Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The U.N. Insignia Emerges as a Global Target for Al-Qaeda AttacksIf anything, the U.N. leadership has shown a degree of complaisance toward al Qaeda in recent years. Why would Osama bin Ladin's terror organization go after them?
By Colum Lynch, Washington Post Staff Writer
United Nations -- The suicide bombings that ripped apart the U.N. headquarters building in Algiers on Dec. 11 and killed at least 37 people, including 17 U.N. employees, provided a bloody demonstration of the United Nations' emergence as a key target in al-Qaeda's global war against the West.
This year, al-Qaeda and its affiliates have threatened or targeted U.N. officials and peacekeepers in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and southern Lebanon, where six U.N. peacekeepers were killed in a bombing in June. (link)
I'll tell you why. Because the U.N. revealed its profound weakness when it showed itself playing into the hands of terrorists in 2003. And al Qaeda is capable only of attacking the weak.
Thus we see al Qaeda chasing down defenseless U.N. employees across the globe.
When will the world community learn?
The Other HalvesCouple these two facts: (1) Bill Clinton ran for president twice and received a majority of the vote neither time. (2) Fully 50% of voting-age Americans have told pollsters that they'd never vote for Hillary. Combine the two and ... what reality-challenged political strategist in the Democratic Party is pushing this candidacy?
By Emily Yoffe, writing in The Washington Post
Could this be the first presidential election in which the public's feeling about a candidate's spouse is a deciding factor? This isn't the gender breakthrough we anticipated when Hillary Clinton entered the race -- it feels more like a gender throwback. The customary job of the spouse is to humanize the candidate without becoming an issue. In that sense, Bill presents huge dangers for Hillary.
[S]eeing so much of them together could remind people of that troubled couple in their social circle -- whether you love him, hate her, or vice versa, you're just not sure anymore how much of them together you can take. (link)
I'm going to give him a bit of slack here and suggest that Smith, always the comedian, let his mouth get out in front of his thought processes:
Smith: 'Hitler was a good person'
By World Entertainment News
Will Smith has stunned the world by declaring that even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was essentially a "good" person.
The Men In Black star, 39, is determined to see the best in people, and is convinced the former German leader did not fully understand the extent of the pain and suffering his actions would cause during his time in power in the 1930s and '40s.
He says, "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today'.
"I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming." (link)
Whatever that means.
For what it's worth, I'm not sure the reporter is any more knowledgeable about history than is Smith. The last sentence in the article reads:
Hitler's totalitarian leadership as Fuhrer during 1934 until his eventual suicide in 1945 resulted in the persecution of an estimated six million Jews in the Holocaust, and his invasion of Poland in 1939 led to the start of the Second World War.To persecute is to abuse. To maltreat. Those six million Jews weren't persecuted. They were rounded up and slaughtered.
I fear for my planet.
Out of that bit of history comes this story:
From the most horrific era in world history comes a story of faith, hope, and charity.
WWII POWs' creche lives on
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
Algona, Iowa — The surrenders and paper peace treaties had ended World War II for the politicians and the newspapers months earlier, but that meant little for the thousands of German war prisoners still awaiting their fate in Camp Algona at Christmastime 1945.
Into that came the Algona Nativity, a half-life-sized, 60-figure creche scene built by a handful of prisoners of war at Camp Algona — a gentle reminder of God and humanity that touched both the prisoners and the town and seemed to say, "Yes, peace can begin here now, too."
Sixty-two years later, it is open to the public every December — and bucking the trend, its Iowa caretakers have avoided commercialization and overmarketing. It's in a small building on the Kossuth County fairgrounds, and almost like those who spend Christmas or Easter in the Holy Land, pilgrimages are still made to Algona to see the creche. (link)
A Christmas story.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Times