Rudy Giuliani and 9/11

November 20, 2007 at 8:15 pm | Posted in 9/11, rudy giuliani | 2 Comments

Two peas in a pod

Remembering 9/11 – Six Years Later

September 11, 2007 at 8:51 am | Posted in 9/11, New York City, Terrorism | Leave a comment

It is a muggy cloudy day with intermittent rain from the remnants of tropical storm Gabrielle. Today is Tuesday, September 11, 2007, six years after 19 men took control of four planes, crashing two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the fourth, a failed crash in a field in Pennsylvania. It was a very sad day in the history of the world, as nearly 3000 people of many nationalities, though mostly American, died.

I was not in New York City six years ago (I was actually driving through Saskatchewan from Alaska to Massachusetts on that day), but I work close to Ground Zero these days and walk by the site frequently. I took a few pictures on my phone and share them here.

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

It is very sad to see that hole instead of the World Trade Center. Before 9/11 I had actually looked forward to one day seeing those two towers, such iconic architecture they were. I can only hope the city works things out soon to fill that hole back up with something, to show the world that we pick up and move on, not cowering to terrorism.

I pray for those who lost loved ones and hope that God will heal their pains.

The Worst Terrorist Attack Since 9/11

August 15, 2007 at 4:57 pm | Posted in 9/11, American politics, Iraq, Military, violence, War, War on Terror | 4 Comments

Well, it looks like this truck bombing in northern Iraq is now the worst terrorist attack since 9/11 in terms of number dead, now placed at 500 poor souls.

The US military continues to lie to the American people. They are saying the purpose of the attack was to “sway public opinion.”

The Tuesday truck bombs that targeted the villages of Qahtaniya, al-Jazeera and Tal Uzair, in northern Iraq near the border with Syria, were a “trademark al Qaeda event” designed to sway U.S. public opinion against the war, a U.S. general said Wednesday.

The attacks, targeting Kurdish villages of the Yazidi religious minority, were attempts to “break the will” of the American people and show that the U.S. troop escalation — the “surge” — is failing, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon said.

See, in the eyes of the US military, any big setback like this HAS to be tied to Al-Qaeda. It cannot possibly be the work of anybody else. Because, see, if it isn’t the work of Al-Qaeda, then it really does mean that our “Surge” is not working very well. The thing is that this incident is actually most likely a conflict over territory between ethnic groups. Note who exactly was targeted. A spectacular bombing like this, if really intended to sway American public opinion would not have taken place against the Yazidi religious minority, but rather indiscriminately somewhere close to Baghdad. Baghdad is the epicenter for public opinion about Iraq. But this takes place far in the north, away from all the real conflict. As Juan Cole states:

The operation resembled the horrific bombing of the Shiite Turkmen of Armili on July 2. Note that first Shiite Turkmen were targeted and now Kurdish Yazidis. They have in common not being Sunni Arabs. My suspicion is that these bombings are not just an attempt to spread fear and intimidation, but are actually part of a struggle for control of territory. The Sunni Arab guerrillas face powerful challenges from Kurds and Shiites with regard to the future of provinces such as Ninevah, Diyala and Kirkuk. A lot of Kurdish police and troops have been deployed in Mosul not far from Tuesday’s bombings, and they are seen as among the deadliest enemies by the Sunni Arab guerrillas. Sooner or later, my guess is that the Sunni Arabs will wage a major war with the Kurds over the oil fields of Kirkuk.

Imagine that, Sunnis caring more about their future vis a vis their neighbors than swaying American public opinion. Imagine that, we’re not at the epicenter of all things on this planet.

Mitt Romney on Iraq Being the Logical Response to 9/11

August 5, 2007 at 12:55 pm | Posted in 9/11, American politics, Iraq, Mit Romney, Mitt Romney, Republicans, secret combinations | 3 Comments

Here is more evidence to show that Mitt Romney, and I guess all those Republicans that still support Bush, just have no idea what they are talking about. From the recent Republican debate:

This morning’s Republican presidential candidate debate in Iowa was a relatively low-key affair, but this was one of the more unusual exchanges of the event. Following a question about ending the war in Iraq:

“Just come home,” dissented Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the lone advocate of a quick troop withdrawal on a presidential campaign debate stage. He said there had never been a good reason to go to war in the first place.

“Has he forgotten about 9/11?” interjected former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Romney didn’t make clear why the attacks of Sept. 11 justify the war in Iraq, but he seemed oddly pleased with himself for making the comment.

Republicans have so strongly tied Iraq to 9/11 that even now they still see the war in Iraq as a sensible and logical response to 9/11 even though Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with it, and our enemies were not in Iraq. Is this the kind of person Americans want as the next president? Please!

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