Sunday, January 09, 2005


a.) Mark Steyn

Oh man, where the fuck did you learn to write??? You kill me!

...As for the most striking photograph of this disaster, it's by AFP's Jimin Lai. I haven't seen it in any of the papers, oddly enough. It shows a tsunami-devastated village in Galle on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka: a couple of rescuers are carrying away a body while, behind them, smack dab in the centre of the picture, a young man looks on. He's wearing an Osama bin Laden T-shirt.

I gave up worrying "Why do they hate us?" on the evening of September 11, 2001. But, if I were that Osodden bin Loser guy watching the infidels truck in water, food, medical supplies and emergency clothing for villagers whose jihad-chic T-shirt collection was washed out to sea, I might ask myself a more pertinent question: "Why do they like us?"

The path of the tsunamis tracked the arc of the Muslim world, from Sumatra to Somalia; the most devastated country is the world's most populous Muslim nation, and the most devastated part of that country is the one province living under the strictures of sharia. But, as usual, when disaster strikes it's the Great Satan and his various Little Satans who leap to respond. In the decade before September 11, the US military functioned, more or less exclusively, as a Muslim rapid reaction force – coming to the aid of Kuwaiti Muslims, Bosnian Muslims, Somali Muslims and Albanian Muslims. Since then, with the help of its Anglo-Australian allies, it's liberated 50 million Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.

b.) Aleksander Lukashenko

Try to avoid this dude. Boss of Europes last dictatorship. Apart from Belgium, that is.

The US State Department has said it considers as credible allegations that the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko or his close entourage are involved in the disappearance of up to 30 opposition figures.

The high-profile disappearances include some of President Lukashenko's key opponents: Yuri Zakharenko, the former Interior Minister; Viktor Gonchar, the former Chairman of Belarus's Central Electoral Commission; and Dmitri Zavadksi, who once worked as President Lukashenko's personal cameraman.

FYI, Belarus, or White Russia in English, is a former USSR Republic, population some ten million, capital Minsk. It borders on Poland in the West and Russia in the East. Lukashenko has been in power for over a decade. True, the fella got re-elected again in 2000. But the OSCE, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (to you Americans it may seem a shadowy outfit, but in Europe it really has weight) said that the minimum requirements for free and fair elections had not been met. In 2003, from June to November no fewer than 4 major media outlets were closed. One year ago we were all witnesses of Georgia's popular revolt against Shevardnadzes unjust rule as the young and western-minded Saakashvili was elected. The past week we saw a comparable thing happen in Ukraine with Yuschschenkos victory. These events were dubbed the Rose and Orange revolts. This is how Lukashenko reacted to them:

Belarus President Aleksander Lukashenko has insisted there will be no people's revolutions, whether "rose, orange or banana", in his country.

c.) Anke Vandermeersch

A picture tells more than a thousand words.

Mrs. Anke Vandermeersch

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