The jihad targets children, too

March 29, 2010

Remember the horror of the Beslan massacre, which started when Islamic “holy warriors” took over a Russian school and ended with over 300 death, 186 of them children?

They’ve tried again, this time in Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijan’s National Security Ministry said police had arrested eight members of an “organised criminal group, crossing illegally from Georgia into Azerbaijan with the aim of carrying out terrorist acts.”

A ministry statement said seven were Azeris, including three women, and the eighth was from Russia’s southern Chechnya republic.

It said the group had earlier concealed weapons and ammunition in the roof of a kindergarten and a school in the capital Baku and planned to attack both. The suspected ringleader is still at large, it added.

And yet we’re to believe Islam is a religion of peace.

RELATED: The attacks in Moscow yesterday were indeed carried out by al Qaeda-affiliated suicide bombers, in this case the notorious Black Widows.

(via Jihad Watch)


America gives its opinion of Congress

March 29, 2010

The Pew Research Center asked people to give a one-word impression of Congress, from which they built a word cloud. The size of a word relates to its frequency. Behold the result:

Vox populi, vox Dei.  Rolling on the floor

(via: American Thinker and International Liberty)


The Flat Tax: Good for America, Bad for Washington

March 29, 2010

Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity has just released a video explaining why he believes a flat tax would be better for the country and fairer overall:

Here’s what he says about the “progressive taxes are more fair” argument favored by the left-liberals:

There are two big hurdles that must be overcome to achieve tax reform. The first obstacle is that the class-warfare crowd wants the tax code to penalize success with high tax rates. That issue is addressed in the video in a couple of ways. I explain that fairness should be defined as treating all people equally, and I also point out that upper-income taxpayers are far more likely to benefit from all the deductions, credits, exemptions, preferences, and other loopholes in the tax code.

You can read the other reason in his article at Big Government.

Personally, I’m drawn to the idea of a national sales tax or VAT as a replacement for the income tax. It makes sense to tax consumption instead of productive work, though I recognize some fear that it would be a hidden tax that fuels government growth.

Regardless, I think we can all* agree that the current tax system is a nightmare that needs to end.

*(Except for Democrats progressive statists and the tax-prep industry.)

LINKS: More at Hot Air.


Terror in Russia

March 29, 2010

Two blasts rip through the Moscow subway system, one near the infamous Lubyanka prison:

Explosions tore through two subway stations at rush hour on Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding others, authorities and news agencies said.

The first blast came just before 8 a.m. at Lubyanka station, the Emergencies Ministry said. The headquarters of the Federal Security Service, successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is just above the station.

“The blast hit the second carriage of a Metro train that stopped at Lubyanka” at 7:56 a.m., ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said. The victims were inside the carriage and on the platform, she said.

About 45 minutes later, a second explosion rocked the Park Kultury station, authorities said.

Police spokesman Viktor Biryukov told the Associated Press that at least 12 people were killed in the second blast, which occurred at 8:38 a.m.

Terrorism was suspected in both incidents.

No, really?

To be blunt, I’ve been no admirer of how the Russians have handled their own jihadist insurgency in Chechnya and the surrounding Caucasus region. In fact, the Russian Army and related security forces have acted like barbarians, little better than the enemy they’re fighting. Brutality, rape, and murder have been their tools, and one hopes in vain for the day when these savages are prosecuted.

But that does not excuse attacks on civilian Russian targets by the jihadists, and while the Russians often show the darkest side of Western civilization, the mujaheddin are utterly antithetical to it – and in a ruthless calculation of self-interest constitute a greater long-term threat.  Assuming jihadists carried out this threat, here’s wishing the Russians good hunting in bringing them to bay.

(Just try not to live down to your reputations while doing it, okay?)


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