Dear Arab League: drop dead

April 10, 2011

Indulging his taste for laughable moral equivalence, the Secretary General of the Arab League and possible future president of Egypt, Amr Moussa, called for a no-fly zone over Gaza to protect Gazans (read: “Hamas”) from Israel:

Arab League Chief Amr Mussa said Sunday that the organization would ask the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, which Israel has pounded with air strikes in response to rocket fire.Condemning what it called Israel’s “brutal” aggression in Gaza, a gathering of the Arab League’s permanent delegates chaired by Oman called on the UN to convene its Security Council.

The meeting would “consider the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip on an urgent basis to stop its siege and impose a no-fly rule on the Israeli military to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip,” the Arab League said in a statement

Because, of course, what Israel does to protect its own people is just like what Qaddafi is doing to his own people in Libya. And yet, I can sympathize with Amr; if there’s no no-fly zone over Gaza, those evil Israeli bullies might retaliate for Hamas firing an anti-tank rocket at a bus load of schoolchildren:

The condition of the 16-year-old critically injured in the anti-tank missile attack on a school bus in the Negev on Thursday remains unchanged, Dr. Itzhak Lazar of Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center told Army Radio Friday morning.The boy suffered severe head trauma and received artificial respiration while unconscious when an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in the Negev on Thursday.

The missile, which was fired by Hamas, hit the bus moments after most of the children got off, while it was driving near Kibbutz Saad, about 2.5 km. from Gaza. Only two people were on the bus when it was hit – the driver, who was lightly injured, and the boy, who was en route to visit his grandmother. The bus driver is a friend of the family.

Immediately after the attack, Palestinians fired more than 45 mortar shells and Katyusha and Kassam rockets into Israel.

Whose “brutal aggression” are we talking about, Mr. Secretary General?

Hamas should consider itself lucky that, unlike Hamas, Israel is civilized and won’t give the Gaza Strip the carpet-bombing it so richly deserves.

RELATED: One of the Katyushas fired into Israel was intercepted by the IDF’s new “Iron Dome” tactical missile defense system, showing that missile defense can work even on a short-range, tactical level. McKittrick at Closing Velocity has more on this important development.


How would you react if you saw severed heads in your neighborhood?

April 10, 2011

As violence in the cartel wars grows worse in Mexico, more and more Mexican families are sending their children to school in the United States. For school officials in border districts, this means having to deal more and more with children suffering severe mental and emotional trauma from the horrors they’ve witnessed. In the El Paso Independent School District, counselor Susan Crews describes having to deal with children who’ve been through Hell:

In border cities, it’s common for students from Mexico to go to school in the U.S. Some were born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico, and their families feel they’ll have better opportunities if they go to an American school.

But in recent years, motivation to cross the border has changed. Horrific drug-related violence in Mexico is forcing some families to flee, often in a hurry.

Susan Crews, lead counselor for the El Paso Independent School District, has seen what witnessing that violence can do to a child.

“I have students whose mothers have been decapitated,” Crews says. “I have a student in one of the middle schools — when he visited his family in Juarez there were three heads on sticks along the path were he goes.”

Crews is a grandmotherly figure who wears her hair in a bow-shaped bun atop her head. She says never in her 43 years as a counselor has she encountered such hellish stories.

“The counselor had contacted me because this eighth-grader was having a trauma reaction,” Crews says. “He was not able to control his bladder; he was not sleeping at night.”

Crews is the woman the district sends when there’s a major trauma at a school. In the past two years, she’s responded to the deaths of four students — all killed in Mexico.

“My experience has been atrocious,” she says. “I mean it’s just been overwhelming in my opinion.”

Perhaps a measure of the scale of the problem, Ft. Hood Ft. Bliss in El Paso has been offering training in counseling those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — the kind they offer to soldiers returning from a war.

And now children from Mexico.

EDIT: Fixed a careless mistake.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A rather grisly home business

April 10, 2011

Juan? Is that you in there?

New industries always create opportunities for the enterprising to make a buck by providing a service the industry doesn’t want to do itself: catering, janitorial, computer service, whatever. If there’s a niche to fill, the plucky capitalist is ready to go.

Even when that service involves disposing of the bodies of the drug cartels’ victims:

Investigators have unearthed human bones and teeth from pits used by a man known as the “Stew-maker,” who confessed to dissolving 300 bodies of drug cartel victims, prosecutors said Friday.Miguel Angel Guerrero, head of the Baja California state prosecutors’ office on disappearances, said about 30 bone fragments and 15 tooth fragments were dug up Monday at a ranch in eastern Tijuana that was once occupied by Santiago “El Pozolero” Meza Lopez.

Pozole is a form of hominy stew, made with corn processed with caustic soda. Meza purportedly used a similar process to dissolve his victims.

 

See? Even in Mexico, the small businessman just can’t get a break.

And remind me not to order the pozole, if I’m ever down that way, again.