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Afghanistan
All our eggs in Broken Basket - MAJ Ben Connable, USMC
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 12:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting, and I agree with the author.

IMO, cultural relations is the job that the State Department and the CIA ought to do, but they are generally run by leftards, and therefore the military has to step in and take responsibility.
Posted by: Sninemble Jones9960 || 03/03/2009 13:28 Comments || Top||

#2  I too agree with this. We knew right from the start of the Iraq war that Rummy's statement that "DOD does not do nation building" Was the kiss of death for anyone who wondered about what happens after.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/03/2009 23:25 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Pakistan denies hand in BD army mutiny
Pakistan on Monday denied allegations by the Indian media about the involvement of its intelligence agencies in last week's killing of 77 Bangladeshi army officers by Bangladesh Rifles. Responding to the allegations by Times of India, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, "These reports are obviously baseless and malafide."
It's only coincidence that it took place a few days after the Banglas started putting 1971 war criminals on trial after 38 years, and it's only coincidence that the mutineers' sugar daddy is a Pak in Bangla clothing.
"Pakistan and Bangladesh enjoy close, friendly and cooperative ties," he said, adding that Pakistan believed in the principles of 'non-intervention and non-interference'.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Pakistan and Bangladesh enjoy close, friendly and cooperative ties," he said, adding that Pakistan believed in the principles of 'non-intervention and non-interference'.

"Why, Pakland and East Pakland are like blood brothers. Practically BFFs, even. And with relations nearly as warm as Pakland and Sri Lanka, insh'allah!"
Posted by: Seafarious || 03/03/2009 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  "Why, Pakland and East Pakland are like blood brothers."

"Why look at all the blood we spilled shared in 1971!"
Posted by: Steve White || 03/03/2009 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  "Pakistan and Bangladesh enjoy close, friendly and cooperative ties,"

And we'll keep saying that regardless of whatever lying evidence you find (Ummmm, invent),
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 17:19 Comments || Top||

#4  CHINESE MIL FORUM > INDIA. MYANMAR [Burma] MAY AHD BACKED BANGLADESH MUTINY???

Also on CMF > SRILANKA MAY NEEDS A BAILOUT AS LTTE WAR DEBTS DRAINS ITS RESERVES.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/03/2009 18:32 Comments || Top||


Army committee starts probe today
An investigation committee of the army, led by Quartermaster General of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Mohammad Jahangir Alam Choudhury, will start probing the BDR mutiny in Pilkhana headquarters today.

Chief of General Staff of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Sina Ibn Jamali told the press during a briefing at the army headquarters last night that the probe body has six to seven members and if necessary more members will be co-opted. The committee will visit the BDR headquarters today and continue its probe until the investigation ends.

Asked how the BDR mutineers managed to flee their headquarters, he said it will be clear after the investigation. He said those BDR jawans who failed to report back will be considered deserters.
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Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:


Hundreds of sepoys show up after deadline
Several thousand BDR men who left the Pilkhana headquarters during or after the mutiny were found waiting in front of Jhigatala BDR gate with grave anxiety yesterday though the deadline set for them to report back expired Sunday afternoon. Around 1600 BDR men reported back to the headquarters till 6:30 pm yesterday while the number was 414 on Sunday, according to the official figure.

The process of reporting back to the headquarters will continue until completion of the formalities for waiting BDR men, an army officer said.

The BDR men were allowed to enter into the boundary of the Rifles Square for primary interrogation and later were taken to another place for final quizzing, he said. After completion of such interrogation, most of the BDR men were given 15 days leave, the official said.

Apart from the headquarters, 11 BDR personnel reported back in Jessore while 44 in Jaypurhat and Naogaon, 34 in Rajshahi, nine in Sylhet and two in Kishoreganj yesterday.

The gathering of the BDR men at Pilkhana headquarters started on Saturday morning following an order of the home ministry that asked those BDR members who did not take leave but remained absent at their stations, to report back within 24 hours.

"The government started 'Operation Rebel Hunt' from yesterday but we could not get any chance for reporting back. We do not know what is there in our fate," said Ibrahim, an anxiety-ridden employee of BDR, who came here at 6:00 am yesterday but could not get call for report till 6:00 pm. Over 1000 fourth-class BDR employees returned to the headquarters for reporting back, he said.

Gofran Mollik, a BDR subedar of 24 battalion said 394 BDR men of the battalion who fled leaving their uniform were waiting for the call but none of them got the chance till 7:00 pm.

On the other hand, some BDR men became sick due to delay of the proceedings. The family members, who brought their children were also the worst sufferers.

Abdur Razzak, Nayek (signal) of BDR whose leg was broken while fleeing from the headquarters claimed that he was not involved in the mutiny rather he along with his some colleagues saved the life of Lt Col Abu Taslim by concealing him in the INT room. But they are yet to get chance of reporting back till 6:00 pm, he said.

He said about 26 sick BDR men were waiting here for reporting back since Sunday.

Nayek Shah Alam who was at full rest as a cardiac patient following the advice of doctor in the barrack was found waiting till 6:00 pm, he said. Alam was found on a narrow lane of Hazaribagh tannery at about 12 am on February 27 in an unconscious state, he said.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:


US, UK to help probe mutiny
The United States and the United Kingdom assured Bangladesh intelligence support in investigating last month's killing of army officials at BDR Pilkhana headquarters, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
Japan to deploy anti missile destroyers for possible NK missile shootdown
Japan is preparing to deploy a controversial missile defence system against an imminent North Korean rocket launch, in what could be the first use of the so-called "Son of Star Wars" system to knock out an intercontinental ballistic missile.

In a move that could have strategic implications for the whole northeast Asian region, the Japanese Government plans to dispatch naval destroyers equipped with anti-missile systems to the seas off North Korea, as the isolated dictatorship continues preparations for the launch of a rocket.

As long as the weapon passes through the atmosphere far above Japan, as seems to be the intention, the system will probably not be fired. But if the rocket malfunctions and threatens any of its islands, then Japan will become the first nation to use a long-range missile defence system in anger. "If it is capable of reaching Japan then it goes without saying that we will react," Japan's defence minister, Yasukazu Hamada, said today. "We have been making preparations, including BMD [ballistic missile defence], for any incident which could affect Japan. If it will affect Japan then it will be our target."
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Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 13:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  *snicker* I wonder how China feels about that?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/03/2009 15:57 Comments || Top||

#2  ION MISSLES, WAFF.com > STRATEGYPAGE - THE SILOS OF KHORRAMABAD [IRGC Imam Ali Missle Base = 15 SHAHAB-3's].

ALso, CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > CHINA's TOP PAPER [People's Daily] BLAMES TIBET TROUBLES ON WEST [ WEST intends to DIVIDE + WEAKEN EMERGING POWER CHINA, + divert attention from its own econ woes vee Chin].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/03/2009 18:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Somebody needs to do it, and there's no sign that it will be Obama.
Posted by: Darrell || 03/03/2009 19:31 Comments || Top||

#4  bless em! if this is used and works, time to go out for japanese noodles and sapporo beer celebrate.
Posted by: haveanoodle55 || 03/03/2009 19:37 Comments || Top||

#5  I spoke to a conference a while back and the next person on the panel was a comms chief from a CVN. Her presentation focused on exercises with JMSDF units. Kongo was up there, and I just had to chuckle and shake my head. The night before I'd just read an account of "The Night of the Battleships" Oct. 13/14 1942 at Guadalcanal, in which that ship and others gave Henderson a real pasting. And an elderly friend flew in to the 'canal a week after that attack.

Back to today's Japanese navy .... cool. The Norks' missile shenanigans (along with China's clumsy bellicosity) have accelerated Japan's return to the geopolitical mainstream by many years. Generational change is part of it, but the course change WRT goofy pacifism (yes, they basically adopted it under our orders, and it all worked out) has been striking, from renaming the Defense Agency a ministry, to little things like a battleship Yamato museum in Kure (with a JMSDF museum across the street) to throngs visiting Chiran (kamikaze base on Kyushu) and the like.

I rejoice that our east Asian adversaries have woken a sleeping mid-size giant ally of ours, and filled him with an interesting resolve (and no, I don't think Yamamoto ever actually said what I'm paraphrasing here, but it works - and he clearly understood and felt exactly as the apocryphal quote implied).
Posted by: Verlaine || 03/03/2009 21:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Uh, obviously I meant the WWII battleship Kongo in the second reference above - the chuckle coming from seeing the same name on a Japanese ship today ....
Posted by: Verlaine || 03/03/2009 21:12 Comments || Top||

#7  RIAN > RUSSIAN GENERAL: US MAY HAD PLANNED SATELLITES COLLISION [read, technically an ACT OF WAR BY USA AGZ RUSSIA].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/03/2009 23:10 Comments || Top||


N. Korean generals, UN Command hold talks
Generals from North Korea and the US-led UN Command in South Korea met for talks Monday for the first time in almost seven years as tensions rise over Pyongyang's planned rocket launch. Their meeting at Panmunjom, inside the frontier buffer zone, came two days after the communist North warned US troops to stop "provocations" in the area or face retaliation.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Everyone will be at the rocket launch. Everyone with the ability to shoot it down that is. They will be looking for bragging rights it they can shoot it down first. I see a Mel Brooks scene here, everyone firing at this thing at once... It never even gets completely off the launch site and there is a giant smoking hole where it used to sit. What a sight.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/03/2009 23:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Oops, I forgot, and pieces of that pink bunny suit everywhere!!!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/03/2009 23:50 Comments || Top||


Great White North
Will enshrouded women stand in Canadian courts?
The question of whether a Muslim woman can wear a niqab -- a veil that shows only her eyes -- while testifying against men accused of sexually assaulting her will be heard next week.

The woman was ordered to testify by Justice Norris Weisman at a preliminary hearing last fall to ensure the defendants could face their accuser in court. But Justice Frank Marrocco ordered that the woman won't have to testify next week at a preliminary hearing so that he can hold a hearing on the issue.

Marrocco will listen to arguments from defence attorney Adam Weisberg and lawyer David Butt, who represents the woman, and Ontario Human Rights Commission counsel Prabhu Rajan. Crown attorney Laurie Gonet said the prosecution isn't taking a position on the matter.

The commission will be arguing that Weisman failed to recognize the religious freedoms of the complainant. "This is a conflict of rights -- that of religious beliefs -- as opposed to the defendants' rights," said Butt, a former Crown attorney who is now in private practice as a defence lawyer. "The preliminary hearing could have gone on without the court having to see the witness' face to assess credibility."

Defence lawyers at the preliminary hearing argued that seeing the woman's face and her demeanour would help them weigh her testimony. The prosecution responded that the woman should be permitted to wear the veil. Weisman said it was a difficult decision, but noted the woman removed her niqab to get a drivers' licence photo.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/03/2009 05:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fair for one fair for all. I'm starting a religion where it's required that members wear a Nixon, Batman or Donald Duck mask in any situation where a veil is permitted. Fair for one, fair for all...l
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/03/2009 10:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Go whole hog, have everyone wear Christ masks.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 12:06 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Bush administration OK'd suspending rights for war on terrorism
Posted by: tipper || 03/03/2009 01:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  funny how this comes out at the same time that Glenn Greenwald says this http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/02/executive_power/
In the meantime, though, the Obama DOJ is now refusing to comply with the Judge's order, actually arguing to the court that only the President can decide whether classified information can be used in a court proceeding, and that courts have no power to make such decisions.

Anytime that the Chicago Tribune and Glenn Greenwald appear to be sharing an appetizer, good men need to take a long hard look at the menu.

The march toward tyranny continues. The only question that remains is - can we stop it?
Posted by: Gluting Fillmore6653 || 03/03/2009 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  The Bush administration eventually abandoned many of the legal conclusions
Most of these were just legal research opinions and not implemented. Obama is releasing them to make his administration look good by comparison, while at the same time pursuing some of the same policies.
Posted by: Spot || 03/03/2009 8:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Spot on...Spot!

It's all about DEFLECTION, did I say DEFLECTION? Well anyway, here it is again, DEFLECTION! Bush, Rush, all targets of opportunity. Get that evil smell off of Barry at any cost, even if it means parading Rahm out in full media view.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Obama is setting precedence for his own confidential legal advice.
Posted by: DoDo || 03/03/2009 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Obama: I'll discard Bush's unconstitutional executive orders

03/07/2008 -- Casper
Barack Obama told a cheering crowd at a town hall meeting in Casper today that he would restore respect for law in the White House by reviewing every executive order issued by President George W. Bush and discarding any deemed unconstitutional.

Obama's comments came in response to a question from a man in the audience who said he worried that presidents sometimes consider themselves above the law.

As president, he said he would ask his attorney general "to review every executive order" of the Bush administration. "We are going to overturn those that were unconstitutional. We are going to overturn those that are unnecessary."


Humm -- unconstitutional and unnecessary pretty much can cover anything that Bush did. All he does, it "make it so."

They are certainly on the march of doing this.
Posted by: Sherry || 03/03/2009 11:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Busily rewriting history as we watch.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 12:01 Comments || Top||

#7  BUSH BAD, BAMA GOOD, repeat ad nauseum.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 12:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Come on, get the sheep chorus bleating RIGHT NOW.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 12:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. I guess George Bush is just like Lincoln. Oh, my mistake, only Obama is a like Lincoln ... and FDR, Churchill, and Jesus Christ.

Well maybe Churchill (Ward that is).
Posted by: DMFD || 03/03/2009 19:09 Comments || Top||

#10  These folks are every bit the unserious and contemptible amateurs most of us expected. This crew is overwhelmed by current events (quietly, but clearly) and they spend a significant amount of time looking backwards and fighting past battles (battles they lost on the merits, without exception, of course). Amazing. In a depressing, infuriating, dangerous kinda way.
Posted by: Verlaine || 03/03/2009 21:16 Comments || Top||


Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran'
Moved to a WoT topic: this is important.
MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) - Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.
Anyone not see this coming? Obama has never liked missile defense and so he's going to sell the Poles and Czechs down the river so as to get Vlad to make nice with Short Round. Any bets on how that goes?
U.S. President Barack Obama made the proposal on Iran in a letter to his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, Kommersant said, referring to unidentified U.S. officials.

Iran's controversial nuclear program was cited by the U.S. as one of the reasons behind its plans to deploy a missile base in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic. The missile shield has been strongly opposed by Russia, which views it as a threat to its national security. The dispute has strained relations between the former Cold War rivals, already tense over a host of other differences.
Who cares if relations are tense? The Russians aren't that important to us anymore. They're not going to start a war with us, they're not going to invade Europe (why bother when they can just turn off the natural gas) and their ambitions are limited by the fact that they have a creaky, unreliable military. Bambi, for all his post-racial, post-partisan hipness, is acting like a certain Cold War figure we all know -- Jimmuah Carter.
The leaders have exchanged letters and had a telephone conversation since Obama was sworn into office in January, Kommersant said. The first high-level Russia-U.S. meeting will take place later this week, when Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Geneva.
I'd advise the wait staff to count the silver after lunch, and check both parties ...
Moscow has not yet responded to the proposal by Obama, the paper said, adding that a decision was unlikely to be made during Lavrov and Clinton's meeting.
Correct. Vlad will milk this one for all it's worth. After all, Bambi is willing to make a concession -- why not wait and see if he makes another one? The Russians certainly have time. We're the ones staring at a soon-to-be nuclear capable Iran and the need to spend money on the missile defense site. Russia has nothing at risk here, so Vlad will extract all he can.
The issue is likely to be discussed when Obama and Medvedev meet in London on April 2 on the sidelines of the G20 summit of world leaders to address the financial crisis. Earlier reports said Medvedev had also invited the U.S. leader to visit Russia and the date of Obama's first visit to the largest country in the world could be announced in the British capital.
So Bambi will go to Moscow but gives India and Iraq short-shrift. Says everything ...
In an interview on Sunday with Spanish media, Medvedev said he hoped to discuss the issue of missile defense with Obama in London. He also said he hoped the new U.S. administration would display a "more creative approach" to the issue than its predecessors. "We have received signals from our American colleagues," Medvedev said. "I expect those signals will turn into specific proposals. I hope to discuss the issue, which is extremely important for Europe, with U.S. President Barack Obama."
"And then we'll wait and let the Europeans whine for a while."
The United States and other Western nations suspect Tehran of secretly seeking nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is purely aimed at generating electricity. However, unlike his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama has stated a preference for diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute.
Thus undercutting his ability to resolve the dispute ...
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on the NBC television channel on Sunday that the Islamic Republic was not close to building a nuclear bomb. "They're not close to a stockpile, they're not close to a weapon at this point, and so there is some time," Gates said.
C'mon Robert, you know better than that.
Gates also said that the while more sanctions should be imposed against Iran, the door should not be closed to diplomacy.
Posted by: Tex || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can only hope that when the Mullah bomb goes off, the only casualties are the cowards, traitors, and fools who've done so much to stand in the way of our self defense

*spit*
Posted by: Frank G || 03/03/2009 5:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Like Putin, Barry is overcome with FSU nostalgia. The power broker wanna-be factor is off the charts. This relationship will no doubt become an important geopolitical and intelligence resource as delectable crumbs of knowledge are strategically released by Barry's new handlers in Moscow.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  hmmm...
Posted by: Gluting Fillmore6653 || 03/03/2009 7:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Putty and Mahmoud the Weasel are playing him like a violin. The missile defense will not be installed and Iran will continue it's nuclear efforts (aided by the Rooskies). First rule of negotiation: when you give something up, get something for it. It's rather alarming that he hasn't learned this yet.
Posted by: Spot || 03/03/2009 8:19 Comments || Top||

#5  This will cost more than a missle shield - watch for more concessions. Vlad the chess player realizes Bambi just showed weakness, and he'll exploit it.

Posted by: NCMike || 03/03/2009 8:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Barry is getting something alright, it's called "facetime." This is all leading up to a glorious Russian state visit, probably in May. Also along for Volga River tour, Michelle, granny, Rahm and the kids. I'll leave it to your imagination as to where Barry will be standing while he reviews the troops and assembled masses of flag wavers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 8:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Fools......
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 03/03/2009 8:31 Comments || Top||

#8  Motherf%$#@^'s gonna get us all killed...
Posted by: Parabellum || 03/03/2009 9:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Put down that pineapple, Para.
Posted by: mojo || 03/03/2009 11:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Same kind of soft-headed naivete that jimmuh carter used to display.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/03/2009 12:07 Comments || Top||

#11  per Drudge, Puty has already told O to stuff it
Posted by: Omaising Bucket7629 || 03/03/2009 12:37 Comments || Top||

#12  Hat tip to him. Even a man like Puty has standards.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 12:39 Comments || Top||

#13  well osama just threw billions if not trillions down the rain oh bet thats his job so far as pres ain't it
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 03/03/2009 12:45 Comments || Top||

#14  Who was it that said, "History repeats itself, first time as theater, second time as farce"? This must be our second time, because OBambi is certainly a farce.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/03/2009 12:48 Comments || Top||

#15  Anabasis II: The Sequel?

Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/03/2009 15:58 Comments || Top||

#16  RW I think you've got it, Superzero's job is to shovel out cash as fast as he can.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 17:30 Comments || Top||

#17  Meanwhile President Kaczyński is wondering about that sudden sharp stabbing pain in the back.
Posted by: DMFD || 03/03/2009 19:12 Comments || Top||

#18  Medvedev has already bitch slapped Obama. Though I fear Obama likes it and will crawl back for more.
Posted by: ed || 03/03/2009 20:56 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Girls in Swat 'can attend school but must be have faces covered'
Girls in Pakistan's Swat Valley can attend school but must wear veils that cover their heads and faces, a top official said Monday after the government pledged to impose a version of Islamic law in the area during much-criticized peace talks with Taliban fighters. Provincial chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti also said the government would do its best to install religious judges by a mid-March deadline demanded by a the religious cleric mediating the talks.

Taliban fighters in Swat have destroyed scores of girls' schools in fighting that stretches back more than a year, and at one point declared a ban on female education in the one-time tourist haven.

Many girls' schools have reopened since a cease-fire took hold last month, but the government's pledge to impose a version of Islamic law in the northwest valley has raised the question of whether it will interpret religious rules as harshly as many in the Taliban.

The Swat Taliban and the military agreed last month to an open-ended cease-fire after months of fighting that has killed hundreds and displaced up to one-third of the valley's 1.5 million residents.

No officials have said the peace process would require fighters to hand over their weapons, leading many analysts to speculate it will quickly unravel. American and European officials have also raised concerns that it could turn the valley - located near tribal regions where Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have strongholds - into a safe haven for militants.

In a visit to Swat's main city of Mingora, Hoti told reporters Monday that girls would have access to schooling, but must don the "proper and required dress, which is a culture of this province and Islamic norms." Most girls and woman in the region already wear all-encompassing veils that they drape over the lower half of their faces.

It was unclear whether Hoti's declaration had the force of law, but it was unlikely to apply to the youngest schoolgirls in Swat Valley who often wear small headscarves.

The provincial government in northwestern Pakistan made the pledge to establish Islamic courts in Swat and surrounding areas to Sufi Mohammad, a pro-Taliban cleric who agreed to then negotiate with the Swat Taliban.

Mohammad's son-in-law heads the Swat Taliban, and he himself heads a group that has long pushed for a version of Islamic law to be adopted in parts of the northwest.

Pakistani officials insist the plan will mostly mean changes in the court system, something many local residents unhappy with the inefficient secular courts would welcome.

Mohammad said Sunday he was not happy with the pace of creating the religious courts, and that his followers would stage protests if new, religiously trained judges were not in place by March 15.

Hoti said he expected there will be enough progress on the matter by mid-March to satisfy Mohammad. He also warned both sides to be wary of trouble from "elements" and a "foreign hand" who do not want to see peace in Swat. The comments follow an attack on a security convoy Sunday that the military said was a violation of the ceasefire.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: TNSM


Iraq
Years of violence leaves Iraqi orphans scarred
At night, 11-year-old Salah Abbas Hisham wakes up screaming. Sometimes, in the dark, he silently attacks the boy next to him in a tiny Baghdad orphanage where 33 boys sleep on cots or on the floor.

Salah, who saw both his parents blown apart in a car bomb blast two years ago, can never be left alone at night, said Ahmed Abdul-Baqi, the night shift social worker at the Safe House, a private orphanage in Baghdad. "He wakes up in the night and tries to hit or even to choke the boy beside him," said Abdul-Baqi.

His hands always trembling and unable to speak properly, Salah is one of an army of uncounted orphans left behind by six years of sectarian slaughter and insurgency that was unleashed by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq...
And the 30 years of Ba'athist rule that preceded it ...

Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  years perhaps, decades for sure.
Posted by: tipover || 03/03/2009 0:50 Comments || Top||

#2  left behind by six years of sectarian slaughter and insurgency that was unleashed by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq...

Yep, it was all 'happy times' before we got there.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 8:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Salah, who saw both his parents blown apart in a car bomb blast two years ago... six years of sectarian slaughter and insurgency that was unleashed by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq
While we're not into car bombs, clearly it is our fault that Islam promotes sectarian slaughter.

/sarcasm off
Posted by: Darrell || 03/03/2009 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Salah, who saw both his parents blown apart in a car bomb blast two years ago

OK, just who set off the bomb? The Americans? Or is that the lie he's being fed here.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 11:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Of course there is not any possibility of adoption to loving christian homes in western Europe or American. Have to leave the poor kids to fester in glorious islamic orphanage...
Posted by: George Thomble6396 || 03/03/2009 22:46 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Berlusconi pledges $100 mln for Gaza reconstruction
(AKI) - Italy will donate 100 million dollars to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after the recent devastating Israeli military offensive there, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday told an international conference on Gaza taking place in Egypt. Donors are expected to pledge over 3 billion dollars.
If these suckers can come up with 3 billion dollars I have a few banks they might be interested in. I'll throw in a free toaster ...
"I believe countries will vie with one another to make the biggest donations they can in order to rebuild Gaza as quickly as possible," Berlusconi said.
Don't you have problems in your own country, Silvio? You've got refugees boating in to Lampedusa. You've got banks melting down. You've got unemployment -- when has Italy not had unemployment? You've got the Mafia that still owns most of Sicily and the south of your country. A 100 million dollars might not fix any of these problems, but it sure wouldn't hurt. And a 100 million won't fix Gaza, not now, not ever.
"But we know this won't be enough. When the (future) Palestinian state has received sufficient pledges to ensure a revival of its economy, the entire world should follow through and swing behind it to ensure the Palestinian economy can prosper," Berlusconi added.

He called for all donor states to "strive together in an extra act of responsibility and generosity to do what we can."

"I do not believe there can be true peace and coexistence between two people who have standards of living that vary too greatly," he continued.
Never asking, of course, just why it is that the Israelis live in a first-world country and the neighboring Gazooks live in a third-world shit-hole ...
Berlusconi said the Italian government would like Gaza's airport to be rebuilt and for the Palestinian territories to become a future destination for tourists from the Christian and Islamic world.
Great idea! I'd call it 'Medieval Times' but that name has already been taken. And besides it sounds too .. modern for Gaza ...
Italy, as current president of the G8 group of the world's top economies plus Russia, is already talking to hoteliers, multinationals and budget airlines from all over the world about locating hotels and offices in Gaza and the Palestinian territories, Berlusconi stated.
You could put 'em right next to the greenhouses ...
Berlusconi said it should be possible to get a "a significant number" of the current 400 million European tourists to visit the biblical sites of the Holy Land.

The United Nations has forecast that tourists worldwide will increase by 50 percent over the next eight years from 800 million currently, Berlusconi noted.
Just as soon as Bambi heals this little economic trouble we're having ...
The proposed canal between the Dead Sea and Egypt's Red Sea to provide electricity and potable water to the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Jordan, which would also increase agricultural land in the region is "an important project," Berlusconi said.
Eyup, honest to goodness potable water since the Red Sea is salt water and the Dead Sea is .. saltier water ...
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The idea of the Canal is to provide water for Hydro-Turbines and using the power partly for desalination of The Canal water.

It's the drop to the dead sea that makes the idea worth doing.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 17:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Et tu Silvio?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/03/2009 21:24 Comments || Top||

#3  They'll make a fortune with sea monkey ranching.
Posted by: ed || 03/03/2009 21:32 Comments || Top||


Gaza rebuilding faces Israeli block on materials
Despite the international community's pledging billions to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after Israel razed much of it to the ground during its January offensive, donations have proved futile in the face of Israel's persistent blockade that has prevented key building material from entering the Strip for security reasons.
"Hello? This is Mahmoud, over at Hamas! I wanna place an order for eight tons of dynamite... Of course it's for reconstruction... Can you ship that airmail?
As world leaders met in Egypt for a conference on Gaza reconstruction, the irony of such efforts was palpable as Israel continued to block the passage of cement, iron and steel, all essential materials for reconstruction.

" We are facing on the one hand, large sums of money of potential use to the Strip and on the other, no means of using this money in substantive ways, on a large scale "
Michael Bailey, Oxfam
After heavily bombing tunnels at the Rafah border and declaring a unilateral ceasefire, Israel retained full control over Gaza's commercial crossings, through which goods and other materials for rebuilding must pass, in a bid to control reconstruction efforts and seek guarantees that reconstruction projects will not benefit Hamas.

"[U]nless key goods are allowed in and Israel ends its blockade reconstructing Gaza will not happen," the international aid agency Oxfam warned in a press release Sunday.

As important as the financial contributions expected to come out of hte donor's conference are, Oxfam's Jerusalem head officer Michael Bailey warned that they would be meaningless unless pressure is put on Israel to allow essential goods including building materials to enter Gaza.

"We are facing on the one hand, large sums of money of potential use to the Strip and on the other, no means of using this money in substantive ways, on a large scale," Bailey told AlArabiya.net, adding that having a roof over one's head is basic humanitarian need..
Not being able to spend large sums of money does limit the graft potential ...
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Can you ship that airmail?
Oh, I'm sure the IDF could deliver 8 tons of dynamite by airmail...
Posted by: Spot || 03/03/2009 8:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Dynamite's kinda weak, use something stronger, like RDX
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/03/2009 12:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Funny, no mention of any Egyptian blockade.
Posted by: Grunter || 03/03/2009 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  even better, so's they distribute more widely and evenly, do it in "clusters"?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/03/2009 15:40 Comments || Top||

#5  How about an airlift? There's something appealing about dropping concrete block from 1000 feet.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/03/2009 17:08 Comments || Top||


Israeli plans to double W Bank settlers: report
Y'think they mighta been better off with Olmert driving?
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:


Olmert vows ''severe'' answer to Gaza rocket fire
Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed on Sunday to hit back "severely" if fighters in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets into Israel, as President Shimon Perez urged world powers to hand over the Gaza reconstruction funds to the PLO and not to Hamas.

As the Israeli cabinet met, a rocket fired from Gaza slammed into empty ground south of the Israeli port city of Ashkelon, causing neither casualties nor damage, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

"If the rocket fire from Gaza continues, we will hit back severely, so much so that the terrorist organizations will understand that Israel is not ready to resign itself to this," Olmert said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

"At the end of the week, 11 rockets were fired against southern Israel," he said. "Defense Minister Ehud Barak will give directions so that Israeli forces bring calm to southern Israel."

Olmert was speaking a day before an international conference on rebuilding Gaza is to be held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "Don't MAKE me come back there again!"

*sigh*

Yeah, I guess if they keep it up they are really going to be in trouble. Maybe Olmert will put them on restriction for a WHOLE MONTH!
Posted by: crosspatch || 03/03/2009 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  got cahones?
Posted by: Think for yourself || 03/03/2009 14:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Bibi will handle it. Take a hike, Ehud.
Posted by: mojo || 03/03/2009 15:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Severe enough to counteract the effect of 3 billion $ the "civilized" World is giving them?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/03/2009 21:28 Comments || Top||

#5  "Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert"

When the hell does he outgo, and when does Bibi income?

Soon, I hope, before this idiot gets even more Israelis killed. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/03/2009 22:52 Comments || Top||


Israeli watchdog faults missile shield development
The Israeli corruption watchdog slams the Defense Ministry for its failure to develop an anti-missile system, countering the rocket-firings.
Those can't possibly work. Talk to the Dhimmicrats ...
Comptroller Micha Lindentrauss presented a report to acting Knesset Speaker Michael Eitan in Eitan's office on Monday afternoon, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Lindentrauss's criticism comes amid rocket-firings by Palestinian factions and the army's failure to contain the attacks.

The officials slammed the lack of coordination and a flawed decision-making process in the Defense Ministry which has hampered efforts to develop an effective anti-missile system. "Significant errors were found in the decision-making process regarding developing active defense systems against surface-to-surface missiles, errors that could cause development and mobilization of systems that do not satisfy all of the operational needs," he said.

The official warned that such handlings of issues could lead to "needless financial expenditures and a waste of time."

The Israeli Army also came under fire by Lindentrauss over its failure to take into consideration all of the operational possibilities when devising plans for developing the system. The official also accused Israeli Army Chief Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi of unauthorized funding of the Magic Wand anti-missile system.

The two anti-missile systems are supposed to counter rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Israeli has failed to halt the attacks despite fighting a bloody war in December and January that left at least 1300 Palestinians dead.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I keep saying this because I keep believing it. Israel should simply counter every rocket launch with 1000 rockets of basically the same type right back at the neighborhood that launched at Israel. Simple and, I will bet, effective. Launch 10 missiles at Isreal, eat 10,000 in return.
Posted by: crosspatch || 03/03/2009 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  The rockets will never stop as long as Gaza exists. The only way to stop them is to totally destroy Gaza, flush out all the "palestinian refugees" (I.E., Arab propaganda population), and annex Gaza to Israel. You'll then have rockets being launched from Egypt, but not as many, and not as often. It'll also give Abbas (or his successor) something to think about other than building up its cadre of suicide bombers.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 03/03/2009 13:42 Comments || Top||

#3  If it won't be rockets, it'll be something else. As long as Islam is on the march, Israel will remain one of its prime targets. And Islam will stay belligerent as long as tranzis rule EUbambia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/03/2009 21:31 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ElBaradei urges Iran to 'unblock' nuclear stalemate, praises West's 'fresh approach'
UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran Monday to "unblock" a long-running nuclear standoff and expressed hope that a possible change in US policy toward Tehran may help break the deadlock. "I again urge Iran to implement all measures required to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "unblock"--"unclench"--what's with these diplo constirpation metaphors--el baradi should just pass go and collect all that iranian moollah at the numbered swiss bank account in his brother's name in geneva--and then give jack straw his bakshesh--with a side car to javier solana
Posted by: SON OF TOLUI || 03/03/2009 3:39 Comments || Top||



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