Weekend Video and Links

I’ll be out of pocket till Sunday evening. Here are some links to stories I’ve been following, and a cold shot of SRV plus this classic video of a Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley duet.

stpaddy.gifThe suspension of the supreme court chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, a week ago on unspecified charges of misconduct and misuse of authority has sparked a series of bloody protests and edged Pakistan towards a constitutional crisis. source

“They call us ‘intolerant’ because we oppose intolerance. They call us ‘fascists’ because we oppose Islamofascism. They call us ‘the children of holocaust perpetrators,’ because we oppose Islamists who are preparing a new holocaust against the Jews.” America must start paying attention to Europe. And to Vlaams Belang. source

…the imams’ lawsuit “appears to be the latest component in a national campaign to intimidate airlines and government agencies from acting prudently to ensure passenger safety. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is advising the imams, is also calling for congressional hearings and promoting federal legislation to ‘end racial profiling’ in air travel. source

‘Their proposition that we should let the extremists win in Iraq and that will reduce terrorism is like saying, let Hitler take France and that will secure things a bit more. Or that if only we hadn’t taken on Hitler he wouldn’t have bombed the East End. It’s a completely fatuous proposition. For the extremists, it’s fantastic that people are saying this —because the logical conclusion is to surrender.’ source

Now we can see why the global warming truth-deniers loudly insist ‘the debate is over’. When they are forced to take part in a proper debate, they lose. On Wednesday night, reason scored a great victory over the forces of obscurantism when, at an Intelligence Squared debate in New York, climate sceptics persuaded an audience of several hundred that ‘Global warming is not a crisis’. source

Defense lawyers want the word “terrorist” banned as too inflammatory in the U.S. trial of Jose Padilla and two other men charged with conspiring to aid Islamist extremists overseas. source

C-SPAN will not cover “Gathering of Eagles”

Hat tip to FReeper armymarinemom for this information update.

C-Span is not covering the Gathering of Eagles but they are covering the ANSWER rally in spite of time allowance. If you are unhappy about this, as you should be, contact Brian Lamb at C-Span.

Link to C-SPAN

Remembering Saddam’s WMDs

Hat tip to BGG for this reminder of Saddam’s chemical and biological weapons program:

Saddam Hussein is the first world leader in modern times to have brutally used chemical weapons against his own people. His goals were to systematically terrorize and exterminate the Kurdish population in northern Iraq, to silence his critics, and to test the effectiveness of his chemical and biological weapons. Hussein launched chemical attacks against 40 Kurdish villages and thousands of innocent civilians in 1987-88, using them as testing grounds. The worst of these attacks devastated the city of Halabja on March 16, 1988.

Immediate Medical Effects in Halabja   Chemical Weapons Used
  • Death by asphyxiation
  • Skin burns and blisters
  • Impaired vision, blindness
  • Breathing difficulty, respiratory shutdown
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, digestive shutdown
  • Neurological disorder
  • Convulsions, coma
Saddam’s regime purposefully mixed mustard gas and nerve agents to magnify their initial and long-term effects.

  • Mustard gas, a blistering agent, affects membranes of the nose, throat, and lungs.
  • Nerve agents such as sarin, tabun, and VX attack eyes and respiratory tracts.
  • Chemical weapons contaminate the food and water supplies, soil, and animal populations.

Long-term Medical Effects

Halabja: A Testing Ground
  • Permanent blindness
  • Disfigurement
  • Respiratory, digestive, and neurological disorders
  • Leukemia, lymphoma, and colon, breast, lung, skin, and other cancers
  • Increased miscarriages and infertility
  • Severe congenital malformations and other birth defects
Iraqi soldiers in protective gear returned to Halabja to study the effectiveness of their weapons and attacks. They divided the city into grids, determining the number and location of the dead and extent of injury. Halabja helped Saddam Hussein gauge the ability of his chemical agents to kill, maim, and terrorize population centers.

A grim anniversary, indeed.



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