Archive for the ‘Foreign News’ Category

Beirut Marine Barracks Bombed 25 Years Ago Today….

October 23, 2008

October 23 1983: Islamic terrorists blew up our U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon killing 220 marines and 23 other service members. Another attack nearby killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks.


On October 23 1983, around 6:20 am, a yellow Mercedes-Benz truck drove to Beirut International Airport, where the 1st Battalion 8th Marines, under the U.S. 2nd Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps, had set up its local headquarters. The truck had been substituted for a hijacked water delivery truck. The truck turned onto an access road leading to the Marines’ compound and circled a parking lot. The driver then accelerated and crashed through a barbed wire fence around the parking lot, passed between two sentry posts, crashed through a gate and barreled into the lobby of the Marine headquarters. The Marine sentries at the gate were operating under their rules of engagement, which made it very difficult to respond quickly to the truck. By the time the two sentries had locked, loaded, and shouldered their weapons, the truck was already inside the building’s entry way.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives, which were equivalent to 12,000 pounds (about 5,400 kg) of TNT. The force of the explosion collapsed the four-story cinder-block building into rubble, crushing many inside.It is said to have been the largest non-nuclear blast ever (deliberately) detonated on the face of the earth. “The force of the explosion,” “initially lifted the entire four-story structure, shearing the bases of the concrete support columns, each measuring fifteen feet in circumference and reinforced by numerous one and three quarter inch steel rods. The airborne building then fell in upon itself. A massive shock wave and ball of flaming gas was hurled in all directions.”

About 20 seconds later, an identical attack occurred against the barracks of the French 3rd Company of the 6th French Parachute Infantry Regiment. Another suicide bomber drove his truck down a ramp into the building’s underground parking garage and detonated his bomb, leveling the headquarters.

See Michelle Malkin today for a wonderful and complete story and memorial.

Famous Blue Burqa….

July 13, 2008

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
Im glad you stood in my way.
(L Cohen: “Famous Blue Raincoat”)

These unfortunate women were accused of prostituting themselves to U.S. military and American contractors and were dispatched by the Taliban.
The women, dressed in blue burqas, were shot and killed just outside Ghazni city in central Afghanistan, said Sayed Ismal, a spokesman for Ghazni’s governor. He called the two “innocent local people”.

Source: Breitbart

Organized Brawls: New Olympic Event?

July 7, 2008

Remember when informal sports, i.e. basketball, were organized with shirts vs skins? I don’t know if they do that anymore but I remember it from my high school days. Our friends in Eastern Europe have taken the idea to a whole new level with organized brawls, or row boxing, no holds barred; Kicking is OK. This activity apparently is quite widespread in Ukraine and Russia. Apparently this is a traditional rural pastime where village vs village was the Saturday night pastime; now it’s transferred to urban settings. It musts be something like the pitched battles of the ancient world only without the knives and spears. These kids don’t fool around; kicks to the downed person’s head seem routine. Interesting comments from this site :

After (or before) watching or visiting the football match, some Russian football fans like to go out, gather in groups and fight with each other. They call such fight a “mahach”, from the word “mahatsia”, which means to fight with somebody. Here are the pictures and the video of the typical fans “mahach” that took place in Rostov-On-Don. Probably this tradition goes from the ancient Slavonic fisticuffs; it was a real national fun in Ancient Russia when village met village each weekends in a row on row boxing fun.

So in modern Russia it’s not considered to be violent like a corrida (bullfight) in Spain or Boxing in USA, it’s the same like a boxing but at the same time hundreds of athletes fight on their good will. Maybe someday organized crowd row boxing would be included into Olympic Games official sports list?

New Olympic event anyone?

Surge Working, What Say You Now, Bammy?

June 2, 2008

The defeatists and white flag wavers are awfully quiet out there now that Iraqi forces (imagine that!) have pretty much subdued the militias and even taken charge in the port city of Basra. Barack “Bammy” Obama is going to have to scramble now to readjust his anti-war rhetoric t fit the new reality on the ground. The Washington Post editorializes today in an opinion piece titled “The Iraqi Upturn”:

Don’t look now, but the U.S.-backed government and army may be winning the war.

….Iraq passed a turning point last fall when the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign launched in early 2007 produced a dramatic drop in violence and quelled the incipient sectarian war between Sunnis and Shiites. Now, another tipping point may be near, one that sees the Iraqi government and army restoring order in almost all of the country, dispersing both rival militias and the Iranian-trained “special groups” that have used them as cover to wage war against Americans….the rapidly improving conditions should allow U.S. commanders to make some welcome adjustments — and it ought to mandate an already-overdue rethinking by the “this-war-is-lost” caucus in Washington, including Sen. Barack Obama.

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Tags: iraq war,war on terror,surge working,appeasers,defeatists,barack obama,bammy obama,iraqis control

On Obama’s Talking to Iran….

April 14, 2008

Today’s cartoon, third in a series by Nick Rizzuto of Conservative Punk and artist Chris Holloway. The first two graphics can be seen here and here.

Obama Stealth and Bush Bras….

February 17, 2008

The above photo is from an aerial photo by North Carolina TV station WTVD. Depicted are Obama and Edwards at the Edwards’ home in Chapel Hill NC. The MyWay News reports:

CHICAGO (AP) – Barack Obama sneaked down to North Carolina Sunday and met with former rival John Edwards, who has yet to make an endorsement in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Officials at North Carolina television station WTVD said they have video taken from a helicopter of Obama leaving Edwards’ home in Chapel Hill. A producer said the station was “tipped off” about the meeting, but said the source was confidential.

The Obama campaign confirmed the meeting. Although reporters normally travel everywhere with Obama, he left them behind to fly down in secret from his hometown.

Of course this leads to much speculation about the Edwards candidate endorsement:

The couple has been impressed with Clinton, who has more effectively courted them since the 2004 vice presidential nominee dropped out, people who talk to the Edwardses say. Obama has been less attentive, they say, and some of those close to the Edwardses have been annoyed that Obama has continued to ridicule him for once saying his biggest weakness is that he has a powerful response to seeing pain in others.

The campaign is getting interesting, one might even say it’s heating up drastically (see the Bill Clinton photo below where he confronts an Obama supporter in Canton OH)

Meanwhile “W” is greeted with great fanfare and adulation during his trip to Africa.Reutors reports:

Beaming repeatedly during a press conference with Kikwete, (Bush) made a point of referring to his welcome on the streets, which he described as “very moving”.

Bush opened his remarks by saying “Vipi Mambo!” before turning to U.S. journalists and adding: “For the uneducated, that’s Swahili for ‘Howdy Y’all'” –a typical Texas greeting.

Kikwete told Bush: “The outpouring of warmth and affection from the people of Tanzania that you have witnessed since your arrival is a genuine reflection of what we feel towards you and towards the American people.”….

In a reference to Bush’s domestic problems, Kikwete added: “Different people may have different views about you and your administration and your legacy.

Bush was greeted on his arrival in Tanzania by women sporting “Bush Bras”!

Capitulation Led to Slaughter: 27 Jan 1973….

January 27, 2008

Reprinted from today’s Winter’s Soldier Story blog:

A Day That Lives in Ignominy

….Today is the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, a capitulation of American values in Vietnam that ultimately led to the slaughter of more than 3 million residents of Southeast Asia, specifically in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The Paris Peace Accords stand as the most significant betrayal of Democracy, the American populace, the South Vietnamese, and the other allies who stood with us in that effort to contain the spread of communism since Neville Chamberlain betrayed Europe and brought about the Second World War.

Two years after the Peace Accords were signed, the communists in North Vietnam again invaded the south, and the American government stood by idly, watching impassively as the screaming populace that had believed we would never abandon them, was left to a horrible fate. They were thrown into concentration camps, murdered by death squads, starvation and forced labor, and ultimately, a million refugees known as The Boat People, tried by any means available to flee the horrors of communist rule.

Virtually simultaneously Laos and Cambodia fell to murderous communist forces. Mass extermination ultimately left millions dead and millions displaced.

The saddest aspect of the end of South Vietnam was that the American military, which had forced the communists to the brink of surrender, before politicians intervened, was blamed for the debacle that resulted two years after the Peace Accords were signed. The South Vietnamese military also had defeated the communists, after the north invaded over Easter of 1972 and lost the biggest battle of the war to the South Vietnamese ground forces backed by American air power.

Yet, less than a year later, conspirators, collaborators and spineless, mewling, fawning, acquiescent, weak-kneed bureaucrats and politicians in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France handed to the communists what their armies had been unable to take by force in over 15 years of war. Less than two years later the lie of the Paris Accords was made all too obvious to the world, and the slaughter was on.

Ignominy means disgrace. I noticed that the media didn’t do much in the way of covering this date.

Edmund Hillary Clinton

January 10, 2008

The announcement today of the death of Sir Edmund Hillary (b. 1919), New Zealand mountaineer and c0-conqueror of Everest with Tenzing Norgay, reminds of another classic Clinton fib; that Mrs. Clinton was named after Sir Edmund. Mrs. Clinton, on a visit to Nepal in 1995, encountered Edmund Hillary and later told reporters that she was named after the famed climber. This story was discounted much later (2006) by a Clinton spokesperson saying; “….she was not named after Sir Edmund after all….It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add..”

The history of this claim is throughly discussed at Snopes.

Tags: snopes,hillary clinton named,edmund hillary,mt everest,hillary clinton mamesake

Burma Turns Very Ugly….

October 1, 2007

I received this email Saturday from a friend who received it from a friend in Nepal. It concerns the reported murder of monks in Myanmar (Burma). The horrible events reported in this email seem to have been confirmed by today’s report in the Daily Mail (U.K.), see below:

From: Tashi Wangchuk <>
Date: 28 Sep 2007 10:44
Subject: Some Fact from Yangoon

We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago.

We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!!

For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning.

A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.

When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.

Please tell your audience of the full extent of the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!!

‘Arrested’ is not enough expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!!

Aye Aye
Hong Kong

Tashi Wangchuk
P.o Box 1287
Kathmandu. NEPAL

…..And from today’s reports referenced above:

Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma’s ruling junta has revealed.

The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: “Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.”

Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered to take part in a massacre of holy men. He has now reached the border with Thailand.

Tensions: People gather outside a temple after a police raid

Photos: Daily Mail

Tags: burma,myanmar,monks massacre,democracy struggles