Sunday, September 22, 2013

Some Muslims celebrating WestgateNairobi attack in Arabic on Twitter

Follow this hashtag, and use to translate: #عملية_نيروبي If you use Chrome, it will try to translate automatically, but may not succeed. God bless Kenya!

More notable Tweets regarding the Westgate Mall jihadist attack

A woman posts the last pic of her & her friend before the jihadists struck.

Possibly a death in real time over social media? No, another twitterer said that she was safe at home, several hours later.

The spirit of Kenya.

The President of Kenya suffered loss.

The Westgate Mall terrorist attack on twitter

Some random tweets I pulled, which caught my eye.

A hero died protecting children.

Kenya's Muslims denounce the attack.

A blow to the world of African arts.

Terror follows a Somali to Nairobi.

NYT photographer was on the job when attack happened.

Israelis reportedly joining in. Hope they include Falashas, who will deal retributive justice to the jihadists.

And African politics intrude even in this nightmare.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Islam is a religion of peace! These terrorists are not real Muslims!"

These sentiments are already making the rounds in response to the al-Shabaab attack on Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya. My stock answer is this: "No one is in charge of Islam. Whatever Muslims do in the name of Islam, that's what Islam is. The tree is known by its fruit."

Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi Kenya

I visited Kenya years ago, in college, and my heart dies a little whenever jihadists attack that wonderful country. I was in the embassy some years before it was blown up, I was on the same beach as the lodge that was blown up. Savages...If you have a twitter feed go to #westgate and follow journalist Daniel Howden. Watch streaming Kenyan TV here:

Saturday, September 07, 2013

In which I callously refrain from being moved to tears by the awfulness in Syria

NB: This is a word-for-word recycling of a post about Congo, from a couple of years back. It applies nicely here.

Yes, it's terrible. But I saw this show 20 years ago, with all the heart-rending images of Somalia. They launched a series of events culminating with our dead soldiers being dragged through the streets by the people they came to save. But proggs don't care. Why should the Left's Third World darlings du jour die, when American military can die instead? Proggs only support foreign intervention if there is no material American interest at stake. Their attitude towards the soldiers is "with my brains and your brawn, what a wonderful world we can make!" There are any number of two-syllable retorts to arrogance like that, of which the most printable is "No, thanks".

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Blasphemy Police

The Blasphemy Police

"There are no jokes in Islam," pronounced the Ayatollah Khomeini, and so, in a bawdy Hogarthian society endlessly hooting at everyone from the Queen down, Islam uniquely is no laughing matter.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Labor Day Weekend ADHD linklets -- Mostly Syrian edition

Congressman blasts Obama for involving Congress in Syria mess.

“How is it supposed to work? How are we meant to furnish machine guns and anti-tank weapons to one set of opposition forces, without them ending up in the hands of men like the al Qaida-affiliated thugs who executed a child for telling a joke?"

Despite a 'graph that's too forgiving of Iran, this is a good explication of what's what in Syria.

Remember Kevin Sites, the embed journalist who ten years ago reported a soldier for shooting an enemy that Sites did not feel was a threat? He's a professor in Hong Kong now, and still doing foreign reportage from Afghanistan.

I bleed for this?