How King George III planned to defeat a French invasion

September 3, 2007

From Strange Maps. I won’t say any more; you just have to see it to appreciate it.


Such civilized people

September 3, 2007

Palestinian terrorists Brave, brave jihadis fighting for the Religion of Peace and Tolerance(tm) showed their moral superiority and the righteousness of their cause by firing rockets at an Israeli day-care centerand bragging about it.

The Sderot Parents Association decided they would not take their children to schools and day care centers beginning Tuesday, until the government changed its policy regarding ongoing Kassam rocket attacks on the western Negev town, The Jerusalem Post learned Monday.

It followed a salvo of seven Kassam rockets that landed in and around the beleaguered town Monday morning. After one of the rockets thudded into the courtyard of a day care center, soldiers scrambled to evacuate everyone inside. Twelve people, including some of the babies, suffered shock and a building was damaged.


In total, seven Kassam rockets landed in and around the western Negev town as Sderot children started their second day of the new school year. The Islamic Jihad said they had fired nine Kuds-3 rockets, saying on their internet site that the attack was "a present for the start of the new school year."

Lovely people. Simply charming. They deserve lots of Western aid and their own state, don’t you think?

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: There’s a video link at Power Line to the attack, while Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard notes Hamas is already claiming that they are the real victims. Now that’s chutzpah. Lawhawk notes how the AP softens Islamic Jihad’s attempted atrocity.

UPDATE: I had to read this twice to make sure I wasn’t delusional. A bunch of medieval religious fascists has just fired rockets at a day-care center for infants, so what does the Olmert government do? They complain to the UN. Un-frakking-believable. No wonder they so botched the war with Hizbullah last summer. I think this is the first Israeli government to truly lack a spine. (via LGF)

UPDATE II: Roger L. Simon reports that the ever-feckless EU has weighed in, with this statement from EU foreign policy head Javier Solana:

"I’d like to show my solidarity with the
people of Sderot," he said at a news conference in Jerusalem with
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

"I know what it means,
and to see today again the same experience for the people, in
particular at a time when kids are in school, I think it’s something
that I have to condemn," he said.

I’m sure that’s a great comfort to the parents of Sderot: someone’s deliberately trying to blow up our babies, but -hey!- the EU feels solidarity with us! Send them back to school! And I’m sure Solana’s statement has Islamic Jihad just quaking in their boots. Keep this up and, next thing you know, they’ll be on the receiving end of the dreaded Sternly Worded Expression of Concern(tm).

Followed by an aid check.


The jihad within the jihad

September 3, 2007

David Tate of The Fourth Rail takes a detailed look at fighting in two crucial provinces of eastern Afghanistan, Nuristan and Kunar:

The fight against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and allied extremists in eastern Afghanistan has heated up over the past year. According to a high-level NGO executive, al Qaeda has called for jihadis to flock to Nuristan to help push the Americans out. The open plea from al Qaeda may point to the importance Nuristan has held to the insurgency in this region along the border with Kunar province. Since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom there has been no sustained, conventional Coalition or government presence in Nuristan. Emboldened by a seemingly neglectful strategy in regard to the area, Nuristan and its isolated valleys have become a comfortable home for hundreds of terrorists and other anti-government allies.

And it’s not just your typical jihadis: Tate reports that many of the attacks on US and NATO forces in Nuristan are coming from criminal gangs, including illegal loggers. (They’re lumberjacks and they’re ok? –ed. Somehow I don’t think they press wildflowers.) After years of neglect, this area that’s been described as a gateway to Kabul is seeing increased US presence for two reasons: reasonable suspicions that bin Laden himself hides out in these areas, and the ability to shift more US forces in because of NATO taking over other areas of the country. (Apparently even simian rights activist Spanish premier Zapatero hasn’t found a way to weasel out of Afghanistan.)

With the nation’s attention focused on Iraq, we often tend to forget the Afghan theater of the Long War. And yet the fight here is very important: not for Afghanistan per se, which simply doesn’t have the strategic value of Iraq, but to keep al-Qaeda from reestablishing itself in a secure haven whence it can plan its next big strike in relative safety.

Of course, that begs the question of what’s happening in next-door Waziristan, but that’s a problem for another day. One we’ll probably have to clean up, too.