Seraphic Secret has a story which is quite distressing.
Recently The New York Times carried a review of a film called Hot House that goes inside Israeli prisons and examines the lives of Palestinian prisoners. We’re not recommending the film or the review. But we do want to share our feelings with you about the beaming female face that adorns the article. You can see it here.
The film is produced by HBO. So it’s presumably HBO’s publicity department that was responsible for creating and distributing a glamor-style photograph of a smiling, contented-looking young woman in her twenties to promote the movie.
That female is our child’s murderer. She was sentenced to sixteen life sentences or 320 years which she is serving in an Israeli jail. Fifteen people were killed and more than a hundred maimed and injured by the actions of this attractive person and her associates.
CNN is one of many news agencies reporting that Al Qaeda is the strongest that it has been since 9-11-01.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Al Qaeda is the strongest it has been since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a new U.S. government analysis concludes, according to a senior government official who has seen it.
Despite a campaign of military action and counterterrorism operations, al Qaeda has regained its strength and found safe haven in the tribal areas of Pakistan, the report says, according to counterterrorism officials familiar with the report.
The five-page intelligence analysis remains classified and was prepared for senior U.S. policymakers. It was not issued in response to a specific threat.
Two intelligence officials said the report’s finding are similar to what is expected to be in the National Intelligence Estimate anticipated to be released later this summer. The NIE is the intelligence community’s collective analysis of pressing national security issues.
The White House’s view is that “over the past six years, we have prevented attacks from al Qaeda by taking the fight to them,” a senior administration official said. “But they are an enemy that adapts.”
Am I the only one who is furious about this. I don’t want to hear that they are growing in strength. I want to read about how we have placed a stranglehold upon their neck and a boot in their ass.
It reminds me a of a scene from The Untouchables:
Capone: I want you to get this fuck where he breathes! I want you to find this nancy-boy Eliot Ness, I want him DEAD! I want his family DEAD! I want his house burned to the GROUND! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna PISS ON HIS ASHES!
I have written about Al Qaeda on numerous occasions including this post from earlier in the week. I haven’t any compunction about calling them evil because they are. But they are also smart, resourceful, patient and very dangerous. You don’t play games with people like this.
It is like cancerous tumor. You go in and remove it and then use aggressive treatment to see that it doesn’t return. We have to do better than this.
The following information comes from Michael Yon’s blog but it has been widely reported around the net.
Since my reporting of the massacre at the al Hamari village, many readers at home have asked how anyone can know that al Qaeda actually performed the massacre. The question is a very good one, and one that I posed from the first hour to Iraqis and Americans while trying to ascertain facts about the killings.
No one can claim with certainty that it was al Qaeda, but the Iraqis here seem convinced of it. At a meeting today in Baqubah one Iraqi official I spoke with framed the al Qaeda infiltration and influence in the province. Although he spoke freely before a group of Iraqi and American commanders, including Staff Major General Abdul Kareem al Robai who commands Iraqi forces in Diyala, and LTC Fred Johnson, the deputy commander of 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the Iraqi official asked that I withhold his identity from publication. His opinion, shared by others present, is that al Qaeda came to Baqubah and united many of the otherwise independent criminal gangs.
Speaking through an American interpreter, Lieutenant David Wallach who is a native Arabic speaker, the Iraqi official related how al Qaeda united these gangs who then became absorbed into â€œal Qaeda.â€ They recruited boys born during the years 1991, 92 and 93 who were each given weapons, including pistols, a bicycle and a phone (with phone cards paid) and a salary of $100 per month, all courtesy of al Qaeda. These boys were used for kidnapping, torturing and murdering people.
At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the manâ€™s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, â€œWhat did he say?â€ Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family. (Emphasis is mine)
Other bloggers who covered this include: Seraphic Secret, Sleeping Ugly and The Right Truth among others. It is worth mentioning again that a US Army raid netted a copy of the Al-Qaeda Torture handbook.
In modern society we often hesitate to use labels. In many ways I am sympathetic to that particular point of view, but at the same time I understand that there are needs that over ride others.
And let’s face it, an organization such as Al-Qaeda has no redeeming features. People who subscribe to this murderous and evil ideology need to be dealt with and handled with extreme prejudice. They would not hesitate to do so with us and we mustn’t with them.
A few random thoughts about the events of the past couple of days.
Unless you have been trapped beneath a heavy object you probably are aware that Britain narrowly avoided a sizable terror attack when two car bombs were discovered.
This was followed by an attack upon the Glasgow airport in which a flaming SUV tried to ram the main terminal.
CNN is reporting that new Prime Minister Gordon Brown and company have raised the terror alert to its highest level meaning terror attacks are imminent. I don’t mean to sound obnoxious, but “DUH!” It has progressed beyond imminent, now there are a host of questions.
Did they have any forewarning about any of this? How far along are they in their investigation? Is there knowledge of additional attacks or is the terror level alert system merely a response to the past days? Is this being done to suss out Gordon Brown’s intentions or is the timing coincidental?
Stay tuned, more to come on all of these matters. Updates are on the way.
GAZA CITY (AP) — A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children’s television program was the victim of a pretend beating death in the show’s final episode Friday.
In the final skit, the “Farfour” character was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a “terrorist.”
“Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added.
So happy to see that these noble people are teaching such strong values to their children. And people ask why there is no peace.