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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

I guess walls are useful fighting terrorism, after all

Britain is to build a massive concrete wall to surround the Houses of Parliament to ward off possible terror attacks following the Madrid train bombings, a British newspaper said.

The Daily Mirror tabloid reported that Prime Minister Tony Blair's Government was planning to replace the Westminster Parliament's historic iron railings with a 4.6-metre tall wall topped with razor wire.

posted at 11:03 AM by Jonathan

2,4,6,8 the United Nations is a Racist State (Why the silence?)

whatever your feelings about the tactical choice or political choice of Israel to assassinate the leader of Hamas - and Israelis are mixed about this, including some senior officials - it is notable that the UN Security Council had a meeting last night to possibly condemn Israel for killing him and the UN Human Rights Commission is also taking up the issue. Yet, there is no action at all on the Sudan-Chad border where a genocide is taking place. What message does this send to the world's dictatorships? Given the fact that killing Yassin was a controversial decision and one not supported by Shimon Peres and Tommy Lapid (Israeli Justice Minister), one can say that this will be debated for years to come. However, no one should doubt who Yassin was, what he stood for (mass murder, no peace with Israel at any time, indoctrinating children to hate and suicide and murder, abusing Islam for political goals). I personally thing Israel made the right choice ----- for the long term. But if killing an arch-terrorist is condemned by the world, and a genocide is passed over in silence, what does that mean for the future of democracy?

From Nicholas Kristof in today (March 24) New York Times:

The most vicious ethnic cleansing you've never heard of is unfolding here in the southeastern fringes of the Sahara Desert. It's a campaign of murder, rape and pillage by Sudan's Arab rulers that has forced 700,000 black African Sudanese to flee their villages.

The desert is strewn with the carcasses of cattle and goats, as well as fresh refugee graves that are covered with brush so wild animals will not dig them up. Refugees crowd around overused wells, which now run dry, and they mourn loved ones whose bodies they cannot recover.

Western and African countries need to intervene urgently. Sudan's leaders should not be able to get away with mass murder just because they are shrewd enough to choose victims who inhabit a poor region without airports, electricity or paved roads.

The culprit is the Sudanese government, one of the world's nastiest. Its Arab leaders have been fighting a civil war for more than 20 years against its rebellious black African south. Lately it has armed lighter-skinned Arab raiders, the Janjaweed, who are killing or driving out blacks in the Darfur region near Chad.

posted at 10:16 AM by Jonathan

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