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Ah, the French

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Just for grins, type “french military victories” into Google and then click “I’m feeling lucky.”

Heh.

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November 15, 2004 at 4:54 pm

Posted in Eurofollies, General

George Washington Never Did This

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Michael Moore once compared the insurgents in places like Fallujah to the Minute Men and the Continental Army of the American Revolution. I guarantee the British never found anything like this when they won a battle:

The body of a blonde woman with her legs and arms cut off and throat slit was found today lying on a street in Falluja, a notorious Iraqi enclave for hostage-takers, US marines said.

“It is definitely a Caucasian woman with long blonde hair,” said a military official, who cut open a cover that had been placed over the corpse.

Another unit stumbled across eight Arab men, apparently Iraqis, who had been shot in the head execution-style, and laid out in two courtyards, four in each, said an AFP reporter embedded with the marines.

The gruesome discoveries were made as marines moved through the south of Falluja, hunting out the remaining rebels after a week of fierce fighting to regain control of the city.

“It is a female … missing all four appendages, with a slashed throat and disembowelled; she has been dead for a while but only in this location for a day or two,” said Benjamin Finnell, a hospital apprentice with the Navy Corps, who had inspected the body.

An AFP photographer embedded with the marines noted that the woman was wearing a blue dress and her face was completely disfigured. Sweeps of rubble-strewn neighbourhoods in Falluja have uncovered a grisly underworld of hostage slaughterhouses, prisons and torture chambers as well as the corpses of Iraqis who had been executed, marines say.

Later in the day, a unit of marines found the eight men, all fairly burly and aged between about 20 and 45, in central Falluja, said the AFP reporter. There were no uniforms or distinguishing features to identify the bodies, but two were dressed just in their underwear, he said.

Surviving hostages have also been found, but only one was a foreigner — a Syrian driver who was abducted with two French journalists in August. Two foreign women have been abducted in Iraq and remain missing. One, Teresa Borcz, 54, a Pole, has blonde hair, the other, British aid worker Margaret Hassan, 59, has chestnut-coloured hair. Borcz, married to an Iraqi and a resident in Iraq for 30 years, was abducted late last month. She has appeared in two videos appealing to the Polish government to help her but her fate is unknown.

When dealing with savages like this, it’s best to trust in the Marines, not Michael Moore. If the dead woman is Teresa Borcz, my condolences to her family. If not, we must hope she can be identified.

Written by martinipundit

November 15, 2004 at 4:36 pm

Posted in GWOT, Idiotarians, Iraq

These Are the People We’re Supposed to Follow

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Some towns in France are considering naming streets after Arafat.

No doubt it will intersect with the Rue de Osama, Saddam Boulevard, and the Place de Hitler.

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November 15, 2004 at 4:29 pm

Colin Powell to Resign

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Colin Powell is planning to resign as Secretary of State:

Secretary of State Colin Powell has told top aides he intends to resign from President Bush’s Cabinet, high-ranking State Department officials said Monday. Powell, who long has been rumored planning only a single term with Bush, told his aides that he intends to leave once Bush settles on whom to succeed him, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

No one should be surprised, but this is not necessarily a good thing. Although Powell has singularly failed to get a grip on State’s shameless pursuit of an agenda contrary to that of the President, he has been a moderate, respected voice in the Administration.

One must hope that the President will continue to receive the benefit of Powell’s advice, albeit in an unofficial capacity. He’ll be hard to replace. Condi Rice leaps to mind, but I’m not sure her no nonsense attitude is what’s needed for the nation’s top diplomat. On the other hand, we need to maintain a hard line with Europe right now, and she might be just the one to do it.

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November 15, 2004 at 4:17 pm

Posted in Politics

Carnival of the Cats Is Up

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Carnival of the Cats #34 can be found at Your Moosey Fate this week. All kinds of feline wonders.

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November 15, 2004 at 9:37 am

Posted in Catblogging

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Comment Spam

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There was a serious infestation of comment spam here over the weekend – all the gambling and drugs one could want. For those of you with comments enabled on your blogs, you might wish to add the following IPs to your blacklist:

200.118.118.4, 165.138.213.230, 80.26.58.29, 80.38.192.175, 165.138.213.230, 80.25.156.151, 168.10.46.125, 64.125.108.114, 80.25.150.39

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November 15, 2004 at 9:30 am

Posted in Blogging

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