Monday, May 31, 2004

Christian beaten to death in hospital by Muslim cop

WorldNetDaily: Christian beaten to death in hospital by Muslim cop
Samuel Masih was buried in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday following injuries he received from a Muslim policeman who beat the 27-year-old Christian with a hammer as he lay in his hospital bed recovering from a bout of tuberculosis.

Masih had been in jail since Aug. 23, 2003, awaiting trial on charges of blasphemy under Pakistan's strict "Law 295" – which forbids desecrating the Quran and "defiling" the name of Islam's prophet, Muhammad. On the day of his arrest, Masih was collecting garden rubbish, which he heaped temporarily against the wall of a mosque in Lahore's Lawrence Gardens section while collecting more that he planned to burn later. This action brought the blasphemy charge, which carries a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Let there be light

A joke recounted by Dahr Jamail of the Alaskan New Standard, who recently spent time outside of Abu Ghraib with the relatives of detainees, catches something of the realities of our occupation on the other side of the globe from "progress" toward Democracy and Freedom. "In the dark humor that has become so popular in Baghdad these days," he writes, "one recently released detainee said, 'The Americans brought electricity to my ass before they brought it to my house!'"

WONDER LAND

WONDER LAND
By DANIEL HENNINGER

Want a Different
Abu Ghraib Story?
Try This One
May 14, 2004; Page A12

By now, some Americans may feel the need for respite from the images of
Abu Ghraib and the five hooded barbarians standing behind Nick Berg. This
week's column will try to provide some measure of respite.

It is the story of Americans, in and out of the U.S. government, who
moved mountains to help seven horribly maimed Iraqi men. It is not always
pleasant reading, but there are rewards to staying with it, especially
now.

Quite obviously it has been decided, as the handling of the Abu Ghraib
story makes plain, that when America stumbles, we are going to have our
faces rubbed in it. And rubbed in it and rubbed in it. As far as I can
make out, the purpose of this two weeks of media humiliation is that we
-- the president, all of us -- are being asked to morally prostrate
ourselves before the rest of the world. Some may choose to do so, but
this story should make a few Americans want to simply stand up straight
again.

As perfect justice, the story in fact begins in Abu Ghraib prison, in
1995. With Iraq's economy in a tailspin, Saddam arrested nine Iraqi
businessmen to scapegoat them as dollar traders. They got a 30-minute
"trial," and were sentenced, after a year's imprisonment, to have their
right hands surgically cut off at Abu Ghraib prison.

The amputations were performed, over two days, by a Baghdad
anesthesiologist, a surgeon and medical staff. We know this because
Saddam had a videotape made of each procedure. He had the hands brought
to him in formalin and then returned to Abu Ghraib. Oh, one more thing:
The surgeon carved an X of shame into the forehead of each man. And the
authorities charged the men $50.

Last year, after we liberated Iraq, a veteran TV news producer named Don
North -- who has worked for major U.S. broadcasters -- was in Baghdad
with the U.S. to restore TV service. Iraqi contacts there brought him a
tape of the men's amputations. Mr. North says dismemberment was common in
Saddam's Iraq and that if one walks down a crowded Baghdad street one may
see a half-dozen people missing an ear, eye, limb or tongue. He decided
to seek out the men whose stubbed arms represented the civilized world's
lowest act -- the perversion of medicine.

He found seven. Mr. North determined to make a documentary of their story
and get medical help for them. How he found that help, if one may still
use this phrase, is an all-American story.

An oil engineer from Houston, named Roger Brown, overheard Mr. North's
tale in a Baghdad café. He suggested Don North get in touch with a famed
Houston TV newsman named Marvin Zindler. Mr. Zindler put him in touch
with Dr. Joe Agris, a Houston reconstructive surgeon, who has worked in
postwar Vietnam and Nicaragua repairing children.

Mr. North sent Dr. Agris a copy of the videotape of the surgical
atrocities, and Dr. Agris said: Send me the men; I will fix them.

But flying seven Iraqi men out of Baghdad is easier said than done. In
this case, prodded by Don North and government friends, the famous U.S.
bureaucracy gave itself a day off. Paul Bremer wrote a memo authorizing
their departure. Paul Wolfowitz told the Air Force it could fly them to
Frankfurt. Homeland Security waived visa requirements.

Continental Airlines donated passage to Houston. There, Dr. Agris
enlisted a fellow surgeon, Fred Kestler, to assist. The Methodist
Hospital donated facilities, and the men arrived in Houston in early
April.

Dr. Agris saw that the Abu Ghraib "surgeries" were a botch. They'd cut
through the joining of the wrist's carpal bones, "like carving a Turkey
leg." Saddam's doctors did nothing to repair the nerve endings, which
left the men with constant real and "phantom" pain. Drs. Agris and
Kestler had two preliminary tasks: Repair the nerves, and, alas, take
another inch off the men's lower arms, to leave a smooth surface for
attaching their new prosthetic "hands." They worked for two days
operating on the seven men, who then took a week to recover before
receiving their new hands.

Those devices were donated by the German-American prosthetic company Otto
Bock, at a cost of $50,000 each. They are state-of-the-art electronic
hands, with fingers, which respond to trained muscular movements. The
rehabilitation and training is being donated by two other Houston
companies, TIRR and Dynamic Orthotics. The Iraqi men are in Houston now,
spending five hours a day learning to use their new right hands. And oh
yes, the brands on their heads were removed.

Don North completed his documentary on what happened to these men in
Iraq. I watched "Remembering Saddam" this week. Several of the men
insisted on seeing Saddam's home video of the atrocity, and so it's in
the film -- a bizarre, almost dainty image of forceps, scalpel, surgical
gloves and green operating-room garments. Nothing like it since Dr.
Mengele. Watching his hand come off, Baasim Al Fadhly says: "Look at this
doctor, who considers his career noble and swears to God to be a noble
person. Let everyone see this film."

This crime deserves condemnation from international medical societies,
such as the U.N.'s World Health Organization, or the Red Cross. And Don
North's film indeed should be seen -- but may not be. After two months of
trying, no U.S. broadcast or cable network will take it. This is
incredible. TV can run Abu Ghraib photos 24/7 but can't find 55 minutes
for Saddam's crimes against humanity?

On May 23, the American Foreign Policy Council will bring the restored
men to Washington. They will visit maimed GIs at Walter Reed Army
Hospital. It wouldn't be surprising if they said something positive about
the U.S. soldiers who have not been on television the past two weeks.

Then Don North and Joe Agris will fly with the men back to Iraq, to
survey the rest of Saddam's dismembered population. "The practice of
prosthetics is very archaic," Mr. North says, "for a country where this
is such an affliction." Dr. Agris hopes to survey the hospitals and bring
in some modern equipment and supplies. "If they let me, I'll do some of
the kids," he says. "Let's show the good side of what we can do."

Sure. Why not?


ABOUT DANIEL HENNINGER
Daniel Henninger is deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial
page. Mr. Henninger joined Dow Jones in 1971 as a staff writer for the
National Observer. He became an editorial-page writer for the Journal in
1977, arts editor in 1978 and editorial features editor in 1980. He was
appointed assistant editor of the editorial page in 1983 and chief
editorial writer and senior assistant editor in October 1986, with daily
responsibility for the "Review & Outlook" columns. In November 1989 he
became deputy editor of the editorial page.


Mr. Henninger was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in
1987 and 1996, and shared in the Journal's Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the
paper's coverage of the attacks on September 11. He won the Gerald Loeb
Award for commentary in 1985. In 1998 he received the Scripps Howard
Foundation's Walker Stone Award for editorial writing, for editorials on
a range of issues, including the International Monetary Fund,
presidential politics and cloning. He won the 1995 American Society of
Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award for editorial writing, and
he was a finalist in that award in 1985, 1986 and 1993. A native of
Cleveland, Mr. Henninger graduated from Georgetown University with a
bachelor's degree from the School of Foreign Service

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

The Real Story Behind the April 9th Insurgency in Iraq

The Real Story Behind the April 9th Insurgency in Iraq
by Jarob D. Walsh, U.S. Army Specialist
17 May 2004

My company is fuel transportation. We are the Army Reserve 724th Transportation Company. But in Iraq we have civilian contractors Kellogg Brown and Root. They do all the fuel hauling. So we basically become force protection for convoys. Friday, April 9th, about 7 a.m., my platoon started getting ready for a fuel convoy from LSA Anaconda in Balad to Baghdad International Airport (BIOP). We were running security for 21 civilian fuel trucks. We had 26 in the whole serial. I was in the 21st truck with a civilian, riding shotgun (passenger). I had never ridden with a civilian on a convoy before. The American civilians are non-combatants; they do not carry weapons, so I was the only one in the vehicle with a weapon. It made me extremely uncomfortable, because that means no one has my back if we get attacked.

We left the gates of Anaconda in Iraq about 10 a.m. The convoy was going fine and it was almost a regular day in Iraq; there were cars up and down the four lane highways and there were people everywhere in all the towns; it was a normal day. About an hour and a half into the trip, the people and the cars started becoming fewer. Then, the next thing I knew, my LT (lieutenant) - who is in the lead truck - comes on the radio and says, "We are taking rounds - everyone get ready!" then not even a minute later, someone else comes on the radio and says, "The LT’s truck just blew up and I don’t know where to go or what to do!" I looked at my driver and said "Oh sh** it’s about to get bad." Next thing I know, the truck about a hundred meters in front of us blows up right in front of us.

It was unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. We were in the middle of Baghdad on a main highway being attacked; there were buildings all around us, and people in the buildings firing weapons at us. I looked off to the left at a frontage road and I saw nine cars in rows of three. There was a line of women in front of all the cars, and some of them had children with them. I thought they were just watching us get attacked, and then men started popping up behind them firing at us - they were using the women as shields!! It took me a second to realize that. They were standing on the hoods of the cars behind the women and children; it shocked the hell out of me. Then we started getting hit with small arms fire, which sounded like golf balls hitting metal. I started firing back at them but I couldn’t get passed the women; they were all I could hit, and they started falling down. The men turned around and ran back behind the cars to fire.

It was the first time I had ever shot anyone so I was extremely shaken up. We were going about forty-five miles an hour, which was the top speed possible. After we passed the women and cars, we came to an overpass. It was loaded with people; they were everywhere, and they had black blankets with what looked like cursive writing; it was Arabic. They were firing down onto our trucks from the bridge and attempting to drop the blankets on our windshields. I couldn’t fire back because of the way I was sitting in the truck. I told my civilian driver to keep his head down, don’t let any more than his eyes over the steering wheel. If he would have gotten shot, there would have been no way we could have gotten off the highway, and we were only 8 miles from our destination. The people on the bridge missed our truck with the blankets, but they shot the heck out of our cab and tanker. Our truck was spewing out gas everywhere all over the highway. I told my driver to try to speed up, since if the fuel ignited we would be goners.

We pulled up behind Mathew Maupin's truck, a fellow soldier who was riding with a civilian also, but no sooner did we get behind his truck then his tanker exploded, the truck swerving off the highway, down through a ditch into a bunch of buildings. It was one big ball of flames. Later on, Matt was seen on the Al-Jazeera network as a hostage, and is believed to be still in their custody. After his truck exploded in front of us, we came upon another truck that was laying on its side in the ditch on our left - it was one of ours. There were Iraqi civilian tankers on both sides of us, which the Iraqis use as roadside bombs - when you drive past them they blow them up.
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Saturday, May 22, 2004

"I am America's best enem..er friend?"


Iraqi police backed by American soldiers on Thursday raided the home and offices of the controversial figure who provided the Bush administration with prewar intelligence on supposed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (news - web sites), including the now-discredited information about mobile labs whose true use is still a matter of debate.
Chalabi's contacts with Iran have left some in the government suspicious about his intentions. Chalabi has denied allegations that he handed over sensitive information to Iran about the U.S. occupation in Iraq. t's unclear why Chalabi's home was raided Thursday. A senior coalition official said an Iraqi judge had issued several warrants, and details would be released later. Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor said Chalabi and his group were not the targets.

But we all know don't we? We finally got this smug bastard.

Acid leakage results in apprehension of would-be bomber

Maariv International

Police recently nabbed Palestinian at central Israeli city after phosphorus material leaked from his bomb-belt causing him severe burns.
Police officers recently foiled a suicide bombing attack in Israel, it was revealed on Monday. However, a highly unusual chain of events led to his apprehension.

It appears a leak in his bomb-belt caused phosphorus material to reach his skin causing such a severe burn that a hole was literally seen in the stomach of the would-be bomber.

Police forces who were recently on high terror alert in one of the cities of central Israel noticed a Palestinian running “like crazy”. They began a chase and soon detained him. At first they suspected that he ran because of the panic that suddenly gripped him when he noticed the large security deployment. However, it was then revealed that the reason for his detention was a severe burn in his stomach.

The terrorist was rushed to a nearby hospital and for days suffered pain from the material that consumed his skin.

Palestinian terror groups have tried in the past to add chemical substances to bombs. At the site of the triple bombing in Jerusalem some two years ago, remnants of a chemical material were discovered.

However, police stress it is a rare occurrence. Since the start of the Intifada, the terrorists rarely came to use such means.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Oil prices soar


A Shell gas station owner put up this sign again in Menlo Park, Calif., Monday, May 17, 2004 as gas prices raise in the area. The owner put up the sign last year when prices climbed.

Maybe....

Yahoo! News Photos - Mideast Conflict
..he would not be so dead if he hadn't been running around with an ak47 in the first place..dumb..dumb Palestinian.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Dickhead DJ's Fired



KATU 2 - Portland, Oregon: "PORTLAND - The radio station KNRK at 94.7 FM is issuing an apology to its listeners after talk show hosts Marconi, Tiny and sidekick Nickie J. laughed at and ridiculed the beheading of American Nick Berg.

The three were fired Thursday afternoon, after airing the audio recording of Berg's murder repeatedly on Wednesday and laughing at the incident.

"Disgusting… I'm speechless," said one woman.

KNRK and Entercom, the company that owns the station, apparently agreed, playing an apology over the airwaves for their listeners: "

Thursday, May 13, 2004

al-Qaeda urges Muslims to evacuate LA, NYC, DC

InSourced - al-Qaeda urges Muslims to evacuate LA, NYC, DC News Site
An Al Qaeda Web site is running a warning issued to Muslims to leave Washington, D.C., New York City and Los Angeles because of implied imminent terrorist attacks, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Titled "A Warning to Muslims in America," the directive was issued by the previously unknown "Islamic Bayan Movement" and first ran on the Global Islamic Media Web site on Monday, according to MEMRI, which translated the communiqué.

It has since been published on the Al Qaeda-run site Al Faroq, a MEMRI release said. The Global Islamic Media site has published several messages from Jihad groups around the world in recent months.

As of Tuesday, there had been no increase in the Pentagon's yellow terror alert status. Yellow represents an "elevated" status on the five-point chart.

"Our Muslim brothers in America, we ask you to immediately leave the following cities: Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles," reads the communiqué, which frequently quotes the Quran.

"We are serious in our warning," the message states. "The next few days will prove to you the truth of this warning ... To the oppressive rulers of America we say: Expect our terms following the first strike of Allah's believing soldiers [Quran, Chapter 59, Verse 2-3]."

The directive claims that U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan "are the only ones who know the bitter truth" about the situation overseas.

"How would they not when they see every day dozens of casualties from among their friends, the soldiers who die and nobody, even not their stupid rulers, is sorry for them," the communiqué states. "Then they hear the lies and distortion their rulers [tell] their people and the peoples of the world regarding the number of their dead ..."

The communiqué refers to the "sufferings" of Muslims, saying they are victims of oppression, imprisonment and murder.

It ends with another verse from the Quran [Chapter 9, Verse 14]: "Fight them: Allah will punish them at your hands, and will humiliate them, and will help you to overcome them, and will relieve the minds of the believers."

In conjunction with the memo, Al Qaeda's Al Faroq posted a photo of the Chinook helicopter shot down on Sunday with a caption in Arabic that reads: "We shall bring down and destroy the values of the Hubal of this generation." Fifteen Americans died in the helicopter attack.

Hubal was a pre-Islamic-era Meccan idol used by Muslims to symbolize the U.S., according to MEMRI.

Story courtesy of http://www.foxnews.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Society that Sanctifies Death

The Recruitment of Children in Current Palestinian Strategy - Justus Weiner: "Violent death is sanctified throughout the Palestinian areas. The streets are plastered with posters glorifying the exploits of individual suicide bombers. Children trade martyr cards, purchased at their local shops, instead of pokemon or baseball cards, and necklaces with pictures of martyrs are also very popular.4 One favorite wall slogan reads: 'Beware of death by natural causes.'5 Suicide bombing is considered a source of neighborhood pride, as streets are named after the perpetrators of these atrocities. There is even a band named 'The Martyrs,' whose lyrics espouse the virtues of 'sacrificing yourself for Allah.' Under -these cultural influences, many children readily admit that they want to become suicide bombers. Some draw pictures and fantasize about the day when they achieve their goal. The young are taught that, as suicide bombers, they will ascend to a paradise of luxury staffed by 72 virgins waiting to gratify the martyrs as they arrive. An American psychiatrist with 22 years of experience studying and treating suicidal patients stresses that suicide bombers - both children and adults - are 'tools used by terrorist leaders' with 'a whole culture encouraging [them] to die.'6 "
-J.Weiner

the good the bad & the media



hat tip: LGF

“cannibalistic jubilation”

The Palestinian Authority claims it has called on all the different terror organizations in the Gaza Strip to act with respect toward the body parts of six IDF soldiers killed early Tuesday. The soldiers were killed when their APC rode over a large explosive device planted by terrorists in Gaza. Palestinians gleefully snatched up body parts and paraded around with them in what was termed as “cannibalistic jubilation”. IDF forces are still in the area searching for their comrade’s body parts. Channel 2 television reported Tuesday night that the Palestinian Authority had called on the groups in an attempt to avoid media comparisons between Iraqis mutilating and displaying dead US soldiers and the Palestinians behavior in Gaza.


Meanwhile the case against US soldiers making detainees wear womans' panties on their heads etc continues.

PA asks Palestinians to show respect toward body parts

Maariv International: "The Palestinian Authority claims it has called on all the different terror organizations in the Gaza Strip to act with respect toward the body parts of six IDF soldiers killed earl"

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Palestinian Swarm

what is it with these blood thirsty cretins?
Reuters: "Palestinians swarm a man killed during an Israeli raid in Gaza May 11, 2004. Israeli troops, backed by helicopter gunships, raided a neighborhood of Gaza City known as a Palestinian militant stronghold, and exchanged fire with gunmen, witnesses said. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters) "

"dog face Muqtada"

What would world reaction be if Sadr had been shown dragged along naked with a dog leash?