May 1st, 2003

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I'm pretty sure I didn't just imagine this

But the audio archives will tell me fo' sho'...

I was listening to NPR's Morning Edition on my way to work, and they were doing a bit about what Afghanistan looks like, post-U.S.-beatdown. (Kabul is a swingin' place to be; the rest of the country is an unliveable cess-hole.)

Towards the end of the piece, they discussed recent attacks on NGOs and foreign aid workers, including the murder of a Red Cross volunteer. An Italian woman, who has worked in Afghanistan for non-profits since the mujaheddin days, said that the American invasion has created a great deal of anti-western sentiment in the country, and that she never felt as unsafe as she does now, even during the Talib regime. (A number of letters posted in Afghan towns urging attacks on foreign aid workers have tied the situation to the war in Iraq.)

Then, out of nowhere, we hear from a Col. King, who is a ranking officer in charge of certain aspects of the Afghan combat operations. After making clear that the US is there to fight, not to help or to rebuild, says he:

"As long as you have certain people (in the aid organizations) standing around complaining how it's not safe, it's not a certain extent, that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."

So, it turns out it's the aid workers' fault that they fear for their lives. Thanks for clearing that up, Col. King!
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Fair Play

Got my Little Green Footballs fix this morning. I realize that it's wrong to crucify poor Charles Johnson by quoting the lunatics who post on his message board; therefore, I'll just quote the man himself.

(Note: I realize I am taking these quotes deliberately out of context and am stringing them together simply to smear someone, with no consideration of the source or the way in which they were originally presented. What can I tell you? I learned from the best.)

"the infiltration of militant Islam into university campuses ... passports to murder ... the murderous animal ... another horrific atrocity in the name of Allah ... Saudis continue to finance terrorism ... evil and anti-Semitic Bill Moyers ... disgusting beyond words ... serious Islamic nutcase ... Arab rejectionist murderers ... they reject the “roadmap” because it will make it harder for them to kill Jews ... freakazoids ... truly depraved, to the very depths of their non-existent souls ... corrupt unelected bureaucrats of the European Union join blood-drenched hands with the world’s most successful terrorist and his goon squad ... degenerate sultans in lavish palaces ... terror apologists and supporters like CAIR and MSA ... murdering barbarians ... Fatah (Conquest in Arabic) ... absurd puppet show ... how flat-out bugshit insane these people really are ... rotten bastard ... idiotarian prime minister of Malaysia ... Mahathir is a barking moonbat of the first water ... Arabs in Dubai just eat this excrement up ... incoherent, irrational Jew-hatred ... a modern jihad genocide ... international kangaroo court ... the Appeasement Bloc (France, Germany, Begium, and Luxembourg) ... French collusion with Saddam Hussein’s monstrous regime ... crypto-Marxist idiotarian LA Times columnist Robert Scheer ... Syrian liar ... the Arab world needs to wean itself from its addiction to blaming others ... a seething Arab yelling something incomprehensible ... wow, a Pakistani who DOESN'T support jihad in Kashmir! What a find! I guess I'll be seeing pigs flying pretty soon ... Palestinians support murder ... Palestinian Arabs are guilty of crimes against humanity ... 'incident' staged by Palestinians."

One of the most popular weblogs on the internet, everyone! Let's hear it for the Chuckster.
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They hate us for our freedom. No, not THAT kind of freedom.

Thanks to the Rev. for this link:

U.S. to Canada: Your foolish love of so-called ‘freedom’ and ‘privacy’ is interfering with our ability to detain swarthy foreigners without trial.

In particular, America is angry with the Canadians' "restrictive privacy legislation" and the fact that Canada "places too much emphasis on civil liberties".

I really don't know what to say. What are we defending against the terrorists, again?