An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 23 July 2007
Go here, you’ll feel MUCH better!
H/T: The Cutting Edge
Fed up with being part of a group that cuts off a personâ€™s face with piano wire to teach others a lesson, dozens of low-level members of al-Qaeda in Iraq are daring to become informants for the US military in a hostile Baghdad neighbourhood.
There is seriously something wrong with people who could do this sort of thing to another human being. But I guess al Qaeda aren’t really human.
The ground-breaking move in Doura is part of a wider trend that has started in other al-Qaeda hotspots across the country and in which Sunni insurgent groups and tribal sheikhs have stood together with the coalition against the extremist movement.
â€œThey are turning. We are talking to people who we believe have worked for al-Qaeda in Iraq and want to reconcile and have peace,â€ said Colonel Ricky Gibbs, commander of the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, which oversees the area.
I can’t imagine any semi normal person joining up with such a group unless they were already predisposed to slaughter. With the way they are “educating” their kids, I guess they’ll have plenty of replacements.
The sewage-filled streets of Doura, a Sunni Arab enclave in south Baghdad, provide an ugly setting for what US commanders say is al-Qaedaâ€™s last stronghold in the city. The secretive group, however, appears to be losing its grip as a â€œsurgeâ€ of US troops in the neighbourhood â€“ part of the latest effort by President Bush to end the chaos in Iraq â€“ has resulted in scores of fighters being killed, captured or forced to flee.
If we allow the Dhimmis a time table, I’m fairly sure they’ll be back.
â€œIt is only after al-Qaeda has become truly barbaric and done things like, to teach lessons to people, cut their face off with piano wire in front of their family and then murdered everybody except one child who told the tale afterwards . . . that people realise how much of a mess they are in,â€ Lieutenant James Danly, 31, who works on military intelligence in Doura, said.
I was under the impression they had always been barbaric. Didn’t the folks notice?
Progress with making contacts and gathering actionable information is slow because al-Qaeda has persuasive methods of keeping people quiet. This month it beheaded two men in the street and pinned a note on to their corpses giving warning that anyone who cooperated with US troops would meet the same fate.
The increased presence of US forces in Doura, however, is encouraging insiders to overcome their fear and divulge what they know. Convoys of US soldiers are working the rubble-strewn streets day and night, knocking on doors, speaking to locals and following up leads on possible insurgent hideouts.
If the people of Iraq had never given them a foothold, life would have been a lot safer for them. But since they allowed them in, they are going to have to decide, do they want freedom, or do they want to fear for their lives, and the lives of their children on a daily basis.
The informants were not seeking an amnesty for crimes that they had committed. â€œThey just do not want to be killed,â€ Lieutenant Flanigan said.
No doubt they know they are a whole lot safer with the Americans than they would be with al Qaeda.
Others, however, describe al-Qaeda in Iraq as a sort of franchise, with separate cells around the country that use the brand â€“ made infamous by Osama bin Laden â€“ and cultural ideology but do not work closely with each other or for one overriding leader.
Despite the uncertainties one thing seems guaranteed. A hardcore of people calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq remains devoted to the extremist cause and is determined to fight on whatever the cost.
Let’s face it…these are not people you can sit down with and have a chat. Either they must be destroyed, or we will. I prefer to see them destroyed.
……so far!Â I honestly can’t understand how one small person can talk so much and say absolutely NOTHING at all.
We finally stopped around 7:30 in Lebanon, MO.Â She has now discovered truck stops.Â You’d think no one had ever eaten at a truck stop before that 8 year old walked in.Â Criminy!Â So, now she thinks we must have every meal at a truck stop.
Ok, not literally, although…..Â No, I’ll refrain!
We’re heading out of Dallas towards points north.Â Who knows where we’ll end up tonight, maybe Missouri?Â Maybe not.Â I guess it just all depends on just how long I can tolerate the constant jabbering. Â
My Conservative Identity:
You are a Freedom Crusader, also known as a neoconservative. You believe in taking the fight directly to the enemy, whether itâ€™s terrorists abroad or the liberal terrorist appeasers at home who give them aid and comfort.
Take the quiz at www.FightLiberals.com
They didn’t have an ‘all of the above’ slot available in any of the questions! Â I have NO idea what all that stuff is at the top.Â Just ignore!
H/T: Boots & Sabers
A guy is 61 years old and loves to fish.
He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, “Pick me up.”
He looked around and couldn’t see any one. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again,
“Pick me up.” He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog.
The man said, “Are you talking to me?”
The frog said, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Pick me up.
Then, kiss me and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen.
I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous because you will have me as your bride.”
The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully, and placed it in his front breast pocket.
Then the frog said, “What, are you nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said? I said kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride.”
He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said,
“Nah, at my age I’d rather have a talking frog.”
Chavez ordered officials to closely monitor statements made by international figures during their visits to Venezuela â€” and deport any outspoken critics.
“How long are we going to allow a person â€” from any country in the world â€” to come to our own house to say there’s a dictatorship here, that the president is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?” Chavez asked during his weekly television and radio program.
Does anyone else see a major contradiction here? “I’m not a dictator, and if you say so, I’m going to throw you out ….. and stamp my feet!” And this is the guy the lefties admire? Ya know, I don’t remember President “Bushilter” ever saying such a thing, or taking over the media, etc. Just sayin’. I guess he’ll just kill his own countrymen who are critical.
Libya has asked for a complete normalization with the European Union in talks over releasing six foreign medics jailed for allegedly infecting over 400 children with HIV, an official source in Libya said on Monday.
France’s first lady and a top European Commission official flew to Libya on Sunday to try to secure the release to Bulgaria of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, already jailed for eight years. But a French diplomat said the main obstacle was money, with the Libyans holding out for more foreign cash and the EU refusing to pay compensation that might suggest an admission the medics are guilty.
Is money the only reason they accused these people of such a horrendous crime?
Mike Coolbaugh, first-base coach with the Class AA Tulsa Drillers and a former Astros minor leaguer as a third baseman, died Sunday night after being hit in the head by a ball during a game, police said. He was 35.
Prayers with the family.
A purported Taliban spokesman said that negotiations for the lives of 23 South Korean hostages had stalled and that militants would kill the aid workers Monday evening if the government doesn’t free Taliban prisoners.
An Afghan lawmaker said the militants had upped their demands Monday, saying they wanted all insurgent prisoners in Ghazni province released in exchange for the Koreans, though Qari Yousef Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the militia, denied that was true.
Are the Koreans holding the insurgent prisoners? Somehow, I doubt it. I’m starting to think it has come to ‘take no prisoners’. There would be nothing to bargain for.
A pilot of a World War II-era plane made an emergency landing on a highway Sunday after experiencing engine trouble, snarling traffic for hours as authorities worked to move the aircraft.
No injuries were reported after the plane landed on U.S. Highway 41 near Fond du Lac County Airport about 7:45 p.m., authorities said.
I’m really glad no one was hurt. No doubt it made for an interesting, not to mention aggravating commute.
Someone poured gasoline on a woman and set her on fire early Sunday morning in South Memphis.
It happened at 3:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of Greenwood near Elmwood Cemetery.
Memphis police are still investigating but say the incident may have started as a domestic dispute. They have no suspects in custody.
The victim was taken to the burn center at The Med in critical condition.
This is the fourth lady I’ve read about who has been set on fire. What kind of demented soul does something like that?!
The US-led “war on terror” is poised to take a dramatic turn with its flames spreading across the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan, where General Pervez Musharraf is in a battle to hold on to his presidency as well as his position as chief of army staff.
In recent days, the administration of US President George W Bush has unequivocally pointed its finger at Pakistan as providing a safe haven in its tribal areas for Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda followers, and indicated that all options are on the table, including strikes into Pakistan to root out the terror threat. This was earlier reported by Asia Times Online – see US to hunt the Taliban inside Pakistan of July 3.
This does not bode well. Either crush the extremists, or suffer the consequences. Hopefully, it’s not too late.
Strangers rarely venture onto the twisting gravel roads in this corner of the state, and those who do sometimes get lost amid the rolling hills.
So it came as a surprise to many locals when the expert marksmen of Blackwater USA — a controversial military contractor that provides armed security guards in the Iraq war — took over an 80-acre rifle range and opened up a new training center this past spring. Blackwater North, as the North Carolina-based firm calls its new site, is designed primarily as a tactical training ground for domestic law enforcement and contractors, not for security missions to Iraq or Afghanistan, Blackwater officials said. Using civilians schooled in military warfare, the site offers training in weaponry, hostage dealings and terror reaction.
Meanwhile, peace groups from as far as Chicago, 150 miles to the east, plan to stage a major demonstration here next month protesting “America’s private army.”
Just who do they think is going to protect their sorry asses if we are attacked here? The local Kumbaya group? No, it’s going to just like the people who are training at this facility, and other folks who have enough sense to know how to protect themselves and those around them. It ain’t by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores with the bad guys.