Thursday, December 28, 2006

Islamists on the run : Crying to the UN

In the 'How to win a war' department:

Troops enter Mogadishu; refugees drown

By SALAD DUHUL, Associated Press Writer 24 minutes ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian forces rolled into Mogadishu without firing a shot Thursday, a striking gain in its bid to recapture the country from an Islamic movement that had once seemed nearly invincible.

Off the coast, Yemeni authorities opened fire on boats filled with refugees fleeing the fighting, and at least 17 people drowned in the Gulf of Aden when one vessels capsized, the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday. About 140 people were missing, the Geneva-based agency said.

Hours before the troops entered the capital, the Islamic militants fled Mogadishu, pledging to make a last stand in southern Somalia. (link)

That's what you can do when the entire world isn't against you doing your job. When niceties and such aren't the first priority in a war. One wonders where all the protests for the Ethiopian invasion are? I havn't seen any printed or heard any on the news lately. Maybe it's only the U.S. and Israel that can't goto war (of any kind).

Leave me with the evil Americans:

Saddam lawyer seeks to prevent handover

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer 42 minutes ago

Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer implored world leaders on Thursday to prevent the United States from handing over the ousted leader to Iraqi authorities for execution, saying he should enjoy protection from his enemies as a "prisoner of war."

Iraq's highest court on Tuesday rejected Saddam's appeal against his conviction and death sentence for the killing of 148 Shiites in the northern city of Dujail in 1982. The court said the former president should be hanged within 30 days.

"According to the international conventions, it is forbidden to hand a prisoner of war to his adversary," Saddam's lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said.

"I urge all the international and legal organizations, the United Nations secretary-general, the Arab League and all the leaders of the world to rapidly prevent the American administration from handing the president to the Iraqi authorities," he told The Associated Press. (link)

If the Iraqis had Saddam and were handing him over to the U.S. for hanging, I could understand this argument. But since (technically) the Iraqis aren't the enemies of Saddam in this instance, then the point seems to be moot. He was convicted in Iraq, by an Iraqi judge and jury. His sentence will be carried out in Iraq.

Next thing you know, you'll have criminals in this (and other) country beseeching the U.N. to protect them from going to their enemies (ie. jail). Saddam will get his reward for the total mess he made of most of Iraq and the Iraqi people. The 'escalated' violence concern doesn't actual merit much, if taken into context of what is already happening. This would be valid if we had relative peace in the area and then they threatened violence. When the house is burning down, whats one more match?
Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts

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