Yesterday I took a trip to the Korean War Memorial. Sometimes the Korean war is called the “Forgotten War” because people do not talk about it much. There were brave souls from Kansas who fought across the rocky hills and mountains of Korea, and today is a day to remember them.
This will be a pictorial essay because when it comes to honoring theÂ heros who fought off a brutal communist regime and who freed the people of South Korea, words fail to be enough. Continue reading “Memorial Day Kansas”
As a warm up to Memorial day, here’s a poem and some leatherwork from my father, who I thank once again for his military service. Thanks on this day as well to his brother, my uncle Johnny who did not board the flight back.
US forces freed 41 Iraqi’s from Al Qaeda’s grip today, many who showed signs of torture including broken bones.
WASHINGTON (AP) – US Forces rescued 41 Iraqi civilians Sunday from an al-Qaida hide- out northeast of Baghdad, Â including some who showed signs of torture and broken bones, a senior U.S. official said.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said it was the largest number of detained Iraqis ever found in a single al-Qaida hide-out. Some among the 41 had been held as long as four months, he said. Details were incomplete, but Caldwell said some of the freed Iraqis were being transported to medical facilities for treatment of their injuries. There were no indications that Americans had been held at the hide-out, he said. It was not immediately clear whether any al- Qaida figures were captured.
I have an open question for the leaders of Islamic countries everywhere: How can you allow Al Qaida to continue with this? They are responsible for the deaths, torture, and displacement of tens of thousands of Muslims across the world, and these aren’t Americans in the pictures of their torture manuals. Is Bin Laden the Lion of Allah, or the barking dog of devils who howl for the ummah’s doom in a sick hunt for power in the Islamic world?
I have an open question to those calling to defund the war and to the editors of the New York Times: Do you have the slightest clue what evil is?
Atlas has a story up about Bill Warner being sued for reporting on potential links to terrorism, from Atlas:
If the Muslims get away with this “test case”, it will shut us all down. The intrepid blogger and PI (and valued Atlas source) has been sued for publishing stories about Muslims with ties to Islamic terror. News stories already published in the mainstream media. Warner obviously hit a nerve. This is the next nefarious step in the litigation jihad. Warner must prevail. This has all the CAIR tactics written all over it.
The opponents of truth will fail in the end, I have faith in our country and our courts; but thisÂ is aÂ slapp-suit.Â By forcing people into court and steep lawyer bills they hope to stifle bloggers. That’s just not going to happen.
Just at initial glance the suit appears to be overbroad and specifically designed to infringe Bill Warner’s freedom of speech.
Â LAHORE: The United States Embassy has warned its citizens to defer travel to Pakistan because of recent information indicating terrorists may be plotting attacks on Western interest in the country.
â€œRecent information indicates that terrorists may be planning to conduct attacks against Western interests in Pakistan. These interests may include NGOs and companies. No further information is available regarding the exact timing, location, or specific targets of these attacks. US citizens should defer travel, and are reminded to examine their personal security practices,â€ says a warden notice issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad.
â€œThe embassy would like to remind the American citizen community of the need to stay alert, to reduce travel to minimum acceptable levels, and to act self-defensively at all times. American citizens should avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate, vary their routes and times, and maintain a low profile. We remind American citizens that protests and demonstrations may occur throughout Pakistan without prior notice and to avoid all demonstrations and protests.â€
Update: This is not intel received from Pakistan spurring the notice, it’s intel developed by US resources our state department passed it to Pakistani authorities as this article in the Frontier Post details.
The Military JuntaÂ rulingÂ Burma with iron fistÂ will keepÂ Aung San Suu Kyi under arrest another year by extension of a special law created just to detain her. Meanwhile the planned economy is crumbling, an estimated 700,000 refugees are living in camps outside the country, there’s a continuing assault on the Karen tribes in the back-country, and now a polio outbreak. The Junta also arrested 25 more advocates for democracy who went to temples to pray for her release. There are an estimated 1,100 political prisoners fromÂ Suu Kyi’s partyÂ in Burma / Myanmar. Continue reading “Myanmar Junta Jails Suu Kyi Another Year”
Dawn Television debuted today in Pakistan, with an announcement by President Musharaaf. It was good to see that freedom of the press in this case is supported, Dawn has been in the past badgered by the government, but on the government’s side of the tale Dawn sometimes gets things wrong. The fact that they have a list of grievances up at their news site that’s remained up for a long time tells me that the Press in Pakistan is much freer than that in China, Iran, and Venezuela. Indeed, I find things in the Pakistan press that go un-reported here and other places.
In other news, Lal Masjid freed the two policemen the madrassa students were holding hostage without an operation by the Islamabad Police. Maulana Ghazi states that he was misquoted when he threatened suicide bombers, which is an outright lie. I’ve seen the videos of the white headbands, and too many different reporters have heard that statement or similar statements too many different times for it to be a misquote. Continue reading “Pakistan Update”