"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jun 11, 2011

A Triumph for Something

From the Beeb:

"US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the death of top African al-Qaeda militant Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is a 'significant blow' to the group.

He and another militant were killed earlier this week in a shootout with police at a checkpoint in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, officials said.

Mr Mohammed was the most wanted man in Africa, with a $5m bounty on his head.

He was suspected of having played a key role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, which killed 224 people.

He was also accused of attacking Israeli targets on the Kenyan coast in 2002, and was recently believed to have been working with the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, which controls much of southern Somalia..."

From the SwoonPost:

"DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first U.S. official to publicly confirm the death of the al-Qaida operative behind the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

A Somali minister earlier Saturday said officials in that country have determined that a man killed by security forces on Tuesday was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.

Now Clinton says in a statement while in Tanzania that his death is a 'significant blow to al-Qaida, its extremist allies and its operations in East Africa.'

She says it's 'a just end for a terrorist who brought so much death and pain to so many innocents" from the embassy bombings'..."

From the court transcriptions of the proceedings in which a tribunal or jury convicted Mr. Mohammed; or, from the video footage of him performing these acts; or, from the public testimony of witnesses; or, from his signed and witnessed confession:

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And that's the thing, isn't it?

Without conceding the laughable claim that the death of a single man has in any way degraded the fighting and/or carrying capacity of the fictional international terrorist cartel, "Al Qaeda," we are yet again being asked by the corporate press and their state collaborators to just trust them on their assertion of fact, claims to validity and offers of truth.

Because, y'know, they were so wicked forthright and shit about anything over the last, I don't know, ten decades?

4 comments:

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

Al Qaeda = The Bunny Man

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Man

...but I'm kidding. I trust the Ministry of Propaganda... always. They would never lie to me because my interests are identical to theirs. If they're looking out for themselves, they're looking out for me! Win-Win!

Jack Crow said...

Nice, KFO. Bunny Man, tres apropos.

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

It was either that, or the Goatman (see Wiki entry for Bunny Man where Goatman is mentioned). The locus of the legend is critical here.

JM said...

None of this matters anymore. We could have arrested Osama and the other 9/11 planners/ or funders and given em a good fair trial, but we didn't. At this rate, we need to accept that 9/11 happened, we're a bunch of cunts at responding to tragedy properly, and get over it.