Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, August 09, 2002
Calling a Spade an Implement
The Times takes note of today's atrocity in a story from Reuters:
Three Pakistani nurses were killed on Friday when militants lobbed two grenades at a crowd of women leaving a missionary hospital chapel, the second assault on a Christian target in Pakistan in less than a week.
Doctors said 23 people, mostly female nurses, were injured and two were in serious condition.
Three men had been waiting by the hospital gates for the daily morning service to end before they struck at 7.45 a.m., according to police at the scene in Taxila, some 12 miles west of the capital Islamabad.
One attacker died, but it was unclear whether he was shot by accomplices or died from a shrapnel wound. A hand grenade was found on him.
Meanwhile MSNBC reported a few days ago:
Suspected Islamic militants lobbed a grenade and opened fire Tuesday on Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir, killing nine of them and wounding 27 others, police said. In other parts of the disputed region, five suspected militants and three soldiers were killed, a news report said....
Police suspect Islamic militants were behind the pre-dawn ambush. A half-dozen militants sneaked into the pilgrimage transit camp in Nunwan, about 55 miles southeast of Srinagar, the summer capital of India’s northern Jammu-Kashmir state, said Nirmal Raj, commander of the Central Reserve Police guarding the camp.
If just a few 'militants' can cause all that destruction, we can only be thankful there were no terrorists there. Then things might have gotten really ugly.