Yesterday Rantburg reported, based on faulty wire service information, that a Palestinian snuffy had shot up a wedding party in Israel. We deeply apologize for mistakenly accusing an al-Aqsa hero of such an atrocity. It wasn't a wedding party, it was a bat mitzvah. So there. Those young girls can be dangerous, you know. Takes a lot of guts to shoot 'em up. Especially the singer, and the girl's granddaddy. Significantly, when Abed Hassouna's gun jammed guests, including young Nina's grandmother, rushed at him, hurling beer bottles and chairs. Motti Hasson, a neighbor, slammed the snuffy's face with a chair. Guests thumped the sonofabitch unconscious and dragged his bleeding carcass outside the banquet hall. A police officer arriving at the scene put him away like any other mad dog.
Seems being a crazed gunman's getting to be a dangerous occupation, even for suicide killers.
A developer has scrapped plans to commission a politically correct statue that would have changed the races of two of the three firefighters who took part in a celebrated flag-raising at Ground Zero. After talks with Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, developer Bruce Ratner abandoned efforts to erect the statue, which was to be based on a photo that made the front pages of newspapers nationwide. All three firefighters in the original picture are white. But Ratner's plan called for one fireman to be white, another to be black and the third Hispanic - setting off a firestorm of controversy. Millions of us non-politically correct rubes are highly gratified. It's our feeling that honoring the three specific firefighters would have honored all firefighters. Changing the races of the men makes them abstractions. It honors the commissioner's piety and relegates the actual heroes to side issues. There's also the argument that among those working in the ruins were other "races" than the three represented, so there really should be more than just three. There should be an Athabaskan to honor the Native Americans, and an Eskimo, and a Hindu, and a Sikh, and a Bushman and an Australian aborigine... Don't foget the handicapped - put one of the firemen in a wheelchair. And women. We have two sexes, you know. Make sure at least some of those are female. Don't make the bosoms too big, 'cuz that'd be sexist. Oh, and the lesbians: have some of the females holding hands or something, okay? And we all know there were lots of dogs there, working right alongside the people, so add a puppy.
There actually are practical problems with how to represent the "Hispanic race." I personally think it was the sombrero that shot the whole idea down in the end.
Mad bomber-turned-housewife Sara Jane Olson was sentenced to two consecutive 10-year prison terms for her role in a 1975 bomb plot during an emotional court hearing in Los Angeles, and was then shipped off to Sacramento to face a newly filed murder charge that also stemmed from her days in the Symbionese Liberation Army. Too bad about that, Sara Jane. Look on the bright side: you could be on your way to Guantanamo. Move over, Mumia!
Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammad have decided to suspend their activities in Jammu and Kashmir in response to the crackdown by the Musharraf government in Pakistan. Sources said radio intercepts by Indian security agencies reveal both groups have asked their cadres to restrain their activities for the time being. About 1,000 activists of the two groups â a majority of whom are Pakistani nationals â are presently active in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region. Most commanders of the two groups have gone underground to escape arrest. They intend this to be a temporary measure, but if Pakland keeps up the pressure and keeps the funding cut off, the gunnies are goners. India wins, Pakland wins, we win. Thank you, Mr. Rumsfeld! By the way, that stuff about "For every Osama you kill, a thousand will spring up to take his place" - that's all hooey. When you cut off a snake's head, the body wiggles for awhile, but eventually it dies.
Several members of Al-Qaeda arrived in Somalia last week, via the port of Obio, Somali warlord Hussein Mohamed Aidid told reporters in Ethiopia. Aidid's father's forces were involved in heavy fighting with an ill-fated UN operation spearheaded by US troops in Somalia in 1993. Aidid named the arrivals as Sheikh Abdurahman Jhalid Zubeir from Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdellah Al-Mahdi from Yemen, and Sheikh Abdelmejid and Sheikh Zeit Abu Mussa from Egypt. He said members of a local extremist group, Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, also entered Somalia with the al-Qaeda members. Aidid isn't his father - in fact he's an ex-Marine, who fought in the Gulf War. Bite the bullet, recognize him as the government, and give him the support to clean up the country.
Anti-terrorist police arrested four people in Leicester in the latest phase of a continuing operation to round up suspects believed to be involved with terrorist activities. The arrests of two men and two women, aged 28 to 31, on immigration charges followed the arrests of 13 people in London and Leicester on Thursday. All 17 people are now in custody in Leicester and are being questioned by agents from the security forces as well as immigration authorities. Nine of the men arrested during Thursday's operation were held on suspicion of terrorism, and the rest of the suspects face charges related to immigration offenses. Officials had no immediate comment on reports by a French radio station, Europe 1, that the arrests were linked to investigations into planned attacks by Islamic militants in France. Britain will look much nicer after a good housecleaning, too.
Seven Russian soldiers died and three others were seriously wounded when a troop truck was blown apart in the center of Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan. Dagestan, a mainly Muslim province which borders on Chechnya, has seen several flare-ups of unrest of its own over the past few years. Being next door to Chechnya doesn't help matters. Y'know, the more money the Saudis put into the area, the higher the level of violence becomes. Just can't understand why.
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said Greece had been told that it had been targetted by Al-Qaeda. Papandreou told reporters that the information came from Lebanon and was gleaned from Al-Qaeda prisoners who were not identified. He gave no further details, but a Foreign Ministry source said Greek officials had been briefed on the situation by US and Israeli intelligence services. They were told that Al-Qaeda suspects arrested in Lebanon had been planning attacks against US and European targets in Greece and other European countries. Can't understand why they'd target Greece. You can't get much more anti-American than they are.
Israeli aircraft attacked Palestinian government headquarters in the West Bank town of Tulkarem and moved troops into Ramallah in retaliation for a Palestinian shooting up a little girl's bat mitzvah. Israeli forces occupied the Ramallah homes of Tawfeek Terawi, the Palestinian Authority's intelligence chief, and Fatah movement leader Marwan Barghouti. Israeli troops also reoccupied the town of Bitunia, which is adjacent to Ramallah in the West Bank, and Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer ordered the army to close off access to the Palestinian territories. Al-Aqsa Brigades claimed the "credit" for this attack, and the Palestinians bitched that the Israelis had their plan already worked out to avenge the attack. It's pretty hard to justify an attack that vicious and stupid.
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.