Now there’s a SURPRISE!
It was with great sadness that I read that new USA President Barrack Obama took only 92 hours to order the first missile strike of his presidency:-
“92 Approves first American missile strikes under his presidency on tribal areas of Pakistan.”
From Obama – the first 100 hours – The Guardian Saturday 24 January 2009
In another article, President orders air strikes on villages in tribal area,The Guardian tells us that 18 people died in the missile strike (the figure is 22 according to the Sunday Times):-
Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people.
Four days after assuming the presidency, he was consulted by US commanders before they launched the two attacks. Although Obama has abandoned many of the “war on terror” policies of George Bush while he was president, he is not retreating from the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.
The US believes they are hiding in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, and made 30 strikes last year in which more than 200 people were killed. In the election, Obama hinted at increased operations in Pakistan, saying he thought Bush had made a mistake in switching to Iraq before completing the job against al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
So…. the first blow is struck against the promise of Obama…. the first blood stain on his Presidency.
I’m sure the American generals made a good case in the comfort of their upholstered armchairs in the war room of the White House for using $200,000 missiles to blow up a few more mud huts and to kill a few more “terrorists” but Obama… Obama… I expected more from you. I thought you might at least call a halt to such actions until you at least were sure these war mongers have terrorist targets this time.
Now.. your hands are personally red with the blood of a few mud hut villagers. A too swift end to the innocent view that you are a different breed of politician.
SAD… so… SAD….
Absolutely great news! And fantastic that President Obama has moved so swiftly to address this cancerous sore on the face of the biggest democratic nation on Earth.
Let’s hope he can find the will to finally end the detentions and torture, the strength to face down those in power who will wish to continue with these vile practices and the humility to apologise in the name of all the American people for the things that have happened at Guananamo .
I wish him well in his work to close this disgraceful place.
So.. they have moved in. Not satisfied with killing hundreds from the air Israel has decided to blood its ground troops.There is no excuse for this exercise in mass murder. Everyone needs to call upon their MP to raise this with the government.
You can do this quickly on this site: Write To Them It’s quick and painless for you to contact all your MPs, MEP and MLAs. Let’s do it.
To help you out here is the text of the message I have sent to all my representatives. Please feel free to adapt this for your own message if you find it useful.
Please contact Gordon Brown on my behalf and alert him to the urgent need to put pressure on the government of Israel to stop their current bombing campaign and withdraw their troops from the Gaza Strip.
The government of Israel has been entirely wrong in this matter. It has used disproportionate force in trying to solve their problem. The mass murder of innocents is not something that the Israelis can be proud of.
Please urge Brown to sever ALL relations with Israel until such time as hostilities cease and reparation is made by Israel.
Isreal… cut the crap. GET OUT.
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No excuses, Isreal.
-Palestinian officials raised the number killed on Saturday to 271;
-Israel said it targeted 30 sites overnight;
-Israel says at least 110 rockets have been fired over the weekend;
-Most of those killed were policemen in the Hamas militant movement;
-women and children also died;
-about 700 others were wounded as missiles struck security compounds and militant bases;
-in Israel, one person was killed, in the town of Netivot;
Isreal.. you MUST stop this indiscriminate killing. NOW.
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Sometimes, it’s worth getting out of bed on a morning and just surfing the net ’cause you get to smile at stories like this from the BBC!
Man hurt using gun to change tyre ….. yes… you don’t need to read the story to figure out where it happened, do you? Yes.. you are right… the good old USA. I just have to quote the BBC story in full… I can’t type really ‘cos it hurts when I laugh and type! So here you go…..
The 66-year-old man from Washington state was repairing his car outside his home when the accident took place.
Shooting at the wheel from arm’s length with his 12-gauge shotgun, he was peppered with buckshot and debris.
The man – whom police say was on his own and not intoxicated – was taken to hospital with severe, but not life-threatening, injuries.
The man, from South Kitsap, 10 miles (16km) southwest of Seattle, had been repairing his Lincoln Continental for two weeks, according to the police, and had removed all but one of the nuts on the right rear wheel.
Frustrated by the one remaining nut which refused to budge, he resorted to fire power in an effort to shift it.
“He’s bound and determined to get that lug nut off,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman from the sheriff’s office.
He sustained injuries from his feet to the middle of his abdomen, with some pellets reaching as high as his chin, police said.”
Now.. we all know that wee bit of frustration with cars and, I have to admit to being one of the less talented car mechanics around , but only in America, the land of the free, the home of the brave could we find someone who’s solution to car troubles is to shoot the thing with a twelve gauge!
Mind you, on second thought, perhaps I oughtn’t to be so surprised. The American way is to blast everything – Afghanistan, Iraq, San Salvador, Vietnam, Korea and coming our way soon – Iran. There is a saying in Ireland: The apple never falls far from the tree. I suppose a society that produces car-rage – do they have a special vehicular murder squad, by the way, that will be a big future hit on Five US! – it’s easy to accept global domination by the force of arms as the way to behave. Instead of firing a 12 gauge at a small problem…. just unload a couple of billion dollars worth of cruise missiles and a few tons of uranium depleted shells. Problem solved… eh? The American psyche in microcosm.
I suppose I should brace myself here for a spate of comments….
– he was tyred…
– was he wheely wheely angry…
– he’ll have difficulty treading the light fandango with those injuries
– was it a blow out…
– etc.. etc…
Go for it! 🙂
The BBC has assembled a very powerful flash map showing the location, date and number of victims of all the terrorist bombs in Baghdad from 2003 until Feb 2007. The map also charts the changing sectarian make-up of the city
A visit to the site makes for a most sobering and thought-provoking hour of your life. Everyone should spend some time there.
I’ll say no more than that.
The death totals shown are truly sickening:
Feb 2007 – 446
Rising Total: 35,557
And figures are not available here for the last 8 months – a time that has been horrendous for the city and it’s people.
If anyone ever doubts the wisdom of the Northern Ireland Peace Process they need only look at this to see the alternative. It’s a nightmare we went through here but NEVER, in our worst days, did we have to experience such massive carnage.. Hopefully, the Peace Process can keep us from ever having to know horror of this magnitude.
(Note: Just click on the above screen shot to visit the map or click HERE.)