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Africa Horn
Child Slavery in the Sudan
Posted by: ed || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. The moral relativists that are poised to capture the senate and house will never let out a single squeak over it.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 11/06/2008 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  I will. Thats what I call the House. Child slavery.
Posted by: newc || 11/06/2008 1:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Be a nice issue for Repubs to latch onto as one of those ideas to be tested over the next year or two. Let Repubs stand against slavery today as they did in 1860.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2008 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  I think there's a difference between slaves held in Africa by Muslims and slaves held in America by Christians. One or the other is ok, maybe.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/06/2008 18:57 Comments || Top||

Gov’t warns citizens of possible terrorist attack in Ethiopia
(SomaliNet) Ethiopia warned its citizens on Wednesday of a possible plot to carry out terrorist acts in the Horn of Africa country. "The National Intelligence Security Service has received credible information about an impending terrorist plot to be carried out inside Ethiopia," police said in a statement.
And who might do such a dastardly deed? Esquimaux? Lutherans? Embittered Pennsylvanians?
The police asked car hire firms to scrutinise the identities of their clients and called on the public to tip off police on any suspicious activity.

The Ethiopian government routinely accuses arch-foe Eritrea of backing rebel groups who have bombed civilian targets in the capital Addis Ababa.

The neighbours often trade accusations over their border dispute, in which some 70,000 people were killed. The two countries have been deadlocked over their 1,000 kms (620-mile) frontier since a 2000 border ruling and analysts fear even a small incident could trigger renewed hostilities.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

Africa North
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Threatens to Strike Western Targets in Algeria, North Africa
On November 4, 2008, Islamist forums posted a 39-minute video produced by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, titled "War of Bombs and Landmines." The video features mainly images of past attacks against Algerian security forces, as well as images allegedly reflecting the economic situation in some North African countries; it includes very little by way of substantial claims and threats.

The video addresses two main themes: the West's growing involvement in North Africa, and what is described as "the government's policy of starving its citizens." The video ends with a threat to strike Western interests in North Africa, particularly in Algeria.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Lawyers for London Al Qaeda bomb plot gang cost taxpayer £5 million
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/06/2008 06:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How much does the rest of the muslim community cost the tax payer Gordon?????
Posted by: Paul2 || 11/06/2008 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  let Saudi Arabia or other ME states pay for their lawyers in these cases
Posted by: chris || 11/06/2008 7:34 Comments || Top||

#3  That's because the UK chose the wrong venue.

Posted by: WilliamMarcyTweed || 11/06/2008 7:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Capital cases - where the death penalty is involved - are one instance where I think government aid is warranted for the defendants' legal expenses. Britain has stopped executing convicted criminals for capital crimes. Why is it continuing to pay for legal expense?
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/06/2008 8:13 Comments || Top||

#5  How much do bullets cost over there?
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 10:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Because, Zhang, fair treatment of accused people in the courts is a cornerstone of a democratic society.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2008 11:09 Comments || Top||

#7  The joys of fighting a war in corts.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2008 11:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Now we know where some of the money saved by downsizing the Navy went.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2008 11:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Because, Zhang, fair treatment of accused people in the courts is a cornerstone of a democratic society.

We must not be a democratic society, since we don't cover legal expenses for non-capital cases.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/06/2008 17:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Sure we do. People who can't afford an attorney get one appointed for them in any criminal case. Might not be the world's best attorney but they get one. That's the way it should be.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2008 17:48 Comments || Top||

#11  I sat on a jury earlier this year and the defendent was represented by a court-appointed attorney. The lady was normally a divorce lawyer - I guess she was doing some pro bono work for the profession in this case. This defendent was very well represented. We convicted, but it sure wasn't because of her; she seriously outclassed the prosecuter (and the judge.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/06/2008 19:01 Comments || Top||

#12  We must not be a democratic society, since we don't cover legal expenses for non-capital cases.

It's part of the Miranda Rights. Maybe you've heard of it.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/06/2008 19:08 Comments || Top||

#13  Sure we do. People who can't afford an attorney get one appointed for them in any criminal case.

Only if you can't afford one. Do these people qualify as indigent? Aren't they a bunch of doctors?
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/06/2008 19:20 Comments || Top||

N. Korean media reports leader's appearance for 2nd day in a row
(Kyodo)--North Korean media said Thursday the country's leader Kim Jong Il watched a music performance, reporting his public appearance for the second day in a row. The Korean Central News Agency said in a report dated Wednesday but moved early Thursday that Kim attended the event together with senior officials of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean People's Army.

There was no mention of the date or place of the event.

The report came a day after the country's media released a series of pictures of Kim inspecting two military units, and marked the fifth report of his public appearance since the surfacing in September of foreign reports that he may have suffered a stroke.

Performers from different national art troupes put on the event, Thursday's KCNA report said. "At the end of the performance he waved back to the cheering performers and audience and congratulated them on their successful presentation," KCNA said of the leader.

In the audience together with the leader were senior officials including Choe Thae Bok and Kim Ki Nam, secretaries of the ruling party's Central Committee, the KCNA report said. Jang Song Thaek, a department director at the party and Kim's brother- in-law, was also there, the news agency said.

Generals of the North Korean military Hyon Chol Hae and Ri Myong Su, who were also reported to have accompanied Kim in the inspection of military units, also attended, the report said.

Speculation surrounding Kim's health intensified after the leader stayed away from celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the country's founding on Sept. 9. North Korea has denied suggestions he has suffered a health setback.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I have to wonder if they wheeled his well preserved body in, and then let the general public in, wheeling the corpse out after the show's over. (Young Mr Grace comes to mind.)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/06/2008 12:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe they can pay Disney big bucks to come over and do a Hall of Dear Leader. Hell, for a coupla of extra mill, they'll throw in the old man too. Maybe they could make them fight n stuff...
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 12:59 Comments || Top||

US should revise its anti-terror strategy: EU
The European Union (EU) has called upon the new US administration to rethink its war on terror strategy by taking Pakistan on board, Dawn News reported on Wednesday. Speaking at a EU gathering on the Middle East situation in Brussels, EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said he hoped that the new US leadership would follow a policy of 'engagement and multilateralism'. "Without engaging Pakistan in an effective manner, it would be very difficult to resolve the issues in Afghanistan" he said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Revise to what?
Bend over and take it in the kiester, EUropeon style.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 11/06/2008 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  "Lets all gang on the Juden."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2008 3:23 Comments || Top||

#3  g(r)omgoru , I am not sure I am getting the context.
Posted by: Spike Uniter || 11/06/2008 4:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Well obviously the EU is better at anti-terrorism, just look at the number of terrorist attacks in Europe since 2002 compared to the US...

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/06/2008 4:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Usfull Glossary

Posted by: Elder of Zion || 11/06/2008 6:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Well obviously the EU is better at anti-terrorism, just look at the number of terrorist attacks in Europe since 2002 compared to the US...

To cut the EU security forces (which are actually rather good against muslim terror) some slack, one reasons believe the USA didn't get any major terror acts on their territory is that it made moer "sense" to fight the USA in iraq; that is, the fly paper theory which was probably more successful than what it was credited for, coupled with vigourous secret undertakings to disrupt networks, in africa or elsewhere.
The grunts went to die in iraq instead of going cause mahyem in the USA (where there is not that critical mass of muslims... yet, to nurture therrorism, as opposed to EUrope), and the brains were too busy not being caught and/or snuffed.

Though, the USA DID have several instant jihad terror attacks, as early as 2003 IIRC, with the fragging in kuweit, the most notable being the Washington snipers.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/06/2008 6:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Um, was there any indication that the Washington snipers had any affiliations? Although one was a muslim convert, weren't they just a pair of "gay avenger" nut jobs?

As for terrorist bombing in the next four years, I assume it's a given: my heart says "congress," but my head says "Sears Tower."
Posted by: regular joe || 11/06/2008 7:25 Comments || Top||

#8  If it's still functioning properly and we've lost no lives to terror, please explain what it is that needs fixing?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2008 7:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Obama is an “Underlying Cause” guy. (ie; Don't make Bin Laden a martyr comment.) Which is not completely different then the current “Hearts and Minds” crew in the Bush DoS. (And much of DoD) Biden on the other hand has proven throughout his career to the diplomatic flim-flam the Europeans absolutely love. Obama’s innate arrogance could actually be beneficial in these regards. In other words, ask Joes’s advice and then do the opposite.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 11/06/2008 8:30 Comments || Top||

#10  paranoid much
Posted by: Angoger Black9540 || 11/06/2008 10:48 Comments || Top||

#11  g(r)omgoru , I am not sure I am getting the context.

Spike Uniter, I'm quite sure you're not a student of history (particularly as it pertains to Jews)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2008 11:22 Comments || Top||

#12  #10: paranoid much Posted by: Angoger Black9540

My "paranoia" has kept me alive through several very NASTY experiences, AB9540. Being paranoid doesn't mean you don't have real enemies. I dread an Obama presidency because Obama doesn't live in the real world. It's hard to govern based on reality when you don't have much experience with it.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/06/2008 12:16 Comments || Top||

#13  Entropy is real. The Universe is trying to kill me. You too.

The real question is: Are you paranoid enough?
Posted by: mojo || 11/06/2008 12:39 Comments || Top||

#14  OP, by your definition, I'm paranoid too.
(And still alive and kicking)

Keep your weapons oiled and ammo dry, WAIT.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/06/2008 13:00 Comments || Top||

#15  Paranoia is an irrational fear - if there is reason to fear then it is not paranoia.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/06/2008 19:05 Comments || Top||

#16  If so many people weren't out to get me I wouldn't be paranoid.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 11/06/2008 19:14 Comments || Top||

Spain: Asylum claim by Binny's kid may be rejected
(AKI) - An asylum claim by the son of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Omar Bin Laden, is expected to be rejected by the Spanish government, according to one of the country's major newspapers. El Pais, a national daily based in Madrid, quoted well-informed sources on Wednesday who said asylum was unlikely to be approved.

Omar asked Spain for asylum after he arrived in Madrid on a flight from Cairo on Monday. He was expected to be interviewed at length by government officials on Wednesday, said El Pais.

The Ministry of the Interior will then notify Omar of its decision within 72 hours. If his claim is rejected, Omar will have 24 hours to appeal the decision, and the ministry a further 48 hours to review it.

Seven months ago, Omar was refused entry to live in the United Kingdom with his British wife, Zaina al-Sabah.
Who, as somebody said recently, has probably seen more pricks then a secondhand dartboard.
Omar said he no longer feels safe in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, where he lives, nor in Saudi Arabia, his country of birth, reported El Pais. He is reportedly being held at Madrid's Barajas Airport where he has remained since his arrival.

If his claim is rejected, Omar could appeal to a Spanish court. He also has to prove that his life and physical integrity would suffer if he goes back to Saudi Arabia, his country of origin.
Lipped off to the wrong person, did he ...
El Pais said in the past five years there has been no precedent of Saudi citizens asking or having been granted asylum in Spain, and granting it to Omar would imply that members of the Bin Laden family suffer persecution in Saudi Arabia.

The Bin Laden family is one of the wealthiest in the Kingdom, where they possess an impressive conglomerate including one of the largest construction firms and equity management.

Omar, 28, is one of 19 children of the Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry, wussy boy...

The son of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has failed in his attempts to get political asylum in Spain. His efforts came just months after he was refused permission to live in England with his British wife. The Spanish Interior Ministry has rejected a request for political asylum by Omar bin Laden, one of the 19 children of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, media reported Thursday, Nov. 6.

So, take your grandmothe...errrrr, wife and move it on out. Adios, muchacho.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 9:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe he should ask Zimbabwe. I'm sure Mugabe would give him asylum for a pittance - say, $50,000 a month - in hard currency.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/06/2008 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I saw a documentary about him, he's a pretty ok dude. His wife is a bit of a fruitcake though.
Posted by: Speagum Platypus7622 || 11/06/2008 21:47 Comments || Top||

Northeast India to Boost Intelligence
NEW DELHI - The police chiefs of the eight northeastern states have suggested setting up an intelligence coordination group for the region to counter terrorism and insurgency.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and the director generals of police (DGPs) of the eight states on Wednesday held a meeting to review the security scenario in the northeast in the wake of the synchronised blasts in Assam on October 30. Gupta said: “Currently a specific strategy was followed for Assam, another for Manipur and Nagaland. Generically we have to do certain things commonly.”

Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  INDIA's under Islamist, other Militant assault on several strategic = geographic fronts all around the country, and not counting SRI LANKA'S Troubles.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/06/2008 0:51 Comments || Top||

#2  India is in an untenable position, surrounded by enemies - Bangladesh, Pakistan, and China, with Burma possibly being a surrogate for China. India needs to develop its own resources, get its people involved in general prosperity, and build a first-class military. It's going to have to fight a three- or four-front war the next time Pakistan decides to be adventurous. When they do, India needs to expel ALL its muslims into Pakistan, which would totally destroy that "nation"'s economy and culture. Sealing the border with Bangladesh would cause the collapse of that muslim mini-state, as Bangladesh has a hard time feeding its own people, and has no resources or major industry to maintain an economy.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/06/2008 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  OP, the Indian muslim that I know (obviously anecdotal evidence) can't stand the Pak's. Not all who are nominally muslim in India support India's enemies.
Posted by: remoteman || 11/06/2008 16:36 Comments || Top||

#4  I know a Pakistani Muslim who moved to India because he couldn't drink booze. He then moved here and is happy as a distiller. He said, "God is merciful so I need to give him something to be merciful for". Funny guy.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 11/06/2008 18:40 Comments || Top||

New Book Brings Clear Understanding to How the Surge Actually Worked
History Publishing Company of Palisades, NY has agreed to publish The War of Ideas: How Psychological Operations in Iraq Made the Surge Work by LTC. Carmine Cicalese, U.S Army.

The War of Ideas is an inside look at the Psychological Operations or "PSYOP, used in Iraq by the Coalition Forces. Focusing on the Baghdad area and the ethnic fault line of the warring factions of the Sunni and Shia, the book recounts how an infusion of positive ideas based on truth and reality dispelled the turbulence of Civil War and helped to overcome the violence of the insurgency.

The senior officer in the Psychological Operations in Iraq, Col. Cicalese, presents an insider's view of the information war that is rarely seen. Likening it to the political campaign process in the United States, "PSYOP," the psychological operation used during the Surge in Iraq, is a unique process.

The War of Ideas which examines that process is both a history of that program in Iraq and an examination of its effectiveness during the Surge. It was a program largely responsible for the transformation of a war in which the people of the United States lost their patience and the people of Iraq faith in their government to one of a grudging acceptance in the U.S. and a growing hope in Iraq.

"PSYOP is not to be confused with mind control," said Col. Cicalese. "It is the utilization of information in a very positive way. It has to be the truth. If not, it will come back on us and we will fail. It is important that we in the military understand this and use information to our advantage."

LTC Carmine Cicalese is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has twenty one years experience in the U.S. Army. He has served as an Army Information Officer in five deployments in support of the Global War on Terror. Since 9-11, he has educated and advised senior and junior officers how to effectively use information in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters.

The War of Ideas, 9781933909424 History Publishing Company, LLC www.historypublishingco.com will be in bookstores is June, 2009.
Posted by: lotp || 11/06/2008 10:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  by then it will have been "revised" to credit Obama with the victory
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2008 17:21 Comments || Top||

Minister says Iraq able to receive security responsibilities
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Iraqi Minister of Defense Abdelqadir Mohammed al-Ubeidi on Wednesday, said that Iraqi army forces will be ready to receive security responsibilities from their U.S. counterparts if a troop withdrawal takes place.

“Our forces are complete in terms of numbers as well as capabilities, and are able to perform all tasks assigned to them,” Obeidi told Aswat al-Iraq during a reception held by the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on the occasion of the U.S. presidential elections. “In my capacity as the minister of defense, I submit a quarterly report to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to directly inform him of the progress made by army personnel…,” the minister added.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Hamas says ready to deal with a new U.S. administration
(Xinhua) -- Exiled Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshaal said here on Wednesday that his group is ready to deal with a new U.S. administration led by president-elect Barak Obama.

Meshaal made the remarks to the press after a meeting with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara, noting that the U.S. needs change more than the rest of the world due to the erroneous policies of the Bush administration during the past years.

"We, as Palestinians and Arabs, are prepared to deal with open minds with any American administration that respects the region's interests and our people's choices, standards and legitimate rights," said the Hamas supremo.

U.S. Democratic Party candidate Barak Obama won a landslide victory in Tuesday's presidential election, which made him the first African-American president in U.S. history.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I have no doubt they will find him satisfactory.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 11/06/2008 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm sorry, but when I envision the upcoming Omabanation foreign policy program, all I can think of is the David Zucker films:



Those videos, and the "Clowns in the Cockpit" essay:

Posted by: Lone Ranger || 11/06/2008 2:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Might be worth doing just to force Khaled to go kicking and screaming back to Gaza...
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 9:05 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Bali bombers may go to Friday prayers
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/06/2008 17:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  To prove that terrorism and islam have no connection, no doubt
Posted by: Classer || 11/06/2008 20:33 Comments || Top||

Bali bombers given health checks for execution
* Doctors check Bali bombers
* Required for autopsy comparison
* Men given all-clear for execution

A TEAM of police and prison doctors have examined the three Bali bombers in preparation for their executions as militants gathered at the home of two of them to warn against killing them. The medical checks are done to use as comparison with the autopsies after the executions and include blood pressure and heart checks.
What, if their blood pressure is too high they won't be executed?
In June, the medical checks were done on two Nigerian drug-traffickers two days before their execution.

Yesterday, all non-jail workers were ordered away from the island where the bombers will be shot, and small boats banned from the area.

A source inside Batu prison - where Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra are being held for their part in the October 2002 murders of 202 people, including 88 Australians - said they had refused to see prosecutors who came to show them documents late on Wednesday. The prosecutors, who are in charge of their executions, read a document to the three from outside.

Jailers were kept back and did not hear the contents or if it was in fact the 72-hour execution notice.

Wooden posts have now been erected at the death zone to which the bombers will be strapped when they face the firing squads.

In a statement from their lawyers, the men said their blood would "become the light for the faithful ones and burning hell fire for the infidels and hypocrites".

Hundreds of members of the radical Islamic Defenders Front arrived in Tenggulun yesterday to support the family and put on a show of force for the media. Shouting at the press, they walked from an Islamic school to the house of the bombers' mother Tariyem.

Carrying hand-written banners reading "America terrorist" and "If one hero dies 1000 will grow, if three die then one million will grow", they marched past villagers whose lives have been thrown into chaos by the spectacle.

The wife of Mukhlas, Farida, also arrived to pay her respects to his mother. As the mob arrived at the family home, a frail-looking Tariyem and her daughter Asfiyah emerged from their house to meet the militants and face the media.

While more slogans were shouted and speeches offering "moral" support repeated, the old woman managed to raise her fist twice in defiance in time with the mob.

Amri Hata, the head of the local prosecutor's office, visited Imam Samudra's house in Lopang Gede village in West Java's Serang area with the head of the Serang Ulema Council and Serang police chief amid heavy police guard. "We just informed the family if (the executions) happened, the family must be ready to accept," he said.

The families of the bombers say they have sent a letter to the president. "The execution of my brother is against the law and therefore a murder, and I will sue," said Lulu Jamaluddin, Imam Samudra's younger brother.

The bombers' lawyers have repeatedly said the Constitutional Court had struck down retroactive provisions in anti-terrorism laws, which were written in the wake of the 2002 attacks and used to convict them. However, authorities said the Constitutional Court's ruling did not apply to the Bali bombers.

Islamic extremists also rallied in Jakarta yesterday against the imminent execution as defence lawyers demanded the families be allowed a final visit. Chanting "God is great", some 100 militants descended on the offices of the national human rights body as the bombers' lawyers met officials inside to demand access for the families. They carried banners pledging to follow the bombers' path of jihad or "holy war", and warning that "hell" awaits the executioners.
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/06/2008 16:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Braying, threatening, mobs promising more death and mayhem need to be addressed properly.

Posted by: Parabellum || 11/06/2008 17:09 Comments || Top||

#2  aim low, gut low
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2008 17:22 Comments || Top||

#3  aim low, gut low

With the AC-130, Frank? Might be asking a bit much.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/06/2008 19:10 Comments || Top||

#4  I want it painful, lingering, and conscious....but fatal
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2008 20:02 Comments || Top||

Islamists protest execution of Bali bombers in Jakarta
Islamic extremists rallied in the Indonesian capital Thursday against the imminent execution of three Bali bombers, as defence lawyers demanded the families be allowed a final visit. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greater), some 100 militants descended on the offices of the national human rights body as the bombers' lawyers met officials inside to demand access for the families.

The radicals condemned the executions, believed to be hours or days away, and praised bombers Amrozi, 47, his brother Mukhlas, 48, and Imam Samudra, 38, as "holy warriors." They carried banners pledging to follow the bombers' path of jihad or "holy war" and warning that "hell" awaits the executioners.

Defence lawyer Mahendradatta urged the human rights body, Komnas Ham, to back the families' demand for visiting rights. Komnas Ham chairman Ifdhal Kasim said the prisoners had a right to meet their families before they faced the firing squad. "A prisoner awaiting execution must be given a chance to meet their families," he said, promising to take up the matter with the prosecutors office which handles executions.

Meanwhile the families wrote to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pleading for a delay in the executions, defence lawyer Fahmi Bachmid said. He said however that the letter was not a request for clemency. The bombers have said they want to die to become "martyrs" for their dream of creating an Islamic utopia across Southeast Asia. "We don't know the contents of the letter. The families only told me that they hope the execution will be postponed until the president gives an answer to the letter," he said.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/06/2008 05:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  that would have been a nice too doll out some more executions too militants
Posted by: chris || 11/06/2008 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  They carried banners pledging to follow the bombers' path of jihad or "holy war" and warning that "hell" awaits the executioners.

Hope somebody was around to take pictures.
Say "cheese", boys...
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 12:03 Comments || Top||

#3  As long as there are people with that attitude, the non-Islamic world is going to have to be vigilant against Islamic extremism, and to take strong action against its practitioners. No one has the "right" to kill others, just because they don't sh$$ the same way they do. Until EVERY person in the non-Islamic world understands that, we're going to have problems, and useful idiots (BHO?) that exacerbate them.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/06/2008 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  News station over here is awaiting confirmation that the Bali Bombers may have been executed about 5 minutes ago (fingers crossed)
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/06/2008 16:07 Comments || Top||

#5  I guess not...
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/06/2008 16:24 Comments || Top||

Iran to US aircraft: Be careful!
A senior Iranian military official has warned the US forces stationed in Iraq against violating the Islamic Republic's airspace. "Some parts of the Iran-Iraq border are complex and US fighter jets and helicopters could make a misstep and violate Iran's airspace," Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, a senior official with the Armed Forces Headquarters said.

He was referring to a statement issued by the Iranian armed forces on Wednesday, which warned the US forces against violating the country's airspace. "If such a violation is made, the Iranian forces will confront the US airplanes, so issuing a warning was necessary so that the Americans would be careful," he stated.

He advised US airplanes to choose flight routes with a safe distance from the Iranian border.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/06/2008 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I advise you hail to your own lands. Or I will unleash an obama on you that you never could ever have believed possible.
Peace A**hole.
Posted by: newc || 11/06/2008 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  gettin mighty ballsy without the wuss in there yet
Posted by: chris || 11/06/2008 7:37 Comments || Top||

#4  This article needs the "please kick our asses" picture.
Posted by: Minister of funny walks || 11/06/2008 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, if it happens, you guys try not to crash into our missiles, okay?
Have a nice day.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 9:07 Comments || Top||

#6  lol
Posted by: chris || 11/06/2008 14:43 Comments || Top||

#7  As the flight of 6 US fighters peel away just before entering their airspace, Iran will realize a minute too late we were flying radar cover for the three tac nuke fighters from Israel, Have a nice day!!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 11/06/2008 15:41 Comments || Top||

Iran: We can block off Persian Gulf in blink of an eye
A senior Iranian official has brushed aside the remarks made by a NATO official that Iran is incapable of blocking the Persian Gulf.

"We hope that neither the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf nor any other waterway would be blocked, but if the enemy attacks Iran and consequently it (the blockade) becomes necessary, the Islamic Republic of Iran can easily close the Strait of Hormuz," Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, a senior official at the Armed Forces Headquarters told Fars News Agency on Wednesday.

The commander of NATO's naval forces had earlier said that Iran's threats to close the strategic Persian Gulf waterway were a "fantasy".

During his visit to Kuwait this week, Vice Admiral Maurizio Gemignani said the international waterway could not be blocked.

About 40 percent of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6541 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Even the wussy hand-wringers in NATO think they're a joke.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 11/06/2008 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  To the iranians, we just elected a man who has said for the last two years "we quit, we've lost, we can't win". The US doesn't want to fight. They think they could role us over and bugger us on national TV, we're weak and half of us are facking quitters. They'll push this to the limit.
Posted by: Rob06 || 11/06/2008 0:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, maybe he does not understand America.
Posted by: newc || 11/06/2008 1:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, maybe he does not understand America.

He understands it, at least, as well as your new president-elect.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/06/2008 3:14 Comments || Top||

#5  It seems awfully hard for these birds to keep spouting off this nonsense and not begin to start believing it themselves. Then the fun begins!
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 11/06/2008 3:46 Comments || Top||

#6  So far, they managed to pull off a "dirty ship", which was intercepted by apparent Mossad agents--Somali pirates. Means they are not there yet and all they can do is spouting. Once they stop spouting, I'd be concerned.
Posted by: Spike Uniter || 11/06/2008 4:28 Comments || Top||

#7  they must have forgotten about our subs
Posted by: chris || 11/06/2008 7:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Nothing in our military arsenal--subs, planes, aircraft carriers, nuclear weapons--means a damned thing if there isn't the will to use it. Obama hasn't got the balls to stand up to these people. They're going to bend him over and bugger him and the MSM will tell us that he was 'wise and statesman-like in his dealings with a misunderstood country."

I expect to see a LOT of resignations from the military in the next few years. We'll probably get a lot in the next two months, as people who don't want their retirement papers signed by The One put them in to get out while Bush is still POTUS.

The military on the whole loved Bush. Pity the rest of the country isn't nearly as bright or honorable as they are.
Posted by: Jolutch Mussolini7800 || 11/06/2008 8:49 Comments || Top||

#9  spike. I've heard that before and if it is true then there is at least one faction inside Iran that is absolutely begging for Iran to be attacked in a major way.

Here though, Iran must really have an end-times death wish. Iran IMPORTS refined gasoline (from India I think) since they can't do it themselves.
I'm not saying they won't try to choke off supple. It's in the scorpion's nature.

Or they may just be trying to talk the price of oil up.
Posted by: Minister of funny walks || 11/06/2008 8:50 Comments || Top||

#10  supply.

Posted by: Minister of funny walks || 11/06/2008 8:50 Comments || Top||

#11  I believe this is only info for domestic consumption...and the wussy boy western media.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/06/2008 9:08 Comments || Top||

#12  The question is can they block it for *longer* than the blink of an eye?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/06/2008 9:28 Comments || Top||

#13  Obama hasn't got the balls to stand up to these people.

OR, he could over-react, both from inexperience and desire not to look as a wimp. iran makes a move, Zero reacts as he's expected to react, iran is emboldened because it's what they thought of him, and sh*t happens (US ship hit by a missile, or something like that). Then, Zero feels he has to look tough, and SHTF.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/06/2008 9:41 Comments || Top||

#14  Bill Clinton did not have military experience nor warmongering mindset either - but he was ok with deploying our forces into battle from time to time (we'll leave motive out of the discussion.) They may not have been the battles we would have selected and not fought as we would have fought, but it does leave room to hope that Pres-elect Hope&Change might not be a total surrendercrat. I think decision-making looks a whole lot different when you actually have to make the decisions. (I'm not optimistic about the next 12 years, just not quite totally pessimistic.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/06/2008 10:28 Comments || Top||

#15  Iran is too important to attack boys, their populace is pretty much Americanized for the most part and they arent "Arabs", their Mullas have them by the balls for now...
Posted by: Angoger Black9540 || 11/06/2008 10:52 Comments || Top||

#16  plus, the MM's will wait 90 days to try this experiment...
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 11/06/2008 12:01 Comments || Top||

#17  Maybe George will decide to go out in a (nuclear) blaze of glory, and the entire eastern bank of the Persian Gulf will glow for the next 3000 years. We can do that, a$$holes, so keep your sh$$ to yourselves.

AB, the young people act pro-Western, as a way of defying the mullahs. They have no real love for us.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/06/2008 12:36 Comments || Top||

#18  Iran: We can Block off Persian Gulf in Blink of an Eye.

USA: We can glass Persia in Blink of an eye.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 11/06/2008 13:55 Comments || Top||

#19  I think A5089 hit the nail fairly square; Oman will either roll over and play with himself or push the red button. i would hope he consults with his military leadership, but the good ones will probably have resigned / retired and all he is left with will be yesmen.
I hope I am wrong.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 11/06/2008 13:57 Comments || Top||

#20  ok is the single muslim ad by google over there too the right a fuckin joke?
Posted by: chris || 11/06/2008 14:51 Comments || Top||

#21  Iran is too important to attack boys, their populace is pretty much Americanized for the most part

Only in the urban areas and even then it's generally the youth.

and they arent "Arabs",

They aren't all 'Persians' either.

their Mullas have them by the balls for now...

Bit more complicated than that. More like an uneasy coalition of the mullahs and the IRGC, the latter which answers to Khameini.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/06/2008 19:23 Comments || Top||

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