Taleban terror attacks in Nigeria:
In the BBCA newscast this morning, The Nigerian army has launched an offensive to evacuate armed Islamic militants from the outskirts of the northern city of Kano; the Beeb tries to measure its words but finally gets to the point,
Islamists, known as the Taleban, hold an area of the town
The BBC’s country profile states,
The imposition of Islamic law in several states has embedded divisions and caused thousands of Christians to flee. Inter-faith violence is said to be rooted in poverty, unemployment and the competition for land.
Captain Ed points out,
Even the introduction of Islamic law in Kano did not stop Islamist terrorists from taking the law into their own hands. They killed the police that administer shari’a in Kano. With radical Muslims attacking shari’a police, what chance do the Christians have in peacefully co-existing with them?
This also points out the folly of those who believe that we can reach accommodation with radical Islamists. They do not act rationally, instead relying on violence and intimidation to extort the behavior they seek. Even fellow Islamists have no immunity from attack and annihilation. Islamists have begun to run wild in Nigeria, and unless something changes soon, it will follow Sudan in crumbling into civil war.
Nigeria is the world’s eighth-biggest oil exporter.
A Minority View: Exploiting Ignorance
So many Americans graduate high school and college having learned what to think as opposed to acquiring the tools of critical, independent thinking. Likewise, they have learned little about our nation’s history. As such, they fall prey to the rhetoric of political charlatans and quacks. Let’s look at a couple of examples.
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Interesting post by Howard Katz on The Collapse of the Dollar
If any of the larger banks start to sell their dollars, then the price of U.S. securities will collapse. The price of the dollar in international exchange will fall. And if the Federal Reserve intervenes to moderate these results, then the U.S. money supply will explode to the upside. The decline in U.S. securities will be equivalent to a serious rise in interest rates.
Right now world central bankers are concerned about this problem. In international financial circles, it is the elephant in the room: the great big fact that everyone pretends will go away if ignored. But of course, if 78.43 is broken in the U.S. dollar index, this will be an all-time low, and a great deal of attention will be focused on the situation.
While I believe the scenario is rather unlikely, it can not be ignored.
Hitchens: Sliming Wolfowitz: The World Bank president did nothing wrong
Gov. Corzine was flying down the turnpike at 91 mph when the accident occured.
Contrast and compare the media coverage with Dick Cheney’s hunting accident.
Soaked, in every sense of the word: TigerHawk posts about Who pays the federal income tax, and who does not
Special thanks to Larwyn for the links
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