Reams of words and gallons of ink and electrons appeared in print today in honour of Memorial Day. Here is one of the better ones I’ve seen today, posted with gratitude and in memory of those who stepped forward to keep us safe in a very dangerous world.
[PowerlineBlog] In observance of Memorial Day 2007 the Wall Street Journal published a brilliant column by Peter Collier to mark the occasion. The column remains timely and is accessible online here. I don’t think we’ll read or hear anything more thoughtful or appropriate to the occasion today. With the kind permission of Peter himself, here it is:
The first and last paragraphs, at any rate. The rest can be read at the link.
Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day: those who had given all their tomorrows, as was said of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, for our todays. But in a world saturated with selfhood, where every death is by definition a death in vain, the notion of sacrifice today provokes puzzlement more often than admiration. We support the troops, of course, but we also believe that war, being hell, can easily touch them with an evil no cause for engagement can wash away. And in any case we are more comfortable supporting them as victims than as warriors.
We impoverish ourselves by shunting these heroes and their experiences to the back pages of our national consciousness. Their stories are not just boys’ adventure tales writ large. They are a kind of moral instruction. They remind of something we’ve heard many times before but is worth repeating on a wartime Memorial Day when we’re uncertain about what we celebrate. We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The anti-government armed turbans have suffered heavy casualties during the Arclight airstrikes conducted n northwestern Ghor province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military said Saturday.
The First Brigade of the 207th Zafar Corps of the Afghan Military in the West said the airstrikes were carried out in support of the ground operations in Charsada district.
A statement released by the First Brigade of Zafar Corps states that the airstrikes left at least 20 turbans dead while at least 13 others sustained injuries.
The statement further adds that two commanders of the anti-government armed turbans identified as Mawlavi Abdul Hadi and Mawlavi Nasim were among those killed.
According to the First Brigade of Zafar Corps, the operations in Charsada are jointly being conducted by the Afghan army, police, and personnel of the other security institutions.
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The sounds of two back to back kabooms were heard in Jalalabad city the quiet provincial capital of Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province.
Preliminary reports indicate the incident has taken place close to the Breshna Sherkat / State-owned Utility Directorate.
Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani confirmed that the incident has taken place in Nursery Farm area of the city and at least two kabooms have taken place.
Khogyani further added that the two back to back kabooms have not caused any casualties.
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers suffered casualties in a suicide attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the local officials said.
The incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Nad-e-Ali district after a suicide bomber detonated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) near a military base.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident and said at least two soldiers lost their lives after a suicide bomber detonated a mini truck packed with explosives in Nad-e-Ali district at around 7 am local time.
Zwak further added that the attack also left at least four Afghan soldiers wounded however there are no reports regarding their health condition.
In the meantime, reports emerging from the area suggest that at least sixteen army soldiers lost their lives or were wounded in the attack.
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05/28/2018 00:00 ||
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[SABANEWS.NET] Yemen's Defense Ministry on Sunday said the army has inflicted heavy casualties upon US-backed Saudi-led coalition forces and their mercenary militias in offensive in the western coast front over the past 24 hours, killing and injuring dozens. In a statement, the ministry said the armed forces waged attacks on the coalition forces and their militias in northern Hais district, killing dozens, wounding others and bombing over 15 military vehicles of the coalition. "The army will continue to carry out military tactical operations against the Saudi and UAE occupying forces in the western coast," said the ministry. It said the army repulsed Sudanese
Wait — when did Sudan get involved in this thing?
and UAE attacks towards several areas in the western coast despite of heavy air cover from the coalition fighter jets to support their militias on the ground. The ministry also said its forces carried out an offensive against sites of the militias in al-Wazaih Junction, taking over a strategic sites and cutting off the militias' reinforcements in al-Wazaih and Mouza districts of Taiz province. According to the statement, the army repelled an attack of the militias towards Medi and Harad districts of Hajjah province and destroyed four military vehicles, despite of the coalition heavy air cover. The army captured dozen of the militias and seized a large qualities of various weapons from the militias during the operation, said the ministry.
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05/28/2018 00:00 ||
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[AlAhram] A woman was among four people killed in an air strike that hit a petrol station in Yemen's rebel-held capital late Saturday, medical sources said.
Eleven people were maimed in the air strike on Sanaa, they said.
Witnesses said it took place just before sunset as people prepared to break the dawn-to-dusk Islamic fast of Ramadan.
It was not immediately clear who had carried out the strike.
Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , which leads a military coalition that has been fighting the Houthis since 2015 to shore up the internationally recognised government, is active almost daily in Yemen.
Earlier Saturday, Riyadh reported that two soldiers from its national guard had been killed in fighting against the Huthis along the kingdom's southern border with Yemen.
The official SPA news agency did not provide details on when or how they died.
The report came as coalition front man Colonel Turki al-Maliki said Saudi air defences had intercepted and destroyed a Huthi drone that targeted the international airport of the southern city of Abha.
An examination of the debris showed the drone was manufactured by Iran and used by the Houthis, Maliki said in a statement late Saturday cited by the SPA.
The Saudi-led coalition launched a military intervention in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... in 2015 after the Iran-allied Huthis expelled pro-government forces from Sanaa and went on to seize swathes of the country.
The conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead, tens of thousands maimed, and millions on the brink of famine in what the United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
In addition, more than 2,200 others have died from cholera and millions are on the verge of famine in what the United Nations says is the world's gravest humanitarian crisis.
Mark Lowcock, the United Nation's humanitarian affairs chief, said Thursday that "some 8.4 million people are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation" in Yemen.
"If conditions do not improve, a further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the year," he warned.
For the anonymous Rantburger who complained about the sources we use on the subject of Moslem colonist misbehaviour, this kind of thing is why. Lots of links at the link.
[GatestoneInstitute] In recent years, alas, Britannia has deviated from its commitment to liberty. Foreign critics of Islam, such as the American scholar Robert Spencer, and for a time, even the Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders have been barred from the country. Now, at least one prominent native critic of Islam, Tommy Robinson,
...the former head of the English Defense League, his real name apparently is Stephen Lennon...
has been repeatedly harassed by the police, railroaded by the courts, and left unprotected by prison officials who have allowed Moslem inmates to beat him senseless. Clearly, British authorities view Robinson as a troublemaker and would like nothing more than to see him give up his fight, leave the country (as Ayaan Hirsi Ali left the Netherlands), or get killed by a jihadist (as happened to the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh).
On Friday, as reported here yesterday, the saga of Tommy Robinson entered a new chapter. British coppers pulled him off a street in Leeds, where, in his role as a citizen journalist, he was livestreaming a Facebook video from outside a courthouse. Inside that building, several defendants were on trial for allegedly being part of a so-called "grooming gang" -- a group of men, almost all Moslem, who systematically rape non-Moslem children, in some cases hundreds of them, over a period of years or decades. Some ten thousand Facebook viewers around the world witnessed Robinson's arrest live.
For my part, I cannot for the life of me fathom why not a single prominent or powerful individual in all of the United Kingdom has come forward to challenge the mistreatment of Tommy Robinson – and thereby stand up for freedom of speech.
Unless of course, the English Defense League - being a 'far-right-wing, anti-Moslem' group - deserves to be thrashed for their views. Terrifying, indeed.
The inference I'm drawing is that British law enforcement thinks that the potential for violence is so far beyond their control that at all costs they have to avoid offending the Believers, even if it means standing by while British daughters are raped. I hope I'm wrong.
As oft posted here, there is no 1st Amendment without the 2nd Amendment.
Usually, in the aftermath of a revolution, the first order of business is to make sure no one can run the same playbook against the newly-installed government. Our founding fathers had a different vision, not a mad grab for power, but a recognition that over time, all governments devolve towards suckitude. They didn't phrase it like that, of course, coming from a time when literacy was actually a thing, but the attitude shows up in our Constitution which is to a great degree a list of things the federal government is simply not allowed to do. The right to bear arms helps ensure that everyone stays in their lane.
First time here. Orwell's name for London, "Airstrip One" is now official. I'm surprised Roger29Palms has not heard about what's happening in the U.K...Robinson has been front and center on the subject of Islamisation in the U.K for some years now.
The look of shock and uneasiness on the faces of the Royals at Judeo Christian values being spoken so openly at a royal wedding by an American preacher is a sign of how arrogantly closed minded and hostile that nation has become in regards to basic human values.
Eloi, wiling away the time until the Morlocks pick one,of them to be the evening meal. The jihadis did not stop to ascertain whether the individual potential victims were Jewish when they were driving trucks up on the pavement, leaving bombs on subways and concerts, or debauching the daughters of the underclass preparatory to pimping them to their mosque buddies.
First time here.
Welcome, Snineger Bumble3999! But who is Roger29Palms?
[DAWN] Two coppers and two alleged miscreants were killed in two subsequent firing incidents at Quetta's Sirki Road on Sunday evening, Quetta police said.
According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema, unknown miscreants opened fire on two coppers, identified as Abdul Rasheed and Bashir Shah, in Capri Cinema area of Sirki road.
The officers, who were on their way home, went titzup, he said. In the meantime, a police party from a nearby post rushed to the scene of the crime and killed two alleged attackers. One of the attackers managed to escape in an injured state, he added.
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05/28/2018 00:00 ||
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Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi police have arrested Islamic State military official in Mosul city in Nineveh, a security source was quoted saying on Sunday.
“Based on information from the intelligence, an Islamic State military official called Nezar Saleh was arrested in al-Yabesat region in western Mosul,” Brig. Gen. Hamad al-Jabour, commander of Nineveh police, told Anadolu agency.
The suspect, according to Jabouri, “used to be in charge of booby trapping of vehicles in Aski-Mosul region, while the militant group was in control of the city.”
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have arrested 35 Islamic State members in west of Mosul, a security source was quoted saying on Sunday.
“Iraqi local troops in west of Mosul carried out an operation in regions of al-Nabi Sheet, al-Dawasa, Bab Jedeid, al-Farouq, Tammuz, al-Rifaei, al-Thawra and Hamdoun. The detainees were taken to Nineveh Police Command for investigations,” the source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA).
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Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security troops have made military reinforcements along the borders with Syria, a source from the border guards in Anbar said on Sunday.
Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said “Iraqi troops are carrying out military reinforcements as well as erecting unprecedented security barriers along the borders with Syria to prevent Islamic State militants infiltration and limit smuggling operations, while the Syrian army invade Islamic State locations near Qaim town, west of Anbar.”
The target behind the reinforcement, according to the source, “is prevent infiltration of whoever escapes battles in Syria toward the western regions.” The reinforcements “were started from Rutba reached to the Anbar and Mosul.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has said troops managed to secure the Syrian side of borders and eliminate Islamic State members in Upper Euphrates. He also made instructions to secure the Iraqi borders to limit the infiltration of the terrorists.
The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.
[IsraelTimes] East Jerusalem residents questioned on suspicion of violating public order by calling for solidarity with terror group during Ramadan prayers
Israeli security forces incarcerated Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! six Paleostinian residents of East Jerusalem suspected of waving Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, flags during Ramadan prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, police said Sunday.
According to police, the suspects ‐ ages 26 to 41 ‐ disturbed the public order when they called for support and solidarity with the Gazoo-based terror group during Friday afternoon prayers.
During overnight raids, security forces seized flags and other materials connected to the incident on the Temple Mount, police said.
The suspects were questioned by police and scheduled to appear later in the day before a court.
Police said they would continue to ensure Moslems are able to pray respectably at the Jerusalem holy site during Ramadan, but will "respond to any incidents of disturbances or illegal protests."
On Friday, the army said an estimated 87,000 Paleostinians from the West Bank traveled to Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.
It also said 8,000 Paleostinians prayed at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Ramadan, which is often a period of heightened tensions, this year comes during the ongoing weekly "March of Return" festivities on the Gazoo border.
[IsraelTimes] Officers say suspect, later found to have been unarmed, ignored repeated calls to stop and was shot in the legs, injured
Border Police officers shot a woman in the legs, moderately injuring her, in Jerusalem on Sunday night, after she ignored officers’ calls to stop, police said.
They had feared she was carrying an bomb, but she turned out to be unarmed, police said.
There were was no immediate information on the woman’s identity, and police said "all possibilities are being investigated at this stage."
The woman was spotted by a number of people behaving suspiciously on the tracks of the light rail in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood in northeast Jerusalem late Sunday night, police said.
At least seven Border Police officers were called to the scene, according to a video filmed by a bystander, which was quickly shared on social media.
"The officers who considered the woman to be suspicious called for her to stop a number of times. After she failed to respond to their calls to halt, they conducted the protocols for stopping a suspicious person, including firing in the air," police said.
Police said the woman, who was dressed in a flowing black niqab covering her body and face, acted in a way that led the officers to believe "that she was carrying an bomb on her person."
The officers then fired at the legs of the woman, in accordance with regulations on dealing with suspicious persons.
A search of the woman revealed that she was unarmed, police said.
She was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition, police said.
[DAWN] Israeli tank fire at an observation post killed three Paleostinians in the southern Gazoo Strip on Sunday, Paleostinian officials said.
The incident happened east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gazoo Strip, a front man for the health ministry in the Paleostinian enclave said.
The ministry identified those killed as Hussein al-Amour, 25, Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, 28, and Marwan al-Amour, 25.
A statement from the armed wing of Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... , the al-Quds Brigades, claimed two of them as members. It was not yet clear if Marwan al-Amour, who died from his wounds later in the day, was also a member.
Islamic Jihad is the second-most powerful gang in the Gazoo Strip after Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth",, which runs the blockaded Paleostinian enclave.
Israel's military said in a statement that the tank fire came after soldiers detonated an bomb that had been placed near the border fence, targeting its troops. It said the device had been hidden inside a pair of fence cutters.
Separately on Saturday night, Israeli aircraft struck two targets belonging to Hamas, but there were no reports of casualties. The military said the operation was in response to a brief incursion across the border earlier in the day by Paleostinians who immediately fled back into Gazoo.
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05/28/2018 00:00 ||
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[IsraelTimes] The IDF announced Sunday that an explosives-laden drone flown over the border from the Gazoo Strip was discovered in Israeli territory last week.
The army said the drone was found in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, in the northern Negev, "several days ago," and that it was flown over the border from Gazoo with the intention to injure Israeli soldiers patrolling the area.
The army said the drone was recovered whole, and an investigation into the incident had been opened.
The announcement came hours after after the IDF discovered an improvised bomb placed along the Gazoo security fence. The army said the IED targeting IDF troops was disguised to look like a set of bolt cutters.
In response to that discovery, Israel fired on an Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... position in the southern Gazoo Strip, killing three people. A spokesperson for the Iran-backed terrorist group confirmed the men were members of its military arm.
In February, four Israeli soldiers were maimed by an IED that was made to look like a flagstaff, which was fixed to the security fence. When the soldiers tried to take down the object, it exploded.
[PRESSTV] The Russian Defense Ministry says four of its servicemen have bit the dust after foreign-sponsored Takfiri ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed... forces of Evil launched an attack against an artillery battery of the Syrian army in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
The ministry said in a statement on Sunday that two Russian military advisers, who directed the fire of the Syrian battery, were killed on the spot, while five more sustained injuries and were taken to a Russian military hospital to receive treatment.
Two servicemen succumbed to their grave injuries shortly afterwards.
The statement added that some 43 forces of Evil were killed in the ensuing festivities, which lasted for around an hour, without saying exactly when or where the fighting occurred.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later claimed that nine Russian soldiers alongside at least 26 Syrian army troopers had been killed in the Wednesday attack.
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05/28/2018 00:26 ||
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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Around 35 personnel of the Syrian army and its backers, including nine Russian fighters, were killed in an attack by Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... , few days ago, east of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In a statement, the observatory said "Islamic State fighters attacked on Wednesday a convoy for the Syrian government as well as Russian troops in southwest of al-Mayadin city, leaving 26 personnel of the Syrian troops and nine Russians killed."
The corpse count announced by the observatory came shortly after the Russian defense ministry announced on Sunday that four soldiers were killed due to an attack in Deiz Azzour city without identifying where or when the attack took place. However, corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds... Russian news agencies quoted a statement by the ministry saying that confrontations occurred after faceless myrmidons attacked the artillery of the Syrian government troops.
According to the ministry, two of the Russian victims were immediately killed after the attack. They were from the Russian advisors who run the Syrian artillery. Five others were maimed before being transferred to Russian military hospital. Two of them succumbed to death later.
Russia is one of the main allies of the Syrian government, providing it with political, diplomatic and military support.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.