It’s not just the public option that’s the problem

September 8, 2009

At Ace’s, Gabriel Malor takes a good look at what else is wrong with ObamaCare, even if the public option is removed from the final bill. Conclusion: the whole thing is anti-prosperity.


Germany in the crosshairs?

September 8, 2009

Al-Qaeda hasn’t launched a major terrorist strike in the West for several years*, but intelligence reports of chatter among medieval psychopaths jihadis indicate plans for a strike bigger than 9-11, that Germany is the target, and that it may happen soon:

Jihadists close to al-Qaeda explicitly warned in new communications that Germany will be the target of the next 9/11-scale terrorist attack. The timing of the strike, they say, will be within the next few weeks.

According to analysts with the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), a recently intercepted jihadist communication declares that “everyone knows” that the “next strike is very near, a strike that will surprise everyone in its effect, which will be much more shocking than that of 9/11/2001.” The writer of the chilling message notes that this is the Muslim month of Ramadan and that “we pray that it will indeed be in this month.”

After referring to a previous boast by Osama Bin-Laden, that the enemy is afraid and unable to prevent the next attack, the communication says:

“And the Germans, grandchildren of the Nazis, know more than everyone else that they will be the first ones to taste [the nightmare]. It is just a matter of time – that is, days or weeks – and God willing you’ll see things that you’ve never heard of before.”

Analysts cite two reasons to suspect the attack, if it occurs, will happen this month: first, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It’s supposed to be a month of no fighting (a ban often ignored in Islamic history), and a strike at the end would be symbolically significant, showing strength and renewed religious zeal on the jihadis’ part. Also, German national elections are scheduled for the end of the month. Al Qaeda has struck during elections before, to great effect: their terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004 during the elections toppled the national government, leading to their withdrawal from Iraq and Spain’s virtual surrender to al Qaeda. The temptation to strike a similar blow against Germany to force their withdrawal from Afghanistan (and cost Merkel the chancellorship) must be great.

A third reason may be in play, too: a recent airstrike against a Taliban group that had hijacked some fuel tankers also killed some civilians, who were helping themselves to the fuel. The strike occurred in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan, an area under German military control. Al Qaeda, obsessed with revenge and ever-conscious of PR opportunities, may see this as a good time to “hit back against the murderous Crusaders” to bolster their image with other Muslims.

German authorities are not ignorant of this threat, and they have a very good counterintelligence service. One hopes, if the threat is genuine, that Berlin rounds up these refugees from the 7th century before any more innocents are hurt.

(via The Jawa Report)

*(Thank you, George W. Bush)