Archive for July 23rd, 2008

Al-Qaida Shopping eBay for Ambulances

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The latest terrorist tactics could include bomb laden ambulances.

LONDON — Members of Britain’s MI5 intelligence service have warned the nation’s cash-strapped National Health Services that dozens of ambulances — along with old police cars and fire engines — are being snapped up by al-Qaida operatives in the United Kingdom to mount suicide bomb attacks, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

So serious is the problem that counter-terrorism officials at the Home Office have written to eBay, the Internet auctioneer, asking them to stop selling emergency service vehicles, equipment and uniforms.

But eBay has insisted it can only halt the sales if a new law is passed by Parliament. That could take many months.

The use of ambulances is of particular concern to Britain’s anti-terror chiefs. They say the tactic has already been used in Iraq with devastating effects.

A report by Lord Carlisle — the government terrorist czar who last month warned about the possibility of private planes being used for an attack on London — has been issued to all of Britain’s 48 police forces warning of the danger of selling off emergency service vehicles.

Lord Carlisle, who works closely with the Terrorism Analysis Centre in London set up since the 9/11 attacks, said ambulances were the ideal weapon of choice for terrorists.

“It is almost rare that police will stop such vehicles on suspicious grounds. An ambulance rigged with high explosives could drive into any ultra-sensitive target like a nuclear power station or even Whitehall,” said a senior MI5 source.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has warned that the risk could be “highly significant” if the law is not tightened.

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Media Ignores McCain, in Overdrive for Obama

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

More media bias…

Barack Obama was swarmed by media as he arrived in Baghdad Monday for a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The same day, Obama’s Republican presidential rival John McCain arrived in Manchester, N.H. As his plane taxied to a stop on the tarmac, he was greeted by just a single reporter and a photographer, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

McCain was in the state to speak in Rochester on Tuesday. Despite the media’s apparent lack of interest in the McCain campaign, spokesman Jeff Grappone said staffers were prepared for an “overflow” crowd at the Rochester Opera House.

Meanwhile in the Middle East, the press eagerly followed every step of Obama’s trip to Iraq.

After a stop in the southern city of Basra, his delegation traveled to Baghdad, where a red carpet was unfurled outside Maliki’s residence, The Washington Post and other papers reported.

The press covered Obama’s visit with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and his meeting with Iraq’s Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.

Obama later toured the U.S. military hospital inside the Green Zone and took a helicopter ride over Baghdad with Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

McCain’s campaign on Tuesday lashed out at the U.S. media’s “fascination” with Obama.

“It’s pretty obvious that the media has a bizarre fascination with Barack Obama. Some may even say it’s a love affair,” the Arizona senator’s campaign said in an e-mail.

“The media is in love with Barack Obama. If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny.”

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“A Few More Thoughts on the ‘Swap'” by Michael at Oleh Musings

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

As anger has cooled here, people have had time to reflect on the recent deal that brought Goldwasser and Regev home to rest, and, while we are glad to have our own back, no one likes the price. The guy at the makolet downstairs says it’s the government’s fault; that we need Golda back because she was more of a man that Olmert will ever be.

I can’t deny the truth of that.

My brother sent me an article by the Conservative Rabbi, and oleh, Daniel Gordis. I don’t have a link to the article yet (I will post it here when I do), but I do want to give you Gordis’s main point:

But if it was a mistake, it was a calculated mistake, a mistake well worth making. It was a mistake worth making when we think about what is the real challenge facing Israel. The challenge facing Israel isn’t to win the war against the Palestinians. The war can’t be won. We can’t eradicate them, and they won’t accept our being here. The challenge that Israel faces is not to move towards peace. Peace can’t be had. No – the challenge facing Israel is to learn how to live in perpetual, never-ending war, and in the face of that, to flourish, and to be a country that our kids still want to defend. And that is what we did this week.

Along similar lines, here is Snoopy the Goon’s take:

As an ex-soldier, I can safely say in the name of most of us that our unshakable belief that IDF and, indeed, the nation, will get us back from captivity, alive or dead, makes the service bearable. Without this belief IDF will not be what it is. The army that does not take care of its POWs is not worth serving in and the nation that forgets it sons is not worth fighting for.

There are a lot of things that could be said against and about the travesty of the current government, about the way the negotiations with Hezbollah were carried out, about the dirty politics and dirty politicians. One thing, however, should not be forgotten – it is not about politics, not about national pride and even not about the grieving families. It is about the soldiers.

I can’t deny that I agree with them; Israel’s devotion to her children is something special, and one of the reasons we wanted to raise our kids here. But let’s face it: it hurts. Giving the terrorists when they wanted (and by that I don’t mean Kuntar specifically, but rather a chance to rub all of Israel’s nose in it) hurts.

And it wasn’t necessary.

Why couldn’t our government, 2 years ago (heck, 22 years ago, when Ron Arad was lost!), not have demanded a real swap: one for one. Give us our man, or men, and get an equal number of yours back. Give us coffins, and get coffins back.

Wouldn’t that have been more dignified, for everyone, than the current game of ‘How many hundreds for Goldwasser and Regev? How many thousands for Shalit?’

Our enemies claim that we place no value on their lives, and only care about our own, but I would say that the opposite is true: By standing on unreasonable demands for prisoner swaps, aren’t they saying that each of their people is worth only a fraction of ours? As things are now, why shouldn’t we take their people for the value they put on themselves?

But if Israel stood on its self respect, and countered the insane demands from Hezbollah and Hamas with simple logic and dignity…. Imagine the strength of that! We are willing to trade, but only on a basis of equal value for all prisoners…. It’s heady stuff. But it’ll never happen, because our enemies have shown that they see reverence for life as weakness. And that’s why Gordis is right: This war has no end in sight.

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