[Iran Press TV] "Nobody could say, 'We didn't know.'" This was the devastatingly simple verdict of the independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham last week.
Yet even as hundreds of victims of sexual abuse have been denied the justice of seeing their rapists convicted for their crimes, police and council leaders have pleaded: "We didn't know."
The inquiry found there were ample opportunities for people who were in a position to prevent these vile crimes to grasp the extent of what was going on -- and to act. Whether they knew or they didn't (and the report suggests they should have done), they must acknowledge how seriously they failed the children of Rotherham and take appropriate responsibility.
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[CBSNEWS] As President B.O. contemplates the use of military force to defeat Islamic murderous Moslems in Syria, Congress is still divided on the question.
Two Republican politicians said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) requires a quick and forceful U.S. response - including possible Arclight airstrikes - the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee warned that the region's geopolitics mean the first step must be to build support for defeating the group.
"We do not want to come into Syria now on the side of [President Bashar] Assad. We have got to find other folks, the Free Syria Movement, to work with," said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation." "If we go in and appear to be choosing whether Assad's side or the Shia side in a civil war (should win), then we simply drive more Sunnis into the arms of ISIS."
Smith said the U.S. first needs to make sure that moderate Sunnis oppose ISIS, which represents a much more radical strain of Sunni Islam. That will require building a coalition in the Middle East, he said, including potential allies like Turkey and Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... that had been funding bully boy groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra but now see what a threat it is to the region. It also means the U.S. must insist that the new Shia government in Iraq brings marginalized Sunnis into the fold.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.