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Lyle
08-09-2010, 12:27 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703589404575417732115452818.html

The barbarity of Islamic extremists has become a commonplace event, but the apparent murder last week of 10 aid workers in Afghanistan, including six Americans, is especially notable as an education in the nature of our enemy.

The doctors, nurses and technicians were on an expedition to deliver eye care in the remote northern reaches of Afghanistan when, according to an Afghan eyewitness who escaped, they were lined up by men in red beards and summarily executed with AK-47s. Led by American doctor Tom Little, of Delmar, New York, the group had been working for the International Assistance Mission, a Christian outfit that has operated in Afghanistan since 1966 but does no proselytizing.

The 10 were unarmed and had turned down an offer of an Afghan military escort on grounds that they had long been able to do their charity work without incident. A Taliban spokesman took credit for the murders, saying the group was discovered with a Bible and that "the punishment for spying is death."

The murders are a window on the threat that thousands of Afghans face every day if they dare to cooperate with the Afghan government. The assassinations and disfigurements (cutting off ears or arms) are a war tactic, designed to make it harder for the government to collect intelligence and deliver services to win over the population. The attacks on aid workers are likewise intended to isolate Afghans from Western assistance that could improve their lives.

In the logic of today's antiwar pessimism, the aid-worker murders are being portrayed as a sign of how badly the war is going. But they are more significant for revealing the Taliban method and the fate that will befall our Afghan allies if we let the Islamists once again overrun the country. Tom Little had worked in Afghanistan for decades, and the best way to honor him and his colleagues is to leave behind a country in which Taliban brutality can't prevail.

The main U.S. strategic purpose in this war is self-defense in denying an al Qaeda sanctuary. But our cause also includes the moral imperative of preventing Islamic radicals from a victory that would give them rein to maim and murder thousands of innocents.

bjkeefe
08-09-2010, 11:11 PM
MSNBC (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38633407/ns/today-entertainment/):

Levi Johnston to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in reality show
Bristol Palin's ex teams with production company to shop program documenting campaign

(h/t, and I use the term loosely: @KagroX (http://twitter.com/KagroX/status/20754751380), RT by @sonjablair (http://twitter.com/sonjablair))

#signsoftheapocalypse #saygoodnightamerica

Lyle
08-10-2010, 01:33 AM
Way to belittle these people bjkeefe. The Taliban lined 10 aid workers up and shot them all. And you have to go and make Levi Johnston jokes.

bjkeefe
08-10-2010, 04:09 AM
Way to belittle these people bjkeefe. The Taliban lined 10 aid workers up and shot them all. And you have to go and make Levi Johnston jokes.

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Tell me, while they did this, were they applauded by fat old people in lawn chairs, who were waving signs saying TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK?

Lyle
08-10-2010, 04:16 AM
So you have no respect for the aid workers at all?

bjkeefe
08-10-2010, 04:19 AM
So you have no respect for the aid workers at all?

Seriously, Chyled. Are you capable of getting any point at all that isn't spoon-fed to you?

Lyle
08-10-2010, 04:25 AM
Yes, please spoon feed me your disrespect of the murdered. These people spent the better part of their lives helping the Afghan people, and the Taliban just lines them up and shoots them. Picture that... not Levi Johnston. Picture grown people having their brains blown out by some Muslim Taliban.

bjkeefe
08-10-2010, 04:28 AM
Yes, please spoon feed me ...

I will be happy to, once I see some evidence you're ready to consume nourishing ideas. So far, I have not.

ttfn

Whatfur
08-10-2010, 03:06 PM
Yes, please spoon feed me your disrespect of the murdered. These people spent the better part of their lives helping the Afghan people, and the Taliban just lines them up and shoots them. Picture that... not Levi Johnston. Picture grown people having their brains blown out by some Muslim Taliban.

You forget Lyle, Queef has not quite made up his mind yet whether the Taliban are something to get behind or not.

bjkeefe
08-10-2010, 03:14 PM
You forget Lyle, Queef has not quite made up his mind yet whether the Taliban are something to get behind or not.

Noted for the record.

bjkeefe
08-10-2010, 08:37 PM
MSNBC (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38633407/ns/today-entertainment/):

Levi Johnston to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in reality show
Bristol Palin's ex teams with production company to shop program documenting campaign

(h/t, and I use the term loosely: @KagroX (http://twitter.com/KagroX/status/20754751380), RT by @sonjablair (http://twitter.com/sonjablair))

#signsoftheapocalypse #saygoodnightamerica

First official reaction (http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/08/10/wasilla-mayor-levi-johnston-should-keep-his-clothes-on/) I've happened across:

Verne E. Rupright, the current mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll run for reelection in October 2011, but he has offered advice for his potential opposition, Levi Johnston ... “But since I am nearly old enough to be Levi’s grandfather I think it would be wise for him to get a high school diploma and keep his clothes on. The voters like that!”

(I guess that's what passes for Meee-ow! in Wasilla.)