Definitely Not Mission Creep In A Not War

There’s nothing to see here, move along, it’s all just part of enforcing the U.N. mandated humanitarian no fly zone to, ahem, protect civilians. It’s definitely not ramping up NATO offensive military operations in support of one side in a civil war.

Liam Fox denies Apache strikes are a change of tactics

The Apaches hit targets near the Libyan town of Brega during the latest wave of Nato strikes against forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the MoD said.

The Defence Secretary, epeaking at a security forum in Singapore, said that the use of British Apache attack helicopters in Libya was a logical continuation of the Nato-led military operation against Muanmar Gaddafi’s forces and did not mean that fighter jet attacks had failed.

“It’s not plan B at all,” said Dr Fox.

“The use of the attack helicopters is a logical extension of we have already been doing. We already have fast jets in action, this gives us a chance to target new targets in a way we weren’t able to do.

See also:
NATO uses attack helicopters for first time in Libya air assault
British, French helicopters strike Gadhafi troops
U.K., French helicopters strike Qaddafi troops
NATO Attack Helicopters Strike Libya Targets for First Time
NATO helicopters hit targets in Libya
Combat helicopters enter Libya fray
British, French helicopters strike Gadhafi troops
Army Apache helicopters launch first British helicopter strikes in Libya against Gaddafi’s forces
British Apache helicopters strike Gaddafi’s forces for first time
Night strikes by French Tigre helicopters
NATO launches helicopter strikes in Libya

So now NATO is using attack helicopters, where the hell in U.N. Resolution 1973 is that authorized? The current NATO operations are now way beyond what was ever intended or mandated by the original, authorized, humanitarian U.N. mission. Seriously, can ground troops be far behind the attack helicopters?

/just how kinetic does a humanitarian kinetic military action have to get before one may dare call it direct, offensive, one sided, military intervention in a civil war?

Operation Cupcake

Too funny, the British go about fighting terrorism with attempted humor.

MI6 attacks al-Qaeda in ‘Operation Cupcake’

The cyber-warfare operation was launched by MI6 and GCHQ in an attempt to disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular to recruit “lone-wolf” terrorists with a new English-language magazine, the Daily Telegraph understands.

When followers tried to download the 67-page colour magazine, instead of instructions about how to “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” by “The AQ Chef” they were greeted with garbled computer code.

The code, which had been inserted into the original magazine by the British intelligence hackers, was actually a web page of recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America” published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show.

See also:
British intelligence used cupcake recipes to ruin al-Qaida websiteMI6 hacks Qaida site, swaps bomb info with cake recipes
MI6 swapped pipe-bomb guide for cupcake recipes
MI6 scores al Qaeda hit, with cupcakes
British MI6 replace bomb website with cupcake recipe
MI6 hacks al-Qaeda website, leaves garbled recipe for cupcakes
UK spies cooked up problem for al Qaeda: media
Cupcake shop enlisted in war on terror?
MI6 Hackers Replaced Bombs with Cakes
Make Pastries, Not Bombs
SIS (MI6)
Secret Intelligence Service
GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters
Government Communications Headquarters

Of course, it would have been better if the cupcake recipes hadn’t been garbled but, nonetheless, well played!

/and hey, as long as MI6 has rooted themselves this deep into al Qaeda servers, why not a massive Hello Kitty campaign?

Moammar Fly, Moammar Die

Well, this could get interesting, it sure as hell took them long enough. Hopefully it’s not to late to save what’s still left of Free Libya.

U.N. approves no-fly zone over Libya; raids may begin Friday

The U.N. Security Council has approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

The resolution also calls for an immediate cease-fire and an end to all violence.

. . .

British and French warplanes could make initial air raids on Libyan positions as early as Friday, the BBC reports, citing senior U.N. sources. Arab allies might provide logistical support.

See also:
UN votes for air strikes on Libya as Gaddafi warns of reprisals if West attacks
UN Security Council allows ‘all necessary measures’ to protect Libyan civilians
Libya hints at ceasefire as UN Security Council votes to approve no-fly zone
U.N. Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya to stop pro-Khadafy forces’ bombing of rebels
U.N. votes on Libya ‘no-fly zone’
Libya: UK forces prepare after UN no-fly zone vote
US readying plans to enforce Libya no-fly zone
Western, U.S. militaries prepare to intervene in Libya
What a no-fly zone, other Libya measures would mean
Making U.N.’s no fly approval count
Egypt Said to Arm Libya Rebels

“All necessary measures'” should provide for quite a show. It looks like the Europeans will be taking the lead, let’s see if they can do this right. It would be extremely helpful to the overall effort if air strikes and/or clandestine/special forces were tasked with decapitating the Gaddafi regime. Terminate the Colonel’s command, terminate the Colonel.

/as General Corman said, “he’s out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct, and he is still in the field commanding troops”

Close Encounters Of The Unwelcome Kind

Stay Home ET. UK Scientist: Aliens May Pose Risks

British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says aliens are out there, but it could be too dangerous for humans to interact with extraterrestrial life.

Hawking claims in a new documentary that intelligent alien lifeforms almost certainly exist, but warns that communicating with them could be “too risky.”

The 68-year-old scientist says a visit by extraterrestrials to Earth would be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas, “which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

He speculates most extraterrestrial life will be similar to microbes, or small animals — but adds advanced lifeforms may be “nomads, looking to conquer and colonize.”

See also:
Stephen Hawking: Alien Contact Could Be Risky
Don’t talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking aliens warning: Should we hide?
If Aliens Exist,They May Come to Get Us, Stephen Hawking Says
Hawking: Aliens are out there, likely to be Bad News
Beware alien invaders, says Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking: Aliens might hate us
Stephen Hawking aliens alert: a premature or primative fear?
Stephen Hawking says trying to contact space aliens is ‘too risky’
Hawking: Aliens likely out there; beware
Stephen Hawking: Don’t talk to aliens
Stephen Hawking warns alien life dangerous to humanity

Hawking is brilliant, but maybe his muscular dystrophy is starting to cause him to mentally lose it.

/anyway, you’ve been warned, if you see E.T., run like hell in the other direction

The “Religion Of Peace” Is Anything But

It’s just another peaceful day in the world of Islam, without the peace.

Details of deadly Iran protest shooting vague, and reports election was stolen

Pulling out two of the most interesting bits of twitter and bloggerati, here are two reports about the major developments of the day, first the shooting of protesters in Tehran’s streets, from AFP:

One protestor was shot dead and several were wounded during a rally in Tehran on Monday, a local Iranian photographer told AFP.

The incident occurred in front of a local base of the Basij volunteer militia, which was set on fire, the photographer who declined to be identified said, adding that the dead man had been shot in the head. [Ed note, this Twitter link allegedly shows the victim, WARNING, graphic content]

Pictures of the incident which AFP saw showed armed men, wearing helmets and in civilian clothes, pointing guns at the crowds from the rooftop of the Basij base.

The photographer said that the dead man was killed by shots fired by these men from the rooftop.

An AFP correspondent at the rally also said that Iranian police had clashed with protestors and that crowds of people were seen fleeing.

Witnesses told the correspondent that the clashes erupted at the end of the rally when armed men dressed in plain clothes who did not appear to belong to the police force started shooting at people.

See also:
‘One shot dead’ at Iran protest
At least 1 dead in Iran election protests
Shooting raises tensions in Tehran
Protesters rally for Mousavi in election dispute
Shooting Victim, Tehran

PM calls Mubarak to clarify stance

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday night to clarify Israel’s stance on a Middle East peace agreement, according to a report on Egyptian television.

It came after Mubarak blasted the prime minister for Sunday night’s policy speech, saying that “Netanyahu’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state is ruining the chance for peace.”

According to Egyptian news agencies, Mubarak further added that “not Egypt, nor any other Arab country would support Netanyahu’s approach” to the peace process.

See also:
Syrian media blasts Netanyahu speech
PA: Netanyahu speech will spur new intifada
Palestinians angered by Netanyahu peace terms
Palestinians reject Benjamin Netanyahu speech

Bodies of foreign hostages found in Yemen: officials

The bodies of several foreign hostages have been found in Yemen, officials said Monday, the first time in almost a decade a kidnapping in the country has resulted in deaths.

Seven Germans, including three children and two female nurses, were abducted last week in the volatile Saada province in northern Yemen along with a male British engineer and a woman from South Korea.

There were conflicting reports coming out of Yemen about how many bodies had been found by the son of a tribal leader in Noshour, east of the mountainous Saada area.

One official, who also said two children had reportedly been found alive, put the number at seven. Another, at the interior ministry, said later only the women — two Germans and one South Korean — had been found.

“We have found the corpses of three women… who were kidnapped alongside six others,” the official told the website http://www.26sep.net, which is linked to the defence ministry.

Another source close to the investigation said examinations had shown the corpses, including one child, had been found shot and stabbed.

The missing nine belong to an international relief group that has worked for 35 years at a hospital in Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia, an official said on Sunday.

The Yemeni authorities have accused Shiite Zaidi rebels of being behind the abductions although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

See also:
Yemen hostage killings: the work of Al Qaeda?
Govt ‘very concerned’ over reported Yemen hostage deaths
Yemen hostages ‘found dead’
Yemen Hostages Found Dead

Taliban attack musicians at Afghan wedding

Taliban fighters beat musicians, shaved their heads and left them tied to trees overnight because they performed at an Afghan wedding, a village tribal chief said on Monday, a sign of the fighters’ growing influence.

While in power from 1996-2001, the Taliban banned music as un-Islamic.

The militants have returned to areas in the east and south of the country, where violence has sharply spiked in recent years. They attack government officials, Afghan police, foreign troops and schools that teach girls, another practice they forbid.

“A party was going on when a group of Taliban grabbed five musicians and started beating them and smashing their musical instruments,” said Rahmatullah Khan, a head of Merke Khel village in the east of the country.

“The musicians were tied up with rope to trees last night and villagers found them in the morning when going out for prayers,” Khan said.

Khan said Taliban fighters shaved the heads of the musicians and made them take oaths in the presence of villagers that they would not sing or play music at weddings again.

Afghan weddings and engagement parties in rural areas are traditionally celebrated with hundreds of guests, music and singing that often continues until late at night.

See also:
Taliban Attacks Musicians At Afghan Wedding
Taliban attack musicians at wedding
Taliban attacks musicians at Afghan wedding

Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Family Says

A young Christian man was raped and brutally murdered in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam, and police are doing nothing about it, the victim’s brother and minister told FOXNews.com.

Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq “Litto” Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times.

“They have sexually abuse him, torture him with a knife on his testicle and genitals,” Ghauri’s brother, 24-year-old Salman Nabil Ghauri, said. “They have tortured him very badly, and after that they have stabbed five times with a knife and killed him.”

The family believes Litto Ghauri was murdered by the brothers of his Muslim girlfriend, Shazi Cheema, after they found him in a compromising sexual position with their sister.

The Rev. Haroon Bhatti, a Christian clergyman in the village and a friend of the Ghauri family, said Cheema’s three brothers came to Litto Ghauri’s house on May 11 and gave him an ultimatum: Marry their sister and convert to Islam.

Ghauri agreed to the marriage but refused to accept Islam, and the brothers kidnapped him at gunpoint and drove him to a remote farmhouse, where they tortured and murdered him, the minister said.

See also:
Student Reportedly Raped, Killed in Pakistan
Pakistan: Christian Raped, Murdered for Refusing Islam

So we have reports of Muslims of murdering international aid worker hostages, torturing and murdering a Christian for refusing to convert to Islam, murdering fellow Muslims for protesting, beating musicians for playing music, and, as always, refusing to make peace with the Jews. And that was just today, what will they do for an encore tomorrow?

/based on widely observed behavior over time, the “religion of peace” should be more aptly named the religion of murder, mayhem, and violence