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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

London Bombers Apparently Home Grown

It appears that I was wrong in my inference that local anarchists were behind the London terrorist attacks. It seems the four perpetrators were your standard Islamist terrorists. The only twist is in the fact that these Muslims were home grown. At least one of them was a native Londoner.

Tragic intolerance

The discovery of suicide bombers raises tough questions
for British Muslims

The raids on houses in Leeds yesterday and subsequent police indications that the London atrocities were probably carried out by four suicide bombers born and raised in Britain are disturbing. The police deserve credit for a swift reaction, but there is no doubt that the consequences of their discovery will be long-lasting.

The conclusion that the terrorists were home-grown is deeply unsettling. It does not, in any way, close this case. Urgent questions follow. Who proposed and co-ordinated this plot? What links did the bombers have to al-Qaeda and related terrorist organisations overseas? How did the bombers obtain their materials? And how were they able to keep their deadly plans secret, without arousing suspicion among their families, neighbours or fellow Muslims? (link)
All good questions that cry out for answers - quickly.

How Do You Reason With This?

While we're on the subject of murderous Islamist terrorists, a story appeared in yesterday's Deutsche Welle regarding the trial of the Muslim assassin of Theo van Gogh.
Suspected Killer of Van Gogh Confesses

The man accused of killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh -- a vocal critic of Islam -- confessed to a Dutch court that he acted on his religious beliefs, saying he would do "exactly the same" if he were ever set free.

"I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion," 27-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national Mohammed Bouyeri ... told the court in Amsterdam. "I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do exactly the same, exactly the same," he said, speaking slowly at times in halting Dutch.

Prosecutors asked that Bouyeri be sent to prison for life -- a sentence that offers no chance of parole -- for shooting and stabbing controversial filmmaker van Gogh on Nov. 2, 2004. (

"I acted purely in the name of my religion." This says a lot about Muslims and their religion, I'm afraid.

Briefly Put ... Again

Here is the first sentence of today's Briefly put ... as it appears on the on-line version of the Roanoke Times' editorial page.
Corinne Gott was a passionate advocate for the poor, both tough and kind. (link)
Rewitten, this says:
Corinne Gott was a passionate advocate for tough poor people and for kind poor people.
Which makes about as much sense as anything that regularly appears on the Times' editorial page.

Hello? Anybody home?

Methinks There's Another Explanation

News and analysis from the Roanoke Times:

By Jenny Kincaid

This time the hurricane gets the blame for an overnight jump of 6 cents a gallon.

The hurricane that rolled into the Gulf Coast last weekend affected the gas pump and your pocketbook.

Gasoline prices shot up 6 cents Monday in Virginia and nationwide, according to statistics from AAA Mid-Atlantic, based in Richmond.

The price jump occurred because some oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico closed as a result of the storms, disrupting production, said Martha Mitchell, spokeswoman for AAA. (link)

The Law of Supply and Demand would justify an increase in the price of crude as a result of Gulf refineries being shut down, even if the price jumped before levels of America's on-hand supplies dropped. But I read just the other day that there was an 8% glut in current inventories, the result, presumably of decreasing demand.

So what is the real reason for the price jump? Perhaps the explanation goes no further than the stupid people who are making the decisions.