Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-37A: Islamic wars and some more

Islamic wars: African front – (2 Stories)
Kenyan officials say assault to end siege begins

(San Francisco Chronicle)

Mama’s Note: Wonder how many more innocents will die in this “disarmed victim” zone. Insanity squared.

Nathan: Apparently quite a few more, as this later story reports: the “hostage” death toll is up to 58, close to the 78 killed in Pakistan (next story).

Kenya:  Mall Hostages Rescued and Mall “Mostly” Secured
(USA Today) Kenya’s military reported late Sunday that it had rescued hostages and secured “most parts” of an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi where al-Qaeda-linked militants armed with assault rifles and grenades killed scores of people in an attack and two-day siege. … The Somali militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility on Twitter for Saturday’s attack, which was allegedly carried out by 10 to 15 gunmen with AK-47s and other sophisticated weapons.

Nathan: An AK-47 is hardly a “sophisticated weapon” but the key part of the story is left out:  “law-abiding” citizens of Kenya, especially those in “upscale” urban areas, are disarmed by the government and have no real way to defend themselves.  Of course, we are reading USA Today and the SanFran Carbuncle here: the most liberal of liberal rags.  Lots of other things about the story ring hollow: the response time, the “assistance” provided, the American dead/wounded (or not), and of course, they FINALLY report that the attackers are ISLAMIC!!!  I guess the Twitter claim might have something to do with that, since the Army of God (or the Salvation Army or the local LdS stake) would not have claimed that al-Shabaab did it.  Still, they claim “Somali” ties and NOT ties to the likes of Wahabi or Islamist groups. So, was this an attack on plutocrats, or “westernized” Kenyans or “kafir” (unbelievers: kafir or kaffar or kuffar is a derogatory Arabic term for unbelievers or infidels, similar to the Pathan/Farsi “Ferengi”)?  Originally it was claimed to be a “botched robbery attempt.”  The Westgate Mall could be an upscale Mall around the Beltway in DC or the Metro Denver suburbs, and most of the photos I’ve seen of victims were Asian, Anglo, or obviously mixed-blood: very few pureblood Black.  No photos of dead al-Shabaab storm troopers, yet, though.

I think we should note that THIS kind of thing IS going to come to the US and Canada soon enough, and is different only in scale from what has happened already in France and the UK and Spain.  Unlike the Pakistan terrorism, this does not blame the Great Satan OR the Lesser Satan (US or Israel).

Mama’s Note: The Boston Marathon thing was only partially successful, depending on how you look at it, and they’re pretty well helpless in Boston. But I don’t think it would go over quite so well anywhere in the west… I suspect everyone, especially the “officials” will be shocked to discover how many people in even a California shopping mall are armed, and will resist. And I seriously doubt even the jihadists are dumb enough to try it anywhere in Texas or Florida…

Islamic wars: South Asian front
Pakistan:  Bombing attack on church kills 78, wounds hundreds

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshipers at a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 78 people in the deadliest-ever attack against the country’s Christian minority. A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, raising new questions about the government’s push to strike a peace deal with the militants to end a decade-long insurgency that has killed thousands of people. The Jundullah arm of the Taliban said they would continue to target non-Muslims until the United States stopped drone attacks in Pakistan’s remote tribal region.

Nathan: The All Saints Church’s meeting house dates back to the late 1800s, and the congregation is presumably Anglican, given the history of British rule – rule which tried to keep what were then all “Indians” from killing each other over religious, ethnic, social, and economic issues, and certainly succeeded as well as the modern regimes of Islamabad and New Dehli.  Funny thing, this attack didn’t get NEAR as much coverage in the mainstream media as the Kenya attack did, perhaps because the Taliban immediately claimed it as “retaliation” for US drone attacks.  Since not ONE of these people in Peshwar has ANYthing to do (as far as I know) with drone attacks, this seems to be either an excuse for the attacks OR evidence that the Taliban does NOT believe that the US is NOT a “christian nation” despite the “messiah’s” claims, and figures that killing enough christians will cause the US to back off.  Sounds very much like a win-win situation both for the Taliban and for the “messiah” and his regime in DC.

But again, I note that the so-called “bishop” in Peshwar claimed that he has repeatedly asked the government for better security and more protection against terrorists.  Like too many who claim to be christian, he fails entirely to understand the concept that God gives His children the responsibility to defend themselves and protect the security.  And obviously, the shepherds of that flock will answer to God for their refusal to take any action other than whinging to government.  I am sure that the mainstream media in the US, UK, and Europe will come up with reasons to blame the victims for their own deaths and wounding.  Certainly, it CAN’T be the cops’ fault, can it?  Or the poor members of the “Religion of Peace?”  I guess, Religion of Pieces…

Stupid cops – Local tyranny
Foul-mouthed pro-gun Pennsylvania police chief loses his job

(NBC News)

Mama’s Note: Good. He wasn’t doing anybody any favors with his nonsense.

Nathan: When we get right down to it, are cops doing anyone ANY favors by what they do 95% of the time?  (Except themselves and their politician bosses, perhaps.)  One more bad cop gotten rid of: 100,000 more to go (at least).

Mama’s Note: Agreed, absolutely, but I meant “favors” as in the various sheriff’s around the country who have gone on record saying they will not enforce gun confiscation, etc. This guy was just foul and arrogant, not in any way a good example of gun owners.

Government and blinders
Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf spill evidence

(Reuters) “Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. A former Halliburton cementing technology director in Texas also was charged on Thursday with destroying evidence. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in New Orleans accepted the company’s guilty plea from Halliburton legal counsel Marc Mukasey, imposed the agreed-upon maximum fine of $200,000 and placed the company on a three-year probation term.” [editor’s note: Cheney’s Scammiburton strikes again; anyone surprised? – SAT] (09/19/13)

Nathan: Taking Steve to task on this: if it were any other company, he’d be frothing at the mouth (correctly) about how the guvmint is coercing a company and its people into self-incrimination and how horrible it is.  But the government gets a free pass for Halliburton, because we know that Halliburton is soooo evillll that they can be persecuted by the government and we shouldn’t care.  Seems to me like two wrongs don’t make a right.

Mama’s Note: I’m curious about how this little “fine” makes any difference, and just how in the world one puts an international company on “probation.” I don’t see any of that actually helping to arrive at the truth about what happened, or compensating any real victims of it. Just more square dancing in Washington D. C. for their own amusement.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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