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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Monday Winds of War! Whee!
War war war is waaaaay better than jaw jaw jaw! So come read my Monday Winds of War briefing at Winds of Change.NET, you laggards. I'll be out of town on bidness for a few days starting tomorrow morning, so you might not see me around quite as much until Friday. I can't wait to come home to Bloggie and you guys and especially zorkie ;-) See you guys soon.

Topics include:
China nuke US threats; DHS shakeup; FEMA splitup; Aus., Can. up Afgh. commitment; Musharraf's failure; US wags finger at Iran; Iran thumbs nose at US; new bunker-busters to be tested soon; Israel could be destroyed by two nukes; targeted assassinations to resume; Syria blockading Lebanon; Chavez training 2 million; VA life sentence; Canadian sleeper cell; border, ferry worries; Colombia paramilitary disarmament plan; threat to NJ hospitals; cyanide plotter competent for trial; Lodi deportations; gas station robber/convert to Islam had target list of military, Jewish facilities in US; LRA rebels killed by Ugandans; Russia inflaming Ivory Coast situation; Norks come back to 6-way yak; Thai headchoppers headstrong; copious London bombing developments coverage; Italian sweep; Ireland home to a Qaeda cell; anarchists create entropy; Saudi wallets wide open for the terrorists; DIY splodeydopery; FBI whingeing discredited and much, much more...
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The most common method of terrorism in the world
Unheard of only a few decades ago, suicide bombings have rapidly evolved into perhaps the most common method of terrorism in the world, moving west from the civil war in Sri Lanka in the 1980s to the Palestinian intifada of recent years to Iraq today. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide attacks in the United States, suicide bombers have struck from Indonesia to India, from Russia to Morocco.

Now governments throughout the West -- including the United States -- are bracing to cope with similar challenges in the wake of the deadly July 7 subway bombings in London, which marked the first time that suicide bombers had successfully mounted an attack in Western Europe.

The pace of such attacks is quickening. According to data compiled by the Rand Corp., about three-quarters of all suicide bombings have occurred since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Suicide Bombs Potent Tools of Terrorists

(a thimbleful of cognac to jlfintx)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Keeping Themselves Apart
Why do second- and third-generation children of Muslim immigrants from SE Asia shun integration into British society?

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Don't mention Islamic Terrorists
Anyone who has watched the television series Fawlty Towers will remember how Basil tied himself in knots when German guests visited his dysfunctional hotel. Since that episode was aired, the phrase "Don't mention the war" has become synonymous with the expedient of ignoring reality and avoiding embarrassment.

So it was when bombs tore at the throat of London earlier this month. The two words that were on everyone's lips – "Islamic" and "terrorists" – were excised from the public discourse as effectively as Stalin airbrushed fallen comrades from group photographs. In the case of the London attacks, it would have been funny were the loss of more than 50 lives not so tragic.
Letter from London: 'Don't mention the war'
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Clinton reveals a dirty little European secret
This is pretty stunning. Bill Clinton says European leaders preferred to sit by and watch a genocide in the making rather than accept a Muslim state in Europe.
Former US President Bill Clinton, the pioneer of the Dayton Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia describes Europe's role in the massacres that took place in Bosnia in his latest memoirs.

Clinton particularly criticizes Francois Mitterrand, the French President at that time, in his book named "My Life." Clinton reveals the French President sympathy for the Serbs when he said he did not want a Bosnia under the rule of Muslims during one of the first meeting. Describing the Bosnian massacre as "the biggest collective security failure of the West since 1930's" Clinton observes that one of the important reasons for the genocide in Bosnia is that some European leaders did not want to see a Muslim country in the Balkans. He also emphasizes that some European countries did not want a Muslim country in the heart of Balkans in case it may produce Islamist terror but ignoring the events in Bosnia produced the result they were aiming to avoid.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
'What do you want, habibti?'
In my Salonica neighbourhood, the green grocer knows what meal each family will cook that day and so does the butcher. The baker knows how many loaves of bread to hold for Mrs Nikolaou and that Fotis, the little boy that lives on the 6th floor of the building above the hairdresser's, will be in every morning before school to get a koulouri, a ring of crispy bread with sesame seeds. The shoe repairman's voice gets hoarse by mid-day from yelling "good morning" to the passerby who yell "kalimera Yanni!" as they hurriedly walk by and the plumber, Nikos, blares rembetika from the radio as he stands at his basement shop door to wish good luck to Mrs Theodora, whose granddaughter is waiting for her university exam results.

The little dog who rushes down the sidewalk and pees in front of the dry cleaner's before rushing back home belongs to the divorcée who lives in the penthouse, in the corner building. If he dares to go past the dry cleaner's, the jeweler, three doors down, will yell out "Jack! Go home!" and the dog runs home but not before he gets petted by several children on their way home from school who yell out "Jack! Here, Jack!"

We know to get the strawberries from Dimitri's shop but to get the tomatoes from Harry because his uncle has a farm in Yannitsa; we don't tell Dimitri of course, and he pretends not to notice as we walk by with some other grocer's tomatoes in a bag.

That's my neighbourhood, these people I've known all my life, and they know me too. They tattled to my mom when they saw me kissing a boy in junior high and when my brother ran in the middle of the main thoroughfare to catch his football. Both of us still remember that one and my mom's slipper on our butts.

I would like my child to grow up in a neighbourhood like that. I would like her to be able to go the ice-cream shop by herself, like I did, and be asked, like I was, "ti theleis, poulaki mou?"
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
A fair go in Australia?
Shourov Bhattacharya makes a great point about a bizarre display by John Howard:
It’s hard not to be a cynic nowadays, but every now and then an event comes along which shocks even the most hardened political observer. The unedifying spectacle of our Prime Minister heaping praise on a military dictator for his love of democracy was just such an event. At an official lunch in honour of Pakistani president General Musharraf, John Howard paid tribute to the General in glowing terms, painting a picture of a man with an almost Jeffersonian commitment to democracy.

“And I salute somebody, in President Musharraf, who has led a transition of his country to a democratic state," he said to polite applause.

Now stretching the truth to praise a visiting head of state may be the diplomatic thing to do, but declaring that black is actually a shade of white and that the sun sets in the East is another matter. General Musharraf took over government of Pakistan in a military coup, dismissed the elected government and sent political opponents into exile. The hapless citizens of Pakistan haven’t seen an election since, nor a parliament worth the name, while the Pakistan Army has taken a strangehold over the country’s economy and political life.

Mr Howard’s statement wasn’t just diplomatic doublespeak, it was an outright lie. Pakistan hasn’t had a “transition to democracy", it has had the exact opposite. It is true that the good General is an ally in the “War on Terror", and the Pakistan Army has indeed made a valuable contribution by reining in the Islamic terror groups ever since its Damascus conversion at the point of an American gun.

But surely the Prime Minster could have made some more realistic comments, maybe even a statement of Australia’s support for democracy and opposition to military rule" Instead, he told a timid and cowardly lie.

TheVerandah.Net: : Democracy Double-Talk
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
I wanna play! I wanna play!
Awright comrades, no quizzes today. Why don't you try and click the colour and not the word instead... Or you can play a game involving balls.

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