Corps 1 Indian Royal Horse Artillery 1 Canadian Inf. Base Depot 1 Indian Royal Garrison Artillery 1 Canadian Army Nursing Corps 1 Canadian Royal Garrison Artillery 1 Canadian Cyclist Bn. 1 India Gurkha Rifles 1 Australian Cyclist Corps 1 43rd Bn. Australian Infantry 1 Canadian Inf. 124th Bn. 1 Apparently this "garbage" is polluting the soil of France. Of course, without the sacrifice made by the young men who died, France would not exist. Might I suggest we all write politely worded letters to our respective French Embassies, asking that this case be investigated thoroughly. I think I'll stop writing now, the Prozac and Valium are starting to wear off. I can tell by the red mist that keeps descending and the urge to kill....
The neighborhood of the cemetery became during the war, the scene of immense concentrations of British reinforcement camps and of British hospitals. It was remote from attack, except by aircraft, and it was accessible by railway from either the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes, and the hospitals (which included 11 General, 1 Stationary and 4 Red Cross Hospitals and a convalescent depot) could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, 10 months after the Armistice, 3 hospitals and the QMAAC convalescent depot remained. The earliest burial in the cemetery dates from May 1915. The area is 59,049 sq meters; the graves are 11,436 in number and included those of three Belgian and 657 German soldiers. They lie below three terraces, the midmost of which carries the war stone and two pylons, and the highest is dominated by the cross, and from the cross a path leads through a pinewood to the road. In addition, from the 1939 - 45 war, there are a total of 122 war dead, of which 40 casualties are wholly unidentified.
From Victor Davis Hanson, over at NRO. The final one -
When war actually starts, the efficacy and professionalism of the American military tend to silence rather than incite its critics, as the example of brave soldiers seeking to free Iraq makes a sorry contrast with “Not in Our Name,” ANSWER, and the assorted likes of Peter Arnett, Hans Blix, and Dominque de Villepin. Americans always prefer to see brave young men fighting for ideals than pampered critics for a few minutes vomiting in public in San Francisco or staging die-ins on the pavement in Washington — before driving home to resume their comfortable lives only made possible by those sleeping now in the sands of Iraq.I don't know if I'd say 'silence' the critics, seems to me it either makes them go completely whacko, or adopt a much more subtle approach.
Checking the referral logs, I was intrigued to find an Italian domain name. Following the link, I came across antifranza. Although my Italian is limited to navigating a restaraunt menu, two things are crystal clear that make me like this blog - 1) They don't like France 2) They link to Silent Running as a 'blog interessanti' Que bello! Grazie molto.
In an update to Tom's tale from the Robert Fisk School of Automobile Touring for the Terminally Clueless, Murray relates:
The prick was lucky, if I'd been commanding the road block he'd still be putting the car back together. I was taught by a fomer Scots Guardsman who did two tours. I never knew a car had so many bits that can come off without tools.
Jihad Hamadeh befriended Yassin and Ibrahim Bakri. He called them up and told them he had won the homicide bomber lottery. They agreed to help him. They gave him a place to stay. They gave him clothing to help him blend in. They drove him to the bus station. They pointed out Bus 361, and told him what to tell the driver when he boarded so as not to arouse suspicion. At the Meron Junction, on the 4th of August, Hamadeh detonated the explosive belt he was wearing, killing nine, and wounding 51. Today, the district court in Haifa sentenced these two enablers to nine life sentences each for their role in this act of brutal, pre-meditated murder. In response to their family's pleas for mercy from the court, the Court President wrote in the verdict
"one who lends his hand to bereave, one who lends his hand to murder, one who lends his hand to disable and to hurt, one who harms his state and his land and tramples on the values of his nation, his faith and his family is not worthy of the mercy of the court."The families of the victims, some said they were satisfied with the verdict. The mercy here is that those families weren't allowed to rip these two apart, limb from limb, not unlike what happened to their relatives. On a bizarre related note, the Bakri family is suing the tabloids for libeling them by referring to them all as terrorist accomplices. Maybe they should just apply for the terrorist accomplice compensation fee, and call it even. But they'd better hurry, the payout window is closing, rapidly. (Via Ha'aretz)
Now that you've been introduced, if you haven't met him already, go check out chinpokomon. Yeah, he's a Navy guy, but he's over in that Undisclosed Middle Eastern Country™ area, and since Bruce and Murray's Dad was Navy, I'm figuring he's ok. Besides, anybody that posts pictures of guys pissing on Sand Dunes is alright in our book. (Via LGF comments section)
Whatever one might think of the Rachel Corrie bulldozer debacle, it has had an impact. The Hebrew-language website Ynet quotes a senior IDF official as saying that the army is officially abandoning the tactic of bulldozing houses in Gaza because the army "has come to the conclusion that the damage to Israel's image internationally is greater than its effectiveness" as a terror-fighting tool. The right is condemning it as the military capitulating to the media. A left-wing politician, Ran Cohen of Meretz hailed it, saying that that "world public opinion has managed to accomplish what morality and common sense failed to acheive."
(Note: also posted at the CP Op/Ed page...)
Patrick Tyler, in this NYT article leads off with the news of the 3d ID beginning probing attacks against RG positions of the outer Baghdad defensive ring. He quotes a field unit spokesman saying they are 'maintaining the initiative'. He includes words from Gen. Franks, contradicting yet again the concept of a 'pause' in operations. But then he jumps right into proclaiming that momentum has stalled due to 'fierce attacks' on supply lines, and obliquely references the beltway sniping at the SecDef in recent days. Both activities are superfluous to what's actually happening at the front. The beans and bullets are getting through, and all the sore-toed sour grapes being tossed at Rumsfeld are having the same effect that Feydayeen with AK-47's are having against Bradleys and Abrams tanks. Taylor can't let it go, flatly stating that the regime hasn't crumbled as quickly as imagined, despite a growing number of reports of individual Iraqis beginning to point out the Ba'athists for the benefit of Allied targeting. Citing the 'seasoning' that the 3d ID has received through fire and sandstorm, he mentions that they've been 'mired' for a whole week surrounding Najaf. This article is a clear example of the syndrome Steven Den Beste describes in this opinion piece at USS Clueless. Basically, Steven points out that no matter how efficiently or quickly this is rolled up, that because US troops don't live up to pre-war expectations of the 15 minute news cycle, they won't have 'beat the spread' and thus, its somehow a failure, or not quite good enough. Well folks, this thing is barely a week and a half old, and we're basically dusting ourselves off getting ready to ring the front doorbell of Baghdad. We've virtually decapitated the leadership from the field, if not actually. We've opened and are sustaining operations on three fronts - from the southeast, the north, and from the west. Still qualifies as 'Hyper War' in my book.
...is up. This one is titled History, and is well worth the time it will take to read it. I live very close to the main corridor between Washington and Richmond, and can attest to the moving nature Bill describes that these places evoke. It comes simply from seeing the signs along the drive up and back, with familiar names. To actually walk these fields leaves one with feelings that almost cannot be expressed in words - but once again, Bill comes through. His descriptions are all too familiar to what I've felt standing in the field at Yorfktown, looking in one direction at the British lines, then turning to see the American and French positions - close, so close, and to visualize them, standing there, as they were, at such a pivotal time. Enough of my babbling - Bill puts it much better than I could ever hope to. As the saying goes - go, now, read it, if you haven't already.
This is not politics as usual. This is a once in a lifetime moment of crisis. It's time to pick sides. I have.
The voice, like Mr. Young's, reminds me of the Canada from which I myself came, the country of my birth. The Canada of my parents, and of their parents, the Canada that remains, in my heart. Of my grandfather who saw Vimy Ridge, and my dad who learned to fly a Spitfire. The Canada that came before the Canada of today, before the Canada of Jean Chrétien -- before this New Canada that makes me heartsick, as it does several millions of my fellow Canadians -- that fills us with such a deep sense of shame. This New Canada, and these New Canadians -- who can no longer look an American, nor a Briton, nor an Australian in the eye. This Canada that despatched its few remaining available soldiers hurriedly to peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan, as a kind of insurance, in case the Americans asked for help. ("Sorry! We gave at the office.") "How dare you!" I have felt, listening to the latest poll-driven volte-face from the most contemptible prime minister this country ever had; or to the little anti-American licks from the lickspittles who people his offices and benches -- Françoise Ducros ("moron"), Benoit Serré ("trigger-happy"), Colleen Beaumier ("how many children?"), Carolyn Parrish ("bastards"), Herb Dhaliwal ("let the world down"), and Mr. Chrétien himself. ("Not everyone around the world is prepared to take the word of the United States on faith" -- and he said this in Chicago.) If any American, or Briton, or Australian, or free man or woman, should happen to be reading this, I want you to know that I am not speaking only for myself. I am speaking on behalf, quite literally, of millions of Canadians, who are every bit as disgusted as you are with our country. You have the same kind of people -- you will know perfectly well -- within your own countries. The difference is, in Canada they are in charge.
And of course today was the deadline for our own home-grown terror-groupie to make good on his/her/it's threats to kill us all. Needless to say, nothing happened at midday. Two hours later, nothing happened again. I think I'm detecting a pattern. Still, nerves are a tad frayed.
There were long delays for motorists in the Hutt Valley after a suspicious suitcase was found at the side of State Highway 2. Army bomb disposal experts checked the suitcase and the highway was closed between Haywards Hill and the Kennedy Good bridge for four hours. Inspector Ian Manawaiti said a motorist saw the suitcase beside a post about 7 am Sunday morning, and the sergeant who checked it wasn't prepared to take any risks. He says the closure had been longer than expected because there were problems with equipment and the army had to bring in a second robot device.
Murray also adds:
Many parts of New Zealand were on heightened alert on Friday due to an anonymous terror threat made in a letter sent to a newspaper. The letter was sent to the New Zealand Herald last month, with those responsible saying they would use cyanide and explosives and March 28 would be the day that they would strike. Midday was meant to be the time when threats would be carried out. Although the time came without incident , the police communications centre in Wellington was kept busy answering threats to several public buildings in the capital. The threatening calls were made from a phone box. Police also say two new letters making threats against US, British and Australian interest in New Zealand have been received by the New Zealand Herald. The police head of counter terrorism John White says the letters' contents are being analysed but cyanide was present. He says the letters make specific threats about food and drink products.
Even more interesting is that all this stuff is barely getting a mention in the New Zealand media. Gee, it's almost as if the journalists were trying to play it down for fear of making Helen look like an idiot or something...
Another incident which I only caught part off involves someone having purchased food that was found to have been tampered with and contained a white powder. A supermarket has been closed and quarantined as a result while police investigate and the substance is analysed. I am unable to find any details on line as yet. I'll update you after the late news.
Up to 41 people injured, but no direct bystander fatalities at a mall in Netanya. Alert security guard barred the bomber from entering a cafe. Islamic Jihad is claiming credit. Is the rush on to get the compensation money before sugar daddy Saddam gets put out of business?
His body was found outside the cafe, eyewitnesses said.All over the outside of the cafe, more likely. Creating yet another mural of testament to idiocy.